Senator proposes 'Avonte's Law' for children with autism

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NEW YORK -- The day after the funeral of Avonte Oquendo, the boy with autism whose remains were found this month after he disappeared at age 14 from his school in October, his mother and grandmother stood with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer as he announced a proposal for a new federal law.

Called "Avonte's law," it would finance a program to provide optional electronic tracking devices to be worn by children with autism.

"Avonte's running away was not an isolated incident," Mr. Schumer, D-N.Y., said at a news conference Sunday morning in his New York City office. "This is a high-tech solution to an age-old problem."

Citing research that suggests nearly 50 percent of children with autism wander off, often to escape the overstimulation of sounds and noise, Mr. Schumer said the new legislation would expand an existing Justice Department program that grants money to law enforcement agencies and other groups to provide trackers for people who have Alzheimer's disease.


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