Earlier this year, following Avonte Oquendo’s tragic death, Senator Charles Schumer introduced a bill that would allocate $10 million per year in federal funding that would provide electronic tracking devices to families of children with autism and other disabilities. “Our children are too precious for us to wait another day when life-saving precautions are right at out fingertips. Even if we do everything in our power, we may not be able to stop kids from wandering, but we can do much, much more to safely locate them and bring them home.”
According to Schumer, New York Reps. Peter King and Grace Meng will introduce a companion bill with bipartisan support to the House of Representatives. The proposal allocates funds to the U.S Department of Justice that would give grants to local law enforcement agencies to provide families with tracking devices. In the meantime, Attorney General Eric Holder has said, back in January, that the Justice Department would offer existing grants to local police departments in the meantime. However, Schumer remains headstrong in pushing this legislation so that there is permanent funding.
Researchers have found that only about half of those children with Autism have the tendency to wander, and the free GPS service would of course be available as requested by parents. GPS trackers can be a great resource for families who are especially worried about their child’s safety. Trax Families, a GPS technology company, who was also present at the ICare4Autism International Autism Conference, has actually designed a small personal GPS tracker that can be monitored through an app or on the computer. It is especially designed for 2-7 year olds as something small and lightweight that won’t get in the way of their daily activities. For more information on Trax Family, click HERE