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News Summary for April 28, 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.   “Special-needs Girl Tricked into Stripping by Stranger on Skype” --- A 16-year-old girl described as a special-needs student told police that she had been in an Internet video chat with a boy she ... --- Prescott Daily Courier --- April 16, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/E4PjzV

2.   “Man Gets 7 Years for Taped Beating of Disabled Man” --- A St. Petersburg man who produced and sold videos of scantily-clad women beating up homeless men has received a ... --- seattlepi.com --- April 22, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/7RTWox

3.   “Delta Air Settles Maui Disabled Man's Lawsuit” --- "People with disabilities do incur some difficulties and so it's important that airlines be held accountable. Kanaan, a former philosophy professor, was ... --- KLTV --- April 20, 2014  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/FMzeW2

4.   “Hawaii Settles School Abuse Lawsuits” --- Hawaii has agreed to settle three lawsuits from parents who said their special-needs children were abused by workers at an ... --- Westport News --- April 17, 2014  (HAWAII)   http://is.gd/hS69ej

5.   “Teacher Accused of Physically Abusing Special Needs Student” --- A teacher has been placed on a leave of absence while the school district investigates a complaint that he physically abused a ... --- Southgate News Herald --- April 18, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/RxQW5i

6.   “Man Sent to Prison for Beating Disabled Brother to 'Push the Gay Out' ” --- A man who was caring for his disabled younger brother was sentenced today to 2-1/2 years in prison for punching him and threatening to slice off his ... --- Norwalk Reflector --- April 16, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/KEOyRo

7.   “Man Sentenced to 6 Years for Sexual Abuse of Teen with Disability” --- A Lebanon man was sentenced to more than six years in prison on Wednesday for sexually abusing a developmentally disabled teenage ... --- Corvallis Gazette Times --- Corvallis Gazette Times --- April 17, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/3DthHq

8.   “Cumbria Campaign Set up to Tackle Abuse to Adults” --- Almost 1,500 cases of abuse against vulnerable adults were reported in the county last year – but a safeguarding board says plenty more is going ... --- NW Evening Mail --- April 21, 2014  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/SEl7lf 


9.   “Disabled Victim Says Couple Forced Her to Stay Outside of Home, Drink from Hose” --- A victim in the case against a husband and wife accused of abusing two developmentally disabled adults who lived with them testified at trial on ... --- Arizona Daily Star --- April 17, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/9Ex1kp

10.   “Davis Caretaker Convicted of Murder in Death of Developmentally Disabled Man” --- Wachholtz was developmentally disabled and Mattos was his caregiver. Authorities said Wachholtz was emaciated and covered with bed sores on ... --- Sacramento Bee --- April 17, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/FjLhf0

11.   “Sheriff: Suspect in Fatal Beating of Developmentally Disabled Man Attacked in Boulder Jail” ---  Authorities say a teenager arrested in the fatal beating of a developmentally disabled man has been assaulted in jail, ... --- The Republic --- April 15, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/1BdGsA

12.   “Horrible: Teen Pushes Child with Down Syndrome Down Steps” --- An area teen was arrested by the Boca Raton Police Department after allegedly admitting to pushing a ... --- BocaNewsNow.com --- April 21, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/3vKVWt

13.   “Milton Juvenile Facility Mental Health Technician Sentenced for Sexual Misconduct” --- A man who worked as a mental health technician at the Milton girls home is heading to prison for sexual misconduct. --- WEAR --- April 17, 2014  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/a3nzJ5

14.   “Father Outraged His Special Needs Son Was Handcuffed” --- It's the reason Stiegel attends the Alpine Program, a regional special needs program housed in a Gainesville elementary school. Brock says Steigel ... --- WSB Atlanta --- April 21, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/rZ0Xhv

15.   “Special Ed Teacher Says He Was Harassed, Retaliated against over Disabled Students” --- A Polk County special education teacher filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was harassed and retaliated against after he tried to advocate for children ... --- WSB Atlanta --- April 15, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/FrsFT3

16.   “State Agrees to Settle Special Needs Students' Lawsuit” --- The state has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging mistreatment of special education students at a Mililani school, Hawaii News Now has learned. --- Hawaii News Now --- April 16, 2014  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/5pK2Y6

17.   “Police: Man Molests Intellectually Disabled Girl” --- Police arrested a man this week on charges he molested a 15-year-old girl who suffers an intellectual disability. Louis E. Ramsey, 43, of 509 N. --- Quad City Times --- April 18, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/O7oKxU

18.   “Court: Mom Acted Wrongly in Arranging Son's Vasectomy” --- In a case centering on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities, a court has ruled that an Iowa mother overstepped when she arranged a ... --- Disability Scoop --- April 18, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/fxWy4l

19.   “Westbrook Woman Accused of Allowing Boyfriend to Sexually Assault Developmentally Delayed Girl” --- A 34-year-old Westbrook woman faces felony charges of gross sexual assault after police say she allowed her boyfriend to ... --- Bangor Daily News --- April 16, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/crFaC2

20.   “Caregiver Pleads Guilty to Drunkenly Leaving Disabled Man Alone” --- A Woodlawn caregiver has pleaded guilty to leaving a disabled man in his care alone while he was drunk last summer. --- WBAL Baltimore --- April 22, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/7FKHFl

21.   “2 Charged with Stealing More than $450K from Disabled Neighbor” --- 2 charged with stealing more than $450K from disabled neighbor ... accused of stealing more than $450,000 from an elderly, disabled neighbor. --- NECN --- April 17, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/rs8fIo 

22.   “Bridgewater State Hospital Psychiatric Prison under Federal Scrutiny for Treatment of Inmates” --- A federally funded watchdog group has launched an investigation into the treatment of inmates at Bridgewater State Hospital psychiatric prison. --- MassLive.com --- April 17, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/4JdZgj

23.   “Donna Salvato Claims Brother Was Abused at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in South Jersey” --- Donna Salvato says her brother, Chris Mullins, a developmentally disabled patient at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, has been hurt during his stay and ... --- News 12 New Jersey --- April 15, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/ibbDxi

24.   “Girl with Special Needs Sexually Assaulted a Year Ago in Skaneateles High Boys' Bathroom, Lawsuit ...” --- A girl alleges in a civil lawsuit that she was sexually assaulted last year in a Skaneateles High School bathroom. A boy was charged. --- The Post-Standard --- April 21, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/lwnzkP

25.   “Akron Woman Accused of Scamming Developmentally Disabled Man” --- Carol Hulett is charged with theft from the disabled after befriending a 60-year-old man and taking advantage of him. --- Akron Beacon Journal --- April 21, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ZLMY2T

26.   “Defense Wants to See Video in School Bullying Case” --- ... charge stemming from allegations that a developmentally disabled teenager was struck and bullied in gym class at a suburban Cleveland school. --- SFGate --- April 16, 2016  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/G4vwKk

27.   “Coalgate High School Employee Resigns after Allegedly Abusing Special Needs Student” --- Officials say a Coalgate high school employee has resigned after she was charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery of a special needs student. --- KXII-TV --- April 21, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/tiXDoW

28.   “LifePath Administrator Admits Stealing from Special Needs Clients' Burial Accounts, Court Records Say” --- An administrator at a Lehigh Valley nonprofit for special needs children and adults stole $5,800 from the agency, including money that clients had paid ... --- The Express-Times --- April 16, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/vrhiso

29.   “Horry County Teacher Aide Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Conduct Towards Special Need Child” --- Last April, police charged Linda Warriner after authorities said a then 5-year-old special-needs student brought a recorder to school and secretly ... --- WBTW --- April 16, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/Vm6rhh

30.   “Flea Market Vendor Jailed for ‘Preying’ on Special Needs Boy in Bathroom” --- A man remains bars after being accused of sexually assaulting a special needs boy in the bathroom of a flea market in Donna. --- KGBT-TV --- April 19, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/532pGD

31.   “Bond Set for Man Accused of Kidnapping, Raping Special Needs Girl” --- Cameron County sheriff investigators said he allegedly kidnapped a 14-year-old girl and brought her to a trailer in Harlingen on Executive Drive where ... --- KGBT-TV --- April 17, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/0YBseR

32.   “Denison Man Sentenced for Sex Crimes against Special Needs Children” --- A Denison man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual abuse of three special needs children. Over a five year period, ... --- KXII-TV --- April 17, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/GVlmWM

33.   “North Bend Couple Accused of Fraud, Abusing Blind, Disabled Teen” --- King County prosecutors say Jeffrey and April Henderson stole about $19,000 of Medicaid money meant for a 19-year-old they were caring for. --- KIRO Seattle --- April 18, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/Pwy6wk

34.   “Olympia School Bus Driver Accused of Verbally Abusing Developmentally-disabled Student” --- The Olympia School District has placed one of its school bus drivers on leave after a developmentally-disabled 14-year-old middle school student and ... --- The Olympian --- April 21, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/Iy5ZFK

35.   “Police Arrest Woodland Principal on Assault Charges” --- Police have arrested the Woodland Elementary School principal on allegations he used too much force to help restrain a mentally challenged third ... --- KATU --- April 17, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/13w9hs

Seeking Improved Support

36.   “Colorado Lawmakers Consider Restricting Use of Solitary Confinement for Mentally Ill” --- The mental health impacts of being placed in solitary has gotten more ... placing inmates in solitary confinement if they have a serious mental illness. --- The Republic --- April 22, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/ps7T54

37.   “Lack of Psychiatrists Hits Mental Health Patients” --- A nationwide shortage of psychiatrists is hitting home in Indiana, where patients battling mental illness can be forced to wait ... --- SFGate --- April 19, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/yst0d0

38.   “Children's Hearing Aid Costs Draw Indiana Scrutiny” --- “I'm very thrilled the legislature is going to consider this,” David Geeslin, superintendent and CEO of the Indiana School for the Deaf, said through an ... --- Washington Times --- April 20, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/Tf252a

39.   “Special-ed Theft Case Set for Trial” --- Vincent Messina deposited $85 in the bank account of FOSEK (Friends of Special Education Kidz) in September 2012, and found was he ... --- The Sun --- April 20, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/v56121

40.   “Bridgewater Inmate's Family Agrees to Settle Suit” --- Joanne Minich sued the state Department of Correction and mental health care providers in March, charging that her son Peter's mental health was ... --- Boston Globe --- April 18, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/LK9iNF

41.   “Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department Working to Get Mentally Ill Offenders into Treatment” --- The Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department is trying to put a focus on mental health issues in order to help more offenders go ... --- WKZO --- April 18, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/WtvfGp

42.   “Omaha-area Jails and ERs New Front Line in Battling Mental Illness” --- Stephen's story illustrates a growing problem in the Omaha metro area: Jails are increasingly becoming mental health facilities, a responsibility they ... --- Omaha World-Herald --- April 20, 2014  (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/RdAa4N

43.   “Blind Protesters Rally Against Alleged Discrimination” --- Chanting and waving signs, dozens of protesters from the National federation of the Blind gathered along the Black Horse Pike Thursday morning, ... --- NBC40 --- April 17, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/evetj6  

44.   “Court Upholds 2003 Settlement Requiring Plans for Mentally Ill NYC Inmates Leaving Jail” --- A New York City judge has ruled city officials must provide more individualized discharge plans for mentally ill inmates leaving city jails. --- The Republic --- April 18, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/oLE28p

45.   “Regulators Say 'Due Process' is Necessary in Shutting Down Adult Care Facilities” --- Fines are often piled upon adult care homes for a variety of infractions that put residents at risk of injury or even death, but shutting down an adult care ... --- StarNewsOnline.com --- April 18, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/gDgV2u

46.   “Stark County Jail is Holding More Mentally Ill” --- Policy, lack of funding and the fight to protect mental health rights have left many people in jail, where they wait for state hospital beds. According to a ... --- Canton Repository --- April 20, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/4NihoE

47.   “Weatherford Couple Fighting for Changes after Son's Death” --- They say their mentally ill 18-year-old son was wrongfully killed by Custer County deputies. Now, they want laws changed, to force first responders to ... --- KOCO Oklahoma City --- April 17, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/z4ZFFo

48.   “Hundreds Gather at Oklahoma Capitol Rally for Developmentally Disabled” --- The Developmental Disabilities Services waiting list holds the names of nearly 7,000 Oklahomans who are seeking services from the Oklahoma ... --- NewsOK.com --- April 17, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/sqQ7Dz

49.   “TN Ranks Near Bottom on Caring for Disabled” --- ... safety issues, as well as policies designed to keep families together, rather than moving individuals to homes or facilities set aside for the disabled. --- The Tennessean --- April 16, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/FdCJEb

50.   “Suspensions Hit Minorities, Special-ed Students Hardest, Data Show” --- A new analysis of discipline data in nine Washington school districts shows that black and Native American students, as well as those in special ... --- The Seattle Times --- April 20, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/c25837

51.   “Mental Illness Not Usually Linked to Crime, Research Finds” --- In a study of crimes committed by people with serious mental disorders, only 7.5 percent were directly related to symptoms of mental ... --- EurekAlert (press release) --- April 21, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/uDvedY

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

52.   “Autism Insurance Bill, Dozens More Get Brownback's OK” --- Sam Brownback signed a bill Wednesday that requires health insurance for children with autism, according to Brownback's office. The law was passed ... --- Ottawaherald.com --- April 18, 2014  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/WjXpKR

53.   “Autism Service Bills Clears Massachusetts House of Representatives” --- The House unanimously passed a bill on Wednesday intended to improve educational opportunities and access to services for people ... --- MassLive.com --- April 16, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/ux8vy1

54.   “Heineman to Sign Nebraska Autism Coverage Bill” --- Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says he plans to sign a bill that would require some health insurers to offer coverage for autism ... --- The Herald  HeraldOnline.com --- April 18, 2014  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/CoGI3L

International Articles

55.   “Hunt for Man Who Robbed Blind Woman on Davies St in Padstow” --- Police are hunting a man who robbed a blind woman as she walked home with a cane at Padstow. About 5.10pm on Monday, a 23-year-old woman ... --- The Daily Telegraph --- April 23, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/RRILk3

56.   “Judge Raises Concerns about Mental Care in Jail” --- The superintendent had already ordered an investigation after Morneau raised alarm about a prisoner's lack of psychiatric care at the jail last fall. --- Owen Sound Sun Times --- April 21, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/EJTsjG

57.   “Progress of Ontario's Disabilities Act being Reviewed” --- An independent reviewer is checking on the progress of making Ontario fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025. The dean of law at the ... --- CBC.ca --- April 21, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/PCw7mG

58.   “Sask. Mother Struggling to Find Help for Daughter Suffering from Mental Illness” --- Harvey added one Social Services supervisor told her to send her other two children to live with their grandmother in Regina, then take her … --- Regina Leader-Post --- April 19, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/UZrr9R

59.   “Charges Laid in 2009 Death of Homeless Disabled Man” --- A Vancouver man has been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of a homeless and disabled man five years ago. Aaron Dale Power, 37, has ... --- CTV News --- April 17, 2014  (CANADA) http://is.gd/RzQmv8  

60.   “Victory for Disabled Campaigning Group as Use of Derogatory and Offensive Words is Banned” --- The group – run by people with learning disabilities for people with learning disabilities – decided to take action and wrote to Shipley Conservative MP ... --- Bradford Telegraph and Argus --- April 18, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/ySQbct

61.   “Man Serving Life Imprisonment in Rape, Murder Case Acquitted” --- After spending almost two years in prison, a 52-year-old man, sentenced to life imprisonment for raping and murdering a mentally disabled ... --- Zee News --- April 18, 2014  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/qljqYZ

62.   “Teenage Girl with Asperger's 'Bullied for Ten Years' ” --- Rebecca Parkin 16, from Sheffield, who was bullied for more than ten years because she has Asperger's syndrome, a form of high functioning autism. --- Irish Independent --- April 16, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/DpVSOA

63.   “Mentally-challenged People Prone to Abuse” --- Mentally-challenged people continue to be abused and their rights trampled upon in communities in which they live because there are no ... --- The Zimbabwe Standard --- April 22, 2014  (ZIMBABWE)  http://is.gd/TJhIsg


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