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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 Loretta Lynch to encourage autism training for police departments around the country.

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Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch,

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 4, 2016 Fay Simpson Hopefully if they knew more about it and that at time people with Autism don't always know how to handle or understand what they going through .Maybe the police can get training on how to better handle someone with it better than shooting them . God help.
May 4, 2016 Debra Ferguson
May 4, 2016 Nicole Morgan Please provide Autism training to Law enforcement and you can save someone from being injured or killed from simply not knowing how to respond to police.
May 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2016 Jennifer Bong I have a 9 year old son with autism and he is non verbal could not find his way home or tell you were he lives if he got lost police need to be educated to these cases and understand there needs, please help us to help are loved ones in need to a safer fu
May 3, 2016 Erin Dodds
May 3, 2016 Sarah Mafua
May 3, 2016 Tracey Locklear
May 3, 2016 Annette Strassner Please please please teach autism awareness and autism communication skills. Please please please
May 2, 2016 Cindi Boger Please authorize Autism training for all police officers
May 2, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please authorize Autism training for all police officers.
May 2, 2016 Denise Monteiro What a wonderful idea.
May 2, 2016 (Name not displayed) It is essential that police offices know how to deal with autistic autistic people, not to invade their space, some hate to be touched, if they have a knife it's mainly because they wish to harm themselves not someone else.
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed) I have my autistic son
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 1, 2016 Meghan bamberg
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed) It is very important for first responders to have this kind of training. It is very traumatic for our children if they needed help.
May 1, 2016 Tracy Kosnikowski
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 1, 2016 Jennifer Astran
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 1, 2016 dorothy clark
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed) Part of a class for law enforcement under the Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement, magistrates, ems school resource officers also part of this program. Contact your local Behavioral Health Program or National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 1, 2016 Frankie Sallee Please help us, with autism, help ourselves. I was arrested, simply because I froze, could not respond. No charges, no explanation. This happens all the time, but it shouldn't.
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 1, 2016 Eve Alva Being informed is key to understanding and coexistence.
May 1, 2016 Ambar James
May 1, 2016 Linds Lockwood
May 1, 2016 Ashlei Bowman Please help keep everyone safe with the proper training.
Apr 30, 2016 Deborah Goembel Absolutely crucial.
Apr 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) This is a wonderful idea & all police across the USA needs to be trained & that training put to use!! My son is a 19 year old on the spectrum.
Apr 30, 2016 Rose Kostak
Apr 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2016 kayla dawson
Apr 30, 2016 Twila Allen
Apr 30, 2016 Diane Chambers
Apr 29, 2016 Brenda Salinas
Apr 29, 2016 Lisa Rivas
Apr 29, 2016 (Name not displayed) A mother of two autistic boys
Apr 29, 2016 Terry Maley
Apr 29, 2016 Andrea Kessler As a mother of an autistic child, anything that could help in an emergency should be offered to those who want it.
Apr 29, 2016 Tara Shillito Not just law enforcement and first responders, but everyone!
Apr 29, 2016 REBECCA CREWS
Apr 29, 2016 Aprille Ortiz This should be a given considering how many kids are on the spectrum.
Apr 29, 2016 darrell lewis autism people need help but it seems the first responders need more help on recognizing these abilities this is the first of the kind
Apr 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2016 Gina Gallo
Apr 29, 2016 Lynda Bauer
Apr 29, 2016 Jen Bartlein

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