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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


Apr 18, 2014 mercy myers
Apr 17, 2014 Kristine Cormier
Apr 16, 2014 Les Wood
Apr 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2014 Meccah Hoskins
Apr 15, 2014 MYEESHA CAVANAUGH Eric Holder IT IS YOUR JOB TO ENSURE SAFETY AND PROPER TRAINING and also to require autism response training to law enforcement around the country.
Apr 15, 2014 leah williams
Apr 14, 2014 William Burns
Apr 14, 2014 Ashley Valentine
Apr 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2014 Sophia Rodriguez Learn how to recognize an Autistic person.Force and violence should not be used with these special people. Thank You
Apr 14, 2014 Nicole Criscuolo
Apr 14, 2014 Lita Tomas Knowledge is power! We need to educate everyone in handling autistic outbursts!
Apr 13, 2014 Doris Dye
Apr 13, 2014 Kobe Langridge
Apr 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2014 Rene Mails This is becoming more of an issue daily as so many kids have an autism spectrum disorder. The sooner (& more) trained, the better for all.
Apr 13, 2014 Shanna Bozeman
Apr 13, 2014 Cheryljoy Taufer
Apr 13, 2014 Tammy Maavich I have 3 children with Autism. My oldest did wander off 1 time and was surrounded by police who didn't understand and almost used the tazer gun on him. Very scary.
Apr 13, 2014 Jill Knight
Apr 13, 2014 Brianna Garcia This condition is on the rise not only should our law enforcers be aware but should also be prepared. Please provide them with the necessary tools to protect all citizens, even the disadvantaged. Thank you.
Apr 13, 2014 Susan Robertson
Apr 13, 2014 Chelcy Mast
Apr 13, 2014 Tara Darr
Apr 13, 2014 jaki akins
Apr 13, 2014 Chaim Bamberger I think autism awareness is extremely important and we must do our best support each other. I have autism myself
Apr 13, 2014 Noryne Robinson
Apr 13, 2014 Melanie Moore
Apr 13, 2014 Larry Stelmach Please. Autistics are great people. Their episodes can sometimes be challenging, and knowing what drives a behavior can really help one decide how to react to it. Protect and serve.
Apr 13, 2014 Teresa Welch
Apr 13, 2014 Vanessa Hurtado
Apr 13, 2014 Chastity Davis
Apr 13, 2014 Melissa Qualls My son has autism and a intellectual disorder so he has his own way of letting you know exactly how he is feeling but you won't understand it if your not around them or been trained how to handle their "tantrums" so I fully support this idea
Apr 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2014 Ella Dovell My grandson has autism and someone touching him is very painful. Officers and first responders need to know how to approach a person with autism. There are more people with autism than ever before
Apr 13, 2014 Mary Anne Luke
Apr 13, 2014 Teresa Johnson
Apr 13, 2014 monica bedoya
Apr 13, 2014 (Name not displayed) I am a parent of an autistic girl and would appreciate your help and support for this petition.
Apr 13, 2014 Renee Buck There needs to be aggressive mandatory training in schools as well. Teachers, principals, aides. They have no clue and our children NEED everyone to know how to help them.
Apr 13, 2014 Todd Carlton
Apr 13, 2014 Noelle Carlton
Apr 13, 2014 cindy applegate hi my name is cindy i have a grandson with
Apr 13, 2014 Kelley Sullivan
Apr 13, 2014 Kristen Mcmanus
Apr 13, 2014 Erika Skobel
Apr 12, 2014 Kimberly Walsh
Apr 12, 2014 stephanie hudson

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