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News Summary for October 27, 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.   “Parent Group Protests Madison County Schools' Handling of Sparkman Middle Sexual Assault, Vows ...” --- The protest across the street from the school board office revolves around the case of a teacher's aide using a 14-year-old ... --- The Huntsville Times - al.com --- October 16, 2014 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/icPcK4  

2.   “Bail Increased to $1M for Teen Accused of Beating Disabled Man to Death in Boulder” --- A judge has increased bail to $1 million for a teenager accused of beating a 30-year-old developmentally disabled man to ... --- Daily Journal --- October 17, 2014  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/0rKcEM

3.   “Mom Confronts School Bus Aide Accused of Slapping Her Autistic Son” --- ... Wallis Lamb ended up on the same elevator as the man accused of slapping their 10-year-old autistic son, Jeffrey, on a Pasco County school bus. --- TBO.com --- October 20, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/BcEER6

4.   “Bibb's Elder, Disabled Abuse Unit a Voice for the 'Silent Victims' ” --- Adult Protective Services is Georgia's agency that investigates abuse to ... Johnson is part of a new Vulnerable Adult Justice Task Force launched ... --- Macon Telegraph --- October 22, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/9WcWHW

5.   “Dangerous Use of Restraints Persists at Homes for Disabled” --- At a group home in Crystal, for example, a 33-year-old disabled woman was strapped to a restraint chair for up to nine hours a day without food or ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- October 25, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/BjoT6A

6.   “Families File Lawsuit against Greenfield Special Needs School Alleging Abuse” --- Relatives of two disabled students are suing a New Hampshire special needs school, claiming the staff physically and verbally abused the children. --- WMUR Manchester --- October 23, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/JwlWTI

7.   “Woman Indicted for Failing to Supervise Autistic Girl” --- The indictment follows an investigation by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, a statewide hotline and reporting system ... --- Press & Sun-Bulletin --- October 17, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/vMi1fW

8.   “Landlord Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Handicapped Woman” --- A New Milton landlord is behind bars after allegations saying he sexually assaulted a mentally handicapped tenant. The Doddridge County Sheriff's ... --- WDTV --- October 22, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/nn8E4V

9.   “Special Education too Often Leads to Jail” --- But often, special needs students receive an inferior education, fall behind, and end up with few options for college or career. --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- October 25, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/6U8zR7

10.   “Feds Warn Schools on Bullying of Kids with Disabilities” --- The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights is encouraging states and school districts to revisit their policies and procedures for handling ... --- Disability Scoop --- October 21, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/laEVZp


11.   “Pair Charged with Abuse of Special Needs Toddler” --- The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office today arrested two Walton County residents in connection with an investigation into the abuse and ... --- FOX10 News --- October 21, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/PGxiaP

12.   “Man Charged in April Homicide of Disabled Man” --- A man in jail in Alcorn County, Mississippi, has been charged with murder in connection with the April death of a Lauderdale County ... --- Times Daily --- October 16, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/XvP0ju

13.   “Arizona Agrees to Settle Lawsuit over Prison Health Care” --- And the Department has also agreed to use chemical agents like pepper spray on inmates classified as seriously mentally ill "only in case of imminent ... --- Arizona Daily Star --- October 14, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/kJl00L

14.   “How LA County Officials Allegedly Lightened Penalties in Nursing Home Deaths” --- Verdugo Valley had already received a AA citation after a developmentally disabled and mentally ill man, Charles Morrill, killed himself in 2009 by ... --- The Daily Breeze --- October 25, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/7r7QLP

15.   “Parent Outraged after Autistic Son Wandered from Classroom” --- A local father is outraged after his autistic son managed to leave his elementary school and wander off by himself. --- 10News --- October 24, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/0hOJbd

16.   “Palmdale Teacher Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Special-needs Student” --- A 28-year-old Palmdale teacher has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old special needs student on multiple occasions. --- KABC-TV --- October 22, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/5ESZFS

17.   “Signal Hill Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Mentally Impaired Woman” --- A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged on suspicion of multiple counts in connection with the sexual assault of a … --- Long Beach Press Telegram --- October 20, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/hbY4mQ

18.   “Surveillance Images Released in Death of Disabled Veteran on Scooter” --- Surveillance images released in death of disabled veteran on scooter. Los Angeles police released surveillance images of two suspects tied to the ... --- KABC-TV --- October 15, 2014   (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/zuKrBe

19.   “Warrant Sheds New Details on Stamford High School Sex Case” --- The details of the relationship that allegedly started between a 17-year-old special education student and Stamford High School English teacher ... --- The Advocate --- October 14, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/KTBxgU

20.   “Fla. Woman in Wheelchair Robbed, Duo Sought” --- Police in Hialeah, Fla. are on the lookout for a man and woman accused of robbing a 53-year-old woman in a wheelchair, reports CBS ... --- CBS News --- October 16, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/2cpwbi

21.   “Statesboro Suspect Arrested for Raping Intellectually Disabled Woman” --- A Statesboro man was arrested in North Carolina after police say he raped a female with an intellectual disability. --- WJCL News --- October 27, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/7ByrAx

22.   “Professional Caregiver Charged with Sexual Assaulting Handicapped Man” --- According to an arrest report, another caretaker saw Ferguson place a mentally handicapped man's hand on her breast. Ferguson is also accused of ... --- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer --- October 23, 2014  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/ksNyK4

23.   “Parents of Special Needs Student Ask School to Investigate after Head Injury” --- "He said 'head', I said what happened, and he said 'hit', because he was holding his head and we went to try to touch it or ... --- NBC26.tv --- October 15, 2014  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/V2c9Yc

24.   “Police: Woman Tried Attacking Relative in Wheelchair” --- A Washington Township woman was arrested Sunday after lunging with a knife at a relative in a wheelchair and fighting ... --- nwitimes.com --- October 20, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/5PelYg

25.   “Des Moines Suspends Teacher Accused of Assault” --- A fifth-grade teacher accused of assaulting a special education student has been suspended for the remainder of the school year, a Des Moines ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- October 16, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/HIqk5u

26.   “Caregiver Accused of Stealing from Disabled Woman” --- A caregiver was arrested Thursday after a Lockport woman reported that cash was stolen from her home, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said. --- Daily Comet --- October 24, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/LNDO7L

27.   “Harris, Duke Plead Guilty in Station 8 Case” --- One also pleaded guilty to cruelty toward a separate mentally challenged man. Derrick Harris, 51, and Stuart Duke, 23, appeared before Judge ... --- Shreveport Times --- October 23, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/q6Bm3g

28.   “Deputies: 2 Men Arrested for Alleged Sex Offenses against Teen with Mental Disability” --- Two Terrebonne Parish men were arrested for the alleged sexual abuse of 18-year-old woman with a mental disability. Cornelius ... --- FOX 8 News WVUE-TV --- October 17, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/Hynrqr

29.   “Father Accused of Abuse Previously Fired from Job” --- A Maine man charged with throwing his infant son down a flight of stairs was fired from Riverview Psychiatric Center after authorizing the use of ... --- NECN --- October 22, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/lWwewm

30.   “Strong-area Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a Strong area man of sexually assaulting a woman with a mental disability on March 18 in ... --- Lewiston Sun Journal --- October 15, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/1guzBh

31.   “More Transparency, Oversight Needed for Md. Group Homes” --- Advocates for Children and Youth couldn't agree more with The Sun's view that there needs to be more oversight and transparency for facilities caring ... --- Baltimore Sun --- October 23, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/iL60FL

32.   “More Troubled Group Homes” --- This summer Maryland closed an Anne Arundel County group home for severely disabled foster children operated by Lifeline Inc. after a 10-year-old ... --- Baltimore Sun --- October 20, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/qgn3No

33.   “State Proposes Reforms to Group Home Oversight” --- Maryland's top health official announced Sunday that his agency is reforming the way the state regulates group homes for disabled foster children. --- Baltimore Sun --- October 19, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/2q9GKU

34.   “Judge: Lawsuit in Police Death of Man with Down Syndrome Can Move Forward” --- Robert Ethan Saylor died, which generated outrage among parents of children with Down syndrome and advocacy groups across the country. --- Washington Post --- October 16, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/Z68akM

35.   “Ex-caretaker Accused of Assaulting Disabled Person” --- The charge stems from a May incident in which she allegedly assaulted a resident of a group home for disabled adults in Bourne while trying to get ... --- Fall River Spirit --- October 23, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/jcGBK1

36.   “Group-home Worker Pleads Guilty in Client Assault” --- A former worker at a group home in Lowell has admitted to assaulting a disabled woman in her care after the client allegedly knocked a ... --- Lowell Sun --- October 22, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/DxudFa

37.   “Mentally-challenged Thumb Teen Found in Cage” --- Police are investigating after a mentally-challenged teen was found in a caged bed on Monday, October 20. --- WNEM Saginaw --- October 27, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/gxzXbe

38.   “Was Autistic Girl Abused? Former Prosecutor Won't Say” --- Almost seven years after a rape case against the parents of an autistic girl collapsed, the prosecutor who pursued it wouldn't say whether she thought ... --- Detroit Free Press --- October 23, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/SGBdym

39.   “More Kzoo Psychiatric Hospital Suspensions” --- Eleven more Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital employees have been suspended as part of an ongoing … --- WOODTV.com --- October 23, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/mWhwFE

40.   “Ex-prosecutor: Autistic Girl Was Communicating in Rape Case” --- Deborah Carley was second in command in the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office in December, 2007, when the Wendrows were charged with rape ... --- Detroit Free Press --- October 14, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/hRShZ5

41.   “Koochiching County Jail Suicide Highlights Lapses in Care of Mentally Ill” --- When she turned herself in last March on a drunken-driving warrant, Kathryn Schneider's history of mental illness, drug use and a previous suicide ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- October 14, 2014  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/Je2VRx

42.   “Federal Lawsuit on Special Ed Violations Settled” --- U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III administratively closed a class-action suit filed by special-needs students against the Department of Education ... --- WRAL.com --- October 24, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/0nUXWF

43.   “Mississippi Ranks Near Top for Inmate Deaths” --- The complaint alleges deplorable conditions and inhumane treatment of the mentally ill, which reportedly contributed to the suicides of many inmates ... --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- October 20, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/SzvPdh

44.   “NJ Psychiatric Hospital Employee Suspended Following Patient-on-patient Attack, State Says” --- A Trenton Psychiatric Hospital employee has been suspended without pay for failing to make hourly room checks the night a patient ... --- The Star-Ledger --- October 21, 2014  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/bATgIS

45.   “Mother on Trial for Killing Autistic Son Tries to Revise Defense, Then Backs Down” --- Nothing about the murder trial of Gigi Jordan, a wealthy woman accused of fatally poisoning her autistic son, has been ordinary, and her appearance ... --- New York Times --- October 24, 2014  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/iyuYwE 

46.   “Caregiver Pleads Guilty to Abusing Man at Madison County Group Home” --- A resident counselor at a group home for developmentally disabled adults pleaded guilty to a charge that he abused a man in his ... --- The Post-Standard - syracuse.com --- October 22, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/MzUTAA

47.   “Doctor in Gigi Jordan Trial: Boy Didn't Appear to Fear Allegedly Abusive Dad” --- A defense witness in the trial of a former pharmaceutical millionaire accused of killing her autistic son proved to be ... --- CBS Local --- October 20, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/l3YjTP 

48.   “Bronx Boy Slips into Coma after Falling from Moving School Bus” --- A 12-year-old special-needs student was critically injured after he opened his school bus' emergency exit door and fell out while the vehicle was still ... --- New York Daily News --- October 20, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/64r0V5

49.   “Man Pleads in Disabled Rape Case” --- A Warrensburg man arrested in March for allegedly raping a developmentally disabled woman has pleaded guilty to a felony charge ... --- Glens Falls Post-Star --- October 17, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/TbNuuT

50.   “Family Thought Homeless Man Accused of Attacking Retired Syracuse Cop Was Dead” --- He suffered from mental illness for years, was diagnosed with schizophrenia later in life and eventually began living on the streets despite ... --- The Post-Standard - syracuse.com --- October 16, 2014  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/gJ86rE 

51.   “ND Man Accused of Letting Brother Freeze to Death in Filthy Farmhouse” --- A 61-year-old man is accused of letting his mentally ill brother freeze to death in their crumbling and filthy family farmhouse in ... --- TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press --- October 23, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/Y1k9lG

52.   “Fairborn Woman Accused of Thefts from Disabled Adults” --- A 53-year-old Fairborn woman is free on bond tonight on charges accusing her of stealing tens of thousands of dollars meant to be used for disabled ... --- WHIO --- October 24, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/Szr6lv 

53.   “Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Service Dog from Blind Woman” --- A Dayton woman admits to stealing a service dog from a blind woman. Bonnie Ritchie pleaded guilty … --- WKEF ABC 22 --- October 23, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/v40pQ5

54.   “5 Teens Charged Over Ice Bucket Challenge Prank on Autistic Boy” --- Five Cleveland teens were charged Tuesday after dumping a bucket filled with urine, tobacco spit and water on a 15-year-old autistic boy in a cruel ... --- TIME --- October 14, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/0fYBct

55.   “Cops: Woman Stole from Blind Employer at Hamilton County Courthouse” --- A woman was arrested Tuesday after police said she robbed her blind employer at the Hamilton County Courthouse. --- WCPO --- October 14, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/8PHJem

56.   “Man in Wheelchair Pistol Whipped During Tulsa Home Invasion” --- Police say it was prescription drugs - specifically oxycontin they were after, and they got it by beating up a man in a wheelchair and picking up a ... --- News On 6 --- October 20, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/AG2dxe

57.   “Bethlehem Area Reaches Settlement with Parent it Sued” --- It includes the $10,000 jury award as well as $118,000 in legal fees to the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, which represented Zhou pro ... --- The Express-Times - lehighvalleylive.com --- October 20, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/jhBrfY 

58.   “Parents of Autistic Student Duct-taped to Post Want Pranksters to Make Amends, Not be Charged” ---  The parents of an autistic high school soccer player who was duct-taped to a goal post in a prank earlier this month don't want ... --- Fox News --- October 20, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/iOVycb

59.   “Bensalem Bus Driver Charged with Leaving Special Needs Child in Van” --- A former Bucks County Intermediate Unit bus driver faces an endangerment charge for allegedly leaving a 4-year-old special needs child alone ... --- Bucks County Courier Times --- October 20, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/1G58zC

60.   “Mother, Sisters Sentenced in Neglect Death of Family Member” --- ... pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, while Joan Gensiak pleaded guilty to neglect of a care-dependant person and endangering the welfare of a ... --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- October 17, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/1Y8hLj

61.   “Woman Gets 10 to 20 Years in Death of Disabled Son” --- A northeastern Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison in the death of her 32-year-old son, who authorities said ... --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- October 16, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/H54bx3

62.   “Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Raping Mentally Impaired Neighbor” --- A 46-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole for raping his mentally impaired neighbor. --- wreg.com --- October 23, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/FOLK0t

63.   “Father Charged with Abuse of Mentally Disabled Girl” --- A Kingsport man has been arrested after bruised and swelling wounds were observed on his 4-year-old, mentally disabled daughter ... --- Kingsport Times News --- October 16, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/wRqbR8

64.   “Suspect in Cedar Park Beating Death being Mentally Evaluated” --- Adult Protective Services is investigating the facility to see if there was any neglect or inadequate supervision, said Patrick Crimmins, spokesman for ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- October 22, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/OXpmal

65.   “Austin Man Pleads Guilty to Assault of Teen in Wheelchair” --- An Austin man accused of kicking a teenager in a wheelchair pleaded guilty Monday in Mower County District Court to gross misdemeanor ... --- Post-Bulletin --- October 21, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/Rw925j

66.   “Dying Behind Bars: Conflicting Opinion on Inmate's Death, Part of Larger Problem, Advocates Say” --- The Montford facility, which is one of three psychiatric units in the state, had averaged about two inmate deaths a year from 2005 to 2012. --- LubbockOnline.com --- October 18, 2014 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/tI9hMT

67.   “Lufkin PD: Man Sexually Assaulted, Impregnated Mentally Disabled Woman” --- Lufkin Police officers arrested a 28-year-old man on Wednesday in connection to allegations that he sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman in ... --- KTRE --- October 16, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/n6dsP1

68.   “Four Juanita HS Students Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault” --- Four Juanita High School students were arrested at school on Thursday for the alleged sexual assault of a male special education student. --- KING5.com --- October 24, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/TEg5He

69.   “Judge Sets March Trial for Mentally Ill in Jails Case” --- A federal judge on Wednesday set a March trial date for a lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill inmates who say they are waiting months ... --- seattletimes.com --- October 22, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/krhMZo

70.   “Expert Predicts More Hoarders as Baby Boomers Age” --- Hoarding expert Matt Paxton predicts cases of the mental disorder will ... While some critics considered his TV show exploitative of mentally-ill people, ... --- Philly.com --- October 21, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/WElkCu

Seeking Improved Support

71.   “More than 3,100 Intellectually Disabled in Alabama Waiting on Help from the State” --- They are people with intellectual disabilities, once called mental retardation, awaiting services that might help them find new independence and help ... --- AL.com --- October 23, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/JJVYuj

72.   “Phoenix Police Introduce Mental-health-crisis Reforms” --- Phoenix police Chief Daniel Garcia meets on Wednesday with Frances Garrett, the mother of Michelle Cusseaux, a mentally ill woman who … --- Arizona Republic --- October 22, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/XD3v4v

73.   “Psych Patients Pack Emergency Rooms” --- A severe shortage of psychiatric hospital beds, tight space at residential facilities and less help at community clinics has turned E.R.s into virtual ... --- OCRegister --- October 26, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/gbPxJh

74.   “No Beds for Youngest Psych Patients” --- A severe shortage of psychiatric hospital beds has turned Orange County emergency rooms into virtual boarding houses for psych patients. --- OCRegister --- October 26, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/lENhjL

75.   “Idaho Center for Autism Closes its Doors” --- The director of Boise's Idaho Center for Autism has decided to close the facility notifying parents and staff by phone prior to shutting down last ... --- KTVB --- October 21, 2014  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/tjk9Tn

76.   “Psychiatric Appointments Difficult to Get in Boston, Study Finds” --- Many people in large cities including Boston have a hard time getting an appointment for psychiatric care, even if they have private insurance, a new ... --- Boston Globe --- October 20, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/wjoq0W

77.   “In Downtown Worcester, Flash Mob Raises Awareness for Blind and Disabled” --- Participants, many disabled, tapped white canes on the ground in celebration of White Cane Safety Day, a national observance celebrated on ... --- Worcester Telegram --- October 15, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/qtEYwt

78.   “Report: Lack of Autism Specialists Creating Long Wait Times for Children” --- A new report says Michigan lacks enough autism specialists to handle the number of children being diagnosed and treated with the disorder. --- Interlochen --- October 20, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/2q4Kz7

79.   “Grand Rapids School District Denies Allegations in Whistleblower Lawsuit” --- In September, Patty Joynt, who oversaw special education as a private contractor at the charter, filed a lawsuit against both the school ... --- The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com --- October 15, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/6ybpyj

80.   “NJ Parents Petitioning to Keep Disabled Children in Out-of-State Facilities” --- Hundreds of parents are taking on Gov. Chris Christie in a fight over their special needs children. --- CBS Local --- October 21, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/0L1nNi

81.   “Family Pushes for 'Child with Autism' Sign in Town of Tonawanda” --- But when his loving family went to the Town of Tonawanda hoping to get a child with autism sign for their neighborhood, they were turned down. --- WKBW-TV --- October 20, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/SHaQQn

82.   “New York's Registry of Mentally Ill People Barred from Having Firearms Draws Heavy Criticism” --- ... 144,000 people were admitted in 2012 for treatment in community hospitals, private psychiatric hospitals or state-operated ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- October 19, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/tZHXs6

83.   “Special Education Complaints from Teachers on the Rise, Report Says” --- According to a report in Chalkbeat New York, the number of special education complaints made by teachers and professionals during the fall ... --- Staten Island Advance - SILive.com --- October 16, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/FmY3Na

84.   “After a Downtown Assault, Workers Buzz about Increase in Homeless and Mentally Ill” --- "If I'm sick with cancer everybody shows compassion and there are types of treatment," Betts said. "But if I'm mentally ill, you're ... --- The Post-Standard - syracuse.com --- October 16, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/3BS50j

85.   “Tulsa Police Work to Improve Communication with Deaf Community” --- Neither police nor citizens know exactly what to expect when someone's pulled over, but that anxiety is compounded when a driver is deaf or hard of ... --- News On 6 --- October 14, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/ItafV9

86.   “Lackawanna County Prison Board Concerned about Suicides” --- Commissioners have expressed interest in working with Clarks Summit State Hospital to provide better care for some nonviolent, mentally ill offenders. --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- October 23, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/CrGvT3

87.   “As Public System Changes, Many Mentally Ill Residents Pay the Price” --- There were 24,000 Rhode Islanders who experienced mental illness with “serious functional impairment” in 2011, the latest year for which full data ... --- The Providence Journal --- October 25, 2014  (RHODE ISLAND) http://is.gd/mVVS8G

88.   “Officials Call for Better Working, Living Conditions for Developmentally Disabled” --- Officials call for better working, living conditions for developmentally ... close the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center after reports of unsafe living ... --- Attleboro Sun Chronicle --- October 22, 2014  (VERMONT) http://is.gd/vWxUNT 

89.   “Psychiatric Boarding Patients End up in Jails on Competency Waitlists” --- Some of Washington's mentally ill are strapped to gurneys in emergency rooms awaiting beds in psychiatric hospitals, while ... --- The Tribune --- October 25, 2014  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/wGQsed  

90.   “Disabilities Studies Professor Plans Course to Study Holocaust, Travel to Germany” --- English professor David Mitchell plans to take GW students to Germany this spring to learn about the mistreatment and killing of disabled ... --- GW Hatchet --- October 16, 2014  (WASHINGTON, D.C.) http://is.gd/S5jrBF

91.   “The Best and Worst Cities for People Workers with Disabilities” --- October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign that raises awareness about disability ... --- MainStreet --- October 17, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/hqKxfN

92.   “Patients May Find it Tough to Reach Psychiatrists, Regardless of Insurance Status” --- Researchers say that patients' attempting to make an appointment with a psychiatrist is incredibly difficult, regardless of the patient's ... --- KTIC --- October 15, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/JQDSCN

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

93.   “New Law Regulates Use of Restraint, Seclusion in Alaska Schools” --- In practice, that meant individual school districts were left to formulate their own policies on restraint and seclusion -- or operate without one at all, said ... --- Alaska Dispatch --- October 22, 2014  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/bATgIS

94.   “KanCare Initiative Concerns Parents of Developmentally Disabled Adults” --- Under the KDADS health home initiative, KanCare health care providers – a group that includes physicians, safety-net clinics, mental health centers ... --- KCUR --- October 20, 2014  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/aJV5FS

95.   “Law Allows Disabled to be Paid Less than Minimum Wage” --- New Hampshire still allows businesses to pay individuals with disabilities a rate below minimum wage, although legislators are working ... --- Seacoastonline.com --- October 19, 2014 (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/v9WKio

96.   “New State Law Seeks to Improve Mental Health Treatment” --- Jane James, executive director of Stark County office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said her organization strongly supports the change. --- Canton Repository --- October 18, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/c5OJZf

International Articles

97.   “Carer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Intellectually Disabled Woman in His Care” --- The carer of a woman with an intellectual disability has been charged with four counts of sexually assaulting the woman in his care. --- Central Western Daily --- October 25, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/tlRQUQ

98.   “Case of Mentally Ill Aboriginal Man Jailed Indefinitely to be Reviewed in December” --- A spokeswoman for Mr Mischin said he had been advised the Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board would consider Jason's case in December. --- ABC Online --- October 17, 2014  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/NzSdQ4 

99.   “Police Hunt for Suspect Who Punched a 14-year-old Autistic Boy and Deaf Man in a Horrific Bus Attack” --- Police are hunting for a suspect who senselessly punched a deaf man and an autistic teenager in the faces in a horrific bus attack while ... --- Daily Mail --- October 15, 2014  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/KQxmdt 

100.   “Mentally Ill Patients Struggle to Get Beds in WA as Minister Denies System in Crisis” --- Western Australia's Mental Health Minister has rejected claims the system is in crisis, on the back of authorities being forced to declare an internal ... --- ABC Online --- October 15, 2014  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/FOorSK 

101.   “Tackling the Stigma of Mental Illness among Asian Men” --- “The idea of talk therapy is very alien to a lot of Asian people, especially Asian men,” says Rodrick Lal, left, with Burnaby therapist Chi-Jen Hung. --- Vancouver Sun --- October 25, 2014  (CANADA) http://is.gd/WT04aB 

102.   “Man Caught Red-handed Slapping Severely Disabled Teen” --- A carer has admitted assaulting a severely disabled teen after being caught red-handed by relatives who placed a hidden camera in his room. --- Lancashire Evening Post --- October 23, 2014  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/9pm1Bc   

103.  “Trial Date Set for Two Police Officers Accused of Assaulting Autistic Man Faruk Ali” --- Two police officers will go on trial next month after an autistic man was allegedly the victim of a racially aggravated assault in Luton. --- Luton On Sunday --- October 20, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/lvPd0U

104.   “Reports of Hate Crimes against Gay and Disabled People in West Midlands Soar” --- Hate crimes against gay and disabled people in the West Midlands have soared in just 12 months. According to Home Office figures there was a 27 ... --- Birmingham Mail --- October 19, 2014  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/G6aByL

105.   “Mentally Disabled Forgotten in Hospital” --- The scandal of the “missing” mentally disabled breaches a promise by the Department of Health to move thousands of patients … --- The Sunday Times --- October 18, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/fDHljK

106.   “Increasing Mental-health Cases in Western Ja Cause Concern” --- The parish also lead in the number of person with schizophrenia followed by Westmoreland, Hanover, and Trelawny. --- Jamaica Gleaner --- October 18, 2014  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/psbObo

107.   “How Kenyans Living with Mental Health Conditions Lost the Right to Marry” --- This statement found its expression in the Act as clauses which basically prohibit Kenyans living with mental conditions or psycho-social disabilities ... --- The Star --- October 21, 2014  (KENYA)  http://is.gd/G4uPdW

108.   “Only 28 Percent of Children with Disabilities in Kyrgyzstan Have Access to Education” --- Only 28 percent of children with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan have access to education, the Ombudsman of the KR Bakytbek Amanbayev made a ... --- 24 --- October 17, 2014  (KYRGYZSTAN)  http://is.gd/ZXCNZ8

109.   “High Unemployment Rate for Disabled Citizens” --- Eighty percent of disabled individuals are wrongfully unemployed, the chairman of Al-Amal Society for Development and Social Care said ... --- The Daily Star --- October 21, 2014  (LEBANON)  http://is.gd/EKPpdU

110.   “Persons with Disabilities: Experts Call for Strong Legislation to Help the Disabled” --- Speakers urged the government to take concrete steps for barrier-free accessibility to information and knowledge for persons with disabilities. --- The Express Tribune --- October 26, 2014  (PAKISTAN)  http://is.gd/pATeH8

111.   “Stories of Silence: Deaf Women and Sexual Abuse” --- According to the former Philippine Deaf Resource Center (PDRC), one out of every three Deaf women in the Philippines is sexually harassed or raped ... --- ABS CBN News --- October 20,, 2014  (PHILIPPINES) http://is.gd/FxYPC1 

112.   “KSA Was First Country to Safeguard Rights of People with Special Needs” --- They said that Saudi Arabia respects the dignity and independence of the disabled and was therefore the first to uphold their rights in society. --- Arab News --- October 21, 2014  (SAUDI ARABIA)  http://is.gd/N0ffBL

113.   “Man Jailed for Committing Obscene Acts on 13-year-old Special Needs Girl” --- Posing as a teacher, Quek Yah Chiang befriended a special needs student as she waited for the train after school and brought her to a ... --- The Straits Times --- October 24, 2014  (SINGAPORE)  http://is.gd/7GZpum

114.   “Disabled Children in Wales 'Three Times More Likely to Suffer Abuse than Able-bodied' ” --- Disabled children are three times more likely to be abused than non-disabled children in Wales and are less likely to get the protection they need, ... --- WalesOnline --- October 20, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/J4IWeX

115.   “Disability Hate Crime Put in the Spotlight at Greenhill School” --- Thought challenges: Greenhill School pupils react to the powerful performance of Real Human Being, which highlights disability issues. --- Milford Mercury --- October 20, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/AsASK3

116.   “Disabled People in Wales Are Being Left Behind in the Digital World, Warns Disability Wales” --- Tina Evans, Disability Wales digital communications and inclusion officer said: “There are so many benefits for disabled people by getting online. --- WalesOnline --- October 15, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/Ri65Lm


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