New Yorkers are still very hopeful that Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy missing since October 4, 2013, will be found. Vigils are being held here everyday. In the world’s most multicultural city, volunteers have designed, printed and distributed multilingual flyers (English, Spanish, Korean, Russian) to post in their neighborhoods and digitally share with friends around the world.
In addition, information about the missing boy is announced on the MTA Subway time-clock communication system daily, every few minutes. Oquendo was described as a boy who is non-verbal but loves trains. The transit agency also took the unprecedented step to stop all track work to search the tunnels and 468 stations.
For copies of multilingual flyers, here are the links to the Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/missingavonte.oquendo?fref=ts and the fan page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Avonte-Home/414437158656906
“The local neighborhood in Queens is just about saturated with flyers and volunteers, according to a family member that I spoke to at the family tent,” said Kpana Kpoto, co-founder of the Bronx Parents Autism Support Circle and a search volunteer.“We all have hope and want to support the family by spreading the news to the outer boroughs, other states, countries and news media,” said Kpoto, a special needs advocate who also blogs about autism.(www.sailingautisticseas.com)
Kpoto said that a tent is set up in Oquendo’s Long Island City neighborhood that is always staffed by a family member. Take the 7 train to Vernon Blvd./Jackson Avenue, 1-50 51st Street. Walk down 51st past construction building site. If you are interested in helping the search team, pick up flyers at the family tent in Queens or simply download flyers from the Face Book Fan Page.
Kpoto shared other ways to help: Raise your awareness about autism by checking out these links: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/06/17/minority-k... and National Autism Association.
Sign a petition on change.org. Here's the link:http://www.change.org/petitions/nypd-bring-project-lifesaver-to-nyc-so-w.... Attend a community meetings: http://www.meetup.com/Bronx-Parents-Autism-Support-Circle/.
Send a twitter message to Avonte Oquendo’s 20 year-old brother Danny, who spends 24 hours a day searching for him: @kingdetrick. Check his tumblr page:http://kingdetrick.tumblr.com/post/64113691565/the-red-tent-is-now-a-blu....