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News Summary for May 23, 2015
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

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 an interest.

The news is “all over the place” in terms of categorizing what is reported…think of it…just this week.

This week I created a new category:  Abuse at school.  Whether physical, sexual or neglect, look here for on-campus.  Bus drivers listed separately.

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT:  #2, 20, 28,36,39,44,54,95

PHYSICAL ABUSE:  #4,7,9,14,18,26,35,36,45,55

FINANCIAL ABUSE:  #12,24,50

ON SCHOOL CAMPUS:  #4,7,9,23,25, 28,30,51

BUS STAFF:  18, 27

DEATH/HOMICIDE:  3, 34, 49, 51, 59

ODDS AND ENDS:  43, 57, 62, 65, 73

GOOD NEWS:  40- INCREASE IN FUNDING TO ADDRESS ABUSE IN OHIO

                                       84 - FEATURING S.T.E.P. CHECK THIS OUT + VIDEO - FOLKS LIVING SUCCESSFULLY IN THE COMMUNITY POST D.C.


Abuse/Crime-related

 

1.   “Anchorage Accepts Review of Zoning Restrictions Said to Discriminate Against Disabled” --- Lee Jones, spokesman for HUD's Seattle regional office, said that if group homes are allowed in certain neighborhoods, there has to be a level playing ... --- Alaska Dispatch News --- May 14, 2015  (ALASKA) http://is.gd/A3YJLB

 

2.   “ABC15 Investigation: AZ Mental Hospital Fails to Investigate, Protect Patients from Sex Abuse” ---  “These are people who are seriously mentally ill,” said Dr. Steven Pitt, a nationally recognized forensic psychiatrist, who also worked at  ... --- ABC15 Arizona --- May 14, 2015 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/qJ4hO3

 

3.   “Jail Reviewing Practices after Settling Lawsuit” --- According to jail procedures, prisoners with special needs, including pregnant women, "will have a special needs treatment plan developed to meet ... --- Arkansas Online --- May 11, 2015  (ARKANSAS)   http://is.gd/pp0WwV

 

4.   “Disabled Oakland High Student Attacked by Security Guard Sues School District” --- An Oakland High School student who was dumped out of his wheelchair by a campus security guard has filed a lawsuit against ... --- KRON4.com --- May 15, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/fvtKLs

 

5.   “Parents Want Change at Tehachapi Unified School District, Say Special Needs Students Are Mistreated” --- Each parent had their own concern, but all wanted the same thing: the school district to change the way they handle their special needs … --- KERO 23ABC News --- May 13, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/d5qFgI

 

6.   “Los Osos Man Pleads No Contest to Molesting Disabled Teen” --- A Los Osos man accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled 16-year-old girl will serve a year in jail after pleading no contest to two ... --- The San Luis Obispo Tribune --- May 13, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/N6K1l0

 

7.    “Ex-Roseville Special-ed Teacher Accused of Abusing Students” --- Last summer the Placer County District Attorney's Office charged VanWagner with three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child by abuse, neglect or ... --- KCRA Sacramento --- May 12, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/qQdOue

 

8.   “Wheelchair-bound Woman Fights off Sex Attacker at IE Train Station” --- Police were searching for a man who assaulted a woman in a wheelchair in the parking lot of a Metrolink station. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 ... --- NBC Southern California --- May 12, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/PqLonk

 

9.   “Teacher Slapped Special-ed Student, Inglewood Lawsuit Alleges” --- The Inglewood Unified School District is being sued by a woman who says her son, a special education student, was slapped in the ... --- The Daily Breeze --- May 11, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/f0nD1k

 

10.   “San Diego Mother Pleads for Stolen Wheelchair Ramp to Be Returned” --- A San Diego mom and her six year old son are pleading for whoever stole their wheelchair ramp--to bring it home. NBC 7's Matt Rascon spoke to the ... --- NBC 7 San Diego --- May 10, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/k986aT

 

11.   “Wallingford Police Agree to Improve Communication with Deaf and Hard of Hearing” --- The deaf person wanted the friend to interpret, and the officer was willing to allow this, but the DDS employee “would not permit it,” Mikulski… --- Meriden Record-Journal --- May 15, 2015 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/Fshqbl

 

12.   “Woman Accused of Stealing from the Handicapped Could Avoid Felony Conviction” --- A woman accused of stealing more than $12,000 from nine handicapped clients whose finances she was in charge of managing could ... --- Bristol Press --- May 14, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/KclMd0

 

13.   “Salem Residents Express Dismay, Anger at Group Home Escape” --- The homes serve those with intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. She was at the ... --- Norwich Bulletin --- May 14, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/l7OI2h

 

14.   “Meriden Group Home Counselor Charged with Assaulting Intellectually Disabled Client” --- A counselor at a group home in Meriden has been charged with assaulting an intellectually disabled client staying at the home, ... --- Meriden Record-Journal --- May 13, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/h6txUE

 

15.   “Change to Treatment of Mentally Ill in Florida Prisons Sought” --- The 2012 scalding death of a 50-year-old mentally ill prisoner is one catalyst of a soon-to-be-filed lawsuit aimed at changing the way Florida prison ... --- WJXT Jacksonville --- May 14, 2015   (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/AHMNfo

 

16.   “Amputee Suing over Leg's Disposal” --- Imagine having surgery to remove part of your leg and then finding out later police had been knocking on your relatives' doors to see if ... --- KeysNews.com --- May 13, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/4BLEFv

 

17.   “After 30 Years, Advocates Seek New Trial for Deaf Man” --- More than 100,000 people signed a petition to free Tampa's Felix Garcia. Advocates for the deaf claim he was framed for murder back in 1983, and ... --- FOX 13 Tampa Bay --- May 11, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/YHAhRs

 

18.   “Police Say Bus Monitor Hit Child on Bus” --- Police say they have video evidence that shows Caldwell hit two 8-year-old children on a special needs bus back in March. They say in a separate ... --- WSB Atlanta --- May 13, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/dSH9QB

 

19.   “9 Georgia Deputies Fired in Connection with Jail Death of Mentally Ill College Student” --- Nine deputies in Chatham County, Georgia, lost their jobs Friday following an investigation into the jail death of a mentally ill college student. Matthew ... --- AL.com --- May 10, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/BuSpFb

 

20.    “Hobart Man Accused of Molesting Autistic Girl” --- A Hobart man is accused of molesting a mildly autistic girl, according to court records. Rickey D. Brown Jr., 37, was charged ... --- nwitimes.com --- May 15, 2015 (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/sjURQe

 

21.   “Richmond Teacher Resigns after Special Needs Student Wanders Away” --- A Richmond teacher has resigned after a student with special needs wandered away from an elementary school playground. --- WRTV Indianapolis --- May 15, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/xm9ysm

 

22.   “Assistance, and Justice, Was Denied in Juvenile Home Case” --- In reinstating him, as the head of Disability Rights Iowa would later point out, the state should have prevented him from working around children. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- May 12, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/ixEvU9

 

23.   “Mother of Diabetic Student Sues Eastern High School Staff for Negligence” --- The lawsuit states that in December 2014, special needs teacher Terry Sheckles bruised Emily's arm when she dragged her to the school office ... --- WAVE 3 --- May 14, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/veAmir

 

24.   “Lancaster Woman Arrested for Exploitation in Lexington” --- Kacie Janov, 28, of Lancaster was arrested on Tuesday and charged with exploitation of an adult. According to an arrest citation, Janov racked up ... --- WKYT --- May 13, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/U06S4g

 

25.   “Metairie Teaching Aide Slapped Autistic Child, Breaking Policy” --- Metairie teaching aide slapped autistic child, breaking policy ... in Metairie told her what she never thought she would hear, that her autistic, non-verbal ... --- NOLA.com --- May 15, 2015  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/7avDCT

 

26.   “North Attleboro Man Charged with Punching, Threatening Woman with Mental Disabilities” --- A 49-year-old North Attleboro man was arraigned today on charges he allegedly punched and threatened an 18-year-old woman with ... --- The Sun Chronicle --- May 14, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/SWc8gG

 

27.   “Man Driving Student Van Arrested on Drug Charges” --- A man who was supposed to be providing safe transportation for children with special needs ended up in the ... --- My Fox Boston --- May 13, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/GeAIXe

 

28.   “West Ottawa Schools Fires Special Education Teacher, Coach Accused of Student Sex Assault” --- A West Ottawa High School special education teacher and wrestling coach who is charged with sexual assault of a student has been ... --- MLive.com --- May 12, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/MSlsi1

 

29.   “Review Finds U of M Psychiatry Researcher Violated Patient Safety Procedures” --- ... role in the case of Dan Markingson, a mentally ill man who killed himself during a commercially-sponsored drug trial run by Olson at the ... --- Minnesota Public Radio News --- May 15, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/EuF03Q

 

30.   “Springfield Teacher Charged with Slapping, Striking Autistic Child” --- A teacher who worked at a Springfield school for severely disabled children has been accused of repeatedly hitting a 7-year-old autistic boy, who ... --- Springfield News-Leader --- May 12, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/t1xb3c

 

31.   “Advance Fee Loan Scams Local Woman out of $400” --- A woman on disability said she became a victim of a scam that targets people in debt. Margaret Gleason got behind on her bills when her medical bills ... --- KSDK --- May 12, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/OnpaYU

 

32.   “Disabled Man Stalked by Suspect in Angry Fit of Road Rage” --- A disabled man said an agitated driver followed him home in an outrageous case of road rage on Mother's Day. John Branch said the ... --- KMOV.com --- May 11, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/SOXwbB

 

33.   “Disabled Man Assaulted, Robbed” --- Police are searching for the man who robbed a physically disabled man in Omaha Wednesday night. The victim said he was sitting in his motorized ... --- WOWT --- May 14, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/Lap2rp

 

34.   “Plainview Mom Admits Killing Disabled Daughter, 8” --- A Plainview woman has admitted to killing her disabled 8-year-old daughter on the day the victim was supposed to be the flower girl at her uncle's ... --- Long Island Press --- May 14, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/PBIzyp

 

35.   “Roy Williams, UNC Reach out to Bullied Special-needs Student” --- Drew Summerlin's story is one that we hear far too often in this day and age. An 11-year old with Asperger's, Drew dealt with weeks of cyberbullying ... --- NBCSports.com --- May 13, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/V07B06

 

36.   “District Reviewing Policies After Autistic Student Sent Home With Bruises” --- 14-year-old Joseph Bendahan, an autistic student at Lakewood High School, has gone home twice this school year with ... --- 19 Action News --- May 14, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/tDHW1T

 

37.   “Feds Ask to Join Blind Student's Lawsuit Against Miami University” --- The Justice Department alleges the university has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. --- WLWT Cincinnati --- May 13, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/6w2XoE

 

38.   “Investigation into Tanisha Anderson's Death Turned over to Prosecutor's Office” --- The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, citing factors including the physical restraint of police as well as her mental illness and a heart ... --- fox8.com --- May 11, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/kqjGkb

 

39.   “Man Charged in Rape of Mentally Challenged Girl” --- An Ohio County man accused of raping a mentally challenged Warren ... day after he was accused of having sex with a mentally incapacitated person. --- Bowling Green Daily News --- May 10, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/xpP2v7

 

40.   “Ohio to Receive Increase in Crime Funding” --- According to figures released from Disability Rights Ohio's report on sexual abuse against the disabled, the Ohio Department of Developmental ... --- Troy Daily News --- May 10, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/t6LeCi

 

41.   “Controversy over Finances at Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa” --- The Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa is a well-known nonprofit group now dealing with growing controversy after allegations that funds ... --- kjrh.com --- May 15, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/qrviBL

 

42.   “Portland Judge Sanctions State in Lawsuit over Job Opportunities for Severely Disabled Oregonians” ---  A federal judge has sanctioned Oregon officials for their glacial release of electronic records to disabled adults who accuse the state of failing to ... --- OregonLive.com --- May 15, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/EMgJkE

 

43.   “Oregon Mother Plans to Sue After Airline Removes Autistic Daughter from Flight Home” --- Oregon mother plans to sue after airline removes autistic daughter from ... had problems finding her autistic 15-year-old daughter something to eat. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- May 12, 2015 (OREGON)  http://is.gd/jZ1DUd

 

44.   “Somerset County Man Accused of Raping Mentally Challenged Teen” --- The alleged victim is 19 years old, and authorities said he has mental disabilities and was a victim of a previous sex crime. Authorities say they believe ... --- WJAC Johnstown --- May 14, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/rxAFXd

 

45.   “Pa. Mom of Disabled Man Weighing Just 58 lbs Allegedly Collected His Benefits” --- The charges keep mounting for an Allegheny County mother of a disabled man who weighed just 58 pounds when investigators found him. --- PennLive.com --- May 13, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/v3dOMy

 

46.   “Additional Charges Filed Against Brighton Heights Mother Accused of Abusing Autistic Son” --- Administration investigators discovered that Brown's son, Dyrue McGee, who is autistic and has cerebral palsy, had been ... --- Tribune-Review --- May 12, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/4cmXLv

 

47.   “Special Needs Student Hurt after Kids Pelt Bus with Rocks” --- A 20-year-old special needs student is recovering after rocks and construction debris were hurled at her school bus in west ... --- SFGate --- May 12, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/EAVPoQ

 

48.   “Lawsuit: Misericordia Discriminated Against Disabled Student” --- A woman who attended nursing school at Misericordia University claims the school promised to accommodate her disability and failed to follow ... --- Wilkes Barre Times-Leader --- May 12, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/IeRT0D

 

49.   “State-Licensed Program for Disabled Client Dies” --- Authorities are investigating the death of a client at Resources for Human Development Rhode Island, a state-licensed ... --- Turn to 10 --- May 15, 2015  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/ELuwtI

 

50.   “Gallatin Man Accused of Stealing $250K from Clients with Disabilities” --- A Gallatin man turned himself in to police Thursday after he was indicted for stealing thousands of dollars from his clients. --- WKRN.com --- May 15, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/0sBCoa

 

51.   “Lawsuit Filed Against Metro Schools in Death of Special Needs Student” --- A special needs student at Pearl-Cohn High School has died, and the young man's mother claims it could have been prevented. --- WSMV Nashville --- May 15, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/VsEKip

 

52.   “Special Needs Students Singled out in Yearbook” --- “They didn't put the special needs children in the back, they always put ... She says in all these other yearbooks, special education students are side ... --- wwlp.com --- May 15, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/ODnS7d

 

53.   “Man with Severe Disabilities Left in Van, Employee Fired after State Investigation” --- A man with severe disabilities was left in a van for more than six hours by a person who was supposed to be taking care of him. As a result that ... --- WJHL --- May 13, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/dCbhDu

 

54.   “Lubbock Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Disabled Family Member” --- A 56-year-old Lubbock man accused of sexually abusing a mentally disabled family member was indicted Tuesday by a Lubbock County grand jury. --- LubbockOnline.com --- May 12, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/1IyBCC

 

55.   “After 7 Months in Jail, Washington Man Found Not Competent for Trial” --- Mentally ill inmates continue to languish in Washington jails despite a recent ... His father Barry said it's taken a toll, both mentally and physically. --- Northwest Public Radio --- May 15, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/Fsnv2x

 

56.   “Three Rochester Residents Arrested in Abuse of Mentally Disabled Woman” --- Three Rochester residents have been arrested for allegedly beating and starving their mentally disabled roommate. Brandon A. Aquino, Yolanda L. --- The Olympian --- May 12, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/bFIcpL

 

57.   “Millions in Payouts Fail to Improve Care for Vulnerable Adults” --- On a recent day a KING 5 crew visited the Busch's Port Orchard home and ... Steps DSHS could have taken to protect these vulnerable adults were ... --- KING5.com --- May 12, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/O686zh

 

58.   “Tacoma Mom Pleads for Return of Son's Stolen Wheelchair” --- Because he's special needs and his life and health has been challenging, the chair has been one of the constants that brings him joy and comfort. --- KIRO Seattle --- May 12, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/N88S6N

 

59.   “Vancouver Police Say Disabled Woman's Death Was Homicide” --- Police in Vancouver, Washington, say they're investigating the death of a 66-year-old woman as a homicide. --- KTVZ --- May 11, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/0xT4nj

 

60.   “Eyewitness News Investigation: Inside WV's State Mental Facilities” --- Jody Kinser said her mentally challenged brother is doing much better now that he is out of a state mental hospital and in a private group home. --- WCHS-TV8 --- May 15, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/1Fa6GR

 

61.   “The Abuse of the Mentally Ill in America's Prisons” --- It’s been more than three months since a mentally ill woman, Natasha McKenna, died after she was shot four times with a Taser stun gun by a guard ... --- Washington Post --- May 13, 2015   (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/gNz1WK

 

62.   “Human Rights Watch Details Abuse of Mentally Disabled Prisoners” --- In jails and prisons throughout the United States, correctional staff have sprayed mentally disabled prisoners with painful chemicals, shocked them ... --- Washington Post --- May 12, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/nMTLUz

 

Seeking Improved Support

 

63.   “Mental Health Organizations to Rally Monday to Protest Budget Cuts” --- The Arc of Jefferson County serves clients with mental and developmental disabilities with a wide range of needs. Proposed funding cuts by the state ... --- AL.com --- May 10, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/PNUVIR

 

64.   “Flagstaff Special Ed Teachers Ordered to do More Training” --- State education officials say special education teachers and providers at a Flagstaff school must receive more training or risk a loss in ... --- ABC15 Arizona --- May 10, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/LHt9YE

 

65.   “State's Decision to Build Park a Blow to Developmentally Disabled” --- Malloy has essentially taken $8 million away from an agency [the Department of Developmental Services] that cannot meet the needs of the people it ... --- CTNow --- May 12, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/SRmt26

 

66.   “Few Central Florida Schools Offer Mental Illness Education” --- Megan Coduto shares her personal story with mental illness to students in an AP psychology class at Edgewater High School on May 5, 2015. Donna ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- May 9, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/C0kG6D

 

67.   “Parents Concerned over Future of Program for Special Needs” --- Tri-County School serves 2,800 kids in Jackson, Perry, and Union counties in Illinois, with 400 of those students in small special needs classrooms ... --- WPSD Local 6 --- May 13, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/X3Xp4v

 

68.   “Wapello Fires Special Education Teacher Immediately” --- With just a few weeks remaining in the school year, one of Wapello's special education teachers has been fired. At the Wapello ... --- Muscatine Journal --- May 12, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/QZg7lc

 

69.   “Dubuque School Board Member Moving Due to District's Lack of Mental Health Services” --- A member of the Dubuque School Board will not stand for ... District administrators said some schools already have seclusion rooms, ... --- KCRG --- May 12, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/lPN20F

 

70.   “Thousands of Elderly and Disabled Louisianians Waiting for Waiver Services” --- This waiver program is for those age 3 and older who would otherwise require the level of care provided at a facility for the developmentally disabled ... --- KTBS --- May 10, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/n9tWOa

 

71.   “Advocates Hope Hogan Releases Funds for Developmentally Disabled” --- The District Heights family said they have been on the state's Developmental Disabilities Administration, or DDA, waiting list for four years and are ... --- CapitalGazette.com --- May 9, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/0kB2ZC

 

72.   “Special Report: MDC Closure Part 2, Where Clients Will Go?” --- Mary Caferro, Sponsor of Senate Bill 411, wants Montana to understand how important the bill is for Montana Developmental Center ... --- KTVH --- May 14, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/vKmgiO

 

73.   “Gazette Opinion: Better Care for Montana's Disabled Residents” --- Disability Rights Montana, a nonprofit organization that has advocated for decades for appropriate care, presented a lengthy report detailing abuse ... --- Billings Gazette --- May 11, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/dYpjaX

 

74.   “Special-Education Parents Say They're Frustrated with Elizabeth Schools” --- Elizabeth Maria Lorenz, the mother of a child in the special education program at the city's schools, staged a dramatic presentation at a February ... --- NJ.com --- May 12, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/t5Kb5H

 

75.   “City Tells Thousands of Seniors & Disabled NYers They're Losing Their Rent Freeze” --- More than 5,700 of the 61,000 households afforded a rent freeze by a subsidy program for elderly and disabled people just found out they're losing it. --- Gothamist --- May 13, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/bAtRUE

 

76.   “City Health Department Cuts Spending for Treatment of Mentally Ill Prisoners” --- The city Health Department cut spending earmarked to care for mentally ill jail inmates at a time when that population spiked, a budget watchdog ... --- New York Daily News --- May 11, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NINe9s

 

77.   “Investigation Reveals NYC Jail Health Care Provider Deficient Following Inmate Deaths” --- … based company improved its care of mentally ill inmates, who make up about 40 percent of the roughly 10,000-inmates in New York's sprawling Rikers ... --- Chronicle-Telegram --- May 11, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/xAsRcL

 

78.   “Red Tape Confines Family Getting Help for Daughter's Mental Illness” --- Karie Dove has been fighting with her mentally ill daughter's insurance company for three years, trying to get her into long-term residential treatment. --- NewsOK.com --- May 10, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/sooSgP

 

79.   “Vietnam Vet Experiences the VA's Double-Talk” --- About 461,000 disability claims are in process at the VA and about 188,000 of them have been pending for more than 125 days, at which point they ... --- Allentown Morning Call --- May 9, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/9m2pgL

 

80.   “Roane County School for Special Needs Students to Close in June; Parents Caught off Guard” --- A special school at the Michael Dunn Center in ... Roane County's school superintendent hoping special education teachers let ... --- WATE 6 --- May 13, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/oe44sR

 

81.   “Think Twice Before Calling the Cops on the Mentally Ill” --- A social worker who cares for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled has now contacted me to explain why he prefers that people avoid calling ... --- The Atlantic --- May 15, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/z2RVBE

 

82.   “Interfaith Activists Call Solitary Confinement Immoral, Ineffective” --- ... out against solitary confinement cells that they say should never be used by juveniles or the mentally ill and rarely by the general prison population. --- Deseret News --- May 13, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/QR8L71

 

83.   “Low Income Students, Those with Disabilities Lag Nation in High School Graduation Rates” ---  Students with disabilities, low-income and minority students have failed to catch up with their peers, although some states are doing better than ... --- Fox News --- May 12, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/Fp7QSK 

 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

 

84.   “Reports of Abuse Lead to Less Funding for Developmental Services Institutions” --- His case worker said Nash suffered brain damage due to abuse at one of California Department of Developmental Services' institutions, where a ... --- News10.net --- May 11, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/QRBZcg

 

85.   “Lawmakers Want to Exclude Mentally Ill from Death Penalty” --- A major change in Ohio capital punishment policy by excluding “serious mentally ill” offenders from execution is expected to be introduced Tuesday in ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- May 11, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/0ClbIc

 

86.   “Texas Education Agency Reviews Calm Room Use Following NBC 5 Investigation” --- Lawmakers in Austin are considering a bill that would require cameras in more special education classrooms and Micah Watson's Mom, Beth ... --- NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth --- May 12, 2015  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/aPMYI9

 

87.   “Handicapped Access Considered 'Laws with Flaws' ” --- So, like many Americans with disabilities, he depends on his motorized scooter chair to get around. When he gets to a shopping center or other small ... --- KSAT San Antonio --- May 12, 2015  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/pUUvPz 

 

88.   “Seattle U Study Finds Laws Pile up Against Homeless” --- ... providing more housing, of course, and more public restrooms in downtown Seattle, more access to social services and to mental-health care. --- The Seattle Times --- May 10, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/54TFia

 

89.   “A Look at Wyoming's 'Vulnerable Adults' Law” --- Reckless abuse, neglect, abandonment, intimidation or exploitation of a vulnerable adult is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a ... --- Casper Star-Tribune Online --- May 12, 2015  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/U2R4a1

 

International Articles

 

90.   “Students with Disabilities: One in Four Refused Enrolment, Most Get Inadequate Support, Survey Shows” --- The survey found one in four students with disability had been refused school enrolment and almost 70 per cent received ... --- Brisbane Times --- May 15, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/bzRbrJ

 

91.   “Deaf Schoolgirl 'Frozen in Fear' During Alleged Repeated Sexual Assaults from Sydney Cabbie” --- A deaf schoolgirl who claims she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver on several occasions in Sydney's west was “frozen in fear” during the ... --- 9news.com.au --- May 14, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/HYl9gc

 

92.   “Schools Turning Away Disabled Kids” --- Schools are turning away one in four kids with disabilities or pressuring ... And almost 40 per cent of kids with disabilities are being excluded from ... --- NEWS.com.au --- May 14, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/FzeSQs

 

93.   “Schizophrenia a Mystery to Many” --- She more than agrees with the findings of a new survey showing 40 per cent of Australians have no or limited understanding of what schizophrenia is, ... --- NEWS.com.au --- May 13, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/h7PNNC

 

94.   “Supporters of a Cabbie Accused of Raping a Deaf Girl Confronted Media as They Left Court Today” --- Dramatic scenes took place outside a Sydney court today as a cabbie accused of raping a deaf girl confronted media with two supporters. --- The Daily Telegraph --- May 12, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/Xzr5Z1

 

95.   “Sex Abuse Royal Commission: Royal North Shore Hospital Psychologist Abused Patient” --- A senior Sydney psychologist who suffered child sexual abuse at the Royal North Shore Hospital told a royal commission health ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- May 11, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/LFpuU3 

 

96.   “Australia Lagging on Funding for Mental Health Services, Says Mental Illness Fellowship” --- About 230,000 Australians are thought to have schizophrenia but the nation spends far less of its health budget on mental illnesses than most other ... --- Radio Australia --- May 10, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/RuN8eg

 

97.   “Death of BC Aboriginal Teen Paige Blamed on 'Brutal and Cruel' Support Services” --- The B.C. government's "brutal and cruel approach" toward a legally blind aboriginal teenage girl led to her tragic overdose death, according to a ... --- CBC.ca --- May 14, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/9tCFAt

 

98.   “B.C. Special-Ed Teacher Denies Owning Discs Full of Child Porn, Says 'I Respect Kids Too Much' ” ---   A former special-education teacher charged with possession of child pornography testified in his defence on Tuesday that ... --- The Province --- May 13, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/zPr3iF

 

99.   “Inquest Told No Way to Enforce Mental Health Treatment Outside Hospitals” --- On Monday, the inquest saw security video that showed Perry leave the psychiatric unit with another patient and head towards the hospital's ... --- CTV News --- May 13, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/qK8wKs

 

100.   “Canada's Largest Service Provider for Those with Autism Has Humble Roots in Clarksburg” --- In those days, parents of autistic children had nowhere to turn for guidance. When she was young, she attended Clarksburg Public School and lived at ... --- Simcoe.com --- May 10, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/j8fp3X

 

101.   “State Funding Cuts put Pressure on Mental Health Centers” --- Ottawa residents stood motionless about noon Monday as they watched a 24-year-old suicidal man ultimately agree with Ottawa police officers to ... --- Ottawaherald.com --- May 9, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/fFWS56

 

102.   “Costa Rica Seeks Improved Treatment for Autism Health Matters” --- Dr. Alan Rímola of the Minsitry of Public Health signs an agreement that will allow the Ministry to more closely monitor autism cases in Costa Rica, ... --- The Tico Times --- May 14, 2015  (COSTA RICA)  http://is.gd/ilwQMA

 

103.   “Woman in Disability Scooter Hit and Robbed by Teenage Gang” --- A woman in a disability scooter has been robbed by a group of teenagers. The 24-year-old was left with a minor head injury after she was hit from ... --- The Northern Echo --- May 13, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/Lwaq1v

 

104.   “Hove Headteacher Faces Disability Hate Crime Probe over 'Special Needs' Use” --- The term 'special educational needs' (SEN) is regularly used by the Department for Education and Ofsted. It describes a child whose ability to learn ... --- Daily Mail --- May 12, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/OxuUJX

 

105.   “Disabled Woman Finds Insulting Note on Car” --- When she and her 13-year-old son returned to the car, they found a note that read, “Being fat and ugly doesn't count as disabled (park elsewhere).” --- KSPR --- May 12, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/nDd8pt

 

106.   “Patient's Death Prompts Major Review at York Hospital” --- York Hospital has made major changes in the way mentally-ill patients are cared for since a woman died through hanging in a ward toilet, an inquest ... --- The Press, York --- May 11, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/eSr6ot

 

107.   “Ethiopia's Mentally Impaired Suffer Stigma: Study” --- Between 17 and 20 percent of Ethiopia's population of around 96 million suffers mental disorders, a new research has shown. Worse still, the majority ... --- VideoNewsUs --- May 9, 2015  (ETHIOPIA)  http://is.gd/yMffki

 

108.   “Underwood Gathers Input on Bill to Create Disability Registry” --- A roundtable discussion was held last week on a bill that would create a voluntary registry for people with disabilities. The registry could help first ... --- Pacific Daily News --- May 12, 2015  (GUAM)  http://is.gd/rjb5pb

 

109.   “Hong Kong Police Must Make Amends for Wrongful Arrest of Autistic Man with a Proper Investigation” --- It is a textbook case of a half-hearted apology that is too little, too late. Ten days after police wrongfully arrested ... --- South China Morning Post --- May 14, 2015  (HONG KONG)  http://is.gd/nkkRTl

 

110.   “Himachal to Probe Rights Violation of Mentally Challenged” --- Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalyan Singh has ordered a probe into the alleged violation of human rights of mentally ... --- Daijiworld.com --- May 13, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/SiG3wP

 

111.   “Disabled Wrestlers in Japan Challenge Stereotypes in Film 'Doglegs' ” --- Filmmaker Heath Cozens hopes to smash stereotypes about the disabled with his new documentary "Doglegs," about a handicapped pro-wrestling ... --- Channel News Asia --- May 9, 2015  (JAPAN)  http://is.gd/aLukLb

 

112.   “Mentally Ill Moroccan Woman 'Beaten to Death with Sticks' During Islamic Exorcism Ceremony After ...” --- The unnamed woman, who is in her 40s, took part in the religious ceremony in the belief that her mental illness was caused by evil spirits, with ... --- Daily Mail --- May 11, 2015  (MOROCCO) http://is.gd/RQjccu 

 

113.   “Scotland Falling ‘Woefully Short’ in Education of Deaf and Blind Pupils” --- Dominic Everett, education manager from the Royal National Institute of Blind People, said provision was "extremely fragmented" with some councils ... --- Herald Scotland --- May 12, 2015  (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/wRw2bp

 

114.   “In Taiwan, Charity Offers Comfort to Mothers with Intellectually Disabled Children” --- Ms Yen said raising a child with Down syndrome requires patience. But with time and training, she believes those with the genetic disorder can live ... --- Channel News Asia --- May 10, 2015  (TAIWAN)  http://is.gd/Os5ioO

 

115.   “Abu Dhabi Police to Hire Special Needs Staff” --- The Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) have launched the Hand in Hand initiative to support staff members with disabilities at the Police General ... --- gulfnews.com --- May 13, 2015  (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)  http://is.gd/nvnqM1

 

 


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