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News Summary for April 1, 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. “Bus Driver Charged with Assault for Kicking Special Needs Student” --- A former school bus driver faces an aggravated child abuse charge for kicking an 8-year-old special needs student down the stairs of the school bus, according to the state Attorney's Office. --- Patch.com --- March 26, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/iRUiKm

2. “Teacher Accused of Abusing Special Needs Students” --- Melanie Jo Fox, 44, an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher in Clearwater is accused of kicking and pulling a 6-year-old girl's hair, hitting he rwith a book and binding her hands with tape, according to cops, reports Bay News 9 in St. Petersburg. --- Sun-Sentinel --- March 23, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/HRkOmx

3. “Care Home Owner, Workers Accused of Restraining Mentally-challenged Patient” --- A Powder Springs residential care owner and three employees are charged with tying up a mentally-challenged man then forcing him to wear a diaper while restrained to a bed. --- WSB Atlanta --- March 25, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/TgGV0R

4. “Peoria Father Indicted for Neglect in Son's Death” --- A grand jury has indicted a Peoria man for neglect in the death of his mentally impaired teenage son. 40-year-old Darnell Hunter was indicted Tuesday. He is accused of criminal neglect of ... --- Belleville News Democrat --- March 26, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/XMosfA

5. “Prosecutor Plans News Conference in Custody Death of Down syndrome Man in ...” --- The Frederick County state's attorney is holding a news conference regarding the January death in custody of a Frederick man with Down syndrome. State's Attorney J. Charles Smith announced tentative plans to answer questions about ... --- Washington Post --- March 22, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/mqLu53

6. “Hanson Man Accused of Rape, Assaulting Intellectually Disabled Person” --- A 68-year-old Hanson man has been indicted on four counts of rape and 12 counts of indecent assault and battery on an intellectually disabled person. James A. Merritt of 12 West St. was indicted Friday by a grand jury in Brockton Superior Court. --- The Patriot Ledger --- March 28, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/24bpSr

7. “Group Home Worker Loses” --- New York's highest court on Tuesday upheld a group home worker's sex assault conviction, concluding his rights against illegal search weren't violated when police belatedly found a deleted video from his digital camera after he asked for it back. --- Albany Times Union --- March 26, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/vYzVXR

8. “Town Worker Accused of Sex Abuse Still on Job” --- A longtime Shelter Island highway employee accused last month of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl remains on the job, a decision angering the girl's mother and other residents. --- Newsday --- March 20, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ga1BQS

9. “Caretaker of Abused Utah Woman gets Prison for Her Death” --- Shepard, 29, was sentenced to spend between five years and the rest of her life in prison on charges of first-degree felony aggravated abuse of a vulnerable adult and second-degree felony manslaughter — reduced charges to which … --- Salt Lake Tribune --- March 22, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/jJswWH

10. “House Bills Aim to Protect Disabled Adults at Home” --- Two proposed laws regarding disabled adults who live at home are working their way through the House of Representatives and promise to remedy flaws outlined through stories in the Belleville News-Democrat in how these vulnerable citizens are protected. --- Belleville News Democrat --- March 26, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/pJU5Qe


11. “Cave City Student Now Facing Charges after Attacking Disabled Teen” --- Charges have been filed against a Cave City student accused of attacking a disabled teen. A student was originally suspended after cellphone video shows the attack of a boy who is legally blind. --- KARK --- March 28, 2013 (ARKANSAS) http://is.gd/aOQlDD

12. “Death of Mental Health Patient Investigated by Agency in Charge of His Care” --- The same state agency that provided care to a mental health patient housed at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad is in charge of investigating his death, Monterey County officials said Thursday. --- Monterey County Herald --- March 28, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/YrX4wN

13. “Mother Claims Disabled Son Experienced Discrimination at Monticello Pool” --- A Clearwater mother claims her family's spring break did not go as planned after some staff members at the Monticello Community Center discriminated against her disabled son, even though the … --- KARE --- March 29, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/oqLbrk

14. “Deaf Woman Suing Former Employer for Not Providing Sign Language Interpreter” --- A local nonprofit dedicated to helping people with special needs is being sued for allegedly discriminating against a former employee with disabilities. --- CBS Local --- March 26, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/6kRKsP

15. “Caregiver's Trial to Begin in Abuse Case” --- A Vista Superior Court trial is expected to start this week for one of two caregivers accused of abusing a severely disabled autistic man last year in his family's Valley Center home. Michael Dale Garritson, a 61-year-old licensed registered ... --- U-T San Diego --- March 23, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ZPEsQ8

16. “Settlement Reached to Help Deaf Arrestees, Victims” --- Federal prosecutors have reached agreements with Arapahoe County and the city of Englewood to resolve allegations that deaf arrestees, victims and witnesses haven't been able to effectively communicate … --- CBS Denver --- March 21, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/CaQL69

17. “How Could Another Special Needs Student Wander Off?” --- How could special needs student, Jennifer Caballero, slip away from her teachers, and end up dead in a school retention pond last October? It's a haunting question, and tragedy that rocked the Hillsborough School District and a community ... --- MyFox Tampa Bay --- March 28, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/pPvigl

18. “Mother Charged with Child Endangerment after Leaving Her Disabled 14-Month ...” --- Mother charged with child endangerment after leaving her disabled 14-month-old daughter home alone in an unlocked house. --- Daily Mail --- March 22, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/ydIuSe

19. “Down Syndrome and a Death” --- A grand jury in Frederick County, Md., decided last week not to bring criminal charges in the death of Robert Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome who was killed in a struggle with three off-duty county sheriff's deputies at a movie ... --- New York Times --- March 27, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/77HkNM

20. “Pittsfield Woman Charged with Attacking Her Wheelchair-bound Ex-boyfriend” --- A Pittsfield woman pleaded not guilty to allegedly attacking her wheelchair-bound ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend inside a nursing home. Alicia Welch, 20, of Danforth Avenue in Pittsfield, denied … --- Berkshire Eagle --- March 27, 2013 (MASSACHUSETS) http://is.gd/O8joSf

21. “Family Suing Disabled Son's Caregiver” --- According to the lawsuit, Pearson, who was severely disabled by a condition called PICA, passed away after attempting to swallow and choking on a latex glove. In a release, Steven Sabra, the Pearson family's lawyer, said … --- Providence Eyewitness News --- March 25, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/wzpogT

22. “Police: Caretaker Assaulted Disabled Man, Threw His TV Out the Window on ...” --- The suspect worked as a personal care assistant to the resident, who is disabled. At some point around 2 p.m., the suspect began throwing the victim's belongings out of the window. --- Patch.com --- March 22, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/CO3oSE

23. “State Finds Neglect, Repeated Violations at Bella Vista Assisted Living Facilities” --- State regulators have put two related Oshkosh assisted living homes on a high-priority watch after uncovering the neglect of a resident and other shortcomings that contributed to resident falls and injuries. --- The Oshkosh Northwestern --- March 23, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/HrlRR9

24. “Woman Fired from Beatrice Center Sues to Get Job Back” --- A woman fired for not immediately reporting abuse at the Beatrice State Developmental Center is suing to get her job back. Raynette Essman of Beatrice lost her job in May even though the abuse … --- Omaha World-Herald --- March 28, 2013 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/0ZhvL5

25. “Double Amputee Robbed at NJ Bus Stop, Wheelchair Stolen” --- The victim was at a bus stop on Rio Grande Avenue just after midnight when cops say he got into an altercation with an intoxicated man who stole his wheelchair, cash and a checkbook. --- Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com --- March 27, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/Mj8lUc

26. “Man Jailed in Assault, Burglary of Handicapped Neighbor” --- While inside the home, Watson allegedly smacked the handicapped tenant in the face, and took a wallet, credit cards, cash and coins, Flax said. She said Watson's address is listed in the 1600 block of Maco Road. --- StarNewsOnline.com --- March 25, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/430r5X

27. “Driver, Aide Fired, Charged with Leaving Disabled Boy on School Bus for 5 Hours” --- Two bus company employees have been arrested after police say they left an 8-year-old disabled North Bergen boy on a school bus for five hours, police said. --- The Jersey Journal - NJ.com --- March 25, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/TDWNKC

28. “Harlem Man Allegedly Killed Deaf Girlfriend, Stuffed Her in Drum” --- A Harlem man has been accused of killing his deaf girlfriend and stuffing her in a 55-gallon drum in their apartment, and cops say he is now in custody. Bismarck Lithgow, 24, allegedly stabbed 19-year-old girlfriend … --- Gothamist --- March 21, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ZsBPAw

29. “Handicapped Person Assaulted During Home Break-in” --- A Leland man is in jail accused of assaulting a handicapped person during a home break-in. --- WWAY NewsChannel 3 --- March 25, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/u4FWdv

30. “Mentally Disabled Tenant was Whipping Boy” --- It was filed this week in Warren County and accuses 53-year-old Ronald Kronenberger of spanking a mentally disabled man at his office at a supermarket. Kronenberger was accused of whipping the first man Jan. 22 in his office. --- Sandusky Register --- March 28, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/J3diT8

31. “Teen in Indiana Prison Charged in 2011 Shooting Deaths of Disabled Man and Daughter in Ohio” --- A teenager who has been imprisoned in Indiana since last fall was charged in the 2011 shooting deaths of a disabled man and his daughter, who had been bound with duct tape at their farmhouse in western Ohio, authorities said ... --- Washington Post --- March 27, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/qJzA4J

32. “Man Accused of Taking Financial Advantage of Disabled Teen” --- A preliminary hearing for a Pittsburgh man accused of persuading a disabled teen to give him $200 from her bank account for drugs was postponed Thursday. Mt. Lebanon Police said that on … --- Tribune-Review --- March 28, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/kOiv8I

33. “Man Accused of Sex Crime with Disabled Woman” --- A Sumter County man was arrested recently after being accused of trying to have sex with a disabled woman. Woodrow Hastie Jr., 62, of Tindal Road, was charged Sunday ... --- Sumter Item --- March 27, 2013 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/PKVLnb

34. “Bartender Arrested after Disabled Former Germantown Officer Thrown Out of Bar” --- Mark Taylor, a bartender at the Jack Magoo's bar at 2583 Broad, was arrested Wednesday and charged with simple assault, police said. Brian Roper, a 59-year-old former Germantown cop, was thrown out … --- DeSoto Appeal --- March 29, 2013 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/I2asDx

35. “Hiram Man Accused of Abuse at Cobb Facility for the Mentally Ill” --- Top of the Line Residential Care & Development Inc. is an assisted living facility for mentally ill individuals in Powder Springs. But instead of receiving care, one resident got two black eyes, a bruised left jaw, a large red mark on his left temple ... --- Patch.com --- March 26, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/RfFRvK

36. “Mass. Dem. under Fire for Berating Special Needs Child in Public, Cites Politics” --- Wayne Matewsky, an elected official for the city of Everett, Mass., has come under fire for berating a special needs child in a Texas Roadhouse restaurant earlier this month, Jim Hoft wrote at the Gateway Pundit Thursday, citing a report at … --- Examiner.com --- March 21, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/eY5LkZ

37. “Death of Disabled, Mentally Ill Man Raises Questions” --- Pease, nearly blind and deaf and severely mentally ill, died shortly after 11 p.m. March 17 on pitch-black Creighton Road in eastern Henrico County, where he was hit by a car as he crossed a lane of traffic. --- Richmond Times Dispatch --- March 28, 2013 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/wpr8lK

38. “Newly Freed Man Accused of Madison Bus Assault of Disabled Woman” --- A man who was released from prison this week is now accused of sexually assaulting a cognitively disabled woman on a Madison bus. --- Today's TMJ4 --- March 22, 2013 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/Vg1tCT

Seeking Improved Support

39. Life Reduced to Basics for Disabled” --- The 32,500 developmentally disabled served by the state are a fraction of Arizona's population. Their disabilities range from autism to cerebral palsy, with cognitive impairments that make it impossible for some to live on their own … --- azcentral.com --- March 23, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/i1UE1H

40. “Cops, Mental Health Staff Working Together in Sonoma Inspires Locals” --- On March 18, a naked man pulled a catheter from his groin and disregarded mental health workers who tried to keep him in Ukiah Valley Medical Center. He was tazered repeatedly by Ukiah police. --- Mendocino Beacon --- March 28, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/sagJWn

41. “Dealing with Mental Health Crisis” --- Stanislaus County has put together a discharge team as a bridge for people released from Doctors Behavioral Health Center on Claus Road. The team will connect patients with mental health services … --- Modesto Bee --- March 27, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/NgQjfr

42. “Lawyers Argue about Prison Mental Health Care” --- A federal judge on Wednesday struggled with how to gauge whether conditions for mentally ill inmates in California prisons have improved enough under federal oversight to return control … --- abc7news.com --- March 27, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/xtCbik

43. “Series on Mental Health in Black Community Seeks to Remove Stigma” --- Jeff Fard, right, meets Isaac Olivarez and City Life Church members Thursday in the Five Points neighborhood in Denver. Fard developed a year-long series on the state of mental health in the black community. --- Denver Post --- March 29, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/3oR6ZL

44. “1 in 6 Boston Specialist Physicians Can't Accommodate Disabled Patients” --- “Many doctors may not be aware that they need to see patients with disabilities,” said study leader Dr. Tara Lagu, an academic hospitalist at Baystate in Springfield and an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. --- Boston.com --- March 18, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/kHbJxH

45. “Sequestration is a Big Blow to an Already Ailing Mental-health System” --- Despite recent alarms to give mental health a more serious approach and to mobilize more funding to address a broken mental-health system across the country and in Minnesota, sequestration is here. --- MinnPost.com --- March 27, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/p1pcpv

46. “Mentally Ill Patients Waitlisted for Long-Term Care” --- Valley emergency rooms remain overcrowded with patients diagnosed as mentally ill and who fill up beds meant for physically sick or injured people. --- KLAS-TV --- March 27, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/WcXOk8

47. “Will Gun Laws Hurt the Mentally Ill?” --- New York is in the process of introducing some of the toughest gun laws in the US, but in one crucial aspect might they do more harm than good? Paul Adams reports on the consequences of mental health laws. --- BBC News --- March 28, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Wu05gl

48. “More Than 145,000 New York Kids Struggle with Mental-Health Conditions” --- According to a new study by the Department of Health, New York City preteens struggle with mental illness at rates no higher than their counterparts nationwide. --- Village Voice --- March 26, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/icD5kD

49. “State Lawmakers Grapple with Future of Special Needs Students” --- In many cases, school districts tasked with helping craft a special needs students' so-called “Individual Education Plan” offer parents great influence in the decision making process, but other don't. --- St. Augustine Record --- March 28, 2013 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/WZpSml

50. “Texas Mental Health Funding Leaves Gaps” --- Standing in a courtyard by the state Capitol, Sen. Judith Zaffirini reached out to touch the Mental Health Bell, forged in the 1950s from chains once used to shackle asylum patients, brought … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- March 30, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/wMlMA0

51. “Legislature Wants More Oversight of Adult Protection Divison” --- But the governor says the Adult Protective Services program is well managed and doesn't need increased oversight that the Legislature wants. The screeners answering the phones at Adult Protective Services last year fielded more than 1,800 allegations ... --- Vermont Public Radio --- March 21, 2013 (VERMONT) http://is.gd/pt5IIl

52. “Proposed Gun Laws Could Stigmatize Mental Illness, Advocates Fear” --- Although few studies have been made on the topic, people with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, were found to be up to three times more likely to be violent in one study. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- March 27, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/B00O4r

53. “University Mental-health Resources Strained under Increased Need” --- Increased demand and lack of adequate staff are two factors contributing to strain on many college and university mental health centers. Frustrated woman. More students are seeking counseling for mental-health issues, including … --- USA TODAY --- March 26, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/zpmhuq

54. “Women Abused as Children More Likely to Have Kids with Autism” --- To assess whether the women had been abused during childhood, the researchers asked if the surveyed women had ever been hit hard enough to be bruised, or been struck by a belt or other object, and … --- Fox News --- March 21, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/rGFH7v

55. “CDC: Higher Number of Children with Autism” --- The number of children with autism is "significantly" higher than previously thought, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. --- CNN --- March 20, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/A4kWu0

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

56. “Senate Approves Mentally Ill Teen Custody Bill” --- Senate approves mentally ill teen custody bill 0 comments. Idaho senators are on board with giving doctors and nurses more tools to put mentally unstable teens who pose a threat to themselves or others in temporary protective custody. --- Idaho State Journal --- March 29, 2013 (IDAHO) http://is.gd/9qc4xo

57. “Student Restraint Bill Set for Vote” --- The bill makes clear the use of restraints should be kept to a minimum, but would have the commission draft a model policy for specifics, with school districts required to adopt either that policy or their own. --- WBIW.com --- March 22, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/iWRmyJ

58. “Senate Rejects Montana Developmental Center Bill” --- The state Senate has rejected an attempt to revive legislation to downsize or even close a state-run center for the developmentally disabled. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- March 21, 2013 (MONTANA) http://is.gd/AuaX7p

59. “Money Requested to Help Resolve Developmental Disabilities Waiting List” --- In 2008, the Legislature's special investigative committee for developmental disabilities recommended that the waiting list be eliminated over the next four years, Lathrop said. --- Lincoln Journal Star --- March 26, 2013 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/boqTIb

60. “Bill to Expand Disability Care Passes Senate” --- Although Nelson's bill enjoyed widespread support from disability-care advocacy groups and leaders, its expansion of managed care frightened many individuals, particularly parents of children with intellectual disabilities, who raised concerns at a Feb. … --- Houston Chronicle --- March 25, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/GWNImn

61. “Bill Broadens Mental Health Network” --- An integral charity advocating mental health on college campuses is making headway in the state legislature after two successful bills landed on the Governor's desk to be signed. --- Virginia Tech Collegiate Times --- March 28, 2013 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/rC2PAu

International Articles

62. “Funding at Risk for Asperger's” --- Australia's foremost authority on Asperger's syndrome, Tony Attwood, has warned of dire consequences if governments use the new diagnostic criteria for autism as a means to cut funding for children … --- Sydney Morning Herald --- March 31, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/FOAZFZ

63. “Syndrome of Our Times” --- It's Asperger's, and it's everywhere. Apparently. Hardly a day goes by that the words Asperger's and "autism spectrum" don't get a mention, flung about on radio, TV, in office kitchens and at end-of-week drinks. It seems wherever you turn, the ... --- The Age --- March 30, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/m7sat2

64. “Asperger's Syndrome: A life Changer” --- Disillusioned, Faye began researching his symptoms and read about Asperger's syndrome when a friend was diagnosed with the condition. "The description jumped off the page," he recalls. --- The Age --- March 29, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/FYRKF8

65. “Down Syndrome Girl Booted Out of Cinema” --- The mother of a seven-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was thrown out of a cinema for laughing too loudly has called for a boycott of the company. --- NEWS.com.au --- March 27, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/SesFHj

66. “Disabled in Poverty 'Need More Help Now' ” --- More than 600,000 people with disabilities are living below the poverty line, figures from the welfare group Australian Council of Social Service show. --- Sydney Morning Herald --- March 23, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/JVU82e

67. “Husband Charged in Disabled Woman's Death” --- The husband of a disabled woman who died a week after being taken to the emergency room is now charged with manslaughter. The woman was admitted to the emergency department of Health Sciences… --- The Sudbury Star --- March 28, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/XdCMpJ

68. “Disabled People Mistreated at Portage Place, Says Group” --- Managers and security guards at Portage Place Shopping Centre regularly discriminate against disabled people, according to a support group for Winnipeggers with disabilities. --- CBC.ca --- March 28, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/Q98Lsf

69. “Changes Sought in Dealing with Mentally Ill Offenders” --- A jury's finding that a man who killed a Toronto police officer with a stolen snowplow two years ago was not criminally responsible has renewed calls for changes to how mentally ill offenders are handled in the justice system. --- CBC.ca --- March 28, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/ZijwML

70. “Man Admits Putting Dish Soap in Drink” --- A man who put dish soap into the drink of a mentally challenged person as a prank must perform 30 hours of community service. Daniel Jason Adrian, 34, pleaded guilty Thursday … --- StarPhoenix --- March 15, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/MFx5eO

71. “Rule Change to Make Education Inclusive for People with Disabilities” --- The State Council solicited opinions from individuals and organizations on the revised Regulation on Education for Persons with Disabilities through March 25. Compared with its predecessor, this revised regulation … --- China Daily --- March 2 8, 2013 (CHINA) http://is.gd/06A6hX

72. “Leeds Man Broke Nose of Disabled Teenager” --- A man punched a disabled teenager and broke his nose as the youngster tried to intervene in a confrontation with his estranged wife. Leeds Crown Court heard the victim, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was knocked … --- Yorkshire Evening Post --- March 28, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/YYtHNJ

73. “Second Arrest over Park Attack on Disabled Man” --- A second man has been arrested in connection with an attack on a disabled man in a South Tyneside Park. Andrew Thornton, who has cerebral palsy, was left with boot prints on his face after being … --- Shields Gazette --- March 26, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/KumcVT

74. “France Begins Tense Debate on Sex Life of Disabled, Looks to Neighboring Belgium for Answers” --- Coppens now volunteers with Aditi, a Belgian organization dedicated to helping the disabled in their search for sexual fulfillment. And he supports the use of "sex surrogates" — people who are paid specifically to help disabled people explore their ... --- Fox News --- March 29, 2013 (FRANCE) http://is.gd/H5GKFP

75. “British Disabled Die 16-20 Years Earlier” --- A British Department of Health report found men with learning disabilities died, on average, 13 years sooner than men in the general population, while women with learning disabilities died, on average, 20 years … --- UPI.com --- March 21, 2013 (GREAT BRITAIN) http://is.gd/3JlnSX

76. “Mentally challenged Man Lynched in Nawada” --- A mentally challenged tramp was lynched and his eyes gouged out at Hanumangarh village under Rajauli police station on Saturday on the mere suspicion of him being declared a thief by the villagers. --- Times of India --- March 25, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/XUPXmo

77. “Jail Slammed over Disabled Inmates” --- Staff were unaware that the two older and disabled prisoners could not use the shower on their landing as it was not adapted accordingly. The men had a small window in their cell that was painted over … --- Belfast Telegraph --- March 20, 2013 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/3nxD2q

78. “Five Years on from Inquiry Disabled 'Still being Abused' ” --- Disability advocates say disabled people are still being abused and neglected in both residential and respite care. That's despite sweeping recommendations made five years ago following a parliamentary select committee inquiry. --- Radio New Zealand --- March 26, 2013 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/i8TAFD

79. “Shock Rise in Adult Abuse to be Tackled” --- Alarming abuse reports made by vulnerable adults in Renfrewshire have shot up by more than 1,000 per cent, it has been revealed. In a worrying new survey revealed by Renfrewshire Council, it has shown … --- TheGazette.co.uk --- March 29, 2013 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/gZKnDY

80. “Deaf Patient Left Unable to Communicate with Hospital Staff for 12 Days after ...” --- THE woman may not have been able to give proper consent for surgery owing to breach of policy says health watchdog. --- Scottish Daily Record --- March 29, 2013 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/aXUU2K

81. “Justice System Struggling to Deal with Mentally Ill Man” --- Benjamin said the Bureau of Corrections is not the custodian of mentally ill people, but the bureau serves as such by administering medication and management … --- Virgin Islands Daily News --- March 21, 2013 (U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS) http://is.gd/H2NZOY

82. “Sensing the World Differently: How the Disabled Experience Travel” --- Boarding a plane, finding a toilet, fitting through the door of a hotel room. For travelers with disabilities it's often the more mundane elements of travel that can make or break an experience … --- CNN International --- March 28, 2013 (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/ypqZMJ


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