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News Summary for October 1, 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. “Teacher Gets 40 Years for Sexually Assaulting Mentally-Disabled Woman” --- Rickey Lynn Carson, 57, sexually assaulted a woman who was taking classes at the Cave Springs Pathfinders, a nonprofit facility that helps developmentally-disabled clients become … --- 5 News --- September 24, 2012 (ARKANSAS) http://is.gd/kVJ63T

2. “Mom Accused of Starving Mentally Challenged Daughter Granted Bond” --- The woman accused of starving her mentally challenged daughter to death has been granted bond in the amount of $75,000 by a Cobb County Magistrate Court Judge, the Marietta Daily Journal reported. --- Patch.com --- September 26, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/oMc7i3


3. “Women Robbed of Disability Money” --- The woman told authorities that she asked a friend for a ride to a local store to cash her $2,000 disability check. After returning to her home in the 6100 block of West Kellogg, the suspect followed the woman … --- KSN-TV --- September 23, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/4TBxp9


4. “Parents: Child with Special Needs Assaulted at Dulaney High School” --- Parents of a Baltimore County high school student with special needs said they are upset after they said police abruptly ended the investigation of a possible assault of their child during school hours. --- WBAL Baltimore --- September 26, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/4eMuJe
5. “Police Handcuff Autistic Student on School Bus 'for His Own Safety' ” --- A Maryland mother has called upon Howard County, Md., school officials and police to review their protocols for dealing with students who have autism after police handcuffed her 11-year-old autistic son on a … --- Alaska Dispatch --- September 23, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/g02j2m
6. “Special Needs Teen Says He Was Abused in Public Schools” --- A special needs student in Lexington says he was abused for years inside local public ... --- TheBostonChannel.com --- September 24, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/vIasvv

7. “Four Teenage Airls Assault ‘Mentally Challenged’ Woman, Posts Video of Attack on Facebook” --- Police said the 16- and 17-year-old girls were charged as adults in the attack of a 48-year-old Chester woman they described as "mentally challenged." The girls were charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, burglary and harassment. --- CBS News --- September 28, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/PCSJJe

8. “Audit: DC Agency Didn't Report Abuses of Adults to Cops” --- In a scathing review of the Adult Protective Services program, a component of the D.C. Department of Human Services, D.C. Inspector General Charles Willoughby warned the city was risking continued harm to seniors and the disabled. --- Washington Examiner --- September 26, 2012 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) http://is.gd/kxiqxP


9. “LAUSD Special Education Failings Still Flying Under the Radar” --- The district recently failed for an eighth straight year to meet special education delivery targets for disabled students, California Watch reported. The LAUSD Division of Special Education … --- Neon Tommy --- September 24, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/CSLVdP
10. “Should Cameras be Installed in Special Needs Classrooms?” --- A group of Horry County school parents want to keep a closer eye on the teachers and assistants looking after their special needs children. The group is called Parents Wanting Accountability, and one of its leaders, Sarah Pope, knows the struggle of a ... --- WPDE --- September 28, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/USf67t


11. “Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- Authorities say a Dothan man convicted of murder more than 20 years ago is now accused of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- September 28, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/RRmrPK


12. “Anchorage Man Given 20 Years for Killing Wife” --- An Anchorage man who admitted to killing his disabled wife and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a disabled man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- September 29, 2012 (ALASKA) http://is.gd/jo5JWs


13. “Man Convicted of Raping Disabled Woman” --- A Hampton man was convicted Thursday for raping a 24-year-old woman who suffers from Down Syndrome. William Jeffrey Dumas, of New Hope Road in Hampton, was found guilty of two counts of rape and one count of aggravated … --- The Citizen.com --- September 27, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/cbZmhT


14. “Women Robbed of Disability Money” --- The woman told authorities that she asked a friend for a ride to a local store to cash her $2,000 disability check. After returning to her home in the 6100 block of West Kellogg, the suspect followed the woman … --- KSN-TV --- September 23, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/4TBxp9


15. “DA: Counselor Ignored Pleas of Choking Disabled Woman” --- A former counselor at a state Department of Mental Health group home in Milton is facing manslaughter charges for coldly walking away from a disabled client who died while pleading for help as she choked on a piece of steak, authorities said today. --- Boston Herald --- September 26, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/QK73md


16. “5 Accused in Attack on Disabled Man at MBTA Station” --- Five people have been indicted in connection with the beating of a mentally disabled man at an MBTA station last month, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. --- WCVB Boston --- September 25, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/hq75YN


17. “Parents: Students Threatened Mentally-challenged Daughter after Being Elected ...” --- The parents of a mentally-challenged teen say their daughter has been threatened after she was nominated homecoming queen at Pacific High School. --- KMOV.com --- September 24, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/bFiSt5


18. “North Carolina Teacher Allegedly Cuts Disabled Student's Hair” --- The North Carolina mom of a 7-year-old girl with Down Syndrome is accusing a teacher of cutting off several inches of her daughter's beloved hair without her consent. --- ABC News --- September 28, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/KsCh7R


19. “State DHHS Investigating Death at Murdoch Developmental Center” --- To be eligible for admission to Murdoch Developmental Center a person must have a diagnosis of “profound, severe or moderate intellectual/developmental disabilities or a related developmental disability,” according to the facility's website … --- News & Observer --- September 27, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/YPOOEy


20. “Carlisle Woman Gets Three Years' Probation for Stealing from Disabled Woman” --- A Carlisle woman who pleaded guilty to stealing from a disabled woman whom she had been caring for was sentenced today to three years of supervised probation in Cumberland County … --- Patriot-News --- September 25, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/1Tu6tg


21. “TN: Mentally Challenged Woman Raped and Murdered” --- A 35-year-old mentally challenged woman was allegedly raped and murdered and her body dumped in a burial ground near here, police said today. The body was found with bleeding injuries, Police Inspector … --- Outlook --- September 23, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/Bgi1D7


22. “Records: Group Home Where 4 Men Died in Blaze Repeatedly Violated Safety and ...” --- A San Antonio group home where four men died in an August fire was repeatedly cited for violating of safety requirements, including failing to conduct fire drills, according to documents obtained by a newspaper. --- The Republic --- September 27, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/03txLy


23. “TEA Investigation Regarding Former Andrews Special Needs Teacher Concludes” --- New developments in the story of a special needs teacher in Andrews who parents claimed abused their children. The Texas Education Agency has completed their investigation on the Andrews teacher accused … --- NewsWest9.com --- September 26, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/7zD07A


24. “Amputee Shot by Police Had Battled Mental Illness” --- Claunch, a wheelchair-bound double amputee living in a group home for the mentally ill, was shot and killed by Houston Police in the early morning hours Saturday. Police say HPD officer Matthew Martin shot and killed … --- Danbury News Times --- September 26, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/DJVHM8


25. “Housing Discrimination Affecting the Disabled” --- Discrimination against the disabled accounts for 44 percent of complaints filed in 2011, according to a report by the National Fair Housing Alliance, an advocacy group for fair housing issues. --- Austin Weekly News --- September 26, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/yKNzDm


26. “Houston Cab Driver Accused of Overcharging Temporarily Loses License” --- Elizabeth Schlein (right) and Brian Mohlo, a Houston mentally challenged couple, accused a Yellow Cab driver of cheating them in June. --- Houston Chronicle --- September 25, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/VxKgGf


27. “FBI Will Investigate Police Shooting of Unarmed Double Amputee” --- The FBI has joined the investigation into the weekend shooting of an unarmed double amputee by a Houston police officer. Officer Matthew Marin, a five-year-veteran, killed Brian Claunch around 1:30 a.m. at a group home … --- KHOU --- September 24, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/x1c99Y


28. “Shooting of Mentally Ill Amputee Angers Activists” --- The man killed was mentally ill and in a wheelchair. He'd been staying at a group home in southeast Houston. With posters raised outside Houston police headquarters, a small group of community activists spent … --- abc13.com --- September 24, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/l0K4yp


29. “Kearns Woman Found Guilty of Fatal Abuse of Disabled Woman” --- Sherrie Lynn Beckering, 51, was convicted of one count of first-degree felony aggravated abuse of a disabled adult stemming from the March 2011 death of 22-year-old Christina Harms. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- September 21, 2012 (UTAH) http://is.gd/9PcYpd


30. “Judge Denies Change of Venue for Man Accused of Beating, Robbing Disabled ...” --- The man accused of kidnapping, robbing and assaulting a disabled woman, as well as setting her house on fire was in court Monday morning. His defense team asked to move the trial to another location because of what they said ... --- WTVR --- September 24, 2012 (VERMONT) http://is.gd/TBN9WW


31. “EEOC Accuses Aurora of Disability Discrimination” --- A federal agency has filed a lawsuit in Milwaukee accusing Aurora Health Care of rescinding job offers to two applicants after finding out they had disabilities. --- Appleton Post Crescent --- September 27, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/NYxycL

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32. “Sacramento County Can't be Sued in Group Home Death, Court Rules” --- A state appeals court has ruled that Sacramento County cannot be sued over the death of an Oak Park group home employee that allegedly resulted from a conservator's placement of a paranoid schizophrenic with a 20-year history of violence into the home. --- Sacramento Bee --- September 27, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/CgR9Wj


33. “California Unprepared for Wave of Autistic Children Headed Toward Adulthood” --- Over their life spans, autism and related disorders have come to affect one of every 88 children and one of every 54 boys, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. --- Ventura County Star --- September 22, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/b0Z5OG


34. “Adams County Sheriff Settles Deaf Inmate's Lawsuit; to Pay $100K” --- The Adams County sheriff has agreed to provide sign language interpreters to deaf inmates when they arrive at the county jail as part of a settlement of a deaf man's lawsuit. --- KMGH Denver --- September 28, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/jzulL5


35. “No Easy Answers in Wake of Police Shooting Death of 21-Year-old Mentally Ill Broomfield Man” --- Nearly three months later, family members, law enforcement and mental health professionals wonder: What could have saved Kyle Miller? "There is no universal solution," said Scott Glaser, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness ... --- Daily Camera --- September 26, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/LnIGkq


36. “Feds Threaten Lawsuit over Kids in Nursing Homes” --- Federal investigators threatened swift legal action Tuesday if Florida health officials do not work with them to resolve allegations that children with disabilities are being sent to adult nursing homes unnecessarily. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- September 26, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/THT0mC


37. “Brandon Marshall Apologizes to Warren Sapp, But Shouldn't it be the Other ...” --- Earlier this week, NFL announcer Warren Sapp called Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall a retard, and Marshall responded by talking about awareness and education on mental illnesses on video and on his Twitter account. --- Chicagoist --- September 28, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/JeEbBv


38. “Government Sues Disabilities Center for Refusal to Give Anti-Seizure Meds” --- The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Monday against a company that provides recreational activities for adults and children with disabilities, claiming it discriminates against people with epilepsy. --- WLS --- September 25, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/dJaK0x


39. “Mentally ill Prisoners a Costly Quandary for Sedgwick County Jail” --- Jeff Easter, the Republican nominee for sheriff, said he also would seek a mental health pod. Democrat Jefrey Weinman, a retired Wichita police officer running for sheriff, declined to say whether he wanted such … --- Kansas.com --- September 23, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/Ooq3dM


40. “King, Dill Woo Maine Disability Rights Advocates” --- Dill, a Democratic state senator from Cape Elizabeth, promised to support federal legislation seeking at least minimum wages for disabled workers. She also emphasized her background as a civil rights lawyer who has … --- Boston.com --- September 27, 2012 (MAINE) http://is.gd/8As0ot


41. “Mass. Gets Federal Funds to Help Disabled Students” --- The U.S. Department of Education says the money will support recruitment and retention of highly qualified special education teachers and training in how to connect instruction for students with disabilities with the common core standards. ---Boston.com --- September 29, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/7kI19F


42. “Police, First Responders Learn How to Deal with People with Autism” --- Jason Dorval of the Autism Law Enforcement Education Coalition explains how family members, law enforcement and emergency responders can work together to help people with autism during a crisis situation … --- North Adams Transcript --- September 25, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/i0gKp1


43. “MT Health Conference Spotlights Trauma Issues” --- Mental Health America of Montana says childhood trauma is becoming an increasing problem in some Montana towns, and in hopes of raising awareness, the group hosted a mental health clinic, focusing on after effects of trauma. --- KPAX-TV --- September 29, 2012 (MONTANA) http://is.gd/qQuXgn


44. “Conference to Educate Community about Autism” --- Madison Cortland and Herkimer ARC along with the Arc Onieda-Lewis hosted their 4th annual Autism Seminar at Vernon Downs Monday. --- WKTV --- September 24, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/jHCWpJ


45. “NC Budget Cuts: Impact on People with Developmental Disabilities” --- Thousands of people in North Carolina who are living with developmental disabilities - and those who care for them - are finding fewer resources for help this year, as a result of more than $20 million in state budget cuts. --- Public News Service --- September 26, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/CqbbKc


46. “The Arc of Washington County Breaks Ties with National Group over ‘retarded’ ” --- The Arc of Washington County View full sizeCourtesy of Jeff FreemanCathy Schaefer, executive director for the Arc of Washington County, shares a laugh with Kate Koning, 30, of Bend, who has autism… ---OregonLive.com --- September 27, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/9Hg448


47. “Was David Baker's Mental Health an Issue in the Standoff?” --- Police aren't sure if mental illness played a role in the 4-hour standoff that caused 40 homes in Millcreek to be evacuated Sunday. But they took that possibility into consideration at the scene, and it influenced how they interacted with ... ---ksl.com --- September 24, 2012 (UTAH) http://is.gd/ApniqR


48. “W.Va. Vulnerable Needs Planning System in Effect” --- The program is a system that allows residents with special needs the opportunity to provide personal information to emergency planning officials. The information will be utilized to plan for emergencies such … --- Williamson Daily News --- September 24, 2012 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/TBqIuB


49. “Wis. DHS: Medicaid Shortfall has Shrunk to $35.5M” --- Wisconsin's projected Medicaid deficit has shrunk by nearly $337 million, state health officials said Friday. --- Beloit Daily News --- September 29, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/ZyVQwL


50. “Untreated Mental Illnesses Are Costing American Companies Billions Every Year” --- The Scientific American points out that one in 17 adults has a serious mental illness and "nearly one in two people in the U.S. will suffer from depression, anxiety disorders or another mental health ailment at some point in their life." --- Business Insider --- September 29, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/lP7fRZ


51. “Report: Parents with Disabilities at Risk” --- A federal agency is warning the White House that more protections are needed to ensure the parental rights of those with disabilities. Even as an increasing number of Americans with special needs choose to become parents, laws … --- Disability Scoop --- September 28, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/YYeqZs

International Articles


52. “Mentally Challenged Boy's Screams Reveal Life of Abuse” --- A mentally challenged boy's screams from his 'jail' at home, revealed a life of abuse, which led his father to get a two-year prison sentence. --- gulfnews.com --- September 29, 2012 (ABU DHABI) http://is.gd/ZIuJcd


53. “Students with Disabilities Bullied: Report” --- The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission says there are a lot of children with disabilities struggling at school and there is a lack of accountability for their progress. --- ABC Online --- September 25, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/r37MmP


54. “Mother of Disabled Man Says He was Shot by Police” --- The mother of a disabled young man is appealing to the government for assistance after her son was allegedly shot by police, resulting in the loss of one of his kidneys. --- Bahamas Tribune --- September 25, 2012 (BAHAMAS) http://is.gd/zg91hb


55. “Teen's Death Shows Gap in Autism Care, Say Advocates” --- Advocates for those with autism say the death of an Edmonton teen this week reveals a serious gap in the province's mental health system. Jarrett Bortscher, 18, was found dead Wednesday after going missing from his family's home Sunday. ---CBC.ca --- September 27, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/FL98ug


56. “Driver Charged with Chasing, Assaulting Disabled Man” --- Driver charged with chasing, assaulting disabled man. A 50-year-old Hamilton man is facing charges of dangerous driving and assault after police say he drove toward a young man, mounted the curb … --- Hamilton Spectator --- September 26, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/K6VCzG


57. “ 'Significant Risk' for Mental Health Patients in Custody” --- A coroner has warned there is a "significant risk" for mental health patients who come into contact with the police when they are in a crisis. --- BBC News --- September 28, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/0OqF2g


58. “Teenager Murders Girlfriend's Disabled Toddler and She Tries to Cover up Affair” --- A woman's teenage lover murdered her severely disabled toddler while she was on the school run. She then desperately tried to cover up their affair with the boy, ten years his senior. --- Daily Mail --- September 28, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/XvRCOD


59. “Chief Inspector of Prisons Launches Probe into Care of Disabled Man” --- The Chief Inspector of Prisons has launched an independent investigation into the care of a severely disabled man being kept under guard at University College Hospital. --- Camden New Journal newspapers website --- September 27, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/oAupJ7


60. “Inquiries into Deaths of Two Patients” --- A patient died at the HSE's acute mental health unit on the grounds of Tallaght hospital in south Dublin, the HSE said. “As in all such incidents, a review will be carried out in accordance with HSE policy,” it said. --- Irish Times --- September 26, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/NnS7TM


61. “Group Home Helps Mentally Disabled Live on Their Own” --- Mentally disabled people should be given opportunities to learn how to live independently and assimilate into society though it would pose a tough challenge, said Kim Soo-jin, director of the Seoul Group Home Support Center. --- The Korea Herald --- September 26, 2012 (KOREA) http://is.gd/fYYlM4


62. “Rest Home Boss Suspended for Neglect” --- The inspection was made after "serious concerns'' were raised about "vulnerable residents" by the Health and Disability Commissioner. The inspection found care plans were written without clear guidelines for staff, and there … --- Stuff.co.nz --- September 24, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/1p4xez


63. “Mentally-Handicapped Kids: Parents Not Guilty” --- New research published in The Lancet has thrown fresh light on inherited mental disability. The parents of a mentally handicapped baby are often reluctant to produce more children - fearing that they too will be disabled, but doctors … --- The Voice of Russia --- September 28, 2012 (RUSSIA) http://is.gd/gqMaVM


64. “Rights of Persons with Mental Disability in Zambia” --- Zambia is one of the African countries whose mental health system is still being governed by an archaic piece of legislation, the Mental Disorders Act of 1951. --- Zambia Daily Mail --- September 24, 2012 (ZAMBIA) http://is.gd/dKYNO0


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