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The law would give ten million dollars in funding to law enforcement statewide to then supply GPS tracking devices to parents whose child has autism.

I can tell you that the law would give ten million dollars in funding to law enforcement statewide to then supply GPS tracking devices to parents whose child has autism.

"I consider our son Braden to be a high risk," said parent Christina Dudek.

That’s because of his type of autism.

"Braden is totally nonverbal, so he's unable to say his name, his address, our phone number," said Christina

That’s a dangerous mix with him being a wanderer.

"He's fast and he tends to try and get away and he has no concept of fear or safety," said Christina

Teachers say that’s common.

"To understand that, you know, elopement from the classroom or away from an adult can be dangerous for them," said special education teacher Sara Defazio.

That’s why the Kelberman Center has so many teachers.

"They need to be very closely supervised, usually anyway, much like a younger child would be," said the director of early childhood autism at the Kelberman Center Dr. Jean Jacobson.

When the kids are walking from classroom to classroom and while they're here at school there is always a teacher there to watch them, so there isn’t that much of a danger of them wandering off, but when they go home that danger increases.

"Go down the wrong isle in a grocery store or get left behind in the bathroom while the other ones were being walked out. I mean, things happen in a split second," said Christina.

Luckily for Christina Braden is already a part of the Oneida county sheriff’s project lifesaver.

Braden is one the few though.

"So many families on the waiting list for these types of resources," said Christina

Since project lifesaver is free to those who use it Sheriff Rob Maciol told me they can’t help everyone on the waiting list because there is not enough funding.

The American Academy of Pediatrics finds that nearly fifty percent of kids with autism wander and elope, which explains why this is just a big problem for this community.

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