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News Summary for October 10, 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.        "Autism Advocates Upset Teacher Cleared in Restraining Student" --- Autism advocates are concerned an Indiana Court of Appeals' decision to drop charges against a special education teacher who helped restrain … --- WRTV Indianapolis --- October 7, 2011  (INDIANA)    http://is.gd/tDz4Vv

2.        "Report Details Disturbing Abuse" --- The incident is detailed in a 78-page investigative report of abuse at the center that was made public last week. The internal report prompted State Department of Health and Human … --- Omaha World-Herald --- October 9, 2011  (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/pSEIb2

3.        "Allegations of Ignored Rapes, Unsafe Working Conditions at Oregon Youth Authority" --- Sometimes the offenders are double-jointed and can slip out of handcuffs, some are mentally challenged, and others are just violent. --- WilliametteLive.com --- October 4, 2011  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/OmbQZ1

4.        "Bus Driver Federally Indicted for Videotaping Sex Assault of Kids" --- A bus driver, charged last month with sexually assaulting a disabled Maine boy on his bus twice and videotaping both incidents, is now under … --- The Union Leader --- October 7, 2011  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/4YsiFP

5.         "Alaska Natives Face 'Significant Obstacles' to Mental Health Treatment" --- Alaska Native and American Indian communities suffer significant obstacles in their attempts to access mental health care, though they suffer disproportionately high rates of suicide, a federal report found. --- Alaska Dispatch --- October 2, 2011  (ALASKA)   http://is.gd/lLAjAN

6.         "Judge: Taco Bell Doesn't Accommodate Handicapped" --- Taco Bell may have to remodel many of its restaurants after a federal judge ruled the company has not done enough to accommodate people with disabilities. --- KGO-TV --- October 7, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/82ONrC

7.        "Gov., Cabinet Note Disabilities Month" --- Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet, speaks with Mike Hansen, director of the Agency for Persons With Disabilities, outside the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. --- Tallahassee.com --- October 4, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Ynfyr8

8.        "Valpo Man Who Previously Worked with Disabled Children Sentenced in Child Porn Case" --- A Valparaiso man who formerly worked with developmentally disabled children was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison for downloading and sharing child … --- nwitimes.com --- October 7, 2011  (INDIANA)    http://is.gd/Wdxhwr

9.        "Courtney Honored for Advocating for People with Disabilities" --- The award recognizes Courtney for his statewide efforts to ensure that the services necessary to provide the critical supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities remain viable through the … --- Foster's Daily Democrat --- October 6, 2011  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/GVKenV

10.        " 'South Park' Takes on 'Ass Burgers' --- Comedy Central's animated series South Park is setting its sights on autism with an episode premiering Wednesday in which one character believes he has ... --- Disability Scoop --- October 4, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/s98QYO

11.        "Minority Students with Disabilities Suspended More Often" --- Black children with disabilities are two-and-a-half times more likely to be suspended than their white peers, a new report indicates. --- Disability Scoop --- October 6, 2011 (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/MiCBxP

12.         "Legislation Likely to Address Training for Aides to Autistic Students" --- A suit is seeking $20 million against the Bedford County School System and two employees over alleged mistreatment of a severely autistic 11-year-old boy. --- Richmond Times Dispatch --- October 7, 2011  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/5w4mp5

13.         "October is Autism Awareness Month" --- As a board member for Autism Canada and, more importantly, as a father of a four-year-old son with autism, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for recognizing October as Autism Awareness Month. --- The Beacon Herald --- October 5, 2011  (CANADA)    http://is.gd/5QxRb5

14.        "Eamonn Holmes Sorry for 'Retarded' Comment" --- Eamonn Holmes has apologised after he called a fellow presenter “retarded” live on This Morning yesterday. While reviewing the daily papers on the … --- Belfast Telegraph --- October 8, 2011  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/cpuUYB

15.        "Gov't to Toughen Punishment for Sexual Crimes on Disabled" --- The measures call for raising the maximum jail term for rapists of the disabled from the current three years to five years, and forcing all … --- Yonhap News --- October 7, 2011  (KOREA)  http://is.gd/HstygC  

Abuse/Crime-related Articles:

1.         "Disabled Woman Beaten with Hammer, Arrest Made" --- A disabled woman was brutally attacked in Eight Mile and was rescued by her son. Now, Prichard Police are investigating a case of assault and arson after the violent crime. --- WALA-TV FOX10 --- October 6, 2011  (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/fpvqaJ  
2.         "Tucson Man Gets 5 Years for Scalding Girlfriend's Disabled Daughter" --- A 21-year-old Tucson man was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for abusing his girlfriend's 10-year-old developmentally disabled daughter. --- Arizona Daily Star --- October 4, 2011  (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/DZxEll
3.         "Sentencing Today in Sex Assault on Mentally Disabled Relative" --- A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old mentally disabled relative at her home in Serra Mesa is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. --- KGTV San Diego --- October 7, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/oukItD
4.         "Gang Members Caught After Allegedly Robbing Mentally Disabled Man in SE Fresno" --- Two gang members were arrested Sunday in connection with the robbery of a 19-year-old mentally disabled man a day earlier in southeast Fresno, police said today. --- Fresno Bee --- October 3, 2011 (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/7IVLM2
5.         "Local Woman Victim of Assault" --- On a quiet street in a quiet Alamosa neighborhood on an otherwise quiet Monday a handicapped woman was viciously beaten, bound with duct tape and sexually assaulted with a mop handle. --- Valley Courier --- October 5, 2011  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/rMbhdj
6.        "Homeless Man Charged with Theft" --- A homeless man was arrested Sunday after he took money from a physically challenged man, authorities say. According to an incident report, John Allen Odom, 51, took advantage of a 54-year-old mentally and … --- The Augusta Chronicle --- October 4, 2011  (GEORGIA)    http://is.gd/ELkwWq
7.        "Leader of Disabled Advocacy Group Is Forced Out" --- The Iowa organization has clashed with state agencies in the past over the care and treatment of Iowans in mental institutions; the handling of the Atalissa scandal that … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- October 6, 2011  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/3kNH3P
8.        "Woman Accused of Cruelty to the Infirm" --- Tonisha Jones, 22, was charged after an investigation on April 19 that she allegedly battered someone under her care while working at a mentally handicapped-training center. --- Alexandria Town Talk --- October 5, 2011  (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/vttBuV
9.        "Pine City Woman Charged in Drowning Death at Braham Group Home" --- A Pine City woman is facing a felony charge of 2nd degree manslaughter after a man she was caring for in a Braham group home died after drowning in a bathtub. --- Coon Rapids ECM Publishers --- October 6, 2011  (MINNESOTA)   http://is.gd/Njniup  
10.        "Rochester Woman Fired from Job After Breaking into Uncle's Home" -- A Rochester woman charged in a violent home invasion is no longer employed as a caregiver at a state-run group home. --- Pierce County Herald --- October 6, 2011  (MINNESOTA)    http://is.gd/sbGCi8
11.        "Abuse Report Revives Concerns" --- Problems at the Beatrice State Developmental Center extend beyond the latest allegations of abuse, the chairman of a legislative … --- Omaha World-Herald --- October 7, 2011  (NEBRASKA)    http://is.gd/rT9yLv
12.        "Man Gets 12 Years for Killing Ex-girlfriend's Autistic Child" --- A township woman told her ex-boyfriend to burn in hell as a judge was about to sentence the man to 12 years in prison for killing the woman's autistic child. --- Asbury Park Press --- October 7, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/PZULEE
13.        "Couple Indicted in Abuse of Man in Wheelchair" ---  A Deptford woman was indicted Wednesday on assault and weapons charges for allegedly beating her boyfriend's wheelchair-bound father with an ironing board, burning the man with an iron, and biting him on the neck … --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- October 7, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/PSsD6M
14.        "N.Y. Company Ordered to Stop Operating in N.J. as State Officials Allege it preyed on Elderly, Disabled Homeowners" --- Today, Deputy State Attorney General Cathleen O'Donnell told Judge Berman All Care… --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- October 3, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/OXS5p8
15.        "Police Investigate Death of Teen with Cerebral Palsy, Coroner Says Neglect Led to Death" --- A coroner has ruled that a 14-year-old Ohio girl with cerebral palsy who weighed only 28 pounds died of nutritional and medical neglect complicated … --- The Republic --- October 4, 2011  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/uv4HW1
16.        "Jury Finds Pa. Woman, 62, Guilty But Mentally Ill in Fatal Shooting of Disabled Daughter" --- A central Pennsylvania woman who fatally shot her disabled daughter then turned the gun on herself has been found guilty but mentally ill. --- The Republic --- October 6, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/gMWTpK  
17.        "Robber Stops to Pray With Wheelchair-bound Victim" --- A New Castle man who allegedly robbed a woman in a wheelchair may have stopped to pray with his victim before fleeing from her home. --- WYTV --- October 5, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/9QGsKf
18.        "Man Took Mentally Challenged Woman on Joyride, Police Say" --- A Carlisle man was charged with numerous crimes after he took a mentally challenged woman on a joyride in her own car, according to police. --- abc27 --- October 4, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/XoVwPe
19.        "Hearing in Alburtis Killings Postponed" --- Kasick is accused of killing 82-year-old Althea Walbert and her 59-year-old mentally challenged daughter, Jeannette, between March 8 and March 11, and stealing thousands … --- Allentown Morning Call --- October 3, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/wSs6Ys
20.        "Lufkin Man on Trial in Case of Sexual Assault of Paralyzed Woman" --- A Lufkin man testified Wednesday morning he did not rape a physically handicapped woman, but he did get high with her. --- KTRE --- October 5, 2011   (TEXAS)    http://is.gd/jh04m4
21.        "Guardian Accused of Causing Death of Disabled Woman" --- Cassandra Shepard told police she had moved from South Dakota to get Nina away from a life of abuse. As paramedics worked to save … --- Salt Lake Tribune --- October 7, 2011  (UTAH)    http://is.gd/0vfL4a
22.        "Lawsuit Claims Bedford Student Abused on Bus" --- The student, whose autism left him barely able to speak, was strapped with double harnesses to his seat. He appears to be crying in anguish and at times flails out with … --- WSLS --- October 5, 2011  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/vLdagD
23.        "DeForest Man Admits to 'A Little' Sexual Contact With Cognitively Disabled Man, Police Say" --- A DeForest man was charged Monday with allegedly sexually assaulting a cognitively disabled man at the home of the man's sister. David R. Haug, 61, was charged … --- Wisconsin State Journal --- October 4, 2011 (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/s4NNH2
Seeking Improved Support

1.         "Arizona Medicaid Cuts: Key Portions of Plan Rejected by US Officials" --- Federal health officials have rejected key pieces of Arizona's effort to reduce Medicaid spending, including a smoking fee and an enrollment … --- AZ Central.com --- October 8, 2011  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/65obtK
2.        "A Day in the Life of a DCFS Case Worker" --- In some of the protective care cases, there are court oder procedures that have to be monitored. It could be a parent who won't take their medications or give the child prescribed … --- Paragould Daily Press --- October 4, 2011  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/JTJnbq  
3.        "Connecticut Valley Hospital Worker Dies After Helping Restrain Patient" --- A 57-year-old mental-health worker at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown died recently after being involved in the restraint of an unruly psychiatric patient. --- Hartford Courant --- October 3, 2011  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/P1ycnQ
4.        "Fla. PIRG Plans Protest Outside WellCare Offices" --- Health advocates are planning to protest outside WellCare's office in Tampa in hopes of drawing attention to the state's pending Medicaid overhaul. --- MiamiHerald.com --- October 5, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/Dejn0c
5.        "Mental Illness Not a Crime" --- There's no fiscal sense in paying jail guards to assume duties best left to mental health professionals. Keeping this problem behind jailhouse walls does … --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- October 7, 2011  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/vOKpkD
6.        "NAMI Marks Mental Illness Awareness Week" --- The main message of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is “You are not alone.” That is what Jim Moore, president of the local NAMI chapter, tells families he encounters. Sunday marked the … --- Rome News Tribune --- October 3, 2011  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/1sT6tF
7.        "Eliminating a Mental Illness Stigma" --- People in Rockford try to shake a stigma tied to mental illness. A group gathered outside the Winnebago County Courthouse encouraging others not to judge or criticize people suffering from mental health conditions. --- WREX-TV --- October 3, 2011  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/MxuybF
8.        "Iowa Works to Reform Mental Health Care" --- Those directly affected by Iowa's mental health system are being given an opportunity to influence its redesign. Through a series of public input meetings, mental health … --- Clinton Herald --- October 3, 2011  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/YhuVys
9.        "Psychiatric Hospital Regularly Over Capacity" --- Osawatomie is one of two psychiatric hospitals operated by the state. It has been consistently over its capacity for the past year, leading the director of Comcare, which provides … --- Kansas.com --- October 3, 2011  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/oUrpct
10.        "Providers Say Medicaid Audits Are Unfair" --- Kimberly Sullivan, the program integrity chief for the state's Medicaid program, said Tuesday that home health care providers haven't been charged the penalties … --- The Daily Advertiser --- October 4, 2011  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/dxtgZ1
11.        "Leaders Stress Mental Health Needs" --- Last Friday, a group of 83 mental health professionals and consumers met in Alexandria to discuss the future of mental health services in Minnesota. --- Alexandria Echo Press --- October 5, 2011   (MINNESOTA)   http://is.gd/UvbO7D
12.        "Medicare Shortchanges Missouri the Most, Audit Finds" --- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week issued the first annual report to Congress of the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program, which identifies errors in Medicare reimbursements to hospitals, physician … --- Kansas City Business Journal --- October 3, 2011  (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/m22hPc
13.        "The Importance of Mental Illness Awareness Week" --- Oct. 2-8 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), an opportunity to learn about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Community … --- Foster's Daily Democrat --- October 6, 2011  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)    http://is.gd/tSzkWj
14.        "Removing the Stigma of Mental Illness" --- Richard Codey told an audience of elected leaders and mental health professionals Friday morning that it is an ongoing challenge to make sure the mentally ill are … --- Patch.com --- October 7, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/oxzEmW
15.        "Christie's Cuts - Disabled Face New Challenges with Budget Cuts" ---
Vito and Mary Colletti of the Port Reading section of Woodbridge has a daughter Karen Lee Colletti living in the Vineland developmental Center for nearly 30 years. --- Asbury Park Press --- October 4, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/Y9iEBG
16.        "Proposed Job Cuts Stun Social Services" --- Gee County workers in the Department of Social Services knew there would be cuts when County Executive Chris Collins released his proposed 2012 budget. --- Buffalo News --- October 4, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/X8PslM
17.        "Lifespan Receives National Adult Protective Services Award" --- The Lifespan organization provides information, guidance and services for elders and caregivers. --- Brighton-Pittsford Post --- October 4, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/Xi0AnB
18.        "Outstanding Partners in the Protective Services for Adults Delivery Network Recognized" --- The certificates were presented by OCFS Bureau of Adult Services Director Alan J. Lawitz at the 18th annual Adult Abuse Training Institute on September 22, 2011 at … --- EmpireStateNews.net --- October 3, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/x3lg4T
19.        "Police Train to Work with People Facing Substance, Mental Health Issues" --- Janie Malloy takes part in a role-playing exercise Wednesday with South Zanesville Police Department patrolman Chris Andrews during National Alliance on Mental Illness … --- Zanesville Times Recorder --- October 6, 2011 (OHIO)    http://is.gd/0uVVNn
20.        "Oregon Group Wants to Rein In Use of Mental Health Drugs" --- Benjamin BrinkMeghan Caughey was recently hired by Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare to train other former consumers of mental health services … --- OregonLive.com --- October 3, 2011  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/JP0YZK
21.        "Phila. Becomes Hotbed of Autism Research" --- Shortly after their 18-month-old daughter was diagnosed with autism in 2009, Beth and John Yocum enrolled her in a language-learning study at Children's Hospital … --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- October 9, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/pbeOgR
22.        "University of Scranton Hosts 10th Annual Disability Conference" --- After a brain tumor left her with short-term memory problems and chronic fatigue, Alyssa Maslen had to face life labeled as having a disability. --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- October 6, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/k139ax  
23.        "Stoffa to Take on Matter of Man's Missing Sister Himself" --- Northampton County Executive John Stoffa says he will personally investigate the case of a Hellertown man who's fighting to regain custody of his mentally-challenged sister. --- WFMZ Allentown --- October 4, 2011 (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/st800u
24.        "Moscow Woman Honored as Advocate for Disabled" --- Moscow resident Sara Wolff was honored Sunday by the Friends of the Arc Auxiliary of Northeastern Pennsylvania for her ongoing work on behalf of people with disabilities. --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- October 3, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/m2ofI3

25.        "RI Has US' Highest Rate of Serious Mental Illness" --- Rhode Island has the highest rate of serious mental illness among adults in the country, according to a new federal survey published Thursday. --- Boston Globe --- October 6, 2011   (RHODE ISLAND)    http://is.gd/s73GNk
26.        "NAMI to Host 15th Vigil for Mental Illness Awareness" --- Oct. 2-8 is National Mental Awareness Week, and the local organization dedicated to spreading knowledge and debunking common misconceptions about mental illness will observe this … --- Sumter Item --- October 2, 2011  (SOUTH CAROLINA)    http://is.gd/6zvjCK
27.        "Texas Braces for Medicaid Cuts" --- Texans soon will feel the effects of state Medicaid cuts as spending is reduced on assistance for the elderly and disabled, payments … --- San Angelo Standard Times --- October 7, 2011 (TEXAS)    http://is.gd/msaASp
28.        "Agencies Collaborate on Approach to Hoarding" --- In San Antonio, that's led to more calls about hoarders for Adult Protective Services. They get about twice as many calls now as they did a year ago. The agency focused on the issue at a conference Friday … --- KSAT San Antonio --- October 7, 2011  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/rbbppY
29.        "University of Utah to Create Resource 'Partnership' to Help Those with Autism" --- Wanting to improve the care of people with autism, the University of Utah will develop an autism “one stop shop” for parents and professionals. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- October 6, 2011  (UTAH) http://is.gd/5bkEtT
30.        "Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind Fight to Keep Programs" --- That's how much funding Utah's Schools for the Deaf and Blind have lost in the past three years. Legislative budget cuts have led to the loss of programs, and more than 100 teachers, faculty and support staff. --- ABC 4 --- October 4, 2011  (UTAH)    http://is.gd/OmbQZ1
31.        "Temple Grandin to Speak at Autism Conference" --- Temple Grandin, who overcame the challenges of autism to become an expert in animal behavior, will speak at the "Family is Important” autism conference … --- WSU Today --- October 5, 2011  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/3hNdCO
32.        "Wis. to Face $444M in Medicaid Funding Cuts" --- Scott Walker and the Department of Health Services revealed plans late last week to cut an estimated $444 million from Medicaid in order to balance the state's budget. --- UW Badger Herald --- October 2, 2011  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/EsD4Se
33.        "Scientists Engineer Mice that Have Autism" --- Scientists have genetically engineered mice whose symptoms closely mimic autism in humans. --- U.S. News & World Report --- October 5, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/SOeMOu
34.        "Study: A Fifth of War Veterans Have Mental Health Issues" --- Nearly 20 percent of the more than 2 million troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental health conditions, according … --- Kansas City Star --- October 4, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/6jGIh0
35.        "The Recession's 'Silent Mental Health Epidemic' " --- When people lose their jobs, they often are optimistic as they embark on a search for a new one, according to Ronald Kessler, a professor of health-care policy at Harvard Medical School … --- Business Insider --- October 3, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)     http://is.gd/NZUMaS
36.        "Down Syndrome Research Hub Takes Flight" --- Most significantly, the consortium will focus on implementing the NIH Down syndrome research plan, with sets goals for study of the developmental disability. --- Disability Scoop --- October 3, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/gTbt5V
37.        "Rise in Autism, Alzheimer's Boosts Need for Tracking Devices" --- The autistic 4-year-old followed Melissa Kastner everywhere she went. But on March 27, after unloading groceries, Kastner turned and saw that Jackson was gone. --- USA Today --- October 3, 3011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/F5Fm2A  
38.        "Anesthesia Use in Kids Linked to Learning Disabilities" --- Multiple exposures to surgery/anesthesia, on the other hand, significantly increased the risk of developing learning disabilities later on in life. --- CNN --- October 3, 2011 (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/ZCQGYk

39.        "Disablity Employment Awareness Month: Profiling Judith Heumann, Top Advocate" --- After she appeared as part of a panel – suitably titled "Breaking Barriers" – at an international conference in Ottawa this summer, admirers rushed to "Judy" to thank her for being a torchbearer for disability rights. --- October 3, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/PGYVsL

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.         " 'Laura's Law' Discussion Turned over to County Staff" --- The December report is geared to consider Laura's Law and other ways implementing "best practices" in the county HHSA's Mental Health Division, according to Angelo. --- Ukiah Daily Journal --- October 4, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/JAwGLK
2.         "Top Court Considers California Medicaid Cuts" --- The Supreme Court opened its new term on Monday and considered whether Medicaid recipients and medical providers may sue California for cutting reimbursement rates in the healthcare program … --- Reuters --- October 3, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/0hiyUL
International Articles:

1.         "Study Highlights Problems Facing Disabled Emirati Women" --- Nada Al Bustani saw her life reflected this week in a study that shows the hardships disabled Emirati women face in areas including education, employment … --- The National --- October 8, 2011  (ABU DHABI)  http://is.gd/rDpOXL
2.         "Giving the Wounded New Hope in Afghanistan" --- CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark reports there are 900,000 disabled Afghans. Most of them are victims of landmines, roadside bombs and grenade assaults. --- CBS News --- October 3, 2011  (AFGHANISTAN)   http://is.gd/IcGgaB
3.         "Rally Steps Up Pressure for Disabled Rights" --- Early childhood university students joined with parents of disabled children on the steps of South Australia's Parliament House this morning calling for legislative change. --- ABC Online --- October 7, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/X6Xray
4.         "Life 'Hell' for Mother of Disabled Victim" --- The mother of an intellectually disabled boy allegedly sexually assaulted by a school bus driver says day-to-day life has become hell. The 57-year-old bus driver, who cannot … --- Sydney Morning Herald --- October 4, 2011  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/aKeQiA  
5.         "Renewed Law on Combating Autism Hailed" --- Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism research and advocacy organisation, has thanked autism community … --- Bangladesh News 24 hours --- October 2, 2011  (BANGLADESH)   http://is.gd/xqRONM
6.         "Mysterious Gene May Hide a Trigger for Suicide: Study" --- Researchers at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health found that the studies supported a theory that those who suffer from a psychiatric disorder and … --- Vancouver Sun --- October 7, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/PJB5op
7.         "B.C. NDP Calls Moratorium on Closing Group Homes for the Disabled" --- Opposition leader Adrian Dix also demanded that the government agency impose an immediate moratorium on closing group homes for the disabled. --- Vancouver Sun --- October 5, 2011  (CANADA) http://is.gd/Sto4fI  
8.        "Worker Charged with Assault at Nova Scotia Home for People with Disabilities" --- Police in Cape Breton have charged an employee with assaulting a resident of a home for people with disabilities. Desiree Vassallo, a spokeswoman for … --- Winnipeg Free Press --- October 4, 2011  (CANADA) http://is.gd/aNsf1E
9.        "Four in 10 Disabled Young Living in Poverty, Report Says" ---Children's Society data suggests that the official poverty rates understate the number of disabled children in penury by 32,000. --- The Guardian --- October 6, 2011  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/Rf1Von
10.        "Mentally Disabled Woman 'Bullied by Leamington Care Home Boss' " --- The manager of a Leamington care home has been accused of “vindictively bullying” a mentally disabled female resident. --- Coventry Telegraph --- October 5, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/wpRWCO
11.        "Cuts to Adult Care in Lincolnshire to Affect Thousands" --- Lincolnshire County Council has voted to raise the threshold at which elderly and disabled people qualify for services such as home help and access to day centres. --- BBC News --- October 4, 2011  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/1zvAeu
12.        "More Mental Health Jobs to Go Under Coalition Cutbacks" --- The Royal College of Nursing has warned today that 1 in 20 nurses expect to be made … --- ww.mentalhealthy.co.uk --- October 4, 2011  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/zElbEi  
13.        "Jury Inquest: Forston Clinic Urged to Make Changes After Death" ---A jury inquest has told a health authority to make changes following the death of a woman detained under the Mental Health Act. --- Dorset Echo --- October 3, 2011  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/B2XcYT
14.        "Help Depressed in Regaining Happiness" --- With hope of bringing changes in lives of mentally ill patients, it has been decided to invest $25 million. There are a number of mentally challenged people who are forced to commit suicide as they … --- French Tribune --- October 5, 2011  (FRANCE) http://is.gd/557t0z
15.        "Mental Illness Affects Many People, So Why Hide from It?" --- The founder of the Mad Pride Ireland movement, John has spent years fighting for the rights of people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. --- Belfast Telegraph --- October 5, 2011  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/t7lZ7N
16.        "Mental Health 'A Heavy Title to Bear' " --- Words from Brian Friel's play, Translations , were quoted by Headstrong founder Dr Tony Bates in Galway last week to describe how language can shape attitudes to mental health. --- Irish Times --- October 4, 2011  (IRELAND) http://is.gd/jnoz2Q  
17.        "Three-Day Int'l Conference for Disabled Persons Begins" --- A three-day international leadership conference for persons with disability inaugurated on Monday to address grievances of these people and draw a framework for increasing their social inclusion … --- Pakistan Daily Times --- October 4, 2011 (PAKISTAN)   http://is.gd/X2qBJM
18        "Four-in-10 Disabled Young 'Poor' " --- BBC News correspondent Four in 10 disabled children in the UK live "in poverty", according to the Children's Society. --- BBC News --- October 6, 2011  (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/cReXFw  


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