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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 13,239
Sponsored by: The Autism Site

America's cops need help. They're underfunded, stretched too thin, and dealing with deeply divided communities every day. They're asked to do so much with very little!

When law enforcement budgets get tight, the first thing to go are training programs that are considered as 'extras.' These extras can be anything that senior members of the department believe doesn't directly keep officers safe.

Autism-Interaction Training, for many departments, is often perceived as one of these 'extras.'

But that's not the right perspective. While rare in the general population, autism spectrum disorders are a reality in communities across the country. People on the spectrum are seven times more likely to come in contact with law enforcement than their nuerotypical peers. To properly do their job, law enforcement must understand how to interact with people on the spectrum, especially in the stressful or overwhelming situations that can prompt police interaction in the first place.

Many effective education programs already exist, but their implementation is piecemeal and dependent upon the funding and time being available in each department.

We can't stand back and continue to let autism-interaction training be a low-priority issue for our communities' police forces!

To help address the lack of universal training for our police on the unique circumstances the autism spectrum presents, we are calling upon the Justice Department to implement a mandatory, federally-funded education program that equips officers with the skills needed to identify and effectively interact with individuals on the autism spectrum. Sign the petition now!

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To The Attorney General of the United States,

We are writing to you because we are concerned by the lack of universal police training when it comes to interacting with individuals on the autism spectrum.

According to the Autism Society of America, "Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first two years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults on the autism spectrum typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities."

Autism can present itself in many different ways, and people on the spectrum often respond to stressful situations differently from nuerotypical people. They are also seven times more likely to come in contact with law enforcement than their nuerotypical peers. Standard interaction protocols often are not as effective for people on the spectrum, and may even be harmful.

People on the autism spectrum are as much a part of America's communities as people of different races, ethnicities, or national background. As such, we demand that proper, universal training in interacting with people on the spectrum be required in police departments across the country, and that the federal government fund this training to ensure it occurs.

Please use your position to advocate for the autism spectrum community and help law enforcement be better prepared to interact with it. Lives are at stake.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures

Jul 23, 2017 sarah craven
Jul 23, 2017 Stephanie Correll Train law enforcement to interact properly with people on the spectrum.
Jul 22, 2017 Erica McClain
Jul 21, 2017 Samantha Ruebel
Jul 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2017 Jessica Delfino
Jul 20, 2017 My-Lanh Graves
Jul 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2017 Ann Rice Schofield
Jul 20, 2017 Audrey Rynne
Jul 20, 2017 Lavida Mickens This effort will help protect my son in the future.
Jul 20, 2017 Karla Aguero
Jul 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2017 Paula Scofield Please require training on how to successfully deal people on the autism spectrum.
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2017 Jessica Ray
Jul 19, 2017 Sara Heath
Jul 19, 2017 Cheri Bros
Jul 19, 2017 Valerie Garcia
Jul 19, 2017 Cheryl Wideman
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) Just do it!
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2017 Ann Tull My son is autistic and does have behaviors and I believe that all police should be trained on how to deal with many different aspects
Jul 19, 2017 Amy Fawe
Jul 19, 2017 Rhea Willing
Jul 19, 2017 Margi Deford A wonderful way to spread awareness and make sure our kids are understood by law enforcement.
Jul 19, 2017 Nicole Prince
Jul 19, 2017 Kate Meza Please share this with suffolk county, nys officers
Jul 19, 2017 Sheena Contento
Jul 19, 2017 Julie Bozell
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2017 Julieanne O'Brien
Jul 19, 2017 Laureen Maxwell We need this in Connecticut :)
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2017 Alicia Groff Wish something like this was in my area
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) While we parents are teaching our children how to interact with police and emergency personnel it would be helpful if these agencies also knew how to identify and approach people on the spectrum so they may help in emergency situations
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2017 Yvonne Grabowski
Jul 19, 2017 Damar Oneill
Jul 19, 2017 Christine Velin
Jul 19, 2017 Kathleen Shaver
Jul 13, 2017 Belinda Comeau I have a 9 year old with ASD and he has had many melt downs at home and in public. I think it is a fantastic idea to have all the employees that deal with the public to have ASD training.
Jul 13, 2017 Evelyn Mott
Jul 13, 2017 Ruth B This is not acceptable. It sounds like the school personnel needs some training also
Jul 13, 2017 Cheryl Eyster
Jul 13, 2017 Lee Kristek
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) All law & hospital personnel need training to understand how to handle an autistic person especially children. Treating them like criminals is inhuman.

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