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News Summary for November 7, 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 Special Education Teacher Retires Amid Child Abuse Charges” --- The Hueytown special education teacher arrested on child abuse charges will be allowed to retire. The Jefferson County School Board ... --- WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com --- November 3, 2015  (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/8s8dgS

 

2.   “AZ Mother and Special Needs Son Dead in Possible Murder-Suicide” --- Police in Arizona are investigating the deaths of a mother and her special needs child in a possible murder-suicide. Early Saturday ... --- WWGP 1050 AM --- November 8, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/NITTiU

 

3.   “Warrant Out for Former Phoenix Caregiver After Allegedly Abusing Disabled Resident” --- Police are searching for a former caregiver accused of beating a disabled resident at a Phoenix treatment facility. According to court ... --- ABC15 Arizona --- November 6, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/ky6504

 

4.   “AG: Illegal Telemarketing Company Targeted Seniors, Disabled” --- The complaint says telemarketers lead customers to believe that "they were Veterans of the U.S Armed Services, handicapped or disabled, and/or ... --- ABC15 Arizona --- November 3, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/y7MNZG

 

5.   “Video of School Bus Driver Bullying Disabled Student in San Jose Prompts I-Team Investigation” --- An angry confrontation on a school van is exposing a serious lack of training for drivers responsible for children with disabilities in the … --- abc7news.com --- November 6, 2015   (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/1WHACA

 

6.   “3 Wheelchairs Stolen from Disabled Santee Man's Home” --- "I wish they would tell me the reason why they took the wheelchair," said Bob Campbell, whose arthritis is so bad he needs double hip replacement surgery.--- 10News --- November 6, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/sRmM5R

 

7.   “Father of Son with Autism Forced Out of Neighborhood Speaks” --- The father of a son who has autism told KRON Friday his family felt forced out of their South Bay home after neighbors served ... --- KRON4.com --- November 6, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/0cRKG4

 

8.   “Man in Wheelchair Hit by Pickup, Badly Injured” --- A 62-year-old man in a wheelchair suffered major injuries when he was struck by a car while crossing the street at an East County ... --- The San Diego Union-Tribune --- November 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/96oAdt

 

9.   “Former Oakland High Guard Gets Felony Probation for Beating up Disabled Student” --- The video showed Mitchell punching Martinez while the teen was handcuffed and kicking him and throwing his wheelchair on top of ... --- Contra Costa Times --- November 2, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/EN2XfG

 

10.   “Lawsuit Says East Hartford School Staff Broke Disabled Child's Leg” --- The mother of a child with cerebral palsy has filed a lawsuit claiming that staff at Langford Elementary School broke the girl's leg ... --- Hartford Courant --- November 4, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/dcPEQD

 

11.   “Father Testifies of Timothy Granata's Mental Illness, Refusal of Medication” --- Dr. Attilio V. Granata said after the February 2014 hospitalization at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, there were signs that his son needed to ... --- Hartford Courant --- November 3, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/AfXXRW

 

12.   “Delaware Seeks Dismissal of Suit over Mentally Ill Inmates” --- Delaware prison officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that they are unconstitutionally subjecting mentally ill prisoners ... ---- Washington Times --- November 3, 2015  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/DwTbhz

 

13.   “State: Troopers Did Not Mistreat Disabled Woman” --- According to the suit, Ruther Hayes, a disabled veteran, was giving a sponge bath to his wife, who cannot walk or stand, in a bedroom of a relative's ... --- The News Journal --- November 2, 2015  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/gJ4HeY

 

14.   “Kissimmee Police Search for Missing Man with Autism” --- Kissimmee police say they are searching on Thursday for a missing 23-year-old man diagnosed with autism. Aaron Ruiz has not been seen since ... --- WKMG Orlando --- November 5, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/xkWIfi

 

15.   “Mental Health Worker Gave Patient Ecstasy in Exchange for Sex, Police Say” --- Mental health worker gave patient Ecstasy in exchange for sex, police say ... She said he told her he wasn't really mentally ill, but that he was just ... --- Sun Sentinel --- November 2, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/MtF2GY

 

16.   “North Georgia Woman Shoots Special Needs Son, Then Herself” --- Authorities in north Georgia are investigating the deaths of a woman and a teenage boy found inside a Dawsonville home Thursday. --- CBS46 News Atlanta --- November 6, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/cwBFMM

 

17.   “11-Year-old with Autism Found After Being Reported Missing in Oswego” --- An 11-year-old boy with Autism who had been reported missing Tuesday evening in suburban Oswego was found after a few hours, police said. --- WLS-TV --- November 3, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/asAlLq

 

18.   “Mentally Handicapped Man Missing from NW Indiana” --- The Porter County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a 52-year-old mentally handicapped man who went missing Friday afternoon ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- November 7, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/HFW0l2

 

19.   “Former Wayne Special Ed Staffer Admits to Sex with Student” --- A former Wayne High School special education classroom assistant has admitted to having sex with a student. --- WANE --- November 5, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/ffru7T

 

20.   “Suspect in FWCS Theft Sued by State” --- According to court documents, Coffelt made 11 purchases totaling $9,335 that were charged to special education funds. The schools for which the ... --- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette --- November 5, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/i2Fyno

 

21.   “School Districts Installs Cameras on Buses After Assault” --- The Johnston Community School District is installing more cameras on its buses after a bus driver assaulted a special needs ... --- KCCI Des Moines --- November 6, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/T1VeMN

 

22.   “La. Police Arrest 2 Officers in Autistic Boy's Death” --- Two Louisiana law enforcement officers remained jailed Saturday while their colleagues tried to sort out the details that led to the ... --- The Herald-News --- November 7, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/ti6Rxm

 

23.   “Washington Parish Man Arrested in Aggravated Rape of Developmentally Disabled Person” --- A man in Washington Parish was arrested Thursday in the aggravated rape of a developmentally disabled person, ... --- WDSU New Orleans --- November 6, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/We56cy

 

24.   “Louisiana State Police Investigate Fatal Shooting of 6-Year-Old by City Marshals” --- The fatal shooting of a 6-year-old autistic boy in Louisiana by city marshals was under state police investigation Thursday, as questions swirled about ... --- NBCNews.com --- November 5, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/s5CBV3

 

25.   “Report: Staffing Concerns Still Remain at Riverview” --- The fact that they haven't been resolved, says Kevin Voyvodich, an attorney for Disability Rights Maine, is troubling. "The things that are pointed out ... --- Maine Public Broadcasting --- November 4, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/kVP1Bs

 

26.   “Judge to Decide Whether to Forcibly Medicate Gardiner Man Accused of Killing Father” --- Leroy Smith III has been held at Riverview Psychiatric Center and has been found incompetent to be tried in connection with his father's killing. --- Press Herald --- November 2, 2015  (MAINE) http://is.gd/kDiIZ5

 

27.   “Legally Blind Barber Awarded $100k for Wrongful Termination” --- A legally blind barber has been awarded $100,000 by a Massachusetts commission against discrimination after it says he was ... --- NewsChannel5.com --- November 7, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/5VFyuU

 

28.   “Northampton Woman Apologizes for Online Video Featuring Developmentally Delayed Easthampton Man” --- After facing intense backlash on social media, a Northampton woman has apologized for posting a video to Facebook ... --- MassLive.com --- November 2, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/6pENPF

 

29.   “MIOSHA Report: Psychiatric Hospital Employees Faced 'Workplace Violence' ” --- Employees at the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital were exposed to "workplace violence in the form of bites, fractured bones, ... --- MLive.com --- November 6, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/Tq63oL

 

30.   “Mom Sues Lansing Schools, Says Autistic Son Abused” --- A Lansing woman filed a federal civil lawsuit today against the Lansing School District, its superintendent and a former special education ... --- Detroit Free Press --- November 2, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/dqdA8m

 

31.   “Mentally Handicapped Man Found Safe in Joplin” --- A mentally handicapped man is found today. 19 year old Thomas "Sam" Riekenberg ran from direct care staff yesterday evening into a nearby wooded ... --- KOAM-TV --- November 6, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/7TNHso

 

32.   “Police Looking for Man Who Disappeared During Royals Rally” --- Police say a man with Asperger's disappeared during Tuesday's downtown parade and rally for the Kansas City Royals. Michael “Dre” Luke, 22, was ... --- KSHB --- November 3, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/QN6yua

 

33.   “No Charges Will Be Filed in Police Shooting of Mentally Ill Man” --- The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office concluded the officers had a “strong self defense claim” in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Kajieme Powell on August 19th, 2014 in no … --- KTRS --- November 4, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/tblRv8

 

34.   “Man Accused of Raping Autistic Woman Inside Portable Toilet” --- A 29-year-old man has been charged with taking an acquaintance's autistic girlfriend to a construction site portable toilet and raping her. Joseph ... --- Billings Gazette --- November 3, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/NkYfS8

 

35.   “Family Demanding Change After Disabled Man Misdiagnosed Twice” --- Medical records show a second round of x-rays was performed on Dougie's shoulder and chest, and for a second time, staff found no evidence of fractures. --- My Fox Boston --- November 5, 2015  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/zzIVae

 

36.   “Professor Looks to Overturn Conviction for Sex Assault of Disabled Man” --- Rutgers-Newark professor Anna Stubblefield is asking a Superior Court judge to throw out her conviction last month on charges of ... --- NJ.com --- November 8, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/GEVwHH

 

37.   “Arrests After Autistic NJ Child Left on School Bus” --- A New Jersey bus driver and bus aide were arrested after authorities said they left an autistic child alone on their bus for hours, reports ... --- CBS News --- November 2, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/XBrVPg

 

38.   “Man Charged with Molesting Disabled Relative” --- A 44-year-old Albuquerque man was accused last week of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled relative at a Farmington motel. --- Farmington Daily Times --- November 4, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/RcndVD

 

39.   “More Lawsuits for Brooklyn Charter Accused of Mistreating Disabled Students?” --- The parents say that Achievement First Crown Heights denied the five children -- all of whom have learning disabilities and other conditions -- the ... --- Brooklyn Daily Eagle --- November 6, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/f4rOe3

 

40.   “I-Team: State Finds Jail Health Provider Negligent Again in Another Inmate's Death” --- In the most recent report, state regulators found Armor could have prevented the death of Kevin Brown, 47, a mentally ill patient who was jailed for petit ... --- NBC New York --- November 5, 2015 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/B2bqtu

 

41.   “Utica Man Accused of Making Sexual Gestures to Disabled Person” --- A Utica man is facing charges for allegedly making sexual gestures to a disabled person who lives in an ARC home where he works. The Oneida ... --- WIBX AM 950 --- November 5, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Jeny0p

 

42.   “NYPD: Suspect Attacks, Robs Man in Wheelchair in the Bronx” --- Jose Aguilar is wanted for allegedly robbing a man in a wheelchair in the Bronx ... The suspect then allegedly knocked the victim out of his wheelchair. --- CBS Local --- November 4, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/L2SC7d

 

43.   “Mentally Disabled Man Missing Since NYC Marathon is Found” --- Police say a mentally disabled Italian man who had been missing since finishing Sunday's New York City Marathon has been found. --- CBS News --- November 3, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/jrCuZS

 

44.   “Former South Iredell High Special Education Teacher Faces Sex Assault Charge” --- A former special education teacher in Iredell County is out of jail after being accused of sexual assault. Allen Sloop Lowrance, 65, has been ... --- Charlotte Observer --- November 3, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/xZlawr

 

45.   “CLE Bus Driver Accused of Assaulting 8-Year-Old Boy with Special Needs” --- A bus driver for Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is accused of assaulting a little 8-year-old boy with special needs. Donella ... --- fox8.com --- November 5, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/Zyz5cH

 

46.   “Alcoholic Businessman Embezzled Social Security Benefits from Disabled, Homeless, Elderly Clients” --- ... to Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones how worthless he often felt because of the dark place his alcoholism had left him over ... --- OregonLive.com --- November 5, 2015  (OREGON) http://is.gd/JDOYem

 

47.   “Mother Ordered Not to Say or Imply that Child Has 'Autism or Developmental Delays or Other ... Father alleged that Mother exhibited “bizarre” behavior at Child’s preschool and at Child’s medical examinations. Father requested that the trial court ... --- Washington Post --- November 6, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/vDqNBk

 

48.   “Sentencing Set for Woman Who Held Disabled People Captive” --- A woman who admitted she kept mentally disabled adults captive in the basement of a home in Philadelphia and in other states for their disability ... --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- November 5, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/MOjjaI

 

49.   “Police Seek Help Finding Two Missing Juveniles with Disabilities” --- The Philadelphia Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating two separate missing juveniles with disabilities. --- PhillyVoice.com --- November 4, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/P1jzW0

 

50.   “Special Education Bus Monitor Charged” --- A former special education bus monitor is free on bond after being charged with assaulting a 6-year-old student in Orangeburg ... --- Sumter Item --- November 1, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/YaizxC

 

51.   “10-Year-Old with Special Needs Handcuffed at Madison Elementary” --- The parents of a Madison girl want answers after law enforcement and school leaders used what they believe was excessive force on their 10-year-old ... --- KSFY --- November 6, 2015  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/SlrymN

 

52.   “Nashville Jury Awards Man in Altered Pics $150K” --- A Nashville man with Down syndrome, whose photograph was posted online and years later surfaced with altered text and phrases such as "Sick ... --- The Tennessean --- November 5, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/sudXht

 

53.   “Knox Schools Facing Lawsuit for Exclusion of Special Needs Students” --- The suit claims that the Knox County School system is knowingly keeping special needs students excluded from being a part of general education ... --- Local 8 Now --- November 4, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/3IJgP2

 

54.   “Suspects Arrested in Beating of Blind Man” --- Cortes is almost completely blind and he says since the incident, his sight is even worse. "Now I can only see to where you are and that is with glasses ... --- FOX 29 --- November 7, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/v3EeO9

 

55.   “Texas Agency: 4 Districts Violated Law on Disabled Students” --- Four Texas school districts violated federal law by not properly evaluating students with disabilities before sending them to court for missing school, a state agency’s investigation … --- CBS Local --- November 6, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ZTk4fD

 

56.   “School District Apologizes After Teen with Autism Left at Wal-Mart During Field Trip” --- Nathan was on a field trip with his Special Education classmates from Davis High School. He was in a group of 15 and somehow got left behind. --- fox13now.com --- November 5, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/rl2wQA

 

57.   “Two Polling Spots Do Not Meet ADA Requirements” --- "The department finds that the county is in violation of Title II by denying voters with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the County's ... --- Staunton News Leader --- November 3, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/k2wqFX

 

58.   “Tukwila Police Find Missing Man” --- Tukwila Police have found the missing 20-year old autistic man who went missing this afternoon. A patrol unit found the man just before 11pm in ... --- KIRO Seattle --- November 7, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/qSNh42

 

59.   “Mom Angry Her 5-Year-Old Ran Away From School” --- Amy Mount says her son Jonas is autistic, though he is not in any special education classes. Jonas was in timeout Tuesday when he decided to make ... --- KHQ Right Now --- November 6, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/Ll06JJ

 

60.   “Tacoma Police Search for Killer of Disabled Man” --- The victim, Steven Speakman, was 26-years-old, intellectually disabled—and functioned at the level of a 10-year-old boy. Police say he was well ... --- KIRO Seattle --- November 5, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/H4uzBy

 

61.   “Western State Hospital in 'Jeopardy' ” --- An inspection of Western State Hospital that wrapped up Thursday found the psychiatric hospital is in “immediate jeopardy” because of a ... --- The Columbian --- November 5, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/duCMWg

 

62.   “3 Roommates Sentenced to Prison for Abusing Disabled Woman” --- Three Rochester residents have been sentenced to prison for allegedly beating and starving their 58-year-old roommate, who ... --- KHQ Right Now --- November 3, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/FnVhMs

 

63.   “' Just a Friendly Kid': Tacoma Mom Makes Tearful Plea After Disabled Son is Killed” --- A mother is heartbroken and left with many questions after her mentally disabled son was shot and killed in Tacoma's Hilltop ... --- Q13 FOX --- November 3, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/iY3wCv

 

64.   “Charge: Independence Man Hurt Disabled Woman” --- An Independence man who reportedly injured a woman missing one arm has been charged in Trempealeau County Court with a ... --- Leader-Telegram --- November 6, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/DNfveH

 

65.   “Fake Cover Letters Expose Discrimination Against Disabled” --- Employers appear to discriminate against well-qualified job candidates who have a disability, researchers at Rutgers and Syracuse universities have ... --- New York Times --- November 2, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/sNHtMr

 

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66.   “Mom Battles School over How Terminally Ill Son Might Die” --- ... school administration has decided to follow standard medical procedure, Tara Bachus, director of special education for Limestone County Schools, ... --- USA TODAY --- November 4, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/NX1OPR

 

67.   “Maricopa County Mental Health Crisis Care Services Grow” --- Maricopa County's psychiatric crisis facilities have more than doubled in the past year as care providers hope to take pressure off of emergency rooms ... --- Cronkite News --- November 3, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/35uT08

 

68.   “County Copes with Severe Shortage of Psychiatric Beds” --- Napa County suffers from a lack of beds for people in psychiatric crisis, leading some of its most vulnerable citizens with long waits and fewer mental ... --- Napa Valley Register --- November 7, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/zt26sW

 

69.   “Sheriff's Office Revises Crisis Intervention, Anti-Bias Training” --- Sheriff Laurie Smith, far left, has proposed a change to training requirements following the death of a mentally ill inmate. (File photo courtesy of ... --- San Jose Inside --- November 2, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/UlqKDr

 

70.   “Mentally Ill Struggle in Jail System” --- He blames the problem on a bi-partisan decision in the 1960s to close state hospitals, which he said shifted the care of mentally ill people to the ... --- Appeal-Democrat --- October 31, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/MUw00F

 

71.   “Wendy Bradshaw, Florida Teacher, Resigns, Says Education System Fills Her with 'Dread' ” --- Wendy Bradshaw, who taught special education in the Polk County school district, resigned on Oct. 23 and posted her resignation letter on her ... --- Newsday --- November 6, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/EgOPH0

 

72.   “Squeezed by State, Frail Adults Fight for In-home Care” --- ... care for thousands of frail elders and adults with serious disabilities. ... said the suit, filed by Disability Rights Florida, a federally funded watchdog ... --- Miami Herald --- November 5, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/YRQWjQ

 

73.   “Lawmakers Say Fixing Abuse, Violence in Florida Mental Hospitals Will Take Time, Money” --- … shows how violence plagues the state mental hospitals, where $100 million in ... Training local law enforcement to recognize the mentally ill and send ... --- Miami Herald --- November 3, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/CfMFsV 

 

74.   “Years of Neglect, $100 Million in Cuts Created Chaos in Florida's Mental Hospitals” --- She walked the halls of one of Florida's most-dangerous mental hospitals .... Employees are left alone to oversee 15 or more mentally ill men. --- Miami Herald --- November 1, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/LhVicA

 

75.   “Center for People with Disabilities in Danger of Closing over Clerical Error” --- The leader of a Spalding County center for people with disabilities says a nearly $500,000 government penalty could force the facility to close. --- WSB Atlanta --- November 5, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/Agw9V4

 

76.   “County Seeks Alternatives to Jailing Mentally Ill” --- That's the new reality, corrections workers say, at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, which is bursting at the seams with mentally ill inmates. --- Hawaii Tribune-Herald --- November 5, 2015  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/ApxpYU

 

77.   “Budget Impasse Gutting Services at Suburban Health Clinic” --- “A large part of our population that we serve are chronically mentally ill who really require the medication services. And so it really pained me to see ... --- Fox 32 Chicago --- November 3, 3015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/TmQf0N

 

78.   “Lake County Program Would Aim to Keep Mentally Ill Out of Jail” --- "The reality is that the largest receptacle for people with mental illness is in the jail or in prisons," said Lake County Judge Christopher Stride, who ... --- Chicago Daily Herald --- November 2, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/7ReNHw

 

79.   “State Agency Forgoes $15M for Kan. Disabled Employment Program” --- A state agency charged with helping people with disabilities find and maintain employment has returned $15 million to the federal government. --- hays Post --- November 6, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/PqWL8C

 

80.   “Sedgwick County Inmates Get Checked Less amid Low Staffing” --- Kerle says that the frequency of inmate checks is important for mentally ill inmates and because it could help prevent a suicide. However, there is no ... --- Washington Times --- November 2, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/tjlcmj

 

81.   “Report: Massachusetts Underfunds Special Education, School Health Insurance Costs” --- In 2013, actual districts costs for special education were 59 percent higher ... the formula underestimated the number of students with special needs. --- MassLive.com --- November 2, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/Ssbjrx

 

82.   “Shortage of State Psychiatric Beds Jams Twin Cities Hospitals” --- At Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, psychiatric units are full so often that delusional and unstable patients are restrained in an ER ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 2, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/U6BeJ2

 

83.   “1,400 on Waiting List for Nevada's Independent Living Program” --- … 30 was serving 1,836, with an annual cost of about $27.3 million; one for people with physical disabilities, which as of Sept. 30 was serving 743, with ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- November 8, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/QEwFXa

 

84.   “Rutgers Announces Initiative to Launch Center to Support Adults with Autism” --- An estimated one in 68 children nationally – and one in 45 in New Jersey – are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a developmental ... --- News from Rutgers --- November 4, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/Q5sAkF

 

85.   “Long Island Family Uses GPS for Autistic Sons During School” --- The Long Island parents of two autistic boys have outfitted their sons with GPS tracking devices to wear at school in case they run away. Brian and ... --- Miami Herald --- November 5, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/aVBXwa  

 

86.   “Parents Win Fight Over Autistic Kids' Right to Wear GPS Trackers to School” --- … McDonough of North Merrick turned to the GPS devices after their sons, Douglass, 10, and Donovan, 8 wandered from home or school 14 times... --- nbcnewyork.com --- November 3, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/5RfYkN

 

87.   “Locked Out: Jails and Prisons Struggle to Diagnose, Treat Mental Illness” --- With about one sixth of people in jails and prisons having a severe mental illness, by some estimates, and with correctional facilities ill-equipped to ... --- Grand Forks Herald --- November 1, 2015  (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/mrMBoG

 

88.   “Wait List Reaches All-Time High for Developmental Disabilities Services” --- Home health nurse Rita Nuss reads a book to 9-year-old Josiah Melton, who has chromosomal disorders and is on the developmental disabilities ... --- Enid News & Eagle --- November 6, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/s5pOSF

 

89.   “Family Pursues Legal Action over Suicide” --- Carrie Barnhart, a 54-year-old mother of six, had chronic mental illness and committed suicide a week after Astoria Police pulled her from the bridge ... --- Daily Astorian --- November 4, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/6KuwRQ

 

90.   “Pa. State Prisons Transform Mental Health Care, But Is it Working?” --- It was stories of punitive isolation against seriously mentally ill and intellectually disabled inmates that spurred the U.S. Department of Justice to ... --- PennLive.com --- November 6, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/UT0gyg

 

91.   “Police Seek Help Finding Two Missing Juveniles with Disabilities” --- The first is an 11-year-old Mayfair boy with a mild cognitive disability who was reported missing late Tuesday afternoon, police said. The boy has been ... --- PhillyVoice.com --- November 4, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/P1jzW0

 

92.   “State Says it Had Taken Preemptive Steps to Improve Care for Mentally Ill Offenders” --- Mental health services will be provided on the premises, and officials will work with the occupants to find permanent housing and ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- November 2, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/yYNBbu

 

93.   “How Memphis Has Changed the Way Police Respond to Mental Health Crises” --- At the time, university of Memphis psychiatry professor randy dupont was directing the City's main psychiatric emergency service. He helped develop ... --- PBS NewsHour --- November 7, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/24huY2

 

94.   “Houston, Other School Districts Cited for Pushing out Special-Needs Students” --- Four Houston-area school districts failed to meet federal requirements in their handling of truancy cases for students with special needs, according to ... --- Houston Chronicle --- November 5, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/0EtYyk

 

95.   “Wash. Decades Behind in Serving Developmentally Disabled” --- That bucks a decades-long trend to stop the segregation of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. KING 5 is not reporting on ... --- KREM.com --- November 3, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/09Boxm

 

96.   “Study Highlights Why Disabled Can't Find Work” --- The researchers found that employers were about one third less likely to show interest in an experienced disabled candidate but just 15 percent less ... --- Washington Examiner --- November 4, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/0P6loc

 

97.   “Is a 'Spectrum' the Best Way to Talk About Autism?” --- Autism was not always considered a spectral phenomena. In 1938, the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger gave a speech before an group of Nazis. --- The Atlantic --- November 4, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Em55g1

 

98.   “More White People Die From Suicide and Substance Abuse: Why?” --- The major causes of the excess deaths are suicides, drug abuse and alcoholism. (For once, obesity is not on the list as a major player.) But while ... --- New York Times --- November 3, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/mSB0DD

 

99.   “This Disease Makes People Think They're Dead” --- Delusions are seen in association with a wide range of neuropsychological conditions including dementia, schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and ... --- Washington Post --- November 2, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/xphGfZ 

 

100.   “Watchdog: Cash Benefit Program Overpaid Disabled Workers by $11 Billion over Nine Years” --- The Social Security Administration, which runs the Disability Insurance program, gave up on recovering $1.4 billion of the excess ... --- Washington Post --- November 2, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/T0t3E5

 

101.   “Divorce Risk Not Higher in Couples with Disabled Kids” --- Couples raising a child with developmental disabilities do not face a higher risk of divorce if they have more number of children, a new study has found ...  --- Business Standard --- November 1, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/eINQSn

 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

 

102.   “Rep. Tim Murphy's Mental Health Overhaul Bill Clears Subcommittee” --- He said his bill will save lives being lost to suicide and homicide at the hands of mentally ill people. Democrats on the subcommittee say they aren't so ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- November 8, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/dyjDzl

 

International Articles

 

103.   “Startling Images of Abuse Inside Africa's 'Psychiatric Prisons': Mentally Ill Patients Chained up by ...” --- Abdi, 35, was one of thousands of patients forced into the country's cruel psychiatric institutes where they endure torture, starvation and mind ... --- Daily Mail --- November 4, 2015  (AFRICA) http://is.gd/vaDmdI

 

104.   “School Bus Driver 'Asked Special Needs Child to Put a Pillowcase Over His Head' ” --- A Canberra mother has alleged her son with special needs was asked by his school bus driver to put a pillowcase over his head and go to sleep. --- The Canberra Times --- November 8, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/1LInKX

 

105.   “Sex, Down Syndrome Tests Popular” --- A growing number of pregnant women in WA are having a simple blood test that can pick up signs of Down syndrome and the baby's sex as early as ... --- The West Australian --- November 7, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/Imu9pv

 

106.   “Disability Sector Workers Walk Off the Job to Protest Against Privatisation” --- Hundreds of workers will walk of the job today in protest against the state government's plans to privatise disability services. Last month, the ... --- ABC Online --- November 4, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/z92Oop

 

107.   “Bulgaria President: People with Disabilities Faced with Public Prejudice, Environment Hard to Adapt To” --- The people with disabilities are faced with public prejudice and an environment they find it hard to adapt to. All these preconditions ... --- Focus News --- November 2, 2015  (BULGARIA) http://is.gd/c7Wsot

 

108.   “ 'Tsunami of Teens with Autism' Expected in Coming Years” --- The question of who will eventually care for their autistic son, Adam, ... will ask to see a patient and only realize an adult child is receiving care at home ... --- CBC.ca --- November 8, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/XOxE6G

 

109.   “Few Housing Options Available for Adults with Autism, Say Family and Experts” --- The group's director of adult services Dave Kearon said the contest ... and only realize an adult child is receiving care at home without government ... --- Prince George Citizen --- November 8, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/2ilBOm

 

110.   “Disabled Boy Suffers 2nd-Degree Burns After Coffee Spill at St-Jérôme School” --- A family wants more answers from school authorities after their 10-year-old son – who uses a wheelchair and has serious developmental delays – was ... --- CBC.ca --- November 6, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/ZifrrM

 

111.   “BC Increases Allowable Assets for People with Disabilities” --- Families of disabled people broke down in tears after the British Columbia government announced their loved ones won't lose monthly assistance ... --- CBC.ca --- November 5, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/UoKS86

 

112.   “Hamilton Family Spends $60,000 to Treat Autistic Son” --- We're getting a clearer picture of the hardships placed on families with children who suffer from autism. One Hamilton family says it has spent 60 ... --- AM900 CHML --- November 4, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/Euif5n

 

113.   “Sheltered Workshops a Blessing for Developmentally Challenged or Slave Labour?” --- Kelly Taylor, 42, has Down syndrome and recently retired after 20 years with London Ontario law firm Cohen Highley. It was Taylor's job to keep the ... --- Toronto Star --- November 2, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/1i2v1n

 

114.   “ČR Has First Five Sexual Assistants for Disabled People” --- The first five female sexual assistants, specially trained to provide paid services to disabled people, have started to work in the ... --- Prague Post --- November 3, 2015  (CZECH REPUBLIC)  http://is.gd/O3z68s

 

115.   “Abuse of Vulnerable Adults Reaches Acute Levels in East End” --- The risk of abuse and neglect facing vulnerable and marginalised adults has reached acute levels in London's deprived East End, a local councillor ... --- East London Advertiser --- November 4, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/t2vKHn

 

116.   “Devastating Sexual Abuse of Deaf Children at Special School Exposed” --- Deaf children who suffered sexual abuse at a school in Woodford have spoken out about their ordeal at the hands of a man who targeted vulnerable ... --- guardianseries.co.uk --- November 5, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/YqqdaB

 

117.   “Agency Nurse Guilty of Causing Death of Six-Year-old Down's Syndrome Boy through Negligence” ---  An agency nurse has been found guilty of causing the death of a six-year-old boy by gross negligence. Jack Adcock, who had Down's ... --- Mirror.co.uk --- November 3, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/pX54kO

 

118.   “Woman Stole from People with Disabilities in Her Care” --- A woman from Swindon has admitted stealing from seven people with learning disabilities that were in her care. Katy Gilbert, 26, was sentenced at ... --- Swindon Advertiser --- November 2, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/3bVDtk

 

119.   “Teacher 'Sprayed Alcohol in the Faces' of Crying Special Needs Kids at Hong Kong School” --- A special needs teacher has denied spraying mentally disabled children in the face with alcohol, despite the existence of a video seeming ... --- Coconuts Hong Kong --- November 6, 2015  (HONG KONG) http://is.gd/yHIiEN 

 

120.   “Hungarian Psychiatric Society Calls for Immediate Inquiry Following Tragedies at Disastrously Run-down Hospital” --- A Budapest psychiatric unit that has been at the centre of public attention for a string of tragic events in recent days ... --- Hungary Today --- November 3, 2015  (HUNGARY)  http://is.gd/EHumvP

 

121.   “Iran: Giving Disabled People a Chance to Lead a Normal Life” --- This three-day meeting aims to develop the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's recommendations to help disabled people and to ... --- ICRC (press release) --- November 2, 2015  (IRAN)  http://is.gd/mUSuNv

 

122.   “Appoint Court Officers with Sign Language Expertise — Senator Morris” --- He stated that according to figures from the United Nation, Jamaica's population of persons with disabilities stood at 15 per cent of the general ... --- Jamaica Observer --- November 8, 2015  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/PBWgby

 

123.   “Disabled Community in Myanmar Still Fighting for Acceptance” --- In 2014, there were approximately 2.3 million people in Myanmar living with disabilities, according to the National Census Data. That is 4.6 per cent of ... --- Channel News Asia --- November 7, 2015  (MYANMAR)  http://is.gd/N3GPDr

 

124.   “Two Disabled Hamilton Women Accosted in Their Home” --- An investigation is underway into an incident of a sexual nature against two disabled women in their own home. Police have cordoned off the Hamilton ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- November 6, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/uA7UMd

 

125.   “Parents Tell of Failure in Special Needs System” --- There have been repeated incidents of severe shortcomings in the help for children with special needs such as autism, a parliamentary inquiry has ... --- Radio New Zealand --- November 4, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/6wF5Rg

 

126.   “100 Mental Health Calls a Day to Police” --- Police officers are dealing with more than 100 mentally ill people every day, with callouts taking longer to resolve. The latest police annual report ... --- Radio New Zealand --- November 2, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/e1ajRO

 

127.   “Medication of Special Needs Pupils ‘Damaging’ Their Education” --- The routine use of drugs such as Ritalin and anti-depressants to treat pupils with behavioural difficulties or autism is damaging their education, ... --- Herald Scotland --- November 6, 2015  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/SZnF6B

 

128.   “SA's Failure to Employ Disabled Costing the Economy” --- South Africa is failing to employ enough disabled people. ... government is calling for action, with November marking Disability Rights ... --- eNCA --- November 4, 2015  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/6IzgQG

 

129.   “Poor Medical Facilities Behind High Death Rate of Disabled Children in South Korea” --- Physically disabled children aged 1-9 in Korea were 38 times more likely to die than their nondisabled peers in 2012, partly because of ... --- The Korea Herald --- November 5, 2015  (SOUTH KOREA) http://is.gd/qysLbu

 

130.   “Hate Crime Against Disabled People Rises 41 Per Cent in One Year” --- Stephen Brookes, who coordinates the Disability Hate Crime Network, said the figures uncovered by The Independent underestimated the true scale ... --- The Independent --- November 8, 2015  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/RweheJ

 

131.   “When Disabled People Took to the Streets to Change the Law” --- In the 1990s hundreds of disabled people took to the streets in protest at the injustice they felt. Their efforts helped to bring about the Disability ... --- BBC News --- November 7, 2015  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/gg1DoT
 

 

 


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