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Senator Proposes Voluntary Tracking Devices for Children with Autism

November 05, 2013

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is calling for the federal government to fund a program that would provide tracking devices for children with autism. Schumer is proposing that the U.S. Justice Department provide grants to local law enforcement agencies to distribute tracking devices to parents who request them for their children. Schumer made the proposal one month after the disappearance of 14-year-old Queens boy Avonte Oquendo.

Disability Scoop quotes Lisa Goring, vice president of family services at Autism Speaks, who says that the proposal to provide funding for voluntary tracking devices could make a big difference. "We think that families should have the option to have a tracking device for their child,” said Goring.