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Government May Fund Tracking Devices For Kids With Autism

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Utah parents with autistic children may soon be able to get a free GPS tracking device to help monitor their kid's whereabouts.

This device could be especially helpful if that child tends to wander.

“It makes like what we had yesterday and this morning a much quicker resolution than the 16 hours that young Steven was out there,” explains James Vaughan of Families of Autism of Asperger’s Standing Together

Had Steven been equipped with an electronic tracking device he likely could have been found and home much sooner.

 This year, the feds will fund tracking devices for kids with autism and other developmental disabilities that pose concerns for wandering.

Vaughan continues, “if we had devices available that are effective and can tell police exactly where these children are it`s just a profound benefit of taxpayer cost savings, resource savings and for moms and dads just a relieve that they know they can have something that is going to help find their child.”

Families won't be able to get a free device on their own.

They'll need to work with their local law enforcement agency and police departments will need to apply for the funding, which will come out of The Byrne Grant Program.

 The money will then be used to pay for the devices for families who need them. There are several devices currently on the market, some with advanced features.

 “You can see little map markers of where they've been throughout the whole day so that's their little digital breadcrumb or footprint. You know where they're going, did they make it to school, did they come home from school, are they where they're supposed to be,” says Julia Howard of Amber Alert GPS.

The Salt Lake City Police Department tells FOX that they regularly apply for and receive Byrne Grants.

They partner with the salt lake county sheriff's office and receive an allocation of over $315,000 and some of that money could go towards paying for these devices.

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