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Governor Cuomo Announces Partnership Between NY and Project Lifesaver

May 08, 2015

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York just announced a new partnership with Project Lifesaver International, a grant recipient of Autism Speaks, to provide equipment and training to 50 law enforcement agencies in the state to help with situations involving children with autism and other disorders who have wandered. 

Nearly 600 personal transmitters will be provided to agencies and trainings will be held for all agencies. The initiative is being coordinated by the New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse, part of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

"This program will help give peace of mind to parents who have children with a cognitive impairment,” Governor Cuomo said. “Not only will they be provided with the technology to more easily locate a missing child, but also have access to a trained support system that will be available at a moment's notice. I thank the law enforcement agencies who are partnering with us in this very important effort to help families across New York.”

Gene Saunders, chief executive officer and founder of Project Lifesaver, said, “I am extremely pleased to join with New York to provide this aid to public safety and protection to those with cognitive disorders, which may result in them wandering and becoming lost."

In 2014, Autism Speaks provided a grant of $98,000 to Project Lifesaver International to provide people with autism with access to locating technology and expand coverage areas by establishing new Project Lifesavers agencies in additional communities...Learn more here!

To search for your local Project Life Saver Agency, click here. Please note, PLI requires documentation of diagnosis and wandering risk for enrollment.

You can find additional Autism Speaks resources for families and first responders to help prevent wandering here. Visit this page to report an active case of wandering.

If you are seeking additional safety information or resources, the Autism Response Team is happy to help! Call us at 888-288-4762 (en Español 888-772-9050) or email us at familyservices@autismspeaks.org!