New York Senator Chuck Schumer is ready to introduce “Avonte’s Law,” to keep track of autistic kids.
Schumer wants the federal government to create a program that will outfit children with tracking devices. Avonte Oquendo, who the law is named after, was laid to rest over the weekend. The autistic 14-year-old disappeared from his Long Island City school, Oct. 4, 2013. His remains weren’t found until January 16th.
“Thousands of families face the awful reality each and every day that their child with autism may run away,” Schumer told reporters Sunday. “Making voluntary tracking devices available will help put parents at ease, and most importantly, help prevent future tragedies like Avonte’s.”