Autistic Children Can Comfortably Wear GPS Trackers With Special Clothing Line

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Since it has been shown that autistic children are up to twice as likely to run off as a typical child, keeping track of them can be stressful for their caregivers. A former news anchor and mother hopes to remedy parents’ fears through a new clothing line.

Previously a correspondent for CNN, Lauren Thierry has a 14 year old son with autism named Liam. In 2014, she founded the Independence Day Clothing line. Through her website, Thierry offers pants, shirts, dresses, and even skirted leggings that feature pockets to hold a GPS tracker. The clothing is designed to be soft and comfortable and even the pockets do not contain wires that would irritate a sensitive child.

When compared with other wearable GPS devices, this is a big distinction because they are typically bulky and worn around the wrist or ankle. By contrast, Thierry’s GPS device weighs under 2 ounces. The skirts and pants are also designed with autistic children in mind, as they may also be worn backward. Thierry offers this option because she realizes that children like her son will not always have a caregiver to dress them.

The GPS trackers also offer additional safety by remaining concealed. This way, the devices are not visible to predators, or anyone the parents feels should not be aware that their child is wearing them.

“One out of every 68 babies born today is going to fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. We’re talking about 4.3 million people. I was shocked that someone else hadn’t come up with it,” Thierry said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

The GPS device comes free, though you must pay $70 for the activation, and a monthly fee of $15 to keep it active. The clothing items containing the soft GPS pockets range from $39.50 to $59.50.

As autism awareness becomes more present in the general lexicon, citizens and lawmakers have taken notice of the need for keeping autistic children safe. The tragedy that befell the Oquendo family in January of last year caught national attention as people from all over the country followed the story of the autistic teen’s disappearance. The 14 year old Avonte escaped from his school unnoticed, and New Yorkers searched feverishly for the boy who was presumed to be at a metro station because he loved trains. His remains were later found on a shoreline in Queens.

New York Senator Charles Shumer responded to the event by proposing a law that would finance GPS trackers for autistic children. The bill, however, still has not been passed by Congress.

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