The Politics of Autism discusses the problem of wandering, which is the topic of legislation before Congress.
Under the bill, the Justice Department would distribute grants to state and local law enforcement agencies to pay for training, tracking devices and other efforts to help keep individuals with disabilities or Alzheimer’s disease safe.
The senators are seeking $2 million for the combined program. That’s an increase over the $750,000 in federal funds allocated to address wandering among those with Alzheimer’s in 2015, but far less than the $10 million that Schumer initially wanted.
Securing Grassley’s support, however, is seen as key because the Republican chairs the Senate judiciary committee, which would hear the bill.
“We must move rapidly to implement the potentially life-saving precautions like voluntary tracking devices that will protect our precious children,” Schumer said in a statement to Disability Scoop. “This technology will allow parents of all children with autism, no matter their means, to use the benefits of a high-tech solution to an age-old problem.”