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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

Jun 27, 2016 Janis Frazee
Jun 27, 2016 Craig Munro
Jun 27, 2016 Renee Laferriere
Jun 27, 2016 Anna O'Bradovich
Jun 27, 2016 Nora Spielman
Jun 27, 2016 Michaelene Grauf
Jun 27, 2016 nikos papalexiou
Jun 27, 2016 Tara Warfield
Jun 27, 2016 Isabella Blancofombona
Jun 27, 2016 wendy ambler
Jun 27, 2016 Verónica Gomes
Jun 27, 2016 L B All people should try to do more to understand !
Jun 26, 2016 Deborah Husted
Jun 26, 2016 Pamela Gibberman
Jun 26, 2016 Margaret Earl
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Jun 26, 2016 Marianne Cooper
Jun 26, 2016 Carrie Eberhardt
Jun 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2016 Martha Lozano
Jun 26, 2016 Itzel Pichardo
Jun 26, 2016 Pat Bereczki Please do the right thing.
Jun 26, 2016 Robyn Clancy
Jun 26, 2016 Judith Castiano When working with autistic children, the police must have the proper training. It can be very traumatic for the child/individual if the situation is not handled properly. Please make sure there is country-wide autism training for law enforcement.
Jun 26, 2016 Beth Sanders
Jun 26, 2016 yana shkurenko
Jun 26, 2016 Theresa Billeaud
Jun 26, 2016 Rhonda Dennis
Jun 26, 2016 Elise Tooley
Jun 26, 2016 Martha Eberle
Jun 26, 2016 Holly Dixon
Jun 26, 2016 Jesus Montealegre
Jun 26, 2016 Lois Sharlock
Jun 26, 2016 Stacey Daniels-Dattilo
Jun 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2016 Katherine Andrean Autistic kids are not monsters, just little people with special needs that need to be understood and taken back home.
Jun 26, 2016 Shadoe Drury
Jun 26, 2016 Andrea Yanez
Jun 26, 2016 farah amlashi
Jun 26, 2016 christine eardley
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Jun 26, 2016 Patricia Lyman
Jun 26, 2016 Carolynn Parker
Jun 26, 2016 Caroline CEDELLE
Jun 26, 2016 Robert Chacon
Jun 26, 2016 Abigail Pulford
Jun 26, 2016 Natalie Bieniarz
Jun 26, 2016 Joseph Cani
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Jun 26, 2016 Rich Surdyk

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