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February 14, 2014

NEW YORK (February 14, 2014) -- Autism Speaks President Liz Feld today urged New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio to address the problem of wandering by children with autism as he prepares his first budget.

$50,000 in funding awarded to the National Autism Association to provide Big Red Safety Boxes for individuals at risk of wandering.

February 14, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 14, 2014) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that it has awarded $50,000 in funding to the National Autism Association (NAA) to provide 1500 Big Red Safety Boxes to families of individuals with autism who are at risk of wandering.

New grant program provides funding for scholarships for swimming and water safety lessons for individuals with autism

February 12, 2014

NEW YORK, NY (February 12, 2014) – Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the establishment of the Autism Speaks Scholarship Fund for Swimming and Water Safety. The new grant program provides funding for eligible local service providers to offer scholarships for swimming and water safety lessons to individuals with autism.

February 10, 2014

A 13-year-old Michigan girl who wandered out of her home was found walking on an icy Lake Michigan barefoot by firefighters. Officials say the girl broke away from her mother Sunday morning and left home without shoes. When firefighters reached the girl walking on the frozen lake, she resisted before being carried back to land. She was taken to a nearby hospital suffering from hypothermia but in fair condition.

Echoes of Avonte Oquendo
February 10, 2014

Five-year-old Malachi, who has cerebral palsy, left his Brooklyn charter school via a door that locked behind him. A man who encountered Malachi in the street walked him home to his apartment building.

February 07, 2014

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.

January 30, 2014

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 can be to find missing children with autism.

Brandon Betancourt’s mom was reportedly putting his sibling on the bus around 7 a.m. when he ran from her. She immediately called 911 and a search was launched.

January 29, 2014

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 death of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old boy with autism from Queens who bolted from his Long Island City school on October 4, 2013 . Avonte’s body was found in the East River in Queens last week.