Saturday, February 8, 2014

U.S. Justice Department to fund tracking devices for children with autism

By Pasha Bahsoun for LA Special Education Examiner

It was reported Wednesday that the federal government would provide grant money funding GPS tracking devices for children diagnosed withautism spectrum disorder (ASD). The devices, which are currently available for Alzheimer's patients, would be issued on a voluntary basis and overseen by local law enforcement agencies.

The announcement came on the heels of tragic news revealing that the remains of 14-year old Avonte Oquendo, a non-verbal child with ASD, were found in New York after he had eloped from his school last October. His parents, as well as Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), have been pushing for stable federal funding of tracking devices for those diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

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