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News Summary for October 29, 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. “Court Orders State to Release Uncensored Developmental Center Citations” --- A state court today ordered the California Department of Public Health to disclose uncensored copies of dozens of patient abuse cases at institutions for the developmentally disabled. --- Sacramento Bee --- October 21, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/erd4uk

2. “Group Protests in Palatka over Killing of Unarmed Man with Mental Disabilities” --- Becky Johnson of Palatka stands with protesters across from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office as they rally on behalf of Johnson's brother, Alfred Dobson Jr., a mentally ill man … --- Florida Times-Union --- October 19, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/eigoyq

3. “Quinn Wants New Agency to Protect Homebound Disabled Adults” --- Pat Quinn has proposed a new state agency -- the Adult Protective Services Unit -- to replace the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Human Services, which has failed to investigate many cases of abuse and neglect that led to the ... --- Belleville News Democrat --- October 19, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/fGa2IQ

4. “Child with Asperger's Beaten by Bullies” --- Boutcher has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Boutcher says he asked other students how to get home. --- WILX-TV --- October 19, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/9RWgD7

5. “Lawsuit: NM Agency Hurt Disabled Clients” --- The Albuquerque Journal reports that a recently filed lawsuit alleges that the organization Eastern New Mexico Rehabilitative Services for the Handicapped unfairly forced five clients with developmentally disabilities to fend for ... --- NewsWest9.com --- October 21, 2012 (NEW MEXICO) http://is.gd/42Vy8u

6. “Repeat Violations Threaten Shut Down of 13 State Run Group Homes” --- That means administrators have 90 days to prove they can keep the 50 vulnerable adults who live in the homes healthy and safe, or face a shutdown of the program. --- KING5.com --- October 18, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/2vBhRE

7. “Seclusion Rooms Expose Arizona's Lack of Regulations” --- The schools aren't reporting to the district, the district's not reporting to the Department of Education, so nobody knows. There should be statistics that you can go up and look up and see what's going on, how … --- AZFamily --- October 18, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/9av0nV

8. “State's Missing Adult Alert System Marks One-Year Anniversary” --- Unlike an AMBER Alert, however, radio and television station managers decide if and when to broadcast Missing Adult Alert information. --- EmpireStateNews.net --- October 23, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/j77DN9

9. “Ann Coulter's Backward Use of the 'R-Word'” --- Parents of children with special needs are demanding an apology from conservative political pundit Ann Coulter for tweeting after Tuesday's foreign policy debate that she approved of "Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard." --- CNN --- October 23, 2012 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) http://is.gd/mvyvfd

10. “Portland Police Adding Mental Health Unit” --- The Police Bureau said Wednesday that all officers will continue to be trained in how to deal with mentally ill people, but a specialized team will be dispatched when a mental health issue is the main reason for the call. --- The Columbian --- October 17, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/fNGWQU

11. “Persons with Disabilities to be Represented at the UN” --- A Ugandan has been elected to represent persons with disabilities (PWDs) to the United Nations. Martin Babu Mwesigwa beat other contenders from nine African countries … --- AllAfrica.com --- October 18, 2012 (UGANDA) http://is.gd/kTqhQJ


12. “Scam Seeks Information about Huntsville Special Needs Students” --- The city school district has received a tip about one or more people going to homes in north Huntsville asking for data about children with special needs. --- al.com --- October 23, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/uSwdbW

13. “Wellton Man Arrested for Robbing Disabled Man” --- A man is behind bars suspected of robbing a disabled man. Wellton police say 19 year old Juan Uriarte verbally threatened and used physical force to intimidate a disabled man of his bicycle. --- KSWT-TV --- October 19, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/ox4RJI

14. “Plea Deal Sought in '09 Shooting that Killed Disabled Boy in Modesto” --- A defense attorney has proposed a plea deal for a 19-year-old man accused of murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy with Down syndrome three years ago in Modesto. --- Modesto Bee --- October 22, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/PlwpUY

15. “Police: Woman Charged with Felony after Spraying Disabled Granddaughter With ...” --- Eloise Bowman, of 21-B NE 21st Terrace, began arguing around 9:30 a.m. Monday with her 18-year-old granddaughter, who has developmental disabilities, about not … --- Gainesville Sun --- October 23, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/sDIkEA

16. “Girl with Down Syndrome Wanders Away from School, Found Dead in Pond” --- A missing 11-year-old girl with Down syndrome has been found dead in a pond after wandering away from her school. Jennifer Caballero, known as Jenny to her friends and family, was … --- Bay News 9 --- October 23, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/fjAfOV

17. “Orange Co. School Facing Lawsuit over Alleged Abuse of Child with Special Needs” --- A full day later, the school principal called to tell her that a program assistant -- placed in classrooms to help students with special needs -- tried to restrain him. --- WDBO Radio --- October 18, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/M2eIaa

18. “Questions Remain After Man in Wheelchair Burns to Death” --- The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office told Channel 2 Action News they are still trying to identify the victim in the death of a man in a burning wheelchair. --- WSB Atlanta --- October 22, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/HlMsjo

19. “Police Trying to ID Body Found in Wheelchair” --- Authorities on Sunday were still investigating the death of a man found dead Saturday in a burning wheelchair in southwest Atlanta. The man's identity remains a mystery, and investigators are not disclosing details … --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- October 21, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/C85HW8

20. “Chicago May Settle Suit by Woman Released by Police in Bad Neighborhood” --- Lawyers for the City of Chicago have asked a federal judge to explore the possibility of settling a 6-year-old lawsuit brought by a California couple who claim their mentally ill daughter … --- The Seattle Times --- October 21, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/q1XOAa

21. “Police: Mental Health Patient Found Wandering Halls of Gary Charter School” --- A man found wandering the halls at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy's elementary school was directed out by school security and eventually admitted to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus … --- nwitimes.com --- October 22, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/DazGbO

22. “Caregiver Investigated in Escalator Death” --- The 48-year-old caregiver was taking the 64-year-old woman down the escalator Tuesday because the elevator was out of service, Los Angeles station KTLA-TV reported Friday. --- UPI.com --- October 19, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/F7i5z0

23. “Olathe Man Convicted in Caregiver Killing” --- A Johnson County jury convicted an Olathe man Friday in the December killing of 54-year-old Susanne Goslin. --- kansascity.com – October 19, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/4aqmTL

24. “Suit: Mentally Ill Prisoner Denied Drugs, Food” --- A lawsuit accuses Tangipahoa Parish jail officials of routinely withholding prescription drugs and food from a prisoner for nearly two years while he suffered from severe mental illnesses. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- October 22, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/dT4KRT

25. “Man Chases, Kicks Nun in Wheelchair in Somerville” --- Last Wednesday, police arrested a homeless man from Cambridge who allegedly created chaos and kicked a nun in a wheelchair at a Somerville facility. --- Wicked Local --- October 22, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/hyLhjE

26. “Caregiver Charged in Mass. Group Home Death” --- A former caregiver accused of failing to help a disabled woman who fatally choked on a piece of steak at a Massachusetts group home has pleaded not guilty. --- Boston.com --- October 18, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/8e0lz1

27. “Investigators Consider Neglect Charges in Death of Obese, Bed-ridden Warren ...” --- ... father said last week, desperation evident in his voice. He declined to talk more about the situation, which he said had become overwhelming. Green said police were working with Children's Protective Services and Adult Protective Services ... --- Detroit Free Press --- October 23, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/NKNdmq

28. “Disabled Student Attacked at George County High School” --- The beating of a 14-year old with special needs has people wondering what it is going to take to put a stop to the bullying of children. Bullying and cyber-bullying is a growing problem that has long-lasting, devastating … --- Examiner.com --- October 20, 2012 (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/VnVK97

29. “Police: Caregiver Who Stole Client's Checks to Be Indicted” --- An in-home caregiver who allegedly forged at least five checks belonging to the North Hampton woman for whom she was caring will likely soon be indicted by the county on a variety … --- Patch.com --- October 19, 2012 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/hAMoqz

30. “Ex-caretaker Convicted of Sexually Touching Client” --- A former caregiver caught exposing himself during a hug with a naked client in a shower was sentenced to nine months in prison Thursday. Anthony W. Tamburini, 19, last known address 920 Northern … --- The Newark Advocate --- October 19, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/WEPqWH

31. “New Mexico Man Gets 50-Year Prison Sentence for Raping a Wheelchair-Bound ...” --- Authorities say a Pinedale man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping a wheelchair-bound teenage girl in 2010. A federal judge in Santa Fe sentenced … --- The Republic --- October 22, 2012 (NEW MEXICO) http://is.gd/FcoiNS

32. “Boy, 9, Walks Away from Raleigh Mental Health Facility” --- Raleigh police are searching for 9-year-old Drake Veit, who walked away from a mental health treatment facility Tuesday afternoon. --- WRAL.com --- October 23, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/NPHZ5z

33. “Mecklenburg County Social Worker Errors Cited in Deaths, Reports Show” --- Eleven children in Mecklenburg County have died since 2007 even though their families were under the Department of Social Services supervision or had recent contact with social workers. --- Charlotte Observer --- October 21, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/gLL8f5

34. “Police: Woman Threw Plastic Pumpkins at Handicapped Person” --- A woman was arrested on charges of assaulting a handicapped person by throwing plastic pumpkins at him and striking him on the shoulder and head, according to an arrest warrant. Jocelyn Simone … --- Shelby Star --- October 18, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/6xMf3v

35. “Sexual Assault Suspect Pleads Guilty to Amended Charge” --- A Springfield man accused of sexually assaulting a mentally challenged Norwalk teenager pleaded guilty Friday to an amended count of attempted sexual battery. --- Norwalk Reflector --- October 20, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/15SU16

36. “Man Accused of Bullying Disabled Girl Faces Criminal Charges” --- Criminal charges have been lodged against a Pike Township man whose next-door neighbors accused him of mocking their disabled daughter and caught the action on video. --- Canton Repository --- October 19, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/eChZ37

37. “Peeping Tom Teen Took a Photo of Mentally Disabled Student's Buttocks in ...” --- An 18-year-old student from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was put on probation for taking a picture showing the buttocks of a mentally disabled classmate and sharing it on Twitter. --- Daily Mail --- October 19, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/d5oLpU

38. “Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Files Released to Public” --- Portland attorney Kelly Clark examines some of the 14,500 pages of previously confidential documents created by the Boy Scouts of America concerning child sexual abuse within the organization. --- USA TODAY --- October 20, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/VkAeux

39. “Brother, Another Housemate Charged with Beating Pa. Man Found Dead, but Not ...” --- An autopsy was set on a mentally disabled western Pennsylvania man whose body was found propped up on a couch after his brother and another man allegedly beat him for spilling soup. --- The Republic --- October 17, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/xIDXo6

40. “Teen Charged in Sex Assault on Mentally Disabled Boy” --- A 16-year-old is charged in connection to a sex assault on a older mentally disabled boy, according to the Spartanburg Public Safety. Little information in connection … --- WYFF Greenville --- October 22, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/gPSQLn

41. “Disabled Man Couldn't Escape Cluttered Home Fire” --- Kathleen Kuzior was indicted last week on charges of involuntary manslaughter and abuse and neglect of a disabled adult. --- Rapid City Journal --- October 21, 2012 (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/qvtXGf

42. “Director of DCS Call Center Replaced” --- DCS spokesman Brandon Gee said Thursday that Central Intake call center Director Jeanene Waldrum will move to the DCS main office. In her place, the interim call center director will be Dimple Dudley, who began … --- The Tennessean --- October 19, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/rvdMIj

43. “Woman Facing Charges for Allegedly Beating, Robbing Disabled Person” --- The wheelchair-bound woman told police that on September 17 Zentia Antionette Robinson called her saying she left a prescription bottle filled with pills at the … --- abc13.com --- October 16, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/AQDF2h

44. “Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A 40-year-old Odessa man was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a mentally disabled woman following accusations that he forced himself on the woman while she was vomiting in a restaurant bathroom … --- Odessa American --- October 16, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/HcQ3f3

45. “Thieves Make off with Car, Two Dollars from Disabled Man” --- Two dollars and a set of keys: that's all three thugs got away with last night in North Richmond, after pistol-whipping a physically disabled man and stealing his car. --- WTVR --- October 23, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/cJbYHL

46. “Madison Woman Convicted of Coercing Learning-disabled Teen into Prostitution” --- A 21-year-old Madison woman who allegedly coerced a learning-disabled 16-year-old girl into prostitution was convicted of pimping/pandering and other crimes, the Department of Justice and the Dane County … --- Wisconsin State Journal --- October 19, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/SKXClD

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47. “Disabled Vet Sues Debt Collectors Who Said He 'Should have Died' from Active ...” --- A disabled vet is suing a law firm and debt collection agency for abusive practices after they garnished funds for his account, and allegedly told him it was too bad he didn't die from injuries he received … --- al.com --- October 18, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/FcMG16

48. “Illinois Delays Closure of Facility for People with Developmental Disabilities” --- State officials have delayed the closure of an institution for people with developmental disabilities in central Illinois, saying it's taking longer than expected to place residents in suitable new homes. --- The Republic --- October 19, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/xBwMPa

49. “The Unsettled State of Iowa's Mental Health Care” --- With reconstruction of the state's mental health care system still very much a work in progress, the Dubuque chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness last week hosted a forum with state and county legislators, officials and … --- Dubuque Telegraph Herald --- October 21, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/pzRDwk

50. “Number of Autistic Wichita Students Doubles in Five Years” --- It's a typical morning in Beth Orth's classroom at McCollom Elementary School – though she might argue there's no … --- Kansas.com --- October 21, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/JFp3aR

51. “A Waitlist for Mental Health” --- The University of Minnesota's Boynton Health Service Mental Health Clinic continues to face a high demand of students seeking appointments, but it's trying to adapt and increase capacity by as much as 15 percent this semester. --- Minnesota Daily --- October 23, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/Lxphyb

52. “Group Wants Doors off Columbus Schools' ‘Seclusion Rooms’” --- The group, a federally created agency called Disability Rights Ohio, told the district that there's no denying that children have been mistreated and the district has done little to stop it. --- Columbus Dispatch --- October 19, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/K7OBST

53. “Shortage of Mental Health Workers in E. Oregon” --- But he said the community can remedy the dearth by capitalizing on the kind of tight-knit connections only small towns have, which can make it easier for people to make referrals to mental health services … --- NECN --- October 20, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/MjpVjc

54. “Budget Cuts Could Affect Those with Intellectual Disabilities” --- Dozens of young men and women with intellectual disabilities could eventually lose the skills learned in special education programs in Bucks County because of funding cuts by the state. --- phillyBurbs.com --- October 19, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/8fFKKo

55. “Doctoral Student Files Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against University” --- A doctoral student who has attempted to obtain his degree for the past 16 years has filed a lawsuit against an east Texas university, claiming the school is committing disability discrimination … --- Southeast Texas Record --- October 18, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/9XYze0

56. “Schizophrenia Training for Law Enforcement” --- Law enforcement personnel from various agencies in Utah participate in weeklong Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) education program designed to help officers gain a better understanding when … --- The Salt Lake Tribune --- October 18, 2012 (UTAH) http://is.gd/Hji32z

57. “CIT Conference Works to Keep Mentally Ill Out of Jail” --- On Monday, the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) kicked off its CIT conference at Charlottesville's Omni Hotel in hopes of helping law enforcement officials keep mentally ill people out of jails. --- NBC 29 News --- October 22, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/578mtL

58. “Gregoire Weighing Appeal of Disability Lawsuit” --- Disability groups fear that if the case is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, there's a possibility the justices could water down a landmark case on disability rights that was cited by the appellate … --- The Seattle Times --- October 19, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/NNdWmz

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

58. “Effort to Implement ‘Laura's Law’ for Kern County's Mentally Ill” --- Under the law, family members, mental health workers or parole officers can request treatment for the mentally ill before they harm themselves or someone else. --- Bakersfield Now --- October 21, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/RLJL4Q

International Articles

59. “Jail 'Only Option' for MentallyIill Refused Bail” --- ACT Magistrate Bernadette Boss has lashed out at the lack of facilities, other than jail, for mentally ill people who are not eligible for bail. --- ABC Online --- October 23, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/kl2r94

60. “Nazis Abuse of Mentally Ill Revealed” --- Nazi extermination of people with disabilities and mental illness has been documented since the end of World War II. But information gathered from the hospital cemetery in Hall, an ancient … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- October 19, 2012 (AUSTRIA) http://is.gd/uGOFpP

61. “Not Enough Beds for Mentally Ill, Hospital Says” --- The emergency department at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital has two beds designated for psychiatric care, but officials say it's usually not enough. Psychiatric patients can occupy as many as 15 beds at any given time. " --- CBC.ca --- October 18, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/VaKHXW

62. “Husband Says Wife Innocent of Murdering Disabled Daughter” --- The husband of a Toronto woman accused in the 2011 death of her disabled daughter says his wife is innocent. Allan Ali, husband of accused Cindy Ann Sherry Ali, told CTV Toronto that … --- CTV News --- October 17, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/wLIxmN

63. “Slapped, Soaked, Taunted, Teased and Poked: Shocking Abuse at Care Home ...” --- A campaign of cruelty by care home staff against vulnerable patients was exposed by a BBC Panorama investigation, a court heard today. --- Mirror.co.uk --- October 22, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/YHhVMM

64. “Patients 'Repeatedly Assaulted'” --- In addition, inspectors raised concerns that the Trust's protection of vulnerable adults procedures were not being followed, adult protection concerns were not being adequately reported or … --- Derry Journal --- October 24, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/Qx19Xq

65. “Disabled People Risk 'Ghettoising'” --- The former wheelchair athlete said cuts to the level of benefits received by up to 450,000 disabled people under the Universal Credit would have a "serious impact" including running the … --- Belfast Telegraph --- October 17, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/8PcDYB

66. “Parents Demand More Special Needs Education Funding” --- Around 20 parents of special needs children gathered on Parliament's lawn today demanding more funding for their children's education. --- 3News NZ --- October 18, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/FLycAr \


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