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News Summary for August 27, 2012
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by State, so you can easily scan
through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest.
 

Dr. Nora's Top Articles
 
1. "Courts: Man Sentenced to Three Years for Molesting Developmentally Disabled ...” --- Man sentenced to three years for molesting developmentally disabled teen. --- North County Times --- August 21, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ESEMpA
 
2. “Davie Teacher Accused of Abusing Autistic Student Bonds Out of Jail” --- According to the arrest affidavit, the student, who has autism, was acting disruptive during a school field trip. After returning to the school, Baier is accused taking away the child's chair because he was fidgety. --- CBS Local --- August 16, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/eV3zje
 
3. “Unlicensed Facilities for Mentally Ill See Reports of Neglect, Abuse” --- But KTVU recently investigated one report of a young woman being mentally abused and neglected by her caretakers, only to find that the hospital-referred facility was unlicensed. "Disgusted…disappointed…and very sad…,”said the victim's mother. --- KTVU San Francisco --- August 15, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/IUW6K0
 
4. “2 Ex-workers Sentenced in Beatrice Abuse Cases” --- KWBE radio says a judge on Wednesday sentenced Cameron Barnes, of Fairbury, to 2 to 4 years on two felony counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult, to be served consecutively. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- August 22, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/nDDKfc
 
5. “Jury Convicts Toledo Man of Raping Disabled Girl” --- A 51-year-old man faces up to 40 years in prison after a jury in Lucas County Common Pleas Court on Friday found him guilty on all counts in the rape of a 14-year-old developmentally delayed girl… --- Toledo Blade --- August 18, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/QqV0VK
 
6. “Woman Held Captive in Philadelphia Basement for a Decade Sues City” --- A 20-year-old woman whose aunt allegedly beat her and held her captive for a decade in the basement of a Philadelphia apartment building has sued the city, … --- CNN --- August 21, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/04uK1J
 
7. “SC Man Guilty of Chopping off Handicapped Man's Hand for Insurance Money” --- Gerald “Trey” Hardin III pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to being part of a scheme to get some $671,000 in insurance mon … --- The Herald |HeraldOnline.com --- August 21, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/MCgeFx
 
8. “Some in Group Homes are Suffering in Silence” --- Nancy Murrah, right, the owner of the Amistad Residential Facility, breaks down in tears as she talks with Mario Resendiz, with the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services, outside the home in San Antonio on Saturday, August 18, 2012. --- San Antonio Express --- August 19, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/ak67Dc
 
9. “Developmental Centers Search for New Police” --- The in-house police force at California's institutions for the developmentally disabled is searching for a new chief as scrutiny of its work on criminal investigations intensifies. --- NBC Bay Area --- August 16, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/jInxdp
 
10. FEMA: 'Disabled Must be Included in Disaster Planning'” --- Communities must bring disabled residents to the table when planning for disasters because their insight is invaluable, said Marcie Roth … --- MyCentralJersey.com --- August 16, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/Iyqdss
 
11. “Uneven Police Training in Mental Health Issues” --- Marino's death, ruled justifiable homicide by Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler, comes as mental health and law enforcement experts are pushing the need to specially train officers and other first responders to deal with the mentally ill. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- August 19, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/HJ5wvN

 

12. “Penn State to Host Conference on Child Abuse Prevention” --- Penn State University will hold a two-day public forum in October on child abuse, treatment, prevention and trauma research that will gather some of the nation's top experts in the field. "Child Sexual Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact… --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- August 16, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/NRH2Yt
 
13. “Dental Woes Abound for Developmentally Disabled: Study” --- New research paints a grim picture of the oral health status of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One-third have untreated cavities, 80 percent have gum disease and 10 percent are missing some teeth, the ... --- Doctors Lounge --- August 10, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/O4ynWy
 
14. “Care Home Abuse was an 'Isolated Incident' Committee Hearing Told” --- The institutionalised abuse of vulnerable people at Winterbourne View Hospital near Bristol was an isolated incident, South Gloucestershire councillors were told. --- This is Bristol --- August 15, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/6IjNen
 
15. “Al-Qaeda Recruiting Mentally Challenged Individuals for Suicide Attacks” --- "Thirty per cent of the recent suicide bombings were conducted by individuals who are mentally challenged or are suffering from psychological disorders," --- Al-Shorfa --- August 15, 2012 (IRAQ) http://is.gd/HItAMu
 
16. “Disabled Children at Risk of Abuse and Neglect, Warns Ofsted” --- While most disabled youngsters are living with parents and carers who look after them, in some cases inspectors found that children were… --- The Guardian --- August 20, 2012 (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/jrphfo
 
Abuse/Crime-related

17. “Wheelchair-Bound Elderly Man Latest Victim of Stockton's Gold Chain Robberies” --- The Stockton gold chain robbery trend reaches a new low as an elderly wheelchair-bound man is the latest victim. --- CBS Local --- August 15, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/FtykWy

 

18. “Richmond Man Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison for Raping Disabled, Elderly in ...” --- A Richmond man who raped his wife's 80-year-old relative at knifepoint threw a fit in a courtroom cell Monday after being sentenced to 21 years in state prison. --- San Jose Mercury News --- August 14, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/s7KO5p

 

19. “Covelo Man Allegedly Assaults Disabled Child” --- Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence in Covelo regarding a possible assault on a juvenile. --- Redwood Times --- August 13, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/RIy7GQ

 

20. “Woman Dies After Being Found Near Her Wheelchair in Sweltering Heat” --- The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department said in a statement that 49-year-old Cindy Marie Grycel was found unconscious next to her wheelchair about 12:30 p.m. --- CBS Local --- August 10, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/gxjbWf

 

21. “Gainesville Man Accused of Dumping Elderly Dad from Wheelchair, then Kicking and Pushing Him.” --- Police say a Gainesville man beat and kicked his elderly father after dumping him out of his wheelchair and then let him on the floor for three days. --- The Republic --- August 22, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/ladmBz

 

22. “FL Health Care Center Owner Sentenced in Medicare Fraud Scheme” --- The owner of a Miami-area assisted living facility was sentenced today to serve 30 months in prison for his role in a kickback scheme that funneled patients to a fraudulent mental health provider … --- LoanSafe --- August 21, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Jbtu1t

 

23. “Jacksonville Police Charge 4 with Abusing Mentally Disabled Roommate” --- The 20-year-old mentally disabled man living in an East Jacksonville apartment described to police in detail the daily beatings he received at the hands of his four roommates, many times leaving him unconscious. --- Florida Times-Union --- August 15, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/4mLLvP

 

24. “Family Faults Group Home After Son Leaves, is Hit by Car” --- The family of 23-year-old mentally challenged James Graziano, critically injured when he walked in front of a car, is claiming negligence on the part of the group home responsible for his care at 7810 SW 75th Street in Gainesville … --- Gainesville Sun --- August 10, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/7Tkxjh

 

25. “Man in Wheelchair Robbed” --- The men held down Harden in his wheelchair and stole $60 cash, 60 pills of pain medicine and 60 pills of prostate medicine from the back bag that was hanging on the back of his wheelchair. Harden was not injured. --- The Augusta Chronicle --- August 16, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/JmgiMk

 

26. “Boise Man Charged with Stealing Trike from Special-Needs Cyclist” --- A Boise man is behind bars, charged with stealing a trike used by a young man with special needs … --- Boise Weekly --- August 21, 2012 (IDAHO) http://is.gd/7YWRCl

 

27. “Man Pleads Not Guilty to Abusing Disabled Wife” --- Joseph Duffy, the man accused of causing the 2011 death of his disabled wife through a combination of neglect and abuse, pleaded not guilty to the charge on Aug. 10 at the Maybrook courthouse. --- Riverside Brookfield Landmark --- August 14, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/2SwzBF

 

28. “Despicable Act: Gerald Hardin III Convicted of Sawing Off Hand of Mentally …“ --- A self-proclaimed South Carolina crackhead is going to jail for sawing off a mentally disabled man's hand to collect insurance money. Gerald Hardin III,… --- New York Daily News --- August 22, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/e54kkE

 

29. “Judge in Hot Water over Comment about Deaf Teen” --- A northern Indiana probate judge is accused of violating the code of judicial conduct by making an improper comment to someone applying to be a guardian. --- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette --- August 14, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/6JITeg

 

30. “Disabled Son Injured in Attack Released from Hospital” --- The disabled man who suffered multiple injuries when he was attacked at his west Wichita home has been released from the hospital and is staying with family members, police said Monday. --- Kansas.com --- August 20, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/628hot

 

31. “Controversy Heats up over DA's Decision Not to Charge Couple with Rape” --- Glenda and Marvin Young were indicted for the aggravated rape of a mentally challenged girl a couple of years ago. But District Attorney Schuyler Marvin says the victim's family made it impossible to prosecute the Youngs … --- KSLA-TV --- August 10, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/Zhtoj2

 

32. “Family of Boy Who Died in Bus Fall Sues City School System --- The family of a 6-year-old special-needs student who died after he jumped from a moving school bus has filed an $80 million lawsuit alleging negligence on the part of the Baltimore school system … --- Baltimore Sun --- August 20, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/eitEEn

 

33. “Grand Haven Woman Settles Federal Lawsuit against Former Officer Thomas Carey” --- In May 2009, Ottawa County Adult Protective Services informed the Grand Haven police chief that Carey was engaged in a sexual relationship with a woman who was considered a vulnerable adult because of her mental condition. --- Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com --- August 14, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/QYyEZw

 

34. “Key Figure in Laura Cummings' Case Dies” --- Laura was the mentally challenged young woman from North Collins who was horrifically abused and ultimately killed by her mother Eva … --- WGRZ-TV --- August 15, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/1dvItT

 

35. “ Charges in Disabled Man's Swelter Death” --- A bus driver and a matron have been indicted for leaving a mentally disabled man to die horribly in a sweltering passenger van, The Post has learned. Barry Kurt and Akilah Toppin were arraigned on criminally negligent homicide charges Thursday for the ... --- New York Post --- August 13, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/3pujk8

 

36. ”DSS Seeks Power over Adult Care Homes” --- Seven new staffers were introduced to the New Hanover County Board of Social Services on Tuesday by DSS Director LaVaughn Nesmith. --- StarNewsOnline.com --- August 21, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/Fprsax

 

37. “Thief Escapes Prison, Must Repay Disabled Victims” --- A North Avondale woman convicted of stealing from the mentally challenged group she was supposed to care for escaped prison Monday. Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Ralph…--- Cincinnati.com --- August 20, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/CLQx4d

 

38. “Pair Charged with Fraud on Disabled Man” --- Delisa Mackey, 21, of Park Hill, and Deanna Arnold, 34, of Tahlequah, each face a count of exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult. --- Tahlequah Daily Press --- August 15, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/qHhaBW

 

39. “Co-defendant Takes Stand Against Man in Greensburg Torture, Slaying Sentencing ...” --- Police said Knight and five other people who landed in a Greensburg apartment turned on the victim, who was mentally challenged. --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- August 22, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/cGidrp

 

40. “Denying Healthcare To Those with Autism Isn't New” --- Traditional and social media are abuzz with a story of a Pennsylvania man with autism who has been denied a heart transplant at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania over his "psychiatric condition" and "autism." --- Age of Autism --- August 21, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/kHF9Wy

 

41. “Niece of Accused Woman at Center of 'Basement Of Horror' Case Suing Aunt ...” --- It's a story that horrified and shocked our area–four mentally challenged adults were found locked in a basement of a Tacony home. --- KYW Newsradio --- August 20, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/idLhVa

 

42. “Man Facing New Charges of Sexual Assault” --- A man facing charges he allegedly shot a mentally challenged person with a pellet gun was arraigned Friday on new charges he sexually assaulted a girl. --- Wilkes Barre Times-Leader --- August 18, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/9JqUnv

 

43. “23-Year-Old Denied Heart Transplant by U Penn Hospital Because of Autism ...” –-- Karen Corby won't give up on fighting for a heart transplant for her son. Paul Corby, from Pottsville, Pa., has autism and a mood disorder that causes occasional outbursts. Four years ago, the 23-year-old was also diagnosed with a deadly ... --- WIBW --- August 18, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/BwJEEs

 

44. “Suspects Sought in Attack on Disabled Man” --- Because of his disabilities, investigators are having a hard time piecing together what happened, Lott said. He's confident someone knows what happened and hopes the $1,000 in Crime Stopper reward money available to anyone who provides information ... --- The State --- August 16, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/tjzS69

 

45. “Woman Says She was Pulled From Wheelchair, Kicked” --- The victim said after she picked up the keychain, Gagna grabbed her around the head, pulling her out of her electric wheelchair and onto the floor, according to the report. --- Clarksville Leaf Chronicle--- August 20, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/4R0vFI

 

46. “Charges Pending for Algonquin Mom Who Left Daughter at Bar” An Algonquin mom who drove her 19-year-old developmentally disabled daughter to Tennessee and left her in a bar June 28 before driving home is facing the prospect of felony charges in Campbell County, Tenn. --- Chicago Daily Herald --- August 13, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/Z5FDMg

 

47. “Thieves Throw Disabled Dallas Woman from Wheelchair then Steal the Chair” --- Thieves throw disabled Dallas woman from wheelchair then steal the chair. Email · print. Comments. --- 33 KDAF-TV --- August 21, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/7nXzcE

 

48. “Woman Says Men Stole Her Wheelchair When She Refused to Go Home with Them” --- ... go home with them. A 65-year-old Dallas woman told police she was robbed of her … --- NBCNews.com --- August 21, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/IJ3NQa

 

49. “Third Neighbor Held in Death of Disabled Grapevine Man” --- A third neighbor of a disabled Grapevine man who was beaten and stabbed to death last week was in custody Tuesday, accused of being involved in the attack on the 59-year-old man … --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- August 21, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/quVb0O

 

50. “Code Violations Eyed in Fatal Fire” --- The only exit in a group home for men with mental disabilities was blocked by flames Wednesday night, complicating residents' efforts to flee, officials said. --- San Antonio Express --- August 17, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/S9zxez

 

51. “Robbers Pull Elderly Woman from Wheelchair, Steal it in East Dallas” --- Two robbers yanked an elderly woman out of her wheelchair and stole it late Sunday in east Dallas. The two men, driving a blue or gray van, pulled up beside the victim about 7:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Peak Street, near Interstate 30. --- Dallas Morning News --- August 20, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/KPSHrb

 

52. “Pit Bull Attacks Man in Wheelchair” --- Stephenville Empire-Tribune. An American Pit Bull Terrier attacked a disabled man driving a motorized wheelchair on Bates Street Monday afternoon. --- Stephenville Empire-Tribune --- August 20, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/tYPwcn

 

53. “Lufkin Man Accused of Pulling Autistic Son off Top Bunk” --- The doctor noticed severe bruising on the back and buttocks of the child and asked Gorsuch what happened. Gorsuch did not give a good answer and the doctor called Child Protective Services, according to the affidavit. --- KTRE --- August 14, 2012 v (TEXAS) http://is.gd/E7Gmfz

 

54. “Family Threatens to Sue Bowling Alley on Behalf of Disabled Daughter” --- The bad news: An AMF bowling alley in Yorktown refused to let a 9-year-old Hampton girl with spina bifida participate because she could not wear bowling shoes. An employee said she could bowl if she used a wheelchair, even though the girl can walk. --- Daily Press --- August 20, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/G4nbdq

 

55. “More Envoy Nursing Home Workers Charged in Abuse Case” --- A registered nurse and administrator at Envoy of Staunton, 41-year-old Diane Renee Kline, has been charged with failing to report possible abuse, neglect or exploitation of a resident to Adult Protective Services (APS). That's required under state law ... --- NBC 29 News --- August 15, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/6l1wCd

 

56. “Yakima Man Accused in Brutal Attack on Disabled Selah Senior” --- Prosecutors have filed charges of first-degree robbery and burglary against a man accused of participating in a vicious home invasion attack on a wheelchair-bound Selah man. --- Yakima Herald-Republic --- August 20, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/x8ms8T

 

57. “Deaf Man Sues over Lack of Prison Accommodations” --- Larry Berke, a deaf man preparing to serve time in prison for mail fraud, is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons over his assignment to a facility that he claims isn't equipped to accommodate a deaf prisoner. --- The BLT: Blog of Legal Times --- August 16, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/DnfILn

 

58. “Neglect Fear over Disabled Children” --- Some disabled children are at risk of not being properly protected from neglect and abuse, inspectors have warned. An Ofsted report has found that some youngsters with disabilities have needs that are not being met. --- The Press Association --- August 21, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/Qbw4ip

 
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59. “Parents of Children and Adults with Special Needs Seek to Set up Support Hotline” ---"Everything focuses on the individual with a disability and what they need. We're dealing with toddler and preschool-type behavior for 20 years or more. You don't realize how isolated you are until you get out among other people. --- San Jose Mercury News --- August 20, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/jk3bJv

 

60. “Students with Special Needs Staying in Traditional Public Schools” --- The U.S. Department of Education's office of civil rights is investigating charter school practices relating to students with disabilities in five districts around the country, said Russlyn Ali, assistant secretary of civil rights. --- Huffington Post --- August 20, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/BAOlRB

 

61. “Senate Leader Seeks Mental Health Spending Audit” --- State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday asked for a detailed audit of how counties have spent mental health funding from a 2004 ballot initiative that he co-authored. Steinberg's involvement after weeks of defending Proposition 63 ... --- NECN --- August 15, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/WgYJsq

 

62. “Voice Awards to Honor Metta World Peace for Mental Health Advocacy” --- For his efforts in helping mental health charities, Lakers forward Metta World Peace will be presented with a special recognition award Aug. 22 at the 2012 Voice Awards. --- Los Angeles Times --- August 16, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/k2lcli

 

63. “CU Medical Researchers Looking for Cause of Autism” --- Shannon Zimmerman has a special relationship with her son Logan. There are tender moments, but there are also challenges. --- Fox 31 KDVR.com --- August 21, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/qDslnm

 

64. “Special Needs Registry Reassuring in Emergencies” --- One of those is the need to secure assistance for vulnerable populations. Larimer County has a Special Needs Registry designed just for that need. --- The Coloradoan --- August 18, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/wVjkUe

 

65. “Electronic Medical Records May Overlook Depression” --- They looked at all visits in which patients 18 and older received a depression diagnosis, a total of 3467 visits, and noted whether the physician prescribed or continued antidepressant medication, mental health counseling or a combination. --- Sun-Sentinel --- August 22, 2012 (AUGUST 22, 2012) http://is.gd/K5d7i4

 

66. “Hawaiian Electric to pay $50K to Settle Discrimination Suit by Partially Blind ... “ --- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Hawaiian Electric Co. will pay $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit by an employee who is blind in one eye. The commission filed a complaint on behalf of Patrick Obado . --- The Republic --- August 14, 2012 (HAWAII) http://is.gd/h6RNoH

 

67. “Adults with Autism Struggle Getting Jobs, Assistance” --- Ron Wright, of Iowa City, visits the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services office in Iowa City. Wright, like other adults with high intelligence but also autism, has struggled to find work because of difficulties with social skills. --- Iowa City Press Citizen --- August 20, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/abjxS0

 

68. “50-Year State Worker Praised for Service” --- Kathy Ellis, a nurse who went to work in 1962 for the state of Kansas, was honored Tuesday at a reception at the state Department of Aging and Disability Services for her 50 years of service to the people of Kansas … --- Topeka Capital Journal --- August 21, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/DVAynw

 

69. “Report: State Could have Done More to Protect Residents at Troubled Care Home” --- A report released Tuesday by a state watchdog group showed repeated problems at a now-shuttered home for adults with disabilities and said the state could have done more to protect mentally ill and disabled residents from abuse. --- Lexington Herald Leader --- August 14, 2012 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/s7gqKR

 

70. “Vouchers No Quick Fix for Disabled Students in Louisiana” --- Last April, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a new voucher program considered to be the most sweeping in the country. For years … --- Facing South --- August 21, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/USR0GP

 

71. “Community Mental Health Faces $3.1 Million Shortfall” --- St. Clair County CMH is a publicly funded agency responsible for mental services to Medicaid customers with a developmental disabilities … --- Port Huron Times Herald --- August 14, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/7dtwvT

 

72. “Disabled Boy Suffers as Cuts Come at Community Mental Health” --- The Michigan Department of Community Mental Health lost $37 million in funding, according to a June 14, 2010 news release, but since has had a 4.2 percent appropriations gain of $49.6 million to lift the budget to $1.2 billion. --- Oakland Press --- August 14, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/eZsvsP

 

73. “Roseville: St. Paul Woman Gets 3 Years, 5 Months in Robbery of Group Home” --- The home break-in would have been scary for anyone, but for a group of disabled adults, it was especially terrifying. One assailant put a gun to a female resident's head… --- Pioneer Press --- August 17, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/uHu3kv

 

74. “Police are Learning to Deal with the Mentally Ill” --- Leon Evans, president of the Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio, has had success with mental health training for police and a diversion program in his county. --- Kansas City Star --- August 17, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/hPNkDY

 

75. “Urgent Mental Health Services Slowly Returning to St. Louis” --- In 2010, the slumping state budget forced the Missouri Department of Mental Health to close the emergency room and 50 short-term beds at the Metropolitan Psychiatric Center. --- St. Louis Public Radio – August 16, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/FY0GJ5

 

76. “Mental Health Groups and Advocates Plead for Money for Services” --- At least 35 mental health advocates and providers gathered in a board room at St. Peter's Hospital Wednesday morning in a show of unity, trying to prove to the man overseeing the distribution of a $9.5 mental health trust that they're all working ... --- Helena Independent Record --- August 15, 2012 (MONTANA) http://is.gd/6rbBaY

 

77. “Plan for More Care, Less Institutionalization” --- The Montana Developmental Center, in Boulder for more than a century, is the most expensive state institution, with 250 employees taking care of some 50 developmentally disabled residents. About 50 people with severe developmental disabilities live at .. --- . Helena Independent Record --- August 14, 2012 (MONTANA) http://is.gd/YpqwSN

 

78. “Jersey City Woman, 43, Charged with Abusing Wheelchair-bound Mom, 86” --- A Jersey City woman has been charged with abusing her wheelchair-bound mother after a hairdresser noticed a chunk of the 86-year-old's hair was missing, police say … --- The Jersey Journal - NJ.com --- August 22, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/Uw1H4Z

 

79. Nashua Emergency Hero: Hero helps those cope with mental illnesses 1) As long as I have known of her, Ms. Mead has dedicated herself to helping people with mental health issues and mental illness. She works tirelessly to create… --- Telegraph Neighbors --- August 20, 2012 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/uklosC

 

80. “Stem Cell Study to Enroll 30 Autistic Children” --- Dr. Chez says autism shares some of the same symptoms as cerebral palsy and that there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that using cord blood stem cells from the patients' --- KTXL

 

81. “Mental-Health Court Suspends Use of Treatment Center Whose Co-owner Faces ...” --- A Winston-Salem nonprofit whose co-owner faces drug charges will no longer provide substance abuse and mental health treatment services for Forsyth County's mental-health court, District Attorney Jim O'Neill said Wednesday. --- Winston-Salem Journal --- August 15, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/NACt5k

 

82. “DHHS Dealing with $4.3 Million 'Accidental' Cut to Mental Health” --- The cut, which amounts to roughly 1 percent of state spending on mental health, affects the money available to local mental health agencies to provide services such as guardianship for those with developmental disabilities. --- WRAL.com --- August 14, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/zEAJzp

 

83. “Off-duty Tulsa Police Transporting Mental Patients” --- Off-duty Tulsa police officers are transporting mental health patients to facilities across Oklahoma, but law enforcement and mental health officials say more beds and resources are needed to adequately meet the demands. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- August 19, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/AfmWRR

 

84. “Fresh Effort under Way to Organize Advocates of Special Needs Students” --- The groups comprise parents, educators, specialists and community members who meet regularly to discuss ways to meet the needs of the district's special needs students. The committee's job is to call attention to the children's needs and ... --- The Westerly Sun --- August 20, 2012 (RHODE ISLAND) http://is.gd/Qgy9k3

 

85. “Disability Keeps Memphis Woman Trapped Inside Her Home” --- Minnie Moss has a slew of health problems, so many, she has to go to the hospital at least twice a month. “I'm a diabetic,… --- WREG --- August 16, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/Hfe0Lm

 

86. “Answers Sought after Schizophrenic Patient WandersAaway from Halfway House” --- Warren's brother, Kenneth Mallady, 35, was arrested Thursday in Marshall County after being confronted by a park ranger. He had been a patient at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the ... --- The Tennessean --- August 11, 2012 (TENNESEE) http://is.gd/wGrmAP

 

87. “Some CPS Workers Handle 40 or More Cases a Month” --- ... and protect more children, some Houston caseworkers are juggling as many as 40 to 80 child abuse investigations a month even though state lawmakers were promised seven years ago the caseload crisis at Texas Child Protective Services would be fixed. --- Houston Chronicle --- August 16, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/w3hgcA

 

88. “Texas Districts Flagged for Suspending Students with Disabilities” --- Disability Rights Texas has flagged 30 districts for disproportionately using out-of-school suspensions to punish students with disabilities… --- Education Week News --- August 15, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/g54MyA

 

89. “Reports of Suspected Abuse Now Required” --- Those who report are encouraged to give their name because it will be documented that the person met his or her legal obligation to report the suspected child abuse and neglect, makes it possible for the child protective services worker to contact the ... --- Martinsville Bulletin --- August 19, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/QkczOE

 

90. “Relationships are Challenging for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders” --- "It's hard to grasp where a relationship is," said Wren, who lives in a home operated by Richmond House, a nonprofit organization that provides supportive living to young adults who have higher functioning forms of autism such as Asperger's syndrome. --- Richmond Dispatch ---August 19, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/VbOdbZ

 

91. “State Urged to Revamp Mental Health Laws” --- West Virginia must reform its mental hygiene procedures so fewer people with severe mental illnesses spend time in jail and more receive necessary treatment, two national experts on involuntary commitment laws told state ... --- Charleston Gazette --- August 13, 2012 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/MpNcBI

 

92. “Disabled Woman Forced to Vote at Bottom of Stairs” --- A disabled Milwaukee retiree says she was deprived of her right to a secret ballot Tuesday, and it started with an inoperable wheelchair lift. --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- August 14, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/xlTGY0

 

93. “Disability Claims Rise Even as Work Injuries Decline” --- Is the Social Security disability system falling prey to more fraud amid today's weak economy than in the past? A new report by a Wall Street analyst argues that it is. The number of people collecting disability payments is climbing at an ... --- Los Angeles Times --- August 22, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/miSLlm

 

94. “Behind Mental Health Stigmas In Black Communities” --- Jesse Jackson Jr.'s recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder has focused attention on the shame that sometimes accompanies mental health diagnoses in the African-American community. --- NPR --- August 20, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/Q1Tuil

 

95 “CDC Aims to Enhance Disability Health Services” --- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are supporting a three-year initiative that will be run by The Arc that's designed to address health disparities facing those with disabilities. Specifically, the program known as HealthMeet will ... --- Disability Scoop --- August 13, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/LtNlse

 

 
Proposed Legislation and New Laws

 

96. “15. Calif. Bill Would End use of 'Mentally Retarded'” --- Lawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would add California to the list of 42 states that have ended use of the term "mentally retarded." --- Sacramento Bee--- August 20, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/c38t6z

 

97. “Daniel Dewitt's Parents Advocate for Reforms in Mental Health Laws” --- Their son's history points up tragic flaws in California's mental health system, say Candy and Al Dewitt, who are among those pushing for reforms that would compel seriously mentally ill and potentially dangerous persons to accept medical treatment. --- Patch.com --- August 13, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/725jzZ

 

98. “Walmart Settles Carlsbad-Based Disability Discrimination Lawsuit” --- The U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled in favor of a for-mer Carlsbad Wal-Mart employee who was unlawfully fired because of her cerebral palsy. --- Carlsbad Current Argus --- August 8, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/iw7jVk

 

99. “Governor Signs Bill to Help Parents of Children with Special Needs” --- It returns to Delaware a right that parents of children with special needs had until 2006, when the United States Supreme Court revoked it; the right to have the money they spend on doctors and diagnostic tests to pursue an appeal for their children ... --- Cape Gazette --- August 16, 2012 (DELAWARE) http://is.gd/f1pLMZ

 

100. “Del. Law Requires Insurance Coverage for Autism” --- The law also prohibits insurers from terminating or refusing to renew coverage to an individual solely because the individual or a family member is diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum disorders or has received treatment for autism spectrum disorders. --- NECN --- August 13, 2012 (DELAWARE) http://is.gd/FYml2D

 

101. “Mental Health Services Lawsuit Settled” --- The Hawaii Disability Rights Center sued the state claiming policy changes made in 2009 resulted in Hawaii residents being denied eligibility for state mental health services. --- KHON2 --- August 20, 2012 (HAWAII) http://is.gd/7Kmrj8

 

102. “Pontiac Court Facility Faces Disability Violations” --- A new $16 million court facility in Pontiac has been cited with more than 100 alleged violations of state and federal disability laws. --- Sacramento Bee --- August 19, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/sQ7Z8L

 

103. “US Court Tosses Suit on Boston Schools” --- A federal court judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit Friday against the Boston public schools for routinely delaying the enrollment and evaluation of preschoolers with disabilities. --- Boston Globe --- August 18, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/BlxTEr

 

104. “State Lawmaker Pushing for Change After Deadly SA Group Home Fire” --- A 2009 Texas state law gave the city power to regulate facilities like this group home in the 300 block of West Norwood. Four people died in a massive fire there last week. --- KENS 5 TV --- August 20, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/kLLCZD

 

105. ”Mental Health Coverage to Benefit under Health Care Act, Advocates Say” --- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has saved Barbara Vinson thousands of dollars on her son's mental health care over the past two years. --- Austin American-Statesman --- August 13, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/9vprnI

 

 
International Articles

 

106. Official Stresses Election Awareness for People with Disabilities” --- The secretary general of Federation of Associations of People with Disabilities, Lourenço Humba, Tuesday in Luanda, considered timely the awareness of disabled people to clarify them about voting procedures in this group of society. --- AngolaPress --- August 14, 2012 (ANGOLA) http://is.gd/NRwIO0

 

107. “Form Signed Without Doctor Seeing Patient, Inquest Told” --- A doctor signed a mental health form not to detain a suicidal man before even seeing the patient, an Adelaide coroner has been told. --- ABC Online --- August 20, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/yaCpvZ

 

108. “ Man Avoids Jail for Disabled Woman Assault” --- Ting Luey, 64, was sentenced to five months' jail, suspended for 12 months, in the Victorian County Court on Friday after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting the woman after she declined his advances. --- The Australian --- August 17, 2012 (AUSRALIA) http://is.gd/h2nVUS

 

109. “Cop Who Pushed Disabled Woman Faces Tougher Punishment” --- B.C.'s police complaint commissioner has rejected the proposed punishment for a Vancouver officer who was caught on video as he pushed a disabled woman to the sidewalk … --- CTV News --- August 21, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/8KF3zg

 

110. “Welcome Probe into Police Shootings of the Mentally Ill” --- The government can — and often does — ignore the recommendations of coroners' inquests. But it will have trouble arguing that Ontario's mental health and law enforcement systems are doing a good enough job … --- Toronto Star --- August 19, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/DiMDGr

 

111. “No Solution for Desperate Mom” --- Colleen Cunningham's phone has been ringing constantly, but she's no closer to finding care for her developmentally disabled son. --- 24 Hours Vancouver --- August 16, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/6c1QJZ

 

112. “Ottawa Bus Driver Sentenced for Raping Woman with Cerebral Palsy” --- Carola Finch, Toronto Disability Examiner. Carola Finch is a free-lance writer who specializes in information about deaf and hard of hearing people. ---Examiner.com --- August 15, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/YVKzdU

 

113. “Rona Staffers Were Sacked After Helping Disabled Coworker in Wheelchair with ...” --- A well-meaning attempt by a dozen employees to accommodate a disabled colleague at a Rona location in Barrie (not pictured) — by strapping him and his wheelchair to a forklift and hoisting him to the store's second floor ... --- National Post --- August 16, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/I2cNRm

 

114. “Mom Says She's Leaving Disabled Son on Agency Steps” --- Colleen Cunningham says the next time she drops off her developmentally disabled son for respite care she won't be returning to pick him up. --- London Free Press --- August 13, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/G21dam

 

115. “Oshawa Couple in Wheelchairs Robbed of Disability Funds” --- Mark, 39, and 28-year-old Michelle have both been in wheelchairs all their lives and subsist on Ontario Disability Support Program funding. "It's going … ---durhamregion.com --- August 22, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/dyH2iV

 

116. “Family Blames Mental Health Services for Son's Death” --- His mother Janet said that he was then diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia but several years ago he was taken off his medication and his mental health went downhill. --- This is Bristol --- August 20, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/EqMuEp

 

117. “Scientists Try to Discover what Caused the Terrible Deformity of the Elephant Man” --- Because of his deformities, he wore a hat and hood to hide his scary looks. To earn money he agreed to appear in a sideshow exhibited as a 'human curiosity'. --- Daily Mail --- August 19, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/XdUbLw

 

118. “Man Stole Phone from Disabled Barnardo' Volunteer” --- A 21-year-old man who robbed a disabled charity worker of her phone as she walked to church has been spared a jail sentence. Craig Thompkins grabbed the cerebral palsy sufferer near Bradford Cathedral on Sunday, April 1, Bradford Crown Court heard ... --- August 18, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/zQsYrT

 

119. “Disabled Muslim Woman’s Forced Marriage is Not Valid in Britain Rules Judge ...” --- A top family judge has opened the way for the annulment of a disabled Muslim woman's 'forced marriage' despite her parents' plea that it will bring shame on her and her family. --- Daily Mail --- August 16, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/J6Del5

 

120. “Teen Admits to Assaulting Deaf Man” --- Mr Oh, who is profoundly deaf and uses sign language, was walking to his car parked at the station when he was bashed and kicked from behind by Bignell … --- Herald Sun --- August 16, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/Nq0Iuw

 

121. “Mental Health Workers Face Abuse Charges” --- Four former workers at a mental health unit in South Yorkshire are to be charged with mistreating and neglecting patients. --- Sky News --- August 15, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/uODNUz

 

122. “Disability Hate Crime is at its Highest Level Since Records Began” --- There were 1942 recorded incidents of disability hate crime in England and Wales in 2011, an increase of more than 25% on the total for 2010 and the highest since this data was first recorded in April 2010. --- The Guardian --- August 14, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/PXPNNJ

 

123. ‘Powerful BBC Documentary Depicts Autism” --- Tony Hines, 16, of Woodlands was filmed on the day his parents made the agonising decision to put him into full-time residential care. --- Luton Today --- August 11, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/KsbM8s

 

124. Mental Health Taboo in the Ethiopian Community: Interview with Dr. Welansa Asrat´--- “It is the cumulative effect of multiple risk factors combined with an absence of protective factors that increases an immigrant's risk of mental illness,” Welansa says. Additional factors affecting mental health include one's biological and ... --- Tadias Magazine --- August 20, 2012 (ETHIOPIA) http://is.gd/Lxczhl

 

125. “Disabilities Services Face Backslide” --- But the court-appointed federal management team responsible for making that happen hasn't made any progress, according to the attorney who represents people with mental disabilities in a 2001 federal lawsuit. --- Pacific Daily News --- August 15, 2012 (GUAM) http://is.gd/bhxFhh

 

126. “Handicapped Girl, 8, Killed by Father” --- Handicapped girl, 8, killed by father. Aug 20, 2012 |. PTI. |. Ambala · Email this page · Printer-friendly version · Share. An eight-year old physically challenged girl was brutally stabbed to death allegedly by her father in Shanti Nagar at Ambala ... --- The Asian Age --- August 20, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/W9p6jC

 

127. “Man Gets 10-Year Rigorous Imprisonment for Rape” --- In an over one-year-old rape case of a mentally challenged teenaged girl, a local court here on Thursday awarded ten-year rigorous imprisonment to a man. --- Times of India --- August 17, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/7RJm3t

 

128. “A New Center for People with Autism Opens in Baghdad” --- A new center for people with autism has opened in Baghdad. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports. --- CNN --- August 17, 2012 (IRAQ) http://is.gd/ZnmJqd

 

129. “Call for Inspections on Disabled People's State-funded Homes” --- It is being claimed today that more than 10,000 disabled people are living in publicly funded homes that do not face state inspection or regulation. --- Irish Examiner --- August 16, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/mDsRiK

 

130. “Tepco Workers Face Mental Health Crisis after Cost Cuts: Counselor” --- Wamon provides mental health expertise to companies, organizations and individuals and helps improve to employee communications skills. --- The Japan Times --- August 14, 2012 (JAPAN) http://is.gd/V5nj8l

 

131. Shocking Suicide Statistics´--- Namibia is experiencing an epidemic of suicides, with over 800 people attempting suicide between 2010 and 2011, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Services. --- AllAfrica.com --- August 10, 2012 (NAMIBIA) http://is.gd/Y8bnWl

 

132. “Improving the World for People with Disabilities” --- As chairwoman of cbm New Zealand - an organisation dedicated to helping children with disabilities in developing countries - and a board member… --- Stuff.co.nz --- August 20, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/Qh6bsU

 

133. “Researchers Reveal New Mechanism Behind More Male Autism” --- Autism spectrum disorders are developmental disorders featuring repetitive or stereotyped behaviours as well as impairments to social interaction, communication and language… --- Medical Xpress --- August 15, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/U4SpYc

 

134. “Still Fighting for Disability Rights” --- Hearing of the death of Lord Morris of Manchester, who championed the rights of people with disabilities, prompts me to write of the disappointment … --- Herald Scotland --- August 20, 2012 --- (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/oJ4EQd

 

135. “Man in Court for Rape of Disabled Woman” --- A man who allegedly raped a mentally disabled woman at an institution in Wellington applied for bail in the Cape Town District Court on Tuesday … --- Independent Online --- August 14, 2012 (SOUTH AFRICA) http://is.gd/fbVBPt

 

136. “Remploy Staff to Stage Four-Day Strike” --- Disabled workers at Remploy sites in Glasgow and Chesterfield in Derbyshire are to stage a four-day strike over the threat of job losses. --- BBC News --- August 22, 2012 (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/Zn0nzg

 

137. “Teenagers with Special Needs Ending up in Hospitals or in Day Care Services” --- Experts say though youngsters with special needs can get extra support throughout their school lives this ends in further education. --- WalesOnline --- August 18, 2012 (WALES) http://is.gd/cYPnJU

 


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