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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 20, 2018 Doraliz Torres
Jul 20, 2018 Jared Worley
Jul 20, 2018 Aisha Torres
Jul 18, 2018 Danielle Osterweil
Jul 17, 2018 Deborah Snyder
Jul 16, 2018 holly tabron
Jul 15, 2018 Julie Calhoun
Jul 14, 2018 Kendra Kelley
Jul 14, 2018 Amy Lewis
Jul 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) We need this for all children on spectrum
Jul 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) Understanding is key!
Jul 14, 2018 Maria Colbert A Must
Jul 14, 2018 Teresa Hollis
Jul 14, 2018 Michelle Forkner
Jul 14, 2018 Gary Solomon
Jul 14, 2018 David Overstreet
Jul 14, 2018 Maria Hernandez-Overstreet
Jul 14, 2018 Veronica Charles I also have. Child with autism and this would be great
Jul 14, 2018 Marcia Hughes My grandson is autistic. This is vital.
Jul 14, 2018 donald giddings
Jul 14, 2018 Donna Adams
Jul 14, 2018 Lori Bowden
Jul 8, 2018 Kay Fisher
Jul 7, 2018 Шана Шарпей
Jul 7, 2018 Albeniz Pérez
Jul 7, 2018 Sanand Dilip
Jul 7, 2018 Monica Rivara
Jul 7, 2018 Liliana fiorini
Jul 7, 2018 Antoinette Gonzales
Jul 6, 2018 Christine Maidl
Jul 6, 2018 Nikki Watts
Jul 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 5, 2018 Jennifer Johnson
Jul 5, 2018 Rhonda Dunn
Jul 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2018 Richard Brameyer
Jun 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) have a grandson with autism YES police emt's etc need to have training in this area
Jun 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please consider this training. I have a 15 yr old grandson who has had public meltdowns. Thankfully many people are more aware today but as he ages people are less considerate. Emergency personnel need this training!
Jun 25, 2018 Marilyn Mackenzie
Jun 25, 2018 Zack Allison
Jun 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) My son is autistic and will become aggressive or try to run away when he is overwhelmed. I am terrified that he will have a meltdown in public and this will be seen as a threat to an untrained officer. Training is needed.
Jun 25, 2018 Selena Honaker Absolutely..... anyone caring or interacting with a child that has autism should have training. Personal care homes and the police department especially.
Jun 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2018 Jessica Kamont This is definitly something officers should be trained on. My son cannot speak, if we were in an accident they would need to know how to approach him or understand why he is being unresponsive. officers do a lot of good in the community. Why not be great?
Jun 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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