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News Summary for November 24, 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.   “Woman Finds Disabled 7-year-old Daughter in Cage Wearing Soiled Diaper at School” --- The mother of a developmentally disabled girl has filed a legal claim -- the precursor to a lawsuit -- against her daughter's ... --- The Post-Standard - syracuse.com --- November 10, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/DD3Xai

2.   “Disabled Adults Found Malnourished, Without Heat, Water in Cobb” --- A 70-year-old Cobb County woman was arrested for allegedly running an unlicensed care home where three disabled men were living in deplorable ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- November 14, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/XNROhv

3.   “Teacher Arrested in Waikiki for Alleged Sex with Student” --- Deborah Hoshiyama had been teaching special education for just six school days and was immediately suspended, according to Principal Jeff Vilardi. --- Honolulu Star-Advertiser --- November 18, 2014  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/fhOoiU

4.   “Teacher's Aide under Investigation for Allegedly Molesting 11-Year-Old Autistic Student” --- Parents of an 11-year-old autistic girl who said she was twice molested by a teacher's aide at a Boston elementary school classroom expressed ... --- Boston.com --- November 15, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/S9gvfQ 

5.   “Alleged Rape of 6-year-old Girl with 'Cognitive Disabilities' Lands Convict a New Felony Charge” --- A 29-year-old Muskegon man who was discharged from prison in 2013 has been charged with a new felony for allegedly raping ... --- The Muskegon Chronicle --- November 14, 2014  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/CWlmxW

6.   “Bath & Body Works Apologizes for Denying Entry to Special-needs Students” --- A St. Louis-area Bath & Body Works has apologized and vowed to better train employees after a group of special-needs students said they were ... --- Washington Times --- November 10, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/RNtQnD

7.   “Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in 'Horrendous' Cigarette Lighter Child-abuse Case” --- Quoting the woman, Linneweber said the victim has Down syndrome, functions at the same level as a 3-year-old and suffered first-, second- and ... --- Billings Gazette --- November 10, 2014  (MONTANA) http://is.gd/DiYIi8

8.   “Woman Fired from Beatrice Center Loses Appeal” --- Woman fired from Beatrice center loses appeal ... who failed to immediately report suspected abuse at the Beatrice State Developmental Center. --- Lincoln Journal Star --- November 10, 2014  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/e13llO

9.   “Driver Admits Leaving Young Kids on Parked School Bus in Summer Heat” --- A school bus driver who left two special-needs boys alone on a parked bus in July has pleaded guilty to cruelty and neglect of a child. --- The Star-Ledger --- November 17, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/LdRi5z

10.   “Hearings Set for Rutgers Professor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Man” --- A pair of hearings have been scheduled to address whether certain evidence can be admitted at the trial of Rutgers-Newark professor ... --- The Star-Ledger --- November 13, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/bysZ90

11.   “10-year-old with Autism Found after Jumping Off Bus in New Jersey, Bus Driver Charged” --- A 10-year-old boy with autism was allowed to get off his school bus Monday afternoon even though there was no adult to pick him up. --- WABC-TV --- November 11, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/Ti5LvK

12.   “Lawsuit Says Special Ed Student Sexually Assaulted” --- Parents of a special education middle school student are suing not only the teacher they believe sexually assaulted their ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- November 19, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/Kt4Jls


13.   “A Mauston Man Could Be Facing a Charge of Theft for Allegedly Stealing a Blind Man's Dog” --- The victim, who said he is blind, reportedly allowed Baumgartner to take his vehicle to Mauston, according to the sheriff's report. But the man said he ... --- Juneau County Star-Times --- November 18, 2014  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/XkTMav

14.   “Disability Rights Arkansas Pushes for Change after Child Injured Allegedly by School Staff” ---  According to the child's grandmother, the child was injured when she was being restrained by a school employee at some point during an ... --- KARK --- November 11, 2014  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/8ArajL

15.   “Palmdale Teacher Accused of Molesting Special Needs Student Pleads Not Guilty” --- A 28-year-old Palmdale teacher pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he sexually molested a 17-year-old high school student enrolled in a ... --- KTLA --- November 18, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/QRgrBW

16.   “Sacramento Kindergartner Left on School Bus” --- ... 1,300 of those students are enrolled in special education programs. The district would not say if the student left on the bus has any special needs. --- KCRA Sacramento --- November 18, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/pX8Ie2

17.   “Special Education Teacher Shauna Sims Accused of Having Sex with a 14-year-old Boy” --- A 35-year-old special-education teacher from California has been arrested and charged with having sex with a 14-year-old boy. --- Daily Mail --- November 14, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/lcTBse

18.   “Concord Man Gets Eight Years for Cold-case Rape of Woman with Down Syndrome” --- With the harsh words of a Contra Costa judge ringing in his ears, a Concord man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for ... --- Contra Costa Times --- November 11, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ttNeLo

19.   “Connecticut Jury Awards $638,000 in S&M Case” --- ... $638,000 to a Greenwich woman who sued a man she said had a sadomasochistic sexual relationship with her mentally ill and disabled daughter. --- ABC News --- November 18, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/AQGCVS

20.   “Special Investigation: Alleged Scams Persist in VA Program for Disabled Veterans” --- In other words, the indictment alleges that between 2006 and 2012, Gorski convinced disabled veterans to serve nominally as president of the ... --- FOX CT --- November 10, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/XUoPon

21.   “Parole Board Hears Deaf Man's Case in 1981 Tampa Slaying” --- A deaf man who supporters say was framed for murder by ... But advocates for deaf Floridians say his brother killed the man, then ... --- TBO.com --- November 19, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/8wygM6

22.   “Latest Suit Against DOC Reveals New Details in Prison Inmate's Gruesome Death” --- The death of mentally ill inmate, Darren Rainey, and the way the Florida Department of Corrections handled the investigation spurred the agency to ... --- WFSU --- November 14, 2014  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/NjoGG9

23.   “Miami-Dade Police Arrest Blind Man, Drop Him off Miles from Home with No Phone” --- Burke is blind, and after police arrested him on suspicion of marijuana possession they put him in the back of a cop car. --- Miami New Times --- November 13, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Ugb7sU

24.   “Volusia County Teacher Accused of Hitting Autistic Student Twice” --- According to the sheriff's report, Shaffer was with an autistic student. She told deputies the student did not want to participate in gym class, and she ... --- WFTV Orlando --- November 12, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/xoA87X

25.   “Judge Rules New Autism Plaintiffs Must File Individually against Disney” --- U.S. District Judge Anne Conway, based in Florida, cited each family's “unique factual circumstances” with Disney's Disability Access Service policy as ... --- November 10, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/4jLzgr

26.   “Woman Pleads Guilty to Disabled Adult Neglect” --- A LaGrange woman pleaded guilty in Troup County Superior Court on Monday to four counts of felony neglect of a disabled adult and one count of ... --- LaGrange Daily News --- November 11, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/mDIAyk

27.   “Moscow Couple Plead Innocent to Alleged Neglect, Exploitation of Man in Their Care” --- Winter and Wright pleaded innocent to principal to neglect of a vulnerable adult, principal to exploitation of a vulnerable adult and principal to ... --- Lewiston Morning Tribune --- November 10, 2014  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/4deraD

28.   “Group Home Closed: Residents Sexually Abused, Medications Missed” --- They tried to care for him in their home, but three years ago they decided a group home, located at 3505 Hillsdale in Urbandale, would better serve his ... --- whotv.com --- November 18, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/u4XrM7

29.   “More Charges Filed in Sioux City Baby's Death” --- Williams was charged shortly after the death with a single count of neglect of a dependent person, which carries a 10-year prison sentence. --- Sioux City Journal --- November 13, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/peMu4e

30.   “Bar Harbor Shop Discriminated against Employee with Cerebral Palsy, Commission Finds” --- The commissioners were advised by staff that an unpleasant phone call did not excuse an apparent violation of the Human Rights Act's disability ... --- Bangor Daily News --- November 17, 2014  (MAINE) http://is.gd/3m9anJ 

31.   “Maine Man Gets Jail Time for Stealing Blind Man's Meds” --- A man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for stealing the pain medication of a blind man who uses a wheelchair. --- Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel --- November 14, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/acMtnQ

32.   “More Minorities, Students with Disabilities Punished with School Suspension in Massachusetts” --- A new report has found that a disproportionate number of minorities and students with disabilities are being are ... --- The Republican - masslive.com --- November 19, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/iRRWoF

33.   “5 Investigates: Agencies Spend Millions to Fight Inspector General” --- The Merrimack Special Education Collaborative was caught misusing more than $10 million in public funds. When the Inspector General requested ... --- WCVB Boston --- November 17, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/sjB5Mv 

34.   “Teacher Who Sprayed Special Needs Child in Face Resigns” --- A southern Nebraska school board has accepted the resignation of a special education teacher accused of spraying water in a child's ... --- Lincoln Journal Star --- November 12, 2014  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/PBl6q5 

35.   “NY Official: Rikers Jail Video Should be Released” --- The mother of a mentally ill, homeless veteran who was found dead in a 100-degree Rikers jail cell that overheated due to an equipment malfunction ... --- NBC New York --- November 15, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/eI9A00

36.   “Group Home Counselor Charged with Rape of Resident” --- According to the New York State Justice Center, which oversees facilities and programs that care for people with special needs, Michael Cubero, 37, ... --- Times Herald-Record --- November 14, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/YfJwpV

37.   “2 Group Home Counselors Indicted in Abuse of Disabled Resident” --- ... are accused of abusing a man with developmental disabilities, according to the state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. --- Albany Times Union --- November 13, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/whTd7v

38.   “Polish Woman Had Threesome with Disabled Husband's Killers” --- A Polish woman who rewarded her wheelchair-bound husband's killers with a threesome has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to court ... --- New York Daily News --- November 13, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/OUCSNa

39.   “$30M Suit to be Filed After Special-needs Boy, 12, Injured in Fall from School Bus” --- The grandmother of a 12-year-old special-needs child who was critically injured after he opened his school bus' emergency exit and … --- New York Daily News --- November 13, 2014 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ydNZqo 

40.   “Longtime Caregiver's Crack Addiction Led Him to Steal $17,000 from Patients, Lands Him in Jail” ---  But Bradshaw's crack addiction led him to steal thousands in benefits meant for residents in group homes run by Hutchings.  --- The Post-Standard - syracuse.com --- November 12, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/CzgdwN

41.   “Shunning the Sick: New York's Neglect of Its Mentally Ill” --- In need of help: Too many mentally ill people do not receive proper psychiatric help, wind up in jail --- and remain there far longer than other inmates. --- New York Post --- November 11, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/GJdY66

42.   “NC Inmate's Death Shows Need for Prison Review” --- The 53-year-old former Army sergeant who had a mental illness died March 12 while being transported from the Alexander Correctional Institution in ... --- News & Observer --- November 15, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/PtmMBh 

43.   “NC Agencies Lock Down Info on Inmate's Death from Dehydration” --- “We are very concerned about the case of Mr. Kerr,” said Vicki Smith, president of Disability Rights North Carolina, which provides advocacy and legal ... --- News & Observer --- November 8, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/00UjcZ 

44.   “Three Charged with Sexual Abuse of Disabled Woman” --- Three city residents were recently indicted on seven felony counts of sexual abuse and violent acts, according to a document released by ... --- Marion Star --- November 15, 2014  (OHIO) http://is.gd/mXlO5I 

45.   “Disabled Teen Found in Deplorable Conditions in Warren” --- Authorities made a terrible discovery in a Warren home just off state Route 422 on Tuesday afternoon. A disabled teen girl was found living in what's ... --- WFMJ --- November 11, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/udy4EL

46.   “Man Accused of Molesting Developmentally Disabled Adults Gets Suspended Term” --- A Wagoner area man accused of sexually molesting young adults with developmental disabilities has pleaded guilty in exchange for a suspended ... --- Tahlequah Daily Press --- November 14, 2014  (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/FG3MfE

47.   “Former Director Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Oregon Nonprofit Created to Help People with Disabilities” --- Janice Roberts, the former executive director of a nonprofit aimed to help people with disabilities pleaded guilty ... --- The Oregonian - OregonLive.com --- November 17, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/DS3z7B

48.   “Despite Hefty Penalty in Oregon Civil Rights Case, Expect More Action, Discussion on Service Animals” --- Investigators for Avakian's Bureau of Labor and Industries found "substantial evidence of  disability discrimination" by ... --- The Oregonian - OregonLive.com --- November 12, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/39I5Qr

49.   “Millersburg Woman Accused of Locking Autistic Man in Hot Garage” --- Authorities have charged a Millersburg woman after police said she locked an autistic man in a garage during a hot summer day in ... --- FOX43.com --- November 10, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/sZvfgl

50.   “Shocking Accusations of Abuse within the SC Dept. of Corrections” --- … mentally ill prisoners being abused inside South Carolina's Department of Corrections. The accusations are coming to light in a lawsuit filed 10 years ago by the Protection and advocacy --- WCBD --- November 13, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/TKEtfZ

51.   “Pasadena Investigating Woman's Death in City Jail” --- Texas Jail Commission standards require that jailers make a "face to face" check on combative, suicidal or mentally ill inmates every 30 minutes, and ... --- Houston Chronicle --- November 14, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/XVj5JC

52.   “Lawsuit Alleges DART Driver Raped Woman Who Has Down Syndrome” --- “Our victim is a Down syndrome lady who, as we know her, has the mindset of a 6-year-old,” said attorney T. Nguyen with the Wendell Turley law firm. --- FOX 4 News --- November 11, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/t6K0tr

53.   “Teen Arrested in Robbery of Special Needs Resident” --- Police with the help of U.S. marshals arrested a teenager Monday who was wanted in the robbery and assault of a ... --- KWTX --- November 10, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/eS77AL

54.   “Hearing Set for Man Accused of Abusing Wheelchair-bound Woman” --- A Salem man was arrested early Wednesday morning in connection to the rape of a handicapped female. --- Daily Herald --- November 18, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/zhUgjj

55.   “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 ... --- Brattleboro Reformer --- November 11, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/TZikkm

56.   “Ruth Marcus: In Virginia, a Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Autism” --- Because of Latson's intellectual and emotional disabilities, he cannot safely go into the general jail population. But he also does not have the coping ... --- Washington Post --- November 14, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/vjQhF9

57.   “Seattle Public Schools Apologizes for Unauthorized Release of Student Information” --- A large majority of the student information released involves special education student files. --- Q13 FOX --- November 14, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/qyfeUu

58.   “Sirens Sounding in State's Human-services System” --- A federal judge set a trial early next year on a lack of treatment for mentally ill jail inmates. The issue Reichert was pressing involves a whole other ... --- The Seattle Times --- November 11, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/v9laBY

59.   “Man Languishes in DC Psych Ward 40 Years After Necklace Theft Charge” --- Franklin Frye, 68, has been in D.C.'s St. Elizabeth's psychiatric hospital since being charged with stealing a $20 necklace in 1970. --- Washington Times --- November 11, 2014  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/pWt4xA

60.   “Woman in Jail After Allegedly Letting Autistic Son Walk Alone, Into Path of Car” --- Kathryn Dawn Comas of Marion County is behind bars after she allegedly let her autistic son walk around by himself on Halloween, when he was hit ... --- WDTV --- November 17, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/eegzDO

61.   “Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Person with Mental Disability” --- A Huntington man has been charged with the sexual assault of a person with a mental disability. Jackie L. Davis, 36, of Huntington was charged with ... --- WCHS-TV8 --- November 13, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/Q0NBkY

62.   “Sheriff's Report: Man May be Charged for Stealing Blind Man's Dog” --- The victim, who said he was blind, reportedly allowed Baumgartner to take his vehicle to Mauston, according to the sheriff's report. But the man said he ... --- La Crosse Tribune --- November 15, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/fvoH20

Seeking Improved Support

63.   “South LA Frustrated by LAPD's Lack of Transparency in 2 Fatal Events” --- Three months after police fatally shot a mentally ill man in South Los Angeles, key questions remain about what led to the controversial shooting and ... --- Los Angeles Times --- November 12, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/sJIILS

64.   “9 Investigates: Are Jails Warehousing the Mentally Ill?” --- Jail time for the mentally ill averages nearly 60 days, more than twice as long as other inmates, Jones said. The cost to taxpayers is $8.9 million. --- WFTV Orlando --- November 12, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/E2JIsr

65.   “Improvements Coming to Mentally Ill Inmate Treatments” --- As part of civil litigation working its way through federal court, the Illinois Department of Corrections will create four treatment units and add 350 clinical ... --- WICS-TV --- November 11, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/D8T8cz

66.   “Special Ed Policies Called 'Indefensible' ” --- Eileen Nash, special ed chief of Boston Schools, said the district is shifting more of its focus to how special needs students are served, not what ... --- Boston Herald --- November 13, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/9xbjQR

67.   “Effort to Curb Offensive Language against the Disabled Underway” --- A local organization is sparking a movement to get people to focus on person-first language when addressing the disabled. --- fox4kc.com --- November 18, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/2oP8Yr

68.   “NJ Advocates Concerned about Safety in State's Psychiatric Hospitals” --- Mental health advocates in New Jersey say they are getting more calls from concerned family members about assaults in state psychiatric hospitals. --- Newsworks.org --- November 14, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/9O7Zd2

69.   “Lack of Mental Health Resources for Homeless in Las Cruces” --- Community of Hope officials estimate half the people who live at Tent City suffer from severe mental illnesses. When they seek help, options are ... --- KVIA El Paso --- November 14, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/dzsGkM

70.   “Students in Special Education Now at 24 Percent on Staten Island, Outpacing other Boroughs” --- The number of special-needs students in Staten Island schools is increasing at an unprecedented rate, outpacing ... --- Staten Island Advance - SILive.com --- November 9, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/i0yrCY

71.   “Protesters Rally for Prisoners' Rights Outside of Rikers Island” --- Family members of prisoners called for reform at the jail complex - they say the guards brutalize the prisoners, adding the inmates live in unsafe ... --- WABC-TV --- November 8, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/lGijcy

72.   “Daughter of Mentally Ill Cleveland Woman Who Died in Police Custody Hopes for Change” ---  Mauvion Green hopes her mentally ill mother Tanesha Anderson didn't die in vain. The 37-year-old schizophrenic ... --- The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com --- November 18, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/aLpdq9

73.   “Federal Changes Could Impact Ohio Autism Program” --- More than 100 parents, caregivers, and advocates packed a room in late October to hear representatives from Disability Rights Ohio and the Arc of ... --- Merced Sun-Star --- November 15, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/MhSIvw

74.   “Unabomber's Brother Makes Plea for Better Mental Health Services” --- Making sure mentally ill people get treatment is important because their problems are not just a public health issue but also a public safety issue, ... --- Dallas Morning News --- November 14, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/chIcMO

75.   “Protesters Question Memorial Medical Center's Shut Down of Mental Health Department” --- "5 West" is the psychiatric unit in Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. Currently the unit isn't taking in mentally ill patients for lack of a psychiatrist, ... --- KVIA El Paso --- November 12, 2014  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/wrjbg7

76.   “Phishing Scam Targets Disabled” --- Deputies say a disabled woman got a call telling her she was eligible for a new program through the federal government. --- WOAI --- November 8, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/z9Megl

77.   “Believers Struggle to Make Sense of Salvation for the Mentally Ill” --- A wooden toy, a photograph and a framed doctoral degree reveal the motives of an anonymous donor who has helped fund research into mental ... --- Deseret News --- November 17, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/6vqTRD

78.   “Police Department Adds Special Needs Adults to Force” --- This idea is something that any interested business can get involved with as the whole idea is about simply helping those that need a special hand up. --- WSET --- November 10, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/s2sdYu

79.   “State Woefully Underfunds Mental Health” --- But due to a shortage of beds at both of the state's psychiatric hospitals, judges face the difficult decision of keeping these defendants in jail or ... --- Bellingham Herald --- November 13, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/vHwiJu

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

80.   “Laura's Law Participation Approved by Mendocino County Board of Supervisors” --- According to a 2013 report by NAMI, approximately 4 percent of the adult population suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. --- Ukiah Daily Journal --- November 11, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/DYlaHZ

81.   “Death with Dignity Legislation Being Drafted in Colorado” --- Disability advocacy groups across the country worry about the implications of these laws. They fear those with disabilities will be coerced into using ... --- 9NEWS.com --- November 17, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/U73liX

82.   “Law Aims to Force Homeless into Treatment” --- The law, known as Act 221, allows someone to be forcibly hospitalized or placed into outpatient treatment if it's shown they suffer from mental illness or ... --- KITV Honolulu --- November 17, 2014  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/M2GrBn

83.   “State Plans Push to Explain Special Education Overhaul” --- The state is about to launch a year-long effort to train local educators on how to implement a sweeping, problem-plagued new law that is supposed to ... --- Bayoubuzz --- November 12, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/qInwU0

84.   “New Jersey Assembly Approves Death with Dignity Bill” --- Opponents of the bill, including the New Jersey Alliance Against Doctor-Assisted Suicide and some disability-rights activists, say it could leave the ... --- CBS News --- November 13, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/84hsEf

85.   “Notification Sought for Sex Offenders Entering Developmental Disabilities Homes” --- “Before an individual is admitted as a resident to a residential facility owned by a county board of developmental disabilities, the residential facility will ... --- Akron Legal News --- November 10, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/RMGAYA

86.   “Casey Pushes to Reduce VA Disability Backlog” --- The "Veterans Group" in West Philadelphia responds to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs' plan to streamline his department. Rosemary Connors sits ... --- NBC 10 Philadelphia --- November 11, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/QSqPZE

87.   “South Dakota Law Enforcement Train for Rise in Mental Health Cases” --- "Mentally ill people are not really any more violent than the general population; in fact, they're more likely to be victims of violence than they are to be ... --- KSFY --- November 18, 2014  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/EeJEzz

88.   “VA Lawmakers Review Controversial School Disciplinary Practice” --- The family discovered that on about nine occasions, the school principal ... The parents, and others at Arc, believe restraint and seclusion should be ... --- NBC 29 News --- November 17, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/IaaHKA

International Articles

89.   Video Showing Arrest of Amputee Sparks Accusations of Unreasonable Force by Queensland Police” --- Footage of Queensland Police pinning and punching a disabled man with half of his legs missing has gone viral, sparking outrage and allegations of ... --- ABC Online --- November 18, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/QWJacl

90.   “Jetstar Bungle Forces Woman to Drag Disabled Sister through Perth Airport” --- A woman says she was forced to carry her disabled adult sister off a Jetstar plane and drag her through the airport after the airline failed to produce ... --- WA today --- November 13, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/AS48Tl

91.   “Caregiver Recounts Events Surrounding Handicapped Calgarian's Deadly Scalding at Fatality Inquiry” --- The caregiver for a handicapped Calgary man who died after being burned with scalding water had no idea of the gravity of his wounds, she told ... --- Calgary Sun --- November 17, 2014  (CANADA) http://is.gd/B4Eo9g

92.   “The System for the Mentally Ill in B.C. is Failing our Families, Advocate Says” --- “I've seen this a million times and I have hundreds of stories like this,” said Mauris, whose brother suffers from mental illness and who has started a ... --- The Province --- November 12, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/DU7cQB

93.   “Andre Arruda Video Sheds Light on Harassment against People with Disabilities” --- A Toronto comedian born with a genetic disorder that left him just over three feet tall has filmed a video showing the harassment he faces daily on city ... --- CBC.ca --- November 11, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/uauIHD

94.   “Woman in Wheelchair Robbed” --- Police in New Brunswick are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two male suspects who robbed a ... --- MetroNews Canada --- November 9, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/nu583O

95.   “One Woman's Fight to Improve Mental Health Care in China Tackling Mental Health Problems in China” --- In 1985, Meng Weina set up China's first private special needs school in the southern city of Guangzhou. As a single mother she was ... --- CNN --- November 18, 2014  (CHINA) http://is.gd/4Umhsv

96.   “Czech Republic under Fire for Still Placing Healthy Gypsy Kids in Special Needs Schools” --- Human rights groups say the Czech Republic is still defying a European court ruling by continuing to place healthy Gypsy children in ... --- Fox News --- November 13, 2014  (CZECH REPUBLIC)  http://is.gd/r56pfs

97.   “Tania Clarence Detained in Hospital for Killing Disabled Children” --- A depressed mother who was "overwhelmed" by the enormous challenge of caring for her three disabled children before she smothered them in their ... --- Telegraph.co.uk --- November 18, 2014   (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/6a7vVc

98.   “Psychiatric Nurse Jailed for Fondling a Patient in Her Bed at a Devon Hospital” --- A psychiatric nurse has been jailed for fondling a patient in her bed at a mental hospital after he developed an infatuation with her. --- Exeter Express and Echo --- November 17, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/SvCjMv

99.   “Woman Smothered Disabled Twin Sons Before Killing Their Sister, Court Hears” --- Johnson said: “We suggest that the defendant took this opportunity to end the lives of her three disabled children, although it was right to say her ... --- The Guardian --- November 14, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/T98maj

100.   “Care Worker Stanley Nkenka Jailed for Hitting Disabled Teen” --- A care worker has been jailed for six months after he was caught on camera hitting a disabled teenager. Stanley Nkenka, 36, was caught when the ... --- BBC News --- November 14, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/zBWaft

101.   “Parents of Autistic Children Warned against 'Unscientific' Treatments” --- An international expert on the treatment of autism has warned Irish parents against interventions which are marketed as “cutting edge technologies but ... --- Irish Times --- November 19, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/8OdGgx

102.   “Call over Special Needs Facilities” --- Claire Smyth, mother of five-year-old Daniel, who has special needs, said: "There are so many of us who don't like putting our handbags on the floor of ... --- Belfast Telegraph --- November 10, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/5MjzQn

103.   “Police Launch Misconduct Probe at Scotland's National Deaf School” --- POLICE are looking into allegations of misconduct at Scotland's national deaf school following the suspension of a member of staff. --- Herald Scotland --- November 18, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/JcnH3Q

104.   “Disabled 'Are Insulted in Classrooms' ” --- Nearly 70 per cent of teachers have heard youngsters using derogatory terms for disabled children or children with special educational needs, ... --- Herald Scotland --- November 17, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/FtB4F8

105.   “SA Mom Sentenced for Killing Disabled Children” --- A South African mother loved her three disabled kids dearly and exhausted herself financially and emotionally for their well-being before eventually ... --- Health24.com --- November 19, 2014  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/Af2nIG

106.   “Teacher Kills Autistic Son, Self” --- The man's father-in-law said the deceased had been a good provider for his family and had provided good care for his autistic son. --- Bangkok Post --- November 10, 2014  (THAILAND)  http://is.gd/lYcgLS

107.   “Woman Slapped in the Face and Robbed in Her Wheelchair on Gypsy Lane, Caerphilly” --- A woman in a wheelchair was slapped in the face and robbed by two men on a footpath in Caerphilly. The woman, who was travelling over a bridge ... --- Caerphilly Observer --- November 13, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/ulmVw6



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