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May 21, 2015

A briefing sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was held on Elopement in Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The briefing addressed the dangers of wandering and the need for federal resources that could come from passing Avonte’s Law Act of 2015.

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.

April 23, 2015

Autism Speaks launched the expansion of our partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by teaming up to provide autism safety and wandering prevention training for the New York Police Department.

April 07, 2015

Luke Shambrook has been located alive and well this morning following an extensive four-day search after the Victoria Police Air Wing spotted him from a search and rescue helicopter in Fraser National Parker, miles away from the family's campground where he disappeared from Friday.

April 04, 2015

Brian Gewirtz, a 20-year-old Brooklyn man on the autism spectrum, missing since Feb 17 body was found Thursday night nearby Marine Park Golf Course in Brooklyn, New York.

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.

March 12, 2015

A police officer in Jeffersonville, Indiana rescued a four-year-old boy from a wastewater treatment pool after a stroke of clever thinking led him to the boy, WDRB reported.

March 10, 2015

Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro was a guest on WMBC-TV's hit show "Hometown" last weekend where he discussed some of the latest developments in the autism community including the passing of The ABLE Act and a $98,000 grant Autism Speaks gave to Project Lifesaver.