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For many parents who have children with autism, not knowing the child's whereabouts is a daily fear. Children with autism sometimes wander away from their homes and it's important that law enforcement have the necessary training to handle these types of situations. If a child with autism is lost, different measures may need to be taken to find him or her than if the situation involves a child who doesn't have autism.

We need to provide our law enforcement with background training on autism and how it might affect the behavior of children who have wandered off. An encounter with a lost child with autism has the potential to be confusing and harmful if police aren't educated on the nature of autism.

Ask the US Attorney General to encourage autism training for police departments around the country.

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Dear Attorney General,

A missing child is a nightmare for any parent and law enforcement agency. But a lost child with autism can be a whole different situation. Children with autism sometimes have the propensity to wander, but the protocol for locating them needs to be handled with specialized methods and care.

For example, a child with autism might respond to law enforcement differently than a child without autism, and this reaction has the ability to alarm police and bystanders. What we need to do is prevent situations in which police are using misguided force or restraint that might otherwise be used in another routine situation.

Children with autism also respond to different triggers and cues, and police should be trained on how to identify autism's characteristics so that they may be more equipped to help or find the lost individual.

Please support country-wide autism training for our law enforcement.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Feb 16, 2018 Roza Zaleski
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 13, 2018 Maggie Alk
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Kamila Goralczyk
Feb 10, 2018 Heather Heath
Feb 10, 2018 Erica Kearns
Feb 9, 2018 Eudy Garcia
Feb 9, 2018 Renea Pettner
Feb 9, 2018 Maritza Matos As a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, my greatest fear is getting that dreadful call that my son has wandered off the school property. Please pass this law! Give us the peace of mind that we all desire. Thank you!
Feb 9, 2018 Jennifer Del Valle All Autistic families need this regardless if they wonder or not some kids aren't verbal so it'll be easier to locate them. I'm glad this law was passed
Jan 24, 2018 Alicja Bożek
Jan 18, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed) please fund training programs that will help ALL law enforcement officers to deal with children with autism.
Jan 3, 2018 Jodi Ford
Jan 2, 2018 Alexandria Harwood
Jan 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 31, 2017 Elizabeth Nitsch
Dec 29, 2017 Anne Cardwell
Dec 29, 2017 Jerome Brown
Dec 29, 2017 Ashley Snelling
Dec 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2017 Kelly Hayes
Dec 29, 2017 leanne stockwell this needs to be in place, as a parent of 3 autistic children, 2 who do run/wander i know this would be a godsend to other oarents in the same position,
Dec 26, 2017 Wendy Lopez-Bishop
Dec 19, 2017 Caroline Lorraine Totally agree! It is important that law enforcement recognizes autistic characteristics in order to deal with the situation.
Dec 13, 2017 Stacey Govito
Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Nov 24, 2017 Jennifer Pytlik I am a high functioning adult with autism and upon announcing this detail still a traffic stop for expired plates, I was brutally manhandled and charges towards with weapons drawn. They recommend that I file a formal complaint but I can't shake the trauma
Nov 21, 2017 Patricia Wagner
Nov 21, 2017 Lauren Hibbard Not just children but young adults as well!
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2017 Evelyn DuBois
Nov 21, 2017 Jim Brown
Nov 20, 2017 Kim Hudak
Nov 20, 2017 Patricia Baldrich
Nov 20, 2017 Christina Hester
Nov 20, 2017 Megan Stewart This type of training will be invaluable for our loved ones with autism.
Nov 20, 2017 Donna Rodriguez
Nov 20, 2017 Brittaney Bailey Adkins As a teacher of students with autism, I know that in a crisis situation how a person of authority handles the individual with autism that can drastically increase or decrease the behaviors an acting out person. Calm clearly stated expectations w/ support
Nov 20, 2017 Jeremy Williamson Please educate officers of America for our Autistic children and their safety.....
Nov 20, 2017 Jerry Deno
Nov 20, 2017 Justin Combs
Nov 20, 2017 Raquel Orczyk
Nov 20, 2017 Vivian Magner I also have a son on the spectrum that will run off from time to time. We need this to pass.
Nov 19, 2017 Tiffany Zimmerman
Nov 19, 2017 Kimberly Hazelett
Nov 19, 2017 Sean Morris
Nov 19, 2017 Susan Preston
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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