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News Summary for May 28, 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. “Mom Convicted of Drowning Disabled Son” --- A Paradise Valley woman has been convicted of negligent homicide and child abuse in the 2009 drowning of her mentally disabled son. Maricopa County prosecutors say 45-year-old Nadia Bashir faces anywhere from probation to nearly four ... --- KFYI --- May 23, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/9XT3JY

2. “Ex-Marine Torturer Gets Life for 'Violent and Sadistic' Attack on Disabled Man” --- A 25-year-old former Marine from Georgia who was convicted this week of torturing a physically disabled New Smyrna Beach man during a home invasion was sentenced to life in prison. Montario L. Royals was convicted ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- March 23, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/TigOMj

3. “Woman Charged after Paralyzed Man's Death” --- Police began an investigation after her dependent, Michael Elkins, 25, was brought to St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette in serious condition in December. He had been in a motor bike accident as a child, police said, and was paralyzed from the ... --- WISH --- May 22, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/rfVcZd

4. “Man Pleads Guilty to Exploiting Mentally Disabled 'Friend' ” --- Prosecutors said Eugene Hinson stole more than $250,000 from a mentally disabled man. Patch A former Odenton resident will serve 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to charges that he took advantage of a mentally disabled man from Glen ... --- Patch.com --- May 24, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/2BJcZY

5. “Protest Slated for June 2 to End Torture at The Judge Rotenberg Center” --- The Judge Rotenberg Center is the only place in the country to use aversives, including remotely controlled, painful electric skin shocks to change behavior in children with autism, developmental delays and/or psychiatric diagnoses. --- Patch.com --- May 21, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/w1bq9u

6. “Saginaw County Jury to Decide whether 20-Year-old Charged with Sexually ...” --- While Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Barnes told the jury that she agrees that Hartung is “mildly mentally retarded,” she argued that he did not lack the capacity to determine what he is alleged to have done was wrong or to conform his ... --- The Saginaw News - MLive.com --- May 22, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/wdR3JN

7. “PhysicalTherapist Accused of Sexually Abusing Disabled Student” --- Marshall police said Change abused a student at Prairie View State School Monday - a state-run school for severely disabled students. Court documents show Chang was alone in a room with the victim when a teaching assistant walked in to see Chang ... --- KCTV Kansas City --- May 22, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/UfhGkC

8. “South NJ District Challenging Ruling Against Firing Teacher Who Verbally ...” --- An administrative law judge has ruled that a southern New Jersey teacher caught verbally abusing a special-needs student should keep his job. But officials at the Bankbridge Regional School in Deptford tell the Courier-Post ... --- The Republic --- May 20, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/Ttp0tU

9. “Valerie Huttle's Committee Investigates the Abuse of Disabled Adults” --- The Assembly Committee on Human Resources held a hearing on the abuse and neglect of adults with developmental disabilities in New Jersey's community care residences and other facilities. --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- May 22, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/PfMTAf

10. “New Protections for People with Developmental Disabilities Touted in Plattsburgh” --- Yesterday, Courtney Burke who heads the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities traveled to Plattsburgh to promote the idea, which is now being considered by the state Assembly. --- North Country Public Radio --- May 25, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/HqXC2

12. “Judge Dismisses Cummings' Suit Against Erie County and Sheriff” --- Laura Cummings was a 23 year old mentally challenged woman from North Collins who was tortured, raped and killed by her mother and brother. Cummings estate filed a lawsuit against the County and Sheriff alleging they were responsible for her pain, ... --- WGRZ-TV --- May 21, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/FWC9NI

13. “Special Needs Teacher will Not Face Criminal Charges” --- The Andrews special needs teacher accused by parents of abuse will not face criminal charges. The Andrews School board voted to terminate Terri Ragland's contract earlier this year after she was accused of abusing her special needs students at ... --- NewsWest9.com --- May 23, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/jgWNKd

14. “Burlington Deputy Police Chief to Investigate Elder, Disabled Abuse Cases” --- It was sued by advocacy groups last fall alleging the state was months behind in investigating hundreds of claims alleging physical abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly and disabled. The 47-year-old Decker told the Burlington Free Press the ... --- The Republic --- May 24, 2012 (VERMONT) http://is.gd/VtKoA9

15. “Brother of 'Caged' Wash. Boys Takes Stand” --- The 10-year-old boy — essentially a half-brother to two young boys believed to be autistic and kept behind locked metal shelving units — took the stand in Clark County court Wednesday. The 10-year-old brother of two autistic boys, ... --- KOIN Local 6 --- May 23, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/LlI3X0

16. “Police Handcuffing 7-Year-Olds? The Brutality Unleashed on Kids with ...” --- These factors can determine what kinds of evaluations, interventions and treatments are provided to students with disabilities or suspected disabilities, and ultimately decide whether children are able to successfully complete their educations, ... --- AlterNet --- May 22, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/da1KYO

17. “El Monte Adult Day Care Facility Closes after State Cuts off Funding” --- The San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center had for years approved Healthy Start to provide daily care services for developmentally disabled clients. Regional centers allocate state and federal funding to their approved facilities and refer clients to those ... --- Whittier Daily News --- May 24, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/iuUjNf

18. “Files Show How Golatt Was Able to Abuse Victims for Years While Holding Positions of Trust” --- There also were victims in Idaho, where Golatt lived with his new wife in 2006 and worked in a facility for the mentally retarded. "He was going after anyone he could find that was vulnerable," Willson said. Looking over the years a pattern emerges. --- Alexandria Town Talk --- May 20, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/lFrS5O

19. “Autism in 2012: 75% of Secondary School Age Children with Autism Bullied” --- 75% autistic children of secondary school age say they have been bullied in school, rising to 82% of those with high functioning autism or Asperger syndrome. The figures come from a new survey, The Way We Are: Autism in 2012, published by The National ... --- eGov monitor --- May 21, 2012 (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/eeBoUe

20. “ 'Retard Doll' Shocks Swedish Shoppers” --- A doll billed as a "real retard" found its way into stores in Gothenburg in western Sweden on Thursday, prompting strong reactions about a campaign meant to draw attention to the treatment of people with disabilities. "Treat her like a real retard," ... --- The Local.se --- May 25, 2012 (SWEDEN) http://is.gd/E1xRqX

Abuse/Crime Related

21. “2 Arraigned in Death of Man in Wheelchair” --- Two people indicted on capital murder charges in the 2011 stabbing death of a wheelchair user pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court. John Junior Minton, 30, 16764 Lauderdale 14, Waterloo, and Jessica Lynn Nunley, ... --- Times Daily --- May 23, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/zzkX11

22. “Abused Kids May Mingle with Delinquents at a Privately Run Facility” --- Jack, who is sixteen, was removed from his home just after his twelfth birthday. The call was made by his mentally ill mom and domineering stepdad. Take our oldest son, they told child-welfare workers … --- Westword.com --- May 17, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/nXFQey

23. “ 'The Physically Disabled Victim Endured 45 Minutes of Hell,' Prosecutor Says” --- An ex-Marine who helped torture a physically disabled Florida man in his home by stabbing him and pouring bleach on his head was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday. Montario Litoron Royals, a 25-year-old former Marine Corps corporal, was convicted ... --- New York Daily News --- May 24, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/XUrzpk

24. “Man Accused of Stabbing Estranged Girlfriend's Disabled Father” --- Felix Matthew Pena is accused of stabbing her disabled father, who suffers from polio, police said. It started May 12 when Pena got into an argument with his girlfriend over the state of their relationship. He slapped her face and repeatedly knocked ... --- Sun-Sentinel --- May 22, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Jn3Uvr

25. “Make the Call! Stop the Torture of Special Needs Children in Massachusetts” --- The JRC delivers powerful electric shocks to special needs students, like those autism, as a form of therapy. Greg Miller, a former teacher at the JRC, started the petition because he saw first hand how students at the school were given electric shocks ... --- Change.org --- May 19, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/H1KOSY

26. “Mom Claims Teacher Choked Student with Special Needs” --- An elementary school teacher in New Mexico is accused of losing his cool with a special needs student. The 10-year-old boy's mother said he was choked by a teacher at Chamiza Elementary School in Albuquerque. "I am upset, I'm very upset," said Crissy ... --- NBC4i.com --- May 21, 2012 (NEW MEXICO) http://is.gd/RQCCal

27. “NY Man Denied Parole in Disabled Boy's Death” --- ... denied parole in the 2007 killing of an autistic boy under his care in upstate New York, a case that inspired some increased oversight of homes for the developmentally disabled and ongoing legislative debate over further measures to curb abuse. --- Newsday --- May 25, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/2lE0AV

28. “Man Accused of Stealing Purse out of Wheelchair” --- ... with a purse in his hand, and stopped to talk to him. At the same time, a woman at the top of the stairs yelled to the officer that it was hers, and that someone had taken it from her son's wheelchair as they were waiting to get into the arena. --- WXXA --- May 23, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Dpzf0a

29. “Two Ex-Cons Charged with Stomping of Stillwater Man” --- He also had a deformity to his right forearm. He stated his arm and shoulder were broken. I noticed a larceration and some deformity to his lower left leg," the sergeant wrote in his affidavit. "Mr. Butler stated his neighbors came over and beat him. --- KUSH Radio --- May 22, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/0zIaHa

30. “Local Care Home Worker Charged with Punching Patient” --- An employee at a care home is charged with putting a mentally-challenged man in a headlock and punching him in the side. Adam Kachmarek, 23, is charged with neglecting a care dependent person, simple assault and harassment. --- CBS Local --- May 25, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/unr4pK

31. “Erie Family Who Won Lawsuit Asked to Pay Cops' Legal Bills” --- ... driveway at 655 E. Fifth St. She was about to leave to pick up her husband, David Jordan, from work when police ordered her from the vehicle, handcuffed her on the ground and used profanity and words that included "retard," according to the suit. --- GoErie.com --- May 26, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/r7N40t

32. “Morning Briefing: Woman in Wheelchair Beaten by Ex-boyfriend, Police Say” --- A western Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges he beat his ex-girlfriend who uses a wheelchair since her leg was amputated and also suffers from spina bifida. New Castle police say 28-year-old Sean Pritchett attacked the ... --- The Tribune-Democrat --- May 24, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/88BTQ8

33. “FOX Carolina 21Man Tries to Abduct Child from Piedmont Home” --- Deputies said a man tried to pick up a special needs child from the child's Piedmont home to allegedly take the child to the Meyer Center. Greenville County deputies were called to the home about 8:30 ... --- WHNS Greenville --- May 25, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/ELL9o8

34. “Texas High School Yearbooks Pulled After 'Mentally Retarded' Comment is Printed” --- A Texas high school has been forced to recall all recently distributed school yearbooks after comments in the book described students with special needs as “mentally retarded.” KDFW-TV reports that officials at Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas, ... --- The Inquisitr --- May 23, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/bWOMYM

35. “Midvale Man Charged in Pit Bull Attack on Victim in Wheelchair” --- Prosecutors have charged a man who allegedly ordered his pit bull to attack a victim in a wheelchair. In charges filed Tuesday, police wrote that the man in the wheelchair confronted the dog owner on May 15 at 1820 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- May 22, 2012 (UTAH) http://is.gd/mDi0Md

36. “Too Many Stuck too Long in State Hospitals, Watchdog Says” --- Virginia could make sure people in mental health crisis get emergency care in a safe place — Two hundred and thirty days ago they were tiny orange dots with two white... Even before the three retiring space shuttles reach their ... --- Staunton News Leader --- May 25, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/UgDbkM

37. “Vancouver Father Defends Lockup of Autistic Boys” --- The boys were removed from the apartment on April 12, 2011, after maintenance workers alerted Child Protective Services, which in turn contacted the Vancouver Police Department. At the time, Higdon and Eckhart lived with Eckhart's two sons, ... --- The Columbian --- May 25, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/TdKtYr

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38. “Az Again No. 1 in Developmentally Disabled Services” --- …1 in the nation for its delivery of Medicaid services to developmentally disabled residents, the fourth time in six years the state has come out on top, according to a new report. “Individuals who need services in Arizona are receiving them,” said ... --- TucsonSentinel.com --- May 25, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/E0eNud

39. “Santa Clara County and City Officials Worry about Impact of State Budget Cuts ... “ --- For the first time since 2003, the county's budget makers will maintain current senior services budgets for the coming fiscal year. That means that the five programs--In Home Support Services, Adult Protective Services, Public Guardians, ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- May 25, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/YgMGOv

40. “Hospital Emergency Feeling the Mental Health Crunch” --- Last year, almost 4,300 people were treated at Doctors Behavioral Health Center and discharged, more than twice the number in 2007. The emergency room was the first stop for many of those patients, Doctors Spokeswoman Carin Sarkis said. --- Modesto Bee --- May 20, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/7DBXfW

41. “Girl Who Fought Bullies Now Labeled One by School’ --- Stormy Rich, 18, thought she was doing the right thing in reporting bullying incidents she witnessed against a mentally-challenged middle school girl by a group of girls on morning bus rides to school. "I'm a very outspoken person," Rich said. --- Daily Commercial --- May 25, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/I6oI8C

42. “Pilot Club's iPad Donations Help Autistic Students” --- The iPads are the latest donation to Jacksonville School District 117's special education classrooms and have helped tremendously in Walker's autism class. On a Thursday morning, Dylan and kindergartner Willow Crain, daughter of Brad Pennell and Barb ... --- Jacksonville Journal-Courier --- May 20, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/GUazGT

43. “Tinley Mental Health Center Closing Plan Needs More Funds, Advocates Say” --- Just five weeks before the scheduled closing of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center, service providers and advocates say the transition plan comes with too little funding to safely serve residents of the south suburbs. Gov… --- Chicago Tribune --- May 27, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/lnGxM3

44. “Disability Advocate: Waiting List Issues ‘Systemic’ ” --- A leading advocate for the state's developmentally disabled lauded recent appropriations for Medicaid services Thursday, but said the waiting list for those services continues to grow and the problem is no longer purely financial. --- Topeka Capital Journal --- May 24, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/uCK145

45. “Illinois Legislature Passes $1.6 Billion in Medicaid Cuts” --- The major Medicaid reductions ignited anger in some lawmakers who say the cutbacks will jeopardize the lives of the state's most vulnerable residents. "I don't know where it's written in the law that this has to be balanced on the backs of poor people, ... --- Chicago Tribune --- May 25, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/dFlndg

46. “Leaving Homes” --- The state wants to close Jacksonville Developmental Center by autumn, the first step in shutting down four of the state's eight institutions for the developmentally disabled during the next three years. Gov. Pat Quinn wants 600 Illinoisans who are ... --- Illinois Times --- May 24, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/6G3v9k

47. “Critics Say Indiana Child Care Agency Ignores Troubled Youths' Mental Health ...” --- Critics tell The Indianapolis Star and The Times of Munster that the state Department of Child Services has the power to order mental health treatment for youths, but rarely uses it unless the children are victims of abuse. --- The Republic --- May 24, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/dtqNlQ

48. “Co-worker Accused of Sexual Battery” --- A man was charged Friday with sexual battery after allegedly groping a woman at a group home in December. The woman told Fort Wayne police she was working at a group home on Dec. 9 when her co-worker, Edwin M. Rwoti, 28, hugged and groped her, ... --- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette --- May 20, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/wrcKZ0

49. “Officials: Mentally Ill Children Who Don't Get Help Can end up in Criminal ... “ --- Parents, judges, prosecutors, and other officials in Indiana say there is a multi-agency failure to provide mental health services to the children who need it most. Officials said that leads to a grim reality: Children who don't get the services they ... --- nwitimes.com --- May 19, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/yFmIfp

50. “Social Work Office in Louisville under Review” --- The state social service agency handles child and adult protective services and family assistance, such as food stamps. Jill Midkiff, a spokeswoman for the cabinet, said the inconsistencies in reporting were discovered this week and Cabinet Secretary ... --- The Courier-Journal --- May 24, 2012 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/2Q5NG4

51. “Proposed Health Care Cuts Will Hurt the Most Vulnerable” --- Those cuts included about $1.6 million from the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities; $5.1 million from the Office of Behavioral Health; $509,000 from the Office of Public Health; $808,000 from Medical Vendor Administration; ... --- Monroe News Star --- May 20, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/EqG0ml

52. “As Understanding of Autism Increases, So Does the Number of Children Diagnosed” --- Autism — which affects the ability to communicate and interact with others to varying degrees — is a hot topic, with Hollywood celebrities publicizing their children's diagnoses, and the HBO movie “Temple Grandin” launching its real-life ... --- Duluth News Tribune --- May 20, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/A2OPCj

53. “Study Finds Many Children with Autism are Diagnosed Late” --- Signs of autism can often be detected before a child is 3 years old. But a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that over half of children with autism are not diagnosed until after they are age 5. --- NewsChannel 9 WSYR --- May 23, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/LZbcxK

54. “LGBTQ Stories: Deaf Gay Teen Stands Up to Bully “ (video) I lived with her for eight years, because my mom passed away and my dad passed away, and just two months ago my grandpa passed away, so every caregiver I've ever had, on top of being gay, being deaf. I know what's it like to be bullied for something ... --- Huffington Post --- May 23, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/tKoT4F

55. “Man Ticketed for Littering after Giving Money to Man in Wheelchair” --- A Cleveland man says he was given a ticket for littering after a dollar he attempted to give to a man in a wheelchair accidentally fell to the ground, Fox 8 reports. John Davis told Fox 8 he was on an off-ramp on May 14 when he noticed a ... --- Fox News --- May 24, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/UHsFKu

56. “Wait times Targeted on DHS Hotline” --- The statewide child abuse and neglect reporting hotline had wait times of up to an hour before a worker could take some calls, officials said. The hotline has been overwhelmed with calls, but about 35 percent are non-child welfare calls, ... --- Tulsa World --- May 23, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/AK5Pl2

57. “Tuttle, Oklahoma Sixth Grader Suspended for Bullying” --- In the movie “Bully,” a young girl was profiled form the city of Tuttle, Oklahoma who's family had to finally pull her out of school because the Tuttle School District would not do anything to stop the constant bullying. On May 19, NewsOK.com reports ... --- Examiner.com --- May 19, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/8CEn8C

58. “Ore. Mental Health Worker Stabbed” --- The stabbing death of a mental health worker has put the spotlight on the safety of home visits. Jennifer Warren, 38, was killed Sunday while delivering medication to a patient in St. Helens, Ore., ABC affiliate KATU reported. --- ABC News --- May 21, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/kwuItr

59. “6 Yr Old Autistic Child Ends up at Wrong School” --- A 6 year old kindergartener with autism was supposed to be dropped off yesterday by his bus driver at Morrison Elementary School. The boy made it to school just not his school. Latasha Ward got the call no parent ever wants to get. --- MyFox Philadelphia --- May 24, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/bz8Byb

60. “Tennessee Ranks Low in Serving Disabled, Advocacy Group Says” --- Tennessee ranks 42nd among states and the District of Columbia for how its Medicaid program serves disabled citizens, according to a report released this week. Tennessee slipped one spot in the annual ranking, The Case of Inclusion, which is published ... --- The Tennessean --- May 24, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/MYIrEE

61. “Deaf 10-Year-Old Regains Hearing with Cochlear Implant” --- TB Scare: California Babies Possibly Exposed Watch Video Deaf Girl Regains Hearing Watch Video Lolo Jones Admits Trouble Keeping Boyfriends Watch Video Unlike a hearing aid, which amplifies existing sounds, the cochlear implant is designed to directly … --- . ABC News --- May 24, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/9AHwFr

62. “Use of Electrical Device on State Hospital Patients Draws Scrutiny” --- Officials said the prohibition of the device came after questions about the studies were raised by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a mental health watchdog group. "They were so rarely used, we felt it best to just discontinue any use ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- May 19, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/ToMFcT

63. “Hoarding Task Force: Issue Crosses Economic, Geographic Boundaries” --- If a hoarding situation can be properly identified, the task force then coordinates a solution, whether it be intervention from Adult or Child Protective Services or mental health support from the Community Services Board. Even though hoarding is a ... --- Patch.com --- May 21, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/FWZtvo

64. Over 300,000 Virginians Suffer from Mental Health Issues” --- May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and professionals are working hard to remove barriers to care for the more than 300,000 Virginians who suffer from forms of mental illness such as depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder. --- Public News Service --- May 21, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/8wRSEO

65. “Disabled Veterans National Foundation Accused 0f Misusing Millions Under ...” --- The Democrat said that the Disabled Veterans National Foundation has raised millions of dollars but apparently spent very little on disabled veterans. Large sums instead went to a marketing firm. The organization said it welcomes the inquiry and sees ... --- Huffington Post --- May 23, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/fXRmPB

66. “Most Autistic Children Are on Meds, Survey Finds” --- More than half of school-age autistic children in the United States take mood-altering drugs, according to a report, as doctors increasingly target the broad range of psychiatric symptoms associated with ... --- Bend Bulletin --- May 25, 2012 (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/acKTHt

67. “Oxytocin Improves Brain Function in Autistic Kids” --- Oxytocin - a naturally occurring substance produced in the brain and throughout the body- increased brain function in regions that are known to process social information in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). --- Times of India --- May 21, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/CtxmUT

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

68. “Proposed Special Needs List For Evacuations Questioned” --- An Assumption Parish lawmaker who wants local lists of residents with special needs developed statewide heard a variety of concerns about his proposal Wednesday and is now moving forward with a secondary legislative proposal. --- Houma Courier --- May 23, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/tm20IO

69. “Assembly Passes Legislation in Honor of Disabilities ... --- ... for the Assembly's annual Disabilities Awareness Day, an event focused on legislation aimed at ... proud to co-host ... "The annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day ... International Articles --- (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/FYPBX8


70. “24-Hour mental Health Help Line Launched” --- People with mental health problems will be able to access help any time of the day with the launch of new 24-hour help line in NSW. The line will operate seven days a week and provide a telephone triage assessment and referral service staffed by mental ... --- Ninemsn --- May 22, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/5WZX2L

71. “Mental Health Freeze Leaves Workers in the Dark” --- Mental health practitioners and administrators are angry about a funding freeze on a program bringing nurses to the mentally ill. The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program aims to fill service gaps by placing mental health nurses in GP ... --- ABC Online --- May 21, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/kJ3nHZ

72. “$5-Million Program Aimed at Mentally Ill” --- The Quebec government unveiled $5 million in new measures on Friday to assist homeless people with mental health problems in Montreal. The money will fund such things as specialized homecare for people with mental health problems at risk of ... --- Montreal Gazette --- May 28, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/htgn4D

73. “Teen Accused of Murder Should have Been in Hospital, Not Group Home, He Argues” --- In the days before her brutal slaying, Dianne McClements, a 61-year-old caregiver who worked at a Camrose group home for older teens, told her brother she was worried about one of the boys in her care who had symptoms of schizophrenia. --- Edmonton Journal --- May 25, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/w2H1e8

74. “Closure of St. Thomas Office for Disability Benefits is "an Extreme Hardship ... --- The McGuinty government's decision to close the St. Thomas office of the Ontario Disability Support Program will force 2200 people with disabilities to go to London to receive help, says the Ontario Public Service ... --- Canada NewsWire (press release) May 24, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/gaAY0t

75. “Anti-bullying Bill Upsets Religious Groups” --- Members of the all-party provincial committee looking at two anti-bullying bills listen to public delegations in Ottawa. Members of the all-party provincial committee looking at two anti-bullying bills listen to public delegations in Ottawa. --- CBC.ca --- May 22, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/uMJStj

76. “Disabled Leicestershire Woman Left 'Violated' as Rings Ripped from Fingers” --- A disabled woman from Leicestershire said she felt violated after a thief ripped "priceless" rings from her fingers. Denise Allsopp was sitting in her car at a car boot sale when a woman approached her selling cheap rings. Without warning, the woman ... --- This is Leicestershire --- May 25, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/giUanA

77. “Coroner Slams Mental Health Staff After Patient's Suicide” --- A coroner has slammed the “systematic failure” of a South Tyneside mental health unit after a blind woman was found dead in her room. Terence Carney criticised the Bede Wing psychiatric ward after Nicola Lilley was discovered ... --- Shields Gazette --- May 21, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/dHpKXk

78. “Family Hangs Hope for SC Boy on Unproven Therapy in India” --- A 6-year-old South Carolina boy has traveled with his parents to India seeking treatment for a rare genetic condition that has left him developmentally disabled. An overwhelming number of medical experts insist the treatment will have zero ... --- My Fox 8 --- May 19, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/ick9hY

79. “Fears Special Needs Children Will be Neglected” --- The Government's plan to cap school teacher numbers and increase class sizes is causing concern among parents of special needs children. There are fears children with learning disabilities that do not qualify for extra funding will be stuck in ... --- TVNZ --- May 20, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/LaT9dZ

80. “Expert Raises Alarm on Prison Inmates with Mental Illnesses” --- A mental health expert, Dr Olayinka Majekodunmi, has raised the alarm on the unmet needs of people in Nigerian prisons requiring treatment for mental illnesses. A consultant psychiatrist, Neuropsychiatry Hospital Aro, Abeokuta, Ogun State, ... --- Nigerian Tribune --- May 24, 2012 (NIGERIA) http://is.gd/aGELJl

81. “Care of Disabled Children, a Noble Task: Liu” --- Ambassador of China Liu Jian on Sunday said the cooperation between China and Pakistan was essential for the realization of rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). Addressing children with disabilities at Children Festival organized by .. --- .Pakistan Observer --- May 21, 2012 (PAKISTAN) http://is.gd/FQtQf6

82. “Mass Wedding for 194 Handicapped Couple in Saudi” --- Saudi Arabia staged one of its largest mass weddings of handicapped persons involving 194 couples at a big ceremony attended by ruling family members, government officials and thousands of other guests. The 194 grooms attended their wedding in the ... --- Emirates 24/7 --- May 24, 2012 (SAUDI ARABIA) http://is.gd/o7kdSG

83. “Conman Targeted Old and Disabled” --- A con artist raided elderly and disabled people's homes after claiming he needed to call an ambulance for his pregnant wife. Lee Currie targeted several addresses in the Capital between September 2011 and February 2012. Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told ... --- Edinburgh Evening News --- May 23, 2012 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/9r0mDA

84. “Mentally Challenged Woman's Rapist Jailed” --- “Three woman went to Lelenke's house in December 2009 to buy earrings from him.” He then persuaded two of the woman to go on an errand for him. “Lelenke overpowered and repeatedly raped a then 21-year-old mentally challenged woman. --- Independent Online --- May 23, 2012 (SOUTH AFRICA) http://is.gd/1M0sIo

85. “A Third of Parents of Disabled Children Took out Loans to Buy Basics Last Year” --- Almost a third of families with disabled children have taken out loans in the past year to help them afford basic everyday essentials such as food and heating, research has revealed. For those families where parents are in work, one in six say they ... --- The Guardian --- May 24, 2012 (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/WfPTc4



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