Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said Wednesday the federal government will fund voluntary-use GPS tracking devices for children with autism or other disorders that put them at risk when away from their caregivers, the Associated Press reports. The federal government, led by the Justice Department, has already funded a similar program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The new program stems from a recent case where a 14-year-old with autism died after disappearing from his school. The case is still under investigation. Schumer said the program would be voluntary and work in conjunction with local law enforcement. The devices cost approximately $85, plus monthly fees.
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