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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

May 25, 2017 Beau Weaver
May 25, 2017 Pam Colarusso
May 25, 2017 Mary Gohl
May 24, 2017 Judy Ritchie
May 23, 2017 Sonya Pierce Law enforcement officers are very likely to be put in a position where they will be working with people with ASD. They must be trained please.
May 22, 2017 Amy Butterfield
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 Scott Lane
May 22, 2017 Jessica Riegle
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 Taryn Dery
May 22, 2017 Maryanne Macadangdang
May 22, 2017 Kim Almaroad
May 22, 2017 heather koblinski Please, this is an important issue. As a mom with an ASD son this is one of my concerns every day for the safety of children like my boy, please make the training a requirement.
May 22, 2017 Rachael Kleinman
May 22, 2017 Marissa Barbaro
May 22, 2017 Lori Isenberg I think this is important so police know how to talk and handle our children with autism, and also understand that they may not comply with orders and directions. And, they may be very sensitive to lots of lights, noise, and loud voices.
May 22, 2017 Lori Ducharme
May 22, 2017 Cassandra Hiatt
May 21, 2017 Azalea Vega-Lownsbery
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2017 Victoria Peña
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2017 Rose Abyssinian
May 21, 2017 Wanda Tennill
May 21, 2017 Rose Roe
May 21, 2017 Cary Barnes
May 21, 2017 Margaret Patneaud
May 21, 2017 Barbara Cornett
May 21, 2017 Tiffany Bertram My two year old is a runner / wanderer. This is definitely a step in the right direction to keep our children of all ages safe.
May 21, 2017 Monika Nugent I have been trying for 2yrs with our local police Dept, congressman's office,sheriffs office in other counties that are up and running giving me advice on how to get this going in our community and it's been a complete nightmare. Why does it take tragedy
May 21, 2017 Brenda Nieves My son is a wandering and this would help tremendously to avoid a tragedy.
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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May 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 William Kline
Apr 26, 2017 Laura Perez-Mauriz
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2017 Robin Fiene As the mother of an almost 4 year old son with autism, I encourage you support training for police in ASD.
Apr 17, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 13, 2017 Angela Hebert
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 30, 2017 Suzanne Krcelic
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

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