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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

Apr 20, 2018 Robin Reola My child is barely verbal... and he has gotten away from us!! Thankfully a neighbor notified us... but the police officer didn't understand why my child couldn't answer him....
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Amanda Johnson This is such a necessity!
Apr 20, 2018 Christina Byers My son is autistic
Apr 20, 2018 Melannie Smith This is much needed and I am all for it. This should be mandatory nation wide
Apr 20, 2018 Nicole Nelson
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 amber mckitrick
Apr 20, 2018 Katharine Herzog Always a concern grandson Alex will wander away, and he is not able to identify himself.
Apr 20, 2018 Angela Morris
Apr 20, 2018 Katie Radley I have a son who has asd I i no my day to day struggle and stress of him going missing he is 8 and I can not let him go and play with his friends as he has no road sense
Apr 20, 2018 sharron benoit
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Lizet Carrera
Apr 20, 2018 Carolyn Gilpin
Apr 20, 2018 Teresa Blattner
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 joelle lattanzio Yes , please, My son will resist and be combative, if he is scared or hurt. All Law enforcement and Medial personal need to know the signs of Autism!
Apr 19, 2018 Henry Ickes
Apr 19, 2018 Linn Johnson
Apr 19, 2018 Keith Prosser
Apr 19, 2018 Hilde Broeckx
Apr 19, 2018 Katharine Hallam
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Kelly Starkey
Apr 18, 2018 Kristin Harvey
Apr 18, 2018 Wadane Ragland
Apr 18, 2018 Melissa Burger
Apr 18, 2018 Paula Gerlach
Apr 18, 2018 Segolene Coatrieux
Apr 18, 2018 Sophie Benger
Apr 18, 2018 Jennifer Robinson
Apr 18, 2018 Alexandra Lohman
Apr 18, 2018 Elaina A Delvino It needs to be a requirement these people are part of the community
Apr 18, 2018 kerry job
Apr 18, 2018 Katherine Bryan
Apr 17, 2018 Sandra Middour
Apr 17, 2018 Jessica Denis
Apr 17, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Apr 17, 2018 Jennifer Marks
Apr 17, 2018 Julia Mark
Apr 17, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Apr 17, 2018 jim dawson
Apr 17, 2018 Lindsey Dakin
Apr 17, 2018 Matt Flannelly
Apr 17, 2018 Beal Bocht
Apr 17, 2018 Maitiu O'Flanghaile
Apr 17, 2018 Zulma Madera They must be trained.
Apr 17, 2018 Ann Razumovskaya

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