Disability and Abuse Newsfeed


Week of November 24 to November 30, 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:

Slavery and Trafficking:  59, 77

Physical Abuse:   4, 5, 6, 60  

Emotional/Verbal Abuse:

Financial abuse: 2, 9, 11, 12

Murder:       7, 8, 74

Neglect:1, 3

Guardianship:  11

 

WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):
 

Family: 1    

Carer: 2, 4, 8

Stranger: 3       

Co-resident: 6       

Special Education: 5    

Trustee: 11

Men:  2, 3(father/son team), 8, 9     

Women: 1, 2, 4


Good News: 

 

15 – Lawsuit filed due to housing zoning against people with disabilities.

21 – Possible new Adult Abuse Reporting in SC

26 – Revealed: ACES can deal to developmental delay in adulthood

50 – PA creates link to to services for people with disabilities and seniors

78 – New legislation to prosecute carers guilty of abuse

79 – New service will provide support instead of prison

 

Bad News: 

 

13 - “Violent Discipline:” lax reporting requirements and priorities. Fears this will get worse under Betsy deVos.

23 – Capitol police arrest protesters with disabilities

24 – Study shows people with disabilities are more likely to be arrested

27 - #youtoo “takes off” revealing hidden health concerns

32 – Nearly 9 percent of special education students were restrained or seclusion last year

48 – Funding cuts threaten group homes after cuts were made by the Health Care Authority

56 – Chinese nursery drugs toddlers

 

 

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ABUSE& NEGLECT

 

    1.          “Police: Disabled man found covered in feces, bed sores; sister charged.” Tuscaloosa investigators charged a woman after her disabled brother was taken to DCH for treatment Tuesday morning. According to hospital staff, the 46-year-old man weighed under 90 pounds, had bed sores, and was covered in dried feces. --- abc3340.com, November 28 (Alabama) https://is.gd/JnM6Ia

 

    2.          “Caregivers convicted of exploiting 74-year-old vulnerable adult.” Two caregivers were convicted of exploiting a 74-year old vulnerable adult in Willcox, after a Cochise County jury trial last week. --- willcoxrangenews.com, November 30 (Arizona) https://is.gd/SUZ6YR

 

    3.          “Father, son charged with neglect for allegedly removing woman from nursing home.” A father and son are facing elderly neglect charges for allegedly removing a woman from a nursing and rehabilitation center and keeping her at home without medication. --- pnj.com, November 29 (Florida) https://is.gd/XxC8kU

 

    4.          “Police charge group home caregiver with assaulting disabled woman.”  Police say an employee of a group home for people with disabilities assaulted a client. A police report says other employees of PARC intervened and pulled the caregiver off the victim, then called authorities. --- abcactionnews.com, November 29 (Florida) https://is.gd/VreDiW

 

    5.          “Police: Teacher caught on camera hitting autistic child.” A teacher in Georgia has resigned amid accusations that she repeatedly hit a 6-year-old autistic student. --- knoe.com, November 30 (Georgia) https://is.gd/bwGAxQ

 

    6.          “Group home resident stabbed by another resident.” A commotion inside a group home in the 900 block of South 10th Street sent a 47-year-old woman to the hospital Saturday night with a minor stab wound, Lafayette police said. --- jconline.com, November 27 (Indiana) https://is.gd/EYQS09

 

    7.          “Jury hears granddaughter’s cries in elder abuse death trial.” Going to Saturday morning yard sales was one of Meritel Saintil’s favorite things to do with her grandmother, she said Wednesday. --- seacoastonline.com, November 29 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/YmHIxA

 

    8.          “Conviction stands in murder-by-neglect case.” A Spanaway man who was convicted of murder in the death of an older man in his care claimed he didn't get a fair trial. Wrong. Last week, the state Court of Appeals upheld the second-degree felony murder conviction of Larry John Lee, rejecting his claim that he was treated unfairly by court officials and his own lawyer during his trial last year. --- dispatchnews.com, November 27 (Washington) https://is.gd/abjnSk

 

    9.          ““Inside job:” Man accused of robbing woman at Elm Grove group home for elderly patients.” 25-year-old Omar Wixson of Milwaukee faces a criminal charge of armed robbery, repeater for allegedly stealing from a residential group home for elderly mentally disabled patients in Elm Grove. Investigators are now looking into whether Wixson and his accomplice are connected to a disgruntled employee, fired just weeks prior. --- fox6now.com, November 28 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/CEfDpp

 

 

GUARDIANSHIP

 

10.          “Should People with Anorexia Be Force-Fed?” Doctors and judges walk a fine ethical line when deciding if people with eating disorders should be treated against their wishes. --- healthline.com, November 27 https://is.gd/aWWlJv

 

11.          “New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty in Guardianship Fraud Case.” A New Mexico man accused of embezzling more than $4.8 million from trust accounts he managed for elderly and disabled clients has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud and money laundering charges. --- usnews.com, November 27 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/WZYry1

 

12.          Cops: Blind 75-year-old man robbed, beaten in daytime attack.” Police in suburban Philadelphia say a legally blind 75-year-old man was beaten and robbed in broad daylight. --- cbsnews.com, November 28 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/Y99kmJ

 

 

LAWS & LEGISLATION

 

13.          “How Washington Winks at Violent Discipline of Special Needs Kids.” The Department of Education is supposed to keep track of such incidents, but it lets schools slide on reporting. Critics fear the situation will get worse under Betsy DeVos. --- politico.com, November 28 https://is.gd/Kd01Tg

 

14.          “Salem group home lawsuit settled for $1.325 million.” Five Salem residents whose houses were attacked by a resident of a now-closed group home nearby have settled their lawsuits against the operating company. The case was resolved Nov. 15 for $1.325 million, to be split among the five plaintiffs. --- theday.com, November 29 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/MZFZdX

 

15.          “Feds sue Springfield over group home ordinance.” The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the city of Springfield Tuesday, claiming a zoning ordinance discriminates against people with disabilities. --- sj-r.com, November 28 (Illinois) https://is.gd/NyjI47

 

16.          “Boys Training School suit filed by Disability Rights Iowa and Children’s Rights.” Disability Rights Iowa has issued a news release outlining a federal lawsuit it has co-filed with the Childrens Rights organization. Disability Rights Iowa can be remembered here as a lead advocate for the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School in Toledo in 2014. --- tamatoledonews.com, November 27 (Iowa) https://is.gd/mBukZW

 

17.          “Lawsuit: Iowa school for juvenile offenders misusing drugs.” Officials at an Iowa school for juvenile offenders are failing to provide adequate mental health care to youth and are instead administering powerful drugs without proper oversight or consent, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by two advocacy groups. --- newsobserver.com, November 27 (Iowa) https://is.gd/8KP5xC

 

18.          “Lawsuit says bus company failed to protect boy attacked on school bus.” The family of a Walled Lake student is suing Dean Transportation after they say their special needs son was assaulted by another student on a school bus. --- mlive.com, November 30 (Michigan) https://is.gd/SUZ6YR

 

19.          “Feds probe Disabilities Act complaints against Warren police.” The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether the Warren Police Department violated federal law involving individuals who rely on sign language to communicate with officers. --- macombdaily.com, November 24 (Michigan) https://is.gd/kFwJue

 

20.          “Disability rights group sues state over discharge policy.” A disability rights group is suing the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities for its failure to discharge 97 adults who are 21 and older from residential schools. --- blog.timesunion.com, November 30 (New York) https://is.gd/34XPt3

 

21.          “SC bill would create adult abuse registry like state's sex registry to protect vulnerable adults.” Those convicted of abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult could not be hired by three state agencies that deal with that population under a bill proposed by Rep. Garry Smith of Simpsonville. --- greenvilleonline.com, November 28 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/VQtejE

 

22.          Texas special education director fired over past "serious allegations," agency says.” Texas has fired its special education director after learning that she had been accused in a lawsuit of trying to keep others from talking about the alleged sexual abuse of a student at an Oregon school district where she previously worked. --- cbsnews.com, November 24 (Texas) https://is.gd/myl3NP

 

23.          “Capitol Police arrest wheelchair-bound protesters at Senate tax bill hearing.” Capitol Police arrest wheelchair-bound protesters at Senate tax bill hearing --- washingtonexaminer.com, November 28 (Washington) https://is.gd/UKze23

 

STUDIES & STATISTICS

 

24.          “People with disabilities more likely to be arrested.” People with disabilities face all sorts of discrimination every day. New Cornell University research suggests they may also face it while interacting with the police. --- sciencedaily.com, November 30 https://is.gd/A2d4qT

 

25.          “Special education’s hidden racial gap.” At the age of 3, Tyrone Colson was diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic abnormality that is often accompanied by developmental disabilities. Because of this diagnosis, an individualized education plan (IEP) — documents detailing Colson’s special needs, and a plan for how his school would help him reach his potential — was already in place when Colson arrived for his first day of school. --- hechingerreport.org, November 25 https://is.gd/n0VKYr

 

26.          “Childhood trauma can cause developmental delays in adulthood, study says.” It’s a battle Child Abuse Council has been fighting for years. The Adverse Childhood Experience study conducted by ACEs 360 Iowa is putting science behind what many parents and social workers already suspect. Mental, physical and emotional abuse or trauma can cause developmental delays in the brain. --- wqad.com, November 27 https://is.gd/8iBCnP

 

27.          “Survivors of sexual and physical abuse need #youtoo.” In the past few weeks, the outpouring of #metoo stories in social media has opened the world’s eyes to a significant, yet often hidden public health concern. An estimated 1 in 3 women experience physical and/or sexual abuse by an intimate partner or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their life. --- who.int, November 24 https://is.gd/0jwqVd

 

28.          “A Closer Look at Sleep Disorders with Autism.” The inability to get a good night’s sleep is experienced by most people at one time or another. However, recent studies show sleep concerns are more prevalent with people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). --- autismparentingmagazine.com, November 27 https://is.gd/avVnN3

 

29.          “The Autistic Child: 'Different, Not Less'.” From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. One in every 160 children worldwide has some form for autism spectrum disorder, also called ASD. This estimate comes from the United Nations’ World Health Organization. --- learningenglish.voanews.com, November 27 https://is.gd/0Nj6bd

 

30.          “Federal Actions Needed to Ensure Parents Are Notified About Changes in Rights for Students with Disabilities.” States include different academic, administrative, and financial accountability mechanisms in their voucher and education savings account (ESA) programs—programs that use public funds for private school educational expenses (see figure). Of the 27 programs operating in January 2017, most had academic and administrative accountability mechanisms for participating schools, such as academic testing requirements (18 of 27) or health and safety requirements (25 of 27). In addition, 15 of 27 programs required schools to demonstrate financial soundness and 8 of 27 programs required annual financial audits. --- gao.gov, November 30 https://is.gd/PTqEKq

 

31.          “Report: Shortfall in special education funding costs schools.” Michigan special education students lag behind children with disabilities in other states and the system is badly underfunded, forcing schools to divert nearly $700 million annually from their operating budgets to fill the shortfall. --- wnmufm.org, November 27 (Michigan) https://is.gd/IcE7DC

 

32.          “MMSD report: Nearly 9 percent of students with disabilities restrained or secluded in incidents last year.” A report released this fall by the Madison Metropolitan School District said nearly nine percent of students with disabilities were restrained or secluded by staff during the last school year. --- host.madison.com, November 28 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/IcfKPd

 

33.          “People with disabilities have the right to good health too.” Should being in good health look different for someone who is deaf? How do you know if a person with autism is unwell if they cannot tell you? These are among the questions all social care professionals – from care managers to nurses – should be asking to tackle the significant health inequalities experienced by people with disabilities. --- theguardian.com, November 27 (UK) https://is.gd/xoFcBJ

 

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

34.          “Let’s Make 2018, The Year to Step Up for Persons with Disabilities.” It has been more than 20 years since the launch of Broward’s Mental Health Court and the recognition that through the application of therapeutic jurisprudence courts have the capacity to promote recovery and public safety. --- huffingtonpost.com, November 25 https://is.gd/uN6Ltd

 

35.          “Why intelligence scores do not predict success for autistic adults.” The idea that a high level of intelligence helps some autistic people in their daily lives crops up often in Hollywood depictions and casual conversation. --- spectrumnews.org, November 28 https://is.gd/zc7zCC

 

36.          “Groton City first responders learn to ID those on autistic spectrum.” Think about the last time you walked into a mall. Now imagine all of the lights and sounds amplified so much, you cover your ears and cry in response. --- theday.com, November 26 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/BFkBKO

 

37.          “Organization teaches people with developmental disabilities to adapt in working world.” When a couple is having a baby, they may have an idea of what life will be like. But, when a baby is born with a developmental disability, parents will face unique challenges -- through every stage of life. --- wgntv.com, November 24 (Illinois) https://is.gd/VxZe6h

 

38.          “CPS Asks State to Help Reform Special Education Offerings.” Leaders at Chicago Public Schools are asking for the state’s help in reviewing and reforming its special education offerings, which they admit have been subject to “several problems” and are in need of “fundamental changes.” --- chicagotonight.wttw.com, November 27 (Illinois) https://is.gd/DxWio7

 

39.          “Kansas nursing homes have ‘become far too dependent’ on mind-altering meds.” Allen Wagner used to light up when his granddaughter entered the room, but when she visits him at his nursing home in Overland Park now, he hardly reacts. He’s sleepy and uncommunicative. --- kansascity.com, November 26 (Kansas) https://is.gd/rM05sU

 

40.          “Police chief writes up his own officer for parking in a handicap spot: report.” Social media nabbed a Louisiana police officer who parked his official vehicle in a spot reserved for handicapped motorists. After the mother of a disabled girl posted a picture of the infraction Sunday (Nov. 26) on Facebook, the police chief in Rayville wrote up his own officer, KNOE television reports. --- nola.com, November 28 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/RjSUwu

 

41.          “Sensory-friendly performances give autistic kids a chance to enjoy holiday shows.” For most people, the biggest decisions about holiday shows are which to attend and where to sit. But for parents of children with autism, the question is whether their child will enjoy or be disturbed by the experience. --- carver.wickedlocal.com, November 27 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/kxHyVa

 

42.          “Study: Michigan special education is underfunded by $700M.” Special education in Michigan schools is underfunded by nearly $700 million - a shortfall that leaves school districts with less money to educate their general education students. --- wzzm13.com, November 23 (Michigan) https://is.gd/wbnBsn

 

43.          “Minnesota’s Somali deaf community battles stigma, by advocating for itself.” Growing up deaf in a hearing family, Fardowsa Ali never had access to a sign language, lip-reading or any other forms of communication. --- minnpost.com, November 27 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/Pu1Ohe

 

44.          “St. Louis residents with developmental disabilities get help finding employment.” An international program with a presence in St. Louis is helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find employment. --- stlpublicradio.org, November 30 (Missouri) https://is.gd/NWDVBv

 

45.          “Rochester schools remain short-staffed, under-trained in special education.” Three weeks into this school year, special education reviews and paperwork were backing up in Rochester schools after the district failed to adequately train administrators on a new, important set of responsibilities. --- democratandchronicle.com, November 28 (New York) https://is.gd/zTEK2I

 

46.          “Children with special needs should participate in the arts. She’s making it easier.” Sensory-friendly performances are popping up all over the Triangle this holiday season, making it easier for those with disabilities such as autism or visual impairment to enjoy the arts. --- newsobserver.com, November 23 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/0TgM7R

 

47.          “Ohio statehouse adds wheelchair charging station.” The Ohio Statehouse has added a charging station for electric wheelchairs. The first of two planned stations was unveiled last week. It is located in the Map Room on the state capitol's ground floor. -- 13abc.com, November 25 (Ohio) https://is.gd/lyES1r

 

48.          “Funding cuts threaten group homes that support disabled adults.” The homes and apartments that comprise Carter County Group Homes are all unassuming, with no obvious signs that give away their affiliation, but the organization’s quiet accommodations have quietly become jeopardized. --- ardmoreite.com, November 25 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/GR7Geo

 

49.          “Oregon fails rural schools who need help teaching children with disabilities: Guest opinion.” You may not know it, but many Oregon children don't attend full days of school for months or years at a time because of behavior problems caused by disabilities. Increasingly, this happens in small rural districts located far from the expert behavioral help found in the state's bigger cities. --- oregonlive.com, November 26 (Oregon) https://is.gd/MIYLZD

 

50.          “Pennsylvania launches website to help seniors and people with disabilities find services.” Pa. website helps seniors and people with disabilities find services. Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the launch of the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, www.carelink.pa.gov, which connects older Pennsylvanians and individuals with a disability or behavioral health need to services and support available in their community. --- phillytrib.com, November 24 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/rHhrS2

 

51.          “MUSC program aims to tackle fitness of young people with autism and other disabilities.” James Johnson calls out instruction after instruction. Like in a typical yoga class, meditative music plays, set to a backdrop of groans as Johnson ramps up the difficulty. There are the usual complaints when the instructor settles into a plank position, and the same sighs of relief when he orders upward or downward dog. --- postandcourier.com, November 26 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/Vb07xm

 

52.          “Audit finds problems at Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” A state audit of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has found several areas where it says the department failed to meet its responsibilities and provide important services. --- tennessean.com, November 29 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/YF963E

 

53.          “Firing leaves Texas without a special education director at a critical time.” After just over three months on the job, the state's special education director was fired last week after she filed a federal complaint against the Texas Education Agency for awarding a multi-million dollar, no-bid contract to a company that is mining data on disabled students. --- chron.com, November 29 (Texas) https://is.gd/Bfn01j

 

54.          “Spencer Solves It: No HISD bus service offered for special-needs student.” He is a happy, creative 13-year-old boy who loves to draw science-fiction heroes and monsters. He loves to create movies on the computer and loves to build things. --- click2houston.com, November 29 (Texas) https://is.gd/G2bB0B

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

55.          “Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan urged to apologise over 'autistic' banks comment.” A prominent Australian human rights lawyer and former disability discrimination commissioner has slammed comments made by Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan that major banks have shown an "almost autistic disregard" for the law. --- abc.net.au, November 26 (Australia) https://is.gd/tuzle6

 

56.          “New senator fights for disability rights.” Australia's youngest senator has vowed to be a tireless champion for people with disability, urging politicians to do more for future generations. West Australian Greens senator Jordon Steele-John made his first speech to parliament on Wednesday after being sworn-in earlier in the month as the replacement for Scott Ludlam - the first MP to leave parliament over the dual citizenship saga. --- sbs.com.au, November 28 (Australia) https://is.gd/qFHlRS

 

57.          “Police Launch Vulnerable Persons Registry.” Saugeen Shores Police have started a vulnerable persons’ registry. Officers say it will allow for an improved police response to vulnerable people who may require emergency assistance due to their condition. --- bayshorebroadcasting.ca, November 27 https://is.gd/iEayUo

 

58.          “Manitoba First Nations raise concerns about child-welfare reforms.” Some Manitoba First Nations say they are worried some of the reforms planned for the province's troubled child-welfare system could worsen the problem of having aboriginal children raised in non-Indigenous homes. --- theglobeandmail.com, November 26 (Canada) https://is.gd/5ejcBr

 

59.          “MANDEL: The sad saga of a mentally challenged man who claims he was enslaved for decades and his child stolen.” For almost his entire life, Gary Willett Jr. thought of Tim Goldrick as the indentured “slave-type maid” who lived an ugly life in the open hallway of their basement. --- torontosun.com, November 30 (Canada) https://is.gd/BLPabI

 

60.          “Beijing nursery 'needle abuse' of children shocks China.” A Beijing nursery is accused of giving injections and feeding drugs to toddlers, in a case that has sparked outrage in China. Authorities are now investigating the nursery, which is a branch of the well-known RYB Education chain. --- bbc.com, November 24 (China) https://is.gd/YhRTM0

 

61.          “China: kindergarten teacher arrested in abuse scandal.” Police in China have detained a woman on suspicion of abusing children at a kindergarten in a case that has caused widespread anger and sparked protests at the school. --- theguardian.com, November 25 (China) https://is.gd/vut5lL

 

62.          “China vows improvements after kindergarten abuse scandal.” A Chinese official vowed Thursday to make administrative improvements following a scandal involving the abuse of children at a kindergarten in the nation's capital that has sparked widespread outrage. --- abcnews.go.com, November 30 (China) https://is.gd/GChKAq

 

63.          “Special Olympics in Ghana has a bright future - Africa President.” The President of Special Olympics Africa, Mr. Charles Nyambe, has said, he believes the future of Special Olympics (SO) Ghana, is very bright, despite challenges. --- ghanaweb.com, November 25 (Ghana) https://is.gd/l2BSCw

 

64.          “Greek Gov’t Announces Program to Help People with Special Needs Access Beaches.” The Greek government has announced a program to create structures and facilities that would help people with special needs access beaches. --- greece.greekreporter.com, November 26 (Greece) https://is.gd/FTee8g

 

65.          “MNCs embrace autistic people to improve diversity.” Multinational companies in India such as JPMorgan, Cisco, Capgemini and Dell are taking a step forward in their agenda to improve diversity in the workplace by hiring people with autism. --- economictimes.indiatimes.com, November 25 (India) https://is.gd/uzyfK3

 

66.          “BoF to consider extension to profs with physical disability.” The Board of Finance (BoF), Panjab University (PU), will consider the extension in retirement age — by two years, from 60 to 62 — of Prof Vijay Nagpal on account of him being physically challenged. --- tribuneindia.com, November 26 (India) https://is.gd/2tsiky

 

67.          “Japanese robot could be a constant companion for vulnerable adults.” His memory is failing, edging into full-blown dementia, so Frank’s son gives him the gift of a robot butler to help him in his home. But Frank, a retired (sort of) jewel thief, has other ideas for Robot’s role. The 2012 science fiction movie, called Robot and Frank, offers a poignant yet comic commentary on what might not be such an outrageous futuristic scenario soon in Ireland: using companion robots to help our ever growing population of older people. --- irishexaminer.com, November 24 (Japan) https://is.gd/Ui7EoE

 

68.          M’sians, Here’s How You Can Look At A Person Beyond Their Disability.” When we hear the word ‘disability’, we often think of someone who lacks the ability of what society deems a normal person can do. However, this is a common misconception as reality does not make the gifted society automatically disabled. --- malaysiandigest.com, November 28 (Malaysia) https://is.gd/PpTNRM

 

69.          “Number of Down’s babies ‘not lower with screening’.” Prenatal screening had failed to reduce the number of babies born with Down’s syndrome in the Netherlands, a Dutch obstetrician claimed yesterday. --- thetimes.co.uk, November 24 (Netherlands) https://is.gd/GfhrIv

 

70.          “Disabled must be part of state abuse inquiry, activist Robert Martin says.” Leading disability rights activist Robert Martin says an inquiry into abuse in state care must look into what happened to disabled adults, and not be limited only to foster children. --- nzherald.co.nz, November 28 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/pnWNyR

 

71.          “SOP Conference Brings Oral Care to Special Needs Kids.” Oral health contributes to the general health, self-esteem and quality of life of an individual. Many published studies have reported relatively poor oral hygiene and high levels of periodontal disease in mentally challenged children. --- dentalnewspk.com, November 28 (Pakistan) https://is.gd/Mfem5R

 

72.          “Disability: New campaign to assess access to buildings.” As part of activities lined up for the Disability Week, the National Council of People living with Disabilities (NCPD) and its partners will conduct an audit of public buildings and ensure they are accessible to those with different physical disabilities. --- newtimes.co.rw, November 25 (Rwanda) https://is.gd/I2YXqp

 

73.          “Young man with Asperger's dumped by B&M after 15 hours of free work as campaigners demand end to 'trial' shifts.” Fast-growing retailers B&M asked a man with Asperger’s to work for three days without pay before dumping him. Craig Robertson, 25, thought he had secured a paid position after his three five-hour “trial” shifts at the chain’s store in Wishaw, Lanarkshire. --- dailyrecord.co.uk, November 24 (Scotland) https://is.gd/RWLGFN

 

74.          “Couple ‘tortured’ intellectually disabled waitress, who died after 8 months of abuse.” The day before she died in her sleep, 26-year-old Annie Ee Yu Lian tried to kill herself by slitting her wrists with a pair of scissors. --- channelnewsasia.com, November 28 (Singapore) https://is.gd/od2x0M

 

75.          “Over 18,000 signatures received for petition to seek heavier punishment for abusers of deceased intellectually disabled waitress.” A Change.org petition created to seek heavier punishment on the couple who allegedly tortured an intellectually disabled waitress to death has received over 18,000 signatures within just two days. --- theonlinecitizen.com, November 30 (Singapore) https://is.gd/tz8rEr

 

76.          “Progressive steps to promoting disability rights.” Disability Rights Awareness Month presents the opportunity to challenge discriminatory attitudes and actions in South Africa and formulate a roadmap for a more accepting and inclusive society. --- iol.co.za, November 28 (South Africa) https://is.gd/SX8xGR

 

77.          “Life in prison, $27,247 fine for human trafficking in UAE.” Human traffickers target the young, poor and less-educated in order to easily control, exploit and abuse them, law professionals say. Last year, 106 defendants trafficked 34 victims into the UAE to be forced into the sex industry or be sold, said Legal Consultant Hassan Elhais from Al Rowad Advocates. --- zawya.com, November 24 (UAE) https://is.gd/OH2FCq

 

78.          “Investigations into care home abuse claims in Suffolk reveal ‘worrying trend’.” Suffolk Constabulary carried out 224 enquiries into alleged carer abuse and neglect between April 2015, when new legislation was introduced to help prosecute care workers and organisations guilty of abuse, and September 2017. -- lowestoftjournal.co.uk, November 27 (UK) https://is.gd/cTaPxu

 

79.          “New Greater Manchester scheme aims support not prison for vulnerable people.” Vulnerable people who have no place in a custody cell are to receive the right support, in the right place, at the right time, thanks to a service officially launched in Greater Manchester today. --- aboutmanchester.co.uk, November 27 (UK) https://is.gd/NrKVVw

 

80.          “Why we really need autism friendly Christmas grottos.” Most kids love Christmas – the build up, the lights, and especially that annual trip to Santa’s grotto in the local shopping centre. --- metro.co.uk, November 30 (UK) https://is.gd/T2qznT

 

81.          “Mum gets £9million compensation for autistic son she would have aborted if doc hadn’t botched test.” A mother who would have aborted her son had she been told he would be disabled won a record £9million compensation yesterday for his “wrongful birth”. --- thesun.co.uk, November 25 (UK) https://is.gd/RWLGFN

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

82.          “Please stop treating wheelchair users as if they are invisible.” For some of us it is very difficult to connect with other people because we appear to be invisible. --- independent.co.uk, November 28 https://is.gd/BG67La

 

83.          “Blind 97-Year-Old Colorado man sets record at Turkey Day 5K.” A 97-year-old Colorado man appears to have set a world record at the annual Turkey Day 5K in Highlands Ranch. --- ktvq.com, November 23 (Colorado) https://is.gd/U6Xk48

 

84.          “Woman breaks barriers as first with Down syndrome to compete in Miss USA state pageant.” One Minnesota woman is quickly earning the title of “trailblazer.” Mikayla Holmgren, 22, of Stillwater, Minn., is believed to be the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA state pageant, according to WFLA. --- sacbee.com, November 26 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/ugXOqX

 

85.          “Rare images offer a glimpse into what life was like for disabled people in the Victorian era when those in wheelchairs were kept as a family secret and segregated from the rest of society.” Harrowing photographs capture the purgatory endured by disabled people forced to live a life of solitude and hardship in Victorian era Britain. --- dailymail.co.uk, November 28 (UK) https://is.gd/741nbX