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Avonte's Law

July 15, 2016

The U.S. Senate yesterday passed S. 2614, Kevin and Avonte's Law, legislation that would help safeguard children with autism or other developmental disabilities from wandering. According to a recent national survey, a third of school-age children with autism had wandered away from caregivers.

April 14, 2016

Advocates celebrated this week when the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed S.2614, safety and wandering legislation known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, by a vote of 15 to 5. The legislation aims to safeguard individuals who have autism or other conditions that may cause them to wander away from caregivers.

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.

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

June 17, 2014

Bill would fund tracking devices, police training