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Avonte Oquendo had been missing since Oct. 4, 2013. The medical examiner's office confirmed on Jan. 21, 2014 that remains found along the East River are a DNA match. (credit: Handout)

Justice Department To Fund ‘Avonte’s Law’ Proposal To Offer Tracking Devices For Autistic Kids

Sen. Charles Schumer’s proposed “Avonte’s Law” will become reality thanks to funding from the federal government. Schumer on Sunday called for legislation to provide GPS tracking devices for autistic children and others with a tendency to bolt from parents or caregivers.

01/29/2014

Avonte Oquendo: New Video

Video Shows Adult Leaving School Door Open Before Avonte Oquendo Escaped

New video has been released showing Avonte Oquendo, right before he disappeared from his school in Long Island City, Queens in October.

01/28/2014

Sen. Charles Schumer, accompanied by the mother of Avonte Oquendo, third from right, announces his proposed "Avonte's Law" on Jan. 26, 2014. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Schumer: ‘Avonte’s Law’ Would Offer Tracking Devices For Autistic Children

Sen. Charles Schumer says new legislation proposed in the name of Avonte Oquendo would fund voluntary tracking devices for children who have autism.

01/26/2014

A shirt (left) police say Avonte Oquendo was wearing the day he went missing/Avonte Oquendo (credit: NYPD)

Family Attorney: More Remains That May Belong To Avonte Oquendo Have Been Found

While the family of missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo was still awaiting DNA results from human remains discovered last week, a family attorney confirmed Monday that new remains have been found.

01/20/2014

Adam Lanza seen in 2005 at the age of 13. (Credit: CBS News)

Expert To Newtown Massacre Commission: No Link Between Autism, Violence

An expert on Friday told a commission looking into the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre in Connecticut that there is no data linking autism with increased violent criminal behavior.

01/17/2014

Avonte Oquendo (credit: Handout)

Missing Autistic Teenager’s Family Holding Out For A Christmas Miracle

He’s been missing 77 days, or 1,800 hours, or more than 100,000 minutes. But no matter how it’s counted, to Avonte Oquendo’s mother the countless moments seem like eternity since she last saw her son.

12/20/2013

Eleana Vellios. 14. walks with her mother, Tina. (credit: CBS 2)

Mother: Why Did Autistic Girl Come Home From School Topless, Scratched?

The mother of an autistic girl wants answers about how her child came home from school topless, scratched up and allegedly traumatized after getting off her school bus.

12/03/2013

Echo is back and playing with her family in Rye on Nov. 15, 2013. (credit: Guiding Eyes for the Blind/Facebook)

Rye Boy’s Missing Autism Service Dog Found Safe

A woman returned Echo, a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever, to the Fontana family on Friday.

11/15/2013

Echo the missing service dog (Guiding Eyes Monroe Puppy Raising Region/Facebook)

Rye Family Searches For Autistic Son’s Missing Service Dog

Echo, a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever, left his family’s Rye home on Dearborn Avenue through an open door last Wednesday night and hasn’t been seen since.

11/12/2013

Baby making eye contact (credit: CBS 2)

Researchers Link Baby’s Eye Gazes With Possible Autism Diagnosis

Using eye-tracking technology similar to that used to train doctors in laparoscopic surgery, Emory University researchers have been able to watch and quantify a baby’s gaze between 2 and 6 months old.

11/06/2013

Avonte Oquendo Flier

Prayer Vigil Held In Hopes That Avonte Oquendo Will Be Found

A prayer vigil was held Sunday asking for the safe return of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who has been missing for more than three weeks.

10/27/2013

Avonte Oquendo had been missing since Oct. 4, 2013. The medical examiner's office confirmed on Jan. 21, 2014 that remains found along the East River are a DNA match. (credit: Handout)

Avonte Oquendo’s Mother: ‘He’s Still Alive; He’s Out There’

The family of Avonte Oquendo have issued a desperate plea to the public to keep looking for the autistic teen, more than three weeks after he vanished.

10/26/2013

A missing person poster for 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo. (Photo: CBS 2)

Family Gathers Party For Massive Search For Avonte Oquendo

Family members and other concerned people gathered Sunday for another extensive search for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic teenage boy who has been missing since he walked out of his school in Queens more than two weeks ago.

10/20/2013

Missing person flyer for Avonte Oquendo is seen at the Times Square subway station on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 (credit: CBSNewYork)

Avonte Oquendo’s Family Rallies With Rev. Al Sharpton For Extensive Search

The family of Avonte Oquendo, the autistic teen who has been missing for more than two weeks, appealed to the public to help find the boy at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Saturday.

10/19/2013

Avonte Oquendo had been missing since Oct. 4, 2013. The medical examiner's office confirmed on Jan. 21, 2014 that remains found along the East River are a DNA match. (credit: Handout)

Intense Search Presses On For Missing Autistic Teen

An intense search continued Saturday for Avonte Oquendo, the missing autistic boy from Queens who vanished from his school more than a week earlier.

10/12/2013

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