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News Summary for January 23, 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    “Mother of Autistic Boy Stuffed in Bag at School Presents 5,000-Page Online ... The mother of a young Kentucky boy with autism who was stuffed and tied into a canvas duffel bag for misbehaving… --- The Republic --- January 19, 2012  (KENTUCKY)    http://is.gd/DZrmpg   

2.     “Autistic Sixth-grader Suffers Videotaped Beating at a Bus Stop in Cecil County” --- Disturbing video has surfaced of a autistic boy in Cecil County who is punched by another boy while other children watch. The victim, Kaleb Kula, is a sixth-grader at Elkton Middle School. --- ABC2 News --- January 19, 2012  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/qyDbHG   

 3.      “Prosecutors: Woman Raped Developmentally Disabled Teen” ---Prosecutors in Pulaski County say a 22-year-old woman is responsible for raping a teenager who's developmentally disabled. --- KTTS --- January 22, 2012  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/U8opCS   

 4.     “Tulsan Accused of Abusing Daughter Sentenced to 40 years” --- Ariyana, who turns 2 in February, is "blind because of the abuse" and is unable to walk or talk, says an assistant district attorney. --- Tulsa World --- January 21, 2012  (OKLAHOMA)   http://is.gd/tJR7b6   

 5.     “Man, 71, Accused of Raping Girl, 15” ---A Butler County man is accused of raping a 15-year-old mentally challenged girl during a five-month period last year. --- Tarentum Valley News Dispatch --- January 21, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/Yiifzc    

 6.     “Cops: Monroeville Man Rapes Challenged Woman” --- A previously accused Monroeville man faces new charges of raping a mentally challenged woman. The woman told police that 23-year-old Alex Pimpinella contacted her on MySpace and later forced her to have sex with him at least twice over… --- WTAE Pittsburgh --- January 18, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/cvZ1zb 

 7.     “Man Charged with Rape, Sex Assault” --- A man from Lycoming County faces charges he sexually assaulted a mentally challenged woman for years. Kerry Horn, 30, of Cogan Station was arrested Wednesday. --- WNEP-TV --- January 17, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/w3xW6T               

 8.     “Texas Takes over Hiring at Mental Health Hospitals” --- The Texas health department has taken over hiring authority of all doctors at its 10 mental health facilities following newspaper … --- KVUE --- January 21, 2012  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/N19JKb   

 9.    “Verdict in Germantown Group Home Case is Largest Ever” --- A Washington County jury has awarded more than $1.5 million to the mother of a 56-year-old woman who died while in the care of a Germantown group home. --- Milwaukee Business Journal --- January 20, 2012  (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/gPVqeI    

 10.     “AT&T to Give $10,000 to Disability Foundation” --- organization started 20 years ago to help people with disabilities. State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion; State Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford; and foundation … --- Oakland Press --- January 20, 2012  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/FXUNvd   

 11.     “Virginia Lawmaker: Children with Disabilities Are God's Punishment to Women ... “ --- Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has been pushing back against high-profile figures and entities who have been attacking people with disabilities. ---Gather.com --- January 19, 2012  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/Wg81qH   

 12.     “What Kids Hear On the School Playground: 'You're so gay!' ” --- Elementary school students regularly hear and use negative comments such as “retard” or “you're so gay” in their schools, posing additional challenges to administrators who are increasingly trying to combat name-calling and ... --- msnbc.com --- January 18, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/fied53   

 13.     “Call to Execute UN Rule on Persons with Disability” --- Governments and influential people around the world have been urged at a summit at the Qatari capital to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to bring 'equality'. --- Bangladesh News 24 hours --- January 22, 2012  (BANGLADESH)  http://is.gd/DYwEab   

 14.     “Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities” --- The celebration carried the theme 'Together For A Better World For All: Including Persons With Disabilities In Development'. --- Borneo Bulletin --- July 22, 2012  (BORNEO)  http://is.gd/yafI0G   

 15.     “Father Admits Assaulting His Disabled Son” --- A father assaulted his disabled teenage son because he repeatedly played songs on his iPhone at high volume in their one-bedroom flat. --- Bristol Evening Post --- January 19, 2012  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/pLa4Ew     

 16.     “Attitudes Towards Disabled 'More Negative' “ --- A survey has found that public attitudes towards people with disability have become more negative in the last five years. The survey found that 24% of adults would object if a child with mental health difficulties was in the same class as their… --- RTE.ie --- January 19, 2012  (IRELAND    http://is.gd/ZzcvQU   

Abuse/Crime Related Articles

1.     “Tucson Police Say Family Didn't Report Abuse that Killed Child, Injured Another” --- Kiyana Higgins' three other children, a boy and two girls under age 10, also were placed into CPS custody. Higgins' "vulnerable" 18-year-old sister was placed into the custody of Adult Protective Services, police said, without … --- Arizona Daily Star --- January 19, 2012  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/WvO3Wa  

 2.     “Patient Deaths Spark Protest of Gracewood Moves” --- More than half of those reviewed patients, 57 percent, were on psychotropic medication and about half of them consented to it but in more than half of those cases the person who signed it had a developmental … --- The Augusta Chronicle --- January 20, 2012  (GEORGIA)    http://is.gd/Xsi0c3  

 3.     “Disabled Patients' Wishes Ignored” --- The standard took hold in Massachusetts after a landmark case in the late 1970s involving a profoundly mentally retarded man who was diagnosed with leukemia. --- The Boston Globe --- January 22, 2012   (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/xfeCOc  

 4.     “Charge is Robbing Man in Wheelchair” --- A second man was arraigned in Roxbury District Court Wednesday on charges of robbing a homeless man in a wheelchair last month, the Suffolk district attorney's office said. --- The Boston Globe --- January 21, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/fLdrIE  

 5.     “Former Danvers Nurse Arraigned for Stealing Prescription Pain Killers” --- A state statute allows a person who is dependent on drugs or alcohol to delay proceedings until they get help, according to Berry.  --- January 20, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/mAAyxe    

 6.     “A Patient Abused” --- As the Herald writes: “In a December hearing, the Department of Mental Health applied for temporary guardianship for the parents of the 32-year-old woman … --- Boston Herald --- January 20, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/4HgizH  

 7.     “CMS Employee Quits After Slapping Handicapped Student, Police Say” --- Police arrested a 46-year-old woman Friday for slapping a handicapped student across the face. --- WBTV --- January 20, 2012  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/hMGXAZ  

 8.     “Neglect Alleged Against Care Workers” --- Two women indicted by the Marshall County grand jury face prosecution on felony counts alleging neglect of a 40-year-old man with the intelligence of a toddler. --- Marshall County Tribune --- January 20, 2012  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/1Rz2Nd  

 9.     “Caregiver Accused of Stealing from Disabled Man, Wife” --- A Kingsport woman has been indicted on charges alleging that, while working as a caregiver for a disabled man, she used his identity to apply for credit cards, charged more than $2,000 to his wife's credit card, ... --- Kingsport Times News --- January 18, 2012  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/Orl2Wk  

 10.     “Disabled Man Reportedly Found Dead at Bottom of Stairs, State Investigating” --- The state is investigating the death of a man at a senior care center in San Antonio. The man was found dead over the weekend at Meridian Care Monte Vista, north of Downtown near San Antonio College. --- WOAI --- January 20, 2012  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/OQMZn6  

 11.     “Mentally Ill Man Remains in Limbo in Dallas County Jail” --- But now he's caught in the abyss between our criminal justice and mental health systems,  neither being punished nor treated. --- Pegasus News – January 16, 2012  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/I3LcR8  

 12.     “Disabled Man Attacked by Teens” --- Donald Vann loves going to church. He has been a faithful worshipper at the Woodville Church of the Nazarene in the city's East End for years. --- WTVR --- January 17, 2012  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/cSapno   

 13.     “W.Va. Mom Sentenced to Life for Death of Daughter” --- She was convicted last October on charges of murder and child neglect resulting in death. She was sentenced to three to 15 years on the neglect charge. --- Wetzel Chronicle --- January 20, 2012  (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/u3lFjp   

Seeking Improved Support

1.     “Veteran Charged with Homeless Murders Hints at Mental Health Problem for Military” --- The scheduled arraignment later this week of an Iraq veteran charged with killing four homeless men in southern California has shone a spotlight on … --- Alaska Dispatch --- January 17, 2012  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/O6Nah8  

 2.      “Nogales Woman Named One of State's 'Intriguing' “ --- Anna Maria Coppola of Nogales was selected for the honor as a result of her tireless work with disabled children and adults. --- KTAR.com --- January 22, 2012  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/O2W3Pz  

 3.     “Healthcare Services for All Suffering from Impact of Medicaid Cuts” --- It has only been about three months since state officials instituted cuts to the state's Medicaid coverage but already the impact is being felt by healthcare providers and consumers. --- Inside Tucson Business --- January 20, 2012  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/nIgFnh  

 4.     “Bell Police Got Undue Disability Pensions, investigation Finds” --- Three former Bell chiefs are among those improperly receiving disability pensions, which come with a tax advantage, according to a city probe.  --- Los Angeles Times--- January 20, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/6pCSmV  

 5.     “CA State Managers Failed to Shut-Down Unlicensed Care Home” --- This story revolves around a care facility for the elderly, that was not licensed. All care homes in CA must be licensed with the CA Dept of Social Services (CDSS). --- The Sacramento Press --- January 21, 2012  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/u60uFV   

 7.    “Court Blocks In-home-Care Cuts for Disabled, Aged --- A federal judge blocked the state on Thursday from reducing in-home care by 20 percent for 372000 elderly and disabled Californians. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- June 20, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/5tgfrX  

 8.     “Bell Police Got Undue Disability Pensions, Investigation Finds” --- More than half the disability retirements awarded police officers under former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo … --- Sacramento Bee --- January 20, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/6pCSmV  

 9.     “Advocates Rally Against Social Service Cuts in New Budget” --- Hours after California Governor Brown's State of the State address, advocates for the poor, elderly and disabled rallied outside the state capitol to protest cuts in social service spending. --- Capital Public Radio News --- January 18, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/hC4qmg  

 10.     “Disability Discrimination is Top Housing Complaint in '10, at 40.7 Percent” --- Disability discrimination continues to top the housing complaint list, with 40.7 percent of the complaints residential landlords received in 2010. Comments are moderated by SDDT, in accordance with … --- San Diego Source --- January 19, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/LrC13I  

 11.     “Medicaid Cuts Could Trim Thousands of Jobs in Florida” --- At best, state lawmakers want to cut Medicaid funding to hospitals in the state by 3 percent, to 12 percent. --- South Florida Business Journal --- January 20, 2012  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/MYzacW   

 12.     “Eye on Boise: Medicaid Cuts' Impact Coming Clear” --- Idaho's former state chief economist Mike Ferguson estimates that the $35 million in state funds cut from Medicaid this year – which with federal matching funds adds up to $100 million … --- The Spokesman Review (subscription) --- January 22, 2012  (IDAHO)   http://is.gd/rMtpxH  

 13.     “Medicaid Idaho Woman: 'I Cried a Lot' When Medicaid Services Were Cut” --- But the discussion also included the voices and faces of Medicaid. Krystal, who asked that her last name not be used at the roundtable, is a 22-year-old who has … --- Boise Weekly --- January 18, 2012  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/LeGoT3  

 14.     “Protesters Yell at Rahm over Mental Health Budget Cuts” --- Protesters temporarily shouted down Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Saturday, calling for him to keep 12 mental health clinics open as he spoke about a plan to keep Chicago libraries operating on Monday afternoons. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- January 22, 2012  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/oF6Fhc  

 15.     “Police: Joliet Man Threatened to Kill Social Security Staff” --- A 65-year-old man upset with reductions to his benefits allegedly threatened to kill employees at the Social Security Administration this week. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- January 20, 2012  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/KTXbHY  

 16.      “O'Malley Restores $25.7 Million to Disabilities Agency” --- The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration is slated to get back $25.7 million in the coming fiscal year that it lost this year through specious accounting. ---Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online --- January 20, 2012  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/4rDasd  

 17.     “Drunk Urinates, Then Fights” ... vulnerable adult abuse, sodomy and perverted practice after his former girlfriend reported to police he allegedly sexually assaulted her … --- The Dispatch--- January 21, 2012  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/Zmvx2z  

 18.    “Disabled Woman Tries to Sell Drugs to Pay Rent” --- A permanently disabled woman just back from the nursing home attracted police when she posted her medications for sale in order to pay her rent. --- The Salem News --- January 18, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/7Aj9OS   

 19.    “Diagnosis Changes Worry Autism Advocates” --- "It will make it easier to diagnose classic (most severe) autism," said Colleen Allen, director of the Autism Alliance of Michigan and director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities with Henry Ford Health System. --- Detroit Free Press --- January 21, 2012  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/V2ElTa

 20.     “Some File False Claims to Draw Disability Pay” --- In Mississippi, workers who receive "full" disability benefits reap about two-thirds of the state's weekly average wage. That's still enough to tempt a few to file false claims. --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- January 21, 2012  (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/gGOYZu  

 21.     “Nevada OKs 7-Cent Tax to Fund Phone Service for Deaf” --- State officials are setting a 7-cent monthly tax on telephone lines to fund phone services for up to 10,000 deaf Nevadans. --- Reno Gazette Journal --- January 21, 2012  (NEVADA) http://is.gd/6yfeY5    

 22.    “Mental Health Court Celebrates 10 Years” --- In the last 10 years of its existence, Washoe County's Mental Health Court has helped more than 1,000 people stay out of prison by giving them treatment for illnesses. --- KTVN --- January 18, 2012  (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/hC4qmg  

 23.     “State Has Reneged on its Promise to Disabled Residents” --- In 2006, under Democratic leadership, the New Hampshire Legislature finally made good on its 1991 promise made to our state's developmentally disabled citizens: You will not have to wait more than … --- Concord Monitor – January 20, 2012  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)   http://is.gd/6ygbnW  

 24.    “Sweeney Wants to Prevent Hospitals from Denying Organ Transplants to the Disabled” --- The parents of 3-year-old Amelia Rivera of Stratford said a physician from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia told them last week the child would not be eligible for a kidney transplant because she is "mentally retarded." --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- January 19, 2012  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/ugocJT  

 25.    “Medicaid Serves 6.7 Million in US” --- Medicaid is a joint federal/state program that was created to provide health care to low-income children. It now insures 6.7 million Americans at an annual cost of $383 billion to the federal government. In New Mexico, 637856 residents received … --- New Mexico Business Weekly --- January 20, 2012  (NEW MEXICO) http://is.gd/4rDasd   

 26.    “Army Suicides Reach Record High” --- Our Amanda Kelley tells us what mental health professionals locally are doing to help prevent these tragic situations. Then come back here and refresh the page. --- YNN Hudson Valley --- January 22, 2012  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/pUAn4x  

 27.     “Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent” --- The bathroom gleamed with polished marble. Huge windows displayed panoramic East River views. And in the hush of her $2,400 suite, a man in a black vest and ... --- New York Times‎ --- January 21, 2012  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/AjpvNa  

 28.    “Orange County Adult-Home Operator Gets 60 Days in Jail” --- Haverstraw adult-home operator Vanessa Sortano, who left three disabled men on their own in an unheated house … --- Times Herald-Record --- January 19, 2012  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NGHG1D  

 29.    “Cerebral Palsy Center Opens Harlem Branch for Adults” --- One of the largest non-profit agencies for New Yorkers living with disabilities is expanding its services with a new location. --- NY1 --- January 16, 2012  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/VE8oh2  

 30.    “North Dakota Legislative Panel Studies Autism Treatment” --- North Dakota lawmakers want to hear about improvements that could be made in the diagnosis and early treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, as well as for their care and education. --- Grand Forks Herald --- January 17, 2012  (NORTH DAKOTA)   http://is.gd/B8XO24  

 31.    “Change Ahead for Oklahoma's Mentally Disabled People” --- Lives could be at risk if the state's movement toward closing its last two remaining institutions for the mentally disabled is poorly executed, warn family members. --- NewsOK.com --- January 20, 2012  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/mUkSRH  

 32.    “Seeking Improved Support: Rhode Island Panel to Review Education of Children with Autism” --- A government commission in Rhode Island is examining how well the state educates children with autistic… --- The Republic – January 16, 2012  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/HMGQsW  

 33.    “Woman Charged with Taking $15,000 from State Mental-Health Agency” --- Virginia State Police have charged a Petersburg woman with taking $15000 fraudulently from the state agency for people with mental illness and other developmental disorders. --- Richmond Times Dispatch --- January 21, 2012  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/QSdSaS

 34.    “Disabilities Rally at Capitol” --- The “Fair Shake Network” is a coalition of groups representing persons with disabilities. Members are trying to “shake up” the legislature to change its priorities on spending in the human services area. Group spokesperson … --- West Virginia Public Broadcasting --- January 19, 2012  (WEST VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/YVxWKp  

 35.     “Disabled Residents Educating Others on Voting Rights” --- They live with disabilities that add barriers, something as basic as the inability to walk or drive themselves to the polls, or to use their hands for the fine-motor skill of filling in a ballot with a pencil. --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- January 20, 2012  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/pRPQWs  

 36.     “1 in 5 US Individuals Suffered from Mental Illnesses in 2010: SAMHSA” ---Along the same lines, a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has disclosed that around 20% of US individuals … ---HealthJockey.com --- January 21, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/R3GzT0

 37.     “New Autism Definition Could Exclude Many” --- Proposed changes to the definition of autism might make it much harder for a person to be diagnosed with the disorder. --- ABC News --- January 20, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Hf1LC2 

 38.    “Report: New Definition of Autism Could End Access to Health Care, Social Services for Many” --- A new definition of autism could dramatically reduce the number of people who qualify for the diagnosis, a preliminary study reported by The New York Times suggests. --- Detroit Free Press - -- January 20, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/6OQznc  

 39.     “With Mental Illness, 'Serious' Is a Slippery Term” --- When the federal government released an important compendium of mental health data this week, the headlines proclaimed that 1 in 5 Americans over 18 had a diagnosable mental illness in the … ---PsychCentral.com --- January 20, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/W5bvpQ  

 40.    “In States, Questions Swirl about Medicaid Contracts, Costs, Waiting Lists” --- Florida's unfolding plan to keep elderly and disabled Medicaid patients out of nursing homes through the use of HMOs faces a huge obstacle … --- Kaiser Health News --- January 19, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/ggGVL2   

 41.     “Many with Mental Illness go Without Treatment, Survey Says” --- A majority of Americans with mental disorders did not receive professional help in 2010, according to a major government study released today. --- USA TODAY --- January 19, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/DkKERx

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.     “Medicaid Reform Concerns Disabled Kansans” --- A group of disability advocates said Friday they want the governor's office to put the brakes on a plan to move all state Medicaid services to managed care. --- Topeka Capital Journal --- January 20, 2012  (KANSAS)    http://is.gd/GpYSXq  

 2.     “Drug Testing Leads to Disability Bias Suit in Raleigh” --- Now the Raleigh office of a national insurance giant has learned of another danger: Drug tests can trigger disability discrimination lawsuits. --- Business Management Daily --- January 22, 2012  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/cKWmX5  

 3.    “Plans to Require Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs in Philadelphia” --- To the relief of people in wheelchairs and their advocates, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has plans to make all the city's cabs wheelchair-accessible by 2016. "Wow. --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- January 22, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/QgoTcW   

 4.     “Definition of Autism May be Changing” --- The definition of autism could be changing, and that could affect the services available to families with autistic kids. Right now, 1 out of every 100 children is diagnosed with autism. --- KTNV Las Vegas --- January 20, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/ILDzsa  

International Articles:

1.     “Youth Mental Health Claims Soar” --- Psychiatrist Paul Skerritt, a former president of the Australian Medical Association, said the rise in claims, which were invariably for hospital admissions, … --- The West Australian --- January 22, 2012  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/cJp0UP  

 2.    “Alta. Sheriff Used "Excessive" Force on Deaf Mute Cancer Survivor” ---Physically accosting a sick and deaf Red Deer, Alta., man was an "unjustified" and "excessive" use of force, an investigation into a sheriff's actions has found. --- CANOE --- January 21, 2012  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/ZheLk5  

 3.     “Disabled Man's Family Upawr Assault Charges Stayed” --- Two people charged after a disabled man in Winnipeg was found gravely injured have pleaded guilty to theft and will not have to face more serious charges of aggravated assault. --- CBC.ca --- January 20, 2012  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/pEAyaI  

 4.    $40 Million to Aid BC's Developmentally Disabled: Clark” --- After months of criticism about her government's treatment of the developmentally disabled, Premier Christy Clark announced a new plan Thursday that she said will ensure such people get the support they need. ---  Vancouver Sun --- January 20, 2012  (CANADA)    http://is.gd/kXLEVs  

 5.     “Mystery Drugs Blamed for Attack on Disabled Man” --- A Pine Falls man who senselessly and repeatedly attacked a wheelchair-bound victim in downtown Winnipeg after taking street drugs at a party will spend a year behind bars. --- Winnipeg Sun --- January 19, 2012  (CANADA) http://is.gd/xy7PPm   

 6.      “Disabled Man is Assaulted for £10” --- A disabled man today told how he was attacked by a gang of thugs who shouted vile names at him – before robbing him of just £10. Dean Saunders, 22, who suffers from a bad limp after he was knocked down by a car… --- Lancashire Evening Post --- January 22, 2012  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/eRnoYc

 7.    “Birmingham Carer Tried to Raid Safe of Disabled Man” --- A carer caught on CCTV cameras trying to break into the safe of a disabled man she was looking after has avoided a prison sentence. --- Birmingham Mail --- January 21, 2012   (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/970lZe              

 8.     “Styal Women's Prison Mental Health Unit 'Shocking' ” --- A special unit for women with mental health problems at a jail in Cheshire is "wholly unsuitable", an inspection has found. --- BBC News --- January 16, 2010  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/wvtw5o  

 9.     “Cancer Patient Faces Life in Wheelchair after Years of Misdiagnosis” --- A woman could spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair after a series of doctors failed to diagnose her with bowel cancer. --- Enfield Independent --- January 16, 2012  (ENGLAND)             http://is.gd/MBQ932  

 10.     “Lawyer Seeks Change at Mental Health” --- Psychologist James Kiffer talks about new additions to the community apartment program at the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Tamuning, yesterday. --- Pacific Daily News --- January 21, 2012  (GUAM)   http://is.gd/N19JKb  

 11.      “Whistleblowing Mental Health Worker Loses Job” --- The manager told Ms Bayliss that as a result she couldn't go back on the wards until she completed the basic six-day FETAC Grade 4 training course -- even though she specialised in mental health for her master's degree. --- Irish Independent --- January 22, 2012  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/x8dIeU  

 12.            “Seoul Enforces Rights for People with Disabilities” --- Seoul City plans to dismiss teachers who are caught physically or verbally abusing people with disabilities in any of its rehabilitation homes, officials said Wednesday. --- The Korea Herald --- January 18, 2012  (KOREA)   http://is.gd/TpIP6Z  

 13.          “In Kuwait, Transgender People Tell of Police Torture and Sexual Abuse” --- Kuwaiti police have been torturing and sexually abusing transgender women continually since 2007, claims a report released by Human Rights Watch published yesterday. --- San Diego Gay & Lesbian News --- January 16, 2012  (KUWAIT)   http://is.gd/G1dC70  

 14.          “Mentally Challenged Man Released from Jail After 12 years” --- Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has ordered to release a mentally challenged man from Karachi's Landhi jail on Saturday, … --- The News International --- January 21, 2012  (PAKISTAN)   http://is.gd/2sSXD2



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