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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 19, 2014 Heather Young
Oct 18, 2014 melody stern
Oct 17, 2014 Audrey Walton
Oct 17, 2014 Kate El Gheur
Oct 16, 2014 Stephanie Fredericks
Oct 16, 2014 cathy owens
Oct 16, 2014 Theresa Carroll
Oct 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2014 Lana Bennett
Oct 13, 2014 ega callister the law enforcers should be understanding how hard the situation is for people with autism . People with autism deserve better treatment!
Oct 13, 2014 Tim Mills
Oct 13, 2014 (Name not displayed) These special children have totally different learning as other children and law should be more aware of there needs and Wat e the best appropriate action to take without distresses the child
Oct 9, 2014 Agnieszka Valenta
Oct 7, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2014 Audra Padgett People with Autism are not like average person.If u dn't hve the right training a situation can go frm bad to worst very fast.
Oct 2, 2014 MARIE FLANIGAN
Sep 26, 2014 Darla Mills
Sep 26, 2014 Becky Sciortino
Sep 26, 2014 Leta Goines
Sep 26, 2014 Millie Torres
Sep 25, 2014 Catherine Van Hooser
Sep 25, 2014 Cathrine Martinez
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2014 Mary Jane Scully
Sep 25, 2014 Tracey Williams
Sep 25, 2014 Emily Harris
Sep 25, 2014 Rachel Merritt-Thomas
Sep 25, 2014 Tania Mable
Sep 25, 2014 Samantha Archuleta
Sep 25, 2014 Angela Sullivan
Sep 25, 2014 mirella navar
Sep 25, 2014 jennifer bireley
Sep 24, 2014 Aylin Altinok
Sep 24, 2014 Chloé Espinasse
Sep 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Katherine Linebaugh
Sep 22, 2014 Sandra Lenins Childen wtth Autism respond different and they may have a meltdown just because some little thing triggered them, they do not always understand what is being ask of them. This needs to be done to protect all.
Sep 21, 2014 Beth Wright
Sep 20, 2014 Mal Scott
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Cynthia Fuller
Sep 19, 2014 Mary Bryant Please help the Law to understand the problems and actions that are tell-tale signs of autism. This could save a life.
Sep 17, 2014 Jennifer Schutte
Sep 16, 2014 rose gonzales I have a son, whom has autism. I would like to know that the law enforcement is well educated and trained on how to handle children and adults with the autism spectrum.
Sep 16, 2014 Holly Rutledge
Sep 14, 2014 Elissa Nelson
Sep 11, 2014 kaitlin kennedy
Sep 7, 2014 Stephanie Linke

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