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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

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
May 20, 2017 Steven Wilson
May 20, 2017 Sallie Mallett My son eloped on a bike and rode 15 miles from home to a Walmart. Training for security and police would have been beneficial in this ordeal.
May 20, 2017 Minerva Sanchez
May 20, 2017 Crystal Redman All Lives Matter! Police should definitely be able to help anyone and that includes the Autism Spectrum.
May 20, 2017 Susan Cuevas So crucial for our children and family members on the autism spectrum, especially for those WHO CANNOT SPEAK! 1 out of 48 children are newly diagnosed on the spectrum, 60% are boys and 40% are non-verbal. Must provide training!!
May 20, 2017 Jody Packala
May 19, 2017 nina jametsky
May 17, 2017 jane cook
May 17, 2017 P D
May 17, 2017 Cynthia Deitz
May 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2017 Jessica Greer
May 16, 2017 Jessica Hoffman
May 16, 2017 Hannah Miedema
May 16, 2017 Stephen Motson
May 16, 2017 Kelly Schalla With the incidence of autism increasing, it is imperative that police officers take the time to understand the characteristics and be able to interact with these individuals with compassion and patience. Many of them also deal with anxiety.
May 15, 2017 Kortney Disney
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Kim Arsenault
May 15, 2017 Carla Shipp
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Rachelle Potter
May 15, 2017 Rachel Hill People with autism & many other conditions can be misperceived, judged, misunderstood, wrongly treated, respected & thus possibly incorrectly conficted!!!
May 14, 2017 Kimberly Swan Training is needed to help law enforcement to understand the various levels of autism
May 14, 2017 Steph Florey
May 14, 2017 Tammy Krehan
May 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have a 13 years old with High Functioning Autism and ADHD and depression. I want police to be educated on how they might react to getting questioned.
May 14, 2017 Rommie Omar
May 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2017 Ashia Castendyk
May 14, 2017 Vickie Stiefer
May 14, 2017 Patricia Cisna
May 14, 2017 Sujean Wilson This is awesome!! I would love to promote this in my area.
May 14, 2017 Patricia Graham
May 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2017 Jamie Herrmann
May 14, 2017 Martha Gugel
May 14, 2017 Tisha Brown Thank you for starting this movement. Please provide a list of what you put in the boxes.
May 14, 2017 Michele Chavez
May 14, 2017 Jason Walsh

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