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News Summary for February 4, 2013
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. “PB County Man Charged with Stealing From Daughter” --- A father is charged with using more than $58,000 from his daughter's guardianship account to fuel his lavish spending – including a 2007 Jaguar XK and a flat-screen TV – is behind bars, the first arrest resulting from Clerk … --- BocaNewsNow.com --- January 28, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/yihUxt

2. “Man Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Disabled Adult” --- A convicted sex offender who fled the state after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing a vulnerable adult has been sentenced to between 18 to 25 years in prison. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- January 30, 2013 (IDAHO) http://is.gd/H9RJcJ

3. “Mother Will Serve Jail Time for Mistreating Disabled Daughter” --- A Chautauqua County woman today was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $35,869.84 and was sentenced to 30 days in jail on convictions of Medicaid fraud, mistreatment of a dependent adult and animal cruelty, Kansas … --- Topeka Capital Journal --- January 28, 2013 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/fj3Uyk

4. “Sentenced in Canyon View Sexual Assault” --- Knutsen, a convicted sex offender, is charged with sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult stemming from an alleged incident at St. Luke's Canyon View Behavioral Health in Twin Falls. --- Twin Falls Times-News --- January 30, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/7brNz8

5. “Keene Mental Health Counselor Plans to Plead Guilty to Lesser Charges” --- To the dismay of the detective who busted him, a Keene mental health counselor has been offered a plea deal for lesser charges in his attempted sexual assault case. --- The Keene Sentinel --- January 30, 2013 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/5FMHqD

6. “New Mexico Couple Arrested after Disabled Girl, 8, Found Locked in Cage, Police Say” --- A woman and her boyfriend have been arrested after police found an 8-year-old developmentally disabled girl locked in a wooden cage in the couple's mobile home. --- Fox News --- January 29, 2013 (NEW MEXICO) http://is.gd/45BIBQ

7. “Death of Autistic Man at Queens Village Mental Health Facility Last Summer Ruled a Homocide” --- The Bernard Fineson Developmental Center did not return several calls by the Daily News. Rose's family's lawyer, Aaron DePass, accused the facility of having “a culture of abuse.” --- New York Daily News --- January 29, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/GCNgNH

8. “Portland Teacher's Suit Says Disabled Kids Mistreated” --- A former Portland Public Schools teacher has filed a whistleblower and discrimination lawsuit against the district, saying she was forced out of her job for calling attention to disturbing conditions for disabled students. --- Willamette Week --- January 30, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/7ksuAg

9. "Philadelphia Drops Charges in Disabled Adult Abuse Case as Feds Pursue Murder, Hate Crimes” --- As expected, Philadelphia prosecutors will step aside so federal authorities can pursue charges accusing a paroled killer and others of kidnapping mentally disabled adults for their disability checks. --- Fox News ---January 28, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/dqVxLS

10. “Orange Grove Staff Member Charged with Abuse of Group Home Resident” --- A 20-year-old Orange Grove Center staff member has been charged with whipping a client. Nile Johnson was arrested for physical abuse or gross neglect of an impaired adult. --- The Chattanoogan --- January 30, 2013 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/VBEUtT

11. “Wenatchee Schools Settle Disabled Student's Negligence Claim” --- Diana and Jack Snyder filed suit in 2005, claiming their developmentally disabled son was threatened with a gun and sexually abused in 1999 by another student in Wenatchee High School's special education program. --- The Wenatchee World Online --- January 28, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/hp1Dmb

12. “ 'Pyeong Chang Declaration' Urges World to Improve Rights of Intellectually Disabled” --- Global leaders participating in a conference on intellectual disabilities on Wednesday will issue a joint statement urging the world to help improve rights … --- Yonhap News --- January 30, 2013 (SOUTH KOREA) http://is.gd/aPeSdX


13. "AV Man Arrested for Sexual Assault on Disabled Adult" --- An Apple Valley resident was arrested after police investigation revealed he had allegedly sexually assaulted a 25-year-old developmentally disabled Barstow man, authorities said Friday. --- Victorville Daily Press --- January 25, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/fCmE6j

14. “Man in Wheelchair Robbed of His 'Man-Purse' and Dumped to the Ground” --- A man in a wheelchair was robbed of his “man-purse” outside of a Southwest Florida store late Tuesday. The 53-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was leaving a Dollar General Store in Bradenton … --- MiamiHerald.com --- January 30, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/TFm29V

15. “School Bus Attendant Accused of Abusing Autistic Child Pleads Not Guilty” --- An attorney for a Broward school bus attendant accused of abusing a 13-year-old boy with autism entered a not guilty plea in court Wednesday. --- CBS Local --- January 30, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Hj9Izx

16. “Suspects Sought for Beating Man in Wheelchair” --- A couple reportedly tried to rob a man in a wheelchair as he was leaving a Sarasota drug store Monday night, and got caught by surveillance cameras in the process. --- WWSB ABC 7 --- January 30, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/1SebKa

17. “Suburban Lake Worth Man Charged with Assaulting Mentally Challenged Child” --- A suburban Lake Worth man has been jailed after he allegedly assaulted a mentally challenged 6-year-old boy Sunday. Authorities arrested Raleigh Turner, 52, on a charge of aggravated child abuse … --- Palm Beach Post --- January 29, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/KgmWH0

18. “Man Wanted for Breaking Into Disabled Athens Vet's Home Surrenders” --- A 19-year-old Athens man surrendered to authorities early Monday in connection with the daytime burglary of a disabled U.S. Army veteran's home last week in western Athens-Clarke County. --- Online Athens --- January 28, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/tamjpZ

19. “S. Ind. Caregiver Arrested in Woman's Death” --- Southern Indiana police say a man who served as a caregiver for a Bloomington woman with cerebral palsy has been arrested following her alleged neglect-related death. Fifty-two-year-old Kenneth E. Aker Jr. was arrested ... --- Houston Chronicle --- January 28, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/3X2uuT

20. “Man Missing for Four Years Found in Group Home; Sister Charged” --- The sister of a man who has been in a group home for four years without an identity, appeared in court to face charges on Friday that she kept her brother's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks. --- Examiner.com --- January 27, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/wDKidH

21. “Bus Driver Suspended After Leaving Special Needs Child Unsupervised and ...” --- Clawson Schools bus driver has been suspended without pay after a special needs boy, 4, wandered into a neighborhood after being left unsupervised on a bus, according to police. --- Patch.com --- January 18, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/0150cD

22. “Coon Rapids Man Sentenced for Stealing From Vulnerable Adult” --- A 39-year-old man has been sentenced for stealing over $65,000 from an 82-year-old vulnerable adult, the Anoka County Attorney's Office announced Monday. --- CBS Local --- January 28, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/cdUbOW

23. “News 4 Viewers Step Forward to Help Disabled Man Duped by Contractor” --- News 4 viewers step forward to help disabled man duped by contractor. News 4 viewers step forward to help disabled man duped by contractor. --- KMOV.com --- January 28, 2013 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/awvUPS

24. “Caregiver Charged with Sex Assault Posts $30K Bail” --- A caregiver accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a mentally handicapped man is free after posting $30,000 cash bail and has hired prominent defense attorney Lincoln Soldati … --- Seacoastonline.com --- January 28, 2013 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/9lqLEf

25. “NJ Chief Justice Announces Tougher Monitoring of Legal Guardians for Elderly, Disabled” --- Court-appointed legal guardians for tens of thousands disabled and elderly people will have a team of volunteer watchdogs monitoring their work and looking for any theft or abuse of power, New Jersey Supreme Court Chief ... --- NJ.com --- January 30, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/iSypOK

26. “Investigation into Group Home Abuse Allegations” --- Eyewitness News began investigating the group home after a frantic family member contacted the Investigators about the abuse of a loved one. --- 7Online.com --- January 30, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Pgb4e8

27. “Ohio Teacher Charged with Assaulting Disabled Teen” --- Heck says the mentally and physically disabled boy has limited verbal skills and limited mobility and occasionally would swat at teachers and students to gain attention. --- Martins Ferry Times Leader --- January 30, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/ToeG2S

28. “Chester Teenager Pleads Guilty in Videotaped Attack on Mentally Challenged Woman” --- One of six female teens accused of beating a mentally ill Chester woman at her apartment on the 1100 block of Morton Avenue in September pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges ... --- Delaware County Daily Times --- January 30, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/SYdvm1

29. “Philly Basement Suspect Gets Death-Penalty Lawyer” --- Philly basement suspect gets death-penalty lawyer. A paroled killer charged with murdering two mentally disabled women in a Social Security scam was assigned a new lawyer Monday with death-penalty experience. --- The Seattle Times --- January 28, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/Xshzi7

30. “Man Appointed to Protect Mentally Disabled Couple Pleads Guilty to Theft, Sex against Woman” --- A man who served as a court-appointed conservator for a mentally disabled couple has taken a plea bargain on theft and sexual battery charges. --- The Republic --- January 29, 2013 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/osd7Q2

31. “7-Year-Old Disabled Boy Severely Beaten, Tortured by Mom, Her Girlfriend” --- The boy’s mother, 26-year-old Lacresha Lychelle Williams and another woman, 36-year-old Shontrell Green Young were charged with injury to a disabled individual. --- KHOU --- January 28, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/H5mKpg

Seeking Improved Support

32. “Centered Around Autism” --- UC Irvine recently received $14.8 million in funding to create a center dedicated to finding a treatment for autism. With $14.8 million of financial support from private donors of the William & Nancy … --- New University Online --- January 29, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/DZChx6

33. “National Conference Focuses on Disability Issues” --- Every year, there is a national conference of state independent living councils held, allowing representatives of every state to attend trainings and share best practices … --- Auburn Citizen --- January 29, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/YQth5Z

34. “Governor, Lawmakers Support Help for the Disabled” --- Colorado's notorious and seemingly endless waiting list for services for people with developmental disabilities numbers at least 2,692 including 69 people who are in hospice care. --- Health policy solutions --- January 30, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/V5Trze

35. “Caring for CT's Disabled and Elderly” --- Governor Dannel Malloy is out with a strategic plan to support the long-term needs of Connecticut residents. Decisions made in one room could drastically change the method of caring for Connecticut's disabled adults and ... --- WTNH --- January 29, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/Xi2Pzw

36. “Deaf Woman Sues Port Orange Police over Arrest” --- The Police Department's own policy on dealing with a deaf suspect states that officers must provide an interpreter or any other "auxiliary aids and services" for a deaf person. --- Daytona Beach News-Journal --- January 27, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/vfsH9O

37. "Advocates Warn of 'Broken' Mental Health System" --- As lawmakers debate ways to prevent another mass shooting, Illinois mental health advocates say more attention — and money — must be directed to a system they describe as overwhelmed and ill-equipped to identify or care for ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- January 26, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/WckCDT

38. “Bill to Revamp How State Cares for Disabled Adults at Home Gets First Reading” --- The articles reported that since 2003, at least 53 disabled adults between the age of 18 and 59 died after they came to the attention of a state hotline operated by the Office of the Inspector General for the … --- Belleville News Democrat --- January 28, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/LQuTmP

39. “Iowa Struggles to Treat Children with Mental Illness” --- More Iowa children are being diagnosed with mental illness than in past decades, especially autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. --- USA TODAY --- January 27, 2013 (IOWA) http://is.gd/fugvDo

40. “Mentally Ill in Kansas Prisons More than Double” --- The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/YxttTP ) reports that nearly two out of every five adult inmates in Kansas is classified as mentally ill. Republican Sen. Steve Fitzgerald blames the spike on what he describes as the state's failure to develop ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- January 27, 2013 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/0XmN2q

41. “Adults with Disabilities Sue LePage, DHHS over Service Delays” --- A group of adults with autism and intellectual disabilities has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage and two Maine Department of Health and Human Services officials for failing to provide housing and other services mandated under ... --- Bangor Daily News --- January 29, 2013 (MAINE) http://is.gd/Iiuymr

42. “Advocates Want School Using Shock Therapy Defunded” --- A national coalition of disability advocacy groups is calling on the federal government to stop providing funds to a Massachusetts school that uses skin-shock therapy on students with disabilities. --- Disability Scoop --- January 28, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/jH9noq

43. “Legislation Aims to Aid Mentally Ill in Nevada” --- Nevada health authorities might get a new tool to deal with mentally ill people who appear to be a danger to themselves or others: a court order committing them to outpatient care and regular medication. --- Las Vegas Review – Journal --- January 27, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/W8C6sV

44. “Closings of NJ Facilities Carry Pain for Families of Disabled” --- For well over a decade, states have been moving the focus of care for the disabled from institutions to community services. In fact, New Jersey has lagged far behind most other states … --- NorthJersey.com --- January 27, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/D0a9tj

45. “Disabled, Elderly Fear Loss of Medicaid” --- More than a year ago, Jan Mumma heard some disturbing news about her brother from a Guilford County health department nurse. The nurse told Mumma, who lives near Merry Point, Va., that her … --- Greensboro News & Record --- January 27, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/N012FK

46. “It's Prudent to Bolster Mental Health Programs in Oklahoma” --- According to the Department of Corrections, half of all state inmates have a history of, or now exhibit, some form of mental illness; one-fourth of the prison population exhibits symptoms of serious mental illness. --- NewsOK.com --- January 27, 2013 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/7zsKcd

47. “$20M a Drop in the Bucket to Help Disabled Pennsylvanians” --- While about 20 York County adults with intellectual disabilities could benefit from money earmarked in Gov. Tom Corbett's 2013-14 budget, there could be more than 430 Yorkers remaining on the waiting list. --- York Dispatch --- January 28, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/mxFo6Y

48. “Aging Out of Autism” --- There's no shortage of therapies for autism, some of which work well, some not so well. But there is one simple treatment that hasn't been getting the attention it may deserve: time. According to a new study in the Journal of Child Psychology and ... --- TIME (subscription)--- February 4, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/4nzb5m

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

49. "Silver Alert: A Proposed Bill to Help Vulnerable Adults" --- The Alaska Department of Military and Veteran Affairs would work in conjunction with Alaska Department of Public Safety and local media outlets, to spread the word about a missing or endangered vulnerable adult. --- KTUU.com --- January 25, 2013 (ALASKA) http://is.gd/fovEr7

50. “San Francisco to Implement Version of Mental Health Treatment Law” --- San Francisco is poised to implement its own version of a California law that allows for court-ordered treatment for severely mentally ill patients. --- CBS Local --- January 29, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/gMLWYz

51. “Advocates Hold State House Rally for Mental Health Access, Funding” --- The Maryland Mental Health Coalition was supporting the Mental Health Safety Net Act of 2013. The state legislation would create a statewide Mental Health Crisis Response System, increase school mental health services and geriatric mental health ... --- CapitalGazette.com --- January 29, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/G8ATou

International Articles

52. “Physically Disabled Athletes in Bosnia Urge State to Legalize Prostitution” --- Members of a Bosnia wheelchair basketball club are launching a campaign to legalize prostitution in the country to help disabled people "achieve their right to love." --- Fox News --- January 30, 2013 (BOSNIA) http://is.gd/PUStrg

53. “Mother, Disabled Daughter Face Deportation” --- Legal efforts are underway to stop a mother and her disabled daughter in Saskatoon from being deported to Romania Wednesday. Citizenship and Immigration Canada wants to send the women back to the country because … --- CBC.ca --- January 28, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/FHBZuV

54. “Eastbourne Care Home Put Under Investigation for Allowing Disabled Residents to Use Prostitutes and Strippers …” --- Employees at Chaseley, a nursing home caring for 55 disabled people in Eastbourne, Sussex, would call prostitutes and order sessions with residents of the home who were unable to operate a telephone themselves. --- Daily Mail --- January 28, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/Csnnc9

55. “Addressing the Needs of Children with Disabilities” --- In young children, the deficiency of certain minerals such as iodine affects their mental development and the same deficiency in the mother during pregnancy can result in varying degrees of intellectual disabilities in infants. --- The Japan Times --- January 30, 2013 (JAPAN) http://is.gd/ul8uBC

56. “Probe Begins into Death of Disabled Child at School” --- Disabled students should be provided with healthcare services on school premises itself because they cannot usually help themselves and require someone to take care of their needs, Al-Hassan emphasized. --- Saudi Gazette --- January 30, 2013 (SAUDI ARABIA) http://is.gd/0MeB3j



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