Join CafeMom Today! Autism Amber Alert: Missouri bill would expand the Amber Alert Criteria
AMBER Alerts are distributed via commercial radio stations, satellite radio, television stations, and cable TV by the Emergency Alert System and NOAA Weather Radio for child abductions only! Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are NOT included in the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert. This really needs to change.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Missouri bill would expand the Amber Alert Criteria

It appears that a proposed change to Missouri law would allow missing children with autism, who were not abducted to be included in the state's Amber Alert system.
HB 1521 -- Amber Alert and Silver Alert System

This bill expands the Amber Alert System to include missing
endangered adults, specifies the criteria for being considered a
missing endangered adult, and changes its name to the Amber Alert
and Silver Alert System.
A wanderer with autism would meet the criteria for an "endangered person" per the verbiage of the bill.
"Endangered person", an individual who:
  • (a) Does not meet the criteria for an Amber alert; and
  • (b) Is missing under unexplained, involuntary, or suspicious circumstances; and
  • (c) Is believed to be in danger because of age, guardianship, health, mental or physical disability, environment or weather conditions; or
  • (d) Is in the company of a potentially dangerous person or some other factor exists that may put the person in peril.

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