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Announcement about Federal Funding for Tracking Devices Explained

Last week, Senator Chuck Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will immediately allow existing grant funds to be used to fund voluntary tracking devices for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. These devices will be monitored by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

In an article today, Disability Scoop clarified the announcement and provided answers to the questions that have been circulating the autism community. 

The funding will be made available using money available through the Justice Department’s Byrne grant program, officials said. Byrne is an existing program that law enforcement agencies routinely tap to pay for everything from crime prevention programs to officer training and equipment like police radios and lights for emergency vehicles.

Law enforcement agencies will be applying for funding, not families of individuals with autism. These agencies can request grant money to pay for tracking devices and to provide education and training related to the issue of wandering.

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