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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.

The newsfeed this week includes stories of abuse in a variety of settings by a variety of perpetrators.  Here’s the breakdown:

Staff perpetrators (residential, school, bus drivers, for example) 

            PHYSICAL ABUSE:  6,8,11,14,19,26,28,30,39,40,43,46.

            SEXUAL ABUSE:  18, 20, 55

            FINANCIAL ABUSE:  16

            NEGLECT (led to death of victim): 39

            TYPE UNKNOWN:  15 (Sexual Exploitation)

            RELATIONSHIP UNKNOWN:  34 (SA)

Family as perpetrators of abuse: 9,23,25.45, 50

Psychiatrists overprescribing due to allegiance to drug companies and receiving $$:  40

Check out this article on new guardianship laws:  87

GOOD NEWS!  Check out these articles:  

10 (teens intervene, call 911 when perps attack woman with a disability), 

35 Pennsylvania begins Adult Protective Services to those between 18 and 59 who are dependent adults.  YEAH!

73  New police taught training program to help individuals with developmental disabilities respond to intended abuse

95  Autistic woman speaks up about how folks with autism are talked about in news articles abuse autism and vaccine issues in demeaning and hurtful ways.

115 Korea produces two new films about people with disabilities

118 Netflix makes its films available to people who are blind! YEAH!


1.   “Phoenix Woman Confined to Wheelchair Ripped off in Grant Scam” --- For the last year I've been confined into my wheelchair." Despite some health challenges and a pretty limited income, JudyKay Burfield said her faith ... --- AZFamily --- April 17, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/CoPMPg

2.   “Lawsuit Alleges Mistreatment of Bentonville Autistic Students” --- Four children -- all boys identified in the lawsuit by the letters L, A, G and S -- were "subjected to discrimination, punished for exhibiting disability ... --- Arkansas Online --- April 15, 2015  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/xc2k9u

3.   “Hayward Ex-Cop Charged with Stealing $450K from Mentally Ill Woman He Arrested” --- A former Hayward police sergeant faces nine felony counts for stealing more than $450,000 from a mentally ill woman he ... --- CBS Local --- April 22, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Wy1hhR

4.   “Some Defend Fairview Despite Patient Deaths” --- The Developmental Center, a state-run hospital and home for people with developmental disabilities and who need around-the-clock care, may close ... --- OCRegister --- April 20, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/pADhbu

5.   “San Rafael Sex Crimes Suspect Killed in Cliff Crash on Central Coast” --- ... sexual battery on an institutionalized person, lewd acts by a caretaker against a dependent person, and cruelty to a dependent adult by a caretaker, ... --- Marin Independent Journal --- April 19, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/j21z2M

6.   “Criminal Charges Filed Against Rocklin Teacher Accused of Abusing Special-Needs Students” --- A Rocklin Unified School District teacher accused last year of subjecting special-needs students to physical and psychological abuse faces ... --- Sacramento Bee --- April 17, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/3MQUKb

7.   “Woman to Re-pay $100K for Stealing from a Veteran” --- ... Kreft back in November after a lengthy investigation. She was originally charged with Embezzlement from a Vulnerable Adult, $100,000 or more. --- ABC 10 News NOW --- April 15, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/HTsVlx

8.   “Man Pleads Guilty to 1981 Murder of Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A 55-year-old man charged in the 1981 rape and strangulation of a woman in a group home for the mentally disabled has pleaded ... --- FOX21News.com --- April 21, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/OCPB0W

9.   “Stamford Man Charged with Beating Developmentally Disabled Girlfriend” --- A city man was arrested Friday for the brutal beating of his developmentally disabled girlfriend, police said. Johnnie Thompson, 38, of ... --- The Advocate --- April 20, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/hilKkH

10.   “Teens Help Save Wheelchair-Bound Neighbor Being Attacked” --- They were playing outside when they saw 36-year-old Timothy Hitt assaulting a woman in her wheelchair. The teens took action, calling 911 to get ... --- Fox 28 --- April 18, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/tBVzgD

11.   “Autistic Boy Could Get $30K from Lawsuit Settlement” --- The state is in the process of settling a lawsuit for an autistic boy from Kailua High school, after staffers forced him to run three miles on a treadmill until ... --- KITV Honolulu --- April 14, 2015  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/TpkrLY

12.   “Quincy Man Charged with Neglecting His Disabled Wife Will Go to Trial” --- Derek L. Decker, 49, pleaded not guilty to one count of neglect of a disabled person during a preliminary hearing Tuesday in front of Judge William ... --- Quincy Herald Whig --- April 22, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/8cSEU8

13.   “Judge OKs Amputee's Lawsuit Against Indiana Sheriff” --- A judge has greenlighted a federal lawsuit brought against a central Indiana jail by an amputee who fell from an upper bunk and ... --- FOX19 --- April 16, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/bHdX0I

14.   “Iowa City Man Accused of Striking Dependent Adult in His Care” --- Tangang was arrested and faces one count of dependent adult abuse, a serious misdemeanor. If convicted, Tangang could spend up to one year in ... --- KCRG --- April 21, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/ZyPJtm

15.   “Defendant Admitted to Sending Sexually Explicit Photos of Autistic Teenager in Video Interview ...” ---  A Nickerson man accused of sending pornographic photos of a 13-year-girl across the world, told police in a video interview that he would kill ... --- Hutchinson News --- April 15, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/RTGD8I

16.   “Former Clerk for Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens Accused of Stealing $102,000” --- A former accounts receivable/payable clerk for the Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens is accused of stealing ... --- The Republic --- April 21, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/NWMrRk

17.   “Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman with Learning Disabilities after Meeting Online” --- Police have arrested a man they say sexually assaulted a woman with learning disabilities after the two met on an online dating website. --- MyFox Washington DC --- April 22, 2015  (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/I5LbdA

18.   “Mom Accused of Abandoning Disabled Son in Philly Park Waives Extradition” --- A Philadelphia woman accused of dumping her quadriplegic son in the woods in a Philadelphia park so she could visit her ... --- The Delaware County Daily Times --- April 21, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/FA9y32

19.   “Franklin School's Employee Allegedly Used Improper Restraints on Student” --- An employee of Franklin Public Schools has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations that they ... --- My Fox Boston --- April 15, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/jNXvdo

20.   “Man, 60, Accused of Sexually Abusing Two 8-Year-Old Girls, Mentally Disabled Woman in Foster Home” --- A man who provided foster care to children and mentally disabled adults is accused of criminal sexual conduct against two ... --- MLive.com --- April 20, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/LpYTki

21.   “Ex-WACOSA Employee Accused of Gross Misdemeanor” --- A staff person told Waite Park police she saw Lawson touching the vulnerable adult's breast over her clothing on Jan. 6 at the WACOSA facilities in ... --- St. Cloud Times --- April 20, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/e8jUqR

22.   “Shelter Says Hospital Dumped Patients Who Aren't Homeless” --- A director of a Mississippi homeless shelter is accusing a hospital of dropping off mentally ill patients, some who weren't homeless. --- The State --- April 21, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/qzm5rd

23.   “Jurors Urge 7 Years in Prison, Fine for Parents Found Guilty of Caging Autistic Son” --- Jurors on Friday night recommended the maximum sentence — seven years in prison and a fine — for a couple convicted of ... --- STLtoday.com --- April 18, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/2L0eqQ

24.   “Mental Health Official Says State Never Provided or Approved Makeshift Cage for Autistic Boy” --- A mental health department official testified Wednesday that the state never provided or approved the makeshift cage that ... --- STLtoday.com --- April 15, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/KNc2zv

25.   “Man Faces Felony Rape Charge of Special Needs Girl” --- A Clinton County, Mo., man was charged Tuesday with statutory rape of a young girl. Jeremy Woodring, 44, of Cameron, Mo., was charged with felony ... --- News-Press Now --- April 14, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/mRHkKK

26.   “Former Developmental Center Aide Pleads Guilty in Abuse Case” --- A former psychiatric aide at the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder is facing up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines ... --- The Missoulian --- April 20, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/qtGmkQ

27.   “Reports Shows Troubling Complaints at NH Brain Rehabilitation Center” --- Representatives from Lakeview say they plan on appealing the decision to suspend their special education program. In a statement Spokesperson ... --- WGME --- April 14, 2015  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/UycUjJ

28.   “Workers Plead Guilty to Abusing Disabled Woman” --- Two Tuckahoe group home workers pleaded guilty Tuesday to their roles in abusing a disabled woman, officials said. Monsurat Dindi and Maxine ... --- The Journal News | LoHud.com --- April 21, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/2JuDyw

29.   “Cortland Man Slept During Caregiver Shifts” --- ... news release from the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of Special Needs Special Prosecutor/Inspector General Patricia E. Gunning. --- Ithaca Journal --- April 21, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/o5Xqzx

30.   “NY Settles Suit over Death of Disabled Resident for $2.25M” --- New York on Wednesday settled for $2.25 million a lawsuit filed by a family that claimed the staff at an upstate residential center beat their severely ... --- Legislative Gazette --- April 15, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Kz4mlF

31.   “Two Sentenced for Converting Client's EBT Card for Their Own Use” --- An exception was made for Delyte Koropatnicki to continue guardianship of people she has maintained a long-standing (longer than seven years) ... --- Jamestown Sun --- April 21, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/mG3ndT

32.   “Sandusky Man Arrested for Stealing from Blind Man” --- A Sandusky man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly breaking into a blind man's garage to steal copper and scrap metal. Jeremy Wasserman ... --- Sandusky Register --- April 21, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/LGjla9

33.   “Police: Home Health Care Worker Stole Disabled Patient's Credit Cards” --- A home health care worker is accused of stealing credit cards from her disabled patient and then ringing up purchases at a nearby store. --- WXIX --- April 16, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/9hsYaW

34.   “Warren Man Gets 12 1/2 Years in Prison for Raping Autistic Boy” --- Gary Kachenko, 56, of Phillips Drive Southwest, was sentenced to 121/2 years in prison Tuesday on eight counts of rape and four counts of gross ... --- Youngstown Vindicator --- April 15, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/LoOlB8

35.   “Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Launches System for Reporting Abuse of Adults with Disabilities” --- Anyone who suspects that an adult is the victim of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment should call the statewide protective  ... --- PR Newswire (press release) --- April 20, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/v6popJ

36.   “Mom in 'Treatment' after Leaving Quadriplegic Son in Woods, Police Say” --- A man walking through the woods found him Friday "lying in leaves, covered in a blanket with a Bible and a wheelchair nearby," Philadelphia police ... --- CNN --- April 14, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/hfZAix

37.   “Jasper Schools Investigated on Complaints of Disciplining Special Needs Students” --- After allegations of mistreating special needs students in Jasper County schools, an investigation orders the school district ... --- WSAV-TV --- April 20, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/u7OizV

38.   “Man Tried to Kidnap Autistic Child from Chick-fil-A, Deputies Say” --- A 5-year-old, whose grandmother says is autistic, was nearly kidnapped from a fast food restaurant, according to ... --- WYFF Greenville --- April 16, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/fw8RBX

39.   “Austin Group Home Has License Revoked after Investigation” --- A South Austin group home has lost its license following an investigation after the death of a man living there. Jared James, who is ... --- KXAN.com --- April 21, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/qr05lD

40.   “Psychiatrists with Ties to AstraZeneca Resign from Texas State Hospital” --- The Attorney General alleged AstraZeneca illegally marketed its Seroquel antipsychotic for unapproved uses, paid kickbacks to physician and state ... --- Wall Street Journal --- April 21, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/B7vKHJ

41.   “Judge Weighs Lawsuit Filed by Deaf Inmate at Arlington Jail” --- The Arlington County sheriff and state officials are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by a deaf man who says he spent six ... --- CBS Local --- April 16, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/WZiZae

42.   “Virginia Beach Family Sues Healthcare Company after Disabled Adult Dies in Mobile Home Fire” ---  The family of a man who died in an October Virginia Beach mobile home fire is ... That's why he hired Hand 'N Heart to care for him 24 hours a day. --- wtkr.com --- April 16, 2015  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/oW9xRG

43.   “Colonial Heights Bus Aide Accused of Hitting Students” --- A Colonial Heights school worker is accused of assaulting two special needs students on a school bus. The 56 year old suspect has since bonded out ... --- WWBT NBC12 News --- April 15, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/xroAjM

44.   “Henrico Mom of Child with Special Needs Arrested: 'I Was Just Startled' ” --- Hodges represented little Presley and her Henrico family who was also threatened with jail time for keeping their special needs daughter home. --- WWBT NBC12 News --- April 15, 2015  (VIRGINIA)    http://is.gd/K4HlcX

45.   “Auburn Woman Who Tortured Disabled Man, Six Kids Sentenced to Life in Prison” --- A judge has sentenced an Auburn woman to life in prison for torturing a disabled father and his six children while they lived ... --- Q13 FOX --- April 20, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/G5Zq6X

46.   “Former Judge-turned-Bus Driver Accused of Slapping a Special Needs Student” --- A former Washington state judge who now drives a bus for the Highline School District has been accused of slapping a ... --- WKRC TV Cincinnati --- April 20, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/l1dJVk

47.   “Homeless Woman Stuck in a Wheelchair, Out in the Cold for Several Days” --- "Seeing someone in a wheelchair covered in a sleeping bag and it's very cold outside… I didn't like that feeling of seeing that, it shouldn't happen," ... --- KIMA CBS 29 --- April 14, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/eudZIL

48.   “Man Saved After Wheelchair Goes off DC Metro Platform” --- A man was rescued from the tracks at a Washington Metro station after his wheelchair rolled off the platform. Surveillance video shows two bystanders ... --- ABC News --- April 22, 2015  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)   http://is.gd/GkJtdW

49.   “Disabled Man Left in the Woods” --- The son was found by a man walking a trail in Cobbs Creek. ... kidnapping, neglect of a care-dependent person, reckless endangerment, simple ... --- The Current --- April 22, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/9Nch3E

50.   “Trial Starts for Fond du Lac Man Charged with Sex Assault of Special Needs Daughters” --- A jury trial started Monday for a 67-year-old Fond du Lac man accused of sexually molesting his special needs adopted daughters over a period of ... --- Fond du Lac Reporter --- April 20, 2015  (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/wg3VI0

Seeking Improved Support

51.   “Local Psychiatric Hospital Loses Medicaid Funding” --- About a dozen healthcare facilities across Southern Alabama actually send Medicaid patients to one of two psychiatric hospitals in the Mobile area. --- April 20, 2015  (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/gLtqLG

52.   “LA County to Spend $100 Million to Improve Jail Conditions” --- She wants about 450 more staffers, more training, better equipment, more cameras, and more money for pilot programs particularly for the mentally ill ... --- FOX 11 Los Angeles --- April 15, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/9KHHq6

53.   “Advocates for People with Disabilities Press Their Case at the State Capitol” --- Leslie Simoes has been an activist for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than two decades. "I've never seen a budget as ... --- Hartford Courant --- April 20, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/oCu7EU

54.   “Manchester Shelter to Close Rather than Admit People Who Are Drunk or on Drugs” --- One of the few successes the state's been able to achieve in the mental health arena recently is finally figuring out that housing the mentally ill and ... --- Hartford Courant --- April 15, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/pD5y3r

55.   “Families of Intellectually, Developmentally Disabled: No State Cuts” --- The chief executive officer of MARC Community Resources in Middletown has joined advocates for the intellectually and developmentally disabled in ... --- Middletown Press – April 14, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/OEHJ46

56.   “State Agency Trying to Close Polk Group Homes” --- A Polk County organization that runs group homes for adults with learning and other major disabilities is fighting a state agency's attempt to pull its ... --- Bay News 9 --- April 18, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/S00ble

57.   “Frankfort Parents Upset over Dismissal of School Therapists” --- Peggy Klene said her special-needs son is about to graduate from the district but that it was the current therapists — whom her son had worked with ... --- Chicago Tribune --- April 21, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/nqqDQr

58.   “First Responders Work to Ease Stress of Emergencies for People with Disabilities” --- An emergency situation can cause distress for anyone, but people with certain disabilities may experience added stress when facing sirens and lights. --- WLS-TV --- April 19, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/gplPiS

59.   “Kansas' Medicaid Shift Hasn't Gone Well, Official Says” --- Rocky Nichols, executive director of the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, warns Iowans that they should watch closely as their state hires ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- April 18, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/LY7evw

60.   “Program to Ease High School Transition for Disabled Students” --- Being a high school student with a disability means having an education plan designed for you, family members who can advocate for you and ... --- Grand Island Independent --- April 19, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/KNwgtv

61.   “Sidekicks Respite Care in Hamilton Provides Companions for Special-needs Clients” --- When Stefanie Moore went searching for a day care center for her special-needs son, she quickly realized that the average program ... --- NJ.com --- April 19, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/nht0TO

62.   “Rikers Island Medical Staff Claim Company Fails to Protect Them from Jail Violence” --- ... provider — or staff from city hospitals — to treat sick and mentally ill prison inmates when Corizon's contract expires at the end of this year. --- New York Daily News --- April 21, 2015 (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/eQ8qMK

63.   “Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing ADHD Drugs” --- Obtaining or distributing stimulants without a prescription is a federal crime, but the starkest risks of abuse appear to be overdose and addiction. --- New York Times ---April 18, 2015   (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/TynJ4x

64.   “Common Core: What's Right for Special Education Students?” --- Billy, who is on the autism spectrum, is one of more than 180,000 special education students in New York state learning the Common Core state ... --- CBS News --- April 16, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/UVvYji

65.   “Advocates for Disabled Say New Taxis Are Riddled with Design Flaws” --- Wheelchair-bound passengers riding in new Nissan NV200 mobility taxis, expected to be in wide use by 2020, face a whopping 13 safety challenges, ... --- New York Daily News --- April 16, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/s90MeW

66.   “Ohio's Prisons Hold 10 Times as Many Mentally Ill as its Psychiatric Hospitals Do” --- Dr. Kathryn Burns, chief psychiatrist in the prison system, said people with mental illnesses typically get arrested more often because their untreated ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- April 19, 2015  (OHIO) http://is.gd/zqKGDK

67.   “Memphis Police Could Provide Example for Cleveland Officers on How to Respond to Mentally Ill” ---  While Cleveland police take fire for failing the city's mentally ill, cops in Memphis, Tennessee continue to show their city, and the ... --- cleveland.com --- April 19, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ORTVLq

68.   “The Largest Provider of mMental-Overall Health Solutions in Ohio is Simple to as it’s Psychiatric Hospitals Do” ---There are 10 times as lots of mentally ill inmates as there are sufferers in Ohio's six psychiatric hospitals. --- Standard Bulletin --- April 15, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/gf84H9

69.   “Ohio Commission Would Review Closures of Developmental Disability Centers” --- Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) said the panel could move to stop the closing of those two developmental centers or others. Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) ... --- The-News-Leader --- April 15, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/aDlV0k

70.   “Tulsa Jail Expansion Aimed at Helping Mentally Ill Inmates” --- The jail has 32,000 inmates come and go each year, and one third are on medication for mental illness. The expansion will create a ward just for ... --- News On 6 --- April 20, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/QHo6ql

71.   “Ore. Teacher of the Year Reinstated, Will be Fired Again” --- Brett Bigham, a special education teacher, was nominated as the 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year by his employers at the Multnomah Education ... --- kgw.com --- April 21, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/QCEZmQ

72.   “Path to Sanity a Challenging Trek for Oregonians” --- He has been in and out of emergency rooms, brief stays in psychiatric units, arrested multiple times and has been homeless or stayed in various ... --- Statesman Journal --- April 18, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/4yGcKg

73.   “New Police Program Offers Developmentally Disabeled the Chance to Protect Themselves” --- Known as the “Safety Academy,” the free program gives people with developmental disabilities from Washington County the chance to learn how ... --- Portland Tribune --- April 16, 2015  (OREGON) http://is.gd/zFsxgh

74.   “Some State Living Sites May Close” --- State-supported living centers provide care for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa's Senate Bill ... --- San Angelo Standard Times --- April 14, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/2gEJYH

75.   “Utah University Offering New Program to Help State's Struggle with Autism” --- Utah Valley University is paving new ground in the state's struggle with autism. The university is offering students a new education path, ... --- fox13now.com --- April 21, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/QYcizW

76.   “Rochester Disability Rights Activists Protest in DC” --- In a Twitter message sent Monday afternoon, Flip Polizzi Rivera said he'd “rather go to jail than die in a nursing home.” The 27-year-old Rochester ... --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- April 21, 2015  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/TbHpwN

77.   “Young Adults with Autism More Likely to be Unemployed, Isolated” --- The transition to adulthood marks a big turning point in life for everyone, but for young people on the autism spectrum that transition can be really ... --- NPR --- April 21, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/X4XSUd

78.   “Vaccines Don't Cause Autism, Even in Kids at Higher Risk” --- Numerous studies have found an increased risk of autism among those with older siblings with the condition, and some parents who believe that their ... --- TIME --- April 21, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/nf2AMN

79.   “Study: Adults with Autism Often Have Little Opportunity” --- Roughly one in 10 young adults on the autism spectrum apparently has nothing to do all day, and many more have very limited opportunities, ... --- USA TODAY --- April 21, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Z4qlCb

80.   “Roseanne Barr Reveals She's Going Blind as She Advocates the Use of Cannabis for ‘Good Medicine’ ” --- The star of the hit Channel 4 comedy Roseanne said her eyesight is slowly deteriorating due to a medical condition adding that her use ... --- mirror.co.uk --- April 20, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/bNfbfM

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

81.   “Bills Move Forward to Curb Overuse of Psychiatric Medications in California Foster Care” ---  Following powerful testimony by former foster youth, a package of reform bills designed to rein in the excessive use of ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- April 21, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/jIaK80

82.   “San Diego County Board of Supervisors Votes to Implement Laura's Law” --- The law was named after Laura Wilcox, who was shot and killed by a man with an untreated mental illness. Wilcox worked at a public health clinic in ... --- 10News --- April 21, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/cBPjNX

83.   “Bill on Transfer to Prison of Violent Criminally Insane Patients Dies” --- Francis Anderson's fight to return to Connecticut's psychiatric hospital from prison following his arrests in connection with a series of assaults at the ... --- Hartford Courant --- April 15, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/TIi374

84.   “Former Florida Gov. Bush Set to Attend Special Education Voucher Bill Signing in Mississippi” ---  Mississippi has about 66,500 special-needs students. Senate Bill 2695 (http://bit.ly/1ykivgm ) would create vouchers for 500 students the first ... --- The Republic --- April 16, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI ) http://is.gd/SWoE4w

85.   “Workers with Disabilities Will be Paid at Least Minimum Wage in New Hampshire” --- New Hampshire will likely become the first state to repeal laws allowing employers to pay workers with disabilities at a rate lower than ... --- New Hampshire Public Radio --- April 18, 2015  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/qL9lg9

86.   “Bill Would Raise Penalties Related to NC Group-home Abuse” --- A bill designed to better protect group-home residents from abuse and report violence against clients has won unanimous approval ... --- WXII The Triad --- April 21, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/XWc5DN

87.   “Ohio Supreme Court Amends Adult Guardianship Rules” --- The court amended state policy regarding adult guardianship cases on ... found … to be incompetent and for whom a guardianship is established.” --- The Post --- April 20, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/DaQNLh

88.   “Senate Panel to Approve Education Governance Bill” --- Agency of Education officials recently told lawmakers that state requirements for supervisory unions to manage special education and transportation ... --- vtdigger.org --- April 21, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/LKcrzq

International Articles

89.   “Victorian Disabled Sex Abuse Scandal Worsens as Shocking Case Emerges” --- A Victorian government-employed carer for the disabled has been charged with 17 serious sexual abuse offences against a person in their care. --- The Age --- April 20, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/yed5Fu

90.   “Religious Vaccination Exemptions Will Completely End in Australia” --- That exemption, “in place since 1998, is no longer current or necessary and will therefore be removed,” Australia's Social Services Minister Scott ... --- Washington Post --- April 20, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/St1YBb

91.   “Mental Illness Disclosure in Businesses Needs to be Reviewed” --- The submission noted our research, which indicated the existence of a workplace perception, rightly or wrongly, that people with disability pose a ... --- The Australian Financial Review --- April 19, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/YKkkTL

92.   “Parents with a Disability 'Judged on Parental Skills Before They Can Learn', Inquiry Hears” --- In Canberra today, the committee heard that parents with a disability often had their children taken from them straight after birth, and that those ... --- ABC Online --- April 16, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/rbeJia 

93.   “Civilian Office Expanding Review on Police Use of Force with Mentally Ill” --- The office had also done a systemic review of the jury's recommendations from the coroner's inquest into three deaths of mentally ill Toronto residents ... --- 640 Toronto News --- April 21, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/aWyHQy

94.   “Housing Regulations for Disabled Albertans” --- The provincial government has given agencies that work with disabled ... deprive them of a right to live in the community in homes of their choosing, ... --- Calgary Herald --- April 21, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/cysXJj

95.   “Autism Community Speaks out about Language Used in Vaccine Debate” --- The language used to describe people with autism is too much for some people in the autism community. "Blank" and "vacant" are words that often ... --- CBC.ca --- April 19, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/lqAoNi

96.   “Special Education Programs on the Chopping Block in Durham” --- Local parents of students with special needs say they feel “betrayed” by the Durham District School Board, after learning about special ... --- durhamregion.com --- April 19, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/BNLMfa

97.   “Advocates Hope Prince Rupert Murder-Suicide Inquest Will Help Families with Autistic Children” ---  The family of a British Columbia mother who killed herself and her severely autistic son is hopeful that an inquest will bring ... --- Vancouver Sun --- April 17, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/zSzKIB

98.   “Special Needs Kids Forced to Leave Public School System Advocates Say” --- An advocacy group is calling on the B.C. government to address gaps in the public school system after an online survey revealed more than half of ... --- CBC.ca --- April 18, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/TeBdW8

99.   “Mentally Ill Chinese Man Locked in Iron Cage for 11 Years by His Family: Report” --- A man with schizophrenia who killed his grandmother in southwest China has been locked in an iron cage for 11 years by his family, according to a ... --- South China Morning Post --- April 21, 2015  (CHINA) http://is.gd/KnCize

100.   “Disabled Teenager Taken into Care Due to Cluttered Home” --- A disabled teenager has been taken into care because his parents' home was too cluttered. The home-educated 16-yearold from Essex, who ... --- Gazette --- April 21, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/Hj6Fpz

101.   “ 'Viciously' Beaten Autistic Man 'Distraught' ” --- The family of an autistic man who was "viciously attacked" say he remains "distraught" and "mentally affected". The victim, known only as "Gareth", was ... --- BBC News --- April 21, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/P2b2tw

102.   “Infection and Neglect Found at Care Homes in Southern England” --- Inspectors made unannounced visits to care homes and agencies that deal with patients ranging from young adults with Asperger's Syndrome to ... --- BBC News --- April 21, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/fbRDLh

103.   “Hull Man Gary Kinsley Sexually Assaulted Disabled Woman in Front of Her Family” --- A man who sexually assaulted a disabled woman in her garden claimed he was only giving her a "cuddle". Gary Kinsley, 39, was walking past the ... --- Hull Daily Mail --- April 18, 2018  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/wH7S23

104.   “Campaign Tours London to Ensure Disabled Register to Vote” --- The Operation Disabled Vote bus has been touring London to ensure people with disabilities and learning difficulties can vote in the General Election. --- getwestlondon --- April 15, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/1zDDSJ

105.   “Woman with Intellectual Disabilities 'Unable to Live on Her Own After Violent Sexual Assault,' Court Hears” --- A woman with intellectual disabilities has said she is no longer able to live on her own after a violent sexual assault in her …  --- Irish Independent --- April 20, 2015  (IRELAND) http://is.gd/rD7oY6

106.   “Man with Learning Disability Attacked in Dublin Park” --- The family of a man with a learning disability have condemned an attack on him at a public park in Dublin which left him with head injuries. During the ... --- Irish Times --- April 17, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/gRHMLW

107.   “Call for More Monitoring of Psychiatric Patients” --- In recent years, he said, these have included: “deaths by murder” of patients in psychiatric units; deaths of family members murdered by people known ... --- Irish Times --- April 16, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/aVKzNI

108.   “Sexual Harassment, Ill Treatment of Disabled No Business in the Workplace” --- The double-edge sword of sexual harassment and discrimination based on disability has no place in any civilised work environment, Minister Without ... --- Jamaica Gleaner --- April 15, 2015  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/AFmGBQ

109.   “Psychiatric Patients Used for Drugs Research, Breaking Clinic Protocol” --- Patients at a Dutch psychiatric hospital have been used for drugs research even though they were incapable of giving permission, according to ... --- DutchNews.nl --- April 15, 2015  (the Netherlands)  http://is.gd/IEMyZ1

110.   “Autistic Auckland Man Ends Sentence but Still Cannot Go Free” --- The Auckland man has an intellectual disability in addition to autism and his mother believes his condition has worsened since he was taken into care. --- Stuff.co.nz --- April 21, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/FtEbWN

111.   “This Russian Orphanage is Fighting to Keep its Disabled Kids Out of Mental Asylums” --- The label “multiple severe developmental disabilities” is usually first encountered by families in maternity wards. Physical damage or cerebral palsy ... --- Quartz --- April 16, 2015  (RUSSIA)  http://is.gd/PK6T7m

112.   “Special Needs Teachers in Saudi Arabia Propose Overhaul” --- Special education teachers work with students suffering from all kinds of disabilities including autism. --- Al-Arabiya --- April 18, 2015  (SAUDI ARABIA)  http://is.gd/uXEDgt

113.   “Pharmacist Calls Customer 'Retard' over Cancer Meds” --- An abusive pharmacist is under fire after he failed to provide painkilling medication for a cancer patient – before a furious tirade on his Facebook page ... --- Edinburgh Evening News --- April 16, 2015  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/JW68y7

114.   “Man, 71, Jailed 10 Months for Molesting Mildly Retarded Teen in Lift” --- A retiree who molested a mildly retarded teenager in a lift at a community centre was jailed for 10 months on Thursday. Pang Ah Nyau ... --- The Straits Times --- April 16, 2015  (SINGAPORE)  http://is.gd/T4Xrq8

115.   “Two Families with Disabilities, Two Very Different Stories” --- Two films about families struggling with disabilities will hit theaters side by side on April 23, three days after the nationally designated day to raise ... --- The Korea Herald --- April 21, 2015  (SOUTH KOREA)  http://is.gd/0OvKTq

116.    “Ukraine's Disabled Condemned to Life in Institutions” --- An international rights group said in a report Thursday that growing numbers of disabled children in Ukraine are being condemned to life in ... --- ABC News --- April 16, 2015  (UKRAINE)  http://is.gd/Qcd7SH

117.   “Schoolgirl is 'First Deaf Child in Wales' to Get Hearing Dog” --- Poppy is one of more than 45,000 children in the UK for whom being deaf is a part of everyday life. The 14-year-old, who is profoundly deaf, says the ... --- BBC News --- April 15, 2015  (WALES)  http://is.gd/0KBl9e

118.   “Netflix is Making its Service Accessible to the Blind, Fittingly Starting with Daredevil” --- Visually-impaired viewers were quick to respond to the news in comments underneath the blog post. “You guys are awesome! As a blind ... --- The Independent --- April 15, 2015  (NORTH AMERICA) http://is.gd/9MUt63 



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