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News Summary for October 20, 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.   “Sex Offender Lived in City Heights Group Home with Developmentally Disabled Women” --- Gina told 10News she believes the group home's owners should have done a background check on 28-year-old Kyle Sanders, who lists his address ... --- 10News --- September 29, 2014  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Bm9qJW

2.   “Video Shows Former Caretaker Dousing Autistic Man with Hot Water” --- Channel 9 has obtained video that allegedly shows a caregiver at a Lake County educational center for people with special needs dousing an autistic ... --- WFTV Orlando --- October 10, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/gKije2

3.   “Group Home Accused of Abuse” --- A Jacksonville mother heartbroken. She tells us the adult care facility where her 29-year-old mentally disabled son was living betrayed him. --- WJXT Jacksonville --- October 8, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/sBeHuq

4.   “Man Sentenced to 8 Years for 7 Minute-long Beating of Disabled Man at the Riverwalk” --- One of three men charged in the 2013 beating of a disabled man at the Bradenton Riverwalk Skate Park was sentenced to eight years ... --- Bradenton Herald --- October 8, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/MfiCJ8

5.   “Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse of Disabled Woman” --- “To break into someone's home who can't hear and sexually abuse her is despicable,” Judge Joel Greenblatt told the defendant, Charles Craddock, ... --- Chicago Tribune --- September 30, 2014  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/kHckH8 

6.   “Former Group Home Worker Gets 13 Years for Abusing Mentally Disabled Man” --- Emphasizing an abuse of trust between a caretaker and a mentally disabled man, a judge sentenced a former group home worker to ... --- South Bend Tribune --- October 14, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/zmbdRN

7.   “Former Cop Interviewed by Police in 2011 Homicide” --- A former police officer accused of beating two mentally handicapped men in a Somerset group home has been tangled up in a similar police ... --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- October 9, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/wo0KKi

8.   “Patient Advocacy Group Kept Abuse Case at Maine's Riverview Hospital Secret for Months” --- An attorney with the rights center said the group tried to persuade hospital administrators to report the abuse to the state's Adult Protective Services. --- Press Herald --- October 8, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/t6wkMO

9.   “Lawsuit Targets Mich. Prosecutors over Rape Charges” --- The Wendrows were arrested in December 2007 after their then 14-year-old daughter — who is mute, autistic and mentally impaired — typed out a ... --- USA TODAY --- October 7, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/kvyF3j

10.   “Charges of Cover up in Investigation of Disabled Abuse” --- So they've created this system to give the appearance that it's safer to the families of the disabled. But it;'s far more dangerous now than when ... --- TWC News --- September 29, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/xELUgo

11.   “Hometown Man Sentenced for Incest with Autistic Grandson” --- “The victim in this case was a 9-year-old autistic child who was your grandson,” the judge said. “Who you did despicable things to, to be honest.” --- Charleston Gazette --- October 2, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/zsVBnu

12.   “Penalties Enforced in Bulgaria's Scandalous Autism Rape Case” --- The penalties in the scandalous case of 13-year old autistic Anna Maria will be announced on Wednesday, BNR reported. Her parents believe ... --- Standart News --- October 14, 2014  (BULGARIA)  http://is.gd/s5Ng7R

13.   “Surprise! Disabled People Have Sex” --- Tim and Natalie have been giving presentations on sex and disability around the GTA for the last several years, and the revamped Rose Centre is ... --- Hamilton Spectator --- October 5, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/wYHgbs


14.   “LA County Unable to Avert Federal Oversight of Jails” --- ... county jails have been monitored by federal officials for the last 12 years under an agreement requiring improvements in treatment of the mentally ill. --- Los Angeles Times --- October 2, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/HtGtMs

15.   “Wheelchair Bound Man Victimized in Palmdale Home Invasion” --- Authorities Thursday said a wheelchair-bound man was targeted in a recent home invasion robbery in the Antelope ... --- CBS Local --- October 2, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/40KsLT

16.   “Blind Man Targeted by Crook Who Steals Cell Phone” --- But it happened just days ago along busy Shaw Avenue in some apartments across the street from Fresno State. Frank Lizarde says, "I was maybe 3 ... --- KMPH Fox 26 --- October 2, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/tFOufq

17.   “Disabled Woman Attacked, Sexually Assaulted Outside Jefferson Elementary School in East ...” --- The Bakersfield Police said a disabled woman was attacked while walking in front of an East Bakersfield elementary school ... --- KERO-TV 23 --- October 1, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/b0sNqg

18.   “Half of Those Killed by San Francisco Police Are Mentally Ill” --- The fatal shooting in March of a man with a history of mental illness in Albuquerque, New Mexico, led to explosive street protests and preceded the ... --- KQED --- September 30, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Uqcin4

19.   “Sex Case Raises Questions about South Windsor Group Home” --- The affidavits set forth evidence that Keon T. Mcrae Jr., 18, sexually assaulted fellow residents at group homes in South Windsor and East Hartford. --- Journal Inquirer --- October 14, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/4h6Wu3

20.   “Woman in Electric Wheelchair Robbed” --- The woman was sitting in her electric wheelchair near East 2nd Ave. and 44th St. when she told Hialeah police she was ambushed by a man at ... --- CBS Local --- October 14, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ssQsYt

21.   “Protest at Museum in Aftermath of Blind Woman's Treatment” --- Interfering with admittance to a public space by a person with a disability or their guide animal is a second-degree misdemeanor with a maximum ... --- Tallahassee.com --- October 10, 2014   (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/e11B7k

22.   “Man, 26, Accused of Exposing Himself to Mentally Disabled Woman” --- Man, 26, accused of exposing himself to mentally disabled woman ... man who sheriff's deputies say exposed himself to a mentally disabled woman. --- Ocala --- October 8, 2014  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/mGroYg

23.   “Abuse in Florida's Prisons: A Miami Herald Investigation” --- A shower so scalding, it melted off one man's skin; another man gassed to death in a small room, begging for his life; beatings and torture and threats ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- October 7, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/DsbFbj

24.   “Teacher Accused of Abandoning Disabled Student During Fire Drill” --- But for Lake Nona High School student Carlos Rodriguez, a drill last week quickly became one. The Department of Children and Families is ... --- WFTV Orlando --- October 6, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/4VloEB

25.   “Polk County Woman Accused of Using 'Hit Stick' on Disabled Adults” --- A Polk County group home manager is out of a job and faces criminal charges after investigators say she used a "hit stick" to discipline disabled ... --- WFLA --- October 3, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/c6vtlU

26.   “Florida Prison Officials Hire Ombudsman for Mentally Ill Inmates in Wake of Abuse Allegations” ---  Florida prison officials are hiring an ombudsman to oversee the treatment of mentally ill inmates in the wake of abuse allegations and ... --- The Republic --- October 3, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/oyREHZ

27.   “Mother of Malnourished Autistic Child Denied Bond Despite Husband's Release” --- Gwinnett County police believe her 15-year-old daughter — an autistic child that weighed just 55 pounds when she was first taken to the hospital ... --- Gwinnettdailypost.com --- October 10, 2014  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/db6P6c

28.   “Hephzibah Woman Arrested on Charge of Operating Unlicensed Personal Care Home” --- A woman suspected of running an unlicensed personal care home where residents may have been neglected, abused or exploited has been arrested. --- The Augusta Chronicle --- October 1, 2014  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/QJwAjR 

29.   “Georgia Woman Pleads Guilty to Allowing 16-year-old Daughter to Starve to Death” --- A 37-year-old Georgia mother pleaded guilty Tuesday to allowing her 16-year-old special needs daughter who weighed only 43 pounds starve to ... --- New York Daily News --- October 1, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/7S46YT

30.   “Lafitte Mother Told to Leave Stroller with Disabled Son Outside Marrero Store” --- One mother from Lafitte is outraged after she went shopping at a Family Dollar over the weekend and was told to leave her disabled son's stroller ... --- WDSU New Orleans --- October 14, 2014  (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/ZJxl9i

31.   “Covington Area Horse Farm Owner Accused of Raping Mentally Challenged Woman” --- Vincent Datrio is accused of raping a mentally challenged woman at Parkview Farm, a horse farm he owns near Covington. --- The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com --- October 9, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/aK4j8Q

32.   “Investigators: Police Arrest 2 Teen Boys for Allegedly Trying to Rape Special Needs Girl” ---  Authorities said two teen boys accused of trying to rape a special needs teen girl at school in September were arrested Monday. --- WBXH --- October 8, 2014 (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/MoEin4

33.   “Riverview Psychiatric Patients, Looking for Refuge, Find Isolation Instead” --- Helen Bailey, the attorney for the Disability Rights Center, said it will be difficult for Harper to change the work culture at Riverview – which opened in ... --- Press Herald --- October 5, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/7hDg99

34.   “Case of Disabled Child Who Died at Troubled Group Home in Maryland is Now a Homicide” --- The Baltimore Department of Social Services became the boy's legal guardian and he was placed under LifeLine's care on Dec. 4, 2013 ... --- Washington Post --- October 13, 2014  (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/1eJZok  

35.   “Restraints Cited in Three Deaths at Bridgewater” --- His little-publicized death was anything but isolated at Bridgewater, the state's prison for people with mental illness. Three years later, 45-year-old Paul ... --- Boston Globe --- October 12, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/vjAzz7

36.   “Sentencing for Mom Who Tried to Kill Autistic Girl” --- A northern Michigan woman who acknowledged trying to kill herself and her autistic 14-year-old daughter is scheduled for sentencing and could get ... --- ABC News --- October 6, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/lPaKke

37.   “Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital Admissions on Hold Pending Investigation” --- Admissions to the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital are on hold while investigators examine allegations that patient rights ... --- The Republic --- October 10, 2014  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/AAWVWm 

38.   “State Suspends Troy Group Home's License” --- Michigan's Department of Human Services Bureau of Children and Adult ... He also said the department's Adult Protective Services division helped ... --- The Detroit News --- October 10, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/OWditH

39.   “Sentencing Hearing Continues for Kelli Stapleton, Who Tried to Kill Autistic Daughter” --- Family of Matt Stapleton testified Monday that Kelli Stapleton wanted to be rid of her special-needs child. Sarah Ross, an aunt to ... --- The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com --- October 7, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/xDLXo0

40.   “Court Roundup: Man Charged with Breaking into Deaf Flint Woman's Home, Ex-con Gets Prison for ...” --- Charges have been filed after police claim a deaf Flint woman was alerted to her home being broken into by her alarm's flashing lights. --- The Flint Journal --- October 4, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/86OiIJ

41.   “State Report: Group Home Employee Had Sexual Contact with Vulnerable Adult” --- The Minnesota Department of Human Services concluded that an employee acted improperly by having sexual contact with a vulnerable adult living ... --- WDIO-TV --- October 10, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/AkmGT6

42.   “Mentally Ill and Beaten, Man Sues Beltrami County Jailers” --- A Minnesota man with mental illness who was severely beaten in the Beltrami County jail last year — and then released by a judge so the county ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- October 8, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/JrEUqi

43.   “Former Jonesborough MS Special Education Teacher to Face Additional Assault Charges” --- Former Jonesborough M.S. special education teacher to face additional .... A former special education teacher who taught at Jonesborough Middle ... --- WJHL --- October 1, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/e9Qdlh

44.   “Reports Allege Mistreatment and Neglect of Patients at Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center” --- The governor made her decision after the Disability Rights Center released reports alleging that patients are being mistreated and have ... --- Conway Daily Sun --- October 1, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/HIluwA

45.   “Mom Files Rights Lawsuit Against RRPS, Ex-teacher” --- The family of a Rio Rancho Middle School sixth-grader with special needs who said a science teacher roughed him last winter is suing the instructor ... --- Rio Rancho Observer --- October 12, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/BSH2I9

46.   “Disabled Woman Claims Caretaker Sexually Assaulted Her” --- A disabled woman said someone who was supposed to care for her ... center in Northeast Albuquerque with dozens of disabled and senior residents. --- KOAT Albuquerque --- October 3, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/BKOrEd

47.   “Lawsuit: NM Man with Schizophrenia Falsely Held” --- An Albuquerque man struggling with mental illness is suing a northern New Mexico county and police officers over a ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- September 30, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/X23127

48.   “DeWitt Nurse Admits Falling Asleep, Leaving Disabled Resident to Die” --- A DeWitt nurse will spend 90 days in jail after admitting she slept on the job, leading to last year's death of a group home resident. --- The Post-Standard - syracuse.com --- October 9, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/svMANw

49.   “New York's Jails Need Federal Oversight” --- In one case, in April 2012, five Rikers Island guards and a captain hogtied a mentally-ill man named Robert Hinton and carried him by his arms and ... --- New York Times --- October 9, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/ie9j3J

50.   “Lawmaker Seeks to Obtain Records about Group Home” --- State Assemblyman Michael Kearns filed a petition to obtain open records about the state-owned group homes. He wants to know how and why the ... --- wivb.com --- October 6, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/U2YspO

51.   “School Therapist Suspended Without Pay after Fundraiser for Disabled Kids as Alleged Sex-crazed ...” --- Fisher had set up a Kickstarter fundraising drive aimed at helping Aaron Philip, 13, put together a book and film to help other disabled kids — a project ... --- New York Daily News --- October 4, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Q9njsr

52.   “Policy Changes Coming after Video Shows 5-year-old Special-needs Student Restrained in Bronx ...” ---  Policy changes are coming to New York City schools after a 5-year-old special-needs student was tied up as part of a punishment for acting out ... --- WABC-TV --- October 1, 2014  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/zA8Hxn

53.   “Judge Calls for Firing of Rikers Officers for Alleged Beating of Mentally Ill Inmate” --- A judge is urging the city Department of Correction to fire six correctional officers who allegedly beat a mentally ill inmate at Rikers Island. --- NY1 --- September 29, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/TML4r3

54.   “Deputies: Man Assaults Handicapped Son” --- The father of a handicapped child is accused of assaulting his son. According to an arrest warrant, Brunswick ... --- WWAY NewsChannel 3 --- October 10, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/69groU

55.   “Justice Department to Probe Death of Mentally Ill Inmate” --- … opened a criminal investigation into what happened to a mentally ill inmate in North Carolina who was found dead from dehydration after a prison transfer in March, grand-jury subpoena records show. --- Columbus Dispatch --- October 4, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/jngtNC

56.   “Advocate: Fill Empty Jobs in Wake of Inmate Death” --- Advocates for the mentally ill are calling on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to authorize emergency funding to fill large numbers of ... --- News & Observer --- October 3, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/pDtCA6

57.   “Man Who Works with Special Needs Children Accused of Sex Crimes” --- A man who works with special needs children in Iredell County is accused of committing sex crimes against two teenagers. Investigators showed ... --- WSOC Charlotte --- October 2, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/aSxHn4  

58.   “Blind Man Assaulted and Robbed in Winston-Salem” --- Police are looking for a suspect who they say assaulted and robbed a blind man in Winston-Salem Wednesday. --- WFMY News 2 --- October 2, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/aURgmU

59.   “Lawsuit Alleges State Took Years to Treat Autistic Boy” --- The Mansfield family who filed a federal lawsuit last month over the provision of autism services alleges it took years to get ... --- Mansfield News Journal --- October 3, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ydYCIs

60.   “Possible 2nd Lawsuit Against Reynoldsburg Schools, Worries over Special Needs Students” --- Pat Warner, a lawyer who is trying to help special needs parents said, "Our parents don't even seem to have enough information to know whether ... --- Fox 28 --- October 3, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/hhwrEi

61.   “Deaf Kindergartener Left on Bus After Parents Say Driver 'Forgot' Her” --- Not once, but twice. That's the amount of times a North Columbus family says their 5-year-old deaf daughter was ... --- Fox 28 --- October 3, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/NeC4oL

62.   “Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Oklahoma Group Home Operator” --- A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against group home operator Renaissance Management Group over the March 21 death of Mitchell Boles, ... --- NewsOK.com --- October 12, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/rsnpaV

63.   “Cherokee County Man Accused of Molesting Two Mentally Disabled Men” --- A Cherokee County man hired as a caregiver for the mentally disabled is ... Gartrell will never be allowed near mentally disabled people ever again. --- KOKI FOX 23 --- October 1, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/B6ABn2

64.   “Man in Wheelchair Charged with Sexually Abusing Disabled Woman” --- A 70-year-old man, living in an adult foster home facility, has been charged with sexually abusing a disabled woman. George Edward Warren was ... --- The Register-Guard --- October 10, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/zl7OjZ

65.   “Lawyer: Soccer Coach Didn't Know of Autistic Boy's Duct-taping” --- The attorney for a Pennsylvania high school soccer coach says he wasn't present, didn't condone and didn't know about ... --- The Mercury --- October 9, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/e3JUyw

66.   “Harrisburg Parents Charged with Homicide of Mentally Disabled Son” --- A Harrisburg couple has been charged in the death of their 9-year-old mentally disabled son who authorities say weighed just 16.9 pounds at the time ... --- Lebanon Daily News --- September 30, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/8lD9W6

67.   “Pittsburgh-area Psychiatric Hospital Refuses to Treat 16-year-old School Stabbings Suspect” --- A Pittsburgh-area psychiatric hospital has refused to treat a 16-year-old boy awaiting trial on charges he stabbed 20 fellow ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- September 30, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/4fBQjf

68.   “Mentally Disabled Man Robbed” --- An arrest warrant has been issued after a mentally disabled man was robbed in broad daylight in a busy shopping district. West Reading Police are ... --- WFMZ Allentown --- September 30, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/p1boEa

69.   “Two Health Care Workers Accused of Abusing a Mentally-retarded Woman” --- Court records state that she is mentally challenged, considered as having High Functioning Mild Retardation. In an incident report the pair stated that ... --- Chron.com --- October 9, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/enstmH

70.   “Police: Houston Man Fatally Strangles Disabled Person with Necktie” --- Houston police have arrested a man who they say fatally strangled a disabled man with a necktie. The Houston Chronicle reports ... --- Longview News-Journal --- October 7, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/XOvfCH

71.   “District Responds to Alleged Discrimination against Child with Autism” --- “We're trying to see how we can remedy the situation with the parents," Dr. Rene Gutierrez, superintendent for the Edinburg Consolidated Independent ... --- KGBT-TV --- October 3, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/jLvKnH

72.   “Former Teacher Guilty of Lesser Charges against Student with Disabilities; No Longer Facing Prison Time” --- Square dancing is the state dance of Texas but low membership in the activity is causing one local club to close. --- KTEN --- October 1, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/DT2vw0

73.   “Lawsuit: Inmate with Mental Problems Untreated” --- A mentally impaired Vermont prison inmate serving a 21-day sentence on a parole violation ended up spending more than seven months in ... --- BurlingtonFreePress.com --- October 7, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/GVUZMK

74.   “Suit: Papa John's Fired Worker with Down Syndrome” --- A federal agency is accusing Papa John's Pizza of breaking the law when they fired a Utah employee with Down syndrome. --- 9NEWS.com --- September 29, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/aEYJ5V

75.   “Suit Argues Rights of Mentally Ill Infringed” --- ... three months,” said Elaine Alberti, a clinical nurse specialist at Eastern State Hospital, in a documentary produced by Disability Rights Washington. --- The Spokesman Review --- October 10, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/xlS9aN

76.   “Bainbridge Police to Review Attempted Tasering of Mentally Ill Woman” --- The Bainbridge Island Police Department will evaluate an incident Saturday where officers attempted to use a Taser on a ... --- Kitsap Sun --- October 7, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/74yLds

77.   “West Virginia High School Yearbook Deems Special-needs Student 'Most Likely to Disappear' ” --- A West Virginia community is outraged after a high school yearbook declared a special-needs student and his friend “most likely ... --- New York Daily News --- October 7, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/AsRRfQ

78.   “Man Charged for Punching Autistic Teen” --- One of the officers knew the boy who was in the headlock, and that he has severe autism and does not answer questions. Officers saw scratch marks ... --- Kenosha News --- October 2, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/fxHHDW

79.   “Milwaukee Montessori Accused of Discriminating against Disabled Student” --- The disabled child's mother asked for an exception, producing a recommendation from a pediatrician saying it was safe to let the boy nap as long ... --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- September 29, 2014  (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/Ecgztu

80.   “Albany County Man Gets 10-15 Years for Assaulting Autistic Girl” --- A 28-year-old Albany County man will spend up to 15 years in prison for having sex with a 16-year-old autistic girl. Cassidy Wayne ... --- Casper Star-Tribune Online --- September 30, 2014  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/IptfHU

81.   “Amnesty Slams US Execution of Mentally-ill Prisoners” --- In September, a mentally-ill inmate in the US state of North Carolina, who was held in solitary confinement for 35 days, died of dehydration. --- Press TV --- October 11, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Cu0YM1

82.   “Panel: Feds Need Tools to Fight Patient Dumping” --- A sign outside the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital at Jones Boulevard and Oakey Boulevard is shown in this photo, taken Thursday, July 25, 2013. --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- September 30, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/HPGnxk

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83.   “Disturbing Details in Case of 12-year-old Disabled Boy Killed from House Fire” --- Smelling of urine and contraband in the home: Disturbing new details emerge in the case of a 12-year-old disabled boy who ... --- KGUN 9 --- September 30, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/0MdCTK

84.   “Tracking System Glitches Affected Special Needs Students, Report Says” --- Schools also had trouble scheduling other students using the system, but the monitor's report focused on students with disabilities. --- Los Angeles Times --- October 13, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/5ewhF9

85.   “Special Education Population Jumps Dramatically in SL, Leaving District with $643,000 Deficit” ---  Each year the district does a count of its special education students. ... can change as new families move into the district with special needs students, ... --- Pilot Tribune --- October 4, 2014  (IOWA) http://is.gd/3LWjxc

86.   “Vigil Marks Year Since Autistic NYC Teen Vanished” --- The 14-year-old autistic boy was last seen walking toward a New York City park overlooking the East River. His remains were found in January 2014, ... --- The Idaho Statesman --- October 2, 2014  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/2eoteL

87.   “Battle over State Facility is Personal, Political” --- The Murray Center is a state-run institution for people with developmental disabilities - things like cerebral palsy and autism. It's a circle of single-story ... --- WBEZ --- October 13, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/y0zdDo

88.   “The Arc Receives Grant for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education” --- It refers to conditions such as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), and alcohol-related birth defects ... --- The Rock River Times --- October 7, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/pRUQSL

89.   “Council Looks at Ways to Prevent Mental Health Epidemic in Nevada” --- Now the board must decide how to use the money to build and create new services, while trying to reduce the number of mentally ill people clogging ... --- KTNV --- October 6, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/Ide97u

90.   “Christie Plan to Return Disabled to NJ Leads One Man to Hospitals, Jail” --- But since her son left the Woods residential center in Langhorne, he has shuttled between multiple group homes, three hospitals, a motel, and the ... --- The Star-Ledger --- October 10, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/3K4ZDa

91.   “New York State Exposed: Evaluations for Children with Special Needs” --- That's what parents across New York are going through now. It has to do with the way kids with special needs are being evaluated and how the state's ... --- News 10NBC --- October 6, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/k19eLS

92.   “Advocates: Need for Disability Resources is 'Critical' ” --- ... and across the state, have led to a lack of housing and support services for intellectual and developmentally disabled adults, calling it a crisis. --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- October 1, 2014  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/nc2Q2J  

93.   “Deal Reached to Help Disabled People in Disasters” --- He questioned the city's planning priorities, noting that the special needs coordinator within the city's Office of Emergency Management has no staff. --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- October 1, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/14DFNy

94.   “Video Shows 5-year-old Special-needs Student Restrained in Bronx School” --- Questions linger after a 5-year-old special-needs student was tied up as part of a punishment for acting out at his Bronx school, and the incident was ... --- WABC-TV --- September 30, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/3xv9DZ

95.   “New York State Exposed: Trying to Get Answers on Placement of Sex Offenders” --- Those constituents want answers about why seven medium and high-risk sex offenders with developmental disabilities were quietly moved into their ... --- News 10NBC --- September 29, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/IAhOqQ

96.   “Special Education Advocates Request Special Task Force to Study Funding” --- Special education advocates in Oklahoma asked lawmakers to consider creating a statewide special task force to address special education and the ... --- KGOU --- September 30, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/HifE2A

97.   “Oregon Department of Education Fines Portland Public Schools for Over-disciplining African ...” ---  The Oregon Department of Education has fined Portland Public Schools for disciplining African American special education students at a higher rate ... --- The Oregonian - OregonLive.com --- October 2, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/MCjv3N

98.   “Greensburg Man Held for Trial in Rape Case” --- A Greensburg man told police that he didn't believe that a mental handicap ... Mulnix faces two counts each of rape of a mentally disabled person, ... --- Tribune-Review --- October 9, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/0PS2W0

99.   “Elk County Prison Coping with Mentally Ill Inmates” --- Ill-equipped, under-staffed and over-crowded, a local county jail is struggling to care for a wave of mentally ill inmates entering the facility in ... --- Bradford Era --- October 1, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/7S2qLp

100.   “State Report Recommends HHS Overhaul” --- Last week, a KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered many Texans with mental illness don't get the resources they need due to inadequate funding, ... --- KVUE --- October 9, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/t0aqWb

101.   “Two Charged with Killing Disabled Son by Putting Alcohol in IV” --- Vermont State Police say Melissa Robitille, left, and her boyfriend, Walter Richter III, put alcohol in her disabled son's IV tube, killing the 13-year-old ... --- Honolulu Star-Advertiser --- October 7, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/5bc6hb

102.   “Woman Fights for Mental Health Care for Imprisoned Son” --- Debra Hill recalls the first signs her son could have a mental illness. In kindergarten in Texas, the little boy developed tremors in his ... --- Walla Walla Union-Bulletin --- October 4, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/KR2Mpo

103.   “Faith Leaders Call on State to End 'Torture' of Solitary Confinement” ---Scott Walker to immediately halt the use of solitary confinement for all mentally ill inmates and restrict its use for other inmates to 15 days or less, and ... --- Madison.com --- October 2, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/R0QS1q

104.   “A Mental Health Crisis Shouldn't End in a Jail Cell” --- Nearly $9 billion per year is spent locking up people struggling with mental illness. And 356,368 severely mentally ill people were imprisoned in 2012. --- The Nation --- October 9, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/UHEAai

105.   “Poverty Rate for Americans with Disabilities is Double the US Average” --- The 2013 Census Bureau report found that poverty declined overall to 14.5%, but the rate for individuals with disabilities increased to 28.8%. --- Autism Daily Newscast --- September 29, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/9XsD5e

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

106.   “Judge Orders Make-up Services for Special Needs Young Adults Who Aged out of Hawaii Schools” --- Last month's ruling stems from a lawsuit challenging a Hawaii law that cut off public education at age 20 for special needs youth. A 2013 federal ... --- Daily Journal --- September 30, 2014  (HAWAII) http://is.gd/QW9jY5

107.   “Bill Would Spell out Wards' Legal Rights in Guardianship System” --- The bill proposes to codify 19 separate rights. ... including the Department of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Aging, Disability Rights Ohio, ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- October 5, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/lRj4vV

108.   “Bill Would Remove 'Insensitive' Words from Ohio Law” --- Ohio law is riddled with references to "mental retardation" and other phases now considered to be insensitive and two lawmakers ... --- The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com --- October 2, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/6kVqih

International Articles

109.   “Patients Inappropriately Touched at Maroondah Hospital Mental Health Unit” --- A former psychiatric nurse at Maroondah Hospital has been found guilty of misconduct after three patients alleged he sexually and inappropriately ... --- Herald Sun --- October 13, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/BbsyKZ

110.   “Advocates Criticise Reporting over Missing Mentally Ill Man Enoch Sam Walsh” --- Mental health advocates say reporting of the case of a mentally ill man who killed his mother has unnecessarily whipped up stigma and fear in the ... --- ABC Online --- October 9, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/iVBO9Y

111.   “Police Issue CCTV Images of Suspect Who Robbed Woman in Wheelchair” --- “Occasionally going to the arcade gives me a little bit of pleasure because I can focus on the machine, forget I'm in a wheelchair and do what ... --- Halifax Evening Courier --- October 13, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/1ssboK

112.   “Autism Diagnosis Can Mean Isolation for South Asian Families” --- Families of children with autism often face mounting bills for services, long wait-lists and underfunded programs — but many South Asian families ... --- CBC.ca --- October 7, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/rXquRH

113.   “Police Officer Who Shoved Disabled Woman to be Sentenced Today” --- A disciplinary hearing for a Vancouver Police officer caught shoving a disabled woman moves to the sentencing phase this morning. --- Globalnews.ca --- October 6, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/QRUSgH

114.   “Lifting the Curtain on Suicides in Canadian Hospitals” --- Once patients are admitted to psychiatric wards or hospitals — when ... In June, Prashant Tiwari, 20, was able to take his life at the psychiatric unit at ... --- Toronto Star --- October 4, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/mwavpY

115.   “Beijing Plans to Record Residents' Mental Health” --- October 10th marks World mental health Day and in the world's most populous country -- China -- psychological disorders are on the rise. In a bid to ... --- CCTV --- October 11, 2014  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/0dQz0Y

116.   “Over 8,000 Disabled Locked up and Neglected in Croatia: HRW” --- More than 8,200 people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities in Croatia remain in segregated institutions and psychiatric hospitals with little ... --- RTT News --- October 6, 2014  (CROATIA)  http://is.gd/g4lJem

117.   “Disabled Hate Crime Going Unreported in Thames Valley” --- 100 reports of disabled hate crime in 2013 don't show how big the problem is, according to Buckinghamshire's police force. Thames Valley Police ... --- Mix 96 --- October 9, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/LWfwU7

118.   “Brighton Handyman Jailed for Hove Nursing Home Abuse” --- A handyman has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of sexually abusing staff and a mentally ill patient at a nursing home in Hove. --- BBC News --- October 9, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/aSt1Mx

119.   “57-year-old Former Teaching Assistant Charged with Rape of Girl at Special Needs School” --- A 57-year-old man was due to appear in court today charged with raping a girl aged under 13 at a special needs school. Share this image. --- Slough and Windsor Observer --- October 6, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/MKmtHS

120.   “Somerset County Council Was 'Unlawful' in Detaining Disabled Yeovil Teenager from Family, Judge ...” --- A judge has ruled that Somerset County Council was wrong to prevent a disabled woman from going home for a year after care staff mistook ... --- Western Gazette --- September 30, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/Di5lp2

121.   “How Blind Victorians Campaigned for Inclusive Education” --- Disabled people's voices are often missing from mainstream history, but texts reveal that a group of forgotten blind activists fought for inclusive ... --- BBC News --- September 30, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/WE1leo

122.   “Number of Mentally Ill Patients Killed by Euthanasia in Holland Trebles in a Year as Doctors Warn ...  The number of mentally-ill patients killed by euthanasia in Holland has trebled in the space of a year, new figures have revealed. In 2013, a total of 42 ... --- Daily Mail --- October 3, 2014  (HOLLAND)  http://is.gd/aIiCJo

123.   “Mentally Ill Inmate Kept in Solitary for 2 Months” --- An inmate with mental health issues has been in solitary confinement at Litla Hraun maximum security prison for the last 2 months, reports RÚV. --- Reykjavík Grapevine --- October 2, 2014  (ICELAND)  http://is.gd/cS4lH6

124.   “Shortage of Facilities, Psychiatrists for Mentally-ill in State” --- The lack of facilities means many mentally-ill people are confined to their homes or abandoned by their families who cannot afford treatment. --- Times of India --- October 10, 2014  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/4yQ12I

125.   “Breaches in Psychiatric Care Cited in Report” --- Hospital security guards were used to physically restrain patients in one of the busiest psychiatric units in the State last year, while in another staff ... --- Irish Times --- October 10, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/lQ3IDm

126.   “Concern over Standard of Care for Schizophrenics” --- The Northern Ireland branches of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Division of Clinical Psychology described it as "gravely worrying". --- Belfast Telegraph --- October 10, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/onPgEl

127.   “3,000 at Protest March over Special Needs Funds” --- A protest march in support of a disability and special needs service provider in the midlands was attended by about 3,000 people yesterday. --- Irish Times --- October 4, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/74T6iy

128.   “Jamaicans Urged to Remove Barriers Affecting the Disabled” --- This call comes from Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Christine Hendricks, who noted that without a ... --- Go Jamaica (press release) --- September 30, 2014  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/KYFhuX

129.   “Stigma, Lack of Insurance, Stymies Treating Mentally Ill” --- These are only some of the cases that have come to light: an indication of the difficulties involved in treating the mentally ill. There are many more in ... --- Daijiworld.com --- October 9, 2014  (JAPAN)  http://is.gd/JT6VTu

130.   “The Long Road to Disability Rights in Japan” --- In January 2014, Japan became the 140th country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. What are the implications for ... --- Nippon.com --- October 1, 2014  (JAPAN)  http://is.gd/rRmJNC

131.   “1.7 million Nigerians Have Schizophrenia” --- According to Adegbaju, about 50 per cent of the people with schizophrenia still do not have the right information on the disorder or access to treatment. --- Nigerian Bulletin --- October 11, 2014  (NIGERIA)  http://is.gd/y7Tq8i

132.   “Stronger Rights for People with Disabilities in Norway” --- Norwegian government appointed a committee to study and propose specific measures to strengthen the fundamental rights of people with disabilities ... --- The Nordic Page --- October 3, 2014  (NORWAY)  http://is.gd/v74oca

133.   “Scandal Erupts After Siberian School Boy Attacks Mentally Ill Man” --- An ugly street scene of a middle schooler picking a fight with a mentally challenged man — and losing to him — has prompted the resignation of a ... --- The Moscow Times --- October 6, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ReRaDi

134.   “New East Lothian Council Anti-bullying Policy to Protect Disabled Pupils” --- The move comes after a survey of teachers in the county revealed that more than a fifth were aware of an incident at their school where a disabled ... --- East Lothian Courier --- October 14, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/0EwdFw

135.   “Patients Held under Mental Health Laws Hits Decade High” --- Guardianship figures - where a family or social work applies to take care of someone who is incapacitated - are also up, by 58 per cent to 2,115 in a ... --- Herald Scotland --- October 9, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/oRmK71                

136.   “More than 400,000 Thais Suffering from Schizophrenia” --- However, only half of the patients have access to treatment, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports citing National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT). --- InterAksyon --- October 14, 2014  (THAILAND)  http://is.gd/0lbAsE


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