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Fifty percent of children with autism dangerously wander from safety on a regular basis. AAoM has addressed this concern for several years, funding the Sean Taglione GPS scholarship program for families in need of life saving tracking devices for their loved one. While we have been lucky (and grateful) to benefit from the extraordinary fundraising efforts of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, at the University of Michigan, to support this program for the past three years, we need a long term funding mechanism to grow the program and
assure all individuals who wander are kept safe.

Last year, Avonte’s Law was introduced at the Federal level, which would have directed funding to states to support administration and purchase of GPS devices for individuals at risk of wandering. It did not pass, but is now being reintroduced as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, by Representative Chris Smith R-N.J., Chuck Grassely, R-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D-MN in the Senate.

AAoM is asking all families to contact your congressional representatives to
urge passing of this important law. You can find contact information here.

If you have any questions about this legislation, please contact MiNavigator at 877.463.2266 or Navigator@aaomi.org.

 

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