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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

Mar 22, 2018 Robyn Reichert
Mar 21, 2018 robert dowling
Mar 21, 2018 Sandy Scardino
Mar 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) I am signing because I have a son that has autism but he is also a black boy that will be a black man with autism. It frightens me.
Mar 20, 2018 Kathi Ewald
Mar 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) I think it is very much needed. I have a granddaughter thst has autism and i would like to feel safe knowing that if anything happened to her that she would be treated by them being educated and trained.
Mar 20, 2018 Maureen Sully My oldest great grandson is Autistic and I worry about hm being mistreated and misunderstood all the time., I would love to have to have a safety bracelet for him..
Mar 20, 2018 Angela Burdsall If someone hurts my child who has autism, things are gonna get ugly.
Mar 19, 2018 Chris Thomas
Mar 17, 2018 Mitchell Miller
Mar 15, 2018 Dyshum Robinson
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 14, 2018 Jeanette Rickabaugh
Mar 14, 2018 Luci Grubbs
Mar 14, 2018 Patricia Dupee
Mar 13, 2018 Rebecca Ubiles
Mar 13, 2018 Carrie LaRoche
Mar 13, 2018 Barbara Santoro
Mar 13, 2018 Shannon Lucas
Mar 12, 2018 Stacy Schrader
Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) This training is so important.
Mar 12, 2018 Veronica Sokei We have 3 children in our family with ASD. :(. Would love to get some safety bracelets
Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2018 Christianna Asis All law enforcement should in fact be educated about autism.
Mar 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2018 Alex Martinez Sr My son was Alex Jr. was diagnosed at the age of 3 with autism moderate-to-severe and before he was diagnosed we couldn't get help from the police station when he would elope but he passed away on 12-28-2017 of a brain cancerand we are still trying to help
Mar 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) All Police officers in every state need training when dealing with someone with AUTISM!!!
Mar 10, 2018 Bob Amodt
Mar 10, 2018 Gretchen Delgado
Mar 10, 2018 Allison Jones
Mar 10, 2018 h s
Mar 10, 2018 Jayne Olson
Mar 10, 2018 Nereida Lozano
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 Cecilia Tanaka
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2018 Wendy Budrow
Mar 9, 2018 Criss Sledge
Mar 9, 2018 Mike Mendoza Please protect our Children, Law enforcement officers and First Responders.
Mar 9, 2018 Shawn Cloninger
Mar 9, 2018 Nicole Elliott
Mar 9, 2018 Marie Poynter This is needed every where not only for them to be able to help children but also adults when they incounter them.
Mar 9, 2018 Carol Sears
Mar 9, 2018 Randi-Lyn Cormier Educate, Advacate, Awareness, Acceptance
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2018 Leslie Briggs
Mar 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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