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News Summary for March 19, 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. “Ed Asner, Son Talk about Autism with Rotary Clubs” --- Seven-time Emmy winner Ed Asner and his son Matthew were the distinguished guests and spoke about autism. Asner has a 24-year-old son, with a high-function autism; Matthew's 9-year-old son also is autistic. Before broaching the topic, the actor, ... --- Ventura County Star --- March 15, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/GJAMBH

2 . “DNA Leads to Arrest in 18-Year-Old Murder of Mentally Challenged Woman in Colorado Springs” --- DNA lead to an arrest today of a nearly 18-year-old kidnapping and murder of a mentally challenged woman in Colorado Springs. Sharon Lee Sklavos was 38 years old when her battered body was found on July 31, 1994, in North Cheyenne Canyon near Lower ... --- Denver Post --- March 12, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/5SJUDe

3 . “Upper Gwynedd Man Denied Special Probation for Allegedly Scamming Disabled Hatfield Man” --- Prosecutors are rejecting an Upper Gwynedd man's request to be admitted to a special probationary program on charges he allegedly conspired with his wife in a scam to steal more than $300,000 from a disabled Hatfield man ... --- The Reporter --- March 15, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/9jTTQk

4. “Disabilities Advocates File Lawsuit” --- Advocates for people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming that Gov. Corbett and executive agencies violated state law by requesting too little funding for services. --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- March 15, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/TNuN49

5 . “Surgery to Keep Disabled Children Small on the Rise” --- A huge controversy arose in 2007 after details merged about the “Ashley treatment,” a procedure in which doctors used hormones and surgery to prevent Ashley, a severely disabled girl who was unable to walk or talk, from growing. --- Care2.com --- March 16, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/oVHzG2

6 . “City Gets $52,0000 Grant for Housing of Homeless People with Disabilities” --- Honolulu is the recipient of more than a half-million dollars in federal grants to help it provide housing for homeless people with disabilities. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the funds as part of a program that helps ... --- Honolulu Star-Advertiser --- March 14, 2012 (HAWAII) http://is.gd/51WEwf

7 . “Del. Panel Reports on Child Mental Health Needs” --- A panel formed to address the mental health needs of child sexual assault victims is recommending that the state recruit two psychiatrists to serve Sussex County. The panel, formed in the wake of the pedophilia scandal involving former Lewes ... --- Coshocton Tribune --- March 12, 2012 (DELAWARE) http://is.gd/IvAIDI

8. “Why Are Voices of People with Disabilities Muted or Marginalized?” --- As a Nova Scotian with a disability who was integrally involved in the struggle to have Canada ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; a member of the coalition of Nova Scotians with disabilities pushing our ... --- TheChronicleHerald.ca --- March17, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/xWBKJM


9. “Mother: Autistic Son Had to be Hospitalized After Alleged Abuse by Redwood City Teacher” --- Though a 5-year-old autistic boy from Redwood City had been vomiting several times a day for nearly a week last month -- leaving him dehydrated and hospitalized -- doctors couldn't find a physical explanation for his illness. --- San Jose Mercury News --- March 13, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/oZvpkS

10. “Disabled Man's Sex Abuser to Serve 40 Years” --- Tony Chestnut sexually abused a disabled man in his care -- videotaping the incidents over a course of 13 years. Now, he will live in prison until he's 97 years old. Chestnut, 57, of Parkville, was convicted and sentenced Thursday for ... --- WBAL Baltimore --- March 15, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/OLrIkw

11. “Man Arrested for Raping Mentally Handicapped Woman” --- A Gallipolis man is behind bars, charged with raping a mentally handicapped woman. Gallipolis City Police and the Gallia County Sheriff's Office responded to the call. They say that 37-year-old Curtis Moore, ... --- WSAZ-TV --- March 15, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/S2Xc4q

12. “State Investigating Case of Starved Madison Girl” --- The review's purpose is to identify ways to reduce and prevent serious injuries, identify factors that may have negatively affected the case and possibly develop recommendations to improve the quality of child protective services, according to state ... --- Coshocton Tribune --- March 12, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/wgHKOZ

Seeking Improved Support

13. “State Appeals Court Finds Marin Needs to Protect Rights of Mental Patients” --- The initial commitment is for 72 hours, and conservatorship for renewable periods of one year may follow after a hearing. In 2011, Golden Gate University School of Law Professor Mort Cohen, a longtime advocate for the rights of the mentally ill, ... --- Marin Independent-Journal --- March 13, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/5aQ2Pp

14. “Defenders: Disabled Man Without Special Wheelchair for Months” --- New Orleans--A specialized power wheelchair gives 32-year-old Reginald Martes mobility and independence. His movement and muscles are impaired because of the cerebral palsy disorder he's had since birth. "I mean this is life. --- WVUE-TV --- March 16, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/AC83fX

15. “State Hospital Wait List Hits Historic High” --- The number of mentally ill people waiting in local emergency rooms for a bed at the state hospital has reached a historic high, sources said yesterday. Yesterday morning, a North Country mental health center alerted ... --- Concord Monitor --- March 17, 2012 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/xQ1qw9

16. “NJ Grants $140K to Social Agencies that Help At-Risk Kids, Seniors” --- Several social service agencies are expected to receive $140,000 in state aid to help them support Passaic County's at-risk youth and seniors, the Department of State has announced. Each of the six organizations will get either $20,000 or ... --- NorthJersey.com --- March 17, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/xnzab7

17. “New Providence Resident Addresses Use of Technology for Students with Autism” --- “Using the iPad to Increase Communication for Preschool/Elementary Students with Autism” , led by New Providence resident Randy Palmer, Computer Specialist at The Children's Institute (TCI), and Robin Scheib, ... --- NJ.com --- March 15, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/n3MXeQ

18. “Hofstra Recognized as a Leading University for Students with Disabilities in ... A new book by Chris Wise Tiedemann, “College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities,” calls Hofstra one of the best higher-education institutions for students with disabilities. Making a campus accessible and enriching for students with ... --- Hofstra University Hofstra Chronicle --- March 15, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/7mXMqx

19. “Medicaid Deadline Jeopardizes Residents of Adult Care Homes” --- Thousands of the adult care home residents could lose their beds and businesses could close because the state is violating federal Medicaid rules. The federal government has given the state Department of Health ... --- News & Observer --- March 13, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/ss0Vkg

20. “Human Services Up in Arms over Potential Cuts” --- "We really will see services going away." Sponsored by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, the forum focused on how proposed budget cuts will impact social services in the Valley. It was the fourth in a series of such forums being held across the ... --- WFMZ Allentown --- March 17, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/H5M004

21. Deaf dog demonstrates his grasp of sign language to children at R.I. School ...By Donita Naylor Mekiah Discola gets a kiss from Kiefer as author Trisha Malifitano takes him around Thursday to students at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. --- March 15, 2012 (RHODE ISLAND) http://is.gd/EyFvqo

22. “Mental Health First Aid Can Help Teen Depression, Suicide: Community Challenge Corner” --- The Ohio Department of Mental Health reports that more than 20 percent of high school students have seriously considered suicide, 14 percent have made a plan, and 8 percent have made a suicide attempt. According to the “National Strategy for Suicide ... --- Plain Dealer --- March 17, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/4wcDjc

23. “Vets' Mental Health May be Sold Short” --- Earlier this year, 14 soldiers underwent new mental-health reviews at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Six had their PTSD diagnoses reinstated. The investigation also was spurred by concerns that Madigan doctors involved in the screening ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- March 12, 2012 (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/MxBMZa

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

24. “Mentally Ill Have Right to Object to Surgery” --- "In cases where you're under conservatorship (for a grave mental illness), they don't take your thoughts into consideration. "As long as you understand there are risks and consequences, you should be able to have sovereignty over your own body. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- March 16, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/G9G6je

25. “An Easier Way to do Disability Hearings?” --- This has been a particular hardship for those with disability claims, who are forced to travel to Colorado Springs for a hearing. In a letter to the Social Security commissioner, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet asked that those in Southwest Colorado ... --- The Durango Herald --- March 14, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/mE3oi0

26. “Autism Coverage Bill: Family Has Spent $10,000 Annually Out-of-Pocket” --- The Jackson Autism Support Network supports legislation that was approved by the Michigan Senate requiring insurers to cover autism treatment. Autism coverage legislation that passed the Michigan ... --- The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.com --- March 16, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/Qb7G3C

27. “Mental Health Advocacy Group Seeks Legislative Funding” --- A statewide advocacy group will try again to rally support for more legislative funds for behavioral health during a town-hall meeting Thursday. The meeting by The Coalition will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the fellowship hall of Knollwood Baptist ... --- Winston-Salem Journal --- March 14, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/JnZB6U

28. “Groups Call for Repeal of Policy Limiting Disabled People's Access Inside Pa Capitol” --- Representatives from the Disability Rights Network and American Civil Liberties Union-PA are demanding Gov. Tom Corbett's administration stop enforcing a policy that they see as targeted at people in wheelchairs. --- PennLive.com --- March 15, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/5ns8FL

29. “D.O.J. Revises Americans with Disabilities Act With Changes Effective Last year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced major revisions were being made to the Americans with Disabilities Act's (ADA) guidelines on ... --- March 12, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/c1Oj6V


30. “Mental Health Needs of Deaf People Neglected, Review Shows” --- Deaf people are around twice as likely to have mental health problems as the general population. But where they require help, researchers report disparities in access to and quality of care according to a review in The Lancet. --- OnMedica --- March 16, 2012 (AUSTRIA) http://is.gd/zbFi8O

31. “Nurses Group Releases Guidelines for Using Last-Resort Restraints on Patients” --- An Ontario nurses group released new guidelines Monday aimed at minimizing the use of potentially harmful restraints on residents of psychiatric hospitals, long-term care homes and other patient facilities. The Registered Nurses' Association ... --- Winnipeg Free Press --- March 12, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/erpK1t

32. “China Poised to Limit Use of Mental Hospitals to Curb Dissent” --- The 47-year-old political activist spent seven months in Beijing'sChaoyang District Mental Health Center, heavily sedated. If he refused his drugs, he would be tied to his bed. Unlike other patients, he wasn't allowed to walk in the garden, ... --- Chicago Tribune --- March 16, 2012 (CHINA) http://is.gd/eExVNl

33. “Thugs Rob Disabled Teen of His Voice” --- Teenager Declan Gould has been robbed of his voice after thieves stole his Stephen Hawking-style voice generator. Declan, 14, uses the hi-tech computer so he can communicate with teachers and pupils as he studies for NVQ qualifications. --- The Sun --- March 17, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/NCminQ

34. “Wheelchair-Bound Woman Taken to Bank, Court Hears” --- But wheelchair-bound Mrs Bull was 'fond' of Jeffs, an employee at the Woodville Road care home told a jury yesterday. Jeffs, 52, of Bretby Hollow, Newhall, denies two theft charges relating to cash which vanished from Mrs Bull's bank account. --- Burton Mail --- March 15, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/acLcgS

35. “DU Sets up Panel for Disabled Students” --- Delhi University has set up a committee to look into problems being faced by its 1,000-odd disabled students while writing exams. “The committee has had a couple of meetings so far. It has become clear that each case must evaluated individually. --- Hindustan Times --- March 16, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/csyj1D

36. “Telling Her Son's Story of Autism” --- For years, writer and movie critic Hannah Brown shied away from writing about her elder son's autism. Then a stretch of helpful therapies for him, a fortuitous work situation for her, and supportive ... --- The Times of Israel --- March 11, 2012 (ISRAEL) http://is.gd/HTItiI

37. “Experimental Drug Delays Disability in MS Patients” --- We found that laquinimod, as compared with placebo, reduced the rate of relapse and slowed the progression of disability in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis." Dr. Giancarlo Comi and colleagues of the University Vita-Salute San ... --- Press TV --- March 17, 2012 (ITALY) http://is.gd/o7cVHD

38. “1.2m Nigerians Suffering from Autism” --- A medical practitioner and Executive Director, Blazing Trails International Centre, Dr Anna Lamikanra, has emphasised the need to create awareness on the plight of people suffering from Autism Special Disorders (ASD) in Nigeria, since an estimated ... --- Nigerian Tribune --- March 13, 2012 (NIGERIA) http://is.gd/aOE6eG



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