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News Summary for August 12, 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.   “Civil Rights Advocates File Suit over Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Hall” --- The suit, brought by Disability Rights Advocates, Public Counsel and Paul Hastings LLP, claims that staff at Juvenile Hall in Martinez are defying state mandates ... --- KTVU San Francisco --- August 9, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/3lBkoF  

2.   “Father and His Girlfriend Found Guilty of Neglect of Daughter with Disability” --- Gilbert Young, 61, and Mai Nguyen, 47, were found guilty Aug. 8 of one count of criminal neglect of a person with a disability (Class 3 felony), one count of public ... --- The Rock River Times --- August 9, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/lsE5Pe  

3.   “Juvenile Isolation Cells Used Since 1996” --- The state-run Iowa Juvenile Home’s practice of confining foster children to long-term isolation cells — sometimes in violation of court orders — has been in place for at least 17 years, court records show. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- August 4, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/cdmUej   

4.   “Winthrop Teen Accused of Fracturing Disabled Man's Jaw” --- A 17-year-old from Winthrop is accused of beating a disabled man so severely that the man sustained a fractured jaw. --- My Fox Boston --- August 9, 2013  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/XhS1AQ  

5.   “Brooklyn Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Women with Mental Disability Sentenced to Minimum 6 Years in Prison” --- A 26-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to a minimum of six years in prison for coercing a woman with a mental disability into having ... --- The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.com --- August 7, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/nbrlCr  

6.   “DA: Abuse of Disabled Citizens Cannot be Tolerated” --- A man accused of sexually assaulting a disabled woman two years ago in Harrison County was convicted this week, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. --- WLOX --- August 9, 2013  (MISSISSIPPI)   http://is.gd/Uz4bVM  

7.   “Md. Lawmaker Calls for Changes after Disabled Man Dies after Police Remove Him from Theater” ---  A Maryland lawmaker is calling for statewide standards relating to approaching the disabled, after a man with Down syndrome died when ... --- Washington Post --- August 6, 2013  (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/QnlgaE   

8.   “Former Auckland Students Launch Abuse Case” --- They say the former Kelston School for the Deaf failed to stop many instances of abuse between 1965 and 1984. Lawyer Sonja Cooper, from the firm Cooper ... --- Radio New Zealand --- August 5, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)   http://is.gd/p1cO5M  


9.   “Woman Charged with Financial Exploitation of Disabled Clients” --- The Residential Services Director of a local organization that works to help the disabled has been charged with 24 felony counts of exploiting her clients. --- WTVY, Dothan --- August 8, 2013  (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/ZfES59  

10.   “3 Fresno Juveniles Caught after Disabled Woman Robbed in Home” --- Three juveniles were caught Thursday after Fresno police said they broke into the home of a disabled woman and stole her cash and other items. --- Fresno Bee --- August 8, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/vrC4Fc  

11.   “Psychiatric Home Investigated after Officer Punches Girl, 14” --- A punch that a Pembroke Pines police officer threw at a mentally ill 14-year-old girl in state custody has sparked an investigation of conditions at a local youth ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- August 8, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/DqKCj9

12.   “Supervisor Charged with Stealing from Disabled Clients” --- The residential services director at Horizons of Okaloosa County has been arrested for stealing from 24 disabled residential group ... --- The Northwest Florida Daily News --- August 8, 2013  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/vnVTbO  

13.   “Officer Suspended 30 Days for Excess Force” --- A city police officer was suspended last month after striking a man suffering from a mental illness multiple times on the head, causing a fracture to part of his jaw, ... --- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette --- August 6, 2013  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/7IKOkI  

14.   “Detroit Community Beats Alleged Rapist of 15-year-old with Down Syndrome after Slow Police Response” --- Community members in one Detroit neighborhood took matters into their own hands and beat an accused rapist of a 15-year-old girl with Down ... --- ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) --- August 9, 2013  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/qkhGck  

15.   “Psych Hospital Sued over Inmate Backlog” --- The suit against Lake's Crossing Center is just the latest trouble for Nevada's mental health programs. Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas has come ... --- Mohave Valley News --- August 9, 2013  (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/WLScj4  

16.   “Henderson Settles Complaint Involving Police and Dealings with the Deaf” --- “People who are deaf or hard of hearing must be able to communicate clearly with law enforcement, whether they are crime victims, witnesses, arrestees, ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- August 5, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/KrGH7o  

17.   “Two Suspended Employees of NJDC in Totowa Admit to Stealing Patient Information for Profit” ---  Two suspended employees of the North Jersey Developmental Center (NJDC) have admitted in federal court to using patient information to file ... --- NorthJersey.com --- August 8, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/sO8ho7  

18.   “New York State Lags on Firing Workers Who Abuse Disabled Patients” --- All of these state employees care for people with developmental disabilities or mental illnesses. They were all found culpable of wrongdoing in internal ... --- New York Times --- August 8, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Cm1c0T  

19.   “Man Who Suffocated Wheelchair-bound Girlfriend Tried Feverishly to Revive Her, Prosecutors Say” ---  The Brooklyn man charged with suffocating his wheelchair-bound girlfriend Sunday feverishly tried to revive her before leaving the body and their two-year-old ... --- New York Daily News --- August 6, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/ivt1c1  

20.   “Wheelchair Bound Brooklyn Mom Found Dead in Her Home” --- Melissa Torres, 32, was found in the bathtub of her Clymer St. apartment in Williamsburg about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, cops said. Investigators believe she was likely strangled or suffocated, according to police sources. --- New York Daily News --- August 5, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/ciB8I8  

21.   “Disabled NY Man to Sue after Being Dragged off Bus” --- A disabled man who survived being hit by two trains in the early 1990s said he will sue after Syracuse police used a stun gun on him ... --- WNYT --- August 2, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/Sn6EK6  

22.   “Police: Mother Leaves Disabled Daughter Handcuffed to Hotel Bed” --- Gastonia police say a mother left her daughter with mental disabilities handcuffed to a hotel bed while she was at a wedding reception. --- WSOC Charlotte --- August 4, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/LcmH0R   

23.   “Three Resident Deaths at Enid Care Center Prompt Investigation” --- Three residents at a state-run care facility for adults with developmental disabilities have died since late June, prompting investigations from two state ... --- NewsOK.com --- August 7, 2013  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/MKZzjK   

24.   “Officials Worry Fliers Targeting the Disabled Could Incite Violence” --- Dozens of fliers that were passed around are hateful, even threatening, toward people with disabilities, and city officials are worried it could ... --- KATU --- August 8, 2013   (OREGON)   http://is.gd/HEq4qm  

25.   “State Police Say Mentally Disabled Woman, 32, Missing from Care ...” --- State police have been searching for a mentally disabled woman who apparently walked away from an unspecified care center in ... --- The Republic --- August 5, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/Y8l7Lp  

26.   “Deputies Accuse Wife of Assaulting Disabled Husband” --- She initially asked a relative to record a mess the disabled man made on July 25, a report states. The recording caught Black beating and verbally abusing him, ... --- TriCities.com --- August 8, 2013  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/pvi6fK  

27.   “Caregiver Surrenders to Arlington Police for Death of Disabled Man” --- Debra King, 53, is facing a felony charge of injury to a disabled person after 29-year-old Terrance Sanders was found dead in the backseat of an SUV. --- WFAA --- August 8, 2013  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/0BtrwI  

28.   “I-Team: SA's State Assisted Living Center for Mentally Disabled Fails to Meet DOJ Compliance” ---  “It's the residents who are getting affected by this,” said Beth Mitchell with Disability Rights Texas. Mitchell is talking about quality of care issues that are spelled ... --- KENS 5 TV --- August 7, 2013  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/lzhKvz  

29.   “Police: Two Men Robbed a Disabled Woman at Her Home” --- Cameron police said two men believed to have robbed a disabled woman in her home were jailed Sunday, a day after warrants had been issued for their arrest. --- Bryan-College Station Eagle --- August 5, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/iAh5Vm  

30.   “Woman Makes Plea Deal in Abuse Case” --- These included abuse of a vulnerable adult, violating conditions of release, providing ... “She's a very angry person and she took it out on these kids and adults, ... --Barre Montpelier Times Argus --- August 8, 2013  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/elIM2L   

31.   “Backlog of Adult Protective Services Cases Eases, but Questions Remain” --- Before these reports are investigated, they go through a vetting process to determine if the alleged victim meets the statutory definition of a “vulnerable adult” and ... --- vtdigger.org --- August 8, 2013  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/QftWFb  

32.   “City to Pay $1.75M to Settle SPD Excessive-Force Lawsuit” --- The City of Seattle will pay $1.75 million to settle a federal civil-rights lawsuit filed by the father of a mentally ill man who suffered severe brain damage when he ... --- The Seattle Times --- August 9, 2013  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/mhtGJF  

33.   “Charleston Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- According to court documents, the victim told police she was with Kenneth Hall and another man inside of her Charleston apartment, when Hall forced her from her wheelchair and onto the couch. --- WCHS-TV8 --- August 3, 2013  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/FVnbjB  

34.   “Budget Worries Prompt Slowdown of Wyoming Disability Program Redesign” --- Nonprofit groups that serve people with intellectual disabilities worry the ... It serves roughly 2,200 adults and children with disabilities, as well as people with ... --- Casper Star-Tribune Online --- August 7, 2013  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/Qh3VDz  

35.  “When Cops Criminalize the Disabled” --- I, too, have a son with Down Syndrome. His name is Nico. He often ignores verbal directions, or shouts and resists guidance—but he’s only 6. He’s not supposed to listen to his parents or teachers all the time. --- The Nation --- August 1, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/uaG9qM  

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36.   “When Mental Hospital Closes, Towns Ask What's Next” --- When a small technology firm sets up next month on the grounds where thousands of mentally ill patients used to be treated, it will ... --- Boston.com --- August 10, 2013  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/tPfMLH  

37.   “DHH Trying to Shrink Disabled Services Wait” --- More than 10,000 people are seeking a spot in a state program that provides at-home services to the developmentally disabled. --- Sacramento Bee --- August 9, 2013  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/lPt7OR  

38.   “Nevada Lawmakers Approve Fast-tracking $2.1M for Las Vegas-area Mental Health Programs” ---  Nevada lawmakers have unanimously approved a plan to fast-track $2.1 million to improve southern Nevada mental health programs. --- Daily Journal --- August 6, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/6Kiff6  

39.   “Sagamore Children's Psych Center Cuts 'Would be Devastating,' ” --- Several weeks ago, the Office of Mental Health unfolded a plan to overhaul the ... Detor said he's not opposed to the state's goal to keep mentally ill children in ... --- LI ... Newsday --- August 4, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/t5oZax  

40.   “Mentally Ill People Often Live in Disadvantaged Areas” --- Structural inadequacy—a measure of the number of vacant or demolished buildings and gas-service shutoffs—was the variable accounting for the greatest disparity in neighborhoods. --- Psychiatric News --- August 8, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/DD1BdG

41.   “Americans with Disabilities May be the Best Workers No One's Hiring” --- Few people noticed, but last week marked the 23rd anniversary of the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. That landmark law is best known for ... --- Salon --- August 7, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/jYXtRW  

International Articles

42.   “Man Imprisoned for Sexually Assaulting a Deaf Woman” --- A 42-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for sexually assaulting a deaf woman as her children played nearby. Robert Ian Miller pleaded guilty to burglary and ... --- Whitsunday Times --- August 5, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/9vZH1L 

43.   “Children in Wealthy Areas Get More Special Education Teaching” --- “Some students with special educational needs don't have equitable access to ... to make sure that all children are supported based on their individual needs, ... --- Irish Times --- August 5, 2013  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/BECwsl  

44.   “Caregiver May Face Legal Action over Abuse” --- A caregiver who kicked, swore at and maltreated a teenager with autism and Down Syndrome has been referred for possible legal action. The Health and Disability Commissioner is also criticising … --- Radio New Zealand --- August 5, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/uQ2agd

45.   “Disabled Teen Who was Taunted in Official School Yearbook Now Target of Hate Campaign by Cruel Bullies” --- A disabled boy taunted in an official school yearbook is now the target of a hate campaign by street yobs. Pupils used the yearbook to poke fun at David ... --- Scottish Daily Record --- August 10, 2013  (SCOTLAND)   http://is.gd/byYLux  

46.   “Church Carer Left Seriously Disabled Man Sitting in Her Car for Two Hours in Freezing Temperatures” --- A carer left a disabled patient sitting in her car for two hours in freezing winter temperatures. Wilma Goodbrand, 42, repeatedly left Stephen Armstrong - who was ... --- Daily Mail --- August 7, 2013  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/79wcm4   


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