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News Summary for October 8, 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. “Bullies Punch Boy on School Bus as Others Record on Video” --- Hunter said other parents told her the boys who bullied her son were known for bullying other kids as well. “I have been the big advocate – if you know your child is being bullied at all, let the school know immediately,” Hunter said. --- ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) --- October 2, 2012 (ARIZONA) see link

2. “Special Needs Man, 19, Gunned Down Sitting on South LA Park Bench” --- Detectives were searching today for the shooter who brutally gunned down a 19-year-old special needs man sitting on a park bench in South Los Angeles. --- Los Angeles Daily News --- September 26, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/IUPgsl

3. “Government Settles Lawsuit Filed by Mentally Disabled US Citizen Who was ... ” --- Lawyers say the federal government has agreed to pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a mentally disabled U.S. citizen who was deported to Mexico and spent four months wandering Central America. --- Washington Post --- October 5, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/1uoNZD

4. “N.J.'s 'Forgotten People': The Developmentally Disabled” --- This past May, the New Jersey State Assembly approved a non-binding resolution to transfer the responsibility for investigating abuse and neglect among developmentally disabled individuals from the Special Response Unit to the Office of the Attorney ... --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- October 2, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/rGpBjE

5. “Wickliffe Man, 85, Accused of Molesting Developmentally Disabled Girl, 12” --- An 85-year-old man faces jail time after allegedly being caught molesting a developmentally disabled 12-year-old girl. Witnesses who were familiar with the girl saw her walk … --- News-Herald.com --- October 3, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/WM6WIN

6. “Assaulted & Fired at Wal-Mart, Mom Says” --- A developmentally disabled Wal-Mart employee was sexually assaulted by her 72-year-old co-worker and fired after she reported the attacks, her guardian says in court. Barbara Wells says her daughter, Jamie, is developmentally ... --- Courthouse News Service --- October 3, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/2IFkYM

7. 4th Teen Girl Held in Taped Beating of Disabled Woman” --- ... by the perpetrators Tuesday night. Six high school age girls walk up to a 48-year old woman sitting on her door step and beat her. They. Police arrest three teens in beating of mentally challenged Chester woman. --- MyFox Philadelphia --- October 4, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/fSZfPM

8. “State Rep. Jim Cobb Arrested on Assault Charge After Woman in Wheelchair Alleged Threats” ---State Rep. Jim Cobb has been arrested on an assault charge after a woman in a wheelchair said she felt physically threatened by the Spring City Republican on the day of the primary election. --- The Republic --- October 2, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/6Hf0Dw

9. “Documentary Details Abuse of Deaf Boys in Catholic Boarding School” --- Deaf boys sent by their parents to a Catholic boarding school in Wisconsin, where they were molested again and again by a popular priest who stalked them in their dorm rooms at night, on trips to his North Woods cabin, even …” --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- October 2, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/sdyWnL

10. “Disabled Girl Bullied, Mocked by Neighbours” --- "It makes me sick too, to think that a grown man would tease a 10-year-old disabled girl that has never done a thing to any of them for no reason, and now she doesn't want to get on the bus to go to school," he said. --- Ninemsn --- October 2, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/rQAzGF


11. “Outrage as Man Jailed for Raping Disabled Woman Who Can Only Communicate by ... ” --- The verdict sparked outrage as now victim's rights advocates fear it sets a dangerous precedent by setting the bar extremely high for disabled individuals. --- Daily Mail --- October 4, 2012 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/ZfnlFk

12. “Pompano Beach Man Accused of Robbing Wheelchair Bound Man” --- A Pompano Beach man who offered to help an elderly disabled man across the street is behind bars after he allegedly tried to rob him. --- WBFS --- October 4, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/AEHBJ7

13. “Only On 5: Mother of Special Needs Teen Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Speaks ...” --- A Treasure Coast mother who claims her special needs daughter was raped by another student at school spoke out for the first time on Monday to discuss why she is suing the St. Lucie County School District. --- WPTV --- October 1, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/G74eoB

14. “Former Group Home Manager Charged with Stealing Nearly $9000 From ...” --- A former house manager for a west suburban group home for the developmentally disabled stands charged with stealing nearly $9,000 from the residents. DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin announced --- CBS2 Chicago --- October 2, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/MhHycU

15. “Man Who Raped Special Needs Student Pleads Guilty” --- A high school student pleaded guilty Thursday to raping a special needs student inside North Central High School. Danny Roads admitted to pulling the girl into an empty classroom back in April, where he forced … ” --- Fox 59 --- October 4, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/kVLQlc

16. “Morehouse Teacher Accused of Slapping Special Needs Student; Investigation ... ” --- Morehouse Parish Schools and the Bastrop Police Department are investigating reports that a Bastrop High School teacher slapped a 17-year-old student with cerebral palsy. --- The Republic --- October 2, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/fF5Y3A

17. “Duluth Police Officer Charged with Assault, Disorderly Conduct in Detox Incident” --- The Duluth police officer who was videotaped swinging and hitting a presumably intoxicated man in a wheelchair at the Duluth Detoxification Center was charged about 4 p.m. with fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the Sept. --- Duluth News Tribune --- October 4, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/4e3P6M

18. “Disabled Man Fatally Shot in Struggle for His $40 Payday” --- A disabled man was gunned down because of the $40 he had just gotten paid for work at a Kansas City daycare, police and his family said Thursday. --- KCTV Kansas City --- October 4, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/djFdnI

19. “Ex-worker Sent to Prison in Beatrice Abuse Case” --- A former worker at a Nebraska center for developmentally disabled adults has been sentence to 15 to 23 years in prison for abusing residents. KWBE radio in Beatrice says Matthew Pangborn was sentenced on Wednesday in Gage County District … --- NTV --- October 3, 2012 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/LR5so7

20. “Man Arrested in Wheelchair Thefts” --- Two custom wheelchairs, valued at $4,000 each, were taken from in front of the home of Nathan Peitz, who was born with spina bifida, a debilitating birth defect that results in the incomplete development of the spinal cord. --- KLAS-TV --- October 3, 2012 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/u8Tn7S

21. “Death of Staten Island Developmentally Disabled Man Ruled a Homicide” --- A developmentally-disabled man who died in April after he and his roommate fought over McNuggets inside their community residence has been ruled a homicide victim, according … --- SILive.com --- October 3, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/QEjcTu

22. “Long Beach Assemblyman Alleges Abuse of His Son” --- Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Beach, and his wife, Ellen, filed a federal lawsuit Monday against AHRC Nassau, an agency which serves developmentally disabled people in residential settings around Long Island. In the lawsuit, the … --- Patch.com --- October 2, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Ba3zks

23. “Ohio Man Gets 10 Years in Rape of Disabled Woman” --- A judge has sentenced a 53-year-old Ohio man to 10 years in prison after he admitted raping a young developmentally disabled woman. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- October 4, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/tKBKln

24. “Mocking Video Calls Attention to Fighting Families” --- He and his family said their elderly grandparents are being harassed and family members have been receiving death threats, he said. “They were down at the bus stop yelling 'retard' and I told my son, 'If they want to call us 'retard,' we'll show them a ...” --- Canton Repository --- October 3, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/6fXaLU

25. “Panel Hears Abuse Allegations at Veterans Center” --- Mike Simmons spoke Tuesday to the House Veterans and Military Affairs Committee that's conducting an interim study into allegations of abuse at veterans centers statewide. --- KTUL (blog) --- October 2, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/YoYPW0

26. “Upper Gwynedd Woman Admits to Stealing More than $300K from Disabled ... ” --- An Upper Gwynedd woman showed little emotion as she admitted she stole more than $300,000 in property and cash from a disabled Hatfield man for whom she was power of attorney. --- The Times Herald --- October 4, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/OmjXXa

27. “Coroner Schedules Inquest into Death of Disabled Toddler” --- An inquest into the July death of a disabled North Charleston toddler has been scheduled by Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten. The inquest to determine the cause of death for 2-year-old Ginny Hughes, who died … --- WIS --- October 2, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/5XULyM

28. “Mitchell Man Pleads Not Guilty to Molesting 6-Year-old Disabled Girl” --- Mitchell man pleads not guilty to molesting 6-year-old disabled girl. A 54-year-old Mitchell man is denying he had sexual contact with a 6-year-old developmentally disabled girl at his home earlier this year. --- Daily Republic --- October 4, 2012 (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/BBE0Ry

29. “Pair Threatens Handicapped Clinton Woman at Gunpoint” --- Laurens County deputies said two men stormed into a Clinton home Tuesday afternoon and put a gun to the head of a wheelchair-bound woman.. --- WHNS Greenville --- October 2, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/1Wbelr

30. “Amputee's Death Could Have Been Avoided, Advocates Say” --- A Houston Police officer shot and killed Brian Claunch, 45, at his group home because he thought the disabled man had a weapon. That officer and his partner went to the group home after getting a 911 call from an employee there. --- MyFox Houston --- October 2, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/KMFWm8

31. “Dad, Son Caught on Video Mocking Disabled Girl” --- Her mother says a neighbor, along with his son, make fun of the disabled child. She says that neighbor is 43-year-old William Bailey of East Sparta. Trisha Knight says, "I really don't have anything to say to him right now. --- KLTV --- October 1, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/5ERrzO

32. “Funeral to be Held for Wheelchair-bound Man Shot by Officer” --- A public visitation for Brian Claunch will be held at the Carnes Funeral Home on Indiana Street at 9am. Claunch was a double-amputee with a history of mental illness. --- abc13.com --- October 1, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/0zgAdY

33. “ Report Sees Less Impact in New Autism Definition” --- Earlier research had estimated that 45 percent or more of children currently on the “autism spectrum” would not qualify under a new definition now being refined by psychiatric researchers — a finding that generated widespread anxiety among parents who ... --- New York Times --- October 2, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/v33kBG

34. “Study: Serious Child Abuse Injuries Rise Slightly in the US” --- The new findings counter data from child protective services, which show a 55% decrease in physical abuse from 1992 to 2009. One possible explanation for the discrepancy is that protective services accounts … --- TIME --- October 1, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/fmJsVr

Seeking Improved Support

35. “More than 3,000 on Waiting List for Developmental Disability Services” --- JPG Julie BennettKelly Ware, who was born with Prader-Willi syndrome, is one of more than 3,172 people on the state waiting list for services for people with developmental disabilities. --- al.com --- September 30, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/rxfD6X

36. “UCI Study Homes in on Autism Treatment” --- A UC Irvine professor, along with a team of researchers, discovered that a marijuana-like substance naturally released in the brain can treat symptoms of one type of autism, the university recently announced. --- Daily Pilot --- October 2, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/oPtYQW

37. “Nation's Toughest Child Sex Abuse Reporting Law Takes Effect Today in Florida” --- The nation's most comprehensive sexual abuse reporting law takes effect in Florida today, Oct. 1, as the state embarks on a statewide kindergarten-based education program to help young children avoid the traps predators set. --- WCTV --- October 1, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/i5MGfR

38. “Court Opens Door to Divorce for Mentally Disabled” --- The Illinois Supreme Court has opened the door to divorce for people who need guardians because of mental disabilities. For years, Illinois has barred mentally disabled people or their guardians from seeking a divorce. --- Sacramento Bee --- October 4, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/C49RIn

39. “More Kids with Disabilities in Minneapolis and St. Paul District Schools than ...” --- Twin Cities charter schools enroll a smaller proportion of special education students than St. Paul and Minneapolis district schools. The special education students who do attend charters tend to have less intense … --- Twin Cities Planet --- September 30, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/Xx2Jkh

40. “Advocates Reflect on Disability Act's Legacy” --- After watching "Lives Worth Living," a documentary on the history of the disability rights movement, local advocates said last night that there is still work to do to achieve equality and access for people with disabilities. --- Columbia Daily Tribune --- October 2, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/52BBM6

41. “Disaster Planning to be Aided by Special Needs Registry” --- “As a community, we need to plan on how we would be able to accommodate special needs, who would be more at risk during an emergency, if they have problems with mobility, hearing, sight, if they are diabetic, etc. --- York News-Times --- October 5, 2012 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/yaspas

42. “Airline Passengers Using Wheelchairs to Cut in Line” --- Travelers at JFK Airport in New York have found a new way to legally cut in line when security is backed up. According to a story in the New York Times, they are … --- KPHO Phoenix --- October 5, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ra84kZ

43. “Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Sue to Restore General Assistance and Other ...” --- Act 80 also creates a pilot block grant program that allows 20 selected counties to shift tens of millions of dollars for already underfunded mental health and intellectual disability services to pay for other services. --- RedOrbit --- October 2, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/LHw0xU

44. “Valley's Poor Suffer After State Budget Cuts” --- "When I lost it, everything went downhill completely," said Sidle, who is hoping to secure Social Security disability status because he's been diagnosed with mental and physical disabilities. --- Allentown Morning Call --- October 1, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/GZPGp8

45. “Medicaid Patient Shift Squeezes Home Caregivers” --- The abrupt exodus of thousands of South Texas Medicaid patients from one managed care health plan is putting a financial strain on home health providers already struggling to stay in business … --- New York Times --- October 4, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/34pc8k

46. Dozens on long wait lists for mental health appointments --- Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen | Dozens of locals on long wait lists for mental health appointments. --- KXXV News Channel 25 --- October 3, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/8FvNiG

47. “Emergency Plan need for Citizens with Disabilities” --- It has been seven years since Hurricane Katrina and four years since Hurricane Ike, and the city of San Antonio has yet to develop a clear, comprehensive emergency plan to notify, evacuate and shelter persons with disabilities. --- San Antonio Express --- September 30, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/X88sxK

48. “National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month” --- ... as a way to educate people with disabilities and their families about their legal options in dealing with durable powers of attorney, guardianship and conservatorship, Medicare, Medicaid, planning for health care decision-making, and other ... --- RedOrbit --- September 29, 2012 (WASHINGTON D.C.) http://is.gd/2WFgP4

49. “Autism Redefined as Asberger's Diagnosis Disappears” --- Early next year, a new definition of autism will be used by scientists in order to more precisely diagnose kids with the brain disorder. The diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome, considered a “higher functioning” form of autism, will … ” --- Hamilton Spectator --- October 3, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/ZL20H1

50. “Child-Abuse Injuries on the Rise” --- A national study found that serious injuries from child abuse appear to have risen modestly over the past decade or so, and suggested that downward trends in other studies of abuse may reflect reporting changes rather than real improvement ... --- ABC News --- October 1, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/wWA3CO

51. “Most with Down Syndrome Are Affected by Alzheimer's Disease” --- So in 2008, the agency began plans for a six-bedroom group home just for those with Down syndrome who develop Alzheimer's, one of only a handful in California and nationwide. --- Contra Costa Times --- September 30, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/CLgyky


Proposed Legislation and New Laws

52. “New Florida Law for Reporting Suspected Child Abuse Goes into Effect” --- The Protection of Vulnerable Persons law ups the ante on the state's previous reporting obligation, requiring anyone who suspects that a child has been abused to report those suspicions to the Florida Abuse Hotline; the reporting requirement formerly ... --- Naples Daily News --- October 1, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/bgMwee


International Articles

53. “Mentally Challenged Boy Abused” --- The father of a mentally challenged boy has been sentenced to two years in jail for abusing the youngster in Abu Dhabi. The incident came to light when a passer-by heard the boy's screams and alerted officials. When cops broke opened the door, they saw ... --- Emirates 24/7 --- September 30, 2012 (ABU DHABI) http://is.gd/9wa71R

54. “Hearing Adjourned Against Vancouver Constable Accused of Shoving Disabled ... ” --- A Vancouver constable accused of shoving a disabled woman to the ground won't get a disciplinary hearing until later this month. An official with B.C.'s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner said Friday … --- TheTyee.ca --- October 6, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/U8f3UN

55. “Disabled Attack in Mount Pearl Infuriates Advocate” --- A brutal attack against a disabled man outside a Mount Pearl movie theatre last Friday is intolerable, the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities says. --- CBC.ca --- October 3, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/aOrrTT

56. “Reaction to Shocking Attack on Disabled Man” --- The Coalition for Persons with Disabilities says there is not enough discussion about violence and bullying against the disabled. This after a 24-year-old man with a physical disability was lured into a secluded area behind Mount Pearl Square, and ... --- VOCM --- October 1, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/pUjuhk

57. “Port Coquitlam Social Worker Steals $136,000 from Mentally Challenged Woman ...” --- A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ordered a Port Coquitlam social worker and her partner to pay back the $136,000 they “essentially stole” from a mentally challenged woman in their care for more than a decade. --- Vancouver Sun --- September 30, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/5XjcoG

58. “Thieves Steal from Disabled Man After Meeting Him on Facebook” --- Thieves stole £12,000 in jewellery from a disabled man after he met them on Facebook and invited them to play PlayStation with him while he was home alone. --- Daily Mail --- October 4, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/d2zE42

59. “Dad Pulls Special Needs Son Out of School After Claims He Escaped the Premises ...” --- A dad has vowed to keep his autistic son out of school after claiming the 11-year-old went missing from the facility three times in just three weeks. Martin Breakwell, aged 42 and from Yardley, said Ryan was gone from … --- Birmingham Mail --- October 1, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/2qhRrp

60. “Helping Victims of Sex Assault, Abuse” --- The SART includes members from the Guam Police Department's Victim Assistance Unit, Office of the Attorney General, Victims Advocates Reaching Out, Department of Public Health and Social Services' Child and Adult Protective Services, Guam Legal ... --- Pacific Daily News --- October 1, 2012 (GUAM) http://is.gd/5Z2cQ5

61. “Haiti's Government Signs Declaration on Policy for Disabled” --- Haiti's government has signed a declaration on public policy with respect to the inclusion of the country's disabled population, following a forum Thursday at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince. --- Caribbean Journal --- October 4, 2012 (HAITI) http://is.gd/uED1nK

62. “Disabled Demand a Greater Say” --- Up to 300 people demonstrated on Kossuth tér (square) outside Parliament on Monday against government policies towards disabled people and to hand over a petition addressed to the prime minister … --- Budapest Times --- October 1, 2012 (HUNGARY) http://is.gd/silJjm

63. “School Asks 7-Yr-Old Autistic Boy to Leave” --- Parents of an autistic student studying at Jamnabai Narsee School have approached the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights after school authorities asked them transfer their son to another school. --- Mumbai Mirror --- October 2, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/9zTdnN

64. '”No Promises' on Disability Cuts” --- Speaking at the launch of Disability Federation of Ireland's pre-budget submission this afternoon, Minister of State for Disability Kathleen Lynch accepted further cuts may be made. --- Irish Times --- October 4, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/mplexZ

65 “Italian Politician 'Slashes Tyres of Disabled Man' ” --- An argument ensued, the disabled man called the police over what he described as "a question of civility" and the politician was given an on-the-spot fine of 80 euros. --- Telegraph.co.uk --- October 4, 2012 (ITALY) http://is.gd/iH813p

66. “Coach to Be Probed for Abusing the Disabled” --- The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) plans to investigate alleged abuse of disabled athletes by a coach and violations of their human rights. --- Korea Times --- October 1, 2012 (KOREA) http://is.gd/rD46Tb

67. “Police Want More Mental Health Nurses Working with Them” --- Under the pilot scheme, mental health nurses have been working with the police in Christchurch, Counties-Manukau and Rotorua. Mr Perry says the scheme works … --- Radio New Zealand --- October 6, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/hSItRP

68. “Disabled Woman Claims Sexual Assault at Rest Home” --- A severely disabled woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by her caregiver in a rest home shower had suffered a "serious breach of trust", the Crown says. --- Stuff.co.nz --- September 30, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/GUKv2l

69. “Researchers to Find out Treatment for Mental Disorders” --- It has been informed that when the synapses in the brain brakes down it causes several mental health issues. Besides, the synapses is irreparable. The brain cells will be studied by the researchers of Edinburgh University. --- French Tribune --- October 1, 2012 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/8frt0k

70. “Attacker Struck Disabled Teen” --- He said he did not know his victim, Ricky Robinson, who was disabled, when he threw one punch, landing straight between the teenager's eyes. Mr Robinson told police he was walking with friends along … ” --- This is South Wales --- October 5, 2012 (WALES) http://is.gd/EfEova



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