Alzheimer’s Wandering Legislation

Alzheimer’s group urges law to track developmentally disabled

Newsday, February 2, 2018

“We want to make sure that law enforcement officials here have every available tool to help bring those missing persons back safely, and reunite them with their loved ones as quickly as possible,” he said.

The bill, known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law after two autistic boys who died after wandering away from their supervised surroundings, passed the Senate. Some House Republicans who oppose it worried that it could make it easier for the government to track citizens who are not at risk.

Critics feared that allowing GPS-tracking devices to be used for purposes other than locating missing persons could restrict the autonomy of the disabled.

Wandering, generally speaking, is when a person leaves a safe environment to one that is potentially unsafe, said Dr. Paula Lester, a geriatrician at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola.

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