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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


Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Liza Z
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Rebecca Wright Taylor
Jul 20, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 18, 2014 Michele Miller
Jul 17, 2014 Michelle Lavin
Jul 17, 2014 Jennifer Pena
Jul 17, 2014 Nada Mathews
Jul 17, 2014 Valerie Crosby
Jul 17, 2014 Diane Fitzgerald Would not only help with ones that have autism but also other challenges that are among many of special situations.
Jul 17, 2014 Petruta Mureseanu
Jul 17, 2014 Jessica Beeso
Jul 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2014 Mary Reinhard
Jul 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2014 Christine Crane
Jul 16, 2014 Lisa Carter Please help people to understand and recognize Autism
Jul 16, 2014 Catherine Hart
Jul 16, 2014 Linda Lowry Ask Attorney General Eric Holder to encourage autism training for police departments around the country.
Jul 16, 2014 Myriam Fleming My son is African American he is non verbal and does not always understand commands... This can be dangerous for him interacting with law enforcement ... Especially in the State of New York were officers typically have their gun pointed at a person .
Jul 16, 2014 Vicki Murray I think this is a good idea and the training could probably apply to Asperger's, as well.
Jul 16, 2014 Tanya Pinder
Jul 15, 2014 Jamie Wright
Jul 15, 2014 Jennifer Hart
Jul 15, 2014 Lulu Florez It's definitely much needed so they know how to handle people with autism.
Jul 15, 2014 Natalie Wade
Jul 15, 2014 Angela Vigloria
Jul 15, 2014 Dee Frank DITTO This is vitally important for police officers to learn. The statistics are significantly increasing the percentages. Proper training could make the difference between having a successful conclusion, or failing miserably @ the worst possible time.
Jul 15, 2014 Melissa Deshazo
Jul 15, 2014 Beverly Francis Please help to make our police aware of the special needs of our children and especially our teenagers and young adults who have autism
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2014 Penny Rosfjord
Jul 15, 2014 donna clay This is vitally important for police officers to learn. The statistics are significantly increasing the percentages. Proper training could make the difference between having a successful conclusion, or failing miserably @ the worst possible time.
Jul 15, 2014 Brianna Renninger
Jul 15, 2014 Jacki Chase
Jul 15, 2014 Mike Dierdorff I would actually like to do some training, because I have autism myself.
Jul 15, 2014 Crystal Hill
Jul 15, 2014 Amanda Robison
Jul 15, 2014 Laurel Wheeler
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please protect out babies from unfortunate outcomes of last enforcement
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2014 Jane Sidney
Jul 15, 2014 Salena Lee
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2014 Nicole Gilbert My son is Autistic, and has a tendency to wander if something catches his eye. I would hope that someone would know what to do should they run across him away from home. It is critical to understand!!
Jul 15, 2014 sarah hengber My brother is nonverbal and autistic and his bus matron called the police when he got loud on the bus. I spoke with the responding police officers, who were not informed that he had autism, and did not know what it was.
Jul 15, 2014 Rena Booker

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