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News Summary for September 23, 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.   “O'Malley Forms Panel on People with Developmental Disabilities after Disabled Man’s Death” --- Gov. Martin O'Malley has created a commission to help law enforcers and others better respond to incidents involving ... --- Washington Post --- September 17, 2013  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/mDZEle

2.   “Calif. Must Turn over Caregiver-Violation Records” --- State health officials must release records of violations by caregivers at institutions for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, a state appeals court has ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- September 19, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/MsSMcQ

3.   “Changes Made after Autistic Boy is Left Alone on Bus for Six Hours” --- Changes have been implemented by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools after an autistic boy was left on a school bus alone for hours ... --- KGET 17 --- September 18, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/QXX7aL  

4.   “Financial Exploitation on the Rise” --- The victims – vulnerable adults – make the cases particularly wrenching to deal with because the Hubbard County licensed social worker's client base usually ... --- Park Rapids Enterprise --- September 21, 2013  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/gJ2zlq  

5.   “Disabled Woman Trapped in Home Stockpiled with Trash, Feces for 3 Years” --- That was the life of a mentally and physically challenged woman in Cocke County, until emergency responders rescued her from the home. Sunday, crews were ... --- WBIR-TV --- September 19, 2013  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/Owwjel  

6.   “Georgia Autism Project” --- A partnership between an autism research center and the state ... which includes developmental disabilities that affect ability to communicate, ... --- WTVC --- September 19, 2013  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/5GvHZy  

7.   “Caregiver Help is a Growing Concern” --- The state needs to dedicate more resources to caregivers — family and friends who informally provide services that would cost $32 billion if provided by ... --- Albany Times Union --- September 17, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/2mJmXT   

8.   “Database Launched to Help Lost, Disabled Adults” --- An Oregon sheriff's office has announced the launch of a database of people who suffer from a disability and are at risk of wandering ... --- NECN --- September 21, 2013  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/JGBbFz  

9.   “That’s Not Autism: It’s Simply a Brainy, Introverted Boy” --- Autism spectrum diagnoses are up 78 percent in 10 years. We're dramatically over diagnosing it in everyday behavior --- Salon.com ---September 21, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/2dFB6r  

10.   “Autism Conference Focuses on Inclusion, Advocacy and Early Detection” --- Developing further capacity for inclusive education in The Bahamas was one of the matters explored during a three-day conference on ... --- thebahamasweekly.com --- September 18, 2013  (THE BAHAMAS)  http://is.gd/DuqhUn  

11.   “FASD Prevention Multi-level Effort” --- It has been 40 years since the term fetal alcohol syndrome was first used to describe damage to the central nervous system that can happen to the fetus if a ... --- StarPhoenix --- September 19, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/34tgBo  

Abuse/Crime Related:

12.   “Experts Discuss Growing Problem of Adult Abuse, Neglect” --- Brantley Newton from Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation speaks to the crowd gathered for the Elder Abuse Prevention & Advocacy meeting at Parker ... --- Anniston Star --- September 19, 2013  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/BCen2Z  

13.   “Report Finds Abuse, Neglect at Anchorage Special Needs elementary Elementary School” --- … was a little after nine on the morning of April 29, and 5-year-old "Victor" was sitting on the floor, crying. --- KTVA CBS --- September 21, 2013  (ALASKA) http://is.gd/JemmVp    

14.   “Vulnerable Adult Awareness” --- There are good reasons for Gov. Parnell to proclaim September 2013 “Vulnerable Adult Awareness” month. Alaska has the fastest growing senior population in ... --- Seward Phoenix Log --- September 19, 2013  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/xnqmMv  

15.   “Safety Questioned at Long Beach Mental Health Facility” --- Behind the locked gates of La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center on Paramount Boulevard, employees say dangerous conditions ... --- Inland Valley Daily Bulletin --- September 22, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/hliEwU  

16.   “Ex-Worker: Excessive Restraint One Problem at Group Home” --- A former employee of a Davis group home that is closing it's doors said the administration was careless with its money and rough with the youth at the facility. --- News10.net --- September 20, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/M7c0EZ  

17.   “School Bus Mix-up Leaves Another Child with Special Needs Stranded” --- Another child with special needs has been stranded by a transportation service -- this time in Vallejo. A 6-year-old student went missing ... --- abc7news.com --- September 18, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/mvpHQG  

18.   “Newington, Connecticut, Special Needs Teacher, Amy Belliveau, 'Had ...” --- A 43-year-old married special education teacher has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of her students. Amy Belliveau, who was ... --- Daily Mail --- September 17, 2013  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/3l2cAh  

19.   “Parents of ASD Student Suing the School and Town of West Hartford” --- The parents of a 12-year-old American School for the Deaf student are suing the school and the town of West Hartford, saying the boy was choked by a teacher ... --- Hartford Courant --- September 17, 2013  (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/7Mxv5V   

20.   “Tampa Man Poisoned His Disabled Girlfriend, Detectives Say” --- The boyfriend of a 58-year-old disabled woman who died in January was ... Drive in Tampa, was charged with murder and aggravated abuse of a disabled adult. --- Tbo.com --- September 20, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/p5IHef  

21.   “Mentally Challenged Man Robbed, Beaten for Game” --- A South Florida county is pushing to stop a disturbing and brutal trend of animal abuse. It's called "trunking". --- wflx --- September 20, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/gdhFvl  

22.   “Park Royal Employee Accused of Sexual Assault of Patients” --- A healthcare worker tasked with taking care of the mentally ill is now accused of inappropriate acts with his patients. Deputies say Benjamin Bland sexually ... --- NBC2 News --- September 19, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/9BKOtf  

23.   “Appeals Court Overturns Adult Abuse Case” --- The name of an adult care worker in eastern Iowa will be removed from the state's dependent adult abuse registry after the Iowa ... --- Marshalltown Times Republican --- September 18, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/VQiOZK  

24.   “Group Sees Improvement at State Juvenile Home” --- Jane Hudson, of Disability Rights Iowa, told the Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee that the home has stopped using long-term isolation rooms and ... --- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier --- September 18, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/NHVkaC  

25.   “2nd Caregiver Arrested in Somerset Abuse Case” --- A second man now faces charges in connection to an abuse case at a center for the developmentally disabled. --- WKYT --- September 19, 2013  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/J6W9gG  

26.   “Cadillac Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Adults” --- A Cadillac man has been arraigned in Wexford County and charged with using his position of authority to take sexual advantage of two mentally ... --- Cadillac News --- September 18, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/qpdTvH   

27.   “Autistic Man's $1,000 Tricycle Stolen” --- Police are asking for the public's help to find an adult tricycle that was stolen from a man with autism who says he needs it to get ... --- CBS News --- September 18, 2013  (MINNESOTA)   http://is.gd/T5CNoG  

28.   “Woman Surrenders on Exploitation Charge” --- The defendant was in a paid caregiver role at the time. The case is being investigated by the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division/Vulnerable Adults Unit. --- WTOK --- September 18, 2013  (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/Zdc6jH   

29.   “Two More Charged in Robbery of Disabled Grandview Vet” --- Two more youths have been charged in the robbery of a disabled Grandview vet, the Jackson County Court announced on Friday. In total, five have been ... --- KSHB --- September 20, 2013  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/OgxEnX  

30.   “Ex-worker in Beatrice Center Abuse Case Seeks Change of Venue, New Judge” ---A former Beatrice State Developmental Center worker accused of abusing developmentally disabled adults who lived at the center is asking for a change of ... --- Omaha World-Herald --- September 20, 2013  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/X5lET1  

31.   “Man Files Lawsuit Against Rochester Police Department” --- Warr claims he was waiting for a bus on Jefferson Avenue when he was approached by two police officers who pushed him over in his wheelchair. --- News 10NBC --- September 21, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/yO3RZL  

32.   “NJ Man Charged with Forcibly Touching Woman in Wheelchair in Monsey” --- A New Jersey man was charged Friday with forcibly touching a wheelchair-bound woman at a Maple Avenue nursing home, police said. Abraham ... --- The Journal News | LoHud.com --- September 20, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/PsPpdu  

33.   “Nurse's Aide Charged in Alleged Abuse Case” --- ... was arrested and charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person, or an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the ... --- WXXA --- September 20, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/VSzMYm  

34.   “Man Arrested for Stealing Disabled Man's Wheelchair” --- Man arrested for stealing disabled man's wheelchair. A Sandusky man who allegedly stole a disabled resident's wheelchair in April was arrested Monday on ... --- Sandusky Register --- September 17, 2013  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/VXOUBe  

35.   “Ellsworth Couple Turns Themselves in to Authorities” --- The husband and wife accused of shooting her mentally disabled brother with a BB gun turned themselves in Monday. Thirty-year-old ... --- WFMJ --- September 16, 2013  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/wf0I1y   

36.   “Sand Springs Man Accused of Kidnapping, Molesting Disabled Girl” --- A Sand Springs man was taken into custody this week on complaints of lewd molestation of a minor and kidnapping. Sand Springs Police arrested Christopher ... --- KTUL --- September 19, 2013  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/HLkNV0

37.   “Plum Settles Disability Discrimination Lawsuit with Ex-employee” --- Plum paid a former employee $6,600 and his attorney $4,400 to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit, the borough revealed Tuesday in response to a ... --- Tribune-Review --- September 17, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/dtMjwU  

38.   “State Investigated Case of Bedridden Newport Woman 2 Years Ago” --- 6 News has learned that Adult Protective Services was called nearly two years ago to investigate the case of the disabled woman who had ... --- WATE-TV --- September 20, 2013  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/ybILBA  

39.   “How to Help When a Disabled Adult is Being Abused” --- A 48-year-old bedridden woman had to be cut out of her Newport home this week. Gail Gann, the victim's mother was ... --- WATE-TV --- September 19, 2013  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/SzOmX5  

40.   “Fannin Co. Educators Indicted for Abusing Special Needs Child” --- Two Fannin County educators have been indicted for allegedly abusing a special needs child. Brent Johnson and Adriane Connerley were ... --- KXII-TV --- September 20, 2013  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/TJOdd6  

41.   “Man Sentenced for Organizing Phony Raffles in Olympia to Benefit Autism; Pocketed Cash” --- Three raffles that Joseph Searles organized in Olympia between 2010 and 2012 purported to raise money for autism research on behalf of the Autism Society of ... --- The Olympian --- September 19, 2013  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/7v6DLS  

Seeking Improved Support

42.   “Fairbanks Mental Health Organization Cuts Staff” --- A new version of the organization that provides mental health services in Fairbanks has reopened with a smaller staff. Fairbanks ... --- Sacramento Bee --- September 19, 2013  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/NkY7iW  

43.   “Woman Says She Prefers Jail to Mental Health Facility” --- A woman sentenced to a year in a mental health facility following a standoff with police would like to spend her remaining sentence in jail, rather than in the ... --- Times-Georgian --- September 19, 2013  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/BldWXk  

44.   “State Considers Change in Special Needs Student Policy” --- The Illinois State Board of Education will vote Thursday on whether it should lift limits for special needs kids in regular and special ed classrooms. CBS 2's Dana ... --- CBS2 Chicago --- September 18, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/2PeLtM  

45.   “Mental-Health Provider Shortages Compound Problems Getting Care” --- April Blevins, 35, talks about how she handled her mental health needs and her insurance company. --- The Courier-Journal --- September 20, 2013  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/FGTjHY  

46.   “Oakwood Worker Charged with Neglect Pleads Not Guilty” --- A worker at Bluegrass Oakwood accused of provoking two mentally disabled residents to fight pleaded not guilty in the case Wednesday morning. Coty King, 22 ... --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- September 18, 2013  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/fYMTgb    

47.   “Changes Are Needed in Missouri's Mental Health Care System” --- In the aftermath of the tragedy at the U.S. Navy Yard on Sept. 16, it is important to consider whether changes to Missouri's mental health care system are needed. --- STLtoday.com --- September 22, 2013  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/d5o5hl  

48.   “Fighting Nevada over Mental-Health Treatment” --- A year and a half ago, having threatened to kill himself, David Theisen found himself on a bus to San Francisco after spending one night in a Vegas psychiatric center. --- New York Times --- September 22, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/2VsHKr  

49.   “Disabled Man Walter Bartolomucci with Mental Age of 9 Jailed ...” --- A disabled man with the mental age of a nine-year-old was jailed for nearly a week without his medication and with no word to his parents. Walter Bartolomucci ... --- Daily Mail --- September 20, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/WsXwun  

50.   “ ‘Best Kept Secret’: Documentary on Special-needs High School Has National Broadcast …” ---  Newark, N.J.'s John F. Kennedy High School and special-education needs teacher Janet Mino are the focus of the documentary “Best Kept Secret.” The film ... --- NewsOK.com --- September 18, 2013  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/rmhBvG  

51.   “New Policy for Developmentally Disabled Raises Concerns Locally” --- A mother in failing health wants to place her son, who has a developmental disability, into a group home. He doesn't qualify under new state criteria. --- Utica Observer Dispatch --- September 18, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/SCDrA0  

52.    “Former Bismarck Nonprofit Head Admits Embezzling” --- ... former executive director of the Arc nonprofit in Bismarck has pleaded guilty to embezzling from the organization that provides help for people with disabilities. --- Jamestown Sun --- September 18, 2013  (NORTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/rDi4KE  

53.   “Deaf Man Calls Arrest Wrong and Humiliating” --- Police laughed at a deaf man when he asked why he was being arrested and refused to provide him with a sign language interpreter, ... --- Courthouse News Service --- September 18, 2013  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/fgJNAY  

54.   “A Tie to Mental Illness in the Violence Behind Bars” --- It is not surprising that prisons with a greater proportion of mentally ill inmates would have more violence than others, said Michele Deitch, a prison conditions ... --- New York Times --- September 21, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/iYOhSz  

55.   “A Mother Expresses Concern for Her Disabled Son's Safety on ...” --- An East Texas mom says she's been going round and round with Colmesneil ISD administrators for 2 years expressing concern for her disabled son's safety on ... --- KTRE --- September 18, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/SwEVFt  

56.   “10 On Your Side Investigation: Group Homes in Va.” --- 10 On Your Side took a look at why group homes are becoming more prevalent in the state of Virginia and learned the state is ... --- WAVY-TV --- September 16, 2013  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/ob3s66  

57.   “After Attacks, Seattle Rethinks How to Treat Mentally Ill” --- The Navy Yard massacre may renew concerns over the potential dangers of mentally ill people who don't get treatment. That issue is especially hot right now in ... --- NPR --- September 18, 2013  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/iFfCRM  

58.   “Mental Illness Conversations Grow after Navy Yard Shooting” --- “It's only a fraction of those people who will become violent,” Kathy Dobbins of Wellspring, which provides psychiatric rehabilitative services for the mentally ill. --- WHAS 11.com --- September 21, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/N04m3U  

59.   “Quandary of Hidden Disabilities: Conceal or Reveal?” --- A young woman with hearing loss wrote to me recently about being interviewed for a senior position in a major library system. She was well qualified for the ... --- New York Times --- September 21, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/z22w9Q  

60.   “The Arc Launches New National Resource Center on Justice and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” --- According to the National Crime Victim Survey of 2010, the victimization rate is twice as high for individuals with disabilities as compared to those without ... --- DigitalJournal.com --- September 18, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/1MuQmf   

61.   “Genetic Condition Often Misdiagnosed as Autism” --- Up to 50% of children with a genetic disorder unrelated to autism are mistakenly diagnosed with the developmental disorder, and that can lead to inappropriate ... --- TIME --- September 18, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/M2Znb8  

62.   “Study Finds Delays in Autism Diagnoses for Latino Children” --- A recent study performed in California finds a delay in autism diagnosis for Latino children, a problem one New York family says is widespread. NY1's Erin ... --- NY1 --- September 18, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/huTtgV  

63.   “Releasing Mental Health Care from Prison” --- Prisons are the most heavily used mental health treatment facilities in the U.S. And treatment there costs more than 10 times as much as on the outside. --- Philly.com --- September 18, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/5LTqFa  

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

64.   “Ayotte Calls for Mental Health System Bill” --- In the wake of the deadly shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is calling for Senate consideration ... --- Boston.com --- September 18, 2013  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/A0O5v2  

65.   “Law Pushes for Parity in Mental Health Coverage” --- In Kentucky, Indiana and across the nation, access to insurance and limits on services, therapy visits and hospital stays have left those with mental illness feeling ... --- USA TODAY --- September 21, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/XsJ1tG  

International Articles

66.   “Mental Illness Gets the Silent Treatment” --- Esther Olsson knows what it's like to lose someone to mental illness. In the last two years, the 20-year-old from Hawthorn had to attend the funerals of two uncles ... --- The Age --- September 23, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/UARpeQ  

67.   “Mall Kiosk Sells Woman with Down Syndrome $1695 of Face Cream” --- A mall kiosk in St. Catharines was shut down this morning after a 27-year-old woman with Down Syndrome was sold more than $1,600 worth of face cream. --- 680 News --- September 20, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/FfuenL  

68.   “Coca-Cola Apologises for 'Retard' Bottle Cap” --- Coca-Cola has apologised to a family who found the message "You Retard" printed inside a bottle cap. Blake Loates, from Alberta, Canada, found the offensive ... --- Sky News --- September 20, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/FuZ33q  

69.   “Concern Grows over Lack of Mental Health Help in North” --- People that provide services to some of the N.W.T.'s most vulnerable say more needs to be done to protect the public's safety with more help for mental health ... --- CBC.ca --- September 19, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/Y7wQoU  

70.   “Mental Health Care Needed for 17% of Canadians” --- The findings are included in the agency's 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey on mental health that was released Wednesday, and are based on a ... --- CBC.ca --- September 18, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/VQqqYN  

71.   “Developmentally Disabled Settle Huronia Class-action Suit for $35M” --- ... has been reached in a class action lawsuit filed against the Ontario government by former residents of an institution for the developmentally disabled. --- Hamilton Spectator --- September 17, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/eNEHkX  

72.   “Witchcraft and Mental Health in Chad” --- A recent report by the BBC reveals a threatening dimension of witchcraft belief in Chad. This time, people are not banishing alleged witches to camps as in ... --- Sierra Express Media --- September 17, 2013  (CHAD)  http://is.gd/kFaliK  

73.   “Egypt's Dwarfs 'Should No Longer Tolerate Being Discriminated’ ...” --- The disabled, for example, have a right to all sorts of privileges and compensations, but dwarfs aren't listed among the disabled. Our association was founded in ... --- The Voice of Russia --- September 21, 2013  (EGYPT) http://is.gd/4dI3Cf   

74.   “Labour to Create New Offence of Disability Hate Crime” --- Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne will announce the new hate-crime charge amid concern the system is failing disabled people. --- The Guardian --- September 21, 2013  (GREAT BRITAIN)  http://is.gd/GIcvPD  

75.   “Man Pours Boiling Water on Mentally Ill Son” --- An aged man poured boiling water on his mentally ill son leaving him with ... near Usilampatti, was suffering from mental illness for the past six years. --- Times of India --- September 22, 2013  (INDIA)   http://is.gd/MJPGae  

76.   “People with Mental Illnesses Struggle to Fight Stigma” --- “I feel that I'm useless. Sometimes I don't want to live but I don't want to die either,” Bambang Rudjito, 43, who suffers from schizoaffective disorder, said in ... --- Jakarta Post --- September 19, 2013  (INDONESIA)  http://is.gd/nh2A24  

77.   “Disabled Woman Brutally Beaten in Moscow Region” --- A woman has been hospitalized with severe injuries following a brutal beating by a group of female attackers, some of ... --- RIA Novosti --- September 17, 2013  (RUSSIA)   http://is.gd/okhREh  

78.   “Doctors Say Vietnam Has More Mentally Ill Patients than Reported” --- It was reported at a recent conference that 15-20 percent of Vietnamese population have mental disorders, but doctors at a major psychiatric hospital say the rate ... --- Thanh Nien Daily --- September 14, 2013  (VIETNAM)  http://is.gd/GFTP51  


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