March 09, 2016

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Address Wandering By Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Other Developmental Disabilities

From The Arc Capitol Insider (3/7/16)

Kevin and Avonte's Law (S. 2614) was introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 1. This legislation reauthorizes an existing program designed to assist in locating persons with dementia who wander from safe environments and it adds new support for children with developmental disabilities, including ASD. It allows Justice Department grants to be used to develop training and emergency protocols, supply first responders with additional information and resources, and make local tracking technology programs available for individuals who may wander because of their condition. Read Senator Grassley's statement for the Congressional Record here.