GPS tracking devices gifted to Autism of Council of Rochester

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The tragic death of Rochester City School student, Trevyan Rowe drew a lot of attention, especially in the autism community. In response, an anonymous business donated 25 Angel Sense tracking devices to the Autism Council of Rochester.

Eight-year-old Silas, like most kids, is adventurous, but sometimes his dad Joe Banker tells News 8 it’s a bit much. According to Banker, his son is on the autism spectrum and he’s non-verbal.

“He’s generally a happy kid likes doing things but he has the tendency to want to wander,” Banker said. 

Executive Director of the Autism Council of Rochester Lawana Jones says about 50 percent of children with autism wander. 

Jones tells News 8, “It’s our chance to to do something than just continue to talk about what we can do for children that wander or elope. We had three incidents in Monroe County over the last three years and we need to do something.”

This GPS system is designed by parents with kids with autism.

The families selected will then participate in a study with the Autism Council. Banker uses the GPS System and his son is never without it. 

“Angel Sense absolutely give us a big piece of mind,” said Banker.

Twenty-five families will get this device which runs about $100 and about six of them will be have the monthly service charge of $40 covered as well.

If you are interested email info@theautismcouncil.org.

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