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News Summary for August 4, 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 Teacher Pleads Guilty to Molesting Special-Ed Students” --- A former elementary school teacher in Monterey Park has pleaded guilty to sexually molesting four special education students and now faces a ... --- Los Angeles Times --- July 29, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/wrnaCg

2.   “Sonoma Developmental Center Stripped of Federal Funding” --- State health officials announced Friday that they are terminating federal funding for the Sonoma Developmental Center, citing ongoing issues with ... --- Santa Rosa Press Democrat --- July 25, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/BVNpay

3.   “Alhambra Autistic Student Bullied, Called 'Hitler,' 'Asian Nazi,' Parents Say” --- The parents of an 18-year-old teen with autism will sue Alhambra Unified School District because they allege Mark Keppel High ... --- Pasadena Star-News --- July 23, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/D0AwpN

4.   “Aurora Man Sentenced to Prison for Sex Assault on Mentally Disabled Woman” --- William Jesse Rattler was convicted in May of sexual assault on an at-risk victim and sentenced Wednesday, prosecutors said. --- Aurora Sentinel --- July 30, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/q1HRlQ

5.   “ ‘Caretaker’ Accused of Abusing and Neglecting Mentally Challenged Victims” --- A Maryland woman is indicted for allegedly forcing clients with mental and physical disabilities to live in a roach-infested condo and stealing their ... --- NBC4 Washington --- July 23, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/G6AJtx

6.   “Barclays Center Restaurants Taunted Disabled Employees: Suit” --- Managers at high-end Barclays Center arena restaurants viciously taunted disabled employees and purposely kept them hidden from the ... --- New York Post --- July 28, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/ixkwVE 

7.   “NC Hospital Janitor Accused of Assaulting Patients in Psychiatric Ward” --- NC hospital janitor accused of assaulting patients in psychiatric ward .... who they say assaulted two female patients in the hospital's psychiatric ward. --- WBTV --- July 29, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/GUjatZ

8.   “Northeast Ohio Man Accused of Enslaving Mentally Disabled Woman to be Sentenced in Youngstown” --- A man accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in northeast Ohio is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in ... --- The Republic --- July 22, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/2Lho4P

9.   “Minnesota Company Changing How Caregivers are Screened” --- "What we are finding is that using the science of psychology can weed out and also identity the highest potential caregivers, Timothy Johannsson, ... --- KSTP.com --- July 26, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/kXMy0q


10.   “Alabama Prisoners Claim They Face Retaliation for Filing Lawsuit over Medical Care” --- The inmates, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, filed the amended complaint in ... --- al.com --- July 27, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/4kw5YM

11.   “Bus Doesn't Drop off 6-year-old Girl with Down Syndrome” --- A family is upset the school bus did not drop off their 6-year-old daughter with Down syndrome on time. Thursday was the first day of class. --- KVOA Tucson News --- July 30, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/i9qhox

12.   “Castaic Man Takes 26-Year Deal for Beating Man in Wheelchair” --- A Castaic man has pleaded no contest to attempted murder, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. --- SCVNEWS.com --- July 25, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/QjXQDj

13.   “Former Oakland High School Security Guard Accused of Attacking Another Student” --- A former Oakland High School security guard who is facing federal charges for throwing a wheelchair-bound student to the ground faces new ... --- NBC Bay Area --- July 22, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/BinLyc

14.   “Affidavit Says Man Sexually Assaulted Disabled Girl in Suffield” --- A man facing a sexual assault charge had forced an intellectually disabled girl to inappropriately touch him in Suffield in 2012, according to the ... --- Journal Inquirer --- July 24, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/WwH8AW

15.   “Former Student Names Hartford Schools in Sex Abuse Suit” --- A former student at the Special Education Learning Center at Bulkeley High School has filed a civil suit against a former program ... --- Hartford Courant --- July 22, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/C2CbJL

16.   “Bus Aide Accused of Slapping Autistic Boy Pleads Not Guilty” --- It's been nearly two months since surveillance video showing a Pasco County school bus aide slapping an autistic child went public. Since then ... --- Bay News 9 --- July 31, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/DDUw17

17.   “9 Investigates: Central Florida Students Being Restrained at School” --- 9 Investigates uncovered a disturbing fact: Orange County special needs students were restrained by teachers and staff in the classroom more than ...  --- WFTV Orlando --- July 29, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/dO1BWR

18.   “Woman, Disabled Husband Attacked at Suburban Lake Worth Home” --- Authorities also said the attacker assaulted the victim's disabled husband. Both victims were transported to Delray Medical Center where they are ... --- WPTV --- July 29, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/axd4Wt

19.   “Bradenton Woman Cited for Stealing from Blind Boyfriend” --- A Bradenton woman was arrested on multiple charges after she pawned items stolen from her blind ex-boyfriend, according to the ... --- Bradenton Herald --- July 22, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/VofHmh

20.   “Emails Show Coverup of Miami-Dade Prison Inmate's Scalding Death Started Early” --- Mentally-ill prisoner Darren Rainey, 50, was allegedly left in a shower so hot that his skin separated from his body. Emails show the cover-up of his ... --- Bradenton Herald --- July 22, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/SxuJVP

21.   “Prosecutors: Man Choked, Knocked Down His Disabled Ex-girlfriend” --- A man was charged with aggravated domestic violence after prosecutors said he choked and knocked down his disabled ex-girlfriend who suffers ... --- Chicago Tribune --- July 23, 2014  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/JGLdiG

22.   “Former Caregiver Gets Two-year Suspended Sentence in Group Home Client Neglect” --- A former caregiver was sentenced for neglect of a group home resident Monday in Allen Superior Court. Chukwuemeka Esotu, 26, of the 2800 block of ... --- News Sentinel --- July 23, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/bghsTb

23.   “Dependent Adult Abuse Charge Filed against Muscatine Man” --- A Muscatine man was charged with one count of dependent adult abuse, a class C felony. According to court documents, Frank ... --- Muscatine Journal --- July 30, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/5e4jw0

34.   “Fair Employee Fired after Questioning People's Disabilities” --- A group of people waiting in the “handicap gate only” line Wednesday night at the Mississippi Valley Fair were asked by a fair employee to identify ... --- Quad City Times --- July 31, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/37URom

25.   “Fair Apologizes after Special Needs Kids Barred from Rides” --- A Mississippi Valley Fair official has apologized to special needs kids and their parents after some of the children weren't allowed on some rides. --- KCCI Des Moines --- July 30, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/KB5B5Z

26.   “Teacher Accused of Assaulting Special Ed Student Won't Stand Trial” --- A Des Moines fifth-grade teacher who was accused of assaulting a special education student on two occasions in April ... --- Iowa City Press Citizen --- July 25, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/5Gkmyk

27.   “State Training School Expanding Services, as Scrutiny Continues” --- Disability Rights Iowa’s investigation into the State Training School has already led to changes in educational programs, but the work of improving the state-run facility for young men is never done. --- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier --- July 25, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/7liGe9

28.   “Rockville Autistic Twins Who Were Locked in Room Are Moved” --- The autistic twins who spent nights locked inside a urine-stained room in their parents' basement have been safely placed in another home under the ... --- Washington Post --- July 24, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/ilfLYZ

29.   “Only on 7: John Land, Janice Land Charged with Locking up Autistic Sons in Dungeon-like Basement” --- Police have arrested a Rockville couple for allegedly keeping their autistic 22-year-old twin sons in a dungeon-like ... --- WJLA --- June 21, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/9Krcte

30.   “Veterans Affairs Report Details Third Brockton Whistleblower Allegation” --- The allegation by a VA psychiatrist working in Brockton – who revealed two other cases of neglect substantiated by federal investigators – has not ... --- Enterprise News --- July 25, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/fHSOPW

31.   “Muskegon Heights Man, Allegedly Neglected by Sister, Found with Festering Infection, Lying in Own ...” --- A Muskegon Heights man was in such bad condition when Adult Protective Services officials check on him Monday, that ... --- The Muskegon Chronicle --- July 30, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/CNQ0RU

32.   “Autism Diagnosis Bottleneck Leaving Michigan Kids Stranded Without Services” --- "Kids who need treatment at a young age and are sitting on a wait list are not in a good situation." --Colleen Allen, of Autism Alliance of Michigan. --- MLive.com --- July 26, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/wWp94w

33.   “Teacher's Aide Arrested in Blind Student Abuse Case” --- Milan's 15-year-old son, Marquelan, is blind. He says Collins pushed, kicked, and yelled at him in April 2013 at Holly Springs Junior High School. --- WMC-TV --- July 23, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/Bg89Wf

34.   “Jury Convicts Man for Threatening Disabled Ex-girlfriend with Revolver” --- A jury on Thursday found a 52-year-old man guilty of threatening to kill his disabled and injured ex-girlfriend with a .22-caliber revolver last November. --- Billings Gazette --- July 24, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/7HIpNN

35.   “Woman Charged with Stealing from Disabled Adult Clients” --- Prosecutors have accused a woman of slowly stealing thousands of dollars from more than 50 physically or mentally disabled adults who are clients at ... --- Billings Gazette --- July 23, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/nMEpqd

36.   “Former Special Ed Teacher Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Student” --- A former special education teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of assault, admitting that she put pepper and soap in a 6-year-old student's ... --- WMUR Manchester --- July 30, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/bMUXII

37.   “Vernon Bus Driver Left Special Needs Children Unattended, Police Say” --- Charges have been filed against the bus driver involved in the incident which occurred on July 23 involving two special needs children allegedly ... --- NorthJersey.com --- July 29, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/9UOSXD

38.   “Clifton Man Pleads Not Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- A Clifton man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he sexually assaulted a physically and mentally disabled 20-year-old woman. --- NorthJersey.com --- July 25, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/XFN3j4

39.   “Allendale Parent Groups File Federal Complaint Against School District” --- The parent groups assert in the complaint that the board and Barcadepone violated the civil rights of the district's special needs students and their ... --- NorthJersey.com --- July 24, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/F0thm6

40.   “Exclusive Update: Sex Offenders in Group Homes” --- A dozen sex offenders had been staying at the Monroe Developmental Center in Brighton until the state closed it down. News10NBC tracked seven of ... --- News 10NBC --- July 31, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/xEpIjF

41.   “Still No One Charged Eight Weeks After Death of Mentally-ill Rikers Island Inmate Was Declared a ...” --- The union representing correction officers contends that its members do not have the training to handle the thousands of mentally ill inmates flooding ... --- New York Daily News --- July 31, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/eej1Tf

42.   “Trial Pending for Woman Accused of Abuse” --- Joyce Prince is accused of sexually abusing a resident of a state-operated group home in the Town of Dickinson. A trial is expected to be held in ... --- Press & Sun-Bulletin --- July 27, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/DNaG8Y

43.   “Alicia Firth Says 7-year-old Autistic Daughter, Shanicia, Stranded on Bus for 7 Hours” --- A Mount Vernon mother says her autistic daughter was left stranded on a school bus for seven hours. Alicia Firth told News 12 that ... --- News 12 Westchester --- July 25, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/yN1Lwl

44.   “Police Seek Tips in Catching Suspect Who Scammed Elderly, Disabled” --- The Elmira Heights Police are asking for help in locating the man suspected of unlawfully soliciting funds from elderly and disabled residents July 17 ... --- Corning Leader --- July 25, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/zMyDqN

45.   “New Rochelle Admits Fault in Wheelchair Evacuation” --- New Rochelle school administrators have admitted the district broke federal law in 2013 by not evacuating two wheelchair-bound ... --- The Journal News / Lohud.com --- July 25, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/LklUkQ

46.   “Raleigh Caregiver Charged with Neglecting Disabled Adults” --- Michelle McNair Greene, 52, of 2824 Poole Road, was arrested Saturday and charged with three counts of neglecting a disabled or elderly person ... --- News & Observer --- July 27, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/ndosPb

47.   “Asheville Man Charged with Assaulting Handicapped Woman” --- A man being sought on charges of sexually assaulting a handicapped woman was arrested early Tuesday. --- Asheville Citizen-Times --- July 22, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/9xrfEh

48.   “Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Special Needs Summer Camp in Wickliffe” --- A Warrensville Heights woman was sentenced to jail time after she pleaded guilty on July 31 to stealing from a special needs summer camp in ... --- News-Herald.com --- July 31, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/vo0ae5

49.   “In Murder Retrial, Suspect Admits Cutting Disabled Man's Throat” --- …13, 1998, but insisted he never meant to kill Day and never looted the disabled Phenix City man's home to get money for crack cocaine. --- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer --- July 30, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/rMDfkX

50.   “Another Shocking Cleveland Attack Caught on Tape, Victim Reportedly Handicapped” --- This video was posted on Facebook and went viral. Police need your help identifying the attackers. --- WTAM.com --- July 29, 2014  (OHIO) http://is.gd/EAnopY  

51.   “Woman Accused of Stealing Food Stamp Cards from Mentally Disabled Adults at Westlake Group Home” --- An arraignment for a Cleveland woman accused of using food stamp cards belonging to three mentally disabled adults is ... --- The Plain Dealer --- July 24, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/GsAYYL

52.   “State Worker Profited on Items Made by Disabled” --- Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer's office made the finding today following an investigation of Department of Developmental Disabillities ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- July 23, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/NeD6KK

53.   “Police: Couple Accused of Sexually Abusing 2 Girls, 1 with Mental Disabilities” --- Police said the couple also assaulted a 19-year-old with mental disabilities. According to police, the removed the girl's clothes, saying they were ... --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- July 31, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/pKT0qg 

54.   “Grand Jury Report Criaticizes Western Psych Handling of Sexual Assaults” --- A grand jury report returned last week accused officials with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of failing to cooperate with law enforcement ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- July 29, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/VnJ9mt

55.   “Death of Disabled Man Raises Key Issues” --- Disability-rights activists see a troubling pattern of bias in coverage of such ... "Historically, we've devalued people with disabilities for a number of ... --- Philly.com --- July 27, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/GXafmS

56.   “Opportunity or Exploitation? Thousands of Disabled Workers in Pa. Paid Far Below Minimum Wage” --- About 13,000 disabled Pennsylvanians are earning an average of $2.40 an hour in a legal use of subminimum wages. The majority work almost solely ... --- Ellwood City Ledger --- July 27, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/Hk3GWn

57.   “Appeal Filed in Death of Special Needs Child in Fayette” --- One of the parents who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 15-month-old girl has appealed a judge's order denying him a trial ... --- Tribune-Review --- July 24, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/SGRqRp

58.   “Civil Suit Filed against Charleston Area Group Home in 22-year-old Autistic Man's Death” --- The father of a 22-year-old autistic man struck and killed by a vehicle last year after wandering from a group home has filed a wrongful death suit. --- Charleston Post Courier --- July 31, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/KCwrdI

59.   “Family of Deaf Couple Sues Erlanger over Lack of Interpreters” --- A Chattanooga family backed by a state disability advocacy group has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Erlanger Health System claiming the ... --- Chattanooga Times Free Press --- July 23, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/pn1Vfh

60.   “Former Bus Driver Accused of Sexually Abusing Special Needs Children Goes to Court” --- A former Canyons School District bus driver charged with sexually abusing special-needs children will be in court Wednesday. John Carrell, 61, was ... --- fox13now.com --- July 30, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/0LOLCO

61.   “Blind Man Beaten, Stomped, Kicked in Rainier Valley” --- Police are looking for a man who beat, kicked and stomped a legally blind man in the Rainier Valley. Police said they were flagged down in the 2500 ... --- KIRO Seattle --- July 29, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/p7idzt

62.   “Weston Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Mentally Impaired Female in Doddridge County” --- The Doddridge County Sheriff's Department apprehended Gage Anthony Stout, 21, of Weston, who is accused of having sex with a mentally impaired ... --- wajr --- July 24, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/YcRvX8

Seeking Improved Support

63.   “As Alabama Psychiatric Hospitals Close, County Jails Struggle to House Mentally Ill, Disabled Inmates” --- And, in many cases, sheriffs find themselves required to hold severely mentally ill and disabled men and women that county jails aren't equipped to ... --- al.com --- July 30, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/hgfu1i

64.   “Colorado Company Finds Success Working with Autism” --- "People with developmental disabilities have about 90-percent unemployment. They just don't get a chance to even interview for jobs," Bill Morris, ... --- 9NEWS.com --- July 27, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/slDnGz

65.   “Compassion, Not Jail, for Mentally Ill” --- In Boulder, mentally ill inmates account for 40 percent of the jail population, according to Sheriff Joe Pelle. Statistics on the percent of homeless people ... --- Boulder Daily Camera --- July 23, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/JZb3aw 

66.   “Restraint and Seclusion, Legal in Public Schools” --- From the Connecticut Board of Education 2012-13 Annual Report on Restraint and Seclusion, this graph compares counts of recorded incidents ... --- WNPR News --- July 29, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/2CzeIz

67.   “Task Force Cites Gaps in Mental Health Care” --- He said that while there are good services for children with autism, various agencies share duties in ways that can become complicated and confusing ... --- CT Post --- July 24, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/i69guV

68.   “Walker, Catoosa Sheriffs Discuss Pitfalls of Jailing the Mentally Ill” --- Walker County sheriff Steve Wilson, who is a member of the state mental health board, says the numbers are high, the cost is great and the jails have ... --- Northwest Georgia News --- July 23, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/5v5rOv

69.   “Agency Taking Time with Murray Development Center Closure in Southern Illinois” --- State officials say the closure of a southern Illinois center for people with developmental disabilities will be a "long process." --- The Republic --- July 28, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/LYxz6S

70.   “Community Leaders, Sheriff Aim to Help Mentally Ill Inmates” --- Community leaders, sheriff aim to help mentally ill inmates ... inmates in the Cook County Jail are battling some type of mental illness every day. --- MyFox Chicago --- July 22, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/n5pC3R

71.   “A Family Copes with Their Aging Son's Autism” --- John Bucknam, 18, who has autism, listens to music on his dad Mark's iPhone in his bedroom, in Rockville, Md. --- Washington Post --- July 27, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/PgE0vj

72.   “Federal Investigation Reveals St. Louis Office Underpays Veteran Disability Claims” --- A federal investigation finds that one-third of veteran disability claims the St. Louis office processes either overpays or ... --- fox2now.com --- July 25, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/eaNdND

73.   “Federal Court Officially Dismisses Patient Dumping Suit” --- A federal judge has officially dismissed a lawsuit alleging officials at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas violated a patient's ... --- KLAS-TV --- June 25, 2014  (NEVADA) http://is.gd/t5HuBE

74.   “Suit Seeks to Make Sidewalks More Accessible for Disabled New Yorkers” --- Arguing that New York City's streets are often inaccessible for the blind or those in wheelchairs, a group of advocates filed suit against the city on ... --- New York Times --- July 30, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/nqgPsL

75.   “Why Public Special Education Programs Are Flopping in NYC” --- New York City is now spending $200 million on private schools for special education. Critics argue that this is sapping the city's ability to provide ... --- Deseret News --- July 30, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/sZOiQa

76.   “Ohio Public Images Works to Increase Visibility of Developmental Disabilities” --- People with developmental disabilities face many barriers every day – from physical barriers in buildings to systemic barriers in employment. --- WOUB --- July 22, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/doL9gO

77.   “Jail Struggles to House Mentally Ill” --- Diego Dietche, a 26-year-old arrested in June for violating a stalking order, is waiting for space to open up in a mental health facility next month. --- Daily Astorian --- July 25, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/KxvrNr

78.   “Panel Discusses Need for Mental Health Court in Hamilton County” --- Officials in Hamilton County are discussing a new initiative to keep people with serious mental illness out of jail. --- WRCB-TV --- July 28, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/PYfgux

79.   “The High Cost of a Family's All-out Battle with Autism” --- When Hurricane Katrina came crushing down on the City of New Orleans Tim and Irma Pfister clung tightly to their beloved community refusing to be ... --- MyFox Houston --- July 29, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/crMVMl

80.   “Texas Failing Special Needs Students Says US Dept of Education” --- Consider this - when it comes to teaching kids with special needs the U.S. Department of Education now says Texas public schools are performing so ... --- MyFox Houston --- July 28, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/8KfH06

81.   “State Civil Rights Group Sues Yellow Cab, Uber, Lyft for Alleged Disability Act Violations” --- ADAPT is a national grassroots organization for disability rights activists and the Texas Civil Rights Project – TCRP, for short – is a statewide nonprofit ... --- Austin Business Journal --- July 25, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/G2WhQs

82.   “New Database Collects Contact Info so First Responders Can Assist Disabled after Emergency” --- To improve emergency-preparedness/readiness for special needs individuals locally, the North Central Texas Council of Governments has developed ... --- Dallas Morning News --- July 21, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/VEqdnK

83.   “Lawmakers Want to Protect WV Deaf and Blind Schools Workers” --- Visits to Charleston and picketing next to the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney aren't ... --- Cumberland Times-News --- July 21, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/Sq7G8H

84.   “Thousands of Prisoners Treated for Mental Illness” --- The nation's largest prison system has spent more than $36.5 million on psychotropic drugs to treat thousands of offenders in the ... --- USA TODAY --- July 24, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Chyltr

85.   “Disabled Americans Still Economically Shortchanged Despite Law” --- Research shows that people with disabilities have significantly lower capabilities in personal financial planning, on top of numerous employment ... --- U.S. News & World Report --- July 24, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/RX23nZ

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

86.   “Bill Can Help VA Deliver Mental Care” --- In fact, most veterans don't receive adequate treatment for mental illness for another reason: a persistent shortfall of psychiatric physicians in the VA ... --- Arizona Republic --- July 28, 2014  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/h1lCaL

87.   “Legislation Concerns Advocates of Sonoma Developmental Center” --- The Sonoma Developmental Center links over 9,000 acres of protected land connecting the the Marion Coast to the interior coast ranges of California ... --- Santa Rosa Press Democrat --- July 27, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/VXOOAB

88.   “Chuck Schumer Introduces 'Avonte's Law' to Provide Tracking Devices for Autistic Children” --- Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday he has introduced legislation to provide law enforcement around the country with tracking devices that parents can ... --- New York Daily News --- July 26, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/BCaKEk

International Articles

89.   “Schools Need More Support for Children with Autism” --- ''The original [Gonski] funding proposal would have really provided us with much more opportunity to better support children with special needs, and ... --- The Age --- July 30, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/Lt0WwC

90.   “Man Charged for Allegedly Impersonating Special Needs Assistant at Toronto Schools” --- Police say the man claimed to be a certified teacher and worked as a special needs assistant and educational assistant at H. A. --- CP24 Toronto's Breaking News --- July 31, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/MMbjam

91.   “Innovative Recommendations for Toronto Police Dealing with the Mentally Ill” --- Body cameras, the expansion of Taser use, training that focuses on de-escalation — in the wake of retired Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci's ... --- Toronto Star --- July 26, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/bUWfp8

92.   “Waits for Developmental Disability Services Won't End Instantly” --- It will take two years to end waiting lists for treatment of people with developmental disabilities — twice as long as recommended in a new report ... --- Toronto Star --- July 23, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/U9wjwF

93.   “Chinese Man Held for Castrating Four Men at Hospital” --- ... perpetrator as a worker at the nursing home, while a staff member at the home said the man, in his 30s, was also housed there … --- Business Standard --- July 24, 2014  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/ym4hEj

94.   “Mother's Appeal to Find Attackers Who Slashed Her Autistic Son's Throat” --- CCTV footage showing the moments before an autistic teenager had his throat slit in an unprovoked attack has been released in an attempt to track ... --- West End Extra --- August 1, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/9vm5x8

95.   “Judge backs Care of Disabled Woman” --- A judge has allowed doctors not to provide certain life-saving treatments to a severely disabled woman. --- BBC News --- July 30, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/aEXIYu

96.   “Drug Addict Gets Life Term for Killing Disabled Man at His Hull Home” --- A drug addict who stabbed a “vulnerable” disabled man to death in his home and stole his possessions to feed his addiction has been sentenced to ... --- Yorkshire Post --- July 26, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/61QN9K

97.   “Hackney Police Officer Found Guilty of Attacking Mentally Ill Prisoner Who Refused to Pick up Piece of ...” --- A police officer has been found guilty of attacking a mentally ill prisoner who refused to pick up a piece of paper he had dropped on the floor. --- Evening Standard --- July 26, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/yvMLtm

98.   “Special Needs Pupils 'Will be Worse off'’, Expert Warns” --- Children with special needs in Wales will be worse off than those in England if a new law is passed, a leading education solicitor has claimed … --- BBC News --- July 25, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/hyuEix

99.   “Policy for Mentally Ill Soon, Govt. Tells NHRC” --- The State's submission came in response to NHRC's direction in a case involving 35-year-old mentally challenged person Babuni Behera of Puri's ... --- The New Indian Express --- July 25, 2014  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/aKZQA0

100.   “Abysmal Lack of Experts for Treating Kids with Disabilities” --- While the numbers of children with learning disability (LD), autism and cerebral palsy are increasing every year in India, the number of genuine ... --- Daily News & Analysis --- July 24, 2014  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/TUxbuF

101.   “Disabled Man to be Compensated by St Michael's House after Alleged Sexual Assault” --- Disabled man to be compensated by St Michael's House after alleged sexual assault. Court hears man was attacked by another disabled client after ... --- Irish Times --- July 30, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/iGvLqL

102.   “Man Denies Raping Handicapped Teen” --- A Taranaki man raped an intellectually handicapped teenager, taking advantage of her when her mother was in hospital, the Crown told a jury in the ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- July 22, 2014  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/0QCQdm

103.   “Bulacan Man Charged with Abducting, Raping Woman with Mental Disability” --- A 30-year old man from Calumpit, Bulacan has been charged and denied bail for allegedly abducting and raping a young ... --- InterAksyon --- July 23, 2014  (PHILLIPINES)  http://is.gd/ASEaWy

104.   “Disability Hate Crime Needs Tackling” --- Peter McMahon, of Easterhouse, Glasgow, is a member of ENABLE Scotland, and an ardent campaigner against the bullying and harassment of ... --- Scotsman --- August 1, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/O7eV8Z

105.   “Schools Shut Doors on Kids with Special Needs” --- Dubai: Only 52 schools in Dubai accept applications from children with special educational needs (SEN), a scathing report by an online educational ... --- gulfnews.com --- July 30, 2014  (UNITED ARAB EMIRITES)  http://is.gd/Hev7L8

106.   “Sham School Staff Says Torture of Autistic Kids Designed 'to Teach' ” --- Still photo from a secretlyl filmed clip shows Anh Vuong school's Le Thi Thuy Van brandish a rod made from a clothes-hanger which she uses to hit ... --- Thanh Nien Daily --- July 24, 2014  (VIETNAM)  http://is.gd/mHefrh

107.   “Parents of Autistic Children in Vietnam Livid about Lack of Educational Resources” --- Many parents in Vietnam said they wish the government have specialized schools for autistic children with trained staffs. --- Thanh Nien Daily --- July 24, 2014  (VIETNAM)  http://is.gd/Yuqhq0

108.   “Guilty of Raping Mentally-impaired Woman” --- A Zambian national, Mooto Ilukena who raped a mentally- impaired woman was sentenced to 31 years in prison in the Katima Mulilo Regional Court. --- Informante --- July 24, 2014   (ZAMBIA)  http://is.gd/as8T3g


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