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News Summary for December 30, 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.   “Antioch School District to Pay $8 Million in Teacher Abuse Case” ---The Antioch Unified School District has announced that it will pay $8 million to eight families who sued over a teacher's ... --- CBS Local --- December 19, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/n7NcKT

2.   “Man Admits Sexually Assaulting Developmentally Disabled Woman in Manchester” --- A former job coach admitted Monday to sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled client from a Manchester group home as he transported her to ... --- Patch.com --- December 17, 2013  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/N45475
3.   “Pinellas Pair Found Guilty in Staged Beating of Disabled Man” --- Vargo's attorney, Daniel Hernandez, told jurors his client had no idea Cayer was mentally disabled. But Susan St. John, another prosecutor, told them ... --- Tbo.com --- December 19, 2013  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/gNVHec 

4.   “Fla. Teacher Accused of Feeding Autistic Boy Hot-Sauce Laced Crayons Rehired” --- A Florida elementary school teacher who was fired for feeding an autistic child hot sauce soaked crayons is being re-instated on the orders of a judge who ... --- ABC News --- December 13, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/voc2Gf

5.   “Dad Sues over Attack on Disabled Daughter” --- The father of a mentally disabled teenager has filed a lawsuit against the Joliet nursing home where the girl allegedly was sexually assaulted by an ... --- Joliet Herald News --- December 20, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/II9eAp

6.   “Brian Farmer, Sentenced to Life for Rape of Mentally Disabled Woman, Threatens Court Officials” --- Brian Farmer was sentenced to life in prison today for the 2012 rape of a 41-year-old mentally disabled woman. Farmer went on a profanity-filled rant ... --- MLive.com --- December 18, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/vVUIk3

7.   “NY Law Expands Oversight of Preschool Special Ed” --- New York will increase oversight of special education ... for special needs children," Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Thursday. --- Wall Street Journal --- December 19, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/i92mwQ

8.   “Experts Call for Sensitising Police about Disability” --- Observing that police are mostly unaware about the predicaments of the disabled, activists here Tuesday advocated for "disability sensitisation" during ... --- Business Standard --- December 17, 2013  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/4oalEx


9.   “Woman in Porterville Developmental Center Kills Fellow Resident with DVD Cord” --- A 36-year-old woman who was a resident of the Porterville Developmental Center was strangled by another resident Wednesday morning, police ... --- Fresno Bee --- December 18, 2013  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/pMQEXy 
10.   “Special Education Teacher's Facebook Post Calls Autistic Child a 'Hot Mess’ and Parents ‘Crazy’” --- Hutton led a class of seven children with autism at Howard Wood Elementary School. The swiftness with which the district took action in her case underscores ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- December 16, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/o5tdnw
11.   “Man Admits Sexually Assaulting Developmentally Disabled Woman in Manchester” --- A former job coach admitted Monday to sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled client from a Manchester group home as he transported her to ... --- Patch.com --- December 17, 2013  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/N45475
12.   “Pinellas Pair Found Guilty in Staged Beating of Disabled Man” --- Vargo's attorney, Daniel Hernandez, told jurors his client had no idea Cayer was mentally disabled. But Susan St. John, another prosecutor, told them ... --- Tbo.com --- December 19, 2013  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/gNVHec 
13.   “Mentally Challenged Man Testifies about Beating in Shefights.net Trial” --- In the summer of 2011, homeless advocates were outraged after discovering the operator of a website was paying men to ... ---  WTSP 10 News --- December 19, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/eTLhmm
14.   “Tampa Approves $165,000 Settlement of Lawsuit over Arrest of Deaf Man” --- The City Council on Thursday voted to pay $165,000 to settle an excessive-force lawsuit brought by a deaf man whom police punched, ... --- Tampabay.com --- December 19, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/CEHszv
15.   “Local School for Autistic Students Under Investigation” --- It's a place local autistic students should feel safe, but a local mother believes unspeakable things happened to her son at Palm Beach School for Autism. --- WPEC --- December 12, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/t77h5g
16.   “Two Peoria Men Allegedly Targeted Handicapped Woman in Robbery” --- One of the suspects allegedly admitted to police they chose that particular apartment because they thought the handicapped woman would be an easy target. --- Peoria Journal Star --- December 13, 2013  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/rM16ju 
17.   “Valpo Student Charged in Sex Assault on Disabled Woman” --- Pleas of not guilty were entered Friday morning on behalf of a Valparaiso High School student charged with sexually assaulting a ... --- nwitimes.com --- December 20, 2013  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/V3csCn
18.   “Special Needs Five-year-old Left on School Bus for Three Hours” --- A special needs kindergarten student was left unattended on a school bus for three hours Friday. Now, the school bus driver has resigned. --- WNDU-TV --- December 16, 2013  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/4CTlDP
19.   “Police: Two Teens Arrested for Attack on Disabled Houma Man” --- Two teenagers were arrested by Houma Police for the November attack on a disabled man, according to police. Tre Paul Britton, 17, ... --- WWL --- December 17, 2013  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/e63mrB
20.   “Dorsey Allegedly Stole More than $84,000 from a Mentally Handicapped Person” --- A Maryland woman has been accused of stealing gens of thousands of dollars from a mentally handicapped person for whom she worked. --- WJLA --- December 19, 2013  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/QwGLMo
21.   “Beverly Bus Driver Admits to Striking Disabled Man” --- Marrs was a driver for Danvers-based LBK Transportation, which provides rides for developmentally and intellectually disabled people, at the time of the ... --- Boston.com --- December 12, 2013  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/XJPqSO
22.   “Resident of State Mental Health Facility Falls to Death after Breaking ...” --- A 56-year-old man fell to his death after smashing through a locked eighth-floor window in a state-run mental health facility Wednesday, authorities said. --- Boston.com --- December 12, 2013  (MASSCHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/7PAIAt
23.   “Judge: Saginaw Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Mentally Handicapped Woman Fit for Trial” ---  A Saginaw man charged with sexually assaulting a mentally handicapped woman earlier this year is mentally fit for trial, a judge has ruled. --- The Saginaw News --- December 12, 2013  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/PoQx1R 
24.   “Man Charged with Sexual Battery of a Vulnerable Adult” --- Reese is charged with one county of sexual battery of a vulnerable adult. Hood says the victim was a patient at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, ... --- WTVA --- December 16, 2013  (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/QBPpk5 
25.   “Lawsuit: Boy Sexually Abused at Flowood Mental Health Facility” --- A woman has filed a federal lawsuit claiming a central Mississippi mental health facility failed to protect her 11-year-old son from being sexually ... --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- December 16, 2013  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/ic1KyN
26.   “Special Needs Girl Reports Rape at School and Cover up by District” --- Police are investigating after a reported rape of a special needs girl at East St. Louis High School. The girl says she was ... --- fox2now.com --- December 19, 2013  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/gHIKW0
27.   “Teacher's Aide Gets Probation after Having Sex with 17-year-old Special Needs Student Repeatedly in Her Van” --- A Missouri teacher's aide who admitted having sex with a special needs student who went to the school she worked at has been given probation. --- Daily Mail --- December 18, 2013  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/HHTvae
28.   “Man Charged with Having Sex with Disabled Daughter” --- A man who recently moved from Alaska to Missoula, Mont., is charged with incest for allegedly having sex with his 19-year-old, mentally ... --- KULR-TV --- December 12, 2013  (MONTANA)   http://is.gd/feo29o
29.   “Woman Fined for Attempted Abuse of Adult” --- ... abuse of a vulnerable adult. Lindey Steider of York was initially charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult, a Class 3A felony, and misdemeanor theft. --- York News-Times --- December 19, 2013  (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/cttiwy
30.   “Names of Bused Nevada Psychiatric Patients Found in Crime Reports” --- Nevada's primary hospital for mentally ill people has bused hundreds of patients out of Las Vegas in recent years, with crime ... --- Las Vegas Sun --- December 16, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/yfu4CB 
31.   “Mental Patients Bused – and Crime Followed” --- Six months after he was discharged to a Greyhound bus and shipped out of Las Vegas, one former patient of Nevada's primary hospital for mentally ill people ... --- Sacramento Bee --- December 15, 2013  (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/H7aOUY
32.   “Portsmouth Man Gets Prison for Sex Assault of Disabled Woman” --- A Portsmouth man was sentenced 10 to 30 years in state prison on Thursday for sexually assaulting a 27-year-old mentally disabled neighbor ... --- The Union Leader --- December 12, 2013  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/U7Xgrs
33.   “N.J. Doctor Fired for Alleged Unauthorized Study on Disabled Patients” --- Should May win his disciplinary case against the state and return to work at Hunterdon Developmental Center or another state facility, the medical ... --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- December 18, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/CVg7xI
34.   “Fair Lawn Teacher Bill Scarnaty Accused of Abusing Special Needs Student” --- A Fair Lawn High School teacher has been placed on leave while the school district investigates a classroom ... --- News 12 New Jersey --- December 17, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/ml7SWb
35.   “Mother to Serve Time in Jail for Stealing from Disabled Daughter's Trust Fund” --- ... woman to weekends in jail and five years' probation for embezzling $18,521 from a trust fund established for her developmentally disabled daughter ... --- Buffalo News --- December 20, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/hwRtkk
36.   “Counselor Accused of Abusing Patient” --- ... arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a person in his care, according to the state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. --- Albany Times Union --- December 18, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/gAFMYL
37.   “NY Caretaker for Disabled Accused of Theft” --- New York's attorney general has accused the former assistant manager at a facility for the disabled of stealing funds from the ... --- Wall Street Journal --- December 18, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/aszId0  
38.   “School Staff Member Accused of Assaulting Developmentally Student” --- A staff member at a school for developmentally disabled children is on paid leave after allegedly assaulting a student. It happened at the Forest Rose School in ... --- 10TV --- December 12, 2013  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/nsAuJR
39.   “Adams County Man Arrested on Rape Charges of 31-year-old Disabled Woman” --- A man was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a 31-year-old disabled woman in Winchester. Billy William Delk, 56, was arrested ... --- WCPO --- December 12, 2013  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/5WJbuL
40.   “Final 2 Defendants in Greensburg Torture and Killing Plead Guilty” --- The final two suspects pleaded guilty today in the torture and slaying of a mentally disabled woman in Greensburg four years ago. Robert Masters Jr. --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- December 19, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/dh0Z2Z
41.   “State Report Faulted Assisted-living Center for Mentally Ill after Sexual Assault” --- The man's mental illness and history of aggression should have kept him out of the ... wasn't properly licensed to deal with developmentally disabled adults. --- Sioux Falls Argus Leader --- December 15, 2013  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/cKhchP
42.   “7 Caregivers or Employers Charged with Medicaid Fraud” --- All of them were caregivers or employers in the state's Home and County Based or Personal Care programs, which is paid by Medicaid. --- vtdigger.org --- December 18, 2013  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/QEo6PI
43.   “Man Gets Life in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Mentally Challenged Teen, His 2nd Conviction” --- A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old mentally challenged girl has been sentenced to life in prison. --- The Republic --- December 18, 2013  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/Ub7LLE 
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44.   “Low Pay for the Disabled Draws Fire” --- Some charities are coming under fire this holiday season for paying disabled workers as little as $2.31 an hour under a federal program that allows ... --- U-T San Diego --- December 20, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/mJdP99
45.   “Colorado Will No Longer Send the 'Major Mentally Ill' to Solitary Confinement” --- The numbers of mentally ill prisoners locked in cells alone for 23 hours each day have steadily dropped this fall: from 40 in September to fewer than 30 ... --- The Atlantic --- December 16, 2013  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/0tEyFM 
46.   “Urgent Funding Needed for Special-needs Adults” --- "Our Broward County Jewish community has a void. While we have taken extraordinary steps to embrace all of our children with special needs, we ... --- Sun-Sentinel --- December 16, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/jBXLyQ
47.   “Idaho Courts Report Big Jump in Mental Commitment Cases over Past Five Years” --- “We're losing a layer of support,” Laggis said. “So when our mentally ill people start acting mentally ill — they don't take their medication because they ... --- The Spokesman Review --- December 16, 2013  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/S3jo35
48.   “Siblings Becoming Guardians of Disabled Adults” --- Ennis says more than 50 percent of families that have members with intellectual and developmental disabilities have unclear future plans. --- ABC7Chicago.com --- December 21, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/FEBjp7
49.   “Shocking Drop in Services for Illinois Children with Severe Mental Illness” --- The state-funded grant pays for children with severe mental illness to get community and residential services. Some parents credit those services with ... --- WBEZ --- December 17, 2013  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/P1vCXW
50.   “Governor Considering $30 Million Cut to State Money for Mental-health Services” --- Gov. Terry Branstad's administration plans to cut $30 million in state money that counties use for mental-health services, a Democratic legislator said ... --- Iowa City Press Citizen --- December 20, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/21TCIC
51.   “Disability Rights Iowa Leader: State Will Save Money with Closure of Iowa Juvenile Home” --- That was the message delivered Monday afternoon by Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, the advocacy group that highlighted ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- December 16, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/x0OImY
52.   “For the Mentally Ill, Finding Treatment Grows Harder” --- WSJ reporter Gary Fields discusses his series about the shortage of treatment for the mentally ill and its impact on families, communities and the ... --- Wall Street Journal --- December 20, 2013  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/XBPHHB
53.   “Mental Illness and Criminal Justice: Muskegon-area Police, Jail Cope” --- In Muskegon, as in Ypsilanti, police regularly have to cope with crimes committed by mentally ill people, Lewis said. Some also present an “easy target ... --- Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com --- December 16, 2013  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/ZObYFB
54.   “Study: Autism Rate Higher in Minneapolis Somali Children” --- The incidence of autism spectrum disorder is higher among Somali children in Minneapolis than the city's children as a whole and it appears to affect ... --- Pioneer Press --- December 16, 2013  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/pv3Ynt
55.   “Minnesota Struggles to Separate Race from Special-education Labels… “ --- Disabled students account for 13 percent of enrollment in Minnesota schools but generate 39 percent of disciplinary actions, according to state records. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- December 18, 2013  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/3VZDQr
56.   “Creighton University Must Accommodate Deaf Student” --- A federal judge has ruled that Creighton University's medical school must provide a deaf student with special equipment and interpreters to allow him ... --- Grand Island Independent --- December 18, 2013  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/3VZDQr
57.   “I-Team: Head of NV Health Dept. Outlines Fixes to Mental Health ...” --- The two people most responsible for fixing problems with the Nevada's mental health care system are talking about how they are going ... --- KLAS-TV --- December 18, 2013  (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/frDhgE
58.   “Council to Investigate Nevada's Decision to Bus Mental Patients out of State” --- Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Monday the creation of a council to examine the state's mental health system after a new ... --- The Republic --- December 16, 2013  (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/qnLIC2
59.   “Mental Health Advocates Upset with Nevada's System” --- Mental health advocates are extremely frustrated with Nevada's mental health system from how it's structured to the ... --- MyNews3 Las Vegas KSNV --- December 16, 2013  (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/mPNcC6
60.   “Group of NJ Special-needs Schools Pledges More Accountability for ...” --- Under fire after disclosures of wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars, advocates for New Jersey's private schools for students with ... --- NJ.com --- December 16, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/XGMvfW
61.   “Feds Question Payments for Mental Health Oversight” --- The federal government is questioning the way the state uses federal money to oversee community mental health care. The answers have the ... --- NC News & Observer --- December 13, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/cmKWNU
62.   “Actress Glenn Close Lends Support to Mental Health Bill” --- Now, another big name in Hollywood is lending her support to Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow's legislation that would improve mental health care ... --- ErieTVNews --- December 18, 2013  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/hGBlT9
63.   “Study Finds Autism More Challenging for Caregivers” --- They focused on responses from more than 18,000 caregivers of children ages 3 to 17 with autism, other developmental disabilities or mental health ... --- Disability Scoop --- December 20, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/d1eiF9 
64.   “Failings in Mental Health Care for Adults with Autism” --- This past September in a New York Times op-ed, the eminent neuroscientist Eric Kandel expressed his optimistic views, based on recent research advances, ... --- Huffington Post --- December 12, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/ajTAc0
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65.   “Gov. Sandoval Announces Creation of State Mental Health Council” --- On Monday, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced the creation of the Behavioral Health and Wellness Council. The council will be charged with ... --- KVVU Las Vegas --- December 16, 2013  (NEVADA) http://is.gd/aXGUfn
66.   “NH Settles Lawsuit over Care of Mentally Ill” --- New Hampshire will expand services for people who are severely mentally ill to settle a lawsuit brought by advocates who said ... --- Kansas City Star --- December 19, 2013  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)   http://is.gd/RdPZYu
67.   “Bill Lets Courts Order Outpatient Care for Mentally Ill” --- House Bill 104 would empower probate court judges statewide to order outpatient treatment for people struggling with mental illness. Judges say they have few ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- December 12, 2013  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/HaIme4
International Articles
68.   “Group Homes Slammed by Mother after Disabled Daughter Locked in ...” --- "This person can still be working in a non-government facility, perhaps working with vulnerable people in disability or aged care," she said. --- ABC Online --- December 20, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/zBYtro
69.   “Push to End Restraint of Mentally Ill” --- Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge has announced $1.7 million in funding to reduce and, where possible, eliminate the controversial use of ... --- The Age --- December 20, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/84BQ1v
70.   “Residential Abuse Victims' Names Will Be Kept Private” --- Residential abuse victims' names will be kept private ... documents from a police investigation into their claims that support their allegations of abuse. --- CBC.ca --- December 18, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/zjqkjE
71.   “How China's Disabled Are Fighting for the Right to an Education” --- Li's stance on education for the disabled even earned him an audience with Deng Pufang, the paraplegic son of the late Deng Xiaoping, who ... --- South China Morning Post --- December 20, 2013  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/QPOVK6
72.   “Police Appeal after Sexual Assault of Deaf Woman in Lincoln” --- Police are re-appealing for information on the sexual assault of a 22-year-old deaf woman in Lincoln three years after it took place. Officers are asking ... --- Lincolnshire Echo --- December 19, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/fRO5gP
73.   “Swindon Conman Stole £100k from Disabled Victim” --- Grandfather Nigel Lelliott will be spending Christmas behind bars after being found guilty of stealing around £100,000 from a disabled man. --- Swindon Advertiser --- December 18, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/e84d5u
74.   “Darlington Man Jailed for Attack on Disabled Customer and Member ...” --- A man who attacked a disabled customer at a petrol station and then a member of staff who came to his aid was behind bars last night (Tuesday, ... --- The Northern Echo --- December 18, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/n4V0mQ
75.   “Keighley Mental Health Patient Killed Himself, Inquest Finds” --- A mental health patient who killed himself while out on hospital leave had tried twice before to take his life when allowed home, an inquest heard ... --- Bradford Telegraph and Argus --- December 17, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/9xZZjJ
76.   “EasyJet on Trial for Refusing Disabled” --- The British company is being challenged over its refusal to allow two female wheelchair-users -- one of whom was travelling to her son's funeral in Portugal -- to ... --- NEWS.com.au --- December 16, 2013  (FRANCE)  http://is.gd/6nbG5z
77.   “A Young Mother Who Admitted Poisoning Her Disabled Daughter Has ...” --- The woman, who laced the toddler's food with salt, wept openly in court as her 18-month jail term was suspended for two years. The court was told that ... --- Belfast Telegraph --- December 21, 2013  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/3hPRIN
78.   “Mental Health Service Calls up 20%” --- "We also want to indicate our intention to establish a specific campaign in 2014 aimed at encouraging players to engage with our mental health ... --- Belfast Telegraph --- December 17, 2013  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/HGc2Sa
79.   “Killer Who Raped Disabled Teenager Jailed” --- A Kaitaia man who spent years in prison for the manslaughter of his partner has been jailed for more than 13 years for sex offences against a disabled ... --- New Zealand Herald --- December 17, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/SRDKpP
80.   “Accountant Stole from Disabled Son” --- A Tauranga accountant who siphoned more than $100,000 from her adult son's trust account has been sentenced to 11 months' home detention and 150 hours' ... --- Otago Daily Times --- December 13, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/4SHKYl
81.   “Australian Man Arrested in Sri Lanka over Alleged Rape of Mentally Disabled Girl” --- Sri Lankan police say they have arrested an Australian man who is alleged to have raped a mentally disabled girl in the country three years ago. --- ABC Online --- December 18, 2013  (SRI LANKA)  http://is.gd/kwUntA


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