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News Summary for January 26, 2015
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

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 an interest.

Dr. Nora's Top Articles:

1.   “Mother, Two Sons Stole from Disabled Family Member” --- A Portage woman and her two adult sons were ordered Tuesday to pay back $77,876 they admitted to stealing from a disabled family ... --- nwitimes.com --- January 13, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/6a0ms7

2.   “Couple Accused of Caging Autistic Son Make Plea Deal” --- A couple accused of keeping their 19-year-old adopted son in a cage at their home in rural eastern Michigan have made a plea deal and face ... --- WNEM Saginaw --- January 9, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/is9q6d

3.   “Lakeland Tax Pro Allegedly Stole Money from Vulnerable Adults, Used it on Drugs, Breast Lift” ---  According to charges recently filed in Dakota County, tax pro Kirsten Kruzel allegedly stole $75,149 from two vulnerable adults, then used the money ... --- FOX 9 News --- January 7, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/yAUhoB

4.   “Judge OKs Document Detailing Rutgers Professor's Sexual Relations with Mentally Disabled Man” ---  A document detailing the sexual relationship between Rutgers-Newark professor Anna Stubblefield and a severely mentally disabled ... --- NJ.com --- January 8, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/qZ479g

5.   “Gallupville Man Gets 4 Years for Pulling Disabled Girl's Teeth with Pliers” --- Steven D. Walker, the man who pleaded guilty to pulling three teeth from a developmentally disabled 8-year-old in 2013, was ... --- Schenectady Gazette --- January 15, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/vib8SV

6.   “Student with Autism Kicked Out of College” --- A Waxahachie man who has autism was kicked out of college classes because he mistakenly hugged a woman he did not know and kissed her on the ... --- NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth --- January 9, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ArFXTM

7.   “Former Special Education Teacher Pleads Guilty to Criminal Sexual Misconduct” --- A former La Crescent Montessori special education teacher will spend time in jail for molesting students. 39 year old Jason Barker pleaded guilty today to three counts... --- WKBT La Crosse --- January 12, 2015 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/E2pSVY

8.   “New York City Will No Longer Put its Youngest Prison Inmates in Solitary Confinement” --- Rikers was lambasted for mistreating mentally ill inmates by placing them in solitary confinement and skewing the numbers it reported about inmate ... --- Washington Post --- January 13, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/pbMBkM

9.   “Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities” --- “The National Organization on Disabilities (NOD) did a study in 2005, after Katrina and found that planning for populations, regardless of the different ... --- Camel City Dispatch --- January 13, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/KA8SX8

10.   “Student Suspended; Parents Weigh Legal Action” --- Wesley said the student has special needs. Diagnosed with different learning disabilities, he's been receiving special education services at Cal-Mum, ... --- 13WHAM-TV --- January 9, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/pCTdQi

11.   “Massachusetts Will Limit Practice of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools” --- Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states that are putting new restrictions on the practice of restraining and secluding public school students ... --- NPR --- January 9, 2015  (MASSACHUETTS)  http://is.gd/EtYknx

12.   “Tanisha's Law Would Require Mental Health Training for All Ohio Police Officers” --- The family of Tanisha Anderson is pushing for a state law that ensures every police officer in Ohio is trained in ways to deal with mentally ill people. --- WKSU News --- January 8, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/EUylZE

13.   “Hate Crimes on Disabled Up by 213%” --- Last year 574 disability hate crime cases were recorded, compared with 183 in 2007/8. However, Stephen Brookes, of the UK Disability Hate Crime ... --- Express.co.uk --- January 11, 2015  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/aCkhod

Abuse/Crime related:

14.   “Robber Sought in Attack on Man in Wheelchair, 5-Year-Old” --- Police still unable to identify the armed robber who robbed a father and daughter back in November. On Friday November 21st, 2014, a 54 year old. --- azcentral.com --- January 13, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/G2hW17

15.   “Lots of Responsibility for In-home Caregivers, but No Training Required” --- The need for in-home caregivers is rising as the elderly and disabled ... Many disability rights advocates say a training mandate would make it more ... --- LA Daily News --- January 15, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/FXsxNQ 

16.   “Napa to Pay $700K to Family of Man Killed by Police in Shooting” --- “All parties join in urging those struggling with mental illness or addiction, or whose friends or family members are struggling, to get help promptly,” ... --- CBS Local --- January 12, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/vo8wZK

17.   “Why Kaiser Psych Workers Are Striking” --- Even after state regulators fined Kaiser Permanente $4 million for systemically understaffing its psychiatry department, California's largest health ... --- San Francisco Examiner --- January 12, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/W0hRYl

18.   “Quinnipiac Settles over Removal of Depressed Student” --- Federal prosecutors say Quinnipiac University has agreed to settle allegations it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it removed a ... --- NBC Connecticut --- January 12, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/D3jS2m

19.   “Stafford Man Accused of Sexual Assaulting, Impregnating Disabled Woman” --- He felt guilty because of her disability but did it anyway? Geez, what a piece of work this tool is. Somebody might want to point out to him that guilt is ... --- Hartford Courant --- January 8, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/5TckyB

20.   “Jacksonville Assisted-living Center Owner Fined $50,000 for Padlocking Mentally Ill Residents” --- The owner of a Jacksonville assisted living center is accused of padlocking mentally ill residents in a stockade-like ... --- Daily Journal --- January 14, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/gH4Fng

21.   “Babysitter in Beating Case Wants to Withdraw Plea, Get Sentence Reduced” --- Five-year-old Quentin Maulsby is autistic, and for a while, Cherie Landowski believed she was the reason why. In March 2010, Landowski beat a fussy ... --- Naples Daily News --- January 10, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/fD4qSl 

22.   “Lake Worth Woman Charged with Repeatedly Stabbing Her Autistic Son, 24” --- A Lake Worth woman faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after repeatedly stabbing her 24-year-old autistic son with a kitchen ... --- Palm Beach Post --- January 8, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/hfsAug

23.   “Paraplegic Man Pushed Out of Wheelchair, Robbed in NW Atlanta” --- Atlanta police are looking for a robber who pushed a paraplegic man out of his wheelchair in order to steal from him. Twenty eight-year-old Jaferrell ... --- WSB Atlanta --- January 8, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/1fpiIv

24.   “Iowa Hospital to Pay $250K, Apologize over Patient's Suicide” --- The University of Iowa's hospital will apologize and pay $250,000 to the family of a psychiatric patient who committed suicide in 2009 ... --- Charlotte Observer --- January 15, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/5BsRi4

25.   “Clear Lake Man Arrested for Neglect of Dependent Person” --- A Clear Lake man was arrested Friday evening on a charge of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, a Class C felony. --- Mason City Globe Gazette --- January 9, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/DfGPwj

26.   “Manager Defends Restaurant after Woman's Service Dog Video Goes Viral” --- She can be heard attempting to explaining to them about the Americans with Disabilities Act, which allows service dogs wherever the public can go. --- Central Kentucky News --- January 7, 2015  (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/Q0CAUn

27.   “Judge Denies Motion to Throw Out Indictment Against Former Shreveport Fire Chief” --- Mulford, seen here outside Caddo District court in September, is accused of not reporting the abuse of a mentally challenged man and trying to cover ... --- KSLA-TV --- January 8, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/CMO3pr

28.   “Christopher Shimkin, of Beverly, Admits to Child Porn Charges” --- And in July 2013, Christpher Toler, then 47, of Swampscott, a former special education teacher, was ordered to serve 90 days of a 2 1/2 year jail term ... --- The Salem News --- January 7, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/ttjRjl

29.   “Local Woman Accused of Drowning Handicapped Daughter” --- A local woman is behind bars after being arrested for allegedly drowning her handicapped daughter. Destiny Oglesby, 25, of ... --- WNEM Saginaw --- January 15, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/GIpFCO

30.   “Former Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Crime” --- Tompkins worked as an art and special education teacher at Suttons Bay from 1999 to 2012. He continued to work with the TBAISD Career Tech ... --- Traverse City Record Eagle --- January 9, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/jJdD5m

31.   “Nursing Aide from Moss Point Accused of Stealing $35,000 from Vulnerable Adult at Lucedale Facility” --- Patricia Harris, a certified nursing assistance at a personal care home in Lucedale, has been arrested for allegedly ... --- gulflive.com --- January 7, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/XQZgXP

32.   “NM Officers to be Charged with Murder in Shooting Death” --- ... Keith Sandy and current officer Dominique Perez could face murder charges linked to the March 16 killing of mentally ill homeless man James Boyd, ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- January 12, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/IAwhhB

33.   “Group Home Employees Indicted in Abuse Case” --- A Westchester County grand jury unsealed a 16-count indictment charging three employees of a Bronxville group home with abuse ... --- Mid-Hudson News --- January 15, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/uPCkc8

34.   “Brookwood Aide Charged with Assault” --- ... employee was arrested and charged with assault, New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor ... --- The Register Star --- January 15, 2015 (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Q9hWob

35.   “A School Aide to the Disabled Sues New York City” --- Back in September, an occupational therapist ferociously devoted to disabled children in her public school was suspended for 30 days on charges so ... --- January 13, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/iHsZne

36.   “Mother: Boy, 4, Was Left Out in Cold after Getting Off School Bus in Yonkers” --- “Bus monitors are assigned to special education routes and approximately 80 percent of the District's regular education routes,” said Jerilynne ... --- CBS Local --- January 12, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/POnL5Y

37.   “Protectors of Disabled Sue NY for Detailed Reports of Abuse” --- A legal services group with federal oversight responsibility to protect disabled New Yorkers has sued the state agency ... --- Oneida Dispatch --- January 10, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/xuR4tZ

38.   “Is 90 Days in Jail Enough for DeWitt Nurse Who Neglected Group Home Resident Who Died?” --- But a prosecutor with the state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs said the important thing was that Lemon admitted to ... --- Syracuse.com --- January 8, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/j3nOzf

39.   “Parents File Complaints of Disability Discrimination against the Pender County School District” ---  Parents of three children in the Pender County School System have filed complaints of disability discrimination against the... --- WECT-TV6 --- January 14, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/wKKJIz

40.   “Police: W-S Teenagers Recorded Their Attack on Disabled Man” --- Winston-Salem police say three teenagers assaulted a disabled man and recorded the whole thing on their cell phone. --- WFMY News 2 --- January 12, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/HRKxjv

41.   “Judge Sets $50,000 Bond in the Case of a Second Lawyer Accused of Fleecing Disabled Veteran” ---  Solon attorney Gary Bakst is accused of stealing $1,218 from the bank account of a disabled veteran who suffers mental illness. --- cleveland.com --- January 14, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/QfotXF

42.   “Norman PD Searching for Suspect Who Sexually Assaulted Man with Special Needs” --- A man with special needs was sexually assaulted in a Norman bathroom, and now police are asking for the public's help in catching the fondler. --- KOCO Oklahoma City --- January 14, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/dJ80x2

43.  “Tigard Man, 23, Gets Prison Time for Sexually Abusing Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A Tigard man was sentenced to more than six years in prison Wednesday for sexually abusing a woman who has the mental capacity of a young child. --- OregonLive.com --- January 14, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/V9XG7F

44.   “Disabled Man Tells Jury He Was Raped by Phila. Youth Football Coach” --- A 21-year-old disabled man testified Wednesday that he had been raped by former youth football coach Leon Watson, 25, who is charged with 55 ... --- Philly.com --- January 14, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/bpSFCP

45.   “Man Accused of Trying to Strangle Autistic Girl Will Go to Trial” --- A man accused of trying to strangle a girl with autism will go to trial. On Dec. 15, Edwin Surya, 38, 317 S. Main Ave., told his wife that ... --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- January 14, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/0DEh3T

46.   “Pennsylvania Special Ed Teacher Charged with Selling Heroin” --- The state attorney general has charged a high school special education teacher with selling heroin from his western Pennsylvania home. Online court ... --- NBC 10 Philadelphia --- January 8, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/AZwYlE

47.   “Special Needs Student Says Teacher's Aide Assaulted Him” --- A special needs Providence Middle School student says a teacher's aide smacked him over the head with a book and hit him with a ruler. 12-year-old ... --- WLNE-TV (ABC6) --- January 8, 2015  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/mfe9dN

48.   “State Pays $1.2 Million in Lawsuit over Mentally Ill Inmate Who Died” --- The state has paid $1.2 million to the estate of an inmate with mental retardation who died in 2008 after being kept naked for 11 days in ... --- WLTX.com --- January 10, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/SmWcuE

49.   “Jasper Schools Mistreat Disabled Students, Advocacy Group Says” --- The Jasper County School District has mistreated and discriminated against students with disabilities, according to a legal advocacy group. --- The State --- January 8, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/nOcRx1

50.   “Couple Suing after 8-Year-Old Son Arrested, Put in Straight Jacket” --- Because Colton has special needs, his parents said the school should have followed the crisis management plan they had in place. The plan even ... --- WSMV Nashville --- January 13, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/B5moGu

51.   “Mom Shocked after 10 Year Old Special Needs Daughter is Arrested” --- Heather Borrego is still in disbelief after she says her 10-year-old special needs daughter was arrested at her elementary school ... --- WOAI --- January 15, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/QJP7Hx

52.   “Police Launch Probe after Woman's Stay at Group Home” --- Group homes are supposed to be a haven for people suffering from mental or physical problems, a place where they can live and get the help they ... --- KTRK-TV --- January 8, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/48TvHR

53.   “Sketch Released of Man Accused of Raping Disabled Woman” --- According to Houston police, the man forced his way into a 65-year-old disabled woman's apartment in the 5100 block of Airline Drive on Nov. 8, then ... --- KPRC Houston --- January 7, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/NsTGUT

54.   “Mentally Ill Wait in Jails for Treatment Despite Ruling” --- Weeks after a federal judge said that holding mentally ill people in Washington jails while they wait for competency ... --- Bellingham Herald --- January 10, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/uO1V74

55.   “Detective: Teacher Says She Helped Beau Hide Her Autistic Son's Murder” --- Medical examiners ruled the severely autistic boy's death to have been natural, but detectives with the King County Sheriff's Office major crimes unit ... --- seattlepi.com --- January 7, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/vXZi2z

56.   “DC Teacher Charged with Sex Abuse to Have Hearing Friday” --- The victim's mother told WUSA9 in November that the girl is a special needs student at Eastern Senior High School in Washington. "They explained to ... --- W*USA 9 --- January 8, 2015  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/A5aFyf

57.   “Psychiatric Hospital Employee Accused of Having Sexual Contact with 15-Year-Old Patient” --- West Virginia State Police said an employee of a psychiatric hospital in Morgantown is accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old male ... --- WCHS-TV8 --- January 9, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/yPpSYD

58.   “Ex-Mingo County Special Education Teacher Sues over Abuse Claims” --- Tina Grace claimed Sparks' wife, a special education teacher, stood to gain if she lost her teaching job. Also named in the suit were Mingo County ... --- State Journal --- January 9, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/dk9gR7

59.   “Disabled Man's Caregiver and Her Family Face 107 Felony Charges” --- A Roberts couple and their daughter are facing a combined total of 107 felony charges in St. Croix County Circuit Court, including theft, forgery and ... --- Richmond-News --- January 8, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/7hoPC8

Seeking Improved Support

60.   “Shelby Baptist Medical Center Expecting Strong Demand for New Adult Psychiatric Unit” --- "These are people that are allegedly mentally ill that are dangerous and remain in the community," he said. "We can do some things with law ... --- AL.com --- January 9, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/s0trz9

61.   “L.A. County May Create Jail Unit to Prevent Suicide by Mentally Ill” --- Two decades ago, the federal Department of Justice concluded that Los Angeles County provides inadequate suicide prevention and mental health ... --- KCET --- January 14, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ndNUh6

62.   “Key Aspects of the Governor's Proposed California Budget” --- Another $52 million goes for better care of mentally ill inmates in response to a years long federal lawsuit, while the state is adding 93 parole agents to ... --- SFGate --- January 9, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/sXTNde

63.   “Program Aims to Keep the Mentally Ill Out of Jail” --- Sending people who are mentally ill to jail happens often, but Longmont Police are trying to help them get care instead of locking them ... --- 9NEWS.com --- January 14, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/feI7Rt

64.   “Report: State Must Strengthen Bridge to Adulthood for Young People with Autism” --- Connecticut must strengthen the bridge between the teen and adult worlds for the nearly 12,000 young people with autism, so more can ... --- Hartford Courant --- January 14, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/DFwvuf

65.   “Motel Room 'Last Resort' for Some with Mental Illness” --- Adam Richey has lived in a beat-up old camper with no running water or working toilet. He has lived in a series of motel rooms, some with more ... --- Delmarva Daily Times --- January 10, 2015  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/wkJpYx

66.   “U. of Georgia Considers Program for Intellectually Disabled Students” --- These resources were rarely discussed approximately a decade ago, when disabled people were often forced into low-paying jobs or dead-end trade ... --- USA TODAY College --- January 14, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/NW94hQ

67.   “Branstad Seeks Closure of Two Mental Health Facilities” --- Branstad seeks closure of two mental health facilities ... Tuesday did not include money to continue providing services for the mentally ill beyond July 1 ... --- Mason City Globe Gazette --- January 15, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/kXOdLc

68.   “Top Kansas Lawmaker to Consider Additional Funding for State Mental Hospital” --- ... Louisburg Republican, referring to the 206-bed facility for adults with serious mental illness who've been deemed a danger to themselves or others. --- KCUR --- January 9, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/Eoa9LY

69.   “Disabled-care Workers Would Feel Md. State Budget Pinch” --- Washington County providers of services for the developmentally disabled would feel the pinch of a 2 percent across-the-board budget reduction to ... --- Herald-Mail Media --- January 9, 2015   (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/pm6MIz

70.   “Boston School Committee's Newest Member is an Advocate for Children with Disabilities” --- When the Boston School Committee meets Wednesday night to vote on Mayor Marty Walsh's plan to extend the school day at 60 schools, ... --- WBUR --- January 14, 2015  (MASSCHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/s94x3c

71.   “Attleboro School Board Upset about Lack of Communication on Special Ed Changes” --- School committee members said they are distressed by a lack of communication about changes in special education programs last ... --- Attleboro Sun Chronicle --- January 13, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/PbycSH

72.   “Rockland Man's Suicide Calls Attention to Mental Health Services” --- Less than a day after Brian Dickinson was discharged from a private psychiatric hospital in Boston, he caught a train south and ... --- Wicked Local Rockland --- January 10, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/ajE7dK

73.   “Hamilton Legislator Says Preventive, Local Mental Health Care Needed” --- Opper said the plan will spread money across the “continuum of care” for the severely mentally ill and provide needed space at the hospital and ... --- The Missoulian --- January 13, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/I6ZTAp

74.   “Mental Illness Meets the Justice System in a Cycle of Arrest and Imprisonment” --- According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness , 20 percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of local jail inmates have a recent history of mental ... --- newsnet5.com --- January 9, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/YtWJ8Y

75.   “Abington Heights School District Settles Lawsuit over Student's Education” --- The Abington Heights School District has reached an agreement with a special education student's parents who objected to his transfer to... --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- January 15, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/nHohTZ

76.   “Last Large State Institution for Disabled to Close” --- Under the plan, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will shutter ... --- The Tennessean --- January 12, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/oJHVaT

77.   “Parents Seek Funding for Mental Health Services” --- Another issue was expanding funding for the state's Medicaid Intellectual and Developmental Disability waiver program. It provides home and ... --- Staunton News Leader --- January 8, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/zY3Zqy

78.   “As Use of Service Animals Grows, Neighbors and Landlords Must Adjust” --- As the elderly live longer, baby boomers stay in their homes as they age, and veterans with disabilities congregate in cities, expect to see an increase ... --- Philly.com --- January 11, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/mDsQOg

79.   “Problem of Placing People with Special Needs Increasing” --- Suzanne Potts with the Autism Society of Central Texas says, "There's a lot of need for places for young adults to live and thrive outside of their homes. --- KEYE TV --- January 7, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/vaDmcM

80.   “Crisis Center, Other Solutions Considered for Kitsap Mentally Ill” --- A proposed crisis center, which would provide a jail alternative for mentally ill people suspected of committing crimes, is getting ... --- Kitsap Sun --- January 8, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/3aeOPy

81.   “VA Data Show Disparities in Veteran Benefits Spending” --- Veterans' benefits cover a wide range, including health care, monthly disability checks, home loans, life insurance, and education through the GI bill, ... --- NPR --- January 13, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/In4r2T 

82.   “CDC Stepping Up Autism Monitoring Efforts” --- The CDC is looking to assess the impact of new diagnostic criteria and determine how communities are responding to increasing incidence of autism ... --- Disability Scoop --- January 8, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/POn30O

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

83.   “Californians with Developmental Disabilities Gain More Rights” --- An additional layer of protection for individuals with developmental disabilities has been added to the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services ... --- KCET --- January 8, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/GPaWnM

84.   “Ind. Bill Would Ban Abortions for Fetal Disability, Gender” --- She also highlighted the need for social services, saying, "It seems to be that part of this discussion needs to be adequately funding special-needs kids ... --- USA TODAY --- January 13, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/VEvW6P

85.   “New State Law Saves Families Thousands on Autism Therapy” --- The state of Iowa provides some insurance coverage for autism, but state law only covers state employees and there aren't provisions for the general ... --- KETV Omaha --- January 11, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/tVIYfK

86.   “Prisoner Patients: Pa. Switches to Treatment for Mentally Ill Inmates” --- The state Department of Corrections says it's made great strides in the management of mentally ill prisoners since the Disability Rights Network of ... --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- January 12, 2015 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/uOqJUv

87.   “State Senator Files Bill to Expand Mental Health Courts” --- A state senator has filed legislation to expand mental health courts in a move praised by advocates for the mentally ill as the first ... --- SCNow --- January 13, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/LOzeaU

88.   “Federal Medicaid Program Approves Virginia Plan for Seriously Mentally Ill” --- Virginia is moving forward this week to expand medical and behavioral health services to people with serious mental illness and little income but no ... --- Richmond.com --- January 13, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/ahNvgU

International Articles

89.   “Spike in Dodgy Tradesmen Targeting Elderly, Disabled, Victorian Government Warns” --- Victorians are being urged to report unsolicited approaches from trade workers, after a spike in the number of con artists operating across the state. --- ABC Online --- January 14, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/H6VoiI

90.   “Alleged Abuse of Loved Ones Leaves Families of Disabled in the Dark” --- In 2011, Heathmont resident Andrew Coe had concerns his sister Margie, 52, who had Down syndrome, had been sexually and financially abused. --- Herald Sun --- January 13, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/7iIz08

91.   “Brisbane Autistic Toddler is Spotted Beating His Head Against a Window for Days” --- Ms McKinley said the two-year-old boy was autistic while his older brother, who was aged four at the time of the abuse, may also be autistic. --- Daily Mail --- January 9, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/mkiWen

92.   “Commission Denies Flaws Force Abandonment of Disabled Children” --- The Disability Services Commission has denied that serious flaws in the system exist after it was revealed that elderly carers had been advised to ... --- WA today --- January 9, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/e6EDIY

93.   “Sydney Festival Criticised for Not Catering to People with Disability” --- The Sydney Festival's disability action plan boldly declares the event is for all people, regardless of their accessibility needs. All venues in the 2015 ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- January 8, 2015 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/VQi3ao

94.   “Ontario Review of Psychiatric Wait Times in Jail Kept Secret” --- Ontario has completed a review of wait times for inmates seeking psychiatric treatment in provincial jails, but the corrections ministry is keeping the ... --- Toronto Star --- January 15, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/30MBRD

95.   “Agencies Cite Critical Gaps in Adult Autism Services” --- Diagnosed with autism at 17, Jaavon is too old to qualify for children's services. Once an honours student, he's been unable to function in high school ... --- Toronto Star --- January 12, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/mRTvCL

96.   “Blind Woman Crawling on Road Saved by Calgary City Workers” --- Two city workers are being lauded for rescuing a legally blind woman crawling in the snow on the road after other motorists simply drove ... --- Sun News Network --- January 9, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/DK1Kkc

97.   “John Tory Calls Treatment of Mentally Ill a 'Scandal' ” --- Toronto's treatment of the mentally ill is "a scandal," according to Mayor John Tory, who on Friday spoke to city employees and reporters on issues ... --- CBC.ca --- January 9, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/Mb9hYQ

98.   “Vancouver Police's Record of Dealing with the Mentally Ill Improves” --- Dr. Hart, a clinical psychology professor who consults with law enforcement on how to engage people with mental illness, had just watched the man ... --- The Globe and Mail --- January 7, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/JWXl5v

99.   “South China City Offers 15-year Free Education Program for Disabled Children” --- In 2014, subsidies for special needs education in China hit about 410 million yuan (66.4 million U.S. dollars), about 650 percent more than in 2013, ... --- Xinhua --- January 9, 2015  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/rrh33w

100.   “James Healey is Jailed after Assaulting and Robbing a Disabled Neighbour in Broad Street, Ramsgate” --- A Ramsgate man has been jailed for more than five years after he assaulted and robbed his disabled neighbour. James Healey, 34 ... --- Kent Online --- January 13, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/I06Eyf

101.   “Woman Found Guilty of Using a Disabled Victim's Bank Card” --- Leicester Crown Court heard how Campbell, formerly of Ferness Road, Hinckley, visited the disabled neighbour, who is mainly confined to her bed, ... --- Leicester Mercury --- January 13, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/zZOBJt

102.   “Faruk Ali Case: Justice March for Autistic Man Attracts 100 Protesters” --- More than 100 people have taken part in a protest March to Luton Police Station after officers were cleared of assaulting an autistic man. --- BBC News --- January 11, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/lYdFAO

103.   “Autistic Holloway Teen Moved from Mental Hospital after Mother's Campaign” --- An autistic teenager who was locked up inside a mental hospital has finally been moved after a two year campaign by his mother. --- Islington Gazette --- January 11, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/nlE1nB

104.   “Voodoo Priests, Doctors on Haiti's Mental Healthcare Frontline” --- Mental illness is still a taboo in the Caribbean nation, which had no functioning mental health system in place before the earthquake. In Haiti, it is ... --- Trinidad Guardian --- January 12, 2015  (HAITI)  http://is.gd/yy36Na

105.   “Doctor Accused of Murdering Severely Disabled 11-Year-old Daughter Appears in Court” --- A doctor has appeared in court charged with murdering her severely disabled 11-year-old daughter. The judge ordered that GP Bernadette Scully be ... --- Mirror.co.uk --- January 12, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/gI3Xwg

106.   “Mentally Ill Homeless People Need More than Key in the Door” --- This 19th-century psychiatric institution finally closed its doors, and many applauded the end of the Victorian approach to mental health care it ... --- Irish Times --- January 12, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/Qz1PPE

107.   “In Russia, Orphanages Are a Life Sentence for Children with Disabilities” --- A report distributed by Human Rights Watch, titled "Abandoned by the State: Violence, Neglect, and Isolation for Children with Disabilities in Russian ... --- The Moscow Times --- January 11, 2015  (RUSSIA)  http://is.gd/jSlp2l

108.   “Inexperienced Workers Dealing with Child and Adult Protection, Report Shows” --- Children and vulnerable adults at risk are having their cases handled by social workers who have barely finished training, according to a new study. --- Herald Scotland --- January 12, 2015  (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/uh5MkI

109.   “Vulnerable Adults Act to Include Protection for Self-neglect Cases” --- A new law that will be introduced later this year to protect vulnerable adults will not only cover adults abused by family members, but ... --- The Straits Times --- January 15, 2015  (SINGAPORE)  http://is.gd/jm0eXW



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