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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

Nov 12, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 8, 2017 DeAnn Vojvodich
Nov 8, 2017 Tristan Barnes
Nov 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2017 Winnie Sim
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 3, 2017 Misty Parr
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 24, 2017 Joseph Perez Provide training to law enforcement on autism
Oct 10, 2017 John Langham
Oct 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 6, 2017 Lauren Shrestha
Oct 6, 2017 Penny Beam
Oct 6, 2017 Cece Vitari Please provide training to law enforcement on Autisim
Oct 6, 2017 Tracy Fisher
Oct 6, 2017 Stacy Egolf
Oct 5, 2017 Debbie Luger Please train all first responders!
Oct 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2017 Michele Bigler Please training is a must..
Oct 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2017 Erik Etchison
Oct 5, 2017 M Darlene Davidson
Oct 5, 2017 Tyra Gonzalez ASD TRAINING IS A MUST, PLEASE, my son is severely autistic & he wouldn't be able to tell you his name you need to know he's autistic & not on drugs.
Oct 5, 2017 Nicole Peterson
Oct 5, 2017 Melissa Champney
Oct 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is desperately needed
Oct 5, 2017 Carmen Champney
Oct 5, 2017 greta vines My grandson is over 6 feet and may look like a threat to police. He is not and I worry about him.
Oct 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2017 Teresa Strange
Oct 5, 2017 Melissa Marcquenski I understand how important this is.May be able to save lives!
Oct 5, 2017 Melanie Shamel
Oct 4, 2017 Cheryl Borrelli Please for the safety of our children make it mandatory for police to be trained for individuals with autism.
Oct 4, 2017 Kelly Aponte I sign for my son
Sep 27, 2017 Mary German
Sep 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 24, 2017 Traci Ball
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2017 Christie Rawls
Sep 9, 2017 robert dowling
Sep 8, 2017 Patricia Vazquez
Sep 7, 2017 M.T. Lovejoy
Sep 7, 2017 Gillian Miller
Sep 6, 2017 Jo Anne Godwin Please insure that lasw enforcement personnel are properly trained to deal with children with autism. Please provide country-wide autism training for our law enfocement. Thanks.
Aug 29, 2017 Stephanie Guilherme
Aug 28, 2017 Marcie Boroughs
Aug 28, 2017 Karen Jagodzinski For my Precious Grandson, Oliver.
Aug 27, 2017 Taelor Norton
Aug 27, 2017 Jennifer Ivan

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