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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 16,058
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

Jun 15, 2018 John Davenport Police response to our autistic grandson when he escaped from school was great until they tried to aprehend him. He was already in an episode and just needed to be monitored until he calmed down and could make the decision on his own to return to school.
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please help to protect those who are differently able.
Jun 14, 2018 Shawna Hynds
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 13, 2018 Jennifer Bradford
Jun 11, 2018 Jen Crombach Much needed training!
Jun 10, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jun 8, 2018 Regina Newman My oldest has ASD as well as ADHD. He is why i signed this.
Jun 7, 2018 Nena Cook get this training done mandatory now so cops don't assume wrong issues on folks with the disorder
Jun 7, 2018 JoAnn Musser
Jun 7, 2018 Roxana Bustios The more informed about autism and their behavior issues, the better for our community. The key word is deescalate a situation, understand the motives and prevent it from becoming a more stressful event for everybody.
Jun 7, 2018 David Cardwell Every law enforcement official should be required to undergo intensive autism and disability training because unfortunately for the civilian population ignorance is an excuse law enforcement can and do use with impunity.
Jun 7, 2018 Pamela Rassman Very necessary training
Jun 7, 2018 MARIA Madero I support the petition
Jun 7, 2018 Diaa Klose We need help for our children and safe of our children and every police offer need it so they can help our children Please please
Jun 6, 2018 Renee Shively
Jun 5, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 4, 2018 Anna Krohn
Jun 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is a "no brainer". What better way to help families have one less thing to worry about.
Jun 4, 2018 Nakesha Hulme As a police officer's wife and a mother of a child with Autism this is needed.
Jun 3, 2018 (Name not displayed) Save an autistic child or adults life. Educate yourself.
Jun 3, 2018 Jaimie Dockins
Jun 2, 2018 Janice Jamerson
Jun 1, 2018 Andreamay Pratt
Jun 1, 2018 Kerra Griffin
Jun 1, 2018 Mona Lisa Viscarra
Jun 1, 2018 Selene Carrera
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2018 Kelly Kennedy
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2018 Amelia Ramos Have granddaughter with autism
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2018 Caryl Deiches
Jun 1, 2018 Kristina McDowell
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2018 Sherry Mozola
May 28, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 27, 2018 Sharman von Dallwitz
May 26, 2018 Anna Bergalis Closed mental institutions in 70s and dumped them on the street . MAKE police officers your scape goat. Diabolical
May 24, 2018 Michela Tognoni
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 17, 2018 Barbara Mathes
May 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2018 ioannis tsorvas
May 8, 2018 Christine Pierce
May 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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