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News Summary for October 22, 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. “Leaders Call for Complete Investigation into JDC Death” --- Area legislators and community leaders are asking for a thorough investigation of the death of the Jacksonville Developmental Center resident. Morgan County Coroner Jeff Lair says 69-year-old John Long was pronounced dead at last Sunday … --- WLDS-WEAI News --- October 15, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/A2BeMt

2. “Parent: Bus Driver Threatened Special Needs Students with Duct Tape” --- Authorities are investigating after a school bus driver in the small Missouri town of Chilhowee allegedly tried to control two special-needs students with duct tape. --- fox4kc.com --- October 9, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/mz3jsT


3. “Gilmanton Sex Offender Arrested for Assault” --- A registered sex offender has been arrested on charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault for allegedly assaulting a developmentally disabled victim. --- The Union Leader --- October 10, 2012 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/tjJ5Dx


4. “Special Needs Teen Brutally Beaten by NYPD Officers” --- Two cops enter special needs home, brutally hitting, punching, and pepper spraying special needs teen for sleeping without a shirt. After being woken up the teen, confused asked NYPD officers why he was being arrested when he had permission to sleep .. --- YouTube --- October 14, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/nc688T


5. “Syracuse University Applies to Run Agency that Polices Abuse of Disabled People” --- The only other applicant is Disability Advocates Inc., a nonprofit group that has extensive experience with oversight work as a state contractor charged with advocating for disabled people. --- New York Times --- October 15, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/MmV0z1


6. “Teacher Accused of Assaulting Student in a Wheelchair” --- A Meadowdale High School teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations she struck a student with Cerebral Palsy, school officials said. --- WHIO Dayton --- October 11, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/0Wx0Wg


7. “Keizer Teaching Assistant Arrested, Accused of Alleged Misconduct with Student” --- A Keizer middle school teaching assistant who works with developmentally disabled children has been arrested on sex abuse charges Wednesday. Jose Juan Moreno, 45, a special programs instructional assistant … --- OregonLive.com --- October 10, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/9oksGn


8. “Trial Ordered for 6 Teens in Pa. Beating Case” --- Six teenagers charged in the videotaped beating of a mentally challenged Philadelphia-area woman on her stoop have been ordered held for trial. The teenagers, all female, cried as they appeared Monday before a … --- Allentown Morning Call --- October 16, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/OJwjrC
9. “Dad: Bullied Son Punished for Defending Special Needs Classmate” --- Home from his job training police officers in Afghanistan, Randy Duke is on a mission. Instead of just spending precious time with family before he … --- KHOU --- October 8, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/M4ak9N
10. “Video Clip of Teacher Abusing Autistic Girl Sparks Outrage, Sympathy” --- A video clip showing a young girl being flung and kicked by a teaching assistant at a children's rehabilitation centre in Guangzhou, China has sparked outrage and sympathy among citizens. --- AsiaOne --- October 8, 2012 (CHINA) http://is.gd/XIrf3V


11. “Vigil Held in Honor of Disabled Man Slain in Birmingham's Titusville Neighborhood” --- Dewayne Brown stood on the steps of the Titusville apartment where his brother … --- The Birmingham News - al.com --- October 11, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/CRs5wX


12. “Tucson Man Faces Prison for Incapacitated Girlfriend's Abuse” --- Christopher Joseph Lopez, 48, pleaded guilty to vulnerable adult abuse/domestic violence in Pima County Superior Court. He is facing a mandatory prison term of between six months and … --- Arizona Daily Star --- October 15, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/YKZhk8


13. “Chandler Couple Kept Disabled Son Locked in a Bathroom ...” --- Tran and Groghan only ended up talking to police on Tuesday because while they were out trying to "have a life," the maintenance manager... --- Phoenix New Times --- October 11, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/2egy2z


14. “Man Allegedly Pours Gas on Disabled Woman, Tries Igniting Her” --- Modesto police say a man poured gasoline on a woman in a wheelchair and tried to set her on fire. On Thursday, Margie Padron was near the intersection of 18th and G streets, when Nathan Yarbrough allegedly confronted her and accused the 54-year-old ... --- Los Angeles Times --- October 15, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/vI0IZJ


15. “Disabled Prisoners Suffer in Shift to County Jails” --- The blind prisoner's account, dictated to an attorney, is one of dozens of complaints cited in a federal lawsuit alleging that the state violated the rights of disabled prisoners by not ensuring they would receive adequate care in county jails. --- North County Times --- October 8, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ofqzX5


16. “He's Not Guilty Because Disabled Woman Didn't Fight Back?” --- After last week's Connecticut Supreme Court decision upholding an Appellate Court finding that threw out the conviction of Richard Fourtin Jr., a Bridgeport man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman with disabilities in 2008 … --- Hartford Courant --- October 9, 2012 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/l8trQ8


17. “Conn. Supreme Court Frees Accused Rapist of Speechless Handicapped Victim ... ” --- Convicted of raping a severely handicapped woman, Richard Fourtin Jr. is now a free man after Connecticut's highest court decided his victim could have said “no” non-verbally. Fourtin was found guilty in January 2008 of attempted second-degree and ... --- AllGov --- October 7, 2012 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/m13dKp


18. “Escambia Woman Pleads In Mentally Disabled Daughter Abuse Case” --- An Escambia County woman has pleaded no contest to charges that she abused her mentally disabled daughter. DeeAnne Hale, 58, entered a plea of no contest to three counts of felony abuse of a disabled adult, according to the State Attorney's Office. ---NorthEscambia.com --- October 10, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/yWBMPm


19. “Report Finds Errors from DHS Inspector General” --- Quinn issued an executive order stating "immediate improvements must be made" in referring, documenting and following up on the deaths of adults with disabilities when abuse, neglect or exploitation is suspected. McCotter's team looked into 72 cases ... --- The State Journal-Register --- October 12, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/OS6LaW


20. “Byron Sutton Charged in Death of Handicapped Brother” --- A Terre Haute man convicted of taking his dead brother's bank card has now been charged with ... --- Terre Haute Tribune Star --- October 9, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/tAPJ38


21. “Iowa Settles Suit over Death at Home for Disabled” --- A state board has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the estate of a 26-year-old man who died following a seizure and lax medical care at a home for disabled Iowans, newly released records show. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- October 11, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/SDkVyy


22. “Questions Surround Death of Group Home Resident Pepper-Sprayed by Police” --- The man who died after being pepper sprayed by police in Montgomery County on Monday was a mentally ill resident of a group home, according to his mother. --- W*USA 9 --- October 9, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/4n3EBC


23. “Report Alleges Woman in Wheelchair Fondled, Robbed” --- A woman in a wheelchair told police she was inappropriately touched by a man while in an elevator and that the man then stole a ring from her, according to a Flint police report. --- The Flint Journal - MLive.com --- October 9, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/fUnNuN


24. “Reward Grows in Murder of Disabled Man” --- An anonymous donor has added $5,000 to a reward fund for information in the shooting death of a disabled man during a street robbery in Kansas City. --- Kansas City Star --- October 10, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/fyD6PL


25. “DA Will Seek Indictment of Metro Officer Who Killed Disabled Veteran” --- Gibson, a 43-year-old disabled Gulf War veteran, was apparently lost and distraught when Las Vegas police encountered him in the parking lot of a northwest valley apartment complex early on Dec. 12. --- Las Vegas Review – Journal --- October 8, 2012 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/Duh1TF


26. “Woman Sentenced to 8 Years in Theft from Elderly, Disabled” --- Donna Lea Corbett was sentenced to eight years in prison on Tuesday for theft, burglary and other crimes against elderly and disabled victims, and Judge Carol Bispham was blunt in admonishing the 41-year-old Sweet Home resident. --- Albany Democrat Herald --- October 10, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/dw8IyY


27. “Police: Man Assaulted Wheelchair-bound Wife” --- A Royersford man was arrested last weekend after East Pikeland Police say he attacked his wheelchair-bound wife during an argument. Joseph John Pogue, 37, faces charges of aggravated assault, harassment, and disorderly … --- Patch.com --- October 13, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/J3kVd4


28. “Carlisle Man Waives Hearing After Sexually Assaulting Handicapped Woman” A Carlisle man is heading to county court after police say he sexually assaulted a mentally handicapped woman in April. Dennis E. Fahnestock Jr., 25, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in front of … --- Carlisle Sentinel --- October 11, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/GoVoIZ


29. “Riesel Man Arrested in Alleged Robbery” --- A Riesel man was arrested for allegedly robbing a mentally challenged Bellmead resident at gunpoint. The victim told police he was walking around Bellmead's Brame Park on Oct. 10 when a man, who police later … --- Waco Tribune-Herald --- October 16, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/F6cvgp


30. “Alleged Victim of Abuse at Local State Facility Speaks Out” --- An alleged victim of abuse at a state facility for the mentally and developmentally disabled is home in Arlington as the investigation continues. Seventeen-year-old Warren Bell, of Arlington, was at the … --- KXXV News Channel 25 --- October 12, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/oa28cz


31. “Woman Must Close New San Antonio Group Home” --- A woman who ran a South Texas group home for the mentally challenged where four men died in a fire must close her new residential facility. Regulators in San Antonio on Wednesday said Nancy Murrah has … --- Sacramento Bee --- October 11, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/VeV9BQ


32. “Woman Accused of Attacking Disabled Neighbor and Stealing Her Wallet” --- A 22-year-old woman is accused of punching a disabled woman in the face, attacking her and stealing her money. Zentia Antoinette Robinson has been charged with aggravated robbery in … --- Houston Chronicle --- October 10, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/3P4c24


33. “Two Men Arrested After Beating, Robbing Man in Wheelchair in Racine” --- That man was on his way home early Sunday morning when two men repeatedly beat him and ripped him from his wheelchair then left him lying helpless on the sidewalk. It unfolded outside an elementary school and church. --- Newsradio 620 --- October 15, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/q7OgXq


34. “Man's Family Blames His Death on Nurses at Mental Health Complex” --- A 25-year-old Milwaukee man was admitted to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex and three days later, he died. --- FOX6Now.comMilwaukee --- October 9, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/gEtueo

Seeking Improved Support

35. “Wells Fargo Honored by Department of Health and Social Services” --- The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has presented its first Adult Protective Services Community Commitment Award to Wells Fargo Bank Alaska for training its employees to recognize and report potential financial exploitation. --- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner --- October 13, 2012 (ALASKA) http://is.gd/PfObRl


36. “Timeout Room Complaint Shakes Confidence” --- Yet parents have raised concerns about the level of special education services their children receive and the need for more collaboration from the district. --- Boston Globe --- October 7, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/1VgssB


37. “Advocates: Children's Mental Health Care in Mass. Still Treated Unequally” --- Marylou Sudders is immediate past president and CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a leader in the Children's Mental Health Campaign. --- WBUR --- September 6, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/YzAJRv


38. “Springfield Parents Fear Segregation of Special-needs Students” --- Two Springfield parents and an autism advocate worry that a proposed new early childhood special education center would “segregate” young children with special needs. --- Springfield News-Leader --- October 8, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/4Qf3rs


39. “State Cuts Budget, Facilities After Restructuring Mental Health” --- As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, 9 On Your Side is looking into state budget cuts, experts say, are devastating mental illness health care. --- WNCT --- October 12, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/STLM5K


40. “Disability Advocates Vow to Keep Protesting Until Governor Meets with Them” --- Angered that Governor Corbett will not meet with them, disability advocates have returned to the Capitol. Many of the demonstrators are Medicaid recipients who say further cuts will force them to live in nursing facilities and institutions. --- CBS 21 --- October 15, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/VuLrww


41. “DCS Struggles to Answer Child Abuse Hotline Calls” --- For a while, the computers were so troublesome that some social workers across the state were calling the abuse hotline whenever they wanted to reach someone in the center who had more expertise with that computer. --- The Tennessean --- October 15, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/S8AbGT


42. “Work Remains to Bring Equality to Those Living with Disabilities” --- October is National Disability Awareness and National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a good chance to reflect on how far our nation has come and how far we must go. --- Janesville Gazette --- October 8, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/oO1fMH


43. “Roadmap for Ending Discrimination Against Parents with Disabilities Applauded ...” --- A new report released by the National Council on Disability (NCD) September 27 has received accolades from disability organizations and people with disabilities across the United States. --- Sacramento Bee --- October 15, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/npq3zK


44. “Survey: Depression Stigma May be Fading” --- National Depression Screening Day, an annual event in which community organizations, colleges and military installations offer free, anonymous mental health screenings, is meant to inform Americans about the signs and symptoms of depression and ... --- Fond du Lac Reporter --- October 2, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/TVXZkz


45. “Nearly Half of Children With Autism Wander From Safety: Survey” --- Nearly half of children with autism wander or "elope" from safety -- often to pursue a special interest or goal -- with more than half of those kids disappearing long enough to cause great concern about their well ... --- U.S. News & World Report --- October 8, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/A5XFPl

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

46. “Advocates: New Autism Law Offers Little Help” --- A state law requiring insurance companies and health plans to pay for treatments for children with autism goes into effect today, but autism advocates and parents say that while the new measure is a significant step, many families may get little, if ... --- The Detroit News --- October 15, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/HD6H4k

International Articles

47. “Hundreds of Dubai Care Professionals Working Without License” --- Hundreds of social-care professionals are believed to be operating without a licence after a deadline to register with the government passed in July. --- The National --- October 14, 2012 (ABU DHABI) http://is.gd/FVrobY


48. “One in Six Children Living in Poverty” --- The inaugural Poverty in Australia report, commissioned by the Australian Council of Social Services, says about 2.26 million Australians lived below the poverty line in 2009-10, including 354,000 retirees and 575,000 children. --- The Australian --- October 15, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/Y8XaDc


49. “Abuse of Aged and Disabled on the Rise” --- Victorians are increasingly being abused, neglected, discriminated against or duped, with state government watchdogs reporting record numbers of cases and complaints. --- The Age --- October 14, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/xMfYrN


50. “Guards Accused of Assaulting Disabled Asylum Seeker” --- The Australian Federal Police and the Immigration Department are investigating an alleged assault on a mentally-disabled asylum seeker by guards at Sydney's Villawood detention centre. --- ABC Online --- October 14, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/XA87AZ


51. “Call to Ban Forced Sterilisations” --- ... according to the Australian Human Rights Commission. Under current Australian law, only the Family Court or a guardianship tribunal can authorise the irreversible medical procedure. --- The Age --- October 14, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/jv4Mt7


52. “Rural Areas Miss Out on Mental Health Support” --- Workforce shortages and a lack of mental health services have been identified as issues that need to be urgently addressed in rural areas of the Hunter Valley. Hunter Medicare Local has completed several weeks of consultation with doctors, nurses ... --- ABC Online --- October 9, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/bVkHDD


53. “Mental Illness Stigma Hinders Employment Opportunities More Than Physical Disability” ---Australian researchers have found that mental illness can create a greater hindrance toward an individual's job prospects than any physical or other health disability … --- The Inquisitr --- October 8, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/t7YTkL


54. “Statutory Release for Woman Who Tortured Disabled Captive” --- A Winnipeg woman who participated in the shocking repeated abuse and torture of a mentally disabled woman will be freed from prison on statutory release Nov. 11. --- Toronto Sun --- October 14, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/JnXRvD


55. “Parents Protest Handling of Special Needs Student Condition” --- School District 57 Superintendent Brian Pepper says while he cannot comment on this particular incident, there are many steps in place to help all special needs students." --- HQPrinceGeorge.com --- October 12, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/ivNLUG


56. “Hate Crime on the Increase in Sussex” --- As part of the force's campaign during national Hate Crime Awareness Week, police in the county have revealed they dealt 36 hate crimes against the disabled in 2011/12 compared to just 13 the previous year. --- Hastings and St. Leonards Observer --- October 15, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/CGYv0T


57. “Disabled Man Who was Robbed While He Sat in Wheelchair Makes Appeal for Help” --- A disabled man robbed by thugs while he sat in his wheelchair has issued a desperate plea for people to help police catch his assailants. Michael Gregory, who has Multiple Sclerosis, was travelling along … --- The Independent --- October 15, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/dTqclS


58. “Jersey Agencies in Bid to Protect Vulnerable Adults” --- The police and social services will aim to work better together in the future to protect vulnerable adults in Jersey. A new committee will attempt to protect vulnerable adults from harm mirroring the way the Child Protection Committee looks after children. --- BBC News --- October 13, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/Zj0uly


59. “Nurse Saw Jimmy Savile Abuse Disabled Patient” --- Nurse saw Jimmy Savile abuse disabled patient. June Thornton, a former nurse at Leeds General Infirmary, tells ITV1's Daybreak she saw Jimmy Savile 'molesting' a female patient with brain damage. --- Telegraph.co.uk --- October 11, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/kX1rTQ


60. “People with Special Needs Protest at Presidential Palace” --- People with special needs protest in front of Presidential Palace against neglecting, demand their right of work and housing. --- Egypt Independent --- October 10, 2012 (EGYPT) http://is.gd/xaIdPQ


61. “Disabled Passengers Denied to Go Onboard to Fly to Germany” --- The delegation of 34 people was supposed to go to Dusseldorf to attend a conference on the problems of disabled people. --- The Voice of Russia --- October 8, 2012 (GERMANY) http://is.gd/8lk5Fy


62. “Disabled Man Assaulted by Teen at Gas Station” --- A 14-year-old boy has been confined at the Department of Youth Affairs charged with Robbery, Assault, Burglary, Assault on a Police Officer and Underaged Consumption of Alcohol. --- KUAM.com --- October 10, 2012 (GUAM) http://is.gd/cn5cfe


63. “Indonesia's Mentally Ill Shackled and Forgotten” --- Ketut Lingga, 54, has schizophrenia and is one of more than 15,000 Indonesians with a mental illness who are either chained, caged or placed in primitive stocks, according to health ministry data. --- Medical Xpress --- October 14, 2012 (INDONESIA) http://is.gd/dzqq4s


64. “Malaysia Police Arrest Man over Raping Mentally-ill Daughter” --- Malaysia police have reported that they have arrested a man after charges against him were filed alleging that he raped his 18-year-old daughter, who suffers from mental illness. --- Bikya Masr --- October 14, 2012 (MALAYSIA) http://is.gd/q0A7NP


65. “Mental Health Most Neglected Field in Pakistan” --- Pakistan has only one psychiatrist for every 10,000 persons suffering from any of the mental disorders, while one child psychiatrist for four million children, who are estimated to be suffering from mental health issues. --- The News International --- October 9, 2012 (PAKISTAN) http://is.gd/UIG45i


66. “Maid Who Killed Employer's Daughter Jailed 20 Years” --- An Indonesian maid who pushed a 12-year-old disabled girl off a ledge in 2010 was jailed 20 years for culpable homicide today. The maid, who goes by one name, Nurhayati, was 16 years old at the time she pushed Linda Lee Yee Lin off the ... --- TODAYonline --- October 8, 2012 (SINGAPORE) http://is.gd/3vG3BF


67. “Man Robbed In Wheelchair Makes Appeal” --- A man subjected to a terrifying robbery in his wheelchair has appealed to people to help police catch his assailants. Michael Gregory, who has Multiple Sclerosis, was travelling near his home in Newport when he was attacked. --- Sky News --- October 16, 2012 (WALES) http://is.gd/VNXDX6


68. “Zaoga Pastor Accused of Raping Disabled Woman” --- A Zaoga church pastor is suspected to be on the run after he allegedly raped and impregnated a 25-year-old disabled woman from his church. --- The Zimbabwe Standard --- October 7, 2012 (ZIMBABWE) http://is.gd/KxpL4m


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