ABOUT KEVIN & AVONTE’S LAW OF 2016
A 2015 study found that 27% of children with developmental disabilities are reported to wander (or “elope”) from safe settings each year. In 2015, 31 individuals with autism died after wandering away from a safe setting.
Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2016, H.R. 4919, addresses wandering incidents and fatalities in children with developmental disabilities. If passed the bill would:
– Ensure that grants from the U.S. Department of Justice can be used by state and local law enforcement agencies and nonprofits for education and training programs to proactively prevent and locate missing individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
– Make resources available to equip first responders and other community officias with the training necessary to better prevent and respond to these cases.
WE ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF H.R. 4919, KEVIN AND AVONTE’S LAW
Kevin and Avonte’s Law passed in the U.S. Senate — thank you for your support! We now need your support of the House bill, H.R. 4919.
Ask your Representatives to please co-sponsor H.R. 4919, Kevin and Avonte’s Law.
What to Say:
- I am calling/writing to ask you to co-sponsor Kevin and Avonte’s Law, H.R. 4919.
- If enacted, H.R. 4919 would help families like mine, and would work to keep children with autism — and other developmental disabilities — safe.
- Thank you for helping to protect some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.