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Mayor de Blasio Issues Stern Warning After Special Ed Teen Disappears from School

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NYC officials are investigating what went wrong at the special ed school where a teenager managed to leave undetected almost a year after the tragic disappearance of Avonte Oquendo.
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UPDATE: Missing Teen Found After Leaving Special Ed School in Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Nashaly Perez-Rodriguez's disappearance comes less than a year after autistic teen Avonte Oquendo walked out of his school in Long Island City.
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Council Passes Limited School Door Alarm Bill

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Schools with vulnerable or troubled students should be getting more door alarms installed next year as a way to prevent them from leaving the building undetected.

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Department of Ed Anxious About 'Avonte's Law' Door Alarms

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Department of Education said a bill requiring alarms on school doors would take away the discretion of principals, who might have valid reasons for opposing alarms. 

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Avonte Oquendo's Mother Files Wrongful Death Suit Against City

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The mother of an autistic boy who disappeared from his school last October has filed a wrongful death suit against the city, the Department of Education and the police department.

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Brother of Lost Autistic Boy Heads to Law School after Tragedy

Monday, April 28, 2014

Last fall, Danny Oquendo was organizing volunteers to search for his autistic half-brother Avonte who had gone missing from school. The boy's tragic death led Danny to change his career. This fall, he's heading to law school to help children with special needs.

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Push for School Door Alarms Hits Wall

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The disappearance and death of the autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo has led to a proposal to install door alarms in schools, but at what cost?

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School Investigation Sheds Light on Avonte's Disappearance

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Avonte Oquendo's classroom teacher knew the autistic boy's mother worried he might run away, but the teacher never shared that information.

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A Day After Funeral, a Push for 'Avonte's Law'

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A day after the funeral for missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo, Senator Chuck Schumer is sponsoring a bill to allocate $10 million in federal funds to make tracking devices available for people with autism.

 

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WNYC News

At Autistic Boy's Funeral, "It Felt Like It Was New York's Son"

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hundreds of New Yorkers came to pay their final respects to Avonte Oquendo, the missing autistic boy, whose funeral was held on Saturday just over a week after his remains were discovered in the East River.

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Avonte's Case Spurs Greater Awareness of Autism

Friday, January 24, 2014

The death of Avonte Oquendo, an autistic teen who ran out of his school unsupervised, has sparked a wider conversation: what's the role of the wider community when it comes to caring for kids with severe disabilities? The topic generated lively conversation on Friday's Brian Lehrer Show.

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How Can We Prevent Another Avonte Oquendo Tragedy?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks, examines the realities of caring for autistic children after the tragic news of Avonte Oquendo's death.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Political Favors; Avonte Oquendo; New Yorker's Editor-in-Chief; Brain Power

Friday, January 24, 2014

How much is too much when it comes to political horse-trading? Brigid Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, and David Plotz, editor of Slate and host of Slate Political Gabfest, discuss the line between politics as usual and political corruption. Plus: the realities of caring for children with autism, an "Ask the Editor" with New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick, and award-winning science journalist David Hurley describes how brain exercises made him smarter… and how you can do the same. 

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De Blasio Races Clock to Name New Education Panel Members

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A last-minute flurry of appointments allowed the citywide education panel to meet on Wednesday although members mostly used the time to introduce themselves, and get acquainted. 

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Avonte Oquendo's Death Hits Home for Special Needs Families

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The 14-year-old boy disappeared from a public school in October and his remains were positively identified Tuesday, after being discovered last week in the East River. To those with children like Avonte, some say his death is like losing a family member.

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Remains Are Autistic Teen's; Family to Sue City

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The New York City medical examiner's office says that human remains found along the East River are those of 14 year-old Avonte Oquendo, an autistic student missing for three months.

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Family Fears Remains Belong to Missing Autistic Child

Friday, January 17, 2014

There may have been a break in the search for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic and mute boy who went missing this fall. The medical examiner worked to identify human remains found along the East River waterfront while the family's lawyer said the clothing found matched what the boy was wearing when he ran out of school in early October.

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Lawyer for Missing Boy says D.O.E. Documented Mistakes at His School

Monday, December 23, 2013

It’s been two and a half months since a mute autistic boy ran out of his special education school after lunch. Now, an internal investigation by the Department of Education finds alarming missteps and confusion at the school after 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo disappeared, according to his family’s lawyer.

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Walcott Refines Safety Procedures After Child's Disappearance

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced several changes to safety protocols, in the Department of Education's most explicit acknowledgment that changes are needed following the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo last month from his Long Island City school.

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For Missing Boy's Family, a Sad but Familiar Cycle

Thursday, November 07, 2013

There are fewer volunteers showing up at the family's command center, and the announcements made by the MTA about Avonte Oquendo are fewer and farther between. More than a month after the autistic boy disappeared from Riverview School in Long Island City, his family has entered a new phase in their anguishing search.

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