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News Summary for May 13, 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.   “Parents Say Special-needs Student Set Up in Drug Bust” --- A mother and father in Temecula are taking the local school district to court. They say instead of protecting their special-needs son, the district and local police left him very vulnerable. --- abc7.com --- May 6, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/z3ZHc3

2.    “Colorado 'Treatment' Facility Held Mentally Disabled Teen in Solitary for 25 Days” --- ADX, the federal supermax prison in Florence, is being sued for housing mentally ill prisoners in long-term isolation without psychological treatment. --- The Colorado Independent --- May 9, 2013  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/1UWYgl 

3.   “Are Classroom Cameras the Best Way to Protect Students with Special Needs?” --- His 8-year-old daughter Shaylyn, who has Down Syndrome, was sent home from school with her shoes duct taped to her ankles. “She couldn't even walk,” said Nate Searcy, Shaylyn's father. --- Fox 59 --- May 9, 2013  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/iMnlrA

4.  “KY. Appeals Court Rules State Does Not Have to Release Records in Deaths of 2 Disabled Men” --- The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled the Council on Developmental Disabilities has no right to review the records of two disabled men who died in state care in 2009. --- The Republic --- May 9, 2013  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/WKYltS

5.   “Former Wall School Official Pleads Not Guilty to Failing to Report Sex Assault ... The former Wall assistant school superintendent has been charged with failing to report to police allegations that a teacher sexually assaulted a 4-year-old special needs student, then lied to police when they questioned her about it. --- Asbury Park Press --- May 7, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/rXNQfs

6.   “Teen Accused of Raping Mentally Disabled Child” --- David Wayne Talbert faces two counts of rape of a mentally disabled person, two counts of statutory sexual assault of someone 4 to 8 years old, two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, two counts of ... --- New Castle News --- May 6, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/eXwMVq  

7.   “Spokane Police Officer Admits Lying about Fatal Beating of Mentally Disabled Man” --- A Spokane police officer has pleaded guilty to a charge that he lied to federal agents about the fatal beating of a mentally disabled man. --- OregonLive.com --- May 7, 2013  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/ENAjN4

8.   “Father, 38, Beat His Seven-Month-old Disabled Son to Death Because He Could ...” --- A father has been jailed for seven years after admitting killing his disabled seven-month-old son. Nathan Pick, 38, lashed out at James-Lee because he could not get him to stop screaming at their home … --- Daily Mail --- May 10, 2013  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/rpaawu


9.   “Defendant Demands Hearing in Death of Group Home Resident” --- The case against a town of Necedah woman charged with negligent abuse that caused the death of a man in a group home will move toward trial following a court hearing this week. --- Juneau County Star-Times --- May 10, 2013  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/r3h8GE

10.    “SF Caregiver Robs Double Amputee” --- A Daly City bank manager is being heralded by police for turning in a heartless caregiver earlier this month who was allegedly stealing money from a client, a double amputee who uses a motorized wheelchair. --- San Francisco Examiner --- May 9, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/SdgfQM

11.   “Capitol Police: DelDOT Employee Took $500 from Disabled Co-worker's Account” --- Aron Johnson, 40, of Dover, was charged with identity theft and theft under $1,500 from a disabled victim and theft of a motor vehicle, said Kimberly Chandler, spokeswoman for the Capitol Police … --- The News Journal --- May 10, 2013  (DELAWARE)   http://is.gd/1o6hRH

12.   “Special Needs Teen Lost at Airport after Flight Diverts to Tampa” --- He knows Joshua has special needs, he asked if Joshua can get anything to eat." Joshua's mother also thanks Donna, the good Samaritan who first found her son. --- WTSP 10 News --- May 7, 2013  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/mhcOeq

13.   “Justices Allows Lawsuit against Iowa Disabled Home” --- A woman who claims she was fired in 2006 from an Iowa home for the disabled after complaining about abuse of residents can have her day in court, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- May 10, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/MjF5zh  

14.   “Laurel Co. Woman Arrested after Rape of 13-Year-old Relative” --- A 14-year-old mentally challenged girl is pregnant by her relative's live-in boyfriend, according to the Laurel County Sheriff. Police said Joyce Blanton, 35, and Franklin Brown, 45, were arrested after investigators say they found out the girl was ... --- WTVQ

15.   “Parents Charged with Murder Are Accused of Exploiting Disabled Sons for Benefits” --- Jerry Lakes and Peggy Whitlock had been living with their four physically and/or mentally disabled children in a room at the Knights Inn on Stanton Way for four to six weeks. --- Lexington Herald Leader --- May 7, 2013  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/Z5OeOS

16.   “Timonium Caregiver Charged with Assault” --- Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced today that Nnamdi Adiegwu, 37, has been charged by way of a criminal information in Baltimore County with one count each of abuse of a vulnerable adult in the second degree and assault in the second degree. --- ABC2 News --- May 9, 2013  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/BjXOLO

17.   “Family of Special Needs Boy Who Died from School Bus Fall to Get $100,000” --- Baltimore City will pay $100,000 to the family of a special needs student who died after falling from a school bus. Six-year-old Jeremy Jennings Jr. fell out of an emergency door during a fight with another student in 2010. --- CBS Local --- May 9, 2013  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/TZ0Bny

18.   “Harford School Employee Suspended Following Sex Offense Indictment” --- An employee of the Harford County public school system who works primarily with special needs students has been placed under suspension without pay following her indictment on a sex offense charge last month. --- Baltimore Sun --- May 6, 2013  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/H2Zw3n

19.   “Report: Student Ordered Therapy Shocks for Other Students at Group Home” --- A new report says a Canton-based group home that gives electric shocks as part of their therapy regimen did not follow protocol in two 2007 incidents … --- My Fox Boston --- May 10, 2013  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/jURJoO  

20.   “Judge Closes Book on Lawsuit Involving Nursing Home Residents with Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities” --- They contested the state system of placing people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in nursing homes, saying that these residents were not being given “active treatment” in these facilities, and that many were capable of living in other ... --- McKnight's Long Term Care News --- May 10, 2013  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/QfRgvB

21.   “Governor Signs Bill that Expands Prosecutor Abilities” --- Reiter commented that it's equally as hard to estimate how many additional cases will arise in Chisago County, due to the number of elderly and vulnerable adult housing facilities here. --- Chisago County Press --- May 10, 2013  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/tPoTNN

22.   “Omaha Trial on Deaf Medical Student's Lawsuit Set” ---  Jury trial has been set in the case of a man who accuses Creighton University in a lawsuit of discriminating against him because he is ... --- Beatrice Daily Sun --- May 7, 2013  (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/mDesAp

23.   “Laconia Sex Offender Indicted on Rape Charges” --- A 64-year-old convicted sexual offender is now facing charges of rape, with police accusing him of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled man. --- The Union Leader --- May 6, 2013  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)   http://is.gd/yFN6zj

24.   “Federal Probe Cites Major Problems at Nevada Mental Hospital” --- Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada's primary public hospital for mentally ill people, is at risk of losing critical federal funding if it fails to correct problems identified in a report issued Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare ... --- Sacramento Bee --- May 9, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/SRx7di  

25.  “Defendant in Hate Crime Branding Case Back in Custody” --- A co-defendant in what federal prosecutors called a racially-motivated assault against a mentally disabled Navajo man is back in federal custody after an alleged probation violation. --- Farmington Daily Times --- May 10, 2013  (NEW MEXICO)   http://is.gd/xyxBMZ

26.   “Police Investigate Wheelchair Theft from Disabled Woman” --- A disabled Buffalo woman is angry and upset over the theft of her motorized wheelchair. That theft occurred sometime Wednesday night and now she's asking for help in … --- WGRZ-TV --- May 10, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/DztRyf

27.   “Embezzlement Suspected at Local Nonprofit” --- City police are investigating the suspected embezzlement of nearly $27,000 from the Western North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance. --- Asheville Citizen-Times --- May 11, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/Vx7Iv3  

28.   “Chilling Job Application Form of Ariel Castro Who Told a Special Needs Student ...” --- Ariel Castro left a special needs student on his own on the school bus he drove and told another teen to 'lie down bitch'. The details emerged as the 52-year-old prepares to appear in court today on kidnapping and rape charges. --- Daily Mail --- May 10, 2013  (OHIO)    http://is.gd/KmK2tf

29.   “Cottage Grove Caregiver Pleads Guilty to Stealing $200,000 in Retirement ...” --- Oregon Department of Human Services records filed in federal court show that Cody was licensed as an adult foster home caregiver from 1988 to 1994. --- OregonLive.com --- May 6, 2013  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/chSNp9

30.   “Mechanicsburg Man Arrested for Sexual Assault of Disabled Woman” --- - The Sentinel Ryan Lee Hollaman, 23, of the 4000 block of Rolo Court, was charged with felony corruption of minors, misdemeanor indecent assault, misdemeanor indecent assault of a person with a mental disability, misdemeanor indecent assault of a person less than 16 ... --- The Sentinel --- May 9, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/tnwFEW

31.   “Allegheny County Pays $35K to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit” --- Allegheny County agreed to pay a forensic investigator $35,000 to settle her age and disability discrimination lawsuit, but she failed to comply her part of the deal and resign, the county said in federal court documents filed Tuesday. --- Tribune-Review --- May 7, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/G6Q63d   

32.   “Murfreesboro Man Charged in Abuse of Special Needs Child, 5” --- A 26-year-old Murfreesboro man was charged Tuesday with the abuse of a 5-year-old special needs child, according to police. --- The Daily News Journal --- May 9, 2013  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/0gzx39

33.   “EEOC Sues Fort Worth Rehab Center over Disability Discrimination” --- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a federal suit that the Fort Worth Center of Rehabilitation rejected the job application of Patsy Roberson after she could not produce a routine urine sample because of kidney failure. --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- May 8, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/NMqJeh

34.   “Watch Out, Bullies: She's Got the Band behind Her” --- Mano has high-functioning autism. That means she walks and talks a little differently than other kids, her parents say, and she's "painfully aware" of these differences. --- CNN --- May 8, 2013   (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/tb3Nmt   

 35.   “DC Housing Authority Has Failed to Provide Deaf Interpreters, Lawsuit Claims” --- Two hearing-impaired women have sued the District's public housing agency, claiming it has “routinely” denied them and other deaf residents sign-language interpreters required under federal law. --- Washington Post --- May 7, 2013  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)   http://is.gd/cGYXoV

36.  “The Arc Reacts to Historic Verdict on Behalf of Workers with Intellectual Disabilities” --- It was the largest verdict in the history of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which filed the case, for disability discrimination and unlawful harassment. Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 03, 2013. --- Watch List News (press release) --- May 10, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/XpLHwF

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37.   “Porterville Developmental Center Laying off 54 People” --- Rita Early's future is up in the air. She works at the Porterville Developmental Center, along with her daughter. She says their days there are numbered. Early said, "she's on the list but I'm not...but ... --- KSEE --- May 6, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/RzMwfB

38.   “Cuts to Conn. Disabilities Programs Raise Concerns” --- Parents, clients and advocates for people with disabilities are discussing the effects of nearly $40 million in proposed cuts to state services for the developmentally disabled. --- Boston.com --- May 7, 2013  (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/iInRa7 

39.   “Mother of Aldo Alvarez Speaks Out after Her Mentally Challenged Son is Shot by ...” --- The mother of the man shot by an off duty Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Wednesday says her son is mentally challenged and would never hurt anyone. --- WPTV --- May 9, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/tchiNm

40.   “How Autism is Different in Girls vs. Boys” --- Why do boys get diagnosed with autism four times as often as girls? New research, including some of the latest data from the International Society for Autism Research annual conference last week, addresses … --- Fox News --- May 8, 2013  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/OrzyYo

41.   “Advocates Backing Kan. Gov.'s Plan for Disabled” --- Tim Wood, manager of the Disability Rights Center of Kansas' "End the Wait" campaign, said the coalition the coalition isn't specifying how quickly it wants the state to eliminate the waiting lists but added, "We need to have an effectively working ... --- kgw.com --- May 6, 2013  (KANSAS)   http://is.gd/IsuJO2

42.   “Mother's Struggle Paints Picture of Maine's Mental Health System” --- A mother from Belfast has been locked in a tough fight as she tries to get long term psychiatric care for her mentally-ill daughter. --- WLBZ-TV --- May 10, 2013  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/UEg3tF  

43.   “The Mission Project Helps Developmentally Disabled Adults to Live on Their Own” --- The Mission Project members live among non-disabled families in the apartment complex. The young adults and their parents are responsible for their leases, their own apartment furnishings and other amenities. --- Kansas City Star --- May 7, 2013  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/2c6YdN  

44.  “Boy with Autism Leaves School, Rides Tricycle on Busy Road” --- A boy with autism was found wandering on a tricycle in the middle of a busy road while he was supposed to be in school. --- NBC New York --- May 8, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/9dreDP

45.   “Time for Insurance Companies to Cover Those with Autism in NC” --- State lawmakers have an opportunity to right an unfortunate injustice this legislative session. Currently in North Carolina, the nearly 60,000 individuals with autism and their families … --- News & Observer --- May 7, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/KWcShn 

46.   “Portland VA Adds Five Mental Health Workers in National Initiative to Hire 1,600” --- Nationally, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki pledged last year that the VA would add 1,600 mental health professionals and 300 support staffers to help the agency cope with the rising demand for services. --- OregonLive.com --- May 9, 2013  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/aEELVF

47.   “Memphis Man Wins $100K Settlement in Discrimination Lawsuit” --- The EEOC filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against his former employer, German-based Bauermeister, on behalf of the former mechanic. The company agreed to pay the unnamed man $100,000 to settle the lawsuit Monday … --- wreg.com ---  May 6, 2013  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/yrM31n

48.   “Utah Private School Wrongly Took Special Needs Scholarship Money” --- A private Salt Lake City school wrongly claimed at least $28,420 in state scholarship money meant to help special needs students, according to a new state school board audit. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- May 6, 2013  (UTAH)   http://is.gd/GHeQQx

49.   “Storm Plans for Disabled Are Inadequate, US Says” --- The suit said that the city had failed to address the needs of its disabled population in emergency and disaster planning, and sought remedial action. --- New York Times --- May 10, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/KydxGD  

50.   “Why Some Autistic Kids Are Painfully Sensitive to Noise and Bright Lights” --- According to Duje Tadin, one of the lead authors on the study and an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, such heightened sensory perception in autism may help explain why … --- Daily News & Analysis --- May 9, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/FXmDjS

51.   “Victims with Intellectual Disabilities Pose Greater Challenge, Increased Need for Support” --- Autism. Intellectual disability. Deaf. Blind. Wheelchair user. These words carry with them so many definitions and connotations but are all common in one way: They change how we as Rape Response Services advocates respond to a call. --- Bangor Daily News --- May 7, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/hSqS6t 

52.  “Autistic and Coming (Reluctantly) of Age” --- In her new memoir, “Next Stop: A Son With Autism Grows Up,” the Washington, D.C., writer Glen Finland transforms her worry into a practical strategy as well as an engaging story. --- New York Times --- May 7, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/QM0f6N

53.   “More Kids Diagnosed with Mental Health Disabilities” --- Significantly more U.S. children have a neurodevelopmental or mental health disability than did a decade ago, according to new research. --- WDAM-TV --- May 7, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/7oG2Yp

54.   “Psychiatry's Guide Is Out of Touch With Science, Experts Say” --- The expert, Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said in an interview Monday that his goal was to reshape the direction of psychiatric research to focus on biology, genetics and neuroscience so that scientists can ... --- New York Times --- May 6, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/KQipdh

International Articles 

55.   “Disabled Dying in Care: NSW Ombudsman” --- The NSW Ombudsman says 225 disabled people died while in care in 2010 and 2011. Some of them were preventable even though the risks "could reasonably have been foreseen", the report by NSW Ombudsman … --- Herald Sun --- May 8, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/vf2wGU

56.   “Wrongly Jailed Disabled Man Marlon Noble Allowed to Travel” --- A mentally disabled man, jailed for more than 10 years for sex offences he was never convicted of, has been granted leave to travel for the first time since his release last year. Marlon Noble was 19 … --- Herald Sun --- May 7, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/VdIBhJ

57.   “Worker Guilty of Putting Lemon Juice in Disabled Woman's Eyes” A former group home worker is guilty of two cases of assault and one of administering a noxious substance against a disabled woman in her care. --- CBC.ca --- May 8, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/nKSVFS

58.   “Mentally Disabled Newlyweds Fight to Live Together” --- Hava Samuels, left, reacts playfully with her husband, Paul Forziano, as they visit a park in Port Jefferson, N.Y. The developmentally disabled couple brought a lawsuit against the group facilities where they … --- The Province --- May 7, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/Ebv7tA

59.   “Teachers Condemn Candidate's Stance on Special Needs” --- Teachers are condemning comments made by a Liberal candidate in northern B.C., who says that "grief" in the classroom caused by special needs children has caused public school enrolment to decline. --- CBC.ca --- May 7, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/7NvZOO

60.   “Man in Wheelchair Robbed” --- Police are hunting a group of thugs who pushed over a man in a wheelchair and stole his wallet. The man was in the area of York Boulevard and Bay Street North Thursday when four suspects … --- Hamilton Spectator --- May 6, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/qald2Q

61.   “Fighting Autism for Children in Tianjin” --- Like many other diseases, autism requires early diagnosis and treatment for recovery, the earlier the better. Here at Nankai University in Tianjin, a 35-year-old female … --- China Daily --- May 8, 2013  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/x6cXqn

62.   “Mental-Health Patients Given OK to Leave 'Have Nowhere to Go' ” --- Although a new law allows eligible mental-health patients to be discharged from a hospital when they want to leave, 52 patients at a Shanghai psychiatric hospital still find it difficult to go home. --- China Daily --- May 7, 2013  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/z66A3U 

63.   “There are Around 430,000 People with Disabilities in Croatia” --- There are around 430,000 people with disabilities in Croatia, 9.7% of the total population. People with hearing impairments and other disabilitiesface many difficulties when trying to access the labour market. --- Balkans.com Business News --- May 10, 2013  (CROATIA)   http://is.gd/4HgRDH

64.   “Care System Failing People with Autism, Says Charity” --- The study, based on more than 1,000 survey responses from people with autism in England or their parents or carers, found only 23% thought social workers had a proper understanding of the condition and 70% believed they were not getting the care they ... --- The Guardian --- May 12, 2013  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/xiPBnR  

65.   “Life With Autism is Full of Challenges” --- “Nuha was first diagnosed with autism at the age of 1 year and 2 months. My wife and I tried to deny it and search for options to cure our daughter, but deep down we knew Nuha was different from other children,” says Nuha's father Krisnadi Yuliawan ... --- Jakarta Globe --- May 8, 2013  (INDONESIA)   http://is.gd/0BiD8p

66.   “Man Jailed for Killing Disabled Son” --- Nathan Pick admitted manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court. 10 May 2013. A father has been jailed for seven years after admitting killing his disabled seven-month-old son. --- Belfast Telegraph --- May 10, 2013  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/idpwz5 

67.   “Carer Guilty of Assaulting Disabled Boy” --- A Nelson support worker has been found guilty of assaulting a vulnerable, severely intellectually disabled boy in her care. Linda Pearl Ericson, 62, was this afternoon found guilty of three of the six charges she faced of assaulting the then 16-year ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- May 10, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)   http://is.gd/WnvnY4

68.   “Physically Disabled Patients Abandoned” --- The mentally and physically handicapped in KwaZulu-Natal are the newest victims in government budget cuts as homes and hospitals caring for the poorest and most vulnerable are closed for lack of money. --- Independent Online --- May 6, 2013  (SOUTH AFRICA)   http://is.gd/uFLPX9


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