Disability and Abuse Newsfeed


Week of October 27 to November 2, 2017


Articles Compiled by Jennifer Palmer

Editing and Commentary by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D., 

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. International articles are near the end. The categories are: Abuse and Neglect, Laws & Legislation, Studies & Statistics, Improved Supports, International, and sometimes, Miscellaneous.

 

Check the categories below for a guide to types of abuse.  The categories are indicated by type, and the number of the article.  

Check the categories below for a guide to types of abuse.  The categories are indicated by type, and the number of the article.  

 

Type:
Sexual Assault: 15

Physical Abuse:   2, 4, 8, 9, 12, 16, 17, 18, 22, 72, 75

Emotional/Verbal Abuse:1, 6, 8

Financial abuse: 5, 19

Murder: 13, 20, 27, 37, 76

Neglect: 3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 34               

Neglected to death: 7                   

Related to Special Education: 1, 6, 21

Guardianship:  33, 51

 

WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):

Family:  7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 72   

Carer: 2, 3, 5, 11, 16 17, 19, 34      

Stranger:    75, 76

Co-student:  18   

Special Education: 1, 4, 9, 12, 18, 22, 27, 49, 54

Men:  2, 7, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 75     

Women: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 1, 13, 14, 16, 20, 72, 76

 

WINNER OF BEST ARTICLE THIS WEEK: #39 Man’s speech to congress on the value of life and the errors of assuming otherwise.


Good News: 
31 – Improved parking rules for accessible parking

39 – Speaker with Down syndrome tells Congress: “Surely happiness is worth something,” as he speaks of the value of life.

46 –Teaching physicians about touch and autism

60 – Improving understanding of people with developmental disabilities through television program

63 – Airport training to reduce travel fears of travelers with autism

65 – New training program to improve service to kids with autism

78 – Autistic man opens art show with two other autistic artists

79 – TV show “The Good Doctor” features autistic actor- positive reviews

 

WINNER of most egregious award:

#26 – State Department cuts funding for personnel who have children with disabilities

 

Bad News: 

23 – People with disabilities in US without documentation may be separated from family

25 – Decreased funding for prevention of elder abuse

26 – State Department cuts funding for personnel who have children with disabilities

30 Funds owed to blind residents in Missouri: State votes not to pay their debt

38 – Delay in competency evaluations leads to longer time in jail for those with disabilities

40 – People with autism found to be more likely to commit suicide

49 – Parents leery of bus driver’s apparently not qualified to transport children in vans not equipped for safe transport.

54 - Student in special education denied Academic award he had earned.

74 – Those with autism not receiving adequate support
 

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ABUSE &NEGLECT

 

 

    1.          “Mom upset with special needs teacher's methods in Maricopa classroom.” An Arizona mother is calling for a Maricopa teacher to be fired after a new system was implemented in her autistic son's self-contained special needs classroom. ---abc15.com, October 30 (Arizona) https://is.gd/cN0pHl


 

    2.          Caretaker caught on nanny cam allegedly abusing special-needs child.” Disturbing video shows a California caretaker appear to kick and physically abuse a 6-year-old boy with special needs, police said this week. ---nypost.com, November 2 (California) https://is.gd/23sZFT


 

    3.          “Shelton woman charged with abusing special needs child, neglecting cat.” Faith Taylor, 37, of Shelton, was arrested by the Shelton Police Department on charges of neglect following a DCF worker’s referral. --- fox61.com, October 27 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/vRzf2Z


 

    4.          “Teacher accused of flipping Down syndrome student's desk.” A special-needs teacher has been charged with child cruelty in Florida after allegedly flipping a desk occupied by a Down syndrome student who doesn't speak. ---fox35orlando.com, October 27 (Florida) https://is.gd/iAclUa


 

    5.          “Personal care home owner named in 26-count indictment.” A woman who operated one licensed personal care home and is charged with operating five unlicensed ones in Augusta was indicted Tuesday on charges including neglect and exploitation of disabled adults. ---chronicle.augusta.com, October 31 (Georgia) https://is.gd/y0O8PN


 

    6.          “Noblesville mom says Hamilton Southeastern exploited her son with special needs.” Luke Horine grabbed his brother DJ’s hand and tugged, silently resisting the slow march from the life skills classroom to the washing machine in Hamilton Southeastern High School. ---indystar.com, October 29 (Indiana) https://is.gd/ou7g5b


 

     7.          “Parents accused of leaving disabled teen locked in filthy room for 2 years.” The south suburban parents of nine children locked their adult daughter, who has severe cognitive disabilities, inside a squalid, waste-covered bedroom for at least two years, prosecutors said Saturday. ---chicagotribune.com, October 28 (Illinois) https://is.gd/LrndVz

 

 

    8.          “Woman charged with abusing disabled relative.” A Muncie woman has been accused of battering a disabled member of her family. Judith N. Jones, 72, of the 3400 block of West Fleetwood Drive, was charged last week with domestic battery against a disabled person, a Level 6 felony carrying up to 18 months in prison. ---thestarpress.com, October 22 (Indiana) https://is.gd/QdAFcb

 

 

    9.          9-year-old boy with autism handcuffed at elementary school.” The father of a 9-year-old boy with autism who was handcuffed at school claims his son was defending himself against bullying when he was arrested. ---abc7ny.com, October 30 (Indiana) https://is.gd/HKyYAP


 

10.          “DA investigating incident at group home.” The Essex District Attorney's office has opened an investigation into the near-death of a 29-year-old developmentally disabled man at a Peabody group home last spring, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. ---, salemnews.com, October 27 (Massachusetts)   https://is.gd/WiRib7   


 

11.          “Essex district attorney investigates group home after allegations of poor care.” Ioannis Baglaneas was lonely after his four brothers and sisters moved away to start their lives. So when his mother showed him the Peabody group home where he would be living with other developmentally disabled adults, he showered her with hugs and kisses. ---bostonglobe.com, October 31 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/yjqbpQ


 

12.          “Lawsuit alleges teacher taped mouth shut of special ed student.” A federal lawsuit alleges a Washtenaw County teacher taped the mouth shut of a student with cerebral palsy and texted a photo of it to the student's parent with the comment, "Help. She won't be quiet!!!" ---mlive.com, November 1 (Michigan) https://is.gd/wTOKYL


 

13.          “Woman sentenced for brutal slaying of disabled son and infant granddaughter.” An Oxford Township woman who claims she “still doesn’t know what happened” but acknowledged she reached her “breaking point” on the day she killed her developmentally disabled son and her infant granddaughter has been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison. ---theoaklandpress.com, October 27 (Michigan) https://is.gd/FLfQEi


 

14.          “Michigan Woman Gets 13-20 Years for Abusing Disabled Sister.” A Michigan woman who authorities say kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet has been sentenced to the maximum 13 1/3 to 20 years in prison. ---nytimes.com, October 27 (Michigan) https://is.gd/lIOjiS


 

15.          “Milton man accused of sexually abusing intellectually disabled teen.” A Milton man was arrested after allegedly having sexual contact with an intellectually disabled teen, the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. ---dailygazette.com, November 2 (New York) https://is.gd/n6PEKG


 

16.          “2 Charged in handicapped woman's abuse.” A 28-year-old handicapped woman is in critical condition after authorities say they found her malnourished and neglected in her home on Benson-Hardee Road in Benson on Monday. ---spectrumlocalnews.com, November 1 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/QpK4Z2


 

17.          “Abuse and Neglect Were Pervasive at Special Needs Center, Report Says.” In a Pennsylvania center for people with special needs, where New York State houses more than 100 residents, staff members repeatedly used physical restraints in violation of state and federal laws, and both residents who complained were retaliated against. ---nytimes.com, October 30 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/t28xXv


 

18.          “Attorney: Autistic student bullied into eating his own waste.” Police are investigating after a Bethel Park man alleged that his son was bullied into eating his own feces at a Jefferson Hills vocational school earlier this month, according to the family's attorney. ---triblive.com, October 31 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/bwC0OE


 

19.          “Indicted Lyman councilman’s attorney denies accusations.” We’re learning more about a Lyman Town council member accused of breaking the law. Paul Rick Hellams was indicted by a grand jury on charges of Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult. ---wspa.com, October 27 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/mWlclD


 

20.          “Sherin Mathews had multiple special needs, but were 3 am feedings part of doctors' orders?” Sherin Mathews had multiple special needs that her parents sought treatment for before her death, Richardson police confirmed to The Dallas Morning News on Friday. ---dallasnews.com, October 27 (Texas) https://is.gd/gMfOpp


 

21.          “Fewer East Texas children receiving state, federally funded Early Childhood Intervention for disabilities, developmental delays.” The number of East Texas children receiving services to address developmental disabilities has declined at a rate almost twice that of the state and was disproportionately high among black children. ---tylerpaper.com, October 27 (Texas) https://is.gd/oBKSyL


 

22.          “Natrona County High School instructor suspended after allegedly hitting autistic student.” A Natrona County High School educator has been suspended after he allegedly hit a 14-year-old autistic student in the face Monday, the student’s sister said. ---trib.com, October 31 (Wyoming) https://is.gd/2sFdwS
 

 

LAWS & LEGISLATION

 

23.          “Under Trump, fighting for disability rights means fighting for immigration rights.” Rosa Maria Hernandez came to the United States in 2007, when she was 3 months old. She has cerebral palsy, and her parents decided to leave Mexico and seek better medical care and opportunities for her here. ---washingtonpost.com, October 28 https://is.gd/deED2m


 

24.          “Federal Courts, State Governments Push Back Against Corrosive Disabilities Act Suits.” Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 to provide important protections for some of the most vulnerable Americans.  Like other federal anti-discrimination laws, the ADA included a private right of action.  And as has happened with many other laws that can be privately enforced, the ADA has seen its share of questionable lawsuits during its nearly three-decade history. ---forbes.com, October 31 https://is.gd/xaWHfi


 

25.          “Federal funding cuts could be 'devastating blow' to elder abuse prevention.” Reductions in federal funding could be “a devastating blow” to state agencies around the country that depend on federal money to investigate hundreds of thousands of cases of alleged abuse of the elderly, abuse prevention advocates say. ---tennessean.com, November 1 https://is.gd/OOtzJ3


 

26.          “State Department support for diplomats with children with disabilities is contracting.” The U.S. State Department has been quietly withdrawing financial support for diplomat families of children with special needs, effectively forcing some parents to serve overseas without their children or ultimately leave the Foreign Service. ---washingtonpost.com, October 29 https://is.gd/fpdeiD


 

27.          “Family of autistic student who died on bus sues Riverside’s Bright Futures Academy.” The family of Anthony Corona, an autistic student who died in 2016 after an altercation on a school bus has sued Bright Futures Academy in Riverside, a school serving special-needs students. ---pe.com, October 31 (California) https://is.gd/pyOVNP


 

28.          “Kansas Supreme Court reviews death sentence for murderer of Arkansas City teen.” The Kansas Supreme Court sifted through nuances of evaluating intellectual disability and two dozen other alleged trial errors Friday in the appeal of a south-central Kansas man’s death sentence for kidnapping, raping and strangling a teenage college student. cjonline.com, October 27 (Kansas) https://is.gd/8v6MKp


 

29.          “Repeal of disability rights guidelines could indirectly impact UIXS students.” On Oct. 21, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Education Department quietly rescinded 72 documents outlining policies regarding the rights of students with disabilities. These guidelines were scrapped as part of an attempt to weed out any regulations considered unnecessary or outdated by the Trump administration. ---daily-iowan.com, October 31 (Iowa) https://is.gd/fvd6AK


 

30.          “Private insurance company to leave Iowa's Medicaid Program.” One of three private insurance companies that help run Iowa's Medicaid program plans to withdraw in a month. ---usnews.com, October 31 (Iowa) https://is.gd/qqwFaC


 

31.          “Rep. Steven Ultrino votes to pass handicapped parking legislation.” Rep. Steven Ultrino, D–Malden, joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House to pass legislation that authorizes the Registry of Motor Vehicles to investigate charges that someone has falsely obtained, or is falsely using, a handicapped parking placard or license plate. --- malden.wickedlocal.com, October 27 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/HlOpcJ


 

32.          “Blind Missourians 'irritated' and 'disappointed' by attorney general's latest appeal.” Despite repeated courtroom failures costing Missouri taxpayers millions of dollars, the state is again appealing a decision involving underpayments to more than 3,000 blind people. ---stltoday.com, October 30 (Missouri) https://is.gd/QHR3zD


 

33.          “Lawmaker: Guardian system ‘turned ugly’.” What’s wrong with this picture? Federal authorities allege that the now-defunct Ayudando Guardians Inc. was “permeated’ with criminal activity and stole millions of dollars from client accounts, yet the Albuquerque-based guardianship company survived a state compliance review just last year. ---abqjournal.com, October 28 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/K5FlX2


 

34.          “Mother sues Brooklyn assisted living center for losing mentally ill son, misleading cops to hide blunder.” The mother of a mentally ill man who went missing for three weeks is suing the Brooklyn assisted living facility she says initially couldn’t even figure out where staffers lost him. ---nydailynews.com, October 30 (New York) https://is.gd/vWgCLp


 

35.          “Ohio House passes bill to ban abortion after Down syndrome diagnosis.” Ohio's GOP-controlled House passed a bill to ban abortions after a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The proposal, which passed 63-30, would penalize doctors who perform abortions after a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. ---cincinnati.com, November 1 (Ohio) https://is.gd/FgplP6


 

36.          “State Sen. Becky Massey forms new committee on disability services.” State Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, R-Knoxville, plans to spend more time on legislative duties after she retires Wednesday as executive director of the Sertoma Center, which serves individuals with disabilities and where she has worked for 24 years. ---knoxnews.com, October 30 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/l5IqHO


 

37.          “Jury rules against transit company in wrongful death suit.” A Lynchburg jury decided Friday an area transportation service company must pay more than $350,000 in damages as part of a wrongful death lawsuit. ---newsadvance.com, October 27 (Virginia) https://is.gd/4k483p


 

38.          “Contempt order and more fines for state agency slow to provide mental-health evaluations.” A federal judge has found the Washington state agency that oversees mental-health services in contempt for failing to provide timely competency evaluations for people waiting in jails. ---thenewstribune.com, October 27 (Washington) https://is.gd/9VqbHZ

 

39.          Man With Down Syndrome Silences Entire Congress With 5 Sobering Words.” A young man with Down syndrome delivered a powerful testimony Wednesday on Capitol Hill, and it was five words in particular that perfectly summarized his moving message. --- ijr.com, October 27 (Washington DC) He said, “We are the canary in the eugenics coal mine…Surely happiness is worth something.” His name: Frank Stephens.

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STUDIES & STATISTICS

 

40.          “People with autistic traits are more likely to take their own lives’ People with autistic traits are more likely to take their own lives as they feel "shunned" by society and are depressed. ---thehealthsite.com, October 28 https://is.gd/9ebSEY


 

41.          “UC Davis researchers test drug that may reverse symptoms of autism.” Researchers at UC Davis MIND Institute may have found a drug that can reverse symptoms of a rare genetic condition associated with autism. ---sacbee.com, October 27 https://is.gd/yLgV1W


 

42.          “Relapse Risk After Discontinuation of Antidepressants for Anxiety.” Cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressant medications are first-line treatment strategies for patients with anxiety disorders. It has been estimated that antidepressants are a part of treatment for 57% of those receiving professional care for anxiety. ---psychiatryadvisor.com, October 31 https://is.gd/2KRyxc


 

43.          “Vitamin D Deficiency and Cognitive Functioning in Psychotic Disorders.” Cognitive impairment is a core dimension of psychopathology and an important determinant of quality of life and functioning in patients with psychosis. Psychosis is associated with impaired cognition in many domains, including attention/vigilance, learning and memory, reasoning and problem solving, processing speed, and social cognition. ----psychiatrictimes.com, October 30 https://is.gd/teC7yZ


 

44.          “Human Psychology Makes Health Insurance a Hard Sell – Especially for Latino Consumers.” The way human brains are wired, it just doesn’t make sense to us to buy something now that we may not need for years in the future. “Health insurance has to be the toughest thing on earth to sell,” said Christopher Graves, president and founder of Ogilvy’s Behavioral Science Center. ---kqed.org, October 30 (California) https://is.gd/pw2eFn


 

45.          “‘Drug boosts social behavior in mice with deletion tied to autism.” A drug that has shown promise for treating fragile X syndrome eases features of another condition associated with autism, suggests a new mouse study. ---spectrumnews.org, November 1 https://is.gd/AkO3NW


 

46.          “You must understand how to teach doctors about touch & autism.” We were both able to find and provide true and lasting relief and healing for our children. While we both went down all the mainstream paths with little to no results, we also ventured off the beaten path to find out a sacred truth: It is possible to heal our children. ---massagemag.com, November 1 https://is.gd/C7p61J
 

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

47.          “How To Manage Disabilities in the Workplace.” The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 addresses the needs of individuals with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications. ---huffingtonpost.com, October 31 https://is.gd/cOZja4


 

48.          “Service dog advocates warn against passing pets off as working animals.” Freedom and Independence could be two good dog names, but for Judy Peltier of Gurnee, her Seeing Eye dog Janet literally gives Peltier her freedom and independence. ---chicagotribune.com, November 2 https://is.gd/pn35dw


 

49.          “Families concerned about how special needs kids are getting to school.” Some Hillsborough County families say they are uncomfortable with the drivers hired to pick up their special needs children, taking them to and from school. ---abcactionnews.com, October 27 (Florida) https://is.gd/CGjI9Z


 

50.          “Special needs students working in the community.” Friday, students at the Wabasso School in Indian River County hosted an Italian Feast. The Wabasso School is a special education center for students with varying disabilities from kindergarten age to 22 years old. --- cbs12.com, October 28 (Florida) https://is.gd/IZ7Zec


 

51.          “ComForCare Home Care CEO speaks on protecting elderly from fraud, abuse.” Scott Greenberg, CEO of ComForCare Home Care, spoke on an important topic — elder fraud and abuse — at Mandell JCC, Boynton Beach, presenting a compendium of scary statistics: ---sun-sentinel.com, October 31 (Florida) https://is.gd/V88Fh8


 

52.          “For decades, the blind have used canes. Now a special wrist band can help them avoid hazards.” Watching Fernando Albertorio stroll down a crowded sidewalk into downtown Washington during a recent lunch hour, casually sidestepping pedestrians running errands and crowding around food trucks, you’d have no idea he is legally blind. ---magicvalley.com, October 29 (Idaho) https://is.gd/M8K9MB  


 

53.          “Iowa family adopts 69-year-old man with intellectual disabilities.” After moving from home to home his entire life, a 69-year-old man with intellectual disabilities has finally found his forever family. ---abc7.com, October 27 (Iowa) https://is.gd/iSFN6U


 

54.          “Metro Detroit high school student in special education denied academic award.” At 16 years old, Gabe Richards has been working hard to get good grades. He's secured straight A’s while being a part of the special education program at Marysville High School. ---wxyz.com, November 1 https://is.gd/f5oU5z


 

55.          “Special-education enrollment declines six straight years as St. Paul schools work on equity.” Six years into a wide-ranging equity initiative, St. Paul Public Schools is sticking far fewer students with the special-education label. Concerned that too many children, especially African-Americans, were being identified for specialized services, the district in 2011 set out to educate more students in mainstream classrooms. ---twincities.com, October 30 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/CSDILB


 

56.          “5 years after Sandy, this woman still worries about being left behind because of her disability.” When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City five years ago this Sunday, Melba Torres was prepared to evacuate. But she says the city she’s called home her whole life was not prepared to help her. --- grist.org, October 27 (New York) https://is.gd/UIlAVG

 

57.          “New career center will help people with developmental disabilities with employment.” Community leaders took a step forward Monday to help those with developmental disabilities in Western New York. ---wivb.com, October 30 (New York) https://is.gd/V88Fh8


 

58.          “Gaelynn Lea talks violin, disability rights; but not always at the same time.” NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner Gaelynn Lea is in Rochester this weekend for a performance at Nazareth College Saturday. She never thought she would be a performer full time. Which is a funny thought to come from someone who in the last year had 200 shows in 39 states and 6 different countries. --- wxxinews.org, October 28 (New York) https://is.gd/4IVqEd


 

59.          “Disability no obstacle to employment.” Disability should never deny someone a good career. That was one of the themes of “Disability Mentoring Day,” an event hosted by local educators and workforce developers Thursday at Museum of the Albemarle. ---dailyadvance.com, October 27 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/jtbDC9


 

60.          “Oklahoma Watch Wins Award for Developmental Disabilities Coverage.” Oklahoma Watch has been named the “media advocate of the year” by a Tulsa-based organization that pushes for greater understanding and quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. ---oklahomawatch.org, October 30 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/7trX3m


 

61.          “Practice night helps children with autism adjust to trick-or-treating.” Trick-or-treating is happening all around Central Ohio in the coming days, and a unique event is helping children with autism be a part of the annual tradition. --- nbc4i.com, October 27 (Ohio) https://is.gd/WFbvrp

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

62.          “Unexpected jump in demand for ACT working with vulnerable people cards.” A massive, unexpected jump in demand for working with vulnerable people cards in the ACT has forced the government to spend an extra $1.5 million on the scheme just to meet current demand. ---canberratimes.com.au, November 1 (Australia) https://is.gd/Pw7M6L


 

63.          “Mock airport exercise eases travel fears for those with autism.” The Charlottetown Airport and Autism Society of P.E.I. hosted a mock travel day designed to ease the travel process for individuals on the autism spectrum ---cbc.ca, October 28 (Canada) https://is.gd/NVkdFE


 

64.          “'Very little is actually being done': Corrections Canada funded just 7 FASD assessments last year.” 'We are quite disappointed with the service on this matter,' says prison watchdog ---cbc.ca, October 28 (Canada) https://is.gd/R1or6L


 

65.          App Teaches Teachers to Interact With Autistic Children.” Ingcare, an online education platform focusing on children with autism, has received millions of dollars in funding from investors, The Beijing News reported Tuesday, underscoring the lack of resources for parents and teachers. ---sixthtone.com, October 30 (China) https://is.gd/QxaRJd


 

66.          “Too few Israelis with disabilities live in their own homes. Here’s how to change that.” In recent weeks we have seen Israelis with disabilities closing down highways and raising their voices and public profiles in unprecedented ways to demand better services, better treatment, and a role in Israel’s destiny and economic successes. ---jta.org, November 1 (Israel) https://is.gd/1YmIJU


 

67.          “Japan Inc. starting to embrace community-oriented ‘creating shared value’ concept.” The concept of “creating shared value” is gradually but steadily finding its way into corporate Japan as an increasing number of managers recognize the importance of community-based business strategies. ---japantimes.co.jp, October 31 (Japan) https://is.gd/m4giuy


 

68.          “Intellectually disabled men lose court case.” Three intellectually disabled men who claimed they had been mistreated while held in health board care have lost their High Court bids for compensation. ---radionz.co.nz, October 30 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/pATjNd


 

69.          “Canterbury DHB 'extremely concerned' at increasing assaults on mental health staff.” Canterbury health authorities are "extremely concerned" after more than a third of mental health staff in one unit have been assaulted by patients so far this year. ---stuff.co.nz, October 27 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/mAj7MU


 

70.          “‘Extreme neglect, abuse’ led to 141 mentally-ill patient deaths at South African clinics, lawyer says.” The evidence presented has been a litany of neglect, incompetence and cruelty that lawyer Dirk Groenewald described as “the greatest human rights violation since the dawn of democracy” in South Africa. ----scmp.com, October 29 (South Africa) https://is.gd/F3cGMD


 

71.          “Woman with severe learning disability to get contraceptive patch against mother's wishes.” A woman with a severe learning disability who gave birth after a suspected rape should be fitted with a contraceptive patch against the wishes of her mother, the high court has ruled. --- theguardian.com, October 27 (UK) https://is.gd/VsBf9x


 

72.          “Woman defends dragging her autistic son along the pavement.” A UK woman has hit back at claims she is a bad mother after she was filmed dragging her autistic son along the pavement. ---au.news.yahoo.com, October 27 (UK) https://is.gd/RB5j97


 

   73.          “NHS celebrates opening of new school serving students with autism, special needs.” One of the nation’s largest providers of education and human services celebrated the opening of its first Lancaster County school this week. --- lancasteronline.com, October 28 (UK) https://is.gd/AZfVMJ


 

74.          “'I'm scared of my own autistic child'.” Parents struggling to cope with their violent autistic children are not being properly supported by local authorities, the National Autistic Society says. ---bbc.com, October 30 (UK) https://is.gd/F2SpRg


 

75.          “‘Autistic man lured from flat and beaten up by four thugs.” Police are appealing for information after an autistic man was lured out of his Burntwood flat last night and beaten up by four hooded thugs. ---birminghammail.co.uk, October 31 (UK) https://is.gd/VW52xD


 

76.          Woman killed autistic teen to cross murder off her ‘bucket list’.” A British woman was “euphoric” to have ticked off an item from her “bucket list” – murder, prosecutors said. ---nypost.com, November 2 (UK) https://is.gd/W4DYgK
 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

77.          “My autistic son’s best friend gives him things that I can’t.” My 17-year-old son T.J. met his best friend, Colby, in sixth grade when Colby came into class and saw T.J. sitting there, drawing a picture. ---washingtonpost.com, October 27 https://is.gd/TLlGPJ


 

78.          “Autism-Human Opens The Doors of The Artful Autistic World.” Designer of his own brand Remo, 18 year old autistic artist, Remzi Yılmaz is opening his second solo-exhibition, the first in Ankara and now in Oslo, at Gallery Autonom. In the same art complex, at Gallery Brenneriet, two autistic artists, Agnes Sundby 13 years old, and Martin Staffbakken, 26 years old, are going to exhibit their art pieces. ---tnp.no, October 29 https://is.gd/CbT12S


 

79.          “Your reactions: How ABC portrays autism in 'The Good Doctor'.” ABC’s “The Good Doctor” is not the first show to feature a main character who is on the autism spectrum — “Atypical” on Netflix and, some argue, “The Big Bang Theory” are other examples. But it’s the most high-profile and has thus far garnered a large swath of positive attention on social media for its portrayal of a high-functioning adult with autism. ----mcall.com, October 31 https://is.gd/NUIUAy