Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Articles Compiled by Jennifer Palmer
Commentary by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D., 
Editing and Posting by Thomas F. Coleman
 

Articles are listed in alphabetical order by state within each category, so you can easily scan through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have an interest.  

This week’s collection of articles has the usual array of articles.  Check the categories below for a guide. As usual, the categories are indicated by by type, and the number of the article.  

Sexual Assault: 1,2,14,17 (porn possession by special ed. teacher), 43, 94

Physical Abuse: 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12

Neglect: 16, 43, 83          

Murder: 9, 15

Financial abuse:   3, 4, 11            

School-related abuse: 

Related to education: 

Guardianship: 3, 64

Miscellaneous: 13, 23, 55

Funding: 28 

Access:  29, 39, 40, 54  

Proposed Law to reduce abuse: 44

Link to Archives of prior newsfeeds: http://disabilityandabuse.org/newsfeed/contents.htm

ABUSE AND NEGLECT

1.     “Prosecutor: Bus driver sexually assaulted several women with developmental disabilities.” A California bus driver sexually abused three disabled women he was hired to transport, Orange County prosecutors alleged. crimeonline.com, April 28 (California) https://is.gd/30k5eh

2.     “Group Home Director Found Not Guilty in Sex Assault Case.” A group home director charged with sexual assault learned his fate Wednesday.  Bryan Meeder was charged with five counts of sexual battery on a child by a person of familial or custodial authority.--- mypanhandle.com¸May3 (Florida) https://is.gd/9VD42l

3.     Milton attorney reprimanded for charging exorbitant fees.” The Florida Supreme Court has ordered that Milton attorney Jennifer Byrom be publicly reprimanded after it found the attorney charged excessive fees for a 10-year-long probate case.--- flarecord.com, May 3 (Florida) https://is.gd/m5Mav6

4.     “Georgians with disabilities file lawsuit.” Three Georgians with disabilities have filed a lawsuit alleging that state agencies have failed to provide accommodations to help them maintain their eligibility for food stamps and Medicaid. Thousands of Georgians with disabilities face a similar risk of a benefits cutoff, the lawsuit contends.--- albanyherald.com, May 2 (Georgia) https://is.gd/2IaTbW

5.     “Resident injured in Kansas group home shooting.” A Kansas agency says a survivor of a weekend shooting that left four other people dead at a Topeka, Kansas, group home was a resident of the site.--- montereyherald.com, May 1 (Kansas) https://is.gd/5JfUth

6.     “Parents sue district; authorities say autistic son dragged.” Parents of a third-grader in Kentucky have sued a school district where authorities say a teacher physically dragged their autistic son out of class.--- dailyprogress.com, May 2 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/G9jI6l

7.     “Security guard pepper-sprays autistic man eating free cookies at Minn. grocery store.” A former security guard faces charges after allegedly pepper-spraying an autistic man who was eating free cookies at a Minnesota grocery store. nydailynews.com, April 27 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/pmWn3M

8.     “Tishomingo woman sentenced for exploiting vulnerable person.” A Tishomingo County woman has been sentenced after pleading guilty to exploiting a vulnerable person.--- djournal.com, May 1 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/JV4Vtp 

9.     “Woman Reported Man Was Abused at Home for Mentally Disabled.” The former guardian of a legally blind Missouri man who police believe was found dead in a concrete-encased container says she once called an abuse hotline because she thought he was being mistreated at a home for the mentally disabled. usnews.com, April 27 (Missouri) https://is.gd/SS22NA

10.“Deputies: Handicapped woman terrorized, seriously injured after being kidnapped by neighbor.” A handicapped woman encountered a frightening experience Monday night after letting a neighbor use her phone.--- wxii12.com, May2 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/J52aTI

11.“Police Investigate Theft Reported at West Orange Group Home.” West Orange police are investigating a reported theft of more than $6,000 from developmentally disabled patients at an Ellison Avenue group home, according to police.---tapinto.net, April 30 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/HaqNdm

12.“Caregiver gets prison in connection to disabled Warren man’s stabbing.” Police said the mentally disabled man Paula Lightning was taking care of stabbed another disabled man on her watch. wkbn.com, April 28 (Ohio) https://is.gd/KumcqT

13.   “Teen denied contest prize by UN because he is autistic.” United Nations refuses to make accommodations for disabled student, revokes prestigious prize. blastingnews.com, April 29 (Oregon) https://is.gd/RODRkJ

14.“Former group home worker accused of sex trafficking.” A former staffer at a Pawtucket group home has been accused of sex trafficking a teenage girl who was under the care of DCYF. Police said Raysean Williams worked at the Blackstone Valley Youth and Family Collaborative. turnto10.com, April 28 (Rhoda Island) https://is.gd/s1hNrC

15.“Cold Case: Double amputee's murder still unsolved.” Pictures are all Angel Setliff has left to remember her dad. wmbfnews.com, April 27 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/FT5MW2

16.“Troubled group home where two runaways died in traffic to close.” Realation Group Home in Tulsa had 2 runaways fatally struck by vehicles in 4 years--- tulsaworld.com, May 1 (Texas) https://is.gd/J1CsN2

17.“Special education teacher facing child porn charges.” A Virginia special education teacher was arrested Friday and charged with six counts of possession of child pornography. wncn.com¸ April 28 (Virginia) https://is.gd/UnYql7

LAWS AND LEGISLATION

18.“Special Education To Get Boost Under Budget Deal.” Special education is set to see a rise in federal funding under a bipartisan agreement to avert a government shutdown.--- disabilityscoop.com, May 2 https://is.gd/HaGJ2i

19.“An Opportunity for People With Disabilities.” Due in large part to the failure of the government to efficiently coordinate disability services, we continue to fall short of meeting the values enshrined in the Americans with Disabilities Act to empower people with disabilities with access to opportunities available to other Americans.--- morningconsult.com, May 3 https://is.gd/48zF8k

20.“Parents plea for autism coverage at Senate hearing.” Tracy Cron knows what autism therapies have meant for her son Remy. At 2 years old, he faced language delays, and as a child, he suffered sensory overload.---montgomeryadvertiser.com, May 4 (Alabama) https://is.gd/5waHhO

21.“Brewbaker demands vote on autism insurance bill.” A Pike Road senator Tuesday demanded a committee vote on a bill to mandate insurance coverage of autism therapies and warned he might slow down the process if it did not.--- montgomeryadvertiser.com, May 2 (Alabama) https://is.gd/kmdM3N

22.“Hopi Jr./Sr. High School hires investigators to examine special education.” Hopi Jr./Sr. High School, one of the few high schools serving students on the Hopi Reservation in Northern Arizona, has hired investigators to examine its special education program, according to Bertha Parker, a public relations consultant representing the school.--- cronkitenews.azpbs.org, May 1 (Arizona) https://is.gd/m6vMqO

23.“Arkansas Executes 4th Inmate In A Week.” Kenneth Williams’ lawyers argued he was intellectually disabled, making his execution unconstitutional.---- huffingtonpost.com, April 27 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/f5W62R

24.“Legal war over Kentfield school cost public $849K.” The Kentfield School District and the Marin County Office of Education spent more than $849,000 combined in a legal battle over a building on the Kent Middle School campus that houses a special education school.--- marinij.com, April 29 (California) https://is.gd/7tQpN9

25.“The Arc Connecticut's New Leader Takes Up The Fight For The Intellectually Disabled.” A n advocacy group that has rallied thousands of parents to press for more services for people with intellectual disabilities has a hired a new executive director -- a father of a 26-year-old son with the disability and a former investment-banker who left the field to help families forge a fairer system.--- courant.com, May 4 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/NEXkfl

26.“ADA Suit Against Steak 'n Shake Wins Class Approval.” A lawsuit alleging the Steak 'n Shake restaurant chain violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not having adequate accessibility for handicapped patrons has been granted class action status. --- delawarelawweekly.com, May 1 (Delaware) https://is.gd/3cMElO

27.“Nationwide disability access class action vs Kohls thwarted by differing layouts of retail chain's stores.” A disability rights class action brought against Kohl’s more than two and a half years ago is on the shelf after a federal judge in Chicago denied class certification, saying, because Kohl’s store layouts vary from store to store, plaintiffs would have too difficult of a time proving the retailer had in place a nationwide policy diminishing access to people using wheelchairs.---cookcountyrecord.com, May 4 (Illinois) https://is.gd/GNu1Zw

28.“A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education.” While House Republicans lined up votes Wednesday for a Thursday showdown over their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Vickie Glenn sat in her Murphysboro, Ill., office and prayed for it to fail.--- nytimes.com, May 3 (Illinois) https://is.gd/334iVe

29.“Historic Streetcar Line to Become Wheelchair-Accessible.” A federal court settlement requires New Orleans transit officials to make the city's historic St. Charles Streetcar line accessible to people in wheelchairs.--- usnews.com, May 1 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/LQXPpi

30.“Community Homes For The Mentally Disabled: A Casualty Of The Republican Health Bill?” Michael Moloney, CEO of Horace Mann Educational Associates, was describing a ward in the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center in Waltham (originally the Experimental School for Teaching and Training Idiotic Children), where he worked in the 1970s.--- wbur.org, May 3 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/ereUwa

31.”Governor’s Office of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Hosts First Deaf Business Summit in the Country.” The Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing today hosted the nation’s first Deaf Business Summit: “Deaf Ecosystem: Maryland’s Open for Business.” --- afro.com, May 2 (Maryland) https://is.gd/Dybqbn

32.“People with disabilities deserve better from the state of Michigan.” Last week, the Michigan Legislature put forward two competing visions of how to best spend billions in Medicaid funds in the state budget.---- thetimesherald.com, April 28 (Michigan) https://is.gd/W4feLq

33.   “Pine River Group Home awaiting cost-of-living increases.” Some industries survive almost completely independent of government funding, but some are at the mercy of government officials who traditionally are looking for areas to save taxpayer money. The Pine River Group Home is just one of many such facilities.--- pineandlakes.com, May 1 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/7FPXKd

34.“Medicaid patients could face restrictions to access to antipsychotic medications.” Longstanding law mandates that people with severe mental illness should face "no restrictions to access" to treatment. Now, lawmakers want to tweak that.--- columbiamissourian.com, April 30 (Missouri) https://is.gd/ouVmmZ

35.“Deaf advocates stress importance of legislative involvement.” The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's legislative advocacy day Wednesday inspired students like Melissa Davis, a junior at the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, to stay aware of policy matters that can affect her family and community.--- californiademocrat.com, April 27 (Missouri) https://is.gd/lej9sk

36.“State to hold hearing on center for developmentally disabled.” The state plans to hold a hearing next month on the future of a Beatrice facility for people with developmental disabilities.--- nptelegraph.com, April 30 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/BtNf2O

37.  DUPLICATE OF #36 “State to hold hearing on center for developmentally disabled.” The state plans to hold a hearing next month on the future of a Beatrice facility for people with developmental disabilities.--- kansas.com, April 30 (Nebraska)https://is.gd/EXIQGV

38.“WESST helps businesses appeal to disabled customers.” Business owners who don’t consider the impact of dollars spent by people with disabilities are missing a market opportunity. Complying with the Americans With Disabilities Act can raise a business’s costs, but the rewards of making a business accessible to members of America’s largest minority community more than compensate for the investment.--- lcsun-news.com, April 28 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/vuyZ0H

39.“Disability Advocates Claiming Discrimination File Lawsuits Against New York City.” Subway. Disability advocates have filed two lawsuits against the operator of the New York City subway, claiming that a lack of concessions for handicap riders is tantamount to discrimination.--- legalreader.com, April 27 (New York) https://is.gd/em0OiC

40.“Family Members and Guardians of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities File Motion to Maintain Options for Care.” Family members of Ohioans with profound and severe intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have filed a motion to stop a class-action suit brought by Disability Rights Ohio (DRO).---finance.yahoo.com, May 3 (Ohio) https://is.gd/huGq1L

41.“Dept. of Education investigates NEISD over issues with special needs students.” The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Northeast Independent School District over "serious concerns" about the district's ability to identify, locate and evaluate students who may need to be in special education classes.--- kens5.com, April 28 (Texas) https://is.gd/OI6o7V

42.“Top Texas Court Reduces Killer's Death Sentence to Life.” Court reduces man's death sentence to life in prison for killing sheriff's deputy in 1983 near San Antonio.--- usnews.com, May 3 (Texas) https://is.gd/Ijdh6M

43.“Grand Jury report on Rockbridge Social Services unsealed.” Report shows negligence on behalf of Supervisor, Board, and Regional Director.--- wsls.com, May3 (Virginia) https://is.gd/UIN7hh

44.“New Law Seeks to Combat Vulnerable Adult Exploitation.” Abuse. Vulnerable adults would be better protected against financial exploitation and neglect in Washington state under a new law awaiting the governor's signature.--- usnews.com, April 28 (Washington) https://is.gd/B04HQh

45.“Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Convenes Parent Roundtable on Special Education during Autism Awareness Month.” In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos convened a roundtable yesterday with parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to gain a better understanding of the support these students receive and the challenges they face while navigating the education system.--- ed.gov, April 28 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/1u4STC

46.“9 Ways The AHCA Is Anti-Feminist, Anti-LGBTQ, & Anti-Disability Rights.” On Thursday afternoon, the House passed the American Health Care Act. Although the bill still has to pass the Senate in order to become law, it's a massive blow for a huge amount of the population--- bustle.com, May 4 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/j7CAUG

47.“Disability Rights Of West Virginia Sues State Over Failure To Schedule I/DD Waiver Individual Budget Appeals.” On March 17, 2017, Disability Rights of West Virginia (DRWV) sued the state contending that the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has been refusing to set hearing dates for individual budget appeals filed by people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are receiving Medicaid waiver services.--- openminds.com, April 30 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/pdJra6

IMROVED SUPPORTS

48.“Risperidone implant safe, effective for schizophrenia.” BB0817, a 6-month risperidone implant, had comparable efficacy, safety and tolerability with oral risperidone, according to findings released by Braeburn Pharmaceuticals. --- healio.com, May 1 https://is.gd/oIrwMC

49.“Diplomas Remain Elusive For Many With Disabilities.” Graduation rates for students with disabilities remain far behind their typically-developing peers, with a new report finding that in some states fewer than half of those in special education earn a diploma.--- disabilityscoop.com, May 4 https://is.gd/VLtBe6

50.“Adults with disabilities deserve right to choose where to live.” In two years, my oldest daughter will go to college and move into a dormitory with other students.--- spectrumnews.org, May 2 https://is.gd/2IaTbW

51.“Strully: Children with autism are shortchanged.” April is Autism Awareness month and it comes at a time of political uncertainty about education reform. One in 68 children in the U.S. have autism, up 119 percent from 2000. ---milforddailynews.com, April 30 https://is.gd/nXlSP8

52.“Teachers raise money to build new playground for special-needs students.” A Gwinnett County school needs your help for their special-needs children. They have a playground, but many of their students can’t use it for several reasons.--- wsbtv.com, April 28 (Georgia) https://is.gd/ZpdpPA

53.“Kansas DCF: Lower requirements for social workers would improve recruiting.” State standards for social workers are too high, dampening the Department for Children and Family’s ability to fill positions in a time when the need for foster care is growing, the agency’s leader said Friday in response to a state audit that showed contractors are finding it difficult to hire social workers.--- cjonline.com, April 28 (Kansas) https://is.gd/MeiQWs

54.“Pittsfield Traffic Commission Rejects Handicapped Parking Plan.” The Traffic Commission rejected a plan increasing the number of handicapped parking spaces on the city's four main commercial streets.--- iberkshires.com, April 28 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/oQNw68

55.“Our View: Emergency interventions in schools should be last resort only.” Restraints are still used too often in Maine schools, especially on students who have disabilities.--- pressherald.com, April 28 (Maine) https://is.gd/g2S20o

56.“These three states are the best at employing people with disabilities.” Maine, which is projected to lose around 111,000 workers in the coming decades, needs more people working.--- bangordailynews.com, April 29 (Maine) https://is.gd/xCsMU4

57.“What's so special about special education?” Nothing ... and everything. Becky Cerna knows her time on the job is short.--- lmtribune.com, May 1 (Maine) https://is.gd/PqTZcI

58.“Boston VA office incorrectly processed 1 in 6 traumatic brain injury cases: ‘An absolute travesty’.” The Veterans Administration benefits office in Boston has bungled traumatic brain injury claims at an alarming rate, flunking inspections and cutting inaccurate disability checks — shortchanging some local war heroes out of thousands of dollars, a Herald review found.--- bostonherald.com, April 30 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/0Ygo72

59.“Adults with special needs put talents to work at Soul Studio.” Adam Egrin made an electric guitar, cutting the shape of the instrument from wood and piecing together parts from other guitars.--- freep.com, April 29 (Michigan) https://is.gd/eUmcXx

60.“Emergency personnel learn the importance of autism awareness.” Law enforcement and other emergency responders from Cheboygan County heard a presentation last week on autism and the importance of being able to recognize its symptoms. --- cheboygannews.com, May 1 (Michigan) https://is.gd/obMmWr

61.“Elementary school program pairs up special education, mainstream students to ease anxieties.” Fifth-grader Jose Maya read a book about alligators aloud to fellow fifth-grader Erik Kelly on Wednesday morning.--- billingsgazette.com, May 1 (Montana) https://is.gd/xBPmh5

62.“Stafford cops get heads-up on special-needs families.” Township police have announced a Special Needs Registry for residents and first responders to share information.--- app.com, May 2 (New Jersey)https://is.gd/47g77v

63.“Red Bull Arena introduces space for autistic kids.” The Red Bulls have announced plans for a permanent sensory-friendly space at their stadium for families impacted by autism. Formerly executive offices, the space overlooking midfield is a calm area that is free from the crowds and the noise of Red Bull Arena during matches. Families can use it for free.--- usatoday.com, April 29 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/x0OC6X

64.“Guardianship panel hears stories of anger, loss, regret.” An emotional public outpouring of loss, anger and regret opened the first meeting of a state Supreme Court commission examining the legal mechanism by which hundreds of incapacitated adults a year in New Mexico are placed under court-approved guardianships and conservatorships.--- abqjournal.com, April 29 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/nOkbNz

65. “Students with autism reaching great strides at City Honors.” A Buffalo Public school is making sure students with autism are thriving. City Honors has a program called Students with Autism Rising to Success (STARS).---wbfo.org, May 2 (New York) https://is.gd/9SAp5R

66. “Zappos launches clothing line for people with disabilities.” Madeline Stuart, one of the first models with Down syndrome to walk in New York Fashion Week, finds that pants tend to run long on her and shoelaces are difficult to tie. She often opts for leggings and shoes that unzip, slip on or have Velcro.--- reviewjournal.com, May 2 (Nevada) https://is.gd/kg99cK

67.“Northmont identifying students with special needs.” The Northmont City School District is conducting an awareness campaign in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), the Ohio revised code and the State Board of Education’s rules for the education of handicapped children.--- daytondailynews.com, April 28 (Ohio) https://is.gd/CjNrOT

68.“Lending a hand   Edgewood students help wheelchair athletes. oud cheers came from the seats on the western side of the SPIRE 300 meter indoor track.” On Friday morning, more than 20 Edgewood High School students cheered for wheelchair athletes zipping around the track. ---starbeacon.com, April 30 (Ohio) https://is.gd/UDhkYI

69. “Air Power Could Help Wheelchair Users Hit The Beach.” Water parks are becoming more and more popular across the country.  But not everyone can play.--- wesa.fm, May 2(Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/yD3FKV

70.“Symposium will help students with developmental disabilities transition.” The York Catholic District School Board is helping the families of children with developmental disabilities plan for transition.--- yorkregion.com, April 28 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/vQiNrt

71.“‘I have no clue what happened last week’ After brain injury, using technology to recover memories.” Thomas A. Dixon, Jr., 32, a Central High School alumnus, will never forget the day his life changed permanently — Nov. 22, 2010. While on a run, he was hit by a car and suffered a common type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI).--- chestnuthilllocal.com, April 28 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/e2exzz

72.“Blind from birth, a Southern Lehigh sixth-grader helps give sight to others.” You often hear how blind people have exceptionally well-developed senses of hearing and touch. It's the stuff of superhero tales — Daredevil and so on — but I always wondered if it were true.--- mcall.com, April 28 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/64zsS3

73.“The Path to Higher Education With an Intellectual Disability.” Like many college students pestered by nosy relatives, Sydney Davis, a sophomore, is not exactly forthcoming when her boyfriend comes up in conversation.---theatlantic.com, May 1 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/8YyKEd

74.“Community Class Brings an Awareness of the Deaf Community.” Matthew Shroyer, a master's Angelo State University student, just completed teaching his first round of classes in a free community workshop and awareness program in American Sign Language.--- myfoxzone.com, April 28 (Texas) https://is.gd/IjNXhz

75.“Guide Dogs of Texas Help Bring Freedom to Local Blind Residents.” Can you imagine losing your sight and trying to get to work by navigating bus routes, busy San Antonio roads, and obstacles on the sidewalks? Guide Dogs of Texas (GDTX) enables blind people in our community to experience the freedom and efficacy of guide dog mobility.--- therivardreport.com, April 30 (Texas) https://is.gd/uleX13

76.“Disabled making progress; more needed.” ''The problems of the disabled are unpopular,'' quipped Itzhak Perlman in a 1982 New York Times interview. --- gosanangelo.com, May 3 (Texas) https://is.gd/ooMzzv

77.“Admission Safe House opens for those with disabilities.” The Admission Safe House at the Utah State Developmental Center in American Fork doesn’t look like a typical home.--- heraldextra.com, April 29 (Utah) https://is.gd/w6J3nW

78.“Spike in autism diagnoses leads to new teaching certificate.” William & Mary will offer a new teaching certificate that’s specifically designed for instructing students with autism.--- washingtonpost.com, May 4 (Virginia)  https://is.gd/loeE3d

INTERNATIONAL 

79.“I’m Autistic. That doesn’t mean I need to be ‘cured’.” LAST week my 17-year-old Autistic hero, Jayden, refused to give his Nike sneakers to a gang of youths who wanted to take them from him on a bus.--- dailytelegraph.com.au¸ April 28 (Australia) https://is.gd/GgHr9D

80.“Boy stabbed in eye with pen by special needs student at Cammeraygal High School.” A junior baseball star was allegedly­ stabbed in the eye with a pen by another student as their class sat an exam at a north shore high school.--- dailytelegraph.com.au, April 30 (Australia) https://is.gd/J3dOBT

81.“Court-ordered psychiatric tests used as weapon in family wars.” parents in custody fights are maliciously using involuntary psychiatric examination orders against former partners in family disputes.--- couriermail.com.au, April 30 (Australia) https://is.gd/MHsQhF

82.“First Nations girl died in group home in Ottawa.” The 13-year-old First Nations girl who died from suicide while in foster care last month was living in an Ottawa group home at the time, not one in Prescott, as previously reported.---ottawacitizen.com, May 4 (Canada) https://is.gd/tUFrWE

83.“Mentally ill man locked in a tiny cage for thirty years by his own parents who thought he was possessed by ghosts, reports claim.” A man was locked in a cage by his own parents for more than three decades after they mistook his mental illness for being possessed by a ghost, local reports claim. The unnamed 39-year-old was allegedly freed from the enclosure next to his home after locals filmed him and sent the footage to authorities.--- thesun.co.uk, May 1 (China) https://is.gd/NHpRKr

84.“How technology can restore dignity for people with disabilities while boosting the economy.” Winnie Tang says the disabled population around the world represents a largely untapped workforce, market and economic engine, and technology is now helping them to contribute more.--- scmp.com, April 30 (China) https://is.gd/YVKT9L

85.“Hungary: Group calls for closure of state homes for disabled.” A human rights group called Wednesday for the closure of Hungary's state-run institutions for people with disabilities after issuing a report detailing alleged abuses and neglect at one home.--- abcnews.go.com, May 3 (Hungary) https://is.gd/cwfTyw

86.“Disability rights groups to stage continuous protest.” A number of disability rights groups are planning to stage a continuous protest outside the office of the State Commissioner for the Differently Abled from May 22.--- thehindu.com, May 3 (India) https://is.gd/xHsn1w

87.“Savvy Leitrim 13-year-old making waves with portable study aid for children with ADHD.” Zack Dolan now hopes to roll out the Happy Homework Hut nationwide. thejournal.ie, April 29 (Ireland) https://is.gd/siqRku

88.“Disabled patient overcomes barriers to start up business.” Possessing a strong will to work like other young people, Hisamu Sato, a 25-year-old spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patient in Tokai, Aichi Prefecture, manages a website production company with his friend, who attended the same special-needs school. ---the-japan-news.com. April 29 (Japan) https://is.gd/zIoACy

89.“Cram schools help children with developmental disabilities prepare for future.” Following his teacher’s instructions, 7-year-old Eita slid out of his chair, tidied it up and then — in front of his fellow group members and teachers — said a few words about his performance during an after-school programming class he attended in April.--- japantimes.co.jp, May 4 (Japan) https://is.gd/WxZuB5

90.“Helping Wheelchair Users Navigate Mexico City's Hectic Streets And Sidewalks.” Jasson Garcia's daily travels look maddening. The sidewalks of Mexico City are broken and cars block pedestrian crossings.--- npr.org, May 4 (Mexico) https://is.gd/6ouuW5

91.“Man admits assaulting elderly amputee outside Palmerston North MMA gym.” An argument over who drank whose beer ended with an elderly amputee being attacked with rocks outside a mixed martial arts gym.--- stuff.co.nz, May 2 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/Ss62jI

92.  “Deaf man who was NZ's youngest to get a cochlear implant graduates from University of Auckland.” Being born totally deaf hasn't stopped a young Auckland man from graduating today with a Master's degree in clinical exercise physiology.--- nzherald.co.nz, April 30 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/VNuVjW

93.   “Scotland bans private firms from carrying out benefits assessments.” Scotland will ban private firms from carrying out benefit assessments and work to create a system based on “dignity and respect”, ministers have announced. independent.co.uk, April 28 (Scotland) https://is.gd/UySZm9

94.“17-year-old mentally retarded girl sexually abused at special school.” The doctors who examined her declared that she was seven months pregnant, they said, and demanded immediate action against those who sexually assaulted her and the home authorities. nyoooz.com, April 29 (Sri Lanka) https://is.gd/SoJ6b0

95.“Marijuana Use May Trigger Schizophrenia In Teens With Family History Of Condition.” We have long known that schizophrenia, a brain condition that affects about one percent of the U.S. population, has genetic roots, but new research suggests that the condition may be triggered by environmental factors, particularly marijuana use.medicaldaily.com, April 27 (UK) https://is.gd/t55G1a

96.“Whiteley brothers used council flat in Sheffield city centre to prostitute vulnerable girl.” Three brothers involved in a Sheffield child prostitution ring, who were today sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison, used a council flat to prostitute a vulnerable teenage girl to dozens of men. thestar.co.uk, April 28 (UK) https://is.gd/JQKgC9

97.“Applicant with Asperger’s syndrome wins ‘significant’ tribunal case.” Firms may want to rethink their recruitment policies after the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that a woman with Asperger’s syndrome was discriminated against when she was asked to take a situational judgement test.--- cipd.co.uk, May 4 (UK) https://is.gd/WtXg07

98.“Nightclub hosts big party for people with learning disabilities.” A club night held especially for people with learning disabilities was attended by more than 250 people on Wednesday. It was a night of raving and dancing for young people who don’t normally get the chance to let their hair down in a club setting.--- metro.co.uk, April 28 (UK) https://is.gd/SSHltn

99.“Autism after 21: Parents worry about who will care for children with autism after parents die.” Geri Bohn knows her 12-year-old son Kaleb is never going to live on his own.--- heraldextra.com, April 28 (UK) https://is.gd/V0xUF5

100.         “Autistic woman choked to death on toast at care home just hours after being released from hospital.”Carly Holloway, 37, made a "funny noise" and her lips started to turn blue as she choked on the toast, an inquest heard after staff had cut bread into small pieces--- mirror.co.uk, May 4 (UK) https://is.gd/TiNvgH

101.   “Student nurse placement scheme focuses on adult safeguarding.” The placement was the brainchild of Jonathan Newman, safeguarding adults lead and registered mental health nurse at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.--- nursingtimes.net, May 4(UK) https://is.gd/w2SuIn

MISCELLANEOUS

102.  "Boy With Down Syndrome, 12, Runs Cupcake Store With His Mom's Support.” This Wisconsin12-year-old runs his own small business — a cupcake shop operating in a storefront connected to his family’s home. John Truel, the boy behind Cupcakes on 8th in Marshfield, also has Down syndrome.--- cbs8.com¸April 28 (California) https://is.gd/qmu4RA

103.  “Special Needs Day on the Runway.” -Hundreds of special needs kids from District 51 gathered on the runway of Weststar Aviation Friday to get up close and personal with planes, helicopters and trucks from our first responders.--- westernslopenow.com, April 26 (Colorado) https://is.gd/b14IQD

104.  “300 Autistic Children Hang Ten On Sunny Isles Beach.” Surf’s up for hundreds of autistic children in Sunny Isles over the weekend. Roughly 300 kids spent the day in the sun, sand and sea as part of a free surfing camp.--- miami.cbslocal.com, April 30 (Florida) https://is.gd/HhVFkQ

105.  “Small Badge, Big Difference for 8-year-old Autistic Boy.” When a Walton County investigator knocks on the door of a Santa Rosa beach home, it's the beginning of a friendship with the youngest resident inside.--- mypanhandle.com, May 2 (Florida) https://is.gd/xwgYHy

106.   ‘God put me in that situation’: Bodycam-wearing policeman saves autistic 4-year-old from drowning.” Topeka police Officer Aaron Bulmer said that God put him in a situation that resulted in saving the life of a 4-year-old autistic boy who nearly drowned Sunday.--- theblaze.com, May 2 (Kansas) https://is.gd/rDfGZh 

107.    “15 hours after hospital release, mentally ill Michigan man kills mother.” The call to 911 came early on a Thursday morning, around 3 a.m. Kimberly Lander was laying on the ground, not breathing, and her son Matthew--wielding a machete--had just attacked her boyfriend.--- wxyz.com, April 28 (Michigan) https://is.gd/wyYtlJ

108.    “Little Kid, Big Heart: 10-year-old Inspires New Handicapped Door at Ronald McDonald House.” Whether it be superheroes, or beating cancer, Jack has a deep passion for everything that's important to him.--- kdlt.com, May 3 (South Dakota) https://is.gd/PEaEkM