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Joyful Ending to Wandering Case

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.

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

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. 

New Video Shows Avonte Oquendo Exiting School's Open Door

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.

Autism Speaks and National Center For Missing & Exploited Children Partner to Address Wandering

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.