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News Summary for February 24, 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.   “Antioch Teacher Pleads Guilty in Student-abuse Case” --- An Antioch school teacher charged with abusing special education students has reached a plea agreement. Our media partner, the Contra ... --- abc7news.com --- February 15, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/VmGaiX

2.   “Caregiver Kicked, Choked Disabled Boy” --- A former caregiver who was accused of kicking and choking a 16-year-old disabled boy at the Carlton Palms Educational Center in Mount Dora has ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- February 13, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/UqH1Oi

3.   “Agency Fighting Uphill Battle Against Abuse of Disabled Adults” --- While reports of abuse against disabled adults have increased by nearly 20 percent since 2009, the agency charged with ... --- Nashoba Publishing --- February 12, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/1A945L

4.   “Fear and Hostility Block Treatment for Mentally Ill” --- “There is a mob mentality that is keeping a lot of these projects from moving forward,” said Roberta Opheim, the state ombudsman for Mental Health ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- February 15, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/MePpuK

5.   “3 LI Hospitals Failed to Help Deaf Patient, Who then Died: Suit” --- A cancer-stricken deaf man died without ever knowing his diagnosis after three Long Island medical facilities failed to get him sign-language ... --- New York Post --- February 16, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/rK0INg

6.   “Plea Deal in RI in Mass. Teen Sex Trafficking Case” --- Authorities say 30-year-old Stephen Ardrey took the developmentally delayed girl from a library in Medfield, Mass., in September. She was found a few ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 14, 2014  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/2E2EPG

7.   “High School Student Suspended after Defending Special Needs Classmate from Bullies” --- Educators in Texas are coming under fire for suspending a high school senior who came to the aid of a special needs friend being bullied by another ... --- RT --- February 13, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/qEOcCj

8.   “Autistic Child's Mom Wants Cameras in Special Needs Classes” --- Tara Heidinger wants cameras in all special needs classrooms in Ohio. She started this campaign when her son, Corey, came home ... --- WKYC-TV --- February 12, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/AH7ewM

9.   “Teacher Claims She Was Fired for Standing Up for Student with Special Needs” --- Parents are rallying behind a former Vancouver teacher who claims she was fired for standing up for a student with special needs. Susan Debeck was ... --- CTV News --- February 14, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/MR2wR4



10.   “Utah Man Charged in 2009 Rape of Disabled Shelby County Woman” --- A former Shelby County resident has been arrested and charged with the rape of a disabled woman in 2009, the Alabama Attorney General Office has ... --- al.com --- February 14, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/l3F5nN

11.   “Deaf Man Sues Hawthorne Police for Excessive Force, Civil Rights Violations” --- A deaf man has filed a lawsuit claiming he was brutally assaulted by four Hawthorne police officers while he packed his car with snowboarding ... --- Daily Breeze --- February 13, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Ie2CTh

12.   “Family of Disabled Child Gets Van Back After it Was Stolen” --- “This is the van outfitted for my daughter Emily, who has Down Syndrome,” said Benade. “I use it for her medical appointments and for her brothers to ... --- kdvr.com --- February 11, 2014  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/OuNqBr

13.   “Bridgeport Police Search for 2 Suspects Who Burned a Developmentally Disabled Man” --- Bridgeport police are looking for two people who burned a developmentally disabled man with heated metal wires. --- News 12 Connecticut --- February 14, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/ZSG3B0

14.   “Estate of Jailed Woman Wins $975,000 in Neglect Case” --- A federal jury on Friday awarded $975,000 to the estate of Jennifer DeGraw, a 50-year-old mentally ill woman who died after she was found ... --- Tbo.com --- February 15, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/dmbY0A

15.   “Mental Health Counselor Accused of Having Sex with Patient, Stealing from Another” --- A licensed mental health counselor arrested Wednesday is accused of having sex with one patient and stealing money from ... --- Tampabay.com --- February 13, 2014  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/CLL6IK

16.   “Supervisors Sound Alarm over Hillsborough School Bus Procedures” --- The letter described two specific incidents — one in October, involving a special-needs child who was improperly strapped in; and another in August, ... --- Tampabay.com --- February 11, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/rzOmKs

17.   “Teacher's Aide Investigated for Stabbing Student with Pencil” --- "This was an actual teacher's assistant, a grown-up, that is in charge of special needs kids that did something horrendous -- stabbed a child in the back ... --- Urban Oahu --- February 12, 2014  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/hYUN8C

18.   “Judge Halts Mental Health Inquiry in Sex Abuse Trial” --- A Polk County District Court judge halted questioning over a sex abuse accuser's mental health Wednesday during a Des Moines Islamic leader's trial. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- February 13, 2014  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/63i4uU

19.    “Cottey Adult Abuse Trial Postponed” --- In February 2013, Anthony L. Cottey, 37, was indicted by a Bracken County grand jury for abuse of an adult while a legal guardian; neglect of an adult ... --- Ledger Independent --- February 14, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/hVtSCm

20.   “Police: Abandoned Special Needs Child Found by Neighbor in Good Health” --- Louisville Metro Police have identified and located a mother whose daughter was left home alone for several days. --- WAVE --- February 11, 2014  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/MhEUhY

21.   “Father Accused of Killing, Dismembering Disabled Son Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity” --- The man accused of killing and dismembering his disabled son was found not guilty by reason of insanity Friday morning. --- WDSU New Orleans --- February 14, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/pNqtme

22.   “A Death in Restraints After 'Standard Procedure' ” --- Just a few minutes earlier, she'd been sitting with Joshua Messier in the visiting room at the state's prison for the mentally ill, worrying that he was on ... --- Boston Globe --- February 16, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/LUMN3M

23.   “Report: Minnesota Parents Have Little Recourse over Use of Restraints, Seclusion in Schools” --- A new Senate committee report suggests Minnesota parents have little legal recourse if their children are unjustly restrained or ... --- The Tribune --- February 12, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/W9to6e

24.   “Local Man Denies Crimes Against Disabled Woman” --- The following month, an agent with the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation went to the home where he met the disabled woman's mother, ... --- Daily Inter Lake --- February 12, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/BqtPwp

25.   “Kew Gardens Man Charged with Sexually Abusing Mentally Handicapped Woman at Resorts World ...” --- A 40-year-old mentally handicapped woman was allegedly sexually abused in a bathroom at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park on ... --- The Forum Newsgroup --- February 14, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/kzKfqL

26.   “Special Needs Students Left Stranded, Parents Say” --- Parents of some special needs students on Long Island say their children were left stranded. The bus company told them it was ... --- 7Online.com --- February 14, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/wLlHxn

27.   “Special Education Tutor, Bonni Blier, Accused of Stealing from Homes” --- Special education tutor, Bonni Blier, accused of stealing from homes ... homes of people who had hired a home tutor for their special needs children. --- News 12 Long Island --- February 12, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Vdwx1r

28.   “Disabled Man Sues Syracuse Police, Centro over Tasering on Bus” --- Disabled Man Tasered on Centro Bus Syracuse police used a taser to get Brad Hulett off a Centro bus May 3, 2013, after he refused to sit down or get ... --- The Post-Standard --- February 12, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/bK8DZb

29.   “Man in Wheelchair Dies in House Fire Amid Hoarding Conditions” --- Columbus firefighters confirm that hoarding conditions limited access to a disabled man on the second floor of a house fire. He has died. At about 6:20 ... --- NBC4i.com --- February 16, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/zRLQ1T

30.   “Neighbor Convicted for Choking Mentally Disabled Woman with Scarf” --- A Hamilton County jury convicted Bailey of burglary, robbery and two counts of felonious assault late Thursday in a May 24 incident. Bailey, 54, and ... --- Cincinnati.com --- February 13, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/6euTlr

31.   “McAlester Man Robert Hoover Jailed on Charges of Raping Mentally Disabled Girl, Molesting Daughters” --- A McAlester man is facing charges of raping a mentally disabled girl. ... of first-degree rape of a developmentally disabled person, lewd molestation ... --- kjrh.com --- February 12, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/AagnFn

32.   “Police: Man Abused Special Needs Adult” --- Ryan Blocker, 22, was in court for a bond hearing Tuesday after being charged with abusing a vulnerable adult. Bond was set on the Rowesville man ... --- The Tand D.com --- February 12, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/lHcMco

33.   “SC Spent $800K+ on Inmate Mental Health Suit” --- South Carolina's prisons agency has amassed more than $800,000 in legal bills defending accusations of poor care for mentally ... ---  Kansas City Star --- February 12, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/WxeiCm

34.   “School Employee Jailed for Physically Abusing Student with Special Needs” --- Mission police said the 8-year-old victim's father reached out to Child Protective Services (CPS) when his son with special needs started coming home ... --- KGBT-TV --- February 15, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/e6qJkJ

35.   “No Jail for Abuser of Vulnerable Adult” --- No jail for abuser of vulnerable adult ... Washington County criminal court in Barre on a misdemeanor conviction of sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult. --- Barre Montpelier Times Argus --- February 14, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/zD2FvC

36.   “Woman Jailed in Fraud Case” --- In October, Baker pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court to a felony charge of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Court records state Baker ... --- Rutland Herald --- February 12, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/dU1mEb

37.   “Special Needs Student Repeatedly Injured at Seattle Elementary School” --- By the time her son was about 2 years-old, Deana Conway knew he was different from other children his age. “He wasn't really ... --- Q13 FOX --- February 17, 2014  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/IkQw5G

38.   “Sex Offender Sentenced, with Likely Release in June” --- Colton Langworthy molested a mentally disabled woman while on a bus in Walla Walla County. --- Walla Walla Union-Bulletin --- February 14, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/7Odsjg

39.   “Details Emerge about Mentally Ill D.C. Man Who Died in the Snow” --- Patients at St. Elizabeths include individuals with serious mental illness and those undergoing court-ordered mental evaluations or care. --- Washington Times --- February 14, 2014  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/MeFTuw

40.   “Parents of Autistic Girl Arrested” --- ... autistic girl, whose pregnancy led to sexual assault charges against a 28-year-old man, were arrested on child neglect charges Thursday. --- Charleston Gazette --- February 13, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/7C0G32

41.   “Ex-W.Va. Blind School Worker Gets Jail Term in Neglect Case” --- A former child care worker at the West Virginia School for the Blind was sentenced in Hampshire County Circuit Court on Monday ... --- Cumberland Times-News --- February 11, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/Ma7gZZ

42.   “Racine Woman Accused of Attacking Daughter in Wheelchair” --- A Racine woman remained free on a $1,000 signature bond Thursday amid accusations she repeatedly punched her wheelchair-bound ... --- Journal Times --- February 14, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/aSITFm

Seeking Improved Support

43.   “Lack of Psychiatric Inpatient Care Leave Ailing Impatient” --- Our age group and demographic — college students — have the highest prevalence of mental illness. One in four people between 18 and 24 have a ... --- Arizona Daily Wildcat --- February 12, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/Bhov2W

44.   “South Bend Schools Move Toward Racial Compliance in Labeling Black Students with Disabilities” ---  New data shows South Bend Community School Corp. no longer disproportionately labels black students with emotional ... --- The Republic --- February 16, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/anZsjw

45.   “New Forensic Unit at Maine State Prison Unveiled” --- The unit was created to help resolve issues at Riverview Psychiatric Center - the state mental health hospital that is struggling to manage a growing ... --- MPBN News --- February 14, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/YqUHtt

46.   “Officers Now Trained to Recognize Signs of Psychiatric Distress” --- Due to critical shortages in community mental health services, police officers have become first responders to people with ... --- fox2now.com --- February 13, 2014  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/rfbLcj

47.   “Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit in Nevada 'Patient Dumping' Case” --- A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by a patient bused to Sacramento from a Nevada state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas. --- Sacramento Bee --- February 13, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/8LzPUo

48.   “Budget Cuts Making It Difficult for Queens Program for Kids with Special Needs to Operate” --- For 20 years, thousands of city kids with special needs have benefited from an early intervention program at a children's hospital in Queens, but state ... --- NY1 --- February 14, 2014  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Fjws4r 

49.   “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 ... --- WIVB --- February 11, 2014  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/e8f4WZ

50.   “Oklahoma Erratic in its Care for the Mentally Ill” --- After several years of budget cuts, Oklahoma has increased funding since 2012 for its mental health agency, giving the Department of ... --- Tahlequah Daily Press --- February 17, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/4og3b8

51.   “Prisons Boost Efforts for Mentally Ill” --- Faced with challenges to its treatment of inmates with mental illness, the Pennsylvania corrections system has allowed such ... --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- February 12, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/ry4Rjo

52.   “Utah Autism Treatment Coverage Bill Clears First Hurdle” --- Angst over health insurers refusing basic medical care to autistic kids trumped ideology on Friday with a committee's endorsement of SB57. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- February 14, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/GWKVi4

53.   “ABC 13 Special Report: Virginia's Mental Health Crisis” --- "The fact that he would have to bury his own son, when his son was obviously going through so much," said Rheanna Morris, a former mental health ... --- WSET --- February 17, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/nAWEQx

54.   “West Virginians with Disabilities to Rally at the WV State Capitol for Disability Advocacy Day” --- … the Fair Shake Network (FSN) has coordinated an effort to bring training and awareness of Disability Rights to the people with disabilities and the public ... --- HNN Huntingtonnews.net --- February 17, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/dnHey0

55.   “Intellectually Disabled Struggling to Find Work” --- Ettore Tommasetti, a young man with Down syndrome, works at the restaurant 'Locanda dei Sunflowers' on January 28, 2014 in Rome. This restaurant ... --- Huffington Post --- February 17, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/AM391h

56.   “Colleges Fail to Treat Students with Mental Illness” --- A recent Newsweek investigation found that at many colleges and universities, being open about a mental health disorder can mean getting kicked out ... --- NPR --- February 16, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/isR4jA

57.   “Thousands of Students Are Put in Seclusion Rooms Every Year, and Federal Law Isn't Stopping It” --- The committee's 54-page report, titled, “Dangerous Use of Seclusion and Restraints in Schools Remain Widespread and Difficult To Remendy: A ... --- Huffington Post --- February 12, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/NC8R7h

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

58.   “Disagreements over Autism Bill Remain Unresolved” --- A legislator's effort to coax insurance companies to agree to a bill that would require them to cover autism treatments for children proved ... --- KHI News Service --- February 11, 2014  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/BjdEIa

59.   “Autism Insurance Bill Passes House, 120-0” --- Legislation mandating insurance coverage for autism therapies passed the full House floor in a 120-0 vote on Tuesday, an unprecedented step for a ... --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- February 11, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)   http://is.gd/Il0kSs

60.   “New York Students with Disabilities May Soon Take Easier Tests than Their Peers” --- For years, the feds allowed states to test up to 2 percent of students with disabilities on lower standards, but they have moved away from this practice. --- Huffington Post --- February 12, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/6U6Wn0

61.   “Cuomo Proposes Flat Pay for Caretakers of Disabled” --- The Cuomo administration has proposed keeping pay flat for the sixth straight year for caretakers of the disabled and others at ... --- Wall Street Journal --- February 12, 2014  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/BWggRM

62.   “Ohio Pols Weigh Forced Mental Illness Treatment” --- More people with severe mental illness could receive court-ordered outpatient treatment and get it sooner under bills ... --- Houston Chronicle --- February 15, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/WoG3Hu 

63.   “Oregon Lawmakers Lukewarm on Bill to Require Minimum Wage for Disabled Workers” --- Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall, joined by Bob Joondeph, executive director of Disability Rights Oregon, announces in April 2013 that the U.S. ... --- The Oregonian --- February 11, 2014  (OREGON) http://is.gd/n1SAKL 

64.   “Obama to Include Disabled Workers in Minimum Wage Order” --- President Obama's executive order to raise the minimum wage for workers under future federal contracts includes a key provision to ... --- USA TODAY --- February 12, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/dNHYvz

International Articles

65.   “Man Who Tried to Rape Deaf Woman Said She Was Not that Drunk” --- A ROCKHAMPTON man has unsuccessfully argued his deaf victim only claimed she drank a full carton of rum and coke to make herself out to be "far ... --- The Queensland Times --- February 15, 2014  (AUSTRALIA) 

66.   “Victorian Act to Tighten Controls on Mental Health Treatments” --- A new mental health act expected to go before the Victorian Parliament next week will tighten controls around compulsory treatment, including ... --- The Age --- February 15, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/ETcyz5

67.   “New Alberta Study Finds Substantial Unmet Need for Mental Health Services” --- The province's mental health and addiction system is failing to provide sufficient care to thousands of Alberta adults, many of whom believe they can't ... --- Edmonton Journal --- February 15, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/HhpYsN

68.   “Jury in Mental Health Inquest Rules 3 Shooting Deaths Were Homicides” --- The jury presiding over an mental health inquest in Toronto has ruled that the deaths of three people gunned down following altercations ... --- CTV News --- February 12, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/nWtNOr

69.   “ 'Mental Health Patients' in China Tortured: Report” --- "We heard of 40-50 cases during 2013, and [we] have set up a database of Chinese mental health patients," Liu Feiyue, report co-author and ... --- Radio Free Asia --- February 14, 2014  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/Muqq9f

70.   “Disabled Infants Ditched by Parents” --- All the abandoned infants were critically ill or disabled, China Daily reports. The facility is the first in the Guangdong provincial capital, and has ... --- NEWS.com.au --- February 13, 2014  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/Xv6wSe

71.   “French Court Fines Easyjet for Discrimination” --- The facts occurred on March 21, 2010, when the airline ordered wheelchair-bound Marie-Patricia Hoarau removed from flight. The airline insisted it ... --- Prensa Latina --- February 11, 2014  (FRANCE)  http://is.gd/8RhAU1

72.   “Teacher is Suspended at Ceara Special Needs School” --- The teacher at the special needs school was suspended 'without prejudice' on full pay while the claim is investigated. It is understood that the ... --- Portadown Times --- February 17, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/dbfK81 

73.   “On This Day in True Crime Two Men Take Advantage of Mentally Challenged Woman” --- Michael Wayne Hill was executed on February 15th 2011 for his part in the 1998 torture-slaying of a mentally challenged 19-year-old woman, Amy ... --- Sunday World --- February 15, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/NzKA68

74.   “Deaf Woman Raped by Two Men in Morocco” --- Two men abducted an unmarried 50-year-old deaf woman in Morocco and raped her in an isolated area before fleeing the place, newspapers ... --- Emirates 24/7 --- February 17, 2014  (MOROCCO)   http://is.gd/ERADGP

75.   “Disabled Woman's Murderer Jailed” --- Ms Donnelly was intellectually disabled but lived independently. The court was told this morning of her innocence and love of fun, and love of art. --- TVNZ --- February 18, 2014  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/B9HsLj

76.   “Family Go to Court over Dyslexic Boy's Exclusion” --- An Auckland family whose son, who has dyslexia and Asperger's, was excluded from high school 10 months ago are taking their case to court. --- New Zealand Herald --- February 17, 2014  (NEW ZEALAND)   http://is.gd/ldGjmK

77.   “ 'Gaps in Care' Exposed by Woman's Death” --- A woman released from a mental health unit who drowned in the Pelorus River a week later had "fallen through the gaps" in mental health care, says a ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- February 16, 2014  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/aiNU9O

78.   “Facing Widespread Neglect, Disabled Somalis Seek Government Assistance” --- Disabled Somalis say they have been overlooked in recent years and are asking the government to address their needs by improving access to public ... --- Sabahi Online --- February 13, 2014  (SOMALIA)  http://is.gd/LVnafn

79.   “Seoul to Open Center for Disabled Rights, Crack Down on Abuses” --- The Seoul city government said Wednesday it will open a center to protect the rights of disabled people and toughen ... --- GlobalPost --- February 11, 2014  (SOUTH KOREA)  http://is.gd/bAVQpw


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