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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

Nov 18, 2017 Jeanne Sheffer
Nov 18, 2017 Magdalena Mota
Nov 18, 2017 Arnola H St
Nov 18, 2017 Janet White What the Hell ? Do you mean to tell me this isn't just common sense ? This is shameful and a blight on all children !
Nov 18, 2017 Barbara Cobb
Nov 18, 2017 Heather Todd
Nov 18, 2017 Gertrud Bessai it is about time that authorities become a little more aware of individual differences instead of arresting first and asking questions later!
Nov 18, 2017 Dee Randolph
Nov 18, 2017 Denise White
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Kilduski
Nov 18, 2017 Shirley Troia How could this happen to a 10 year old child when people with huge mental health issues are able to have access to firearms and use them on innocent bystanders.
Nov 18, 2017 Richard Amelong
Nov 17, 2017 Debra Grindstaff
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 JAMIE GOODMAN Please give me one less thing to worry about! - autism mom
Nov 15, 2017 Tanya Dubose
Nov 15, 2017 Anna Depina
Nov 15, 2017 Angela Brown
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) Every child on the spectrum is different. And I feel first responders and police all need training on how to deal with them.
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 Adriana Torri My daughter is on the spectrum, with behaviors and this is very concerning to me.
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please give me one less thing to worry about! - autism mom
Nov 15, 2017 Roxanne Corn
Nov 14, 2017 Aylene Kovary
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 Angela Butler
Nov 13, 2017 Ashley Bloom
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 Cass Hopkins This is imperative!
Nov 13, 2017 Melissa Dameron
Nov 13, 2017 Maureen Carpenter
Nov 13, 2017 christian grimes
Nov 13, 2017 Dolores Piklewski I work with Autism and you have to understand that there are certain ways to approach special needs. Each child is different, and you need to understand that they do not understand.
Nov 13, 2017 Debra Ridings This is very sad day when our children are done this way. It has to change. I pray it does. Most of us need training it this to help all who have autism.
Nov 13, 2017 Ja'Quita Murphy
Nov 13, 2017 Karen Hickerson
Nov 13, 2017 Anel Zamora
Nov 12, 2017 judy boyd we have a 7 year old that has autism half of these babies cant help the way they act and teachers principle law enforcements need to know how to deal with these babies some dont want to be touch some cant verbelly talk or tell u what they need
Nov 12, 2017 Kevin O'Donnell
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2017 Stacey Winning
Nov 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2017 Tammy Fry
Nov 9, 2017 Bonnie Day
Nov 9, 2017 Ruth Ware
Nov 9, 2017 Joyce George
Nov 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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