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News Summary for August 20, 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. “Trial Set in Lawsuit against Galt Elementary School District” --- A December trial date has been set in a lawsuit filed against Galt Joint Union Elementary School District by a father who contends school officials failed to protect his mentally challenged son. He alleges the boy was sexually assaulted by another ... --- Lodi News-Sentinel --- August 4, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/3OybZK


2. “Parents, Advocates Seek State Inquiry of Taser Abuse Against Disabled” --- The abuse "reveals a sickening picture of serial torture - and the entire law enforcement system's utter failure to protect people with disabilities from these atrocities or to prosecute the criminals who committed and helped cover up the assaults ... --- North County Times --- July 3, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/wY2ApC


3. “Arrested Caregiver: Gang Mentality Reigned Among Group Home Staff A group home caregiver who police say was caught on video abusing a mentally-disabled resident admitted attacking the woman, saying "she felt like she had to prove herself to fit in, like a gang," according to an arrest warrant. Angelica Rivera, 33, of ... --- Hartford Courant --- August 1, 2012 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/sSHIMG


4. “Man Accused in Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Child” --- A 73-year-old man has been accused of sexually assaulting a girl for almost 17 years while creating pornographic images of her. The victim claims Robert Potts started assaulting her in 1995 when she was just nine years old. --- minbcnews.com --- August 2, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/6dnOx9


5. “Lower Providence Man Jailed for Rape of Mentally Disabled Man” --- A Lower Providence man faces up to 15 years in prison for his “horrific” crime, the sexual assault of a 19-year-old mentally disabled man who had been in his company in the township. . --- The Times Herald --- August 3, 2012 (RHODE ISLAND) http://is.gd/8GS6kW


6. “5 Arrested in Tennessee Nursing Home Abuse Investigation” --- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested five former employees at a nursing home in Johnson City over allegations of mistreatment of dependent adults. According to a news release, a Washington County grand jury indicted ... --- Jackson Sun --- July 31, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/FIiKK5

7. “Mental Abuse Hurts Children Just as Much As Physical Abuse” --- According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) position statement on psychological maltreatment, psychological abuse in young children can be just as damaging in terms of the children's physical, mental and emotional health than physical abuse .. --- Medical News Today --- August 3, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/o4xurF


8. “Learn More about Autism” --- Autism is not one single disorder, but refers to a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders. At one end of the spectrum are children with little impairment. At the other end, children can be severely limited in their communication skills ... --- Salisbury Post --- August 3, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/HIMikx


9. “Americans with Disabilities Increase” --- More than 56 million had a disability in 2010 or 19 percent of the population. The report by the U.S. Census Bureau shows a 2.2 million increase since 2005. Rita Byers, director of Mainstream, helps people with all types of ... --- Today's THV --- August 1, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/5tAdmk

10. “Pets Promote Social Behavior in Autistic Children” --- French researchers from the Centre Hospitalier Regional Universitaire de Brest strengthens what many clinicians and parents have known for years that pets help children with autism. This new study provides evidence that bringing a pet home to a child ... --- allvoices --- August 2, 2012 (FRANCE) http://is.gd/HxgB0S


11. “ 57-Year-Old Remanded in Judicial Custody for Rape” --- A 57-year-old man, who allegedly raped a 31-year-old mentally retarded woman, was remanded in judicial custody by the judicial first class magistrate court-I here on Thursday. Mararikkulam circle inspector K Subash said police had arrested ... --- Times of India --- August 4, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/f4sKxA


Crime and Abuse
12. “Athens, Ga., Man Attacks Amputee Wife with Crutch” --- An Athens man has been arrested after police say he beat his amputee wife with her own crutch during a fight at their home. The Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/OwFWgY ) reports that 38-year-old Robert Lee Austin was charged with aggravated ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- July 3, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/RaqNn4


13. “Documents Uncover Questions about Attacks on Disabled Patients” --- The Sonoma Developmental Center is nestled in the rural, tranquil town of Eldridge in Sonoma County. The sprawling facility is one of five state run institutions that care for patients with severe developmental disabilities who need around-the-clock .. --- KGO-TV --- July 31, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/IAPta9


14. “Deputy Accused of Groping Disabled Woman is Fired” --- Deputy William Martinez was terminated in May, several months after he was arrested on three counts of lewd/lascivious molestation of an elderly or disabled person as a result of an internal investigation. He has since pleaded not guilty to the charges. --- Orlando Sentinel --- August 2, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/oir787


15. “Police: Man Beat Amputee Wife with Crutch” --- The Athens Banner-Herald reports that 38-year-old Robert Lee Austin was charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, battery, obstruction of a 911 call and criminal damage to property. Austin is being held Friday without bond at the Clarke ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- August 3, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/lWCUPB


16. “Deputies Arrested Man Wanted in Beating of Amputee 6 Years Ago” --- Deputies responding to a domestic dispute arrested a man wanted in the beating of an amputee six years ago. The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/NSrG3r) 33-year-old Derek Daigle of Gray was booked with battery of the infirm. Deputies say Daigle drove to ... --- The Republic --- July 31, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/O8krwk


17. “NJ Task Force Ordering Closure of Two State Institutions for Disabled People ...” --- ... to close developmental centers in Totowa and Woodbridge released its report today that outlined the information it sought to make its decision, which has already elicited a union protest and a vow to sue by some families of disabled people who live ... --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- August 3, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/Q5edtn


18. “Arrest Made in 1990’s Rape Case” --- A man accused of raping a mentally challenged teenager after nearly two decades is in Montgomery County Jail. David L. Grimes, 50, of 5445 Haverfield Road in Beavercreek, was indicted on July 24 for two counts of rape. The crime occurred in August and ... --- WHIO Dayton --- August 2, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/EkQTTh


19. “Handicapped Man Robbed Caught on Video” --- Handicapped man robbed caught on video. Coast Guard Rescues Family After Boat Capsizes. Coast Guard Rescues ... --- August 2, 2021 (OHIO) http://is.gd/Mufcdj


20. “Prosecutors Do Not Charge Oklahoma Probation Officer in Sexual Assault of Boy” --- The Oklahoma County district attorney's staff cites insufficient evidence against Robert Naugle, 33, after a developmentally disabled youth tells a DHS worker Naugle abused him when he was 16. --- NewsOK.com --- August 2, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/iBRzst


21. “Suspect in Attack On Man in Wheelchair Surrenders” --- The second suspect in a vicious attack and robbery on a man in wheelchair has surrendered to police. Keenan Smith, 20, turned himself in with his lawyer on Tuesday night, police reported, and he was set to be arraigned Wednesday morning. --- MyFox Philadelphia --- August 1, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/OxRU22


22. “Disabled Local Man Robbed in Home, Bound in Tape, Left in Wheelchair” --- Police were investigating Thursday after a disabled Waco man was robbed in his home at 1432 Sheppard St. after he answered a knock at the door from a man who said he was having car trouble. The robber put tape over the ... --- KWTX --- August 2, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/xAJwuK

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23. “Jackson Hospital Facility to Aid Mental Health Crisis” --- “In a 16-bed facility, I can bill Medicaid,” said Henry Parker, executive director of the Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority, which contracts with the state Department of Mental Health to … --- Montgomery Advertiser --- August 1, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/axT4sX


24. “Improving the Mental Health of City Dwellers” --- A steady diet of trans fats has a proven link to aggressive behaviors and mood disorders. Racial discrimination is associated with anxiety and depression. Your ZIP code determines whether you get access to good ... --- Sacramento Bee --- August 3, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/uGXrFq


25. “Autism Task Force Goes to Work” --- Dr. Sergio Aguilar Gaxiola of the UC Davis Medical Center is a task force co-chair. He says treatment is not getting to many kids in poor, uneducated, and minority families, "Once the symptoms have manifested, more complications happen and then, if ... --- Capital Public Radio News --- August 1, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/FynMLt


26. “Thousands Affected by Mental Health Clinic Closure” --- The Community Mental Health Council on the 8700-block of South Constance Street closed Wednesday due to state budget cuts, but that didn't stop Dr. Carl Bell, a psychiatrist, from meeting with patients outside of the ... --- ABC7Chicago.com --- August 1, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/Oei4m0


27. “Iowa Cuts 27 Jobs at Center for the Disabled” --- Iowa has cut 27 jobs at the state-run Woodward Resource Center for the disabled, citing a reduction in the number of people living at the facility and a tight budget. The Iowa Department of Human Services announced the layoffs of ... --- KCRG --- August 1, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/IoTz4q


28. “Police s\Say St. Louis Area Woman had 'Mental Health History,' Killed Herself, 2 ...” --- Lt. Tim Fagan said at a news conference that 42-year-old Catherine Murch had a “mental health history” and bought a gun online a few days before the shootings. Her husband, Mitchell Murch II, reported the shootings Monday. He told police he was reading ... --- Washington Post --- August 3, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/qUUM2A


29. “Disabled Veterans Waiting for State Checks” --- The state's Department of Veterans' Services is blaming a "computer glitch" for the delay in paying benefits to thousands of disabled veterans and their families. The annuity check are issued twice a year, on February 1st and August 1st. They're given .. --- My Fox Boston --- August 2, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/kHz5pU


30. “Disabled American Veterans Convention, Watch Live Online” --- This Saturday, the Disabled American Veterans National Convention, takes place at the Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, August 4-7, 2012. More than 4, 000 DAV conventioneers are expected to attend, but there are tens of thousands of Disabled American ... --- Examiner.com --- August 2, 2012 --- (NEVADA) http://is.gd/LDPSJk


31. “Texas Should Not Execute Intellectually Disabled Man” --- In my work as the executive director of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), I have worked with many people who have intellectual disability, formerly known as mental retardation. Most of us know people who ... --- Houston Chronicle --- August 2, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/QIyDZh


32. “ Gov. Rick Perry Appoints BBS Professor to State's Autism Panel” --- The council recommends public policy changes and allocations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies regarding the needs of people with autism and other developmental disorders and their families. Rollins was first appointed to the panel in 2008. --- University of Texas at Dallas (press release) --- August 26, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/0caX73


33. “Three Area Grads Take on Job of Helping Those with Special Needs” --- Three area grads take on job of helping those with special needs. Megan Moeller (right), a Holy Trinity Catholic High School graduate, spent one of her weeks this summer at Camp Courageous with camper Clayton Bachman. --- Fort Madison Daily Democrat --- August 2, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/jrBC8U


34. “Are Poor, Black, Disabled Boys 168 Times more Likely to be Excluded from School?” --- “If you are black, disabled (SEN), male and on free school meals (poor), you are 168 times more likely to be excluded than if you are white, female, have no SEN and are not on free school meals.” The Independent, 2 August 2012. In a piece on 'equality ... --- August 3, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/AFjbwQ


35. “Learn More about Autism” --- Autism is not one single disorder, but refers to a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders. At one end of the spectrum are children with little impairment. At the other end, children can be severely limited in their communication skills ... --- Salisbury Post --- August 3, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/HIMikx


Proposed Legislation and New Laws

36. “DHS Denies Petition to End State Payment for Abortions Involving Abnormalities ... --- Iowa's human-services director has denied a petition from House Republicans demanding that the state Medicaid program stop paying for abortions of pregnancies involving severe fetal abnormalities/ --- DesMoinesRegister.com ---- August 3, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/KomwZA


37. “Maine Seeks to Make Medicaid Cuts” --- As Maine and other states began to threaten early Medicaid cuts last month, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius issued a letter to governors saying the Supreme Court decision allowed states to opt out of expanding Medicaid, but ... --- Wall Street Journal --- August 2, 2012 (MAINE) http://is.gd/ZSgWgI


38. “Advocates Claim Special Ed Bill Misunderstood” --- Leah Steinberg, director of special education affairs for Agudath Israel of America, which is based in New York City, said the bill was never about religion. Instead, she said, it was about making sure that a child who needs a certain kind of setting .. --- . New York Times --- August 1, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/jX14e0


39. “ND Lawmakers Backing some Guardianship Changes” --- Hogan, who is a retired Cass County social services administrator, said developmentally disabled North Dakotans who have guardians already have an aid network that looks after most of their needs. Elderly people who are not disabled, and who need ... --- Devil's Lake Daily Journal --- August 1, 2012 (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/s38JBG

International Articles

40. “Man Charged over Attack on Disabled Woman A 49-Year-Old Man Has Been Been Charged for Allegedly Indecently Assaulting an Intellectually Disabled Woman at a Sydney Cafe.” --- Police said the 30-year-old woman was having a coffee at a cafe in a Pagewood shopping centre around noon on Friday when ... --- Ninemsn --- August 4, 2012 (AUSTALIA) http://is.gd/BO5xih


41. “Canadian wanted for molesting disabled stepson arrested --- A former Calgary man who was on the run in the midst of a trial in Arizona for sexually assaulting his disabled stepson has been arrested in B.C. more than two years later. George Ross Wilcox was found guilty of sexually assaulting his quadriplegic ... --- CBC.ca --- August 3, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/EfTIXP Olympics: Amputee Sprinter Oscar


42. “Parents of Disabled Children Ask for More Support” --- At yesterday's meeting of the “Parents' Support Network for the Special Olympics”, fathers and mothers expressed their hopes: That the government would listen to their views when amending the law for rehabilitation services and support for the disabled ... --- Macau Daily Times --- August 3, 2012 (CHINA) http://is.gd/xQpE6G


43. “Pistorius Set to Make History in London” --- Oscar Pistorius is not going to win an Olympic medal in the men's 400-meter dash and, in fact, is a long shot to even make Monday's final. But it's unlikely Seattle Post Intelligencerthere will be a more compelling story out of the London Games. Simultaneously controversial and ... --- August 3, 2-2012 --- (ENGLAND http://is.gd/OPAfxz


44. “Half a Million Disabled People May Lose Benefits under Reforms” --- Charities reacted with horror as the Government announced that Atos and another private company, Capita, had won three contracts to run a new work-capability check for disabled people being brought in next year. The Government has suggested that half a ... --- The Independent --- August 3, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/2iAjrP


45. “11 Disabled Athletes Who Competed in the Olympics “ --- Oscar Pistorius makes history Saturday when he becomes the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympic Games. As impressive as that is, the South African runner isn't the first disabled athlete to compete in an Olympiad. At least 11 disabled ... --- Wired News --- August 3, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/w6yIYG


46. “Forced Marriage Blights the Lives of Scores of Learning Disabled People” --- There have been more than 50 reported cases of people with learning disabilities being forced into marriage in Great Britain, often falling victim to rape and abuse by their husbands. Victims have a difficult time escaping their situations, with only ... --- New York Daily News --- July 31, 2012 (GREAT BRITAIN) http://is.gd/60Q5n9


47. “Israel Authorities Detains Six-Year-Old Mentally Disabled Migrant” --- Inspectors from Israel's Population and Immigration Authority detained a six-year-old mentally disabled girl on Thursday morning, as the first step to her and her family's expulsion from Israel. The girl, who was born in Israel to parents who migrated ... --- Haaretz --- August 3, 2012 (ISRAEL) http://is.gd/JgQC59


48. “International Autism Conference Concludes in Jerusalem” --- Over the two-day event, the focus was on important disciplines relating to autism; "Policy and Awareness," "Bio-Medical Research and Practice," "Education and Behavioral Techniques," and "Technology and Resources." Dr. Eric Hollander, the Chairman of ... --- MarketWatch (press release) --- August 2, 2012 (ISRAEL) http://is.gd/SsmFuO


49. “Many Nigerians Are Due For Psychiatric Test – Neuropsychiatrist” --- Most of the people in the hospitals with neuropsychiatric ailments were usually presented with conditions attributable to insanity. A lot of people do not know that a lot of other illnesses belong to this field. So, majority of the patients that come ... --- Nigerian Tribune --- August 4, 2012 (NIGERIA) http://is.gd/eLml3M


50. “Mental Well-being of Working Adults 13% Lower than General Population” --- The mental well-being of working adults in Singapore is 13 per cent lower than the general population, according to the Health Promotion Board (HPB) which conducted a survey with 1,000 respondents. Data from another survey also indicates .. --- AsiaOne --- August 3, 3023 (SINGAPORE) http://is.gd/jGPd7J


51. “News: Mother Loses Dead Son's Disability Discrimination Case against Amazon” --- But before his grievance claim could come to court, he was diagnosed with cancer and died this February. His mother, Ann Peregrine-Davies promised him that she would take up the battle and appeared by herself in front of an employment tribunal in ... --- HRZone.co.uk --- August 2, 2012 (WALES) http://is.gd/FB6Mch



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