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Avonte Oquendo

June 05, 2015

The announcement came in response to the October 2013 tragedy when Avonte Oquendo, 14, wandered unnoticed from his Queens school.

March 18, 2015

Brian Gewirtz, a 20-year-old Brooklyn man on the spectrum, has been missing since Feb. 17. His family is desperate for any information the community can provide to find him. His family has also created a Facebook page where news can be shared.

January 25, 2015

Autism Speaks' President, Liz Feld, and Senior Vice President of Medical Research, Dr. Paul Wang, appeared on "Up Close With Diana Williams" to discuss Avonte's Law and the issue of wandering in the autism community.

January 21, 2015

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) brought Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte Oquendo's mother, to the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, where they showed their support for Autism Speaks by wearing the blue puzzle piece pin.

January 19, 2015

Senator Chuck Schumer has invited Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte Oquendo's mother, to attend the State of the Union address.

October 03, 2014

The 14-year-old boy with autism went missing on Oct. 4, 2013, sparking a massive search and national headlines

August 07, 2014

New York City Mayor signs law named for Queen's teen Avonte Oquendo; requires city to look at adding alarms to school doors

April 13, 2014

Story features Vanessa Fontaine, mother of Avonte Oquendo, and Liz Feld and Michael Rosen of Autism Speaks