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On September 25, 2014, the Justice Department said Holder would resign as soon as his successor is confirmed. Until that successor is confirmed, we will continue to petition Attorney General Holder for action on this important cause.
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Sponsored by: The Autism Site

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 Attorney General Eric Holder to encourage autism training for police departments around the country.

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Dear Attorney General Eric Holder,

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


Jan 27, 2015 Alexandrea Pavlica
Jan 24, 2015 (Name not displayed) I think that law enforcement officials should have autism response training as well as mental illness response training (the two are very important and have now increased in society)
Jan 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2015 Brenda Mims My son was 11 years old and loved seeing the houses in our neighborhood that were being built. He was seen going into the homes and the police was called. They handcuffed him and put him in the back of car. The policeman was rude and uncaring.
Jan 20, 2015 julie waterton
Jan 18, 2015 Cheryl Last Name PLEASE, PLEASE make police receive extensive training regarding children and adults with Autism and Spectrum disorders. They should be taught how to recognize and deal with people with all kinds of mental/emotional/developmental disorders. URGENT!
Jan 18, 2015 Jennifer Phillips
Jan 18, 2015 Michelle Reyes
Jan 17, 2015 Ellen O'Laughlen
Jan 16, 2015 Gudrun Garcia
Jan 15, 2015 Susan Hewitt Please educate all of law enforcement about autism and other developmentally disabled people. Very important.
Jan 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2015 Norma Martínez
Jan 14, 2015 Barbara Herrrte
Jan 13, 2015 Carrie Dieppa
Jan 12, 2015 N Wuehler
Jan 12, 2015 Mihaela Stan
Jan 10, 2015 Suzan Ingersoll Policemen must become more sensitive to the diverse population that they serve...
Jan 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2015 Nichole Lichtley Training should not stop with law enforcement. Anyone who is a public servant should have training and knowledge in regards to individuals on the spectrum. Everyone needs to have atleast a general understanding of people on the spectrum.
Jan 7, 2015 debra clayton
Jan 7, 2015 Christy ODonnell
Jan 7, 2015 Rebecca Wilcox-Ball
Jan 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2015 Larry Branson
Jan 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2014 Sandra Morales
Dec 29, 2014 Darnie Hibbler Nelson
Dec 28, 2014 Jules U.
Dec 28, 2014 Janet Mara
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 20, 2014 Maria Simao
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) I want officer to know how to deal with a child that has autism. My son was attack by 6 guys and the officers didn't do anything to help my son. ALL I got from the officer was that a child that is disable shouldn't be outside on his own.
Dec 11, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 10, 2014 Ashley Musick
Dec 10, 2014 Melissa Desales
Dec 9, 2014 Jen Karalus
Dec 7, 2014 violet martin
Dec 7, 2014 Elaina Janeene
Dec 5, 2014 Katherine Shaver
Dec 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2014 yavonkah jordan
Dec 3, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2014 Juliet Francis
Dec 1, 2014 Karen Moore With what's happened in Luton recently can we ever trust the law again with our autistic children
Nov 30, 2014 Arthur MacDonnell
Nov 24, 2014 Casey Manner
Nov 24, 2014 teresa keller Thank you for your help.

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