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News Summary for April 15, 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. “Multiple Autistic Children Abused by Special Needs Teacher” --- Multiple autistic children were abused by a special needs teacher, according to a lawsuit filed by their parents. Theresa Allen-Caulboy is accused of physically and mentally abusing several elementary age students in her care. --- The Inquisitr --- April 8, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/mUxbOJ

2. “Lawsuit Against Mount Dora Deaf School Alleges Abuse, Neglect” --- A whistleblowers' lawsuit filed Thursday and state investigations against the National Deaf Academy in Mount Dora allege that deaf and psychiatric patients at its residential treatment center have suffered serious abuse and neglect and that some ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- April 11, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/zI8zZe

3. “Marietta Pair Accused of Abusing Special Needs Child” --- A 2-year-old special needs child was abused so bad last month that he has recurring seizures and may have permanent neurological damage. The man who allegedly hit the boy and the woman who failed to get him medical treatment in a timely manner were ... --- Patch.com --- April 8, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/iHBrjR

4. “In Trial's Third Day, Beatrice Center Staff Recount Patient's Painful Night” --- Billie Jean Miller was the lone direct technician assigned to the 106 Kennedy unit at Beatrice State Developmental Center the night Ian Ham returned after surgery to insert a feeding tube into his stomach. --- Lincoln Journal Star --- April 11, 2013 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/wlXVkm

5. “Ex-Montgomery Developmental Center Administrator Pleads Guilty to Stealing $429,000” --- Carter was the business administrator from August 2009 to March 2012 at the state-owned Montgomery Developmental Center, operated by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. --- Dayton Daily News --- April 11, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/iH4p2A

6. “Judge OKs Deal to Aid Deaf, Intellectually Disabled Clients of State Human Services System” --- It also will require DPW to pay $450,000 to the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, which filed suit in 2010 on behalf of a disabled client identified only … --- PennLive.com --- April 12, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/3fJuXn

7. “Temple Grandin on Autism, Death, Celibacy and Cows” --- In your new book, “The Autistic Brain,” you seriously entertain possible links between vaccines and autism in children, links that scientists have vehemently dismissed. Well, there's only one vaccine that could possibly be a ... --- New York Times --- April 12, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/8QY4TR

8. “Bill Requiring Surveillance in Special Education Classes Heads to House” --- It might come as a shock that special education classes even need this kind of strict oversight, but support for this bill didn't come out of thin air -- there's actually a sobering precedent for constant surveillance of teachers and staff who ... --- Austinist --- April 8, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/MSulKv


9. “Wife Killed over HIV Fear, Son over Handicap: He 'Plays Video Games all Day' ” --- Eugene Maraventano killed his wife over an HIV fear and his 27-year-old son over fears that his son was mentally disabled because he "plays video games all day, has no girlfriend, and must be handicap[ped] because he can't get a job." --- Examiner.com --- April 10, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/ePIJQi

10. “Mentally Ill Man 'Dumped' by Nevada Has Happy Reunion with Daughter” --- Preliminary reports show Rawson-Neal has made a practice of sending mentally ill patients to other states via Greyhound bus, dropping them at the bus terminal with a one-way ticket and just enough … --- Sacramento Bee --- April 12, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/xrLzXy

11. “Scathing Review Out on California's Developmental Centers” --- "Over the past decade there have been continued allegations and findings of misconduct by developmental center staff, abuse of residents," said Shawn Martin with the Legislative Analyst's Office. --- abc7news.com --- April 11, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/s69cSs

12. “Woman Charged with Stealing from the Disabled” --- She also was charged with 13 counts of exploitation of a disabled adult — a third-degree felony. Carnes owned the O'Carroll Homes facility in Palatka for disabled adults. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 11, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/r91vGb

13. “Can Anthony Caravella Ever Get True Justice?” --- The police agencies varied, but the pattern was the same: mentally challenged, mentally ill or youthful suspects got jammed up by police and confessed, only to have DNA or other evidence clear them … --- Sun-Sentinel --- April 6, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/IyXZfS

14. “Chief Investigator Urges Patience During Probe of Disabled Person Abuse” --- Rabun County Sheriff's Office Chief Investigator Gerald Johnson is urging the public to be patient while the investigation of the abuse of a 21-year-old disabled adult continues. --- Access North Georgia --- April 9, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/L12coD

15. “Issues Claimed at Mental Health Center” --- "None of us are concerned with our own personal issues," said Dominique Smith, who says she was a mental health technician until she quit a year ago. She has been spearheading the efforts to raise awareness. --- South Bend Tribune --- April 7, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/jVg7n9

16. “Convictions Upheld for Saginaw Woman Who Assaulted, Tortured Mentally Disabled Man” --- A judge did not err in the trial of a Saginaw woman convicted of torturing and assaulting a mentally disabled man, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled. --- The Saginaw News --- April 9, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/QhSau0

17. “Report Details Racial Disparity in School Suspensions” --- Nearly two-thirds of African-American boys with disabilities in St. Paul Public Schools were suspended from school at least once during the 2009-10 school year, according to a new study from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. --- Minnesota Public Radio --- April 12, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/x2fnND

18. “Mother Testifies about Son's Health Decline While under State's Care” --- Sandra Ham was concerned about her son's well-being from the time he stepped foot on the Beatrice State Developmental Center campus in 2002. She watched Ian, then 24 and diagnosed with autism at 2 … --- Lincoln Journal Star --- April 9, 2013 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/QI4uNL

19. “Disabled Florence Woman Died After Alleged Neglect by Boyfriend” --- The manager of a Florence apartment complex where 58-year-old Victoria Hines died after alleged neglect by her longtime boyfriend described the couple Wednesday as “good people.” --- Cherry Hill Courier Post --- April 10, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/bodOVO

20. “Yonkers Woman Who Housed Disabled Vets Displaced by Fire Faces Violation” --- Nearly a dozen disabled military veterans left homeless by a Sunday house fire were staying at the Ramada on Tuckahoe Road Monday as city officials helped … --- The Journal News | LoHud.com --- April 8, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/jv6nwU

21. “Woman Charged in Fire that Killed Her Mother, Step Father” --- Based on the investigation by both the Gastonia Police Department and the Fire Marshal, 38-year-old Christa Andrene Smith is charged with two counts … --- WCNC --- April 11, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/Ty8zS1

22. “Tulsa Police Called to DHS Group Home 200 Times Since 2009” --- Jackson said about one runaway per week is "about right" and that the rate of calls to the Police Department is due to the home's policy. The policy is situational, depending on whether the staff thinks the … --- Tulsa World --- April 11, 2013 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/WJo1b6

23. “Man Guilty of Raping Mentally Disabled Woman” --- Robert Lee Duvall, 67, was found guilty of rape of mentally disabled person, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a mentally disabled person, and indecent assault on a mentally disabled person, according to chief deputy prosecutor Jennifer Russell. --- York Dispatch --- April 12, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/lt9AFj

24. “Brother, Housemate Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Pa. Disabled Man’s Beating” --- The brother and a second housemate of a mentally disabled western Pennsylvania man have pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for beating him after he spilled a bowl of soup. --- The Republic --- April 11, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/PYWNIp

25. “Mother of Special Needs Child Says Cameras Should be in Horry County Schools” --- An Horry county woman is leading the charge to get cameras in special needs classrooms. Kim Kuiken's son was diagnosed with autism when he was 20 months old. He is now in sixth grade at Myrtle Beach Middle School. --- WPDE --- April 9, 2013 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/eTcwx5

26. “Easley Woman Faces Physical Abuse of Vulnerable Adult Charge” --- A 58-year-old Easley woman faces charges in connection with alleged abuse of a vulnerable adult, according to warrants. Martha Jean Hudson Paredes, address not released, faces a charge of physical abuse of a vulnerable adult and a charge of failure to ... --- Greenville News --- April 8, 2013 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/V59YKX

27. “Family: Teen with Down Syndrome Turned Away from Gym” --- A Mid-South family with two children says they tried to join a fitness center earlier this week but were turned away because the staff was not trained to deal with one of their children, who has Down Syndrome. --- KLTV --- April 10, 2013 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/sXcdTH

28. “Investigation Continues in Case of 4-Year-old Special-needs Child with High Level of Alcohol” --- A 4-year-old girl hospitalized after consuming a large amount of alcohol Thursday is a special-needs child who requires home health care, according to Weber County Sheriff's Office officials. --- StandardNet --- April 12, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/JHxeuP

29. “McDonald's Pulls Regional Ad Parody of Mental Illness” --- McDonald's has killed a regional ad that seems to poke fun at mental illness, but some critics say the fast-food chain may not be doing enough. mcdonalds ad boston 2013. --- USA TODAY --- April 11, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/q7Rkzy

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30. “OC Hospital Closure Has Parents Worried about Future of Severely Disabled Children” --- Families are worried about plans to close an Orange County hospital that gives special care to severely disabled children. Parents were told Newport Specialty Hospital in Tustin would be … --- CBS Local --- April 12, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/KbC1U9

31. “For Disabled in Chatham County, Emergency Plans Need Tweaks” --- Deaf and hearing impaired people, for example, have issues with television reporting of evacuation instructions. Some stations that provide closed captioned don't do so for breaking news. --- Savannah Morning News --- April 11, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/HlDhAe

32. “Official: Illinois Human Services Staff Too Lean” --- Officials say the Illinois Department of Human Services staff is so lean that caseworkers can devote only 45 minutes a year to some families in need of social services. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 11, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/qiie57

33. “Quinn Promotes Community Care for People with Disabilities” --- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn talks to people with disabilities who are preparing to live independently. The "Going Home" rally represents supporters of Quinn's Rebalancing Initiative. --- WREX-TV --- April 10, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/kmyfUO

34. “Senate Panel Approves Mental Health Spending Bill” --- The Senate plan designates the $11.4 million for counties expected to be short on cash in the next fiscal year so they can continue serving residents with mental health issues. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 9, 2013 (IOWA) http://is.gd/v8JGIz

35. “Mich. Lawmakers Far Apart on Cutting Caseworkers” --- Rick Snyder's proposal — which would trim about 30 jobs — and the Senate's job reductions in the child protective services division would not happen if the state has trouble meeting caseload-to-staff ratios required under a court-ordered mandate. --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- April 9, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/OvTqMI

36. “Disabled, Displaced Sandy Victim Wendy Wagner Feels Forgotten by FEMA” --- Wendy Wagner, who is disabled with a spinal injury, has been living in a hotel since Sandy destroyed her Seaford home. The hotel room is provided by FEMA's Temporary Housing Assistance Program, but … --- News 12 New Jersey --- April 12, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/KKMwxB

37. “Mental Health Advocates Outraged by Batchelder's Comments” --- Mental health advocates are outraged over remarks by Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder who said 20 members of his Republican caucus would rather shoot … --- Columbus Dispatch --- April 11, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/4hqD1u

38. “Dad Shares a Story of Raising a Daughter 'On the Spectrum' ” --- Spilde said he received $200 and 10 free books for his chapter in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum,” subtitled “101 Inspirational Stories for Parents of Children with Autism and Asperger's.” “It's pretty exciting,” he said. --- La Crosse Tribune --- April 12, 2013 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/kTETDE

39. “Neglected Issues -- Police Killings of the Mentally Ill and the Lack of Police and Mental Health Relations” --- We have witnessed over the past several years increasing concern over violence by the mentally ill. Major incidents such as Newtown, Connecticut; Aurora, Colorado; Tucson, Arizona and Virginia Tech have all drawn wide scale public attention through the ... --- Huffington Post --- April 12, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/48y3zV

40. “Under Pressure, McDonald's Apologizes for and Pulls Ad that Parodies Mental Illness” --- The headline in the ad states: "You're not alone." The smaller print underneath says: "Millions of people love the Big Mac." The fast-food giant has pulled the ad and apologized after consumer complained about the mental illness parody. --- Alexandria Town Talk --- April 12, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/sqousF

41. “Mental Illness Frequent for Those Behind Bars” --- According to a recent study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the link between prison time and mental illness is a two-way street. Although many incarcerated people exhibit such … --- Florida Today --- April 9, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/dc4t29

42. “Mental Illness Stigma for Depression and Schizophrenia Common in 16 Countries” --- Despite that mental illness is commonly accepted as a disease, a "backbone" of prejudice exists that unfairly paints some with certain conditions as undesirable for close personal relationships … --- Science World Report --- April 11, 2013 (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/jKWB88

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

44. “Lawmakers Strike 'Idiot' from Definition of Those with Mental Illness” --- But Jill Hogan, who told lawmakers she suffers from mental illness, said she and others found something else while looking at the state's law books: a definition that defines "mentally ill person" to include "an idiot, an insane person, a lunatic or a ... --- Arizona Daily Sun --- April 9, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/Z5eKsh

44. “Bill Eliminates ‘Mental Retardation’ in State Law” --- It also would replace "mentally retarded" with "intellectually disabled." The change would not affect the content or effect of any laws. Proponents of the bill say the word "retarded" is outdated and has become offensive. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 9, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/LuGMOM

45. “Pa. Bill Criminalizes Abuse of Those in Dependent Care” --- About nine years ago, 87-year-old Bernadette "Bernice" Leiben died in the care of her son and daughter-in-law at the couple's Fawn Township home. The elderly woman's body was marred head-to-toe with bedsores, some … --- York Dispatch --- April 9, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/b3QQzn

46. “Vt. Bill Would Remove Hurtful Words from Laws” --- Susan Wehry, commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, said one such change likely would have the effect of committing more people to the care and custody of the mental health commissioner. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 11, 2013 (VERMONT) http://is.gd/LobLE8

47. “Judge Backs Wash. Law on Releasing Mentally Ill” --- Judge backs Wash. law on releasing mentally ill. A Pierce County Superior Court judge is backing the current state law on when the mentally ill should be released from Western State Hospital in Lakewood. --- The Seattle Times --- April 13, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/F3lQ8F

International Articles

48. “Abu Dhabi to Be Special-needs Friendly” --- “Public toilets that are special needs-friendly, ramps at building entrances, elevators that have Brail, zebra crossings without kerbs, special needs counters at shopping malls and other public places … --- gulfnews.com --- April 10, 2013 (ABU DHABI) http://is.gd/cePHXp

49. “Abusers 'Prey on Disabled and Vulnerable' ” --- Disabled and vulnerable children are more likely to be targeted by sexual predators because there's less risk they will tell someone, an inquiry has heard. A leading academic says children without strong family networks are easier for pedophiles ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- April 12, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/KpVvNf

50. “ 'Safe' Mental Health Patient out Using Amphetamines” --- Staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital's mental health unit three weeks ago told the father of a severely-depressed woman his daughter was at the centre and safe when instead she was high on amphetamines … --- Brisbane Times --- April 12, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/pklzwJ

51. “Coroner Suspends Inquest into Death of Disabled Girl” --- A Deputy State Coroner has suspended inquest into the death of a severely disabled Hunter Valley girl saying she is satisfied an indictable offence has been committed. --- ABC Online --- April 11, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/2vjQFi

52. “Disabled Children Confined in School” --- Worrying: There are concerns about the treatment of some disabled students in Victorian schools. Children with disabilities at Victorian schools are being placed in solitary confinement and physically restrained in breach of their human rights ... --- Bendigo Advertiser --- April 8, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/anvsBv

53. “Help for Mentally Ill Young Offenders” --- The hundreds of juvenile offenders with mental health problems who face Perth Children's Court each year will now have access to tailored support through a landmark program. --- The West Australian --- April 8, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/I4ypN0

54. “Grief for NSW Woman Burned in Wheelchair” --- But at about 9.30pm, Ms Anthony, who was confined to a wheelchair due to spastic quadriplegia, was sitting in her nylon nightgown in her lounge room when Harding picked up a bottle of methylated spirits - and poured it over her head and torso. --- Perth Now --- April 7, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/sZfS5V

55. “Province Reviewing How Police Deal with Mentally Ill” --- An internal government review of how police in Ontario interact with the mentally ill has been under way for almost a year, but there's a long way to go before recommendations could be issued … --- Hamilton Spectator --- April 13, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/8c6cW8

56. “Mental Illnesses in Violent Crime” --- : Officials have not confirmed the shooter has Autism or Asperger's but we dispel these as mental illnesses, explain what they are and how they are treated. --- Vancouver Sun (Video) --- April 12, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/1uyZ11

57. “Magnitude of Mental Illness” --- A new report finds the burden of mental illness, and the number of years it can steal from someone's life - is actually higher than diseases like cancer. Robin Gill explains. --- Vancouver Sun (Video) --- April 12, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/4u1zGn

58. “ 'An Indictment of the Treatment of Mentally Ill' ” --- “This case is an indictment of the treatment of mentally ill individuals in our public health system and in our judicial system,” Justice Stephen D. Brown wrote in a scathing ruling this week … --- Hamilton Spectator --- April 11, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/rQe2C4

59. “Mother of Torture Victim Upset Sentences Reduced for Couple” --- The mother of a young mentally challenged man who was confined and tortured by a couple in a Corktown apartment for 17 days in 2009 is baffled and upset the sentence for the pair has been reduced by the Ontario Court of Appeal. --- Hamilton Spectator --- April 9, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/rWtq8r

60. “BC Mental Health System Failing Teens, Watchdog Says” --- British Columbia's mental health system is failing vulnerable teens and the government needs to fix it, says B.C.'s children's watchdog. In a scathing new report, the province's Representative for Children and Youth says 16 to 19-year-olds suffering ... --- CBC.ca --- April 9, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/rDwOts

61. “15 Mn Impoverished Disabled Live in Rural China” --- About 15 million disabled people live below China's poverty line in rural areas, the China Disabled Persons Federation said Wednesday. --- New York Daily News --- April 10, 2013 (CHINA) http://is.gd/YoKjjT

62. “Carer of Mental Health Patients Admits Stealing Their Money” --- The deputy manager of a care home for people with mental health problems is facing jail, after pleading guilty to stealing money from patients. Geoffrey Mutenga of Beaumaris Gardens, Upper Norwood, changed … --- Croydon Guardian --- April 11, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/6GqBlF

63. “Mentally Challenged Girl, Aged 12, 'Raped' in the Capital” --- A 12-year-old mentally challenged minor girl was allegedly raped in north Delhi's Burari area. The incident was reported on Tuesday afternoon from Gopalpur village. --- Daily Mail --- April 10, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/GGJ8G2

64. “Deadline for States on Rights of People with Disabilities” --- Concerned over the delay in response from some states to the draft bill on the rights of people with disabilities, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Selja has shot off a letter setting a deadline for feedback on the ... --- Newstrack India --- April 10, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/PiRiU5

65. “Teacher Stephen Downes Convicted of Child Cruelty at Special Needs School” --- A special needs teacher has been found guilty of cruelty to children after he assaulted two 12-year-old girls who have severe learning difficulties. --- BBC News --- April 9, 2013 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/IWu0rb

66. “World Down Syndrome Day Conference in Israel” --- Imagine a conference where the master of ceremonies is a 29 year old young woman with Down Syndrome, known for her interviews with key persons such as President Shimon Peres, and you … --- Arutz Sheva --- April 12, 2013 (ISRAEL) http://is.gd/W2BEFg

67. “Disabled Group Earn Living Through Detergent Making in Kenya” --- Disabled people at work making detergents Disabled people begging for money and other freebies is a common sight in the streets of all Kenya's towns. --- Newstime Africa --- April 7, 2013 (KENYA) http://is.gd/zkWbBW

68. “Korean Teen Murders Disabled Girl” --- A middle school student in Incheon was apprehended Thursday for allegedly killing a mentally disabled girl after a failed rape attempt. Police said the 16-year-old suspect tried to rape the 12-year-old victim … --- AsiaOne --- April 12, 2013 (SOUTH KOREA) http://is.gd/7vnutA

69. “Disabled Women Grapple with Gender Based Violence” --- “As a disability rights activist would want to effect positive change to enable disabled women to enjoy equal opportunities and recognition in their society . --- The Zimbabwean --- April 12, 2013 (ZIMBABWAE) http://is.gd/F5VQK


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