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News Summary for October 5, 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’s newsfeed is definitely skewed with six articles on sexual abuse and 16 involving physical abuse plus two that led to murder.  I have selected a few articles for special attention.  Here is the breakdown:

SEXUAL ABUSE: 7, 50, 52, 54, 57, 98

PHYSICAL ABUSE: 4, 5, 8, 18, 21, 26, 29, 33, 36, 42, 46, 47, 55, 62, 64




MURDER: 25, 62



32:  Male teen with I/DD forced a false confession after nine hours of interrogation. PD will pay $1m in lawsuit.

63:  Sex offenders with disabilities are held in 21-hour/day isolation, no court-ordered treatment provided.  Lawsuit pending.

41:  Financial fraud by therapist providing in-home therapy falsely bills for services to children with autism.

42:  Physical abuse by residential staff taken by child resident

62:  Physical abuse and murder by boyfriend of mother of 18 year old with autism. Mother is former special education teacher. Both also abused her younger son.

64:  Physical abuse/neglect by mother, 53, of her son, 21, with autism, had been kept “for years”  locked in the basement. Victim’s paternal grandmother called authorities. Although found guilty and possible sentence was nine MONTHS in jail, was given two years probation.



1.   “State Trying to Move Residents of Madison County Group Home, Cites 140 Abuse, Neglect Complaints” --- The Alabama Department of Mental Health is awaiting a Madison County judge's ruling to determine if it can move about 35 residents from ... --- AL.com --- September 29, 2015  (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/AOHWwc 


2.   “Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Paris School District for Discrimination Against Autistic Student” ---  Cyndi Harter is the mother of 11-year-old Arianna, who was diagnosed with severe but high-functioning autism at an early age. --- 5newsonline.com --- October 1, 2015  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/gSuoKp


3.   “New Video Emerges of the Moments After Mentally Ill Woman Was Shot by Police” --- New video footage emerged Saturday of the moments after Los Angeles Police Department officers shot and killed a mentally-ill woman … --- NBC Southern California --- October 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/jSG3VC


4.   “New Abuse Allegations, and New Lawsuit, Leveled at Brentwood Special Needs Teacher Dina Holder” --- Two former special needs students have filed a lawsuit against Brentwood Union School District saying that then-teacher Dina ... --- Contra Costa Times --- October 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/fUPoAH


5.   “I-Team: Father of Son with Autism Views Altercation with School Bus Driver” --- "You have a father who is nervous, who wants to know what happened to his autistic son," said Canepa. "And for them, and for Durham not to have the ... --- abc7news.com --- October 2, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/IBaLJf


6.   “Sheriff: Scores of Inmate Complaints in Jail under Review Since Beating Death in Widening Probe” --- In her first interview since arresting three correctional deputies for allegedly beating a mentally ill inmate to death, Santa ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- September 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/VlHNHf


7.   “Sex Abuse Case Ends with 7-Year Sentence for Former Sonoma Developmental Center Employee” --- A former psychiatric technician has been sentenced to seven years in prison for having unlawful sexual contact with a ... --- Daily Journal --- September 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/dzKXnf


8.   “Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Strangling Handicapped Roommate” --- A Bakersfield man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday for strangling his handicapped roommate to steal more than ... --- The Bakersfield Californian --- September 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/UD7R8R


9.   “Family Members Protest Deadly Force from Fresno Police” --- Centeno says his 40-year-old brother was mentally ill and officers were too quick to use deadly force. So on Wednesday, he stood with family, church ... --- ABC30.com --- September 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/sVkrhW


10.   “Disproportionate Number of Disabled, African American Students Arrested at School” --- While children with disabilities made up only 10 percent of the student population in the Bay Area's 20 largest school district, they accounted for 27% ... --- NBC Bay Area --- September 29, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/UMf45v


11.   “Arapahoe County Inmate in Mental Health Program Dies, Second Death in Program in Six Weeks” --- An inmate in an Arapahoe County program for the mentally ill was found dead over the weekend. The 33-year-old man was found ... --- Aurora Sentinel --- September 29, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/Zv8wG0


12.   “Hotline Service Might Be Outsourced” --- The Bridgeport school district now has an in-house hotline for anonymous tips about special-education violations, but soon may ... --- CT Post --- September 30, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/CElNvh


13.   “Mother of Man Shot in Wheelchair Arrested” --- The mother of a man in a wheelchair who was killed by police officers last week was arrested and charged with assault and threatening the woman ... --- The News Journal --- September 30, 2015  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/EOOQGv


14.   “Disabled Couple Sues Delaware State Police over Raid Tactics” --- A Rehoboth Beach couple – the wife a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, the husband a disabled veteran taking ... --- USA TODAY --- September 29, 2015  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/jikTGz


15.   “Blind Woman Robbed at Miami Home” --- Police are investigating after a blind woman stabbed a man who broke into her home and demanded money before taking off. --- Local 10 --- October 2, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/w9k35u


16.   “Disabled Man Found Tied Up in WPB Apartment, Caretaker Arrested” --- Police responded Friday morning to a report that a person was found tied up inside an apartment at 4740 Portifino Way in West Palm Beach. --- WPBF West Palm Beach --- October 2, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/xDgMTp


17.   “School Apologizes after Autistic Student Wandered off Campus” --- Florida school officials are apologizing to the parents of a student with autism after she went missing from school. --- Washington Times --- October 1, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Vm91KU


18.   “PBSO: Lake Worth Woman Slapped, Choked 5-Year-Old Autistic Boy” --- Deputies arrested a West Palm Beach nurse on child abuse charges after finding a 5-year-old Autistic boy bleeding from his ear and ... --- Palm Beach Post --- September 29, 2015  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/JndU16


19.   “Ex-nursing Home Leader Gets Prison for Stealing $300,000 from Veteran” --- A former Georgia nursing home administrator is going to federal prison for stealing more than $300,000 in disability benefits from a Vietnam veteran ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- September 28, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/yQladM


20.   “Ex-Director of Program for Disabled Going to Prison” --- A federal judge sentenced a former executive director of the Hawaii Center for Independent Living to 21 months in prison Thursday for embezzling ... --- Honolulu Star-Advertiser --- October 2, 2015  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/RgxzL4


21.   “Mt. Olive Mother Homeschooling Autistic Son After Child Comes Home with Bruises” --- A Macoupin County family turned to homeschooling their special needs child after he came home with unexplained bruises. --- kplr11.com --- October 1, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/0BCoWF


22.   “Rehab Center Denies Liability in Suit Alleging Disabled Child Suffered Broken Hip and Black Eye” ---  A Collinsville rehab center claims a disabled child's own negligence was the sole cause of any injuries she allegedly suffered ... --- Madison County Record --- September 29, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/aM32Wu


23.   “Berwyn Nursing Home Sued for Alleged Injuries to Disabled Woman” --- A Cook County man is suing a nurse and the owners of a nursing home, alleging negligence in the care of a disabled woman. Michael Petraski ... --- Cook County Record --- September 29, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/aztIXA


24.   “Man Who Scammed Disabled Hoosiers Sentenced to Federal Prison” --- An Indianapolis man who sold used, often faulty, wheelchairs to disabled Hoosiers and presented them as new will spend nearly four years in federal ... --- Indianapolis Star --- September 30, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/tfacAZ


25.   “Carolyn Rimpson, Missing Mentally Challenged Woman, Found Dead in Gary” --- Rimpson was reported missing on Sept. 23. An missing person's alert from Gary police said Simpson was mentally challenged and had hypertension. --- WLS-TV --- September 30, 2015  (INDIANA) http://is.gd/7uQnaY 


26.   “Autistic Teen Tied Up, Shocked with Jumper Cables” --- The alleged incident happened Sunday morning while the young teen was walking about 0.2 miles from the suspect’s home. --- Globalnews.ca --- September 29, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/7T1aqC


27.   “Woman Claims Psychologist Blinded Her with Drain Cleaner Because She Wanted to Be Blind” --- She says after years of growing up fantasizing about being blind and even pretending to be disabled, she acquired a white cane in her ... --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- October 3, 2015  (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/p1jrMb


28.   “Nurse Who Authorized Pepper-spraying of Maine Patient Agrees to Make License Inactive” --- A nurse who was fired for authorizing the use of pepper spray on a naked patient at Riverview Psychiatric Center, and who also is charged with ... --- Press Herald --- September 30, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/mt7l4T


29.   “Adams Daycare Provider Charged with Assaulting Autistic Child” --- A 67-year-old daycare provider has been summoned to Northern Berkshire District Court to face multiple charges after a cell phone video ... --- MassLive.com --- October 3, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Afoowd


30.   “Cambridge Police: Man in Wheelchair Punched, Robbed” --- A 61-year-old Cambridge man in a wheelchair was punched and robbed on Albany Street last week. The victim told officers around 2 p.m. Sept. --- Wicked Local Cambridge --- October 1, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/L4LKfN


31.   “State Psychiatric Hospital to Take Corrective Action, Says Department of Labor Standards” --- A state investigation has confirmed what FOX Undercover first reported two months ago: workplace ... --- My Fox Boston --- September 30, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/FyNHbA


32.   “St. Clair County Settles Civil Suit with Nearly $1 Million Payout” --- Yates' lawyers filed a civil lawsuit last year claiming investigators forced a false confession out of the mentally challenged teenager. "Every time ... --- KSDK --- September 29, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/Ei4nmj 


33.   “Pass Christian Woman Testifies at School-Policy Hearing Her Autistic Son Was Put in Wooden Box” ---  Joy Hogge, a licensed psychologist, gives her opinion on use of restraints and seclusion in public school discipline during a public ... --- SunHerald.com --- September 30, 2015 (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/x8OrTe


34.   “St. Louis Aldermen to Debate Exempting 'Sheltered Workshops' from Minimum Wage” --- Alderman Megan Green said the revision was at the urging of some disability rights advocates who say the workers aren't being valued at the same ... --- STLtoday.com --- October 2, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/CCv2aV


35.   “St. Louis Jury Awards Disabled Former Judge $7 million” --- A St. Louis jury has awarded $7 million to an administrative law judge who said he was fired due to his disability. Matthew Vacca's suit ... --- STLtoday.com --- October 2, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/iSdW1o


36.   “13-Year-Old with Special Needs Still Recovering After 20-Year-Old KC Man Shot Her, 3 Others with BB Rifle” --- Rachelle is a special needs child who has suffered nightmares since being shot and didn't want to step outside again until she learned ... --- fox4kc.com --- October 1, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/fVCPcN


37.   “Concerns over Care, Living Conditions at Assisted Living Homes Prompt Mental Health Meeting” ---  Reports of bedbug infestations, rooms filled with soiled adult diapers and outright neglect of mentally ill people in assisted living in ... --- Lincoln Journal Star --- October 2, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/QhttbZ


38.   “Carson City Sheriff's Arrest Log: Father Jailed on Suspicion of Abusing Disabled Daughter” --- A 62-year-old Carson City man was booked into jail early Monday on suspicion of gross misdemeanor abuse of a vulnerable person and ... --- Carson Now --- September 28, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/iqUTCa


39.   “Juror Explains Why Professor Was Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Man” --- Accused of sexually assaulting a disabled man, known as D.J., who cannot speak beyond making noises, Rutgers-Newark professor ... --- NJ.com --- October 3, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/HQCGPZ


40.   “Professor Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Man” --- The jury had convicted the 45-year-old philosophy professor of sexually assaulting a 34-year-old disabled man, known as D.J., who has cerebral palsy ... --- NJ.com --- October 2, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/FpQFLB


41.   “Therapist for Autistic Kids Accused of Bilking Medicaid Out of $9K” --- A licensed counselor has been indicted for allegedly bilking more than $9,000 out of Medicaid for non-existent and incomplete ... --- NJ.com --- September 29, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/HFsepq


42.   “Video in Abuse Lawsuit Shows Boy Saying, 'Mom, I'm scared' ” --- A video posted on YouTube earlier this week by the Disability Rights Project shows R.W., again using his game console, displaying a bruised eye ... --- Albany Times Union --- October 1, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/ZzZUOU


43.   “Avonte Oquendo's Family Plans Safety March to Mark Second Anniversary of Teen's Disappearance ...” --- Family members will mark the tragic disappearance and death of autistic teen Avonte Oquendo next month with a March for ... --- New York Daily News --- September 29, 2015   (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/kYFvNt


44.   “DOE Replaces School Bus Company on Route that ‘Lost’ Special Needs Kids” --- The Department of Education's Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) has replaced the school bus company that kept special needs children on a Staten ... --- SILive.com --- September 28, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NAHUzO


45.   “Man Robbed of Custom Wheelchair and Valuable Belongings” --- The wheelchair he's in now is on loan from a local company. ... that fall, suffering a spinal compression fracture that left him reliant on wheelchairs. --- NBC4i.com --- September 30, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/dZCXsM


46.   “Cleveland Woman Sentenced to 18 Months for Encouraging 12-Year-Olds to Beat up Autistic Girl” ---  Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Kathleen Sutula told Calia Harris, 30, that the incident reminded her of a Jerry Springer show, "only worse."--- cleveland.com --- September 29, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/yprFAi


47.   “Mom Says Autistic Child Was Restrained Tightly in Class; Wants Answers” --- A Morris mother said she is angry and wants answers to why her autistic child was placed in a restraint that was too tight while sitting ... --- KTUL --- October 2, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/sSL0xP


48.   “Police: Power Wheelchair Stolen from Home in Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood” --- Portland Police said a power wheelchair was stolen from a home in southeast Portland sometime over the weekend. --- KPTV.com --- September 30, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/7YFTck


49.   “Two High Schools for Incarcerated Youth Shortchanged Special Education Students, State Finds” ---  Sharvy alleged that the school wrote up individual educational plans for special needs students but failed to put them in place or provide ... --- OregonLive.com --- September 29, 2015  (OREGON) http://is.gd/J4bpvW


50.   “Man Convicted for Sexually Assaulting Intellectually Disabled Woman” --- After a two-day jury trial, a Lock Haven man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a State College woman with an intellectual disability in 2012. --- State College News --- September 30, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/BCf0XW


51.   “Teacher with Epilepsy Alleges Disability Discrimination” --- A Pottstown woman is suing a Chester County school district, alleging it engaged in unlawful employment practices. Jody McMahon of Pottstown filed ... --- The Pennsylvania Record --- September 29, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/J4bpvW


52.   “No Jail Time for School Van Aide Accused of Touching Special Needs Boy” --- A former van aide working for the transportation company contracted by Yough School District reached a plea deal for inappropriately touching ... --- WTAE Pittsburgh --- October 2, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/3QIBy4


53.   “Attorney: Disabilities Agency Board Broke the Law” --- The panel overseeing the troubled Anderson County Disabilities and Special Needs Board broke the law when it refused to disclose actions taken ... --- Anderson Independent Mail --- September 30, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/BFYZMG


54.   “Police: Man Accused of Raping Special Needs Woman” --- According to Cerbantez' arrest warrant, the woman, whose age was not stated in the affidavit, is special needs. She cannot drive and her … --- KENS 5 TV --- October 3, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/h2lXvv


55.   “Greenville Teacher Accused of Abusing Autistic Child Is Back on Administrative Leave” --- A Greenville elementary school teacher accused of abusing an autistic child has been placed back on administrative leave. --- CBS Local --- October 2, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/RnYcdA


56.   “Feds Threaten to Defund St. Joseph After Off-Duty Cop Shoots Mentally Ill Patient in the Chest” ---  Five days after an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard shot a mentally ill patient at St. Joseph Medical Center, federal investigators ... --- Houston Press --- October 2, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ZiWjup


57.   “Mother of Special Needs Girl Says Her Daughter Was Sexually Assaulted at School” --- The mother of a 12 year old girl with special needs, claims her daughter was sexually assaulted at school. She says it happened at Martin Middle ... --- KRIS Corpus Christi News --- October 1, 2015  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/PwodyP


58.   “Missing Autistic 11-Year-Old Boy Found” --- The San Antonio Police Department is reporting that a missing 11-year-old autistic boy who was last seen getting off a school bus ... --- KSAT San Antonio --- September 30, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/GzsPXv


59.   “The Deadly Consequences When Police Lack Proper Training to Handle Mental Illness Calls” --- "He has bipolar schizophrenia," she said. "Make sure they are trained police officers." A body cam video from one of two Dallas police officers who ... --- ABC News --- September 30, 2015  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/iiJ2bw


60.   “Deaf and Mistreated: One Man's Jail Ordeal Highlights 'a Nationwide Problem' ” --- A deaf Ethiopian immigrant with limited ability to speak or write English, Zemedagegehu says he missed two or three meals a week because he could ... --- Kansas State Collegian --- September 30, 2015  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/qB98T0


61.   “Man Accused of Stealing $5 in Snacks Died in Jail as He Waited for Space at Mental Hospital” ---  Mentally ill inmates are being warehoused for weeks, months or, in rare cases, years in jails around the nation, waiting to go to state mental ... --- Washington Post --- September 29, 2015  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/crrXsw


62.   “Mother of Slain Autistic Teen Charged with Covering up Boyfriend's Abuse of Sons” --- Pascia Backman, a former special-education teacher in the Renton School District, was charged with first-degree rendering criminal ... --- The Seattle Times --- September 30, 2015  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/eteDHp


63.   “Washington State Faces Lawsuit over Treatment of Disabled Sex Offenders” --- Mentally disabled sex offenders housed on Washington's McNeil Island aren't getting the treatment they deserve. And, in some cases, they're being ... --- Spokane Public Radio --- September 30, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/Z5hM82


64.   “Man Accepts Plea Deal in Case of Asperger's Man Allegedly Kept in Basement” --- Sarkis “Sam” A. Asdigian, 45, is accused of installing the deadbolt lock that kept a man, who has Asperger's syndrome, locked in the basement in 2013 ... --- Journal Times --- September 30, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/kWjotI


Seeking Improved Support


65.   “Alabama Cities Make 2015's Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities” --- However, the unemployment rate for those with a disability continues to be almost double the rate for persons without one. --- WTVM --- September 30, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/ilaEP4


66.   “Coping with Mental Illness in Stanislaus County” --- In 2014, the county opened a 16-bed psychiatric health facility to treat ... “When I first came here, we had more psychiatric hospitals for children,” said ... --- Modesto Bee --- October 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/O5gD6B


67.   “San Diego County OKs $10M to Help Homeless, Mentally Ill” --- The new funding is in addition to $33 million the county has already spent on housing units for homeless people with mental illness, the San Diego ... --- Washington Times --- October 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/bPgADb


68.   “Advocates Slam Governor over Developmental Services Cuts” --- More than $7 million of the cuts were aimed at the Department of Developmental Services that handles adult home and day services for adults living ... --- NBC Connecticut --- September 30, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/tz4uDW


69.   “Baton Rouge Ranks in the Top 100 Best Cities for People with Disabilities” --- October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, shining light on the fact that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is almost double ... --- WAFB.com --- September 30, 2015  (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/v9FbLq


70.   “Advocates Say Discipline Policies Are Failing Special Needs Students” --- Before the 1970s, students with special needs were often segregated from their peers if they were even in school. Federal legislation changed that ... --- WKAR --- September 29, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/9QMehg


71.   “New Bill Mandates Coverage of Therapy for Autistic Children” --- Parents of children with autism will soon receive much needed help paying for treatment. A bill passed 103-6 in the state House ... --- WRAL.com --- September 29, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/SVZhwP 


72.   “Study: Providence Worst City for the Disabled” --- Overall, Providence finished dead last. Rhode Island's capital was also ranked last in economic environment for the disabled, 146th in health care, ... --- WPRI 12 Eyewitness News --- September 30, 2015  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/9hM0NZ


73.   “County, Hospitals Collaborate to Extend Guardianship Program” --- The Kent County Board of Commissioners made a commitment to vulnerable adults at a recent meeting. Commissioners on Sept. 24 approved ... --- Grand Rapids Business Journal --- October 2, 2015  (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/9aTCwD


74.   “South Dakota Conference to Address Rights of People with Disabilities” --- As part of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the office of top federal prosecutor in South Dakota is sponsoring ... --- KSFY --- October 2, 2015  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/S8K4pw


75.   “More Data on Student Discipline Being Collected from Schools” --- Statewide and local statistics regarding the suspension of special education students are also higher than the general student population. --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- October 1, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/5QZEZr


76.   “Disability Rights Group Stages Protest Outside Governor's Office” --- Roughly 150 protestors from a national group that advocates for the civil rights of those with disabilities converged on the ... --- KSL.com --- September 29, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/BjPeAV


77.   “Groups Call on Congress to Reform Mental Health System” --- … asked psychiatrist Renee Binder, president of the American Psychiatric Association, which coauthored a letter to leaders of the House of ... --- USA TODAY --- October 2, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Cs441W


78.   “Hundreds of Mentally Ill Deportees May Seek Return to US” --- It's the result of a settlement finalized in U.S. District Court last week between the American Civil Liberties Union and the U.S. Department of Homeland ... --- KPBS --- October 2, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/xmpxKF


79.   “ER Care Can Be Important 'Safety Net' for Patients with Schizophrenia, Report Shows” --- During 2009–2011, an estimated 382,000 emergency room visits related to schizophrenia occurred each year among adults aged 18 to 64. --- NewsOK.com --- September 28, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/1ZBdGi


Proposed Legislation and New Laws

80.   “Parents Chime in on School Restraint” --- Mandy Rogers, an advocate and parent of children with special needs, said the lack of a policy in the past has led to costly legal matters and tragic ... --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- September 30, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/0OpEjI


81.   “New Bill Mandates Coverage of Therapy for Autistic Children” --- Parents of children with autism will soon receive much needed help paying for treatment. A bill passed 103-6 in the state House ... --- WRAL.com --- September 29, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/SVZhwP 


International Articles


82.   “Canberra Women with Disabilities Battle Housing Shortage and Disadvantage, Report Shows” ---  Women with Disabilities ACT convenor Sue Salthouse - housing can be inadequate or precarious and a constant worry for ... --- The Canberra Times --- October 5, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/QdWF7B


83.   “Box Built to 'Calm' Autistic Students” --- A Canberra principal recently lost her job after approving a cage for a 10-year-old autistic boy, and similar allegations of forced restraint have been ... --- The Age --- October 4, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/9Y0Uo9


84.   “Coroner's Jury Mulls Evidence in Deaths of Autistic Boy and Mom from Prince Rupert” --- A coroner's jury has begun deliberating evidence in the deaths of a Prince Rupert mother and her severely autistic son. --- Vancouver Sun --- October 2, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/T6XtJm


85.   “Parents and Students Rally over Education Funding” --- Province wants to cut 800 resource-teacher and special-education teacher jobs. A salary freeze for two years (teachers are asking for 13.5 per cent ... --- CBC.ca --- October 1, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/TxMAf2


86.   “Man's Child Porn Crimes Linked to Asperger's” --- The crimes of a man who accessed child porn were “highly likely” to be linked to him having Asperger's syndrome, a court heard. Carlisle's top judge ... --- News & Star --- October 3, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/3ReOs7


87.   “Chelmsford Man Guilty of Sexual Assaults on Woman with Learning Disabilities and Autism” --- A Chelmsford man has been found guilty of two charges of sexually assaulting a "very vulnerable" woman with autism and learning disabilities ... --- Essex Chronicle --- October 1, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/XrvhDj


88.   “Inquest Jury Taken to Reservoir Where Autistic Man Died While in Care” --- An inquest jury have been taken to the reservoir where an autistic man died while on a day trip with care workers. Majid Akhtar, of Sneinton Dale, was ... --- Nottingham Post --- October 1, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/K3rqyH


89.   “Kent Police Seek Public's Help to Find Missing Vulnerable Adult” --- He walked away from his Kent East Hill adult home care facility and has not been seen or heard from since, according to a Kent Police media release ... --- Kent Reporter --- September 30, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/ca6O85


90.   “Helping Those with Learning Disabilities Protect Themselves from Crime” --- A Stratford man with learning difficulties has produced a new booklet offering crime prevention information to others who may find it difficult to ... --- Stratford upon Avon Herald --- September 29, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/ezqZeu


91.   “Delhi: People with Disabilities Gear up for March on October 6” --- Muralidharan, convenor of the Delhi Viklang Adhikar Manch shared the plans for the march, which will be held under the leadership of 16 ... --- The Indian Express --- October 6, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/iseU44


92.   “Need Taskforce on Disability: Tourism Minister Tells Delhi Dialogue Commission” --- ... ensuring a certain percentage of jobs for physically handicapped persons and starting a special cell for rights of disabled women in rural and urban ... --- Times of India --- September 30, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/F3NeRN


93.   “Concern for Fire Safety and Staffing at Centre for Disabled Children” --- Staffing levels, fire safety and the protection of children's rights have been criticised in a new report on a centre for children with disabilities in Co Sligo. --- Irish Times --- October 2, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/kVWQhB


94.   “Mentally-ill Pensioner 'Should Not Face Enforced Amputation' ” --- A diabetic, mentally-ill pensioner should not be forced to have his severely-infected left foot amputated even though he could die within days without ... --- Belfast Telegraph --- September 29, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/Tw55ak


95.   “Lawyers' Group Calls for More Government Support for Those Affected by Fukushima Radiation” ---  Among the 110,000 evacuees, around 45,000 are living outside Fukushima Prefecture, home to the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex ... --- The Japan Times --- October 2, 2015  (JAPAN) http://is.gd/54OGLM


96.   “Disability Lobbyists Hit Back at Critics” --- However, two disability lobbyists, who live in the area, have hit back at criticism, saying the move means those using mobility scooters and ... --- New Zealand Herald --- October 1, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/8MmTR1


97.   “Russian Psychiatric Care Homes in Need of Drastic Reforms, Say Experts” ---Seventy-five percent of Russians approve of committing people who suffer from mental illnesses to psychiatric … --- September 29, 2015  (RUSSIA)  http://is.gd/k3gG0R


98.   “Senior Social Worker Accused of Raping Vulnerable Patient in His Care” --- The 55-year-old is facing a disciplinary hearing before the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for a string of serious allegations against him. --- Scottish Daily Record --- September 30, 2015  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/geqoGA


99.   “Horror Attack Highlights Dire Need for Mental Health Care Reform in Thailand” --- It is unusual for mentally ill people to carry out violent acts, according to reports. The US Department of Health says that, “The vast majority of people ... --- Asian Correspondent --- October 1, 2015  (THAILAND)  http://is.gd/tLfTvy


100.   “People with Disabilities Struggle to Survive as Zimbabwe Food Situation Worsens” --- People living with disabilities are facing huge challenges to survive in Zimbabwe's rural areas as the country's food ... --- ZimDaily --- October 3, 2015  (ZIMBABWE)  http://is.gd/6uoHpy




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