The Politics of Autism discusses the problem of wandering, which is the topic of legislation before Congress.
One-third of children with autism wandered last year, according to a recent national survey. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate has introduced S. 2614 to help families locate missing loved ones who have autism or other conditions that may cause them to wander away from a safe environment.
The legislation, better known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, is named after two children with autism who lost their lives after wandering. The bill would allow Justice Department grants to be used by law enforcement agencies and nonprofits for education and training programs to prevent wandering and provides access to resources to help individuals who become separated from their caregivers.
Kevin and Avonte's Law is facing an important vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee in the coming days. Your U.S. Senator sits on this key committee. Can you help?
Please take a moment and sign a letter asking your U.S. Senator to support Kevin and Avonte's Law to protect here.
Thank you for your help on this critical issue for our families!
Director, Autism Response Team and Safety