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News Summary for August 5, 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.   "Former Antioch Elementary Teacher Charged with Child Abuse" --- A former Antioch elementary school teacher has been arrested and charged with six felony counts of child abuse, Contra Costa County prosecutors said Wednesday. --- abclocal.go.com -- July 31, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/C0zsNm   

1a.   “Lawsuit: School Bus Driver Sexually Assaulted Mentally Challenged 15 Year-Old” ---  ... education center in Hampton alleging that the driver, Leo King of Brooklyn, repeatedly sexually assaulted their 15-year-old mentally challenged daughter. --- Hartford Courant --- August 2, 2013  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/7Qbejh  

2.   “Son Kept in Squalor Was on List for Aid for 13 Years” --- But she apparently did once try to get son George Portugal real help from Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Portugal was on the agency's waiting list ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- August 3, 2013  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/uP7fBX   

3.   “Zephyrhills Couple Tried to Stop Disabled Man from Getting Help after Their Dogs Attacked Him, Deputies Say” --- A man and woman were arrested and charged with abusing a disabled adult after Pasco sheriff's deputies said they tried to stop a man in a ... --- Tampabay.com --- July 30, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/LJ2FaQ  

4.   “Minn. Group Home Worker, Dugbe, Accused of Raping Woman” --- Minn. group home worker, Dugbe, accused of raping woman. A Woodbury man stands accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult living at a group home. --- Crookston Daily Times --- July 31, 2013  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/l8IVq8   

5.   “Disabled Son Dead, Vegas Mom Held on Murder Charge” --- Police say a 51-year-old Las Vegas woman mailed off a nine-page suicide note before giving her mentally disabled adult ... --- MyNews3 Las Vegas KSNV --- July 30, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/ZIJVfm  

6.   “Disabled NY Man Plans Lawsuit after Being Dragged from City Bus ...” ---  A disabled man who survived being hit by two trains in the early 1990s is suing the city of Syracuse after police dragged him off a ... --- Daily Journal --- August 2, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Fe3wFM  

7.   “Woman with Down Syndrome Wins Guardianship Case” --- A 29-year-old Virginia woman with Down syndrome has prevailed over her parents in a guardianship case that allows her to live with her friends instead of in a group home. --- Greenville News --- August 3, 2013  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/vGfpe9  

8.   “Audit: Wash. Caregivers Working with Developmentally Disabled Had ...” --- Nearly two dozen people who failed criminal background checks were allowed to work with developmentally disabled clients in ... --- The Republic --- July 31, 2013  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/UiETZR  


9.   “Two Thugs Assault Wheelchair-bound Man with His Own Laptop before Stealing It” --- The thugs proceeded to strike the wheelchair-bound man in the head multiple times with the laptop, police said, before the cowards fled on foot with the laptop. --- San Francisco Examiner --- August 1, 2013  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/RhcJ2Z   

10.   “Schools Hire Illinois Lawyer to Probe Special Ed” --- Parents of special needs children have said that the schools were deciding their children's education plans without parental consent, and that the schools ... --- Darien Times --- July 31, 2013  (CONNECTICUT)   http://is.gd/mQpEWE  

11.   “Two Arrested in Sexual Assault of 11-Year-Old Disabled Girl in Miami” ---  Juan Jimenez and his wife, Nicole, plucked an 11-year-old girl with special needs off an Allapattah sidewalk in June on her way home from middle school — on ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- August 2, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/aZqr3s  

12.   “St. Johnsbury Woman Accused of Exploiting Vulnerable Adult” ---  Police say Janiet Fleurie was arrested Monday for financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and for credit card fraud and didn't show up to her arraignment ... --- WCAX --- July 31, 2013  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/TNvZ17  

13.   “Nursing Home Workers Leave Disabled Man at Illinois Truck Stop” ---  A state agency is investigating after two workers from a southwestern Illinois nursing home left a wheelchair-bound man at a truck stop without ... --- The State Journal-Register --- August 2, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/Mi6q3Z  

14.   “Police: Man in Custody after Mentally Impaired Woman, Her 12-Year ...” --- Maierle described both the slain woman and the child as "mentally challenged." Their wounds appeared to have been caused by a cutting instrument, he said. --- The Republic --- August 2, 2013  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/p5mF55  

15.   “Man Accused of Sex with Mentally Disabled Underage Girl” --- A Harlan County man is accused of having sex with an underage girl with mental disabilities. Cumberland Police say 29-year-old ... --- WKYT --- July 30, 2013  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/P897ho  

16.   “Detroit Mother Says Neighbor Who Sexually Assaulted Her Daughter with Down Syndrome Remains Free” ---  The resident of Detroit's historic Hubbard Farms since 1989 says her adopted daughter, a 15-year-old with Down's Syndrome, was raped more than two weeks ... --- MLive.com --- August 2, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/A3wYNx  

17.   “Flint Social Worker Charged with Exploiting Vulnerable Adults to Cash ...” --- A Flint social worker is facing two dozen charges after he was accused of operating a criminal enterprise exploiting vulnerable adults in order to ... --- Mlive- flint --- July 31, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/JgRRXS  

18.   “Mentally Disabled Mother and Daughter Killed in Clinton Township” --- The Detroit Free Press is reporting that a mother, 46, and her 12-year-old daughter, both mentally disabled, were found dead in their second-floor apartment at ... --- MLive.com --- July 31, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/tMOFDQ

19.   “NJ School District Settles with Disabled Student” ---  A northern New Jersey school district will pay a disabled student $30,000 to settle charges it deliberately caused her to miss her ... --- abc27 --- August 1, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/bUrN8o  

20.   “Director of Local NYCLU Speaks out Against Tasing of Disabled Man” --- Director of local NYCLU speaks out against tasing of disabled man ... speaking out after a Syracuse Police officer was seen tasing a mentally-disabled man on a ... --- NewsChannel 9 WSYR --- August 1, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/GGqkp8  

21.   “Disabled Man Talks about Being Tasered on Centro Bus” ---  Brad Hulett talks about being tasered by a Syracuse Policeman on a Centro bus, then being dragged off the bus, breaking his hip, all because Hulett would not ... --- Syracuse.com --- July 31, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/ZngfY4  

22.   “Ex-Group Home Counselor to be Sentenced in Sex Assault” ---  A Tuckahoe man who was convicted in March of attempted rape after authorities said he repeatedly sexually assaulted a woman at an Ossining group home for ... --- The Journal News / Lohud.com --- July 31, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Y80rod  

23.   “Providers Say Mental Health System Denied Patients' Treatment” ---  Since the county launched MeckLINK, the mental health Medicaid managed-cared organization, he said half of his patients with the most severe disorders have ... --- WSOC Charlotte --- August 2, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/t3JQHb  

24.   “Soldier Charged with Exploiting Disabled Man” --- A 23-year-old Fort Bragg soldier is accused of befriending a mentally disabled man and spending nearly $4,300 of his money. --- Ct Post --- August 1, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/w2IWhx  

25.   “Former Worker Accused of Stealing Pain Medications Intended for ...” --- A former Summit Developmental Disabilities Board worker is facing criminal charges alleging she stole pain medications intended for patients and replaced ... --- Akron Beacon Journal --- July 31, 2013  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/PMNVuG  

26.   “Two Men Sentenced for Kidnapping, Assaulting Mentally Disabled Woman” --- Two Canton Township men were sentenced to federal prison Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to charges they kidnapped and sexually assaulted a ... --- Washington Observer Reporter --- July 30, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/GuWZtK  

27.   “Developmentally Disabled Child Abused by Caretaker” --- Cranston Police say a caretaker abused a nine-year-old developmentally disabled boy while his parents were out for dinner. According to police, a Cranston ... --- WPRO --- August 2, 2013  (RHODE ISLAND)   http://is.gd/4YnXV5  

28.   “Memphis Police: Group of Minors Lured Mentally Disabled Girl into Abandoned Home and Raped Her” ---  ... of minors lured mentally disabled girl into abandoned home and raped her ... with luring a mentally disabled girl they didn't know into an abandoned home ... --- DeSoto Appeal --- August 4, 2013  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/cEnYIl  

29.   “Unlicensed Group Home Operator for Mentally Ill Says He's out of Business” ---  This man who owns 4 houses in the Cypress subdivision says he had no idea Taylor was renting his 4 homes to house mentally ill clients. He showed us one of ... --- MyFox Houston --- August 1, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/1FOSXt

30.   “Disabled Students Talk to Virginia Lawmakers” --- Students with Disabilities went to the state capitol today to let lawmakers know that they are often under-represented and misunderstood. It's all part of the Youth ... --- WVTF --- July 31, 2013  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/slRXwt  

31.   “Does Goodwill Industries Exploit Disabled Workers?” --- At Goodwill, explains Leighland, disabled employees take a timed test to see how quickly they can sort and hang a rack of clothes. The garments must be facing ... --- Forbes --- July 30, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/86YxCf  

Seeking Improved Support

32.   “Fighting to Keep Developmental Centers Open, Englewood Man ...” --- An Englewood resident fighting to keep two New Jersey development centers from closing came to the July 23 city council meeting urging ... --- NorthJersey.com --- August 1, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/5FzXFo  

33.   “Brooklyn Hospital Closings a Blow to Psychiatric Care” --- The state's Medicaid redesign plan calls for more outpatient services and supportive housing to prevent mental health crises that require hospitalization. --- New York Times --- August 1, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/n5bNwT   

34.   “Feds Challenge Wash. Mental Health System” --- The federal government has indicated there are problems with the system Washington state uses to deliver mental health services, and ... --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- August 4, 2013  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/pKp2Xd  

35.   “Social Security Administration Erases 'Mental Retardation' Term” --- SSA's use of “intellectual disability” will not change whether an applicant will qualify for ... The Arc and many other disability groups commented in support of this ... --- Austin Herald --- August 3, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/sTaCAD  

36.  “Labor Department Finds More with Disabilities Unemployed” --- Even as the economy added 162,000 jobs last month, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday that Americans with disabilities continued to ... --- Disability Scoop --- August 2, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/ULnz2N  

37.   “Our Autism-Phobia” --- Sometimes I wish I had never been trained to diagnose autism. Because of my expertise, people often ask me about their children's development. --- Salon --- July 30, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/mWTQWj  

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

38.   “Arizona Court: Law Allows Suits against Hospitals” ---  The state Court of Appeals decision overturns two trial judges' rulings that the Adult Protective Services Act doesn't apply to acute-care hospitals. --- Sacramento Bee --- August 1, 2013  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/nRuma6  

39.   “New Laws on Vulnerable Adults, Concealed Weapons and Crash ...” --- New laws on vulnerable adults, concealed weapons and crash reporting go into ... possible abuse, neglect and exploitation of a vulnerable adult to authorities. --- Bismarck Tribune --- July 31, 2013  (NORTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/EdcOgA  

International Articles

40.   “NSW Police to Get Lessons on Mental Health” --- Police in NSW are to undergo extra mental health training in preparation for high pressure situations involving people with mental illness. --- Yahoo!7 News --- August 1, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/KzLADN

41.   “Bail Review after Disabled Assault” --- Police have instigated a bail review involving two Lavington men who allegedly robbed a disabled man after assaulting him last week. One of the men, ... --- The Border Mail --- August 1, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/d0NCNA  

42.   “Children with Disabilities Excluded in China” --- A mentally handicapped child waits to get dressed after bathing at the Wang Jiayu Orphanage which was set up by a farmer in Sanshilipu Village of Anhui ... --- The Epoch Times --- July 31, 2013  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/ljLXmc  

43.   “Carter Center Warns Against Maltreatment of Mentally Ill People” --- "Mentally ill people are not mentally incapacitated people. In fact these people make sound decisions and contributions to society and can be cured once the ... --- AllAfrica.com --- July 31, 2013  (LIBERIA)  http://is.gd/O6amNS  

44.   “Autistic Boy with an IQ of 168 Forced to Go to a Special Needs School” --- But according to Cambridgeshire Council in Great Britain he requires a special education because of his Autism. Christian could read a book aloud when he ... --- Autism Daily Newscast --- July 31, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/Ie3rHE  

45.  “Severely Disabled Teenager Told She 'Must Prove Disability' ” ---  Her parents said the authorities have written to her, saying that she has to serve a probationary period before she can get full adult disability benefits. --- BBC News --- August 2, 2013  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/944jkz  


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