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News Summary for October 4, 2011
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by State, so you can easily scan
through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest.

Dr. Nora’s Top Articles:

1.         "Hospital Sued over Services for Deaf" --- The hospital promised to improve its deaf interpreter services. It also agreed to pay undisclosed amounts of money to the complainants. In a statement Monday, hospital … --- KCCI Des Moines --- September 27, 2011  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/ih3Sw7

2.         "Iowa Won't File Charges in Turkey Plant Case" --- Iowa won't pursue criminal charges against a Texas company that's accused of exploiting developmentally disabled workers at a turkey plant in eastern Iowa. --- BusinessWeek --- September 26, 2011  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/O1lHCP

3.         "CPSO Arrests Man for Forcible Rape" --- In July, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint regarding Isaiah J. Frank, 18, 6617 Estate Lane, Lake Charles, sexually assaulting a 17-year-old mentally handicapped female on numerous occasions between June 27th … --- KPLC-TV --- September 27, 2011   (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/fy3hDH

4.         "Disabled Passengers Settle Discrimination Suit" --- Five physically disabled airline passengers, Delta Air Lines and the Wayne County Airport Authority have resolved a 3-year-old discrimination lawsuit. --- ABC News --- September 28, 2011  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/aEOfr3

5.         "State Worker Arrested in Group-Home Drowning" --- A state worker was arrested today on a felony manslaughter charge in the drowning death of a severely disabled man who was left unattended in a group home bath tub while … --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- September 29, 2011  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/OordFw

6.        "Former NJ Caseworker Admits Abusing 3 Disabled Adults in Hunterdon County" --- A former state caseworker pleaded guilty yesterday to charges she abused three residents at a state-licensed home for disabled adults in Bloomsbury. --- Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com --- September 27, 2011   (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/uh3jPY

7.        "Guard Charged in Prison Abuse Investigation" --- One victim, whom investigators described as "mentally challenged," was punched, smacked, spit on and had water and food thrown at him by Nicoletti. --- Beaver County Times --- September 27, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/BptO1s

8.        "National Autism Association (NAA) Says Vinegar-Soaked Cotton Balls in Disabled Students' Mouths Underscores Need for 'Aversives' Ban" --- Monday night, in an effort to demonstrate inhumane practices known as "aversives" happening in special-ed classrooms across the county, school … --- Sacramento Bee --- September 27, 2011  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/UTyMCs

9.         "State Sued over Disability" --- Fighting for a piece of California's dwindling budget continued Wednesday, as two agencies sued the state to restore funding for some 245,000 residents with autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. --- The Desert Sun --- September 29, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/xjJ8MF

10.         "Website Launched to Find Aging and Disability Resources" --- The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services through its Delaware Aging & Disability Resource Center has launched … --- Newark Post --- September 27, 2011  (DELAWARE)   http://is.gd/CY6zk5

11.        "Churches Tackle Taboo Topic of Mental Health" --- At a Windermere church, this Sunday's service will tackle a subject most houses of worship have traditionally avoided, ignored or misunderstood: mental illness. --- Orlando Sentinel --- September 29, 2011   (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/DWZTzH

12.        "Deaf-Blind Project Awarded Grant" --- A small collaboration of workers received national recognition for an idea that could change the lives of deaf-blind students across the country. --- University Daily Kansan --- September 29, 2011  (KANSAS)    http://is.gd/pAIjWV

13.        "NY1 for You: Disabled Woman's Experience at Hurricane Shelter Sparks Lawsuit" --- The Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York has planned a class action suit against the city after a wheelchair user said she was unable to enter an evacuation shelter during Hurricane Irene. --- NY1 --- September 27, 2011   (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/KTo7Rv

14.        "Portlander's Documentary Explores Mental Illness Inside Oregon State Hospital" --- "Guilty Except For Insanity: Maddening journeys through an American Asylum" is playing Oct. 9-11 at Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave. --- OregonLive.com --- September 30, 2011  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/ERabaO

15.        "W.Va. Board Withdraws Autism Rule After Lawsuit" --- The West Virginia board that regulates psychologists voted Tuesday to withdraw an emergency rule that claimed jurisdiction over specialists who treat children with autism, after the new policy spurred … --- Houston Chronicle --- September 27, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/J7VZ5h

16.        "Parents Talk: Why You Need to Stop Using the 'R-Word' " --- It's just a word, but calling someone or something "retarded" is a form of hate speech that must be eliminated from our vocabularies. Johanna Corcoran offers ideas and tips for parents. --- Patch.com --- September 27, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/kIIylM  

17.        "Trangender Kids: Painful Quest to Be Real" --- Like Tammy, some children as young as 3, show early signs of gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder, mental health experts who work with transgender children estimate. --- CNN --- September 27, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/Md2mqW

16.         "Disabled Boy, 11, Commits Suicide After 'Bully Punched Him Into the Pavement ..." --- A 12-year-old was arrested and removed from the school, but Mitchell's father said his disabled boy was 'never the same' after the attack. --- Daily Mail --- September 30, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/up23ZN
17.         "Law Will Make Disabilities Training Mandatory" --- In barely three months, every person who works at a business in Ontario will need to be trained in how to provide customer service to people with disabilities. --- Waterloo Record --- September 30, 2011  (CANADA) http://is.gd/ggBxtN

18.        "Film Spotlights Sex Crimes Against Disabled Students" --- A local box office hit about the true story of sexual assaults against disabled students by teachers in a special education school has triggered public outrage … --- The Korea Herald --- September 29, 2011  (KOREA)   http://is.gd/rM9pFn

Abuse/Crime-related Articles:

1.         "Birmingham Mental Health Hospital is Failing to Meet the Essential Standards of Care" --- The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told a Birmingham mental health hospital that it must improve or face enforcement action. --- eGov monitor --- September 26, 2011  (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/FIy1i8  
2.         "Report: VA Medical Staff Acted Properly, Despite Vet's Death" --- Federal investigators have dismissed as unfounded a whistleblower complaint that charged Veterans Affairs medical staff in Fresno, Calif., with patient neglect. --- MiamiHerald.com --- September 29, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/IvXjul
3.         "Fort Lupton Woman Jailed for Allegations of Beating Man in Wheelchair" --- A Fort Lupton woman is being held in the Weld County Jail for allegations that she assaulted a man in a wheelchair. --- Greeley Tribune --- September 29, 2011  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/13Qx6w  
4.         "Torrington Man Charged with Assaulting Disabled Victim Appears in Bantam Court" --- Dunn, 39, 60 Linden Street, was charged with disorderly conduct, assault on a disabled victim, interfering with an emergency call, violation of a protective order, and first degree … --- Torrington Register Citizen --- September 27, 2011  (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/bDIclu  
5.         "Hawaiian Electric Company Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination" --- Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., or HECO, violated federal law when it failed to hire a job applicant into a meter reader position due to his disability, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission … --- Pacific Daily News --- September 30, 2011  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/RGKMNb
6.         "State Cites South Bend Assisted Living Home" --- The health department's Division of Long Term Care alleges, among other things, that Inwood Hills is housing residents who are too disabled for an assisted living home. --- South Bend Tribune --- September 29, 2011  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/FJIVmJ
7.         "Disabled Woman Robbed and Assaulted" --- A disabled Lincoln woman was assaulted and robbed by two men who entered her apartment when she was in bed. Lincoln Police Sergeant Randy Clark said it was … --- WOWT --- September 28, 2011   (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/6nD4LO
8.        "Raeford Woman Accused of Helping Man Charged with Abusing Her Son" --- A Raeford woman is accused of helping a man elude arrest after arrest warrants were filed in August charging him with abusing her 2-year-old handicapped son, Raeford police said. --- Fayetteville Observer --- September 28, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/c6OFHo
9.        "Action 9: Woman Denied New Power Wheelchair May Be Fraud Victim" --- She first discovered something was wrong after being denied by Medicare for a new power wheelchair. According to Medicare records she had already ordered and received a new wheelchair two years ago. --- WSOC Charlotte --- September 27, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/N3Za9m
10.        "Nurse At Center for Mentally Challenged Charged with Keeping Clients' Drugs" --- The medical coordinator at a nonprofit that serves the mentally challenged has been indicted on charges of submitting falsified prescriptions for three residents and then keeping the drugs… --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- September 30, 2011  (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/sKoVrT   
11.        "Fake IRS Agents Prey on Elderly, Disabled" --- “Some of them are disabled, physically, mentally, and some of them don't have the ability to think for themselves,” Mimms said. Even those who are able-bodied and go to work, it's a tempting offer in an economy where … --- WREG --- September 29, 2011  (TENNESSEE)    http://is.gd/MQrtMd
12.        "Feds Sue Company for Firing 600-Pound Worker" --- Nor did BAE officials discuss whether he needed what's known as a "reasonable accommodation" under the Americans with Disabilities Act so he could better perform … --- Houston Chronicle --- September 28, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/xiRdbs
13.        "Parents File Complaints about Special Education Classrooms that Span Six Grade Levels" --- She was shocked that her 8-year-old, who has autism, was in a classroom with students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. Boone is one of at least three Hampton parents … --- Daily Press --- September 26, 2011  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/fvQ1gk

Seeking Improved Support

1.         "Immigrant Students Withdraw from School" --- "In the process of getting protection for their children in a worse case scenario, they have to write over guardianship to a legal US citizen so their children will not be taken into protective custody or abandoned. --- WALA-TV FOX10 --- September 28, 2011  (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/GYLj7l
2.         "California Budget Hit with 3 Lawsuits" --- Joseph Napoliello, who has a severe developmental disability, works on life skills with his caregiver, Zayar Ohn. California's budget, already on shaky footing with tax revenues coming in lower than forecast, was hit with three new problems Wednesday ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- September 29, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/zMK2wr
3.         "Lawsuit Aimed at State to Protect Disabled Community" --- The Bakersfield Association of Retarded Citizens, or BARC, is one of many associations for people with disabilities suing the state over the loss of funding. --- Bakersfield Now --- September 28, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Ezj8bm
4.         "Group Sues Citing Cuts for Disabled Services" --- ... the developmentally disabled will not help. The Arc Fresno is helping him learn public speaking skills, which he hopes to use to get a job, he said. --- Fresno Bee --- September 28, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/11nviK
5.         "Advocates: In Wake of Irene, People with Disabilities Need More Emergency Help" --- He said that while is was very good for the deaf that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy used sign-language interpreters during news conferences, other hearing-impaired people, mostly … --- Ct Post --- September 26, 2011  (CONNECTICUT)   http://is.gd/MBgcUQ
6.        "More than 800 South Florida Drivers Cited for Stealing Handicapped Parking Spots" --- Hundreds of South Florida drivers were busted last year trying to get away with parking in handicapped spots without a permit. --- Orlando Sentinel --- September 28, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/msYSWK
7.        "Report Outlines Medicaid Cuts Impact on Florida" --- A coalition of Medicaid advocates say federal debt proposals aimed at the low-income insurance program would significantly hurt Floridians, particularly children, and furthe… --- The News-Press --- September 27, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/qqVjrE
8.        "Hawaii to Receive More than $2 Million to Aid Workers with Disabilities" --- The US Department of Labor announced $21,166,560 in grants today and Hawaii was one of seven states to receive funding under the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). --- Canada Views --- September 28, 2011  (CANADA)    http://is.gd/s4SBJX
9.        "Idaho Gets Poor Marks for Affordability, Access for Elderly, Disabled" --- A first-of-its-kind national scorecard on long-term care shows that Idaho is near last in affordability and access in care for the elderly and disabled. --- Boise Weekly --- September 29, 2011  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/B1uwZq
10.         "Illinois Human Services Officials Seek Vendors, Employers for Disabilities Job Fair" --- Illinois Department of Human Services officials are seeking vendors and employers for its Career and Job Fair and Disabilities Expo in October. --- The Republic --- September 29, 2011  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/8kJv1Q
11.        "Linn County Sees Mental Health Services Deficit" --- Mechelle Dhondt, the county's director for Mental Health and Developmentally Disabled, called it the worst budget problem she's seen in 25 years. --- Danbury News Times --- September 27, 2011  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/SzNqTo
12.        "Lexington-based Collaborative Will Combat Fraud in Disability Benefit Programs" --- The Social Security Administration (SSA), the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Office of the Attorney General announced today that a new Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) … --- KyForward.com --- September 29, 2011  (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/1NKzGP
13.        "Mental Illness Awareness Week Aims to Dispel Stigmas" --- Coping with mental illness is difficult enough, but being feared or judged by others as “crazy” makes things much more difficult, local mental health professionals said. That's why Mental Illness … --- Cumberland Times-News --- September 25, 2011  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/vdazFx
14.        "Detroit Mom Regains Custody of Teen Daughter After Battle With State, Police Over Medical Care" --- Godboldo had been battling the Michigan Department of Human Services after she took her daughter off Risperdal, which often is used to contain aggression and treat autism. --- Washington Post --- September 29, 2011  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/URY9Cg
15.        "Henry Winkler: 'We Have to Do and Make the Most out of Ourselves' " --- As the featured speaker, Winkler shared his story of struggles during his childhood due to an undiagnosed learning disability. Henry Winkler, most … --- Bolivar Herald Free Press --- September 28, 2011  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/5W7osu
16.        "Funding for Disabilities Board Now Missouri's Third-Lowest" --- The decision to cut the Cape Girardeau County Board for Developmental Disabilities' funding earlier this month has knocked it to the third-lowest … --- Southeast Missourian --- September 26, 2011  (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/LOJ4Ft
17.        "Saying I Can to You Can't" --- Carley and Corinne spent years preparing for her to become self-sufficient, but it wasn't until they satisfied the requests of Adult Protective Services and Tribal APS that Carley officially achieved another … --- Polson Lake County Leader --- September 29, 2011 (MONTANA)    http://is.gd/4mJ1Lk
18.        "US Navy Veteran Says He's Gotten 'Very Little' from VA" --- His monthly income, gathered from Social Security and a state pension, totals $1233. His wife Norma's monthly Social Security check is $893. --- Billings Gazette --- September 27, 2011   (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/qF0FOA
19.        "New Initiative Helps People with Mental Illness Plan Ahead for Their Own Psychiatric Care" --- Mental Health America, the country's largest and oldest mental health advocacy organization has announced the launch of an important new initiative aimed … --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- September 30, 2011  (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/eTOk8f
21.        "Mental Health Champion" --- Help us celebrate the Honorable John T. Broderick as a Champion for Mental Health Oct. 6 at the Riverbend Rainbow Awards at the Grappone Conference Center. --- Concord Monitor --- September 29, 2011  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)    http://is.gd/EREYIY
22.        "Rikers Island Struggles with Record Mental Illness Numbers" --- While the number of inmates held on Rikers Island is decreasing, the number of prisoners with a mental illness is at an all-time high. --- NY1 --- September 30, 2011   (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/NvKt2G
23.        "State Layoffs to Hit Hard on Services for Disabled" --- As layoff notices began reaching thousands of state workers Thursday, nonprofit agencies in the Buffalo area were already being asked to quickly pick up the caseloads of 600 developmentally disabled people … --- Buffalo News --- September 30, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/ZCK6Zw

25.        "Disability Groups Sue City, Claims Its Emergency Planning Is Subpar" --- Disability Rights Advocates, a legal organization which specializes in high-impact class action cases, and the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, which helps people live independently, … --- amNY --- September 26, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/t4A7WY
26.        "Victims' Family Sues Hospital" --- More than a year after Kenneth Chapman killed his wife, teenage stepdaughter, baby and himself, his family is suing Carolinas Healthcare System, arguing that inadequate care from a county mental health hospital led to the killings. --- Charlotte Observer --- September 30, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/nfRWPE
27.        "Collateral Damage: Stigma Can Keep Many Soldiers from Seeking Mental Health Help" --- Friends say Fort Bragg commanders sent Rinehart home early from a deployment to Iraq in 2005 because of a mental health problem. --- Fayetteville Observer --- September 27, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)    http://is.gd/rdEYLT
28.        "Budget Cuts Hit Mental Health in Portage" --- As the result of government budget cuts since 2008, Portage County has lost 29 jobs in mental health and recovery services, leaving fewer counselors to help residents … --- Ravenna Record Courier --- October 1, 2011  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/bFJ468
29.        "Report: Medicaid a Critical Support for Seriously Ill Ohioans" --- Medicaid program could be on the chopping block as a Congressional super-committee - including Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio - is charged with finding … --- Public News Service --- September 29, 2011  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/nzplNx

30.        "Portland Police Say Elaborate Planning and Collaboration with Mental Health Professionals Led to Peaceful Resolution with Armed Man" --- John L. Griffin, 50, was arrested around 12:30 am for unlawful use of a weapon and menacing, and is undergoing mental health evaluation and treatment. --- OregonLive.com --- September 29, 2011  (OREGON) http://is.gd/1dHvHe
31.        "Pa. Probe Uncovers 'Lavish' Group Home Spending" --- Allegations of "lavish and wasteful" spending estimated in the millions grabbed attention this week and lawmakers say they want the names of group home operators who, for instance, invested in chandeliers. --- Newsworks.org --- September 29, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/KOhEuw
32.        "DSS Seeks to Double Welfare Families Finding Jobs" --- The director of South Carolina's social services agency expects to double the number of welfare recipients who trade a government check for a paycheck. --- Houston Chronicle --- September 28, 2011  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/KrqSRf

33.        "PR Exec Remembered for Helping Disabled" --- Houston public relations executive Esther Hobbs was so determined to keep her mentally challenged sister out of a state institution that she started a day school for adults with mental retardation. --- Houston Chronicle --- October 1, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/rxlAKL
34.        "SafePlace Wins Money for Women with Disabilities" --- Understanding these obstacles is they key to developing services for individuals with disabilities who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. --- Austin American-Statesman --- September 28, 2011  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/P5W8zF

35.        "Doctors Sue Over ER Limits in Washington State" --- Washington State would limit ER visits to three per year for Medicaid patients. (ABC News) The American College of Emergency Physicians is suing the state of Washington in an effort … --- ABC News --- October 1, 2011  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/qyAUfU
36.        "WA Psychiatric Hospital Could Release 150 Patients" --- "Re-invest them in the community mental health system so we have the necessary housing and wraparound service supports for those folks," CEO Jess Jamieson said. --- Myfoxspokane.com --- September 27, 2011  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/MUJ0G3
37.        "State Begins Making Public Medicaid Cuts" --- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has begun to make public ways it plans to cut nearly $500 million in Medicaid costs over the next two years. --- Janesville Gazette --- September 26, 2011  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/WcxCLI
38.        "Implant Brings Hearing to Deaf 29 Year Old Woman" --- Sloan Churman, 29, who was born profoundly deaf, wept when she heard her own voice and laughter for the first time after having a hearing device implanted nine weeks ago. --- Medical News Today --- October 1, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/tdFiD2
39.        "TV Characters with Disabilities Few and Far Between" --- The characters with disabilities that are represented regularly on television this season include Max Braverman on NBC's “Parenthood” who has Asperger's ... --- Disability Scoop --- September 29, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/TQHLWK
40.        "U.S. Senate Sends Autism Bill to President's Desk" --- The US Senate has passed legislation that would fund federal autism research programs for another three years. The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act was unanimously approved by voice vote Monday night after supporters negotiated … --- phillyBurbs.com --- September 28, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/bMjrHx

41.        "Autism Research Gets a Boost From the Feds" --- Autism effects on average 1 in 110 children in the US While ASD doesn't discriminate across, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, it seems that it is 4 to 5 times more likely to … --- Examiner.com --- September 27, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/mA9RY8

42.        "Mixed Results Seen with 'Off-Label' Use of Antipsychotics" --- Off-label use included treatment for behavioral symptoms in dementia, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, post-traumatic … --- U.S. News & World Report --- September 27, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/T0qsvY  


Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.         "New Ark. Law Mandates Autism Insurance Coverage" --- A new Arkansas law requires health insurance companies to provide coverage for treatments for autism. The law went into effect on Saturday and mandates coverage … --- KHBS-KHOG Northwest Arkansas --- October 1, 2011 (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/sJWcqB
2.         "Bill Would Require Panic Buttons at State Mental Health Facilities" --- Operators of residential mental health treatment facilities in Massachusetts would be required to have “panic buttons” available to employees under new legislation … --- Taunton Daily Gazette --- September 26, 2011 (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/IB8b4J
3.        "NY Law Requires Risk Reports at Group Homes" --- Andrew Cuomo has signed a law requiring group homes and other private facilities licensed by the state to take juvenile delinquents to assess workplace safety, record violent incidents and take preventive steps. --- Wall Street Journal --- September 28, 2011   (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/3E7A9e
4.         "Chris Smith is Pushing Senate to Pass Autism Bill" --- Chris Smith, the Republican dean of New Jersey's congressional delegation, is teaming with Democrats to try to extend funding for autism detection, surveillance, research and education … --- phillyBurbs.com --- September 27, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/OgS7Or

International Articles:

1.         "Doctors Want Mental Health Cuts Delayed" --- Doctors want the Federal Government to delay changes to a mental health program for a least 12 months so it has time to consider the findings of a parliamentary inquiry. --- Herald Sun --- September 29, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/g8iwlw
2.         "Smoking, Mental Illness Concerns in Jails" --- Smoking and mental illness are among the biggest health problems for prisoners in Australian jails. --- Sydney Morning Herald --- September 28, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/qS2veg
3.         "The Art of Coping with Autism" --- With some help, Grant, who has autism, has found new ways to focus on the beauty of the world around him. Like most mothers, Roma Kurtz wants her children to attend a post-secondary education facility … --- St. Albert Gazette --- September 28, 2011  (CANADA) http://is.gd/ypvyll
4.        "Bristol Carer Caught Stealing from Disabled Woman on CCTV" --- A severely disabled woman caught a carer stealing from her by setting up a camera in her home – less than two years after she caught another carer in exactly the same way. --- Bristol Evening Post --- October 1, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/qjg0RM
5.        "Youths Target Vulnerable Man Due to His Disability" --- Police say that the offender is not known to the victim and that he was targeted due to his disability. PC James Wood from Evesham Police Station said: “This incident happened in day light hours at a busy period of the day. --- Tewkesbury ADMAG --- September 29, 2011 (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/BRq0m4
6.        "Dumb and Deaf Person Holds Press Conference to Highlight Problems" --- A member of the Governing Board of Africa Contact Group for Mental Health and Deafness, has observed that mainstreaming deaf education into the regular system … --- Ghana News Agency --- September 28, 2011  (GHANA)    http://is.gd/BPTADu
7.        "Mental Health Still a Neglected Area" --- For all the strides we may be taking towards better health care system, mental health services still remain a neglected area. Sample this: Regional Mental Hospital at Nagpur … --- Times of India --- September 29, 2011  (INDIA)   http://is.gd/P2BAPO
8.        "Special Child Kept Chained in House by Widowed Mother" --- According to neighbours, Ravinder had been mentally retarded for many years and his widowed mother, who is employed with Haryana Tourism, kept him indoors. --- Times of India --- September 27, 2011  (INDIA) http://is.gd/3bMbXc
9.        "Mental Health Care Crisis in Indonesia: Ministry" --- More than 90 percent of Indonesia's estimated 19 million mentally ill people have no access to medical treatment, the Ministry of Health said on Friday. --- Jakarta Globe --- September 30, 2011  (INDONESIA)  http://is.gd/OMIULH
10.        "Handicapped Palestinians Sell Handmade Products to Maintain Independence" --- According to medical relief, the number of people with special needs in the Gaza strip is over 70,000 handicapped. This figure which is the highest in the world constitutes about 3% of Gaza's population. --- Press TV --- September 29, 2011  (PALESTINE)   http://is.gd/jmlGau
11.        "Mental Health Problems Rise for Students" --- Rising levels of debt and fewer job opportunities are fuelling a rise in mental health problems among students, it has been warned. --- Scotsman --- October 1, 2011  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/fDepv5
12.        "Disabled Man Is 'Trapped' at ERI After Care Delays" --- The family of a disabled man today told how he had been left "trapped" in hospital when he should have been discharged five weeks ago. --- The Scotsman --- September 27, 2011  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/vpxhnV
13.        " 'Dire' Care for Patient Who Died" --- A failure to ensure Mr Ridd's care complied with the Disability Discrimination Act. "Nursing care on the ward was abject," said Mr Tyndall. --- BBC News --- September 28, 2011   (WALES)   http://is.gd/4E5g1C
14.        "Dr. Andy: Risk of Autism in Siblings Higher than Thought" --- The rates of autism currently are estimated at about 0.04 percent to 3 percent depending on which research article you read. But what if you already have a child with autism? --- The News-Press --- September 25, 2011  (INTERNATIONAL)   http://is.gd/iZoP6s




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