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Senator asks DOJ for aid tracking autistic children with GPS

by GPS4US 2013-11-05 14:00

Parents of autistic children may soon get aid from the US government. New York Senator Charles Schumer is launching an effort for the Department of Justice to make GPS tracking devices available to parents of autistic children who may be apt to wander. "I am asking the Department of Justice to fund devices for children identified as high risk runners," Senator Schumer said, according to WABC in New York. As the number of autistic children rises, the GPS tracking devices may be critical to keeping them safe. The Department of Justice currently funds GPS devices for Alzheimer’s patients. Those devices run about $100 with a $5-50 monthly fee. For autistic children, the GPS devices may prevent running, or make it easier to find the children when they do run. "Because of their sensory issues and for many of them a lack of verbal ability, bolting or elopement is a very common issue with them," Dr. Julie Davis Lutz , Deputy Superintendent of East Suffolk BOCES, said, according to WABC. “The use of these devices reduces the amount of time to locate a child by 95%. That's amazing," Schumer said.
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