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News Summary for March 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.   “Mom Who Poisoned Disabled Baby Had 'No Remorse': Cops” --- Her 17-month-old son, Lucas Ruiz, who was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect, died from alcohol poisoning Jan. 24. The active ingredient ... --- Huffington Post --- March 13, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/h8wjHV

2.   “Mother Sues School for the Deaf in Abuse Case” --- The mother of a girl who was sexually abused by an employee at the Maryland School for the Deaf is suing the state for $4 million, contending that the ... --- Baltimore Sun --- March 14, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/VkCU3Y

3.   “Sister Guilty of Abusing Disabled Brother, His Wife” --- A woman who forced her mentally challenged brother and his disabled wife to live in the wet, dank basement of her Warren Street ... --- Eagle-Tribune --- March 18, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/IKkclx

4.   “Raleigh Man Accused of Prostituting Mentally Disabled Person” --- Raleigh police arrested a man Friday who is accused of prostituting a mentally disabled person. Raymond Lamont Sharp, 34, of 3306 Pine Grove ... --- WRAL.com --- March 15, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/i2k5Dy

5.   “Man Receives 5-year Prison Term in Case of Enslaved Mentally Disabled Ohio Woman” --- A judge on Thursday handed a five-year prison term to the first of four people sentenced for participating in the enslavement ... --- The Republic --- March 13, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ebtwp6

6.   “DHS Child Welfare Workers Charged in Death of Special-needs Teen” --- A DHS child welfare worker and her supervisor have been charged with criminal wrongdoing after a police investigation into ... --- Tulsa World --- March 17, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/VpWdI3

7.   “Charges Filed after Photos, Video of Group Home Patients Surface” --- Police in Hartland and Dousman are investigating a care worker charged with taking nude photos of patients in her care. --- March 18, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/hMBbob

8.   “What Prevents the U.S. from Signing the U.N. Disabilities Treaty?” --- Opponents of U.S. ratification by Congress of a United Nations convention that pushes for equal rights for those with disabilities argue that it would ... --- PBS NewsHour --- March 13, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/a26Rmi


9.   “Bessemer Man Convicted of Beating 4-year-old Special Needs Stepson to Death” --- … 37-year-old Jeremy Coleman was found guilty Thursday of beating special needs student Marcus Hill to death in ... --- The Republic --- March 13, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/vH88WG

10.   “PD: Fake Therapist Sexually Abused Disabled Woman” --- A Phoenix man who duped a disabled woman into removing her clothes by claiming to be a social worker and massage therapist is behind bars after ... --- KPHO Phoenix --- March 17, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/ruMK22

11.   “Man Accused of Raping Developmentally Challenged Teen He Met on Phone Chat Line” --- Winter Park police are trying to find out if a man accused of raping a developmentally challenged teenager has any more victims. --- WFTV Orlando --- March 14, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/9d5Lso

12.   “Suit over Death of Hillsborough Special-needs Student Heads to Settlement” --- A federal lawsuit that alleges discrimination led to the death of a special-needs school child is headed for settlement in Hillsborough County ... --- Tampabay.com --- March 14, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/3lcudD

13.   “Pekin Woman Charged with Neglecting Disabled Daughter” --- A Pekin woman is in custody after authorities determined that she was not taking care of her 28-year-old disabled daughter. Deborah Madden, 57, of ... --- Pekin Daily Times --- March 13, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/r2DOmz

14.   “Family Files Lawsuit against School over Bullying” --- The parents of a special needs student are suing a local school for not doing enough to stop the bullying of their son. --- WRTV Indianapolis --- March 19, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/Oqi7Ad

15.   “Group: Persons with Disabilities Falling through KanCare's Cracks” --- "People with disabilities are far too often getting lost in KanCare," said Rocky Nichols, executive director of the Disability Rights Center of Kansas. --- Topeka Capital Journal --- March 20, 2014  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/uI4tVM

16.   “Wayland Police Looking into Claims of School Bus Assault on 9-Year-Old” --- The couple says on March 11 five young boys attacked their special needs child, who suffers from a speech impediment. “He came in and he was ... --- Fox17 --- March 19, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/ovqzWO

17.   “Teen with Disabilities Shares Pain of Being Bullied” --- "It's a disability where I make a bunch of weird noises in my throat, and I would jerk my head or move my leg and snap my arms," Jaylen Arnold ... --- WLOX --- March 17, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/vj6cqX

18.   “Civil Rights Commission Looks at Nevada Hospital's Busing of Patients” --- “James Brown and others like him can no longer endure a disintegrating system of emergency mental health care,” said Staci Pratt, who spoke on ... --- Sacramento Bee --- March 14, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/YWoefw

19.   “Suspect Who Robbed Man in Wheelchair Gets Year in Jail” --- One of the two suspects charged with robbing a man in a wheelchair after knocking on his door and pretending to be police officers ... --- Foster's Daily Democrat --- March 15, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/W2CeSD

20.   “NJ Man Who Beat up Double-amputee and Stole Wheelchair Sentenced to 3 Years” --- A 56-year-old man who beat up a double-amputee and stole his wheelchair has been sentenced to three years in state prison ... --- NJ.com --- March 19, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/X20j8x

21.   “Mayor: Death of NYC Inmate in Hot Cell Troubling” --- Mayor calls death of mentally ill veteran in overheated NYC cell 'very ... in a jail cell that had overheated to at least 100 degrees "very troubling" ... ---    U.S. News & World Report --- March 20, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/nvsLsD

22.   “DeWitt Group Home Patient's Death Investigated by New State Agency Created to Protect Disabled” --- The arrest of licensed practical nurse Tanya Lemon, 35, of Syracuse, by the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs was ... --- The Post-Standard --- March 20, 2014  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/FuKX8g 

23.   “DeWitt Nurse Charged with Felony after Group Home Patient Dies in Her Care” --- A nurse was charged in the death of a patient at a DeWitt a group home after investigators received a complaint that she was sleeping ... --- The Post-Standard --- March 20, 2014  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/HLWTyK

24.   “AP Source: Mentally Ill Inmate 'Essentially Baked to Death' in 100-degree-plus NYC Jail Cell” ---  Mentally ill inmate 'essentially baked to death' in 100-degree-plus NYC jail cell. --- Washington Post --- March 19, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/oLQ5ao

25.   “Judge 'a Little Betrayed' by Ex-counselor Who Had Oral Sex in Group Home, Violated Probation” --- A former special needs counselor who had oral sex with a teenage girl at a Camillus group home got his last break today, a County ... --- The Post-Standard --- March 18, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/T3lEtE

26.   “Man Pleads to Stabbing Deaf Man in Roadside Assault” --- A man was sentenced Thursday to at least six years in prison for attacking and stabbing a deaf man at a Burlington intersection last year. --- Burlington Times News --- March 14, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/r2zPLK

27.   “Questions about Mental Health Services after Man Kills Parents, Officers” --- According to Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services, the judge could not force Whisnant to ... --- WBTV --- March 14, 2014   (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/ynJQxl

28.   “License to Operate Suspended for Greensboro Psychiatric Facility for Kids” --- A Greensboro psychiatric facility for children had its license suspended in an “emergency action” by the state. According to ... --- myfox8.com --- March 13, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/rS8nvv

29.   “Two Sexual Assaults in Three Weeks at Group Home” --- Two women are sexually assaulted at a group home. They happened within a three week period at a Talbert House facility for the mentally ill. --- WKRC TV Cincinnati --- March 20, 2014  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/49DMZi

30.   “Ohio Teacher Pleads Not Guilty in Bullying Case” --- ... charge stemming from allegations that a 14-year-old developmentally disabled boy was bullied in gym class at a suburban Cleveland high school. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- March 19, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/3Zl7TD

31.   “Woman Gets 2 Year Sentence for Thefts from Disabled” --- An East Palestine woman who stole nearly $45,000 from mentally disabled clients at Threshold Residential Services to feed her own ... --- SalemNews.net --- March 14, 2014  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/A8qRU6

32.   “Woman Attacks Two Men with Cerebral Palsy in Columbus Home” --- Tuesday and taking wallets, electronics, and clothes. Both men who were in the home at the time have cerebral palsy. Amanda's uncle Mike Craft says ... --- ABC6OnYourSide.com --- March 13, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/gupgWK

33.   “Video Captures Special Needs Boy Brutally Attacked” --- A 19-year-old boy with special needs was pushed to the ground and brutally beaten while shooting hoops on the playground behind ... --- KSWO --- March 17, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/VOQorC

34.   “Woodland Principal under Investigation for Alleged Assault on Mentally Disabled Child” --- ... Wash. are investigating a complaint against school principal who is alleged to have used excessive force to restrain a mentally disabled 3rd grader ... --- The Oregonian --- March 18, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/qw6AHa

35.   “Last 2 Defendants Sentenced to Prison in Mentally Disabled Pa. Woman's Torture Murder” --- The last two defendants in the torture killing of a mentally challenged Pennsylvania woman have been sentenced to ... --- The Republic --- March 17, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/e9d1zG

36.   “Blind Woman Placed in Protective Custody after Police Find Deplorable Conditions in Rental Home” --- Police last week placed the legally blind woman, 54, into emergency protective custody, fearing for her safety amid the “very unsafe conditions” she ... --- The Herald | HeraldOnline.com --- March 20, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/2CNADU

37.   “Hearing Postponed in Videotaped Beating” --- A hearing scheduled for today in the case of a caregiver accused of beating an intellectually disabled man has been postponed until May 1. --- The Tennessean --- March 17, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/ziPxQm

38.   “Two Dallas Men Charged with Raping 13-year-old Deaf Girl” --- Two Dallas men are accused of raping a 13-year-old deaf girl in the garage of one of the suspect's home while his wheelchair-bound mother was in ... --- Washington Times --- March 18, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/lH44XF

39.   “Mom Accused of Beating Her Special Needs Son with Stick” --- Ebony Lenora Collins is charged with injury to a child under 15 with bodily injury. According to court documents, her 5-year-old son, who has cerebral ... --- KPRC Houston ---  March 17, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/pN8PPx

40.   “Mother of 19-year-old Suspect Accused of Raping Deaf Teen Speaks Out” --- “I've been trying to get over this, I've been up for three days,” says Lola Wrigley, the mother of 19-year-old Jarvis Fisher, one of two ... --- CBS 11 --- March 14, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/2Z9cZO

41.   “Police Arrest One Man, Seek Another in Sexual Assault of 13-year-old Deaf Girl” --- Dallas police arrested one man Thursday and were looking for another in connection with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old hearing-impaired girl in ... --- Dallas Morning News --- March 13, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/CDtJGe

42.   “Riesel Man Gets Life in Robbery of Baylor Students” --- A Riesel man sentenced to life in prison last month for robbing a mentally challenged man was sentenced to another life term Thursday in the robbery ... --- Waco Tribune-Herald --- March 14, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/QTbImK

43.   “Jury Agrees Deaf Woman's Rights Violated, but Refuses Huge Payout” --- A federal jury awarded a deaf woman just $1 in her multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Tacoma police and Pierce County. But the jury did agree that her ... --- KIRO Seattle --- March 19, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/TWesYz

44.   “Pierce County Wins Disabilities Lawsuit” --- “We're successfully protecting the taxpayers' money.” In April 2012, the plaintiff, who is deaf, was booked into the Pierce County Jail. She claimed jail ... --- The Suburban Times --- March 18, 2014  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/oHo7UH

45.   “Complaint against Woodland Principal about Treatment of Special-needs Student” --- Complaint against Woodland principal about treatment of special-needs student. --- Longview Daily News --- March 17, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/kf61kw

46.   “Death of Mentally Ill Mother Leads to Lawsuit against Social Service Agency” --- The family of a mentally ill mother says she would be alive today if not for the negligence of a social service agency. The family of ... --- KOMO News --- March 17, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/8EFTQr

47.   “Family Sues BHR over Death of Woman in 2012” --- The family of a homeless, mentally ill woman found dead in Tacoma after she was reported missing in Olympia in 2012 has sued Behavioral Health ... --- The Olympian --- March 16, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/ZGGdo4

Seeking Improved Support

48.   “Deaf Justice in Rural Alaska” --- Chuck Ray spent many years as an Anchorage lawyer. As the years passed, he struggled with thoughts of what he would lose when his hearing ... --- KTUU.com --- March 20, 2014  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/QTJnrE

49.   “Arkansas DHS, Scott County Warns of Couple Impersonating Adult Protective Services Employees” ---  DHS said Wednesday that a man and a woman identified themselves as DHS adult protective services employees and tried to gain access to an ... --- The Republic --- March 20, 2014  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/ovfn2X

50.   “Area Police Responded to 55% More Mental-Health-Related Incidents” --- San Diego, Chula Vista and Oceanside police officers and sheriff's deputies responded to 22,315 mental-health-related incidents—including suicide ... --- Patch.com --- March 17, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/HgxBOQ

51.   “Newtown Struggles to Meet Mental Health Demand” --- Some of the charities paying for mental health care for children and families affected by the Sandy Hook massacre are running ... --- Washington Post --- March 16, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/nSGHDL

52.   “Emergency Responders, Disability Advocates Back End-of-life Care Proposal for CT” --- The patient was dying. Her medical chart showed she had an advance directive that would explain the type of end-of-life care she wanted, but it had ... --- The Connecticut Mirror --- March 14, 2014  (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/Xq46dj 

53.   “Special Needs Parents Call Pinellas Changes 'Segregation' ” --- Dozens of parents and teachers had some harsh criticism Wednesday for planned changes to programs for students with special needs in Pinellas ... --- MyFox Tampa Bay --- March 20, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/bJmZfl

54.   “Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford Says Mental Health Care in Chaos” --- The largest provider of mental health services in Northeast Florida requires the patient be brought in handcuffed, fingerprinted and put into a jail cell. --- Florida Times-Union --- March 19, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/u45raA

55.   “Kentucky Mental Health Providers Plead against Budget Cuts” --- Mental health providers told Kentucky lawmakers Wednesday that proposed budget cuts would mean fewer programs to ... --- WAVE --- March 19, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/zdlJvn

56.   “2 Indicted in Robbery of Disabled Woman” --- Two people have been indicted on charges of assaulting a woman with cerebral palsy, and robbing her of her lottery winnings. --- Worcester Telegram --- March 14, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Rl7STr

57.   “Disabilities Advocates Seek Pay Raise for Caregivers” --- For years Minnesota lawmakers have extolled the virtues of independent living for persons with disabilities. But the home and ... --- KARE --- March 18, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/d4PNh5

58.   “Minn. Mental Health Center Shuts Down, Stranding Thousands” --- One of the largest mental health agencies in Minnesota abruptly shut its doors Monday, potentially stranding thousands of patients with severe mental ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- March 17, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/gdtYWm

59.   “6 Mental Health Facilities Close Monday, Patients Scramble for Care” --- Like many others, Domino turned to Riverwood Centers for counseling and mental health services, especially after she lost her job last year. --- FOX 9 News --- March 16, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/XG0eia

60.   “Doniphan Mom Goes to Bat for Her Autistic Son, Others with Disabilities” --- Local autism advocate Suzanne Gregg holds her 8-year-old son, Ben VanBoening, who has autism, in their Doniphan home. Gregg went to ... --- Grand Island Independent --- March 16, 2014  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/dd85ME

61.   “Parents of Mentally Ill Man Shot by Cops Testify” --- The parents of a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by Albuquerque police officers took the stand in court Thursday. --- KOAT Albuquerque --- March 13, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/Q5tc6C

62.   “Mental Illness and Violence Rise at Rikers Island” --- With dry bureaucratic precision, the daily incident reports from Rikers Island chronicle a surge of violence and disorder churning within ... --- Santa Fe New Mexican.com --- March 19, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/4vAKyh

63.   “Feds Hit NYC Developer with Disabilities Act Lawsuit” --- The feds on Monday slapped one of the city's biggest developers with a lawsuit alleging it has a shoddy track record of developing luxury rental ... --- New York Post --- March 17, 2014   (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/tjzDHA

64.   “Utica College Professor Takes Closer Look at Approach to Justice for Persons with Disabilities” --- Dr. Christopher A. Riddle, director of the Applied Ethics Institute and assistant professor of philosophy at Utica College, discusses just this in his book ... --- PR Newswire (press release) --- March 17, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/iE4rcu

65.   “135 Rockland County Workers Affected by Unit's Impending Closure” --- Rockland County notified 96 employees Friday that their jobs will be terminated as of April 19 as it shuts down its mental health in-patient ... --- The Journal News / Lohud.com --- March 14, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/1qupSS

66.   “Complaint Filed against Durham Public Schools for High Suspension Rates of Kids with Disabilities” --- Tyree's situation is not uncommon for students with disabilities in Durham. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 17 percent of Durham ... --- The Independent Weekly --- March 19, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/NnrMX2

67.   “Mental Health Advocates Question Dix Plans” --- Some mental health advocates are questioning the city of Raleigh's plans to turn the old Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital into ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- March 19, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/igppMx

68.   “Committee Deciding on New Rules for Ohio's Jails that Include Revised Mental Health Standards” ---  Several mental health agencies supported revisions they said would improve treatment for mentally ill inmates. Those include new regulations on ... --- Greenfield Daily Reporter --- March 17, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/Uj3SpI

69.   “Oregon Judges Can Force Mentally Incompetent Defendants to Take Antipsychotic Meds, Oregon ...” --- The court ruled that forcing antipsychotic medications on defendants charged with serious crimes was acceptable under certain conditions. --- The Oregonian --- March 20, 2014  (OREGON) http://is.gd/7xWU05

70.   “In Ore., Nearly 1,000 Disabled May Lose Benefits” --- Unit 8 discovered a non-profit group that's supposed to help the disabled is now under federal investigation. Many of the people that use Safety Net ... --- kgw.com --- March 17, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/j5GtKD

71.   “Trib Talk: Factors that Influence Utah's High Rate of Mental Illness” --- Slightly more than 18 percent of Americans experienced a mental illness in the past year, but in Utah, that number was 22.3 percent, the highest rate in ... --- Salt Lake Tribune --- March 18, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/CaNAkR

72.   “Mental Health Illness on the Rise in West Virginia” --- West Virginia University researcher Joy Buck says mental health issues are often not addressed because of the stigma often ... --- WHAG --- March 17, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/U99Lvg

73.   “Caregiver, Transportation Changes Made at Romney Deaf, Blind Schools” --- Changes at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are a move in the right direction for some, not so much for others. --- Cumberland Times-News --- March 17, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/NmUXh5

74.   “Study: Mental Health Hospitalizations Increasing in Children” --- More than 14 million American children have a mental illness, and a study from the University of California, San Francisco shows mental health ... --- U.S. News & World Report --- March 17, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/OyW5aM

75.   “Psychiatrists in Short Supply Nationwide” --- Jennifer Bowman will graduate from Robert Morris University's psychiatric nurse practitioner program in May. With a high demand for psychiatrists, she ... --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- March 16, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/VxaKZX

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

76.   “Fetal Alcohol Disorder Gets Big Push from Fairbanks Senator, Others” --- The Senate this week unanimously put its support behind a Fairbanks lawmaker's ambitious plan to eradicate fetal alcohol spectrum ... --- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner --- March 20, 2014  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/xaYPn0

77.   “Lawmakers Consider Fine for Fake Service Dogs” --- Federal law allows people with disabilities to take service animals into ... has to perform a specific task that is related to you overcoming your disability. --- khon2.com --- March 21, 2014  (HAWAII)   http://is.gd/tADTLY

78.   “Bill Aims to Fix Idaho's Psych Doctor Shortage” --- This week the state legislature passed a bill that offers a loan repayment program to students in order to bring more mental health practitioners into the ... --- LocalNews8.com --- March 20, 2014  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/Qx7ZS8

79.   “Senate Committee Hears from Mental Health Advocates” --- Although Kentucky lawmakers are not considering any major health reforms this session, the topic often still makes it onto legislative agendas. --- WKMS --- March 21, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/Wc0cM7

80.   “Adult Abuse Registry Bill Heads to House Floor” --- The bill would create a registry to show if job candidates have abused the disabled or elderly. The bill would require records to be checked before ... --- The Courier-Journal --- March 20, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/bV6pjt

81.   “Md. Senate Chair Seeks Pay Raise for Workers Who Care for Developmentally Disabled” --- Workers who care for the developmentally disabled in community-based programs supported by the state make an average of $9.82 an hour, about 35 ... --- Washington Post --- March 20, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/TZlvuw

82.   “House Gives Preliminary OK to Mental Health Medication Bill” --- Some advocates for people with mental illness argue that such measures are inhumane and violate patients' rights. But proponents of the legislation ... --- Baltimore Sun --- March 15, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/iTvqZr

83.   “Michigan Legislature Bans 'Retarded,' 'Retardation' from Laws” --- The words retarded and mental retardation will be officially banished from a wide variety of state laws after both the House and Senate ... --- Detroit Free Press --- March 20, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/BnG9T5

84.   “House Votes to Fund Mental Health Settlement” --- New Hampshire's House has voted to provide expanded services to the mentally ill as a requirement of a settlement of a ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- March 20, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/uYQ9a7

85.   “NJ Assembly Approves Bill Mandating Resident Surveys after State Institutions Close” --- The North Jersey Developmental Center in Totowa is expected to close in July, and the Woodbridge Developmental Center is slated to close in ... --- NJ.com --- March 20, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/BaLv5M

86.   “Chris Christie Takes Mental Health Commitment Law Statewide” --- Five years after passage of a controversial mental health law that gave judges the authority to order those severely ill and potentially ... --- The Star-Ledger --- March 18, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/nvsnQu

87.   “Utah Lawmakers Embrace Autism Mandate” --- But early on Thursday lawmakers gave a final nod to SB57, a bill that would require some state-regulated insurers to cover autism treatment. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- March 13, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/Sz35QK

88.   “Bill Would Change Mental Health Governance” --- Control of the troubled Milwaukee mental health complex would be taken away from the county board under a bill up for a vote ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- March 20, 2014   (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/CscBBK

International Articles

89.   “Ex-St Ann's Principal Admits 'Judgment Error' to Student Abuse Royal Commission” --- ... School, the Catholic Church and South Australian police responded to allegations Perkins was sexually abusing intellectually disabled students. --- ABC Online --- March 21, 2014  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/bfe0jS

90.   “World Down Syndrome Day” --- That's part of an email from Louise Lloyd, she's a mumand also the Executive Officer with the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland. --- ABC Online --- March 21, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/k3jbqb

91.   “Horrific Details of Abuse of Boys” --- ... stripped naked and violently assaulted while his penis was tied to that of a convicted sex offender employed at his Adelaide special-needs school. --- The Australian --- March 18, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/nakLEz

92.   “Man Accused of Disabled Daughter's Manslaughter Faces Court” --- A court has heard a Hunter Valley man, accused of the manslaughter of his disabled daughter, moved her body to hide the assault. The 60-year-old ... --- ABC Online --- March 17, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/zSA727

93.   “Sex Abuse Royal Commission in Adelaide” --- The school's former bus driver, Brian Perkins, was arrested in 2001 on charges of sexually abusing profoundly disabled children at the school. --- Ninemsn --- Ninemsn --- March 17, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/EqsPbx

94.   “Royal Commission: First Hearing in Adelaide to Focus on Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities” --- Disability rights advocates hope that this week's public hearing in Adelaide will help highlight the extent of violence perpetrated against people with ... --- The West Australian --- March 16, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/1R2kCo

95.   “NT Called to Act over Mentally Impaired Indigenous Woman 'Ignored' in WA Jail” --- She is one of at least 30 Aboriginal people in the same situation, according to the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign. Since ABC's Lateline ... --- The Guardian --- March 13, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/hol0Zl

96.   “Crisis Team Created by Police to Intervene with Mentally Ill” --- Montreal police receive around 140 calls a day involving the homeless or people with mental health issues, and the service needs more help in ... --- CBC.ca --- March 21, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/5W37aB

97.   “Mental Health Emergency Unit at St. Paul's Hospital Amid Growing Problem” --- A new nine-bed unit for people suffering from psychiatric emergencies has been established at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. --- 580 CFRA Radio --- March 19, 2014  (CANADA) http://is.gd/wfcPol  

98.   “Manitobans with Mental Illness Face Long Psychiatrist Waits” --- Manitobans struggling with mental illness are having to wait months or even years to get help, in part because of a shortage of psychiatrists. The Mood ... --- CBC.ca --- March 14, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/kRSNPh

99.   “Man with Down's Syndrome Died after Choking on Cheese Roll in His Care Home” --- The family of a man with Down's Syndrome has spoken of their devastation after he died after choking on a cheese roll at his care home. --- Norfolk Eastern Daily Press --- March 20, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/R90wzq

100.   “Sentence of Man Who Killed Victim with Asperger's Challenged over Leniency” --- A four-and-a-half-year jail sentence handed to a man who killed a man with Asperger's syndrome with a single punch in an unprovoked attack has ... --- The Guardian --- March 20, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/ircoag

101.   “Carer Beat up Disabled Partner in Jealous Rage” --- A woman who hit her disabled partner with a walking stick until it broke during a vicious and prolonged attack has been spared jail. --- Blackpool Gazette --- March 19, 2014  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/KkadMd

102.   “ 'Charlton iPad Thief Strangled Deaf Man with Steam Iron Cord' ” --- A Charlton 23-year-old strangled a deaf man using the cord of a steam iron before jumping out of a first floor window with the victim's iPad, a court ... --- This is Local London --- March 19, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/NMZABb

103.   “Couple Who Stole £200k from Lincoln Disabled People Told: 'You're Going to Jail'” --- Peter Childs and his wife Alison took the disability living allowance benefit money and cold weather payments paid out to people with learning ... --- Lincolnshire Echo --- March 16, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/pPyRgn

104.   “Call to Cut Wait for Mental Patients” --- Mentally ill patients should be referred to hospital clusters with shorter waiting lists, the Hong Kong Medical Association said. It expressed concern ... --- Hong Kong Standard --- March 20, 2014  (HONG KONG)  http://is.gd/kU4J7q

105.   “Three Arrested for Allegedly Attacking Deaf and Dumb US Student in Chennai” --- The Chennai city police on Wednesday arrested three employees of a private internet browsing centre in Periamet on charges of attacking ... --- Times of India --- March 19, 2014  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/MN4kWV

106.   “World Down Syndrome Day 2014 Celebrated in Indonesia” --- Indonesian children with Down syndrome dance together as they celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on ... --- Getty Images --- March 21, 2014  (INDONESIA)  http://is.gd/HMqgFK

107.   “No Plans to Train Employees to Better Handle People with Disabilities, Say 19 Prefectures” --- No plans to train employees to better handle people with disabilities, say 19 prefectures. --- The Japan Daily Press --- March 17, 2014  (JAPAN)  http://is.gd/ppOM2j

108.   “Kuwait Affirms Keenness to Care for People with Down Syndrome” --- A Kuwaiti official in the field of health and care for people with Down syndrome said on Thursday that Kuwait, with all its ... --- Kuwait News Agency --- March 20, 2014  (KUWAIT)  http://is.gd/KldT6s 

109.   “Policy Aims to Mainstream People with Disabilities” --- Families of people with disabilities, irrespective of the nature of the impairment, should benefit from training on how to care for the disabled person. --- Times of Malta --- March 17, 2014  (MALTA) http://is.gd/dpcX8Z  

110.   “High School Appeals Ruling over Student with Asperger's” --- An Auckland high school which excluded a student with Asperger's after a dispute with a teacher is appealing against a judge's ruling to quash the ... --- New Zealand Herald --- March 20, 2014  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/yh7m1y

111.   “Disabled Children Left to Suffer in Syrian Refugee Camps as Coalition Government Stalls on Promise ...” --- Disabled children are being left to suffer in Syrian refugee camps as the Coalition government is stalling on their promise to provide shelter for them. --- Mirror.co.uk --- March 17, 2014  (SYRIA)  http://is.gd/MlaDDW

112.   “Mentally Challenged Man Locked in Coffin for Five Days” --- A 53-year-old mentally challenged man was locked in a coffin that was abandoned at a graveyard in Nantou county, Taiwan, for five days, Guang ... --- The Star Online --- March 15, 2014  (TAIWAN)   http://is.gd/s5aFOl

113.   “The Art of Retracting the 'R'-word” --- In Thai, the term panya on is the equivalent of “mentally retarded” and is commonly used as a derogatory term. “The Rainbow Theatre” will take place ... --- Bangkok Post --- March 21, 2014  (THAILAND)  http://is.gd/HH0Ezb

114.   “Disabled People in Care Facilities 'Deprived of Liberty' – Judge” --- Lady Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court, said disability did not entitle the state to deny disabled people their human rights, but placed a duty ... --- Telegraph.co.uk --- March 19, 2014  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/LhKgMy

115.   “Lives Worth Living: The struggle for Equal Rights for Disabled People” --- After spending months talking to Fred, we realised that they (the disabled) were the spokespeople for the disability rights movement. --- VietNamNet Bridge --- March 21, 2014  (VIETNAM)  http://is.gd/4d6UU3

116.   “Friday Marks World Down Syndrome Day” --- It's a day to raise awareness of the strengths and accomplishments of those around us who have Down syndrome. Some estimates have 400,000 ... --- 9NEWS.com --- March 21, 2014  (INTERNATIONAL)  http://is.gd/0jPQ6L


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