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News Summary for September 9, 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.   “No Bond Reduction for Brooklyn Man Charged in Group Home Sex Assaults” --- A Danielson Superior Court judge today declined to modify the bond of a Brooklyn man accused of sexually assaulting two handicapped women while they were ... --- Norwich Bulletin --- September 6, 2013  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/uLy1z7  

2.   “Man Accused of Raping Disabled Woman, Stealing Xbox” --- A 33-year-old man with no permanent address is accused of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman and stealing her video gaming system. According to ... --- The Courier Life News --- September 6, 2013  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/67XCDt  

3.   “Ill. Husband Ordered to Pay $6M for Wife's Death” --- Prosecutors say Stolberg was angry at the mentally ill woman and put his knee into her back to cut off her breathing and then stayed on top of her for at least two ... --- WICS-TV --- September 5, 2013  (ILLINOIS)     http://is.gd/2fcc88

4.   “Student Sues HIV-infected Former Teaching Aide” --- A former southwestern Illinois teaching assistant already facing criminal charges that he molested a special-needs student while infected with ... --- WICS-TV --- September 4, 2013   (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/0YwfzR

5.   “Report: Shreveport Fire Captain Made Disabled Man Eat Dog Food” --- One of two Shreveport fire captains recently charged in the routine hazing of two mentally challenged men made one of the victims eat dog ... --- Alexandria Town Talk --- September 3, 2013  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/vmv8dB

6.   “Former School Aide Gets Prison Time” --- A former aide at the state school for the severely handicapped found guilty of sexually abusing a student will spend five years in prison and be a lifelong ... --- Lakenewsonline.com --- September 5, 2013  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/uF5bgK  

7.   “Video: Former Bus Monitor Gets 8 Years for Criminal Sexual Act on Disabled Teen” --- A former bus monitor, who forced a mentally disabled teen to perform oral sex on him ... “For parents of a mentally disabled child that fear is increased 1,000 fold. --- Poughkeepsie Journal --- September 4, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/uhQZao  

8.   “Bus Monitor Accused of Inappropriately Touching Special Needs Student” --- A school bus monitor is accused of inappropriately touching a girl with special needs. James Hopkins, 74, worked as a monitor for ... --- CBS Local --- September 5, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/1PNZbc  

9.   “More Charges Filed against Ky., W.Va. Men in Abduction, Rape of Mentally Disabled 14-Year-Old” ---Authorities have filed more charges against a Kentucky man and a West Virginia man accused of kidnapping and raping a mentally disabled 14-year-old girl. --- Daily Journal --- September 5, 2013  (WEST VIRGINIA)     http://is.gd/S3nnay  


10.   “US Launches Probe into Abuse at LA County Sheriff's Jails” --- Federal authorities have opened a civil rights probe into whether Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies have engaged in a pattern of abuse of ... --- Los Angeles Times --- September 6, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/rogQRR   

11.   “Long Beach Beating of Mentally Disabled Man by 5 Police Officers Caught on Video” --- The Long Beach beating on Monday began after police officers were called to a fighting scene in front of a Long Beach liquor store. The fight had started over a beer can outside … --- Examiner.com --- September 5, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/P83nhA  

12.   “Vallejo Man Arrested after Alleged Stabbing, Carjacking of Man in Wheelchair” --- A Vallejo man allegedly stabbed another man in a wheelchair Tuesday morning, before carjacking a mother and daughter at knife point, police said. --- Contra Costa Times --- September 4, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/daFMnj  

13.   “Deaf and Mute Aurora Man Beaten to Death in His Home” --- Though he was deaf and mute, the 48-year-old man had lived a full life. The simple pleasures Jonny lived for — seeing his granddaughter and making people ... --- Denver Post --- August 31, 2013  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/gAqrYk  

14.   “Police: 71-Year-old Man Assaulted Disabled Teen Boy at Sand Key Park Beach” --- ... that he sexually abused a disabled teenager at the beach at Sand Key Park. ... Mullins faces one count of lewd and lascivious battery of a disabled person. --- ABC Action News --- September 4, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/z9Lsap  

15.   “La Man Accused in Disabled Son's Beheading in Jail” --- A Louisiana man accused of beheading his disabled 7-year-old son is out of a state mental hospital and in jail. Defense attorney Kerry ... --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- September 4, 2013  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/YvCSEo  

16.   “Nursing Home Aide Convicted of Abusing a Vulnerable Adult” --- An activity aide at a Baltimore nursing care facility was convicted Thursday in city Circuit Court of abusing a vulnerable adult. According to a ... --- ABC2 News --- September 5, 2013  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/sR49hR  

17.   “Advocates Want Probe into Death of Prisoner with Down Syndrome” --- Advocates for people with Down syndrome are pressing their demand for an independent investigation into the death in custody of a ... --- CBS Local --- September 5, 2013  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/Jb23kv   

18.   “Staff Failures Cited in Deaths at Arbour Psychiatric Centers” --- The health care company, which operates Arbour-Fuller, six other inpatient psychiatric facilities, and a chain of mental health clinics in Massachusetts, has been ... --- Boston Globe --- September 1, 2013  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/ng1oeM  

19.   “Murder-Suicide Attempt Draws Outrage, Understanding” --- There are new developments on the condition of a teenage girl with autism, who police say was the victim of an attempted murder-suicide. --- WWMT-TV --- September 7, 2013  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/CvNHNc  

20.   “Mich. Woman Accused of Trying to Kill Self, Autistic Daughter, Blogged that Day of Desperation” --- A woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter in a murder-suicide is locked up without bail in a northern Michigan jail. Kelli Stapleton ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- September 6, 2013  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/5ZBsOu   

21.   “Caregiver Charged with Assault after Threatening to Kill Man” --- A caretaker for a Bozeman man has been charged with assault with a weapon after law enforcement responded to disturbance call on Tuesday, Sept. 3. --- KBZK Bozeman News --- September 4, 2013   (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/Y76BlQ   

22.   “Jury Finds Creighton Discriminated Against Deaf Student” --- A federal jury has found that Creighton University discriminated against a deaf medical student, but did so unintentionally. The jury declined to award damages ... --- Nebraska Radio Network --- September 5, 2013  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/6ZOG1L  

23.   “Former Group Home Manager Sentenced for Neglect” --- former manager of a Las Vegas group home has been sentenced for neglecting on of the residents of that facility. 49-year-old Mary ... --- KTNV Las Vegas --- September 4, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/90qzAr  

24.   “Video Captures Theft of Disabled NJ Boy's Wagon” --- A Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to buying a gun used later by another man to kill a Montgomery County police officer is seeking a reduced prison ... --- abc27 --- September 6, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/lB9I43  

25.   “Dad: Disabled Student Went Missing from School” --- A Plainedge Middle School student was able to walk out of school undetected undetected Wednesday, and was found outside the building after Nassau police --- Patch.com --- September 5, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/DPWlRA  

26.   “Killer of Handicapped NY Woman Denied Parole” --- A man serving time for the strangulation death of a handicapped Staten Island woman has been denied parole for a sixth time. --- Wall Street Journal --- September 4, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/cVSReq  

27.   “3 Students Charged in Beating Handicapped Teen” --- Mustafa Magwood, Terry Johnson, and Shaiheed Humphrey are all charged with misdemeanor conspiracy and assault on a handicapped person. --- abc11.com --- September 4, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/pDPiHM  

28.   “Brookfield Man Will Face Trial for Allegedly Assaulting a Mentally Challenged Teen” --- A Brookfield man declines a plea agreement and will face trial, for an alleged assault on a mentally challenged teenager. --- WFMJ --- September 5, 2013  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/zKoz5v   

29.   “Chambersburg Man Enters No-contest Plea in Attempted Rape Charges” --- Meier also had been charged with rape of a mentally disabled person and indecent assault of a person with a mental disability. Under the plea, those two ... --- The Herald-Mail --- September 4, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/C7da1h  

30.   “Dominion Hospital to Pay $55,000 for Allegedly Failing to Accommodate Deaf Family Members” --- Falls Church-based Dominion Hospital has agreed to pay $55,000 to two deaf parents and their adult son after the parents alleged that hospital officials failed to ... --- Washington Post --- September 4, 2013  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/7yQsBu

31.   “2 Men Charged with Kidnapping, Raping W.Va. Teen” --- A Kentucky man is charged with abducting and raping a mentally disabled 14-year-old West Virginia girl he met online, then forcing her to have sex with a Fairmont man. --- WVAH --- September 4, 2013  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/k5SP47  

32.   “Sheboygan Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- 44-year-old Bryan Urquhart of Sheboygan is charged with second-degree sexual assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman. --- fox6now.com --- September 6, 2013  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/hft0gl  

33.   “Man Suspected of Assaulting Disabled Person in Park Restroom” --- Deputies are seeking the public's assistance locating a man suspected of sexually assaulting someone with disabilities at Case Eagle Park ... --- Journal Times --- September 4, 2013  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/9fNle7  

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34.   “Poorly Tracked Mental Health Services Funds Aren't Reaching Patients with Severe Psychological Illness” --- Gloria Davidson and Teresa Pasquini, another mother of a mentally ill NSH patient, are now pushing for Laura's Law implementation in Contra Costa County. --- San Francisco Bay Guardian --- September 3, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/m0ayNj   

35.   “Rally to Save Developmental Center” --- “The march and rally are a way for families of SDC clients and our supporters to express how tragic it would be if the state were to close SDC,” said event ... --- Sonoma Valley Sun --- September 3, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/4jU6YE  

36.   “Students Sue Ind. Schools over Service Dog Rules” --- Rose wrote that the school policies go beyond what is allowed under the ADA and show "reckless disregard for the rights of students with disabilities." --- The Herald Bulletin --- August 31, 2013  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/2czCBl  

37.   “Mentally Ill More Likely to Be In Prison than a Hospital” --- The move in the Legislature came as Riverview faced the prospect of losing $20 million in federal funds after an unannounced inspection of the 92-bed facility ... --- Lewiston Sun Journal --- September 6, 2013  (MAINE)   http://is.gd/jGmTxO  

38.   “Cape Cod Mental Health Center Closes” --- Advocates for people who need mental health treatment on Cape Cod say they're concerned about some patients following the abrupt ... --- Boston.com --- September 6, 2013  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/cR0Q8M  

39.   “Normandy Mayor Wants to Close Home for Mentally Disabled Adults” --- So does Normandy Mayor Patrick Green, who contends Sabbath Manor is a neighborhood nuisance that doesn’t meet municipal building codes. --- STLtoday.com --- September 7, 2013  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/vCmIjd  

40.   “Group Protests Against Missoula Goodwill Practices” --- "We want the Missoula community to know that there are people with disabilities that are being treated unfairly and we just want that to change," said Mark ... ---   KXLF Butte News --- September 5, 2013  (MONTANA)   http://is.gd/4kb72r  

41.   “Changing the Definition of 'Autism' Could End Benefits for Some” --- Kevin Smith, now 24, was diagnosed with autism as a child. Recently, his diagnosis changed, and that could have a negative impact on the benefits he has been ... --- KENS 5 TV --- September 4, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/1Oxop2  

42.   “Are Cops Properly Trained to Deal with People with Disabilities?” --- Ethan Saylor, a young man with Down Syndrome, died after an altercation with police. The case has raised questions about the way cops deal with people who ... --- KUHF-FM --- September 3, 2013  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/VbblYa  

43.   “Dickerson: It's Time to Help Utah Children with Autism” --- What if your child went through life without being able to say he or she loved you? What if that child possessed immeasurable talents and love for others, but ... --- Salt Lake Tribune --- September 7, 2013  (UTAH)   http://is.gd/9YAgQ2  

44.   “Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum Face Tough Prospects for Jobs and Independent Living” --- "Not only was the employment rate low for young people with ASDs when compared with young adults with other disabilities, but pay for jobs -- if they got them ... --- Science Codex --- September 4, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/ogvMkj  

45.   “Proper Treatment of Mentally Ill Could Prevent Crime” --- AOT was found by the Office of Mental Health to result in 75 to 87 percent fewer incarcerations, arrests, hospitalizations, homelessness, and 50 percent fewer ... --- Pocono Record --- September 1, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/OXT8Et  

International Articles

46.   “Lions Star Assaulted Disabled Man: Report” --- A Brisbane Lions player is at the centre of allegations he tipped a disabled man out of his wheelchair on the eve of Mad Monday celebrations. --- Ninemsn --- September 6, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/7kpcZO  

47.   “Disability Failings Aired at International Convention” --- The Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes made the comments in his opening address to the Disability Convention Expert Committee in Geneva ... --- Pro Bono Australia --- September 4, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/jZDucn  

48.   “Disability is No Justification for Murder” --- There are many stories of disabled people who have died at the hands of family members, and so often the media uses terms like 'compassionate homicide' or ... --- ABC Online --- September 3, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/uNkaC6  

49.   “UN Told Australia is Failing People with Disabilities” --- For the first time, Australia's disability human rights record is being reviewed under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. --- Radio Australia --- September 3, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/xbGKaA  

50.   “Man Admits Assaulting Deaf Woman” --- After the woman fell asleep while watching television, her brother-in-law entered the room to help the woman to bed, and found her pants and underwear on the ... --- Royal Gazette --- September 6, 2013  (BERMUDA)  http://is.gd/HzHQSz  

51.   “Autistic Kids Need More Supports, Parents Say” --- Marcus was diagnosed with autism at a young age. People with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have varying degrees of difficulty in social interaction and ... --- The Telegram --- September 7, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/La9oy8  

52.   “Disabled Woman Left in Cab for Three Hours” --- The woman has an arrangement through the Ministry of Social Services to take a ... A Social Services spokesman says the driver didn't realize someone was still ... --- StarPhoenix --- September 4, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/iq4GML  

53.   “Closure of Evening Mental Health Clinics Worries Nurses” --- Fraser Health is ending evening services at six mental health clinics across the region — including the Tri-Cities — prompting concerns from the B.C.'s nurses ... --- The Tri-City News --- September 4, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/s6bfYH  

54.   “Mother Fears Special Needs Child Will Be Forced from School” --- By all accounts, Salem Geczi is a delightful young student who is blossoming in the classroom, but her parents fear she will soon be forced out of school ... --- Calgary Herald --- September 4, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/yR08uZ  

55.   “8 Things to Know about Learning Disabled Education in Alberta” --- As kids head back to school this week, CBC Calgary is looking into some of the problems students and their parents are facing in the public system. --- CBC.ca --- September 3, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/wya3Ky   

56.   “Disabled Rally to Criticize Difficult Living Conditions” --- Most people with disabilities live below the poverty line and many have no choice but to live in special long-term care housing, called CHSLDs, rather than at a ... --- CTV News --- September 1, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/9W72rk  

57.   “Mentally-ill Patients to Be Placed in Database” --- Patients suffering from serious mental illness should be recorded in a national database in order to gain better medical treatment and help prevent them from ... --- ecns --- September 3, 2013  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/QVzAs3  

58.   “Man Cautioned for Hitting Autistic Boy, 7, from Newquay” --- Marie Ralph feels her seven-year-old son, Malachi, who also suffers with Tourette's syndrome, ADHD, sensory dysfunction and other disabilities, often faces ... --- This is Cornwall --- September 6, 2013  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/wdCVb5  

59.   “Wheelchair-bound Woman Robbed in Dereham” --- A woman in an electric wheelchair was left “shaken but unharmed” after she was punched, threatened and robbed in Dereham. --- Norfolk Eastern Daily Press --- September 4, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/Sl95gp   

60.   “Nurse under Fire for Allowing Disabled Patient to Become Sexually ...” --- A care services manager for a Sevenoaks company failed to stop an inexperienced carer from sexually arousing a vulnerable patient by massaging his body ... --- This is Kent --- September 3, 2013  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/8irCcU  

61.   “Two Held for Sexually Abusing Five Mentally Challenged Girls in Jammu Home” --- Sources said that at least eight women lodged in the home were mentally challenged, and a gynaecological examination of five of them established sexual ... --- Daily News & Analysis --- September 5, 2013  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/ubASiP  

62.   “Violence Against Disabled Man Denied” --- A Levin man accused of involvement in the armed robbery and assault of a disabled man has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges laid in connection with the ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- September 5, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)    http://is.gd/dYMsfw  

63.   “After Recovery, Mentally Ill Have Nowhere to Go” --- Al-Amal Hospital for Mental Health is home to many female patients suffering from different mental ailments, such as schizophrenia, depression, ... --- Saudi Gazette --- September 5, 2013  (SAUDI ARABIA)   http://is.gd/tGUgzN  

64.   “Documentary on Disability” --- The United States has praised Zimbabwe for being one of the first African countries to have disability legislation which provides for a progressive recognition of ... --- The Herald --- September 2, 2013  (ZIMBABWE)   http://is.gd/PCSXpG  


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