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On September 25, 2014, the Justice Department said Holder would resign as soon as his successor is confirmed. Until that successor is confirmed, we will continue to petition Attorney General Holder for action on this important cause.
Goal: 20,000 Progress: 20,441
Sponsored by: The Autism Site

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


Mar 3, 2015 Mary Parvis Cops should be trained to handle people with mental illness, autism, and who have cultural differences.
Mar 3, 2015 Christina Bocek
Mar 3, 2015 Anna Shaughnessy
Mar 3, 2015 Darla Daniel-Seabolt
Mar 3, 2015 Jennifer Love
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 George Stewart
Mar 3, 2015 Karen Holli
Mar 3, 2015 Dawn Flori
Mar 3, 2015 Sandy Bagley This is another thing for our law enforcement to learn and practice, but the benefits could be so helpful to someone in need that is autistic.
Mar 3, 2015 Pam Hamilton
Mar 3, 2015 Jeannette Scholz All law enforcement should have autism training. This would greatly help reunite lost autisic children with their families.
Mar 3, 2015 Kate Lecours
Mar 3, 2015 Kathleen Jackson
Mar 3, 2015 Linnell Krikorian
Mar 3, 2015 Christine Bassett
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 Ron Goldberg
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 Debra Wontor
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 Michelle Key
Mar 3, 2015 Karin Hannah
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please train officers on how to approach and deal with autistic people. As children grow into adults you will continue to see more and adults with odd, abnormal behavior. This should be part of every officers training!
Mar 3, 2015 Ben Kloepper
Mar 3, 2015 Carol Stevens
Mar 3, 2015 Cyndi Clough
Mar 3, 2015 Darren Masters
Mar 3, 2015 Dhanraji Ramlakhan
Mar 3, 2015 Carol McMahon
Mar 3, 2015 Jill Bickler
Mar 3, 2015 Rebecca Howe
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 Carol Masuda
Mar 3, 2015 Kristyn MacPhail
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 Darraline Salmon
Mar 3, 2015 Brad Chonka
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 Kathlene Croasdale
Mar 3, 2015 Raven Haber
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 Yiangos Ktorides
Mar 3, 2015 Debra Roberts
Mar 3, 2015 Philip Amos
Mar 3, 2015 mike hopkins
Mar 3, 2015 jan salas
Mar 3, 2015 marysharon melchiorre
Mar 3, 2015 Mimi Martinez Urgent help needed. Please support our families!
Mar 3, 2015 Diane Gagliano

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