UPDATE via Disability Scoop: “Controversial, last-minute changes proved too much for a bill designed to provide tracking devices and other resources to those with developmental disabilities at risk of wandering. The U.S. Senate ended its session for the year without granting final approval to legislation known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law. The measure would have expanded an existing federal program that helps people with Alzheimer’s disease who have a tendency to elope to include children with autism and other developmental disabilities too.”
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An Important Announcement from The Autism Society:
The Autism Society today expresses its appreciation to House Leadership, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Congressman Chris Smith, and all 92 cosponsors for bringing H.R. 4919 to the House Floor for a vote. The bipartisan bill provides funds for competitive grants to healthcare agencies, state and local law enforcement agencies, public safety agencies, and nonprofit organizations to assist in planning, establishing or operating programs to prevent wandering and to locate missing individuals with forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, or developmental disabilities such as autism. Kevin and Avonte’s Law is about protecting families and saving lives.
So, what’s next? We need you to call your senators NOW! Urge them to accept the House changes to H.R. 4919 and support the enactment of this lifesaving bill. Maryland, Rhode Island, and Vermont advocates, please contact your Senate Appropriations Committee member and tell them to say yes Kevin and Avonte’s Law.
We are now one step closer to making Kevin and Avonte’s Law a reality. Together we can push this groundbreaking bill over the finish line and secure a win for families and wandering prevention.