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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


Jul 11, 2018 Kelly Storm I've worked with autistic children for a long time. I had a student who ran out of the school during a practice lockdown the cops are yelling at me, they didn't understand you can't simply tell them to not leave the room...they need to understand. learn.
Jun 25, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 17, 2018 Amie Moreau
Jun 17, 2018 Kristi Stotz I have a child with autism it is very important that the police officers get the training they need to deal with someone with autism
Jun 17, 2018 Carla Dellosa
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Jun 17, 2018 Lindsey Alexander
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May 8, 2018 Christine Maidl
May 8, 2018 Samantha Hunt
May 8, 2018 Stacia Needham
May 8, 2018 Jennifer Johnson
May 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2018 KaY Beams Autism training for police departments should have already been implemented. These parent have the same fear as every family--not knowing the child's whereabouts. However, in the case of an autistic child, this is many times the fear and worry. TRAIN.
May 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2018 Annicka Chetty
May 4, 2018 Dalva Simao
May 2, 2018 Rachel Baskett
May 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2018 Teresa Foster
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Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 Maria Simao
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 3, 2018 Katona Weddle This training is so important because autistics cannot respond like "normal" people.
Mar 25, 2018 Ella Wyss
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Mar 24, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is a must for all officers to prevent tragic unnecessary mistakes.
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Barbara Hrybinczak
Mar 15, 2018 peggy williams
Mar 14, 2018 Manuel Garcia
Mar 14, 2018 Sarah Garcia
Mar 12, 2018 Amy Beall
Mar 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2018 Deni Gereighty Each child is different. Autism, diabetes, deafness--all of us are unique and training to properly handle situations needs to be given frequently so protecting and serving does not mean trauma!
Feb 16, 2018 Roza Zaleski
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 13, 2018 Maggie Alk
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Kamila Goralczyk
Feb 10, 2018 Heather Heath
Feb 10, 2018 Erica Kearns
Feb 9, 2018 Eudy Garcia
Feb 9, 2018 Renea Pettner
Feb 9, 2018 Maritza Matos As a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, my greatest fear is getting that dreadful call that my son has wandered off the school property. Please pass this law! Give us the peace of mind that we all desire. Thank you!

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