Last fall, 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo walked away from his Queens, New York school and disappeared. The severely autistic boy was missing for three months before his remains were found in the East River last week - miles from where he was last seen.
Avonte's death has prompted a lot of questions about autism and the care autistic children are given in schools. It's also prompted a move by federal lawmakers to provide GPS tracking devices to families of children with autism who voluntarily choose to use them.
The Department of Justice already provides grant money for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease to obtain GPS trackers for their loved ones in the event of an emergency. The department will now open up that program, making the trackers available to children with autism or other conditions that make them likely to flee their caregivers.
The program would be used on a voluntary basis only and would be monitored by local law enforcement agencies.
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