NEW YORK, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kevin and Avonte's Law, a bipartisan bill intended to protect people with autism and other conditions, was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate on July 14, 2016. The bill was introduced in March of 2015 by Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC, and Senator Chuck Grassley, R-IA.
The bill is named after two young boys on the autism spectrum, 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo and 9-year-old Kevin Curtis Wills. Avonte, a nonverbal autistic boy, originally disappeared back in October of 2013 when he went missing from Riverview School in Long Island City, Queens in NY. His remains were found in the East River in January of 2014, after three months of exhaustive searches. Similar to Avonte, Kevin drowned in 2008 after jumping into the Raccoon River near a Jefferson park in Iowa.
David Perecman, the attorney for Avonte's family, had this to say on the bill's passing through the Senate:
"The Perecman Firm is very proud of our involvement with the progress in the passage of Kevin and Avonte's law. The loss of these children were very dark days. It is good to see that something positive will come of it. Special thanks to Senators Schumer and Grassley for their support."
The Perecman Firm, along with representing the family of Avonte Oquendo, is one of many organizations who have supported this bill since it was originally introduced as Avonte's Law back in January of 2014.
To contact the Perecman Firm, call us at (212) 577-9325, our visit our website at https://www.perecman.com/.
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SOURCE Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.