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News Summary for January 27, 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.   “Mom Says 4th Grade Special Needs Son Abused by Teacher's Aide at ...” ---Andrew Salazar is a 4th grade special-needs student with down syndrome at Christa McAuliffe Elementary. On January 15th, shortly before the bell ... --- KERO-TV 23 --- January 17, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/VTc2yn

2.   “Man Arrested for Alleged Abuse of Disabled Woman” --- A man accused of sexual battery, kidnapping and abuse of a disabled woman faced a Broward County Judge Friday in bond ... --- WBFS --- January 17, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/6BfHsk 

3.   “Cottey Adult Abuse Trial Date Set” --- A man charged with abuse and neglect of his sister for years is going to trial next month, almost a year after his first indictment. --- Ledger Independent --- January 17, 2014  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/wK59hT

4.   “Police: Disabled Man Was Sexually Assaulted Time and Again for 2 Years” ---John “Jack” Holland, 74, of 3 Kessler Farm Drive, Apt. #111, Nashua, was arrested Jan. 19 on an active arrest warrant for aggravated felonious sexual ... --- Patch.com --- January 20, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/0gaSOO

5.   “Two People Accused of Abusing Disabled Man” --- Two people were arrested Wednesday after police said they abused a developmentally-disabled man. Lancaster police officers ... --- Lancaster Eagle Gazette --- January 17, 2014  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/hIVPk3

6.   “Teen Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Murder of Disabled Girl” --- A Pierce County man who was found guilty of murdering a developmentally disabled teenager has been sentenced to life without parole. Tyler Savage ... --- KING5.com --- January 17, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/M5vrAu

7.   “Documentary about Autism Features” --- She said the consulting doctor told her that her son was “mentally retarded” and had autism. She also said the doctor told that her son would “probably ... --- ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) January 20, 2014  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/JIkS2M

8.   “Autism Training for Cops, Firefighters Instills Patience” --- About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language ... --- Press-Enterprise --- January 17, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/S6Tv1D

9.   “DVD Aims to Train Police about Autism” --- To that end, he has commissioned the production of a DVD titled "Encountering People with Autism" for police and other first responders who may ... --- Kansas City Star --- January 11, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/rLeq9m

10.   “Tennessee's Handling of its Disability Population Lacks Accountability” --- There is an undercurrent to the court-ordered annual reviews of how well the state of Tennessee takes care of people with intellectual disabilities, and ... --- The Tennessean --- January 19, 2014  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/0x8oAS

11.   “Woman Raped over 50 Times at Psychiatric Hospital” --- A woman who was raped more than 50 times in an NHS psychiatric hospital says she was a "defeated person" after her ordeal. "Catherine," a former ... --- BBC News --- January 13, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/k0Og7Q


12.   “Family Says Disabled Son Sexually Assaulted in Group Home” --- Channel 9 has discovered new allegations against a handful of group homes for disabled adults in four central Florida counties. A family that saw ... --- WFTV Orlando --- January 14, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/zZdNtH

13.   “Man Arrested after Kicking Disabled Woman in Face” --- Deputies arrived at a hotel on Carson Loop just before 11 p.m. to find a crowd of people gathered around a woman in a wheelchair bleeding profusely ... --- Daily Tribune News --- January 14, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/5nl5KI

14.   “Stone Mountain Woman Sentenced for Stealing IDs of Homeless, Disabled People” --- A DeKalb County woman was sentenced Friday for filing fake income tax returns by stealing the identities of homeless and disabled people, the U.S. --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- January 10, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/4HsrgG

15.   “Home Invaders Assault Disabled Skokie Man” --- Three home invaders entered the home of a disabled men in the 5200 block of Dobson, Skokie, around 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Skokie ... --- Patch.com --- January 17, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/2T3mbu

16.   “Carrollton Couple Pleads Guilty to Neglect Charges” --- A Carrollton, Ky., couple pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of abuse and exploitation of their adult daughter who has Down Syndrome. --- Madison Courier --- January 16, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/3oOQbx

17.   “Man Accused of Exploiting Mentally Disabled Brother Expected to ...” --- A man accused of exploiting his mentally disabled brother says all accusations against him are false and he plans to plead not guilty in court Tuesday. --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- January 14, 2014  (KE

18.  “Catonsville Woman Indicted in Abuse of Disabled Resident” --- A Catonsville woman was indicted for abuse and neglect in the case of a developmentally disabled resident reportedly left in a hot vehicle in July, ... --- Patch.com --- January 17, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/0ZogO7

19.   “Woman Arrested for Running Unlicensed Foster Care Homes” --- It's where you'd send your loved ones needing full-time care, but now at least four adult foster care homes are shut down and investigators say the ... --- WNEM Saginaw --- January 14, 2014  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/z6Mk36

20.   “4 Beat and Rob Deaf Man in Downtown St. Paul, Charges Say” --- Four people robbed and beat a man who is deaf in downtown St. Paul this week, prosecutors charged. The 35-year-old victim, who told police he ... --- Pioneer Press --- January 16, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/f8V9ck

21.  “Jackson Resident Arrested for Exploitation of a Vulnerable Person” --- A Jackson resident has been arrested on a multi-count indictment for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim ... --- WJTV --- January 15, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/o9SqQi

22.   “2 Fired after Disabled Mo. Student Left on Bus” --- Two state employees lost their jobs after a disabled student was left on a school bus for nearly six hours. --- Belleville News Democrat --- January 16, 2014  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/Xevi5a

23.   “Former Beatrice Developmental Worker Pleads No Contest to Abuse” --- A former staff member of the Beatrice State Developmental Center has been convicted of abusing three mentally disabled men in his care ... --- Omaha World-Herald --- January 14, 2014  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/BMqFFE

24.   “Greensboro Adult Care Center Fined” --- Workers at a local adult care center made mistakes in 2013 .... Adult care centers and nursing homes are similar but are licensed ... --- Greensboro News & Record --- January 12, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/lOQsIh

25.   “Disability Care Provider Arrested after Clients Left Alone” --- The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board contacted the sheriff's office after their initial investigation revealed the caregivers did not have ... --- fox8.com --- January 16, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/i1krGY

26.   “Boy with Special Needs: 'I Knew Bullying Went on, But Not to This Extent' ” --- A 15-year-old boy was found guilty in juvenile court Friday on aggravated assault charges stemming from a physical attack on a special needs student ... --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- January 17, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/1hLtum 

27.   “County to Pay $180,000 to Nurse With Disabilities Who Was Fired” --- Hamilton County government has reached a $180,000 settlement with a former public health nurse who filed suit in Federal Court after she was ... --- The Chattanoogan --- January 20, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/0LhJih

28.   “VA Report Details Contributing Factors that Led to Patient Death Last Year” --- Perez pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and is at Fulton State Hospital. Hospital spokesman Stephen Gaither says Truman has taken several ... --- The Republic --- January 13, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/Nl7wIS

29.   “Man Arrested on Suspicion of Raping Mentally Disabled Woman” ---South Cle Elum police officers arrested a man over the weekend on suspicion of raping a mentally disabled house guest. James E. --- Daily Record --- January 14, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/egdRlJ

30.   “Huntington Police Investigate Mental Health Patient Death” --- An officer with the Huntington Police Department has been placed on administrative leave after the death of a mentally challenged woman. --- WOWK --- January 14, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/bkTXln 

31.   “County Cited in Patient's Death at Mental Health Complex” --- Milwaukee County's Mental Health Complex has been cited by federal hospital inspectors for violation of patient safety rules in connection with the ... --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- January 17, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/GwhLOi

32.   “Boy, 12, on Community Supervision for Attack on Bus” --- One of two boys who attacked a special-needs student on a Kenosha Transit bus in November must spend six months on community supervision, ... --- Kenosha News --- January 17, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/ONLqjJ

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33.   “Autism Treatment May be Covered under State Employee Insurance Plan” --- Advocates for people with autism are praising a proposal by the governor to make autism treatment available to more Georgians. Governor Nathan ... --- WALB-TV --- January 17, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/PEwXtt

34.   “Mentally Ill Left with No Place to Go” --- Hackman has a father who has suffered from mental illness for as long as she can remember, and over the years, it has gotten him into trouble and ... --- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette --- January 19, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/2vVwu1

35.   “Coralville Man Accused of Abusing Dependent Adult” --- According to the Iowa City Police Department, the victim, a dependent adult, met with police to report she was abused by a caretaker. --- The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines --- January 13, 2014  (IOWA) http://is.gd/S8Sdut  

36.   “Muscatine Now Admits: Report on Tasing of a Mentally Ill Woman Exists” --- A report about a Muscatine County jailer using a Taser four times on a mentally disabled inmate has been found, reversing statements county officials ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- January 10, 2014  (IOWA) http://is.gd/AaDgMw

37.   “Md. Disability Advocates Chide State Panel for Not Seeking Mandatory Police Training” --- Lauren Peterson, representing the Center for Developmental Disabilities, told the commission the center's leaders had expected more. --- Greenfield Daily Reporter --- January 16, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/whwac9

38.   “Shining a Light on Disabilities with Cinema” --- A record 17 features, documentaries, and shorts will be screened at seven area venues during the third ReelAbilities: Boston Disabilities Film Festival. --- Boston Globe --- January 18, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/yTYkqj

39.   “Shortage of Psychiatrists, Funding Issues Create Crisis in Mental Health Care” --- “Many people who have family members with mental illness go to wherever there's an opening or to whoever will take them,” Falvey said. “When ... --- STLtoday.com --- January 18, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/jRVgXn

40.   “Montana's Suicide Review Team Pledges to Study Every Suicide in State” ---Among the possible causes are social isolation, easy access to firearms, alcohol abuse and the stigma associated with mental illness. As the team ... --- The Missoulian --- January 17, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/8adwuj

41.   “Citizens Rally to Prevent 'Tragic' Closing of Developmental Centers” --- Chris Christie's resolute stance on the issue, a growing group of individuals trying to prevent the closing of the developmental centers in Woodbridge ... --- Edison Sentinel --- January 16, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/ozWoLw

42.   “Lawsuit over Developmentally Disabled Services in New Mexico” --- The state of New Mexico is facing a lawsuit over cuts to services for the developmentally disabled. A lawsuit was filed Wednesday to restore services ... --- KFDA --- January 16, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)   http://is.gd/KL0ynl

43.   “Long Island Author Addresses Bullying of Students with Disabilities” --- East Rockaway author Barry Edwards McNamara explores the bullying of students with special needs in his new book “Bullying and Students With ... --- Newsday --- January 12, 2014  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/fOH3Ii

44.   “Burgaw Mother Upset with How Police Detained Her Mentally Ill Daughter” ---A mother in Burgaw said police were over-aggressive with her mentally ill daughter. The incident began after officers ... --- WECT-TV6 --- January 20, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/n9W4us 

45.   “Special Needs Student's Mom Speaks Out about Fight for Services ...” ---For the parent at the center of two rulings against the Forest Grove School District, getting help for her special needs child has been a long time ... --- OregonLive.com --- January 17, 2014  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/y2CHJ3

46.   “Department of Justice Probe Finds Thousands of Disabled RI Adults ‘Segregated’ in State Programs” ---  Connie and John Susa, of Warwick with their son, Mark, who is developmentally disabled but lives independently. The Susas have been advocates for ... --- The Providence Journal --- January 15, 2014  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/C0PZlK

47.   “Action Needed Now for SC's Mentally Ill Inmates, Advocates Say” --- South Carolina mental health advocates are urging the state prison system to follow a judge's order to draw up a detailed plan ... --- The State --- January 16, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/kJZHZm

48.   “Call to Reform Virginia Mental Health Crisis Care” --- Mental health workers had six hours to find a suitable psychiatric bed for Gus Deeds, the mentally ill son of state Sen. Creigh Deeds, being held under ... --- Daily Press --- January 15, 2014  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/im9h10

49.   “Report: Service Lags for Mentally Ill in Virginia Jails” --- A state report says Virginia doesn't provide the same level of service to mentally ill people in jails that it does to those in the community. The report by ... --- NBC4 Washington --- January 14, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/u1Trth

50.   “Mentally Ill Inmates Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help” --- With 10,000 inmates, this place is a small city — except a third of the people here are mentally ill. Dart has created some of the most innovative ... --- NPR --- January 20, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/FTS6Z0

51.   “The Wolf of Wall Street’ Attracts New Complaints from Disability Groups” --- Peter Berns, CEO of disability group the Arc and Stephen Bennett, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy, issued a joint statement saying: "The ... --- The Guardian --- January 15, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/n3EJgL

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

52.   “Legislature Asked to Fund Crisis Centers for Mentally Ill” --- In his 2014 State of the State address, Governor Otter first talked about creating three crisis centers for people in Idaho with mental illnesses. --- KTVB --- January 16, 2014  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/cL3muR

53.   “Governor Cuomo Approves Autism Treatment License” --- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law establishing a new state license for those treating clients with autism spectrum ... --- 13WHAM-TV --- January 13, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/IjujMG 

54.   “Corker Remains Opposed to Disability Treaty” --- The Senate initially rejected ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in December 2012, when supporters were able to ... --- The Tennessean --- January 16, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/1XogXp

55.   “Subcommittee Postpones Vote on Mental Health Bills” --- A Virginia Senate subcommittee is putting off a vote on Sen. Creigh Deeds' proposed changes to how long the state can ... --- WAVY-TV --- January 16, 2014  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/5YMF3y

International Articles

56.   “Some Autistic Children Not Properly Diagnosed, Says Expert” --- Some children showing signs of autism are left undiagnosed under new guidelines for autism spectrum disorders. Others are told they have ''social ... --- The Age --- January 21, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/3ruvxA

57.   “Cop Filmed Punching Disabled Woman” --- A police officer in the US has been caught punching a disabled woman in the face after a scuffle broke out on a bus in Los Angeles. --- Ninemsn --- January 20, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/508AL5

58.   “Disabled Workers Underpaid While Working in Government ...” --- Thousands of intellectually disabled workers who were underpaid while working in government enterprises are to offered compensation by the ... --- ABC Local --- January 15, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/N17tOy

59.   “Inquest into Police Shooting Deaths of Mentally Ill to Hear Closing Arguments” --- Closing arguments are expected to begin today at an inquest examining the police shooting deaths of three mentally ill Toronto-area ... --- Vancouver Sun --- January 20, 2014  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/0GCqQD

60.   “Alberta Caregiver Sentenced to Jail for Stealing $12K from Disabled Client” --- A caregiver in southern Alberta has been sentenced to ten months in jail for defrauding a disabled woman out of more than ... --- Lethbridge Herald --- January 17, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/6194BU

61.   “City Renews Plea for Mental Health Beds after Dramatic Standoff” --- “There is an indication that there is a deteriorating mental health situation here as well,” Const. Brian Montague said in the final hours of the standoff, ... --- CTV News --- January 17, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/L2lPub

62.   “Boy, 10, with Special Needs 'Left Alone on a Bus at a Council Depot ...” --- A young child with special needs was allegedly left on a council-run bus and driven to the depot after the driver failed to drop him off at school. --- Daily Mail --- January 18, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/0Lpuyt

63.   “Ex-couple Jailed for Spending £450,000 of Daughter's Disability Fund ...” --- A divorced couple have been jailed after they stole almost £500,000 from their severely brain damaged daughter's £2.6 million compensation fund, ... --- The Independent --- January 17, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/oKCCZ2

64.   “Mental Health Services in Devon under Inspection Spotlight” --- Devon Partnership, which provides mental health and learning disability services in the county, is to be scrutinised by the Care Quality Commission as ... --- Western Morning News --- January 17, 2014  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/asSc7G

65.   “Man and Woman Sexually Assaulted Mentally-ill Woman at Lewisham Care Home” --- A brockley woman and Catford man carried out vile sexual assaults on a mentally-ill woman at a Lewisham care home, leaving her "traumatised". --- This is Local London --- January 16, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/ee4B4T

66.   “Father of Down's Syndrome Rape Victim Speaks Out” --- The father of a young woman with Down's Syndrome who was raped last September has spoken about the “devastating” attack on his daughter and ... --- Essex Enquirer --- January 16, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/bsUzdV

67.   “Norwich Man Denies Robbing Disabled Victim” --- A vulnerable quadriplegic was forced against his will to leave the Vauxhall Resource Centre, in Norwich, and taken in his wheelchair to Chapelfield ... --- Norwich Evening News --- January 16, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/XAcNnc

68.   “Eight Years in Jail for Teenager Who Raped Woman with Down's Syndrome” ---  A teenage sex beast has been jailed after leading a young woman with Down's Syndrome into a dark alleyway in Harold Wood and raping her. --- Brentwood Gazette --- January 14, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/xrzzhA

69.   “Dwarfs in Egypt Vote to Have the Same Rights as Other Disabled Groups” --- They turned out in force in a poll on changes to the constitution which will include giving them the same rights as the disabled. --- Mirror.co.uk --- January 17, 2014  (EGYPT)   http://is.gd/FrRi2d

70.   “Revealed: Autistic Children Locked in Unsupervised 'Isolation Rooms ...” --- AUTISTIC CHILDREN AS young as eight-years-old are being locked in so-called 'withdrawal rooms' for hours without supervision, TheJournal.ie can ... --- thejournal.ie --- January 13, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/j2Fyhg

71.   “Plans to Cut Mental Health Beds” --- A proposal to reduce the number of mental health beds in ward 11 at Wakari Hospital is still ''under development'', the Southern District Health Board ... --- Otago Daily Times --- January 18, 2014  (NEW ZEALAND)   http://is.gd/OmHwJO

72.   “Teacher at Deaf School Groped Boy During Party” --- A teacher at Scotland's national deaf school has been placed on the sex offenders register after drunkenly groping a 16-year-old boy during a ... --- Edinburgh Evening News --- January 17, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/urcoGK

73.   “Committee to Review Homicide Laws, Treatment of Mentally-disabled ...” --- A committee has been tasked to review homicide laws and treatment of mentally-disabled offenders in Singapore. It is expected to present its ... --- Channel News Asia --- January 16, 2014  (SINGAPORE)  http://is.gd/nEDQut

74.   “Vietnam Set to Ratify Convention on Disabled Rights” --- In order to best enforce the law on disabled persons, the Prime Minister has ratified a national project to support persons with disabilities from ... --- VietNamNet Bridge --- January 21, 2014  (VIETNAM)  http://is.gd/R5eDiM

75.   “Drunk Mother Left Five-Year-old Autistic Son Home Alone Before ...” --- A drunken mother left her five-year-old son who suffered with Asperger's syndrome home alone at night - but was caught after a road rage row with ... --- WalesOnline --- January 13, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/nuqwr9


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