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Wandering

Research investments in wandering prevention, treatment safety, early access to care and environmental influences on autism risk
January 06, 2014

Autism Speaks is pleased to announce new funding for thirteen research projects that will run over the next three years, for a total investment of $2,696,703 to advance understanding and treatment of autism and its related medical conditions.

January 03, 2014

Merced County, Calif. (January 3, 2014) -- Isaac Sprague, a 7-year-old boy with autism, was found by the Merced County dive team after going missing Thursday. Isaac was practicing archery on a family outing when he went missing. 

December 10, 2013

It has been more than two months since Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old N.Y. boy with autism, ran out of his Queens school on Oct. 4. The NYPD received hundreds of leads but have yet to locate the young teen. Now, Avonte's brother, Danny Oquendo, is reporting that the FBI has taken over the investigation.

New program will support families and raise awareness of the dangers of wandering

Partnership to address wandering in the autism community and to provide assistance with finding missing people with autism

November 25, 2013

NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 25, 2013) — Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, and the Guardian Angels today have formed a partnership to address the growing incidence of wandering in the autism community and to provide assistance with finding missing people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

November 21, 2013

The case of missing New York City teenager Avonte Oquendo has spurred a national conversation about wandering in the autism community. NPR host Celeste Headlee interviewed the National Autism Association’s Lori McIlwain about her experience with her own son on the spectrum. McIlwain's child has wandered more than once but was luckily found safe. He now wears a tracking device partially funded by law enforcement which emits a radio frequency so police can track him.