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News Summary for January 2, 2012
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.         “Colo. Sheriff's Deputy Accused of Beating Handicapped Man Resigns” --- A Sedgwick County official says a sheriff's deputy accused of beating a 63-year-old physically handicapped man has resigned. County Commissioner Glen Sandquist told The Denver Post Tuesday… --- The Republic --- December 27, 2011  (COLORADO)    http://is.gd/OinBEt

2.            “Lawsuit by Man Dumped from Wheelchair at Hillsborough Jail Heads to Mediation” --- Nearly four years after a deputy dumped a quadriplegic man out of a wheelchair as he was being booked into jail, the man's federal complaint is headed for mediation. Brian Sterner gained national attention after a jail … --- Tampabay.com --- December 29, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/StaUsJ

3.            “Patient Abuse Triggers $2 Million Lawsuit Against Mental Hospital” ---The main defendant in the case, Ryan E. Blaine, 36, was placed on ... --- Athens NEWS --- December 28, 2011  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/JqHJuH    

4.        “Mother Condemns Kentucky School for Putting Autistic Son in Duffel Bag” --- The mother of a nine-year-old autistic boy who was placed in a duffel bag with the drawstring pulled tight has called for the teacher responsible to be dismissed and for the practice to be banned. Sandra Baker, from Harrodsburg, Kentucky, said that her ... --- The Guardian --- December 27, 2011  (KENTUCKY)    http://is.gd/h6p9ex      

5.  “Hospital Fined for Abuse of Mentally Ill” --- Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson says none of the employees accused of abuse have been fired. Jesson said that there needs to be more training and less restraint. The hospital's license has been placed on a conditional … --- Post-Bulletin --- December 26, 2011  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/YgwSd6   

6.  “Fired Worker Loses Lawsuit” --- A woman who claimed she was fired for whistle-blowing on behalf of New Yorkers with profound disabilities lost her federal lawsuit against the Willowbrook Consumer Advisory … --- Albany Times Union --- December 29, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/qO4iQS   

7.         “3 State Workers Accused of Scam” --- Two workers from the state Department of Health and one from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities allegedly used their state-issued credit cards to steal funds … --- Albany Times Union --- December 28, 2011  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/y6QlxW   

8.         “68-Year-Old Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of Disabled Men” --- A 68-year-old man is accused of sexually abusing two developmentally disabled men in Lewis County. Lowville-based state police said James H. Villiere, of 7990 Penny Settlement Road, Port Leyden, sexually abused one man over the ... --- Rome Sentinel --- December 27, 2011  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/nO7nlj   

9.         “Social Worker At Gym Instead of Caring for Disabled” --- A former State social worker who spent much of his work week at a local fitness club instead of caring for disabled individuals he was supposed … --- North Country Gazette --- December 27, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/5vcncz   

10.       “Rhode Island Man to Be Arraigned on Charges He Raped Mentally Disabled Woman Who Was Missing” --- A Rhode Island man is set to appear in court on charges he and two others sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman who had gone missing from Cumberland earlier this year. --- The Republic --- December 28, 2011  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/OtpwYf   

11.       “Two Former VA Employees Sentenced for Embezzling Funds from Disabled Veterans” --- Jack Perry, 75, and Robert Tabbutt, 67, both of Memphis, devised a scheme to embezzle $896239.43 from the beneficiary accounts of 10 disabled veterans, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Tennessee which prosecuted the ... --- Bizjournals.com --- December 29, 2011  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/cWQqH

12.       “State Agency's Funding Changes Hurt Disabled” --- The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) has decided the disabled don't deserve to live in the community. As APD expands its Budget Florida plan, the agency says it will fund only “core services,” which means a bed, meals and some personal ... --- Florida Today --- December 29, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/qa7dzl   

13.       “Attention Sought for Bullying of Special Needs Students” --- "They have targets on their back, and with a child who already has a disability, the damage can be greater," said Ellen Callegary, an attorney and special education advocate for more than 30 years, who is part of a coalition of advocates … --- Baltimore Sun --- December 29, 2011  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/z6U54o   

14.       “Despite the Law, Too Many Schools Fail to Take Bullying Seriously” --- Ellen A. Callegary is a founding partner of a law firm focusing on special education, disability and family law issues. As an assistant Maryland attorney general, she advised state agencies on disability rights and was principal … --- Baltimore Sun --- December 27, 2011  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/bkvdSx   

15.       “Department of Justice is Critical of Mississippi's Mental-Health Programs” --- The Justice Department found the state was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by unnecessarily institutionalizing thousands of Mississippians with disabilities or mental illness. --- SunHerald.com --- December 28, 2011  (MISSISSIPPI)   http://is.gd/nkYljv   

16.       “More Charges May Come After Teen Death from Beating” --- The children's home is a nonprofit organization licensed by Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to provide residential care 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to 10 male children between the ages of 6 and 17, or if handicapped … --- Middletown Journal --- December 29, 2011  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/8yZVE3   

17.       “Measure Aims to Require Reporting of Sexual Abuse” --- Responding to the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University, a St. Louis County lawmaker has drafted legislation that would require anyone who witnesses sexual abuse to … --- STLtoday.com --- December 28, 2011  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/r0fcVK   

18.       “Assistant Police Commissioner Defends Cops Behaviour” --- Recently a high-profile case in South Australia involving an alleged paedophile bus driver was dropped because of concerns the disabled victims would struggle to tell the court what happened to them. --- ABC Online --- December 28, 2011 (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/7MY7mX            

19.       “Rotary Takes on Disability Myths” --- The Rotary Club of West Ottawa, partnered with the charity LiveWorkPlay to hold an evening event for members of the Ottawa business community recently at the Travelodge Hotel Ottawa West. --- EMC Ottawa West --- December 29, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/qe2dAS   

20.       “Disabled Get Aid over Hate Crime” --- The Safer North Tyneside Partnership has been awarded funding from the Northumbria Police grant pool to appoint a disability hate crime worker. The role will highlight and raise awareness of the crime as well as encourage … --- News Guardian --- December 30, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/ZXj4mX           

21.       “Quarter of Physically Disabled Students Are Victims of Hate Crime” --- A survey of over a thousand disabled students revealed that those with visible impairments – such as physical or sensory – were significantly more likely to experience disability related prejudice. --- Oxford Student --- December 27, 2011  (ENGLAND)    http://is.gd/4rU3wr             

22.       “Man Confesses to Killing Daughters” --- A man charged with killing his three daughters confessed to the crime on Wednesday, telling a court that he had poisoned his handicapped daughters to death. --- The News International--- --- December 29, 2011  (PAKISTAN)   http://is.gd/M7bnHu                  

23.       “Zimbabwe: Double Trouble for Women with Disabilities” --- Persons living with disabilities who are also victims of gender-based violence cry that they are not receiving enough support from the responsible authorities. They are marginalised and largely excluded from civil processes. --- AllAfrica.com --- December 29, 2011  (ZIMBABWE)    http://is.gd/Rj43kY

Abuse/Crime-related Articles:

1.         “Partlow Center Closes After 88 Years” ---“This day is an important day for Alabama, for disability rights, and for civil rights,” she said. It wasn't always smooth going. At least two lawsuits were filed by relatives of Partlow residents claiming the state had no legal right to close Partlow ... --- Tuscaloosa News --- December 28, 2011  (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/lpFKzO  
2.         “SJB Man Arrested for Alleged Rape of Deaf-Mute Woman” --- A San Benito County man was arrested around 2 pm today on suspicion of raping a 40-year-old deaf and mute Watsonville woman multiple times after he bound her in his home … --- Gilroy Dispatch --- December 28, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/4TDHKT  
3.            “Developmentally Disabled Policy Changes a Huge Mistake” --- One of the smartest things Jerry Brown did during his first eight years as governor was to adopt the federal Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) program for California. This program allows for the care of people with developmental … --- SignOnSanDiego.com --- December 30, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/kHql4r   
4.            “Mentally Disabled Woman Murdered on Christmas Eve” --- Tice, a mentally disabled woman, was walking home from church on Christmas Eve when she was attacked. She was found on a sidewalk with multiple stab wounds to her upper body … --- WSAW --- December 30, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/5jZnLM     
5.          “Manchester Woman Charged with Torturing Disabled Father-in-Law” --- A local woman has been charged with abusing and torturing her disabled father-in-law for two years while they lived together. When Angel Rivera Sr. was found dead in his Foster ... --- Hartford Courant --- December 28, 2011  (CONNECTICUT)   http://is.gd/OhY0JY  
6.         “Woman Who Stole from Disabled Brother Gets Jail Time” --- Patricia Popejoy, 65, was indicted in 2010 and pleaded guilty this summer on two of seven counts: financial exploitation of a disabled person (Class 1 felony) and tax fraud … --- WJBC News --- December 29, 2011  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/VUQeIW  
7.         “2 Accused of Abusing Handicapped Elderly Man” --- Two Burlington, Iowa women are accused of stealing more than $50000 from a man for whom they were supposed to be caring. Police say Cindy Dameron, 54, was an appointed executor for the man from June of 2006 until she … --- WQAD --- December 30, 2011  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/LtWKOs  
8.         “Allegations: Austin Man Swindled Woman from Sweden with Handicapped Child” --- The victim, who has a handicapped child, thought she was buying an SUV to have shipped to Stockholm, according to police. Brandt, 41, of Austin, has disappeared. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. His girlfriend … --- Post-Bulletin --- December 30, 2011  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/nJ794Q  
9.         “Police Accuse Milton Man of Assaulting Wife and Mentally Handicapped Brother ... “ --- A local man was arrested this weekend after allegedly assaulting his wife and mentally handicapped brother and threatening to shoot police responding to the scene. Bruce Jones, 54 … --- Foster's Daily Democrat --- December 28, 2011  (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/GG8OpM  
10.       “Family: Airline Forced Disabled Boy to Fly Without Safety Seat” --- For one New Hampshire family, what should have been a dream vacation to Disney World turned into a nightmare. --- WMUR Manchester --- December 26, 2011  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)   http://is.gd/w2zmc8  
11.         “Poll: Statute of Limitation for Alleged Child Sexual Abuse” --- NJ State Legislature building in Trenton. nj.gov Legislation that would remove time limits on filing civil claims in child sexual abuse cases is stalled in both houses of the state Legislature, which has advocates for abused children demanding action. --- Patch.com --- December 27, 2011  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/luQEmG  
12.         “An Operator of Group Homes Keeps State Aid Despite Faults” --- It continues to pay the federation about $20 million a year in Medicaid money. The relationship underscores the degree to which New York State has given control of its system to nonprofit providers, who receive more than $5 billion a year … --- New York Times --- December 27, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/pzLcnF  
13.       “Police: Mentally Disabled Patient Severely Burned by Caregiver” --- A mentally disabled man severely burned by the man who was supposed to be caring for him. Brandon Whatley was indicted on one count of felonious assault. The 24-year-old Maple Heights man worked as a caregiver at … --- 19 Action News --- December 29, 2011  (OHIO) http://is.gd/BQaRXA  
14.       “State Sued over Prisoner's Death” --- The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Eugene, claims that prison mental health workers failed to properly treat Gifford and ignored his warnings that he was suicidal. --- Statesman Journal --- December 30, 2011  (OREGON) http://is.gd/s68Wsm    
15.        “Vancouver Police Arrest Manslaughter Suspect” --- A person accused of withholding medical care from a woman with disabilities has been arrested. Vancouver police charged Karin Depee with criminal mistreatment and manslaughter. Police say she assumed responsibility for a ... --- KPTV.com --- December 29, 2011  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/fQHZcf  
16.       “Alleged Kettle Thief Faces Another Charge in Connection with Robbery of Man in Wheelchair” --- A man still being sought for allegedly stealing a Salvation Army collection kettle is now also charged in the November robbery of a wheelchair-bound man in Chambersburg. --- Chambersburg Public Opinion --- December 29, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/jIqtj4  
17.       “Upper Gwynedd Couple Accused of Stealing from Disabled Man Waive Hearing” --- Janet Gitney enters district court in Souderton in police custody Dec. 19. A couple that allegedly bilked a partially paralyzed Hatfield man out of $357910, including his home … --- Montgomery Newspapers --- December 26, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/VRUaCN  
18.       “Owners of Beach Care Home Are Charged with Neglect” --- Social services and police investigated, and police announced Wednesday they've charged the home's owners, Lawrence and Sandra Batiste, with one misdemeanor count each of neglect of an incapacitated adult. --- The Virginian-Pilot --- December 29, 2011  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/V9vocQ

Seeking Improved Support

1.         “Colleges Evaluating Mental Health Policies as Issues Grow” ---Colleges across the country are taking a closer look at how they support students with mental health issues as the number of reported psychiatric disorders on campus increases. --- al.com --- December 29, 2011  (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/fIn17v
2.         “Test Companies Faulted on Disabilities Law” --- People with disabilities such as visual impairment, dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder say they are entitled to extra time, special software or other accommodations that will best ensure that the test reflects … --- Tucson Citizen --- December 28, 2011  (ARIZONA)    http://is.gd/qidqXk  
3.         “Advocating for the Disabled” --- Elizabeth Gade, whose law practice specializes in disability benefits, assisted former client Danny Mantey, and now gets referrals from him. Jason Lloyd was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 36. He heard voices and couldn't … --- Sacramento Business Journal --- December 30, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/LJ1UIN  
4.         “Resident Anticipates Regaining His Hearing” --- “I am profoundly deaf,” Duarte said with his high-pitched voice revealing a slight Mexican accent. Everything started when he was 18, he said, “that's when I started getting sick.” --- Imperial Valley Press --- December 29, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/PWN05d  
5.         “Department of Mental Health to Layoff  Hundreds, Impact at ASH Still Unknown” --- The California Department of Mental Health says it will eliminate more than 600 positions next year in a cost-cutting move, but it's not yet clear how that will affect local employees at Atascadero State Hospital. --- KSBY San Luis Obispo News --- December 28, 2011 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/9rl6b    
6.         “Stanislaus County Program Will Benefit Deaf Defendants” --- The Stanislaus County Superior Court has joined five other county courts in a pilot program using video-conferencing technology to make American Sign Language interpreters more accessible to deaf or hearing … --- Modesto Bee --- December 25, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/6vP2zE  
7.         “New Autism Program Only Underscores Extreme Need” --- The years of work that went into the Hospital for Special Care's plan to open an autism center gave officials there a sense of the need for services. But the demand hit home the morning after a local newspaper detailed... --- The Connecticut Mirror --- December 28, 2011  (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/bgT0pd  
8.         “Big Increase in Complaints Against Airlines by Disabled Passengers” --- But travel troubles are something Virginia Dezon, who uses a wheelchair, deals with all the time. --- WTSP 10 News --- December 28, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/imyk3V  
9.         “Former Washington Post Reporter Pete Earley to Give Keynote Address” --- Pete Earley, former Washington Post reporter and bestselling author, will give the keynote address at the annual Mental Health Symposium hosted by the Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County. --- TCPalm --- December 27, 2011  (FLORIDA)     http://is.gd/EhNNwI  
10.       “Orlando Charter Schools Buck Trend for Students with Disabilities” ---Most facilities at UCP's Bailes campus are designed to be accessible for students with disabilities, including this playground. Charter schools are supposed to give students an alternative to their neighborhood … --- StateImpact Florida – December 26, 2011 (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/RzHelL  
11.       “Activists Question City's Plan for Mental Health Centers” --- Eight years later, she is determined to stop the closing of the North Side mental health center where she received the counseling she credits with putting her back on her feet. Cano has testified … --- Chicago Tribune --- December 28, 2011  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/6pZrLh  
12.       “As Mental Health Clinics Face Cuts, the Affected Speak Out” --- Margie Bonilla, Maria Estrada, Jobita Palencia, Reuben Caraballo (LR), were among those who protested the planned closing of the Northwest Mental Health Center on Dec. 12, 2011. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2012 budget would close six of the … --- Chicago News Cooperative --- December 26, 2011  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/bDTYLS  
13.       “ While Others Play, Disabled Hoosiers Wait” --- Meanwhile, 19,000 developmentally disabled residents of Indiana, including my adult niece, are waiting -- some for as long as 12 years -- for these same politicians to adequately fund Medicaid's developmentally disabled waiver program, ... --- Indianapolis Star --- December 28, 2011  (INDIANA) http://is.gd/eHH4F7   
14.       “Court Lets Disabled Man Keep Pit Bull” --- James Sak argued that the city of Aurelia's ban on the breed violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. An Aurelia man can keep a pit bull he uses as a service dog despite the city of Aurelia's ban on the breed, a federal judge ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- December 29, 2011  (IOWA)    http://is.gd/4tEe1S  
15.       “Kansas Governor's Plan to Overhaul Medicaid Promises Savings, Reform but Makes Some Nervous” --- Prompted by rising costs that squeeze the state budget, Kansas plans to overhaul its Medicaid program. Advocates for the needy and health care providers are nervous but Gov. Sam Brownback's… --- The Republic --- December 29, 2011  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/Nrf5YZ  
16.       “Online Petition Protesting Alleged Abuse of Autistic Student Gains Thousands of Signatures” --- The alleged abuse of a 9-year-old Kentucky boy who was stuffed in a duffle bag continues to garner national attention. An online petition created by an autism advocate now has thousands of signatures. 18-year-old student Lydia Brown, says when … --- WDRB --- December 24, 2011  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/CCsNm2   
15.       “Crack Down on MaineCare Abusers, Audience at Presque Isle Forum Says” --- Several urged the state to crack down on those abusing MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program for low-income and disabled residents. More than 150 people were on hand for the forum, which LePage did not attend. --- Bangor Daily News --- December 29, 2011  (MAINE)    http://is.gd/naJMkW   
16.       “State to Clean up Social Services Departments, Make Child Support System More Responsive” --- Child support collection tactics in Maryland are changing as government officials prepare to clean up social services departments statewide. --- Frederick News Post --- December 29, 2011  (MARYLAND)    http://is.gd/XQgUnI  
17.         “Step Ahead of Autism Earns Mom's Choice Award” --- The Mom's Choice Awards® has named Step Ahead of Autism: What You Can Do toEnsure the Best Possible Outcome for Your Child, by Anne Moore Burnett, among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. --- Wicked Local --- December 28, 2011  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/3oQsbo
18.         “Navigating Love and Autism” --- To Jack, who has a form of autism called Asperger syndrome, her mind was uncannily like his. She was also, he thought, beautiful. So far they had only cuddled; Jack, who had dropped out of high school but was acing organic … --- New York Times --- December 26, 2011  (MASSACHUSETTS)    http://is.gd/KLhaik  
17.       “St. Louis County Plans Mental Health Crisis Program for Youths” --- Overseers of a sales tax fund that supports programs for St. Louis County children will set aside $2 million next year for an outpatient mental health crisis program unique to the region. --- STLtoday.com --- December 29, 2011  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/QSbVe5  
18.       “Montana Gets $6.5 Million Medicaid Bonus” --- This is the first time Montana has received a Medicaid bonus payment. According to a press release from the US Department of Health & Human … --- KXLH Helena News --- December 28, 2011  (MONTANA)   http://is.gd/1Z4f8n  
19.       “NJ Gets $16.8 Million Bonus for Providing Low-income Children with Health Insurance” --- Federal health officials awarded New Jersey a $16.8 million bonus Wednesday for doing a good job enrolling and keeping low-income children in Medicaid and FamilyCare … --- Asbury Park Press --- December 29, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/S5VEnd  
20.       “Navajos with Disabilities Have Little Accessibility” --- An estimated 30 percent of adults age 21 through 54 living on the Navajo Nation have a disability. In residents age 64 and older, that estimate leaps to 70 percent. --- ABQ Journal (subscription) --- December 30, 2011  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/nEDXlh   
21.       “Astoria Realtor to Shave Off His Signature Mustache to Raise Money for Autism Support Group” --- Astoria realtor Paul Halvatzis strokes the mustache he's worn for 35 years, and will be shaving off to raise money to benefit Quality Service for the Autism Community (QSAC). --- New York Daily News --- December 29, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/G6kDVH  
22.       “Oklahoma DHS Workers Who Have Been Suspended” --- An Oklahoma County social services specialist was suspended 30 days for incompetence in getting benefits to needy families. The recounting of her errors covered nine pages. One family was shortchanged … --- NewsOK.com --- December 25, 2011  (OKLAHOMA)   http://is.gd/nvpnts  
23.       “Pennsylvania Budget Cuts Dampen Holidays for Many” --- For example, Cumberland Perry Association of Retarded Citizens is projecting a $650,000 deficit this year because reimbursement rates from the state have been reduced. This is in addition to a similar-size loss the agency experienced… --- Patriot-News --- December 28, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/2M8c6M
24.       “Nearly Booted from Medicaid, Philly Woman Perseveres” --- This year, part of Pennsylvania's money-saving strategy was to catch up on paperwork and remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls. County assistance offices have issued thousands of termination notices. --- Newsworks.org --- December 27, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/HMxNB8  
25.       “Texas Attorney General Settles Medicaid Drug Suit” --- Texas has reached an $84 million settlement with Actavis Inc., the prescription drug maker convicted of inflating drug prices to the Medicaid program. --- CBS News --- December 28, 2011   (TEXAS)    http://is.gd/sBb4RQ  
26.       “CPS Caseworkers Tell of Own Lives in System” --- Valladares, now 27, spent almost all of her teens in foster care in the Houston region until she "aged out," becoming too old to be in Child Protective Services. The one-time foster child went on to make her career as a CPS youth … --- Houston Chronicle --- December 25, 2011  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/ojqqWR  
27.         “UVA Researcher's Website Aims to Fight Mental Health Stigmas” ---
Researchers are hoping that a new website will help people learn more about their unconscious views on mental illness and give them more data for study. The effort, led in part by a University of Virginia researcher, aims to raise … --- The Daily Progress --- December 29, 2011  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/SaPot8  
28.       “Chesapeake Father Creates App to Navigate Autism” --- Joe Hill developed an app called Aeir Talk to help his two sons, who both have autism, express themselves and learn vocabulary. --- The Virginian-Pilot --- December 27, 2011  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/AFj0W5  
29.       “Child Mental Health Services Underfunded, Va. Study Says” --- Virginia needs nearly $20 million to fund services recommended … --- Washington Times --- December 25, 2011  (VIRGINIA)    http://is.gd/hic2o7  
30.       “$80 Million Family Care Expansion Proposed” --- The state's long-term care program for the elderly and disabled soon could cover thousands of additional needy residents, if the Legislature approves the $80 million expansion proposed Wednesday by Gov. Scott Walker. --- Herald Times Reporter --- December 29, 2011  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/nT0F4u    
31.       “Wyo. Pilot Program for Health Care at Crossroads” --- Wyoming lawmakers must decide early next year whether to continue funding a health care pilot program that supporters say could offer the state a cheaper alternative to Medicaid. --- MSN Money --- December 29, 2011  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/hbMJ7T  
32.       “National Abuse Scandals Uncover Truths about Assaults at Home” --- The Pennsylvania State University scandal lays bare the grim reality of child sexual abuse. An estimated one in four girls, and one in six boys, will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday. Ninety percent of victims know their offenders, ... --- Huntersville Herald --- December 29, 2011  (U.S. – NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/NKZRCK  
33.       “Illegal Immigrants Paying Billions in US Taxes” --- While many Americans believe that illegal immigrants don't pay taxes, the Social Security Administration sees billions of dollars flow into its coffers every year that have been deducted from paychecks issued to undocumented workers using false ... --- Denver Post --- December 29, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/tQF1cS    
34.       “More Unemployed Turn to Social Security Disability” --- The ranks of Americans collecting Social Security Disability Insurance payments have swelled dramatically in recent years, and that may be because more people are turning to the program when they can't find work ... --- Newser --- December 28, 2011  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/k2xGtm  
35.       “Therapists Revolt Against Psychiatry's Bible” --- Since 1952, a tome called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, better known as the DSM, has been reducing to a few digits the psychological malady said to afflict a patient. This bible of mental health treatment, published by the ... --- Salon --- December 27, 2011  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/ddxpVt   
36.       “A Great Depression: Why Mentally Ill Patients Aren't Being Treated” ---
Across the country, doctors like Sullivan are facing a spike in psychiatric emergencies -- attempted suicide, severe depression, psychosis -- as states slash mental health services and the country's worst economic crisis since … --- The Atlantic --- December 27, 2011  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/VPK6b1  
37.       “Adult, Autistic and in Love” --- We all worry about jobs, economics, relationships, education — but parents of children with autism worry about those things on a more basic level. For many, it's not “will my child get a good job” but “will my child be able to hold any job? --- New York Times (blog) --- December 27, 2011   (U.S. – NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/aHXZZG  
38.       “Facebook Establishes Link to Report Suicidal Comments” --- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline collaborated with Facebook to help those in crisis. In partnership with the National Action … --- North Brunswick Sentinel --- December 29, 2011  (INTERNATIONAL)   http://is.gd/p6lW9Q  

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.         “Court Recognizes Obesity as a Disability” --- She made a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that her employers had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Though she died from conditions associated with her weight before … --- Human Resources Journal --- December 30, 2011  (LOUISIANA)    http://is.gd/jzL5kH  
2.         “Lawmakers to Address Definition of 'Emotional Abuse' ” --- Nels Holmgren, director of the state Division of Aging and Adult Services, said the combination of mandatory reporting requirements and an overly broad definition of "emotional abuse" in Utah's Human Services Code is unnecessarily … --- KSL-TV --- December 24, 2011  (UTAH)   http://is.gd/dA6PNv  
3.         “Proposed Wyoming Bill Would Boost Services for the Disabled” --- A Wyoming program that helps the disabled has a long waiting list, but a state bill to be introduced next year could help. The Star-Tribune reports that a bill to be introduced during the upcoming legislative session would provide $28 million in state ... --- The Republic --- December 25, 2011  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/NcsLxX   
4.         “Bringing Abuse to Light” --- In the wake of the sexual abuse allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky — as of Friday, 12 victims have come forward claiming Sandusky molested them as children — several states are considering stricter reporting ... --- Daily Press --- December 28, 2011  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/AmeEt1

International Articles:

1.         “Video | Government Project Targets Housing for Homeless” --- A $110-million federal government program targeting the problem of homelessness among the mentally ill appears to showing some early success in Canada … ---CBC.ca --- December 29, 2011  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/QSbVe5  
2.          “Chinese Citizens Sent to Mental Hospitals to Quiet Dissent” --- "It was worse than hell in there," says Wu, 37, of the Henan provincial psychiatric hospital in Xinxiang. "I feared I would be strangled at night by other patients." --- USA TODAY --- December 28, 2011  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/CnInbv   
3.           “Use of Antidepressants 'Is Soaring' ” --- Experts believe the stress of recent years, including that caused by economic turmoil, means more people are experiencing mental health problems. --- The Press Association --- December 30, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/HlxXE2  
4.            “Nepali Citizen Convicted for Attempt to Rape, Let” --- A Nepali senior citizen has been convicted for attempting to rape a physically and mentally challenged minor girl by a Delhi Court but it let him off as he had already spent nearly three-and-half year in jail. --- Zee News --- December 30, 2011  (INDIA) http://is.gd/br0zwT       
5.            “More Jobless Only Getting Basic Support” --- One in four people in Germany who lose their jobs have paid so little into the generous social security system that they go straight onto the lowest possible level of support. --- The Local.de --- December 29, 2011  (GERMANY)    http://is.gd/h7I3JP   
6.            “District Assemblies Ordered to Recruit Sign Interpreters” --- He said all Metropolitan, Municipal and District assemblies in the country had been directed to set up a fund to lodge the 2.5 per cent of their common fund meant for the disabled to be used to fund facilities for the training of the disabled in their ... --- GhanaWeb --- December 26, 2011  (GHANA)  http://is.gd/YecgNX  
7.            “Indonesia - Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: the Ministry Receives an Award” –- "The ratification of this Convention is our achievement for this year in an effort to advance the rights of persons with disabilities. On this occasion, we would like to express our appreciation to all parties involved, including or … --- ISRIA --- December 27, 2011  (INDONESIA)   http://is.gd/eXAOXr             
8.            “More Autism Diagnosed as Awareness Grows” --- The number of Marlborough children diagnosed as autistic is growing as awareness of the condition increases, says CCS Disability Action child and family services co-ordinator … ---  Stuff.co.nz --- December 28, 2011  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/2b9Se2  
9.           “Mental Health Problems” --- Depression is the most common mental health problem. Each year it affects 17 million people of all age groups, races, and economic backgrounds. As many as 1 in every 33 children may have depression; in teens, that … ---           Pakistan Observer --- December 28, 2011  (PAKISTAN)    http://is.gd/nzf7ig  
10.       “Speakers Highlight Significance of World Disabled Day” --- World Disabled Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. --- Business Recorder --- December 25, 2011  (PAKISTAN)  http://is.gd/R3DscZ  
11.       “Woman's Screams Alert Cops to Attempted Rape” --- A man was arrested in Jeffreys Bay after he attempted to rape a mentally-challenged elderly woman, said Eastern Cape police on Monday. Late on Saturday night, the man, 34, allegedly … --- Independent Online  --- December 26, 2011  (SOUTH AFRICA)   http://is.gd/1Pl1Ix  
12.       “Learning Disabilities Often Confused with Mental Retardation in Turkey” --- Children with specific learning disabilities are often regarded as mentally retarded in Turkey, Nilay Göncü, a psychologist, told Sunday's Zaman. A psychologist at the Fide Personal Development and Psychological Counseling Center … --- Sunday's Zaman --- December 25, 2011  (TURKEY)  http://is.gd/epjX0X       



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