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January 29, 2014

(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 building through the open door. Michael Rosen, executive vice president of strategic communications at Autism Speaks, was interviewed for the story, and emphasized the need for education in efforts to prevent wandering. View the story below.

January 29, 2014

Washington, D.C. (January 29, 2014)  - Senator Chuck Schumer (D - NY) questioned Attorney General Eric Holder about funding for "Avonte's Law" at today's meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Check back for video from today's hearing.

January 25, 2014

New York (January 25, 2014) – Guests arriving for the funeral that was held Saturday morning at St. Joseph’s Church in New York for Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old boy with autism who disappeared from his Long Island City school on October 4, 2013.

New program will provide resources, raise awareness and enhance education of the dangers of wandering

New program will provide resources, raise awareness and enhance education of the dangers of wandering

January 23, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 23, 2014) — Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children today have formed a partnership to address autism wandering incidents.

Autism Speaks President Liz Feld Addresses the Tragic Death of Avonte Oquendo
January 21, 2014

All of us at Autism Speaks and throughout our community are devastated by the death of Avonte Oquendo. Our hearts go out to Vanessa, Daniel and Danny Jr. as they mourn the loss of their son and brother. We are keeping them all in our prayers.

January 21, 2014

New York (January 21, 2014) -  The New York City medical examiner's office has confirmed that the human remains recovered in the East River in Queens are those of Avonte Oquendo. DNA testing confirms that the remains found last week are those of the 14-year-old boy with autism who had been missing since October of last year. Family members have been notified, according to police.

January 21, 2014

New York (January 21, 2014) Police continue to investigate whether human remains found along the shore of New York City's East River could be those of Avonte Oquendo, the Queens teenager with autism who disappeared from his school in October of last year.

Oquendo's family is awaiting the results of DNA testing, according to according to family attorney David Perecman.