Prevent Autism Wandering Related Tragedies - Support Kevin & Avonte's Law of 2017

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Every special child deserves safety.

Much to our dismay, after months of waiting and anticipation, Kevin and Avonte’s Law was not signed into law before the Senate’s last session of 2016. The bill is crucial for special needs families whose loved ones are prone to wandering. Each year the number of tragic, preventable wandering deaths rises - our community deserves safety!

This bill, which is now back to square one in terms of the legislative process, aims to protect individuals with special needs from the dangers of wandering by allocating funds to train first responders and to provide parents with GPS tracking devices.

How will Kevin and Avonte’s Law keep our children safe?

This legislation is an extension of an existing law which protects Alzheimer patients prone to wandering. Kevin and Avonte’s Law will ensure schools and law enforcement agencies get the necessary funding needed to train first responders to deal with wandering incidents.The law will also make funding available for GPS tracking solutions, which many families must pay for out of pocket, to ensure wandering incidents don’t end in tragedy.

Why didn’t the bill pass the first time?

Addressing privacy concerns, the bill underwent last minute changes. The new version of the bill allows the use of tracking devices for purposes other than locating people that have wandered, such as tracking people to prevent them from harming others. Also, it became clear that funds allocated under this law would deplete funding for existing community programs instead of allocating a new budget.

The bill in its new wording has passed the Senate in December 2017! 

What can we do?  

Share your support for Kevin and Avonte’s Law! Contact your representatives and urge them to support this necessary law to protect our citizens with special needs. Sign and share this petition, help spread the word, together our voices will be heard.



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