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News Summary for April 22, 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. “Reporting on Disability Abuse Earns Pulitzer Nod” --- A series of investigative articles looking at the failures of a police force tasked with protecting people with developmental disabilities is being recognized as among journalism's best. --- Disability Scoop --- April 18, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/XqANSU

2. “Nevada Responds to Allegations of 'Dumping' Mental Health Patients in California” --- Nevada officials are responding to complaints that mental health patients have been dumped across the nation, including Bakersfield. One analysis found eight mentally ill people ended up in Kern County, after being ... --- Bakersfield Now --- April 17, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Cerkpm

3. “Lessons Learned after Sexual Exploitation of Deaf Students in Maine” --- Cases of institutional sexual abuse, while horrific in nature and extent, are hopefully accompanied by lessons learned. In the early 1980s, an investigation revealed students at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf were routinely sexually abused and ... --- Bangor Daily News --- April 14, 2013 (MAINE) http://is.gd/BiJdEm

4. “Charges: Personal Care Attendant Financially Exploited Vulnerable Adult” --- The worker was employed by the Crystal Care Home Health Services company out of Richfield and has since been terminated. The worker has been charged with transaction card fraud and financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. --- CBS Local --- April 16, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/gowFB0 

5. “Walmart Accused of Violating Disabilities Act” --- Federal regulators are suing Walmart for allegedly looking the other way while an employee with developmental disabilities was sexually harassed by a co-worker for years. --- Disability Scoop --- April 16, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/wE04zd

6. “The Crisis is Not over for Abused Adults” --- The average Vermonter probably assumes that all reports of elder abuse or neglect, once received by the state's Adult Protective Services, receive prompt and diligent attention. --- Brattleboro Reformer --- April 15, 2013 (VERMONT) http://is.gd/ij432X

7. “LAUSD Teacher Abuse Investigations to Be Streamlined Under New Plan” --- The LAUSD board approved member Tamar Galatzan's proposal to take investigations of alleged physical or sexual abuse away from school principals. It would also enable those accused to be told why they've been removed from their job. --- NBC Southern California --- April 16, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/oej91r

8. “NY Rolls out Police Training for Handling Disabled” --- New York state is rolling out first-of-its-kind sensitivity training statewide to help some police officers better identify and interact with people with developmental disabilities. --- 10TV --- April 21, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/lvOYFp

9. “Disabled Denied Justice: Rights Commission” --- Disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes says there is a failure within the legal system to provide the right sort of support services. In particular, people with disabilities who are victims of violence and abuse face many barriers. --- The Australian --- April 22, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/F5eqS2

10. “More than 1,200 People with a Learning Disability Die of Avoidable Causes” --- To date nearly 100 families have shared with us how they have been devastated by the death of a loved one with a learning disability, due to bad practice and neglect in the health service. --- The Guardian --- April 18, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/EgI5ee


11. “Jury Awards Parents of Dead Woman $7.7 Million in Wrongful Death Case” --- The case involved the death of 33-year-old Lauren Arcady, an Atascadero High School graduate, who was developmentally disabled and suffering from schizophrenia. After five years of living in a state-operated facility for people with mental disabilities ... --- The San Luis Obispo Tribune --- April 19, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/LVpImQ

12. “Homeless Man Says He Did Nothing to Deserve Beating” --- A mentally ill homeless man who was allegedly beaten with a bat by a Salinas restaurant owner testified in court Tuesday, saying the attack was unprovoked. --- Monterey County Herald --- April 17, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/6PZ28v

13. “Trial Under Way for Man Accused in 1994 Rape and Murder” --- Nearly 20 years after the rape and murder of a mentally disabled Colorado Springs woman, DNA solved the mystery of who killed her, authorities alleged during opening statements at a murder trial. --- Colorado Springs Gazette --- April 16, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/y9ES3S 14. “Family of Disabled Student Files Federal Lawsuit against Hillsborough Schools” --- Listing the 1999 roadside death of student Eric Martin, the 2012 drowning of Jennifer Caballero and other incidents affecting disabled children, attorneys filed a second federal suit last week on behalf of the late Isabella Herrera. --- Tampabay.com --- April 18, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/hO7es9

15. “Sarasota Man Accused in Death of Autistic Daughter, 11, Bonds out of Jail” --- A man accused of child abuse in his daughter's death has posted bail and has left the Sarasota County Jail. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports 35-year-old Kenneth Stoddard must stay at his mother's house ... --- The Republic --- April 15, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/J5Pv1o

16. “Arrests Made in Assault of 21-Year-old Disabled Woman” --- According to authorities, warrants for disabled person abuse, battery and reckless conduct were obtained for Ashley's mother, step-grandmother, aunt, healthcare nurse, her mother's fiancée, and two other unrelated caretakers. --- WXIA-TV --- April 17, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/fRWUeQ

17. “Police Looking for Suspects Who Attacked a Disabled Man” --- Crimestoppers says a disabled man with cerebral palsy was walking in the two hundred block of Edgerook Drive in Champaign when two or more suspects approached him. The man was beaten, knocked unconscious, and robbed. --- WAND --- April 15, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/t1Wobb

18. “Ex-director Charged in Theft of $30,000” --- The former executive director of Cedars HOPE, a group that helps homeless women who are mentally ill, is accused of embezzling close to $30,000 from the nonprofit organization. --- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette --- April 20, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/13azNG

19. “Cops: Teacher Arrested for Molesting Boy” --- A Pike Township special needs teacher was arrested Sunday for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a male student. John White, 27, of Indianapolis, was arrested for child molestation after the mother of the special needs student ... --- WISH --- April 15, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/Fcix9y

20. “Jury Awards $7.25M for Hearing Aid that Severely Shocked” --- Born deaf, Breanna Sadler of Vine Grove, Ky., had a cochlear ear device implanted in her head in 2006, when she was 4 years old. Four years later, an electrical short shocked her so violently that she was thrown to the ground, vomiting and convulsing. --- USA TODAY --- April 18, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/cafXmc

21. “Mother Accused of Leaving Autistic Daughter Home Alone” --- A Lexington mother is accused of letting her mentally handicapped daughter wander the streets alone. Police said Jaria Gordon admitted to leaving her 4-year-old autistic daughter home alone while she went to work, and then to visit a friend after work. --- WTVQ --- April 15, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/Songag

22. “Disabled Upper Marlboro Residents Win Discrimination Case” --- Peggy Daniel, 63, and Albert Doby, 87, both of Upper Marlboro, said they are relieved to have the Maryland Court of Appeals rule in their favor on a housing discrimination case they've battled for nearly a decade. --- Maryland Community News Online --- April 16, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/ablpaH

23. “State Health Officials Say Vulnerable Adult Found in Filth at Assisted-living Facility” --- State health officials say a vulnerable adult is recovering from neglect after he was found in filthy conditions at an assisted-living facility in Chisholm. --- The Republic --- April 18, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/ZbP1C7

24. “Minnesota Veterans Home Accused of Neglect in 2012 Death” --- The state health department has substantiated an allegation of neglect at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis involving a patient who was found dead in his room, with empty medication bottles nearby. --- Pioneer Press --- April 16, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/nX9LPm

25. “OP Man Goes to Police after Disabled Son is Slapped at Bowling Alley” --- Mark Camacho is speaking out about the incident because he says this could be anyone's son or daughter with a disability and he says no one should be subject to discrimination or assault. --- fox4kc.com --- April 13, 2013 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/fxAvVh

26. “Closing Arguments Made in Beatrice Center Lawsuit” --- Closing arguments have been made in a lawsuit against the state filed by a Lincoln woman who says her son was left near death while at the state-run Beatrice State Developmental Center. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 13, 2013 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/fRY2Fu

27. “Nevada Tries to Solve Problem of Mentally Ill with ‘Greyhound Therapy’ ” --- An article in the Sacramento Bee discussed how, over the past five years, some 1500 mentally ill patients have been put on Greyhound buses and sent to other states due to lack of resources to help them. --- Voice of Russia --- April 17, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/isnnmn

28. “Dan Morain: Nevada Sets Itself Apart with Ousting of Mentally Ill” --- Mike Willden, director of Nevada Health and Human Services, explained that when out-of-towners deteriorate, he said, "we're using our funds, our resources, to treat that mentally ill patient. --- Merced Sun-Star --- April 16, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/HKy8rf

29. “Counselor at Staten Island Independent Living Facility Accused of Hitting Mentally Disabled Resident with Broomstick” --- But a counselor at an Eltingville independent living facility violated that bond, hitting a mentally disabled resident with a broomstick, said authorities. --- SILive.com --- April 20, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/iSuBQO

30. “Investigation Faults Care at Monroe Community Hospital” --- While conducting an annual inspection of the facility in March, the state survey team was told of a December incident in which a high-ranking staff member at the county-owned facility took away the wheelchair of a resident … --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- April 18, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/xYJbRb

31. “Pa. Service Company Probed over NY Inmate Deaths” --- The Medical Review Board has blamed CMC for failing to follow its own drug withdrawal and detoxification policies, for ignoring signs of mental illness and for failing to treat some illnesses, the Press and Sun-Bulletin reported. --- Houston Chronicle --- April 14, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/6yovfr

32. “Durham Schools' Punishment Practices Subject of Federal Complaint” --- Legal Aid of North Carolina and the Civil Rights Project of UCLA on Tuesday filed a complaint with the federal Department of Education, alleging that Durham Public Schools disproportionately punishes black students and students with disabilities. --- Durham Herald Sun --- April 16, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/uly4no

33. “Grand Forks Man Says Ex-girlfriend Stole $100,000” --- A Warroad, Minn., woman is in jail in Thief River Falls, accused of stealing at least $22,000 in cash from her former boyfriend, who prosecutors said is a vulnerable adult. --- Grand Forks Herald --- April 18, 2013 (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/oYgd0s

34. “Two Mexicans Plead Guilty in Federal Rape Case” --- Two immigrants from Mexico charged with raping a mentally challenged West Virginia woman in Washington County last summer have pleaded guilty to federal charges and will go to prison. --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- April 16, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/091FFD

35. “Former MITS Driver Sentenced for Assaulting Fort Worth Passenger” --- A former bus driver convicted of sexually assaulting a mentally challenged passenger was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison. --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- April 19, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/L6BP3M

36. “Southwest ISD Investigates Beating, Bullying of Special-needs Student in Class” --- Norma Gonzalez' 18-year old special-needs son hasn't been back to Southwest High School since the Down Syndrome child suffered a beating during class Thursday. --- KENS 5 TV --- April 16, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/D1r77G

37. “Husband Facing Charges after Allegedly Beating Handicapped Wife” --- A Huntington man is facing charges after allegedly beating his wheelchair-bound wife. According to the criminal complaint, the man beat his wife after her two sons left the home. --- WSAZ-TV --- April 18, 2013 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/xHmL8c

Seeking Improved Support

38. “Poor Progress in Hiring Disabled People” --- Rosen, who is deaf, was named in January as chairman of the council, an independent federal agency that advises the president, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy. --- StarPhoenix --- April 17, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/M4j8fE

39. “Many in Mental Crisis Call Tucson Police” --- Tucson Police Department receives more calls about mental illness than about burglaries or stolen cars. In March, the department received 369 calls about mental illness - more than 10 a day - and the numbers … --- Arizona Daily Star --- April 14, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/PAFCs7

40. “Despite Law, Some Families Lack Autism Coverage” --- Until she billed the insurance company. Since the law took effect in early 2011, Dales said the plan failed to reimburse her and her husband for tens of thousands of dollars' worth of care. --- San Jose Mercury News --- April 21, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/abvv2c

41. “Lee Schools to Cut 100 Workers Serving Special Needs Students” --- More than 100 Lee County School District positions that serve special needs students are being eliminated because of federal spending cuts resulting from the federal sequestration. --- Naples Daily News --- April 17, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/AbR04p

42. “Anger over Chicago's Mental Health Cuts” --- States have been slashing their mental healthcare budgets, even as mass shootings and the gun control debate highlight the need for more mental health resources. --- CNN --- April 15, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/TTKybp

43. “UIC Program Focuses on Disability Studies” --- "One thing that we've heard from our friends in Hollywood who have disabilities who are trying to break in is that there's a huge stigma; once you've identified as an actor with a disability, you get put into … --- ABC7Chicago.com --- April 14, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/Zyb5kN

44. “3-County Kansas Mental Health Center Struggling” --- A mental health center that serves three northeast Kansas counties is providing help for an increasing number of people while dealing with a drop in funding, the executive director said. Keith Rickard told … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 16, 2013 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/b4U3cr

45. “As Autism Rate Rises, Funding to Staten Island Agencies Gets Slashed” --- According to a new survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 50 school children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. --- SILive.com --- April 16, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ZMIWB8

46. “Autism Society of North Carolina Launches Get Autism” --- One of every 70 children born in North Carolina will be affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In recognition that April is World Autism Awareness Month, the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) ... --- Wall Street Journal --- April 15, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/D7hfWz

47. “Portland Officer Who Tased James Chasse Now Working on Mental Health Unit” --- The Portland Police Bureau is pushing forward with mental health reforms mandated by the U.S. Deportment of Justice—but one officer picked to work with the mentally ill is drawing criticism from advocates, The Skanner reports today. --- Willamette Week --- April 18, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/1USjBv

48. “Asking the Question: What's Your Definition of Autism?” --- Autism NOW is a project of The Arc funded in part by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. --- Austin Herald --- April 20, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/hXSF6R

49. “King County Exec Orders Inquest into Deadly Seattle Police Shooting” --- King County Executive Dow Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal Seattle police shooting of 21-year-old Jack Sun Keewatinawin, a mentally ill man who held his father hostage with a knife. --- MyNorthwest.com --- April 15, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/s86TwA

50. “’Glee's’ Shooting Episode Triggers Controversy” --- Additionally, many people, including the National Down Syndrome Society, took great offense to the fact that the accidental shooting was at the fault of someone with Down Syndrome. --- Virginia Tech Collegiate Times --- April 18, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/AvO1nT

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

51. “Mental Health Bills to be Debated at State Capitol” --- Last December Governor Hickenlooper made a plea for more money and additional resources to strengthen mental health services in Colorado following the shootings … --- KUNC --- April 16, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/2sjADT

52. “Meier Bill that Would Protect Adults with Disabilities Passes House” --- Cameron, an Illinois resident, abandoned her 19-year-old daughter, Lynn, who has profound developmental disabilities, in a bar in Tennessee and refused to take her back. --- Belleville News Democrat --- April 16, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/ZHEchB

53. “Gov. Bryant Signs Child Abuse Bill” --- Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into a law a bill that prosecutors say bridges the gap between legal and medical definitions of child abuse and takes a stair-step approach to penalizing violators. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 16, 2013 (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/PQxiLZ

54. “63 Pages Needed to Scrap 'R Word' Instances from State's Books” --- Coash's amendment would replace the antiquated and pejorative term "mental retardation" with a more enlightened and contemporary expression "intellectual disability" in state laws. --- Lincoln Journal Star --- April 19, 2013 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/2Cy1i9

55. “NJ Mental Health Law Needs Revisions, State Commissioner Says” --- While most severely ill people do not commit violent crimes, the death of Katsnelson struck a nerve with mental health advocates, who had long heard the pleas of families seeking to persuade loved … --- NJ.com --- April 16, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/UbuhxK

56. “NC Bill Would Fund a State Psychiatric Hospital” --- "This is serious stuff, nothing to laugh about, joke about, this is serious stuff," said Roger Melville with the Charlotte chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. --- WSOC Charlotte --- April 19, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/vQibWa

57. “Bill Would Help Profoundly Disabled Students Graduate” --- There was no provision in the ACE law exempting the most profoundly disabled students, those who suffer multiple physical and mental disabilities and some of whom have the cognitive ability of infants or toddlers. --- Tulsa World --- April 18, 2013 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/hXQSwz

International Articles

58. “Mental Health Groups Point Finger at Churches” --- Beyondblue and other mental health groups say Australia's Christian leaders should be doing more to reduce high rates of suicide and self-harm among gay and lesbian parishioners, and criticised attempts to ''cure'' homosexuals. --- The Age --- April 21, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/qJj6wH

59. “Mental Health: Almost 700 Complaints in Three Years” --- There have been 681 complaints about mental health care in Queensland in the past three years, the latest data from Queensland's Health Quality and Complaints Commission shows. --- Brisbane Times --- April 17, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/5ZBt7c

60. “Province Cuts $42 Million in Programming for Persons with Disabilities” --- Provincial funding cuts for programs available to Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) will leave vulnerable Albertans without access to community supports. --- St. Albert Gazette --- April 20, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/oE3r5C

61. “Man Convicted of Starving Brother to Death Awaits Sentencing” --- Hawley, 36, was found guilty of manslaughter in February after his physically and mentally disabled brother Jamie, 41, died weighing only 57 pounds and covered in his own feces … --- Ottawa Citizen --- April 19, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/kFfwos

62. “Former Teacher Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Student” --- Robert Andrew Hall, 61, was convicted Friday of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation of a disabled person while in a position of trust. --- Edmonton Journal --- April 19, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/trqv0B

63. “Autism a Complex Developmental Disability” --- In 2012 it was declared that April 2 will be recognized as International Autism Awareness Day and for that reason this month's article will be dedicated to autism. In Canada we also recognize … --- Alberta Daily Herald Tribune --- April 18, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/9MZbvb

64. “Woman Guilty in Torture Case Released from Jail” --- A young woman who participated in torturing and holding a mentally challenged man captive for 17 days is now out of jail and has been ordered by the national parole board to live in a community residential facility. --- Hamilton Spectator --- April 17, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/nimIBu

65. “Sentencing for Man Involved in Violent Attack” --- An 18-year-old man who admitted to beating a physically and mentally disabled man near Mount Pearl Square last year has been sentenced in provincial court. --- VOCM --- April 16, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/hsYfWV

66. “Man Charged after Seniors Defrauded of $50,000” --- A Hamilton man is facing several charges after three people including two seniors and a vulnerable adult were defrauded of more than $50,000. --- Hamilton Spectator --- April 16, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/VZtMQX

67. “Four Staff Abused Disabled Patients in Their Care' ” --- Severely disabled patients were assaulted, abused and tormented by staff at a Yorkshire day care centre, a jury has heard. Four staff from the Solar Centre, at St Catherine's Hospital in Doncaster, have gone on trial, between … --- Yorkshire Post --- April 20, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/u2xILc

68. “Social Worker Ignored Care Plan and Left Autistic Girl Alone in the Bath” --- A social worker who did not follow the care plan for a service user with autism, leaving the girl alone in the bath despite knowing there were risks to her safety, has been suspended from the register. --- Communitycare.co.uk --- April 19, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/8qjxC5

69. “Disabled Man Dies of Brain Abscess after Whittington Hospital Twice Mistook Symptoms for Learning Disability” --- The inquest has thrown a spotlight on the problem of “diagnostic overshadowing” – where symptoms are wrongly assumed to be the normal behaviour of patients with learning disabilities. --- Ham&High --- April 18, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/d6Z3yz

70. “Footage of Mentally-ill Barrow Woman Being Bullied Put on Facebook” --- Police have launched an investigation after a mentally ill woman was filmed being bullied and plied with drugs and the footage posted on Facebook. --- NW Evening Mail --- April 16, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/rYqvdy

71. “Mentally Ill Man Chained to Bed for 12 Years” --- Unable to pay for his treatment, and receiving no help from the government, the family of a mentally-challenged 33-year-old man in Rajasthan`s Churu district has kept him chained to a bed for more than 12 years now.--- Zee News --- April 20, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/ff3kCi

72. “Mentally Ill Patients in Indonesia Held in Chains” --- Tucked away in a suburb of Jakarta, Galuh is a home for Indonesia's mentally ill. It's not easy to find - hidden down a dirt road, behind a bunch of shacks and a horse shed. --- BBC News --- April 13, 2013 (INDONESIA) http://is.gd/vCyS60

73. “Around 3,000 Sexual Offences against Chilidren Recorded Last Year” --- "The Scottish Government, child protection committees and statutory services are clearly committed to early intervention and we are … --- stv.tv --- April 18, 20I3 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/qsFYBj

74. “3 Held for the Death of a Mentally Ill Blind Man” --- Brigadier Al Mansouri said that a Sudanese pharmacist, who is suspected of suffering from mental problems after he lost his job in a private hospital, instructed friends of a mentally ill blind Sudanese man … --- gulfnews.com --- April 21, 2013 (SUDAN) http://is.gd/ys4v4z


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