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Department of Justice announces tracking devices for children with autism


ALBANY, N.Y.--Senator Charles Schumer announced on Wednesday that the DOJ would allow funds to be used for voluntary tracking devices through local law enforcement agencies for children who have autism and commonly "bolt" from parents.

Schumer stated that the program would be totally voluntary for parents, would be run by police departments or other local law enforcement entities, and would also provide funding for training of individuals on how to use and maintain these devices.

"The sights and sounds of NYC and other busy places can be over-stimulating and distracting for children and teens with Autism, often leading to wandering as a way to escape. Voluntary tracking devices will help our teachers and parents in the event that the child runs away and, God forbid, goes missing," said Schumer.

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