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News Summary for August 21, 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 Yolo Bus Driver Found Guilty of Sex Crimes” --- A former adult day care bus driver has been convicted in Yolo Superior Court of rape and other crimes for sexually assaulting a mentally disabled passenger for ... --- Sacramento Bee --- August 16, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/k2YuYy  

2.   “Corona Special Needs Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Students” --- A Riverside County high school teacher accused of having sex with students on school grounds is expected in court Thursday. --- CBS Local --- August 15, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/XLKKcw  

3.   “Complaint Targets Schooling Gap at Juvenile Home” --- Disability Rights Iowa, a privately run but federally funded advocacy organization, filed the complaint with the Iowa Department of Education, alleging that ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- August 18, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/dLHAyp  

4.   “7th Circuit Says Lawyer Failed Mentally Disabled Client by Not Seeking Unfitness Finding” --- An Illinois lawyer failed a mentally disabled teenager he was defending in a first-degree murder case by not seeking to prove that Melvin Newman was unfit for ... --- ABA Journal --- August 14, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/bZfmW3  

5.   “Muncie Woman Guilty of Mallet Attack on Developmentally Disabled Man” --- A Muncie woman who beat a developmentally disabled man with a croquet mallet has been sentenced to 60 days in the Delaware County jail, to be ... --- Indianapolis Star --- August 12, 2013  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/HrTdl3

6.   “NC Agrees to $12 Million Settlement for Two Wrongly Imprisoned Men” --- The state agreed to pay $7.85 million to settle the state lawsuit filed by Floyd Brown, a mentally disabled man locked up for 14 years in a psychiatric hospital ... --- McClatchy Washington Bureau --- August 13, 2013   (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/pJPb4u  

7.   “Lake Park Mayor Charged with Stealing Thousands from Sister with Down Syndrome” ---  ... being mayor while facing felony charges of stealing thousands of dollars from his sister, a Down's syndrome patient in an assisted-living facility nearby. --- In-Forum --- August 13, 2013  (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/M2Ielv   

8.   “British Judge Orders Learning Disabled Man to be Sterilized” --- A 36-year-old British man with extreme learning disabilities has been ... should be seen as a signal for the mentally disabled to be forcibly sterilized. --- UPI.com --- August 16, 2013  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/sLwf8y   


9.   “Caretaker Dumps Mentally Disabled Woman, Steals Checks” --- In 2010, a mentally disabled woman was unceremoniously dumped at an Alabama hospital, wearing an adult diaper and a hospital gown. Unable to ... --- New York Daily News --- August 16, 2013  (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/3EmfL2   

10.   “At DCF, an Untold Epidemic of Abuse, Neglect and Death” --- “That's why I've ordered a review of all child fatalities caused by abuse or neglect and invited a nationally renowned child welfare foundation to scrutinize the ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- August 18, 2013  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/WZXbUH  

11.   “Teacher Emails Warned of Understaffing Before Caballero's Death” --- This was months before an 11-year-old with Down Syndrome wandered away and drowned in a pond. The emails sent by teacher Jodi White to her bosses paint ... --- ABC Action News --- August 12, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/fcIO5B  

12.   “South Georgia Woman Accused of Abusing Disabled Clients” --- Yates is charged with abuse, neglect and exploitation of disabled persons, false imprisonment, and operating a personal care home without a license. --- WTXL ABC 27 --- August 15, 2013  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/MNfENJ  

13.   “Suspected Abuse Leads to Relocation of 18 Disabled Adults” --- Thursday, The Georgia Department of Adult Protective services is working to find new homes for 18 disabled adults who lived at Breakthrough Independent ... --- WALB-TV --- August 15, 2013  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/UYymWA  

14.   “Employees Sue Troubled Mental Health Care Center” --- Seasons of Hope is facing yet another challenge after 19 former employees collectively filed suit in Bannock County on Tuesday, seeking owed ... --- Idaho State Journal --- August 14, 2013  (IDAHO)   http://is.gd/tTrPu8  

15.   “Mentally Ill Ottumwa Man in Jail after Hospital Refuses to Take Him Back” --- Newby, 41, spent more than three months in the Wapello County Jail, starting in early December. His severe schizophrenia apparently sparked the minor crime for which he was arrested: a two-year-old charge for urinating on a friend’s porch. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- August 17, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/MQ0L76  

16.   “Staff Psychologists Critical of Plan at Juvenile Home” --- Jane Hudson, the executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, has called DHS's ... result of being inappropriately restrained,” according to Disability Rights Iowa. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- August 10, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/Fzuqbi  

17.   “Part Two: Group Home Investigation” --- But in a few cases concerns have been raised about staff leaving residents unattended, ignoring basic sanitation, and issues resulting in occasional police presence.--- KWQC 6 --- August 16, 2013  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/fu8ZJg  

18.   “Part One: Group Home Investigation” --- It might be a growing trend, group homes where people who face disabilities live and need special care. Some worry there's a lack of oversight with some of them. --- kwqc.com --- August 15, 2013  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/hX3dwA  

19.   “Urbana Man Convicted of Threatening, Hitting Disabled Man” --- A Champaign County jury Thursday convicted an Urbana man of threatening and striking a disabled man for whom he was acting as a caretaker. --- Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette --- August 15, 2013  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/TOGefT    

20.   “Mentally Ill Man Returned to Ottumwa Jail Where He Languished 3 Months” --- Among those that refused Newby was the state-run Mental Health Institute at Mount Pleasant, whose staff said he was too out of control for them to handle. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- August 16, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/fglJhf  

21.   “Franklin County Woman Accused of Stealing $20,000 from Two Disabled Men” --- A Franklin County woman is accused of stealing $20,000 from a disabled Korean War veteran and his disabled son, a former Marine. Cammie Henson, 43, was ... --- Lexington Herald Leader --- August 15, 2013  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/hLKgJ5  

22.   “Louisville Man Accused of Attacking Disabled Woman” --- The woman, who is a double amputee, flagged police down and told officers the man had been stabbing her with a screwdriver. Police say they were called to a ... --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- August 13, 2013  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/v9Quec  

23.   “Employee at Kenner Group Home Arrested, Accused of Beating Resident with Cooking Spoon” ---  Sharon Vaughn was booked with aggravated battery and cruelty to the infirm for allegedly hitting a resident at a group home with a metal cooking spoon. --- NOLA.com --- August 13, 2013  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/YaOlln

24.   “Jackson County DHS Seeing 'Dramatic' Increase in Number of ...” --- Since 2011, the number of children found to be abused and neglected by their parents in Jackson County has risen “dramatically.” As a result ... --- The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.com --- August 13, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/PWhzwz  

25.   “Charges: Barnesville Man had Sex with Vulnerable Adult” --- A 45-year-old Barnesville man is charged in Clay County District Court with having sexual contact with someone who was mentally impaired or helpless. --- Grand Forks Herald --- August 12, 2013  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/zUVZjJ  

26.   “Rencher Sentenced for Exposing Someone to HIV” --- The Mississippi Attorney General's Office says Laderrick Rencher of Meridian pleaded guilty to intentionally and illegally exposing a vulnerable adult to human ... --- WTOK --- August 12, 2013  (MISSISSIPPI)   http://is.gd/8FWZ4S  

27.   “Deaf Woman Wins Lawsuit Against Missouri Nursing School” --- Her lawyers contended the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Dr. Lance Ratcliff, interim president at Cox College, says there are minimum ... --- Kansas City Star --- August 18, 2013  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/rpbcEN

28.   “Disabled Vet Booted from NJ Boardwalk for Bringing His Service Dog” --- A disabled United States Army veteran says he was kicked off of a New Jersey boardwalk and issued a citation because a local police officer didn't approve of ... --- RT --- August 12, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/isda3v

29.   “Donohue's Abuses” --- A New York State employee bites the ear of a mentally-disabled group-home resident she's supposed to be taking care of. She keeps her job. A group home ... --- New York Daily News --- August 16, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/fUGneH  

30.   “Counselor Sentenced for Attempted Rape of Mentally Disabled Resident” --- Anthony Fontaine of Tuckahoe was trusted to care for the mentally disabled adults at the Hawthorne Foundation/Ossining IRA group home. He now faces a ... --- Patch.com --- August 15, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/RBov7s  

31.   “New Charges for Man Seeking Autistic Child for Sex on Craigslist” --- ... J. Faulkner Jr., 47, of Hope Mills in July for the incident, in which he met with a woman he believed was willing to exchange a handicapped child for sex. --- UPI.com --- August 15, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/B3O2ZP  

32.   “Mcalester Man Charged in Death of Man in Wheel Chair” --- Manslaughter charges were filed after a McAlester man was killed after being hit by a car while riding his wheelchair on Carl Albert Parkway ... --- Mcalester News Capital --- August 12, 2013  (OKLAHOMA)   http://is.gd/T6zIKu  

33.   “Police: Special-needs Woman Bound in Pa. Basement” --- The police spokeswoman said officers found "a 36-year-old special-needs female bound inside the basement of the home." They didn't provide information about the nature of her disability. --- York Dispatch --- August 17, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/A0kEVE  

34.   “Boy, 15, Jailed in Attack on Disabled Friend” --- A 15-year-old Pittsburgh boy has been jailed in a near-fatal attack on his disabled best friend over a girl. Online court records don't list an ... --- Youngstown Vindicator --- August 13, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/WCJHCe  

35.   “Fight Between Co-workers Started after One Bullied Handicapped Employee, Police Say” --- The bullying of a handicapped employee led two co-workers to engage in a fight that eventually saddled them both with harassment charges, according to ... --- Patriot-News --- August 14, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/qLvFEW   

36.   “Adult Day Care Driver Accused of Sexually Abusing Mentally Challenged Woman” --- According to court records, Ortiz told the mentally challenged woman that they were “boyfriend and girlfriend.” Ortiz allegedly said it is “what boyfriends and ... --- KGBT-TV --- August 17, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ph9wCD  

37.   “Red Bird Mom Accused of Starving Disabled Daughter” --- A Red Bird-area woman took her disabled daughter off medications and allowed her to become so emaciated that doctors had to put her on life support, police ... --- Dallas Morning News --- August 12, 2013  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/WQlqcU

38.   “Family of Disabled Man Who Died in Hot SUV Calls for More Oversight” --- The family of a developmentally challenged man wants answers about how he came to be left in the back of a hot car, where he was found dead ... --- WFAA --- August 12, 2013  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/qmAFcG  

39.   “Tacoma Woman Accused of Stealing Disabled Army Veterans' Benefits” --- A Tacoma woman has been indicted on 11 federal charges for allegedly stealing the identities of two fellow disabled Army veterans so she could pilfer their ... --- TheNewsTribune.com --- August 14, 2013  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/HRVjMd  

40.  “Morrisey Issues Alert about Scams Targeting Elderly and People with Disabilities” --- The Office's Consumer Protection Division has received hundreds of phone calls from seniors, people with disabilities to report individuals seeking personal ... --- The Coal Valley News --- August 15, 2013  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/Ld5oQc  

41.  “Retired Jackson County Teacher Charged with Hitting Special Needs Student” --- A retired Jackson County teacher accused of hitting a special needs student has been charged with battery. --- The Tribune --- August 14, 2013  (WEST VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/EYsBWx  

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42.   “GOP Lawmaker Seeks Audit of Mental Health Spending” --- "When voters approved higher taxes in 2004 to spend more on mental health, they expected those taxes to treat those who are seriously ill," Logue said in a ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- August 16, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/elJMMc  

43.   “Iowa County Can't Pay for Mental Health Services” --- That created a hardship for O'Brien County, which has solid residential facilities for the mentally ill that have attracted dozens of people from outside the county. --- Dubuque Telegraph Herald --- August 16, 2013  (IOWA) http://is.gd/YRhkP6   

44.    “Iowa County Can't Pay for Mental Health Services” --- A northwest Iowa county says it's run out of money to help scores of residents with their psychiatric medication and counseling. --- Sacramento Bee --- August 15, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/Y2AiRG   

45.   “Maine's Safety Net for Mentally Disabled is Frayed” --- ... Maine followed a national push to deinstitutionalize people with developmental disabilities or mental illnesses and to place them in less restrictive housing. --- Morning Sentinel --- August 11, 2013  (MAINE) http://is.gd/ygeCe7   

46.   “State Advocates Support Inpatient Downsizing” --- Officials statewide are praising the Office of Mental Health's plan to close several mental-health hospitals across New York, including the St. --- Plattsburgh Press Republican --- August 12, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/oGfIiX  

47.   “NC Expands Psychiatry via Video Conferencing” --- State legislators committed $4 million over the next two years to establish a statewide "telepsychiatry" program to provide more mental health services in rural ... --- WISH --- August 16, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/9jIrds  

48.   “After Handicapped Man's Death, City Faces Lawsuit for Lack of Curb Ramps” --- “Fort Thomas clearly failed to provide a ramp for handicapped individuals such as William Culbertson to access the existing sidewalks in this area – literally ... --- Cincinnati.com --- August 12, 2013  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ZJbCIk  

49.   “RI Autism Registry to be Created with $1.2-Million Grant” --- With the grant from the Simons Foundation, the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) will register 1,000 Rhode Islanders ... --- The Providence Journal --- August 16, 2013  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/La4fLw  

50.   “Audit Criticizes Developmental Disabilities Wait List” --- The program spends about $900 million a year on assistance to state residents with developmental disabilities, but that's not enough to cover more than 35,000 ... --- The Spokesman Review --- August 14, 2013  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/zm7pZH   

51.   “Kids with Autism Outperformed Others on Math Test, Study Found” --- Children with autism and average IQs consistently did better on math tests than non-autistic children in the same IQ range, ... --- U.S. News & World Report --- August 16, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/PQJgER  

International Articles

52.   “Disabled Get Help to Escape Home Violence” --- Ms Williams has taken part in an Australian-first initiative that provides disabled women and children with immediate funding for disability-related goods and ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- August 18, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/juM6ZQ  

53.   “Mental Health System in Crosshairs over Death” --- The mental health system failed a man who had paranoid schizophrenia and went without medication for several months before fatally stabbing his female ... --- ABC Online --- August 16, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/JVBKFL  

54.   “Riverland Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Disabled Husband ...” --- A Riverland woman charged with murdering her disabled husband in a house fire has pleaded not guilty in the South Australian Supreme Court. Beverly Dalziel ... --- ABC Online --- August 12, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/WnEB8T  

55.   “Edmonton Caregiver Who Stole Money from Blind Man Avoids Jail” --- An Edmonton woman who stole money from a virtually blind handicapped man she was working for to escape a violent domestic abuse situation ... --- Sun News Network --- August 16, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/j7dzfI

56.   “Couple Jailed after Stealing £62k from Mentally-ill Relative for Expensive Motorbike and Cars” --- A couple who stole thousands of pounds of inheritance from a relative with learning disabilities to buy expensive motorbikes and cars have been jailed. --- Bournemouth Echo --- August 18, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/r3u5GI  

57.   “Disabled Girl Raped by Neighbour” --- Two children were abused in the city in a span of 24 hours. In the first case, a 12-year-old mentally challenged girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour, who has physical disabilities, around 2pm--- Times of India --- August 15, 2013  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/VZ4ECY  

58.   “Disabled People Discriminated Against in Employment” --- One of New Zealand's leading disability services provider today urged the Government to help end the discrimination of disabled people in employment. --- Scoop.co.nz (press release) --- August 13, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/0qStY6  

59.   “First Saudi Film on the Disabled” --- A Saudi movie focusing on physically disabled people was filmed last week in Riyadh, Al-Watan daily reported. The film starred actors from the ... --- Saudi Gazette --- August 13, 2013  (SAUDI ARABIA)  http://is.gd/9HgGoc   

60.   “Union Dispute Leaves Special Needs Teenager Unable to Attend School” --- The mother of a teenager with complex special needs has spoken of her anger at being caught up in an industrial dispute over the provision of specialist care in ... --- stv.tv --- August 16, 2013  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/X5Qn2u  

61.   “Disabled Teen Beaten, Burnt” --- An Umlazi woman arrested for allegedly assaulting her disabled niece with a pipe and scalding her with boiling water has been released on a warning. --- Independent Online --- August 15, 2013  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/rCfgVu   

62.   “Mentally Ill Prisoner Dies after Brutal Attack” --- A mentally ill man has died after being brutally beaten ... another cop who knew her brother's history of mental illness and managed to calm Pietie ... --- Independent Online --- August 13, 2013  (SOUTH AFRICA)   http://is.gd/KLoukL  



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