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News Summary for September 6, 2011
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

Dr. Nora’s Top Picks:

1.        " Disabled ARC Employee Attacked inside Store" ---  A disabled employee at ARC Thrift Store was sexually assaulted Thursday after an unknown assailant attacked her in an aisle. Denver Police says the attack … --- 9NEWS.com --- September 1, 2011  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/Hutaa1

2.       "State Worker Jailed, Accused of Hitting Client" --- Tawanna Jean Muller, 43, Percival Road, is charged with thrd degree assault and battery after a client of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs reported to a hot line for vulnerable adults that … --- The State --- September 2, 2011  (SOUTH CAROLINA)    http://is.gd/lUgr4Q

3.       "Deaf Girl's Mother Files Lawsuit Against School Board, Alleges Harassment" --- The mother of a deaf student filed a lawsuit against the Kanawha County Board of Education last week, asking a judge to temporarily prevent school officials from … --- Charleston Gazette --- September 4, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/8AiSsM

4.        "CPS Overworked and Understaffed, Findings Say" --- Arizona Child Protective services are receiving more calls about threatened children but do not have the staff to handle those calls, statistics released by CPS said. --- KTAR.com --- August 30, 2011  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/UwtpSx

5.       "Pregnancy and Drinking Don't Mix" --- … of a film created by the Kentucky Prevention Enhancement Site (PES) for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in collaboration with the Bluegrass Regional Mental Health and Mental ... --- Lexington Herald Leader --- September 3, 2011 (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/4Poaxw

6.       "For Disabled, Lack of Power More than a Nuisance" --- But as Pasadena resident Judy McCorkill knows well, it can be much more than that for someone with special health needs. Her family lost power Saturday … --- Annapolis Capital --- September 1, 2011  (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/qWzzys

7.       "Disability Lawyer Convicted in Embezzlement that Neared $500,000" --- On June 11 last year at 3:20 pm, a promising Hopewell-raised attorney with a practice dedicated to helping disabled people admitted to her firm's president that she was a thief. --- Richmond Times Dispatch --- September 2, 2011  (VIRGINIA)    http://is.gd/PyMSoV

8.        "Brown Gets Elder Protection Bill" --- Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, will double the penalties for elder and dependent adult abuse. It would also impose new regulations for the issuance of signature stamps by a state-organized bank or credit unions. --- Contra Costa Times --- September 2, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/9OgXp8

9.       "Mother of Disabled Attack Victim John Gallagher Speaks of Her Anguish" --- The family of John Gallagher have spoken of the heartache they have endured since the brutal attack which left him severely disabled. --- Wishaw Press --- August 31, 2011  (SCOTLAND)    http://is.gd/3NEbG4
Abuse/Crime-related Articles:
1.         "Prescott Man Tasered on Video" --- A tribal police officer, night facing criticism for using a Taster on a mentally handicapped man near Prescott. Video of the incident made it onto YouTube. It happened last week outside … --- FOX11AZ.com --- August 30, 2011  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/eJFh7C
2.         "Disabled Man Tasered at Dollar General: Judge Rules Mobile Police Immune" ---- A federal judge here ruled today that a pair of Mobile police officers accused of violating the rights of a deaf and mentally disabled man … --- al.com --- August 30, 2011  (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/54MfGw
3.         "Best Buy Apologizes for Calling Police on Mentally Disabled Man at Downey Store" --- Officials from retailer Best Buy have apologized to the family of a mentally retarded man after employees at the chain's Downey Landing location … --- Downey Beat --- August 31, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Slp3LX
4.         "Man Indicted for Defrauding Disabled Senior Out of $36,000" --- A Washington resident with Power of Attorney over a disabled Delaware senior was indicted yesterday on six felony charges, including the exploitation of an infirm adult and theft … --- Newark Post --- August 30, 2011  (DELAWARE)   http://is.gd/x8txJP
5.         "Tax Fraud Thieves Targeted Disabled Man" --- The 27-year-old, who has a neurological disorder called ataxia, is dependent on his parents and spends his days in classes for disabled adults at the Hillsborough … --- Tampabay.com --- September 3, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/R5NjUi
6.         "Disabled Man Sues Group Home over Controversial Sex Policy" ---Guardians for a developmentally disabled man have sued the group home where he lived for eight years, alleging that the non-profit's controversial and permissive … --- Tampabay.com --- September 1, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ueiLcb
7.         "Mentally Disabled Man Shot Dead by Police While Playing with a Toy Gun After 911 Calls from Terrified Neighbors" --- A mentally disabled man has been shot dead by police because he was playing with a toy gun. Police gunned down Ernest … --- Daily Mail --- September 1, 2011  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/fOcMqk    
8.         "Maywood Man Shot, Killed in Wheelchair on West Side Sidewalk" --- A 33-year-old west suburban man was shot and killed in his wheelchair in a flurry of gunshots early this morning on a West Side sidewalk, police said. --- Chicago Tribune --- September 3, 2011 (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/MhgpZ6
9.         "Police: Wilmington Man Raped Mentally Disabled Joliet Woman" ---
A man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman in her bed. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- September 1, 2011  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/8QBFMj
10.         "Judge Orders Probation in Group Home Fire Incident" --- A man who set fire to special-needs group home where he lived was sentenced Friday to three years probation in another care facility, but this time he will not have roommates. --- South Bend Tribune --- September 3, 2011  (INDIANA) http://is.gd/GPApU1
11.        "Group Says Branstad Actions Cause Nursing Home Deaths" --- An organization that advocates for disabled Iowans says decisions made by Gov. Terry Branstad are causing the state's nursing home residents to suffer and die. Disability Rights Iowa, which is part of a national network … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- August 31, 2011  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/BosWVj
12.        "Police: Man Charged in Teen Sex Assault Case" --- The case involved a 13-year-old mentally challenged girl, officials said. During the investigation, officers developed sufficient information to indicate that a sexual … --- KCCI Des Moines --- August 30, 2011  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/36Xnlz
13.         "Man Charged with Having Sex with Mentally Challenged 16-Year-Old" --- The Louisville Metro Police Sex Crimes Unit is investigating a man accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl. Police said 24-year-old Tomee Morgan tried … --- WLKY Louisville --- August 30, 2011  (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/1vPjbv  
14.        "$100K Bail for Man Accused of Kidnapping Disabled Woman" --- A North Chatham man charged with kidnapping a disabled woman, forcing her to withdraw money from an ATM and leaving her bound and … --- Worcester Telegram --- August 31, 2011 (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/bcy7Ec
15.        "DOJ Looking Into Mental Health Programs" --- A Mississippi mental health official says the Department of Justice Department is looking into whether the state is providing appropriate care to mentally ill. --- Houston Chronicle --- September 4, 2011  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/GVnDzg
16.        "Donors Help Disabled Gardnerville Man Beaten by Caregiver" --- "It's been overwhelming," said Karen Winberg, whose son, Brandon, 22, needed a wheelchair and a specialized van. Their story appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal last month. --- Reno Gazette Journal --- September 3, 2011  (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/Y21ous
17.        "Two Men Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Handicapped Plainfield Woman" --- County Prosecutor's OfficeMarcal Cambell and Edward Woodson, who were charged today with sexually assaulting a handicapped Plainfield woman. --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- September 1, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/9BXrla
18.        "Kings Mountain Man Charged with Assault on Handicapped Person" --- A Kings Mountain man is accused of grabbing a cane away from a handicapped man and breaking it. --- WSOC Charlotte --- September 1, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)    http://is.gd/6z4kJI
19.        "Shay Gets Probation" --- Pamela Shay pleaded no contest to two counts of patient neglect because of the heat-related deaths of two of her residents in her group home, Angel Arms. --- Toledo Blade --- September 3, 2011  (OHIO)    http://is.gd/ciw79M
20.        "Four Arrested on Felony Drug Charges" --- Dimario's arrest is the result of a report of drugs being stolen from a mentally challenged resident of Clark Street in Blanchester, Reinbolt said. --- Wilmington News Journal --- September 2, 2011  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ffLax9
21.        "Video Captures Beating of Mentally Challenged Student" --- This is the story of two brothers, one of them mentally challenged, who were beaten by a gang of eight, leaving the mentally challenged youth … --- 6abc.com --- September 2, 2011 (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/zZAhyZ  
22.        "Man Says Hitting Wheelchair-Bound Wife With Bat Was Attempted Mercy Killing: Cops" --- A Lower Macungie man hit his wheelchair-bound wife in the head multiple times with a baseball bat and then tried to drown her in a bathtub, Pennsylvania State Police … --- NBC Philadelphia --- September 2, 2011 (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/FQv3bB
23.        "State Worker Accused of Abuse to Disabled Person" --- Reynaldo Orona, 24, was charged with intentionally causing bodily injury to a disabled person in connection with a March 20 incident in the chow hall of the center, formerly called the … --- LubbockOnline.com --- September 2, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/2Z9wcv
24.        "Disabled Man and His Wife Living in Deplorable Conditions" --- Fifty-nine-year-old Juan Chavez and his wife Andrea are living in rough conditions. Juan is blind, suffers from cancer, and recently had a tracheotomy. Their home was gutted … --- KRGV --- September 1, 2011  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/h5O4ph

25.        "Caregiver Accused of Maliciously Wounding Handicapped Patient" --- A Rainelle man who provided in-home care to a blind, mentally handicapped man has been arrested and charged with maliciously … --- Beckley Register-Herald --- September 2, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/uzVmFc
26.        "Two Men Accused of Beating Wheelchair-bound Man Arraigned" --- Two men who allegedly robbed and beat a homeless man in a wheelchair were in court Tuesday to be arraigned. Greg Allen Burdette, 34, of Roane Street and Lance Michael Jefferson, 18, of Tennessee Avenue … --- Daily Mail --- August 30, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/wIsSHD   
Seeking Improved Support

1.         "Statewide Workshops Focus on Transition to Adulthood for Students with Disabilities" --- For the first time, several state organizations have teamed up to offer a series of workshops to help families of students with disabilities transition to society after high school. --- Montgomery Advertiser --- September 2, 2011  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/gVSVOq
2.        "Researchers Able to Spot Autism Signs with MRI Scans" --- Researchers have found a way to spot the signs of autism using MRI scans. The new study out of Stanford University looked at MRI data from 24 autistic children and compared it to that of typically developing children. --- 9NEWS.com --- September 2, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/HSAXEu
3.         "Weld Reports Troubling Trend as Number of Suicides Doubled in Last Decade" --- Most studies show economic strain and personal financial crisis worsen the mental health of those who might consider suicide, according to the Office of Suicide Prevention. --- Greeley Tribune --- September 3, 2011  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/1JMHdM
4.         "Individuals with Down Syndrome Prone to Developing Alzheimer's" --- There is a questionnaire called "The Dementia Questionnaire for Mentally Retarded Persons," which can help, as well as a few other available tools. --- Danbury News Times --- September 2, 2011   (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/BkJLGf
5.         "East Haven Woman Sentenced in Scheme to Defraud Medicaid" ---
…  irregularities in Dunn's billings for the state's Personal Care Assistance Program, a Medicaid-funded program that provides funds to disabled adults. --- Hartford Courant --- August 30, 2011  (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/nVTkgX
6.         "Fla. Agency that Helps Disabled Spending Too Much" --- The Agency for Persons with Disabilities on Friday released a report that shows despite recent cutbacks the agency is on track to spend $55 million more than was budgeted. --- MiamiHerald.com --- September 3, 2011 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/nOy0dV
7.         "Breaking the Silence on Teen Mental Illness" --- With the support of Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Boca Raton's Promise is taking an innovative approach to educating the community about the stigma attached to teen mental illness and well-being. --- WPEC --- August 31, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Y7Wc5C
8.         "Surprises Among Top-Paid State Workers" --- The state's top earner for 2010 is William Wood, the assistant medical director and staff psychiatrist at the Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford. He took home $361,439.80, almost half … --- Jacksonville Journal-Courier --- September 5, 2011  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/5wBeTO
9.         "Iowa School for the Deaf Avoids Budget Fights" --- The three public universities overseen by the Iowa Board of Regents must frequently fight to stave off budget cuts, but the Regent's small School for the Deaf has managed to largely avoid reductions thanks … --- Chicago Tribune --- September 3, 2011 (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/RLHrx9
10.         "VA Director: We're Working to Clear Claims Backlog" ---
The Department of Veterans Affairs is installing a computer system that should help reduce a huge backlog of disability claims from wounded soldiers, but it's impossible to … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- September 1, 2011  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/Z2U24W
11.         "Relief for Adult Caregivers Comes to Sioux City" --- The program provides care for adults who have Alzheimer's, Dementia and Physical or Mental Disabilities that make them dependent on others to care for them. "Speaking as a mother of a special needs … --- KTIV --- August 30, 2011  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/KsW9J7

12.        "Report: Fraud Suspected by Kan. Heath Contractor" --- A top executive of a Kansas nonprofit corporation that provides mental health services for thousands of Kansans has lost his job as federal and state officials … --- Houston Chronicle --- August 30, 2011  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/3N6zxT
13.        "More Americans in Their 50s Facing Hunger" --- Nancy and Randal Watkins of Lexington, Ky., say they make too much from disability to get food stamps but don't make enough to pay their bills. --- ABC News --- August 30, 2011  (KENTUCKY)     http://is.gd/v1srhO
14.        "Grant Awarded to Change Perception of Disabled People" --- A Troy-based nonprofit organization that manages public access cable TV for 11 municipalities in southeast Oakland County has been awarded a $14600 grant by the Michigan … --- Royal Oak Daily Tribune --- September 3, 2011 (MICHIGAN)    http://is.gd/7ZLFwg
15.        "Patients Flimflammed Out of Their Prostheses?" ---  While sales of used limbs on sites like eBay and Craigslist are common, amputee and prosthetic device organizations said they strongly discourage the practice. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- September 1, 2011  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/nmZHBR
16.        "Mo. Health Care Advocates Decry Contractor" --- An Indiana company hired to determine the eligibility of Missouri Medicaid patients for in-home care has instead "been a complete disaster from the beginning," statewide health care advocates charged on Tuesday. --- Forbes --- August 30, 2011  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/1gce5h
17.        "Watch out for Contractor Scams After Irene" --- It is better to act quickly rather than wait because some of these contractors will leave the area when the work is no longer available. Kurt Shoemaker is a Program Coordinator and Adult Protective Services investigator … --- Today's Sunbeam - NJ.com --- September 1, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/B4GI4W

18.        "Medicaid Won't Be Used to Pay Guardians for Developmentally Disabled" --- The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities stopped seeking Medicaid funding to pay for protective services for thousands of adults after state auditors ... --- TMC Net --- August 30, 2011  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/KcGT43
19.        "Neighbors Learn Care Home Housing Three Sex Offenders Will Stay" --- They were told the group home is legally-funded, that all three of the men are there because they were civilly-committed and mentally unstable, and security is tight. --- KEZI TV --- September 2, 2011  (OREGON) http://is.gd/Qsrrt0
20.        "Multnomah County to Lose $11 Million in State Funding, Must Refigure Budget" --- *$2.8 million to the Dept. of Community Justice, would eliminate eight probation officer positions and the nation's second oldest drug court. *$300000 in aging and disability services for adult protective services. --- OregonLive.com --- September 1, 2011  (OREGON) http://is.gd/qCFnrh
21.        "Federal Settlement Will Release Hundreds of Institutionalized Mental Health Patients to Community-based Programs" --- Hundreds of institutionalized mental health patients will be released to community-based programs throughout … --- Patriot-News --- September 2, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/E690Kj
22.        "Woman Held for Shopping Using Pa. County Account" --- A former mental health worker for a northwestern Pennsylvania county has been ordered to stand trial on charges she bought more than $11,000 worth of groceries in the county dime. --- Albany Times Union --- September 1, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/qT7bwf
23.        "Advocates for Disabled 'Appalled' by Haley's Ride-to-Get-an-ID Proposal" --- … is discriminatory and violates federal law, advocates for people with disabilities say. Haley said Wednesday the agency would provide free rides Sept. 28 to voters … --- Myrtle Beach Sun News --- September 2, 2011  (SOUTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/tD4ghR
24.        "Federal Cuts Could Cost Tenn. More than 5,000 Jobs" --- Those with the most proposed cuts are the Department of Human Services with 1595 positions, and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with 1152. --- BusinessWeek --- August 31, 2011  (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/VIBSaL
25.        "Thousands of Disabled Texans Face Service Cuts" --- For Milla Powell, a 12-year-old from Austin with cerebral palsy, the little things make all the difference. Massage therapy to increase flexibility and ease her tightened muscles. --- Monitor --- September 3, 2011  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/AzZy7h  
26.        "Autism More Likely in Kids of Older Dads? What Study Says" --- But a new rodent study seems to confirm what doctors have long suspected - that kids born to older fathers are more likely to have autism and other ... --- CBS News --- August 31, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/e6TFcs
27.        "Petition Targets Mental Stigma" --- “It will give reassurance to him that if he seeks mental health counseling nothing will be in jeopardy,” said Bailey, whose 13-year marriage to a Joint Base Lewis-McChord … --- The Olympian --- September 5, 2011  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/JLcy3O  
28.        "Project Lifesaver Coming to Marion County" --- She said Project Lifesaver is designed to save people with disabilities who go missing, and that the program has been very successful in other counties. --- WBOY-TV --- August 31, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/l2GTww
29.        "Nation's Jails Struggle With Mentally Ill Prisoners" --- More Americans receive mental health treatment in prisons and jails than in hospitals or treatment centers. The three largest inpatient psychiatric facilities in the country are jails. --- NPR --- September 5, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/NmmGyo   
30.        "Brain Scans Show Distinct Traits in Kids With Autism: Study" --- Researchers using scanning technology say they discovered physical differences in the brains of older children with autism compared to those of kids … --- U.S. News & World Report --- September 2, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/mZKqfc
31.        "Older Disabled Individuals Choosing Community-based Living, Report States" --- Greater numbers of older disabled Americans are choosing assisted living or continuing care retirement communities over nursing homes, but have higher rates of hospitalization, a new report says. --- McKnight's Long Term Care News --- September 2, 2011 (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/WRGLHd
32.        "Mental Illness Strikes Half of U.S. Adults" --- About half of US adults will develop a mental illness during their lifetime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says. --- UPI.com --- September 2, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/98Fbgg
33.        "Addressing Mental Health During This Economic Downturn" --- As the unemployment rate rose up to 25 percent, people simply lost hope and mental health deteriorated. Poverty is a leading cause of clinical depression, not just on account … --- Huffington Post --- September 2, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/JmkNQL
34.        "CDC Calls for Better Monitoring of Mental Illness" --- Approximately 50% of adults in the United States will develop mental illness in their lifetime — a finding that highlights the need for improved monitoring in this patient population. ---   Medscape --- September 1, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/6RPmAw

New Laws:

1.         "Anorexia Ruling May Affect Coverage for Mental Illness" --- The ruling may have important implications for how insurance companies pay for treatment for patients with mental illnesses in states with strong mental health parity laws. The case involves Jeanene Harlick, a 37-year-old … --- MedPage Today --- August 30, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/vN9WMS
2.         "Settlement Improves Living Opportunities for Disabled Chicagoans" --- Disabled Cook County residents have reached a settlement with the state of Illinois about the rights of disabled Medicaid residents in nursing homes. US District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow in Chicago ruled Tuesday … --- WBEZ --- August 30, 2011  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/npHrun
International Articles:

1.         "Nurse Quit, Appalled by Abuse of Patients" --- Sharon Fraser, with a picture of her husband Justin who died in Frankston Hospital, one of three deaths in the psychiatric ward. --- The Age --- September 5, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/DAJS43
2.         "Deaths in Mental Health Facilities: Unexpected, Unnatural and Violent" --- Thirty-six people died unexpected, unnatural or violent deaths in Victorian mental health facilities between 2008 and 2010 … --- Sydney Morning Herald --- September 3, 2011  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/vJyItJ
3.         "Victoria Jails Fail in Health Care: Report" --- Mental health treatment for men in Victorian jails is described in the report as "grossly inadequate", with a lack of beds in psychiatric wards and high numbers of prisoners languishing on waiting lists. --- Sydney Morning Herald --- August 30, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/W5JTsd
4.         "Elderly and Disabled Targeted in Downtown Eastside Robberies" ---
Jana McGuinness says robbers are targeting vulnerable older and disabled victims in the Downtown Eastside. --- The Province --- September 1, 2011 (CANADA)  http://is.gd/nYM4VY
5.         "Toronto Police Handcuffed Mentally Challenged Boy After 'Uncontrollable' Behaviour" --- Police used handcuffs to restrain a nine-year-old mentally challenged boy who they say "became uncontrollable" at a Toronto daycare centre in July. --- Vancouver Sun --- August 30, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/81WXD1
6.         "Family Members Decry Closures of Group Homes for Developmentally Disabled" --- Advocates for the developmentally disabled are renewing calls for the BC government to stop closing group homes, forcing long-term residents to move to less supportive environments. --- Vancouver Sun --- August 29, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/eo7oxr
7.        "Experts Urge More Support for Autism Children" --- More than 1.5 million children aged under 14 on the Chinese mainland suffer from autism and most have great difficulty accessing proper treatment, experts said on the weekend. --- China Daily --- September 5, 2011  (CHINA) http://is.gd/Y0rtz6  
8.        "MMDAs Urged to Support People with Disability" --- The Chairman said disability was not inability therefore stressed on the need for philanthropists, churches and organizations to support disabled with scholarships … --- GhanaWeb --- September 3, 2011 (GHANA) http://is.gd/AaRrvR
9.        "Autistic Boy Refused Full-Time Place at School" --- The mother of an autistic boy has called on the Government to intervene after her child was refused a place at a special needs school in Cork. --- Irish Times --- September 2, 2011  (IRELAND)    http://is.gd/yDSQJb
10.        "Time to Consider Mental Health in Libya" --- Who can predict what effect years of oppression, cruelty and deprivation of freedom will have had on the mental health to the citizens of Libya? --- ww.mentalhealthy.co.uk --- September 3, 2011  (LIBYA)   http://is.gd/bJdY9x
11.        "Writ Petition Filed for Disabled-friendly Environment" --- The advocates on Friday resorted to register the writ partition on behalf of Nepal Disabled Human Rights Centre … --- Republica --- September 3, 2011  (NEPAL)   http://is.gd/suB5T5
12.        "First Disability Rights Commissioner Appointed" --- The Human Rights Commission warmly welcomes the announcement of the appointment of Paul Gibson as the first Commissioner with formal responsibility for disability issues. --- Scoop.co.nz (press release) --- September 2, 2011  (NEW ZEALAND)   http://is.gd/HVc2Vk
13.        "Mentally Ill Sisters Freed from Chains in West Bank" --- He said that the sisters' years-long confinement might have been avoided had the ministry done a better job of making Palestinians aware of some of the social services available to them. --- CNN International --- September 1, 2011  (PALESTINE)  http://is.gd/eJcV5u
14.        "Teen Who Caused Brother's Death Gets Probation" --- A 19-year-old student who caused the death of his mentally handicapped elder brother more than a year ago was given three years' probation on Thursday. --- Straits Times --- September 1, 2011  (SINGAPORE)  http://is.gd/CMmmY0
15.        "Mental Health Woes for One-Fifth of Turks" --- As of March, more than 400 patients were reportedly waiting in line to receive their treatment at Istanbul's well-known Bakırkφy Mental and Neurological Disorders Hospital. --- Hurriyet Daily News --- September 2, 2011  (TURKEY) http://is.gd/5tTTSy
16.        " Mum Tells How She Gave up Her Disabled Teenage Daughter for Ever" --- A heartbroken mother who gave up her severely disabled daughter “for her own good” has spoken for the first time of making the decision. In 1994 Gaye Fish was struggling to cope … --- WalesOnline --- September 2, 2011  (WALES)   http://is.gd/9Ut4bo
17.        "People with Down Syndrome Suffer Abuse" --- Zimcare Trust Zimbabwe is a community-based rehabilitation programme specifically for mentally challenged people. The two cases are just a tip of the iceberg of how people with Down Syndrome are treated in society. --- NewsDay --- August 31, 2011  (ZIMBABWE)    http://is.gd/6hMpZQ
18.        " Europeans are plagued by mental and neurological illnesses, with almost 165 million people or 38 percent of the population suffering each year from a brain disorder such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or dementia, according to a large new study. --- Reuters Africa --- September 5, 2011  (EUROPE) http://is.gd/1HErHU  



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