On Friday, July 25, University Settlement was fortunate enough to host several high-profile guests at our Houston Street Center for a press conference on Avonte's Law and new techniques to assist families who have children with autism.
Check out the video of the press conference, provided by Autism Speaks:
Avonte's Law, introduced by New York State Senator Charles Schumer (pictured above), would provide $10 million a year in federal funding over five years to local law enforcement agencies to acquire tracking devices to provide for families who have children with disabilities on a voluntary basis. These tracking devices would assist law enforcement and families in locating a child who has wandered off, a common occurrence for children with autism.
Senator Schumer was just one of the guests who came to speak at the Houston Street Center. Joining him was Autism Speaks President Liz Feld; President and CEO of The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, John Ryan; and New York Police Department Lieutenant Christopher Zimmerman.
Autism Speaks President Liz Feld, when taking the stage, made a formal announcement that the organization would provide $250,000 for water safety programs for autistic youth across the country; University Settlement's EXCEL program has received some of this funding, allowing it to offer free classes or discounted fee classes to low-income families.
A photo album of the event is also available on our Facebook page.