Show your support for autism awareness and sign our petition to pass Senator Schumer’s legislation Avonte’s Law. This legislation will develop and fund a program to provide voluntary tracking devices for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities who are prone to bolting from parents or caregivers. This program will also provide education and training for parents, school staff and local law enforcement agencies.
The technology hones in tracking methods that include personal locating devices to help find individuals at risk because of their disabilities. Legislators believe this can prevent tragedy if a person wanders from home or school and are lost. The tracking devices come in “easy to wear” forms, including non-tampering wristwatches, clips you can put on belt or shoelaces, and anklets. If someone wearing the device goes missing, their caretaker can notify the device company, who will send a trained emergency team to the surrounding area.
Studies show that most who wander are usually within a few miles of their home. With the tracking device, recovery time will average around 30 minutes. That is 95% less time than it would take to find someone without the device. Senator Schumer proposes the tracking device in conjunction with other behavioral tools used in schools. The additional funding will allow families and other local organizations find the best solution for each child with ASD.
Learn more about Avonte’s law and get involved!