Senator Schumer announces legislation to help families with autistic children

NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer
says new legislation created in honor of an autistic New York City boy who disappeared from school and was discovered dead in the East River months later would fund voluntary tracking devices for children who have autism.


is joining the mother of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo on Sunday to announce "Avonte's Law." The legislation would create a program that provides tracking devices and expands support services for families with autistic children.


says it would be similar to a federal program that tracks seniors who have Alzheimer's.

Avonte vanished after walking away from his Queens school during a lapse in supervision in October. About 200 mourners gathered Saturday at a Manhattan church for his funeral mass.

Investigators are still trying to determine how he died.