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News Summary for December 10, 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. "Inmate Raped Mentally-Challenged Relative While on Furlough, Police Say" --- A state prisoner who was released on a furlough program has been booked into Benton County Jail on accusations he raped a 17-year-old mentally-challenged girl. --- 5 News --- November 30, 2012 (ARKANSAS) http://is.gd/TUOSLI

2. "Rape, Forced Oral Sex, Genital Lacerations—Reports at Sonoma Developmental Center" --- At least 36 reports of rape, forced oral sex and molestation of patients at Sonoma Developmental Center and other state run operations for the intellectually disabled have gone uninvestigated in the past four years, without any collection of evidence .. --- Patch.com --- November 29, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/f1IEto

3. "Hillsborough Parents Protest Care of Special-needs Students" --- The three were among about two dozen people who turned out Thursday afternoon to protest recent incidents involving special-needs students in Hillsborough County public schools. --- Tbo.com --- November 28, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/c1i397

4. "Southern Indiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Neglect in Disabled Daughter's Death" --- A southern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to neglect charges in the starvation death of her 25-year-old disabled daughter six years ago. Fifty-four-year-old Dorothy Axsom of Bloomington was first … --- Greenfield Daily Reporter --- November 28, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/XeulO8

5. "Woman Who Robbed Disabled Augsuta Man Gets 7 Years in Prison" --- A woman who robbed a 82-year-old disabled man at knife-point was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison. Shanigue M. Robertson, 33, pleaded guilty in Richmond … --- The Augusta Chronicle --- November 29, 2012 (MAINE) http://is.gd/BDT2BT

6. "Trial Date Set for Driver of Chelmsford Special-needs Bus" --- A trial date has been set after prosecutors balked at a plea deal with a former school-bus driver for special-needs students who was allegedly driving drunk, more than three times the legal limit, when … --- The Sun --- November 27, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/XKUQeF

7. "Asperger's Teen Forced to Live in Dark Basement" --- Shocked, sad, speechless, sickened: none of these words quite describes how I felt on reading about a Minnesota couple who made their 15-year-old son who has Asperger's Syndrome live under constant video surveillance … --- Care2.com --- November 30, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/c2kCpf

8. "Two Teens Arrested for Attacking Special Needs Student" --- The victim, according to school district officials has special needs. CCSD police say the bullies are 13 and 15 years old and are brothers. --- MyNews3 --- November 30, 2012 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/iDO6N3

9. "Santa Fe Teacher Accused of Dragging Special-needs Student Down Hall" --- A Santa Fe teacher was put on leave after police say she grabbed a blind 6-year-old special-needs student by the ankle and dragged him down a hallway because she said the boy was uncooperative with her requests that he walk ... --- The Republic --- December 1, 2012 (NEW MEXICO) http://is.gd/QZXZzx

10. "Death at School: Parents Fight Back Against Deadly Discipline" --- They are mothers like Sheila Foster, whose 16-year-old son died after being restrained, allegedly for refusing to leave the basketball court at his school in Yonkers, just outside New York City. --- ABC News --- November 30, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ugo6M2

11. "Memphis Woman Gets 14 Years in Prison for Sex with Mentally Disabled Man in Her Care" --- A woman convicted of raping a mentally disabled man a judge described as "a 33-year-old child" was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday. Tawana Rochelle Jones was a $9-per-hour caregiver … --- Memphis Commercial Appeal --- November 30, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/HEYvyi

12. "Padded Isolation Booth Used to Confine Special Needs Students" --- Some parents of students at a Longview school said they are horrified after learning that special needs children were confined to an isolation booth, a padded closet with no windows, a Plexiglass roof and two small peepholes. --- KIRO Seattle --- November 29, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/hr7THS

13. "Boy Scouts' Opposition to Background Checks Let Pedophiles In" --- Amid reports of widespread sexual abuse of children in the late 1980s, several leading youth organizations began conducting criminal background checks of volunteers and staff members. Big Brothers Big Sisters ordered … --- Los Angeles Times --- December 3, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/VFumNI

14. "State Launches New Child Abuse Hotline" --- The state launched a new computerized phone system this week to improve its clogged child abuse hotline. The hotline – considered Illinois' front door in protecting battered and neglected children … --- Chicago Tribune --- November 28, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/JtL0Kh

15. "A Yea on Disabilities" --- The United States has made great progress over the past two decades in opening opportunities for people with disabilities. Many other countries lag far behind. That's why the U.S. Senate ought to ratify a U.N. treaty on rights for people with ... --- Washington Post --- December 2, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/URTy4A

16. "Minnesota AG Proposes Vulnerable Adult Legislation" --- It includes an improved background check process for guardians and conservators, and provides stronger financial safeguards for vulnerable adults. The proposed law would require background checks be conducted … --- Pierce County Herald --- December 2, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/bw9vuD

17. "Disabled Children More Likely to be Abused: Report" --- Disabled children and young people are more than three times as likely as their able-bodied peers to be abused or neglected, according to a new report. Children with a Disability Australia commissioned the report, which estimates that one in 65 ... --- ABC Online --- December 4, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/Vdgm34


18. "Calls Grow for Local Police to Take Developmental Center Cases" --- Cases involving reported assault and negligence have long been left to the Office of Protective Services, the police force at the five state-run developmental centers. --- Bakersfield Californian --- December 3, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/k1LX7Z

19. "Are You a Parent or Guardian of Someone Living at Sonoma Developmental Center?" --- This year, we've published reports of physical and sexual abuse, even a pregnancy, at Sonoma Developmental Center in Eldridge, which houses people who are unable to live with their families because of conditions such as cerebral palsy. ---Patch.com --- December 2, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/SAvK9M

20. "California Watch Tells Tough Tale of Sexually Abused Mental Patients" --- Fewer and fewer news outlets can muster the resources to prepare stories like the long, painstakingly reported one about the abuse and rape of a mentally disabled patient published Thursday by the Center for Investigative Reporting's California Watch. --- Press-Enterprise --- December 2, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/BBUC0Y

21. "Police Ignored, Mishandled Sex Assaults Reported by Disabled" --- Leslie Morrison, head of the investigations unit at Disability Rights California, examined the state developmental centers' sexual abuse … --- NBC Bay Area --- November 29, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Gg9nEI

22. "DA Says Local Agencies Should Be Involved in Developmental Center Cases" --- Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said emerging reports that patients of the Sonoma Developmental Center have suffered chronic abuse at the hands of staff is a major concern and should be addressed by local authorities. --- Santa Rosa Press Democrat --- November 29, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/iKr746

23. "The Role of Adult Protective Services — an Overview" --- Abuse, neglect, and exploitation involving at-risk adults is a growing problem in the United States, and Colorado is no exception. To help deal with this problem, each county department of human services in the state provides Adult Protective Services ... --- Cortez Journal --- November 30, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/keEnWM

24. "2 at State Mental Health Institute Go to Hospital" --- He is being held without bond. Colorado Mental Health Institute Superintendent Bill May said in a written statement that the incident will be investigated, and procedures will be reviewed to determine whether changes need to be made to keep residents safe. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- November 28, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/aM59er

25. "Group Home May Lose License" --- After James Graziano was hit by a car and killed after wandering away from his Gainesville group home last summer, his family in Weeki Wachee hoped the 23-year-old's death would be a tragic lesson for the staff … --- Tampabay.com --- November 30, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Ddqwmi

26. "I-Team: Training for Special Needs Aides Lacking" --- On Thursday, about 20 to 30 protesters held signs outside the Childrens' Board of Hillsborough County, protesting the treatment of special needs students by Hillsborough County Public Schools. --- ABC Action News --- November 29, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/rlNqyQ

27. "Handicapped Man Attacked at Local Wal-Mart" --- A handicapped man is attacked while trying to put groceries in his car outside a Rockford Wal-Mart. Police say it happened just before five this morning at the store on West River-side near Owen Center road. --- WIFR --- December 2, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/QypTfQ

28. "Woman Found Guilty of Fraud, Mistreatment, Animal Cruelty" --- Local law enforcement and Adult Protective Services removed the defendant's disabled adult daughter from her home in Sedan on March 5, 2009, due to unsanitary conditions … --- KAKE --- November 27, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/a3KQUK

29. "Pyne, in Taped Interview, Denies Hurting Mentally Ill Mother" --- The investigators questioned him about his relationship with his mother, who was seriously mentally ill and was sometimes violent toward him and his sister … --- Detroit Free Press --- November 29, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/2iacWc

30. "Two Charged in Assault on Woman in a Wheelchair" --- Aaron D. Jackson, 44, of Ontario Avenue, was charged with third-degree assault, and accused of punching the woman in the face while she was in her wheelchair in the Colt Block apartment complex, in … --- Buffalo News --- December 3, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/wrfT4g

31. "Falls Woman in Wheelchair Cut During Struggle with Two Suspects" --- A woman in a wheelchair suffered a deep cut to her hand early Saturday while trying to disarm a woman who threatened to stab her, police said. Facing charges of second- and third-degree assault and menacing … --- Buffalo News --- December 1, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/1oYu1Z

32. "Man in Wheelchair Bound and Robbed" --- The NYPD is reporting an incident where an elderly wheelchair bound man was allegedly attacked, duct taped and robbed. The alleged incident occurred in Manhattan on Friday evening. Initial reports claim that three thugs … --- myfoxny.com --- November 30, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/XuqjzS

33. "Police Arrest Man Accused of Attacking Man in Wheelchair" --- "You would think some people would have more respect for people in a wheelchair," Wallace said. Wallace said when he went over to help his friend off the ground, Fraley attacked him … --- WSOC Charlotte --- November 29, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/YS3uxI

34. "Akron Teacher Faces Charges of Physical, Verbal Abuse" --- An Ellet High School special education teacher continues to defend herself against accusations of inappropriate behavior toward mentally challenged students. Michelle Blain was scheduled to appear before the Ohio … --- Akron Beacon Journal --- December 1, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/Lt435x

35. "Man Jailed after Bullying Disabled Child" --- Schoolyard bullying is nothing new, but it's a bit more unusual—and more inexcusable—to see a grown man teasing a disabled 10-year-old child. The municipal judge … --- TIME --- November 30, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/Ei619V

36. "Pa. School Controls Classrooms Without Harsh Restraints" --- With an alarming number of autistic and disabled children being injured and killed in American schools by teachers using harsh methods to subdue unruly students, a suburban Philadelphia school … --- ABC News --- December 3, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/HjftC8

37. "Wheelchair-bound Man Claims He Was Beaten at Brazoria County Jail" --- A paralyzed man serving time for a traffic warrant claims jailers crossed the line. He says he was beaten after asking repeatedly to use the bathroom, and now he's suffering from a broken leg. --- December 3, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/NeNSlP

38. "Advocacy Group Gives Abilene State Living Center Low Marks, but State Agency ..." --- Disability Rights Texas, the nonprofit disability advocacy organization, said last week that residents of five living centers "remain at high risk for abuse and neglect due to the facility's continued noncompliance on basic health and safety provisions ... --- ReporterNews.com --- November 28, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/uXfQjz

39. "Parents of Special-needs Kids Defend School's Use of Isolation Booth" --- The Longview School District is reviewing use of a isolation booth at Mint Valley Elementary School to make sure staff is following state rules, but an adoptive parent of a special-needs daughter said the booth helped … --- Longview Daily News --- November 28, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/uPaUXn

40. "School Bus Driver, Attendant Fired After Leaving Special Needs Student on Bus" --- A D.C. school bus driver and attendant who left a student with special needs alone on their vehicle for hours on Tuesday ignored set protocols — including disengaging a safety buzzer with an off … --- Washington Times --- November 28, 2012 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) http://is.gd/6i4Ecr

41. "DA to Hold Open John Doe in Death of Patient at Mental Health Complex" --- District Attorney John Chisholm said Friday his office will conduct an open John Doe hearing in March into the death of 25-year-old Brandon Johnson while he was a patient at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- November 30, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/SwxbDZ

42. "Man Accused of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Disabled Woman" --- A Greenfield woman with cerebral palsy told police she was repeatedly—and brutally—sexually assaulted by a Milwaukee man. Kahlil A. Jaber, 43, is charged with second-degree sexual assault and battery-domestic abuse. --- Patch.com --- November 28, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/4ciqVl

43. "Redefining Crazy: Changes to the Bible of Psychiatric Disorders" --- On Saturday, the American Psychiatric Association finalized a 13-year process of revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly known as the DSM, the .. --- TIME --- December 3, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/VFumNI

44. "Harsh School Punishments Raising Concerns about Student Safety" --- There are no national standards for punishment or restraints used on school children. According to ABC News, only 17 states -- including Nevada -- have specific laws to protect students from harsh treatments or restraints … --- KTNV Las Vegas --- November 30, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/9K68Ib

Seeking Improved Support

45. "Arkansas Ranks High in Mental Health Problems" --- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) said the natural state ranks in the top 15 states in the country in the number of suicides and attempts each year, and when it come … --- Today's THV --- December 3, 2012 (ARKANSAS) http://is.gd/fdtlS5

46. "Supermax Prison Officials Move to Address Mental Health After Lawsuit" --- Officials at the highest-security federal prison in America have taken steps to address mental- health issues among the prison's inmates, following a lawsuit that accuses the government of indifference. --- Denver Post --- November 26, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/NxvYnR

47. "Southern Illinois Community Leaders to Rally at State Capitol" --- Quinn wants to close the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia, Tamms Supermax Prison, Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro, an adult transitional center and the … --- WSIU --- December 2, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/vBcVlw

48. "Mental Health Calls Stretch Police Resources" --- Mikulec attributes the increase in mental health-related calls to a combination of factors: a lack of structured services for Iowans with mental illness, a shortage of available beds due to capacity overload … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- December 3, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/rAhpof

49. "Increased Training Prepares Police for Mental Health Crisis Calls" --- The exercise was part of the most extensive training Iowa police have ever received in dealing with people with mental health problems. Patrol officers regularly confront such situations, whether it's a homeless … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- December 2, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/7gcCCl

50. "Children with Autism Arrive at Emergency Room in Times of Psychiatric Crisis ..." --- Kennedy Krieger researchers find families with private insurance more likely to use emergency department for urgent mental health care. --- Sacramento Bee --- December 3, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/AXjJJr

51. "City Reviews How Police Interact with Mentally Ill Suspects" --- The Hall incident was the focus of a discussion at City Hall on Monday night re-examining how police officers deal with the mentally challenged. "Unfortunately, more and more mentally challenged people are being brought … --- WNEM Saginaw --- November 27, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/vC9CpV

52. "Corbett Vows to End Waiting List for Disabled-Adults Services" --- About 30 protested his visit outside the Arch Street offices. "We have gone backward in the two years he has been in office," said Nancy Salandra, an organizer with ADAPT.. --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- November 30, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/GUct3F

53. "Deaths Rise as Cps Struggles" --- Both the of children dying while under the care of Arizona's Child Protective Services (CPS) and the number of child suicides in the state reached a six-year high, according to the 19th annual state report on child deaths. --- Payson Roundup --- November 30, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/p6ao1e

54. "The Pentagon Says No to Disabled Daughter of Navy Captain" --- She's understandably angry, and not just because the feds have denied her disabled daughter future coverage. She's also angry that TRICARE went after her family for the money it had … --- The Atlantic --- November 29, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/DB6Zrd

55. "State Agency Wants to Intervene in Disabled Civil Rights Case" --- "There are a lot of other ways people can get help without there being a guardianship in place," Miller said. "It's before the court right now and we trust the judicial process." Hatch is currently under the temporary guardianship of Jewish Family ... --- Daily Press --- November 28, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/TDGRsA

56. "2 Fired After Leaving Special Needs Child on Bus" --- The Office of the State Superintendent of Education, which is responsible for transporting special-needs students in the city, says the boy was picked up at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday and the bus went to his school. --- WJAC Johnstown --- November 28, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/WPODBc

57. "Adults with Autism Tell Congress More Funds Needed for Services" --- After hours of questions and testimony about what a burden autism is for families and society, two adults with autism, Ari Ne'eman and Michael John Carley, spoke. --- Washington Post --- November 30, 2012 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) http://is.gd/VU9S2g

58. "Teens Not Overtreated for Mental Illness, Study Suggests" --- Four million U.S. children and adolescents have a serious mental disorder affecting how they function, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, based in Arlington, Virginia. --- Businessweek --- December 3, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/5uRuTy

59. "Psychiatrists Redefine Disorders Including Autism" --- The move comes after a 7-year debate that has split the mental health community over whether the changes will spur over- diagnosis of some disorders, and limit treatment for others. --- Businessweek --- December 2, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/J69sYH

60. "Asperger's Dropped from Revised Diagnosis Manual" --- The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. --- ABC News --- December 1, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/9kGxrn

61. "Autism's Invisible Victims: The Siblings" --- One in eighty-eight American children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this week, Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman … --- TIME --- November 30, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/JaOJqy

62. "Brain Scans Show Differences in Adults With Autism" --- "There's really strong evidence now that the immune system appears to be playing a role in autism, but we just don't know what that role is," said Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer of Autism Speaks, who was not involved in either study. --- U.S. News & World Report --- November 29, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/bgeDQo

63. "1 in 5 Americans Mentally Ill in 2011" --- A new federal report shows that one in 5 American adults or 45-and- a-half-million people, had mental illness in the past year. The 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health collects data through face-to-face interviews with 65,750 people … --- WTAJ --- November 28, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/wBATDw

64. "The 20% of U.S. Population Highly Unlikely to Get Acting Roles" --- Representation of disability in the media is woefully low; less than 1% of the regular characters appearing on network television are disabled, and even fewer of those are actually played by disabled people. --- Care2.com --- November 27, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/1hcm0G

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

65. "Federal Law Could Help Half Million Californians Get Mental Health Treatment" --- A study suggests half a million Californians who suffer from mental health problems could get treatment as a result of coming changes in the federal health law. --- Capital Public Radio News --- December 3, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/mIQu6K

66. "State Autism Law Hits a Roadblock" --- Thousands of families across New York State were prepared to receive a new insurance benefit for their autistic children, at the beginning of November. But a last-minute mandate added onto New York's new autism law, has prevented … --- Rochester YNN --- November 30, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/RVV26a

67. "Treaty Rights for the Disabled" --- Now the Senate has a chance to extend the spirit of that law — and with it, real protections for the disabled — beyond our borders. It can vote on Tuesday to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, which ... --- New York Times --- December 3, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/0MZuvI

68. "ABC News Investigation Sparks Memories of Local Case" --- Congress has been looking into a federal law that would restrict the use of seclusion and restraint methods, but it's been stalled. "There's opposition to a federal law that would set standards by the school superintendents who say they don't want a ... --- WQOW TV News 18 --- November 29, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/JI4G62

International Articles

69. "SA Mum Denies Murdering Disabled Daughter" --- An Adelaide mother has denied murdering her disabled adult daughter, who weighed just 12kg when she died. Angela Puhle, 56, of North Brighton, is accused of starving her 27-year-old daughter to death … --- The Australian --- December 3, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/0i0NgL

70. "Disability Advocate Heckles Julia Gillard at Conference" --- Ms Leckie interrupted by saying "Prime minister, are you aware that the disability pension is nearly 67 per cent of national minimum wage?" She said people with permanent disabilities like herself were … --- The Australian --- December 3, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/HI6A8l

71. "Disabled Are 'Second-Class Citizens'" --- "Australia is in breach of the United Nations charter ... according to the human rights charter, disabled people are not supposed to be disadvantaged, they are supposed to have a lifestyle … --- The Canberra Times --- December 3, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/iW5tsr

72. "Third of Mental Health Patients Should Not be in Care – Ombudsman" --- A review by the state Ombudsman found about a third of psychiatric patients living in mental health facilities did not need to be there, but could not be discharged because no accommodation was available. --- Sydney Morning Herald --- November 30, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/3ZWfIB

73. "Inquiry to Report on Fetal Alcohol Problem" --- A report to be tabled in Federal Parliament today looks at the consequences of fetal alcohol syndrome and what might be done to curb the damage it causes. There is a move to put stronger warning labels on alcohol … --- ABC Online --- November 29, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/4mB8TM

74. "Remove Barriers to Protecting Rights, Dignity of Disabled: Bangladeshi PM" --- Terming negative outlook of the society on the people with disabilities as a big obstacle to their welfare, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called for removing this barrier to protecting their rights and dignity. --- TwoCircles.net --- December 3, 2012 (BANGLADESH) http://is.gd/et5fDX

75. "Ontario Services for People with Developmental Disabilities to be Investigated" --- Several Ontario families are concerned that young adults with developmental disabilities in crisis are at risk of ending up in jail or on the street because there is no place that will care … --- Examiner.com --- November 30, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/ilduPW

76. "Calgary Non-profit Says System Fails Alberta's Mentally Ill" --- A Calgary non-profit group wants the provincial government to do more — to get mentally ill people off Alberta streets. Debbie Newman, the executive director of The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre, says .. --- CBC.ca --- November 30, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/VLAJmL

77. "5 Detained as Mentally Retarded Workers Freed" --- Five people who abducted mentally retarded people and forced them to work at a car wash in north China's Tianjin City have been detained, police said. The workers didn't get the handsome pay they were promised. --- Shanghai Daily --- December 4, 2012 (CHINA) http://is.gd/Q0zayH

78. "Mentally Ill People Being Left Homeless Despite Available Housing Says Charity" --- Mentally ill people are being left homeless despite there being available housing, a leading charity has said. Suffolk House recovery house in the London borough of Barney, Haringey and Enfield is being used as a "dumping ground" for those who have ... --- The Independent --- November 28, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/gCCiX8

79. "The Stigma of the Hidden Schizophrenia Epidemic" --- When my son, Henry, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in early 2002 I knew nothing about mental illness. After seeing him for the first time in hospital in Brighton I went online in my hotel room and was dismayed to … --- The Independent --- November 27, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/fln2J6

80. "Disability in Egypt" --- Egypt is not a country best-suited to those with disabilities. For years, Non-governmental associations such as Dar El-Orman and Resala have been trying to support people with … --- Daily News Egypt --- November 27, 2012 (EGYPT) http://is.gd/ALQZhw

81. "Probe Finds Abuse in Guatemala Mental Hospital" --- Human rights groups say they found hundreds of women and children subjected to sexual and physical abuse at a public psychiatric hospital in Guatemala's capital. --- Sacramento Bee --- November 30, 2012 (GUATEMALA) http://is.gd/qK9dYJ

82. "Govt Takes Slew of Steps to Help People with Disabilities" --- Three schools for the mentally challenged were inaugurated in the state, one each in Patna, Gaya and Darbhanga. Not only this, the government has also initiated a campaign this month, which will conclude … --- Times of India --- December 4, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/VY2Dmc

83. "Over 2 Dozen Detained During Protest March over Disabled Rights" --- "We demand our rights be upheld and the schemes for handicapped persons be implemented without delay," he said, adding even after assurances from the government, nothing has been done. --- Hindustan Times --- December 3, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/r5eg5A

84. "A Charity Calls for 'Lunatics' Term to be Removed from Irish Law" --- An Irish charity which supports people with intellectual disabilities has called for an end to the use of the term 'lunatics' in Irish law to describe people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems. --- BBC News --- December 3, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/nNWJNH

85. "Adult Abuse Cases Increase by 23%" --- The number of reported cases of abuse against vulnerable adults rose by 23% in just one year, provisional figures show. Data from 99 councils in England show that the number of reported cases rose … --- Belfast Telegraph --- November 30, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/QS0eKi

86. "Officials in Israeli Municipalities Face Criminal Probes over Lack of Disabled Access" --- Dozens of senior officials from at least five local authorities have been undergoing a criminal investigation in recent months on suspicion of infringing the accessibility rights of disabled people … --- Haaretz --- December 3, 2012 (ISRAEL) http://is.gd/LhfKzG

87. "Report: Unemployment in Israel among Severely Handicapped 30% Higher than in General Population" --- A report released Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which falls on Monday, shows low employment figures. --- Haaretz --- December 3, 2012 (ISRAEL) http://is.gd/ZfHVBy

88. "Research Reveals Disturbing Results for Disabled People" --- New Zealanders with significant disabilities are falling through the cracks and in too many cases are being treated as second class citizens, according to ground-breaking new research. --- Voxy --- December 2, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/TXhqXD

89. Israeli Locking 85 Palestinian Disabled Prisoners" --- The Palestinian Authority said Sunday the Israeli occupation forces were locking 85 Palestinian prisoners who were physically and mentally disabled. The Authority's ministry of prisoners and free … --- Kuwait News Agency --- December 2, 2012 (PALESTINE) http://is.gd/chqLau

90. "International Day of Persons with Disabilities" --- This year the day is being observed with the theme 'Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.' According to an estimate of the United Nations Organisation approximately 15 percent of the world … --- Pakistan Daily Times --- December 3, 2012 (PAKISTAN) http://is.gd/ydWsiI

91. "Neglected and Stigmatized, Mentally-ill Seek a Shelter" --- Several health specialists in Madinah have urged authorities to establish a home for the mentally-ill who have been abandoned by their families. They underlined the need for providing asylum and protection to patients .. --- Saudi Gazette --- December 1, 2012 (SAUDI ARABIA) http://is.gd/USKgTW

92. "S'pore to Sign Global Convention to Protect Rights of People with Disabilities" --- Ms Anita Fam, vice president of the Asian Women's Welfare Association and a member of the EM 2012-2016 Steering Committee, said signing the Convention will inspire Singapore to work steadily towards creating … --- TODAYonline --- November 29, 2012 (SINGAPORE) http://is.gd/wsmqJ4

93. "Spain Protest for Disabled: We're Being ‘Abandoned’ " --- It has been the turn of thousands of disabled Spaniards to rally through the Madrid streets in defiance of the latest round of austerity measures. More than 300 buses brought in protesters and … --- euronews (video) --- December 2, 2012 (SPAIN) http://is.gd/OlQBZU

94. "Ugandan Albinos to Be Declared Among Persons with Disabilities" --- The minister for persons with disabilities, Suleiman Madada, has today said that Uganda is considering including albinos into the ministry of persons with disabilities. Madada told press today that leaders of albinos … --- AllAfrica.com --- November 27, 2012 (UGANDA) http://is.gd/Kt0qiN

95. "Time Is Now for US to Support International Disability Rights" --- Monday, December 3 is recognized around the world as International Day of People with Disabilities. Sanctioned by the United Nations two decades ago, the day "aims to promote an understanding of people with disabilities and encourage support for their ... --- Huffington Post --- December 3, 2012 (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/72M2Px

96. "The Disabled Often are Denied Information about Sex and HIV" --- Over a billion people — 15 percent of the world's population — live with a disability. These numbers should confer power and authority in decision making about all aspects of their lives, including to HIV and AIDS. Yet people with disabilities have ... --- GlobalPost --- December 1, 2012 (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/mtnBHu


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