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AMBER/SILVER Alert Action Alert!

Posted Jun 10 2009 12:18am

This is from an email I received from the National Autism Association:

BY LAW, AMBER ALERTS CANNOT BE ISSUED FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM WHO HAVE WANDERED OFF!!

Your help is needed in getting an alert system in place for children with autism and other disabilities.

Below is a link to an article in the September issue of The Autism File Magazine regarding the lack of mandated emergency coordination for missing children with autism:

http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/pdf/Lori_Lostboys.pdf

Currently our children are NOT included in the AMBER Alert criteria -- only abducted children qualify. Currently our children are NOT part of the Silver Alert criteria -- only adults with mental impairments qualify.

THERE IS NO EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM IN PLACE FOR MISSING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM OR OTHER DISABILITIES!

It is our hope that National Legislation will be introduced by a willing legislator who can make sure an alert system with mandated emergency search efforts is in place for these children.

Please send this article to your legislator, along with any personal stories you may want to share. Follow this link to retrieve your legislators’ contact information:

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Ask them for an alert system in your area -- ask for their help in getting federal legislation introduced that will guide states in implementing an alert system nationwide. It is necessary and important that our children have mandated resources in place to help ensure their safe return home.

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