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News Summary for February 17, 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.   “5 GA Women Plead Guilty to Embezzling Nearly $1.7 Million from Disability Support Organization” ---  DeKalb County District Attorney's officials say five people have pleaded guilty to racketeering in a nearly $1.7 million scheme ... --- The Republic --- February 10, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/qOa6eC

2.   “Mother Calls Attention to Abuse of Disabled” --- The mother of a severely disabled adult held a brief but poignant protest outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Monday, displaying photos ... --- The Saratogian --- February 11, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/uR4MnZ

3.   “NY Mum on Thousands of Reports of Disabled Abuse” --- The New York state agency established last year to protect the disabled in state-funded institutions has received nearly 25,000 ... --- Wall Street Journal --- February 9, 2014  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/lPjUJS

4.   “Mentally Disabled Woman Was Victim in Prostitution Scheme, Police Charge” --- Police charged a woman Monday night with promoting prostitution by setting up a mentally disabled woman in a hotel room and ... --- News & Observer --- February 11, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/WYfqt9

5.   “Report: Autistic Kids Restrained More” --- Children with autism were the most frequently subjected to restraint or seclusion in Connecticut schools in the 2012-13 school year, according to a ... --- Ct Post --- February 9, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/9cQ7xn

6.   “Proposal Could Mean Services for Hundreds of Missourians with Developmental Disabilities” ---  Maureen Fitzgerald, director of disability rights for The Arc, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group for those with intellectual and developmental ... --- The Republic --- February 8, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/AqlQPK

7.   “Study Shows Prejudice in Israel on Mental Disabilities” --- Study shows prejudice in Israel on mental disabilities ... Two-fifths of Israelis would not be willing to meet people with intellectual disabilities, according ... --- Jerusalem Post --- February 11, 2014  (ISRAEL)  http://is.gd/KuKqVh


8.   “Thief Snatches Blind Woman's Wedding Ring” --- Families are now keeping a closer eye out for one of their neighbors after it appears a thief has been targeting the same home. Someone stole a ... --- KMPH Fox 26 --- February 10, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/nAzWtD

9.   “Are American River College Thefts from Wheelchair-Bound Students Related?” --- Investigators are looking to see if the robbery of a wheelchair-bound student at American River College is connected to a ... --- CBS Local --- February 6, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/uO4Pn3

10.   “Mother Questions School about Disabled Son's Injury” --- He cannot speak and has to use a wheelchair. But, she says there are times when teacher's aides at Golden High School's Challenge Program do ... --- 9NEWS.com --- February 7, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/wWoOha

11.   “Broward School Bus Driver Groped Special-Needs Teen, Teacher Says” --- A Broward school bus driver was arrested Tuesday for allegedly groping the breasts of a 14-year-old special-needs girl. According to the arrest report ... --- New Times Broward-Palm Beach --- February 6, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/yoX58c

12.   “An Experiment in Atlanta May Transform Care of Mentally Ill Prisoners” --- There are currently 16 severely mentally ill prisoners in the program, most either transferred directly from the ADX-Florence "Supermax" prison in ... --- The Atlantic --- February 11, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/UJ4LlT

13.   “Family of Disabled Student Files Suit Against Bolingbrook HS” --- The lawsuit alleges that the three staff members failed to verify the blood belonged to the teen and that they "forced the wheelchair-bound mentally ... --- Chicago Tribune --- February 11, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/VbhJh4

14.   “State Training School for Boys under Scrutiny” --- Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, says her watchdog group is looking at the education services at Eldora. The Eldora State ... --- Radio Iowa --- February 10, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/EJhLfI

15.   “What's Next for Troubled Girls in Iowa?” --- Jane Hudson, the executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, the organization that blew the whistle on problems at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, ... --- Quad City Times --- February 7, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/77lj3T

16.   “6 Reasons New Jersey is Being Sued for Neglect” --- Disabled woman Maureen Doran had been living at the Woodbridge Developmental Center for 17 years without problems. Doran died in September, ... --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- February 6, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/WLPT7F

17.   “NJ Family Declares Intent to Sue State over Disabled Woman's Death” --- The family of a disabled woman at the state-run Woodbridge Developmental Center has announced its intention to sue the state for ... --- NJ.com --- February 5, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/sAgJqf

18.   “New York State Exposed: Sex Offenders in Group Homes” --- News10NBC has uncovered evidence that the state is moving convicted sexual predators from institutions into neighborhoods. Those sex offenders ... --- News 10NBC --- February 10, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/xsOeJj

19.  “ 'Developmentally Disabled Fight Club' Busted” --- Workers at a home for people with developmental disabilities are being accused of grossly abusing their power and forcing residents to fight one ... --- Huffington Post --- February 7, 2014  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/iNpbQy

20.   “Raleigh Man Accused of Beating 'Handicapped Person' with Pistol” --- A Raleigh man is accused of beating a “handicapped person” with a pistol, threatening to kill the person and engaging in a sexual ... --- News & Observer --- February 10, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/u4yu00

21.   “Local Parents Struggle to Find Care for Autistic Child” --- Many parents with children that have special needs face new challenges all the time. One Moorhead family is trying to live day-to-day after learning ... --- Valley News Live --- February 10, 2014  (NORTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/cYOJF3

22.   “Department of Human Services Moves to Fire Two Employees in Oklahoma” --- Their brother, Quinten, a special needs child, died a year ago and is the main reason they circulated the petitions and requested the investigation. --- NewsOK.com --- February 10, 2014  (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/wupez2

23.   “Man Charged in Rape of Disabled Girl” --- Man charged in rape of disabled girl ... hearing was set Friday for a McAlester man arrested on four counts of rape of a disabled 14-year-old girl. --- Mcalester News Capital --- February 8, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/HZLfv7

24.   “Neighbors Shocked to Learn Mentally Ill Packed Into House” --- Some in southwest Memphis say they're disturbed to find out they live next door to a home filled with people suffering from mental illness. --- wreg.com --- February 6, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/8JQwfH

25.    “Man Arrested for Abuse, Adult Autistic Son Malnourished” --- A Nevada man was arrested by Hurricane Police Thursday for alleged abuse of his 22-year-old autistic son, and on Friday the ... --- Dixie Press Online --- February 7, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/Zq3PUT

26.   “Man Wanted for Assault of Deaf Residents” --- Man wanted for assault of deaf residents ... Weldon are looking for a man accused of breaking into a residence and assaulting two deaf people there. --- Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald --- February 9, 2014  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/bnF8IZ

27.   “Richmond Retirement Community Accused of Discriminating Against the Disabled” --- A formal complaint alleges a Richmond assisted living community is discriminating against the disabled. --- WWBT --- February 6, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/xH2xJC

Seeking Improved Support

28.   “Partnership to Combat Fetal Alcohol Syndrome” --- About two out of everyone hundred children born in Alaska are believed to have fetal alcohol syndrome, according the state Division of Public Health. --- Alaska Public Radio Network --- February 7, 2014  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/Xji7Xe

29.   “Future of Sonoma Developmental Center to Be Decided” --- Kathleen Miller and her son Dan Smith, who lives at the Sonoma Developmental Center, background, near Glen Ellen. --- Santa Rosa Press Democrat --- February 10, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/JGXloX

30.   “Families Speak Up for Disability Rights at Capitol” --- One by one, they told their stories and expressed their fears in a room filled to capacity with policy makers, disability rights advocates and fellow family ... --- Hartford Courant --- February 7, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/ZAASIZ

31.   “Delaware Struggles to Remedy Serious Psychiatrist Shortage” --- “There is no one full time at the hospitals in Kent and Sussex and no inpatient units,” said Carol Tavani, M.D., president of the Delaware Psychiatric ... --- Psychiatric News --- February 6, 2014  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/qp0iOu

32.   “Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail” --- The largest mental health center in America is a huge compound here in Chicago, with thousands of people suffering from manias, ... --- New York Times --- February 8, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/t52Pi5

33.   “NY Agency Planning to Close Psychiatric Wards” --- A top state official says psychiatric wards around the state will close in the upcoming fiscal year along with one psychiatric hospital ... --- Wall Street Journal --- February 11, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/2p2LFA

34.   “Parents of Developmentally Disabled Looking for Answers” --- That's what a group of aging parents whose children have developmental disabilities is asking the state in the face of policy changes they believe will ... --- Utica Observer Dispatch --- February 8, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/AN4uSw

35.   “9 Investigates Claims that Nonprofit Sold Untrained Service Dogs” --- A family and local charity turned to Channel 9 with concerns about a Catawba County nonprofit that trains therapy dogs for children with special needs ... --- WSOC Charlotte --- February 5, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/QMjEq3 

36.   “Some Disabled Workers Making Pennies per Hour” --- While everyone was busy yelling at one another about Obama's proposed executive order, several groups that advocate for workers with disabilities ... --- Chicago Tribune --- February 10, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/4SvxTY

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

37.   “Lawmakers Focus on Developmental Disability Issues” --- ... longer able due to death or age-related problems to care for their children with autism spectrum disorder, Down's syndrome and other disabilities. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 6, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/rkxGlW

38.   “Oregon State Hospital Assaults: Bill Splits Public Employee Unions ...” --- Emily Mallorie was assaulted at work Feb. 3 and suffered a dislocated jaw, concussion and split lip that landed her in the emergency room. --- The Oregonian --- February 10, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/mugdTF

39.   “Advocates for Disabled Call Gov. Haslam's Budget Proposal 'a Start' ” --- Gov. Bill Haslam's budget proposal calls for spending an additional $7.3 million for new services for people with intellectual and developmental ... --- The Tennessean --- February 8, 2014  (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/DByEZx 

40.   “Vt. Senate Takes up Bill on Prisoner Probes” --- He says the bill clarifies that his office is at par with Disability Rights Vermont, a federally funded nonprofit that also investigates problems in the ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 11, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/wECfSZ

41.   “Ethics, Mental Health Bills Advance in Virginia General Assembly” --- Virginia lawmakers moved forward Monday on an ethics law overhaul and mental health legislation, two causes given urgency by recent events. --- Washington Post --- February 10, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/B79vVn

42.   “Governor Signs 7 Mental Health Bills” --- Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday signed seven bills into law that are designed to improve mental health services in Wisconsin. The bills ... --- Herald Times Reporter --- February 6, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/dQ3qXB

International Articles

43.   “Blind, Mute Man Attacked in Laneway” ---  A man who punched a blind mute to the ground after his walking stick struck his hand in Melbourne's busy Flinders Lane has been jailed. --- The Age --- February 7, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/FkCrmA

44.   “Mentally Ill Man's Fatal Balcony Fall Questioned by Family” --- The parents of a mentally ill man who died last week in Halifax after officers broke into his apartment are concerned the police response may have ... --- CBC.ca --- February 10, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/1yxGKM

45.   “Thousands of Autistic Children 'Illegally Excluded from Schools' ” --- It warns that many children with autism are missing out on education because schools do not have the knowledge and skills to support them. --- Yorkshire Post --- February 11, 2014  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/Cu2hFK

46.   “Deaf Patients in Healthcare Battle” --- Deaf patients are being denied fair access to healthcare in York, a damning report has found. One deaf mother had to watch her baby have an ... --- The Press --- February 10, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/k5xWo2

47.   “Burnley Drug Addict Thief Targeted Disabled Church Worker’ --- A drug addicted thief who targeted a church voluntary worker and a disabled woman who had helped him, has been jailed for 13 months. Burnley ... --- Lancashire Telegraph --- February 10, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/qWadCy

48.   “Woman Stabbed with Needle in Disabled Hate Crime” --- A in Huddersfield woman has been stabbed with a needle by a man who made insulting comments about her disabled daughter. Carmen Sewell was ... --- ITV News --- February 6, 2014  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/e4ZCNY

49.   “Last Year 42 Psychiatric Patients Were Helped to Die: Dutch Minister” --- There was a sharp rise last year in the number of psychiatric patients being helped to die under Dutch euthanasia laws, health minister Edith ... --- DutchNews.nl --- February 11, 2014  (HOLLAND)  http://is.gd/vG7FjE

50.   “Disability Bill Divides Rights Groups” --- A disability rights bill the government tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Friday has not only angered activists by ignoring many of their ... --- Calcutta Telegraph --- February 9, 2014  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/nL0qZO

51.   “Down Syndrome Education Crisis” --- Three quarters of teachers with a Down syndrome child in their class have never had any special needs education training. And one in five children ... --- Irish Mirror --- February 8, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/9bTyOP

52.   “Disabled Man's Home and Car Attacked” --- A disabled man's home and car have both been damaged in an overnight attack in Larne, County Antrim. Bricks were thrown through a window of ... --- BBC News --- February 7, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/ojhZ1K

53.   “Son, 2 Others Allegedly Kill Man While Trying to Cure Mental Illness” --- Three men are currently being detained by the police in Oyo State Police Command over the death of a man, Mr Dauda Raji, who died last Friday in ... --- Nigerian Tribune --- February 6, 2014  (NIGERIA)  http://is.gd/sAwobD

54.   “World Looks to Scotland After Mental Health Care Improved” --- The head of the Scottish mental welfare watchdog Dr Donald Lyons believes significant advances have been made over recent years in the treatment ... --- Herald Scotland --- February 7, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/fRL06R

55.   “Mental Health Nurse Appears Charged with Ill Treatment of Patient” --- A registered mental health nurse has appeared in court charged with the ill treatment of an elderly patient. Ann-Marie Wright, 54, had denied ... --- WalesOnline --- February 10, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/NDyc46


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