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Law Passes Requiring Audible Alarms On Doors Of Schools With Special Needs Programs

The New York City Council has unanimously approved a bill requiring audible alarms on doors in schools with special needs programs.

07/24/2014

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

City Council To Vote On Audible Alarms Bill Dubbed ‘Avonte’s Law’

The bill, known as Avonte’s Law, was inspired by the disappearance of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy from Queens walked out of his school in Long Island City last October.

07/23/2014

Avonte Oquendo: New Video

Rally Held Outside City Council Hearing On Audible Alarms Bill Dubbed ‘Avonte’s Law’

The bill is named for Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy from Queens who walked out his school in Long Island City last October.

06/12/2014

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)

Mother Of Avonte Oquendo Has Filed Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against The City

The mother of an autistic teenager who disappeared from his school and was later found dead has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

06/03/2014

Avonte Oquendo: New Video

Parents, Councilmen Advocate Plan To Keep Kids From Running Out Of School

The City Council on Wednesday discussed a proposal to keep children from walking away from their schools unnoticed.

05/28/2014

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)

Attorney: Avonte Oquendo Tried To Run Off A Day Before He Escaped

An attorney for the family of Avonte Oquendo said Tuesday that the autistic teen had tried to run out of school the very day before he disappeared.

04/08/2014

NYC cab (file/credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Missing Persons Ads Could Soon Be Coming To Taxi TV

The New York City Council is considering a measure that would allow missing persons ads to run on TVs inside taxi cabs.

03/30/2014

Avonte Oquendo (credit: Handout)

Report Into Avonte Oquendo Disappearance Finds Mother Warned Teacher Son Was ‘Runner’

The mother of an autistic teen who disappeared from school and was later found dead warneda teacher that her son was a runner and needed constant supervision, according to a report released Thursday.

03/27/2014

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 Brother Thanks New Yorkers For Support, Efforts In Search

The brother of Avonte Oquendo thanked the people of New York City Friday for their tireless efforts to find the autistic teen, whose body was found in the water in Queens in January.

03/21/2014

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)

Medical Examiner: Cause Of Avonte Oquendo’s Death Impossible To Determine

The 14-year-old autistic boy disappeared from his Queens school on Oct. 4, setting off a massive search that included subway tunnels and regular announcements over the PA system at subway stations.

02/26/2014

Brandon Betancourt (credit: NYPD)

Police In Queens Find Missing Autistic Boy, 12

Brandon Betancourt was last seen leaving his home on 66th Road around 7 a.m., police said.

01/30/2014

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

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)

Family, Community Say Goodbye To Avonte Oquendo

The autistic teenager went missing more than three months ago after walking away from his school in Long Island City. His remains were found last week.

01/25/2014

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