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News Summary for April 7, 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.   “Former Phoenix School-bus Aide Gets 15 Years in Child Molestation” --- ... sentenced to 15 years in prison and lifetime parole under sex-offender terms for his contact with an 11-year-old special needs student in Phoenix in ... --- Arizona Republic --- April 1, 2014 (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/KgsWxV

2.   “Bus Driver Accused of Sexually Assaulting Special Needs Student” --- Sources told Eyewitness News that the student is in a special needs program. They said he's also accused of continuing to have an illegal sexual ... --- WSHM-TV --- April 1, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/2Lvogu

3.   “Man Pleads Guilty in Slaying of Mentally-challenged Woman” --- Rather than face a jury on murder charges for killing a mentally-challenged woman with an ax, a Michigan City man pleaded guilty ... --- nwitimes.com --- March 31, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/kx61sT

4.   “Horrors at Bridgewater State Hospital” --- 1989 "Nightline" report about the Massachusetts facility that houses mentally ill people with the criminally insane. --- ABC News --- March 31, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Pu6hLH

5.   “66-year-old Waterford Man Accused of Sexual Assault of Special Needs Child” --- 66-year-old Wayne Stade of Waterford faces one count of sexual assault of a child under age 12 — a felony charge. --- fox6now.com --- March 31, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/iUDMeG

6.   “State Dealing with 300 Cases of Disabled Abuse” --- Hundreds of disabled Victorians have reportedly been abused by their carers, with allegations this year of serious sexual assault and chemical ... --- The Age --- April 2, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/SH5aNt


7.   “Airline Sorry for Note on Deaf Couple's Bag” --- A deaf couple is upset over a note that an American Airlines employee attached to one of their bags, referring to the pair as "deaf and ... --- azcentral.com --- March 28, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/xwNbHk

8.   “Disabled Man Brutally Attacked and is Fighting for His Life” --- Anne Tabb drives down this road every sunday to pick up her friend Greggory Wallace for church. She honked the horn ... --- WRDW-TV --- March 31, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/Z9Erww

9.   “Spring Hill Woman Battered Disabled Boyfriend, Deputies Say” --- Chechile was arrested on charges of crimes against a person (abuse of an elderly or disabled adult without great harm), and was being held in lieu of ... --- Hernando Today --- April 1, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/bCfnnV

10.   “Disabled Adult Ends up in Hospital, 2 Arrested” --- The owner of a group home and an employee of the home were arrested Monday after a resident in their care had to have surgery. --- First Coast News --- March 31, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/HGO3Un

11.   “Man Accused of Violating a Mentally-disabled Teenager” --- A Monroe man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of violating a teenage girl in a McDonald's restaurant. Charlie Shadic, 55, of 109 Lisa Drive ... --- Monroe News Star --- March 28, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/lD2IcP

12.   “Brookline Woman Sues State Prisons over Son's Isolation, Restraint at Psychiatric Hospital” --- A Brookline woman has filed a lawsuit against the state prisons department alleging that her 31-year-old son is being restrained for long ... --- The Republic --- March 31, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/dGAQS8

13.   “Attorney: Saginaw ISD Settles Lawsuit in Near-drowning of Developmentally Disabled Student at ...” --- The Saginaw Intermediate School District has settled a lawsuit regarding the near-drowning of a developmentally disabled student ... --- The Saginaw News --- April 2, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/A7GWJ4

14.   “St. Paul Man Beat, Raped Deaf Woman, Charges Say” --- The woman, who is deaf, told officers through sign language and in writing that she came to visit Burns the night before. She said that they'd had ... --- Pioneer Press --- March 31, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/T3yc8n

15.   “UM Task Force Takes Inventory of Sexual Assault and Mental Health Resources” --- The first of three phases in the University of Missouri System's sexual assault prevention and mental health services task force is ... --- Columbia Missourian --- April 2, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/ZjSiFL

16.   “Three Forks Man Pleads Guilty to Raping Developmentally Disabled Man” --- During a video conference from the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, a Three Forks man pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a ... --- The Bozeman Daily Chronicle --- April 1, 2014  (MONTANA) http://is.gd/aMiZc0

17.   “Group: Montana Warehouses Mentally Ill Inmates” --- A disability-rights group claims Montana State Prison is warehousing hundreds mentally ill inmates without adequate ... --- 10TV --- March 31, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/YZO5io

18.   “NJ Group Home Worker Convicted of Faking, Stealing Medical Records to Cover Mistake” --- Ebuzor-Onayemi was fired on April 8, 2011, and after leaving the company's headquarters she drove back to the group home, broke in, and stole the ... --- The Star-Ledger --- April 3, 2014  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/1kDA8x

19.  “Crisis Team Not Called in Albuquerque Police Shooting of Mentally Ill Homeless Man” --- A specialized Albuquerque police unit trained to defuse dangerous encounters with suspects battling mental illness ... --- Daily Journal --- April 3, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/4qkFJM

20.   “Moorhead Grandma Accused of Stealing from Her Granddaughter” --- Social Services about a 23-year-old vulnerable woman whose grandmother they called when the 23-year-old's room and board at a licensed facility ... --- In-Forum --- March 28, 2014  (NORTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/oq2Qk3

21.   “Lock Haven Man Waives Hearing on Charges of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- A Lock Haven man waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges that he sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman. Gary Gephart, 53 ... --- Centre Daily Times --- April 3, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/oTbZyP

22.   “Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled State College Woman” --- ... man for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who is mentally disabled. ... and indecent assault with a person who suffers from a metal disability. --- State College News --- April 1, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/fiAu5x

23.   “Berks Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Special Needs Woman” --- Sixty-year-old Joseph Lombardo of Reading was sentenced Thursday to 4 to 8 years, with 12 years' probation to follow. He was also ordered to ... --- WFMZ Allentown --- March 28, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/IJmrYU

24.   “Clover Bottom Neglect Victim Back in Hospital” --- An investigation by the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities found that Barnes had been neglected by “unknown persons.” --- The Tennessean --- March 31, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/gNC5mN

25.   “Grandmother Accused of Abusing Her Disabled Grandson” --- Neighbors recorded a grandmother beating her disabled grandson. Now she's in jail, charged with aggravated assault with a ... --- KVUE --- April 2, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/9Himxs

26.   “Caretaker Accused of Beating Woman with Down Syndrome” --- "The victim is 52-years-old, she's down syndrome," said Police Chief Don Garcia. According to Garcia, 60-year-old Angelica Oates, beat and bruised ... --- KGBT-TV --- April 2, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/O09ZwL

27.   “Moody High School Staff Member on Paid Leave after Incident Involving Special Needs Student” --- A Moody High School staff member is on a temporary paid suspension after an incident involving a special needs student, a Corpus Christi ISD official ... --- Corpus Christi Caller Times --- March 28, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/15qZku

28.   “CapMetro Driver Charged with Sexual Assault” --- According to police a female passenger with disabilities said 59-year-old Arturo Ortiz picked her up in a CapMetro car on Dec. 13. --- KHOU --- March 28, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/5V9B54

29.   “Boone County Nurse Accused of Stealing Pills from Mentally Ill Patients” --- Boone County nurse accused of stealing pills from mentally ill patients ... The victim suffered from a mental disability that makes her "unable to carry ... --- WOWK --- April 1, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/z9U9hk

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30.   “Covered California Sends Deaf Callers to Hotline Offering 'Hot Ladies' ” --- On the deadline to sign up for health coverage through Covered California, some hearing-impaired residents were sent to ... --- CBS Local --- March 31, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/KfLFPw  

31.   “Deal Reached between Poudre School District and Special Needs Student's Family over Testing” --- The latest chapter in a long legal battle between the Poudre School District and the family of a special needs student ended Friday without a judge's ... --- The Denver Channel --- March 28, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/dQdsRx

32.   “Mental health Resources in Spotlight after Boy's Death” --- 10 News has found there are some resources to help those suffering from mental illness, but some people might not know about them. --- WTSP 10 News --- March 31, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/013okm

33.   “More People in Jacksonville Homeless Shelter Suffering from Mental Illness” --- A year after the closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center, officials say some of those people haven't handled the transition well and are finding themselves on the street. --- WICS-TV --- April 1, 2014  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/ggTI5w

34.   “Blind, Deaf Student Experience Not Required for Schools' Top Jobs” --- A draft of a job description for the next superintendent of Iowa's schools for the deaf and blind does not include a requirement that candidates have ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- April 2, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/coc7Vm

35.   “Monmouth Woman Denied Interpreter Prevails in Discrimination Case” --- When June Ellis of Monmouth, who's deaf, requested an interpreter so that she could fully participate in a Living Well for Better Health ... --- Morning Sentinel --- March 31, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/hNrTA1

36.   “Police Become the Front Line in Dealing with Mental Illness” --- The problem was that Boyd, 38, had a history of mental illness, and so was living in a different reality, one in which he was a federal agent and not ... --- Worcester Telegram --- April 2, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/vZ168M

37.   “Miss. House Rejects Special Education Vouchers” --- House members are rejecting a bill to give vouchers worth more than $6,000 to parents of some Mississippi special education ...  --- SunHerald.com --- April 2, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/XKDtOb

38.   “St. Louis Police Investigate Officers' Beating of Mentally Disabled Man” --- City police are investigating a violent encounter last month between two officers and a mentally impaired man whose family recorded part ... --- STLtoday.com --- April 2, 2014  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/LTxW4K

39.   “Nevada's Special Education Funding Falling way Short” --- A task force studying how Nevada schools are funded was told Monday that special education funding hasn't come anywhere near keeping pace with ... --- Nevada Appeal --- March 31, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/dmOKSd

40.   “New Mental Health Hospital Sought Amid Police Shootings” --- A coalition of advocates and business leaders are calling for a new Albuquerque mental health hospital after a homeless man ... --- Las Cruces Sun-News --- April 1, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/SuOAY7

41.   “Police Confront Rising Number of Mentally Ill” --- The problem was that Mr. Boyd, 38, had a history of mental illness, and so was living in a different reality, one in which he was a federal agent and not ... --- New York Times --- April 1, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/GZpGMB

42.   “Disabled Activists End Occupation after Compromise on Home Aides” --- An organized occupation of the New York State Nurses Association by members of an advocacy group for the disabled ended their sit-in early ... --- Albany Times Union --- March 29, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/kqj7n7

43.   “Behind the Wheel of an Accessible Cab in New York City” --- What makes these fares memorable to Mr. Palomeque isn't just one's advanced age or the other's regular calls; it's that both men use wheelchairs and ... --- Wall Street Journal --- March 28, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/6hUkZc

44.   “More Vietnam Vets Are Getting Assistance for PTSD” --- Former Akron resident Peter Halas, pictured in a 1967 photo, recently received a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder disability from the Department of ... --- Akron Beacon Journal --- March 30, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/VtXTvn

45.   “Oregon Reports 13.3 Percent of Students in Special Education - More than 86,000 Children” --- The number of Oregon students in special education increased by less than 1 percent from a year ago. State figures released ... --- The Republic --- April 2, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/bZTzcw

46.   “Mother Says Special Needs Bus Never Showed Up” --- Fox 29 is working to get results for a mom in Northeast Philadelphia with some transportation troubles. She says her son with special need's school ... --- MyFox Philadelphia --- March 31, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/XUd6Tv

47.   “Intellectually Disabled Woman's Death a Mystery” --- Her death highlights the challenges in providing health care to people with intellectual disabilities that often overshadow underlying medical or ... --- Jackson Sun --- March 30, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/UFHicJ

48.   “Herbert Signs Autism Insurance Bill as Utahns Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day” --- “I feel like I'm one of the lucky ones, that I get the opportunity to raise a child with autism, and that he is part of my life and our family. They're brilliant ... --- Deseret News --- April 2, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/JqMcqd

49.   “High Court Weighs Standards for Intellectual Disability” --- Virginia, in 2002, the Supreme Court held that executing a mentally retarded (now termed “intellectually disabled”) person violated the Eighth ... --- Psychiatric News --- April 1, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/VzCrXI

50.   “Va. Senator Who Was Attacked by Mentally Ill Son Says 'Real Work Lies Ahead' on Mental Health” ---  R. Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself, called mental health ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- March 31, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/7em6OH

51.   “US Autism Rates Jump 30% from 2012” --- One in 68 eight-year-olds in the U.S. is now affected by autism spectrum disorder, according to new CDC data. The prevalence of autism has ... --- TIME --- March 27, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/CliVZL

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

52.   “Maine Governor to Sign Bill Seeking Recognition of Disabilities Linked to Agent Orange” --- Gov. Paul LePage is poised to sign into law a bill calling on the federal government to recognize disabilities suffered by Maine ... --- The Republic --- April 2, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/ZJpgHu

International Articles

53.   “Inspection Finds Doors Locked at Dublin Disability Centre” --- An independent inspection of one of the country's largest centres for people with intellectual disabilities has found that internal doors in a unit were ... --- RTE.ie --- April 3, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/H774OC

54.   “Disabled Woman in All-night Sex Ordeal” --- A disabled woman says her life is ruined and she never again wants to see the man who subjected her to an all-night sexual ordeal in her home. --- Stuff.co.nz --- March 31, 2014  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/7em6OH

55.   “Women with Disabilities Expect Full Implementation of Magna Carta” --- Women –member of the association of persons with disabilities expressed their concern over the implementation of ... --- Philippine Information Agency --- March 31, 2014  (PHILIPPINES)  http://is.gd/ugubFl

56.   “Mental Illness Epidemic among Scotland's Jobless” --- Patients with mental health problems are being left to suffer as waiting targets for their conditions are missed, according to MSPs. --- Scotsman --- April 3, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/UElJTe

57.   “Man Held for Raping Disabled Girl” --- A man accused of raping a mentally disabled teenage girl in Agisanang township, Sannieshof, is expected to apply for bail in court ... --- Independent Online --- March 29, 2014  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/bv7nqT

58.   “More Children Waiting Longer for Mental Health Services” --- Ministers are ignoring the growing problem of children waiting for psychiatric services in Wales, it has been claimed. The number waiting more than 14 ... --- BBC News --- April 2, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/CyRL80


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