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News Summary for June 7, 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.

This newsfeed is a doozy!  Odd stuff, terrible stuff, and some good things too. Please note there are 2 articles with #5!  We like the number…or it’s an error.

So here is the wrap up:

SEXUAL ABUSE:  2,6,13,25,27,31,32,33,55

PHYSICAL ABUSE: 7,93,101, 111


ABUSE AT SCHOOL: 7 (physical); 13, 32, 55 (sexual)

OTHER SIGNIFICANT SCHOOL PROBLEMS: 7-denial of service; 48-public humiliation + demonstration of negative attitude towards students with disabilities; 53-pattern of forcing special education students out of school without diploma or certificate; 65 - graduation rates down for students with disabilities; 102-Stephen Hawking concerned that financial support is no longer available to help students with disabilities as he had been helped; 109 - in Puerto Rico a parent’s lawsuit for failures to provide educational services finally settles case begun in 1980, they say more to follow.



21 - After 7 years in scouting, Boy Scouts of America ousts 9th grader with autism

38 - DANGER SIGNS:  Secretary to psychiatrist suffers sexual harrassment. Psychiatrist became Director of County Mental Health

48 - School teacher & principal issue certificates to special education students ridiculing them.

66 - Study shows waivers for service including early intervention primarily serve children between 11-15 years of age.

71 - Urgent care denied toddler (ASD) due to physician’s understanding of insurance rules…even tho parents offered to pay cash!!!

76 - WV gets poor scores on DOJ evaluation of mental health service delivery to those with disabilities.

105 - Study in Ireland shows significant overuse of psychotropic drugs in patients with disabilities.


28 - NYC to install alarms on school exits to reduce eloping

75 - special education services improving

86 - plans to place cameras in special education classrooms

92 - Sex club for people with mobility disabilities…in Canada, tho


#13 - A bus driver for adults with disabilities, convicted of sexual assault, explained that “she came on to him.”  Really?  He was unable to say “no?” Really, a very common statement, in my experience with these perpetrators. Blame the victim for their conduct.

#31 - A couple working for an agency CONSPIRE in the sexual assault of a woman in their care, revealed in a civil suit against the agency by the parents of the woman who became pregnant as a result.

#33 - sexual assault of a teenage girl by the 23 year old babysitter (male) with a history of domestic violence and sexual assault.

#90 - Woman who stole $143k from non-profit service organization (she said because of her “gambling addiction”) told by judge, this was “from greed not need,” and “you picked your mark.”  



1.   “Body Likely that of Missing Boy: Autistic Needles Boy Wandered Away from Home Near Railroad Tracks” --- Police believe the autistic boy, Kaden Lanphear, whose home on California Avenue borders the railroad tracks, may have ... --- Mohave Valley News --- June 6, 2015  (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/bSrmOy


2.   “Arizona State Mental Hospital Patients Engage in Dangerous Sexual Activity” --- The incident highlights the Arizona State Hospital's repeated failure to protect our state's most vulnerable adults from themselves and others. --- ABC15 Arizona --- June 5, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/A53fSg


3.   “3 Arizona Health Execs Out After Sex Misconduct Inquiry” --- Three state executives have lost their jobs after being under fire following accusations that severely mentally ill patients at the Arizona State Hospital ... --- azcentral.com --- June 4, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/jW5to4


4.   “Swick Indicted for Attempted Murder after Attack on Girlfriend” --- A Mohave County grand jury indicted Jeffrey Allen Swick for attempted first-degree murder, vulnerable adult abuse by domestic violence, aggravated ... --- Mohave Valley News --- June 1, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/fqT5Qk


5.   “LAPD Clears 2 Officers in Fatal Shooting of Ezell Ford, Sources Say” --- ... independent watchdog have determined that two officers were justified in fatally shooting Ezell Ford, a mentally ill black man whose killing last year ... --- Los Angeles Times --- June 5, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/R8u2GV


5.   “Man Accused of Stealing 79-Year-Old's Electric Wheelchair to Stand Trial” --- A man accused of breaking into a 79-year-old Hillcrest resident's apartment and riding off in the victim's electric wheelchair must stand trial on robbery, ... --- Times of San Diego --- June 5, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/OvJ98W


6.   “Former Ventura Psychiatric Hospital Employee Arrested Again in Connection with Sexual Assault” --- A former employee of a Ventura psychiatric hospital was arrested again Thursday in connection with sexual assault after more of his ... --- Ventura County Star --- June 4, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/r14owe


7.   “Parents Demand Principal to Step Down for Allegedly Discriminating Against Spanish-Speaking ...” ---

They say Grady has denied services to special education students and ignored Spanish-speaking parents' concerns. Parent Khadijah Abdul says ... --- CBS Local --- June 4, 2015 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/qXiYNM


8.   “California Teen with Special Needs Fatally Shot for Refusing to Take Off Red Shoes” --- A California teen with special needs was fatally shot in front of his mother because he refused to take off his red shoes, his family said. Tavin Price ... --- New York Daily News --- June 2, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/GOG580


9.   “Space Weapons Resolution 'Embarrassed' City and Negatively Impacted Mentally Ill, Vice Mayor Says” --- Richmond Vice Mayor Jael Myrick regrets voting in favor of a City Council resolution banning space-based weapons last month, saying he ... --- Richmond Standard --- June 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/eIYDj9


10.   “Shortage of Deputies Could Threaten LA County Sheriff's Reform Agenda” --- As Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell tries to turn around a department under federal scrutiny for jail brutality, racial harassment and ... --- Los Angeles Times --- May 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/A4PXYG


11.   “Abuse Allegations in Pueblo Group Homes a Tipping Point in DHS Turmoil” --- Colorado DHS director Reggie Bicha put 11 people on paid leave in the wake of the abuse investigation that he says he instigated. --- The Denver Post --- June 3, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/XdfPSc


12.   “Man Cops Plea to Stealing Wheelchair, Selling it for Scrap” --- Police said Brian Runge broke down in tears when he was confronted with stealing the 4-year-old's wheelchair to sell for scrap. The crime sparked ... --- The Delaware County Daily Times --- June 5, 2015  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/jz3MhM


13.   “3-Year Sentence in Sex Offense on Disabled Victim” --- A former bus driver for adults with special needs was sentenced to three years in state prison Friday for a sex offense against one of his former clients. --- Pensacola News Journal --- June 5, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ckOw9q


14.   “$8,000 Reward Offered in Case of Disabled Woman Attacked by Intruders” --- Hoping to stir up leads in the disturbing attack of a 60-year-old Deerfield Beach woman, the Broward Sheriff's Office released a sketch of the chilling ... --- Sun Sentinel --- June 5, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Q39IDB


15.   “Orlando City SC Fans Come under Fire for Using 'Retarded' in a Chant” --- Yahoo's Eric Adelson says the “retarded” chants were heard as recently as Saturday's home match against Columbus. This isn't good optics for a team ... --- Washington Post --- June 5, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/RnROcm


16.   “Autistic 5-Year-old boy Found Dead in Plant City Pond after Father Reported Him Missing” --- The boy, who is autistic, was reported missing by his father around 10 a.m. from the Plant City Farm and Flea Market. The boy's father told deputies he ... --- Daily Journal --- June 1, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/dYputW


17.   “Experts: Drownings Not Uncommon with Autistic Children” --- Investigators said the autistic boy had arrived with his father and his father's adult friend, before he wandered away and went into a pond, unnoticed. --- Bay News 9 --- June 1, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/bfIL4A


18.   “Florida Woman Who Allegedly Bit Wheelchair-bound Man in 'Vampire' Attack Now Accused of ...” ---

She previously served six months after she allegedly assaulted a wheelchair-bound man in St. Petersburg in 2011, the TV station reported. --- New York Daily News --- May 31, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/aajZKc


19.   “Death of Mentally-ill Student Found Dead in Restraints at Georgia Jail Was Homicide, Says Coroner” --- A 22-year-old college student found dead in restraints at a jail in Georgia died after enduring blunt force injuries, said a coroner who ruled ... --- The Independent --- June 5, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/KGuO25


20.   “Mother Charged in Murder of Disabled Daughter” --- An Illinois mother was charged Friday in the murder of her 28-year-old daughter who suffered from "extreme' physical disabilities, authorities said. --- Chicago Tribune --- June 6, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/dCImaE


21.   “Hanover Park Couple Sue Boy Scouts over Dismissal of Son Who Has Asperger's” --- The suit cites the Boy Scouts of America's "Guide to Working with Scouts with Special Needs and Disabilities," which states that there must be ... --- Chicago Tribune --- June 1, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/hvFwls


22.   “APD: Woman Beat Grandmother, Disabled Woman in Robberies” --- An Anderson woman has been charged in two residential robberies, including one involving her grandmother and another involving a ... --- The Herald Bulletin --- June 3, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/ornjZZ


23.   “Davenport Woman Pleads Guilty on Dependent Adult Abuse Case” --- Bak was a home health aide with Family Care Solutions in Bettendorf from ... The company provided assistance to a dependent adult woman who ... --- Quad City Times --- June 5, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/pNjy3G


24.   “State Had Recommended Warren County Abandon Jail” --- The report also mentions that shower units are not complaint with the Americans with Disabilities Act or anti-suicide requirements, the building is not ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- June 1, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/Dz0oKr


25.   “Lexington Man Accused of Raping & Impregnating Mentally Disabled Woman” --- 59-year-old James Weathers of Lexington has been arrested and is being accused of raping mentally disabled woman, police say. --- WTVQ --- June 3, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/R9GnnV


26.   “Seven Deaths Blamed on Poor Medical Care in City Jail, According to Long-running Lawsuit” --- These latter failures not only produce serious medical risks, but in some of the disabilities cases has denied the detainees basic human dignity." --- Baltimore City Paper --- June 2, 2015  (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/fIYWu7


27.   “Former Worker at Home for Mentally Disabled Adults Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges” --- The man who kissed and fondled a client at a home for mentally disabled adults got a plea deal that saves a severely disabled ... --- MLive.com --- June 1, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/6KAeg1


28.   “NYC Installing 21,000 Audible Alarms at Schools after Disappearance, Death of Autistic Student” --- A school safety agent told investigators she saw a boy in the lobby but did not know he was a special-needs student, the report said. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- June 4, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/lMVjSY


29.   “Man Charged with Financial Exploitation” --- ... Arndt, 50, was charged by summons Tuesday in Olmsted County District Court with four counts of felony financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. --- Post-Bulletin --- June 1, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/pqSJmM


30.   “Disabled Missouri Woman Awarded $9 Million in Assault that Resulted in Pregnancy” --- A jury awarded a $9 million judgment to a disabled northwest Missouri woman who was sexually assaulted by the husband of her ... --- STLtoday.com --- June 5, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/31N80T


31.   “Agency on Trial over Disabled Woman's Rape” --- Some 60 local residents reported Monday to the Buchanan County Courthouse as potential jurors in a case to determine whether a local service ... --- News-Press Now --- June 1, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/3jqLXw


32.   “Las Vegas Special Education Bus Driver Accused of Sexual Assault against 'Very Small Children ...” ---

Clark County School District special ed bus driver Michael Banco, 55, allegedly preyed on at least two and possibly three preschool- and ... --- New York Daily News --- May 31, 2015  (NEVADA) http://is.gd/Njexep 


33.   “Waterflow Man Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Abusing Mentally Disabled Teenager” --- A Waterflow man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a mentally disabled teenager. Justin Pelt, 23, allegedly ... --- Farmington Daily Times --- June 5, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/7xUL05


34.   “After 5-Year-old with Disability Was Bullied, these Bikers Had Her Back” --- After being told about the incident, the Punishers, a motorcycle club, surprised the girl who has a mental disability late last month in an effort to make ... --- Huffington Post --- June 1, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/Iwf595


35.   “New York City Public Schools to Get Audible Alarms after Boy with Autism's Escape, Death” ---  Officials are installing 21,000 audible door alarms at New York City schools to prevent another tragedy like the disappearance and death of an ... --- WABC-TV --- June 4, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/i1jKsH


36.   “Report: Abuse Hotline Investigated under 1 Percent of Calls” --- A hotline created for the purpose of investigating reports of abuse only examined less than 1 percent of cases, according ... --- NEWS10 ABC --- June 3, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/mqy724


37.   “Handicapped Inmates Get $90,000 in Suit over Rikers Jail Conditions after Filing Case ...” --- Eight disabled inmates once held on Rikers Island scored settlements totaling nearly $90,000 after charging that the jail was a filthy mess that ... --- New York Daily News --- June 2, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/jwhnce


38.   “Saratoga Springs Leaders Want County Investigation of Mental Health Hiring” --- ... after she reported being sexually harassed by Dr. Michael Prezioso when she work http://is.gd/nOdRh0 ed as a secretary as Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany. --- WNYT --- June 2, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/nOdRh0


39.   “Calls Grow for Saratoga County to Review its Hiring of Mental Health Director” --- “The mentally ill patients served by the county mental health unit are among the ... The state Office of Mental Health paid DiTonno $7,500 to settle her ... --- Albany Times Union --- June 1, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/iUoZKi


40.   “Autistic Boy Turned Away from Circleville Summer Camp” --- A 5-year-old boy who has autism was turned away from a Christian summer camp in Circleville. His mother says it was because ... --- NBC4i.com --- June 1, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/UpKyCO


41.   “Problems Sure to Continue for Oklahoma Veterans” --- Included in the 123 was James Laughlin, who was beaten by a violent, mentally ill veteran in October 2014. The facility staff tried a cover-up. --- NewsOK.com --- May 31, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/TqcuAe


42.   “Mom Accused of Abandoning Disabled Son Competent to Face Hearing” --- A west Philly mother who allegedly abandoned her quadriplegic son in Cobbs Creek Park two months ago, then went to visit her boyfriend in ... --- Philly.com --- June 7, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/WhR5rQ


43.   “Accused of Son's Death, Tutkos Facing More Charges of Neglecting Disabled Daughter” --- The additional charges, recommended by a grand jury, deal with what Marsico described as the near-death of the Tutko's disabled 10-year-old ... --- PennLive.com --- June 4, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/PxJMK9


44.   “Family Settles Stabbing Suit Against Pittsburgh Psychiatric Hospital Moments Before Trial” --- A couple who claims their son should have been committed by a Pittsburgh psychiatric hospital the day before he stabbed his ... --- The Republic --- June 2, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/7wXa5f


45.   “Father of Boy with Down syndrome Fired after Asking Co-Workers Not to Use Offensive Language” ---

Miller told KDKA-TV's Ralph Iannotti, “One of the managers has used the word 'retarded' just in conversation, which is completely …  --- CBS Local --- June 1, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/wUrs0f


46.   “Western Psych Lawsuit Goes to Trial” --- In 2012, Troy Hill Sr. and his wife, Tiffany Hill, filed a lawsuit against Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, as well as a supervisor there, for claims ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- May 31, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/AVDZWh


47.   “Father Gets Life in Prison after Infant with Down Syndrome Starved to Death” --- Filiberto Garcia-Campos was convicted of homicide by child abuse in the death of Madison Garcia, who was born with Down syndrome. --- The State --- June 5, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/wXuRLo


48.   “Teachers Slammed for Handing out Humiliating School 'Ghetto Awards' to Students with Learning ...” --- Hurtful: One schoolboy, who has learning disabilities, was humiliated after he received 'huh?' award. Teacher Tim Crouch has since apologised and ... --- Mirror.co.uk --- June 7, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/r4f9WM


49.   “Caring for Those in Need: A Day in the Life of an Adult Protective Services Specialist” --- Terry Fick, adult protective services specialist for the state of Texas, talks over problems one of his elderly clients was experiencing at the client's ... --- Bryan-College Station Eagle --- June 6, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/UOZ3up


50.   “Timberlawn Psych Hospital's Funding at Risk after Patient Hangs Herself” --- Founded nearly 100 years ago, Timberlawn says it was the first residential treatment center for mentally ill people west of the Mississippi River, and ... --- Dallas Morning News --- June 5, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/mexJ5j


51.   “Teen with Autism Found Dead in Weatherford” --- News 8 has learned a 15-year-old with autism was found dead Thursday night in his family's above-ground pool. "The pool had ... --- WFAA --- June 4, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ZdG4RX


52.   “Man Robs Disabled Man, Knocks Him off Scooter, Police Say” --- Rodas is charged with aggravated robbery of a person over 65 or a disabled person. He is being held in the Harris County Jail on a $30,000 bond. --- KPRC Houston --- June 4, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/IU1PVZ


53.   “Complaint Alleges Abilene ISD Discriminates Against Special Ed Pupils” --- Disability Rights Texas, an organization dedicated to helping special education students, claims Abilene ISD was named on the complaint based on ... --- KTXS --- June 1, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/851Vtp


54.   “Pair Accused of Stealing from Amputee” --- A Pownal woman and her boyfriend are both facing felony charges after a man said the pair took almost $3,000 from his bank ... --- Rutland Herald --- June 2, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/7V60OI


55.   “Richland High School Special Ed Teacher Accused of Molesting a Student” --- Diaz is a special education teacher as well as an Iraq veteran. Detective Sergeant Carmen Versteeg with the Richland Police Department told NBC ... --- NBC Right Now --- June 3, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/rfCtSs


56.   “Autistic Man's Body Found Floating in Chehalis River” --- A death investigation is underway, after a 26-year-old man with a history of autism was found dead, floating in the Chehalis River. Centralia police ... --- KIRO Seattle --- May 30, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/GZ43wC


57.   “US Police Have Shot Dead 385 People in Five Months: Washington Post” --- Ninety-two victims were identified as mentally ill. Police are authorized to use deadly force when they fear for their lives or the lives of others. --- Reuters --- May 30, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Qtmw0p


Seeking Improved Support


58.   “Hospital Backlog Leaves Mentally Ill Defendants in Legal Limbo” --- If he can't do that due to mental illness, his attorney declares a doubt to his competency, and a hearing is held based on psychiatric evaluations. --- The San Luis Obispo Tribune --- June 6, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/t8TH2L


59.   “Orange County Mental Health Workers Call for More Resources” --- She described a homeless and mentally ill patient who attempted suicide but couldn't fit into her schedule for another two months, so she overbooked ... --- OCRegister --- June 5, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/bGBJRL


60.   “Expert Concerned over Community Care for Mentally Ill, Disabled in Georgia” --- Dr. Richard Elliott was the expert witness on a U.S. Supreme Court case out of Georgia that helped gain access to community treatment for the ... --- The Augusta Chronicle --- May 30, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/jwjdYV


61.   “ 'Most Vulnerable Citizens' Affected by State Cuts, Advocates Say” ---  Ray Miller has a back injury and needs help maintaining his home. ... and she spends her day at an adult day care center thanks to a state program that ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- June 3, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/yi03zA


62.   “Women, Prison and Mental Health – State Deals with a Troubled Population in its Corrections ...” ---  About half of women in the Illinois Department of Corrections suffer from mental illness, according to a recent report from prison watchdog the John ... --- WUIS 91.9 --- May 30, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/RyR35c


63.   “Rockford Police Train Officers to Deal with Mentally Ill” --- Rockford police say more than half of their officers are specially trained to deal with the mentally ill. Assistant Deputy Rockford ... --- SunHerald.com --- May 30, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/FUJRZc


64.   “Support Staff Turnover Puts Agency for Disabled at Risk” --- When Barbara Jackson's mom unexpectedly passed away in 2011, she became the caretaker for her twin sister Ann. --- Washington Times --- June 5, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/pa3uSB


65.   “Louisiana's Special Education Graduation Results Among the Worst in the U.S., Report Says” ---  Louisiana's 37 percent special education graduation rate was also low in absolute terms: Across the country, 62 percent of students with disabilities ... --- NOLA.com --- June 3, 2015  (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/us1mTX


66.   “Expanding Autism Program Could Help Thousands in Maryland” --- The waiver provides services to eligible children who already receive special education services, and it "fills in" some of the service gaps that are not ... --- Baltimore Sun --- June 1, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/2QMe2d


67.   “Layoffs Loom for Paterson's Troubled Special Education Program” --- The school district is terminating 54 employees who work with its special education students, a severe blow to a program that state ... --- NorthJersey.com --- June 1, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/npmwRn


68.   “Report Examines New Mexico's Students with Disabilities” --- The study, entitled "Next Steps: Life After Special Education," explores the experiences of students with disabilities, who are coming of age at a time ... --- WRAL.com --- June 5, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/ePwwv5


69.   “Funding Woes Threaten Group Home that Provides Aid to Mentally Ill” --- Cameron Meek was taking a smoke break recently on the back porch at Casa Milagro, a group home for low-income adults with mental illness. --- Santa Fe New Mexican --- May 30, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/TJlYQz


70.   “ 'Critical Need' for Group Homes Cited” --- The three developmental centers to close during the next two years include the Brooklyn Developmental Center, Bernard Fineson in Queens and ... --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- June 6, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/akMza8


71.   “Autistic Boy Refused Treatment Because of Insurance, Family Says” --- Carolinas Healthcare System is apologizing and reviewing its insurance coverage policies after a family says an urgent care doctor in Ballantyne ... --- WCNC --- June 3, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/clcanc


72.   “Philly Schools: They'll Take Warehousing for $100” --- In July 2014 the Philadelphia School District announced that it would be laying-off 157 special-education classroom assistants and one-to-one aides. --- Examiner.com --- May 30, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/aOZxPs


73.   “Gateway to Close Six Group Homes” --- Citing years of cuts and freezes in Medicaid payments, Gateway Healthcare announced on Monday that budget deficits are forcing it to close six group ... --- The Providence Journal --- June 1, 2015  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/q9Vvrd


74.   “Some Disabled Wait up to 14 Years for State Help” --- That year the state of Washington created a wait list for people with developmental disabilities who needed state assistance and who met the criteria to ... --- KING5.com --- June 4, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/5kFdfC


75.   “Seattle Schools on Right Track to Win Back Special-ed Dollars” --- Seattle Public Schools' long-troubled special-education department is making ... Hannah Marzynski, parent to a son with special needs, said she's ... --- The Seattle Times --- June 2, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/EeLhub


76.   “Report: W.Va. Mental Health System Fails Children” --- ... psychiatric residential treatment facilities and psychiatric hospitals. Gupta added that the state's lack of home-based and outpatient resources means ... --- Charleston Gazette --- June 2, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/xJwVdb


77.   “Report: Social Security Overpaid Nearly Half on Disability” --- Social Security overpaid nearly half the people receiving disability benefits over the past decade, according to a government watchdog, raising ... --- ABC News --- June 6, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/ClVZNI


78.   “25 Years After Americans with Disabilities Act, Survey Explores Employment Experiences” --- ... before the landmark legislation protecting their rights turns 25. In contrast to census data on how many people with disabilities ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- June 2, 2015  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/9cnyv1


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


79.   “Assisted-death Bill Approved by California Senate” --- ... a senior policy analyst for the Berkeley-based Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, “and tells people with disabilities who face a terminal … --- Los Angeles Times --- June 4, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/bB1j9U


80.   “California Bill Sets New Rules for Disability Act Compliance” --- California businesses would have time to fix violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act without facing penalties ... --- SFGate --- June 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/kKfRE4


81.   “California Senate Passes Bill Limiting Use of Solitary Confinement for Juveniles” --- In 2013, disability rights advocates sued the Contra Costa County Office of Education and Contra Costa County Probation Department alleging that ... --- Contra Costa Times --- June 2, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/SIiir2


82.   “Legislator Backs Help Preparing Autistic Pupils for Adulthood” --- After receiving unanimous approval by both the human services and education committees, the House passed the bill unanimously. To become law ... --- Waterbury Republican American --- June 1, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/ha4At3


83.   “Significance of Guardianship Bill Signing” --- Significance of Guardianship Bill Signing ... Bach spent the last year working with 15 others on representative Kathleen Passidomos' guardianship bill. --- WWSB ABC 7 --- June 3, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/nCJ6ZR


84.   “Adult Guardianship Bill Becomes Law” --- Julie Ferguson of Sarasota, and her mother, Marise London. Ferguson's experiences with her mother's guardianship were chronicled in the ... --- Sarasota Herald-Tribune --- June 2, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Yyu99T


85.   “Calvo Should Sign Bill that Creates Registry for People with Disabilities” --- To protect people with disabilities and to provide first responders with information that will help them meet the unique needs of the individuals with ... --- Pacific Daily News --- June 7, 2015  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/UtUk3i


86.   “Cases Spark Calls for Cameras in Special Education Classes” --- A Kokomo couple's frustration with an investigation into injuries their autistic son suffered in school last year is sparking a call for ... --- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette --- June 6, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/eYp79E


87.   “Montana Developmental Center Closure Oversight Panel Chosen” --- A 15-member committee has been chosen to help facilitate the closure of the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder over ... --- Helena Independent Record --- June 3, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/7UIHJA


88.   “Texas Will Not Close Living Centers for Developmentally Disabled Residents” --- A hotly-debated plan to close at least one state supported living center for developmentally disabled Texans died Sunday when negotiators ... --- Chron.com --- May 31, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/NjzWLH


International Articles


89.   “Trio Accused of Deaf and Mute Man's Balcony Death” --- A deaf and mute man was likely bashed before falling to his death off a balcony in Melbourne's ... All three of the accused killers are deaf and mute. --- Herald Sun – June 4, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/sujDxQ


90.   “Jail for Grandmother Who Stole from Group for Disabled” --- A grandmother who stole more than $143,000 from a not-for-profit organisation for disabled men has been sent to jail. Sharon Joy Matthews, 51, ... --- The Sunshine Coast Daily --- June 2, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/9SqJ07


91.   “Confidential Hotline Lets Callers 'Dob In' Cases of Abuse and Neglect of People with Disabilities in WA” --- Disability groups will collate the information into a report for the Senate inquiry into abuse of people with a disability in residential and ... --- ABC Online --- June 1, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/3dtzwR


92.   “Toronto Club Hosting Accessible Sex Party for Disabled People” --- Everybody deserves to get it on, say disability rights activists planning an accessible ... Called Deliciously Disabled, the event will take place on Aug. --- Toronto Star --- June 6, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/VR1Yo3


93.   “Teen Charged for Bullying Student with Special Needs Pleads Guilty” --- The two teens, aged 16 and 17, were charged under Regina's anti-bullying act in April. According to Regina police, the students, who attend a school ... --- CBC.ca --- June 4, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/jktS5H


94.   “Clayton Park Man Beaten, Robbed for His Morphine Prescription” --- Four men beat up and robbed a 63-year-old wheelchair user in his Halifax home this week, and the victim says they were after his medication. --- CBC.ca --- June 3, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/03I0M4


95.   “Special-needs Youth Face 'Big Abyss' After Leaving School” --- Youth with neurodevelopmental disorders, like autism or Down syndrome, often stay within the structured confines of school until they're too old to ... --- CBC.ca --- June 2, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/tAx3j8


96.   “Ontario Announces Pilot Aimed at Helping People with Disabilities Get Jobs” --- It's aimed at providing job training placements of four months to one year for college and university students and recent grads with disabilities. --- CTV News --- June 1, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/AOYBCM


97.   “Non-profits that Care for Clients with Disabilities Say They're in Crisis” --- Non-profit agencies that care for adults with intellectual disabilities in western Manitoba say the province has failed to solve a funding crisis — a crisis ... --- CBC.ca --- June 1, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/7hJfne


98.   “Bowmanville Woman ‘Stuck in Limbo’ after Missing Wheelchair Returned, Damaged” --- After a nightmarish series of mishaps on her vacation to Cuba, a disabled Bowmanville woman is stuck “in limbo” with a damaged wheelchair and no ... --- Toronto Star --- May 30, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/T9XbmC


99.   “Chinese Mentally Ill Woman Chained in Room for Decades by Family to Get Medical Treatment” --- A mentally ill woman in eastern China, who has been chained up and locked in a room for decades by her family to stop her attacking people ... --- South China Morning Post --- June 3, 2015  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/YsZllH


100.   “Adult Social Care Firms Struggling for Staff Due to Cuts” --- The survey, which was completed by 147 directors of adult social services for councils in England, suggests that funding reductions to social care ... --- BBC News --- June 4, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/wrN3ky


101.   “Retford: Man Jailed after 'Traumatising' Assault on Autistic Teenager” --- District Judge Diane Baker said: “This was an unprovoked attack on two people, one of whom was an autistic thirteen-year-old child who was left ... --- Gainsborough Standard --- June 2, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/Y8QC5K


102.   “Hawking's Fear Cuts Pose Threat for Disabled Students” --- But now Stephen Hawking has spoken of his concern that someone with his severe disabilities would today not be given the same help and ... --- Telegraph.co.uk --- May 30, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/SG7tVf


103.   “Mumbai: Duo Forced Mentally-challenged Teenager to Perform Oral Sex” --- Two men have been arrested for allegedly forcing a mentally challenged teenager to perform oral sex on them eight months ago. The accused have ... --- Mid-Day --- June 4, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/iY6PCi


104.   “Human Rights and People with a Disability” --- The State signed up to the Convention of Human Rights for People with Disability in March 2007 but has still not ratified it. It has been ratified by 156 ... --- Irish Times --- June 2, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/HOmGqA


105.   “Disability Centres Challenged over Use of Antipsychotic Drugs” --- Just over half of people with learning disabilities living in residential centres are being prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs which can be used to ... --- Irish Times --- June 2, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/J8wN0v


106.   “Serving the Disabled in Latvia” --- Katie Leatherwood of Athens will soon be moving to Riga, Latvia to engage those affected by physical disability, using her skills in orthotics and ... --- Athens Daily Review --- May 30, 2015  (LATVIA)  http://is.gd/Y0M8fC


107.   “Man Charged with Murder over Autistic Boy's Death” --- A 34-year old man has been arrested and charged with the murder of an autistic Christchurch boy. Leon Michael leFleming Jayet-Cole died in hospital ... --- New Zealand Herald --- June 2, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/QcPZOX


108.   “Disabled Man Freed from Family Home after Years of 'Captivity' ” --- According to reports this week, the man is profoundly disabled and had been kept locked in a compartment measuring around three square metres. --- The Portugal News --- June 4, 2015  (PORTUGAL)  http://is.gd/qIM5S8


109.   “Puerto Rico Reaches Deal in 1980 Lawsuit Involving Special Education Services” --- Puerto Rico's government has reached a deal that ends a 35-year-old lawsuit involving services for special education ... --- Fox News --- June 4, 2015  (PUERTO RICO)  http://is.gd/FYpqoK


110.   “Romanian to Move 17,000 People with Disabilities Out of Institutions, Into Family Care” --- A Romanian official says 17,000 people with disabilities living in special state institutions will gradually be moved into ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- June 4, 2015  (ROMANIA)  http://is.gd/SLIVsC


111.   “Moscow Region Mayor Accused of Beating Up Disabled Boy Settles Out of Court” --- A Moscow region mayor accused of having beat up a disabled child in a playground has reached an out of court settlement with the boy's family, the ... --- The Moscow Times --- June 1, 2015  (RUSSIA)  http://is.gd/egP99B



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