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News Summary for June 18, 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. “1,200 Elderly or Disabled Adults Reported Abused In Escambia ...” --- Over 1,200 elderly or disabled adults were reported to be abused last fiscal year in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. According to the Florida Department of ... --- NorthEscambia.com --- June 16, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/9YPXes

2 “Odenton Man Guilty of Exploiting Mentally Disabled Postal Worker for ...” --- An Odenton man who tricked a mentally disabled Glen Burnie postal worker into giving him more than $250,000 over the course of three years pleaded guilty ... --- Baltimore Sun --- May 23, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/IoSBTC

3. “Ex-Neb. Center Worker Pleads Guilty in Abuse Case” --- Former worker at Neb. center for developmentlally disabled pleads guilty to abusing residents. --- Las Vegas Sun --- June 15, 2012 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/cdMdSc

4. “Upstate Teacher Accused of Altercation with Autistic Student” --- Authorities have accused an upstate New York teacher of having a physical altercation with a student with autism on a school bus in May. --- myfoxny.com --- June 14, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/NF1Dhz

5. “Thieves Target those with Developmental Disabilities” --- With the slow economy, there is a disturbing trend against those with developmental disabilities. According to the state of Ohio, thefts, fraud and scams against … --- FOX19 --- June 14, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/9DIr7v

6. “Updated: Man Accused of Group Home Beating Pleads Guilty” --- A caretaker at an Allen group home who police say was caught on camera beating a young autistic man has pleaded guilty to one felony count of injury to a ... --- Allen American --- June 6, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/Qj6n43

7. “Mechanic Sentenced to 30 Months for Sexually Abusing Mentally ...” --- A former mechanic at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for directing a mentally disabled man to ... --- Richmond Times Dispatch --- June 14, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/89Vp6E

8. “Autism America Radio Becomes Official Radio Program of National Nonprofit ...” --- After a year of autism lifestyle programming featuring autism stars Holly Robinson Peete, Temple Grandin, Ed Asner and many others, Autism America Radio became the official radio show of Autism ... --- MarketWatch (press release) --- June 13, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/myVKwp

9. “ 'Great Stigma' Still a Barrier” --- Education is a key in breaking down the barrier caused by the stigma of mental illness, ac cording to Susan Hudson, director of the Mental Health & Substance ... --- Morris Daily Herald --- June 16, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/rCfW7o

10. “People with Disabilities Suffer Regular Discrimination” --- Twenty-two cases of people that were discriminated against because of their disabilities have been registered with the National Disability Council of Namibia ... --- AllAfrica.com --- June 11, 2012 (NAMIBIA) http://is.gd/vNw0cd

11. “Parents of Disabled Say Tara's Law Will Not Protect Children” --- O'Leary was a young woman who was abused and neglected, losing more than 70 ... Thousands of cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation of developmentally ... --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- June 1 3, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/Qq1Uj5

12. “Cuomo's Good Fight: Governor Pushes Bill to Protect Disabled from Caregivers’ Abuse” --- Courtney Burke, the newly appointed commissioner of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, which is responsible for the care of about 126000 ... --- SILive.com --- June 16, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/0lZvyM

13. “Ten Recommendations Made after Death of Developmentally ... A coroner's inquest jury has made ten recommendations in the case of a developmentally disabled woman on Vancouver Island who died while waiting for ... --- CKNW News Talk 980 --- June 16, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/S2lvxA

14. “Ex-judge Murdered Disabled Wife” --- A jury convicted former appeals-court judge Jacques Delisle of first-degree murder Thursday for killing his disabled wife amid an affair with his ...--- CANOE -- June 14, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/dFT2f5v

15. “Caregiver Had No Training for Disabled, Inquest Hears” --- The Community Living BC caregiver who looked after 76-year-old Joan Andrews in her Langford home had no special training to care for the aging and developmentally disabled woman. --- Victoria Times Colonist --- June 13, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/ctQOAL

16. “Autistic Teenager Educated Fellow Pupils on Disability” --- A teenager with autism was so fed up with school bullies that he took it upon himself to educate his classmates about the disability.Charlie Gingell, 16, of ... --- This is Somerset --- June 14, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/qr3AsT


17. “Woman Accused of Knocking Boyfriend Out of Wheelchair” --- A Fort Mohave woman hit her boyfriend in the head and knocked him out of his wheelchair during a domestic squabble, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office said. Rebecca Ann Glomb, 47, was booked into the Mohave County District II ... --- KPHO Phoenix --- June 11, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/toGCAR

18. “Tattooing of Disabled Man Nets Prison Term” --- A man was sentenced to 18 months in prison earlier this week after his mentally challenged victim was given alcohol and then tattooed. --- Pueblo Chieftain --- June 16, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/r9YknP

19. “Complaints Allege Money Stolen from Disabled Residents” --- State officials are investigating whether money missing from a taxpayer-funded home for the disabled was stolen from the residents. “Family members of ... --- Boston Herald --- June 14, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/f5qtpS

20. “Report: Filing Error Led to Death at Brooklyn Park Group Home” --- A client who was choking at an assisted-living residence in Brooklyn Park was mistakenly deprived emergency resuscitation efforts and died before his ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- June 13, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/dOirSN

21. “Rep. Barker to Speak at Mental Health Association's Meeting” --- State Representative Toby Barker will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday meeting of the Mental Health Association of the Pinebelt. --- Hattiesburg American --- June 14, 2012 (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/xYfSll

22. “Autistic Teen Robbed on Way Home from Buying Father's Day Present” --- Police have arrested three men in south St. Louis who they say robbed an autistic teenager walking home. --- KMOV.com --- June 13, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/zzpaWH

23. “Syracuse Police Investigating Stabbing and Attempted Robbery” ---- The victim, 47-year-old Daniel Cuddy of Syracuse, who is described as developmentally handicapped was approached by a suspect who then demanded ... --- NewsChannel 9 WSYR --- June 17, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/0bz0VM

24. “Mentally-Challenged Bronx Woman Returns Home Following Housing ...” --- A mentally challenged Bronx woman whose husband kicked her out of her life-long house in 2009 at 1055 Edison Avenue in Throgs Neck has finally returned ... --- The Real Deal New York --- June 14, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/cz5zTT

25. “Son Assaults Mom, Begins Standoff” --- The Alamance County Sheriff's Office responded to a call around 2 am Sunday at a home regarding an assault on a handicapped person. An elderly lady went to the residence looking for help when her adult son, Barry Todd Duncan, 41, broke into her home ... ---- Examiner.com --- June 11, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/k4OjH0

26. “Exclusive: Caretaker Charged with Abusing Mentally Handicapped Woman” --- ... at a group home has been indicted for abusing a severely mentally handicapped woman. ... Caretaker charged with abusing mentally handicapped woman ... --- 19 Action News --- June 14, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/8yhOhv

27. “Disabled Woman Dies While Awaiting Second Chance At Kidney ...” --- A woman with intellectual disabilities who was denied a kidney transplant in 2006 died Tuesday in her sleep. The Oklahoma transplant center that turned her .. --- NPR --- June 13, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/sd8CeB

28. “ 'She was Defenseless': Family Struggles Following Amputee's Stabbing Death” --- Timothy Tirrell Brown, 33, is charged with murder in the stabbing death of Kyllia Lynett Holback. See the reaction from the victim's family during Tuesday's bond hearings. Applause broke out briefly in court after bond was denied on a woman ... --- The Times and Democrat --- June 13, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/CxokpA

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29. “Arizona Again Earns No. 1 Ranking for Services for Developmentally ...” --- 1 ranking for services for developmentally disabled ... 1 in the nation for its delivery of Medicaid services to developmentally disabled residents, the fourth time in ... --- Prescott Daily Courier --- May 29, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/t8y2G0

30. “Mental Health, Suicide-Related Calls to Police Increasing” --- New numbers obtained by 10News reveal a disturbing trend when it comes to local police calls. Wednesday, June 13, 2012. --- KGTV San Diego --- June 13, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/x98Bhf

31. “Hayward Social and Cultural Services Facing Cuts” --- Loss of redevelopment money and a budget deficit of $4 million have delivered a one-two punch to the city's ability to fund social service and arts programs. On Tuesday, the council will review funding cuts recommended by a ... --- Inside Bay Area --- June 12, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/qauIjS

32. “Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services ...” --- The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services issued the following legislative update: The Legislature ... --- Insurance News Net (press release) http://is.gd/TovrnE

33. “State Facing More than $300 Million Medicaid Shortfall” --- Georgia's massive Medicaid program is facing a shortfall of more than $300 million in the coming fiscal year, a state health official said Thursday. --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- June 14, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/jNd7py

34. “Quinn Says Medicaid Cuts Were Needed to Prevent Collapse” --- Gov. Pat Quinn signed a series of bills into law Thursday aimed at saving the state's trouble health care program for the poor through a combination of deep cuts ... --- Chicago Tribune --- June 15, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/n6WbBV

35. “Adolescent Behavioral Health Conference Held in Rockford” --- Rosecrance and the Rockford Health Council joined together to host a conference on mental health issues in adolescents at Giovanni's on Thursday. --- WREX-TV --- June 14, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/cLj1b3

36. “Advocates for Poor, Disabled and Elderly Condemn Illinois Medicaid ...” ---Advocates for the poor, disabled and elderly are criticizing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn for cutting $1.6 billion from state health-care spending. --- The Republic --- June 14, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/fzU3Sx

37. “6 Arrested at Mental Health Clinic Closure Protests” --- Six people were arrested Tuesday while protesting the city's decision to close half of the mental health clinics in Chicago. The protesters were at the city public ... --- Chicagoist --- June 13, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/dvG23j

38. “Unemployment Takes Tough Mental Toll” --- People unemployed for six months or more often show signs of depression. --- WANE --- June 14, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/L6g5i2

39. “Feds Probe Cedar Rapids' Compliance with Disabilities Act” --- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cedar Rapids has opened an investigation into the city of Cedar Rapids' compliance with the Americans ... --- KCRG --- June 16, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/Y28iHr

40. “Autism Research Set Back by Destruction of Brain Samples” --- To rebuild the collection, the Center has asked for the donation of more brains. To do so, call 1-800-272-4622. --- AllGov --- June 16, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/VVDSkr

41. “Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities to be Extended” --- The state has added services for children and youths with developmental disabilities at the end of the school day and. --- Lincoln Journal Star --- June 14, 2012 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/WTgKfW

42. “Arc of Westchester Elects New President at Annual Meeting” --- A Life of Distinction puts forth the vision that every person with a disability has a distinct contribution to make to the world. A short video was followed by a panel ... --- June 16, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/4kbNuv

43. “Western Pa. Woman Jailed on Charges She Intimidated Mentally ...” --- A western Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on charges she threatened a mentally challenged woman who has accused the defendant's male friend of rape. --- The Republic --- June 14, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/m5W3tE

44. “Behavioral Specialist License Now Available for Treating Children with Autism ...” --- Children in Pennsylvania with autism spectrum disorders can now receive treatment from state-licensed behavioral specialists, the Department of State announced today. The State Board of Medicine ... --- MarketWatch (press release) --- June 13, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/pSxxqD

45. “Vt. Panel Tackles Big Health, Mental Health Issues” --- A panel of Vermont lawmakers meets this week to take up some big issues in health care and mental health care. --- BusinessWeek --- June 11, 2012 (VERMONT) http://is.gd/vNw0cd

46. “Va. Beach Seeks Public Input on Mental Health Money” --- The Virginia Beach Community Services Board is inviting public comment on its proposed fiscal year 2013 state contract that makes state ... --- The Virginian-Pilot --- June 15, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/ChoXs5

47. “VA Hires to Expand its Mental Health Team” --- In anticipation of a wave of soldiers returning from war, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it is adding 1,900 healthcare professionals and staff ... --- St. Augustine Record --- June 13, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/nvUT2l

48. “Erie VA Center Adding 11 Mental Health Workers” --- The Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center plans to hire 11 mental health staff as part of a national push to offer more help to veterans returning from combat… --- WFMJ --- June 13, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/L2bhgc

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

49. “Controversial Alaska Autism Health Insurance Bill Becomes Law” --- Supporters of the autism health insurance bill say it will help children, perhaps even "save marriages and families." Opponents say it will increase health care ... --- Alaska Dispatch --- June 14, 2012 (ALASKA) http://is.gd/64dioI

50. “California Lawmakers Pass Budget, though Differences with Brown ...” --- Jerry Brown over just how deeply to cut social services in the $92.1-billion plan. The budget — pushed through the Legislature by Democrats without a single ... --- Monterey County Herald --- June 15, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/JXRcSZ

51. “Adult Care Homes Turn to State Court for Help in Keeping Medicaid ...” --- In 2010, the advocacy group Disability Rights NC filed a complaint with the federal Justice Department over the state's practice of housing people with mental ... --- Charlotte Observer --- June 14, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/0oBcBm

52. “NC Lawmakers Direct Another Mental Overhaul” --- ... for the mentally ill, substance abusers and the developmentally disabled into administrative hubs that contracted with outside providers for patient services. --- RealClearPolitics --- June 12, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/L8t2TQ

International Articles

53. “Charge Laid After Attack on Deaf Man” --- A teenager has been charged over a brutal assault on a deaf man in Perth that left the victim with a fractured eye socket. --- NEWS.com.au --- June 15, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/tZNXvd

54. “Deaf man Assaulted at Station May Lose Sight” --- A deaf man who may lose part of his vision after he was bashed at a Carlisle train station on Monday, has spoken about his ordeal through an interpreter. --- ABC Online --- June 14, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/q01WiV

55. “No Disability Employment Improvement” --- Employment participation levels of people with disabilities are not showing significant improvement, a new national report finds. --- The Australian --- June 13, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/JNtLGD

56. “Third of Disabled Feel Help is Lacking – Report” --- One in three Australians with a disability say they need more formal support, according to a report to be released today. The report, issued by the Council of ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- June 15, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/GtzL1L

57. “Autism Wait Lists Called Untenable” --- Parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders say services available are failing to keep up with a mounting demand. --- CBC.ca --- June 14, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/LW5X3G

58. “BC Overhauls Employment and Disability Assistance Programs” --- Those on income and disability support allowed the chance to earn extra cash each month. --- Vancouver Sun --- June 11, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/RezK0u

59. “Teenage Girl Who Posed as Policewoman to Repeatedly Dupe Autistic Man…” --- Shannon Davenport, 19, pictured, targeted Ed Ho after meeting him at a railway station, Guildford Crown Court was told. --- June 16, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/bygzFl

60. “Dad Attacked as He Went to Rescue His Disabled Son” --- Two men fractured the skull of a father who had gone to the aid of his frightened, disabled son.Victim David Sutton was punched and headbutted after ... --- This is Staffordshire --- June 16, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/ZQ8lS7

61. “Agro Project Launched to Support Mentally Ill” --- While the family members of the mentally challenged persons will manage cultivation, those who have recovered through treatment will work on the field. --- The Hindu --- June 16, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/vTbgEq

62. “Teachers Condemn Special-Needs Cuts” --- Teachers and school managers have condemned cuts that will reduce the tuition time for pupils who need most support in the classroom. --- Irish Independent --- June 14, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/J2GJEF

63. “Research Raises Hopes for Dealing with Autism” --- A group of Korean scientists said they have succeeded in temporarily suppressing autistic behavior in mice in experiments, which may raise hopes for treating the developmental brain disorder. Researchers from the Seoul National University, ... --- The Korea Herald --- June 13, 2012 (KOREA) http://is.gd/aq11py

64. “Indian Driver Rapes Handicapped Child” --- Kuwait: Security authorities sent a handicapped child for medical treatment when his mother accused their driver, an Indian expatriate, of molesting and raping ...--- Kuwait Times --- June 14, 2012 (KUWAIT) http://is.gd/Jn5VBn

65. “Paraplegic with a Mission to Help the Disabled Community” --- Yusman Fazli Mohd Yusop has big plans of helping people with disabilities become entrepreneurs. The 33-year-old paraplegic, who received ... --- Malaysia Star --- June 16, 2012 (MALAYSIA) http://is.gd/ISo7Yf

66. “Consultative Seminar on Disabled Persons' Rights” --- A day-long national consultative seminar on implementation of United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) will ... --- Pakistan Observer --- June 16, 2012 (PAKISTAN) http://is.gd/Aozl9n

67. “Disabled Man Duped into Smuggling Heroin” --- A disabled Aberdeen man recovering from drug addiction who was duped by a young woman into smuggling heroin worth more than £1000 into Shetland ... --- Shetland News --- June 13, 2012 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/JNtLGD

68. “Politician Jailed after Sex with Disabled Woman” --- A Swedish politician who also worked driving vehicles to transport disabled people has been jailed for molesting a disabled woman after being caught having ... --- The Local.se --- June 14, 2012 (SWEDEN) http://is.gd/af1p7Z

69. “Disabled Children Suffer Discrimination” --- Organisations representing children with disabilities yesterday bemoaned the lack of legal instruments to protect children. Speaking ahead of celebrations to ... --- NewsDay --- June 16, 2012 (Zimbabwe) http://is.gd/LS9TeV



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