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News Summary for October 17, 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.         "Case on Assault of Woman with Disabilities Goes to High Court" ---
James D. McGaughey, executive director of the state Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, said that if the ruling's standard for a person with … --- The Connecticut Mirror --- October 14, 2011  (CONNECTICUT)   http://is.gd/DbEdv6

2.        "Kimball, Nebraska City Councilman Charged with Sex Assault on Mentally Disabled Teenage Boy" --- A city councilman in the western Nebraska town of Kimball has been charged with the sexual assault of a mentally disabled teenage boy. --- The Republic --- October 14, 2011  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/B2CcHb

3.        "Bedford Schools Getting Scrutiny from State over Care for Disabled" --- Surveillance video shows the bus driver and an assistant hit and kick 11-year-old Timothy Earl Kilpatrick, a severely autistic student who is strapped to his seat. --- Richmond Times Dispatch --- October 14, 2011  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/aocnZu

4.        "Kent Couple Pleads Guilty to Disability Fraud Scheme that Netted $320,000" --- Ronnie George, 49, and Nancy Stone, 45, defrauded the Social Security Administration and state social welfare programs, according to a US Attorney's Office media release. --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- October 15, 2011   (WASHINGTON)    http://is.gd/RcwEZP

5.        "BJS Releases Crime Against People With Disabilities, 2008-2010 - Statistical Tables" --- The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released Crime Against People with Disabilities, 2008-2010 – Statistical Tables. --- PR Newswire (press release) --- October 13, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/9uMh9a

6.         "Mental Health Agency Taps Anti-bias Team" --- A team led by Sacramento public relations firm Runyon Saltzman & Einhorn Inc. has been selected by the California Mental Health Services Authority to conduct an $11.2 million social marketing campaign to reduce … --- Modesto Bee --- October 13, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/F01oRm

7.        "Maine Voices: Mental Health Advocates Take on Stigma Issue with Facts" --- As a mental health advocate and a volunteer with the Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, I periodically lead a simple yet … --- Press Herald --- October 14, 2011  (MAINE)   http://is.gd/bh5pIa

8.        "Smart Phone App Helps Kids with Autism" --- Two Michigan psychologists have created a smart phone app to help kids with autism develop better social skills. Kelly Bowers and her husband Mark are both … --- Michigan Radio --- October 9, 2011  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/WRlrEv

9.        "Protesters Begin Forming Circle Around RI State House" --- They are holding glow sticks to protest $24 million in cuts that might leave people with development disabilities homeless or without rides to their programs. --- Providence Journal --- October 11, 2011  (RHODE ISLAND) http://is.gd/dOw4au 

10.        "Down Syndrome Awareness Month Is Here" --- People with Down syndrome are seldom profoundly retarded. Most of them fall into the mild to moderate range of intellectual disability. Many are able to be incorporated … --- ReporterNews.com --- October 9, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/pnPZ5G

11.        "Disabled Vet, Richard West, Exposes $61 Million Medicaid Scam" ---
After nearly losing his life to negligent nursing care, a Vietnam veteran filed a whistleblower lawsuit that exposed a $61 million Medicaid scam, CNN.com reports. --- Huffington Post --- October 11, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/XLCXaL

12.        "Mental First Aid: How to Help in an Emotional Crisis" --- Nikki Perez wanted to learn how to help others in crisis after recovering from her own mental health disorder. Nikki Perez wanted to learn how to help others … --- NPR --- October 10, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/0YnMZE

13.         "Lawmakers Sued for Tapping Deaf and Blind Services Fund" --- The Alabama Dual Party Relay Board, which oversees the collection of money from landline phone customers to fund phone services for deaf and blind Alabamians, has filed a suit against lawmakers to stop a bill … --- WBRC --- October 12, 2011   (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/R6yBV6

14.         "N.J. Assemblywoman Connie Wagner Protects Disabled from Abuse" --- Currently, no law mandates or requires anyone to report suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable or disabled adults. Wagner is determined to prevent such crimes … --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- October 11, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/ZsFDm9

15.        "Draft Establishes Patients' Rights" --- Wang said the draft tries to secure the rights of the mentally challenged, including their right to education, work and privacy. About 100 million Chinese suffer from … --- China Daily --- October 15, 2011   (CHINA)    http://is.gd/dDnn8T

16.        "Two Held for Raping 22-Yr-Old" --- Two weeks after a 22-year-old mentally challenged woman was gang raped by three men, the RCF police arrested two of the accuseda"35-year-old autorickshaw driver … --- Times of India --- October 12, 2011  (INDIA)   http://is.gd/2lhweA

17.        "The Special Cafe Run by the Disabled and Handicapped" --- Arutz Sheva visited the Nagish Cafe in northern Israel, which is run and operated by handicapped people for handicapped people. --- Arutz Sheva --- October 10, 2011  (ISRAEL)   http://is.gd/jvH0K1

18.        "Bill to Establish Full-time Disability Rights Commissioner Introduced" --- A bill to establish a full-time Disability Rights Commissioner who will promote and protect the rights of disabled people was introduced to Parliament today by Justice Minister Simon Power. "Having a dedicated Disability … --- Voxy --- October 13, 2011  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/6ngxmy

Abuse/Crime-related Articles:

1.         " 'Gang Members' Takeover Disabled Man's Home" --- A group of men have terrorised a disabled war veteran for over a week, taking over his California home and turning it into a venue for wild, drug-fuelled parties. --- Ninemsn --- October 9, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/TyIoeB

2.         "Deadbeat State: Ill. Owes Billions in Unpaid Bills" --- This includes the Illinois health care agency, which says it is sitting on about $1.9 billion in bills from Medicaid providers because there's no money to pay it. --- The Associated Press --- October 15, 2011  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/ORwxmb
3.         "Illinois Regulators Seek to Discipline Autism Doctor" --- A Naperville physician featured in a 2009 Tribune investigation into alternative treatments for autism has been charged by the Illinois Department … --- Chicago Tribune --- October 13, 2011  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/2fYEf6
4.         "AG Won't Appeal Clearing Teacher Who Restrained Student" --- Catherine Littleton, a teacher at Perry Meridian Middle School, was originally charged with confinement, battery and neglect of a dependent in connection with her … --- WRTV Indianapolis --- October 13, 2011  (INDIANA) http://is.gd/Q1HGbH 
5.        "Police: Pair Duped Disabled Man into Aiding in Theft" --- Police believe a mentally disabled Saugus man was duped by two streetwise older men into acting as their accomplice in the attempted … --- The Salem News --- October 12, 2011  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/0420cK 
6.        "Disabled Man Surrenders to Police on Rape Charges" --- A hearing- and speech-impaired man from Michigan wanted for kidnapping and raping a similarly disabled victim in Pittsburgh … --- WNEM Saginaw --- October 14, 2011  (MICHIGAN)    http://is.gd/O5xwB8
7.        "State Pulls License of Mental Health Facility Where 2 People Committed Suicide" --- State regulators have revoked the license of a mental health facility in Annandale where two people committed suicide in the past year. Minnesota Department of Human … --- The Republic --- October 12, 2011  (MINNESOTA)    http://is.gd/LhJTJL
8.        "Stutterer Speaks Up in Class; His Professor Says Keep Quiet" --- His classroom experience underlines a perennial complaint among stutterers, that society does not recognize the condition as a disability, and touches … --- New York Times --- October 10, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/y0seik 
9.        "Sheriff: Cattle Prod Not Used, Accuser Arrested" --- A woman who set off a state investigation when she accused an employee at a Washington County facility of using a cattle prod on a disabled resident … --- Albany Times Union --- October 15, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/xSC7tq
10.        "Bronx Father Furious After Autistic Son Went Missing From School" --- Jerry Camacho calls it an unthinkable betrayal of trust that last week his 5-year-old son, Jeremy, who has a form of autism, somehow managed to walk … --- CBS New York --- October 14, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/90wa9H
11.        "Woman Who Tried to Prevent Heimlich from Being Done on Disabled Son Gets Probation" --- Witnesses say she yelled, "Leave him alone; let him die," while her developmentally disabled son was choking and someone tried to assist him. --- Buffalo News --- October 12, 2011   (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/63fIxD
12.        "Cuomo Administration Focuses on Abuse Standards" --- Mr. Sundram was appointed by the governor earlier this year, amid a New York Times investigation into widespread allegations… --- New York Times --- October 12, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/gK7A8Z
13.        "Bipolar Man Fights Eviction from Ramapo Senior Complex" --- Since his arrival in 2002, Repanti has faced discrimination by a group of senior residents who have tormented him — some called him "stupid" and "retard" — according … --- The Journal News | LoHud.com --- October 11, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/GuMHoH
14.        "Smithfield Man Charged with Raping Mentally Handicapped Girl" ---
Police said Friday that they have arrested a Smithfield man in connection with the sexual assault of a 16-year-old mentally handicapped girl … --- WRAL.com --- October 14, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)    http://is.gd/TfLdlt
15.        "3 Charged with Imprisoning 4 Mentally Handicapped Adults in Tacony" --- Three people were arrested and charged with kidnapping, assault and other crimes after Philadelphia police found four mentally handicapped adults --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- October 16, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)                  http://is.gd/FaLHHk
16.        "2nd Man Named in Joyride with Mentally Challenged Woman" --- A second Carlisle man is facing numerous crimes after he and another man took a mentally challenged woman on a joyride in her own car, according … --- abc27 --- October 10, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/GYziOZ
17.        "Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Teen" --- A man is accused of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled teenage girl at a residence on Houston's south side. Robert Kirk Jones … --- abc13.com --- October 13, 2011  (TEXAS)    http://is.gd/Wxycii
18.        "Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Death Sentence for Man Who Killed Disabled San Antonio Woman" --- The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the death sentence of man convicted of fatally stabbing a disabled woman at her San Antonio … --- The Republic --- October 12, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/LXeGQe
19.        "Nurse Aides Humiliated Disabled Residents, State Charges" --- State health officials have charged two nursing assistants with abusing two developmentally disabled residents in a Tacoma group home, in alleged … --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- October 13, 2011  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/DSQpvi 
20.        "Crime Odds Nearly Double for People with Disabilities" --- Even as violent crime declined significantly in 2010, people with disabilities continued to be victims almost twice as often as those ... --- Disability Scoop --- October 13, 2011   (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/d2OTFf

Seeking Improved Support

1.         "ADAP Granted Status in Lawsuit over Partlow Closing" --- The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program has been granted status in a lawsuit filed by the mother of a man living at the WD Partlow Developmental … --- Gadsden Times --- October 14, 2011  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/wjesMn

2.         "Child Mental Disorders: New Diagnosis or Another Dilemma?" ---
Cecelia has been diagnosed with a smorgasbord of psychiatric disorders — including the controversial diagnosis of child bipolar disorder — in addition to being called a normal kid. --- Los Angeles Times --- October 10, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/jOQjnH
3.         "LA County Expands No-Cost Healthcare" --- Under President Obama's controversial healthcare overhaul, millions more uninsured Californians will be eligible for Medicaid — the healthcare program for the poor — beginning in 2014. --- Los Angeles Times --- October 9, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/Jk8UB1
4.        "Maui Disability Alliance Holds Legislative Forum" --- The Maui Disability Alliance will host its 16th Annual Legislative Forum from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, October 20th at the Velma McWayne Santos Community … --- Maui Now --- October 10, 2011  (HAWAII)    http://is.gd/uzIXV1
5.        "Mother Warns of Danger If Mental Health Facilities Are Closed" --- A woman whose daughter was killed in an arson fire speaks out against Governor Quinn's plan to shutdown Singer Mental Health Center. In 2008, Barb … --- MyStateline.com --- October 10, 2011  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/MXJlge
6.        "New Rules Leave Deaf Students Without Help" --- Advocates for hearing-impaired Iowans, such as Jeanne Prickett, superintendent at the Iowa School for the Deaf, acknowledge that some school districts are having trouble finding … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- October 11, 2011  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/MsCaPj
7.        "KTWU Program to Tackle People's Phobias" --- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 8.7 percent of Americans — or 19.2 million people — have a phobia or anxiety-related disorder of one kind or another. --- Topeka Capital Journal --- October 9, 2011  (KANSAS) http://is.gd/0gT9XT 
8.        "Woman Charged with Stealing From Nonprofit" --- The former accountant of a nonprofit that serves the developmentally disabled has been charged with theft for allegedly embezzling more than $15,000 over two years --- Fenceviewer --- October 12, 2011  (MAINE)   http://is.gd/eqLUEE
9.        "Woman Recently Released from Psychiatric Facility Accused in Stabbing at Target in Maryland" --- Starks, 55, who has received a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, was released into a group home in Bowie under the supervision of a state agency that monitors violent … --- Washington Post --- October 12, 2011  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/4NX5Cs
10.        "Disability Roundtable Series Launches October 18, 2011" --- To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Disability Network Southwest Michigan is launching a year's worth of … --- Battle Creek Enquirer --- October 9, 2011  (MICHIGAN)    http://is.gd/WeXX6H
11.        "Group to Be Excluded in Suit Against Medicaid" --- A federal judge has refused to allow an advocacy group to join in a lawsuit against the state seeking intensive home and community-based programs over institutionalization for … --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- October 11, 2011  (MISSISSIPPI)   http://is.gd/cQGP38
12.        "Advocacy Group Battles Stigma of Mental Illness" --- Mental illness affects one in four people, and education is key in eradicating the stigma often associated with mental-health issues, said Tonya Tate, executive … --- SunHerald.com --- October 11, 2011  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/jVXFjv
13.        "A Look at Missouri's Requirements on Reporting Suspected Abuse" --- Call-takers received almost 57,000 such reports last year, an increase of more than 10 percent from the previous year, according to the Missouri Department of Social Services. --- Kansas City Star --- October 14, 2011  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/jArbZX
14.        "Las Vegas Autism Conference Open to the Public" --- Leaders in autism research are introducing the newest information on a disease that now affects one in every 110 children at a conference … --- KTNV Las Vegas --- October 13, 2011  (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/MYQgD2  
15.        Thousands to Attend Autism New Jersey Conference in AC" --- More than one thousand people are converging in Atlantic City for a two-day event to educate people about what has become a rapidly growing disorder across … --- NBC40 --- October 13, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/wEW3sP
16.        "Alliance on Mental Illness to Honor Advocates" --- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NYC Staten Island will host its annual honorees … --- SILive.com --- October 16, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Fe2aA3
17.        "Local Organizations Advocate for National Disability Employment Awareness Month" --- October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month but Michael Rosenblum, R.Ph., already knows the advantages of hiring workers … --- Patch.com --- October 12, 2011  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/7P3TdE 
18.        "Autism Speaks Awards 10 Research Grants Funding Nearly $1.8 Million over 3 Years" ---  Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the awarding… --- EurekAlert (press release) ---- October 12, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/RnVNCq
19.        "More Training about Autism Urged" --- Better data collection by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could eventually lead to enhanced services – such as wider availability of tracking devices – for people with autism … --- Times Herald-Record --- October 10, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/0vZFTc
20.        "A Look at the Road to Recovery From Those Who Traveled It" --- That's what local mental health advocates want Staten Islanders to know during a conference on Friday featuring the “real story” about mental health issues from those who have lived through them. --- SILive.com --- October 10, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/mlzcJx 
21.        "Website Created for People with Disabilities" --- The Arc has had other names over the years, including the Association for Retarded Children and Association for Retarded Citizens. Its present name isn't an acronym … --- Charlotte Observer --- October 16, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/PxY25M
22.        "NC Cuts Medicaid to Provider After Fraud Charges" --- North Carolina has suspended Medicaid payments to a Boone-based health care provider with thousands of clients following allegations of fraud. --- The Winston-Salem Journal --- October 12, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/VRZbkE
23.        "50 to Be Laid Off at Jobs Agency" --- Kearns first announced last week that the department of 144, which oversees the state's public assistance, workforce development, unemployment compensation, child and adult protective service programs … --- Oxford Press --- October 14, 2011  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/pibFyd
24.        "Mentally Ill Wait for Hospital Beds in Ohio" --- The state closed two mental health hospitals in 2008 as part of budget cuts and added beds at other hospitals. Hospital director Bob Short with the Ohio Department of Mental Health … --- WHIO Radio --- October 10, 2011  (OHIO) http://is.gd/jgORoU
25.        "Chafee Cites Disabled Protestors to Push for Sales Tax Overhaul" --- Governor Chafee says many of the cuts in aid for developmentally disabled Rhode Islanders that drew thousands of protesters to the Statehouse this week … --- WPRI-TV 12 --- October 14, 2011  (RHODE ISLAND) http://is.gd/nAN2fE
26.        "Autism Expert to Speak at Columbia Conference" --- Temple Grandin's books provided inspiration and guidance for autistic children and their families for years … --- The State --- October 15, 2011  (SOUTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/HMscRh
27.        "Metta World Peace Donates $37,500 to Mental Health Charity" --- Artest recently donated $37500 to Centerstone, a mental health charity. The funds helped Centerstone build a new facility in Nashville, TN. Artest, or Metta World Peace … --- Lakers Nation --- October 13, 2011  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/49u4j7
28.        "Mentally Ill, Cut from State Care, Are Turning up in Court System" --- Last year, the Davidson County Mental Health Court celebrated its 10th anniversary. I am the presiding judge of this court as part of my duties as the judge of Division II of the General … --- The Tennessean --- October 9, 2011  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/uSDxR0
29.        "State Cuts to Guardian Program Leave Disabled, Elderly Vulnerable" --- The Texas Legislature recently eliminated the funding that paid for nearly half of the Arc's guardianship program. The cut was one of many made to social services … --- Dallas Morning News --- October 9, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/Atusy5
30.        "More Funding, Openness Needed about Substance Abuse in Utah, Experts Say" --- The drug and alcohol abuse that affects thousands of Utahns and millions of Americans is often something many families don't want to discuss, fearful of the lingering stigma, said … --- Salt Lake Tribune --- October 13, 2011  (UTAH)   http://is.gd/tPVAfA
31.        "Ineligible Medicaid Recipients Cost Va. Millions" --- Errors by local Department of Social Services caseworkers in enrolling ineligible Medicaid recipients are responsible for the greatest number of improper … --- Richmond Times Dispatch --- October 12, 2011  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/ZK3TbY
32.        "More Children Visiting ERs for Psychiatric Care" --- A growing number of American children are receiving psychiatric care in hospital emergency departments, particularly children … --- U.S. News & World Report --- October 14, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/A4jZT0
33.        "Rebuilding Wounded Soldiers When They Return" --- After he had stabilized, Southern was transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center's amputee center, where wounded veterans learn how to adapt to their injuries. --- NPR --- October 13, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/ifVSve
34.        "America's Mental Health, State by State" --- Nearly 20 percent of Americans -- 44.5 million adults -- experienced some sort of mental illness over the last year, according to a new report from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA). --- Huffington Post --- October 13, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/b97pmE
35.        "People with Mental Health Issues More Likely to Be Uninsured" ---
Researchers examined national data collected from 1993 through 2009 and found that 22.6 percent of people with frequent mental distress (indicative of mental illness) were uninsured … --- U.S. News & World Report --- October 13, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/VEP0vZ
36.        "Mental Illness Redefined" --- When psychiatrists diagnose mental illness, they turn to an unwieldy book called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM for short. --- Chicago Tribune --- October 12, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/PqorN7
37.        "House OKs Funding Boost for Disabled Veterans" --- The House today approved legislation that would fill a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the federal reimbursement that Maine Veterans' Homes receive … --- Morning Sentinel --- October 11, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/LhVIbD
38.        "Men with Disabilities at 'Heightened Risk' of Sex Abuse" --- For purposes of the survey, individuals were considered to have a disability if they reported having a physical, mental or … --- Disability Scoop --- October 11, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/SdgOqh

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.         "Group Fighting LGBT Teachings Fails Petition Drive" --- An effort to repeal a law that requires schools to teach about the historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and people with disabilities, has failed … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- October 13, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/2Cq4RW
2.         "Autism Treatment Law Again Shows Insurers' Need for Therapy" --- Cost is at the forefront of why health insurers had balked at including coverage for treatments associated with autism, which requires not just medical care but … --- Los Angeles Times --- October 11, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/PdwdTT
3.         "Jerry Brown OKs Bills on Autism, Unlicensed Drivers" --- Jerry Brown on Sunday waded into sensitive areas of health care and law enforcement, signing a bill requiring health plans to cover a key autism treatment and another … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- October 10, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/3BKkGi
4.         "N.J. Senator Jennifer Beck Fights for Disabled through 'Tara's Law' " --- This bill ensures a level of protection and oversight that is necessary to ensure the safe treatment of New Jersey's developmentally disabled population.” The Assembly version of … --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- October 10, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/9Pgizy

International Articles:

1.         "Ministers to Define Disabilities" --- A national standard for identifying students with disabilities is expected to be approved by education ministers at a meeting of state and federal governments in Melbourne … --- The Age --- October 14, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/Jz7MCU
2.         "Chilling Attack Video on Disabled Woman" --- If they will taunt and beat a disabled woman for fun, there appears little that they are not capable of doing". Regular customers at the shopping mall told CBS News such abuse is … --- Ninemsn --- October 14, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/AzwTSG
3.         "Mental Health Prescriptions Rise to 29 Million a Year" --- Each of these scripts would usually be for one month's supply and this suggests that 2.4 million Australians … --- The Australian --- October 13, 2011  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/Oa5UaS 
4.         "Angry Health Workers Heckle Minister" --- The Tasmanian Health Minister has faced angry health workers at a rally in Hobart over budget cuts. Almost $9 million is being cut from the mental health budget in the next nine months … --- ABC Online --- October 10, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/cq1UJ5
5.         "Premier Calls for National Effort on Mental Health" --- The Queensland Premier is calling for a new campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Anna Bligh says Australia is the only western economy that hasn't tackled … --- ABC Online --- October 10, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/OzMyqc
6.         "Thief Gets Four Years for Stealing Car with Disabled Woman Inside" --- A longtime criminal received a four-year sentence Friday for stealing a car with a disabled woman in the passenger seat, then abandoning her … --- Vancouver Sun --- October 14, 2011  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/ktMeK2
7.         "Mental Health Advocates Find Police Training Inadequate" --- While Toronto police response to mentally ill assailants has improved over the years, mental health advocates argue not enough is being done to prevent unnecessary deaths … --- Toronto Star --- October 11, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/wiLlAD
8.         "Lessons on Mental Health to Be Learnt from the Chile Mining Disaster" --- As Chile prepares to celebrate the first anniversary of the rescue of its 33 miners it is disappointing to hear the facts about their mental health. --- ww.mentalhealthy.co.uk --- October 14, 2011  (CHILE) http://is.gd/CqmZZr 
9.        "Syndicate Stops 'Importing' China Beggars for Now" --- A syndicate that brings in beggars from China has temporarily stopped "importing" them after four handicapped people sought the help of police … --- AsiaOne --- October 15, 2011  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/7cnYDl
10.         "Disabled Son Home in Care Battle" --- Rhys Thomas, 20, of Holywell, Flintshire, was left disabled after gum became lodged in his windpipe in 2007. Since then he has been in various hospitals and homes … --- BBC News --- October 13, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/g3lbnb
11.        "Disabled Man Left Alone in Car by Carer" --- A carer who left a severely disabled man alone in his car while he went off bird watching has admitted neglecting the patient. Nigel Bastin, 54, was one of a three-strong … --- This is North Devon --- October 14, 2011  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/837IEy
12.         "Children Left Waiting Months for Mental Health Treatment" ---Hundreds of vulnerable children in Plymouth are having to wait months for mental health treatment. Some troubled children referred by GPs or schools have been … --- Plymouth Herald --- October 13, 2011  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/6OCLz9 
13.         "Teen Stamped on Disabled Man's Head" --- A 19-year-old who stamped on the head of a disabled man after downing 20 whiskies during a pub's £1-a-drink promotion in a British town was jailed … --- Independent Online --- October 12, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/43qx0I
14.         "Slough Man Relives Experiences on World Mental Health Day" ---
Ross Wilson, now 25, from Slough, Berkshire, has been reliving his story to raise awareness on World Mental Health Day. It was a journey that took Ross to … --- BBC News --- October 10, 2011  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/xufEqt
15.        "Ghana: Mental Health Needs Attention and Investment" --- This year's World Mental Health Day, October 10, was celebrated globally under the theme "Investing in Mental Health". The day raises public awareness about … --- AllAfrica.com --- October 14, 2011  (GHANA)   http://is.gd/xkjOw8
16.        "Some Mental Health Drug Prescriptions Up by a Fifth" --- The number of prescriptions for some mental-health drugs increased by a fifth between 2007 and 2008, according to a new report on the impact of the recession on mental health. --- Irish Times --- October 11, 2011  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/Hpt1Sp
17.        "Shortage of Experts Hurts Mental Health Care" --- As the global community marked World Mental Health Day on Monday, experts in government and private practice zeroed in on one of Kenya's most worrisome … --- Daily Nation --- October 10, 2011  (KENYA) http://is.gd/WfvpKW 
18.        "Mental Illness: Brain Disease, Not Unlike Other Medical Diseases" ---
Mental illness is an actual brain disease and as such everyone with a brain can develop the problem. As the World Mental Health Day is commemorated, experts say that ... --- Nigerian Tribune --- October 11, 2011  (NIGERIA)  http://is.gd/qCmjuw 
19.        "World Mental Health Day Today" --- Like other parts of the globe, World Mental Health Day will be observed across the country including the City on Monday (today) with the purpose to raise public … --- The Nation --- October 10, 2011  (PAKISTAN)   http://is.gd/9R8la5
20.        "Bill for Families with Disabled Dependents Approved" --- If passed into law, the bill "Amending Section 35(B) of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of 1997, as Amended by Republic Act 9504" will grant individual taxpayers an … --- Sun.Star --- October 12, 2011  (PHILLIPINES)  http://is.gd/FoVayi
21.        "Autism Awareness Conference Held in Poland" --- ... ways to better connect with and help children living with the disorder. Shonda Schilling, wife of former Red Sox star Curt Schilling, was the keynote speaker. --- WKBN/WYFX-TV --- October 14, 2011  (POLAND)  http://is.gd/n0j3Iq
22.        "Bus Driver Held for Mistreatment of Handicapped" --- Saudi authorities arrested a Sudanese bus driver for mistreating a handicapped school boy suffering from diabetes by refusing to take him home and forcing … --- Emirates 24/7 --- October 16, 2011  (SAUDI ARABIA)  http://is.gd/gRNuqZ
23.        "Mental Health Care Effort Praised" --- The Mental Health Commission for Scotland has praised efforts to treat a greater number of patients in the community. It singled out the Borders as … --- BBC News --- October 14, 2011  (SCOTLAND)    http://is.gd/xDjr8H
24.        "The Tricky Business of Talking about Mental Illness" --- For a number of years now, Oct 10 has been designated by the United Nations as World Mental Health Day and as the day to raise public awareness about mental health issues through open discussions. --- TODAYonline --- October 10, 2011   (SINGAPORE)   http://is.gd/edb0kX
25.        "A Plan to Enable the Disabled in Wales" --- Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM announced her plans for a Framework for Action on Independent Living for disabled people in Wales during the Petitions … --- BBC News --- October 11, 2011  (WALES)   http://is.gd/kr7A28
26.        "Care for Multiple Sclerosis Patients Unchanged in Five Years" --- “In particular, we believe that there is an opportunity for increased collaboration between different healthcare organisations and between health and social services. --- Telegraph.co.uk --- October 10, 2011  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/edQ3oU
27.        "On World Mental Health Day, Ban Urges Greater Resources for Mental Disorders" --- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to allocate more resources for the treatment of mental disorders, saying that too little funding was devoted to mental health … ---  UN News Centre --- October 10, 2011  (INTERNATIONAL)     http://is.gd/O3kW5a
28.        "World Mental Health Day – Time to Invest" --- Today marks World Mental Health Day, a day designed to raise public attention about mental health issues whilst also encouraging open and honest discussion about the topic. --- The Independent --- October 10, 2011  (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/GX6V8K 



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