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News Summary for April 13, 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:

This week, it is the crime of physical abuse that predominates in the news.  The following articles report physical abuse by perpetrator, all from special education programs:

Principal (#1) in which a history of abusing the children was known by not reported by his staff due to fear of retribution

Special Education teacher: #7, 29, 33, 36, 48.

Caregivers are next in articles #4, 13, 21.

Neighbors identified in #14, and 31.

As to sexual assault, there are two articles, perpetrators include the father of a friend of the child victim (#8), the other the manager of a program for children with disabilities (#39) who abused a child not within the program.

There is some good news!!

#61 reports on the acknowledgement of excellent work of legislator Donnelly on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by John Dickerson, Executive Director of the Arc of Indiana.

#10 describes the settlement of an ADA lawsuit that will lead to 10 years of fixing impassable sidewalks in Los Angeles.  


1.   “Patrick O'Donnell Update: Superintendent Accused of Hitting Student Won't Face Felony Charges” ---  Thompson says her son, who is a special needs student, still suffers from the side ... No, this needs to be addressed by Pinal County … --- ABC15 Arizona --- April 8, 2015  (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/4yijxw

2.   “Trial Postponed for Local Autistic Teen Charged with Murdering a Middle-Age Man During Sex” ---  There has been no consideration given to her young age, mental illness, or the fact that she was supposed to be safely in state custody at the ... --- Phoenix New Times --- March 30, 2015  (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/cVUv7j 

3.   “California Lawmakers Oppose Parole for Disabled Man's Killer” --- Several state lawmakers, law enforcement officials and victims' rights advocates are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to block ... --- SFGate --- April 8, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/DTgzc4 

4.   “Caregiver Sentenced to Probation, Fined for Assaulting Disabled Man” --- Michael Carter pleaded guilty to assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, with a special allegation because his victim was a “dependent ... --- NBC 7 San Diego --- April 7, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ZpnFT1

5.   “3 Suspects Plead Not Guilty in Murder of Man in Wheelchair” --- Three suspects pleaded not guilty Monday to murder, robbery and assault with a firearm charges for the fatal shooting in December ... --- KTVU San Francisco --- April 6, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ozevC0

6.   “Deputy Faces 2nd Lawsuit for Excessive Force” --- A San Diego County Sheriff's deputy accused of beating and pepper spraying a man with Down syndrome faces a second lawsuit ... --- 10News --- April 6, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/NH2Leh

7.   “6 Families File Child Abuse Charges Against Brentwood Teacher and District” --- Yet another lawsuit is being filed against a former special needs teacher charged with abusing her students. The families of six children have filed suit ... --- abc7news.com --- April 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ri6ETz

8.   “Los Osos Man Charged with 3 Felonies in Alleged Rape of Disabled Girl” --- A Los Osos man accused of raping a developmentally disabled teenager who was visiting his son was charged with three felonies and a ... --- The San Luis Obispo Tribune --- April 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/j8OLbF

9.   “Defendants Declared Mentally Incompetent Face Lengthy Delays in Jails” --- A backlog of mentally ill or developmentally disabled defendants who have been ruled incompetent to stand trial has become a persistent problem that ... --- Los Angeles Times --- April 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/A1rgl1

10.   “LA Agrees to Spend $1.3 Billion to Fix Sidewalks in ADA case” --- Councilman Paul Krekorian said it was a historic victory not only for people with disabilities, but also for the elderly and “anyone who is ever a ... --- Los Angeles Times --- April 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/PPToy9

11.   “Family Wants Dash Cam Video Released in Mentally Disabled Man's Killing” --- Nearly two months after a mentally impaired man was shot and killed by a Miami Gardens police officer, the attorney for the family is talking about ... --- Local 10 --- April 6, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/JmKpPM

12.   “Mental Health Facility Employee Arrested” --- While employed at Sunland, Holmes allegedly antagonized a wheelchair-bound resident to charge his wheelchair into Holmes. According to the ... --- The News Herald --- April 1, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/yk3wda

13.   “Deputies: Medical Facility Employee Beat Disabled Patient He Was Transporting” --- A man who was hired to care for patients at an Orange County medical facility is accused of beating a severely disabled woman. Charles Hewett faced ... --- WFTV Orlando --- March 31, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/MCSxQ6

14.   “Disabled Man Called 'Deaf and Dumb' Before Being Shot, Family Says” --- The victim in a neighborhood shooting, a deaf man, said the shooter mocked his disability before firing the gun, ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- March 31, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/34P1Xx

15.   “Guilty Verdicts Reached for 11 of 12 in APS Cheating Trial” --- Former special education teacher Dessa Curb spoke to Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne outside the courtroom after the verdicts were ... --- WSB Atlanta --- April 1, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/SYXqS3

16.   “2nd Death Reported at Murray Developmental Center” --- A second resident's death is under investigation at Murray Developmental Center less than one week after another death there led to a ... --- The Southern --- April 8, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/ZV15du

17.   “Inmates Seek 3rd Party to Enforce Mental Health Mandate” --- Lawyers for thousands of mentally ill state prisoners are asking that a third party be named to enforce court-ordered improvements to ... --- Bloomington Pantagraph --- April 7, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/kOQZo6

18.   “State Police Investigating Death at State Run Facility” --- The Murray Developmental Center was a big issue in Southern Illinois during ... Former Governor Pat Quinn had vowed to close the residential center, ... --- Peoria Public Radio --- April 6, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/AjmMQv

19.   “Man Held in Attack on Blind Wife — Again” --- Anthony Edward Jett Sr. has already served time in prison for battering his wife, who is blind. Early Tuesday, city police said, the ... --- Muncie Star Press --- April 7, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/Njvzdh

20.   “Autistic Son's Injuries Prompt Suit Against JCPS Principals, Parents” --- But Tracy Davenport maintains that pictures can't even begin to detail the trauma that her 14-year-old autistic son, named in court documents only as ... --- WAVE 3 --- April 1, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/ri1MXK

21.   “Ex-ARC Staffer Charged after Group Home Injury” --- A now-former employee of the Northeast ARC is facing a criminal charge after a 54-year-old woman with Down syndrome and ... --- The Salem News --- April 7, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/F7owtn

22.   “Tewksbury Schools Chief Apologizes for Release of Special-Education Information” --- Both state and federal law prohibits schools from releasing personally identifiable information about special-education students without parental ... --- Lowell Sun --- April 7, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/tVYqS1

23.   “Transit Police Seek Man Who Stole from Person in Wheelchair” --- Transit police are searching for a man who they say stole from a person in a wheelchair on an MBTA bus. --- My Fox Boston --- April 2, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/IfKWv4

24.   “Trenton Man Charged after Allegedly Punching Deaf Woman” --- A 19-year-old Trenton man was arraigned March 28 after he allegedly took multiple Xanax pills and punched two women, one of whom is deaf. --- Southgate News Herald --- April 6, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/Hsw0cm

25.   “Deaf Inmates Sue Michigan over Lack of Prison Services” --- Deaf prisoners and other inmates who have trouble hearing have filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan, accusing officials of failing to meet their ... --- Detroit Free Press --- April 1, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/Z1Mz3E

26.   “Thief Steals Cookie Money from Wheelchair-bound Girl Scout” --- A wheelchair-bound 19-year-old who has Cerebral Palsy that was selling Girl Scout Cookies had her cash box stolen right in front of her. --- minbcnews.com --- March 31, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/EaZ9C9

27.   “Minnesota Company Settles Disability Discrimination Claim” --- The lawsuit alleged that Baldwin Supply violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to allow Timothy E. Collins to return to work after his ... --- TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press --- April 6, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/ObFPUy

28.   “Rochester Symphony President No Longer Being Paid” --- According to court documents, Amundson said he paid for the vulnerable adult's apartment and helped him get Social Security benefits and medical ... --- KIMT 3 --- March 31, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/FdgRTJ

29.   “Former LCSD Teacher Charged with Abusing Student” --- Lauderdale County Superintendent Randy Hodges said Annie Orum, 57, a special education teacher, was given a letter of termination effective ... --- Meridian Star --- April 1, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/xplrcq

30.   “Van Driver Accused of Sex Crimes Against Woman with Developmental Disabilities” --- A van driver is accused of sex crimes against a woman with developmental disabilities in a school district van and the man's actions were recorded. --- KCTV Kansas City --- April 1, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/uSykVY

31.   “A Billings Man Was Arrested for Striking ‘A Special-needs Child’ Wednesday Evening” --- A Billings man was arrested for striking “a special-needs child” Wednesday evening. John Milton Damm, 59, appeared by video Thursday ... --- The Missoulian --- April 3, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/BwXxaK

32.   “Woman Cited when Autistic Child Wanders Away” --- Police cited an Omaha woman for child neglect when her four-year old autistic, 4-year old son wandered from their midtown home. --- KETV Omaha --- April 6, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/nFZDYU

33.   “Teacher Fired after Allegedly Hitting, Screaming at Students with Autism” --- A teacher with the Morris-Union Jointure Commission lost her tenure and her job working with students with autism because, officials say, she ... --- NJ.com --- April 8, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/qgTyC4

34.   “Trial Date Set for Pair in Autistic Man's Jetty Jump” --- The trial of two Howell men accused of enticing an autistic, diabetic teen to jump off a jetty into the frigid ocean here is tentatively ... --- Asbury Park Press --- April 6, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/RuFDcD

35.   “Teacher Arrested on Lewdness Charges Involving Mentally Challenged Child” --- Teacher arrested on lewdness charges involving mentally challenged child ... luring a child with a mental illness and kidnapping of a child under 14. --- MyNews3 Las Vegas KSNV --- April 6, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/cmFs1W

36.  “Teacher of Autistic Kids Fired for Corporal Punishment” --- Jennifer Filo fired from Developmental Learning Center for pattern of ... justified in firing a tenured teacher at its Developmental Learning Center for ... --- MyCentralJersey.com --- April 6, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/XRZaBK

37.   “Woman Offered Plea Deal in Disabled Daughter's Death” --- A Long Island woman charged with killing her disabled daughter has been offered a plea deal that would put her behind bars ... --- Glens Falls Post-Star --- April 9, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/COVse4

38.   “Police and the Mentally Ill: Albany Death after Taser Use Raises Training Issue” --- When she called police because her 22-year-old son, Elijah, had become agitated during a holiday dinner, Neketa Roberts of Albany explained that ... --- Albany Times Union --- April 5, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NbRRs8

39.   “Report: Manager at NY Center to Protect Disabled Charged with Sex Crime” --- An Albany County man -- who is a manager at the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs ... --- Syracuse.com --- March 31, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/jGVfw6

40.   “Daughter Arrested for Injuring Her Handicapped Father” --- Greta Dawn Couch is facing a felony assault charged that involves injuring her father. Couch was arrested Tuesday by ... --- WFMY News 2 --- April 8, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/PTvR8l

41.   “Parents Accused of Neglecting Their Disabled Child” --- An attorney for the child's mother and stepfather says his clients are accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter in a cold basement with no running ... --- KRMG --- April 7, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/4l5nK3

42.   “Family: Bus Driver Dropped off Man with Severe Disabilities at Wrong House” --- The family of an Allegheny County man with severe disabilities say he was dropped off at the wrong house and left alone after being discharged last ... --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- April 6, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/Y9Xbpp

43.   “Disability Discrimination Claims Still Dominate Agenda for the State's Human Rights Commission” --- Disability discrimination claims continue to dominate the agenda for Rhode Island's human rights commission, ... --- Greenfield Daily Reporter --- April 1, 2015  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/YC8p2C

44.   “Day 2: 20 Year Old on Trial for Shooting Handicapped Man” --- Day 2: 20 year old on trial for shooting handicapped man ... in the trial for a 20-year-old accused of killing a mentally handicapped man in 2012. --- WRCB-TV --- April 7, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/Ui6U5y

45.   “Special Needs Child from Shelbyville Allegedly Beat by Relative” --- A 9-year-old special needs child from Shelbyville continues to recover from injuries allegedly inflicted by a caregiver. Maurice and Rochelle Clayton ... --- Wgnsradio --- April 5, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/grKT7L

46.   “Knox Schools Present Case in Discrimination Complaint” --- "And we know that direct instruction for Jack is the special education setting whether we have Jack in a resource room or whether we have him ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- April 1, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/V38lKo

47.   “Harris Jailers Indicted in Case Involving Treatment of Inmate” --- When a Sheriff's Office compliance team found Terry Goodwin in his Harris County jail cell, the mentally ill inmate had been left there for unattended ... --- Chron.com --- April 7, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/4wSans

48.   “Grandmother Alleges Special Education's 'Culture of Restraint' ” --- A Fannin County guardian has sued 10 independent school districts and two individual employees for injuries allegedly inflicted on her ward. --- Southeast Texas Record --- April 1, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/MPJK3x

49.   “Former Utah School Bus Driver Accused of Child Sex Abuse Headed to Trial” --- A Utah man accused of abusing two special needs children who rode his school bus was supposed to have his final pretrial ... --- fox13now.com --- April 7, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/FEWZEF

50.   “Trial Delayed for Woman Accused of Sexually Abusing Disabled Family Member” --- A Jackson County woman accused of sexually abusing a disabled family member won't go to trial for another two ... --- WSAZ-TV --- April 6, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/5IZFpe

51.   “Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Special Ed Student Pleads Not Guilty” --- A North Fond du Lac teacher entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to multiple counts of sexually assaulting a special education student and now faces ... --- Fond du Lac Reporter --- April 1, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/3jlyRP

52.   “Vietnam Veteran Files Class-Action Suit Against VA over Claims Backlog” --- The veteran has waited years for disability benefits from the VA for claims of post-traumatic stress disorder and exposure to toxic chemicals. Monk is a ... --- Fox News --- April 7, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/2bxMo2

53.   “Scam Targeting Hearing Impaired” --- You've probably never heard of the U.S.A. Deaf Lottery and it's for good reason: It doesn't exist. But that's not stopping cyber crooks. An e-mail ... --- 19 Action News --- March 31, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/oHX7Y4

54.   “Mental Health Group Wants BMW to Pull Ad Featuring 'Crazy' Woman” --- First, it features an inaccurate caricature of a mentally ill person, one the group and its 2,000 member organizations have been trying to expunge from ... --- Washington Post --- March 31, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/tSEte9

Seeking Improved Support

55.   “Some Families Seek Alternative for Mentally Ill Loved Ones” --- Some Alabama families who have considered committing mentally ill relatives are asking judges to consider something ... --- Times Daily --- April 5, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/8wWYCa

56.   “Former Inmates in Tucson Get Help, Pass it On” --- Now, he's a case manager specializing in helping veterans with mental ... “He was a big, strapping, drug-using, unmedicated, mentally ill person,” ... --- Arizona Daily Star --- April 5, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/wYuDCE

57.   “Kaiser to Search for Causes of Autism in Large-scale Study” --- Scientists have long suspected that autism results from a combination of genetics and environmental factors, but no one knows for sure. They hope a ... --- SFGate --- March 31, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/hybLhb

58.   “Insanity Defense: Many Colorado Killers Walk Free from State Hospital” --- They question the sometimes-rapid progress of mentally ill patients from locked hospital wards to limited or unfettered freedom, court records show. --- The Denver Post --- April 5, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/Gbhrj8

59.   “Funding Woes Shutter Larimer County Special Needs Homes” --- Foothills Gateway is trying to move the six affected residents into host homes, which would place one individual with special needs in the equivalent of ... --- The Coloradoan --- April 1, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/CYQIET

60.   “Groups Differ Vastly on Closing of Developmental Centers” --- The coalition says Illinois is spending about $429 million annually to serve state center residents. It says community-based caregivers can do that job ... --- Jacksonville Journal Courier --- April 2, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/1T7WGW

61.   “Clere, Donnelly Honored by Arc of Indiana” --- Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., for the work they have done on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the annual legislative ... --- Evening News and Tribune --- April 1, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/SrpWI8

62.   “Expect Less Service for Muskegon County Individuals with Developmentally Disabled, Families Told” --- HealthWest Executive Director Julia Rupp on Wednesday, April 1, talks to the families of developmentally disabled individuals about changes in ... --- MLive.com --- April 2, 2015  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/hRCxDF

63.   “Mom's Push to Help Poor Kids with Autism Brings New Federal Benefits” --- A Somali immigrant mother's relentless campaign to expand care for poor children with autism has achieved a major triumph, as Minnesota becomes ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- April 1, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/NHdZc3

64.   “Missouri Struggles to Integrate Special Education Students” --- This story is one of five in a series on Special Education. ... to fight to get their children with special needs the free, appropriate education they deserve. --- KBIA --- April 7, 2015  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/VFZgq1

65.   “In Tucson, Special Unit Handles Mental Health Calls” --- The agreement was the result of a DOJ investigation sparked by numerous officer-involved shootings, many of them involving mentally ill suspects. --- Albuquerque Journal --- April 5, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/PSVHHy

66.   “Grand Opening of Bakery and Café in Schenectady that Will Raise Autism Awareness” --- According to business owner Sarah Mae Hickey her eatery not only serves up delicious food, it also raises autism awareness, a disorder that affects ... --- NEWS10 ABC --- April 2, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/v9Xz90

67.   “Aging Parents Worry about the Future of Their Developmentally Challenged Children” --- For the aging parents of adults who have developmental disabilities, the conditions at an unlicensed rooming house recently shut down in Buffalo ... --- Buffalo News --- March 31, 2015  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/q4NJip

68.   “Rockland Launches Mental-Health Crisis Team” --- Each BHRT unit consists of two members; a trained behavioral health clinician and an emergency medical service technician or a psychiatric ... --- The Journal News | LoHud.com --- March 31, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NotnoH

69.   “Oklahoma Would Benefit from Continued Investment in Mental Health” --- As director of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance ... and reimburse law enforcement for transporting mentally ill offenders to ... --- NewsOK.com --- April 5, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/3Zl3GL

70.   “Solitary Confinement of Oregon Inmates with Most Severe Mental Illnesses Must Stop, Advocacy ...” ---  The Disability Rights Oregon investigation, which began last spring, relied on interviews with 19 inmates; an examination of 4,500 pages of ... --- OregonLive.com --- April 8, 2015  (OREGON) http://is.gd/qEHmxQ

71.   “Western Pa.'s Missing Adults Easily Fall Off Police Radar” --- A large percentage of missing adults are mentally ill or addicted to drugs. Law enforcement often assumes they left on their own, and experience ... --- Tribune-Review --- April 4, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/BOEYTt

72.   “Citing Larger Problems, Tomblin Vetoes Funds for Schools for Deaf and Blind” --- The needs fund provides money to the state's 55 county school districts, but the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind aren't part of the district in ... --- Charleston Gazette --- April 5, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/FpPTJQ

73.   “Chattanooga Man Teaches Lip Reading to Hard of Hearing, but Technique is Controversial in Some ...” --- Many deaf activists argue that the hearing disabled should use their energy to learn American Sign ... --- Chattanooga Times Free Press --- April 2, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/JxueK9

74.   “Search for Autistic Teen Underscores Need for Increased Awareness” --- A 12-hour search for a Spokane teen with autism Monday night has other parents of children with the disorder asking the community to educate ... --- KXLY Spokane --- April 7, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/sLdBGE

75.   “Spokane Co. Deputies Search for Missing Autistic Teen” --- Spokane County Sheriff's deputies were searching Monday night for a missing autistic teen. Officials said Jacob Lauffer, 16, left a ... --- KREM.com --- April 6, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/O9E5xA

76.   “Ex-Troops with Highest Suicide Risk Often Don't Qualify for Mental Care” --- The suicide analysis, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, included all 3.9 million troops who served between 2001 and 2007. Using military ... --- Los Angeles Times --- April 1, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/8BwJAt

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

77.   “Alabama House Passes Bill Allowing Voters over 70, Disabled Skip Line at Polling Places” --- A piece of legislation that would allow voters over the age of 70 and the disabled to avoid waiting in line at polling places passed in the Alabama ... --- AL.com --- March 31, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/nL685Y

78.   “New State Law Sees Dyslexia as Prime Disability, Offers Students More Services” --- The differences between Kelly Howard's twin daughters appeared in preschool. Katie easily learned her ABCs, but Zoey ... --- Waterbury Republican American --- April 6, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/vDUKSX

79.   “House Panel Presses Ahead with its Plan for Florida Prisons Reform” --- Her son, Kristopher Rodriguez, had been treated for mental illness for years when he was convicted of shooting someone during a drug deal. Now ... --- Tampabay.com --- April 7, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/qk6gNq

80.   “Senator's Child with Down Syndrome Inspires Legislation” --- A third bill increases funding for vouchers for special education programs for disabled children, currently about $14 million, to as much as $50 million. --- Charlotte Observer --- April 6, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/uO8lvz

81.   “Senate Approves Bills to Help Disabled Children” --- A package of bills moving through the Florida Legislature seeks to enhance the education and employment prospects for disabled ... --- St. Augustine Record --- April 1, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/J2oiCj

82.   “Senate Legislation Bolsters Hiring of Developmentally Disabled” --- More people with developmental disabilities will be able to get jobs with the state government, and private businesses will be rewarded for hiring them ... --- Sarasota Herald-Tribune --- April 1, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/vp5pS5

83.   “Autism Compromise Passes Senate” --- The legislation in a nutshell: Insurers could not exclude coverage for children with autism 6 years and younger; annual payouts would be limited to ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- March 31, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/XacWpj

84.   “Bill Attempts to Address Lack of Mental Health Treatment” --- Supporters of a bill to allow psychologists to prescribe medications in Hawaii gathered at the capitol on Tuesday to plead with state lawmakers to hear ... --- West Hawaii Today --- April 1, 2015  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/8sYwp5

85.   “Advocates Say Illinois Must Stop 'Warehousing' Disabled” --- The Clyde L. Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna is set to receive repairs to its water tower in Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget. --- The Southern --- April 2, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/nDGKND

86.   “Montana Developmental Center: Don't Let Legislature Close Facility” --- It was clear at the March 23 Senate hearing how naive the proponents of closing the Montana Developmental Center are. --- The Missoulian --- April 6, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/0HNMhx

87.   “Vegas Mental Hospital Regains Accreditation after Patient Dumping Scandal” --- State officials Tuesday announced the Joint Commission’s decision, which came last Thursday. --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- March 31, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/fKZa45

88.   “NY Budget Funds Police Training on the Mentally Ill” --- Mental health advocates say New York lawmakers have added $1.5 million to the state budget for more pilot programs to train ... --- Washington Times --- April 2, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/sYvDIq

89.   “Mom Seeks Change in NC Laws on Reporting Sexual Abuse in Group Homes” --- Vicki Smith, executive director of Disability Rights North Carolina, which provides legal services for the disabled, said Burt's law would be a good step ... --- News & Observer --- April 4, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/KEiLNr

International Articles

90.   “Inquiry Announced into Canberra School that Caged Autistic Student” --- The ACT has also followed a national trend towards increased autism awareness and diagnoses. Anecdotal evidence also suggests interstate parents ... --- The Canberra Times --- April 7, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/SP2pLp

91.   “Australian Police Hail 'Miracle' of Autistic Boy's Outback Survival” --- A young boy who suffers from autism has been found alive, walking through inhospitable brush days after wandering away from a campsite in ... --- CNN International --- April 7, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/1pdBub

92.   “Treating Mentally Ill Prisoners Would Save Enormous Sums” --- A considerable proportion of those inmates - estimates vary from 25 up to 70 per cent - have a diagnosable mental illness. In varying degrees, this is ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- April 7, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/bbn4BK

93.   “Disability Groups Back Call for Inquiry into Education of Children with a Disability” --- Disability groups have backed calls for a broad inquiry into the education of children with a disability, following revelations an autistic Canberra school ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- April 6, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/y5BnLR 

94.   “Search for Missing Victorian Boy Luke Shambrook Continues” --- Emergency services responded to a possible sighting of the young boy, who has autism, after a family who were four-wheel-driving reported seeing a ... --- The Age --- April 5, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/VuWtKB

95.   “Special Needs Child Put in 'Cage' in Australian School” --- Investigations are underway into a school in Australia that placed a child with special needs and behavioural issues in a ... --- Daijiworld.com --- April 2, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/lRZU5P

96.   “NSW Man Allegedly Assaulted Disabled Woman” --- NSW man allegedly assaulted disabled woman ... man will face court accused of the long-term sexual assault of an intellectually disabled woman. --- NEWS.com.au --- April 1, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/ocVbvD

97.   “Parents, People with Disabilities to Stage Demonstration in Bulgaria's Varna” --- Parents of children with disabilities and adults with disabilities intend to stage a demonstration at the entrance to the Sea Garden in the biggest ... --- Focus News --- April 1, 2015  (BULGARIA)  http://is.gd/sktLVV

98.   “Canadian Couple Sues Sperm Bank, Allege Donor Was Schizophrenic” --- It was only years after the birth of their son that the Port Hope, Ont., couple learned they hadn't been told their donor was a schizophrenic college ... --- CTV News --- April 6, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/GMc7J9

99.   “ 'Conversion Therapy' Bill Opposed” --- ... help from mental health practitioners with living in their biological sex. It appears that Di Novo's bill would withhold OHIP coverage for such patients. --- Toronto Star --- April 5, 2015  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/47oa65

100.   “Armed Female Carjacker Fled Marlborough Mall Area Lot with Disabled Woman Still Inside” --- Police are on the hunt for a brazen female carjacker who took off in a SUV with a disabled woman still inside. Calgary police Det. Jack Russell said ... --- Calgary Sun --- April 1, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/Fw4xDe 

101.   “Autistic Boy, 13, Assaulted, Threatened with Scissors in Manitoba Class” --- A Riverton, Man. couple is weighing whether to sue the Evergreen School Division in Gimli because they say their 13-year-old son, who is autistic, has ... --- CBC.ca --- March 31, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/G0yMqP

102.   “Montreal Police Looking for Suspects Who Stole Money from Man with Mental Illness” --- Montreal police are looking for the public's help to find a suspect who stole hundreds of dollars from a mentally ill man on New Year's Eve while he ... --- CBC.ca --- March 31, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/dsJg4P

103.   “Autistic Student Wants to Go Back to School after Being Suspended 4 Months Ago” --- A Fredericton mother believes her autistic son's human rights are being violated. Tiffany Boudreau says her 11-year-old son has ... --- Globalnews.ca --- March 31, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/NIoJwu

104.   “More than 2,000 Are Autistic” --- Over 2,000 young people in Cyprus are autistic, according to NGO statements in lieu of Thursday's World Autism Awareness Day. This is a huge ... --- Cyprus Mail --- April 2, 2015  (CYPRUS)  http://is.gd/bU43Gc

105.   “BBC Election Panel Member Mocked David Cameron over Disabled Son Ivan” --- The BBC faced angry criticism last night for giving an Election platform to a 'mini Russell Brand' who has mocked David Cameron over his disabled ... --- Daily Mail --- April 4, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/SXG6vT

106.   “Attacked Deaf Homeless Woman 'Well-known in the Community' ” --- Workers at Wanstead Tube station, where a deaf homeless woman was attacked, have spoken of their shock and sadness at the incident. --- East London and West Essex Guardian Series --- April 1, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/3dgvtZ

107.   “Teachers' Union Warns on Funding Gaps for Special Needs” --- Special needs provision in England has been "drastically damaged" by cuts to support services, said Mary Bousted leader of the ATL teachers' union. --- BBC News --- April 1, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/3yLckU

108.   “Remploy Hit Back at Claims Its 'Making a Pretty Profit' from Disabled People's Misfortune” --- A Wigan company has hit back at claims it is 'making a pretty profit' from disabled peoples' misfortune in the wake of the notorious … ---             mancunianmatters.co.uk --- Mancunian Matters --- March 31, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/QfqyQx

109.   “Nick Clegg: Don't Let Andreas Lubitz Distort Views about Mental Illness” --- Nick Clegg meets children taking part in Tuesday's launch of the The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation at the Oval in south London. --- The Guardian --- March 31, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/dDGKKW

110.   “8,000 Handicapped People Stage Protest in Kolkata” --- Around 8,000 handicapped people on Monday staged a law violation programme in the city to press for a four-point charter of demands including ... --- Business Standard --- April 6, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/5HXwNF

111.   “Thousands of Mentally Ill People Wander the Streets as State Turns a Blind Eye” --- A distressed, half-naked woman was seen running on the streets of Anna Nagar. Her clothes were torn, her face was covered with dirt and ... --- Times of India --- April 6, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/CfV65o

112.   “Mentally Ill Patients Still Being Shackled” --- She said family support was instrumental in determining a mentally-ill patient's recovery prospects, and that it was important for families to understand ... --- Jakarta Post --- April 2, 2015  (INDONESIA)  http://is.gd/jmXi4q

113.   “State Criticised for Not Changing 150-Year-Old Lunacy Act” --- Dr Eilionóir Flynn, acting director of the centre for disability and law at NUI ... Ireland must ratify UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities ... --- Irish Times --- April 1, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/1i0R5J

114.  “Teen Gang Forces Twigs Down the Throat of Boy with Special Needs” --- The video, which has since been removed from the social media site, showed four or five boys forcing twigs down the vulnerable child's throat. --- Irish Independent --- March 31, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/SZvxMd

115.   “Ambassador Inaugurates Kuwait-funded Center for Autistic” --- The Ambassador to Albania has inaugurated the Kuwaiti-financed "Kuwait Center for Autism and Child Growth" in the ... --- Kuwait News Agency --- April 4, 2015  (KUWAIT)  http://is.gd/DzZLXd

116.   “Patients, Prisoners Filling Wellington Night Shelter” --- Reduced availability of supported accommodation has resulted in more released prisoners and psychiatric patients going straight to the Night Shelter. --- Stuff.co.nz --- April 2, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/NwNabC

117.   “Lack of English Meant Puerto Ricans Got Disability Benefits” --- A federal audit has found that some Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory have received disability benefits in part because they could not speak ... --- ABC News --- April 7, 2015  (PUERTO RICO)  http://is.gd/PWinkK

118.   “Discrimination Against Autistic Persons” --- Two United Nations human rights experts today called for an end to discrimination against autistic persons and a ... --- Scoop.co.nz (press release) --- April 1, 2015  (SWITZERLAND)   http://is.gd/RebCHT

119.   “Jail for Man in Dubai Who Molested Girl in Wheelchair” --- A man who molested a 10-year-old girl in a wheelchair will spend three months in jail then be deported after Dubai Criminal Court found him ... --- The National --- April 1, 2015  (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)  http://is.gd/QFBbLp

120.   “Dubai Autism Centre Observes World Autism Day” --- The recent donation made by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Autism ... --- gulfnews.com --- April 1, 2015  (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)   http://is.gd/xHFYFk

121.   “ 'Your Kid is So Stubborn': How Vietnam's Mainstream Schools Fail Autistic Children” --- Children join a musical performance at a school for those with special needs in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Kieu Oanh ... --- Thanh Nien Daily --- April 5, 2015  (VIETNAM)  http://is.gd/2JbB2L

122.   “Oversimplifying the Severity of Mental Illnesses” --- Perhaps the simplification of the mentally ill Lubitz as a suicidal psychopath, hell bent on taking 149 innocent lives down with him, serves to make ... --- Daily Athenaeum --- March 31, 2015  (INTERNATIONAL)  http://is.gd/VyPtQ1



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