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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

Jan 8, 2017 Laurel Williams
Dec 29, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 14, 2016 Karin Cohen
Dec 11, 2016 Susie Beland
Nov 30, 2016 laura manasan
Nov 30, 2016 Roman Marek
Nov 30, 2016 Agnieszka Marek
Nov 30, 2016 Szymon Marek
Nov 26, 2016 Randy Harkness
Nov 24, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 15, 2016 Jairo Arana
Nov 14, 2016 LiLing Oh
Nov 14, 2016 Libby Frolichman
Nov 6, 2016 Angelica Marcano
Oct 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) I encourage Autism trainig for police officers.
Oct 29, 2016 Kathleen Pelletier
Oct 25, 2016 Marjorie Raskin The more policemen know about this problem the more effective they should become in helping autistic children without frightening them.
Oct 23, 2016 Donna Cantrell I
Oct 23, 2016 Daniel Moreno
Oct 23, 2016 Trisha Harmon They need tons of training cause there are so mang forms of autism. Trust me i have 2 kids with autisum. All emergency response people need this
Oct 23, 2016 Katherine Hampton
Oct 23, 2016 Debbie Morgan Help them to understand how to relate to someone with autism.
Oct 20, 2016 Regina Johnson
Oct 20, 2016 Sarah Long
Oct 20, 2016 Mindy Marsh
Oct 13, 2016 Cindy austin
Oct 13, 2016 Sharon Evans-Ford
Oct 12, 2016 Patrik Löfgren
Oct 10, 2016 vanessa palmer
Oct 10, 2016 Mini Sharma
Oct 9, 2016 Beah Robinson
Oct 8, 2016 Anna Rincon
Oct 6, 2016 Cheryl Remington
Oct 4, 2016 Donna Bradley
Sep 25, 2016 Budd Rutter
Sep 25, 2016 Maggie Rutter
Sep 24, 2016 Damien Adelini
Sep 20, 2016 Keith Jesse I am a CIT co-coordinator for NAMI and I believe that law enforcement and EMS should have training with the special populations. I myself as a auxiliary police officer have started a Safety Town for autistic children.
Sep 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2016 Lesa Duke
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2016 mcarmen vegas
Sep 13, 2016 C. Whelchel
Sep 10, 2016 Johna Ramos Please make this happen not just for the children but for the adults with Autism as well. Our police force needs this training. Thank you.
Sep 8, 2016 Debbie Buckowski
Sep 8, 2016 Lauren Amick
Sep 1, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Aug 29, 2016 Erin Cromer

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