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News Summary for September 1, 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.   “VA Employee in Alabama Charged with Sexual Abuse of Mentally Disabled Volunteer” --- A Veterans Administration employee is charged with sexual abuse of a mentally disabled volunteer. Federal court records showed ... --- Tuscaloosa News --- August 19, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/vDsuCR

2.   “California Special Needs Student Had Testicle Removed after Being Sexually Bullied: Mom” --- A special needs student was bullied and sexually assaulted so badly at his California elementary school that he had to have one of his testicles ... --- New York Daily News --- August 22, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Y3MWGI

3.   “Oakland: School Security Guard to Stand Trial in Attack on Disabled Student” --- Flint said a school surveillance video shows Mitchell taking the handles of Martinez's wheelchair and pushing him toward his class but he said ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- August 15, 2014  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/RKNrZk 

4.   “LAPD Accused of Shooting Man with Special Needs Who Was Complying with Orders” --- A police officer shot and killed a mentally challenged African-American man in Los Angeles on Monday, his family said. Family members identified ... --- New York Daily News --- August 13, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/5dp99S

5.   “Saginaw Man Gets 18 to 35 Years for Sexually Assaulting Mentally Handicapped Woman” --- A Saginaw man will spend another 17-plus years in prison for sexually assaulting a mentally handicapped woman last year. --- The Ann Arbor News --- August 21, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/jHwwKR

6.   “Lawsuit: APS Ignored Sexual Complaints against Teacher” --- A 13-year-old and her mother claim the Albuquerque Public Schools knew about a special education teacher's pattern of ... --- KOB.com --- August 15, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/MKh2Vj

7.   “Cumberland Co. Teacher Charged with Assaulting 2 Autistic Students; Sept. 10 Court Date Set” --- A Cumberland County teacher faces charges that she assaulted two autistic students. Doris Holloway, 47, of ... --- Daily Journal --- August 16, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/TRXyMT

8.   “Lancaster Woman Sentenced over Sex with Special Needs Boys” --- It was an emotional day in court on Friday as Hachat made a tearful apology for having sex with two special needs boys, while a parent of the victims ... --- Lancaster Eagle Gazette --- August 23, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/lTsdox


9.   “Men Wanted, Accused of Using Debit Card Stolen from Mentally Ill Woman, Mobile Police Say” ---  Police on Tuesday asked for the public's help identifying a pair of men wanted after they were caught on surveillance cameras ... --- AL.com --- August 19, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/5n0kYo

10.   “Lawsuit Filed against Madison Police Officers in 2012 Shooting Death of Mentally Ill Woman” --- The family of a mentally ill woman fatally shot by Madison police officers during a pre-dawn confrontation two years ago has ... --- AL.com --- August 12, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/J4Jr4R

11.   “Phoenix Police ID Officer Who Shot and Killed Mentally Ill Woman” --- The Phoenix Police Department has released the identity of the officer who shot and killed a mentally ill woman last week. --- AZFamily --- August 19, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/P6UE4z

12.   “LA Accuses Glendale Adventist of Patient Dumping on Skid Row” --- Mike Feuer has filed a lawsuit accusing Glendale Adventist Medical Center of dumping mentally ill and disabled homeless patients on L.A.'s skid row ... --- Los Angeles Times --- August 22, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/zrHXUj

13.   “School Sorry for Making Special Ed Kids Sort Trash” --- Angry parents sounded off over the program that had special education students sort through campus trash bins for recyclables. They said it was ... --- KATC Lafayette News --- August 21, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ZYFusn

14.   “LA City Council Approves Settlement in Case of Police Shooting of Disabled Man” --- The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay $5 million to the family of an unarmed, disabled man who was killed by police in a shooting ... --- Washington Post --- August 20, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/PxBajb

15.   “Special Needs Child Left at Palm Avenue Elementary School” --- A 13-year-old with special needs was left alone at Palm Avenue Elementary School Friday afternoon after she was taken to the restroom, her family ... --- KERO-TV 23 --- August 18, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/hxMDFC

16.   “West Palm Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman with ALS” --- After his arrest, Rivera told investigators that he was never in the disabled woman's bedroom, even though he was seen there by three witnesses, the ... --- Palm Beach Post --- August 20, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/PeADZn

17.   “Aaron Hill: Okeechobee Teen with Autism Abused, Attack Caught on Camera” --- Police have also arrested Evadean Lydecker, who they say lives at the home where the abuse happened and allowed minors to drink alcohol. --- WPTV --- August 15, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Mc8HO8

18.   “MCSO: Shores Man Repeatedly Punched Autistic Boy in Face” --- Deputies say a Silver Springs Shores man seen punching a 13-year-old autistic boy in the face more than once was arrested Wednesday on child ... --- Ocala --- August 14, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ixkRom

19.   “Man Accused of Threatening, Robbing Mentally Challenged Victim in Polk County, Deputies Say” ---  Man accused of threatening, robbing mentally challenged victim in Polk County, deputies say. --- WESH Orlando --- August 12, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/lDai6J

20.   “Lauderdale Man Accused of Sexually Battering Girl” --- A Fort Lauderdale man who police say sexually assaulted a mentally challenged girl has been arrested. Malcolm Jamaal Butler, 27, was taken into ... --- Sun-Sentinel --- August 12, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/XmSXve

21.   “Deputies: Autistic Man Threatened, Money, Phone Stolen” --- Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Auburndale man who they say threatened to hurt an autistic man before stealing his money and a ... --- The Ledger --- August 12, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/oykoGI

22.   “Autistic Teen Beaten, Robbed, and Stripped of Clothes at Park” --- It happened right in the middle of a back to school drive for books and supplies being hosted at the Fluellen Recreation Center. There were a lot of ... --- WTOC --- August 14, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/D19vTf

23.   “Gwinnett Mother Charged with Starving Special Needs Teen” --- Nearly a year after a Gwinnett County girl died of starvation, another mother is now charged with starving her 15-year-old special needs daughter. --- WSB Radio --- August 11, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/bEbDbC

24.   “Teacher Admits Having Sex with Special Ed Student” --- An eastern Indiana teacher who admitted in court to having sex with a 17-year-old special education student has been ... --- WNDU-TV --- August 15, 2014  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/X89Zd6

25.   “Man Jailed for Abuse of Disabled Wife in Jeffersonville” --- A man was released from the Clark County jail Tuesday day after being charged with multiple felonies for beating his partially ... --- Evening News and Tribune --- August 12, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/qfE6Mh

26.   “Man Faces Accusation of Exploiting Disabled People in City” --- A homeless man is accused of exploiting two mentally disabled people and attempting to exploit a third person, according to arrest warrants. --- Lexington Dispatch --- August 22, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/q4Xwsf

27.   “Class Action Civil Rights Suit Brought against State on Behalf of Mentally Ill Prisoners” --- A number of people who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses and found not guilty by reason of insanity are suing the ... --- The Louisiana Record --- August 16, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/VnVZAY

28.   “Vasselboro Man Accused of Raping Woman with Mental Disabilities” --- A man from Vasselboro who worked in a DHHS supported organization is accused of raping a client with mental disabilities. 50-year-old Marshall Cox ... --- WABI --- August 15, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/L2v5Yx

29.   “Centerville Teacher Accused of Abuse Resigns” --- A preschool teacher at Centerville Elementary School accused of mistreating special needs students has resigned, according to ... --- Capecodonline --- August 22, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/8MipP7

30.   “Former Worcester Man Indicted on Manslaughter Charge in Death of Mentally Disabled Man at ...” ---  A former Worcester man was indicted on a manslaughter charge by a grand jury on Wednesday following the death of a ... --- The Republican - masslive.com --- August 14, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/tVp8kr

31.   “Young Boy with Autism Left on Bus Alone” --- It was a scary few hours for parents of a young boy with autism, when their little boy went unnoticed in the ... --- My Fox Boston --- August 12, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/2hNbHt

32.   “Man Accused of Robbing, Harming Vulnerable Adult in Biloxi” --- Tommie Edward Kirksey, 50, was arrested Aug. 18 on charges of robbery and inflicting physical pain on a vulnerable adult. --- SunHerald.com --- August 19, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/IUt5eh

33.   “Woman Pleads to Lesser Charge in Case of Abusing Child with Down Syndrome” --- According to prosecutors, Reynolds and co-defendant Blaine K. Startin Jr. abused his child, who has Down syndrome, and then attempted to cover for ... --- Billings Gazette --- August 18, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/9uHwtH

34.   “Vernon Driver Accused of Leaving 2 Special Needs Boys on Bus Pleads Not Guilty, Report Says” --- The special needs boys, ages 7 and 9, were allegedly left on the bus for about 45 minutes on July 23, authorities said. The vehicle's engine wasn't ... --- The Star-Ledger --- August 22, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/eBrC0s

35.   “Police: Three People Assault Wheelchair-bound Man in Moorestown” --- Two men and a woman from Maple Shade were charged Wednesday with breaking into the home of a wheelchair-bound man and assaulting him, ... --- Burlington County Times --- August 14, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/nnI6lE

36.   “Special Needs Student Says She Was Served Lunch from Trash Can” --- Sierra Prince is a special needs student in the 8th grade at Pleasant Grove Junior High School. While Wednesday was only her second day at … --- New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV --- August 21, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NFVu9g

37.   “New York City School Aide Charged with Punching Boy with Autism” --- A school aide in Brooklyn is under arrest and facing charges after police say he punched a student with autism in the cafeteria. According to the ... --- WABC-TV --- August 15, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/rvIZ8g

38.   “Woman Charged with Sex Abuse of Mentally Handicapped Teen” --- According to arrest records, Davidson invited an 18-year-old girl with mental handicaps to her home on August 9. Police allege the girl was sexually ... --- Gaston Gazette --- August 14, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/XIYDMz

39.   “Police: Man Beats Girlfriend, Her Special Needs Son, Friend to Death” --- Police say a man beat his girlfriend, her adult son with special needs and a family friend to death at a home in Morganton. --- WYFF Greenville --- August 12, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/QbUS2t

40.   “Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Exploitation Charge” --- Jeanette Ann Blackcloud, 53, was arraigned Monday in South Central District Court on a charge of exploiting a vulnerable adult, a Class C felony. --- Bismarck Tribune --- August 11, 2014  (NORTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/Ujrinb

41.   “South Euclid Boy with Autism Punched by Teen” ---The mother of the 9-year-old child with autism said he was playing outside about 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the 3700 block of Antisdale Road. She checked ... --- The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com --- August 22, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/saME11

42.   “Akron Couple Get Prison Terms for Stealing from Disabled Man” --- An Akron woman accused of befriending a developmentally disabled man, letting him think she was disabled and his girlfriend in order to steal from ... --- Akron Beacon Journal --- August 13, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/TprRCW

43.   “Providence Slammed by Court for Denying Autism Coverage, Oregon Insurance Division's Role ...” --- Providence Health Plans, affiliated with the broader Providence system of hospitals, lost a key ruling in U.S. District Court on coverage for autism ... --- The Oregonian - OregonLive.com --- August 12, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/Ix7hFF

44.   “Four of Six Defendants Accused of Handcuffing, Blindfolding Disabled Man Get Prison” --- Joseph Schwab is starting trial Monday on accusations that he participated in the kidnapping of a developmentally disabled man in February. --- The Oregonian - OregonLive.com --- August 11, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/64Z5ev

45.   “Displeased Special Needs Advocate Speaks out on Handling of Case” --- Whitehead is a self-employed advocate who works with those with special education needs and also those who receive intellectual disability services. --- Towanda Daily Review --- August 17, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/VUZuLU

46.   “Special Needs School Employee Faces Child Porn Charges” --- Authorities say a Cumberland, Rhode Island, IT tech at a school for students with special needs faces child pornography charges. Thirty-year-old Eric ... --- NECN --- August 22, 2014  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/00cU9v

47.   “Police: Drunk Union Woman Assaults Wheelchair-bound Neighbor” --- An intoxicated Union woman is accused of yanking a neighbor out of her wheelchair after she denied her permission to use her bathroom, according ... --- WIS --- August 18, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/zfHIpb

48.   “Editorial: Legislature Needs to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Abuse” --- The State Department of Disabilities and Special Needs provides residential and day programs for 13,000 South Carolinians with ... --- The State --- August 11, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/ANtVfu

49.   “Brown Center for Autism Leads Fight to Protect Most Vulnerable” --- It's a taboo that parents at the Brown Center for Autism don't want to talk about. Their children, and all kids with developmental disabilities, are four ... --- The Tennessean --- August 18, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/akJbCO

50.   “Former Special Education Teacher Charged with Assault” --- Manis has been accused of physically and mentally abusing the son of Daniel Stiel when Manis was a special education teacher at the Jonesborough ... --- WCYB --- August 11, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/deqQVz

51.   “Softball Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting Special Needs Child” --- On Aug. 15, a Baytown police officer responded to a report of a sexual assault of a 12-year-old child. Police say the child's parents told them their ... --- KPRC Houston --- August 20, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/CCZgWg

52.   “Utah Special Needs Student Fed Pizza from Trash Can, Lunch Manager Placed on Administrative Leave” --- Sierra Prince is a special-needs student in the 8th grade. On Wednesday, she says she asked for a piece of pizza for lunch but was told there wasn't ... --- KTRK-TV --- August 22, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/Pa2XwF

53.   “Ex-bus Driver Ordered to Stand Trial on 33 Sex Abuse Charges” --- On Monday, a judge ordered him to stand trial on 33 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, for allegedly abusing two ... --- Deseret News --- August 11, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/HBGNkU

54.   “Mental-health Official Resigns after Scrutiny of Patients' Release” --- The King County coordinator for treating mentally ill residents against their will has resigned following scrutiny of how her team failed to meet legal ... --- The Seattle Times --- August 20, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/aexQ1G

55.   “Spanaway Nurse Accused of Sexually Assaulting Vulnerable Adult” --- The state on Wednesday suspended the license of a Spanaway nurse accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult with developmental ... --- TheNewsTribune.com --- August 14, 2014  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/6OgAII 

56.   “Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Challenged Man” --- A man is charged with second-degree sexual assault on a mentally challenged man. Milton Police say it happened ... --- WSAZ-TV --- August 15, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/0l7UFo

Seeking Improved Support

57.   “SF Teachers Miss More School than Students” --- Teacher aides, who are especially critical to special education classrooms, were also absent in greater numbers on certain days, with 16 percent of ... --- SFGate --- August 19, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/EgXeOj

58.   “Florida Prison Officials Vow to Overhaul System” --- "Stories report we have fallen short in specific instances with regard to facility leadership, safety, security, training and services for mentally ill inmates. --- SFGate --- August 20, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ijQydK

59.   “Officers Train to Deal with Mentally Ill Inmates” --- Because more than 25-percent of Marion County's jail population is classified as mentally ill, many officers are required to take a ... --- WRTV Indianapolis --- August 12, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/CDHuO2

60.   “Advocates Push for More to be Done to Employ People with Disabilities” --- Mitch Tomlinson, president and CEO of Lansing's Peckham Inc., which helps people who are disabled find work, said at an event Monday in Delta ... --- Lansing State Journal --- August 11, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/VHSStp

61.   “Mentally Ill Patients Overloading Hospitals” --- Local emergency rooms remain in “crisis mode” as mentally ill patients seeking care continue to overload hospitals ill-equipped to meet their needs, ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- August 20, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/KOuKjM

62.   “New York to Expand Database on Missing Mentally Impaired Adults to Aid Identification” --- New York police are changing the way they report cases when a mentally impaired adult is declared missing. --- The Republic --- August 16, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/CCaQO3

63.   “Look at Special Education Office Reveals More Administrators Who Lack Credentials or Experience” --- City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina, right, seen here with Kamillah Hanks, Borough Hall liaison to the Panel for Education Policy, left, has visited ... --- Staten Island Advance - SILive.com --- August 14, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/vem0wS

64.   “Pa. School Repeatedly Charged Disabled Teen with Truancy because Family Lacked Wheelchair Ramp” --- Doris Blunt's 16-year-old daughter has cerebral palsy. But up until now, her Reading, Pa., home lacked a wheelchair ramp, meaning that Blunt had no ... --- The Patriot-News --- August 14, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/YryQ8z 

65.   “Canyons School District Announces New Safety Policies for Students on Buses” --- Parents of special needs students are now asked to assist their children in getting on the bus and fastening the five-point seat belts that are used, ... --- Deseret News --- August 18, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/WzFVtT

66.   “System Tries to Keep up with Flood of Mentally Ill in Jails” --- A staggering percentage of individuals held in county jails around the United States suffer from mental illness and substance use disorders ... --- Standard-Examiner --- August 16, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/Bxdhni

67.   “Schools' Special-ed Chief Put on Paid Leave over Consultant's Contract” --- The leadership of Seattle Public School's long-troubled special-education department is being shaken up again — this time by a district investigation ... --- The Seattle Times --- August 11, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/zSn5NE

68.   “Jail Cells Now De Factor Mental Health Care Units in Dane Co.” --- Four concrete walls and a mail slot through which to communicate with the world is what individuals in mental crisis are given in the Dane County Jail. --- WISC Madison --- August 14, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/hxbOLY

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

69.   “Pa. Law Mandates Information with Down Syndrome Diagnosis” --- When Gov. Corbett signed the Down Syndrome Prenatal and Postnatal Education Act in July, he got help from Chloe Kondrich, 11, whose father, Kurt, ... --- Philly.com --- August 19, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/DSpEMD

International Articles

70.   “Lack of Psychiatric Beds Putting Patient, Staff Safety at Risk: Union” --- The ABC's been told a potentially dangerous psychiatric patient was left in a low security health facility in the Illawarra after threatening to harm other ... --- ABC Online --- August 21, 2014  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/hEh1rs 

71.   “Law Changed to Appoint 'Supporters' for Disabled and Dementia Sufferers to Help with Decisions” --- Disabled people, including dementia sufferers, will be appointed ''supporters'' to help them make decisions as part of an overhaul of the state's ... --- The Age --- August 20, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/tGFkoz

72.   “Disabled Woman Sues Carers over Severe Burns 'from Hot Bath at Adelaide Residential Facility' ” --- At the time, the woman was living in a facility at Brahma Lodge which was owned by the Intellectual Disability Accommodation Association and run by ... --- ABC Online --- August 18, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/aNKPyZ

73.   “Disabled Woman Suing after Nurse Allegedly Covered up Scalding from Hot Bath” --- A woman with autism and epilepsy is suing an Adelaide residential care facility over severe injuries she suffered from a hot bath which a nurse ... --- 9news.com.au --- August 18, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/NNVb04

74.   “The Ugly Law Used to Keep Disabled Children from Migrating to Australia” --- Under the Act, children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are automatically refused permanent residency because they are judged a financial ... --- NEWS.com.au --- August 12, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/UbObTU

75.   “Students with Autism Worried about Discrimination at University” --- Penny Robinson knew large crowded rooms might trigger a panic attack – it was a symptom of her Asperger's syndrome. So when she enrolled in ... --- The Age --- August 10, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/AVEK5l

76.   “Severely Mentally Ill Offender Almost Dumped at Emergency as Her Sentence Ended” --- Correctional officers had to threaten to leave a severely mentally ill federal inmate at a hospital emergency room when her sentence ended Friday ... --- Ottawa Citizen --- August 15, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/ru2Rla

77.   “Stoke-on-Trent School Faces Legal Action over Claims it Shut Autistic Pupils into a 'Cell-like' Room” --- A school is facing legal action over claims that staff shut autistic pupils into a 'cell-like' room to manage their behaviour. Two families allege their ... --- Stoke Sentinel --- August 15, 2014  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/9eR6FI 

78.   “Woman with Learning Disabilities Sexually Assaulted in Cornwall” --- An investigation is under way after a woman with learning difficulties was sexually assaulted in Launceston. --- Western Morning News --- August 14, 2014  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/1P9FEP 

79.   “Human Rights Commission to Target Down Syndrome Discrimination” --- The Human Rights Commission is to prioritise Down Syndrome discrimination in light of the recent case of an Australian couple who abandoned their ... --- Newstalk ZB --- August 16, 2014  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/zH0jXB

80.   “Newport Carer Stole £900 from Vulnerable Adults” --- A Newport based carer stole £900 from vulnerable adults was suffering from anxiety and depression, a court heard. Kirsty Phillips, 34, was ... --- South Wales Argus --- August 20, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/RuSA0Y


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