The Justice Department will pay for GPS tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions as it does for senior citizens with Alzheimers who are at risk of being separated from their caregivers, according to the Associated Press.
The announcement follows the death of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, who had severe autism and was nonverbal. He walked out of his school and his remains were found this month in the East River.
Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, proposed “Avonte’s Law” on Sunday to pay for the devices.
The cause of Avonte’s death remains under investigation, the Associated Press reported.