Category: Avonte’s Law

Scholarship honors a 14-year-old Queens boy with autism and helps others pursue higher education opportunities NEW YORK, NY (January 17, 2023) — The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., a boutique personal injury law firm with offices in New York City and Long Island, NY, today announced that applications are open for its 2023 Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship […]

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The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., is pleased to announce that our firm was a proud participant in this year’s Autism Speaks Virtual Walk! Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest fundraising event dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with autism and accelerating the spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. Funds raised through the event help fuel […]

2021 Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism Winner, Louis Godfrey

The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., is pleased to announce that Louis Godfrey has been selected as the winner of our 2021 Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism. Louis recently graduated from J.L. Mann Academy in Greenville, South Carolina and will be attending Clemson University this fall. Louis’ winning essay on “Adversity and Autism” was an inspiring […]

2021 Scholarship

The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., is now accepting applications for our sixth annual Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship! The Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship Fund awards $5,000 to a student who is: Diagnosed on the autism spectrum or who has a close family member living with autism; and Currently enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college, university, […]

Autism Awareness Month

April 2nd is World Autism Day, a United Nations’ designated day of observance which kicks off an entire month dedicated to spreading awareness, promoting education, and gathering support for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., is proud to continue our support for these great initiatives, and help spread the word! World Autism Awareness Day / […]

Avonte Oquendo

Senator Charles Schumer recently announced that the recently unveiled United States spending bill includes “Kevin & Avonte’s Law”, named after Avonte Oquendo and Kevin Curtis Wills, two young boys with autism, who tragically died after wandering off. This law, if passed, will provide reauthorization for and allow for the expansion of an existing program put […]

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed Kevin and Avonte’s Law on July 14, 2016, a bipartisan bill intended to protect people with autism and other conditions. Kevin and Avonte’s Law was introduced in March of 2015 by Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Senator Chuck Grassley, R-IA, and Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC. This bill was created in order […]

David Perecman on Pix 11

In light of startling statistics that one child dies every day from choking, Pix 11 featured a story on an invention that could have potentially prevented the deaths of Noelia Echavarria and Dyasha Smith. Arthur Lih was devastated by the startling reality of choking deaths in schools, so he did something about it. Lih invented […]

Senator Chuck Schumer Champions Federal "Avonte's Law"

New York Senator, Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-N.Y.) has sponsored Senate Bill 2386, the “Avonte’s Law Act of 2014”. This legislation, which amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and named for teenager Avonte Oquendo, provides $10M in funding to law enforcement to support the use of tracking devices for those with […]