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News Summary for October 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.

 

Abuse/Crime-related

 

1.   “Hueytown High School Teacher Charged with Felony Abuse of Special Ed Student” --- Edmonson is charged with aggravated child abuse with serious injury, Chief Chuck Hagler confirmed today. He said he couldn't elaborate on the ... --- AL.com --- October 27, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/lMRAYh

 

2.   “Deaf Man Reported Missing in Glendale; Anthony Insana Did Not Return Home as Expected Thursday” --- Police are looking for a deaf man who was reported missing in ... The Peoria man, in addition to being deaf, also has vision issues. --- ABC15 Arizona --- October 30, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/JkBIHm

 

3.   “Special Needs Student Left on School Bus for Hours” --- South Arkansas mother Samantha Bugarin said her 5 year-old son, Alex, was left on a school bus for several hours Tuesday. --- KARK

 

4.   “United Airlines Apologizes After Disabled Man Crawls Off Flight” --- United says Neal's experience "doesn't reflect the level of service we provide to customers with disabilities each day." The airline says it has a 24-hour ... --- CNN --- October 27, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/rkW9Hn

 

5.   “SF Finalizes Settlement in Nevada 'Patient Dumping' Case” --- City Attorney Dennis Herrera had sued Nevada two years ago over the state's improperly discharging psychiatric patients and sending them on ... --- San Francisco Examiner --- October 27, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/jCuEBe

 

6.   “Blind Man Wins Excessive Force Case Against Denver Police Officer” --- A federal jury Friday awarded a blind man $400,000 in a lawsuit filed after his head was slammed into a counter by a Denver police officer. --- The Denver Post --- October 30, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/tf2CVJ

 

7.   “Group: Colorado Inmates Languish in Jail Without Mental Care” --- Mentally ill inmates, many of them charged with minor offenses, reoffend, injure themselves or otherwise deteriorate while they wait behind bars, ... --- Washington Times --- October 28, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/RjUBeg

 

8.   “State Seeks to Forcibly Medicate Man Charged with Killing Yale Doctor” --- Doctors at the state's maximum security psychiatric hospital believe a regular regiment of anti-psychotic drugs could help restore ... --- Hartford Courant --- October 26, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/hKjFBF

 

9.   “Delaware Teacher Faces Charges She Assaulted Boy, 6, with Autism” --- Anne Gullo is accused of pushing a 6-year-old boy at a program where she taught students who suffer from autism. A teacher who works with students ... --- NBC 10 Philadelphia --- October 27, 2015  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/SBYocI

 

10.   “Sarasota Sheriff: Suspect Snatches Wallet from Disabled Man” --- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery by sudden snatching at 3 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Tuttle Avenue ... --- Bradenton Herald --- October 30, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/BtfCkC

 

11.   “Boy with Down Syndrome, Autism Comes Home from Hillsborough School with Welts” --- But, this 10-year-old suffers from severe autism and Down syndrome. So, when he came home from school Wednesday afternoon with painful welts, ... --- WFLA --- October 28, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/yb7lzU

 

12.   “Disability Rights Activist Darius Weems Arrested After Drug Raid at his Home in Athens” --- Darius Weems, who gained national celebrity status for raising awareness about a fatal disease that afflicts him, was arrested on drug charges ... --- Online Athens --- October 28, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/TYJEcT

 

13.   “Gymnastics Coach Charged with Sexual Battery Against Children with Disabilities” --- A 48 year-old Chicago gymnastics coach, Patricia Hermann, has been accused of sexually abusing two children with disabilities during a trip last ... --- Coosa Valley News --- October 27, 2015  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/CsbGIC

 

14.   “Parents Sue Caregivers, Alleging Negligence in Death of Disabled Teen” --- The adoptive parents of 15-year-old girl born with Down syndrome are suing her caregivers, alleging negligence and wrongful death. Michelle and ... --- Cook County Record --- October 29, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/a1BYDq

 

15.   “DePaul Student Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- A DePaul University sophomore was charged with sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman with developmental disabilities. --- CBS Local --- October 26, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/tSsuic

 

16.   “Psychotherapist Ordered to Pay Restitution, Avoid Contact with Victim” --- A Hammond, Ind., man who was providing unlicensed psychology services in the Southland will avoid jail time if he pays restitution and avoids contact ... --- Chicago Tribune --- October 26, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/zH3ikA

 

17.   “Bus Driver Who Hit Special-needs Student Passed Background Check, District Officials Say” --- An Iowa school bus driver who was captured on camera hitting a special-needs student as the teenager's stunned classmates watched was recently ... --- Washington Post --- October 31, 2015  (IOWA) http://is.gd/e8fmgy

 

18.   “Authorities: Video Shows Iowa Bus Driver Assaulting Mentally Disabled Student” --- A school bus driver in central Iowa is accused of assaulting a student on a packed bus, and authorities say riders recorded ... --- KSN-TV --- October 30, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/r4twi0

 

19.   “School Bus Driver Suspended After Dropping off 5-Year-old Who Was Later Hit by a Car” ---  AnnMarie Little, the director of special education at Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School, said the child is now home recovering. --- MassLive.com --- October 28, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/RNFOQr

 

20.   “Community Rallies Around Disabled Easthampton Man, Alleged Victim of Internet Bullying” --- The community is rallying around Kevin Fournier, a well-known developmentally disabled man who was reportedly taunted and ... --- MassLive.com --- October 30, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/dHEjdm 

 

21.   “Ex-school Bus Aide Pleads Guilty in Child Abuse Case” --- A 44-year-old former northern Michigan school bus aide has pleaded guilty in a child abuse case, saying he twisted a 13-year-old ... --- The Detroit News --- October 27, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/7LnHRs

 

22.    “Officer Fired After Assaulting Teen with Autism” --- The rally is for 17-year-old Marcus Abrams, who lives with autism. He was allegedly assaulted by Metro Transit Police on Labor Day. --- KARE --- October 28, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/sY7h8P

 

23.   “Booneville Nurse Aid Facing Felony Charges in Case” --- … herself in to the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday and faces charges for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person and alleged possession of a controlled substance. --- djournal.com --- October 28, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/T1YVta

 

24.   “Handicapped Woman Attacked on Busy Street Corner” --- A woman on crutches was reportedly spit at, punched and humiliated at 90th and Maple. Dana Brame, 42, told police that three teens ... --- KETV Omaha --- October 28, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/coQJim

 

25.   “Judge: Nevada Violating Settlement to Care for Mentally Ill Inmates” --- A federal judge on Wednesday found Nevada to be in violation of a 2014 federal lawsuit settlement to provide prompt treatment to mentally ill inmates ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- October 28, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/iR77Yu

 

26.   “Person in Wheelchair Struck by Vehicle, Seriously Injured” --- A pedestrian in a wheelchair was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Lake Mead and Jones boulevards this afternoon, according to Metro Police. --- Las Vegas Sun --- October 26, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/5TCD83

 

27.   “Autistic 6-Year-old Left on Edison Bus for 7 Hours, Officials Say” --- Two bus company workers have been charged with leaving an autistic 6-year-old boy on a school bus for more than seven hours, authorities said ... --- New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio --- October 30, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/pHdbu0

 

28.   “Trial Ordered for Howell Men in Autistic Teen's Dare” --- A judge on Wednesday ordered a trial for the two Howell men accused of daring an autistic young man to jump off the jetty here into ... --- Asbury Park Press --- October 28, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/elK8cC

 

29.   “Two Plainfield Men Sentenced in Mentally Disabled Woman's Sex Assault” --- Two city men face a combined 38 years in state prison in connection with the 2011 sexual assault of a mentally disabled woman whom ... --- MyCentralJersey.com --- October 26,, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/lVud07

 

30.   “Exclusive: Autistic 13-Year-old Brooklyn Boy Says He Was Body-slammed and Beaten by Three School Aides Who Shattered His Ankle and Left Arm ...” --- … in Bed-Stuy dragged him out of a classroom closet where he was hiding with two other students … --- New York Daily News --- October 30, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/d9H9u4

 

31.   “Long Island Special Needs Teacher Accused of Groping Teen Girl During Haunted House Fundraiser” --- A 24-year-old special education teacher and volunteer firefighter is accused of groping a teen during a haunted house fundraiser on ... --- NBC New York --- October 29, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/sS4OBE

 

32.   “Suffolk Firefighter Accused of Forcibly Touching Minor” --- A special-education teacher and volunteer firefighter was arrested after being accused of forcibly touching a minor over the weekend. Police say Justin ... --- News 12 Long Island --- October 28, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/O8CuFs

 

33.   “Deaf Woman to Get $750,000 tor Hellish Ordeal with NYPD” --- A New York City woman, who is deaf and says NYPD officers wrongfully arrested her and then ignored her pleas for an American Sign ... --- Huffington Post --- October 28, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/hGmmgO

 

34.   “Former Student Files Lawsuit Against Ithaca College” --- A former Ithaca College student filed a $10 million lawsuit Oct. 8 against the college under the Americans with Disabilities Act for failing to provide ... --- The Ithacan --- October 28, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/jhjmfu

 

35.   “AP: NY Agency to Protect the Disabled Rarely Brings Charges” --- In a video he made with his PlayStation, a 12-year-old developmentally disabled boy in a group home points to his ... --- WBRC FOX6 News --- WBRC FOX6 News --- October 27, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/cUrFIe

 

36.   “Man Pushed Out of Wheelchair, Robbed in Durham” --- Durham police said a man was pushed out of his wheelchair and robbed on Sunday. Authorities said the man was outside of an assisted living facility ... --- WTVD-TV --- October 25, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/Sm035j

 

37.   “Mom: Teacher Strapped Special Needs Child to Chair with Masking Tape” --- A Bradford Exempted Village Schools teacher is on paid administrative leave after parents alleged he used masking tape to strap their special needs ... --- Dayton Daily News --- October 27, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/WK759c

 

38.   “Man Sentenced for Rape of Mentally Disabled Woman” --- According to reports, the female victim, now 32, of Tipp City, has Down syndrome and was found by the court to be mentally incompetent. On June 27 ... --- Piqua Daily Call --- October 28, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/WXxG0O

 

39.   “Connellsville Teacher on Leave, under Investigation” --- Officials with the Connellsville Area School District would not provide specific information about the incident but said it is being thoroughly investigated.--- WTAE Pittsburgh --- October 30, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/mvJt78

 

40.   “Police: Teen with Autism Missing from Cobbs Creek Home” --- Philadelphia Police are seeking assistance from the public in locating a missing 15-year-old boy with autism. Police say ... --- FOX 29 News Philadelphia --- October 28, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/qrUqq9

 

41.   “Dauphin Parents Plead Guilty to Murder in Death of Disabled Son” --- A central Pennsylvania man and woman have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and other charges in the death of their disabled ... --- York Dispatch --- October 26, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/Tt8MAB

 

42.   “Pa. Special Education Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault of 4 Students” --- A special education teacher at a Pennsylvania high school has been jailed and suspended from her job over allegations ... --- PennLive.com --- October 26, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/UQ8W6G

 

43.   “Man Charged Following Assault on a School Bus, Authorities Say” --- The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office has charged a special education monitor after witnesses reported an assault ... --- WCBD News 2 --- October 30, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/U8fRiz

 

44.   “Disabled Knoxville Man Says Private Caregivers Not Showing Up” --- The private caregiving industry has become big business as more and more people depend on this service, but a disabled ... --- WATE 6 On Your Side --- October 28, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/UyeRcs

 

45.   “Lufkin Woman Accepts 5 Years Probation for Hitting Disabled Vet With Stool” --- A Lufkin woman accepted a plea bargain deal of five years of probation Friday for picking up a stool and whacking a disabled veteran in the arm after ... --- KTRE --- October 30, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/iKbDaD

 

46.   “Galveston Man Sentenced for Sexual Assault of Disabled Person” --- A man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of sexual assault of a disabled person. Jerry Lee Cozart, 48, ... --- KHOU --- October 27, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/vMAhph

 

47.   “North Texas Man Convicted of Killing Homeless Man to Fake Death” --- Prosecutors told jurors Henderson killed Gary Ali, who was homeless and believed to be mentally ill, in March 2011, so that he could assume Ali's ... --- KTRK-TV --- October 27, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/5zr6BK

 

48.   “A Spotlight on Adult Financial Exploitation” --- Adult Protective Specialist Terry Fick helps victims here in our area. ... Adult protective services says the person exploiting an elderly or disabled ... --- KAGS News --- October 27, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/8lPvgA

 

49.   “Police: Intoxicated Woman Left Son with Disabilities at Vernal Grocery Store” --- A Uintah County woman is accused of leaving her disabled son alone at a Vernal grocery store for nearly 30 minutes. Zipporah Apporas ... --- KSL.com --- October 26, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/x3WHf7

 

50.   “Man Admits to Killing Girlfriend's Disabled Boy by Putting Vodka in Feeding Tube” --- Walter Richters pleaded guilty Wednesday to a manslaughter charge in the Aug. 22, 2014, death of 13-year-old Isaac Robitille at the home they shared with …  --- The Japan Times --- October 30, 2015  (JAPAN)  http://is.gd/iUpKxQ

 

51.   “Va. Beach Social Worker Accused of Taking $50K from Clients” --- Jones was a social worker for the Human Services Department Supportive Living Program, which helps adults with severe intellectual disabilities ... --- The Virginian-Pilot --- October 30, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/5dvxzW

 

52.   “Autistic Virginia Boy, 3, Found Dead in a Marshy Waterway Hours After Going Missing: Police” --- An autistic Virginia boy who went missing Tuesday night was found dead in a marshy waterway hours later, police said. Three-year ... --- New York Daily News --- October 28, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/fxg27p

 

53.   “Alleged Attack on Special Needs Student: Bullying or Racism?” --- An alleged attack on a special needs student has his mom questioning if it is a case of bullying, or if her son was a target because of the color of his ... --- WWBT NBC12 News --- October 27, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/hpDmCB

 

54.   “Washington's Center for Sexual Predators under Fire” --- Disability Rights Washington, an advocacy group, has drafted a federal lawsuit claiming the mistreatment of some residents has left them languishing ... --- The San Luis Obispo Tribune --- October 31, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/YJWtEX

 

55.   “Disability Rights Group Investigates Life, Death of Autistic Centralia Man” --- Five months after his death, a Seattle disability rights group is investigating the life of Jessy Lee Hamilton, a 26-year-old autistic man who drowned ... --- Centralia Chronicle --- October 30, 2015  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/gA8Yuc

 

56.   “Pullman Man Charged with Rape, Widow Suing Pierce County Psychiatric Services Company” --- A Tacoma, Wash. woman is suing Pierce County's crisis and psychiatric services contracted company for not better ... --- Moscow-Pullman Daily News --- October 26, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/MrHMSw

 

57.   “Abuse Plagues System of Legal Guardians for Adults” --- In New Jersey, the number of adult guardianships added annually ... the Franks brothers over issues ranging from expenses to home-care providers. --- Wall Street Journal --- October 30, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Wf71xY

 

58.   “Men with Disabilities More Likely to Be Victims of Sexual Violence, According to UMMS Study” ---

Researchers conclude that sexual assault screening, prevention and response efforts need to be inclusive of all people with disabilities. --- News from the University of Massachusetts --- October 30, 2015 (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/APVVJv

 

59.   “US Army Kicked Out Thousands of Mentally Injured Vets for 'Misconduct,' Report Says” --- More than 22,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries and mental health disorders have been discharged from ... --- TIME --- October 28, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/e3R7tk

 

Seeking Improved Support

 

60.   “Local Law Enforcement Struggling to Find Treatment for Mentally Ill After State Policy Changes” ---  Coupled with the state closing nearly all its psychiatric hospitals in recent years, the changes mean more mentally ill residents are being ... --- Anniston Star --- October 28, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/3G86C8

 

61.   “Sheriff Larry Amerson Decries 'Sorry State' of Mental Health Policy” --- Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson says Alabama's mental health policy is resulting ... This, by default, criminalizes the mentally ill, Amerson said. --- AL.com --- October 28, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/H73pp0

 

62.   “Contra Costa Aims to Change the Shackling of Juveniles in Transportation” --- Two advocacy groups, called Disability Rights Advocates and Public Counsel, had filed a lawsuit on behalf of behalf of youth in Contra Costa Juvenile ... --- Richmond Confidential --- October 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/daJpXz

 

63.   “Connecticut Has No Plan for the Intellectually Disabled, Advocates Say” --- Parents, grandparents and siblings who are struggling to care for adult family members with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities are ... --- Torrington Register Citizen --- October 30, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/N2jLg7

 

64.   “Some Kansans with Developmental Disabilities Wait Up to 10 Years for State Help” --- At that time, 50 people with developmental disabilities were placed on a wait list for services. However, 41 Action News investigators found that list has ... --- KSHB --- October 29, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/yDBflD

 

65.   “Professors Seek to Reduce Incarceration Rates for Mentally Ill Prisoners” --- University of Kansas researchers are part of a grant that will work to reduce the number of individuals with serious mental illnesses ... --- KU Today --- October 29, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/iXxZtb

 

66.   “Douglas County Seeks Reduction in Mentally Ill Inmates” --- The Douglas County Sheriff's Office wants the county to commit to reducing the number of jail inmates who are seriously mentally ill. The Lawrence ... --- Bradenton Herald --- October 28, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/IMqgma

 

67.   “Disability Advocate Calls for State Agency Spokeswoman's Resignation” --- … disabled Kansans is calling for the resignation of a state agency spokeswoman over her use of the phrase “slow learners” on social media. --- Wichita Eagle --- October 28, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/3m4Qhn

 

68.   “Tulane Professor Gets $2.6 Million to Study Trauma in NOLA Students” --- A Tulane University psychology professor and a team of community partners will spend the next four years in New Orleans public schools as part of a ... --- News from Tulane --- October 28, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/YyOeAR

 

69.   “Michigan 'Ahead of the Curve' with Schizophrenia Treatment Plan” --- A new approach for treating schizophrenia that is in the national spotlight is already underway in Michigan. "We are very much at the leading edge," ... --- MLive.com --- October 29, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/JFGBfD

 

70.   “US Judge Tells Nevada to Treat Competency Inmates in 7 Days” --- ... treatment within seven days for mentally ill jail inmates needing psychiatric treatment and evaluations to determine if they're competent to stand trial. --- WKRG --- October 30, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/rYD4Qz

 

71.   “Ruling Against NM on Special-Ed Funding Affirmed” --- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has affirmed a hearing officer's 2014 ruling that New Mexico did not have the right to reduce its ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- October 28, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/CuHrVc

 

72.   “Assemblymen Weigh New Office for the Elderly, Disabled” --- At an Assembly hearing Tuesday on whether to open a new office for the elderly and disabled, advocates said they largely backed the ... --- Capital New York --- October 27, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NKhbej

 

73.   “State Comments on Broome Center Closing” --- Personnel with the New York Office of People with Developmental Disabilities will field comments Tuesday on the impact of the planned closing of ... --- Press & Sun-Bulletin --- October 27, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/lfidhG

 

74.   “Guardians Receive Supreme Court-mandated Training” --- Local attorneys who have been appointed by Van Wert County Probate Court as guardians of mentally impaired adults also underwent training today. --- Van Wert independent --- October 30, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ll6KNI

 

75.   “Time is Running Out on Developmental Centers; Legislative Action Needed” --- Coley told Vindicator reporter Robert Connelly, whose story on the developmental centers appeared on the front page of Saturday's paper, that there ... --- Youngstown Vindicator --- October 29, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/sdt2mP

 

76.   “Audit Says AIU Special Education Program Has Severe Financial Problems” --- If not for the deficit spending in special education, the fund balance of the agency would have increased from $23.3 million to nearly $24 million. --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- October 26, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/vTtdOm

 

77.   “Improving Disability Standards Throughout West Virginia” --- West Virginia's Plan for Independent Living is a three year plan set to be renewed in 2017. A meeting was held Friday in Wood County to get feedback ... --- The News Center --- October 30, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/F99kLo

 

78.   “Shameful Scapegoating of the Mentally Ill” --- From 2009 to 2012, collective cuts to state mental health budgets totaled $4.35 billion, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Naturally ... --- Chicago Tribune --- October 30, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/cTKc4Y

 

79.   “Following Hiatus, Federal Autism Panel Returns” --- New members of the committee include Samantha Crane of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Amy Goodman of The Arc, Shannon Haworth of the ... --- Disability Scoop --- October 30, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/UxcaNe

 

80.   “Unfair Attacks on Mentally Ill” --- The intention is to cause fear by linking violence and mental illness, and then blaming the illnesses and the mental-health system for the problems. --- Philly.com --- October 30, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/XAchpN

 

81.   “People with Schizophrenia Face Much Higher Risk of Early Death” --- "In the future, psychiatric programs should have medical practitioners embedded [within them]," Dubin said. Also, some psychiatric drugs can ... --- U.S. News & World Report --- October 28, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/vZGmc7

 

82.   “80 Percent of ER Doctors Believe Mental Health Care System is Not Working for Patients” --- Options for acute care for patients with psychiatric illness have been shrinking over the past several decades, in part a reflection of more narrow ... --- Forbes --- October 28, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/v7cUXf

 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

 

83.   “McSally Pushes Bill on Gun Background Checks, Mental Health” --- States' spotty performance reporting orders banning mentally ill people from buying guns to the background-check system. The bill would direct more ... --- azcentral.com --- October 28, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/RRgCir

 

84.   “SF's Court-ordered Treatment of Mentally Ill Launches Next Week” --- “Laura's Law will add another option for family members seeking to help a severely mentally ill relative,” Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement Monday. --- San Francisco Examiner --- October 26, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/NwDao6

 

85.   “Physician-assisted Suicide Bill Sparks Massachusetts Debate” --- Disability rights advocate John Kelly spoke at a Statehouse briefing on Oct. 26, 2015 in opposition to a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide. --- MassLive.com --- October 26, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Z4UHi9

 

86.   “Michigan OKs Special Savings Accounts to Care for Disabled” --- New Michigan laws will let people caring for the disabled open tax-exempt savings accounts to pay for their long-term needs such as housing and ... --- The Idaho Statesman --- October 28, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/vOJekG

 

87.   “A Rework for 'Restraint and Seclusion' ” --- The Mississippi Department of Education does not track which school districts have developed their own restraint and seclusion policies, and the ... --- Jackson Free Press --- October 28, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/cbLZt2

 

88.   “A New Law Should Aid People with Disabilities — and the Companies that Hire Them” --- “It's not a charity or philanthropy,” Marks said of businesses seeking to hire people with disabilities. “It's not about doing an act of benevolence. Rather ... --- Billings Gazette --- October 29, 2015  (MONTANA) http://is.gd/EQlSAq 

 

International Articles

 

89.   “Alcohol-damaged Kids with FASD Winding up in Prison” --- Faced with an accused who has been assessed formally as unfit to plea because of a mental impairment, judges have two extreme options: ... --- The Australian --- October 29, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/wMYduc

 

90.   “Probe Urged After Autistic Boy Locked Up” --- Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones has been urged to launch an investigation into a public school that disciplined an autistic boy by ... --- 9news.com.au --- October 28, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/xuiPWB

 

91.   “Staff Abuse of Disabled Revealed” --- Disturbing details have emerged about a disability carer blasting a blind man's genitals with water at such high pressure during a bath that he ... --- The West Australian --- October 28, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/K3Iukp

 

92.   “Perth Judge Overturns Ruling Revoking Bail of Man with Asperger's Syndrome” --- A Supreme Court judge in Perth has overturned a decision to revoke the bail of a man with a mental disability, who a magistrate claimed was "playing ... --- ABC Online --- October 27, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/RYLsMP

 

93.   “Schools for the Deaf Abuse Claims to Be Taken 'Very Seriously,' Premier Says” --- Premier Stephen McNeil says he knows little about allegations of abuse at two provincially-run schools for those who are hearing impaired. A Halifax ... --- CBC.ca --- October 30, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/UqyRG2

 

94.   “Teachers' Unions Warn Class Sizes, Special-needs Support at Risk” --- Teachers from several English school boards are worried class sizes could balloon and special-needs students would not get the extra help they need ... --- CBC.ca --- October 29, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/Y04xre

 

95.   “Nova Scotia Named in Proposed Lawsuit Alleging Abuse at Two Schools for Deaf” --- The schools named in the notice of intended action are the School for the Deaf in Halifax and the Interprovincial School for the Education of the Deaf in ... --- CTV News --- October 28, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/xBUEY8 

 

96.   “Parents Praise Moves to Include Kids with Disabilities in Media” --- According to a report from the Canadian Human Rights Commission, people age 15 to 64 with a disability earn about $9,000 to $10,000 less per year ... --- CBC.ca --- October 28, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/d5VtLN

 

97.   “Families of Special Needs Children Demand Change After Death of Prince Rupert Mother and Son” ---  Special needs advocates are calling on Victoria to act on the recommendations by a coroner's jury into the tragic murder-suicide ... --- Globalnews.ca --- October 26, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/86otFx

 

98.   “Parents of Disabled Woman Say Caregiver's Lack of Medical Skills Put Daughter at Risk” --- A couple is going public after the caregiver they hired didn't have the medical skills she claimed to have, putting their severely disabled daughter at ... --- CBC.ca --- October 26, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/9y7Uy8

 

99.   “Learning Disabilities: A Short History of Care” --- Major reforms have been announced by NHS England into the way it treats people who have learning disabilities and autism. Within three years there ... --- BBC News --- October 30, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/9kbWsz

 

100.   “Public Inquiry to Be Held into Crisis Facing Manchester's Mental Health Services” --- Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust admits it is 'no longer ... trust plans to find £1.5m in savings by axing a range of services ... --- Manchester Evening News --- October 30, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/oPzS21 

 

101.   “ 'We Must Tackle Disability Hate Crime Head On' ” --- Mr Buckland said: “As the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said, it is 'a crime hidden in plain sight'. And we also know there is currently a ... --- Swindon Advertiser --- October 30, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/6Rf4ez

 

102.   “Hospital Autism and Learning Disability Beds to Be Cut by More than Half in Nottinghamshire” --- ... community services provide the right level of support and give patients with learning disabilities and/or autism the same rights, choices ... --- Nottingham Post --- October 30, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/MZy9JU

 

103.   “Police Investigate 99 Offences Against 'Vulnerable' Adults” --- Almost 100 investigations have been carried out into offences where the victim is an 'adult at risk'. Staffordshire Police's Adult Safeguarding Enquiry ... --- Stoke Sentinel --- October 28, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/MTYpaw

 

104.   “Why Autistic Kids Lack Access to Education in India” ---Yet data shows that many children with disabilities still lack access to education. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows ... --- New Keralaż --- October 29, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/P2Qh3J

 

105.   “Family Stunts Disabled Daughter's Growth to Expand Her World” --- The family of a severely disabled girl are stunting her growth to give her a better quality ... She is so disabled that her mother considers her "unabled. --- 6abc.com --- October 27, 2015  (INDONESIA)  http://is.gd/xo8nuC

 

106.   “Five Patients a Day Abscond from Northern Ireland's Hospitals and Psychiatric Units” --- Some of the psychiatric patients did not return to resume their care; one patient died in 2014/15 and at least 18 came to harm through injury outside. --- Belfast Telegraph --- October 28, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/YlOlqM  

 

107.   “Morocco: Flawed Draft Disability Rights Law” --- Draft law 97.13 on the protection and advancement of persons with disabilities (Draft Framework Law) is currently before parliament, its first piece of ... --- Thomson Reuters Foundation --- October 26, 2015  (MOROCCO)  http://is.gd/FIanC8

 

108.   “Calls for Law Change to Protect Disabled Children” --- A support agency for people with intellectual disabilities is backing the Disability Rights Commissioner's call for a law change to protect children from ... --- Radio New Zealand --- October 28, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/27VbAJ

 

109.   “Commissioner Wants Law Change to Protect Disabled Children” --- A law change is needed to protect disabled children after a Waikato girl received a hormone treatment to stunt her growth, says the Disability Rights ... --- Radio New Zealand --- October 28, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/kZniAb

 

110.   “UN Expert Comes to Romania to Assess the Situation of Roma, Children and People with Disabilities” --- … on the situation of Roma, of people with disabilities and of children, groups that are disproportionately affected by poverty and ... --- Romania-Insider.com --- October 29, 2015  (ROMANIA)  http://is.gd/wdI1ve

 

111.   “Disabled Scots 'Paid £1.20 Less than Able Bodies Workers' ” --- A study has suggested disabled Scots are paid on average £1.20 less per hour than able-bodied colleagues. The Equality and Human Rights ... --- BBC News --- October 30, 2015  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/oKRIvu

 

112.   “People with Disabilities Abused, Neglected” --- The 81-page report, "'Chained Like Prisoners': Abuses Against People with Psychosocial Disabilities in Somaliland," finds that men with perceived or ... --- AllAfrica.com --- October 26, 2015  (SOMALIA)  http://is.gd/eyyLpZ

 

113.   “Gay and Lesbian 'Braille Porn' for Blind People Now Exists in Sweden” --- A sensual Braille book for the blind created by a Swedish artist aims at offering “sexual stimulation” to the blind and visually impaired. And despite the ... --- Junior College --- October 29, 2015  (SWEDEN)  http://is.gd/MAJUhc

 

114.   “UN: National Systems Must Be More Inclusive for People with Disabilities” --- A UN expert underlined her deep concern about the disproportionate effect of austerity measures on persons with disabilities and underlined the need ... --- New Europe --- October 29, 2015  (INTERNATIONAL)  http://is.gd/N481Oo
 

 

 


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