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News Summary for September 14, 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.

As you will see, the “scatter” of abuse is different this week.  Plus there are several “of interest” articles:

SEXUAL ABUSE: 14, 37, 58

PHYSICAL ABUSE: 1, 16, 18, 29, 33, 40, 51 53

NEGLECT: 27, 56, 61

NEGLECT THAT LED TO DEATH: 3, 7, 13, 19, 49, 52

MISSING: 9, 11, 12, 15, 28, 36, 62 (found OK: 9, 11, 15, 62); (dead: 28, 36)

MURDER: 7, 13

SCHOOL RELATED:  3, 14, 53, 61



Articles 6 and 98 related to violations of ADA by limo drivers at LAX (#6) who use accessible parking spaces and #98 where Virgin Airlines did not allow passenger to travel with service dog.

#17 - school sued for not having nurses on staff for special education students!

#22 - State hospital will be recertified following multiple violations including using handcuffs on patients, overcrowing, use of stun guns on patients and misuse of psychotropic medications.  Wow.

#32 - States there is no federal law on restraint and seclusion in schools, leaving this aspect to the states.

#38 - A new website has been set up on abuse of people with disabilities

#42, #78 - new grants to address abuse & disability

#55 - School board representative reprimanded for derogatory language

#74 - new app used by law enforcement

#94- new campaign to “ban inhumane practices in special education

#100 - cage for autistic students at school serves as a “wake up call” in local community



1.   “Family Seeking Answers on Autistic Son's Head Injury” --- A Tuscumbia family gets a frantic call that their autistic son, they entrusted in the care of others is in the hospital with a severe head injury. No one can ... --- WAFF --- September 10, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/jk4PGl


2.   “Caretaker's Trial Set in Disabled Man's Death” --- A November trial date has been set for a man accused of allowing a mentally handicapped man in his care to die, then dumping his ... --- Arkansas Online --- September 11, 2015  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/nUifYt


3.   “California Special Needs Teen Found Dead on School Bus” --- California police are investigating after a 19-year-old special needs student was found dead in a school bus. --- WAFB.com --- September 12, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/EogZEh


4.   “Disabled Man Tells Anaheim Police Robbers Bound Him with Duct Tape, Stole Large Amount of Cash ...” --- A disabled man was found in his home bound with duct tape by a neighbor Wednesday night after he was apparently robbed by at ... --- OCRegister --- September 10, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/5a51Tx


5.   “Santa Clara County to Form Commission to Investigate Jail System” --- Three correctional officers -- Jereh Lubrin, Matthew Farris and Rafael Rodriguez -- now face murder charges in the killing of the 31-year-old mentally ill ... --- Contra Costa Times --- September 10, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ESa4Dh


6.   “CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Dozens of Car Service Drivers Parking in Spaces for Disabled at LAX” ---  But, as Goldstein reports, he wasn't forthcoming about his disability. David Goldstein: “What is your disability? We've seen you ... --- CBS Local --- September 9, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/tRwX6b


7.   “San Jose Jail Death: Three Guards Expected to be Charged with Murder, Source Says” --- Other inmates also told this newspaper they heard Tyree, who was mentally ill, crying out in pain, saying he was sorry and asking the officers to stop. --- Milpitas Post --- September 8, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ws8Puf


8.   “Santa Clara County Prison Guard Says He Never Touched Jail Inmate” --- The county coroner's office concluded that the mentally ill man died of massive internal bleeding caused by blunt force trauma. His liver and spleen ... --- Contra Costa Times --- September 7, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/yHu31Z


9.   “Mentally Disabled Man Missing After CSU Game” --- As of late Saturday, a 58-year-old mentally disabled man who was last seen at Hughes Stadium was missing in Fort Collins. Kenneth Jewett was ... --- The Coloradoan --- September 12, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/TMchJR


10.   “Man Accused of Assaulting Veteran in Wheelchair Faces Hate-Crime Charge” --- A man accused of assaulting a wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran has been bound over for trial in Boulder District Court on ... --- The Republic --- September 11, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/Bv8Dtc


11.   “Law Enforcement Searching for Missing Developmentally Disabled Adult” --- El Paso County law enforcement is asking for the public's help in locating a missing developmentally disabled adult and his companion. --- KKTV 11 News --- September 9, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/hAZMCy


12.   “Manatee County Woman Missing Following Argument with Sister” --- A mentally challenged woman is missing after she and her sister get into a verbal argument. According to the Sheriff's ... --- WWSB ABC 7 --- September 9, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/O2cxRS


13.   “2003 Homicide of Mentally Disabled Man Still Unsolved” --- Cook's family described him as fiercely independent, despite being mentally disabled, and a little too welcoming to people he didn't know. --- The Augusta Chronicle --- September 13, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/JvQCOe


14.   “Georgia Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Former Oconee Co. Teacher's Aide Who Sent Lewd Photos ...” --- The victim also worked with the HERO Club, a student organization in which students worked with special education students, and Wetzel ... --- Online Athens --- September 11, 2015  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/twt99D


15.   “Search Continues for Missing Deaf-Mute Man” --- Gwinnett County authorities are continuing to search for a missing man that wandered away from his Lilburn home on Tuesday. --- CBS46 News Atlanta --- September 10, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/kTCGz5


16.   “Suspect Cuts Neck of Man in Wheelchair in Rockford” --- A 57-year-old man in a wheelchair was cut on the neck and pushed out of his chair when he was returning home about 3:15 a.m. ... --- Rockford Register Star --- September 14, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/G7ni6Z 


17.   “Suit: Chicago Public Schools Bungled Contract for Special-Needs Nurses” --- Some are calling it a school nurse fiasco. Now, the Chicago Board of Education is facing a federal lawsuit. Some special-needs kids are ... --- CBS Local --- September 11, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/T7Dug6


18.   “Caretaker Allegedly Assaults Autistic Patient” --- An in-home camera feed revealed a caretaker was physically abusing one of his patients, according to Des Moines police. Benjamin Songol, 30, was ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- September 14, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/IdrWFE


19.   “Iowa Inspectors Say Nursing Home Mistreated 3 Mentally Ill Patients, Including 1 Who Died” --- Iowa inspectors say nursing home mistreated 3 mentally ill patients, ... that were transferred there this summer after a state mental hospital closed. --- Daily Journal --- September 13, 2015  (IOWA) http://is.gd/XYaOO2


20.   “Family Asks for Safe Return of Speaking Tool for Son with Special Needs” ---That all changed when his school gave him an iPad with a special speech program. "It has opened up his world. He communicates with us. He tells us ... --- KCTV5 --- September 8, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/KQtepc


21.   “Handicapped Man Robbed in Marigny” --- A surveillance image released by NOPD showing the man who allegedly robbed a handicapped man in the Marigny on Sept. 11. --- FOX 8 News WVUE-TV --- September 12, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/GSNtv4


22.   “Lawmakers to Discuss Riverview Re-certification” --- According to the report, Riverview has proper policies for the use of restraint, seclusion and anti-psychotic drugs. However, the report said Riverview ... --- WMTW Portland --- September 12, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/jZDuvU


23.   “Mom: Daughter Waited 10 Days in ER for Mental-Health Bed” --- The biggest obstacles to swifter long-term treatment are a lack of inpatient psychiatric beds in Maine, along with the displacement of regular patients at ... --- ABC News --- September 11, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/0RObDv


24.   “Maine Seeking Forced Meds for Man Charged in Dad's Death” --- He was declared not competent to stand trial and was sent to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta. Under the law that went on the books this ... --- SunHerald.com --- September 10, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/5mKEt8


25.   “Man Says He's Being Wrongly Held at Mental Health Hospital” --- Donald Beauchene is currently being held at the Riverview Psychiatric Center after he was found not guilty in the 1969 stabbing death of 30-year-old ... --- Belleville News-Democrat --- September 9, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/xong7U


26.   “Veteran Fired from VA After Seeking Help for Disability Pay” --- Federal investigators say the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs fired an employee in retaliation for seeking congressional ... --- Colorado Springs Gazette --- September 8, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/1ZAF1Y


27.   “Police: Disabled Michigan Man Abused, Neglected for Years” --- Police in Michigan say they found a disabled man who had been hidden away for years, cut off from contact with the ... --- WRGB --- September 12, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/lP3Vhf


28.   “Read Full State Report on Foster Agency of Autistic Boy, 9, Who Drowned” --- The state has made its case for taking away the license of the agency that placed 9-year-old Omarion Humphrey in foster care before ... --- MLive.com --- September 11, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/ay9swX


29.   “Suspect Charged in Online Dating Assault of Disabled Man” --- Suspect charged in online dating assault of disabled man. A suspect has been charged in the assault of a special needs man who met him online. --- MyFox Detroit --- September 10, 2015  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/gOhpfR


30.   “Agency that Placed Autistic Boy Who Drowned Should Lose License, State Says” --- In an Oakland County court hearing in July, a representative of Alternatives testified that Omarion's foster mother was licensed to foster special needs ... --- MLive.com --- September 8, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/haJzvv


31.   “Armed Man in Clown Mask Robs Disabled Amputee at Home” --- Investigators with the St. Ann Police Department are looking for an armed home invader who was wearing a clown mask when ... --- fox2now.com --- September 10, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/IdZT0b


32.   “Legislative Committee Examines Schools' Use of Physical Restraints, Seclusion” --- Reece Peterson, a special education professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said that although restraint and seclusion are primarily used on ... --- North Platte Bulletin --- September 13, 2015  (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/se4fxt


33.   “16-Year-Old Arrested, Accused of Goading Autistic Teen into Drinking Chemical-laced Water” --- A 16-year-old boy has been arrested, accused of talking an autistic classmate into drinking water laced with copper ... --- Daily Journal --- September 12, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/hm2myX


34.   “Lincoln Woman's Wheelchair Stolen in Burglary” --- Lincoln Police say the suspect pried into a locked back door and then burglarized the home, stealing the couples car and the wheelchair that was ... --- KLKN --- September 8, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/rvZKd8 


35.   “Federal Prosecutors: Former Army Clerk Admits Embezzling $150,000 in Disability Benefits” --- A former Army clerk has admitted embezzling $150,000 in disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs over a ... --- Daily Journal --- September 13, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/6iWrZd


36.   “Police Search for Missing Mentally Handicapped Man in Burlington County” --- Police are asking for the public's help in locating a disabled man from Burlington County, New Jersey. --- CBS Local --- September 13, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/TrZjyl


37.   “Professor, Accused of Sex Assault, Declares Love for Disabled Man” --- A few months after disclosing her sexual relationship with a severely mentally disabled man, Rutgers-Newark professor Anna ... --- NJ.com --- September 11, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/CHz7ej


38.   “NYC Institute Starts Website for Protecting the Disabled” --- The Vera Institute of Justice has established a website intended to help for victims, caregivers and others find programs and ... --- Glens Falls Post-Star --- September 14, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/sIALIJ


39.   “Lawyer: Mental Patient Has Right Against Unlawful Detention” --- A mentally ill patient involuntarily sent to a psychiatric hospital has a constitutional right to leave once the court order for detention and treatment ... --- Modesto Bee --- September 11, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/qXMS7i


40.   “Man Gets Probation in Group Home Abuse Case” --- A Hudson man was convicted Tuesday on a charge related to choking a developmentally disabled person in his care at a residential ... --- The Register Star --- September 10, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/q8DCVO


41.   “Family Sues Over New York Prison Death as Ex-Inmate Speaks Out on 'Beat Up Squad' ” --- Andrew M. Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, for not publicly responding to reports of abuse at the prison. “Where is Governor Cuomo?” Mr. …--- New York Times --- September 9, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/gAyRsp


42.   “Grant to Address Violence Against Women with Disabilities” --- A $425,000 federal grant will benefit Willow Domestic Violence Center for training and services to end violence against women with disabilities, ... --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- September 8, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/81pTZ9


43.   “Strengthen Protections for Developmentally Disabled” --- Developmentally disabled people already are among society's most vulnerable. It is very disturbing that they are the victims of widespread abuse, and ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- September 13, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/vwza97


44.   “Ohio's Developmentally Disabled Need More Protection from Abuse: Editorial” --- Francis says investigative records include potentially identifying information about a person's disability. However, a lack of public scrutiny makes the ... --- cleveland.com --- September 13, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/29H3Rs


45.   “US Joins Blind Student's Lawsuit Against Ohio School” --- The government alleges the university has violated the American with Disabilities Act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability and says the ... --- KSL.com --- September 13, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/8xIozH


46.   “AG DeWine Names Advisory Committee for Crime Victims with Disabilities” --- A two-day Dispatch series detailed how sexual assaults and violent crimes against people with disabilities often go unreported or are not prosecuted. --- Columbus Dispatch --- September 8, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/k5GFcj


47.   “Summit, Start Counties Tout Handling of Crimes Against the Disabled” --- The two Ohio counties that include law-enforcement representatives on local developmental disabilities boards say that approach helps ... --- Akron Beacon Journal --- September 7, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/rjxT1h


48.   “Appeals Court Turns Away Portion of Tulsa County Appeal in Jail Death Lawsuit” --- ... jail of placing seriously mentally ill inmates in general population and failing to timely respond to mental health requests that would place mentally ill ... --- Tulsa World --- September 10, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/CRuQpj


49.   “Caregiver Gets up to 5 Years for Deadly Neglect of Lancaster Woman” --- Robinson suffered from a degenerative disease, used a wheelchair, and was supposed to have round-the-clock care. She was found alone, ... --- abc27 --- September 14, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/LmeNKq


50.   “Fair Imprisonment: The Case Grows Against Solitary Confinement” --- Growing numbers of mental health experts consider it torture. Inmates, often severely mentally ill, assigned to restricted housing are kept in their cells ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- September 14, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/aCRilx 


51.   “Mount Pocono Man Charged in Kidnapping, Assault Cases” --- More than two weeks after bringing home a mentally challenged stranger he allegedly kidnapped, a Mount Pocono man was involved in a domestic ... --- Pocono Record --- September 11, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/kvlrPS


52.   “Woman Admits Holding Disabled People Captive in Fraud Scheme” --- A woman accused of keeping mentally disabled adults captive in the basement of a Philadelphia home for their disability checks has pleaded guilty to ... --- ABC News --- September 9, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/SbfuOh


53.   “Trial to Begin for Horry County Teacher Charged with Child Abuse” --- In April 2013, police charged Anna Rogers after authorities say a then 5-year-old special needs student brought a recorder to Forestbrook Elementary ... --- WBTW --- September 13, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/xftWcB


54.   “End Abuse of Mentally Ill Prisoners” --- The S.C. Department of Corrections is implementing reforms afterCircuit Judge Michael Baxley ordered mentally ill prisoners receive more humane ... --- Charleston Post Courier --- September 13, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/eeA44v


55.   “Williamson School Board Member under Fire for Using Hate Speech” --- Another association for people with disabilities, ARC, posted a video on YouTube on Friday supporting a campaign to spread the word, to end of word. --- WSMV Nashville --- September 11, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/ofxo5p


56.   “Caregiver Arrested and Charged in TBI Patient Neglect Case” --- ... County grand jury returned indictments for Ms. Matthews, charging the 48-year-old Huntland woman with one count of neglect of an impaired adult, ... --- The Chattanoogan --- September 10, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/my6bcE


57.   “Stolen Wheelchair Returned to Arlington Teen with Disabilities” --- He has a physical disability requires him to use a wheelchair and unable to speak. But instead, the 17-year-old who loves cowboys and rodeos ... --- NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth --- September 12, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/wJmCNF


58.   “Man Sentenced to Life after Sexually Assaulting Autistic Child” --- A man was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child. According to authorities, Justin Levi ... --- KPRC Houston --- September 11, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/zZhodl


59.   “Two Charged with Tampering in Case of Jail Inmate Who Died” --- ... Office stating that jailers violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to consider his disabilities and preventing him from committing suicide. --- Houston Chronicle --- September 11, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/kAO1Xt


60.   “Riverside Psychiatrist Convicted of Health Care Fraud” --- In June, Earnest Gibson IV – the former CEO's son and a group home operator – got 20 years and Regina Askew – who rose from a case worker ... --- Chron.com --- September 11, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/0y5JeI


61.   “Former Special Education Teacher's Aid Charged with Indecency with a Child” --- A former special education teacher's aide in the Princeton Independent School District has been arrested, charged with indecency with a child. --- NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth --- September 10, 2015  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/8Xxm8a  


62.   “Authorities in Longview Locate Missing Autistic Man” --- Longview police spokesperson Kristi Brian says Damien Mark Jay, 19, of Longview had been reported missing by his grandparents. Paul and Shari ... --- KLTV --- September 9, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/SDgqw4


63.   “Mentally Ill Inmates Sue over Alleged Delay in Treatment” --- The Disability Law Center and the other plaintiffs allege that warehousing these very ill people in jail when they have not been convicted of any crime, ... --- KSL.com --- September 10, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/35n9bB


64.   “Arlington Family in a Bind after Son's Wheelchair Stolen” --- According to Norma Morales, around 11:15 p.m. Friday, the driver of the red truck mentioned in the original story came to her home to return the wheelchair in perfect condition. --- WFAA --- September 12, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/mnqDmT


65.   “Virginia Sheriff Releases Video of Effort to Subdue Inmate Who Died” --- The sheriff's office in Fairfax County, Va., released a graphic video on Thursday showing the struggle between officers and a mentally ill woman that ... --- New York Times --- September 10, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/u14h9q


66.   “Deaf Man Jailed Without Sign Language Translator Wins Case Against DC Jail” --- A deaf man who was jailed for 51 days without a sign language translator -- left unable to communicate with prison doctors, his counselor, his ... --- NBC4 Washington --- September 11, 2015  (WASHINGTON, D.C.) http://is.gd/Ilq7rv


67.   “Don't Blame Gun Violence on Mentally Ill” --- But research paints a more nuanced picture. Rates of violence by the mentally ill are slightly higher than the general population, but the vast majority ... --- mySanAntonio.com --- September 11, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/zYHJXp


Seeking Improved Support


68.   “Anchorage Schools Grapple with Special Education Vacancies” --- The Anchorage School District has a started a new school year with two dozen vacancies in special education.--- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner --- September 7, 2015  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/dgScKP


69.   “Not Enough Beds for Mental Health Patients” --- Neither Yuba nor Sutter counties has any beds set aside for youths and adolescents with psychiatric needs. In fact, there are only 155 such beds ... --- Appeal-Democrat --- September 13, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/VF4dK2


70.   “Oakland Looks to Integrate Special Ed Students in Regular Classrooms” --- The Oakland Unified School District is trying to sell teachers and parents on a plan to move special education students into ... --- CBS Local --- September 9, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/aW5IL9


71.   “Agency that Cares for Developmentally Disabled: $48 Million in OT” --- His base salary is about $54,000. But in the institutional system run by the Department of Developmental Services, base salaries are often irrelevant. --- Hartford Courant --- September 13, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/Asdt5T


72.   “Mental Health Agencies Take on Larger Role Coordinating All Care” --- Cindy, center, jokes with Elizabeth Strange, who co-leads the fitness group, and ... Health Resources behavioral health home's Friday fitness group. --- The CT Mirror --- September 9, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/4ttMDY


73.   “Cuts Hurt Floridians with Disabilities” --- Agencies that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are particularly appreciative of the front-page story, “State funding lost, cut ... --- Daytona Beach News-Journal --- September 11, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ZhPuDt


74.   “Georgia Agencies Develop App to Support At-risk Adults” --- For instance, abuse that occurs within a household would require assistance from Adult Protective Services in addition to law enforcement. --- The Augusta Chronicle --- September 10, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/FfFSgo


75.   “Kansas County Officials Uncover Discrepancies in Disability Waiting Lists” --- The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is reviewing a waiting list for developmental disability services after counties reported ... --- KCUR --- September 8, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/73SmHF


76.   “New Orleans Jail Improved, but Inmates Should be Moved Soon, Experts Say” --- Gusman has sought millions of dollars to build a "Phase III" building to house mentally ill, injured and teenage inmates, while the city has suggested ... --- NOLA.com --- September 10, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/pStq9Q


77.   “Hospitals Say Patients Can Spend Days in ER” --- They say the problem is complex, a mix of too few hospital beds, too few psychiatric workers, too few long-term treatment programs and too many ... --- Lewiston Sun Journal --- September 11, 2015  (MAINE)   http://is.gd/cyQN9E


78.   “William Carey Awarded Grant to Fund Programs Assisting Adults with Intellectual Disabilities” ---  William Carey University has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation to fund ... --- The Tribune --- September 14, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/tAsWh5


79.   “Missouri Woman Uses Experience to Advocate for the Deaf” --- Logan was studying psychology at the University of Georgia when she contracted spinal meningitis. In less than a week, her hearing was completely ... --- KBIA --- September 9, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/okn4XN


80.   “Where to Now?” --- A prolonged fight over the Montana Developmental Center's future finally ended with the legislature voting to shut down the facility. The real challenge ... --- Missoula Independent --- September 10, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/ssFvav


81.   “Actors, Mentally Ill Aid NYC Police Training Meant to Calm” --- In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 photo, Officer Lamont Edwards talks to actor Nathan Purdee during a Crisis Intervention Training class at the New ... --- seattlepi.com --- September 13, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Bak1Tt


82.   “NY Court Weighs Rights of Patients to Leave Involuntary Hospital Commitment for Mental Illness” ---  A mentally ill patient involuntarily sent to a psychiatric hospital has a constitutional right to leave once the court order for ... --- The Republic --- September 11, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/u7p5dQ 


83.   “Parents, Unemployed Focus of NYC Mental-Health Experiment” --- New York's effort "is a very helpful and positive step forward," says Ron Honberg, the national policy director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness ... --- ABC News --- September 9, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/L5spSf


84.   “Statewide Forum Held in Albany on Developmental Disability Services” --- A state agency focusing on serving people with developmental disabilities is traveling the state to find ways to improve services. The Georgia Council ... --- WALB-TV --- September 9, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/9JfKaV


85.   “Federal Grant to Help Deaf People Who Are Victims of Domestic Violence” --- Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced the grant, noting that on a per capita basis, Rochester is home to the nation's largest deaf population. --- WXXI News --- September 8, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/wXSNpT


86.   “Hays Co. Law Enforcement Struggling to Deal with Mentally Ill” --- But beneath the quaint surface, crime is intertwined with mental illness. "When I have to send two officers on a two day trip to West Texas to find bed ... --- KEYE TV --- September 10, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/r9yTR0


87.   “S.L. County Jail Study Highlights Pitfalls for Mentally Ill, At-risk Individuals” --- A study analyzing S.L. County's criminal justice system says a number of people discharged from jail for pretrial supervision or probation aren't ... --- Deseret News --- September 9, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/m762rK


88.   “County is Ready, But Is It Able, to Deal with Mentally Ill?” --- Salt Lake County is better prepared than most places to reduce the number of mentally ill people in jail, an independent report said Wednesday. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- September 9, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/Tk4pCP


89.   “County Trying to Cope with Shortage of Psychiatrists” --- Over the last 10 months Human Services has been conducting a nationwide recruiting effort for psychiatric nurse practitioners. Allowing allied ... --- Kenosha News --- September 10, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/eiDCgm


90.   “Report Calls for Research on How SSI Funds Are Granted” --- A national panel called Wednesday for additional research into the state-to-state disparity in the distribution of federal disability benefits to poor ... --- Boston Globe --- September 9, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Iuzs2n


91.   “Why There's Disagreement over Screening Every Child for Autism” --- It is when we talk about screening every child for autism that the debate becomes heated. Recently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force ... --- New York Times --- September 8, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/cZW2wK


Proposed Legislation and New Laws

92.   “California Lawmakers Send Assisted-Suicide Bill to Governor” --- Despite opposition from religious and disability rights groups, the California legislature on Friday approved a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide ... --- FOX31 Denver --- September 12, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/v951mC


93.   “Lawmakers Seek 'Carl's Law' Label to Honor Autistic Man Who Authorities Say Was Followed, Killed” --- State legislators have drafted legislation to rename part of Florida's laws after Carl Starke, an autistic man who authorities say was ... --- St. Augustine Record --- September 12, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ahbYA0


94.   “Calley Calls for Law Banning ‘Inhumane,’ ‘Barbaric’ Practices in Special Education” --- Brian Calley is pushing for changes in Michigan's special education system. ... listening tour and survey on Tuesday to the state Board of Education. --- WNMU-FM --- September 9, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/QFVLeM


International Articles


95.   “Autistic Kids 'Tied to Chairs' at School, Senate Inquiry Told” --- Children with Disability Australia has told the Senate inquiry into students with disabilities that one unnamed school took no action when a boy kicked ... --- The Australian --- September 14, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/tZne0r


96.   “Special Needs Teen's Tragic Last Hours” --- A 19-year-old student with special needs has been found dead on an empty school bus after allegedly being left alone in the vehicle during a ... --- NEWS.com.au --- September 14, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/xF4Jgy


97.   “NSW Shop Fined for Not Serving Blind Man” --- A take-away shop on the NSW south coast has been fined after a blind man with his guide dog was allegedly told to leave by the owner. --- 9news.com.au --- September 14, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/G4OMSY


98.   “Virgin Australia Forced to Pay Disabled Man $10,000 for Refusing to Let Him Fly with Helper Dog” ---  Suffering from cerebral palsy, loss of eyesight and hearing difficulties, David Mulligan already had to overcome severe ... --- The Daily Telegraph --- September 12, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/Phad4R


99.   “Cage in Canberra School a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem” --- Until we address the gross disadvantage students with disability typically contend with, incidents of restraint and seclusion will become more and more ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- September 10, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/W5bLKj


100.   “Image of Cage in Canberra School a ‘Wake-up Call’, Says Disability Advocate” --- A disability rights advocate has commended the publication of an image of a cage used to confine an autistic child in a Canberra school. --- The Canberra Times --- September 9, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/THQ3Rr


101.   “Disabled Voters Still Face Accessibility Challenges at the Polls, Advocates Say” --- Advocacy groups and observers say disabled voters will likely still encounter some inaccessible polling stations, ballots that cannot be marked ... --- Globalnews.ca --- September 12, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/RonIZW


102.   “Staff at New Ontario Mental Health Hospital Fear for Their Lives” --- We send them to a resort-style psychiatric hospital on the shores of Georgian Bay where they live in dorm rooms with nurses serving as both ... --- Toronto Sun --- September 12, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/sZEcdt


103.   “Family of Girl with Developmental Delays Struggles to Find a Place in Care Home” --- A Cole Harbour family, whose daughter has developmental disabilities, is urging the Department of Community Services to open more spaces in small ... --- CBC.ca --- September 11, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/wHdH8l


104.   “Calgary Police Investigate Suspicious Death of Teen with Special Needs” --- Family members have identified the young woman as 19-year-old Jessica Hagen, who had Down syndrome. She was found dead Tuesday, in her ... --- CTV News --- September 10, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/cRilnc


105.   “Abuse of Deer Lodge Centre Residents Prompts Police Investigation” --- Documented cases of abuse of residents at Deer Lodge Centre have prompted the province to call in Winnipeg police to investigate, CBC News has ... --- CBC.ca --- September 10, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/vDKbUX


106.   “Inquest Launched into the Death of a Man at a Penetanguishene Psychiatric Facility” --- An inquest has been launched to examine the 2013 death of a man at a psychiatric facility in Penetanguishene. Dr. William Lucas, regional ... --- CTV News --- September 9, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/AGvFYD 


107.   “Woman in Wheelchair Dies After Being Hit by Camper Van in Haddenham” --- A 52-year-old woman was pushing a 69-year-old woman in a wheelchair when they were both hit by a red VW camper van. The pensioner was rushed ... --- Bucks Herald --- September 11, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/xrOhkh


108.   “Coventry Man Jailed for Killing Disabled Friend” --- A man has been jailed for killing his housebound friend by punching him in the head when he was in bed. Arunasalam Arunothayan, 48, from Sri ... --- BBC News --- September 9, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/pFUzTb


109.   “Man Arrested over Theft from Down's Syndrome Couple” --- A man has been arrested after a couple with Down's Syndrome were allegedly targeted by thieves while out shopping. Maryanne and Tommy Pilling ... --- BBC News --- September 9, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/hHCSVJ


110.   “Two Arrested for Raping Deaf and Speech Impaired Woman” --- Two arrested for raping deaf and speech impaired woman. Haroon Rashid (33) and Basheer Ahmed (45) were arrested on the suspicion of raping and ... --- India Today --- September 8, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/GPy3X9


111.   “Deep Inequality in Special-needs Supports Laid Bare” --- The group's main advice, in a report published in June 2014, was that children with special educational needs should no longer have to depend on a ... --- Irish Times --- September 8, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/u5KDAA


112.   “Concerns over Disability Care as Workers Protest” --- Concerns over disability care as workers protest ... on their action as a last resort but that they were determined to see their rights vindicated and would ... --- RTE.ie --- September 8, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/t4mnAt


113.   “Iain Duncan Smith Criticised for Calling Non-disabled People 'Normal' ” --- Iain Duncan Smith has been criticised for referring to people without disabilities as “normal”, in contrast to the disabled. --- Belfast Telegraph --- September 8, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/khl7lC


114.  “ 'Internal Investigation' on Alleged Beating of Disabled Boy, 10, at Mount Carmel's Youth Residence” ---  A 10-year-old boy who suffers from muscular dystrophy and also has a behavioural problem was allegedly abused — both ... --- Malta Independent Online --- September 13, 2015  (MALTA) http://is.gd/dvYZOk 


115.   “Nurses Failed to Manage Patient's Pain, Says Health and Disability Commissioner” --- Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill says in a report released ... The Southern DHB breached the code of patients' rights on ... --- New Zealand Herald --- September 14, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/ldYVGA


116.   “How I Learned to Let go of the Urge to ‘Fix' My Autistic Son” --- "I'll love him and be there for him no matter what might happen, or who he turns out to be." The last thing I do before bed is sneak a glimpse of the ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- September 9, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/ei5BbX


117.   “Take Mentally-challenged Children for Treatment, Expert Urges Parents” --- She said most parents only take mentally-challenged children to hospital after failed attempts from witchdoctors which is an abuse of the children's ... --- Zambia Daily Mail --- September 9, 2015  (ZAMBIA)  http://is.gd/DdQgGt


118.   “Thousands of Disabled Get a Helping Hand” --- More than 5,400 disabled children have been helped access education in a 10-year project held in Ninh Binh Province in the North ... --- Viet Nam News --- September 12, 2015  (VIET NAM)  http://is.gd/jSnZTe


119.   “Gov’t Urges Colleges to Enroll More Students with Disabilities” --- A journalist with disabilities and works with people with disabilities, Patrick ... institutions have facilities that are friendly to people with disabilities. --- VOA Zimbabwe --- September 8, 2015  (ZIMBABWE)  http://is.gd/0tDM1I



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