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News Summary for June 4, 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. “Authorities Looking for Men Who Allegedly Tried to Scam Mentally Challenged ...” --- Authorities in are alerting people to be extra cautious after a mentally challenged resident was nearly scammed out of thousands of dollars. Police explain what happened and why they fear these individuals may strike again. --- NBC40 --- May 30, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/E0Hx3T

2. “Police: Educator Drags Disabled Student” --- News 13 also contacted the Cuba Schools Interim Superintendent multiple times about why the assistant was hired with no specialized education or why she did not receive the training in dealing with disabled students. No one from the district ... --- KRQE --- May 30, 2012 (NEW MEXICO) http://is.gd/Q20yjr

3. “Teen Banned from School Bus for Defending Bullied Special Needs Kid” --- For months, Rich watched as they treated a mentally challenged middle school girl cruelly, telling her she couldn't sit in certain spots and feeding her food they had put in their mouths. "Just because she doesn't understand doesn't mean that should be ... --- The Stir --- May 29, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ihOQLr

4. “Washington Father Defends Locking up Autistic Sons” --- A Washington state man accused of locking his two young autistic sons in a room with a cage-like door says he heard on a television show that it's OK to do so for their own safety. The Associated Press --- May 26, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/uRgMkh

5. “Colo. Mother, Others Sue Arapahoe Co. over Interpreters” --- A Colorado mother and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition have filed a lawsuit against Arapahoe County over a lack of sign language interpreters. Teresa Fekany is deaf and uses American Sign Language to communicate. --- KMGH Denver --- May 29, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/VW2G8i

6. “Mass. Emergency Workers Learn to Recognize Autism” --- Norwood Police Lt. Martin Baker begins his training session with a startling new government statistic: 1 in 88 children in the United States has autism or a related disorder. Then Baker, whose son has autism, ... --- Worcester Telegram --- June 3, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/n7ZeQE

7. “State Senate Knocks Down Anti-Bullying Bill for Second Time” --- Losing by one vote, the Illinois Senate has again rejected legislation requiring schools to adopt more detailed policies against bullying. According to The Associated Press, the bill says schools must spell out how students can file ... --- Patch.com --- May 30, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/oU7RBy

8. “‘Tara's Law’ is Needed to Protect Disabled Adults from Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation” --- Within the past few weeks, I have provided testimony regarding the abuse, neglect and exploitation of New Jerseyans with developmental disabilities before members of the Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens and the Assembly ... --- June 2, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/tK91B6

9. “Over 82,800 Disabled Chinese Kids Lack Schooling” --- More than 82,800 disabled school-age children in China have failed to attend school between the start of the current academic year and March 2012, and 80 percent of them are from the countryside, the China Disabled People Union said in a press release ... --- CRIENGLISH.com --- May 31, 2012 (CHINA) http://is.gd/pSJqzo

10. “Discrimination Lawsuits Double as Definition of 'Disability' Expands” --- number of employment discrimination lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has nearly doubled in the past five years and seen a sharp increase in recent months, federal court records show, as the definition of ... --- Washington Times --- May 31, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/0VK2oK


11. “Cop Who Beat Kelly Thomas Attacked Disabled Man Weeks Prior, Claims Lawsuit” --- Fullerton Police Officer Manuel Ramos may have taken out some of the aggression he's accused of demonstrating on beating … --- LAist --- June 2, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/2KHE4t

12. “Police Search for Suspects Who Attacked a Disabled Man” --- The victim a developmentally disabled man. "These kinds of things happened in the previous years lately this year not too much but it's possibility that it happen," said resident Joseph Mikrut. The man was walking here on Victoria Drive when police say ... --- KMIR-TV --- May 30, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Qy2Oq9

13. “Man Kicked Woman with Down syndrome in the Head, Prosecutors Say” --- A man who was allegedly caught on video kicking his housemate, a woman with Down syndrome, in the head is expected to appear in court Wednesday after being charged with one felony count of dependent adult abuse. --- Los Angeles Times --- May 30, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/bIUoka

14. “Man Charged with Assaulting Disabled Relative” --- Police charged a Plains Road man with striking a disabled relative Friday and violating a protective order. Joseph Merriam, 22, is accused of grabbing his disabled relative by the neck and wrists, causing minor injuries, according to the ... --- Ct Post --- May 29, 2012 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/9v6oTk

15. “State Mental Health Hospital Wasn't Prepared for Baby's Birth, Report Says” --- In an 88-page report by the inspector general of the Department of Children & Families — which operates Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee — state mental health administrators acknowledged the facility was poorly equipped to handle a high-risk ... --- Tampabay.com --- June 1, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/l9yYef

16. “Woman Jailed after Scuffle in Hospital Parking Lot with Patient in Wheelchair” --- Palm Bay cops said Sharmaine Richardson attacked and spit on a patient — who was checking out of the hospital and in a wheelchair after knee surgery — during a feud over parking in front of the ER, reports ... --- Sun-Sentinel --- May 31, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/r7zMHR 

17. “Patient Mental Health Overlooked by Physician When a Family Member is Present” --- They examined whether companion presence in routine primary care visits helps or hinders physician visit processes and found that older adults with poor mental health function may experience more communication challenges in the form of shorter visits ... --- Science Codex --- May 30, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/SnCjs2 

18. “Advocates Rally for a Law to Ban Shock Treatment at Canton Special-needs School” --- After three years teaching at the school, which serves students with special needs, Greg Miller quit in March 2006. Miller said in an interview he had to choose between keeping his job or administering shocks to students for minor infractions such as ... --- Boston.com --- June 2, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/3pKAns

19. “25-Year-old Allegedly Kicked in Door, Assaulted Disabled Man in New Bedford” --- A 25-year-old man kicked in the door of a Pleasant Street apartment Wednesday and assaulted a disabled man with a knife, police said. Thomas Patrick Cummings of 511 Sawyer St. is charged with home invasion, intent to rob, ... --- SouthCoastToday.com --- May 31, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/3Dn0Gc

20. “Mental Health Program Worker in Mashpee Charged With Assault” --- Daniel M. Costa, 26, of Dennis, has been charged with assault and battery on a mentally retarded person. Mr. Costa, a program specialist for the May Institute, allegedly assaulted a 25-year old male at the home at 49 Wilann Road in Mashpee. --- CapeNews.net --- May 29, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/Tyr7aB

21. “State Probes Death at Detroit Adult Group Home” --- The state of Michigan has launched an investigation into the death of a woman at an adult group home in Detroit. Local 4 Defenders have learned the 58-year-old woman was declared dead shortly after being taken from the home on Lakewood Street on the ... --- WDIV Detroit --- May 29, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/HizraY

22. “Appeals Court Upholds $500K in Awarded to Youth Sexually Abused While in MDHS ...” --- The state Court of Appeals has upheld an award of $500000 to a teenager who was sexually abused by workers at facilities operated by the Mississippi Department of Human Services in Starkville and Ackerman. In 2007, the Appeals Court upheld a Hinds ... --- The Republic --- May 30, 2012 (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/mes9wI

23. “Cops: Man Abused Disabled Woman” --- A city man was named in an 11-count indictment Friday charging him with sexually abusing a mentally disabled woman in March. Tracey Franklin, 52, appeared before Judge Andrew Ceresia and pleaded not guilty to the charges. ---- Albany Times Union ---- June 2, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/9r03K8

24. “Autistic Boy's Attack on School Bus Driver Raises Safety, Disability Issues” --- "The nature of the disability is considered as we consider discipline," he said. When sheriff's deputies have completed their investigation, the case will be referred to the Clackamas County Juvenile Department for review, Phillips said. --- OregonLive.com --- May 31, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/6ZcSA7

25. “New Castle Man Accused of Exposing Himself to Handicapped Woman” --- New Castle man is accused of exposing himself to a disabled woman inside her apartment last month. According to police, Derek McClendon, 40, was doing house work for a woman on May 13 in an apartment on North Beaver Street. --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- June 1, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/tMzg3H

26. “Thieves Target Mentally Challenged Man: Cops” --- Police in Atlantic County are hunting for two people accused of trying to steal thousands of dollars from a mentally challenged man. “They are predators” says Pleasantville police Captain Rocky Melendez. --- NBC 10 Philadelphia --- May 30, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/CiqVxA

27. “Jury Convicts Lee County Man of Sexual Battery” --- Stratton was accused of committing the crimes against a 13-year-old girl in 2010. Stratton was indicted in 2011. The girl, now almost 15, testified earlier this week. Prosecutors say the girl is mentally challenged with the mental abilities of a ... --- MyFox Memphis --- May 25, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/ww3OB3

28. “Man Accused of Beating Autistic Group Home Resident Pleads Guilty” --- An Adult Protective Services investigation concluded the next day that the bruises were caused by Taylor "plopping down" on the floor of the group home's van from his seat and scooting on his buttocks to exit the vehicle. --- Star Community Newspapers --- June 1, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/bVptWf

29. “Wheelchair-bound Man Charged with Assault after Ordering Dog to Attack” --- A wheelchair-bound man was charged with assault after he loosed his dog on another man after an argument. Eddie Loosle, 48, was charged in 3rd District Court with a class A misdemeanor in connection with an altercation in a ... --- Deseret News --- May 30, 2012 (UTAH) http://is.gd/0DYPTZ

30. “Acquittal for Vancouver, Wash., Couple Accused of Imprisoning Autistic Kids in ...” --- Jurors took just four hours Tuesday to acquit a couple who had been charged with unlawful imprisonment for keeping two young autistic boys in a dark room with a cage-like door. The Clark County Superior Court jury had been asked to decide whether John ... --- The Republic --- May 29, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/u7dXk4

31. “Group Home Caretaker Charged with Stealing $24,000 from Patients” --- A Burlington woman is facing nine counts of felony theft after an investigation by the Burlington Police Department found that she stole more than $24,000 from three mentally disabled men who lived in her group home. --- Journal Times --- May 30, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/ngOmHG 

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32. “Medicaid Cuts May Force Doctors Out” --- The $68 million in cuts to the Alabama Medicaid Agency that went into effect Friday are multi-layered — a reduction in prescriptions, no eyeglasses for adults and a 10 percent cut in physician reimbursements, among others. --- Times Daily --- June 3, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/n7ZeQE

33. “Elder Abuse Is a Serious Issue” --- The state of Alabama has put the Adult Protective Services Act in place to help protect victims of this type of abuse. Anyone over the age of 18 is covered; however, the adult must have some degree of physical or mental disability requiring them to ... --- Times-Journal --- May 30, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/pYvaj8

34. “Arizona Tops List for Developmentally Disabled Services” --- New numbers from United Cerebral Palsy ranks Arizona as the top state in the country for delivering Medicaid services for the developmentally disabled. The report cites that despite the growing number of people requesting Medicaid and recent budgets ... ---- May 29, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/MPvKie

35. “Mother Says Jails Fail to Accommodate Disabled Son” --- One woman's brain damaged 17-year-old was mistreated in a jail, and she says if better accommodation were made for mentally disabled inmates, it would not have happened. The boy, Juwan Carter, was arrested on April 14 on suspicion of ... --- Patch.com --- June 2, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/HEcoPW

36. “Metta World Peace Stars In Awesome Mental Health PSA” --- It's a PSA about mental health that explicitly challenges your own mental health while watching it. In it, “Metta Man” stars as a super hero (with cape of course) who rides a skateboard with a curling stone in hand through a major metropolitan area, ... --- Hoopsvibe.com --- June 2, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/0GkkZo

37. “Tulare County Settles Jail Suicide Lawsuit; Mario Lopez's Family to Receive $1m” --- In a copy of the arrest report filed with the county court, Land in claims that Elida Lopez told him that her son had been hospitalized for 72-hour mental health evaluations before and that the evaluations "don't do anything but make Lopez more angry. --- Visalia Times-Delta --- June 1, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/lfL1Zx

38. “Fever During Pregnancy Boosts Autism Risk” --- Fever from any cause during pregnancy increases the odds that a child will have autism or developmental delays, but when pregnant women took anti-fever medication, the risk was no different than mothers who reported no fever. --- Futurity: Research News --- May 31, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ENSl5D

39. “Mentally Ill Inmates on the Rise in California Prisons and Jails” --- State and county budget cuts to mental health programs are combining with prison realignment and a shrinking number of state hospital beds to exacerbate the problem, they say. In many counties, seriously mentally ill inmates routinely wait three to six ...--- Sacramento Bee --- May 27, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/76VvhX

40. “As Psychiatric Wards Close, Patients Languish In Emergency Rooms” --- The fact that is in many ways their first introduction to mental health care is, in my mind, very, very devastating." Weiss says there's a bottom line reason: Many hospitals don't even have psychiatric wards anymore. "The reimbursement for mental ... --- NPR --- May 31, 2012 (COLORAO) http://is.gd/GzXTP0

41. “Disability Rates Skyrocket, new Colorado VA Will be Tested by Numbers” --- Payments range from $127 a month for a 10 percent disability to $2769 for a full one,” the AP story said. While the government will pay out much more money if many of the claims are allowed, the medical system will also have to gear up to treat ... --- Denver Post“ --- May 29, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/inNpCB

42. “Florida State Senator Creates Website for Children with Autism” --- Jeremy Ring for creating the Facebook of autism - my phrase, not his. He has developed a free website so families with children affected by chronic behavioral disorders can interact and communicate more effectively with school teachers and professional ... --- Bellingham Herald --- May 30, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/gYpeDQ

43. “Paying for Jails, Arrests and Hospitals, but Not Mental Health Treatment” --- But jail has become the default way for the mentally ill in Florida to get help, after they've done something wrong. Saada told of how she went with Frantz to a local mental health clinic, was given the prescription for the $800 drug, and, ... --- Sun-Sentinel --- May 28, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/nEHeHj

44. “Arc Honors Several Heroes at Celebration” --- Joshua Croston, who lives at Pleasant Street Group Home, was chosen as Residential Consumer of the Year. Ricky Singer, who lives in his own apartment in Sebring, was named Supported Living Consumer of the Year. Mark Rieke, who has worked at Taco Bell ... --- News-Sun --- May 27, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/S6p48A

45. “New Drugs, Fresh Hope for Autism Patients” --- In a healthy brain, the two work in balance. With Fragile X, this process is disrupted because the gene that creates the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein, or FMRP, is not working. Bear and his colleagues proposed that the absence of FMRP led to ... --- msnbc.com --- May 31, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/SgdluG

46. “Medicaid Cuts Threaten Nursing Home Reforms, Advocates Say” --- The $1.6 billion in Medicaid cuts passed by state lawmakers angered a key legislator and some advocates who contend the legislation will undercut nursing home reforms enacted two years ago and delay improved care in the facilities. --- Chicago Tribune --- May 28, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/4xvfTz

47. “Travis Mills: Quadruple Amputee's Incredible Progress as He Stands Weeks After ...” --- A soldier who lost both of his arms and legs after he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan is making incredible progress, even standing again for the first time. --- Daily Mail --- May 30, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/JFlU2t

48. “Disability Rights Advocates Head to Albany” --- Some disability rights advocates from Rochester will spend the day in Albany to push for Governor Cuomo to implement long term service options for the disabled. Then come back here and refresh the page. The Center for Disability Rights works on behalf ... --- Rochester YNN --- June 1, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/CIcQWS

49. “State Autism Coordinator among $7M Worth of Recommendations” --- North Dakota lawmakers heard Wednesday more than $7 million worth of recommendations to improve autism services in the state. $7 million worth of recommendations to improve autism services in the state. The state's Autism Spectrum Disorder ... --- In-Forum --- May 30, 2012 (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/TxzmqQ

50. “Stabbing Shows How Mental Health Workers Are at Risk” --- The May 20 stabbing death of a St. Helens mental health worker is a grim reminder of the often-unacknowledged risks facing people who care for the mentally ill in Oregon. Columbia Community Mental Health worker Jennifer Warren, 39, died May 20 at the ... --- Statesman Journal --- May 27, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/9Hrr19

51. “Changes Threaten Funding for Children with Autism” --- Children diagnosed with both mental disabilities and autism might no longer be eligible for autism services, if a new diagnostic manual is published as currently written. Local families might have to pay out of pocket ... --- GoErie.com --- June 1, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/MppjFT

52. “R.I. House Budget: Aid for Developmentally Disabled Increased” --- Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities would see funding for state programs and services they receive increased by about $9.6 million in the budget year that begins July 1, under a spending plan presented by ... --- The Providence Journal --- May 31, 2012 (RHODE ISLAND) http://is.gd/DgJkgH

53. “Anti-LGBT Rights Governor to Speak at Prominent Deaf Civil Rights Group's ...” --- In the first place, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has existed since 1880, filling a dire need to ensure deaf people were afforded the same equal rights as hearing people. Indeed, the oppression of deaf people is a shameful chapter in ... --- Huffington Post --- May 30, 2012 (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/4LNEFx

54. “Metro Special Needs Aides Searching for New Jobs After Layoffs” --- The parents, who all have special needs children, said that the para-professionals or para- pros as they're also known make all the difference in their child's development. In Metro schools, children with special needs are included in traditional ... --- NewsChannel5.com --- June 1, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/rkYdQD

55. “Arthritis Stigma Persists Despite Being #1 Cause of Disability” --- We need to pull it out of the closet, people need to start talking about it, it's the nation's leading cause of disability, one in five Americans is going to suffer from this.” The fact is two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65.--- KUHF-FM --- June 1, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/qmw1lZ

56. “Defendants Fill, Linger in State's Mental Health Facilities” --- Others are like Andrea Yates and Deanna Laney, both found not guilty by reason of insanity for killing their children. Because they remain clinically unwell or dangerous, insanity defense patients are stacking up, too. Four years ago, the state ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- May 27, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/jXj5Wc

57. “Virginia Agency Never Sought 'Top Priority' Mental Health Funds” ---- A state agency that says getting people out of mental hospitals sooner is a top priority never got around to asking for additional funds to step up its efforts. The Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services said last week that it has ... --- Staunton News Leader --- May 29, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/vD3QZP

58. “Autism One and a Young Man Going the Distance” --- Autism One is always a superb menu of speakers and presentations and this year was no exception. Listening to Dr. Luc Montagnier, co-discoverer of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the 2008 Nobel laureate for Medicine, ... --- Age of Autism --- May 30, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/Ehh5W3

59. “Video o Cooper, Adorable Boy Hearing Parent's Voice for the First Time, goes Viral” ---- Although it was first posted in October of 2011, heartwarming footage of Cooper, a boy diagnosed as "profoundly deaf" hearing his parent's voice for the first time has resurfaced on the Internet -- sparking waves of happy tears web-wide. --- Huffington Post --- June 1, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/QuzLFi

60. “Study Suggests that Children with Autism Are Diagnosed Late” --- A new study from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a division of the CDC, suggests that half of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) were identified after five years of age. This is in contrast to what most healthcare ... --- Examiner.com --- May 27, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/cuddzu

61. “More than Half Autistic Kids Prescribed Mood Medicines” --- More than half of school-age children with autism in the US take mood-altering drugs as doctors increasingly target the broad range of psychiatric symptoms tied to the ailment, a report found. The survey, the first of its ... --- BusinessWeek --- May 24, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/FZHa8W

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

62. “Disability Act Suits Focus of Legislation” --- The state Senate passed a bipartisan bill Tuesday aimed at protecting small businesses from attorneys who demand quick settlement money under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, ... --- TheReporter.com --- May 30, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/eq1LRe

63. “New Law Seen as Way to Increase Independence for Those with Disabilities” --- Sam Brownback on Tuesday signed into law a bill that is designed to provide an incentive for businesses to hire Kansans with disabilities. He added, "It really does move people to where they want to go — to a job — and uses the means of the state to ... --- Lawrence Journal World --- May 29, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/AOTZPI

64. “Commissioner Touts New Protections for People with Disabilities” --- 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. Brian Mann has our story. --- North Country Public Radio --- May 25, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/v1KE2q

65. “Mental Health Advocates Work with Lawmakers Ahead of Next Session” --- They touch the lives of about 500,000 Texans, so state mental health workers want to be sure lawmakers know the industry's needs before they reconvene in January. Health officials say that when it comes to mental health servic http://is.gd/CIcQWS es, the Lone Star State has ... --- YNN, Your News Now --- June 1, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/CIcQWS

International Articles

66. “Deinstitutionalisation of Mental Health Patients in Argentina Not Enough” --- A new approach to mental health care is slowly making headway in Argentina, against heavy resistance. Based on short-term hospitalisation, fewer psychiatric hospitals, and more services to strengthen ... --- Inter Press Service --- June 1, 2012 (ARGENTINA) http://is.gd/1ZEpqN

67. “Special-needs Education 'Even Further out of Reach'” --- Parents of children with disabilities are being caught in a dilemma that is putting access to expensive special-needs education even further out of their reach, experts say. As the regulations stand, schools that score good marks can apply for ... --- The National --- May 31, 2012 (ABU DHABI) http://is.gd/

68. “Disabled Boy's Mother, Partner Jailed for Neglect” --- Levi Mippy's mother Amber Minett, who was today jailed for four years and four months. Picture: Nine News. Source: PerthNow Minett's former partner Cassidy Johnstone, who was also jailed today … --- Perth Now --- June 1, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/Bh67cB

69. “Disabled to Get Extra $212 Million” --- Disabled South Australians and their carers are amongst the biggest winners in the State Budget, with an extra $212 million promised by Treasurer Jack Snelling. Mr Snelling today announced the increased funding would be spent on accommodation and ... --- Adelaide Now --- May 31, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/ypMdm9

70. “Former Winnipeg Group Home Manager Denies Sexually Assaulting Two Employees” --- A former Winnipeg group ho me manager has denied sexually assaulting two of his employees. Olayemi Fatunmbi (oh-lah-YEHM'-bee fah-TOMB'-bee) is testifying at his trial. The alleged victims have told court Fatunmbi assaulted them within four ... --- Winnipeg Free Press --- June 1, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/pw4Glg

71. “Mental Health Expert: 'No Excuses' for Mentally Ill to Fall through Cracks” --- It's a cycle that repeats itself, overburdens the hospital system, costs the country billions and, most importantly, does nothing to improve the mental health of the patient. “The continuity of care is, for the most part, very poor, with very few ... --- Toronto Star --- May 31, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/OoRoJA

72. “Disabled Woman's $1.25/h Wage Was Discrimination, Lawyer Tells Tribunal” ---Garrie has a developmental disability and went to the Human Rights Tribunal because she earned $1.25 an hour or less for 10 years. She won her case against a St. Catharines company but may never see the money. ST. --- Sun News Network --- May 30, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/ULIWzA

73. “Group Home Sex Assault Trial Begins” --- A former group home supervisor is on trial accused of sexually assaulting two prospective co-workers. Olayemi Fatunmbi is accused of assaulting the women within four days of each other in July 2008. --- Winnipeg Sun --- May 28, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/2illxq

74. “Crimewatch Appeal from Disabled Man Robbed at Gunpoint” --- A disabled man who was robbed in his home at gunpoint will make an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme in an attempt to find his attackers. Noel Martin, 52, and his two carers were threatened by three men at his home in Edgbaston, Birmingham, ... --- BBC News --- May 31, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/ImegJJ

75. “Disabled Man Thrown from Train and Beaten” --- Pirate FM has learnt how a St Mawes man with learning disabilities was beaten and thrown from a train by a gang. Mark Lindsey-Hall is helping front a new DVD to raise awareness of abuse against vulnerable adults, after years of suffering. --- Pirate FM --- May 29, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/b3OOER

76. “Two Feral Mothers Who Brutally Beat Autistic Teen Girl are Jailed for Five Years” --- Two young mothers who locked a teenage autistic girl in a room before they brutally beat, robbed and stripped her, have been jailed for five years. The sadistic attack happened in St Austell, Cornwall, where vulnerable 39-year-old Steven ... --- Daily Mail --- May 29, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/Pjphci

77. “Severely Injured Woman Rescued” --- A badly bruised deaf and mute woman, rescued by police on May 31, was admitted to Capital Hospital on Saturday. The 22-year-old, who suffered multiple injuries on her face, back and limbs, said she was tortured by her husband and in-laws. --- Times of India --- June 3, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/dgEKlV

78. “Mental Health Group Welcomes Reforms” --- CAMPAIGN GROUP Mental Health Reform has welcomed Minister for Health James Reilly's decision to proceed with establishing a new structure for the HSE. It will include a new directorate of mental health. Under the heads of a Bill approved by the Cabinet ... --- Irish Times --- May 31, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/Yqfnrj

79. “85% of Disability Funding Spent on Staff” --- A new study is set to find that 85% of disability funding goes on staff costs. The details of the report come as pressure is mounting on health authorities and the Government to find places for up to 700 young people with ... --- Insideireland.ie --- May 29, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/kA1hm9

80. “Disabled Jordan Children Beaten, 'Held in Cages,' Probe Says” ---- Disabled children in Jordan were believed to have been beaten and even held in cages, a government-commissioned investigator said on Tuesday, as 22 people face questioning about alleged abuse. "A two-week probe has found that some public and private ... --- Egypt Independent --- May 29, 2012 (JORDAN) http://is.gd/ceM0mV

81. “Disabled N. Korean Defector Finds Hope in Seoul” --- They told me that because I am disabled I brought shame to North Korea and that someone with only one leg should stay home," Ji recalls. "That is when I lost my trust in the North Korean government." In 2006, Ji escaped again and made it to South Korea ... --- Voice of America --- May 29, 2012 (KOREA) http://is.gd/DX7zkg

82. “Gang-Rape Victim Sent to a Safe Haven after Threats from Perpetrators” ---- The woman, who is mentally challenged, was allegedly raped by seven men. All seven suspects, aged between 18 and 22, are being tried in the Protea Magistrate's Court. DNA tests have allegedly confirmed the men were responsible for the gang rape. --- The New Age Online --- May 28, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/UVmaUy

83. “Premature Babies 'Up to 4.5 Times More Likely' to Suffer Severe Mental Health ...” --- And they are twice as likely to suffer serious mental health problems later in life if they are born eight weeks early. A study of 1.3million Swedish medical records has revealed that premature babies are more likely to experience mental health ... --- Daily Mail --- June 1, 2012 (SWEDEN) http://is.gd/2p5SRC

84. “Taiwan Disabled Population to Reach 1.04 Million in 2026” --- Taiwan's disabled population will reach 1.04 million in 2026, with the average number of years for long-term care expected to be seven years, said a Department of Health (DOH) official on Saturday. The estimation is based on a DOH ... ---- Focus Taiwan News Channel --- May 27, 2012 (TAIWAN) http://is.gd/uWfHm8



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