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News Summary for November 17, 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.    “Alabama Girl Allegedly Used as Rape 'Bait' Speaks out for the First Time” --- An Alabama special needs student has spoken publicly for the first time about allegedly being used as rape 'bait' by a school employee to catch a ... --- New York Daily News --- October 29, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/KmKRoY

2.   “Parents Say Children with Autism Abused at Rocklin School” --- The parents spoke publicly about it Thursday, saying they are upset with the school because they found out about the alleged abuse from police. --- FOX40 --- October 30, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/5wd7Gr

3.   “School Administrator Arrested after Special Needs Child Says He Was Beaten with Belt” --- ... a call from the school on Westridge Industrial Boulevard on Monday to let her know they were disciplining her son, who is a special needs student. --- WSB Atlanta --- October 30, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/BAR3EV

4.   “Three Admit to Prank on Autistic Teen” --- The Defense Department will investigate the crash of an Idaho Army National Guard helicopter during a training mission that ... --- Indiana Gazette --- November 7, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/pz3t4v

5.   “Judge OKs $10 Million Settlement for Disabled Social Security Workers” --- The lawsuit, filed by Ronald Jantz, a deaf employee, alleged that the federal agency discriminates against workers with disabilities by denying or ... --- Baltimore Sun --- November 7, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/D2zXgi

6.   “Group Home Counselor Again Charged with Abuse” --- Baltimore County police said Gary Lee Toft, 63, of Baltimore, was charged with vulnerable adult abuse, perverted practice and numerous sex offenses ... --- WBAL Baltimore --- October 29, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/Fbgina

7.   “Man Who Sexually Assaulted Disabled Woman Gets Life Sentence” --- A man who sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman at a rehabilitation center received a life sentence in prison with parole Friday. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 7, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/Yu8rOC

8.   “Ex-director Gets Prison for Stealing from Home for the Disabled” --- A Missouri woman will go to jail for embezzling more than $300,000 from a home for people with disabilities, which she had formerly helped run. --- Kansas City Business Journal --- October 31, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/EmhABV

9.   “Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Disabled Clients at Billings Nonprofit” --- A 49-year-old woman accused of slowly stealing thousands of dollars from more than 50 physically or mentally disabled clients at a Billings non-profit ... --- Billings Gazette --- October 31, 2014  (MONTANA) http://is.gd/Wp2cSV 

10.   “Philadelphia Pastor Accused of Fondling Mentally-challenged Niece” --- According to a Philadelphia Daily News report, the church's pastor was arrested last week, accused of sexually abusing … --- The Grio --- November 4, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/JI06y1

11.   “Attorneys Wrangle over Release of Records in Case Involving Autistic Boy” --- The school district being sued over the alleged mistreatment of a student with autism wants to keep some of the boy's records out of ... --- Bennington Banner --- October 31, 2014  (VERMONT)   http://is.gd/7h3m3g

12.   “Woman with Intellectual Disability Sexually Assaulted on Bus as Support Worker Sat Nearby” --- A 19-year-old woman who has a mental disability was sexually assaulted on a Winnipeg Transit bus as her support worker who sat two rows in front ... --- CBC.ca --- October 28, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/UExA2Z


13.   “Glendale Fire Chief Apologizes for Firefighters Language during Exchange with Mentally Ill Man” ---  Glendale Fire Department Chief Mark Burdick has apologized for the language firefighters used while trying to detain a mentally ill ... --- YourWestValley.com --- October 31, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/pECdQh

14.   “Paralyzed Sacramento Woman Raped in Wheelchair Speaks out at Attacker's Sentencing” --- A paralyzed woman, raped in her own wheelchair, spoke out on the day her attacker was sentenced to 15 years to life in ... --- CBS Local --- November 7, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/D1IJFb

15.   “Fresno Special Ed Student 'Caged' in Class, Claim Says” --- The enclosure in a special education classroom at Fresno's Viking ... The girl was one of seven special needs students in the class, a teacher's aide ... --- Fresno Bee --- November 7, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/9XN8yQ

16.   “Caretaker Jose Reyes Calderon Allegedly Raped Disabled Female Patient” --- A 56-year-old caretaker at a long-term healthcare facility in La Palma is accused of raping a disabled woman. Jose Reyes Calderon is scheduled to be ... --- OC Weekly --- October 30, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/jP5D8a

17.   “Man Pleads Guilty to Pimping 19-year-old Mentally Impaired Woman in Anaheim” --- A 25-year-old Rialto man pleaded guilty Tuesday to human trafficking and pimping of a 19-year-old mentally impaired woman in Anaheim and ... --- MyNewsLA.com --- October 28, 2014  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/NYPdz6

18.   “CT Inmate Hospitalized, Corrections Officers on Administrative Leave” --- The inmate reportedly fell face-first onto the ground trying to get into a wheelchair after announcing that she could not physically walk over to a desk to ... --- WFSB --- November 6, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/YRFHTP

19.   “Suspect in Robbery of Stamford Autistic Man Pleads Guilty” --- A city man admitted to stealing $100 in birthday money from an autistic man in September as well as participating in a street robbery in ... --- The Advocate --- November 6, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/00draj

20.   “Cops: Alleged Rape of Disabled Student at School Leads to Teen's Arrest” --- A 17-year-old Mosley High School student has been arrested following the alleged sexual battery of a disabled student, the Lynn ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- November 8, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Q1awLE

21.   “Inmate's Family Latest to Sue over Miami-Dade Shower Death” --- ... an anti-psychotic medication, to manage his symptoms. His prison record showed that, on the night of his death, he was delusional, disheveled and ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- November 6, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/VE4lvn

22.   “Homestead Man Arrested for Battery of Disabled Patient” --- A Homestead man was arrested yesterday after authorities said he punched a disabled man several times in the face, according to the Florida ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- October 31, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/GMx38J

23.   “Man Charged with Sexual Battery on Disabled Person” --- A 47-year-old man was arrested earlier this week and charged with sexual battery on a person with a mental handicap, according to ... --- The News Herald --- October 30, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/No61c5

24.   “Man Arrested for Battery on a Disabled Person” --- Law enforcement officials have arrested Carlos Cuzan, 44, for battery on a disabled adult. Investigators said a co-worker ... --- CBS Local --- October 30, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/X9JcGI

25.   “Man Arrested after Autistic Child Found Naked, Swimming in Boca Raton Lake” --- A 46-year-old Boca Raton man faces charges of child neglect after his 6-year-old child with autism was found naked and swimming in a lake, Palm ... --- Palm Beach Post --- October 29, 2014  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/EjQuEO 

26.   “Man Charged with Sexual Battery of Disabled Woman” --- A 48-year-old man has been charged with coercing a disabled woman into letting him touch her sexually. --- The Northwest Florida Daily News --- October 28, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/R8KxK6

27.   “Mentally Impaired Man Apprehended in Attempted Abduction Incident” --- St. Clair Shores police on Thursday apprehended a mentally impaired man who allegedly tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl from Elmwood Elementary ... --- The Macomb Daily --- November 5, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/wc6rym

28.   “Separate Trials for Man and Woman Accused of Raping Athens Special Needs Child” --- A man and a woman who allegedly raped a 10-year-old special needs child in Athens last year will be tried separately, according to a recent court ... --- Online Athens --- November 5, 2014  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/SUGALE

29.   “Gretna Woman Arrested After Autistic Child Found Naked in Streets” --- A Gretna mother is free on bond following her arrest on child desertion charges after police say her autistic son was found ... --- Daily Journal --- November 3, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/MqPAMa

30.   “Report: Maine Psychiatric Hospital Failing to Meet Consent Decree Terms” --- An independent consultant says Riverview Psychiatric Center fails to adequately meet the needs of all patients, and therefore violates certain ... --- Maine Public Broadcasting --- November 6, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/mna9NA

31.   “Father Accused of Assaulting Disabled Child” --- Although he was not able to talk to the child welfare officials or police because he is mentally disabled, his sister told them that their parents — Sean ... --- Capecodonline --- November 4, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/hepB4H

32.   “Trial Scheduled for North Attleboro Man Accused of Beating Girlfriend's 5-year-old Autistic Son” --- A man accused of beating his former girlfriend's 5-year-old autistic son in a North Attleboro domestic abuse case was ... --- Attleboro Sun Chronicle --- November 3, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/g5mrGX

33.   “State Cleared Itself in Fatal Attack on Disabled Man Despite Alleged Assailant's History of Violence” --- "There was a fatal, literally a fatal decision made to allow Anthony Remillard into Templeton Developmental Center," said attorney ... --- My Fox Boston --- November 3, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/l2PZJO

34.   “Agawam Man Charged with Assault and Battery on a Disabled Person after Attacking Young Man on ...” --- An Agawam man has been charged with unarmed robbery, assault and battery on a disabled person and intimidation of a witness after ... --- The Republican - masslive.com --- October 29, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/3SsGft

35.   “Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital Worker Blames State” --- An employee on leave from the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital says the state is responsible for incidents that injured a ... --- Fox 28 --- November 4, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/92KEhy

36.   “Attorney Who Checked Huron County Home Where Teen Was Locked in Cage Never Saw Signs of Abuse” --- An attorney tasked with checking up on a Huron County residence where police found a "mentally challenged" teen locked ... --- The Saginaw News --- October 31, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/YWrsXh

37.   “Woman Investigated for Using Special Needs Adults to Sell Candy in Nonprofit Scam” --- A Dearborn Heights woman is under investigation for using special needs children she took legal guardianship to sell candy for what appears to be a ... --- MyFox Detroit --- October 30, 2014  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/7dPMRY 

38.   “Filth Overwhelms Rosemount Home; Woman Charged, 4 Special-needs Kids Removed” --- A Rosemount woman with four special-needs children has been charged with neglect, accused of living with her sex-offender husband in a fly-infested ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- October 30, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/9kuSim

39.   “State Mental Hospital Violated Policy on Use of Restraints” --- The state's largest psychiatric hospital improperly restrained a mentally ill patient with a history of aggressive behavior, according to a state ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- October 29, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/19kvJ4

40.   “Man Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Woman with Down's Syndrome” --- An Everton man who admitted he sexually abused a 23-year-old woman with severe Down's Syndrome has been sentenced to ... --- OzarksFirst.com --- November 3, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/nLWmjn

41.   “School: DCFS Also Investigating East St. Louis Teacher Allegation” --- Allegations that a female special education teacher conducted an improper relationship with a 14-year-old boy are the subject of a ... --- Belleville News Democrat --- October 31, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/U2Qzg7

42.   “Missoula Man Charged with Pulling Disabled Uncle from Wheelchair, Beating Him” --- A 38-year-old Missoula man is charged with pulling his disabled uncle out of his wheelchair and beating and kicking him ... --- Daily Journal --- November 7, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/TiMDh6

43.   “Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Threatening Disabled Woman with Revolver” --- A Billings judge handed down a 25-year prison sentence Friday to a man with a violent criminal history dating back to the 1980s, who a … --- billingsgazette.com --- October 31, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/0TkF2d

44.   “Former Psychiatric Aide at the Montana Developmental Center Charged with Abusing a Client” --- A former psychiatric aide at the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder is charged with pushing a client into a doorway, ... --- Daily Journal --- October 30, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/c3KPRq

45.   “Committee Audits Prison Use of Solitary Confinement, Good Time” --- Mental health professionals have said that isolating mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement worsens their anxiety and paranoia, creating a public ... --- North Platte Telegraph --- November 6, 2014  (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/SfBVAN 

46.   “DRC Sued for Abuse and Neglect Allegations” --- The Desert Regional Medical Center (DRC) has been slapped with a lawsuit that claims abuse and neglect. Three parents who adult ... --- KLAS-TV --- October 31, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/5xqSxO

47.   “Man Admits Sexually Assaulting Girl with Developmental Disability” --- Barrington resident David Barr pleaded guilty this week to two felony charges of sexually assaulting a girl who is developmentally disabled. --- Foster's Daily Democrat --- November 1, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/QBHNCA

48.   “NJ Troopers Repeatedly Slammed Man to Ground during Fatal '08 Incident, Records Show” --- Leading mental health and disability rights advocates said the disclosures show the State Police does not do enough to train troopers to handle ... --- NJ.com --- October 29, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/SwtOc8

49.   “Officer Who Shot Mentally Ill Man Gives Testimony” --- The officer who fired two shots in September 2010 at a mentally ill 19-year-old who was using a butter knife to cut his own ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- October 31, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/SLGRVn

50.   “State Employee Arrested on Charges of Endangering Group Home Residents” --- A state employee has been arrested on charges of endangering group home residents in his care. New York State Inspector General ... --- WTEN --- November 5, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/PPmxDe

51.   “Mom Who Killed Son Suffering from Autism in New York City Hotel Room Convicted of Manslaughter” --- Jordan killed Jude Mirra, who suffered from autism, by forcing him to ingest a toxic mix of painkillers, other drugs and vodka back at the Peninsula ... --- WLS-TV --- November 5, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/mmcdDD

52.   “Group Home Aide Charged in Medications Case” --- An employee of a state group home was arrested this week on three misdemeanor charges for allegedly failing to give residents ... --- Glens Falls Post-Star --- November 5, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/09Gs47

53.   “Arrested for Robbing a Disabled Man of Car Keys and Other Items” --- An 18-year-old 10th Street man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly bit the arm and stole car keys and other items from a disabled ... --- Buffalo News --- November 5, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/4klYEI

54.   “Police: Bus Monitor Struck Special Needs Child with Shoe, Twisted His Arm” --- Investigators say Lagorio got physical with two special needs children on the bus when they got out of control … --- News 10NBC --- November 4, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NxykrN

55.   “Lawyer for Family of Autistic NYC Student Who Died to Represent Family in Choking Death” --- The lawyer for the family of an autistic teenager who died after disappearing from his New York City school will also work with the ... --- Daily Journal --- October 31, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/6HMYLg

56.   “$2 Million Deal Reached in NYC Jail Death of Mentally Ill Man Who Died in 101-Degree Cell” ---$2 Million Deal Reached in NYC Jail Death of Mentally Ill Man Who Died in 101-Degree Cell. --- ABC News --- October 31, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Y0fcff

57.   “Student, 21, with Autism Dies after She Chokes at Brooklyn School Cafeteria” --- The New York City Education Department is investigating the death of a 21-year-old student with autism who choked on a muffin at her school in ... --- New York Times --- October 29, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/J7sq0V

58.   “Rikers Island Slasher May Have Sliced Fellow Inmate Across Face: City Records” --- The firm has come under fire for its poor handling of several mentally ill inmates who died in jail over the past several years.  --- New York Daily News --- October 28, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/hilXLn

59.   “NC Teacher Accused of Using Hot Sauce to Discipline Autistic Student” --- “I don't think she should be allowed to be teaching period, with any kids, whether they have a disability or no disability and she should not be allowed ... --- myfox8.com --- October 31, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/nUWEDX

60.   “Mother of Bullied Autistic Teen Searches for Solution” --- The mother of an autistic teenager is fighting for a new solution to bullying ... if they're forced to transfer their child to another school to avoid bullying. --- WECT-TV6 --- October 29, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/JM9ZXG

61.   “3 Admit Dumping Bodily Fluids on Autistic Teen” --- Three Ohio teens charged in a cruel prank that involved dumping a bucket of urine, tobacco and spit on an autistic classmate have admitted to charges ... --- ABC News --- November 6, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/eKLiR9

62.   “Dayton Woman Jailed for Stealing Blind Man's Guide Dog” --- A 22-year-old Dayton woman has been sentenced to 50 days in jail for stealing a guide dog from a blind person's backyard and selling the animal on ... --- WLWT Cincinnati --- November 7, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/pNuRMG

63.   “Arrest Made in Shooting of Blind Man” --- A suspect accused of shooting a legally blind man during a robbery in September was arrested Monday. According to court documents, Jerymer ... --- Cincinnati.com --- November 4, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/pfIhrk

64.   “Woman Gets 1 Year for Stealing from Disabled” --- A Richmond woman was sentenced this week to one year in prison after pleading guilty to stealing from developmentally disabled adults who lived at ... --- pal-item.com --- October 31, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/2m3Eeb

65.   “Clermont Autism Case Settled” --- Provided photo of Roman Young, now 4. His family won $142,500 in a federal court settlement. Their case paved the way for children with autism to ... --- Cincinnati.com --- October 30, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/bZn2Hl

66.   “Bus Driver Facing More Charges for Reportedly Assaulting Special Needs Students” --- More charges have been filed against a bus driver accused of slapping a special needs student and strapping his legs ... --- Fox 28 --- October 30, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/kkDutD

67.   “Deaths of Disabled People Prompt Call for More Scrutiny” --- The deaths of 17 developmentally disabled people transferring or already transferred out of two large state-run institutions are raising questions about ... --- KGOU --- October 31, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/3Z5YOS

68.   “Mom of Autistic Boy Found Dead Got Psychiatric Care, Uncle Says” --- An uncle of a 6-year-old autistic boy found dead after his mother told police she threw him from a bridge on the Oregon coast ... --- CBS News --- November 6, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/ixknXm

69.   “Autistic Boy Killed: Oregon Mom's Video Asked for Prayers” --- A mother accused of throwing her son to his death from an Oregon bridge posted cheery videos on YouTube in the past ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- November 5, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/fwZXEM

70.   “Body Found After Mom Says She Threw Son in Oregon's Yaquina Bay” --- An Oregon woman by the same name penned an appeal for funding to help take care of her autistic son London and multiple sclerosis-stricken ... --- NBCNews.com --- November 3, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/cLchVi

71.   “Arlington Man Sentenced to Prison for Abusing Mentally Disabled Grandson” --- An Arlington man who pleaded guilty to abusing his mentally disabled grandson was sentenced today to prison and a lengthy probation. --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- November 5, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/127a5T

72.   “Steak Knife Left in Pa. Teachers' Lounge gets Special Ed Student Charged with Aggravated Assault” ---  That's where officials say the 15-year-old female special education student picked up the knife, then refused to ... --- The Patriot-News - PennLive.com --- October 30, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/2Cg7Jr

73.   “Mystery Still Surrounds Ex-Negro Leaguer, Beaten to Death at Byberry Mental Hospital” --- ... and a chilling history of a now long-gone institution that was for decades rife with mistreatment, abuse and other horrors for its mentally ill patients, ... --- Philly.com --- October 28, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/6Z4oMu

74.   “Settlement Reached in Autistic Man's Choking Death at Group Home” --- John Glenn Popple suffered from severe mental retardation, autism, organic personality disorder, and bipolar disorder and needed constant ... --- The Pennsylvania Record --- October 29, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/0xYDHY

75.   “Mother and Son Accused of Neglecting Disabled Family Member” --- Schroder said that's because Dustin hasn't legally been declared disabled, even though he's got paralysis in one leg and underwent intense ... --- WHNS Greenville --- October 30, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/BBz5ZJ

76.   “Man Says Wife Attacked Him with Wheelchair” --- According to the victim, who is an amputee, his wife attempted to stab him with a knife and then threw the wheelchair at him, knocking him out. --- Your Houston News --- November 6, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/UBa1HO

77.   “Killeen Mom Pulls Autistic Son Out of Killeen ISD After Allegations of Abuse” --- She demanded they either move the student who allegedly approached her autistic son to another special needs class, or allow Hayden to transfer. --- KCEN-TV --- November 3, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/kUCMHG

78.   “Austin Woman Accused of Beating Blind Roommate with Hammer” --- It was inside a single-family home located is Southeast Austin at 4801 Bergfield Drive where police believe Cynthia Chayer viciously attacked her ... --- KEYE TV --- November 3, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/FNMc6i

79.   “Blind Man Claims He Was Forced to Vote” --- Officials are investigating allegations of voting irregularities after legally blind resident Rodrigo Yrigoyen said he was ... --- Live 5 News --- October 28, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/tGXwBh

80.   “Man Suspected of Raping Handicapped Woman Appears in Court” --- A Salem man who reportedly raped a handicapped woman about two weeks ago appeared Tuesday in Fourth District Court for a waiver ... --- Daily Herald --- October 28, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/jeOkLS

81.   “Home Health Care Aide Sentenced for Forging Checks of Disabled Employer” --- Wright was terminated from her job as a home health care aide for a physically disabled individual in Leesburg in 2011, after … --- NBC4 Washington --- November 4, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/So62Fc

82.   “Allegations of Sexual Abuse Led to Closure of a Benton City Adult Family Home” --- Michael A. Fish faces two felony charges in Benton County Superior Court, while Sylvia Fish is prohibited from providing care to vulnerable adults ... --- Mid Columbia Tri City Herald --- November 7, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/gU2Skp

83.   “Blind, Disabled Teen Neglected Almost to Death, Caretakers Not Receiving Jail Time” --- The girl was found naked (except for a diaper), caked in her own filth, teeth rotting out, and weighing only 67-pounds. --- hngn.com --- October 29, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/pc9Vdz

84.   “Kirkland Police Confirm Victim in JHS Sexual Assault is a Special-needs Student” --- An official with the Kirkland Police Department has confirmed that the victim of a sexual assault at Juanita High School on Oct. 22 is a ... --- Kirkland Reporter --- October 28, 2014  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/WSNPGo

85.   “Disability Rights Advocates Speak to Students about Institutional Abuse and Torture in America” --- On Tuesday night, two disability rights attorneys and an institutional abuse survivor participated in a panel discussion ... --- The Georgetown Voice --- October 29, 2014  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/zPe67Y

86.   “PSHS Teacher Accused of Abusing Student” --- Mr. Riggs, father of freshmen, non verbal autistic twin boys, says one of his son’s teachers has been physically and emotionally abusive. --- The News Center --- October 31, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/vsVJZK 

87.   “Cognitively Disabled Teen Beaten, Police Say” --- A cognitively disabled 18-year-old was beaten by another teen in a confrontation on the east side Monday morning. --- WISC Madison --- October 28, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/wJ0riV

88.   “Jillian McCabe Was 'Overwhelmed' Before Autistic Son's Fatal Plunge” --- But Stephen M. Shore, a professor of special education at Adelphi University in New York, says that with education and support, life can get better for ... --- NBCNews.com --- November 4, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/0NaMcy

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89.   “Mental Health System in Crisis in Arkansas” --- Over time those psychiatric hospitals deteriorated into large inhumane warehouses, and community mental health centers were hailed as the answer. --- Arkansas Times --- October 30, 2014  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/tigAQD

90.   “More Kids Are Being Hospitalized with Mental Illness. Why?” --- In recent years, the state has seen a steep decline in the number of group-home beds, including those that provide high levels of supervision and ... --- 89.3 KPCC --- November 6, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/XUkKpM

91.   “New Deputy-training Courses in Sacramento County Aim to Help Mentally Ill” --- A new training program in Sacramento County to help deputies deal with people who suffer from mental illness may not only cut down on the number ... --- KCRA Sacramento --- November 5, 2014  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/zGWwPN

92.   “Voting Access Often Difficult for Disabled Americans” --- In 1984, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act further expanded accessibility, requiring polling places to have auxiliary aids ... --- San Francisco Examiner --- November 3, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/yrp0Zk

93.   “Report: Police Need More Training on Mentally Ill” --- A new report says law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County need more training to handle the mentally ill. The Los Angeles ... --- Bellingham Herald --- October 30, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/W8Apvr

94.   “Denver Jail's Taser Use at Odds with Federal Guidelines, Post Finds” --- Denver Sheriff Department deputies often rely on their Tasers to inflict pain to force inmates, some of whom are mentally ill, to comply with … --- The Denver Post --- November 2, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/hLYFh7

95.   “Inmate Escapes from State Prison in Miami-Dade” --- The prison has been under scrutiny and its warden was fired after the death of a mentally ill inmate. --- NBC2 News --- November 1, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/E4xMKv

96.   “Mattie's Call Issued After Woman Leaves Group Home” --- Police said Steadman suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dementia and a heart disease requiring a pacemaker, and that she left her ... --- WXIA-TV --- November 4, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/peZd3D

97.   “In Crisis: Lack of Options Shifts Mental Health Care to Idaho Hospitals” --- A chronic shortage of care puts some Idahoans into a vicious cycle of hospitalization Three ideas for helping people with mental illness in … --- The Idaho Statesman --- October 29, 2014  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/n4e3yc

98.   “An Overlooked Minority: Iowans with Disabilities” --- There is one minority in our community that is most likely to be unemployed, living in poverty, lacking adequate health care and is having difficulty in ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- October 27, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/pYrUyg

99.   “Many Disabled Kansans Struggle with KanCare” --- A new study by the University of Kansas finds many Kansans with disabilities are having difficulty getting services through KanCare, the privatized ... --- KMUW --- November 3, 2014  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/Veyhl6

100.   “Better Oversight Needed for Agencies Caring for Severely Disabled Youth” --- As statewide leaders in advocating for the health and well-being of children involved with the child welfare system, members of the Coalition to Protect ... --- Baltimore Sun --- November 5, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/PaGtu7

101.   “Family Struggles with Complex System of Autism Care” --- One in 68 children has autism. But in some Minnesota communities, kids are being diagnosed at a considerably higher ... --- CBS Local --- November 5, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/BxDQhf

102.   “As Autism Diagnoses Increase, Hospitals and Schools Try to Keep Up” --- Garcille was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at MU's Thompson Center earlier this year. Approximately one in 68 people are diagnosed ... --- Columbia Missourian --- October 28, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/TBiA3I

103.   “Staff Psychologist Files Special Education Complaint Against Paterson School District” --- In the latest criticism of the school district's special education ... a 'free and appropriate education' to our students with special needs. --- NorthJersey.com --- November 5, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/L6F9aM

104.   “Mayor's Death Underscores High Local Suicide Rate” --- According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, at least 90 percent of all people who died by suicide were suffering from a mental illness ... --- Oneonta Daily Star --- October 29, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/YrCAfu

105.   “Portland Area School Officials Say Oregon's New Transfer Law Hurts Some Students, Needs Reform” --- The new laws force districts to stop rejecting students with special educational needs who want to transfer in. Administrators ... --- The Oregonian - OregonLive.com --- October 31, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/Nze7bm

106.   “In the Shadows: Rhode Island's Mentally Ill Homeless Are Hardest to Reach, Help” --- “They are sleeping at Waterplace Park,” says Don Laliberte, director of social services at Crossroads Rhode Island. “They sleep ... --- The Providence Journal --- November 1, 2014  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/VkbvBe

107.   “At Least Five Districts Found to Use Calm Rooms for Disruptive Students” --- Earlier this week, NBC 5 Investigates revealed how often the Mansfield Independent School District put disruptive students with special needs in small ... --- NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth --- November 5, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/pARy5f

108.   “Family Faced with Homelessness After Seeking Care for Autistic Son” --- They came to Houston looking to save their little boy's life and five months later Wendy and David Songy are dead broke and ... --- FOX 10 News Phoenix --- October 28, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/oAZKUl

109.   “Advocacy Group for Mentally Ill Denied Access to Franklin County Jail” --- Disability Rights Washington received a complaint about the conditions for two inmates in the jail and sent an attorney to check the facility ... --- Yakima Herald-Republic --- November 2, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/u2bSE8

110.   “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders May Be Underreported” --- There may be many more children than previously thought with developmental disabilities resulting from alcohol exposure during pregnancy, ... --- Disability Scoop --- November 5, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/r33PyL

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

111.   “Mendocino County Board of Supervisors to Revisit Laura's Law” --- … 10, 2001, by Scott Thorpe, a mentally ill man, who shot her and two others in the Health Education and Welfare building, according to a Nevada ... --- Ukiah Daily Journal --- November 7, 2014  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/xp5k8u 

112.   “Legislature: Real Lives Bill Signed into Law” --- “The passage of the Real Lives Bill is a major landmark for disability rights in Massachusetts,” Sannicandro said in a statement. “This bill represents a ... --- MetroWest Daily News --- October 30, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/c5ccvL

113.   “Mandatory Sentences Debated for Crimes against Seniors, Disabled” --- There are laws already on the books to punish those who target seniors and the disabled more harshly, Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said. --- Dayton Daily News --- October 29, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/7KP0ZU

114.   “Gov Signs Order to Protect Disabled Workers' Rights” --- Rhode Island is taking a step forward to help those with developmental disabilities not just find jobs – but find careers. --- Providence Eyewitness News --- October 27, 2014  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/wdzNeT

International Articles

115.   “System Fails to Keep Mental Health Patients Safe” --- A new report has found continuing systemic problems in the treatment of mentally ill patients in Australia, as two separate incidents in separate states ... --- ABC Online --- November 3, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/Lkfk4R

116.   “Parents Set to Meet after School Staffer Arrested on Sexual Assault Charge” --- Concerned parents are set to gather at Martingrove Collegiate Institute Monday evening after learning that a special needs assistant at the school … --- Toronto Star --- November 2, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/TArCzX

117.   “Special Needs Teaching Assistant Accused of Sex Assault” --- A teaching assistant is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage special needs student at an Etobicoke high school several years ago. --- Toronto Sun --- October 31, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/CZ5jsM

118.   “Special Needs Assistant at Etobicoke School Charged with Sex-related Offences” --- In a letter sent out Thursday afternoon, Martingrove Collegiate Institute principal Ralph Nigro said that a special needs assistant at the school was ... --- CP24 Toronto's Breaking News --- October 30, 2014 (CANADA) http://is.gd/hK4GFE

119.   “Disabilities Experts Condemn Sexual Assault on Woman on Winnipeg Bus” --- Advocates are shocked after a woman with an intellectual disability was sexually assaulted on a Winnipeg Transit bus, as her support worker sat ... --- CBC.ca --- October 29, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/j5fJFF

120.   “Plymouth Heroin Addict Jailed after Stealing from Autistic Girl and College” --- A serial thief has been jailed after creeping into a house and stealing items from an autistic girl's bedroom and burgling a Plymouth college. --- Plymouth Herald --- November 7, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/7AoaIZ

121.   “Birmingham Robber Jailed after Torture Threat to Disabled Victim” --- “He had an outgoing, gregarious personality, you took that away from him and left him not only in a physically disabled state, but also without that ... --- Birmingham Mail --- November 7, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/9gJPPB

122.   “Youth Worker Who Filmed Himself Raping Severely Disabled 13-year-old Girl is Jailed for 15 Years” --- A former youth worker who filmed himself raping a severely disabled 13-year-old girl was today jailed for 15 years … --- Mirror.co.uk --- November 4, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/AMBdCH

123.   “Three Vulnerable Patients a Day Die Due to Lack of Care” --- A shortage of specialist nurses trained to care for people with learning disabilities is putting the lives of thousands of vulnerable people at risk, the ... --- The Independent --- November 2, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/DGOq5o

124.   “Almost 1,000 Cases of Abuse on Vulnerable Adults Reported in Kirklees” --- Vulnerable people in Kirklees are more likely to suffer neglect and to be ... in 2013/14, according to data from council's safeguarding adults ... --- Huddersfield Examiner --- October 28, 2014  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/rABqFA 

125.   “Devon Care Home Probe: 22 Charged over Alleged Abuse” --- Twenty-two people have appeared in court charged over the alleged abuse of vulnerable adults at care homes. --- BBC News --- October 28, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/bW58iD

126.   “Child Treated in Adult Psychiatric Unit” --- A child remained in an adult psychiatric unit in Cork for a number of weeks despite the fact that a bed was available in the nearby child and adolescent ... --- Irish Medical Times --- November 6, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/CzEJ7G

127.   “Psychiatric Patients Left in 'Battered Looking' Units” --- Patients in a hospital psychiatric unit were forced to live in shabby, damp, run-down and "battered-looking" wards, a report has revealed. --- Irish Independent --- October 31, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/aFn9kL

128.   “Sex Offender Jailed for Exposing Himself to Disabled Woman in Her Home” --- A sex offender convicted of exposing himself to a disabled woman in her home while working as a courier was jailed for 12 months today. --- Belfast Telegraph --- October 30, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/IUfyIN

129.   “Killer, Rapist of Deaf Woman Gets Legal Aid to Appeal Convictions” --- Liam Reid was sentenced to life for the rape and murder of deaf woman Emma Agnew in Christchurch in 2007. He was also found guilty of the ... --- TVNZ --- October 31, 2014  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/TOQv1E

130.   “Man Remanded in Prison for Raping Mentally Ill Woman” --- A 20 year old man, Terzoo Ugoo was Friday ordered remanded in Prison custody by a Makurdi Magistrate Court for allegedly raping a mentally ill ... --- DailyPost Nigeria --- November 7, 2014  (NIGERIA)  http://is.gd/E9czeh

131.   “For Russian Kids, a Disability Often Means Life In an Orphanage” --- Andrei Dombrovsky, an activist for the rights of disabled people, thinks the problem dates back to the Soviet period, when the official ideology called ... --- NPR --- November 4, 2014  (RUSSIA) http://is.gd/7XPfrl 

132.   “Alex Purdie Abused Disabled Girl and Brother in Whitburn” --- A man has been found guilty of abusing a disabled girl and her brother after luring them to his West Lothian home for sweet treats and drinks. --- BBC News --- November 7, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/77bqY7

133.   “Wheelchair Pervert Sexually Assaulted Mentally Impaired Man in Care Home” --- The court heard he moved over to the victim in his wheelchair, took the man's hand and got him to touch himself. The offence took place at ... --- Aberdeen Evening Express --- October 31, 2014  (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/i1DwzW

134.   “New Law to Protect Vulnerable Adults Likely to Come in 2015” --- This will also include having better support for families and strengthening the capabilities of social service centres to care for such vulnerable adults. --- Channel News Asia --- October 30, 2014  (SINGAPORE)  http://is.gd/NbgkU9

135.   “Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Mentally Disabled Teenage in Soweto” --- A 34-year-old man was arrested on Friday morning for allegedly raping a mentally disabled teenage girl in Zondi, Soweto, police said. --- Sowetan Live (press release) --- November 7, 2014  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/WKpTwG

136.   “SA Must Cater for Disabled and Abused” --- Census 2011 estimated the number of South Africans with disabilities to be at least 2.8 million. This is the month of recommitting ourselves to making ... --- Independent Online --- November 2, 2014  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/BmWT4o

137.   “The Urgent Need to Talk about Mental Illness” --- In Switzerland, as elsewhere, mental illness remains a taboo - despite the country having one of the highest number of psychiatrists per capita in the ... --- swissinfo.ch --- November 3, 2014  (SWITZERLAND)  http://is.gd/WAW9xR

138.   “Prisons Struggling with Old, Sick and Disabled People, Says Charity” --- Some of the prisoners are disabled [and] 70, 80 years old, locked behind their doors, no TVs, some have no radio, banged up … --- The Independent --- October 28, 2014  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/Zprarf

139.   “Private Palliative and Social Care Providers Face Scrutiny” --- People receiving privately-arranged social services and palliative care services in Wales will be able to file complaints under new rights. --- BBC News --- November 2, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/rFiXQs

140.   “The Untold Stories of Deaf People in WW1” --- "Deaf people walking along the road were told to stop by sentries. But when they continued to walk, they were shot," says historian Norma McGilp, who ... --- BBC News --- November 3, 2014  (INTERNATIONAL)  http://is.gd/pwwk07


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