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Schumer Proposes Bill to Track Children with Autism, Train Police

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Senator Charles Schumer is trying to get federal funding for tracking devices for children with autism.

Schumer calls the bill "Avonte's Law," after Avonte Oquendo who was able to run out of his Queens school last year and was later found dead.

He said parents would have the choice whether to use the device.

The law would also provide money to train local police how to interact with kids with autism.

Schumer says the children are vulnerable on their own, so it's important to find them quickly.

"Project Lifesaver states that we would reduced the amount of time it takes to locate a wandering child by an amazing 95 percent if we had these tracking devices, and that means a much great chance of them not getting in trouble. Less time for them to get hit by a car, less time for them to wander and drown," says Schumer.

The City Council also passed an "Avonte's Law" yesterday, which requires schools to reevaluate their need for door alarms.

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