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News Summary for July 27, 2015
Articles Compiled by Anne M. Kincaid
Commentary by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D.

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 has some very interesting articles.  I’ll categorize them, then you can pick which pique your interest.  Some of the financial abuse articles show thefts by women who paid back the money, no jail time.  #52 is a 20-year special education teacher whose computer was found to have disturbing child porn including sex acts on children and infants.  As you can see, the main problem areas this week are school personnel including bus drivers.  Even with videos on the buses, abuse continues. Amazing. PLEASE SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO ME ABOUT THIS NEW INTRODUCTION.  Perhaps you will notice I’ve made some changes based on your feedback, including one suggesting to send with black font color not blue!  As always, many thanks to Anne Kincaid of Colorado for finding and categorizing all of these for us every week.

PHYSIAL ABUSE: 3, 5, 29, 35, 48

SEXUAL ABUSE/RAPE: 14, 21, 25, 36, 45, 46






School/Bus Driver: 3, 5, 16, 29, 35, 46, 48, 52

Perp was a teen: 14, 45

Perp was over 55: 35, 36, 38, 46


New Law: 15


Sexual assault by:         Location                      relationship of Perp to Victim

                                    church                          bible study student

                                    at home                         mother’s boyfriend
                                                                         (with her knowledge)

                                    at home                         boarder


GOOD NEWS!  34 (wanderer found with tracking device); 90 (police to get training); 104 (NHS to discontinue psychotropic medications in children); 118 (new book by young woman with Asperger’s for girls with Asperger’s “M is for Autism.”)

INTERESTING: 40 (residential survey scores go from 100 to 0 in one year); 47 (someone vandalizes car with warning that occupant has ASD and is non-verbal); 99 (officer goes “undercover” and uses a wheelchair to identify batterers)

GUARDIANSHIP:  87 (Missouri); 88 (Ohio)




1.   “Missing Mentally Disabled Man Found Dead” --- A mentally disabled man who went missing from the Apache Junction area Friday has been found dead. Tyson Hennessy, 36, was last seen walking ... --- KPHO Phoenix --- July 11, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/HrXYDx


2.   “Man Accused of Stealing Money for Disabled Child” --- Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested a West Monroe man Tuesday during an early morning commercial burglary investigation at a West Monroe ... --- Monroe News Star --- July 21, 2015  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/JadL8t


3.   “Oakland Security Guard Convicted for Attacking Student in Wheelchair” --- A former security guard at Oakland High School was handcuffed and taken to jail today after a jury convicted him ... --- KTVU San Francisco --- July 21, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Hl6knp


4.   “Video of Arrest of Homeless Man in Wheelchair Sparks Criticism” --- A video of police firing beanbags and a Taser at a homeless man in a wheelchair has drawn criticism from a skid row advocacy group, which said ... --- Los Angeles Times --- July 21, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/pxyoAN


5.   “Student With Down Syndrome Allegedly Dragged by School Aides” --- The mother of a boy who has Down syndrome says her son was dragged from a campus cafeteria to a bus by school ... --- CBS Local --- July 13, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/AzndL9


6.   “Uber Should be Suspended in California and Fined $7.3 Million, Judge Says” --- … the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund in Berkeley. “This industry has done everything it can to avoid, dismiss and coerce themselves out of ... --- Los Angeles Times --- July 15, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/qLSqat


7.   “San Francisco Jailers Dumped a Prisoner and Kathryn Steinle Died” --- In 2013, my colleagues Cynthnia Hubert and Phillip Reese detailed how Nevada authorities routinely bused mentally ill people to California and other ... --- Sacramento Bee --- July 11, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ez0sQY


8.   “LA Sheriff Officials on Leave after 'Troubling' Allegations over Inmate Treatment” --- The sheriff's statement about the latest inmate abuse allegations was released about 7 p.m. Saturday. Department officials declined requests from The ... --- Los Angeles Times --- July 11, 2015 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/cn4QC5


9.   “Holmes Will Join Many Other Mentally Ill Inmates in Prison” --- Whether James Holmes gets life without parole or a death sentence for the Colorado theater shooting, he will spend years behind ... --- seattlepi.com --- July 20, 2015  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/nl08T8  


10.   “Whistleblower Prison Guard Paid the Price for Reporting Abuse” --- Kelly Bradley crouched in the corner of his cell, cowering under a blanket, as five officers clad in riot gear barreled inside and jumped on him, pinning ... --- Miami Herald --- July 18, 2015  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/BgUI7r


11.   “Middle School Case Puts Hillsborough District under Federal Scrutiny Concerning Disabilities” --- As a result, the district is reminding teachers to assess students without delay, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is ... --- Tampabay.com --- July 20, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/sHr61H


12.   “Whistleblower Florida Prison Guard Paid the Price for Reporting Abuse” --- Pisciotta's attorney, Bill Amlong of Fort Lauderdale, said Jones may be making cosmetic changes, but until she shakes things up at the top, the abuse ... --- Tampabay.com --- July 19, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/lXYdUR


13.   “St. Petersburg Police Officer Replaces Disabled Man's Stolen Bike” --- A police officer is being lauded after he went above and beyond to help a mentally disabled man whose bike was stolen. --- TBO.com --- July 17, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/n53B3E


14.   “Teen Arrested in Rape, Beating Death of Woman: Miami-Dade Police” --- A juvenile is under arrest after police say he and several other males raped a mentally ill woman, beating her viciously and leaving her to die at a ... --- NBC 6 South Florida --- July 15, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/y37xYA


15.   “University Updates Policy Stating that Students with Disabilities Cannot Consent to Sex” --- Until late last Thursday, Armstrong State University's sexual misconduct policy stated that students with disabilities couldn't consent to sexual ... --- Washington Examiner --- July 20, 105  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/6d7tn0


16.   “Warrant: Disabled Adult Left in Hot Car” --- Amy Elaine Crowe, 33, of 36 Addington Drive, Rome, is charged with felony neglect of a disabled adult and misdemeanor reckless conduct. --- Rome News-Tribune --- July 16, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/zysitz


17.   “Georgia Illegally Segregates Disabled Students, Federal Inquiry Finds” --- At a school in Cordele, students with behavioral disorders must use segregated restrooms. They have separate lunch periods. They have to enter through … --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- July 15, 2015  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/wS5865


18.   “Macon Woman Missing after Walking Away from Mental Health Facility” --- Judy Robinson, 65, was last seen at about 4 p.m. walking away from River Edge Behavioral Health Center at 175 Emery Highway. --- Macon Telegraph --- July 15, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/TZjToK 


19.   “Chicago School for Special Needs Vandalized with Hate Graffiti” --- A Northwest Side elementary school for special needs was the target of a disturbing hate crime, police say, after it was covered in offensive graffiti and ... --- NBC Chicago --- July 14, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/XKvfGF


20.   “Police: Woman in Wheelchair Robbed in West Town” --- A woman in a wheelchair was robbed in the West Town neighborhood on the city's West Side last week, police said. A man approached the ... --- NBC Chicago --- July 13, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/s3gmSq


21.   “Man Charged with Rape of Disabled Women after Bible Study” --- A Valparaiso man has been charged with two counts of rape and three counts of sexual battery for acts that allegedly happened between him and ... --- Chicago Tribune --- July 17, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/MstOpD


22.   “After Baton Rouge Teen Found Starved, Seizing and Covered in Feces, State Agency Denies Criminal ...” --- "(We've) reached out to a national expert for additional training around special needs children," she said, for example. The department ... --- NOLA.com --- July 15, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/2FOKpQ


23.   “Autistic Boy Still Critical after Alleged Beating, Off Life Support” --- Police say a 6-year-old autistic boy from western Maryland has improved enough to be off life support, but he's still in ... --- ABC2 News --- July 21, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/F3xhEj


24.   “How Many Maryland Prisoners Are in Isolated Confinement? No One Knows” --- Kathleen M. Dumais (D-Montgomery), vice-chair of the Judiciary Committee, cited statements by corrections officials that some mentally ill prisoners ... --- Washington Post --- July 19, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/qt0aFX


25.   “Plea Talks This Summer for Man, Woman Charged in Rape of Disabled Woman” --- A Methuen man who allegedly raped his girlfriend's disabled daughter — and the girlfriend accused of allowing the sexual abuse — are scheduled to ... --- Eagle-Tribune --- July 15, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/1UMM8L


26.   “Flint School District Won't Release Special Education Records, Lawsuit Says” --- Flint schools violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the ... Refusal to test numerous children for special education services. Did not ... --- MLive.com --- July 14, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/HfXtqt


27.   “St. Cloud Group Home Fined $1,200 for Wheelchair Mishap” --- The Minnesota Department of Human Services has fined the license holder of a St. Cloud group home for people with disabilities after a vulnerable ... --- St. Cloud Times --- July 21, 2015  (MINNESOTA)   http://is.gd/JoMDGp


28.   “Suicide at Rochester” --- The death comes four months after a patient at a mental-health and ... She was committed by a judge as mentally ill in October of 2014, according to ... --- July 18, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/mVF28p  


29.   “Special Education Teacher Accused of Assaulting Mentally Impaired Teenager” --- Paulseth is accused of engaging in sexual contact with the woman while knowing that she was mentally impaired, and helpless, according to the ... --- Northland's NewsCenter --- July 17, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/y469F4


30.   “County Jails Struggling with Mentally Ill Inmates Left to Languish” --- State officials have been warning since 2013 that they were running out of space to house mentally ill inmates and had mounting concerns over safety ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- July 14, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/OMKgGa


31.   “Most Legal Holds Are Failing Mentally Ill” --- Herron, who was sentenced on June 4, needed mental health services but instead was put into Clark County Detention Center. --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- July 11, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/QoekxJ


32.   “Paterson Police: Roommate Charged in Slaying of Deaf Man” --- A fight early Saturday morning between two deaf-mute roommates at their 4th Ward apartment has resulted in the death of one man ... --- NorthJersey.com --- July 19, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/Z0T18L


33.   “Woman on Trial for Stealing Funds Meant for Disabled Teen” --- Maureen Myles is accused of taking more than $30,000 that had been collected to buy a wheelchair accessible van for the teen. --- News 12 Long Island --- July 22, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/YqqGwc


34.   “Woman Who Had Wandered from Group Home Found with Help from Tracking Device, Suffolk Police Say” --- With help from a tracking device, Suffolk police quickly located a vulnerable woman who had left a group home for the developmentally ... --- Newsday --- July 21, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/RJCbQ7


35.   “Bus Monitor Charged with Slapping 2 Autistic Boys” --- A Pine Bush woman serving as a bus monitor was arrested on charges she slapped two boys diagnosed with autism during a ... --- The Oneida Daily Dispatch --- July 19, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/bMJJad


36.   “Police: 2 Men Sexually Assaulted Mentally Disabled Man” --- Two suburban New York men have been arrested on charges alleging they forced a mentally disabled man to have sex at ... --- Glens Falls Post-Star --- July 16, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/3Yu0vk


37.   “NYC Reaches $5.9 Million Settlement in Chokehold Death Case” --- Stringer also agreed to a $2.25 million payout to the family of a mentally ill inmate who died in a Rikers Island jail cell that sweltered to 101 degrees ... --- U.S. News & World Report --- July 14, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/VVzV5E


38.   “Former Special Needs School Employee Who Embezzled Nearly $500K from Queens School Will ...” --- A former school employee who admitted she embezzled more than $485,000 worth of funds from the special needs facility in Queens she ... --- New York Daily News --- July 14, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/gflCDd   


39.   “State to Pay $2.5M to Family of Inmate Who Died of Thirst” --- State officials will pay out a $2.5 million settlement to the family of a mentally ill prisoner who died of dehydration last year five days ... --- WRAL.com --- July 20, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/og1CBK


40.   “Closed Adult Care Center Had High Rating One Year Before Closure” --- “When we go into a facility we lay eyes on and speak to every resident,” said Megan Lamphere, the chief of the state's Adult Care Licensure Section, ... --- Winston-Salem Journal --- July 19, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/q26Wz7 


41.   “North College Hill Man Accused of 'Torturing' Two Handicapped Children” --- ... A North College Hill man is accused of “recklessly torturing or cruelly ab WCPO using” two handicapped children, according to court documents. --- WCPO --- July 16, 2015  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/qVu9Rf


42.   “Blind Woman Sues Scaffolding Company after Alleged Accident” --- A blind California woman is suing a scaffolding company over serious injuries that she claims resulted from an illegally parked ... --- The Pennsylvania Record --- July 13, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/5SFYE3


43.   “Dozens of Patients Told Employee Stole Social Security Money” --- Dozens of patients at adult group homes in Rhode Island have been told they probably had money siphoned from their ... --- The Providence Journal --- July 17, 2015  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/hkViR7


44.   “Deaf Woman Assaulted, Robbed in Brentwood Neighborhood” --- A deaf woman was attacked and robbed during the middle of the day in a Brentwood neighborhood on Monday, according to ... --- KXAN.com --- July 21, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/a6BVAr


45.   “18-Year-Old Accused of Sexually Assaulting Man with Down's Syndrome” --- The victim in this case is 29, but according to family and law enforcement, the man suffers from Down's syndrome and has a mental capacity of an ... --- KPRC Houston --- July 14, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ByEe6N


46.   “Former Canyons District Bus Driver Accused of Molesting Girls Walks Jury through Surveillance ...” ---  Video surveillance inside the school bus of a former Canyons School District special needs bus driver accused of molesting ... --- fox13now.com --- July 21, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/H7fKcC


47.   “Mom's Car Vandalized with Hateful Messages toward Son with Autism” --- A mother in Utah is hoping to spread a message of tolerance after she says someone put hateful messages on her ... --- WKOW --- July 17, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/c0N2fy


48.   “Powhatan Bus Driver Sentenced 3 Months for Hitting Special Needs Child” --- A disturbing confrontation between a Powhatan school bus driver and a 7-year-old special needs student lands ... --- WRIC --- July 15, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/gkhqgG


49.   “Airline Admits Workers 'Failed' Disabled Passenger” --- 10 On Your Side worked to get answers from an airline about claims its employees mistreated a passenger in a wheelchair. --- WAVY-TV --- July 15, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/TyhDUZ


50.   “Va. Jail Taser Death Turned over to Commonwealth's Attorney” --- All investigative files and evidence analysis in the Virginia tasering of an inmate were turned over to the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for ... --- W*USA 9 --- July 13, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/MsTYrB


51.   “Mentally Ill Man Charged with Stomping Fellow Inmate to Death” --- Now, a Monroe prisoner with a long history of mental illness is charged with aggravated murder for the homcide. Benjamin Cory Price, 35, ... --- HeraldNet.com --- July 16, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/tcAmsz


52.   “Middle School Special Ed Teacher Allegedly Caught with Child Pornography” --- Seattlepi.com reports that federal prosecutors in Seattle say special education teacher Jay Michaud spent nearly 100 hours surfing a hidden online ... --- Q13 FOX --- July 15, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/v91sPw


Seeking Improved Support


53.   “Autistic Man Missing in Lauderdale County” --- McNeal, who is autistic, went missing Tuesday afternoon in the Wright community in west Lauderdale County. Sheriff Rick Singleton said McNeal took ... --- AL.com --- July 21, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/fE4XCX


54.   “Alert Issued for Missing 16-Year-old Autistic Phenix City Teen” --- Alabama law enforcement issued a missing child alert on Tuesday. Timothy Robinson, a 16-year-old black male, was last seen at a residence on ... --- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer --- July 21, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/pzVrzC


55.   “There's Too Little to Celebrate on ADA's 25 Anniversary” --- This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Yet Arizonans with disabilities have little to celebrate as only three out of ... --- azcentral.com --- July 19, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/8PoUWA


56.   “ASU Cuts On-Campus Psychiatric Care” --- Maddy's psychiatric care provider at Arizona State University had just increased the dosage of the anti-depressant she was taking and it wasn't going ... --- Phoenix New Times --- July 15, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/dcdrSz


57.   “Family Hopes for Better Mental Healthcare in State Prisons” --- The family of a man who appears to have committed suicide in prison wants the Department of Corrections to take better care of mentally ill ... --- KVOA Tucson News --- July 11, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/pomI6o


58.   “Uber Pledges Better Rides for Customers with Disabilities” --- Uber announced steps to provide better access to rides for people with disabilities, something critics have been clamoring for. When Jose Santamaria ... --- WABC-TV --- July 21, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/VHZCNd


59.   “People with Mental Illness Left Homeless, Helpless” --- Jeffrey Jurgens and Jason Shinstock have battled homelessness and have been in and out of hospital emergency rooms, psychiatric wards and jail ... --- News10.net --- July 14, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/VDjpo1


60.   “Adults with Parents and Children Are Worried about Care” --- After age 65, government figures show nearly 7 in 10 Americans at some point will need long-term care — from a relative, home aide, assisted living or ... --- The Salinas Californian --- July 13, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/jY37Bt


61.   “New Haven Advocate for the Disabled to Be Honored by State Agency - New Haven Register

File photo Michelle Duprey (center), Director of the Dept. of Services for Persons with Disabilities of New Haven, speaks at a press ... --- New Haven Register --- July 17, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/Vo3xqh


62.   “A World That Doesn't Understand: Advocates Fight for Help, Inclusion for Developmentally Disabled” --- Caitlin Sandy, 28, hugs her black mouth cur, Bo, at her home in Lake Wales. Sandy has Asperger's syndrome, and her stepfather said Bo helps ... --- The Ledger --- July 19, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/jl2jOC


63.   “Shortage of Special Education Teachers Reported as Start of School Draws Near” --- “We have about 75 spots altogether, about half of those are special ... more each year; teachers burning out and leaving special needs classrooms. --- CBS46 News Atlanta --- July 20, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/wqPp0q


64.   “CPS Stands to Lose Hundreds of Special Education Positions” --- The district says it can save about $42 million by modifying services for the roughly 50,000 special needs students it serves. About 540 educators ... --- Chicago Tribune --- July 22, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/TeVxAe


65.   “Senators Hear Seniors, Disabled, Advocates on Budget Cut Concerns” --- Some 10,000 disabled adults would be affected by cuts that seek to increase the score used to determine need, advocates said. “Presumably as part ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- July 14, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/c70Nfp


66.   “Mental Health Experts Say Depression Does Not Lead to Violence” --- Stuart Anfang, chief of adult psychiatry at Baystate Medical, said "in reality people with depression or psychiatric (problems) are no more violent than ... --- MassLive.com --- July 20, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/wk5grB


67.   “State Reviewing Placement of Mentally Ill in Prison System” --- … pledging to take a fresh look at the way the state treats those with serious mental illnesses and debilitating substance abuse problems who get caught up in the criminal... --- Washington Times --- July 18, 2015 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/Ru2jKO


68.   “Piecing Together the Puzzle: Families with Autism Search for Answers, Treatment” --- But the children and their families face potentially lifelong hurdles grappling with autism, a complex developmental disability that can cause ... --- Worcester Telegram --- July 18, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/PzWeZH


69.   “State-run Psychiatric Hospital Workers Protest at Caro Facility over Staffing” --- Holzworth said working conditions at state-run psychiatric hospital are very difficult. He claims management started mandating that employees work ... --- MLive.com --- July 14, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/4W1iF6


70.   “Michigan's Treatment of Developmental Disabilities Has Come a Long Way, Still More to be Done” ---  Hoyle describes the ARC's mission "to ensure that people with developmental disabilities become full, participating citizens in their…" --- Michigan Radio --- July 13, 2015 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/CeKNm3 


71.   “Disability Community Celebrates 25th Year of Americans with Disabilities Act” --- It took many decades of activism to secure equal rights for people with disabilities that culminated in the signing of this historic civil rights legislation. --- MinnPost --- July 20, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/fBYLcn


72.   “Disability Advocates: More Needs to be Done” ---  ... against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, and many Mississippians are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the civil rights law. --- Mississippi Public Broadcasting --- July 14, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/7ZxOaZ


73.   “NYC's First-ever Disability Pride Parade Not in Very Accessible Location, with Nearby Subway ...” --- Disability Pride NYC executive director Michael Schweinsburg said the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner ... --- New York Daily News --- July 11, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/QscDwG


74.   “Ohio Babies Born into Addiction Up 750 Percent” --- On average, there were five drug-dependent babies admitted to Ohio ... "It seems like the addicted babies just curl into you, they really need it maybe ... --- Zanesville Times Recorder --- July 12, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/6qPa2m


75.   “State Officially Closes Southern Oklahoma Resource Center” --- It was one of two long-time institutions in the state for adults with developmental disabilities that the now-disbanded Oklahoma Commission for Human ... --- Washington Times --- July 13, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/y7XIje


76.   “Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25” --- For the past decade, Anthony has worked as an advocate for the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania. This year, she'll be putting on the crown of ... --- Republican & Herald --- July 12, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/UFC8wl


77.   “Local Police Training on Mental Health Varies” --- “That's specific to individuals who may be emotionally disturbed or mentally ill or have those things going on in their lives, whether they are temporary ... --- The Decatur Daily --- July 12, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/AuAn21


78.   “Police: Tasers, Pepper Spray Helpful, Not Always Effective” --- Law enforcement officials said preparing to deal with the mentally ill on the streets also includes training on equipment such as Tasers and pepper ... --- The Decatur Daily --- July 12, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/526RZX


79.   “UT to Offer Disability Studies Degree Beginning in the Fall” --- The degree program includes a study of disability culture and history, disability law and human rights, deaf studies, gender and disability, autism and ... --- WNWO NBC 24 --- July 20, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/p2OA7t


80.   “Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Celebrate Anniversaries of Landmark Programs for the Disabled” --- The July 15-26 celebration honors the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of VSA, a ... --- Washington Post --- July 14, 2015  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/US04D4


81.   “Celebrating Pride 25 Years After the ADA” --- Her school, Madison East, was not accessible by wheelchair. So she was sent to Milwaukee to attend a “school for the handicapped” and live in a ... --- Madison.com --- July 18, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/FJJmLF


82.   “Americans with Disabilities Act Has Changed Lives” --- Tiffany, who has a developmental disability, attends Curves each week in Greece, where she works toward her personal fitness goals alongside ... --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- July 17, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/5vDdAr


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


83.   “Gov. Scott to Hold a Bill Signing Ceremony for ABLE Act to Help Floridians with Disabilities” ---  Governor Scott will also highlight funding for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities included in the 2015-2016 "KEEP FLORIDA WORKING"... --- WWSB ABC 7 --- July 13, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/TAqCCi


84.   “Illinois Adults in Group Homes, Facilities See Allowance Cut” --- Advocates want Gov. Bruce Rauner to restore a $60 monthly allowance for adults with developmental disabilities, but his administration ... --- The State Journal-Register --- July 20, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/MaHI59


85.   “Michigan Panel Delays Decision on Medical Marijuana for Autism” --- ... extracted from marijuana can help reduce severe anxiety and confusion that often leads to self-destructive or aggressive behavior in autistic children ... --- MLive.com --- July 20, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/HaLI9R


86.   “Families of Deaf Children Lose a Lifeline after Change in Minnesota Law” --- But that preparedness might not have happened if not for a specialized preschool program at the Metro Deaf School, a small pre-K through 12 charter ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- July 12, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/SrWMUz


87.   “Missouri Guardianship Law Could Change, Public Can Comment through October” --- That number is expected to increase as baby boomers and people with disabilities live longer with increased risk of developing Alzheimer's or other ... --- Springfield News-Leader --- July 19, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/U4EQTU


88.   “New Guardianship Rules Take Effect in Summit County Probate Court Amid Statewide Initiative” ---  Acting on an Ohio Supreme Court initiative, which went into effect June 1, the rule changes meet the guidelines for consistency in ... --- Akron Beacon Journal --- July 21, 2015  (OHIO) http://is.gd/OI2CjN 


89.   “Ten Commandments Amendment Could Propel Oklahoma School Vouchers” --- The scholarships allow parents of special education students to use money for public schools to pay for the cost of sending their child to a private ... --- KGOU --- July 14, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/DSI3eN


90.   “Wolf Signs Bill to Require Mental Health Training for Police Officers” --- “Presumably,” Hoover said, “they'll be working with advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues to ensure that officers ... --- The Sentinel --- July 11, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/hla9nX


91.   “Scientology Group Urged Veto of Mental Health Bill” --- Greg Abbott vetoed legislation that would have given Texas doctors more power to detain mentally ill and potentially dangerous patients, according to ... --- Texas Tribune --- July 14, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/p14WbO


92.   “As Assisted Suicide Laws Spread, Cancer Survivors, Disabled Object” --- According to the Americans with Disability Act, a disabled person is anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or ... --- Kansas City Star --- July 13, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Ah1zhv


International Articles


93.   “Disabled Son, 20, Charged over Death of Wheelchair-bound Mother” --- Severely disabled 20-year-old man has been charged with the manslaughter of his wheelchair-bound mother at their South Lake home. --- Herald Sun --- July 22, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/zQquO1


94.   “Disabled Woman Repeatedly Raped in Sleep by Carer Husband, Family Violence Royal Commission ...” --- A disabled woman has given a harrowing account of how she was repeatedly raped in her sleep by her husband, who was also her carer ... --- ABC Online --- July 22, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/Iieq5C


95.   “Autistic Vic Teen Killed with Axe: Court” --- A trial will continue for a man accused of murdering an autistic teenager by bashing his skull in with an axe. Joel Parker Henderson is co-accused in ... --- 9news.com.au --- July 21, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/UOFx20


96.   “Intellectually Disabled Woman Sexually Assaulted in Sydney's West” --- A 21-year-old woman with an intellectual disability has been sexually assaulted in Sydney's west. Police said a man tried to strike up a conversation ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- July 16, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/jgndDr


97.   “Churches, Schools Could be Held Criminally Liable for Abuse: Report” --- Churches, schools and hospitals could be held criminally liable for child sexual abuse perpetrated by people linked to them, according to a report ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- July 16, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/3jHCRI


98.   “Brisbane Mental Health Facility Closed after Three Teens Killed Themselves” --- The distraught mother said she wanted justice and answers for her daughter who had been struggling with mental illness since she was 14 year old. --- Daily Mail --- July 12, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/VwqadR


99.   “Vancouver Cop Goes Undercover in Wheelchair” --- Because of an onset of robberies of victims who were in wheelchairs, Staff Sgt. Mark Horsley of the Vancouver Police Department decided to go ... --- People Magazine --- July 20, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/yUxwGp


100.   “Advocates Say Death of Mentally Ill Veteran Should Be a Call to Action” --- The discovery of a mentally ill veteran in his home in Conception Bay South mid-May, four months after he died of a heart attack, is proof the system ... --- CBC.ca --- July 17, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/a9IvLf


101.   “Hamilton Police Sickened by 'Shocking' Conditions Where Developmentally Delayed Man Lived ...” ---  ... and filth when they first visited a squalid unlicensed home where Guy Mitchell lived. ... Fingers are being pointed at the Liberal government's … --- Toronto Star --- July 14, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/lwZYgb


102.   “Police Urge Increased Reporting of Disabled Hate Crime” --- Det Insp Charlotte Cadden, Bolton's lead on hate crime, said: "Disabled hate crime is really under-reported. People often do not comprehend or ... --- The Bolton News --- July 21, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/2qadIX


103.   “Police Say Blind Woman Was Sexually Assaulted in Attack” --- Police have confirmed a vulnerable woman who was sexually assaulted in a Nuneaton alleyway earlier this month is registered blind. The attack ... --- Coventry Telegraph --- July 20, 1015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/elx7kS


104.   “NHS to Stop 'Over-Medicating' People with Learning Disabilities” --- A report by Public Health England estimates that up to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being prescribed an antipsychotic, ... --- BBC News --- July 14, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/GkS362


105.   “Autistic 14-Year-Old East Sussex Boy Reece Pateman Reported Missing” --- An autistic 14-year-old East Sussex boy who has a fascination with trains and buses ... We are concerned for him because he is autistic and his age." --- Kent and Sussex Courier --- July 13, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/IGZf5K


106.   “Man Found Dead in Hospital Lift After 8 Days” --- A psychiatric patient lay dead for eight days in a broken-down lift in a hospital in Gelsenkirchen before being found, even though hospital authorities ... --- The Local.de --- July 13, 2015  (GERMANY)  http://is.gd/g8AlWG


107.   “State Has Yet to Facilitate Disabled Travelers” --- The Indonesian Child Protection Task Force is expanding its safe holiday travel focus to include the disabled this year, with a pre-holiday campaign ... --- Jakarta Post --- July 15, 2015  (INDONESIA)  http://is.gd/Oj0d7Q


108.   “Wheelchair User Suffers Vicious Assault at the Hands of Older Sister, Police Say” --- Authorities are investigating following the release of a video showing a woman in wheelchair being berated and slapped days before her death. --- Irish Independent --- July 21, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/Uw09E3


109.   “Poland Way Below EU Average in Employment of the Disabled” --- Only 23 percent of disabled Poles who potentially could work do not, ... system, as well as reluctance on behalf of employers to hire disabled staff. --- thenews.pl --- July 15, 2015  (POLAND)  http://is.gd/MAWjZK


110.   Laundry lunacy as toddler with Down's syndrome is put in washing machine for a 'laugh' ” --- A mother took this photo of a toddler with Down's syndrome in a washing machine – and then put it on Facebook. Since posting the picture of the ... --- Scottish Daily Record --- July 22, 2015  (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/QXzIwy 


111.   “80 per Cent of Scots Inmates 'Mentally Ill' – Report” --- He added: “We want to be clear that where offenders have a history of mental illness which can be addressed before sending them to prison, that ... --- Scotsman --- July 12, 2015  (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/Z9Yy6Q  


112.   “12-Year-Old Disabled Girl Raped” --- A 48-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the rape of a defenceless, paralysed girl at her makeshift shelter in Kanchanaburi’s Sai Yok district, police said. --- Bangkok Post --- July 16, 2015  (THAILAND)  http://is.gd/v9nhuN


113.   “New Approach Means Fewer Psychiatric Patients in Police Cells” --- Prison interior with dramatic light Fewer people with psychiatric problems are being taken to police stations if they are involved in an incident of some ... --- DutchNews.nl --- July 20, 2015  (the Netherlands)  http://is.gd/ZIQNpj


114.   “Woman Arrested over Facebook Post about Her Neighbor” --- ... Australian artist just snapped a picture of herself in front of a car without a handicapped sticker that had illegally taken over two handicapped spaces ... --- WTSP 10 News --- July 15, 2015  (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)  http://is.gd/AGyizG


115.   “Mental Health Bed Shortage Blamed on System” --- The commission was set up earlier this year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to look into concerns about a shortage of acute adult psychiatric ... --- BBC News --- July 15, 2015  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/AStOQR


116.   “Cuts to Specialist Education in Swansea Branded 'Shambolic' by Politicians” --- Their joint statement says: “Key stakeholders, professionals in Swansea schools, such as special educational needs coordinators and the parents of ... --- WalesOnline --- July 1, 2015  (WALES)  http://is.gd/xhVkcT


117.   “Psychiatric Care Unavailable to Much of World's Population, UN Report Finds” --- Rich and poor countries alike must invest more in mental health care, especially during economic crises when rates of depression and suicide tend to ... --- CBC.ca --- July 14, 2015  (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/Mms2Sn 


118.   “What is it Like to Be a Girl With Autism?” --- Sarah adds: “For 30-odd years following Hans Asperger's pioneering research into Asperger Syndrome [high-functioning autism] it was believed that ... --- Telegraph.co.uk --- July 14, 2015  (INTERNATIONAL)  http://is.gd/rfYqs9




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