The Politics of Autism discusses the problem of wandering, which has been the topic of legislation before Congress.
Hannah Lang at Disability Scoop:
Kevin and Avonte’s Law is set to provide $2 million annually through 2022 for grants to local law enforcement and nonprofit agencies. These grants can be used to purchase electronic tracking devices for families of those at risk for wandering, or for education, training, notification systems and resources to better address the issue.
However, communities will only be able to take advantage of the grants if the law is financed. Its passage with the federal spending package only authorized the legislation to be funded, but did not provide a source of funding.
Advocates are hoping that the U.S. Department of Justice will allocate discretionary funds toward Kevin and Avonte’s Law so that the program can start this year.
“We’re looking for funds that may exist that have yet to be tapped, so we’re going to be trying to reach out and find out if there are any uncommitted funds that could be tapped for this program,” said Stuart Spielman, senior policy advisor and counsel for Autism Speaks.