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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


Mar 27, 2017 Brittany Montgomery
Mar 26, 2017 Marsha Croner
Mar 25, 2017 Marlene Schwartz
Mar 22, 2017 Anna Atkins
Mar 22, 2017 Zak Atkins
Mar 13, 2017 Donald Dimock
Mar 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2017 sara Elkins
Mar 2, 2017 Barbara Vieira
Mar 1, 2017 Sara Severino Not all Austic people can speak or follow directions and this could lead to someone being hurt if they do not recognize the sign of autism .
Feb 28, 2017 Phyllis Huntley
Feb 27, 2017 allison woody
Feb 27, 2017 Larissa S
Feb 21, 2017 Anna G I do believe the police need a lot of training on autism and other mental disease. They want to be to hurt a person without finding out if that person has a problem beyond their control.
Feb 18, 2017 Sharon Blood This training must be done to protect our children.
Feb 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2017 Gena Baker As a parent of children with autism this is a huge concern of mine. I completely support this training for our law enforcement. Thank you for your service!
Feb 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2017 Lea Houdek Not just to the Attorney General but to all law enforcement and fire departments.
Feb 5, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Feb 3, 2017 Brian Le Flem
Jan 25, 2017 Darnie Hibbler-Nelson
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2017 Paul Williams
Jan 17, 2017 Rebecca Shelton
Jan 8, 2017 Laurel Williams
Dec 29, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 14, 2016 Karin Cohen
Dec 11, 2016 Susie Beland
Dec 10, 2016 LINDA ANDERSON
Nov 30, 2016 laura manasan
Nov 30, 2016 Roman Marek
Nov 30, 2016 Agnieszka Marek
Nov 30, 2016 Szymon Marek
Nov 26, 2016 Randy Harkness
Nov 24, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 15, 2016 Jairo Arana
Nov 14, 2016 LiLing Oh
Nov 14, 2016 Libby Frolichman
Nov 6, 2016 Angelica Marcano
Oct 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) I encourage Autism trainig for police officers.
Oct 29, 2016 Kathleen Pelletier
Oct 25, 2016 Marjorie Raskin The more policemen know about this problem the more effective they should become in helping autistic children without frightening them.
Oct 23, 2016 Donna Cantrell I
Oct 23, 2016 Daniel Moreno
Oct 23, 2016 Trisha Harmon They need tons of training cause there are so mang forms of autism. Trust me i have 2 kids with autisum. All emergency response people need this
Oct 23, 2016 Katherine Hampton
Oct 23, 2016 Debbie Morgan Help them to understand how to relate to someone with autism.

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