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It's meant to help find a child when he/she wanders off

Having a child wander off into harm's way is a parent's worst fear, but it's often a reality for some parents of autistic children. A New York senator is hoping to at least eliminate the "harm's way" part with new GPS tracking devices.
 
According to ABC Local News, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has proposed "Avonte's Law," which would place tracking devices on children with autism who have a tendency to wander off. 
 
The law is named after Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old boy with autism from New York who was recently found dead along the banks of the East River after wandering away from a supervised facility.
 
Sen. Schumer said a tracking device could prevent such tragedies from happening. In fact, Experts in the ABC report said such gadgets could reduce the amount of time it takes to find a lost child by about 95 percent. 


[SOURCE: CBS New York]

The tracking devices could be placed on the child via a wristband, sewn into clothing, or clipped onto a shoelace or belt loop.

However, Sen. Schumer expressed concern over costs associated with offering such a device. He said the GPS unit would cost about $80-$90, and the actual monitoring would cost a few dollars a month. 

But Schumer hopes the rewards will offset the costs, as no one wants to worry about their child going missing. 

Using GPS devices to track children is by no means a new idea. Back in 2011, the Anaheim Union High School District volunteered to be apart of a six-week program, which aims to reduce the number of unexcused absences by equipping seventh and eighth grade students who have a poor attendance record with handheld GPS devices. Reducing the number of absences a student has saves the school district money. Every time a student misses class, the school loses $35.

Source: ABC





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