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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

Jun 27, 2017 Denise Burnett
Jun 21, 2017 Tiffanni Sharnbroich
Jun 21, 2017 Dawn Richardson
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Sharon Wegman
Jun 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2017 Marion Settle
Jun 20, 2017 Erica De La Torre Yes we need this my son was abused tortured neglected by his school nobody wanted to help me because he was autistic everybody assume that he was the Naughty Boy his school had the police retaliating against us and they refused to protect my child.
Jun 20, 2017 Lorraine Heaney Training is vital
Jun 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2017 Danielle Deming
Jun 19, 2017 Tenise Reynolds They count on us to help keep them protected, they need us to be understanding, as we should be with all as an officer of law, who swore to protect...this is just one of the things that comes with that cape and armor. Be a real hero, know
Jun 14, 2017 Miriam Fierro Bustillos My soon to be 10 year old daughter has Autism and this would be a great idea. Thank you so much
Jun 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 13, 2017 Seth Radspinner
Jun 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2017 Linda McGee This training is vital. I have a grandson with Autism and I cannot advocate strongly enough how this training is needed.
Jun 11, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Jun 11, 2017 Teresa Foster
Jun 11, 2017 Àlex Rourera Zaragoza
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 8, 2017 Stephanie Good
Jun 7, 2017 Christopher Titus I have a son with autism
Jun 7, 2017 Dawn Wright
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2017 Diane Boulais
May 26, 2017 BILLY TARVER
May 26, 2017 Sheri Mitchell
May 26, 2017 Carol Spencer
May 26, 2017 Sandra Jardine
May 25, 2017 Adriana Whatley
May 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2017 Jennifer Baratta
May 25, 2017 Karen Brown
May 25, 2017 Dale Deflice As a parent of an very large autistic son, I worry how he will be perceived by the police if he is having a "moment".
May 25, 2017 JEAN LETEFF
May 25, 2017 Lisa Becker
May 21, 2017 Amie Bednar
May 21, 2017 Debbie Yelverton This training could save life's, it's very necessary,for everyone's sake.
May 21, 2017 Laura Holmes
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) This training is absolutely necessary
May 20, 2017 Monika Nugent I will Volenteer to train in & around our area I'm a mom of a child on the spectrum
May 20, 2017 Sarah Foley

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