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Senator proposes law to provide autistic children with GPS

by GPS4US 2014-01-28 15:16

GPS may be a powerful weapon in the fight to keep autistic children safe.

And now U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is hoping to help families subsidize the tracking units.

A new bill proposed by Schumer wants the federal government to pay for GPS tracking devices for
autistic children, about half of which are prone to wandering.

Called “Avonte’s Law,” after a 14-year old autistic child who walked away from school in October, only
to be found dead in the East River in December, the law calls for $10 million to buy GPS units for
autistic children.

“We can't change the past, but we can take necessary steps to ensure we learn from this and put in
place programs that will ensure that no parent and no child has to go through a similar nightmare in
the future," Schumer said at a news conference.

The GPS units can be kept in a wallet, sewn into clothes or worn on the wrist.

Each GPS unit costs $85 plus a small monthly fee.

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