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News Summary for September 2, 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.   “Prosecutors Say 11-Year Sentence for Rape of Disabled Girl Was too Light” --- Sacramento prosecutors think the 11-year sentence a man received Monday for raping his severely disabled stepdaughter was too light, and they hope the case ... --- Sacramento Bee --- August 27, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/AedI8x

2.   “4 Firefighters Fired in Abuse Case” --- ... recently in connection with alleged abuse of two mentally disabled men have ... Authorities are investigating reports that firefighters subjected two disabled ... --- GoErie.com --- August 30, 2013  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/S3amJk  

3.   “Caregiver Charged with Assaulting Developmentally Disabled in Silver Lake Group Home” --- A caregiver at a group home for the developmentally disabled in Silver Lake is accused of dousing a female resident with Lysol and assaulting her, authorities ... --- Akron Beacon Journal --- August 27, 2013  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/P9nGPT   

4.   “Teacher Put Soap in Special Needs Child's Mouth and Hit Him, Myrtle Beach Police Say” --- The Laurens County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man in the murder of a mother of two young children who went missing more than a week ago -- and was ... --- WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC – August 30, 2013  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/NYz2Iw   

5.  “Children with Disabilities Tortured in Katy ISD Elementary” --- While Erin's son is autistic, he is also verbal and never reported to his parents any mistreatment in the Exley special needs classroom. But after months of ... --- MyFox Houston --- August 27, 2013  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/Dd8ZFx   

6.   “Sheriff's Office Pays $62,500 for Handcuffing Deaf Man, Silencing Him” --- Whatcom County has reached a $62,500 settlement with an elderly deaf man who was handcuffed for at least a half-hour by sheriff's deputies - cutting ... --- TheNewsTribune.com --- August 28, 2013  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/n9mhmM  

7.   “Kids' Attitudes Toward Disabled People Improve with Contact” --- Greater exposure to people with disabilities could help reduce discrimination and prevent the low self-esteem and depression that can result, the findings ... --- Newsday --- August 29, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/raxmzA   

8.   “Preventing the Neglect of Vulnerable Victims: Jamie Hawley's Death by Neglect” --- Jerry's brother, Jamie Hawley was a 41-year-old man who had an intellectual disability, cerebral palsy and little mobility due to brain damage as an infant ... --- DigitalJournal.com --- August 30, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/MikSZq  



9.   “Police Investigate Allegations Against Special Needs Teacher” --- Maricopa police are looking into allegations against a contract employee who taught a special needs class in the Maricopa Unified School District. --- InMaricopa.com --- August 27, 2013  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/LOkeOw   

10.   “County: State to Retain Group Home Oversight” --- Responding to a grand jury investigation critical of the oversight of group homes, local government officials said the state agency responsible for ... --- Stockton Record --- August 25, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/yYjCiA  

11.   “Man Breaks into Disabled Woman's Home, Steals Purse” --- A man was arrested in Hamden today after allegedly breaking into the home of a 60-year-old disabled woman and stealing her purse while she watched from ... --- NBC Connecticut --- August 27, 2013  (CONNECTICUT)   http://is.gd/1uwbX4  

12.   “Man Admits Guilt in Slaying of Mentally Challenged Man, Caregiver” --- A man who had been charged in the August 2012 double homicide of a mentally challenged man and his caregiver has admitted to the slayings ... --- The News Journal --- August 26, 2013  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/JZytM4   

13.   “Home Health Aide Arrested, Exploited Disabled Man, Osceola Deputies Say” ---  A home health aide was arrested Wednesday after Osceola deputies said he opened a credit card in the name of a disabled man. He's also suspected of ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- August 30, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/b0p1fE  

14.   “Mom: School Offered Me $86,000 to Keep Disabled Son Out” (VIDEO) --- The mother of a 21-year-old with severe autism and diabetes said two school districts are violating her son's right to an education by offering her cash to take her ... --- First Coast News --- August 29, 2013  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/vRp1m3   

15.   “Another Inmate Death at Miami-Dade's Jail Psychiatric Ward” --- Wilner, 59, was being held in unit 9B1, an area reserved for the mentally ill but not for the most “acute” cases, said spokeswoman Janelle Hall. The ward has ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- August 26, 2013  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/qINoU6  

16.   “Special Needs Student Attacked at School, Atlanta Police Investigating” --- A metro Atlanta parent says her special needs child was brutally attacked by another ... Emanuel is a 9th grade special needs student with speech impairment. --- WGCL Atlanta --- August 27, 2013  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/nUsCgu  

17.   “Man Arrested after Apparent Drug-fueled Rampage” --- ... through a downtown neighborhood, punching a teen, kicking a dog, beating a construction worker with a shovel and tipping over a man in a wheelchair. --- Las Vegas Sun --- August 25, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/1fgL1c   

18.   “Parents Sue School District after Special Needs Child Falls from Bus” --- A Clarksville family said they are suing Greater Clark County Schools their school district after their daughter fell when she was ... --- WHAS 11.com  --- August 26, 2013  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/R8gRHC  

19.   “Iowa Juvenile Home Cited for Drug Program Problems” --- The federally funded group Disability Rights Iowa has been investigating allegations about the home's treatment of children, including small, isolation rooms ... --- Dubuque Telegraph Herald --- August 26, 2013  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/weZRN5  

20.   “Special Needs Child Found Alone in Bad Conditions; Caretaker Charged” --- While looking into children cared for by a woman under arrest, police say they found a child with cerebral palsy, lying at the bottom of a stairwell covered in her own waste. --- WAVE --- August 29, 2013  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/zrT7lz  

21.   “Petition for Ethan Saylor, Man Who Died in Police Custody, Calls for Independent Investigation” --- A little more than a month after a man with Down syndrome died in police custody after a dispute over an unpaid movie ticket, his family is calling for justice. --- Huffington Post --- August 28, 2013  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/wtogzT  

22.   “Bay City Woman Accused of Stealing from Residents of Adult Care Facility Pleads No Contest to Felony” --- … 22, appeared in Bay County Circuit Court and pleaded no contest to one count of embezzling from a vulnerable adult more than $200 but less than $1,000. --- The Bay City Times - MLive.com --- August 28, 2013   (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/eEIMKW

23.   “Maltreatment Discovered at St. Peter Hospital for Mentally Ill” --- State investigators say they've found two cases of patient maltreatment at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. The findings by the state Office of the ... --- Pioneer Press --- August 29, 2013  (MINNESOTA)   http://is.gd/ZtXexl  

24.   “Double Amputee Files Suit Alleging Abuse by Lincoln Police” --- Duffie alleges that police officers ridiculed his disability and held him on the ground ... A woman who answered the phone at Disability Rights Nebraska, which is ... --- Lexington Clipper Herald --- August 30, 2013  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/2ujeDi   

25.   “Judge Upholds Award for Former BSDC Patient” --- A judge has denied the state of Nebraska's motion for a retrial in the case of a former Beatrice State Developmental Center patient who was ... --- Lincoln Journal Star --- August 28, 2013  (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/vdG77g  

26.   “Nev. Hospital Released Mental Patients Without Basic Planning, Report Says” --- Mental health practitioners elsewhere in the country said they rarely, if ever, place seriously ill patients on buses without extensive planning and escorts. --- McClatchy Washington Bureau --- August 26, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/cgz54L  

27.   “Nevada Questions Some Findings at Psych Hospitals” --- Nevada argues the psychiatric hospitals are not designed to treat people in need of emergency medical care but rather to assess and treat mental health ... --- Tbo.com --- August 24, 2013  (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/EVH5My  

28.   “VA's Mental-Health Programs Criticized by Parents” --- Jean and Howard Somers, whose son committed suicide following years of living with post-traumatic stress disorder since his military tours of Iraq, came to ... --- The Keene Sentinel --- August 28, 2013  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/EkuFGC  

29.   “2 Men Accused of Scamming Disabled South Jersey Vet” --- Two men have been indicted for allegedly scamming a disabled, wheelchair-assisted veteran in Lumberton out of thousands of dollars in May. --- Cherry Hill Courier Post --- August 29, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/YbTZnG  

30.   “Jury Selection Begins for Ex-Director of Kingston Home for Developmentally Disabled” --- Jury selection began Monday in the case of the former director of a Kingston home for the developmentally disabled who is charged with stealing ... --- Times Herald-Record --- August 27, 2013  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/1W7wGL    

31.   “Police: Wheelchair-bound Roommate Dismembered, Wrapped in Plastic Sheeting” --- The adoptive parents of a missing Salisbury teenager are moving from the home where the young girl was last seen nearly two years ago. A U-Haul truck was ... --- WBTV --- August 28, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/TlRNvM   

32.   “Woman Charged with Stealing Disabled Woman's Benefits” --- A Philomath woman appointed to oversee the finances of a developmentally disabled woman pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to five felony charges that allege ... --- Corvallis Gazette Times --- August 29, 2013   (OREGON)  http://is.gd/MJygbX  

33.   “Homeless, Disabled Woman Denied Bathroom in Junction City” --- It was around 2 am when nature called for Stacie Brumley. The Safeway had been closed for an hour, but the public restroom at Junction City's Laurel Park was ... --- Eugene Weekly --- August 29, 2013  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/Vnytmi  

34.   “Hearing Slated for Taylor Women Charged in Neglect Case” --- … murder, along with her daughters Joan Gensiak, 35, and Rebekah Gensiak, 24, both of the same address, for the neglect death of 32-year-old Robert Gensiak, Susan Gensiak's son. --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- August 31, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/Lyrq3J  

35.   “Freemansburg Group Home Manager Accused of Stealing from Patients, Court Papers Say” --- A manager at a Freemansburg group home is charged with stealing more than $2,000 from money devoted to clients, according to court records. --- Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com --- August 30, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/KegeSy

36.   “Woman in Wheelchair Targeted in Robbery” --- "They're going to rot in hell. They're going to rot in hell. They knew that I'm in a wheelchair. Why would they do this to someone in a wheelchair?" Cursico said. --- 6abc.com --- August 26, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/K7sDaj  

37.   “Goodwill Employee Accused of Pushing, Choking Disabled Worker, Police Say” --- Goodwill employee Quanteshia Pasley, 31, of West Montague Avenue in North Charleston, is charged with vulnerable adult abuse in connection with an ... --- Charleston Post Courier --- August 30, 2013  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/sr4Anr  

38.   “Alamo Colleges Settles Disability Lawsuit” --- Thomas F. Brown filed suit in 2011 alleging the district repeatedly assigned him to teach in a wheelchair inaccessible classroom, starting in 2008 when …--- San Antonio Express --- August 29, 2013  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/XNqXU8  

39.   “Fewer Aides Are on Buses to Help Students with Special Needs” --- Carlson is concerned for the safety of children with special needs, including her son who has autism, because the Alpine School District cut the number of aides ... --- Deseret News --- August 27, 2013  (UTAH)   http://is.gd/I6cjeC  

40.   “Groups Say Development in Abuse Suit Against Vt.” --- Vermont Legal Aid and Disability Rights Vermont are planning to announce the details of a settlement with the state Adult Protective Services Division. --- Barre Montpelier Times Argus --- August 28, 2013  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/VoqTzT  

41.   “Jamaican Scammers Target Disabled Newport News Man” --- A disabled Newport News man is one of the latest victims of a phone scam originating from Jamaica. “I was excited,” said Craig Moore, speaking of the moment ... --- wtkr.com --- August 26, 2013  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/2p1lAB  

42.   “Weston Woman Faces Federal Charges for Stealing Son's Disability Checks” --- Officials with Social Secuirty say 54 year old Susan Schepp wrongfully collected checks on her son's disability after he was supposed to have stopped receiving .. --- WSAU --- August 28, 2013  (WISCONSIN)  . http://is.gd/O9yao1  

Seeking Improved Support

43.   “Justice System Complex for SJ's Disabled” --- Most developmentally disabled individuals caught in the justice system are victims, but there is a smaller fraction who are criminal defendants, said Paul ... --- Stockton Record --- August 27, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/uyUaR5  

44.   “CPS Budget Cheats Kids with Severe Disabilities, Advocacy Group Says” --- Chicago Public Schools' new “student-based” budgeting shortchanges kids with severe disabilities who need additional resources, an advocacy organization for ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- August 27, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/nHemdy  

45.   “Record Number of People Waited Last Week in NH Emergency Departments for Mental Health Services” --- Despite a renewed commitment to funding mental health services in the state budget, passed two months ago, a record number of people suffering a mental ... --- Concord Monitor --- August 25, 2013  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)   http://is.gd/0lPeS2  

46.   “NM Critics Bash Service to Addicts, Mentally Ill” --- Services to drug addicts and mentally disabled residents are being disrupted as New Mexico nonprofits are taken over by companies ... --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- August 29, 2013  (NEW MEXICO)   http://is.gd/9x18n5  

47.   “New Database Will Aid in Locating Missing Persons with Disabilities” --- Bristol Local Schools are closed after a power outage due to apparent equipment damage. Robert Marino Jr., with the Trumbull ... --- WFMJ --- August 26, 2013   (OHIO)   http://is.gd/JJbFjY  

48.   “Rallies Protest Wyoming Disability Funding Changes” --- Rallies protest Wyoming disability funding changes ... Jackson and Casper to protest changes to one of Wyoming main programs for funding disability services. --- Laramie Boomerang --- August 30, 2013  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/UoSeB7  

49.   “Concerns Spur More Changes to Wyo Disability Program Redesign” --- A plan to redesign one of Wyoming's main programs for funding disability services ... About 2,200 people with disabilities rely on the waivers for services ranging ... --- Billings Gazette --- August 27, 2013  (WYOMING) http://is.gd/dOowMW   

50.        “Attitudes to Disability: Islam, the West and the Middle East” --- "Not a great deal of information can be found in the life of the Prophet Muhammed or in the Qur'an regarding the issue of disability. --- www.worldbulletin.net --- August 30, 2013  (INTERNATIONAL)   http://is.gd/5mOGAQ  

Proposed Legislation and New Laws 

51.   “School Adds Isolation Room Despite New Law Against 'Seclusion Cells' ” --- Tigard-Tualatin is one of the school districts that have posted its seclusion and restraint statistics. Last year, students were secluded or restrained 161 times – 22 ... --- KATU --- August 30, 2013  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/6TIvsM  

International Articles 

52.   “Young People Stuck in NSW Aged Care Homes” --- "The NDIS (Disability Care) will provide the funding but now it's about providing a ... NSW Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka, on Tuesday announced a ... --- Herald Sun --- August 27, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/aMc4LZ  

53.   “Belize to Do More for People with Disabilities” --- Belize has signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which provides Belize with a framework that will help to ... --- The Guardian, --- August 29, 2013  (BELIZE)  http://is.gd/0ROVEq   

54.   “95% of Disabled People in Bulgaria Are Jobless” --- 95% of disabled people in Bulgaria are jobless, Association of Disabled People Chairperson Mincho Kolarski said in an interview with FOCUS News Agency. --- Balkans.com Business News --- August 26, 2013  (BULGARIA)  http://is.gd/RfBVzc

55.    “Bracelet a Lifesaver for At-Risk People” --- The officer's 13-year-old son, Jeremy, who has Down syndrome, is also wearing a transmitter after years of "bolting" -- in supermarkets, on camping excursions ... --- Winnipeg Free Press --- August 30, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/jlEcWx  

56.   “Cities Target Gaps in Care for Mentally Ill” --- Several Metro Vancouver cities are criticizing the provincial government for mishandling care of the mentally ill and some are going so far as to suggest ... --- Kamloops This Week --- August 28, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/YwpGZw  

57.   “Two Teens Arrested for Stealing Man's Scooters” --- He has since been provided with a temporary electric wheelchair, courtesy of MEDIchair in Peterborough. He learned last week that manufacturer Pride Mobility ... --- Kawartha Media Group --- August 28, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/VvIfWP  

58.   “Family Demand Answers after Disabled Father Dies as Police Arrest Son” --- The family of a disabled father-of-five who collapsed and died as he tried to stop police arresting one of his sons are demanding answers over the tragedy. --- Yorkshire Post --- August 30, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/VI1ocn  

59.   “Woman Jailed for Horrific Attack on Disabled Friend” --- A young woman who launched an unprovoked attack on a disabled friend in an Atherton street while high on a cocktail of drink and drugs was today jailed for 16 ... --- The Bolton News --- August 30, 2013  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/yULHxP  

60.   “Essex Mother Fights to Sterilise Her Disabled Daughter” --- The mother of a severely disabled woman has renewed her efforts to have her daughter's womb removed. It follows a judge's decision earlier this month to ... --- BBC News --- August 29, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/Pkl1lw   

61.   “ 'Carer' Convicted of 19 Neglect Offences” --- Following the verdicts, investigating officer Det Con Marcus Miller said: “We were notified in August 2011 of a number of vulnerable adult safeguarding referrals, ... --- Milton Keynes Citizen --- August 28, 2013   (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/fzSTR8

62.   “26-Yr-Old Impregnates Disabled Cousin” --- This was evident in the case of a 25-year-old physically disabled woman, who was allegedly repeatedly raped by her 26-year-old cousin over the past six ... --- Daily News & Analysis --- August 28, 2013  (INDIA)   http://is.gd/1DCVeU  

63.   “Trusts Slammed over Failings in the Care of Disabled Adults” --- The trusts said since the 2011 audit development plans to improve services had been put in place. And in a statement the Health and Social Care Board said: ... --- Belfast Telegraph --- August 28, 2013  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/sQ9dR8  

64.   “Disabled Staff Forced out of Job” --- A group of long-serving KFC workers are being forced out of their jobs during a restructure which a union claims is deliberately targeting workers with disabilities ... --- New Zealand Herald --- September 1, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)   http://is.gd/mZE33U


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