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News Summary for August 31, 2015
Articles Compiled by Anne M. Kincaid
Commentary by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D.

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.

This week I will give you some categories to assist you to quickly locate articles that my be of highest interest to you, as well as feature articles of particular interest to me.  As usual, I will provide categories that define the essence of the article.

SEXUAL ASSAULT: 7, 9, 17, 31, 47, 49, 54, 55, 92 

PHYSICAL ASSAULT: 1, 2, 9, 10, 14, 15, 23, 28, 30, 32, 33, 45, 46, 48, 49, 97


NEGLECT: 15, 38, 51



ABUSE THAT OCCURRED AT SCHOOL: 1, 2, 10, 30, 31, 32, 42, 45, 46, 55, 92


OTHER ARTICLES OF PARTICULAR INTEREST (AND WHY): 3, 18, 34, 42, 45, 59, 64, 70, 74, 86, 91, 97

3 - Hospital to provide improved communication with Deaf patients (and hopefully employees and visitors), subsequent to lawsuit.

18. Physicians in Hawaii alarmed at increase in children born with anomalies likely due to excessive exposure to pesticides.

34. Peter Cubra, disability rights attorney requests sanctions against city for failure to adhere to 2001 agreement leading to abuse of people with disabilities.

42. Report that special education children suspended and subjected to corporal punishment more than generic peers.

45. When school fails to address bullying of autistic student, parents take action.

59. First responder training to include drowning & those with autism due to finding that 90% of autistic children under 14 die from drowning.

64. Emergency motion filed due to failure of state to issue payments due to people with developmental disabilities.

70. In hospital, new interpretation technology for Deaf patients doesn’t work in real life.

74. OK gets highest national rating for expelling special education students.

86. Psychological research researched finds high rate of “findings” are flawed.

91. Texas law mandates cameras in special education classes by 9/16. Question: who will view them? how soon after filming?

97. In Australia police officer punches teen with autism…on video. Uh-oh.




1.   “Former Alabama Day Care Employee Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Restraining Autistic Child” ---  Assistant Morgan County District Attorney Garrick Vickery said Amanda Betty McKee, 43, bound an autistic 5-year-old with a blanket. The reason ... --- AL.com --- August 28, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/EZPL3I


2.   “La Serna Fires Football Coach Amid Allegations Involving Special Needs Student” --- La Serna High School fired head football coach Margarito Beltran on Thursday and placed the special education teacher on paid ... --- The Whittier Daily News --- August 27, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/pJazAx


3.   “Legal Settlement to Lead to Improved Deaf Services at Hospital” --- “ARMC has spent over $40,000 to improve our ability to better communicate to the deaf and hard of hearing. This includes adding additional TTY ... --- Press-Enterprise --- August 26, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/r2nLE8


4.   “Marin Couple Ordered to Stand Trial for Allegedly Forcing Mentally Ill Runaway into Prostitution” ---  He said the evidence appears to show that Buckley and Khayami took in a runaway with mental health issues who had gone off her medications ... --- Milpitas Post --- August 25, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/DBDpDx 


5.   “Family of Man Killed by Deputies File Lawsuit Against LA County, Sheriff's Department” --- The family of a mentally-ill man fatally shot by deputies last month has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the Sheriff's ... --- NBC Southern California --- August 25, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/LVTUKG


6.   “Family of Man Killed by Deputies Releases Witness' Video” --- Berry suffered from a mental illness that was diagnosed a couple years ago. He was given a prescription for medication and seemed to adjust well, ... --- Los Angeles Times --- August 24, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/mWU06s


7.   “Man Arrested for Sex Assault on Disabled Woman” --- A Rifle man was arrested on Aug. 13 after a disabled adult told police that he had sexually assaulted her. The woman, who had limited motor skills and ... --- Glenwood Springs Post Independent --- August 29, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/1p6NcG

8.   “Century Man Sentenced for Battery on Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A Century man has been sentenced for placing a gun to forehead of a mentally disabled woman and threatening to kill her. John Andrew McClain, 45, ... --- NorthEscambia.com --- August 28, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/tIhycJ


9.   “Homeless Man Accused of Sex Attacks on Mentally Disabled Woman, Cops Say” --- A mentally disabled woman woman recently told police she was sexually attacked by a homeless man inside her Orlando apartment. The woman said ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- August 27, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/isy8JE 


10.   “Special-needs Student Tased at Naples HS” --- A Taser was used on a 19-year-old special needs student at Naples High School on Wednesday, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office. --- NBC2 News --- August 26, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/CTisQd


11.   “Ex-teacher's Aide Charged with Failing to Break up Student Fight Speaks Out” --- She said the fight could have been prevented and that more needs to be done for special -needs students, not just at her former school but across the ... --- WFTV Orlando --- August 25, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/D3ui8L


12.   “Settlement Reached in Case of Broward Jail Inmate Who Died at Half His Weight” --- The family of a mentally ill man, whom they say starved to death at a Broward County jail, has settled a negligence lawsuit against the jail's inmate ... --- Sun Sentinel --- August 25, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/y2RGBc


13.   “Disney Battles Request to Question Executive in Disabled Access Lawsuit” --- Staggs already filed a declaration for the court, which states that “from time to time Mr. Staggs received information about DAS [Disability Access ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- August 25, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/WrtZXy


14.   “Murder Victim Targeted Because He Had Autism: Police” --- Police believe a man fatally shot outside a northeast Florida condominium complex was targeted because he had autism and the shooters wanted his ... --- NBC 6 South Florida --- August 23, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ct1SWU


15.   “Caregiver Arrested for Leaving 2 Disabled Men in Hot Van; Was in Kmart Shopping” --- A Florida Keys woman has been arrested for leaving two disabled men she was caring for in a hot van while she shopped. --- The Republic --- August 23, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/PZLnDo


16.   “Rockdale County Adult Home Operator Charged with Neglect” --- The operator of a group home for mentally disabled adults has been ... from motel to motel after being cited for running a personal care home in a ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- August 27, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/p3ZjBN


17.   “Rapist Convicted 2 Years After Judge Grants Him New Trial” --- A Fayette County mother says it was a judge's ignorance about Down syndrome that made him throw out a conviction against the man who raped her ... --- WSB Atlanta --- August 25, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/2Ogpm4


18.   “Pesticides in Paradise: Hawaii's Spike in Birth Defects Puts Focus on GM Crops” --- It's awful,” says middle school special education teacher Howard Hurst, who was present at two evacuations. “Here, 10% of the students get special-ed ... --- The Guardian --- August 23, 2015  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/TpYi6U


19.   “Judge Orders Trial in Inmate Mental Health Lawsuit” --- The legal wrangling over care for Illinois' 11,000 mentally ill inmates needs to end and improvements put in place, a federal judge told ... --- Bloomington Pantagraph --- August 28, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/laMXNn


20.   “Armed Suspect Accosts Mentally Disabled Man in Decatur” --- Police are hunting an armed man who held up a mentally disabled Decatur man Saturday afternoon. The 46-year-old victim was accosted ... --- Herald & Review --- August 24, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/VTORZV


21.   “More Victims Come Forward, Former VA Physician Assistant Accused of Sexual Abuse, Over-prescribing” --- New documents obtained exclusively by 41 Action News detail the alleged abuse by former Leavenworth VA hospital employee ... --- KSHB --- August 24, 2015 (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/igKOeZ


22.   “Misdemeanor Charges Dropped Against Mentally Ill Man at Center of Controversy” --- Friday a judge dismissed two misdemeanor charges against a mentally ill man at the center of a controversy in Carroll County, ... --- WLKY Louisville --- August 28, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/GBGENM


23.   “Jail for Duo Who Attacked Disabled Man” --- Two men who carried out a street attack on a disabled man in the early hours of the morning were today (Tuesday) each jailed for three and a half ... --- Boston Standard --- August 25, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/v2YNIr 


24.   “Murfin Facing Two Felonies after Accepting Plea Deal for Attacking Amputee with Gun” --- The teenager who attacked an amputee in Litchfield at gunpoint in late July pled guilty to two of his felony charges earlier this week. --- The Hillsdale Daily News --- August 27, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/7fhbxh


25.   “Attorney: Brutal Beating, Not Bad Heart, Caused Mentally-ill Man's Death in Wayne County Jail” ---  Worthy says Akbar, who has a history of mental illness, became violent and unruly the morning of Oct. 23 after he missed breakfast due to ... --- MLive.com --- August 26, 2015  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/k9YPbE


26.   “Lawsuit Claims State of Minnesota Has Underspent Funds Meant to Serve the Disabled” --- She added that DHS has not been formally served with the lawsuit regarding waiting lists for disability services. “Once we are, we will ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- August 29, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/2LO3oz


27.   “Missing Vulnerable Adult Found in South Minneapolis” --- Minneapolis police say a missing 60-year-old vulnerable adult has been located in the southern part of the city. --- CBS Local --- April 24, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/HF316r


28.   “BSDC Employee Arrested for Abuse” --- Less than a month after federal oversight of Beatrice State Developmental Center ended, an employee at the state-run facility was arrested on multiple ... --- Beatrice Daily Sun --- August 28, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/VX019t


29.   “Disabled Man Beaten in Suspected Road Rage Incident” --- A disabled man in Phoenix, Ariz., was savagely beaten, and now his family is desperate for answers. Gabriel Mayorga's family said he was just ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- August 27, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/QH5wTF


30.   “Police: CCSD Special Ed Teacher Hit, Threw Student” --- A special education teacher with the Clark County School District faces abuse ... "There is a variety of training available to special needs teachers ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- August 26, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/bRxDqr


31.  “Teacher's Aide Lured Boy Who Posted on Facebook He Was Home from School, Police Say” --- Young has been employed at Sedway Middle School as a teacher's aide since he was hired and worked with the special-needs ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- August 24, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/aa0YXW


32.   “N.J. High School Student 'Humiliated' after being Searched for Pills, Lawsuit Claims” --- A lawsuit alleging that a Cumberland County Regional High School special education student was illegally searched in 2011 by security is moving to ... --- NJ.com --- August 29, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/MDF5rC


33.   “16 Ancora Staffers Accused in Patient Assaults” --- Even when provoked, employees must exercise restraint, said Joe Young, executive director of Disability Rights New Jersey, a nonprofit patient ... --- Cherry Hill Courier Post --- August 28, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/LLZgQu


34.   “City Accused of Violating Pact on Mentally Disabled” --- Disability rights attorney Peter Cubra said he filed a records request with the city last year to find out exactly what city officials had told Albuquerque ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- August 26, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/EsbwT5


35.   “Rosie O'Donnell's Missing Daughter Found” --- O'Donnell told CBS2 that her daughter had been missing for seven days and that she's “very mentally ill” and hadn't been taking her medication. --- Press Examiner --- August 23, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/JPmKo1


36.   “35 Residents Re-located after State Closes Adult Care Home” --- Thirty-five people who lived in a Bladen County adult care home were re-located after the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services suspended ... --- WECT-TV6 --- August 24, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/vgr7rE


37.   “NC Has Will for Prison Reform, Requires Millions” --- Although some of the efforts were in the works before officers found Kerr unresponsive in the back of a prison van, Guice said the mentally ill inmate's ... --- WRAL.com --- August 23, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/aZHoqp


38.   “One Pleads Guilty in Disabled Person Abuse Case” --- A Nelsonville woman charged with multiple felonies related to a lack of care that allegedly contributed to the death of a disabled woman pleaded guilty ... --- Athens News --- September 26, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/LTx3zg


39.   “Police: Area Handyman Preyed on Elderly, Disabled Homeowners” --- A Franklin County Grand Jury charged handyman Adolfo Castaneda last week with 15 counts of theft from a disabled or elderly person and engaging ... --- 10TV --- August 25, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/2gMkMB


40.   “Cleveland Man Asking Thieves to Return Wheelchair Stolen from His Home” --- A heartless crime has one man sending a message to thieves: “Give me my wheelchair back.” Carl Bragg, 61, of Cleveland, tells Fox ... --- fox8.com --- August 22, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/tV5Ftc


41.   “Oklahoma Watch Radio: Parents of Special Ed Students Talk about Discipline at Schools” --- An Oklahoma Watch investigation finds that across the state, special education students are being paddled, suspended and expelled at higher rates ... --- KGOU --- August 26, 2015  (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/GQhTO6


42.   “Oklahoma Watch: Schools Discipline Special Ed Students at Higher Rates, Records Show” --- Oklahoma Watch: Across Oklahoma, students with physical and mental disabilities are bearing much of the brunt of classroom discipline, government ... --- NewsOK.com --- August 23, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/4dOpJP


43.   “Oklahoma Watch: School Discipline May Not Get Recorded” --- Oklahoma Watch: Joy Turner, an attorney with the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, which handles special education law, said she is concerned about ... --- NewsOK.com --- August 23, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/wraPf2


44.  “ 'I Couldn't Stand the Way I Felt in My Head': Mentally Ill Man Languishes in Prison Due to Group Home ...” --- But after the Wilts applied for their son to enter a group home in York County, they faced a problem they didn't expect ds... --- PennLive.com --- August 27, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/qlXD7u


45.   “Autistic Child Bullied, Parents Try to Turn the Negativity into Kindness” --- News 2 is continuing our Battle Against Bullying, with a story of a child in Berkeley County who says he dreads going to school because the bullying ... --- WCBD News 2 --- August 25, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/zDewBB


46.   “Mother of EPISD Special Needs Student Says Her Son Was Beaten by a Teacher” --- She switched her son to Kohlberg this year because she believed the special education program offered on that campus would be a better fit for him. --- KFOX El Paso --- August 28, 2015  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/UHqLU9


47.   “Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting Teen with Down Syndrome” --- Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a teenager with Down Syndrome Monday afternoon, according to the ... --- KHOU --- August 26, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/K9vqH0


48.   “Five-Year-Old with Autism Dies after Being Left in Hot Car” --- Police in the North Texas town of Burleson say a five-year-old autistic boy, who was found unconscious in a hot car has ... --- KGNS.tv --- August 24, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/bji0tj


  49.   “Special Needs Rowlett Teen Sexually Assaulted in Park” --- Police are investigating the alleged rape of a teen with special needs in Rowlett. The 15-year-old victim suffers from a form ... --- Fox 4 News – August 21, 2015  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/eLcpLT


50.   “Former Employee Complaints Lead to AG Investigation of the Brattleboro Retreat” --- After Tropical Storm Irene, the private hospital, which offers psychiatric and substance abuse treatment, began to take state patients, including children ... --- vtdigger.org --- August 26, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/y61w9e


51.   “Hampton Man Enters Alford Plea in Autistic Son's Death” --- A Hampton man has entered an Alford plea to involuntary manslaughter stemming from the death of his autistic son. --- The Idaho Statesman --- August 26, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/VWM7EJ


52.   “Police Searching for Driver Who Hit Man in a Wheelchair” --- Kennewick police are looking for the driver in a fatal hit and run crash involving a man in a wheelchair. --- The Olympian --- August 26, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/sNQJNN


53.   “Monitor: Efforts for Mentally Ill in Jails Fail” --- Efforts by Washington health officials to shorten the time mentally ill people wait in jails for competency services are failing to keep up ... --- The Columbian --- August 24, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/aU0Vng


54.   “Police: Former York County Man Raped Mentally Disabled Child for Years” --- A former Springfield Township man has been arrested in Wisconsin, accused of raping a mentally disabled child in York County over an eight-year ... --- York Dispatch --- August 28, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/7HXAFb


55.   “Former Douglas Special Education Teacher Arrested” --- Former Douglas special education teacher Katie Marcus was arrested Monday in Cody on a Converse County warrant without specifics on the ... --- Casper Star-Tribune Online --- August 26, 2015  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/PCjXSB


56.   “Death of Texas Autistic Child in Hot Car Raises National Toll to 15 for 2015” --- When police responded to assist in a search for the missing child Sunday afternoon, Elshaarawi's father told them he could not find his autistic son, ... --- St George News --- August 24, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/keHSSC


Seeking Improved Support


57.   “State Plans to Cut Waivers for Residents with Special Needs” --- Alaska's Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS) will soon be reducing the number of new waivers offered each year to people with special needs. --- KTVA.com --- August 24, 2015  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/eRguD4


58.   “Some Worried that Alabama's Shrinking Mental Health System Could Shrink More” --- Probate Judge Sherri Friday holds commitment hearings every week inside a small group therapy room at UAB's Center for Psychiatric Medicine. --- AL.com --- August 23, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/941Yd5


59.   “First Responders Start Drowning Prevention and Autism Awareness in Arizona” --- First responders in South Arizona are starting a campaign to prevent drowning as well as to raise autism awareness in the region. --- Autism Daily Newscast --- August 22, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/LoWVwJ


60.   “San Bernardino County Jail to Treat Mentally Ill Inmates from Across California” --- Mentally ill inmates from other counties receiving treatment at West Valley would be housed at the Rancho Cucamonga jail throughout ... --- San Bernardino County Sun --- August 25, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/fX9Th1


61.   “State Study Shows Lack of Hospital Beds for Mentally Ill, Aspen Sees it First-hand” --- It's common for the Aspen jail to take in people suffering from mental illness. Pitkin County Sheriff Joe Disalvo says it's a problem because "when we ... --- Aspen Public Radio --- August 24, 2015  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/dngLej 


62.   “Summit on Mental Health in Jacksonville Focuses on Increased Planning, Better Care” --- She referenced a case early this year where a mentally-ill man was accused of throwing his daughter off a bridge into Tampa Bay. “Get in ... --- Florida Times-Union --- August 25, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/ImaLcN


63.   “Columbus Amputees Could Face Significant Cuts to Reimbursement for Prosthetic Care” --- Proposed changes to Medicare policies will cut funding for prosthetic care, leaving amputees access only to outdated technology ... --- WRBL --- August 24, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/IxjMmr


64.   “Advocates for Disabled Seek 'Contempt' Finding Against State” --- It's back to court for the Illinois Comptroller's Office and the Department of Human Services. Attorneys representing people with ... --- Illinois News Network --- August 25, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/epnQYl


65.   “Breakdown: State's Prison Mental Health System Faces Long Recovery” --- A guard tower on the north side of Pontiac Correctional Center and barbed wire are used to keep some of the state's 4,662 mentally-ill inmates off the ... --- Bloomington Pantagraph --- August 23, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/RCSsYV


66.   “State's Prison Mental Health Care Lacking” --- Rasho is one of 4,662 Illinois inmates diagnosed as severely mentally ill. The mental health care he and nearly 11,000 other prisoners are getting is ... --- Herald & Review --- August 23, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/OYqJCC


67.   “Without Housing, Local Teen May Stay in Prison” --- Pontius' history of severe mental illness dates back to childhood when he attended school sporadically in between long stretches in mental facilities. --- Bloomington Pantagraph --- August 23, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/iypBS9


68.   “Group to Take New Look at Iowa's Children's Mental Health Care System” --- The 32-bed Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children is part of a heightened awareness of the need for more mental-health services for children in ... --- Sioux City Journal --- August 23, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/63TLAl


69.   “Kansans with Disabilities Say Employment Remains an Issue” --- Kansans with disabilities from across the state gathered this month in Topeka for a two-day caucus centered on employment, which many said remains hard to get and maintain. --- Hays Post --- August 23, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/YsJEhV


70.   “Danville Deaf Community Upset about Interpreting Devices” --- Some members of the deaf community are not happy with a new video interpreting system that hospital personnel say is meant to improve medical ... --- Central Kentucky News --- August 25, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/6uOhRA


71.   “People with Disabilities Left Behind During Katrina Tell Their Stories” --- I traveled to New Orleans to ask people with disabilities and disability rights advocates what happened. The answer was simple and sad: There was ... --- Huffington Post --- August 27, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/8WoWXM


72.   “Improving Mental Health Care Access in Louisiana” --- “Treating mental illness requires both psychological and biological approaches. In my opinion, you don't just throw medicine at them. To adequately ... --- KTBS --- August 24, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/UYm9zh


73.   “State to Move Clients Out of Montana Developmental Center” --- State officials say they plan to move about 15 people out of the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder by October to help alleviate a staffing ... --- NBC Montana  --- August 27, 2015  (MONTANA)   http://is.gd/Skcy81


74.   “Oklahoma Special Ed Statistics Reveal Troubling Pattern” --- Oklahoma Watch's review of federal data for the 2011-12 school year found Oklahoma ranked highest in the nation for expelling special education ... --- NewsOK.com --- August 27, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/5O6GNE


75.   “Advocacy Groups File Federal Lawsuit against School District” --- About 1,500 English language learners received special-education services in 2013, along with 1,887 students with Individual Learning Plans who ... --- Philly.com --- August 25, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/pcVAxk


76.   “Battle Brews over Charter School Compensation for Special Education Students” --- David Lapp, a staff attorney with The Education Law Center, said parents of children with more severe disabilities are less likely to send their kid to a ... --- Philly.com --- August 23, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/DJCPBR


77.   “DSS Director: Vulnerable Adults Receive Little Attention” --- Susan Alford, who took the agency's helm in February, acknowledged her agency needs to do a better job protecting vulnerable adults. A decade of ... --- Washington Times --- August 29, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/TeVmKr


78.   “Bexar County Sheriff Works to Prevent Jail Suicides” --- She learned sensitivity for mental illness from him and from a brother who was bipolar, long before there was a name for the condition. As an adult ... --- The Idaho Statesman --- August 26, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/g7HTrm


79.   “Big Medicaid Cut by State to Impact Nearly 70,000 Disabled Texas Children” --- A special hearing is being held in Austin to discuss cuts in Medicaid services for disabled Texas children. The proposed cuts would affect nearly ... --- KPRC Houston --- August 26, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ok0rJX


80.   “Search Still on for Rowlett Sex Assault Suspect” --- Last week, a Rowlett teen with special needs was abducted and sexually assaulted as she went for a walk in her neighborhood. --- FOX 4 News --- August 24, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/Xk9gFO


81.   “Trying Times: Parents Share Struggle with KISD Special Education” --- Parents of special-needs children at the Killeen Independent School District say they continue to be ignored when it comes to special education ... --- The Killeen Daily Herald --- August 23, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/74PUlc


82.   “Parents with Disabilities Facing New Challenges” --- Yuan, a recognized expert on parents with disabilities, conducted two assessments and determined Goltz could be trained to care for the child on her ... --- vtdigger.org --- August 23, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/imyNMK


83.   “Special Education Teacher Shortage a Challenge for Local Districts” --- Several Washington school districts are experiencing a shortage of special education teachers, with just a few days left until the first day of classes. --- KING5.com --- August 28, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/xubGnd


84.  “Tahoma Public Schools Integrate Students with Special Needs” --- An increasing number of schools are integrating students with learning and developmental challenges into regular ... --- KING5.com --- April 27, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/1OowEj


85.   “Superintendent Named for W.Va. Schools for Deaf and Blind” --- Keller himself is deaf. He'll takes his new role next month at the Romney school. He will replace Lynn Boyer, who announced her retirement earlier ... --- West Virginia Public Broadcasting --- August 22, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/Zsdpus


86.   “Psychologists Welcome Analysis Casting Doubt on Their Work” --- The field of psychology sustained a damaging blow Thursday: A new analysis found that only 36 percent of findings from almost 100 studies in the top ... --- New York Times --- August 28, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/QbnMey


87.   “We Aren't as Informed about Intellectual Disabilities as We Think We Are?” --- ... Games revealed that personal experience with people with intellectual disabilities strongly influences the ways people perceive such conditions. --- Huffington Post --- August 26, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/V41i5f


88.   “VA Wasted Time for Mental Health Care, Money for Psychiatrists Without Appointments” --- One clinic in Minneapolis boosted its psychiatric resources by 14 percent, but appointments dropped by more than 21 percent. --- Washington Times --- August 25, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/ShkXZG


Proposed Legislation and New Laws

89.   “Proposed NJ Bill Would Provide Autism ID Cards” --- “My bill (A-4662) says that people that have autism or intellectual or other developmental disabilities would be furnished with an identification card so ... --- New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio --- August 26, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/ZrRVRc


90.   “Abortion and Down Syndrome” --- A similar bill passed in North Dakota in 2013 bans abortions on the grounds of fetal genetic anomalies, including Down syndrome. The law has not yet ... --- New York Times --- August 25, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/UzIMKx


91.   “New Texas Law Requires Cameras in Special-ed Classrooms” --- ... to a new Texas law effective September 1, public school districts across the state will be required to install cameras in special education classrooms ... --- KXAN.com --- August 28, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/8FJK6E


International Articles


92.   “Special Needs Teacher Jailed for Abuse” --- A female Australian teacher has been jailed on Thursday for seducing a 14-year-old special needs student and having an 18-month sexual ... --- Independent Online --- August 27, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/4r4gDb


93.   “State Government to Train 80 Teachers to Work with Autistic Children under $700,000 Program” ---  State Government to train 80 teachers to work with autistic children under ... MOCK classrooms are preparing autistic children for school in ... --- NEWS.com.au --- August 27, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/YVcAuf


94.   “Allegations of Violence, Abuse in Disability Homes Not Referred to Police” --- Their accuser made allegations of routine assaults, physical and verbal abuse, theft and fraud, and said one man had showered clients together and ... --- The Canberra Times --- August 24, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/q3aYKC


95.   “Disability Officials Defend Handling of Complaints of Alleged Assaults at Care Homes in Canberra” --- Disability officials have denied they intentionally delayed handling complaints over alleged assaults at disabled group homes in Canberra. --- ABC Online --- August 24, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/3dAMJR


96.   “DHS Whistleblower Fears for Job After Reporting Abuse in Disability Group Homes” --- Department of Human Services worker Rosemary Kirkwood is the latest to speak out about abuse and neglect in Melbourne's disability group homes. --- The Age --- August 24, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/Mc8RUr


97.   “Police Officer 'Punches Autistic Boy Four Times' in Shocking Footage” --- A video has emerged of a police officer allegedly punching an autistic teenager four times. The upsetting footage apparently shows a male cop attack ... --- Mirror.co.uk --- August 24, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/FVec2r


98.   “Police Appeal for Help to Trace Missing Deaf Man from Doncaster” --- Police in Doncaster are asking for the public's help to trace a 36-year-old deaf man who is missing from home. Paul Craft was last seen leaving his ... --- The Star --- August 23, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/NbOgFh


99.   “Worlds Away from Wallace Hoboken Teacher Brings Autism Education to Indonesia” --- The 35-year-old special education teacher and board-certified behavioral analyst works with autistic children at Wallace Elementary School. --- The Hudson Reporter --- August 23, 2015  (INDONESIA)  http://is.gd/FvZyCk


100.   “Disabled Push for a Better Life in Iran” --- As she weaves in and out of the crowds on a busy London street, she reflects on how much harder it was for her to live with her disability back home in ... --- BBC News --- August 29, 2015  (IRAN)  http://is.gd/Wbaeqs


101.   “Dad Accuses Petrol Bombers of Trying to Kill His Autistic Daughter, 10, in Attack on South Belfast Home” --- The girl, who is autistic, was at home with her father when the device was hurled at their living room window soon after midnight. --- Belfast Live --- August 26, 2015  (IRELAND) http://is.gd/d0MADj 


102.   “Call to End Putting Special Needs Children in 'Seclusion Rooms' “ --- Special needs campaigners have called for the introduction of official rules governing the use of “seclusion rooms” in schools to manage the ... --- Irish Times --- August 28, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/jvmzZx


103.   “ 'She Called Me Handicapped and Spat in My Face': Abuse Faced by Irish People with Intellectual Disabilities” --- I was sitting on a seat on my own minding my own business and this woman got on and started shouting abuse at another ... --- thejournal.ie --- August 23, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/QtHosL


104.   “Disabled Jerusalem Boy Forgotten in Van Overnight” --- Peeking inside the shuttle - used for the transportation of the disabled - rescue teams noticed a boy with limited mobility sitting inside a motorized ... --- Arutz Sheva --- August 23, 2015  (ISRAEL)  http://is.gd/DMCd7A


105.   “Disabled Man Forced to Crawl to Bathroom Says Social Agencies Failed Him” --- The man, who was left homeless along with his mother, had to turn to parking a caravan on the back lawn of a stranger's home. --- TVNZ --- August 26, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/3mXfm0


106.   “Russia Inadvertently Posts its Casualties in Ukraine: 2,000 Deaths, 3,200 Disabled” --- Russian president Vladimir Putin has decreed that all Russian casualties “in peacetime” be a state secret. In addition to criminal charges arising from divulging state secrets, families risk losing … --- Forbes --- August 25, 2015  (RUSSIA)  http://is.gd/zhdfXm


107.   “Family's Fight for Justice after Disabled Man Was Burnt Alive in His Wheelchair” --- A family are still fighting for justice seven years after a disabled man burnt to death when his wheelchair malfunctioned. Denis McKenna, 55, who had ... --- Mirror.co.uk --- August 23, 2015  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/HoCUAC


108.   “Daughters Blame Poor Handling Woman Refused Disability Aid Dies” --- A 59-year-old woman whose disability grant application was refused suffered a brain aneurysm and died minutes later. It happened two weeks ago at ... --- Trinidad & Tobago Express --- August 24, 2015  (TRINIDAD)  http://is.gd/96wwR2


109.  “ 'Appropriate Adults Not Being Used' for Many Vulnerable People in Custody” --- Chris Bath, chief executive of the National Appropriate Adult Network, the charity which led the study, said: "People with learning disabilities ... --- BBC News --- August 26, 2015  (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/TQNL5e



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