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News Summary for August 24, 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.

This week there are some very interesting articles, along with, sadly, the “usual” array of crimes against people with disabilities.

SEXUAL ASSAULT:  35, 36, 47

PHYSICAL ASSAULT: 6, 29, 32, 46



NEGLECT/ABANDONMENT: 20, 25, 34, 43, 57

MISSING: 5, 58

MURDER: 2, 13, 21 28

PERPETRATOR RELATIONSHIP TO VICTIM:  Co-student, friend, stranger, sister, niece, mother, caregiver.

Male Perpetrators:  12    Age range:  16 - 57

Female Perpetrators: 6   Age range:  14 - 34

Of special interest: 

#15 - Young adult held at psychiatric hospital even though ready for discharge.  Why?

#22 - Teacher suspends first grader with autism for “speaking out of turn.” Next time will be suspended for one year, within first week o school.  Mother has made many requests for an evaluation to be conducted and IEP developed but school has not complied.

#30 - Lawsuit filed against school district for violation of NY City Code to have air conditioning on buses for special needs children who are not allowed to have water on the bus. This poses health and medical risks.

#32 - Caregiver to 36 year old man who just had surgery physically assaulted him at the hospital.

#33 - An OT working at a school is accused of wrongdoing. Faulty investigation ratified by all school personnel. She was suspended for one month without pay or insurance.  Her attorney was able to show negligence in the investigation, leading to reinstatement.

#39 - Internet troller uses FaceBook, finds 15 year old female with I/DD, asks for nude photos and for sex. WARNING TO PARENTS TO OVERSEE TEXTS AND ONLINE ACTIVITY.

#75 Article states 50% of special education students are bullied at school.

#76 - Article states police training lacks science.

And, GOOD NEWS: #71, University of Toledo offers what it says is first Disabilities Studies Program.

Error!  Please note, #19 and 115 are the same from Spain.



1.   “New Partnership Will Investigate Fraud in Disability Programs” --- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks Tuesday about a new federal-state partnership program that will identify and investigate disability ... --- Arkansas Online --- August 18, 2015  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/Qq0uoQ


2.   “Suspect in Homicide of Tracy Woman, 20, Arrested” --- A Tracy woman with special needs turned up dead last week in a Fresno County canal, and now her friend is at the center of the homicide ... --- KCRA Sacramento --- August 21, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/LA8FUs


3.   “DA to Fight Release of Video in Mentally Ill Man's Killing” --- San Diego County's District Attorney said Friday she will fight the release of surveillance video showing the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man in the ... --- NBC 7 San Diego --- August 21, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/wdtg9H


4.   “ACLU Lawsuit Accuses Laguna Beach of Discrimination Against Disabled Homeless” --- The lawsuit also challenges the city's practice of issuing citations for sleeping or lodging in public to disabled homeless people who cannot access the ... --- Coastline Pilot --- August 20, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/QPaTtf


5.   “Missing Mentally Disabled Oceanside Man Found Safe” --- A mentally disabled Oceanside man who went missing Aug. 10 was found safe, police said Wednesday. Erik Southward was located Saturday, ... --- Seaside Courier --- August 19, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/u9NiBi


6.   “Lawsuit Alleges Teaching Assistant Bullied Special Needs Students at Lompoc Valley Middle School” --- The lawsuit states that the student shoved special needs students to the ground; intimidating them into saying derogatory phrases; forced, intimidated, ... --- Santa Maria Sun --- August 20, 2015 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/pYbsIJ


7.   “Are Traumatized Students Disabled? A Debate Straight Outta Compton” --- The suit argues that trauma is a disability and that schools are required — by federal law — to make accommodations for traumatized students, not ... --- NPR --- August 20, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/BJPcGZ 


8.   “San Francisco Police Try to Explain 'Take Down' of One-Legged Homeless Man” --- Those include a 2008 case in which two officers shot a mentally ill woman and a 2011 episode captured on video in which officers shot a ... --- KQED --- August 19, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/4rmzuP


9.   “City Probing SFPD's Videotaped Detention of Disabled Man” --- But, they say, the footage showing Tenderloin officers holding down the unidentified disabled man on a Market Street sidewalk with his pants down ... --- SFGate --- August 18, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Cxn1Dk


10.   “A Tragic Death Gives Disabled People an Opportunity” ---After Aaron Tuneberg was beaten to death by two teens in 2014, Aaron's Fund was set up by his family to support projects in Tuneberg's … --- KUSA --- August 21, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/jJd5QD


11.   “Widow Sues Thornton Police for Killing Mentally Ill Husband” --- A widow with two young children has sued the Thornton Police Department for shooting and killing her mentally ill husband in March 2013. Quianna ... --- The Denver Post --- August 18, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/uS9lGo


12.   “Arapahoe County Inmate in Mental Health Program Dies” --- An inmate in an Arapahoe County program for the mentally ill was found dead over the weekend. The 29-year-old man, whose name has not ... --- Washington Times --- August 17, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/eGcYpb


13.   “Police: Man with Autism Followed Home from Walmart, Killed” --- “We want everyone to know that he never had an enemy and had the purest heart,” Durden said. Police say Starke was on his way home from the ... --- ActionNewsJax.com --- August 21, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/nNTjHk


14.   “Second Arrest Made in Carjacking of Disabled Sanford Veteran” --- Sanford Police have made a second arrest in carjacking of a disabled veteran on August 14. Tyrese Dyquan Melbourne, 16, was identified as the ... --- MyFoxOrlando.com --- August 21, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/4h7DVx


15.   “Woman Locked in Florida Mental Hospital Released to Her Group Home” --- Drake has been living in a Holiday group home licensed and funded by the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and a certified behavior analyst ... --- Miami Herald --- August 20, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/EC3MLL


16.   “Mental Health Merry-go-Round Ends with Jacksonville Mother Killed, Son Arrested” --- Homeless and suffering from severe mental illness, Sean's paths crossed .... That led to jails and prisons taking over the primary care of mentally ill ... --- Florida Times-Union --- August 15, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/dTe0V6


17.   “Spa Owner Denies Service Dog Was Kicked Out” --- A spokesperson from the Southeastern Americans with Disabilities Act center said "The ADA does not override public health rules that prohibit dogs in ... --- WXIA-TV --- August 17, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/zJnqhF


18.   “Deaf Residents Sue Nursing Home over Lack of Communication Services” --- Three deaf residents of an Illinois nursing home have filed a civil lawsuit against the facility, claiming it failed to provide adequate ... --- McKnight's Long Term Care News --- August 18, 2015  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/ipp9EU


19.   “Woman Could Face Big Fine over Photo of Police Car in Handicapped Spot” --- Last month in the U.S., a picture of a police car in Indiana went viral after it was caught parking in a handicapped spot at an IHOP restaurant. --- CBS News --- August 18, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/wlsuzz


20.   “Police Say Woman Abandoned Clients at Coralville Care Facility” --- An employee at a Coralville adult care facility has been charged with dependent adult abuse for leaving her clients unsupervised, police say. --- Iowa City Press Citizen --- August 17, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/B1HsM4


21.   “State Police to Review Investigation of Disabled Man's Death in 2009” --- The 2009 death of a mentally challenged man in Franklin County is being re-examined after his sister was accused of abusing another ... --- WKYT --- August 20, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/YLLg0N


22.   “Mother Said School Administration Told Son to Get Autism in Check or Get Suspended” --- Peters emphasized it is not a learning disability that her son has, so special education is not what he needs. She wants something done, because ... --- KATC Lafayette News --- August 17, 2015  (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/1uJSl0


23.   “Detroit Police Search for Missing 24-Year-Old Who Suffers with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia” ---

Detroit police are asking for the public's help to locate a missing 24-year-old man who suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. --- WXYZ --- August 19, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/y1thXH


24.   “Authorities: Woman Kept Disabled Sister in Closet for Years” --- A Michigan woman kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet for six or seven years with little food, water or clothing and only a bucket for ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- August 14, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/4QWnMl


25.   “Mother Speaks out after Bus Drops off Son, 7, in Dangerous Neighborhood” --- The mother of a student with special needs is searching for answers after the bus he takes home from school left him alone wandering ... --- KMOV.com --- August 20, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/6YJe8j


26.   “Officer: Police Knew Man Was Mentally Ill Before He Was Shot” --- An Albuquerque SWAT sergeant says police were aware that a homeless man suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and had previously attacked an ... --- ABC News --- August 17, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/iIQYgZ


27.   “Attention 'Kind of Fades Away' ” --- But the law was scrapped after a successful court challenge by the Disability Rights New Mexico group and four people who had been diagnosed with ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- August 17, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/8S0DAV


28.   “Bronx Woman Charged in Autistic Uncle's Death” --- A Bronx woman has been charged with starving her severely autistic uncle to death. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Naisia Norman ... --- Oneonta Daily Star --- August 20, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/XOj7Ys


29.   “Father Who Beat Infant Son Released from Jail” --- The beating left little Jay-J with 11 broken bones, a seizure disorder, and developmental disabilities. Bolvin was sentenced to four years in prison, ... --- WKBW-TV --- August 20, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/j4y1Ou


30.   “Public Advocate Alleges in Lawsuit Some NYC Special Ed Buses Are Dangerously Hot” --- The Department of Education stressed that it standard is that every child whose individual education plan requires air conditioning must receive it. --- CBS Local --- August 19, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/LPkFlg


31.   “Inmate's Death Follows Reports of Abuse at a New York State Prison” --- The Times documented similar allegations of abuse from inmates at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., where in June two convicted ... --- New York Times --- August 18, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/3FCGnY


32.   “Police: Newburgh Man Punched Mentally Handicapped Man” --- A Newburgh man was charged after he allegedly punched a mentally handicapped man in his care. State police in Middletown ... --- Poughkeepsie Journal --- August 18, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/gYwEjD


33.   “Major Flaws Found in Inquiry That Led to Suspension of Public-School Therapist” --- ... written by Regina A. Loughran, who works in the office of Richard J. Condon, a special commissioner with authority over the Education Department. --- New York Times --- August 17, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/NDoX1h


34.   “Prosecutor: Caregiver Left Disabled Woman Alone in Car” --- A Long Island caregiver has pleaded guilty to leaving a disabled client alone in a car while she went to visit a jail inmate. --- Oneida Dispatch --- August 15, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/yidFDJ


35.   “Man Pleads Guilty to Raping Mentally Handicapped Teen” --- A man will have to spend just under five years in prison after a guilty plea to raping a 15-year-old mentally handicapped girl. District Attorney Scott ... --- WITN --- August 20, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/yBgeSK


36.   “Texoma Man Arrested for Raping Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A Pontotoc County man is behind bars after police say he raped a mentally disabled woman. 52 year old Larry Ray Greb ... --- KTEN --- August 18, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/xu3g63


37.   “Disabled Tulsa Man Says Bike Thieves Stole His Freedom” --- A disabled Tulsa man relies on his bike - with a motor he built - to get his groceries and medicine, but someone has stolen Stephen Ross' only means ... --- News On 6 --- August 17, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/auuycO


38.   “Feds Fault UO for Releasing Alleged Gang-Rape Victim's Therapy Records Without Her Consent” --- … that they intend to seek damages in a lawsuit for alleged discrimination, retaliation and violation of First Amendment and disability rights ... --- OregonLive.com --- August 20, 2015  (OREGON) http://is.gd/0jR6qO


39.   “Police: Man Asked Teen with Developmental Disabilities for Nude Photos” --- A 57-year-old man faces accusations he solicited nude photos from a 15-year-old girl with developmental disabilities and attempted ... --- KVAL --- August 18, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/kWJpS2


40.   “Baycrest Probe Piques Interest in Ombudsman Program” --- "And, I think, someone who cares about fundamental fairness and really honors and respects people who are aging or might have disability. --- Coos Bay World --- August 17, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/9F2kKA


41.   “Disabled Pa. Woman Missing for Months is Believed Found Dead in Field” --- It was a woman's body in advanced stages of decomposition, but authorities here believe it is that of Ellen Beth Greenberg, a 42-year-old disabled ... --- PennLive.com --- August 18, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/XiUouY


42.   “Woman Charged with Abandoning Disabled Son in Park Faces Judge” --- 41-year-old Nyia Parler waived her preliminary hearing, as several misdemeanor charges were dropped against her. Parler is accused of abandoning ... --- CBS Local --- August 17, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/kLU600


43.   “Thief Steals Van With Men Suffering Mental Disabilities Inside” --- Police say two mentally challenged men were found safe in Hunting Park after a thief stole a van they were sitting inside. --- NBC 10 Philadelphia --- April 16, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/2qHLfQ


44.   “Horry Man Dies from Bedsore Infection, Son and Daughter Charged with Neglect” --- Police say they were called to a local hospital to investigate a case of neglect of a vulnerable adult on August 6. The victim was taken to the hospital by ... --- WBTW --- August 19, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/akxVb0


45.   “State Has Made No Changes in How it Handles Mentally Ill Inmates, Despite Judge's Order” --- Seven years after a mentally ill inmate being held naked and cold for 11 days died in a South Carolina prison cell, the director of the state's prison ... --- The State --- August 16, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/p1nP55


46.   “Newport Mother Charged with Using Horse Whip on Special Needs Daughter” --- The signed affidavit also states the female victim is special needs. The victim said both whippings were on her bare skin, and she had bruising on her ... --- WBIR-TV --- August 17, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/0RSuic


47.   “Rowlett Teen Followed, Assaulted in City Park: Police” --- A Rowlett teen with Asperger's syndrome says she was sexually assaulted in a park after being followed and forced into a vehicle earlier this week. --- NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth --- August 21, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/g0Ip7o


48.   “Texas Man Again Convicted in 1976 Bus Attendant Slaying” --- A 59-year-old mentally ill Texas man imprisoned for more than 35 years despite his original murder conviction being overturned was ... --- CBS Local --- August 19, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/FrWq8L


49.   “Court Records Provide New Insight into Group Home Closures” --- A copy of the temporary restraining order issued against Renee Segura-Owen for the illegal assisted living facilities she reportedly owned ... --- Temple Daily Telegram --- August 19, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/TgXaK6


50.   “Brazos County Sheriff's Office Investigating Death of Mentally Ill Inmate” --- The Brazos County Sheriff's Office has initiated an internal investigation into the death of an inmate at the Brazos County Jail. --- KAGS News --- August 18, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/TVKnEv


51.   “Closed Group Home Was under Investigation” --- What officials now know was an illegally operated group home in Belton was under investigation for months by the Belton Police ... --- Temple Daily Telegram --- August 17, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/9Pi48G


52.   “DADS: Most Complaints of Unlicensed Facilities Not Substantiated” --- As the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services continues its investigation into God's Blessing, the unlicensed assisted ... --- KXAN.com --- August 17, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/vGFq5b


53.   “Woman Running Illegal Group Home Told Clients to Keep Mum, Police Say” --- The woman accused of running an illegal group home in East Austin told residents not to talk to police while they attempted to assess their medical ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- August 17, 2015  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/nT9V80


54.   “Affidavit: Nacogdoches Man Shoved Disabled Woman Ran off into Woods with Gun” --- Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested a 47-year-old man on Sunday after he allegedly shoved a disabled woman to the ... --- KTRE --- August 17, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/6LUVZ9


55.   “Family of Woman Running Illegal Group Home Speaks Out” --- The woman accused of running an illegal group home in East Austin appears to be out of the Travis County Jail Saturday night. Renee Segura-Owens ... --- KEYE TV --- August 16, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/FkHIHJ


56.   “Clearfield Man Convicted of Stealing Thousands from Disabled” --- Jack was employed as Area Director of a large company that provides services to disabled residents. As director, he was responsible for ensuring ... --- KCSG --- August 20, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/ypOZjr


57.   “State to Pay $650k to Autistic Student Who Tumbled from Bus” --- The state has agreed to pay nearly $650,000 to the family of a student with autism who tumbled out of the back of a school bus on Interstate 80 four ... --- Salt Lake Tribune --- August 18, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/TAzC1q


58.   “Search Continues for Missing Endangered Man, Mother” --- "Eric is autistic and classified as having intellectual disability," police said. Eric, 21, is unable to care for himself, police said. The state of Utah has ... ---  KSL.com --- August 16, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/k1pCdR


59.   “Prosecutor: Feds Probing Death of Inmate at Fairfax Jail” --- The Justice Department has launched an investigation into the death of a mentally ill inmate at the Fairfax County jail who died after being Tasered by ... --- Washington Post --- August 19, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/rQXN5O


60.   “Jail Lawsuit: Lack of Mental Care Caused Death” --- His heirs allege in legal papers that negligence on the part of the county, a Wisconsin probation agent and a social services agency violated his ... --- Green Bay Press Gazette --- August 22, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/172iw4


Seeking Improved Support


61.   “Seminole Program for Disabled Adults Sees State Money Reduced” --- “And in a group home you can end up in any group home anywhere in the state, and this is tearing families apart. So I don't want that for my son and I ... --- Bay News 9 --- August 18, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/XabBRg


62.   “Respite Center's Closure Highlights Frustrations for Families of the Disabled” --- Then last month, they got a letter saying the respite center, Founders' ... It included cuts to the Department of Developmental Services, although they ... --- The CT Mirror --- August 20, 2015   (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/9ge6pU


63.   “Miami Judge Wins Award for Work with Mentally Ill” --- In 2000 Leifman started the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project, aiming to steer those with serious mental illness away from the ... --- Miami Herald --- August 17, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/NTuJ1O


64.   “Amid Cuts to Mental Health Services, Families Fight to Keep Severely Disabled Offspring at Home” ---  Adrian Hedden-Special to the Morning Sun Jacob Hartshorne reads a ... “It's more than just a job,” said April Bieri, a caregiver and special ... --- The Macomb Daily --- August 15, 2015  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/Qkvcia


65.   “Nebraska to Add Unified Sports Championships for Disabled Students” --- Nebraska will begin offering high school sports championships for disabled students competing with partners. The Lincoln Journal ... --- USA TODAY High School Sports --- August 15, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/uVwS5M


66.   “Freedom, Finally, After a Life in Prison” --- Ms. LaBroi said that in a suicide note, her sister said that “she wanted to tell people suffering from mental illness not to go down that road, not to ... --- New York Times --- August 21, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/chmMyJ


67.    “Disabilities Falling Further Behind” --- Over the last two years, a much smaller percentage of children with disabilities and those learning English have received passing .... --- NewsLI --- August 17, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/nvUJvL


68.   “Montana Developmental Center Staff Voice Closure Concerns” --- As lawmakers grappled with and ultimately decided to shutter Montana's center for people with developmental disabilities, ... --- SFGate --- August 16, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/5t5AaI


69.   “Former Inmate with Mental Disabilities Struggles After Four Years in Segregation” --- Two years removed from his job at the Capitol, Weiss sees how dangerous the prison system is for people with disabilities and mental illness. --- Lincoln Journal Star --- August 16, 2015  (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/DY5s9J


70.   “State Shuts Down School for Children with Autism” --- The Ohio Department of Education has denied a school in Mansfield registration to participate as a provider in the autism ... --- NBC4i.com --- August 19, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/dEwGyb


71.   “The University of Toledo's Disability Studies is the First Program of its Kind” --- Disability awareness is about to become much more prominent than the blue-and-white signs. Beginning this fall semester, the University of Toledo ... --- Independent Collegian --- August 19, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/A2qYaQ


72.   “Oklahomans with Disabilities Say Finding Affordable Housing Is a Challenge” --- “I asked them, 'Why don't you find another place that will have all the facilities for handicapped?'” Aghajan said. “They saw the property before they ... --- NewsOK.com --- August 17, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/UkSzt9


73.   “SD Launches Campaign about Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities” --- AbilityForHire.com provides opportunities at every turn for visitors to not only learn more about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, but to ... --- Rapid City Journal --- August 17, 2015  (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/xx9dKB


74.   “A Mother and Her Autistic Son Brace for Medicaid Cuts” --- Twice a week the doctor will try to teach Vail, who is autistic, to communicate with more than laughter or oohs and aahs, Vail's primary means aside ... --- Houston Press --- August 17, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/xxeo87


75.   “Back-to-School Survey Finds 50% of Children with Special Needs Are Bullied at School” --- This is according to a recent survey by AngelSense, a GPS-based community platform creating a safer world for … --- Autism Daily Newscast (press release) --- August 20, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/RiHDGK


76.   “Police Training is Seriously Lacking in Actual Science” --- That's especially frustrating because the science that exists about bias—police or otherwise—clearly points to a need for reform. Dozens of psychology ... --- Wired --- August 17, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/YLgWXU


77.   “Report: Social Security Disability Fund Will Go Broke in 2016, in Midst of Presidential Race” --- The federal government says individuals who obtain Social Safety incapacity face steep get advantages cuts subsequent year until ... --- The Times --- August 15, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/YH1CP7


Proposed Legislation and New Laws

78.   “Bill to Legalize Aid-in-Dying in California Revived by Supporters” --- The Catholic Church and some disability rights groups are staunch opponents to aid-in-dying legislation, which they argue puts the most vulnerable at ... --- SFGate --- August 18, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/NkCvDg


79.   “Push on at State, Federal Level for Improved Mental Health Care, Services” --- “The summit will be an opportune time for people all across the state of Florida who are concerned about mental illness to join together and prioritize ... --- Florida Times-Union --- August 19, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/9ElQwB


80.   “Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome is Reason” --- Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, said his group had made the bill here a legislative priority because Down syndrome is so recognizable ... --- SFGate --- August 22, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/hvRWn4


81.   “State Disabled Worker Program Faces Overhaul” --- A controversial state program that steers more than $100 million in state funds each year to firms that hire disabled workers is on the verge of a major ... --- Texas Tribune --- August 20, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/pmpMU7


International Articles


82.   “Australian Hearing Privatisation Would be Damaging to Deaf Children, Say Families” --- Australian Hearing Services, an organisation that provides hearing services and research for children who are deaf or have hearing loss, has been ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- August 21, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/sO8kk8


83.   “Australian Actress Convicted of Molesting Teen Psychiatric Hospital Patient 30 Years Ago” --- In this June 2, 2009 photo, Australian veteran actress Maggie Kirkpatrick speaks about the production of stage show Wicked at a media call in Sydney, ... --- Fox News --- August 20, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/4Ag9Wy


84.   “Deaf Trio Committed to Stand Trial for Murder of Deaf Man Who Fell to His Death” --- Three deaf people have been committed to stand trial on murder over the ... A deaf woman had seen them using sign language and followed their ... --- The Age --- August 19, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/pA07TJ


85.   “Less than Half of New South Wales Train Stations Have Disability Access, Records Show” --- Sydney's booming western suburbs are among the hardest hit, with no wheelchair access at key stations including Kingswood, Doonside, and Rooty ... --- ABC Online --- August 19, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/4Rf9Zz


86.   “Deaf Woman Charged with Murder Was Allegedly Dating Victim and His Housemate” --- One of three people accused of murdering a Melbourne man, who died after falling 12 metres from a balcony, was allegedly dating both the victim and ... --- 9news.com.au --- August 17, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/iUVtI4


87.   “Leaving the Couch Behind, How Medical Students Become Psychiatrists” --- "There is a big crossover between psychiatric and physical capabilities – and we have to know and recognise the physical aspects." Not only do ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- August 16, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/Mk2os9


88.   “Canada Day Assault of Man in Wheelchair Leads to 4 Arrests” --- Four men have been arrested and charged in connection with the gruesome daytime assault of a man in a wheelchair on Canada Day, Ottawa police ... --- CBC.ca --- August 20, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/vNMfEV


89.   “Man Charged after Woman with Mental Disability Was Lured to Toronto and Sexually Assaulted” --- A 50 year-old man is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly lured a young woman suffering from a mental disability to ... --- CP24 Toronto's Breaking News --- August 19, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/jztlTL


90.   “Ontario Jails Warehousing Mentally Ill, Report Says” --- As it happens, the Alexandra Moores court case and the difficulty in finding her a mental health facility bed coincided with the release of a John ... --- The Sudbury Star --- August 19, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/psu50g


91.   “Complaint about Autistic Boy Shows Need for Outreach, Autism Society Says” --- Scott Crocker with the Autism Society told CBC's Corner Brook Morning Show many people don't understand the challenges of raising an autistic child ... --- CBC.ca --- August 18, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/wuRe6C


92.   “Service Dog Regulations Set to Change in Alberta” --- Hardman collects Assured Income of the Severely Handicapped for his disability but was recently refused entrance to an AISH office by a ... --- CBC.ca --- August 17, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/q1nCzd


93.   “Ontario Justice System 'Punishes' Mental Illness” --- In Ontario jails, people with mental illness have difficulty accessing medication and appropriate psychiatric care. They are frequently placed in solitary ... --- Toronto Star --- April 16, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/JfiB6S


94.   “They're Invisible in China: Portraits of the Mentally Ill” --- "Can you imagine an 83-year-old lady having to take care of four mentally ill patients?" asks Liu. "She usually picks up medicine for her [family], goes ... --- NPR --- August 22, 2015  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/0x4ehD


95.   “A/C Installed in Psychiatric Hospital, Prison After Deaths” --- Khanka Psychiatric Hospital has received seven new air conditioning units following the deaths of 11 patients due to the nationwide heat-wave, the ... --- Daily News Egypt --- August 17, 2015  (EGYPT)  http://is.gd/ELLDqc


96.   “Struck Off: A Mental-Health Nurse Who 'Pole Danced' in Front of Patients and Another Who Made Racist Comments” --- Two nurses have been struck off after calling a colleague's disabled children 'retarded' and making racist … --- Manchester Evening News --- August 21, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/BaTZbB


97.   “Sexual Abuse of People with Learning Disabilities is too Often Overlooked” --- She suffered abuse throughout her childhood and also ended up vulnerable and isolated, and became targeted for sex by men in her area. --- The Guardian --- August 21, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/iRmJea


98.   “Wheelchair Theft Woman Jailed for Cons” --- A woman who befriended a disabled woman before posing as a carer and stealing her wheelchair has been jailed. Michelle Toth, 30, carried out a ... --- Blackpool Gazette --- August 20, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/p9qWCK


99.   “Disabled Teenagers Are Easily Lost in a Welfare State Cut to the Bone” --- But Sanjeev, 17, is deaf and once prospective employers know he has a disability, they don't contact him again. He keeps trying to get interviews but, ... --- The Guardian --- August 18, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/fZLTe6


100.   “Disabled Adults 'Abused' at Chesterfield Care Home” --- Vulnerable disabled adults were sworn at, ridiculed and inappropriately physically restrained at a care home at the centre of a police investigation, ... --- BBC News --- August 17, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/jvZ7ks


101.   “Parents Remove Their 15-Year-Old Autistic Daughter from School after Teacher 'Laughed ...” --- An autistic teenager has been pulled out of school by her parents after a teacher allegedly laughed at her in front of classmates and called her a 'fat ... --- Daily Mail --- August 17, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/OhHzSU


102.   “Pensioner Jailed for Sexually Abusing Disabled Woman” --- A pensioner has been jailed for 16 months after sexually abusing a disabled woman at a hotel in Blackpool. Arthur Procter, 78, preyed on the woman's ... --- Blackpool Gazette --- August 16, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/UZoYWm


103.   “Hong Kong Study Finds 60 Per Cent of Autistic Children Have Trouble Picking up on Cues” --- About 60 per cent of autistic children lack the ability to interpret people's actions, expressions and speech, a preview of a new survey ... --- South China Morning Post --- August 16, 2015  (HONG KONG) http://is.gd/uMbTyn


104.   “House Urged to Amend Discriminatory Disability Law” --- Flawed regulations have given rise to stigma and discrimination toward people with disabilities. In response, activists have called on the House of ... --- Jakarta Post --- August 18, 2015  (INDONESIA)  http://is.gd/6QBdwG


105.   “Irish People 'Shy Away from Discussing Mental Illness' ” --- We are happy to discuss our emotional problems, but not mental illness, ... to just one in 10 feeling comfortable with the idea of being mentally ill. --- Irish Examiner --- August 21, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/YSAKIX


106.   “Concern over Younger People in Long-term Care” --- More than 1,000 younger people with disabilities are living in long-term care such as nursing homes throughout the country, according to the Disability ... --- RTE.ie --- August 20, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/ynzGVc


107.   “Five Cops Charged in Beating Death of Mentally Ill Man Return to Court Today” --- The five policemen charged with the beating death of a mentally ill Trelawny man are expected to return to court today. District Constables Alwayne ... --- Jamaica Gleaner --- August 17, 2015  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/2YddzA


108.   “Manager Stole to Help Disabled Child” --- A restaurant manager who stole $32,000 to pay medical bills for his disabled toddler and himself has been jailed. Mesulame Tadulala (42) was ... --- Otago Daily Times --- August 21, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/YaZARG


109.   “Disabled Man Ate Himself to Death” --- A disabled man has eaten himself to death after ingesting a "very large volume of food". The man's carers have copped coronial criticism in a report ... --- New Zealand Herald --- August 18, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/vVoAkA


110.   “Jason Wharepapa Jailed for Indecent Assault on Disabled Woman on a Bus” --- The disabled victim of a sexual assault has been left scared to go out in public the New Plymouth District Court has heard. --- Stuff.co.nz --- August 18, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/ayqlZ1


111.   “Behind the Walls of a Mental Hospital” --- From 2011 to 2014, Raza used a camera to document the shuttered lives of dozens of adults who've been identified as mentally ill or disabled. --- CNN --- August 18, 2015  (PAKISTAN)  http://is.gd/cgxZYc


112.   “Para-athletes Help Promote Crackdown on Hate Crime as Abuse of Disabled People Rises” ---  Disability and anti-sectarian campaigners have welcomed Police Scotland's campaign against disability hate crime after three of the country's ... --- The National --- August 18, 2015  (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/RP8BSR


113.   “Man with Learning Disabilities Tormented by Kids” --- A man with learning disabilities has told how cruel children who see him as ... “This week we are focusing on disabilities, which is one area which is ... --- Edinburgh Evening News --- August 17, 2015  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/mcATJS


114.   “South Africa's Disabled Children 'Excluded from School' ” --- An estimated 500,000 disabled children are being excluded from South Africa's education system, US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a ... --- BBC News --- August 18, 2015  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/SikxTJ


115.   “Woman Fined under 'Gag Law' for Posting Pic of Spanish Cop Car in Handicapped Spot” --- A woman in southeastern Spain who posted on Facebook a photo of a police car parked in a handicapped spot is now facing a fine of nearly $900 ... --- Fox News Latino --- August 17, 2015  (SPAIN)  http://is.gd/hBgDv1


116.   “Disability Services in Tasmanian Schools in Crisis, Teachers Say” --- Disability services in Tasmania's education system are "in crisis", a survey of teachers has found. The Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby ... --- ABC Online --- August 19, 2015  (TASMANIA)  http://is.gd/K5F1Ji



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