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News Summary for February 10, 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.   “Woman Charged with Terroristic Threatening of a Disabled Man” --- A caretaker was accused of terroristic threatening and abuse after taking care of a man who was mentally and physically handicapped. --- KAIT --- January 31, 2014  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/A8Z7I2

2.   “Aide at Special Needs School Gets Jail Time for Having Sex, Baby ...” --- A former teacher's aide at a special needs school in San Dimas was sentenced to jail time Monday after pleading guilty to having sex and a baby with ... --- NBC Southern California --- January 28, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/0aQ1fq

3.   “Teacher Accused of Abusing Special Needs Students” --- A judge heard disturbing testimony Monday in the case of a former Fulton County special education teacher accused of abusing several students. --- WSB Atlanta --- February 3, 2014  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/TuMAXh

4.   “Md. Deaf School Aide Sentenced for Abuse” --- A former school aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for molesting two ... --- Washington Post --- January 31, 2014   (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/aEnati

5.   “Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Intellectually Disabled Quadriplegic” --- A Clay County judge on Monday sentenced a Barnesville man to four years and six months in prison for sexually assaulting a ... --- Brainerd Daily Dispatch --- January 28, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/bGGmJe

6.   “Teens Arrested after Allegedly Posting Photo of Special-need Student Using Bathroom” --- One South Aiken High School student and one former student were detained after allegedly taking a picture of a special needs student while he used ... --- Aiken Standard --- February 5, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/3xxb5k

7.   “Therapist Accused of Sexually Abusing 2 Girls” --- A licensed family therapist who works with children on the autism spectrum was charged Monday with six counts of sexual abuse of a child. --- ksl.com --- January 27, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/JXNVbi

8.   “Man Accused of Impregnating 13-year-old Girl with Autism” --- A man accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl with autism has been arrested. Justin Matthew Vance, 28, was arrested Monday night and ... --- WSAZ-TV --- February 4, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/rXq0Jm

9.   “Suzanne Basso to Be Executed for Torture and Beating Death of Mentally Disabled Man with Intellect ...” --- Capital murder defendant Suzanne Basso is expected to be executed in Texas Wednesday for the brutal 1998 slaying of a mentally disabled man, ... --- Daily Mail --- February 4, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/3IVST8

10.   “Avonte Oquendo's Tragic Death Highlights the Need for Autism Education” --- As the tragic end to the story of missing 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo unfolded in New York, the very serious issue of children with autism who have a ... --- Fox News --- January 29, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/LUO9nr

11.   “Outrage as French Teens Film Assault on Disabled Man” --- Three French teenagers have been detained after they filmed themselves assaulting a young mentally disabled man and posted the footage on ... --- Channel News Asia --- February 4, 2014  (FRANCE)   http://is.gd/LZia4X


12.   “Former Nonprofit Employee Charged with Punching Developmentally Disabled Client” --- A Jacksonville man released from jail this week faces charges that he struck a 19-year-old client of a nonprofit group serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. --- Anniston Star --- January 31, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/3N3Qlb

13.   “Fremont Sued over Injuries Girl Suffered at Summer Camp” --- The family of a 7-year-old girl with disabilities has sued Fremont, saying she suffered severe head injuries at a city-run summer camp ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- January 29, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/OHxfEk

14.   “Suspects Sought in Bike Theft from Special Needs Girl” --- Detectives Wednesday were seeking the public's help in recovering a stolen bike that was custom made for a ... --- CBS Local --- January 29, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/98jLnT

15.   “Hillsborough Teacher Fired for Letting Special-needs Student Wander Away” --- A special education teacher at Pierce Middle School was fired Tuesday for allowing a child to wander away from the school on Oct. 29, 2012. --- Tampabay.com --- February 4, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/3nOKTC 16.   “Trial Delayed in Death of Girl with Special Needs” --- The trial for the stepmother accused of murdering a special-needs child will be delayed nearly five months, a Sarasota County judge has ... --- Sarasota Herald-Tribune --- January 30, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/kf7SPd

16.   “Special Needs School Bus 2 Hours Late, Parents Ask Why” --- Worried parents are asking why a school bus transporting special needs children home from Jackson Intermediate Friday arrived two ... --- WNDU-TV --- February 2, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/98pm7o

17.   “Care Center Fined for Woman's Death” --- State records say a mentally disabled woman overheated and died inside a Marion group home that had been heat-treated for ... --- KGAN TV --- January 30, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/X5Ot37

18.   “Salisbury Resident with Cerebral Palsy Mocked by Boston Barstool Sports” ---Sean, a 20-year-old who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, attended the game with his father, Bob. The Salisbury residents used a pair of ... --- The Daily News of Newburyport --- January 30, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/oyWIkA 

19.   “Local Man's Wheelchair Stolen, Now He's Asking for Help” --- A wheelchair has played the role of Thomas Beck's legs almost since he was born. "If I don't have that chair, that's like me hacking somebody's legs off. --- WNEM Saginaw --- February 4, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/QxBv2V 

20.   “Michigan Mom Arraigned in Dismemberment of Mentally Ill Son” --- In May, Donna Scrivo, who turns 60 on Tuesday, filed a mentally ill petition for hospitalization for her son in Macomb County Probate Court. Ramsay ... --- Lansing State Journal --- February 3, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/gD0f75

21.   “U.S. Civil Rights Commission to Explore 'Patient Dumping' ” --- Prompted by reports about "patient dumping" involving the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- January 31, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/aPXUgf

22.   “Galloway Township Mother Says Elementary School Lunch Staff Threw Away Her Son’s Lunch” --- Amy Ross told a reporter for NBC10 in Philadelphia that her son, Jake, who has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, had his hot lunch taken and ... --- The Star-Ledger --- February 2, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/hx7HMR

23.   “2 Men Accused of 'Horrific' Rape of Disabled Child” --- The victim is younger than 16 and disabled, Schwartz said. "There was alcohol that's provided, and after the alcohol was introduced, this poor victim is ... --- The Union Leader --- February 1, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/2tJIx7

24.   “Fulton Woman Charged with Punching Person with Cerebral Palsy ...” --- A woman has been charged with repeatedly punching a person with cerebral palsy who she was supposed to be caring for, Phoenix ... --- Syracuse.com --- January 28, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/JZZI1F

25.   “Oregon Man Guilty of Killing Disabled Wife” --- A Coos County jury took less than 30 minutes to find a North Bend man guilty of murder in the shooting death of his disabled wife. --- Daily Astorian --- January 27, 2014  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/wIDap2

26.   “Grandfather, Girlfriend Accused of Beating Mentally Handicapped Grandson” --- An Arlington man and his girlfriend are accused of beating a mentally handicapped man, when they were supposed to be his ... --- CBS Local --- February 3, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/tmLxbB

27.   “Man Accused of Robbing Mentally Disabled Man Found Guilty” --- A jury has found the man accused of robbing a mentally disabled man of his ring in 2012, guilty of aggravated robbery. --- KXXV News Channel 25 --- February 5, 2014  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/IHsB9p

28.   “Teacher's Aide Fired for Kicking Special Needs Students” --- A Lubbock, Texas teaching aide has been fired after accusations that she abused a special needs student at Bean ... --- WCSH-TV --- February 4, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/FDCscv

29.   “Mom Claims Son with Autism Was Hurt by School Coach” --- … 14th, her 5-year-old son, diagnosed with autism, came home from school with a note from his homeroom teacher. In the note, the teacher reported to ... --- KGBT-TV --- January 27, 2014  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/2AzZTb

30.   “Special-needs Utah Boy, 4, Left on the Curb” --- Davis County School District is reminding all of its bus drivers about their policies after a substitute driver dropped off a special-needs preschooler at ... --- Salt Lake Tribune --- January 4, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/ugA7SZ

31.   “Man Spends Most of 4 Decades in DC Hospital” --- Frye was sent to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington in 1971, part of which houses the criminally insane — including would-be presidential assassin ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 2, 2014  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/UOfdbE

32.   “Martinsburg Man Accused of Abusing Incapacitated Wife Released ...” --- A Martinsburg man who was accused of abusing his bed-ridden wife and attempting to kill her last spring pleaded guilty ... --- Herald-Mail Media --- February 3, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/bzpKqS 

33.   “Layoffs at Romney Center Amid Abuse Investigation” --- West Virginia State Police began the investigation earlier this month after upper management reported allegations of child abuse to the state ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- January 30, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/JzEC0N

Seeking Improved Support

34.   “Mental Health Hospitalizations Spike for California's Youngest Residents” --- In recent years, Dr. Jason Bynum has seen the churn: teens in crisis cycling through his south Sacramento psychiatric hospital, admitted, released, ... --- Sacramento Bee --- February 2, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/KBZZFs

35.   “CEO: 'Mentally Retarded' Could Work for $2 Wages, 'You're Worth What You’re Worth’” --- Speaking with a “Daily Show” correspondent about President Barack Obama's plans to increase minimum ... --- CBS Local --- January 30, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/DGwAdd

36.   “Mother's Death Highlights Need for State Mental Health Services” --- One task force is compiling recommendations for legislators to consider regarding mental health services for patients ages 16 to 25. State Sen. --- Waterbury Republican American --- January 27, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/0cmKOi

37.   “Mental Health Cuts Linked to Violence” --- The boy -- who pulled a knife on police -- had a history of schizophrenia and family members said he was in desperate need of intensive mental health ... --- Hawaii News Now --- February 3, 2014  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/kZxOTM

38.   “Illinois Unions, Nonprofits and Advocates for Disabled to Push for ...” --- Nonprofit workers, union leaders and groups representing the developmentally disabled are making a push at the Illinois ... --- The Republic --- February 3, 2014  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/inUSl7

39.   “Prison Agency: Care of Mentally Ill Inmates Better” --- Advocates say Indiana prisons haven't made enough progress in improving conditions for mentally ill inmates following a federal ... --- Kansas City Star --- February 4, 2014  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/fSmDii

40.   “Indiana Supreme Court Takes up Discrimination Case” --- After Bridgewater filed a discrimination complaint with the Indiana Civil ... The family's claim alleged “disability discrimination” and later retaliation in ... --- Indianapolis Star --- February 3, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/ekTBWx

41.   “Disabled Kentuckians Rally Against Budget Cuts” --- Disabled Kentuckians said Wednesday they weren't getting enough funding support from the state, vowing to support ... --- WAVE --- January 29, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/eEGe7a

42.   “How Louisiana Refers to People with Disabilities Could Change” --- House Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, has proposed changing much of the wording that refers to people with disabilities in state law. He said some ... --- The Times-Picayune --- January 31, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/1vIypT

43.   “Cape Families Push Back Against Taunton Closure” --- Deval Patrick has announced plans to shutter the institution for people with mental illness. This year is no different. Patrick did not include funding for ... --- Capecodonline --- February 3, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/A8TliZ

44.   “Graduation Rate Lags for Students with Disabilities in Miss.” --- Mississippi students with disabilities are twice more likely to drop out or get a worthless certificate than graduate from public school, according to ... --- Hattiesburg American --- February 2, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/wMNbrz

45.   “State Needs More Health Care Pros” --- Nevada faces a crisis in access to emergency care. The closure of the Rawson-Neal mental health drop-in clinic is another symptom of this problem. --- Las Vegas Sun --- February 2, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/4b0HlE

46.   “Jails, Hospitals, on Frontline of Mental Health” --- That and other statistics presented to a state panel Wednesday provided a sobering snapshot of Nevada's mental health system that has come under ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- January 29, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/Z174bV

47.   “Mullica Hill Family Sues Harrison School District for Disabled Boy's 'Special Instruction' ” --- A Mullica Hill family is suing the Harrison Township School District over an alleged violation of the Individuals with Disabilities ... --- NJ.com --- February 4, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/tjtGg8

48.   “Developmentally Disabled List Grows as Does Wait for Services” --- Thousands of developmentally disabled New Mexicans will continue to languish for years on a waiting list for services, even if a proposed modest ... --- Santa Fe New Mexican.com --- January 27, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/711VH2

49.   “Data: Disorders Are Severe for Many Mentally Ill Inmates” --- The breakdown indicates many Oklahoma inmates who need mental-health treatment are suffering from serious disorders, not just mild forms of ... --- Enid News & Eagle --- February 1, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/wd1hLf

50.   “Bringing Justice to Those with Disabilities” --- For people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, navigating the criminal-justice system is difficult: Prosecutors looking for strong testimonies ... --- Temple University News --- January 30, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/MJYyRC

51.   “Feds to Fund Tracking Devices for Kids with Autism” --- The Justice Department will make funding available immediately to provide free electronic tracking devices for kids with autism who are at risk of ... --- Disability Scoop --- January 30, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/ktWsTE

52.   “Women with Mental Illness Are Prone to Partner Violence, Study” --- Women, who are suffering from a serious mental illness, are nearly four times more likely to have been a victim of intimate partner violence than those ... --- University Herald --- February 3, 2014  (INTERNATIONAL)  http://is.gd/WztD8Y 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

53.   “Group of Lawmakers Fighting Fetal Alcohol Syndrome” --- Fetal alcohol syndrome is a damaging, costly and ultimately preventable disorder that affects hundreds of babies a year. It's also in the ... --- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner --- February 3, 2014  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/ua2GGy

54.   “Autism Insurance Bill Will Go to House, with Amendment” --- A bill requiring the state and schools employee health insurance plan to cover autism therapies will pass out of the House Appropriations Committee ... --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- January 31, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/enJK1T 

55.   “Corbett to Seek Boost for Pre-K, Mentally Disabled” --- Gov. Tom Corbett says his budget proposal next week will request more money for pre-kindergarten programs and the intellectually disabled. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- January 30, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/StUFOH

56.   “Passions Strong on Both Sides of Involuntary Treatment” --- Christina Schumacher testifies Thursday at the Statehouse about her forced hospitalization for 51/2 weeks at a psychiatric ward after her estranged ... --- BurlingtonFreePress.com --- January 30, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/7bhUVn

57.   “Virginia Lawmakers Advance Mental Health Proposals” --- Sen. Creigh Deeds, seen here on the opening day of the General Assembly in January, has pushed for new mental-health legislation since his son, ... --- Lynchburg News and Advance --- February 4, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/SQLIrp

58.   “Virginia Senate OKs Bill on Psychiatric Detentions” --- Bob McDonnell recommended the policy change in December in a package of budget proposals to expand mental health crisis response and crisis ... --- Roanoke Times --- January 31, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/YNt7rP     

International Articles

59.   “Disabled Woman 'Sexually Assaulted in Cab' ” --- Sex Assault Squad officers have charged a 58-year-old Dianella man over the alleged sexual assault on the 29-year-old disabled woman. --- The West Australian --- February 4, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/glaHTt

60.   “Autistic Man Assaulted in Quest Care Home, Mother Says” --- “I don't know if they're trained for autism, because Quest is not specific for autism. I have gone to many, many meetings over the years trying to help ... --- CBC.ca --- February 5, 2014   (CANADA)   http://is.gd/vF8dcu

61.   “Disabled Man Who Died in Police Confrontation Had Heart Condition ...” --- A mute, mentally disabled man who died in an altercation with police often became distraught when his daily routines were interrupted, an inquest ... --- Toronto Star --- February 3, 2014  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/gnEkWS

62.   “Academic Defends China's Record on Disabled People” --- A Chinese expert has challenged a Human Rights Watch report on disabled people in China, saying efforts to protect the disadvantaged are being ... --- Global Times --- January 31, 2014  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/KeeFwl

63.   “Disabled Man Beaten to Death: Three Jailed” --- Police say Mr Shillam, who was registered disabled, was punched and kicked for more than an hour. He was a father of three, with three step-children, ... --- ITV News --- February 3, 2014  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/78YNkU

64.   “Couple Who Trafficked Deaf Girl from Pakistan and Forced Her to Work ...” --- Top judges are due to review the jail sentences passed on a couple who trafficked a deaf girl into the country from Pakistan to work as their domestic ... --- Manchester Evening News --- February 2, 2014  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/GcltYE

65.    “Care Worker Who Was Caught on CCTV Stealing from Disabled ...” --- A female care worker who was caught stealing from a disabled pensioner in her own home has avoided jail time. Nadia Summers, 24, grossly abused ... --- Daily Mail --- February 2, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/bDhUTf

66.   “Man Found Guilty of Kidnap and Robbery of Wheelchair-bound Victim …” --- A man accused of robbery and kidnap after a vulnerable quadriplegic was taken to a Norwich park and abandoned after having money taken from his ... --- Norfolk Eastern Daily Press --- January 30, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/LUm8Q0

67.   “Hungary Roma Condemned to Special Needs Schools” --- As Hungary struggles to integrate its large Roma minority, a relic from the communist-era education system continues to place disproportionate numbers … --- AFP --- January 30, 2014  (HUNGARY)  http://is.gd/0lLlUK

68.   “Thousands of India's Disabled Protest to Demand Equal Rights” --- Thousands of disabled people protested in the Indian capital on Monday, demanding parliament pass long-awaited legislation that --- Channel News Asia --- February 3, 2014  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/HWJvw9

69.   “One in Four Japan Tsunami Children Needs Psychiatric Care” --- One in four nursery school children caught up in Japan's 2011 tsunami disaster has psychiatric problems caused by the horrors of loss and ... --- NEWS.com.au --- January 27, 2014  (JAPAN)  http://is.gd/MvPbdA

70.   “Seven Women Will Stand Trial for Disabled Girl's Beating in Moscow Region” --- Seven young women will be tried for the battering of a disabled girl in the Moscow Region, the regional department ... --- RAPSI --- February 2, 2014  (RUSSIA)  http://is.gd/Olss1m

71.   “Closing Mental-illness Gap in Vietnam” --- Research has shown that providing mental-health services in primary care can work, but there are a lot of factors that have to be understood in order to ... --- Cloverdale Reporter --- February 2, 2014   (VIETNAM)  http://is.gd/26QZd2

72.   “Man Jailed for Raping Mental Patient” --- A 27 year-old man from Mwenezi has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for raping a woman with mental health problems. Masvingo magistrate Lyn ... --- New Zimbabwe.com --- February 1, 2014  (ZIMBABWE)  http://is.gd/ZCA7qq



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