12.22.17

Senate Passes Bill to Assist in Locating Missing Autism, Alzheimer’s Patients

WASHINGTON – Last night, the Senate passed Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2017 (S.2070) by unanimous consent. Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2017 helps families locate missing relatives with Autism, Alzheimer’s disease and other related conditions. The bill reauthorizes the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program and authorizes funding also to be used for the purchase of tracking technology that helps the families of a child with developmental disabilities recover their child in the event they become separated.

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a co-sponsor of the legislation, made the following statement on the passage:

“Kevin and Avonte’s Law can make a significant difference for families faced with frightening scenarios where their loved ones stray from their homes.  Sadly, there have been tragic cases of special needs children and adults wandering away from their caregivers. This law will give law enforcement the tools they need to help families reunite and help prevent new tragedies from occurring.”

Kevin and Avonte’s Law has been endorsed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Alzheimer’s Association, American Society on Aging, Autism Speaks, The Arc, National Autism Association, Safe Minds, and other organizations.