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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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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


Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 shawntay winstead
Oct 25, 2014 Jean Kesner
Oct 25, 2014 Shaquay JOHNSON
Oct 25, 2014 Kristen Murray
Oct 25, 2014 William Buckner
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 melissa Rodriguez
Oct 25, 2014 pam waite
Oct 25, 2014 shannon hendricks
Oct 25, 2014 Daniel Ellcey
Oct 25, 2014 Kala Harrington
Oct 25, 2014 Dawn soles People need this for the children
Oct 25, 2014 Samantha Gorton
Oct 25, 2014 Deborah Lepine
Oct 25, 2014 Nicole Reynolds
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 Cathy Houde
Oct 25, 2014 nikki samaras
Oct 25, 2014 Isela Zepeda This is extremely important and necessary.
Oct 25, 2014 Rachelle Walters
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 Amanda Mitchell
Oct 25, 2014 Angela Dufour
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 T J DOWDY
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Everybody should be aware of knowing an autistic child.
Oct 25, 2014 Carolyn Graham
Oct 25, 2014 debra havrilek
Oct 25, 2014 Ambur Martinez
Oct 25, 2014 Joyce Mountz
Oct 25, 2014 debbie smith
Oct 25, 2014 robin griffin
Oct 25, 2014 Larinda Merkins Wholeheartedly agree! Thank you!
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) I have an autistic son..and one cop it was trieying make fun of my son becouse he don't talk...He's was...hey boddy you don't talk..and I was trieying to explain to the cop that he's and non verbal autistic boy...But I guess that the cop what that mean.
Oct 25, 2014 Beth Eddy This is so important!
Oct 25, 2014 Nicole Ickes
Oct 25, 2014 sherry Abbott
Oct 25, 2014 Jennie Ferreira
Oct 25, 2014 Ryan Mills
Oct 25, 2014 traci pennick I agree 100 percent !!
Oct 25, 2014 Terri Caiazzo
Oct 25, 2014 Melanie Boutin
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 maurita france
Oct 25, 2014 Kishla Lang Children AND adults with autism might respond to law enforcement differently. Please provide training for our officers. Let's be proactive, an not wait for a tragedy to happen. Please support country-wide autism training for our law enforcement.
Oct 25, 2014 sandra Griffin
Oct 25, 2014 jen queen

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