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Feds to help pay for tracking devices for autistic children
Feds to help pay for tracking devices for autistic children

NEW YORK -- The tragic case of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old with autism who was found dead three months after running away from school, prompted Justice Department officials this week to expand a program to help parents obtain tracking devices for children with autism. The announcement Wednesday means that federal grant funds, which already cover tracking devices for adults with Alzheimer's disease, will also apply to children with autism. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who had requested the funds, said the devices were available immediately for parents who wanted them. Schumer also has proposed "Avonte's Law," a measure that would create a grant program specifically...

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