Autism – Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Wandering Bill

Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2017 (S. 2070), sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar, (D-MN), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), was marked up by the Senate Judiciary Committee and passed by unanimous voice vote on November 16. Senator Grassley’s amendment to pay for the bill by moving to a digital format instead of print for the Federal Register publication was approved. This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes an existing program that assists in locating persons with dementia who wander from safe environments and expands the program to include new support for children with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. It also allows Justice Department grants to be used to: develop training and emergency protocols, supply first responders with additional information and resources, and make local tracking technology programs available for individuals who may wander because of their condition. Click here for a statement from Senator Grassley on the markup.

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