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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


Jul 26, 2016 Michael Waterman
Jul 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2016 John MacDuffee
Jul 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2016 Bronwynn Cleveland
Jul 24, 2016 Lendea Venegas
Jul 24, 2016 (Name not displayed) I have a 15 year old grandson with Asperger's Syndrome and am terrified of what could happen to hm, if he should have an episode where he shouts and scream because he is frustrated and the police are near. They MUST be trained on ALL types of Autism.
Jul 24, 2016 Rebecca Bellomy
Jul 24, 2016 Raymond Rinehart
Jul 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 LISA DUFFY
Jul 23, 2016 Brenda Heinrich
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed) I have an an autistic son and have worked with autistic adults. They are wonderful people, but easily misunderstood. Training officers with how to assist agitated autistic people, as well as others with mental illnesses or disabilities would be helpful
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 Mary Hahn Autism training is vital for the safety of autistic people who may be lost or unable to communicate, or both.
Jul 23, 2016 Raquel Serrano
Jul 23, 2016 tasha keller
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 Julie Robinson This should be required for all who serve and protect plus other workers in the public arena
Jul 23, 2016 Shannon Manning Serving our communities should mean understanding the difference between a threatening violent situation and one in which an authority figure can actually serve humanity and be of help.
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 Rudy Felts
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 Theresa Perazzelli
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 matthijs van der veen how does a toy truck look like a firearm why did he shoot first when there was not really a reason to shoot
Jul 23, 2016 Stephanie Rincon
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 Beatrice Infante
Jul 23, 2016 Karen Mcduffie This could have been my child whom is autistic.
Jul 23, 2016 brittany Clements
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed) All officers need specialized training to deal with citizens on the autism spectrum in an appropriate manner.
Jul 23, 2016 Elizabeth Lindsley
Jul 23, 2016 Melissa Mansfield
Jul 23, 2016 John O'Neill
Jul 23, 2016 Barbara Anderson
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed) My son is on the asd spectrum. He doesnt follow directions all the time. He questions, cant process what is said if it is loud or shouted. Please help us
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed) My son has Autism. All Lives Matter...
Jul 23, 2016 rwbecca lynn
Jul 22, 2016 Phil Deutsch
Jul 22, 2016 Annmarie Lopez
Jul 22, 2016 Kelley Gilmore
Jul 22, 2016 Sandra More
Jul 22, 2016 Chelsea Poirier
Jul 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2016 sarah stevens
Jul 22, 2016 Stuart McPherran
Jul 22, 2016 Vicki Meyer Autism spectrum and its idiosyncrasies with relation to normal acceptable social behavior is very disturbing when it comes to dealing with law enforcement situations. I will always worry about this due to my autistic son.
Jul 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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