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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 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Rebecca Sternhagen
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) All first responders need to be educated on autism. My teenage son would hide from police, medics, firefighters, etc.. if they were needed at my home. If they don't know how to "deal with" him, he could be left in a dangerous situation.
May 28, 2015 Jan Drake Please get them the training they need.
May 28, 2015 kimberly molloy
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Christel Golubski If law enforcement aren't educated about autism it could lead to death of a child with Autism!! Knowledge is key to procecting our child or even young adults!!!
May 28, 2015 susan moore
May 28, 2015 Joan Block YES, much needed.
May 28, 2015 Teresa Tripp
May 28, 2015 nohely barragan
May 28, 2015 Freya Williams
May 28, 2015 Grelynn Bradley
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) We need better laws to help protect our loved ones
May 28, 2015 Wendy Graham It would be awesome for the cops to know how to recognize and communicate with special needs.I'm trying my hardest to teach my son to find a cop (man or woman) if he needs help, lost or scared.Thanks for being there.
May 28, 2015 Teresa Nissanka
May 28, 2015 Bonnie See
May 28, 2015 Sandra Oliveira this is very important to me because my two oldest sons have autism
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) With the common occurrence of kids on the spectrum tending to"wonder off" we have to have law enforcement that is trained to deal with their unique personality quirks.
May 28, 2015 mary jones
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please provide training to police departments around the country. As the mother of a 25 year old daughter with autism, I know first hand how her behaviors can sometimes confuse or even startle people. others may bde confused by her behaviors.
May 28, 2015 Michelle Wienckowski
May 28, 2015 wendy Napier
May 28, 2015 martine scott
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Crystal Grant They really do need this training; so many are quick to pull the trigger or restrain without trying less restrictive measures first! A nice calm voice/tone is sometimes all that a child needs; not " put your hands up or I'll shoot"! They are sensitive!!
May 28, 2015 Cynthia Stokes-Adam
May 28, 2015 Hollie Kells
May 28, 2015 Laurie Pangburn
May 28, 2015 Adrienne Simpson
May 28, 2015 Marco fierro
May 28, 2015 Dianne fierro
May 28, 2015 ali duckwall
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Aurora Vazquez
May 27, 2015 Ed Knight
May 27, 2015 Karen Beasley I believe everyone should be trained but this is a great start .
May 27, 2015 leanna hand My grandson is autistic and lives in KENNEDALE Texas and the police there have no idea how to help autistic children
May 27, 2015 Ashley Winholtz
May 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2015 samantha stultz
May 27, 2015 Amanda Lehman Please provide Autism training to All Police Officers in the United States. Autism is misunderstood by those who do not have it.
May 27, 2015 Robert McKinnon
May 27, 2015 Heidi Muzhik
May 27, 2015 Kristy McCurry Please support country-wide autism training for our law enforcement. Thank you.
May 27, 2015 Kathy Clay This training is long over due. I hope the training will also include how to recognize a child with autism.
May 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2015 Donna Atkins Autism is misunderstood to those not familiar with it.

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