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News Summary for April 6, 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:

Much of the news this week involves rape.  Perpetrators, all men, and victims both children and adults.  Perpetrators range in age from 25 to 75 and victims from age 10 to 46.  Some perpetrators were convicted, with sentences ranging from 17 months to 25 years.  And who are these perpetrators?  They include: acquaintances (Article #7, 8), Access driver (#35), relative registered as a sex offender living in the home (#18) and others where the relationship is not mentioned (#11,20,30).  Other sexually-related crimes involve a special education school teacher taking inappropriate photos of children. (#48).  


Others involve physical assault by a residential care provider (#1) and a bus driver (#6). 


One involves a doctor withholding the wheelchair of an inmate for over a month, no reason given (#3).


Several cases of financial fraud, mismanagement, theft appear in articles # 14, 15, 16, and 21.


***** GOOD NEWS!!!    YES, THERE IS SOME!*****


Check out #48 and 49 for improved educational programs and new residential program for those with I/DD and Alzheimer's.


Check out #5 for a settlement award following unauthorized restraint practices for kindergarten students.

Article #77 describes new procedures to select and appoint guardians in Florida.

And article #83 describes proposed legislation to extend child endangerment laws to adults with disabilities, as current penal code is currently inadequate for charging of such crimes.


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1.   “Former Worker Accused of Beating Disabled Resident with Hanger” --- As a result, Currie completed a “Marks card” on the victim, who is diagnosed as “profoundly mentally retarded,” the court document stated. Following ... --- KAIT --- March 27, 2015  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/wQODTM


2.   “LA Skid Row Shooting Victim Had Studied Physics, Wanted to Be Actor” --- It was a big family reunion," Singui said, adding that he gave no sign of mental illness. Keunang stayed in close contact with his sister, who gave him ... --- Los Angeles Times --- March 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/pjXArV


3.   “Warrant: Inmate Abuse and Cover-up at Fresno County Jail” --- "Was there fraud in covering up the fact that a wheelchair was taken away?" said ABC30 legal analyst Tony Capozzi. "And if it was taken away, was it ... --- ABC30.com --- March 26, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/UK6nuD


4.   “Man Found Guilty of Murdering Developmentally Disabled Man” --- A jury has convicted a man of murder and conspiracy to commit a crime in the death of a developmentally disabled man who was shot while riding his ... --- NBC 7 San Diego --- March 25, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/N2TWx7


5.   “Inside $2.2M Jury Award over Special Needs Child Kept in ‘Restraint’ Desk” --- This week, a U.S. District jury awarded $2.2 million in damages in the case of a special-needs child who attended Bessemer Academy in Pueblo as a ... --- Westword --- March 27, 2015 (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/PEwRDj


6.   “Sarasota School Bus Driver Charged with Battering Special Needs Student” --- You'll sometimes hear of students getting into fights on the school bus, but it's rare for that fight to include the bus driver ... --- WWSB ABC 7 --- March 26, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/BWXO26


7.   “Man Receives 25-Year Sentence for Rape of Autistic Athens Boy” --- A man recently received a 25-year sentence in Clarke County Superior Court for his participation in the 2013 knifepoint rape of a 10-year-old Athens ... --- Online Athens --- March 26, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/QVoy6y


8.   “Bourbonnais: Jury Finds Man Guilty of Raping Disabled Woman” --- A 23-year-old man was convicted Thursday of raping a developmentally disabled woman last year, the verdict coming more than an hour after his ... --- Kankakee Daily Journal --- March 27, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/eVMkHm


9.   “Principal Defends District After Special Needs Student Controversy” --- Wichita East High School Principal Ken Thiessen posting a letter to the community on the East High School websiteSunday ... --- WDTN --- March 30, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/PhJQQY


10.   “Wichita East Student's Petition for Special-Needs Student Recognition Draws More than 27,000 ...” ---  The story drew international attention and has prompted supporters of special-needs children to lobby East High and the Wichita district to ... --- Kansas City Star --- March 28, 2015  (KANSAS) http://is.gd/Fg8hG5


11.   “Plea Deal: Natchitoches Man Gets 25 Years for Rape of Mentally-Challenged Client” --- A Natchitoches man accused of raping a mentally impaired person will avoid life in prison, thanks to a plea deal that gets him 25 years without parole. --- KSLA-TV --- March 30, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/8IkwNk


12.   “Special Education Director in Maine School District on Leave after Assault Charges” --- The special education director of a Maine school district is on paid administrative leave in the wake of his arrest on domestic violence ... --- Daily Journal --- March 25, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/2RlzFj


13.   “Frederick Man Sentenced for Hacking Nonprofit that Serves Disabled” --- Service Coordination Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works with over 13,000 intellectually and developmentally disabled people across the state of ... --- WHAG --- March 27, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/uUzNT8


14.   “Care Assistant Charged with Stealing from Disabled Veteran” --- A grand jury in Boston has indicted a personal care assistant on charges she stole nearly $128,500 from a disabled Vietnam War veteran ... --- Boston Herald --- March 27, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Cvxpx2


15.   “State Hospital Pharmacy Worker Charged with Stealing Pills” --- A former pharmacy technician at a state-run hospital for the mentally ill has been charged with stealing prescription painkillers from the ... --- Boston Herald --- March 26, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/PJx0b0


16.   “Man Wanted for Stealing Money from Disabled Girl Scout” --- He is wanted for stealing money from a disabled/mobility impaired Girl Scout on Sunday. The girl was selling cookies outside the Kmart on Cedar ... --- WILX-TV --- March 30, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/LS5z0b


17.   “Family of Terminally Ill Ann Arbor Boy Challenging School District's End-of-Life Policy” --- The term "neurotypical" is what families of special needs individuals, especially those on the autism spectrum, use to refer to people not on the ... --- MLive.com --- March 29, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/1K44gD


18.   “Muskegon Man Charged with Sex Crime for Allegedly Groping a Mentally Challenged Relative” --- A 44-year-old Muskegon man and registered sex offender has been charged with a sex crime involving a "mentally disabled" ... --- MLive.com --- March 27, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/6QWArv


19.   “North Metro Teacher Accused of Taking Inappropriate Photos of Students” --- ... School District issued a statement about the charges, saying Harrell was hired in 2003 as an interpreter for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. --- KSTP.com --- March 25, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/k71hZa


20.   “Dardenne Prairie Settles Lawsuit Alleging Woman Was Fired Because of Cancer Disability” --- An eastern Missouri's former municipal court administrator will receive $70,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging she was ... --- Daily Journal --- March 29, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/eh3izH


21.   “Owners of Facility for the Disabled Facing Several Charges” --- The owners of a southeast Missouri facility for disabled residents are facing charges of fraud, tax evasion and exploitation of ... --- fox2now.com --- March 27, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/c4XJ7V


22.   “Paterson Teacher on Paid Leave as Questions Remain over Psychiatric Test” --- It's not clear whether the teacher has undergone the psychiatric evaluation, or if it has been scheduled yet. Corallo declined to answer such questions, ... --- NorthJersey.com --- March 30, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/9o9bC3


23.   “Trial Date Set for Rutgers Professor Charged with Sexual Assault of Mentally Disabled Man” --- … in the trial of Rutgers-Newark professor Anna Stubblefield on charges of sexually assaulting a severely mentally disabled man. But it remains to be ... --- NJ.com --- March 26, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/zJeMz9


24.   “Pair Encouraged Autistic Man to Plunge Into Icy Ocean” --- "It's wonderful that they have anti-bullying laws in the schools, but what happens to these special needs kids once they become adults?'' Marshall ... --- USA TODAY --- March 25, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/a5AIwP


25.   “DWI Plea in Crash with Van Carrying Special Needs Adults” --- This June 2014 photo shows the detached bumper from John Devlin's sedan that crashed with a special needs service van in West Brighton. --- SILive.com --- March 30, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/PzbFPD


26.   “Teacher Pleads Guilty to Selling Methamphetamine” --- A special education teacher at Holland Central Junior-Senior High School pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine. --- wivb.com --- March 26, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/3dPepe


27.   “Wrongfully Held, Floyd Brown Won Millions, But His Money Is Locked Up” --- Brown's attorneys asked a federal judge to create a type of Special Needs Trust often set up for people with disabilities. It allows Brown to remain ... --- News & Observer --- March 29, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/uFR6uR


28.   “Former Hinckley Resident Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison for Raping Children, Person with Disability” --- A 75-year-old man will spend up to 21 years in prison for raping two children and a person with a mental disability in Medina County ... --- cleveland.com --- March 27, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/8daiOG


29.   “Disabled Children Bullied on Facebook” --- Casey and Connor were born with Down Syndrome, a genetic, chromosomal disorder. Most people rally around their successes, especially on ... --- 19 Action News --- March 27, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ktaHnu


30.   “Man Gets Prison Time for Fondling Developmentally Disabled Boy at Hospital” --- A 54-year-old Bedford Township man who fondled a developmentally disabled boy at Mercy St. Anne Hospital was sentenced Wednesday to 17 ... --- Norwalk Reflector --- March 26, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/C6a43Y


31.   “Oklahoma Watch: State's Prisons Cut Care for Many Mentally Ill Inmates” --- According to the Oklahoma Corrections Department, about a third of prison inmates exhibit signs of a serious mental illness. --- NewsOK.com --- March 29, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/9x4Vtj


32.   “Portland Therapist Loses License after Prescribing Bottle Feeding, Confinement for 11-Year-Old Boy” --- An Oregon board has yanked the license of a Portland psychologist whose 11-year-old client attempted suicide following her unorthodox ... --- OregonLive.com --- March 25, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/oELaYb


33.   “Former Allegheny County Jail Psychiatrist Banned for Bringing Cigarettes to Work” --- A former psychiatrist at the Allegheny County Jail who lost her job after she was caught three times bringing in cigarettes and other ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- May 28, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/ailJe7


34.   “Life for Man Convicted in Killing over $300 Beats Headphones” --- Massey, who once attended a special needs school, told police before losing consciousness at a hospital that someone grabbed his new headphones ... --- New York Daily News --- March 27, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NAjeM6


35.   “Access Driver Arrested in Connection with Rape of Person with Mental Disability” --- The Allegheny County Police General Investigations Unit arrested a man Thursday on multiple charges in connection with the rape of a person with a ... --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- March 26, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/CpZBlM


36.   “Pa. Board Refuses Teachers' Demand to Kick Child with Disabilities Out of Faculty Restroom” --- The Steel Valley School Board voted Thursday night to continue allowing a student with special needs use a faculty restroom at Park  ... --- Syracuse.com --- March 26, 2015 (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/Hffvz2


37.   “Two Woodruff Woman Charged in Adult Neglect Case” --- The report states that officers found trash, food and dirty clothes throughout the home, and the bathroom floor was covered in soiled toilet paper, ... --- Spartanburg Herald Journal --- March 29, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/FNPbtV


38.   “Former Teacher Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Special Education Students” --- A former Washington County, Tennessee, special education teacher pleaded guilty in court today to assaulting ... --- WJHL --- March 25, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/IubbAC


39.   “PD: Teacher's Aide Accused of Slapping Special Needs Student Who Shifted Her Wig” --- A teacher's aide is accused of slapping a special needs student who shifted her wig, according to Klein ISD police. The incident happened last Dec.18 ... --- KPRC Houston --- March 27, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/154rnL



40.   “No Charges Against Educator Caught Mistreating Disabled Kid” --- If it wasn't for a surveillance camera at Spring Branch ISD's Wilchester Elementary, Maggie and Raphael Suter believe they would likely never have ... --- MyFox Houston --- March 26, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/oPt54N


41.   “Would Cameras Have Prevented Abuse of Blind, Autistic Student?” --- In the months since, a fellow special needs parent at Cleveland High claims to have seen Cheyenne physically mistreated by a classroom aid. --- MyFox Houston --- March 25, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/CLFcnr


42.   “After 2-Week Trial, Federal Judge to Decide Case on Mentally Ill Held in Jails for Competency” --- A federal judge says she'll decide by the end of the week whether to force the Washington to end its practice of holding mentally ill ... --- Daily Journal --- March 30, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/wDC84G


43.   “Charged: Man Accused of Killing Severely Autistic Teen” --- A 42-year-old Washington man accused of torturing and killing his former girlfriend's severely autistic son nearly a year ago has been ... --- Bellingham Herald --- March 27, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/QNuYj6


44.   “Mother Reportedly Locked up Son with Cerebral Palsy and No One Noticed” --- At age 9, Threatt was sent to an inpatient psychiatric facility for treatment after putting the family cat in a microwave and turning it on, according to ... --- Washington Post --- March 29, 2015  (WASHINGTON, D.C.) http://is.gd/yKw2ng 


Seeking Improved Support


45.   “ASU Mental Health Services Don't Meet Student Needs” --- As a resident therapist at the ASU Clinical Psychology Center, graduate student Lindsay Holly interacts with and evaluates many members of the ... --- The State Press --- March 26, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/qxUb34


46.   “Essential California: LAPD's Diversity, Courting Asian American Voters, Helping Skid Row's Mentally Ill” --- Skid row's mentally ill: Why was a mentally ill man released from prison onto the streets of skid row in downtown L.A.?  --- Los Angeles Times --- March 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/IzaErj


47.   “Rising Hospital Costs Prompt Mental Health Review in Sacramento County” --- When county supervisors approved another budget increase for psychiatric hospitalizations last week, they also directed the Health and Human ... --- Sacramento Bee --- March 28, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/F7bxLz


48.   “Changes Coming to Special Education Classes” --- Kern County schools are changing the way they teach special education, following a report released this month by the statewide ... --- Kern Golden Empire --- March 27, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/wn8VGL


49.   “Reseda Home for Those with Down Syndrome, Affected with Alzheimer's to Be Built” --- Come January, Sullivan, who has Down syndrome, will move into the new home built by New Horizons, a San Fernando Valley nonprofit ... --- LA Daily News --- March 27, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ciFpFm


50.   “UC Davis Receives $10 Million Grant to Establish Center to Study Schizophrenia” --- UC Davis will establish a prestigious, leading-edge center to advance innovative research into the origins of schizophrenia: A Silvio O. Conte Center ... --- PR Web (press release) --- March 26, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/erDIb1


51.   “$150,000 Grant Aimed at Keeping Mentally Ill from Jail” --- A $150,000 grant could help local law enforcement and criminal justice personnel plan better ways to keep chronically mentally ill and low-risk ... --- Grand Junction Daily Sentinel --- March 29, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/Bd4CVZ


52.   “State Could Offer ID Card for Those with Mental Illnesses to Help in Police Interactions” --- The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Central Florida already issues its own card, which tells the officer the person invokes ... --- WFTV Orlando --- March 26, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/WnGqDP


53.   “How a Jacksonville Company is Seeing Explosive Growth in Autism-related Credentialing” --- “Our goal as a company is to create an army of trained professionals to work with individuals with autism," Explained Myron ... --- Jacksonville Business Journal --- March 25, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/bxPXx9


54.   “Blind Hawaii Woman Gets Bionic Eye to See Again” --- A Honolulu woman who went blind two years ago will soon be able to see again thanks to her new bionic eye. Surgeons at the Eye Surgery Center of ... --- ABC News --- March 26, 2015  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/TVPKNm


55.   “Law Enforcement Gets Training on How to Deal with the Mentally Ill” --- Mental health issues are on the rise, and around the nation officer involved shootings with those individuals are also increasing. --- KLEW --- March 30, 2015  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/984uQl


56.   “Disability Advocates Call for Closing Illinois Institutions” --- Advocates of group homes for the disabled are calling for the closing of nearly all state-run institutions as part of plan they say would ... --- The Herald-News --- March 25, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/hhJZA7


57.   “Patient Advocates Seek Openness on Mental-Hospital Closures” --- Jane Hudson, executive director of the group Disability Rights Iowa, said her agency visited the Clarinda institution in early March and found that ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- March 27, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/yx88ss


58.   “Maine's Criminal Justice System Needs a Better Way to Handle the Mentally Ill” --- Every year millions of Americans suffer from a mental illness and, of those, 6 percent — 13.6 million — struggle daily with a serious mental illness. --- Bangor Daily News --- March 30, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/Nia3tz


59.   “Advocates Attempt to Shine Light on 'Invisible' Disabilities” --- It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of Americans have an “invisible” disability. It's an issue that is seeing a rise in discrimination suits in Maryland ... --- ABC2 News --- March 26, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/dNOwyg


60.   “Number of Minnesota Students with Autism Increased in 2014” --- The number of students enrolled in autism-aiding school programs in Minnesota has grown by 400 in the last year. While that number has been ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- March 26, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/mwCloh


61.   “Keene Center for People with Developmental Disabilities to Close after Budget Cuts” --- Monadnock Developmental Services recently announced that the LifeArt Community Resource Center on Roxbury Street in Keene will be closing. --- The Keene Sentinel --- March 27, 2015   (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/BTD9N0


62.   “Men Who Taped Autistic Teen's Jetty Jump Due in Court” --- Two Howell men accused of enticing an autistic, diabetic teen to jump off a jetty are due to appear in municipal court Wednesday to ... --- Asbury Park Press --- March 30, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/ke4BcO


63.   “Local Woman Advocates for Those with Developmental Disabilities” --- They say that the love between a daughter and mother is special and this is so true with Katie and Sheila Hall. Katie was diagnosed with Tuberous ... --- Logan Daily News ---- March 26, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/rB3mdW


64.   “Palmyra School District Officials Seek More Help for Growing Number of Special Needs Students” ---

More kids with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety are coming to the Palmyra Area School … --- March 26, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/eUNDet


65.   “Steel Valley Teachers Unhappy over Accommodation for Student with Disability” --- The Steel Valley Education Association filed a grievance on Feb. ... But the special needs student has physical limitations that would make it ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- March 26, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/NgwejH 


66.   “In Utah, Police Learn to Defuse Conflict but Are Warned of Risks” --- The academy instructs trainees on mental-illness symptoms and diagnoses — an analysis by The Salt Lake Tribune shows that 43 percent of Utahns ... --- Salt Lake Tribune --- March 29, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/YpNxRm


67.   “Panel Hears Support for Involuntary Rehab” --- From 2011 to 2012, Garcia was admitted to an emergency room, intensive care unit or psychiatric hospital more than 80 times, his friend Lauren Davis ... --- The Spokesman Review --- March 26, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/Kkpwf6


68.   “Mom Suing Monroe School District Says Autistic Son Was Mistreated” --- The boy was enrolled in a special education program for children with behavioral problems and over time attended two Monroe elementary schools. --- HeraldNet --- March 26, 2015   (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/yWraAA


69.   “Police, Mental Health Teams Remain Limited in Milwaukee County” --- Barbara Beckert, director of the Milwaukee office of Disability Rights Wisconsin, agrees more needs to be done. "We're not where we need to be," she ... --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- March 28, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/9PTJqc


70.   “Cuts Force Disability Resource Center to End Program” --- Reach, Incorporated says it's about to stop providing a program for some children with delays and disabilities in ... ---  weau.com --- March 27, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/IPyJi9


71.   “Should FAA Require Mental Health Exams for US Pilots?” --- ... or have mental disorders, including depression or anxiety. A "formal psychiatric examination" is not required by the Federal Aviation Administration. --- CBS News --- March 27, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/YrCovz


72.   “Review Blasts Amount of Antipsychotic Drugs Prescribed to Poor, Foster Kids” --- The newspaper examined a decade of pharmacy claims for psychiatric drugs prescribed to children in California's foster care system, and found the ... --- Santa Cruz Sentinel --- March 27, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/bp90Gf 


73.   “Long After Losing Glamorous Image, Smoking Keeps Tight Grip on Mentally Ill” --- A surprising statistic emphasizes the point: 44 percent of all smokers, according to the most authoritative study on the subject, are mentally ill. --- TucsonSentinel.com --- March 26, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/79Sim9


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


74.   “Right-to-Die Bill Clears Senate Health Committee” --- SB 128, the End of life Option Act, would give any terminally ill, mentally competent California adult resident the right to ask and receive from his or her ... --- Vallejo Times Herald --- March 25, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/kcpUgV


75.   “Bill to Cover More Autism Treatment Expenses under Health Insurance Heads to Governor's Desk” ---  There's been a growing debate across the country in recent years when it comes to health insurance coverage - should autism be treated ... --- The Denver Channel --- March 26, 2015  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/BIUpqy


76.   “Fake Service Dog Bill Passes House” --- During the bill's final hearing in the House, a disabled veteran with PTSD and shrapnel in his back said because his wounds cannot be seen he is ... --- Palm Beach Post --- March 30, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/zSGPmw


77.   “Miami-Dade Courts Adopt New System for Appointing Guardians” --- With lawmakers in Tallahassee looking to overhaul Florida's guardianship laws, the Miami-Dade court system has implemented a new system for ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- March 26, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/cJm6pk


78.   “House Committee Chair Says No Vote on Autism Bill” --- The chairman of a key House committee said a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy will not receive a floor vote this session. --- WSB Atlanta --- March 25, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/E069Jl


79.   “Senate Passes Bill on Restraining and Secluding Students” --- Typically, the actions are taken on special education students. Under the legislation, educators could only employ physical restraint if the student is in ... --- Topeka Capital Journal --- March 26, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/ZJmxDX


80.   “State Policy Cracks Down on Student Restraints in Public Schools” --- Starting next year, schools and publicly-funded childcare programs must ... 1, 2016, also bans the practice of seclusion – placing students alone in a ... --- The Patriot Ledger --- March 25, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/FfxSAG


81.   “Mississippi Lawmakers OK Vouchers for Special-Needs Students at Faith-based Schools” --- Parents with special-needs kids in Mississippi could soon use taxpayer dollars to send them to faith-based or secular schools, under a new bill ... --- Fox News --- March 27, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/NdMH9h


82.   “Senate Votes Overwhelmingly to Close Boulder Institution for Developmentally Disabled” --- The state Senate Saturday voted overwhelmingly for a bill to close the state home for the developmentally disabled at Boulder and send ... --- Montana Standard --- March 29, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/VYCiei


83.   “Singer, Others, Want Law to Protect Mentally Challenged” --- Political support is growing fast for stronger laws to protect adults with developmental disabilities, after the Asbury Park Press broke a story this week of ... --- Asbury Park Press --- March 27, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/9U1HW9


84.   “Burt's Law Filed to Protect Group Home Residents” --- In 2005, Burt, a special needs adult, was sexually abused by a manager at a group home in Conover, NC. Following an investigation, it was ... --- WHKY --- March 26, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/vVw4Ij


85.   “Ohio Governor's Panel Weighs More State Oversight of Police” --- Several panelists recommend more training for dealing with the mentally ill and strategies to boost the number of minority police officers. A related task ... --- ABC News --- March 30, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/Kibtks


86.   “Senate Approves Bill to Expand Mental Health Courts” --- Mental health courts divert mentally ill offenders. away from the criminal justice system and into treatment programs, much as drug courts do for drug ... --- Greenville News --- March 26, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/z5y6YN


87.   “Va. Developing Limits on School Seclusion, Restraint” --- State education officials are developing regulations to limit the use of restraint and seclusion to discipline unruly students. Signed into law by Gov. --- The Virginian-Pilot --- March 27, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/R7HfiF


International Articles


88.   “Two New Offences Created in South Australia to Help Avoid Sexual Exploitation of Disabled People” --- ... cognitive impairment without restricting people's rights," he said. The president of the South Australian Council on Intellectual Disabilities ... --- ABC Online --- March 30, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/fzHEPh


89.   “Advocates Attack Organisers of Disability Summit for Lack of Inclusion” --- Disability advocates have slammed the organisers of a national disability conference after a speaker was carried onto the stage — because it was not ... --- The Age --- March 26, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/qZEA9K


90.   “BC Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Girl Deported Home” --- A Canadian accused of sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl with cerebral palsy then fleeing the country decades ago is back home. Mounties allege ... --- CTV News --- March 25, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/xtFjHy


91.   “Half a Million Czechs Suffer from Serious Psychiatric Problems” --- Up to half a million Czechs suffer from serious psychiatric problems and one third of the country's population of 10.5 million ... --- Prague Daily Monitor --- March 27, 2015  (CZECH REPUBLIC)  http://is.gd/f1u1cS


92.   “Police Probe after Homeless Deaf Woman is Attacked at Tube Station” --- Police are investigating after a “vulnerable” homeless and deaf woman sheltering at the entrance to a London Underground station was attacked by ... --- Evening Standard --- March 30, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/k0xzPr


93.   “Disabled Man Fighting for Life after Street Attack” --- A disabled man is fighting for his life in hospital after being attacked in the street. The 49-year-old, who was on crutches, was kicked and punched to ... --- The Argus --- March 30, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/S5pOMd


94.   “Parliamentary Protest to Be Held over Disabled Man's Death” --- Mrs Rawnsley's previous concerns about her son's treatment included claims of over-medication of anti-psychotic drugs and him being left naked in ... --- Bradford Telegraph and Argus --- March 30, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/lsIlMV


95.   “Mentally Ill People Tasered by Cambridgeshire Police” --- The data released by the county's constabulary has triggered concerns from Cambridge MP Julian Huppert over the use of the shock weapon on the vulnerable. --- Cambridge News --- March 26, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/vSu5aX


96.   “Germanwings Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz 'Had Been Treated for Suicidal Thoughts Years Before Crash' ” --- Prosecutors in Dusseldorf, where Andreas Lubitz lived with his girlfriend, said that he underwent psychiatric treatment for an “extended period” after ... --- The Independent


97.   “Schools Fail to Cater to Kids with Special Needs” --- Not only this, 144 schools for children with special needs don't have proper toilet facility. The picture is equally dismal with 32,789 schools in the state ... --- Times of India --- March 28, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/zv1a7b


98.   “Man Arrested for Raping Mentally Challenged Woman” --- A 56-year-old man has been arrested today on charges of sexually assaulting a mentally challenged woman in her house here. The accused ... --- Business Standard --- March 26, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/KvyoqG


99.   “Ireland Must Ratify UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities” --- Eight years ago on March 30th, 2007, Ireland signed but did not ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). Since then ... --- Irish Times --- March 30, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/8E8aMs


100.   “Suicidal Children Left on Waiting Lists for Care” --- The number of suicides among young people known to social services doubled last year as waiting lists for mental health care worsened. --- Irish Independent --- March 27, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/DUZYa9


101.   “Detainment of People with Mental Health Problems Criticised by IPCA” --- The problem reflected "an inter-agency and community failure to deal appropriately with mentally impaired and intoxicated people. The police simply ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- March 27, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/DCb23p


102.   “Why Do Disabled People Feel Ignored When it Comes to Voting?” --- Too many disabled people are being denied the right to an independent and private vote, charities say. So what are the issues and who is it affecting? --- BBC News --- March 28, 2015  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/LARCaM



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