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News Summary for September 17, 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. “ Woman Arrested for Pimping Developmentally Disabled Girl” --- A 21-year-old woman was arrested this week on pimping charges after she allegedly waylaid a developmentally disabled girl and coerced her into performing sex acts for money, according to Santa Rosa police … --- NBC Bay Area --- September 9, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/FoNWaC
2. “MPD: Officers Disciplined for Failure to Properly Report Missing Child, Off ...” --- Murfreesboro Officer Albert Miles received a one-day suspension for reporting a developmentally disabled boy as a runaway juvenile instead of a missing-and-endangered person on June 13, an MPD supervisor's event report filed by Sgt. Jim Wyatt reads. --- Shreveport Times --- September 5, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/DWHiIn


3. “2 Ex-workers Sent to Jail in Beatrice Abuse Case” --- Two more former employees at a Nebraska center for developmentally disabled adults will serve time behind bars for abusing residents. Cody Creek, of Beatrice, was sentenced on Wednesday to eight months in the Gage County jail for attempted ... --- 10TV --- September 6, 2012 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/d1U5qR


4. “Nurse Accused of Withholding Medication” --- Investigators believe Howard-Daniels did not give medications to seven developmentally disabled patients during July of this year. She is employed at the Creative Learning Workshop. Howard-Daniels is a licensed practical nurse for the State of Ohio. --- WDTN --- September 4, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/RdVyEH
5. “Mother Says She Murdered Disabled Daughter with Fire Extinguisher” --- In a confession to police Webber said she hit her daughter in the head with a fire extinguisher several times until she died. --- wreg.com --- September 6, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/BkoSWk


6. “Caught on Camera: Handcuffed Deaf Couple Wants Answers” --- A deaf San Antonio couple claims two off-duty Bexar County Sheriff's deputies handcuffed them and roughed them up as they were shopping inside a west side convenience store. --- WALB-TV --- September 5, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/BmZamR
7. “Washington Man Charged with Kidnapping, Raping Mentally Challenged Woman” --- When a 19-year-old mentally disabled woman disappeared in July from her neighborhood in Wheeling, W.Va., her family and dozens of neighbors spent four days hunting for her until police found her walking on a street near her home. --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- September 6, 2012 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/ejtP9V


8. “Man Accused of Molesting Developmentally Disabled Teen” --- Police arrested Armando Segoviano, 46, on September 5 following investigations into a reported child molestation case. According to a police statement, the victim is a developmentally disabled 15-year-old girl with the mentality abilities of a 6-year ... --- Santa Barbara Independent --- September 7, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/8mvOss


9. “Prison Sexual Predator Charged in Rape of Disabled Cellmate” --- Steven Allen, 31, is accused of sexual battery without force for the attack that took place the evening of July 27, a sheriff's report shows. The cellmate, who is 38, told Volusia sheriff's detectives that Allen yanked him off the top bunk of the cell ... --- Daytona Beach News-Journal --- September 7, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/zKyDRs


10. “Feds Slam Florida for Warehousing Disabled Kids” --- Florida health and disability administrators have been systematically dumping sick and disabled children — some of them babies — in nursing homes designed to care for elders, in violation of the youngsters' civil rights, the U.S. Justice Department says. --- Palm Beach Post --- September 7, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/tboe6U


11. “Metro Special Needs Student Attacked on School Bus” --- Daniel, a fifth grader with special needs at Brick Church College Prep, said a group of girls attacked him on the bus Thursday morning. "They were punching me and stuff - making me mad," Daniel said. Daniel said he bit several of the girls to defend ... --- WXIX --- September 7, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/OcD9YW


12. “Cops: Green Lake Naked Man Assaulted Autistic Girl” --- The man who ran around naked Tuesday at Green Lake assaulted police officers who tried to capture him, and the teenage girl he initially assaulted has severe autism that limits her speech, according … --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- September 5, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/oMEG97


13. “Thief Steals Wheelchair from Elderly Port Orchard Woman” --- The 77-year old woke up from a nap on Sunday and discovered that someone had walked right into her house and stole her wheelchair. Williams suffers from a condition that makes it too painful to walk most days, so the crime was especially heinous. --- KOMO News --- September 7, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/CKoB0z


14. “Transient Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Disabled Soldier's Fatal Stabbing” --- A judge sentenced a 20-year-old transient to 20 years in prison Thursday for fatally stabbing a disabled Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier 14 times in the back, neck and head during a drug-fueled attack in March. --- The Olympian --- September 6, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/CLpudS


15. “Questions Linger with Study on Autism and Bullying” --- The recent study on autism and bullying published in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine has produced a lot of syndication and analysis in major media outlets and local blogs. Most outlets focused on the study's conclusion that 46 percent of ... ---Examiner.com --- September 5, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/CnJcr5


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16. “Why Does Florida Place Disabled Kids in Nursing Homes?” --- What is the benefit of having a developmentally disabled child parked in front of a television in a nursing home with little therapy or social interaction? --- Tampabay.com --- September 9, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Ps3UAn


17. “Ga. Switching Mental Health Care Providers” --- Georgia officials are pushing out a mental health care provider months after an audit found problems in an effort to provide better treatment for the mentally ill, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- September 8, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/Zl3hIM


18. “DFCS Employees Helped Lead to Supervisors' Arrests” --- Department of Family and Children Services whistleblowers helped lead to Wednesday's arrests of two Muscogee County Child Protective Services supervisors. Forty-eight year-old Deborah Cobb and 54-year-old Phyllis Mitchell are on paid administrative ... --- WRBL --- September 6, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/m7gA7R


19. “DHS Developmental Disabilities Director Address Murray Center Closure at ...” --- Tensions were high at times as state officials addressed parents and guardians at the Murray Parents Association meeting Sunday. --- WJBD Online --- September 9, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/Zggqzp


20. “Sheriff Tom Dart Speaks out Against Mental Health Center Closures” --- Activists have been fighting for months to push the city to keep mental health centers open, and now they've found an ally in Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. He spoke out against the closing of mental health centers … --- Chicagoist --- September 6, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/wQPIPk


21. “Health Care Coverage for All Iowans Difficult to Attain” --- A 2011 report from the Iowa Hospital Association shows the medical complex served almost 380,000 “community benefit” patients last year. That includes those with uncovered Medicaid and … --- The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines --- September 9, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/k5QF3j


22. “Deaf Dolphin Rescued in La. is Going to Miss.” --- A deaf dolphin found stranded in March off the Louisiana coast is being taken to live among other dolphins at a facility in Mississippi. --- USA TODAY --- September 9, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/XUMy8b


23. “Lawyer Wins Hard-fought Fees in Bitter Disability Case” --- A Louisiana appeals court has awarded $2 million in fees and costs to a Houston lawyer who has spent more than a decade in a bitter battle against Louisiana's attorney general over the lack of handicapped-accessible restrooms at a public university. ---Law.com --- September 6, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/SIy2AK


24. “Michigan Man Charged in Fake Disabled Veterans Charity Scam” --- Neil Thrasher, 37, allegedly created The Paralyzed American Veterans and Disabled Veterans of America, --- MLive.com --- September 7, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/2Lnux0


25. “Deaf Boy Teaches Deaf Dog Sign Language” --- Is it possible to teach an old dog new tricks? A boy from Omaha is giving it a try! Austin Luther is a six-year-old boy who is deaf. --- fox4kc.com --- September 9, 2012 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/wrBENQ


26. “Under Fire, VA Boosts Up Mental-Health Staff in Memphis, Elsewhere” --- Crowder, of Ripley, Tenn., is among some 8,200 veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have sought help at the Memphis VA Medical Center, with more than half of them getting treatment for mental-health issues. --- DeSoto Appeal --- September 9, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/dZr1ot


27. “Autism Can Have Large Effects, Good and Bad, on a Disabled Child's Siblings” --- I know that people are warmed by stories of siblings who selflessly shower the disabled child with love, attention and support. I think that's great, too. And it's for real for some siblings. But for many of us, relating to a sibling who is on the ... --- Autism Support Network --- September 6, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/UIKC8T
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28. “EEOC Lawsuit vs United Air on Disabled Workers Revived” --- 7th Circuit appeals court overrules earlier decision. Law requires appointing disabled workers to vacant jobs. Employers can show undue hardship. A federal appeals court has revived an Equal Employment ... --- Reuters --- September 7, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/kR1kDn


29. “Developmental Disability Reform Act” --- It is a rare occasion that both sides of the aisle in Topeka can agree upon any subject, but in 1995 that occurred. In that year, the Developmental Disability Reform Act was signed by Gov. Bill Graves and became law. The DDRA was a revolutionary ... --- Fort Scott Tribune --- September 7, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/ryC1a5


30. “Reporting Suspected Child Abuse Required by Law for Some” --- With the new school year under way, Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare Gary D. Alexander today reminded the public about the mandated reporting requirements under Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law. --- CBS 21 --- September 7, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/71RTfW


31. “Disabled Residents Fighting to Stop Health Care Cuts” --- Ganapathiraju is referring to state-mandated budget cuts, which slashed in-home personal health care services for the elderly and the disabled. A judge upheld that the cuts are legal, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that decision ... --- KOMO News --- September 5, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/qmdKsC

International Articles


32. “Global Disability Movement Shines at Paralympics” --- According to a media release, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, showed their interests in the campaign aimed at implementing the rights of persons with disabilities. The One Billion Strong is a ... --- Bangladesh News 24 hours --- September 7, 2012 (BANGLADESH) http://is.gd/iWUeAf


33. “Seven in Ten (72%) Canadians are Concerned About Access to Special Needs ...” -- Quebecers (81%) are most concerned about access to special needs education, while fewer in British Columbia (74%), Ontario (70%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (65%), Atlantic Canada (64%), and Alberta (63%) are concerned about access to special ... --- NorthumberlandView.ca --- September 7, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/1T5pwj


34. “Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People Says the Poorest Are Being Unfairly ...” --- Disabled people are being unfairly and disproportionately targeted in the government's “austerity war”, according to a new report commissioned by a Norfolk campaign group. --- Norwich Evening News --- September 8, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/QeXbrM


35. “Deaf Man Attacked in Pub” --- The incident happened in the Lane Ends pub, Woodplumpton Road, Ashton, Preston. The victim, a deaf man from the nearby area, accidentally stood on the offender's girlfriend's toes while he was stood at the bar. The offender then started shouting at him ... --- Lancashire Evening Post --- September 8, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/yikERO


36. “Thief Targets Disabled Man” --- Police are looking for witnesses after a disabled man was attacked and robbed in Worcester. The robbery took place at about 9.50pm on Thursday, August 30, and was described by police as “particularly nasty” because of the victims visible disability. --- Worcester News --- September 7, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/gWCxtO


37. “Bus Driver "Makes Joke" of Child's Autism” --- A mother has been left upset and angry after a bus driver made a joke of her four-year-old son's autism. Rosie Kennerson, 24, along with her mother Carol Stevenson, had taken her son Harley Paul shopping in Salisbury on Saturday to buy new shoes ... --- Salisbury Journal --- September 6, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/jmjhuk


38. “Social Workers Often Stressed by Work load” --- Feelings of work-related stress are alarmingly great among Finnish social workers, says researcher, Dr. Arttu Saarinen. He says that in addition to stress, social workers are troubled by the contradictory nature of their work. --- Helsingin Sanomat --- September 8, 2012 (FINLAND) http://is.gd/WV4K4L


39. “Disabled Children Not Attending School Due to Inability of Parents to Pay Fees” --- Mr David Amevo, the father of three deaf and dumb children, told the GNA in an interview during the Eastern Regional celebration of the National Children's Day at Senchi that three of his seven children were born with the disability and he could not ... --- Ghana News Agency --- September 7, 2012 (GHANA) http://is.gd/dkX2ze


40. “Chained for 15 years, Rajasthan Man Turns Mentally Challenged” --- He was 10 years old when he was chained to a tree due to a medical affliction. Fifteen years later, he continues to be treated in the same way and in the process has become mentally challenged. --- gulfnews.com --- September 4, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/gKzMCH


41. “Mental Health Fund Cut to Offset HSE Deficit” --- More than €50 million allocated by the Government to develop mental health and primary care services this year is to be used to offset the deficit in the Health Service Executive. As tension continues between the Coalition parties over cuts in services ... --- Irish Times --- September 6, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/Z6ICG9


42. “Mental Health Problems for Young Homeless at ‘Worryingly High’ levels” --- The research, which worked in partnership with Llamau, a charity working with young homeless people in South Wales, found that youngsters living on the street are a particularly vulnerable in terms of mental health conditions. --- WalesOnline --- September 6, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/vF4MVF


43. “Angry Dad Says Police Let His Missing Mentally Ill Son Wander Off” --- In February this year, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington said that no member of the force should ever tell members of the public that they cannot take action against persons who are said to be mentally challenged, and quoted from Section 32 of the ... --- Jamaica Observer


44. “Pakistan Christian Girl in Quran Case to Be Freed” --- Pakistan Christian girl in Quran case to be freed. In a rare move, a Pakistani judge granted bail Friday to a young, mentally challenged Christian girl accused of insulting Islam by burning pages of the religion's holy book. --- The Seattle Times --- September 7, 2012 (PAKISTAN) http://is.gd/NJsjia


45. “Boy's Gang-Rape Charges Withdrawn” --- Charges have been withdrawn against a 14-year-old boy accused of taking part in the alleged gang rape of a mentally retarded Soweto teenager. The boy was found to be incapable of ... --- Citizen --- September 7, 2012 (SOUTH AFRICA) http://is.gd/AwkW8P



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