Avonte Oquendo

WABC's "Up Close" on Autism Awareness in Wake of Avonte Oquendo Case

(April 13, 2014) - This morning, WABC-TV New York's  “Up Close” looked at  the importance of autism awareness and support for people with autism and their families in the wake of the disappearance and death of Avonte Oque... More...

Avonte Oquendo's Mother Warned School of his Tendency to Run

(March 27, 2014) -- Vanessa Fontaine, the mother of 14-year-old, Avonte Oquendo, had told her son's teacher that Avonte was a 'runner' who might leave the school building. The note letter was never shared with school a... More...

Liz Feld Talks Child Safety on The Katie Show

NEW YORK, NY  (January 12, 2014) -- Autism Speaks President Liz Feld joined Katie Couric today for an important segment on autism wandering and school safety in light of the tragic death of Avonte Oquendo. Watch the segm... More...

Joyful Ending to Wandering Case

New York (January 30, 2014) - A twelve-year-old boy from Queens is back in the arms of his mother after wandering from home this morning.

It is an example of how successful a quick and united response ... More...

Feds Will Pick Up Cost of Trackers for Children With Autism, NY Senator Says

New York (January 29, 2014) - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Wednesday announced the federal government is going to pay for voluntary tracking devices for children with autism.

The announcement follows in the wake of the d... More...

New Video Shows Avonte Oquendo Exiting School's Open Door

(January 29, 2014) A report on WNBC-TV showed previously unseen footage from the day Avonte Oquendo disappeared from his school last October. In the video, a door is left open for a period of time, and Avonte exits the school... More...

Our Community Says Goodbye to Avonte Oquendo

New York (January 25, 2014) – Guests arriving for th... More...

Co-Founder Bob Wright: Autism Speaks Takes Awareness to Action

(January 23, 2014) -- Autism Speaks Co-Founder and former Chairman of NBC Universal Bob Wright co-hosted Bloomberg TV's "In The Loop" and discussed the importance of autism awareness in the wake of the ... More...

The Avonte Oquendo Tragedy: A Statement from Autism Speaks

All of us at Autism Speaks and throughout our community are devastated b... More...

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