For the last few months, New York City was filled with posters of a missing teenage boy with autism, Avonte Oquendo. This story affected everyone regardless of race, religion, gender or socio-economic status. A child was missing: A child with severe autism, who was non-verbal. Families of a child with special needs or anyone who works with children with special needs was affected even more.
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.