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News Summary for July 2, 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. “Athens Man Accused of Raping Disabled Stepdaughter” --- An Athens man is facing 20 counts of rape, incest and sexual abuse for allegedly having sexual contact with his mentally disabled stepdaughter… --- News Courier --- June 24, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/674xo2

2. “Ex-Florida Principal Accused of Fatally Stabbing 2 in Violent Crime Spree” --- A former Florida middle school principal stabbed four people Friday at a group home for the hearing impaired, killing two of them, then struck five others ... --- CNN --- June 22, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/zAJqJH

3. “Man Ordered to Trial in 1994 Slaying of Disabled Woman” --- A man who was linked by DNA to the 1994 rape and killing of a mentally disabled woman in Colorado Springs will face trial on charges of first-degree murder ... --- Colorado Springs Gazette ---- June 23, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/zAJqJH

4. “Police: Elderly Man Molested Mentally Challenged Child” --- The Killeen Daily Herald, your source for news, sports, business & classifieds. Serving the Killeen, Copperas Cove, ... --- Killeen Daily Herald --- June 21, 2012 (TEXAS)

5. “ ‘I’m Retarded' Photo Stirs Controversy for Texas School Officials” --- A picture is worth a thousand words, but it's the word featured prominently in a photograph that has parents in Magnolia upset. ---- KVUE --- June 21, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/Z4Z5Dm

6. “Yearbook Labels Students ‘Retarded’” ---- Seniors at Texas' Mesquite High School will have to wait to pick up their yearbooks because of two errors in the publication. Some of ... --- KSN-TV --- May 23, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/vCEa4T

7. “Special Rd Teacher Accused of Sexual Assault” --- The accused is a special needs assistant at the North York elementary school. ... TORONTO - A 56-year-old man who works with special needs children at an ... ---- CANOE --- June 24, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/p5yXBl


8. “Disabled Iraq Veteran Punched by Teenager” --- A disabled veteran was attacked in a road rage incident on the Westside Saturday and a teenager was arrested on battery charges. --- First Coast News--- June 24, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/6hCryB

9. “40-Year Sentence in Death of Man in Wheelchair” --- An Orleans Parish judge has sentenced 26-year-old Joseph Peters to 40 years in prison in the 2010 shooting death of a man in a wheel ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- June 23, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/JZ2dsj

10. “Odenton Man Sentenced in Exploitation Scheme” --- Anne Arundel County prosecutors say an Odenton man has admitted to tricking a mentally retarded man into giving him more than ... --- CBS Local --- June 22, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/Ko4pzP

11. “Sandusky Found Guilty on 45 Abuse Counts” --- Jerry Sandusky, a former protege of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno who has become the face of child sex abuse in American sports, was ... --- Boston.com --- June 23, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/UFGa9B

12. “Former LI group Home Manager Charged with Theft” --- Former LI group home manager charged with theft. by Claude Solnik Published: June 21, 2012. Tags: Adults and Children with Learning and Development ... --- Long Island Business News --- June 21, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/zqq24b

13. “Two DHS Workers Fired after Mentally Disabled Woman Forced to Eat ...” --- Two DHS workers have been fired after officials concluded a mentally disabled woman under their care was forced to eat jalapeno peppers mixed into her food. --- NewsOK.com --- June 24, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/13bcjP

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14. “VA to Increase Mental Health Care Access through 200,000 ...” ---- In a continuing effort to increase veterans' access to mental health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has set a goal to conduct more than 20,0000 ... --- Lake County News --- June 21, 2012 (CALIFORNIA)

15. “LAUSD Selects Center for Autism and Related Disorders to Provide ...” --- LAUSD Selects Center for Autism and Related Disorders to Provide Behavioral Health Training to 6,000+ Staff --- PR.com (press release) --- PR.com (press release) --- June 24, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Vxa92R

16. “Report: County Jails Lack in Mental Health Staff” --- A report says the Department of Mental Health has still not restored Riverside County jails to 2007 levels, despite a grand jury's recommendation last year. --- Patch.com --- June 22, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/X7Zed7

17. “DC Inmates in Federal Prison File Suit Alleging Lack of Mental Health ...” --- Inmates incarcerated at the nation's most secure prison say they do not receive medication. --- Washington Post --- June 24, 2012 --- *(DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA)

18. “Judge Allows Closure of Mental Hospital to Proceed” --- The plaintiffs had argued that state law requires $19.8 million in savings from the facility closure to go toward other mental health services in the community. ---- Businessweek --- June 21, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/kP8m5u

19. “Judge Allows Closure of Mental Hospital to Proceed” --- That means Illinois can close Tinley Park Mental Health Center on July 1 as planned. The plaintiffs had argued that state law requires $19.8 million in savings ... --- CBS News --- June 24, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/i7qEPn

20. “End of Prescription Drug Program Will be Costly for Seniors, Disabled” --- While smokers are stockpiling cigarettes before a $1 tax increase takes effect, almost 20,0000 Illinois senior citizens, people with disabilities, and people with ... --- Peoria Journal Star--- June 22, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/qClwV3

21. “Nixon Promotes Autism Funding” --- Gov. Jay Nixon approved part of the state budget in Springfield today and touted the increased funding it. --- STLtoday.com --- June 21, 2012 --- (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/zUDxeJ

22. “Deadlines for Child Hotline Calls Routinely Blown in Greene County” --- Last year, workers investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect in Greene County missed more state-mandated deadlines than they met. --- Springfield News-Leader --- June 24, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/t3u82T

23. “Missouri Autism Projects Receive Additional Funding” --- Kerri Duncan, Ed.D., BCaBA, has been in the field of special education for the past 27 years. She has a ... --- Examiner.com --- June 24, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/gLGpMk

24. “Search for Sitters for Special-Needs Children Often is Exhausting” ---- Jennifer Jankowski of Toms River is a 14-year-old with Down syndrome. She is also autistic. Her mother, Elizabeth, works a late shift as a service clerk at ... --- Asbury Park Press ---- June 25, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/7xlynQ

25. “Safety Service Forces Provide a Special Day” --- Special needs individuals of all ages and their families got up close and personal with the city's safety service forces Saturday at a... --- SalemNews.net --- June 24, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/k4pxsm

26. “When My Crazy Father Actually Lost His Mind” --- I called the Office on Aging, which referred me to Adult Protective Services. Upon hearing the words “alcohol” and “restraining order,” the woman on the line ... --- New York Times --- June 22, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/2URxLX

27. “Teaching Children to Report Abuse” --- The justice system eventually caught up with Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach convicted Friday of 45 counts of ... --- WFMY News 2 --- June 24, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/Itc5uM

28. “UNC Gets $10 Million for Autism Program” --- UNC gets $10 million for autism program - According to a recent report by the Centers for ... --- Durham Herald Sun --- June 24, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/SStrEn

29. “Many Men Suffer with Mental Illnesses, Avoid Seeking Help Because ..” ---. For years, Christopher Shackelford, 33, had kept his mental condition from his physicians. Previously, he had shared his secret only with his girlfriend. --- Columbus Dispatch --- June 24, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/mmkOAT

30. “Autistic Kids Reach out and Touch to Learn” --- Teachers at The Rich Center for Autism are integrating an original tool into the program ... Brendan Considine, classroom supervisor, said children on the autism ... --- June 23, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/zAJqJH

31. “Panel Studies DHS Child Abuse, Deaths” ---- Twenty-one Oklahomans get together for eight hours once a month to understand why children are dying from abuse and neglect in the state. Each has a different perspective, ... ---- June 25, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/ZfXiJT

32. “Income Limits Restrict Services for Pennsylvania's Disabled Students” --- Elaine Houston and Jonathan Duvall in the lab with Ms. Houston's wheelchair project at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Duvall is working on his master's degree ... --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- June 24, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/he63Wb

33. “City looking into regulating Group Homes” --- City of Brenham staffers will look at drafting an ordinance to regulate for-profit group homes that currently fall outside state rules. --- Brenham Banner Press --- June 22, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/pcXxHe

34. “W.Va. to Cut Child Care, Social Program Funding” --- W.Va. to cut child care, social program funding. ... and also will cut $9.5 million in annual funding for other social services, including a summer nutrition program ... --- CBS News --- June 22, 2012 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/u0ZygI

35. “Wyo. Center for Disabled Marks 100 Years” --- The Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander recently marked its 100th anniversary. --- KULR-TV --- June 24, 2012 (WYOMING) http://is.gd/8Ycxyp

36. “Panetta Urges More Mental Health Care” --- In confronting a surge of suicides within the military, commanding officers must make it understood that seeking help for stresses of war should ... --- NewsOK.com --- June 23, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/Rf23L2

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

. “N.J. Insurers Flout the Law on Autism, Advocates Contend” --- New Jersey has the second-highest autism rate in the nation, with one in 49 children diagnosed with the neurological disorder. --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- June 24, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/BBxGEd

38. “Justice Center, Cuomo Agency for Disabled, Set to Pass Legislature” --- Andrew Cuomo amid reports of widespread abuse in the state's group homes for the disabled. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced Sunday a deal to ... --- The Journal News | LoHud.com --- June 21, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/nq7sXp

International Articles

. “Vulnerable South Australian Kids Housed in Moteld” --- "Children under guardianship represent some of the most vulnerable young people in our community," Mr Gardner said. "We need to provide them with the ... --- Adelaide Now --- June 18, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/Q9TXRa

40. “Meeting Needs Brings Help to Those with Disabilities” --- Little Jia Sin had numerous disabilities that limit her body control. The new 'Cosy Seat' would keep her seated upright, thanks to the Malaysian Association of ... --- The Borneo Post --- June 24, 2012 (BORNEO) http://is.gd/xkmYbr

41. “New Research Network Boosts Effort to Treat Depression” --- Zul Merali is a neuroscientist at the University of Ottawa and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Together, the two friends made a pitch to the Conservative .. --- Globe and Mail --- June 24, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/MHNjWx

42. “Pressure Grows for Video Service for Deaf” --- North Okanagan politicians are making some noise over a lack of communications for the deaf. --- Vernon Morning Star --- June 24, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/k4pxsm

43. “Special Needs Assistant Charged in Sex Assaults at Owen Public ...” --- A man faces charges after two girls were allegedly sexually assaulted at a North York school. Police said they responded to a "suspicious incident call" on June ... --- insideTORONTO.com --- June 21, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/mPuFZM

44. “Disabled Gran has Necklace Stolen by Conwomen” ---- A wheelchair-bound grandmother was targeted by two con- women who stole her necklace from around her neck.Sylvia Cheverell, 67, who suffers from ... --- This is Total Essex --- June 21, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/sVFBX5

45. “Adult Social Care Services Tackling Backlog of Cases” ---- The Director of Peterborough City Council's Adult Social Care services has revealed that his team are working to clear a backlog of 750 review cases. --- Peterborough Telegraph --- June 25, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/SxVepb

46. “Adult Social Care Service Wins Award” --- A RADICAL initiative to overhaul and improve the way vulnerable adults are looked after has earned Plymouth City Council a prestigious award.The city' adult ... This is Plymouth --- June 23, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/sPGvKQ

47. “Men Jailed after Defrauding Disabled Woman” --- Two con men have been handed jail sentences after repeatedly defrauding a disabled city woman out of thousands of pounds. --- Milton Keynes Citizen --- June 22, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/Cje2hp

48. “ Carers Arrrested after Allegations of Neglect are Bailed Again” --- Five carers arrested on suspicion of neglect at a day centre for vulnerable adults in Cornwall have been re-bailed by police.Three men and two women were ... ---- This is Cornwall--- June 18, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/2URxLX

49. “ 'Human Rights' Include Killing Disabled?” --- At the Stop Eugenics Now website, campaign supporters wrote: “We (associations, disabled people and their families), call upon the court to reaffirm the ... --- WND.com --- June 24, 2012 (FRANCE) http://is.gd/63QoBb

50. “Lack of Information Affects Participation of Women, Persons with ...” --- The project dubbed “credibility watch” is aimed at promoting participation of the youth, women and persons with disabilities in partisan politics and local ... --- GhanaWeb ---June 20, 2012 (GHANA) http://is.gd/BkvNO3

51. “Tying Down Mentally Handicapped is a Last Resort, Says Minister” --- Difficult mentally-handicapped patients should only be restrained from moving around as a last resort, junior health minister Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten told ... --- DutchNews.nl --- June 25, 2012 (HOLLAND) http://is.gd/ccgSWS

52. “Fighting Learning Disability through Brain Change” --- You may find this hard to believe; but neuroscientists say the brain is plastic. --- MSN India --- June 24, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/J2uPbj

53. “Man Kills 2 Disabled Daughters, Ends Life” --- Unable to take care of his two mentally challenged daughters, a farmer killed them and later hanged himself to death in Manpur village of Vansada taluka in ... --- Times of India --- June 16, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/9LEgj1

54. “Pair Who Terrorised Disabled Man Jailed” --- Two women who burgled a disabled man's home before threatening to cut his throat have been jailed for a total of nine years. --- Blackpool Gazette --- June 23, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/hvXfIp

55. “Disabled Limerick Man's Personal Assistant Hours are Cut to Zero” --- A LIMERICKMAN who has saved the state tens of thousands of euros by moving from residential care to living on his own has had his personal assistant hours ... --- Limerick Leader --- June 24, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/Lldx43

56. “Two Care Home Workers Accused of Neglecting a Vulnerable Patient” --- Two care home workers have been accused of wilfully neglecting a patient. Joan Martinez --- Julyy 22, 2012(SCOTLAND) and Sumita Rasario are alleged to have over-sedated patient Robert ... --- stv.tv --- June 22, 2012 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/7k8X9H

57. “Special Ed Teacher Accused of Sexual Assault” --- The accused is a special needs assistant at the North York elementary school. ... - A 56-year-old man who works with special needs children at an ... --- June 22, 2012 (CANADA) -- http://is.gd/jQR1c1


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