I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…
Federal lawmakers approved a $1.3 trillion spending package this month to fund the government through September, which includes increases for several disability-related programs. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
(Michelle Diament) A $1.3 trillion government spending package will aid those with disabilities who wander while increasing special education funding and tackling restraint and seclusion in schools, among other issues.
The legislation signed by President Donald Trump late last week funds the federal government through September.
My Commentary: The State will now be funding “voluntary tracking devices,” which will be available to “vulnerable children with autism or adults with Alzheimer’s who are at risk of wandering.” So… how long before “voluntary” becomes “mandatory”?
It was Monday, August 15, 2011, just a few minutes after 4:00 pm, and I was in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, walking down Highland Ave, trying to clear my head. I found myself heading down the same path that I had discovered while wandering some months earlier, also trying to clear my head. As I crossed 7th Ave, heading towards Valley Blvd, suddenly, the sky started pouring rain, and water started to quickly pool on the sidewalks. I had no umbrella – only a jacket and a baseball cap to protect me – so, I started to get uncomfortably and soaking wet, especially my boots.