Senator proposes ‘Avonte’s law’ to track autistic children using GPS

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer will today formally introduce legislation that would allow law enforcement agencies to track children with autism using GPS devices. Schumer dubbed the proposed legislation “Avonte’s law,” named for Avonte Oquendo. Oquendo, who suffered from severe autism, disappeared from his school in Queens last October. His remains were found in the East River earlier this month.

Oquendo’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, stood beside Schumer as he unveiled the proposed legislation on Sunday. The voluntary scheme would see children with autism wearing GPS trackers in belts, shoelaces, or even sewn into clothes. In Oguendo’s case, New York police and volunteers had to resort to unconventional methods in an attempt to find…

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