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News Summary for December 31, 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. “Latino with Down Syndrome Beaten by Cops, Family Says” --- Martinez, who is 4-foot-11 and weighs 158 pounds, has Down Syndrome and an IQ of 50 —meaning he thinks like an 8-year-old. His sister Jessica, 20, takes care of him making sure he dresses appropriately … --- Fox News --- December 24, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/JKZI4P
2. “California Senator Seeks Investigations of Abuse of Disabled People” --- Concerned about a wave of rapes in California facilities for the disabled and mentally ill, state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) has proposed mandating the immediate use of kits to collect evidence when allegations of ... --- Los Angeles Times --- December 19, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/6yOMJD
3. “Lake Home for Disabled Settles Abuse Complaint by Agreeing to Changes” --- A Lake County home for developmentally disabled people agreed Thursday to videotape common rooms at its centers and make sure its employees obey the law and report abuse as soon as they witness it. --- Orlando Sentinel --- December 20, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/tg36PS
4. “3 Fired from Indy Group Home After Locking out Resident” --- A home care services provider has fired three workers from an Indianapolis group home after police say they intentionally locked out a partially dressed developmentally disabled resident in the cold. --- WSBT-TV --- December 18, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/ByRIGL
5. “Feds Warn School over Shock Therapy” --- The school, which serves children with developmental disabilities as well as those with behavioral and emotional problems, has come under fire for years from disability advocates who say that using electric shocks to address behavior issues is inhumane. --- Disability Scoop --- December 20, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/0vPEfZ
6. “NY Woman Convicted of Stealing from Disabled” --- A woman who was an administrator for an agency that served disabled people has been convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from the agency's clients. --- Wall Street Journal --- December 25, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/QJVDjl
7. “Well-Known Spine Doctor Charged with Exploitation of Vulnerable Adult” --- During a visit Meador's clinic, Utah Spine and Disc, prosecutors say a disabled and vulnerable adult unknowingly signed contracts giving her a $6,000 credit line and charging her $5,200 for 20 treatments. --- KUTV Dan Sheldon --- December 20, 2012 (UTAH) http://is.gd/HmfDNN


8. “Fayette Deputies Accused of Beating Disabled Man” --- Four Fayette County deputies are accused of beating up a disabled man and later dropping him off at his home without providing him any medical treatment. --- West Virginia Record --- December 18, 2012 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/boy0w8

9. “Editorial: DSHS Must Investigate Alleged Abuse at Group Homes for the Disabled” --- A report by Disability Rights Washington concludes that about one-third of the 3,000 abuse and neglect complaints filed with DSHS over the past two years were never investigated. --- The Seattle Times --- December 20, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/6KXU0p
10. “Asperger's Sufferers Fear Adam Lanza Will Become Their Poster Boy” --- Like millions of people, Paul Bondonno searched in vain for an explanation for the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But when early reports noted the gunman had Asperger's syndrome, the 34-year-old bolted … --- San Jose Mercury News --- December 24, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/rQMoSz
11. “New Jersey's Autism Rate Soars” --- “I think increased awareness could be part of the reason,” said Suzanne Buchanan, interim executive director of Autism New Jersey. “But, researchers are also looking at other factors such as the age at which parents have children, older parents, as ... --- New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio --- December 19, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/Ra5wdC
12. “BJS Releases Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2011 - Statistical Tables” --- This report presents estimates of nonfatal violent victimization (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities from 2009 to 2011. --- Sacramento Bee --- December 19, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/JpArnb


13. “Ontario Needs to do More to Protect People with Disabilities, Advocate Says” --- Twenty-four years later, Lanthier is on a crusade to stop the mistreatment of people with developmental disabilities like herself, who are living on their own or in care … --- Waterloo Record --- December 20, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/F2De3u


14. “Autism Diagnoses in Israel Jump Almost Fivefold Since 2004” --- Autism diagnoses in Israel jump almost fivefold since 2004. Social Affairs Ministry's report for 2011 found sharp and continual increase in incidence of the disorder; over half those with autism are children … --- Haaretz --- December 18, 2012 (ISRAEL) http://is.gd/hhK56d


15. “Secret Boy Scout Sex Abuse Claims Posted Online” --- Thousands of previously unpublished Boy Scouts of America files that detail suspected sexual abuse by employees and volunteers have been posted online. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 25, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/bGvbo8


16. “Man Pleads No Contest to Raping Disabled Woman at Penryn Facility” --- The former caregiver arrested last week on suspicion of raping a Placer County disabled woman entered a no-contest plea today. Marquise Montgomery, 22, of Sacramento, is expected to be given the maximum … --- Sacramento Bee --- December 19, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/narTIh


17. “Man in Wheelchair Stabbed to Death in McDonald's While Trying to Order Food” --- A man was arrested for stabbing a disabled man to death inside a McDonald's, Orlando police said Wednesday. --- WFTV Orlando --- December 26, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/qRtBiR


18. “Parents of Special Needs Student Slapped by Teacher Looking for $700K in Lawsuit” --- The parents of a 12-year-old LaVille Junior/Senior High School student reportedly spanked and slapped by a special education teacher has notified the Union North United School Corporation that … --- Pilot News --- December 21, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/jCN5A4


19. “Caretaker Accused of Punching Blind Woman” --- Authorities said a caretaker suspected of punching her blind patient was taken into custody Tuesday. The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested Danea Patterson, 34. --- WBXH --- December 26, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/ZlTeqm


20. “County Sued for Age Discrimination, Disability Act Violations” --- A 71-year-old man who claims the county forced him into retirement has filed suit in federal court alleging age discrimination and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. --- Patch.com --- December 20, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/9GJppp


21. “Gaps Found in Care, Safety in Mass. Group Homes” --- Valerie Diaz's worst fears were realized when she opened the door to her Connecticut home in June to find grim-faced police officers on her front stoop. --- WBUR --- December 19, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/LcltF1


22. “Special Needs Bus Driver Charged with Driving Drunk Headed for Trial” --- The driver of a school bus for special-needs students is tentatively scheduled for trial on Monday charged with driving drunk -- more than three times the legal limit -- when he crashed into another special-needs school bus in June in Tyngsboro. --- The Sun --- December 18, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/NY4Djk


23. “Two Arrested in Hattiesburg for Keeping Mentally Challenged Adults in Deplorable Conditions” --- Investigators with the Mississippi Attorney General's office arrested two Hattiesburg residents Wednesday on charges of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, and the misuse of more than $21,000.--- WDAM-TV --- December 19, 2012 (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/kQA5Me


24. “Cherry Hill Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Woman” --- He was charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault and other related charges. Cammack, who knew the victim through acquaintances, assaulted the woman in Cherry Hill Township on multiple occasions. --- Gloucester County Times - NJ.com --- December 22, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/kreUxK


25. “Hermon Man Accused of Raping Disabled Person” --- A town resident stands accused of raping a disabled person, state police at Canton said. Jerry F. Daniels, 53, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with one count of second-degree rape without consent, in which the victim was disabled. --- WatertownDailyTimes.com --- December 21, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/wZWlOs


26. “NC Teens Arrested for Allegedly Killing Deaf Man During Robbery, Police Say” --- Three teenagers are under arrest after authorities say they fatally stabbed a deaf man during a robbery, then left him lying in the front yard of a Charlotte home. --- CBS News --- December 24, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/f9UIdf


27. “Thieves Steal from Special Needs Child” --- However, for the last few days Christopher's routine has been slightly disrupted. On Monday, their family home was broken into and burglars got away with two Christmas presents ... --- WCTI12.com --- December 19, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/XaveC5


28. “Man Sentenced for Sexual Assault of Patient” --- A Springfield man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a mentally and physically handicap woman was sentenced today to 18 months in jail. Larry Thompson, of East Southern Avenue in Springfield, pleaded guilty to a charge of gross sexual imposition. --- WHIO Dayton --- December 19, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/AHbLDF


29. “Pa. Man, 39, Jailed in Rape of Disabled Girl, 15” --- A central Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sexually assaulted a mentally disabled 15-year-old girl at least eight times since July. --- 6abc.com --- December 21, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/35DwLV


30. “Man Gets 1-2 Years After Plea Agreement in Baldwin Rape Case” --- The man whom Baldwin Borough police officers tracked down in Erie, PA, over a year ago on charges that he raped a mentally disabled girl in south Baldwin in September 2010 has been sentenced to approximately 1-2 years of confinement for sexual assault ... --- Patch.com --- December 18, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/u6WZHe


31. “Group Home Director Pledges Internal Review in Wake of Death” --- The state director of an organization that oversees a Mauldin group home said that she was saddened by the death of a resident and pledged to cooperate with law enforcement and the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. --- Greenville News --- December 20, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/IR8uCC


32. “El Paso Center for Special Needs Out of Compliance” --- ... social bookmarking and networking sites, etc. AP. EL PASO, TX -- A Justice Department review of the El Paso State Supported Living Center shows the center that houses special needs residents has flunked almost 80 percent of its compliance standards. --- abc13.com --- December 26, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/hcAkcD


33. “Wausau Woman Accused of Stealing from Disabled Sister” --- Guardianship was transferred to another sister, Patricia A. Kufahl, in 2011, after a representative from Adult Protective Services at North Central Health Care in Wausau discovered financial irregularities with the disabled woman's bank account ... --- Wausau Daily Herald --- December 20, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/vVB9Il


Seeking Improved Support
34. “No More Turning Away from Mentally Ill” --- It is 2,488 miles from Phoenix to Newtown, but Friday's elementary-school massacre hit close to home for James. "If I wasn't here, doing what I'm doing, that could be my son," he told me. "And I think there's a lot of people out there like my son ... --- Arizona Republic --- December 19, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/C285rq


35. “Calif. Mental Health Services Proposed as Federal Model” --- Calif. mental health services proposed as federal model. California's voter-approved mental health services can serve as a model for the rest of the nation, says the leader of the Calif. Senate in the wake of the Connecticut school mass shooting. --- USA TODAY --- December 21, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ml5FOo


36. “Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions of Asperger's Disorder” --- There have been unconfirmed reports that the shooter involved in a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school may have had some form of autism or Asperger's syndrome. There is no link between any type of autism and planned violence, but questions .. --- NBC Bay Area --- December 20, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/hHXF79


37. “Dillard's Settles Class-action Lawsuit over Sick Leave” --- Department store chain Dillard's Inc. has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the retailer of breaking federal disability laws by requiring workers seeking sick leave to disclose private medical conditions. --- Los Angeles Times --- December 19, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/IIcEyB


38. “San Francisco Senior and Disability Organizations Protest Outside of Wells Fargo Bank” --- Senior and Disability Action and the Gray Panthers gathered outside the bank branch at noon, claiming that Wells Fargo is the leader in San Francisco foreclosures -- many of which are happening to … --- San Francisco Examiner --- December 18, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/5hlNu3


39. “LA's Child Abuse Data Overload” --- In October 2010, the Board of Supervisors had a long and at times rancorous discussion about child deaths in Los Angeles County and realized that they really couldn't quantify problems or measure progress because there are so many county agencies that ... --- Los Angeles Times --- December 18, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ufolcz


40. “Hickenlooper Seeking Expansion of Mental Health Care” --- Gov. John Hickenlooper is proposing an expansion of Colorado's mental health services, including urgent care facilities for the mentally ill and housing vouchers — initiatives that are a response to the Aurora theater shootings this summer. --- The Coloradoan --- December 18, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/Fb4rXA


41. “ 'Woefully Few Resources' for NE Florida Mental Health” --- With the national debate on gun control sparked from the elementary school shooting in Connecticut has come a national call to action to review mental health resources as well. --- WOKV --- December 25, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/cT9St0


42. “Local Mental Health Experts Worry Conn. Shootings Will Increase Stignma Attached to Mental Illness” --- And at least one Treasure Coast agency that serves youngsters struggling with mental illness, Tykes & Teens in Palm City, is reacting to the Newtown, Conn., massacre by changing how they assess potential clients to better … --- Stuart News (subscription) --- December 23, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/OW8U5K


43. “A Florida Mom's Lonely Fight for Her Disabled Son” --- Tereza Pereira had cared for her woefully disabled son at home for most of his life. But she was in her 50s now, working two jobs to stay afloat, and state health administrators had repeatedly refused to pay … --- MiamiHerald.com --- December 22, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/LkbSBW


44. “Ex-director of Miami Gardens Mental Health Clinic Imprisoned for 8 Years for Medicare Fraud” --- The former director of a mental health clinic in Miami Gardens has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for his role in a vast conspiracy involving dozens of co-workers who collectively tried to bilk more than $50 million from Medicare. --- MiamiHerald.com --- December 21, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/0yU6ai


45. “Challenges of Raising Mentally Ill Kids” --- But mental health experts like Judi Evans, Florida executive director for national alliance on mental illness says you have to be able identify the signs. "Some of the things to look for are a change in eating and sleeping habits, withdrawal from ... --- WTXL ABC 27 --- December 19, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Cg9Z1P


46. “Ga. Jail Partnership Treats Mentally Ill Inmates” --- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday reported the jail struggled with a backlog of mentally ill inmates waiting for treatment at Georgia Regional Hospital. Inmates who have been deemed incompetent can't go to court until they ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 24, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/iKY1ja


47. “Housing for the Mentally Ill: Daily Herald” --- "People with mental illness in this area are forced to live with their parents or in nursing homes or they have to leave their communities to live in the city. Tragically, some of them end up homeless," an expert at one suburban agency says. --- ABC7Chicago.com --- December 23, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/XhVjMG


48. “Mentally Ill Often Behind Bars” --- He found systemic problems in several areas, including record keeping, delayed access to medical services and medications, and “severely mentally ill patients being inappropriately placed in disciplinary cells. --- Beloit Daily News --- December 22, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/WvYXfK


49. “Mental Health Reform Takes Center Stage in Iowa” --- With the recent tragic events in Connecticut, the national conversation has shifted to gun control; however, there is another topic being discussed, one that always seems to have some sort of stigma to it, and that is mental illness. --- KTVO --- December 21, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/go4LRh


50. “Shortage of Mental-health Professionals Makes Getting Treatment More Difficult” --- “There is no predictor where we'd be able to say in mental health that this person is going to do something very dangerous,” said Rick Gertsema, clinical supervisor of the recently opened Amberwing Center for Youth and … --- Duluth News Tribune --- December 21, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/JijKSo


51. “Mental Health Safety Net in St. Louis Area is Strained” --- “The region has done some really creative things to improve mental health, (but) we still have an enormous gap between what the needs are and the services available,” said Robert Fruend, chief executive of … --- STLtoday.com --- December 23, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/nq7wsR


52. “Golden Pen Award: We Must End Stigma of Mental Illness” --- “It's time for a meaningful, nationwide conversation about mental health.” President Barack Obama's words have been echoed by the mental health community — parents, consumers, advocates and providers for some time. We fear that in our lifetime we will ... --- Billings Gazette --- December 23, 2012 (MONTANA) http://is.gd/OHEazG


53. “New CEO named at Beatrice Center for Developmentally Disabled in Nebraska” --- A longtime employee at the Beatrice State Developmental Center has been named chief executive officer. Delvin Koch was named to the post last week. --- The Republic --- December 24, 2012 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/Ehfwd0


54. “Hundreds of Elderly and Disabled New Yorkers Evacuated during Hurricane Sandy are Still Homeless” --- Hundreds of elderly and disabled New Yorkers who were hurriedly evacuated from seaside nursing homes and assisted living residences after Superstorm Sandy are still in a grim limbo two months later, sleeping on … --- New York Daily News --- December 26, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/uxKLYH


55. “NYC Starts New Program for Mentally Ill Defendants” --- The city is making a new effort to channel mentally ill people who get arrested into treatment instead of jail, if they don't need to be there, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Sunday. --- Wall Street Journal --- December 23, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/2MyLaZ


56. “Community Mental Health Services for Young Adults Challenged” --- The mass shooting in Connecticut this month has brought increased attention to the lack of community mental health services available for young adults in North Carolina. --- News & Observer --- December 22, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/SOM844


57. “State Finds $1 Million to Help Group Homes Stay Open through January” --- Mentally disabled group home residents facing eviction at the end of the year will be able to stay in those homes through the end of January with the help of $1 million from a rental assistance … --- Charlotte Observer --- December 19, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/qLIpiK


58. “One Mom Fights the System to Help Mentally Ill Son” --- Brown knew Max was mentally ill, that something had been wrong since she was pregnant, but a chill ran through her. She looked in the rearview mirror. He was looking back at her. --- USA TODAY --- December 24, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/H9foa2


59. “Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities Struggle to Find Help” ---Starting at age 7, Teddy Shuman would transform at a moment's notice from a sweet-natured boy who struggled with developmental disabilities to a child driven by uncontrollable rages. --- Tribune-Review --- December 24, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/Si7WWr


60. “Parents of Mentally Ill Adults Struggle to Find Shelter” --- This is what she told a judge before a different mentally ill person killed his mother in Connecticut last week. "I've been on the news many times and advocated through the years for many people and I'm going to be on the news one day for another ... --- News Channel 7 --- December 19, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/7Xileq


61. “Mom of Mentally Ill Son Shares Her Story in Wake of Connecticut Tragedy” --- While investigators in Connecticut continue to search for the motivation and mental state of the gunman who killed 20 children and six adults last week, a single mother in Humble says the tragedy raised new fears for her and her mentally ill son. --- KHOU --- December 19, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/dyMMc1


62. “Utah Public Guardians Look out for 'Invisible' Elderly and Disabled” --- Some are developmentally disabled, or were homeless and have chronic conditions from years of living on the streets. Two are refugees from Vietnam who came to the U.S. years ago following the war that devastated their country and suffer from mental ... --- Salt Lake Tribune --- December 23, 2012 (UTAH) http://is.gd/iN7yvJ


63. “Troubling Legacy of Sandy Hook May be Backlash Against Kids with Autism” --- "The reason why this man shot little kids is because he has autism," he said. Tricia Nelson's seventh-grade son was at the assembly. He's shy, not the kind of child apt to speak in public, but his hand darted up in response … --- CNN International --- December 19, 2012 (UTAH) http://is.gd/SLDBQo


64. “Disabled Community Split over Future of Mental Health Facilities” --- When Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last January plans to close four of the state's five mental health facilities and shift the resources to community-based care, advocates celebrated it as a major victory for the disabled. But Judy Korf, of ... --- Washington Examiner --- December 22, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/zp3oEs


65. “McDonnell Establishes School Safety Task Force, Mental Health Panel” --- Also Thursday, the governor announced plans for a separate mental health work group, lead by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and state Health and Human Resources Secretary Dr. Bill Hazel. McDonnell's school safety initiative … --- The Virginian-Pilot --- December 21, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/GVEw8m


66. “For Many Mentally Ill, Jail is the Only Helping Hand” --- As budget cuts have nipped away at mental health services across the country, police and correction officers have become de facto first responders in handling mentally ill people. Nationally, about one in six jail inmates has an identified mental ... --- Times Herald-Record --- December 24, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/TiN9ve


67. “Up to 70% Don't Report Sex Assaults” --- The discrepancy between on-campus crimes Bucknell University reported to the federal government and those revealed by students as part of a national survey is not uncommon, according to a Pennsylvania rape-prevention advocate. --- Sunbury Daily Item --- December 22, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/bv98A4


68. “Connecticut Killings Reopen Debate on Forcibly Committing the Mentally Ill” --- The tragedy in Connecticut has reopened a difficult debate over whether states should be allowed to involuntarily commit the mentally ill. The trend over the decades has been to release mental health patients, with a number of court cases ... --- Fox News --- December 22, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/yZ5F6T


69. “What Does Autism Have to Do with It?” --- Unconfirmed reports have suggested that he may have had autism or Asperger's syndrome. Host Michel Martin looks at the speculation about Lanza, and talks about the myths and truths about autism and Asperger's syndrome with two moms and a child ... --- NPR --- December 20, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/n7fqiM


70. “Mental Illness Isn't Synonymous with Violence” --- Unfortunately, one of those answers has been to inaccurately connect mass murder and violence to mental health conditions rather than to focus on the true scourge of gun violence that infects our nation. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 20, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/rpU0c9


71. “An Unfair Stigma for the Mentally Ill” --- Misinformation and ignorance about mental health “became the norm in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy,” and as a result millions of mentally ill and learning disabled Americans have been unfairly stigmatized, says Peter Jukes in the Daily Beast. --- Albany Times Union --- December 21, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/TPkcYy


72. “Association of Asperger's to Newtown Shooter Dismays Parents and Advocates” --- Parents and advocates for children with Asperger's, who have spent years seeking educational and treatment programs to help their children lead successful lives, said associating the disorder with Lanza's actions was … --- Hartford Courant --- December 21, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/5f9SyE


73. “Confusing Asperger's with Mental Illness, and Mental Illness with Evil” --- As a baby reporter in Texas, I covered what we euphemistically called mental health services in the state. These “services,” reserved for the dangerously ill, involved brief, groggy hospital stays … --- Washington Post --- December 18, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/ULTY61
Proposed Legislation and New Laws
74. “Pavley Announces Plans for Disabled Victims Sex Crime Bill” --- Senator Fran Pavley, who represents Woodland Hills in addition to surrounding areas, announced Tuesday her plans to introduce legislation to help protect developmentally disabled victims of sex crimes who are in state facilities. --- Patch.com --- December 18, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ZkZ3Lr


75. “Mental Health Bill Pushed” --- U.S. Representative Rich Nugent said it's time to stop sending billions of dollars to foreign countries that hate us and funnel some of that money to states to help in the fight against mental illness. --- Hernando Today --- December 21, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/wo9E5J
International Articles
76. “Mental Illness is Rampant in Afghanistan” --- Madman!" the children cry after him. They laugh and make jokes. Mohammad does not know how to answer and shouts back angrily at his tormentors: "Not me! You!" The 16-year-old is just one among … --- Deutsche Welle --- December 18, 2012 (AFGHANISTAN) http://is.gd/XDP53f


77. “Records Reveal Abuse of Alberta Mentally Disabled” --- Inadequate training and staff shortages contributed to the abuse of people with intellectual disabilities in Alberta that ranged from physical attacks to burns that were left unattended, say provincial records. --- Canada.com --- December 21, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/OKCeuz
78. “On-site Audit of Veterans Facility Sparked by Neglect Complaints Complete” --- Federal government auditors have completed an on-site inspection of Canada's largest veterans facility prompted by complaints about substandard treatment and neglect of its most frail residents. --- Yahoo! News --- December 21, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/u8yhN8


79. “Deaf Man Left Battered After Attack by Thugs” --- The shocking image of 52-year-old Michael Boyle has been released by Nottinghamshire Police after he was attacked in Worksop.--- The Star --- December 21, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/k3DQO5


80. “Mentally-challenged Woman Raped by Uncle, Cousin” --- A 23-year-old mentally challenged woman was allegedly raped by her uncle and cousin on various occasions at Lonighat village near Beed district around 150 km from here. --- Times of India --- December 25, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/7c4UdP


81. “Man Jailed for Abusing Special Needs Girl” --- A civil servant who sexually abused his special needs foster daughter in their Kildare home has been sentenced to three years with the final 18 months suspended. --- Irish Times --- December 17, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/axv4ds


82. “Parents of Autistic Children in Israel Protest for Funds” --- The protest, which was led by the Israeli Society for People with Autism, called upon the government to legislate regulations of the rights of children suffering from autism and supply funds to deal with the phenomenon of about 16 million U.S. dollars ... --- Shanghai Daily --- December 24, 2012 (ISRAEL) http://is.gd/ddC4dR


83. “Google Chiefs Cleared in Disabled-Teen Video Case” --- The convictions of three Google executives charged over a video on one of the internet giant's sites showing a disabled teen being bullied have been overturned by an Italian appeals court. --- BreakingNews.ie --- December 21, 2012 (ITALY) http://is.gd/9Knplm


84. “Depression, Mental Illness among Japan's Public School Teachers Increasing” --- A report by the Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology shows that in 2011, around 5,200 public school teachers had to go on sick leave due to various mental illnesses, including severe depression. --- The Japan Daily Press --- December 26, 2012 (JAPAN) http://is.gd/dyAn5h


85. “Disabled Victim of Assault Brands 'Scum' Gang 4-Year Sentences Too Short” --- A disabled man attacked by a gang of thieves targeting the elderly and vulnerable has branded them “scum” and said their four-year sentences were too short. --- Edinburgh Evening News --- December 20, 2012 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/FjmnWe


86. “Gays and Disabled are 'Coerced into Marriage' ” --- More than 5 per cent of the calls to the Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage line concerned people being pressured into marriage because they have a physical or learning disability or because of their sexuality, officials revealed. --- Scotsman --- December 20, 2012 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/VIs1GO


87. “Banker Tells Disabled Husband They're Going on Luxury Holiday but Dumps Him in ...” --- A rich banker persuaded her disabled husband to go to India on the holiday of a lifetime – then dumped him in a slum to save money on care costs. The 65-year-old financier showed her wheelchair-bound husband … --- Mirror.co.uk --- December 21, 2012 (SWITZERLAND) http://is.gd/WzocXO


88. “The Forgotten Mental Patients on Syria's Front Line” --- Dar al-Ajaza does not exclusively house mentally disabled patients -- there are also elderly people who have lost all their family, and people suffering from physical disabilities. --- The Daily Star --- December 21, 2012 (SYRIA) http://is.gd/tZ6Oe4


89. “Coming to the Aid of the Disabled and Elderly” --- Barraged by criticism that they have created an unfriendly city for the disabled and the elderly, Bangkok authorities have finally begun to redress the issue by introducing taxis specifically designed for those less mobile. --- Bangkok Post --- December 21, 2012 (THAILAND) http://is.gd/E4CPPo


90. “Promoting the Rights of People with Mental Disabilities” --- Zanzibar is one of many developing countries where people with mental disabilities still face violation of their rights. Perhaps the government has not been keen enough at ensuring those rights are guaranteed. --- AllAfrica.com --- December 19, 2012 (ZANZIBAR) http://is.gd/JEbg5N


91. “Police Taser Use on Mentally Ill Slammed” --- Concerns have been voiced by Rethink Mental Illness which said it was “inappropriate” to fire the weapons at people suffering mental trauma, while the charity Mind called for greater training for officers. It follows Freedom of Information requests to ... --- The Independent --- December 25, 2012 (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/UpC7fo


92. “Ancient Bones Show that Caring for the Disabled is as Old as Society Itself” --- Ancient Bones Show That Caring for the Disabled Is as Old as Society Itself. A growing pool of archaeologists are finding evidence that, even in ancient times, humans have banded together in order to take care of severely ailing and disabled people. --- Medical Daily --- December 21, 2012 (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/8dvirv



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