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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 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


Jul 23, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jul 21, 2017 Helena Miller Autism is a huge problem because 1/66 kids has it to a degree.
Jul 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 11, 2017 Rebecca Carr This is a very scary possible situation that we think about all the time. Our 9 year old is growing older and bigger but he wanders and I'm sure he would not react normally to being questioned by authorities. Police should learn about Autism/how to handle
Jun 30, 2017 Chenelle Sinclair
Jun 27, 2017 Stefano Fuschetto
Jun 25, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jun 25, 2017 Susan Schueller
Jun 25, 2017 Lorraine Costea
Jun 25, 2017 Michele Mika
Jun 25, 2017 Jeanne Sheffer
Jun 25, 2017 Dawn Handelsman
Jun 25, 2017 Carolyn Edgecomb These kids are fragile and each is different and need special care and training to have a good outcare.
Jun 25, 2017 Barbara Owen
Jun 25, 2017 Patricia Wirth-Nugent
Jun 25, 2017 Dorothy Lenard I work with children with autism, and strongly support this petition.
Jun 25, 2017 Kathy Pelletier this is very important we never would want the actions of someone with a disability get him or her killed or hurt
Jun 25, 2017 Lisa Dektor
Jun 25, 2017 Jeff Floss
Jun 25, 2017 Betty Anthony
Jun 25, 2017 kris b
Jun 25, 2017 Colin Parrington
Jun 25, 2017 Thomas Lynn
Jun 25, 2017 Sandra Marusin
Jun 25, 2017 ellen segal
Jun 25, 2017 Sherry Crum
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 heather cornwell
Jun 25, 2017 Gabriele Ansay
Jun 25, 2017 ANITA BARRETT
Jun 25, 2017 Kate Pruden
Jun 25, 2017 Patricia Nye Until the "good cops" turn in the "bad cops" all cops look alike - BAD!
Jun 25, 2017 Elizabeth Dodd
Jun 25, 2017 DeeDee Berkshire
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Janice Geist
Jun 25, 2017 Sarah Rose It is very important that police have the proper training in order to handle any problem encountered with autistic children and adults. Failure to have this training can result in some one getting hurt or killed.
Jun 25, 2017 Jean Sychowski We need all the help we can get to keep our children safe.
Jun 25, 2017 Susan Linden
Jun 25, 2017 Jeremy Carpenter
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Jody Mahnken
Jun 25, 2017 Alex Martinez, Sr. We live in Thornton, Colorado. To my understanding they do under stand about children with autism. Thornton PD do have a few officers that have family with autism. If more PD'S took the time to learn they would be better equipped to understand.
Jun 25, 2017 Laura Cyr
Jun 25, 2017 Sheila Doss
Jun 25, 2017 Tim Brand
Jun 25, 2017 Jeremy Montague
Jun 25, 2017 Lori Bliek
Jun 25, 2017 Mrs. Sandra G. Andrews

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