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News Summary for October 24, 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.         "Sacramento Man Arraigned for Videotaped Beating" --- Rasaan Zawadi had little to say when he was arraigned in a Sacramento court room in connection with the videotaped beating of a mentally challenged woman. --- News10.net --- October 17, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/qfzeZo

2.         "Man Pleads Not Guilty to Raping Disabled Student" --- An Orange County man has pleaded not guilty to charges of raping a woman with severe mental and developmental disabilities in a Fullerton College … --- San Jose Mercury News --- October 19, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/g04FeF 

3.         "Boulder DA Seeks Own Evaluation for Mom Accused of Killing Son out of Autism Fears" --- Police say she told investigators that she placed a plastic bag and blankets over his face because she believed he had autism and having a disabled child would "ruin her life." --- The Republic --- October 22, 2011  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/T3cwrp

4.         "Police: Boy Kept Locked in Room in Mobile Home" --- Police say a mentally challenged teenage boy was kept locked in his room, rarely fed and only let outside three times a day. --- 9NEWS.com --- October 21, 2011  (COLORADO)    http://is.gd/aO0EY2

5.         "State's Top Court Hears Disabled Woman's Assault Case" --- The state Appellate Court was wrong to overturn the convictions of a Bridgeport man charged with sexually assaulting a severely disabled woman, a prosecutor … --- Journal Inquirer --- October 18, 2011  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/DgNU44

6.         "Woman Accused of Chaining Disabled Adults Served Time for Starving Sister's Boyfriend to Death" --- The man and woman who took up residence in north West Palm Beach with a bevy of disabled adults raised neighbors' eyebrows, but they were likely unaware the man had a … --- Palm Beach Post --- October 17, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/8YnMPE

7.        "National Survey Will Measure How Bullying Impacts Children with Autism" --- Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN Project) launches a national survey to study the impact of bullying on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). --- EurekAlert (press release) --- October 18, 2011  (MARYLAND)    http://is.gd/Caupku

8.        "Beatrice Case Stirs Old Anger" --- Although federal inspections identified multiple examples of abuse and neglect at the facility over the past decade, it appears few, if any, charges were filed. --- Omaha World-Herald --- October 23, 2011   (NEBRASKA)    http://is.gd/G5XSnN   

9.         Advocate: Disabled adults can be 'walking targets' --- "Anyone with a cognitive impairment is a walking target," for Social Security fraud, said Nora Baladerian, a clinical psychologist who works with disabled ... --- The Associated Press --- October 22, 2011   (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/wRpdgY  

10.        "Philly Adult Abuse Case Puts Spotlight on Protecting Those with Disabilities" --- Just last year Pennsylvania passed the Adult Protection Services Act, but according to Judy Banks, who's with Disability Rights Network, it's not funded, so the program … --- CBS 21 --- October 20, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/KSTFFw

11.        "Father, 2 Social Workers Get Up to 5 Years in Starvation Death of Disabled Teen Girl in Philadelphia" --- The absentee father of a disabled Philadelphia teenager who starved to death in a squalid apartment has been sentenced to between 2∏ years to five … --- Washington Post --- October 20, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/wsRpix

12.        "Parents of Mentally Disabled Woman Freed from Philly Basement Seek Custody of Her Two Children" --- The parents of a mentally disabled woman held captive in a Philadelphia basement as part of what police believe was a Social Security fraud scheme are … --- Washington Post --- October 21, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/7rirue

13.        "Lawmaker: Texas Woman Can Sue State over Mentally Disabled Son's Beating at State School" --- A woman can proceed with her lawsuit against the state of Texas after her mentally disabled son was paralyzed during a beating in a state facility. --- The Republic --- October 20, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/wYQHCP

14.        "Man Who Raped Mentally Challenged Woman Sentenced" --- A man found guilty of raping a mentally challenged woman twice between December 2007 and January 2008 was sentenced Wednesday to 28 years in prison. --- WXII The Triad --- October 20, 2011  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/RhSyCD

15.        "Should Broader Checks Be Required for Home Care Workers?" --- Three years ago, Washington voters overwhelmingly supported federal background checks and increased training for the people who care for our seniors and citizens with disabilities. --- TheNewsTribune.com --- October 19, 2011 (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/k86zEB

16.        "Spending Cuts Set for Fla. Disabilities Program" --- The head of Florida's developmental disabilities program is proposing more than $14 million in spending cuts. The reductions that Mike Hansen outlined Wednesday are … --- MiamiHerald.com --- October 20, 2011  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/nsIHjP 

17.        "MTV to Focus on Students with Disabilities" --- MTV is taking its cameras deep into the world of young adults who are deaf on a new reality series debuting on the network's college channel. --- Disability Scoop --- October 18, 2011   (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/8u7vkp

18.        "A First Aid Kit for Mental Health Emergencies" --- But few know what to do in a psychiatric crisis. The Mental Health First Aid program aims to teach people to respond to psychiatric emergencies, from anxiety to eating disorders … --- NPR --- October 18, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/jVEtgb 

19.        "RI Ratifies UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities" ---The House of Representatives ratified on Tuesday a United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a move seen as an important step toward improving welfare for disabled people. --- Jakarta Post --- October 19, 2011  (INDONESIA)   http://is.gd/f083r6

20.        "State Draws up 'Risk Register' for Disability Services" --- The register was drawn up as part of ongoing preparations to begin inspecting disability services. Facilities for children with disabilities are the only state-funded children's … --- Irish Examiner --- October 17, 2011  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/yUGcQl

21.        "Abusers of People with Disability Must Be Prosecuted" --- US Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith Heumann has asked Kenya to prosecute anybody who commits crimes against people living with disabilities. Heumann who has been in the country for about a week meeting ... --- Capital FM Kenya --- October 19, 2011  (KENYA)   http://is.gd/GQuRRi

22.        "Movie Prompts Outrage over Disabled Child Sex Crimes" --- The movie is a based on a real case involving teachers at a school for the disabled who raped their students. Contributor, Yoo-eun Lee, from Global Voices … --- linktv --- October 21, 2011  (SOUTH KOREA) http://is.gd/vQXTzB 

23.        "Rallies Held over Cuts for Disabled" --- More than 5,000 people gathered across the UK in protest against welfare cuts for disabled people. Twelve protests were held in different cities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as part of the Hardest Hit campaign. --- The Press Association --- October 23, 2011  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/ylZcWx

Abuse/Crime-related Articles:

1.         "Woman Gets Prison Time for Stealing from Disabled" --- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced Thursday a woman has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for taking money from a healthcare provider for the developmentally disabled. --- ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) --- October 20, 2011  (ARIZONA)    http://is.gd/AnzPDc
2.         "Metro Officers Won't Face Civil Rights Charges in Videotaped Arrest of Man in Wheelchair" --- The Justice Department will not file civil rights charges against two Metro transit police officers for actions during an arrest of a man in a wheelchair that … --- Washington Post --- October 22, 2011  (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA)   http://is.gd/BUlxjv
3.         "Holly Hill Commissioner Fired from Job Amid Investigation into Sexual Abuse" --- Clients of the Arc -- formerly known as the Association for Retarded Citizens -- who have developmental and other disabilities, produce several … --- Daytona Beach News-Journal --- October 22, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/x0wAJk
4.         "Decatur: Man Wanted for Assaulting Wheelchair-bound Woman" --- They say he sodomized, robbed and beat a 70-year-old wheelchair-bound woman. Officials say the victim knew Bess because he did yard work for her. --- WXIA-TV --- October 19, 2011  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/k0a5FL  
5.         "Police: Muncie Man Accused of Strangling Disabled Wife" --- City police early Tuesday arrested a Muncie man after he allegedly attacked his disabled wife. Dana Riley Jr., 45, 550 S. Jefferson St. Apt. 210, is preliminarily … --- Muncie Star Press --- October 19, 2011  (INDIANA) http://is.gd/ppAAQv
6.        "Jeremiah Lee Wright, Who Confessed to Decapitating His Disabled Son, is Unfit for Trial, Judge Rules" --- Jeremiah Lee Wright confessed to decapitating his 7-year-old disabled son Jori Lirette (below) and leaving his head by the roadside for his mother to see. --- New York Daily News --- October 19, 2011  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/v8cbmU
7.        "Man Held on Kidnapping Charge Allegedly Met Victim on Facebook" --- Curtis L. Cruz Sr. of 13 Monroe Drive in New Bedford, was arrested on Oct. 8 and charged with assault and battery on a mentally challenged person, … --- Wicked Local --- October 20, 2011  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/tkc80R
8.        "Mt. Pleasant Man Jailed in Mecosta County on Rape Charges" --- Lauer is accused of raping a deaf woman in Big Rapids in March 2010. The incident in Pittsburgh is alleged to have happened in 2004; DNA evidence … --- The Morning Sun --- October 17, 2011  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/e9Y49c 
9.        "Missouri Getting Expanded Mental Health Services" --- The health homes will coordinate patients' medical care, social services, transportation and other needs, said Cindy Mann, a deputy administrator of the Centers … --- Kansas City Star --- October 21, 2011  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/pSJPwJ 
11.        "5 Beatrice Center Workers Post Bail" --- Gage County Attorney Roger Harris on Monday charged four men and one woman in connection with the abuse of six developmentally disabled men who live at the center over … --- Omaha World-Herald --- October 19, 2011  (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/cU4bFJ
12.        "Police: Riverhead Woman Stole Money from Home for Disabled" --- The former manager of a Northampton group home for developmentally disabled people was charged with petit larceny for allegedly … --- Patch.com --- October 18, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/hPnZTi
13.        "Group Home Manager Admits to Stealing $150K" --- "This is one of the worst forms of victimizations you can have," Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Andy Berghausen said Wednesday after Alexander pleaded … --- Cincinnati.com --- October 19, 2011  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/I1kCjR
14.        "Former Caregiver Sentenced to 8 Years for Raping Developmentally Disabled Woman" --- A former group home employee in Aloha will spend eight years and four months in prison for sexually abusing … --- OregonLive.com --- October 20, 2011  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/Y3LZkj

15.        "Suspect in Basement Torture Case Diagnosed as Schizophrenic" --- Linda Ann Weston, who allegedly locked mentally-challenged adults in a basement dungeon in Philadelphia, was once diagnosed … --- Reuters --- October 21, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/5U3S4w

16.        "Transcripts Tell of Savage Sister" --- During the next two months, Ramos, whom a prosecutor described as "possibly mildly mentally retarded," was kept hostage in the closet and fed at times, and allowed out … --- Philadelphia Daily News --- October 21, 2011 (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/3jwUgP

17.        "Portraits Emerge of Victims in Scheme Emerge" --- A mentally challenged man chained to a basement boiler. A disabled woman with her teeth knocked out. --- The Associated Press --- October 20, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/uV0h4k

18.        "Bus Driver Imprisoned for Rape of Disabled Woman in Montco" --- Calling a Reading man's conduct “morally depraved,” a judge sent him to state prison for raping a developmentally disabled Montgomery … --- The Mercury --- October 20, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/wRcDWQ
19.        "Ramsey: Never Saw Such Abuse on a Living Person" --- When Philadelphia police liberated four mentally disabled adults Saturday from the Tacony "dungeon" that became their last stop on a… --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- October 19, 2011 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/tKVst5
20.        "Fourth Arrest in Enslavement Case" --- Police have arrested the 32-year-old daughter of Linda Ann Weston on charges of co-conspiring in the kidnapping and imprisonment of four mentally challenged … --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- October 19, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/d452cT
21.        "Philly Disabled Captives Speak; Missing Teen Found" --- Three of the four mentally disabled people recently rescued from a dingy, urine-scented basement boiler room spoke about their harrowing experience locked in what … --- CNN --- October 18, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/GcekDy
22.        "Allegheny County Pays $53,000 to Settle Two Inmate Lawsuits" --- A different case, filed by Robert P. Gallagher, a functionally deaf man, was settled for $23,000. Mr. Gallagher was jailed in 2006, and said he was denied access to an … --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- October 19, 2011 (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/gIibtk
23.        "Woman Who Held Four in Philadelphia Cellar May Have Victimized Dozens, Police Say" --- The woman charged with keeping four adults with mental disabilities locked in a squalid Tacony basement … --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- October 18, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/F47VF3 
24.        "Adults Locked in Philly Basement Is Shocking, But Not New" --- It is hard to imagine how Linda Ann Weston, who allegedly kept four mentally challenged adults chained in a basement so she could collect their Social Security checks, could be so callous. --- Philadelphia Magazine --- October 18, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/Ux8DVz
25.        "Cops Missed Chance to Help Disabled Adults Locked in Basement" --- Ritterson said she called police “because we heard the mom beating them,” while other neighbors called social services agencies. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- October 18, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/6Mh2SB
26.        "More Details Discovered in House of Horrors Case" --- They've also found documents for approximately 50 other individuals that may have been victims of similar circumstances as the four mentally-challenged adults held captive … --- Philadelphia Magazine --- October 18, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/GOQEtj
27.        "Raw Video: A Walk Into Hell" --- Philadelphia reporters were allowed on Monday night into a dungeon basement where four mentally challenged people were allegedly held captive. --- MyFox Philadelphia --- October 18, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/aiuctS
28.        "Missing Florida Girl, 15, Found In Philadelphia" --- Linda Weston is the accused ringleader of the scam to steal the Social Security checks of at least four mentally-challenged adults. She, along with her boyfriend, Gregory Thomas, … --- MyFox Philadelphia --- October 18, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/EyarbI
29.        "Granbury Juvenile Center Has History of Troubles" --- State investigators have cited the facility for violations that include supervisory neglect, failure to make routine checks on detainees and failure to provide proper … --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- October 22, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/bwPfEL
30.        "Mom: Texas Boy Who Died Had Mental Health Issues" --- The mother of a detained North Texas boy who died after allegedly putting a sheet around his neck during a tug of war says he had mental health issues. --- KXII-TV --- October 19, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/YDOAW8
31.        "Provo Man, 29, Jailed for Allegedly Abusing Disabled Couple" --- Provo Police have arrested a 29-year-old man they believe targeted and stole from a disabled couple. Christopher Paul Nielson is being … --- Deseret News --- October 21, 2011  (UTAH)    http://is.gd/jKZwbk 
32.        "Vermont State Police to Make Revisions to Taser Policy" --- He said the case was more about getting the state police Taser policy modified for people with disabilities and not about the payment to his client. --- BurlingtonFreePress.com --- October 22, 2011   (VERMONT) http://is.gd/FtVKAd

33.        "Mysterious Death in Virginia Linked to Philly Captives Case" --- When Zarandi saw on television that Weston, 51, had been charged with keeping four mentally challenged adults locked in a Tacony basement while stealing … --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- October 18, 2011  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/uBGCdH
34.        "WA Police: Disabled Woman Begged Killer to Stop" --- The two were arrested Thursday for investigation of second-degree murder after leading police Wednesday night to the body of the developmentally disabled woman … --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- October 21, 2011  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/UoK1Te 
35.        "State Investigating Death of Disabled Man" --- The Department of Social and Health Services said it is trying to determine how the man, who was not identified, gained access to the detergent Oct. 3. --- TheNewsTribune.com --- October 18, 2011  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/M2HzdQ
36.        "Disabled Woman's Dog Held for Ransom" --- A wheelchair-bound woman says someone kidnapped her dog and is threatening to kill it unless she gives up her painkillers and $1,000. --- FOX 4 News --- October 18, 2011  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/VwHYT2
37.        "Mother's Care Was Spotty, Case Manager Says in Murder Trial" --- A case manager with Child Protective Services relied on the mother of a 3-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis to say whether the child consistently received medication … --- Charleston Gazette --- October 18, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/gvJrGc
38.        " 'Most Wanted' Charged in Sexual Assault, Suspect in Trail Assault" --- On Monday, Rhoades was charged with sexually assaulting a mentally challenged woman in Fond du Lac, also in September. --- Fond du Lac Reporter --- October 17, 2011  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/eYPd7S
39.        "Rape Case Against Mentally Challenged Family Member Continues" --- Two remaining defendants in a rape case against a mentally challenged woman will be in court Monday. So far, all defendants in the case are … --- KGBT-TV --- October 16, 2011  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/BBCFQW
40.        "The Arc Reacts to Alleged Crimes against Four Individuals with Disabilities in Philadelphia" --- Peter V. Berns, the CEO of The Arc of the United States, released the following statement regarding the alleged crimes committed against four individuals with disabilities … --- The Arc --- October 17, 2011  (UNITED STATES)  http://is.gd/3pUbrW

Seeking Improved Support

1.         "Arizona Court to Hear Challenge to Medicaid Cut" --- An appeals court on Wednesday hears arguments in a challenge to parts of Arizona's scaling back of its Medicaid program to help balance the state budget. --- KOLD-TV --- October 19, 2011  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/zNUATD
2.         "Prison Mental Health Spending Questioned" --- A new mental health wing is about to open its doors at the Vacaville state prison. With a court order in hand, the state is quietly spending a lot of money … --- abc7.com --- October 21, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/CwhhBH
3.         "Living Blind, Deaf, or Disabled for a Day" --- This is the reality for people who are disabled, people who have lost their vision, hearing or the ability to walk. Fortunately, Barrier Awareness gave COS students … --- COS The Campus --- October 18, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/E90syH
4.        "Man Living as an 'Adult Baby' is Cleared of Social Security Fraud" --- Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, called for the review of Stanley Thornton Jr.'s Social Security disability payments after Mr. Thornton, who lives part of his life as an “adult baby,” demonstrated … --- Washington Times --- October 18, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/gERK3H
5.        "River Edge Lays Off 20 Employees; Uninsured Patients Will Feel Impact" --- Nathan Deal ordered a 2 percent cut to all state agencies, and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities decided to apply that to all agencies … --- Macon Telegraph --- October 19, 2011  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/QngVw8 
6.         "Cuts Would Slash Access to State Mental Hospitals" --- Others who need extensive care would have to rely on private hospitals and community mental health centers that say they are already overburdened. --- Chicago Tribune --- October 18, 2011  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/ucvdh1
7.        "Nonprofits Bear Burden of State's Unpaid Bills" --- In Elgin, Joseph Paul runs substance abuse programs at the Elgin Center, a facility run by Lutheran Social Services. He said at times the center has had to delay payment … ---  Chicago Daily Herald --- October 18, 2011    (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/1qWbkm 
8.        "A New Perspective on Disabilities" --- As part of Disability Awareness Month, the Counselor Education Department at WSU offered students an opportunity to experience simulated disabilities. --- Winona Daily News --- October 22, 2011   (MINNESOTA)    http://is.gd/WD3sg6
9.        "Dyslexia Fact: 1 out of Every 5 People Have Some Form of the Disability" --- Experts call it the hidden disability. It's believed one out of every five people have some form of Dyslexia. His name is Austin Butcher. Every week he plays out a tune for … --- KY3 --- October 20, 2011  (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/wDcZLw 
10.        "Grant Will Help Inmates with Mental Illnesses Get Treatment" --- The Houston Police Department in Texas, which started its mental health program in 1999, has been recognized by the US Department of Justice as a model for other agencies. --- Springfield News-Leader --- October 17, 2011  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/cjQj0H
11.        "Arc Honors Business Leaders During Disability Employment Awareness Month" --- The event will be held in association with National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM has been sponsored by the Department of Labor … --- MyCentralJersey.com --- October 18, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)    http://is.gd/Rhdl65
12.        "Ahearn: For N.J. Schools, New Bullying Rules Test Patience" --- In Ridgewood the other day, a teacher at Benjamin Franklin Middle School overheard a student calling his friend “a retard” during lunch. --- October 18, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)    http://is.gd/5zxyO5
13.        "Gov. Chris Christie Touts Smaller Paycheck Deductions for NJ Disability Insurance Fund" --- This week, the governor touted cuts in employee disability fund contributions that was the result of bipartisan legislation passed earlier this year. --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- October 18, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/8M9zAH 
14.        "FDNY Teaches Disabled Adults about Fire Safety" --- Inspired by tragedy, a group home for the developmentally disabled has teamed up with the FDNY to create a DVD that gives people with special needs and their caretakers … --- Queens Chronicle --- October 20, 2011  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/AQRxaT 
15.        "State Suspends 120 on Charges of Abuse" --- Of 12 people in Western New York suspended without pay, 10 involve allegations of on-the-job physical or psychological abuse or some form of neglect of disabled people … --- Buffalo News --- October 19, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/GaLrc7
16.        "State Eliminating Medicaid Caseworkers for People with Developmental Disabilities" --- Patricia Kennedy, right, and her developmentally disabled sister, Jacqueline Smith … --- Syracuse.com --- October 17, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/xn7eTe
17.        "Funding Cuts Jeopardize Services for Staten Islanders with Autism" --- Larry Oliveri, who has a form of autism, sings the National Anthem to open the Stand Together for Autism Services… --- SILive.com --- October 17, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/feDkFE
18.        "RI Leads in Suicide Attempts, But Not Deaths" --- Rhode Island's high rate of suicide attempts likely reflect of jobless rates, substance abuse and other factors that can prompt people to consider ending their lives, mental health advocates told … --- msnbc.com --- October 20, 2011  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/EPQhnu
19.        "Man Who Posed as a Social Worker Combed VA Nursing Facilities to Recruit Clients, Investigator Says" --- At the hearing's end, the judge ruled there was probable cause for the SC Department of Social Services to keep the seven tenants in emergency protective custody. --- Sacramento Bee --- October 18, 2011  (SOUTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/Xs5Cz0
21.        "Questions on Autism: To Medicate or Not to Medicate" --- As a child with autism, Albert sometimes would become frustrated in the classroom due to his constant need to calm his senses and his communication limitations. --- Brownsville Herald --- October 16, 2011  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/QsEIll

22.        "Disabilities Awareness Week" --- He has been pushing for promotion of awareness by social media publicity and fundraising, but he also decided to get involved with the University's third annual Disabilities Awareness … --- University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily --- October 19, 2011  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/XoEj1b
23.        "Crowd Decries DSHS Cuts" --- Despite making more than $2.2 billion in cuts to social services in the past two years, Susan Dreyfus told an emotional crowd of about 400 people overflowing the DSHS office … --- The Spokesman Review --- October 20, 2011  (WASHINGTON)    http://is.gd/FQ5fIS
24.        "Memoir About Schizophrenia Spurs Others to Come Forward" --- In 2007, after years of weighing the possible risks, Elyn R. Saks, a professor of law at the University of Southern California, published a memoir of her struggle with schizophrenia, “The Center Cannot Hold.” --- The New York Times --- October 22, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/iEHLwB
25.        "Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities Continues to Climb" --- The unemployment rate for people with disabilities has climbed for the fourth consecutive quarter, reaching its … --- About - News & Issues --- October 20, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/fzpzL2
26.        "Care for Mental Health Patients Drove VA Costs" --- But what it found was telling: the Department of Veterans Affairs spent nearly three times as much on services for vets with mental illness or substance abuse than on those without …. --- Washington Post --- October 19, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/QQ9e4Q
27.        "Budget Cuts Leave the Developmentally Disabled Behind" --- But, when it comes to the developmentally disabled, we, as a society, can't afford to turn our backs. And the people most challenged can't afford to be left behind. --- Boston.com --- October 19, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/nLfiv2
28.        "Survey: 1 in 10 Americans Use Antidepressants" --- While antidepressant use is on the rise, it's not always mental health professionals that are writing the prescription: less than one third of patients on antidepressants reported seeing a mental health professional within … --- WTMA --- October 19, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/secFb6
29.        "Autism Five Times More Likely in Low Birth Weight Infants" --- Low-birthweight babies are five times more likely to develop autism than normal-weight babies, a new study says. --- USA Today --- October 17, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/ZEWq9M

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.         "Advocates for Disabled Students Fear an Amendment to No Child Left Behind" --- Advocates for children with disabilities say the amendment to No Child Left Behind that Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia is expected to introduce would remove the limits on how many disabled students … --- ABC2 News --- October 19, 2011  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/T2Eryi

International Articles:

1.         "Wheelchair-bound Woman Attacked" --- A wheelchair bound 51-year-old woman who suffers from a brittle bone disorder was robbed by four men when she stopped to have a pie for lunch in a Yokine … --- The West Australian --- October 17, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)    http://is.gd/M5VQfW
2.         "State Aims to Change Thinking on Mental Health" --- Premier Anna Bligh announced the four-year program, called Change Our Minds, to mark the beginning of Mental Health Week. Queensland is the first state in Australia … --- Bayside Bulletin --- October 17, 2011  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/WtWLNN
3.         "Family of Man Who Died Waiting for Treatment Raps Health System" --- Sinclair, 45, homeless and a double amputee, was seeking treatment for a bladder infection. He was found dead in his wheelchair the next day. --- The Province --- October 21, 2011  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/PHTRhO
4.         "Father Charged with Sexually Abusing Daughters" --- A Winnipeg father has been accused of repeatedly confining, raping and making pornography with his two young daughters — one of whom is physically disabled … --- Vancouver Sun --- October 20, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/ESm52c 
5.        "New Registry Seeks to Help the Disabled in Emergencies" --- Lewis Wheelan, the disabled young man that died during a 2003 blackout, was the inspiration for the vulnerable persons registry. Lewis Wheelan, the disabled young man that … --- CBC.ca --- October 20, 2011  (CANADA) http://is.gd/dNHxDw 
6.        "Mother of Autistic Man Who Was Abused at Braemore Home Welcomes Changes" --- The mother of an autistic man who suffered abuse at the Braemore Home is welcoming the Nova Scotia government's decision to suspend … --- Cape Breton Post --- October 19, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/2pCzm4
7.        "Father Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Abusing Autistic Teenage Son" --- A 51-year-old Edmonton man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for abuse and neglect of his teenage autistic son that left him looking like a "concentration … --- Vancouver Sun --- October 18, 2011  (CANADA)    http://is.gd/2qUp1w
8.        "NB Health Service Complaints Double" --- The provincial ombudsman's annual report shows that the number of mental health service complaints in New Brunswick has doubled in the last year. --- Times and Transcript --- October 18, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/JQxm1N 
9.        "Only One in Six Canadian Children with Mental Illness Actually Get Needed Treatment, CHEO Psychologist Says" --- Yet this is the picture he paints of health treatment for Canadian children and adolescents. --- Ottawa Citizen --- October 16, 2011  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/X6fFvw
10.        "Ex-care Firm Boss Fined After Mentally Disabled Patient Scalded in Bath" --- A mentally disabled man was horrifically scalded and scarred for life when he was left unattended with a hot bath running, a court heard. Prosecutor Richard Maitland … --- Plymouth Herald --- October 22, 2011  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/fQj9TI 
11.        "Mental Health Trust Has 40 Complaints" --- The mental health trust that allegedly failed to take action over a schizophrenic man who went on to murder his elderly parents, was the centre of 40 complaints between 2010 and 2011. --- Swindon Advertiser --- October 19, 2011  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/vu2clv
12.        "Afghanistan Took Mental Health Toll on Dutch" --- Hundreds of Dutch soldiers stationed in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province have suffered from mental health problems, raising serious concerns … --- The Age --- October 20, 2011  (HOLLAND)   http://is.gd/bNeJtk
13.        "Disabilities Awareness Campaign from Oct 25" --- This was revealed by Nagaland Parents' Association for the Disabled (NAPAD) at a press conference here on Wednesday in connection with the launching of … --- Times of India --- October 20, 2011  (INDIA)   http://is.gd/Gc6sKl
14.        "Churchman Abused Disabled Woman" --- A church elder from Strabane who sexually assaulted a disabled woman has been jailed for 12 months. Jim Bruce, 64, from Spruce Road in the town, admitted indecently … --- BBC News --- October 21, 2011  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/qRNj61
15.        "Government Broadens Service to Mental Health Patients" --- There has been a push by Government to improve the availability and accessibility to mental health services, with small and other health facilities offering support … --- Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service --- October 18, 2011  (JAMAICA)    http://is.gd/1aqTqc
16.        "Releasing Psychiatric Patients" --- A recent report by Bloomberg news that the government is planning to reduce the number of patients in psychiatric hospitals signals an important shift in Japan's view of mental health. --- The Japan Times --- October 23, 2011  (JAPAN)   http://is.gd/NB8Et8
17.        "Fukushima Nuclear Evacuees to Undergo Mental Health Checks" --- The Fukushima prefectural government will conduct mental health checks from next month on about 200,000 residents who had to evacuate in the … --- Mainichi Daily News --- October 18, 2011  (JAPAN)   http://is.gd/gSUC3F
18.        "Caregivers Not to Blame for Intellectually Disabled Man's Death" --- A coroner says caregivers were not responsible for the death of a intellectually disabled man who stopped breathing while being restrained. --- New Zealand Herald --- October 19, 2011  (NEW ZEALAND)   http://is.gd/GQhUeZ
19.        "Romanian Leader Criticized for His Remarks about Gypsies And the Disabled" --- Romania's anti-discrimination council has voted to caution … --- Washington Post --- October 18, 2011  (ROMANIA)   http://is.gd/lssNcm
20.        " 'Cuts Are Attacking Disabled' " --- This Saturday, disabled people in Scotland will be among the participants in the largest ever rally by disability groups to protest against UK Government cuts to disability benefits … --- Herald Scotland --- October 21, 2011  (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/GtPsQS 
21.        "Why GPs Need Mental Health Training" --- The blog listed 10 common, well-intentioned but ill-informed typical responses that people face when talking about their mental health. --- WalesOnline --- October 17, 2011  (WALES)    http://is.gd/n5b9xt  




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