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News Summary for February 22, 2016
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 collection of articles follows a similar pattern to the recent collections, a majority of articles involve abuse of school children.

There are also a couple of articles of particular interest, including several on the impact of state budget cuts on housing and vocational services to people with disabilities.

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT/RAPE: 6, 35, 38, 40, 45, 47, 60, 80, 83

PHYSICAL ASSAULT: 3, 14, 16, 22, 23, 30/31, 32, 58, 63, 65, 66, 72, 85, 173

FINANCIAL ABUSE: 26, 68, 84

VERBAL/EMOTIONAL ABUSE: 19,

MISSING & FOUND: 43, 52

MISSING BY GENDER- MALES:  9, 21, 25, 49, 55  FEMALES: 33, 42, 50, 69, 81

MISSING AND FOUND DEAD: 8

MURDER: 1

NEGLECT: 78

NEGLECT THAT ENDED IN DEATH: 158

SCHOOL INVOLVED: 6, 14, 22, 30/31, 35, 40, 45, 60, 65, 66, 83

LAW ENFORCEMENT INVOLVED: 3, 16, 19, 58

OTHER: 29 (DC), 72/73/74 (DC), 112, 127, 143, 146, 149

SPECIAL ATTENTION:  85, 112

 

Abuse/Crime-related 

 

1.   “Mobile DA's Office Recommends Death Penalty in Case of Slain Mentally Challenged Man” --- The Mobile County District Attorney's office tweeted Wednesday afternoon that they've suggested the death penalty in the trial of Dennis Hicks. --- AL.com --- February 3, 2016  (ALABAMA)  https://is.gd/0JtjCz

 

2.   “Robertsdale Special Education Teacher Arrested on Drug Charges” --- A special education teacher in Baldwin County was convicted of stealing drugs from a pharmacy in Gulf Shores back in 2001, according to court ... --- FOX10 News --- February 3, 2016  (ALABAMA)  https://is.gd/jIPZyJ

 

3.   “Parents Sue over Kodiak Police Encounter with Autistic Son” --- The family of an autistic man restrained in an encounter with Kodiak police is suing the department, city and two law ... --- Washington Times --- February 14, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/QPAUjM

 

4.   “Repeat Sexual Offender Assaults Mentally Ill Man One Month After Release from Prison” --- Police also say this is not the first time Houston has targeted the mentally ill. He was arrested in 2012 for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy who ... --- ABC15 Arizona --- February 3, 2016  (ARIZONA) https://is.gd/0qQzzf

 

5.   “Autistic Woman Behind Viral Video Shot, Killed by Mesa Police” --- Mesa police said they plan to hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Friday to discuss "new, developing information" in the shooting and things the Mesa ... --- FOX19 --- February 4, 2016  (ARIZONA)   https://is.gd/Yinroc

 

6.   “Former Lincoln High Teacher Arrested on Charges of Lewd Conduct with Student” --- Special-education teacher Heidi Kaeslin was fired after she was found to be operating pornographic websites on a school computer with a Stockton ... --- Stockton Record --- February 12, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/CyqsF1

 

7.   “Retired LA Sheriff Lee Baca Admits He Lied to the FBI in the Jail Abuse Scandal” --- Ultimately agents uncovered evidence of assaults, including attacks on a mentally ill inmate and a man visiting an incarcerated relative. So far, more ... --- Los Angeles Times --- February 11, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/Z6MuWp

 

8.   “Missing Long Beach Man with Special Needs Found Dead in Orange County” --- A Long Beach man with special needs who was reported missing mid-December was positively identified by the Orange County Coroner on Monday ... --- Long Beach Post --- February 9, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/WBDLIY

 

9.   “Simi Valley Police Seeks Public's Help in Locating Two Missing Autistic Men” --- Both men voluntarily walked away from a group home in the 3300 block of Tapo Canyon. Both suffer from Autism and behavioral health issues. --- FOX 11 Los Angeles --- February 8, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/wPMHYk

 

10.   “Santa Clara County Jail Scandal: Two More Guards Suspected of Beating Inmate Put on Leave” --- ... chronic offender Ruben Garcia on July 23, more than a month before three other guards allegedly beat to death mentally ill inmate ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- February 5, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/gJCSPk

 

11.   “SF City Vehicle Hits Woman in Wheelchair on Market Street” --- A city vehicle crashed into a severely disabled woman operating a motorized wheelchair, knocking her to the ground Friday morning in San Francisco, ... --- SFGate --- February 5, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/cY2o1E

 

12.   “S.F. Police Killing of Mentally Ill Man Exposes Reform Challenges” --- But the challenge goes beyond police, and some mental health advocates caution there is only so much a city can ask of its officers. “The police are ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 1, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/hBUV3j

 

13.   “Mother Pushing for Answers in Disabled Son Zachary Briley's Disappearance” --- Zachary disappeared from the independent living center complex where he's resided since August 2015. The complex is run through the Harbor Regional Center's … --- NBCNews.com --- February 1, 2016 (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/7L3vb8

 

14.   “Teacher Charged with Assaulting Special Ed Student” --- The music teacher at Thomas Hooker Elementary School was arrested after police said she assaulted a special education student. --- CT Post --- February 10, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/Am66m4

 

15.   “Greyhound to Pay Over $300K to Customers with Disabilities” --- Greyhound Lines has agreed to pay at least $300,000 to passengers with disabilities to resolve allegations that it was violating the Americans with ... --- The News Journal --- February 9, 2016  (DELAWARE)  https://is.gd/FeDU9a

 

16.   “Family Outraged After Autistic Boy Handcuffed” --- A 7-year-old autistic boy in a special needs classes is handcuffed at his New Port Richey school, and now his mother is demanding changes from the ... --- WTSP 10 News --- February 12, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/RFDaPG

 

17.  “Man Arrested in Shooting of Deaf Man” --- According to police, James shot David Hayden, 25, who is deaf and cannot speak. Hayden was found lying next to his porch on Randall Street, ... --- WESH Orlando --- February 11, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/EdmY74

 

18.   “Officer Who Fatally Shot Mentally Ill Man Will Not Face Charges” --- A Miami Gardens police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill man in February 2015 will not face charges, Miami-Dade ... --- Local 10 --- February 4, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/oAjlhI

 

19.   “Sheriff's Office Settles for $450K in Shooting of Teen with Down Syndrome” --- The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is set to pay out $450,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2010 deputy shooting of a teen with Down ... --- Sun Sentinel --- February 3, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/5rI1zc

 

20.   “Broward Schools Violated Autistic Students' Rights to Education, Lawsuit Says” --- The Broward County School District is once again under attack for its handling of special needs students. Two families are in federal court this week, ... --- Sun Sentinel --- February 2, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/NPzh7C

 

21.   “Police Seek Help to Locate Mentally Disabled Man” --- Columbus police are looking for a mentally and physically disabled man who was last seen walking from Eagles Trace Apartment on Torch Hill Road. --- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer --- February 6, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/e3pRgt

 

22.   “Mother Sues DOE, Alleging School Tied Up Autistic Son” --- The mother of a former Koko Head Elementary School student has sued the Department of Education, alleging staffers improperly restrained her ... --- KSLA-TV --- February 4, 2016  (HAWAII)  https://is.gd/eSTgWh

 

23.   “Millstadt Man Who Beat Woman with Disability Gets Four Years in Prison” --- A Millstadt man has been sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated battery of a person with a disability. Antoine D. Killion, 36, was sentenced ... --- Belleville News-Democrat --- February 13, 2016  (ILLINOIS) https://is.gd/y8DTM9

 

24.   “Alleged 'Con Man' Posing as Psychologist Treated 44 Patients: Prosecutors” --- An "alleged con man" who pleaded guilty last year to posing as a psychologist in the south suburbs has continued seeing patients, including a 9-year ... --- Chicago Tribune --- February 12, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/1RdfjY

 

25.   “Wood River Police Looking for Missing Teen” --- Wood River police are looking for Samuel Hilterbrand, 17, pictured, who is autistic. He went missing Monday around 2:15 p.m. when he was last seen ... --- Alton Telegraph --- February 9, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/MhN3gQ

 

26.   “Former Attorney Sued After Stealing from Disabled Child” --- Former Valparaiso attorney Clark Holesinger told the court and theft victims today that his behavior was "disruptive" and "evil." --- nwitimes.com --- February 4, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/VsHohe

 

27.   “Carver High Broke Special-Education Law by Suspending Student for Nearly 5 Weeks” --- In that time, the school didn't let the student attend classes, and federal law limits students receiving special-education services to 10 days of ... --- The lens --- February 4, 2016  (LOUISIANA)  https://is.gd/S8HH3v

 

28.   “Riverview Recommendations Laid Out in Progress Report” --- The Riverview Psychiatric Center has failed to implement a number of changes it proposed to comply with a consent decree, so the court ... --- Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel --- February 8, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/YUiqcj

 

29.   “Riverview Court Master Finds State Hospital Has Failed to Make Proposed Reforms” --- The state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center has failed to implement changes it proposed to comply with a consent decree so the court ... --- Press Herald --- February 8, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/jqkE24

 

30.   “Eagleton School Fires 4 in Wake of Student Abuse Investigation, Hires Top Consultant to Assess Operations” --- The private residential school is for boys and young men with special needs, including autism and Asperger ... --- Berkshire Eagle --- February 11, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/foRSpB

 

31.   “Lawyer: Massachusetts Special Needs School Reported Abuse of Students” --- A criminal investigation resulting in the arrests of five employees of a Massachusetts private school came after school officials reported alleged ... --- CNN --- February 4, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/OHkHk9

 

32.   “Pittsfield Man Accused of Assaulting Intellectually Disabled Woman” --- A city man is facing charges for allegedly attacking and throttling an intellectually disabled woman on Saturday — and officials say ... --- Berkshire Eagle --- February 3, 2016   (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/YH6vUW

 

33.   “Family Searching for Missing Woman with Disability, in Need of Medication” --- Police and family are searching for a 26 year-old Inkster woman who has been missing since Monday. Her family says she has a ... --- CBS Local --- February 10, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/Lxis1R

 

34.   “Appeals Pending on 11 Psych Hospital Employees Fired for Abusing Patient” --- Their former union president has gotten his job back, with lost pay. Now other Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital employees fired last ... --- MLive.com --- February 9, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/7bfp3R

 

35.   “School Principal Accused of Sex Assaults on Staff Members” --- Hillside Learning and Behavioral Center is a program for special needs children, Dobias said. Garcia also had supervisory responsibilities for a young ... --- MLive.com --- February 3, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/ofT49S

 

36.   “Head of Twin Cities Mental Health Agency Ordered to Cease Serving Clients” --- Teri Dimond, the president of Complementary Support Services (CSS), has agreed to a cease-and-desist order from the Minnesota Board ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- February 11, 2016  (MINNESOTA) https://is.gd/rz7xBv

 

37.   “Princeton Man Accused of Finding Autistic Runaway Teen but Not Calling Police” --- According to the criminal complaint, a 14-year-old autistic girl ran away from home about 3 a.m. that day. She was running down the street when ... --- KSTP.com --- February 9, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/yBb8wY

 

38.  “Charge: Man Delivering Newspapers Sexually Assaults Autistic Teen in Rogers” --- A Star Tribune newspaper delivery man on his route stopped a 14-year-old autistic runaway out in the middle of the night in her Rogers ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- February 8, 2016  (MINNESOTA) https://is.gd/05zYhH

 

39.   “Driver Accused of Sexually Assaulting Special Needs Boy in His Care” --- A driver who transported special needs children is accused of sexually assaulting a young boy in his care. Eagan resident Charles E. Glover, 52, who ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- February 4, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/Ed5ja6

 

40.   “Oronoco Man Charged with Sexual Assault on Gustavus Campus” --- The third-degree criminal sex conduct charge alleges sexual intercourse with one individual who was “mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated, ... --- Southernminn.com --- February 2, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/DMpuyc

 

41.   “Biloxi Schools Get Results of State Investigation on Treatment of Disabled Students” --- The systemic administrative complaint filed by Disability Rights Mississippi was on behalf of a 9-year-old boy at Gorenflo Elementary and about a ... --- The Sun Herald --- February 5, 2016  (MISSISSIPPI)  https://is.gd/lf3bMi

 

42.   “Endangered Person Advisory: Handicapped Girl Missing” --- Erin has the mental capacity of a seven year old, is mentally handicapped and suffers from depression and Asperger's Syndrome. Anyone seeing the ... --- The Rolla Daily News --- February 11, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/BIoGPJ

 

43.   “Omaha Police: Missing Teen with Autism Found Safe” --- Omaha Police say a teen with Autism reported missing Monday has been found safe. Gabriel Washington was reported ... --- WOWT --- February 8, 2016  (NEBRASKA)  https://is.gd/i56vbk

 

44.   “Old Lincoln State Mental Facility Still Causes Grief” --- Old Lincoln state mental facility still causes  grief ... The State School eventually evolved into the Lincoln Developmental Center, which closed 14 years ... --- The State Journal-Register --- February 4, 2016  (NEBRASKA)  https://is.gd/FdWP6A

 

45.   “Family of Autistic Girl Testifies Against Former CCSD Bus Driver Accused of Sexual Assault” --- A former Clark County School District bus driver, accused of sexually assaulting a child now faces more charges. --- News3LV --- February 12, 2016  (NEVADA)  https://is.gd/b65KZe

 

46.   “What Anna Stubblefield Believed She Was Doing” --- “I am shocked that Anna and her handlers would spin this incident as a disabilities-rights case in a weak attempt to deflect Anna's willful participation ... --- New York Times --- February 3, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/xv5ZSh

 

47.   “Oswego County Man Charged with Sexually Abusing Mentally Challenged Man” --- State police said Boyer is accused of having sexual contact with a mentally challenged man at a home in Altmar. Troopers provided no time-frame. --- Syracuse.com --- February 10, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/3Vwtu6

 

48.   “Man Sentenced for Assaulting Sunmount Client” --- One of two Sunmount Developmental Center employees who harmed a client was sentenced in Franklin County Court to jail and ... --- Plattsburgh Press Republican --- February 9, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/cpA5xj

 

49.   “Autistic Teen Goes Missing in Brooklyn Neighborhood” --- Cops scoured a neighborhood in Brooklyn after a 17-year-old autistic teen went missing from his home Monday night. Police received a call that the ... --- New York Daily News --- February 9, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/OCeGY4

 

50.   “Police Searching for 15-Year-Old Last Seen at New Hartford Group Home” --- Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 15-year-old girl who may have ran away from a group home in New ... --- CNYcentral.com --- February 9, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/raCfzn

 

51.   “DA: Van Buren Woman's $93K Theft Victimized Mentally Ill, Addicts Getting Help” --- Tina Blanchard, 54, of Idlewood Boulevard, Van Buren, is accused of ripping off clients served by Central New York Services Inc., a  ... --- Syracuse.com --- February 4, 2016  (NEW YORK)   https://is.gd/F5HUR2

 

52.   “Updated: Elon Man with Special Needs Found Safe” --- An Elon man with special needs, reported missing by his family, was located and returned home safely Friday evening, Elon police say. Christian Ross ... --- Burlington Times News --- February 12, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/jymrEs

 

53.   “More Parents Allege Discrimination at Calvary Child Development Center” --- The new lawsuit has an application form from Calvary Child Development Center as an exhibit. Now, when a parent applies to the preschool, they ... --- WBTV --- February 10, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/yTT28Q

 

54.   “Judge Continues Trial Date for Officer Charged in 2014 Shooting Death of Mentally Ill Teen” --- A trial date set in the case of a Southport police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January 2014 fatal shooting of a ... --- Port City Daily --- February 10, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA) https://is.gd/WLLLFz

 

55.   “Alabama Man with Special Needs Reported Missing in Concord” --- Officials say he is considered to be special needs. Johnson is described as a black male, 6'2" tall, 210 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last ... --- WBTV --- February 10, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/yYKoQI

 

56.   “Euclid Man Arrested, Charged with Beating Woman in Wheelchair with Candlestick” --- Ronell E. Tucker, 47, of Euclid was arrested and faces charges of felonious assault. Police said he attacked a woman in a wheelchair with a glass ... --- cleveland.com --- February 10, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/fSqcWu

 

57.   “Employee of Sagamore Hills State-run Psychiatric Hospital Accused of Assaulting Patient” --- Both Edmondson and Brooks are therapeutic program workers at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare, one of six state-run psychiatric hospitals. --- cleveland.com --- February 8, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/dWYVVj

 

58.   “Cleveland Cop Who Slammed Teen with Down Syndrome into Car May Have Used Excessive Force ...” --- A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that two Cleveland police officers accused of slamming Juan Ortiz (pictured above) into a car may ... --- cleveland.com --- February 4, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/FV1suP

 

59.   “Judge OK Sought to Settle Blind Student Suit Against College” --- A judge is to hear final details of an agreement to settle a blind student's lawsuit accusing Miami University in Ohio of using ... --- Parkersburg News --- February 1, 2016   (OHIO)  https://is.gd/9EQD2q

 

60.   “Tulsa Police Make Arrest in Sexual Assault Reported at Hale High School” --- Police arrested 18-year-old Sean Adams on complaint of first-degree rape of a 17-year-old female classmate with special needs. Police said Thursday ... --- News On 6 --- February 4, 2016  (OKLAHOMA)  https://is.gd/ZeDMn2

 

61.   ‘Missing Teen with Disabilities May Have Changed Clothes: Police” --- Police outside Philadelphia released a new photo Friday as they and the FBI continued the search for a missing teenager with developmental ... ---  NBC 10 Philadelphia --- February 12, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA) https://is.gd/8oaWgk

 

62.   “Philadelphia Police Union Boycotts Dorney Park over Treatment of Special Needs Worker” --- ... refusing to hold its annual picnic at Dorney Parkr after learning how the amusement park treated a longtime seasonal ... --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- February 10, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/hhtxO8

 

63.   “Teen that Kicked Special Needs Student Facing Simple Assault Charge” --- A 17-year-old Penn Hills High School student is facing a simple assault charge after police said he kicked a special needs student on Friday. --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- February 9, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/WqIomZ

 

64.   “Pa. High School Student with Disabilities Beaten, Bullied by Peers” --- Cell phone video footage showing a Pittsburgh-area high school student with cerebral palsy being shoved to the ground Friday by his peers has been ... --- PhillyVoice.com --- February 8, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/fqHqJT

 

65.   “New Castle Mom Says Son, 8, with Special Needs Hospitalized After Bullies Attacked Him” --- A New Castle mother is demanding action after she says bullies attacked her 8-year-old son, who has special needs, putting him in the … --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- February 8, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA) https://is.gd/NHkK3H

 

66.   “Former Scranton School Teacher Accused of Abusing Students” --- Ms. McAndrew, 28, was hired as a special education teacher in 2011. She surrendered her teaching certificate in June based on allegations she ... --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- February 5, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/mX4cH7

 

67.   “Amusement Park Will Rehire Special Needs Worker After Outcry” --- A Pennsylvania amusement park has offered to rehire a special needs employee after his co-worker took to social media to ... --- WHP Harrisburg --- February 5, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/gVZ57b

 

68.   “Woman Accused of Stealing Identity of Daughter with Down Syndrome” --- Police said Burgan's 38-year-old daughter, referred to as the victim, has severe Down syndrome and the intellectual maturity of an 8-year-old. She has ... --- Ellwood City Ledger --- February 4, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA) https://is.gd/TuntYy

 

69.   “Philadelphia Police Search for Missing Autistic Teen” --- Leah Huebner, 18, was last seen on the residential block of 3400 Primrose Street in the city's Torresdale section. Police say she is allowed to walk the ... --- 6abc.com --- February 4, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/P9CWaf

 

70.   “Taser Limit Could Mean More Officer Take-Downs” --- The court's decision came last month in the death of a mentally ill North Carolina man who was shocked with a Taser as he clung to a road sign to ... --- Greenville News --- February 8, 2016  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/Ynq0Gb

 

71.   “Union to Meet with State Developmental Center Workers” --- A union representing government workers has scheduled meetings with employees at the South Dakota Developmental Center that is ... --- Sioux Falls Argus Leader --- February 4, 2016   (SOUTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/63tZ6i

 

72.   “State Releases Details of GVDC Abuse Cases” --- The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities confirmed that the incidents under investigation occurred in November and ... ---Greeneville Sun --- Greeneville Sun --- February 13, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/wwrVv7

 

73.   “Just Two Former GVDC Employees on Abuse Registry, Two Others Recommended for Placement” ---  Although 20 Greene Valley Developmental Center employees lost their jobs in the last six years due to substantiated … --- WJHL --- February 10, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/B4sK7l

 

74.   “State Lawmaker Alarmed by Number of Greene Valley Abuse, Neglect Cases” --- Of the 250 substantiated cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation at Greene Valley Developmental Center since 2002, Rep. David Hawk, (R) – District ... --- WJHL --- February 8, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/QZxsvC

 

75.   “Knox County Jailers in Beating Case Cry Foul over Video Release” --- Lawmen accused in the videotaped beating of a mentally ill inmate are demanding sanctions against the attorney who filed a $5 million civil-rights ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- February 1, 2016  (TENESSEE)  https://is.gd/J1L7O8

 

76.   “Deaf Man from Spartanburg Murdered by Caretaker Say Police” --- William Farr, of Spartanburg, was murdered in San Antonio, TX on Sunday, Feb. 7th, around 10 a.m, according to the San Antonio Police Depart… --- WSPA.com --- February 11, 2016  (TEXAS) https://is.gd/Mdmos6  

 

77.   “Police ID Man in Wheelchair Fatally Hit by a Car in North Austin” --- Austin police on Wednesday identified the man killed last month after he was hit by a car while in a motorized wheelchair in North Austin. Police said ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- February 10, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/L3mtL6

 

78.   “Police: Dad Abandons Autistic Toddler to Go to Strip Club” --- A 35-year-old Pflugerville father is accused of abandoning and endangering his three-year-old severely autistic ... --- NEWS10 ABC --- February 9, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/VkFtlX

 

79.   “Advocacy Group Says Bill Would Reduce Access to Mental Illness Medication” --- Health care providers, law enforcement officials and legislators debated a bill that would allow Medicaid to cover certain psychiatric drugs and not ... --- Deseret News --- February 8, 2016  (UTAH)  https://is.gd/ur7HTq

 

80.   “Utah Man Pleads No Contest to Raping Developmentally Disabled Woman” --- A 58-year-old Washington County man pleaded no contest Monday to attacking a developmentally disabled woman last year. Cherokee Miles ... --- Salt Lake Tribune --- February 1, 2016  (UTAH)  https://is.gd/DcTB0c

 

81.   “Petersburg Police Search for Woman Missing from Group Home” --- 26-year-old Danielle Green was last seen at the Phoenix and Peace Group Home, located at 1605 Adair Place, on Jan. 29. She has black hair and ... --- WWBT NBC12 News --- February 4, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/YHRsUl

 

82.   “Mentally Ill Woman's Case Raises Difficult Questions” --- The case highlights the complexities facing the courts when dealing with people living with mental illness, he said. Bowden sentenced the woman to ... --- HeraldNet --- February 13, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/aDs7aE

 

83.  “Sexual Misconduct Reported on Special Needs Bus in Kitsap County” --- A Poulsbo mom said a special needs student forced himself on several ... the district did not do enough to protect these special needs students. --- Q13 FOX --- February 11, 2016   (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/XdQGfc

 

84.   “Scammers Steal from Seattle Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center” --- It's a crime that will make you cringe: scammers, stealing from an organization that helps children who are deaf or hearing impaired. What's worse ... --- KING5.com --- February 9, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/DqKQgf

 

85.   “Lawsuit Seeks $27M for 'Horrific Abuse' of Disabled Woman” --- ... a nurse reported concerns of medical neglect to Adult Protective Services. ... in our communities: Children, people with disabilities and the elderly. --- KING5.com --- February 8, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/brIC4I

 

86.   “Education Department Investigating Spokane Schools” --- The U.S. Department of Education is investigating how Spokane Public Schools handles special education after the former director of that program ... --- Tri-City Herald --- February 4, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/MICX6l

 

87.   “Washington DC Council Accidentally Uploads Private Data on 12,000 Special Needs Schoolchildren” --- Private information relating to 12,000 special needs public school students in Washington DC has been accidentally leaked ... --- International Business Times UK --- February 12, 2016  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  https://is.gd/yqIikb

 

88.   “Christopher O'Kroley Charged with Murder for Metro Market Shooting” --- A former girlfriend told the Wisconsin State Journal that O'Kroley had tried to commit suicide in 2014, and that he has been seriously mentally ill for the ... --- Madison.com --- February 5, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/gXZzjr

 

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89.   “Prison is 'Bad Idea' for 80% of Inmates, Claims Birmingham Criminologist” --- Prison reforms announced by David Cameron will fail to stop offenders who are “mentally ill, poor, unemployed, poorly educated and lacking in ... --- Birmingham Post --- February 13, 2016  (ALABAMA) https://is.gd/7SHtUW

 

90.   “Doctor Says Mental Health Care is Struggling in Alabama” --- "Unfortunately a lot of patients with mental illness, not just in Alabama this is a nationwide tragedy, are getting their care in the criminal justice system ... --- Alabama's News Leader --- February 11, 2016  (ALABAMA)  https://is.gd/oifor4

 

91.   “State Says Mentally Ill Man Stuck in Jail Because of Lack of Room at Facilities” --- A man whom the state says is mentally ill has nowhere else to go but to jail. Just in the past year alone, Horaesheo Rice has been charged with 2nd ... --- WAAY --- February 6, 2016  (ALABAMA)  https://is.gd/S0JtCx

 

92.   “Mesa Police Create Crisis-Response Team After Police Shot Transgender Man” --- Mesa police are creating a crisis-response team to help with mental illness-related calls after police shot autistic transgender man Kayden Clarke. --- azcentral.com --- February 13, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/TJoccB

 

93.   “DHS Closing Arkansas Health Center Police Force” --- For decades, the Arkansas Health Center, formerly known as the Benton Service Center, has been a place where the mentally ill can get ... --- KATV --- February 4, 2016  (ARKANSAS)  https://is.gd/jPpiTj

 

94.   “San Francisco Police Trained to De-Escalate Violence in Encounters with Mentally-Ill Suspects” ---  More than a third of the 168 police shootings in California last year involved suspects that showed signs of mental illness, ... --- CBS Local --- February 12, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/Xmk0oW

 

95.   “LA County Sheriff's Deputies Get Specialized Training to Handle Mentally-ill Inmates” --- One of the most difficult situations for law enforcement officers is dealing with the mentally ill. There's a growing awareness to better train ... --- KABC-TV --- February 11, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/ccNciu

 

96.   “Supervisors Approve Plan to Help Severely Mentally Ill Homeless” --- “Project One For All's” aim is to create partnerships between providers of housing and mental health support. Supervisor Greg Cox said the county will ... --- Times of San Diego --- February 2, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/uqK3r2

 

97.   “The Psychology Behind Reporting on Suicides” --- Jordan Webber knows the inner workings of the mind more than most — he has a master's degree in psychology. Still, the 30-year-old Fort Collins ... --- The Coloradoan --- February 5, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/svSy2G

 

98.   “Disabled Woman in Aurora Becomes Prisoner in Own Home Because of Snow” --- An Aurora woman who is recently disabled becomes a prisoner in her own home anytime there's a big snowstorm. A pile of snow ... --- Channel 2 News --- February 3, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/SUn2Cv

 

99.   “Advocates Say Social Service, Mental Health Cuts Will Hurt” --- The 5.75 percent cuts included in the proposal amount to $34.5 million from the Department of Developmental Services, $3.8 million from the ... --- The CT Mirror --- February 3, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/aiEirf

 

100.   “Feds Probing How Connecticut Handles Disabled Voters Ballots” --- It advises them a complaint was filed contending violations of federal civil rights laws and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. --- CT Post --- February 3, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/P1fuEj

 

101.   “Disabled Georgians Stuck in Dangerous Limbo” --- Georgia was supposed to move all people with developmental disabilities out of state psychiatric hospitals by last July, but more than 250 remain. --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- February 8, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/TZjiKu

 

102.   “Children, Families, Providers Sort Through 'Devastating' Cuts in Autism-related Services” --- Families of Illinois children with autism are reporting declines in their children's communication skills and heightened anxiety after the ... --- The State Journal-Register --- February 3, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/BzeOEq

 

103.   “Teachers of Deaf Students Face Firing” --- Tighe taught four special education students and Murdoch had a class of deaf fifth graders both teachers received similar letters recommending ... --- WIBW --- February 2, 2016  (IOWA)   https://is.gd/jBYlwo

 

104.   “Advocates for Disabled Plan Rally at Kentucky Capitol” --- Advocates for the disabled are gathering for a rally at Kentucky's Capitol to highlight the importance of state-supported services for ... --- WLKY Louisville --- February 2, 2016  (KENTUCKY)  https://is.gd/U9a7yG

 

105.   “Complaints Filed Against York Special Education Programs” --- An attorney said some parents of special needs children complained that the district wasn't supportive of their children's education, according to ... --- WMTW Portland --- February 10, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/RbQQWc

 

106.   “A Court Master Tasked with Ensuring that Patients at Augusta's Riverview Psychiatric Hospital Are ...” --- Wathen presented some of his findings on Jan. 22 to the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee. The report found that ... --- Daily Journal --- February 9, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/kYQ037

 

107.   “ 'Padded Room' Protest Targets Superior Elementary School” --- The room can be used for any student, whether they have special needs or not. Parental permission is not needed, but the DPI requires that parents ... --- Duluth News --- February 9, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/nl08T8

 

108.   “Minnesota Man's Fight for a Promotion Spurs Disability Rights Debate, Galvanizes Coworkers” ---  Teslow, who has cognitive disabilities brought on by two head injuries, leapt at the opportunity to prove himself on an ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- February 4, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/vKnuRx

 

109.   “Special Ed Advocates Back Letitia James Lawsuit for More Services” --- A lawsuit filed by Public Advocate Letitia James charges the Department of Education is not properly tracking services for special needs students ... --- SILive.com --- February 2, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/Hw58CX

 

110.   “Police Move to Better Understand Mental Illness” --- Those with mental illness in Montana are better understood tonight by law enforcement. Law enforcement, emergency responders and correctional ... --- ABC FOX Montana News --- February 12, 2016  (MONTANA)  https://is.gd/rZkURw

 

111.   “A New Administrator Has Been Announced for the Beatrice State Developmental Center” --- A new administrator has been announced for the Beatrice State Developmental Center. Courtney Miller, director of the Department of ... --- Lincoln Journal Star --- February 5, 2016  (NEBRASKA) https://is.gd/wM5Oqr

 

112.   “Audit: More than 100 Developmentally Disabled Were on Waitlist While $20M for Services Went Unspent” --- A performance audit by the legislative budget assistant noted the services for the 101 developmentally ... --- The Union Leader --- February 12, 2016  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  https://is.gd/UPat3z

 

113.  “APS Educates Staff on Dealing with mentally Ill” --- Albuquerque Public Schools is educating teachers and administrators on how to relate with mentally ill youth. APS said the ... --- February 11, 2016  (NEW MEXICO)  https://is.gd/V79G7d

 

114.   “2 Men on APD's Crisis Intervention Team Develop Cards that Tell Officers Peoples' Special Needs” ---  People with special needs can get one for no more than $10 online. It comes complete with their photo, emergency contacts, a doctor's ... --- KOB.com --- February 5, 2016  (NEW MEXICO)  https://is.gd/cB0ukE

 

115.  “Federal Auditors Fault VA Psychiatric Clinic in Buffalo” --- Federal auditors have found a host of problems at a Veterans Affairs psychiatric clinic on Main Street in Buffalo, ranging from a ... --- Buffalo News --- February 5, 2016   (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/sY5iEF

 

116.   “Report: Ohio Schools Still Restrain Too Many Students” --- A disability rights group says it's found gaps in the way Ohio schools enforce a rule limiting the seclusion and restraint of unruly students. Disability ... --- WCBE 90.5 FM --- February 9, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/ke9KjN

117.   “People with Disabilities Often Aided by Bystanders at Inaccessible Uptown Businesses” --- As a member of the Athens City Commission on Disabilities, Trembly has been able to point out some of those qualms first-hand, and sometimes ... --- The Post --- February 8, 2016  (MINNESOTA) https://is.gd/TzlSg4

 

118.   “Oklahomans Pushing for Autism Insurance Reform” --- According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every 68 young people is diagnosed with Autism, which is a disability that makes it hard to ... --- news9.com KWTV --- February 3, 2016  (OKLAHOMA)  https://is.gd/sTzNXg

 

119.   “Take Note: Crisis Intervention Training Helps Keep Mentally Ill Out of Jail” --- According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, more individuals with mental illness are in America's jails and prisons than in residential mental health ... --- WPSU --- February 5, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/Thjb7n

 

120.   “SD Developmental Center Head Quits under Fire” --- The director of the South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield has retired following criticism by some former employees. --- The Capital Journal --- February 9, 2016  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/n3iFQX

 

121.   “Lawmakers Blast Sheriff for Jail Inspector Cuts” --- The total includes thousands who are mentally ill. Whitmire said more jail monitors are needed in Harris County and cited increasing levels of violence ... --- Houston Chronicle --- January 31, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/fwcpKg

 

122.   “Involuntary Treatment Proposal Divides Doctors and Patients” --- "Clinically, being able to provide timely care is the right thing to do for people .... Ed Paquin, the executive director of Disability Rights Vermont, said the ... --- Bennington Banner  --- February 10, 2016  (VERMONT) https://is.gd/J2hQs3

 

123.   “Richmond-area Police Reassess Taser Policies in Wake of Federal Court Opinion” --- … opinion in a North Carolina case in which a mentally ill man died after being shot five times with a Taser has prompted police throughout Virginia ... --- Richmond.com --- February 6, 2016  (VIRGINIA) https://is.gd/IFmVwc

 

124.  “Lawmakers Seek Changes at Western State Hospital” --- Andy Hill wants the state hospitals to fill some of that gap by hiring psychiatric nurses with advanced degrees. Psychiatrists at the hospitals oppose the ... --- The Olympian --- February 9, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/sfsqEI

 

125.   “Federal Judge Gives State Time to Help Mentally Ill Jail Inmates” --- A federal judge said the only reason she won't hold Washington state in contempt for failing to provide timely competency services is ... --- KOMO News --- February 9, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/yFC1Zg

 

126.   “Fairfax County Unveils Jail Diversion Program for Mentally Ill Offenders” --- “What we are focused on is a system where people suffering from mental illness can get the help that they so desperately need so that they can turn ... --- Washington Post --- February 11, 2016  (WASHINGTON, D.C..) https://is.gd/QM1TAo

 

127.   “Report: Wisconsin Schools Still Restrain Disabled Students” --- A report finds Wisconsin public schools are still restraining disabled students, despite a 2011 law aimed at reducing those practices. --- WMTV --- February 9, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/QpxBDT

 

128.   “Winnebago County Jail: Housing Mentally Ill a Challenge” --- Jail inmates awaiting trial are presumed innocent. But the Winnebago County Jail houses a number of inmates with mental illness who ... --- Rockford Register Star --- February 6, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/t2crz3

 

129.   “Disabled People Are Allowed to Work for Pennies Per Hour - But Maybe Not for Much Longer” ---  According to the Department of Labor, 228,600 disabled people across the country work in what's known as "sheltered"... --- Chicago Tribune --- February 12, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/wuTJNL

 

130.   “A Closer Look at 529 Able Accounts” --- Families that have members with disabilities are eagerly awaiting the debut this year of tax-free savings accounts that will help them set aside money ... --- New York Times --- February 12, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/bQ7uK0

 

131.   “Assisted Suicide Study Questions Its Use for Mentally Ill” --- Five states in this country have laws allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to mentally competent, terminally ill adults: Oregon, Vermont, ... --- New York Times --- February 10, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/fkBo9N

 

132.   “Report: Inclusion on Rise in Nation's Schools” --- In an annual report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Education said that students with disabilities are spending an increasing amount of time in ... --- Disability Scoop --- February 2, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/RFVKVi

 

133.   “Serious Mental Illness Affects Life Expectancy” --- A recent article in JAMA Psychiatry contained a study involving 1.1 million people with schizophrenia, which showed they were 3.5 times more likely to ... --- Las Cruces Sun-News --- February 1, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/jbCC9y

 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

 

134.   “Parents, Fighting $47M in Cuts to Disability Services, Seek to Turn Access into Action” --- Now, having gained considerable influence at the Capitol, particularly with nearly 70 legislators on a disabilities caucus they helped to create ... --- Hartford Courant --- February 10, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/huxEcG

 

135.   “Are Officers Trained to Encounter People with Autism?” --- A concerned father of an 18-year-old with autism recently asked News4Jax if area police officers are trained to interact with people ... --- WJXT Jacksonville --- February 12, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/fZk4fG

 

136.   “Vote on Florida Guardianship Reform Expected Next Week” --- Action on the Senate bill comes in the wake of The Palm Beach Post's series Guardianship: A Broken Trust that brought to public attention the role of ... --- Palm Beach Post --- February 2, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/0gPtKC

 

137.   “Georgia Law Giving Police Grand Jury Access May Face Change” --- After a naked, mentally ill black veteran was shot dead by a white police officer last March in an Atlanta suburb, the officer was allowed a privilege ... --- ABC News --- February 9, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/xR8u2y

 

138.   “Indiana Bill Would Halt All Abortions Requested Due to Race, Gender, Disability” --- The bill looks to prohibit an abortion at any time, based on the fetus' gender, race, or a potential disability. Taylor fears for families that are unable to ... --- Fox 59 --- February 4, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/tP6Q1k

 

139.   “Bill Would Expand Autism Insurance Mandate in Iowa” --- Coverage of autism services would be required in insurance plans offered by some large businesses under legislation that advanced ... --- Quad City Times --- February 10, 2016  (IOWA)  https://is.gd/7g11aE

 

140.   “Kansas Drops Bill to Cut Gifted Kids from Special-Ed Status” --- A proposal to remove gifted children from the special education realm in Kansas has been abandoned after push back from gifted ... --- Lawrence Journal World --- February 10, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/CbSuHP

 

141.   “Proposal Aims to Keep Kansas Mental Patients Out of Jail, Courts and Emergency Rooms” --- The bill would change Kansas law to give local communities authority to build “receiving centers” that could hold mentally ill people in crisis – i.e., ... --- KCUR --- February 9, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/hE1kMZ

 

142.   “Advocates: Bill Punishes Mentally Ill Found Not Guilty of Crimes” --- But Jenna Mehnert, executive director of NAMI Maine, a group that advocates for the rights of those with mental illness, says she's outraged by the ... --- Maine Public Broadcasting --- February 1, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/onWSt6

 

143.   “Bill Toughens Penalties Against Traffickers Who Target Mentally Disabled” --- Keenon says its time for the state to take a strong stand against those who would take advantage of the mentally disabled. --- WSB Radio --- February 5, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/esqyxf

 

144.   “Gov. Cuomo Goes After Therapy Meant to Turn Homosexuals Straight” --- Both the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association oppose conversion therapy saying it incorrectly treats homosexuality ... --- WNYT --- February 6, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/xw40qm

 

145.   “Local Legislators Introduce Bills for Group Home Aid, Revolving-Door Loopholes” --- Local legislators introduced several bills this week, including Rep. Teresa Tanzi's annual bill requireing group home aid by the state, ... --- Ricentral.com --- February 5, 2016  (RHODE ISLAND)  https://is.gd/uA9hS1

 

146.   “Senate Approves ‘Care Alert’ to Help Find Missing People with Disabilities” --- ... over the age of 60 with dementia or physical impairment to include those over the age of 18 with an intellectual, developmental or physical disability. --- Clarksville Now --- February 9, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/vyVDik

 

147.   “Seniors and Vulnerable Adults Gain Protection through National Act” --- The model, known as an “Act to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation,” was developed by a special NASAA committee established to ... --- Clarksville Online --- February 3, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/TQVVWy

 

148.   “Forced Medication Bill Criticized in Montpelier” --- Other members of the public said the state is not spending enough on disability services, child care services and housing. The committee is in the ... --- Brattleboro Reformer --- February 12, 2016  (VERMONT)  https://is.gd/uiVCNP

 

149.   “Bill Calling for Cameras in Special Education Classrooms Tabled for Year” --- A bill to require cameras in classrooms with special education students stalled Thursday after the patron requested more time to discuss the issue with ... --- Roanoke Times --- February 4, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/fGVMBk

 

150.   “House Approves Bill to Aid W.Va. Schools for the Deaf and Blind” --- The House of Delegates has passed a bill to aid the state's struggling Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney, West Virginia. House Bill ... --- West Virginia Public Broadcasting --- February 12, 2016  (WEST VIRGINIA) https://is.gd/WzGunM

 

151.   “Bill Seeks to Limit Use of Arbitration to Avoid Courts” --- Behind the latest bill is an acknowledgment that critical laws resulting from the civil rights and disability rights movements are fatally undermined by ... --- New York Times --- February 4, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/GXem1h

 

International Articles

 

152.   “Armenia Has Over 200,000 Officially Registered People with Various Disabilities” --- As of January 1, 2016 there were 200,177 officially registered people with various disabilities in Armenia, Armen ... --- Arka News Agency --- February 2, 2016  (ARMENIA)  https://is.gd/M1vtFn

 

153.   “State Examining Treatment of Man Subjected to Multiple Cases of Shock Therapy” --- In a rare intervention, the government has asked Victoria's Chief Psychiatrist for a report on Garth Daniels, a patient diagnosed with schizophrenia, ... --- The Age --- February 14, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/qKLiQ2

 

154.   “Education Minister Responds to Allegations of Boy with Autism Being Locked in Cupboard” --- New South Wales education officials have suspended their investigation into claims a Hunter boy with autism was locked in a cupboard, pending a ... --- ABC Online --- February 10, 2016  (AUSTRALIA) https://is.gd/SegV0S

 

155.   “Gambling Addict Sentenced for Embezzling Almost $180,000 from Government Disability Department” --- A Sydney woman who embezzled almost $180,000 from a government service for people with disabilities has been sentenced to 18 ... --- ABC Online --- February 10, 2016  (AUSTRALIA) https://is.gd/VBmnG9

 

156.   Autistic Boy Missing: Have You Seen Jeremy?” --- A 12-year-old boy with autism who went missing from his Pascoe Vale home has been found in a neighbouring suburb seven hours later.--- The Age --- February 10, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/oZDSL1

 

157.   “US Woman Develops a 'Buffalo' Hump Back After 40 Years of Drinking” --- This led to her being diagnosed with Madelung disease — a rare illness associated with alcoholism, diabetes, fat disorders, liver disease and usual ... --- NEWS.com.au --- February 9, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/Big6qf

 

158.   “Magician Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter of Autistic Boy Left to Freeze in Shed” --- A NSW magician has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after his autistic stepson froze to death when he was put under a cold shower and locked in a ... --- 9news.com.au --- February 5, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/nyUotk

 

159.   “Disability Service Workers Rally in Adelaide for Better Wages” --- About 150 workers from one of South Australia's largest disability services providers, Minda, have gathered at North Brighton to hold a protest rally ... --- ABC Online --- February 5, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/W9vULc

 

160.   “Human Rights Watch Condemns Boy in Cage Affair” --- Disability Rights Law Centre general manager Christina Ryan said the international attention proved that "a systemic change" was needed in Australia ... --- The Canberra Times --- February 2, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/JhTVHP

 

161.   “Australians Are Spending More on Mental Health Services and Employers Need to Take Notice” ---  There are definite costs of mental illness in the workplace but the return on investment in a mentally healthy workplace can be a ... --- The Conversation AU --- February 2, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/wIn0BH

 

162.   “Missing Canadian Man Solves 30-Year-Old Mystery of His Own Disappearance” --- Latulip abandoned the group home in Kitchener and, police say, headed for Niagara Falls – "a common suicide site", the Region Record noted. --- Stuff.co.nz --- February 13, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/xq1ink

 

163.   “Ontario Police Watchdog to Check on Mental-Illness Help for Cops” --- Ontario police watchdog to check on mental-illness help for cops ... disorder (PTSD) stemming from his involvement in a fatal shooting of a mentally ill ... --- Toronto Star --- February 13, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/WyHMfg

 

164.   “Schizophrenics More Likely to Attempt Suicide, Says Study” --- People with schizophrenia are six times more likely to attempt suicide than those without the mental disorder characterised by abnormal ... --- Economic Times --- February 11, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/IeBXwH

 

165.   “Affordable Psychiatric Help Hard to Find for Released Convicts: BC Laywers” --- Getting affordable psychiatric help for released convicts is hard in BC according to some local lawyers who say it can ... --- News1130 --- February 5, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/TMB3h6

 

166.   “Most Don't Trust Toronto Police around Mental Health Issues, Poll Suggests” --- And 53 per per cent disagreed with the statement that police do "everything they can to de-escalate encounters with people who are mentally ill." --- CBC.ca --- February 3, 2016   (CANADA)  https://is.gd/gH4ap0

 

167.   “Parents Resort to Pulling Special-needs Children from Resource-Starved Schools” --- Education assistants, who provide support to students with special needs, were scaled back at his Abbotsford, B.C., public school – so she felt her ... --- The Globe and Mail --- February 3, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/EKQUF3

 

168.   “Auditor Slams Delays, Outdated Paperwork Process for Disability Appeals” --- Canadians with terminal illnesses are waiting too long for disability pension benefits from the federal government, and those with grave ... --- Hamilton Spectator --- February 2, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/F3rg0j

 

169.   “Jury Considers Its Verdict over Ipswich Woman Accused of Spending £27k of Autistic Son's Benefits” --- The court has heard Solomon Fogbel was diagnosed at an early age as being on the autistic spectrum and having a moderate learning disability. --- Ipswich Star --- February 9, 2016  (ENGLAND) https://is.gd/Svp51v

 

170.   “Stop Forcing Mentally Ill Patients to Travel Miles for Treatment, NHS Told” --- The NHS in England must stop forcing severely mentally ill patients to travel long distances for treatment and care, finds a damning new report,* ... --- OnMedica --- February 9, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/rh3rK4

 

171.   “Police Hunting Two Men Who Robbed and Assaulted a Disabled Man” --- Police are hunting for two men who robbed and assaulted a 42-year-old disabled man on a Plymouth street - for just £10. The victim, who uses a ... --- ITV News --- February 3, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/3c6tcH

 

172.   “Police Facing Probe over Death of Mentally-ill Man in Custody” --- A police force and two of its officers could be charged in connection with the death of a mentally-ill man who died in custody. 25-year-old James ... --- ITV News --- February 2, 2016  (ENGLAND)   https://is.gd/FbKDIX

 

173.   “Teacher Banned 'After Hitting Special Needs Child over Head' ” --- A special needs teacher who had a public row with Michael Gove has been banned from the classroom after allegedly hitting a five-year-old around ... --- Evening Standard --- February 2, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/exeBJk

 

174.   “Breaking Point: Hong Kong's Overburdened Mental Health Care System in Need of a Fix” --- The Society of Psychiatrists represents the bulk of private psychiatrists in Hong ... chief executive of the New Life Psychiatric … --- South China Morning Post --- February 13, 2016  (HONG KONG) https://is.gd/u2QmXP

 

175.   “Mental Health Commission Urged to Investigate Psychiatric Admissions” --- A man who presented at the emergency department of UHG for psychiatric admission left the department without supervision and was missing for 36 ... --- Galway Advertiser --- February 4, 2016  (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/bQmvA1

 

176.   “Disability Home Closed Down After Health Report as Residents Not Dressed Properly and Sent to Bed ...” --- It emerged yesterday St John of God Services, which runs the facility, has closed the residential centre for people with disabilities and ... --- Irish Mirror --- February 10, 2016  (IRELAND) https://is.gd/0TvUKM

 

177.   “Over 2,000 Children Waiting for an Autism Diagnosis in Northern Ireland” --- More than 2,000 children in Northern Ireland are waiting for an autism diagnosis - sometimes for more than two years - leaving desperate families ... --- Belfast Telegraph --- February 2, 2016  (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/DTtbzt

 

178.   “US, Israeli Experts Meet to Advance Disability Services” --- “We're excited by the opportunity to bring together Israeli and American policy makers, leaders with disabilities, and all of the other relevant ... --- Jerusalem Post Israel News --- February 8, 2016  (ISRAEL)  https://is.gd/uFJzAo

 

179.   “Ten Arrested for Abusing Disabled Kids” --- Police on Monday arrested 10 people suspected of abusing patients at a children's psychiatric rehabilitation clinic in ... --- ANSA --- February 8, 2016  (ITALY)  https://is.gd/fXC3rO

 

180.   “Kuwait Calls for Including Disabled People in Development Plans” --- The State of Kuwait Friday called on importance of including issues of the people with disabilities in the development ... --- Kuwait News Agency --- February 5, 2016  (KUWAIT)  https://is.gd/ep2yWO

 

181.   “Carer and Rest Home Criticised After Death of Disabled Man” --- A severely disabled 20-year-old man died in a Auckland care facility that was providing him round-the-clock supervision. Because of his complex ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- February 1, 2016  (NEW ZEALAND)  https://is.gd/5Tow77

 

182.   “Scots Cop Jailed for Misconduct over Vigilante Murder of a Disabled Man” --- A police officer originally from Scotland and a community support officer have been jailed for misconduct following the vigilante murder of a ... --- Scottish Daily Record --- February 9, 2016  (SCOTLAND)  https://is.gd/GURigO

 

183.  “Scottish Police Advise US Officers on Alternatives to Shooting Unarmed People” --- The last time a Scottish officer was murdered while on duty was on 17 June 1994, when Constable Lewis Fulton was stabbed by a mentally ill man in ... --- The Independent --- February 2, 2016  (SCOTLAND)  https://is.gd/7ydOm0

 

184.   “Disabled Most Common Victims of Discrimination” --- More than half of the complaints about discrimination in South Korea were filed by disabled people, the nation's human rights watchdog said ... --- The Korea Herald --- February 10, 2016  (SOUTH KOREA)  https://is.gd/BbiOAY

 

185.   “Bulgarian Brothers Jailed for Begging Scheme Exploiting Handicapped” --- Two Bulgarian brothers were jailed in Sweden Friday for "human trafficking" after exploiting poverty-stricken and disabled people in a ... --- Focus News --- February 12, 2016  (SWEDEN)  https://is.gd/RWH2sP

 

186.  “Advocating for Disability Rights While Challenging Barriers in Ukraine” --- Oleksii Krasnoshchokov, a disability-rights advocate who now works with veterans of the war in Ukraine says people are slowly changing but it is still a ... --- Ukraine Today --- February 14, 2016  (UKRAINE)  https://is.gd/VJbnR0

 

187.   “Neanderthal DNA May Account for Nicotine Addiction and Depression” --- “We discovered associations between Neanderthal DNA and a wide range of traits, including immunological, dermatological, neurological, psychiatric ... --- The Guardian --- February 11, 2016  (INTERNATIONAL) https://is.gd/K4czcY

 

188.   “Concussion Increases Suicide Risk Threefold, Especially in People Injured on the Weekend” ---  However, patients were rarely referred for psychiatric care. When it comes to screening patients for psychiatric illness and suicide risk ... --- Newsweek --- February 9, 2016  (INTERNATIONAL) https://is.gd/Q9CY54

 


 

 

 


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