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News Summary for January 13, 2014
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.   “Feds Take Action Against PDC” --- The Porterville Developmental Center stands to lose millions of dollars in federal funding, as federal overseers have taken enforcement action against ... --- Porterville Recorder --- January 6, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/7cUXNu

2.   “Kansas City Apartment Complex Fined for Refusing Live-in Caretaker for Disabled Tenant” --- The federal government has fined the owners of a Kansas City apartment complex $20,000 for refusing to allow a disabled ... --- The Republic --- January 9, 2014  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/26Uvya

3.  “Man Denies Sexual Assault of Mentally Disabled Missoula Girl” --- A man who recently moved from Alaska to Montana has pleaded not guilty to an incest charge that alleges he was having sex with his 19-year-old, ... --- The Missoulian --- January 8, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/bpZp5X

4.   “City Denies Officers Mocked Double Amputee” --- … alleges Lincoln police forced him from his van at gunpoint, mocked and humiliated him, and made him crawl under the vehicle to get his legs, which had fallen off during the altercation.... --- Lincoln Journal Star --- January 9, 2014  (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/IiNIXn

5.   “Woman Convicted of Abusing Disabled Children Avoids Prison” --- Debra Copeland, the woman found guilty in November of 2013 of physically and verbally abusing developmentally disabled children at the School of ... --- WTRF --- January 9, 2014  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/uXWVO2

6.   “Couple Charged in Starvation Death of Disabled 2-Year-old Girl” --- A judge has ordered a Philadelphia man and woman to stand trial in the starvation of their disabled toddler, saying the girl ... --- KOMO News --- January 9, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/BsY2ku

7.   “Milwaukee Autism Therapist Charged with Abuse” --- A therapist trained to work specifically with autistic children is facing charges of abuse after being caught on camera ... --- Autism Daily Newscast --- January 6, 2014  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/bgzmKi

8.   “Police to Get Educated on Recognizing Autism” --- The initiative began with Bailey, of West Deer, who has two sons with autism spectrum disorder. He approached Swan and the district attorney's office ... --- Tribune-Review --- January 8, 2014   (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/TfiVmi

9.   “Fake Interpreters an Issue in the U.S. Too” --- Most people do not know that the deaf community struggles on a constant basis to acquire qualified sign language interpreters. People who are not ... --- The Missoulian --- January 3, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/9ly9sb

10.   “Whistleblower Who Exposed Poor Conditions for Disabled 'Vindicated'” --- Dr Margaret Kennedy: the settlement included a letter from the Brothers of Charity and the HSE which unequivocally acknowledges her ... --- Irish Times --- January 10, 2014  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/3TXLRC


11.    “California Finds 'Jeopardy' to Disabled at Three Centers” --- Three California centers for the developmentally disabled are at risk of losing Medicaid funding after some patients were found in ... --- abc7news.com --- January 4, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/LCsFLt

12.    “Disabled Man Carjacked in North Fort Myers” --- Lee County deputies need your help finding a couple of car thieves. Deputies say the crooks beat up and dragged a disabled man on the ground. --- WZVN-TV --- January 8, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Z7astE

13.   “Caretaker Stole Legally Blind Man's Painting Worth Between ...” --- A Dania Beach woman was ordered held on $10,000 bond Wednesday after she was arrested for allegedly taking expensive paintings from a legally ... --- NBC 6 South Florida --- February 8, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/BBTz5R

14.   “Lakeland Father Accepts Plea Deal on Charges of Abusing Infant Son” --- A 23-year-old Lakeland man was sentenced this morning to about 19 months in prison for abusing his 3-month-old son. --- The Ledger --- January 7, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/DsQDtq

15.   “Register Investigation: Jailer Who Tased Mentally Disabled Woman had Missed Training” --- The incident is being investigated by Disability Rights Iowa, a federally funded agency whose out-of-state affiliates have worked with the U.S. ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- January 8, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/r4JrBd 

16.   “Des Moines Man in Wheelchair Reports Assault” --- A 66-year-old man in a wheelchair was assaulted outside his apartment complex in the 500 block of Fifth Avenue when two suspects approached and ... --- Shreveport Times --- January 6, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/GUqEcD

17.   “Caregiver Arrested for Alleged Theft” --- An in-home care provider has been arrested for allegedly stealing from her client. Jessica Anne Bathke, 33, of Maynard, was arrested ... --- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier --- January 3, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/0ensti

18.   “Dot Man Accused in Assault on Disabled Man Held on $1,500 Bail” --- A 20-year-old Dorchester man was held on $1,500 bail today on charges he struck a disabled man with his own cane last weekend at the Andrew ... --- Boston Herald --- January 8, 2014  (MASSCHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/Sovz5X

19.   “Video: Man Assaults, Robs Disabled Man on MBTA” --- It is not the first time a disabled person has been assaulted in the Transit System. In an even more disturbing incident in August 2012, a mentally ... --- Metro.us --- January 6, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/p96ENh

20.   “Fed Funding for Vegas Psych Hospital in Jeopardy after Inspection ...” --- Federal officials say a troubled Las Vegas psychiatric hospital isn't meeting standards and could lose Medicare funding if problems ... --- The Republic --- January 10, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/kDnJMH

21.   “Essex County Pychiatric Hospital Corrects Long List of Problems and ...” --- The Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove passed re-inspection last month following a scathing report in July that faulted the facility for failing ... --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- January 7, 2014  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/nYGASa

22.   “Police: Suspects Robbed Wheelchair-Bound Man in His Own Bronx ...” --- Police on Tuesday were asking the public to help find three suspects who allegedly invaded the home of a ... --- CBS Local --- January 7, 2014  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/xsYA9L

23.   “Teens Charged with Assaulting a Handicapped Person” --- Three Burlington teens were arrested Saturday on charges they assaulted a handicapped person and caused injury to personal property. According to ... --- Burlington Times News --- Janaury 5, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/ak6fjr 

24.   “Ex-police Officer Accused of Raping Disabled Woman” --- Ex-police officer accused of raping disabled woman ... officer is one of two men accused of raping a mentally disabled woman, officials said Friday. --- WTOV Steubenville --- January 9, 2014   (OHIO)   http://is.gd/7R1RlW

25.   “Akron Mother Charged with Stealing Benefit Payments from Disabled Son” --- Summit County sheriff's deputies say an Akron woman stole benefits that belonged to her developmentally disabled son. Lynda Plum, 46, is charged ... --- Akron Beacon Journal --- January 6, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/9xWSvo

26.   “Oklahoma Woman Whose Special Needs Brother Died Calls for DHS Investigation” --- A woman who says her special needs brother died from abuse is calling for an investigation into Oklahoma's child welfare ... --- NewsOK.com --- January 7, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)   http://is.gd/RuEazY

27.   “Woman Guilty of Stealing from Mentally Disabled” --- An East Palestine woman is facing prison time for stealing $44,750 from 29 mentally disabled adults indirectly in her care. --- The Review --- January 4, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/lv32zu

28.   “Woman Allegedly Steals from Developmentally Disabled; Photos of ...” --- Maxine Bernstein reports a woman who worked at a home for for the developmentally disabled in Southeast Portland has been accused of stealing ... --- OregonLive.com --- January 9, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/Cljpsy  

29.   “Mom: Autistic Son Left on School Bus Alone for Nearly an Hour” --- The parents of a 9-year-old boy with autism say their son was left on a school bus alone for nearly an hour. Now they want changes made so it doesn't ... --- KPTV.com --- January 9, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/4zCiI4 

30.   “Prosecutor: Mother Charged with Murder Used Her Disabled ...” --- So, police said, the 27-year-old began to spend more and more time with a boyfriend and left her five young children - including her severely disabled ... --- Philly.com --- January 9, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/IxuANG

31.   “Cambria Co. Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teenager” --- Police in Cambria County have arrested a man on charges of raping a mentally-challenged teenager and using ... --- WJAC Johnstown --- January 2, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/Aolrom

32.   “Laurens Co. Man Charged with Adult Exploitation” --- A Laurens County man has been charged with 16 counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Carl Stanley Aiken, 55, ... --- The State --- January 10, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/otaU7G

33.   “Deputies Search for Men Who Stabbed Disabled Man” --- Richland County Sheriff's deputies are looking for several men who stabbed a disabled man and may have attempted to sexually assault a woman ... --- WMBF --- January 9, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/0SNgzC 

34.   “Judge: SC's Prison System Failing to Care for Mentally Ill Inmates” --- The group sued the Corrections Department in 2005 on behalf of several mentally ill inmates, one of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and ... --- Spartanburg Herald Journal --- January 8, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/WILMuY

35.   “Woman Accused of Beating Man in Wheelchair” --- Police arrested a 29-year-old woman Wednesday who was accused of assaulting an acquaintance in a wheelchair with a bat. --- Houston Chronicle --- January 9, 2014  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/5QSh0h

36.   “KIlleen Man Found Guilty for Attacking Woman in Wheelchair” --- Sweet, who was confined to a wheelchair when she took the stand, told jurors that Ockletree held her face down on the bed with a pillow, grabbed a ... --- Killeen Daily Herald --- January 7, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/kYOYuK

37.   “Disabled Man Killed by Sledgehammer First Homicide of 2014” --- A 28-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of bludgeoning a disabled man to death Wednesday morning with a ... --- San Antonio Express --- January 6, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/5DSsp6

38.   “Man Hits Physically Disabled Victim for Not Giving Him Beer” --- A man is behind bars after he assaulted a physically disabled man when he didn't have alcohol to give him. The incident happened Dec.23rd around ... --- KGBT-TV --- January 4, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/m5tEJ3

39.   “Family of Disabled Man Beaten to Death Plans His Funeral” --- The family of 28-year-old Albert Gonzalez is heartbroken over his death. Gonzalez was murdered in the 2400 block of Wyoming ... --- FOX 29 --- January 3, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/7xHQlS

40.   “Mom in Court Accused of Force-Feeding Disabled Daughter Alcohol” --- A Weber County mother made her initial court appearance on Wednesday morning on a child abuse charge for allegedly feeding her disabled ... --- KUTV 2News --- January 9, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/opXYGm

41.   “Two Barnesville Men Face Sex Charges Involving Mentally Challenged Woman” --- A former Barnesville police officer and current Barnesville VFW Post Commander is one of two men accused of raping a mentally challenged woman, ... --- Wheeling News Register --- January 10, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/AfGgZO

42.   “Mentally Ill Man Froze to Death Days after Police Were Called” --- But the team, dispatched from the Mental Health Complex on Watertown Plank Road, was never called to the Anderson home. Beverly said she never ... --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- January 7, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/gHRd50

43.   “Man Charged with Assaulting Patient Found Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect” --- The Eau Claire County District Attorney's office says 68-year-old John Lizan was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault of a mentally ill victim ... --- WEAU --- January 6, 2014  (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/4jCiGB 

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44.   “'Landmark' Deal Ends 30-Year-old Mental Health Suit in Ariz.” --- State officials and mental health advocates approved a historic deal Wednesday to provide more services for the seriously mentally ill, ... --- Yuma Sun --- January 8, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/9hVHTc 

45.   “Idaho Looks at Ways to Mend Mental Health System” --- Despite Twin Falls' high suicide rate and urgent need, the city won't get a state mental health crisis center. But the Magic ... --- sfgate.com --- January 4, 2014  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/dU6PTn

46.   “Closing Arguments Made in Murray Center Case; Ruling Expected in March” --- The plaintiffs argue that some Murray residents' disabilities are so profound, only a state institution can handle their needs. Sherwin argued that the ... --- Belleville News Democrat --- January 9, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/gTQveZ

47.   “Trial on Closure of Murray Developmental Center to Begin Tuesday in Chicago” --- A bench trial on a challenge to the state's decision to close a southern Illinois center for the developmentally disabled is ... --- The Republic --- January 7, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/BB1zD3 

48.   “Families Choosing Group Homes over Institutions” --- Lovey is currently living in a small group home located in Lombard. This is one of Ray Graham Association's homes. She used to live in Howe 's ... --- ABC7Chicago.com --- January 5, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/Zb53RX

49.   “Deaf Inmates Sue Kentucky Prisons over Accommodations” --- A pair of deaf and hearing-impaired inmates in Kentucky sued the state, seeking to force the Department of Corrections to provide interpreter services ... --- The Courier-Journal --- January 3, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/bc5mjx

50.   “Proposed Mental Health Funding Cuts Could Hurt Jackson's Uninsured, Mentally Ill Population” --- The While the number of patients receiving services from Jackson County’s community mental health agency has increased over the years, state ... --- Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.com --- January 6, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/8022Un

51.   “Families of Disabled Petition Trenton against Closing Totowa ...” --- Family members and friends of severely disabled residents at two New Jersey developmental centers targeted for closing converged on ... --- NorthJersey.com --- January 7, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/DgJCRR

52.   “Most Special-needs Students Drop out of Charter Schools Early: Report” --- A whopping 80% of special-needs kids who enroll as kindergartners in city charter schools leave by the time they reach third grade, a report by the ... --- New York Daily News --- January 10, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Li009L

53.   “Family Demanding Answers after Police Fatally Shoot Mentally ill NC Teenager” --- North Carolina prosecutors promised Monday to get to the truth — "wherever the truth leads"— in the death of a mentally ill teenager whose family ... --- NBCNews.com --- January 6, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/f42aVz

54.   “Why Do We Fear the Blind?” --- A few years ago, when I mentioned to a woman I met at a party that I was teaching in a school for the blind, she seemed confused. --- New York Times --- January 4, 2014  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/DhT9qY

55.   “Virginia's Top Mental Health Official Stepping Down” --- Virginia's top mental health official will retire this week and one of his assistant commissioners will take his place on an interim basis ... --- Roanoke Times --- January 7, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/VEw4IE

56.   “How to Stop Tragic Shootings of Mentally Ill” --- The scenario goes something like this: Police are called to assist with a person who is experiencing a mental health crisis. There is an escalation in ... --- CNN --- January 10, 2014   (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/NupTz2

57.   “Restraint, Seclusion More Common at Affluent Schools” --- Students with disabilities are much more likely than other kids to be restrained or secluded at school, but how often the techniques are used varies ... --- Disability Scoop --- January 7, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/XdIXNt

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

58.   “Mother Calls for Better Mental Health Resources” --- As the Virginia General Assembly convenes, mental health initiatives are on the minds of many legislators. --- WAVY-TV --- January 3, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/wkW8Df

59.   “Mental Health Bills Clear Legislative Hurdle” --- Republicans, and Gov. Scott Walker, called for improving mental health services in the state in reaction to the 2012 mass shootings at a Sikh Temple ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- January 8, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/ytAwzP

International Articles

60.   “Mother Questions Daughter's Death in Edmonton Group Home” --- The mother of an eight-year-old developmentally delayed girl who died in her sleep at an Edmonton group home has questions about her death. --- CBC.ca --- January 9, 2014  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/UFeKIT

61.   “Province Urged to Act on Prince Edward Island Mental Health Crisis” --- The province is being urged to take immediate action to improve a mental health-care system seen to be in crisis rather than simply carry on studying ... --- The Guardian Charlottetown --- January 9, 2014  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/7QFu0M

62.   “Number of Classes with Special Needs Kids Soars” --- The number of B.C. classrooms with four or more students with special needs has jumped by 6,600 in the past eight years and is the highest ever, the ... --- Vancouver Sun --- January 9, 2014  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/EI4yxK

63.   “Security Guard Denies Sex Act with Developmentally-delayed Woman” --- Clinton Russell, 44, took the stand in his own defence after the 22-year-old woman accused him of eliciting oral sex from her in a Civic hospital ... --- Ottawa Sun --- January 8, 2014  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/O4YWRr

64.   “Disabled Calgary Man Pushed from Wheelchair, Robbed” --- Calgary police are looking for two teenage suspects after a disabled man was dumped out of his wheelchair and robbed on Monday. The incident took ... --- CBC.ca --- January 8, 2014  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/BSlvYG

65.   “Inquest into Death of Man During 34-hour ER Wait Turns to Hospital Backlogs” --- But many are hoping the inquest will go further, delving deeper into why many assumed the double-amputee aboriginal man was a homeless person ... --- The Globe and Mail --- January 5, 2014  (CANADA) http://is.gd/DBMWwX

66.   “Update: Day 2 of Inquest into Death of Meadowfield Hospital Patient” --- Medical staff responsible for looking after a psychiatric patient who died after fleeing their care labelled him a 'moderate risk' despite his fixation on ... --- West Sussex Gazette --- January 10, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/RZSQWZ

67.   “Stockport Disabled Man Bus Attack - Boy, 15, Arrested” --- A 15-year-old boy has been arrested over an attack on a disabled pensioner by a gang of youths on a bus in Stockport, Greater Manchester. --- BBC News --- January 10, 2014  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/5gv3fZ

68.   “Disabled Children's Centres in Harlow and Colchester Face the Axe” --- Parents say children will be torn from their families and forced into permanent care under new plans by Essex County Council to axe respite ... --- Essex Chronicle --- January 10, 2014  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/ygAq5I

69.   “Latest: Formal Warning Issued to Autism Centre in Tokers Green” --- A residential centre for adults with autism has received a formal warning following a damning report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). --- Reading Chronicle --- January 8, 2014  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/adwqDz

70.   “Disabled Man Robbed of Jewelry in Frightening Rush-hour Burglary” --- A disabled man was robbed of his jewellery in a frightening rush-hour burglary this morning. Three raiders struck shortly before 8.45am at a house in ... --- Liverpool Echo --- January 6, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/ZWoUVG

71.   “Husband Stole £10.3k from His Disabled Wife's Account, Grimsby Court Told” --- A HUSBAND stole more than £10,300 that had been given to his disabled wife to help make her life easier, a court heard. John Fuller, 57, logged in to ... --- Grimsby Telegraph --- January 4, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/T2NRip

72.   “Mental Health Nurses to be Placed in Police Stations” --- Mental health nurses are to be based in police stations and courts in London and nine other areas across England as part of a pilot scheme to cut ... --- East London and West Essex Guardian Series --- January 4, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/wOAc7w

73.   “Muslim Students Married Mentally Handicapped Women 'So They Could…” --- Two Pakistani students married mentally handicapped British women so they could stay in the UK with one being deported but the other now claiming ... --- Daily Mail --- January 1, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/swS25h

74.  “ 'Locked In a Box' ” --- Georgia has become one of the first ex-Soviet republics to abolish state orphanages in favour of foster care. But disabled children continue to be ... --- BBC News --- January 7, 2014  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/rOvM6M 

75.   “Disabled Kids 'Abandoned'” --- Three years ago, a severely disabled 4-year-old named John was left in the care of another family for a few days. His parents never picked him up ... --- New Zealand Herald --- January 8, 2014  (NEW ZEALAND)   http://is.gd/yAmKAc

76.   “Teachers under Strain amid Special Needs Kids Rise” --- Teachers will “collapse” under the strain of looking after surging numbers of youngsters with special needs in the Capital's mainstream classrooms, ... --- Edinburgh Evening News --- January 9, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/Cc9El8



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