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News Summary for November 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.

This week’s articles are…plentiful. Please note #28 featuring our very own DPPC/Nancy Alterio & Tim Grant!

I will offer the usual categories.  I trust this is helpful for our listserv members.  If you wish a different category to be highlighted, please advise: 

SEXUAL ABUSE: 7, 11, 25, 31, 34, 38, 49, 54, 58

PHYSICAL ABUSE: 2, 6 12, 32, 45, 51, 60, 64



MISSING: 55, 69

MISSING/FOUND: 29, 46, 52


MURDER: 17, 20, 50, 67, 101

OTHER ARTICLES OF HIGH INTEREST: 24, 26, 28 (DPPC), 30, 36, 61, 68, 102, 105, 114

GOOD NEWS: 1 (restaurant owner stands up for her empoyee), 70 - GUARDIANSHIP IMPROVEMENT


            LAW ENFORCEMENT: 2, 20, 60

            FAMILY: 17, 45, 101

            SCHOOL: 12, 25, 38, 58, 64

            PAID CARERS: 6, 39, 43, 54



1.   “Restaurant Bans Patron Who Berated Autistic Delivery Driver” --- An Alaska restaurant is being overwhelmed with goodwill after its owner defended an autistic delivery driver who was ... --- WKRC TV Cincinnati --- November 15, 2015  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/1ajbkz


2.   “Kodiak Radio Station Sues City to Release Police Records in Pepper-spraying of Autistic Man” --- A Kodiak public radio station has sued the city, seeking the release of public documents stemming from a police case in which officers ... --- Alaska Dispatch News --- November 11, 2015  (ALASKA) http://is.gd/ERzJCH


3.   “Bus Rider Robs Rent Money from Wheelchair-bound” --- … 3 incident, the bus driver had stopped at 19th Avenue and West Van Buren Street and was helping secure the victim's wheelchair, according to Silent ... --- KPHO Phoenix --- November 14, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/z825iZ


4.   “Wynne Woman Searches for Grandson with Mental Disabilities” --- A Wynne woman is in turmoil after her grandson with mental disabilities disappeared two years ago. Audrey Waldo has not seen or ... --- KARK --- November 13, 2015  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/mJFp3W


5.   “Ex-inmate Says He Was Beaten by Santa Clara County Correctional Officers” --- The allegations come two months after three Santa Clara County sheriff's jail deputies were charged in the slaying of Michael Tyree, a mentally ill ... --- Los Angeles Times --- November 12, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/pTvQMs


6.   “2 Rancho Cucamonga Caregivers Held in Group Home Abuse Investigation” --- ... forward who may know more alleged victims of two caregivers accused of abusing clients with disabilities at a group home in Rancho Cucamonga. --- Los Angeles Times --- November 10, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/LmHD1v


7.   “Home Repair Business Owner Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Special Needs Teen” --- The owner of a home repair business is facing a rape charge after allegedly sexually assaulting a young woman with special needs. Ron Monroe, 49 ... --- KSLA-TV --- November 10, 2015  (LOUISIANIA)  http://is.gd/rnDrn2


8.   “Denver Cop Takes Himself Off-Duty to Have Sex with Mentally Disabled Woman, Report Claims” ---  A Colorado cop is coming under fire after a mentally disabled woman is accusing him of having sex with her while she was drunk. --- PINAC News --- November 13, 2015  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/lS59ue


9.   “Parkview, Deaf Man Settle Suit” --- Parkview Medical Center and a deaf man have settled his lawsuit that alleged the Pueblo hospital violated federal law by not providing ... --- Pueblo Chieftain --- November 13, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/aW7NQy


10.   “A Mental Health Crisis Coverup in Colorado Jails” --- Around 100 mentally ill inmates are waiting in jail for psychiatric treatment, some for as long as six months, before their cases can be tried. --- The Colorado Independent --- September 12, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/3wGXL9


11.   “Fort Myers Man Charged with Sexual Battery of Disabled Person” --- Deputies arrested a 43-year-old Fort Myers man on two charges of sexual battery of a person with a disability Wednesday. According to the Lee ... --- The News-Press --- November 13, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/fR01UH


12.   “Fivay High School Instructional Assistant Arrested for Shoving Autistic Student Into Wall” --- An instructional assistant has been arrested for shoving an autistic child into a wall at Fivay High School. Alvaro Muente, 31, is a caregiver ... --- ABC Action News --- November 13, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/7iLcYo


13.   “Pawn Shop Manager Charged After Purchasing Mentally Challenged Man's Stolen Ring” --- A North Fort Myers pawn shop manager is behind bars in connection to a theft of a mentally challenged man's prized possession. 34-year-old Brandy ... --- Fox 4 --- November 13, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/g55hfS


14.   “Officer Faces Charges over Parking Spat with Disabled Vet” --- A suspended South Florida police officer faces misdemeanor charges after a video showed him knocking a smartphone out of a disabled ... --- CBS Local Tampa Bay --- November 12, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/b7PIp8


15.   “Store Owner Dumped Man Out of Wheelchair, Police Say” --- Police said the owner of a convenience store in Daytona Beach forced a disabled man out of the store, then dumped him out of his wheelchair. --- WESH Orlando --- November 11, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/FzzW7p


16.   “Family Files Lawsuit in Case of Naked Veteran Shot, Killed by Police” --- The attorney representing the Hill family, Christopher Chestnut, wants specialized training for police officers who encounter the mentally ill. --- WSB Atlanta --- November 11, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/fyVPds


17.   “Illinois Department of Human Services Reacts to Homicide Verdict in Murray Center Death” --- The Illinois Department of Human Services says they responded promptly to the death of 46-year-old Todd Clementz at Murray ... --- WJBD Online --- November 13, 2015  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/G3NVfS


18.   “Woman Charged in Death of Disabled Daughter Back in Court” --- Onlookers crowded into a Rolling Meadows courtroom Thursday expecting a resolution to the case of a Schaumburg woman who authorities say fed ... --- Chicago Daily Herald --- November 12, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/u7XC27


19.   “Trial Underway for Former Shreveport Fire Captain” --- Harris allegedly made the post after he and 5 other Shreveport Fire Department employees were arrested, accused of hazing mentally challenged me ... --- KSLA-TV --- November 12, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/oabRxX


20.   “Video Shows Louisiana Father Posed No Threat Before Police Fatally Shot His Son, Lawyer Says” --- Police body camera video shows the father of a six-year-old autistic boy had his hands up and posed no threat as Louisiana law enforcement officers ... --- CBC.ca --- November 9, 2015  (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/YqPzsF


21.   “Federal Jury Awards $150,000 to Disabled Letter Carrier Who Sued Postal Service” --- Federal jury awards $150,000 to disabled letter carrier who sued Postal Service. Steven Heath of Gray alleged that management failed to make ... --- Press Herald --- November 12, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/pgzX3N


22.   “Woman Found Dead in Catonsville Park Remained Missing for 2 Weeks” --- In September 2014, she asked social services to move the girl, Carlita Coleman, and she was placed in a group home. But Addison's worst fears came ... --- Baltimore Sun --- November 14, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/lalRpN


23.   “Police: Teens Rob Deaf Man in Odenton” --- When officers responded at 6:30 p.m. to the Food Lion at 8741 Piney Orchard Parkway, the man told police he was robbed at knifepoint by four ... --- CapitalGazette.com --- November 10, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/28kdPj


24.   “J&J Ordered to Pay $1.75 Million in Risperdal Male Breast Trial” --- There are about 1,500 cases Risperdal filed by men who developed breasts after taking the anti-psychotic pending in the state court where jurors ... --- NorthJersey.com --- November 9, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/59G8SY


25.   “Ex-special Ed Teacher Gets 4 Years for Possessing Child Porn” --- A former special education teacher has sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison for possessing child pornography. --- Herald & Review --- November 9, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/lpJHwA


26.   “DA under Fire for Pressing Charges Against Autistic Man” --- … mental retardation and other behavioral problems, and was charged with a vicious assault in March on two staff workers at an Attleboro group home ... --- The Sun Chronicle --- November 15, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/0liLhV


27.   “State Finishes Investigation into Death at Pembroke Hospital” --- Two-and-a-half months after the death of a patient at a large psychiatric hospital in Pembroke, officials at the Massachusetts Department ... --- Wicked Local Pembroke --- November 12, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Uq340S


28.   “People with Mental and Physical Disabilities Are Most Vulnerable to Abuse” --- Nine out of ten people with developmental disabilities will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, according to the Disabled ... --- wwlp.com --- November 10, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/HTGvvN


29.   “Body Found in Woods Likely That of Missing Lowell Woman, Police Say” --- Lowell police search for hours in an area around an apartment complex Thursday for a missing woman who is described as mentally challenged. --- WCVB Boston --- November 9, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/pDbsW8


30.   “Crash Sparks Effort to Protect Adults with Disabilities” --- It's a group effort between the Loeffelbeins, Grand Traverse Industries, local law enforcement, emergency medical services, Disability Network ... --- Traverse City Record Eagle --- November 14, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/vT9CbM


31.   “Woman Accused of Trying to Arrange Sex Between Disabled Teen and Prison Inmate” --- A 48-year-old Coldwater woman waived preliminary examination Thursday, Nov. 12 and will appear in circuit court next month on ... --- MLive.com --- November 13, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/kYWXwh


32.   “Abuse Complaints Against Former Lansing Teacher Date to '03” --- A Lansing School District teacher was allowed to continue working with special needs students for more than a decade after issues first ... --- Lansing State Journal --- November 13, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/j8BsVw


33.   “Killer's Girlfriend Gets Prison for Robbing Disabled Victim After Vicious Stabbing” --- Roger Davis enters the courtroom for his preliminary hearing Monday, December 15, 2014. Davis is accused in the murder of Richard Priebe. --- MLive.com --- November 12, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/H6Iqss


34.   “Man, 52, Admits to Sex with Autistic Child, Police Say” --- A 52-year-old Newaygo man is accused of having repeated sex with an autistic child starting in 2006. Richard Allen Sale is charged ... --- MLive.com --- November 9, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/OwfdHH


35.   “Woman Accused of Offering Mentally Disabled Girl Up for Sex” --- MSP said that they intercepted correspondence between Ehle and Shane Scott where she offered to meet with Scott and teach the disabled girl about ... --- WWMT-TV --- November 9, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/imyvDV


36.   “Local Advocates Speak Out Against Linking Autism With Violence” --- “I think we need to go out and do more education,” she said. ... Julie Ladwig, director of special education for Waseca Public Schools, did not return ... --- Mankato Free Press --- November 14, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/OEtXjb  


37.   “Protecting the Vulnerable vs. Civil Rights” --- As a result, group home residents can become virtual prisoners, said Maggie Treichel, an organizer for Self Advocates of Minnesota, a disability rights ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 12, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/6Kp8fR


38.   “Charge: Metro Mobility Driver Sexually Assaults Developmentally Disabled Passenger” --- Metro Mobility, operated by the Metropolitan Council, provides transportation to the disabled and elderly in the Twin Cities area.  --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 11, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/ZDFJli


39.   “After Vulnerable Adult Overdoses, Her Boyfriend's Mother Faces Felony Charges of Neglect” --- Blair's son and his girlfriend, a vulnerable adult who lives at a local group home, are allowed to visit at Blair's residence as long as …  --- Woodbury Bulletin --- November 10, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/tDvxbL


40.   “Report Blasts St. Cloud Hospital in Deputy's Death” --- Not once during his 72-hour psychiatric hold at St. Cloud Hospital did Danny Hammond see a psychiatrist or the inside of the psychiatric ward. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 10, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/u9loLG


41.   “A Matter of Dignity: Alone and at Risk in Minnesota's Group Homes” --- Though designed as safe havens for people too vulnerable to care for themselves, group homes now leave thousands of adults isolated and ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 9, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/xgnoNz


42.   “An Ugly Picture of How Minnesota Treats the Vulnerable” --- Minnesota relies more than any other state on group homes to house adults with disabilities, spending $1 billion annually for about 19,000 people in ... --- Minnesota Public Radio News --- November 9, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/KRTKCK


43.   “Adams County Woman Going to Prison for Exploitation of Vulnerable Person” --- The case was investigated by Russell Frazier of the Attorney General's Vulnerable Adult Unit and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General ... --- WDAM-TV --- November 12, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/5zX8N3


44.   “Missouri Man Sentenced for Defrauding Disabled Veterans” --- A Missouri man who defrauded federal programs for disabled military veterans out of more than $7.4 million has been ... --- fox2now.com --- November 12, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/j9tD6b


45.   “Parents Charged with Child Abuse Say 8-Year-old Son is Mentally Ill” --- He said it is very difficult to help children with the special needs of the 8-year old. He also said he did not think the facts presented by the prosecution ... --- Omaha World-Herald --- November 14, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/bEJJIT


46.   “Missing Autistic Man is Reunited With His Family” --- A 29-year-old autistic man who went missing Tuesday near Spring Mountain Road and Jones Boulevard has been located, according to police. --- Las Vegas Sun --- November 13, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/4oN5fx


47.  “ 'Disabled' Waldwick Cop Pleads Guilty to Collecting Disability While Working” --- A former borough police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing more than $321,000 by collecting a state disability pension while ... --- NJ.com --- November 12, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/wgeSgd


48.   “Ex-Teacher's Aide Who Received Bogus OT Loses Teaching License” --- ... Fla., received more than $6,600 in overtime pay working as an aide assigned to a special-education student, according to a Sept. report by the Daily ... --- NJ.com --- November 9, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/iUQMeA


49.   “Police: Man Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Special Needs Girl” --- A social network meet-up turned into an Albuquerque woman's worst nightmare. Police say she was sexually assaulted at the hands of the man on ... --- KOB.com --- November 11, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/uPv7ys


50.   “NY Woman Sentenced to 12 Years in Death of Disabled Daughter” --- A suburban New York woman who admitted killing her 8-year-old disabled daughter on the day she was to be a flower girl has been sentenced to 12 ... --- ABC News --- November 13, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/2ooiop  


51.   “Lawsuit Claims Charter School Mistreats Special-Ed Kids” --- Of the 817 students in the Achievement First elementary and middle schools, 11.5 percent are in special education, according to figures provided by ... --- City Limits --- November 12, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/wAm2VD


52.   “Non-Verbal 15-Year-old with Down Syndrome Found Safe After Missing in Brooklyn” --- A Brooklyn teenager with Down syndrome vanished from his home Wednesday morning, but was found safe hours later. 15-year-old Joshua Cruz, ... --- WABC-TV --- November 11, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/77WWf4


53.   “Man Arrested for Punching a Handicapped Woman in the Face and Stealing Her Purse” --- Bernard Tyson was taken into custody for assaulting a handicapped person and stealing the victim's purse. The Onslow County Sheriff's ... --- WCTI12.com --- November 12, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/HZOpXb


54.   “Former Group Home Employee Pleads Not Guilty to Rape” --- A 23-year-old Bismarck woman, who worked at Charles Hall Youth Services, threatened a 15-year-old boy at the group home with violence if he did ... --- Bismarck Tribune --- November 9, 2015  (NORTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/01AX1D


55.   “Youngstown Police Search for Missing Man with Mental Disabilities” --- … Department is searching for a man with Asperger's Disorder and several other mental health disorders, who was reported missing Tuesday by his caregiver. --- WFMJ --- November 13, 2015  (OHIO) http://is.gd/tFNZ5F


56.   “Guilty-Plea Hearing in Tacony Dungeon Case Takes Nosedive” --- The former boyfriend of Linda Ann Weston - the woman sentenced last week to life in prison plus 80 years for keeping captive mentally disabled ... --- Philly.com --- November 15, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/UNDrYa


57.   “DA Dropping Charges Against Mentally Ill Care Home Defendant” --- Geness spent five years in the county jail before he was transferred to a locked down group home. The psychiatrist recommended that Geness always ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- November 11, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/9A3tLE


58.   “Former Special Ed Assistant Waives Preliminary Hearing” --- A former special education assistant accused of having a sexual relationship with several male students at McKeesport Area High School has waived ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- November 9, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/ng9gqX


59.   “Locked in Limbo: 'No Other Option but to Plead Guilty' ” --- An Argus Leader Media investigation found the state is routinely locking up mentally ill defendants for half a year or more without trial because of ... --- Sioux Falls Argus Leader --- November 14, 2015  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/VWRYuR


60.   “Sioux Falls Mom of Son with Special Needs Speaks Out After Madison School Incident” --- Some believe police went too far by handcuffing the girl with special needs, others say police were justified in their actions. But one mother told us ... --- KSFY --- November 9, 2015  (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/gdKV4q


61.   “Tennessee Months Behind Investigating Reports of Patient Abuse” --- The state is months behind in investigating reports of patient abuse in hospitals and nursing homes, falling far short of the 48-hour turnaround required ... --- The Tennessean --- November 13, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/bSsNYO


62.   “3 Correctional Officers Arrested in Wake of Jail Death for Allegedly Tampering with Documents” ---  … from the state jail commission because inmates known to be mentally ill or suicidal weren't visited every 30 minutes, according to a report. --- Waco Tribune-Herald --- November 13, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/rlwrGR


63.   “Arrest Warrant Issued for Disabled Woman's Caregiver” --- Another person is facing charges in the case of a disabled woman who was rescued from a trash-filled house earlier this week. Firefighters responding ... --- KRIS Corpus Christi News --- November 12, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/iw82h8


64.   “Woman Claims Autistic Granddaughter Attacked at School” --- Angel, who is autistic and is enrolled in the school's life skills program for special needs students, described one of several incidents in which other ... --- KPRC Houston --- November 11, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/qYyDcy


65.   “2 County Jails Violate Standards, Officials Say” --- State regulators later found that jail staff were not checking on mentally ill inmates as frequently as state law requires. The deaths and subsequent ... --- Chron.com --- November 11, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/IdyHW5


66.   “Grace Healthcare Denies Patient Abuse, Neglect Allegations” --- According to the 29-page complaint, Austin reported allegations of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of its patients to Adult Protective Services eight ... --- WCYB --- November 13, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/CvvWPy


67.   “Tacoma Police Hunt for Suspect Who Killed Developmentally Disabled Man” --- He befriended everyone he came in contact with. Now, police are asking for help to find the killer of a developmentally disabled ... --- KOMO News --- November 14, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/fwWYBy


68.   “Speaking up for Special Needs: Kids with Disabilities Dying Despite Repeated Reports of Abuse, Neglect” --- We found that 15 kids with disabilities have died from child abuse or neglect. ... We showed our findings to Pugh at Disability ... --- fox6now.com --- November 12, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/AqkyzE


69.   “Alert Issued for Missing Endangered Adult” --- Police are urging people to keep an eye out of for a 29-year-old Racine woman who is mentally challenged who walked away from her ... --- Journal Times --- November 11, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/3emKpH


70.   “No Federal Charges for Milwaukee Officer Who Killed Man” --- The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday that it would not pursue civil rights charges against a white Milwaukee police officer who shot a mentally ill ... --- ABC News --- November 10, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/ZvEvqW


71.   “Efforts Focus on 'Horror Stories' of Legal Guardianships Run Amok” --- The tales come from court officials around the state who deal with guardianship, the process in which a person is appointed to oversee the legal affairs ... --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- November 8, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/0t9ET7


Seeking Improved Support


72.   “Hartford School Official: Colored Stickers ID'ing Students' Learning Needs Won't Be Used Again” ---  During the exercise, which played out in a few classrooms, children who were identified as special education students had green stickers placed ... --- Hartford Courant --- November 12, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/RQKRbi


73.   “Family Struggles to Find Bed at Psychiatric Hospitals in Maine” --- Martha Collins said her 11-year-old son has been in a hospital emergency room for a week waiting for a room to open up in a psychiatric hospital. --- Bangor Daily News --- November 10, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/pPBePR


74.    “What the Mental Health Funding Cuts Mean for One Woman's Struggles” --- ... public mental health system after she left her job as a special education teacher due to repeated hospitalizations and lost her medical insurance. --- MLive.com --- November 15, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/gs2drl


75.   “Analysis: Where Has All the Money Gone? Washtenaw County's Mental Health Mess” --- In a recent speech at Fresh Start Clubhouse—a Medicaid-funded skill building center for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled ... --- MLive.com --- November 15, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/Z1RAK5


76.   “State Official Advocates for Handicapped” --- Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has made helping disabled people a priority during his five years serving under Gov. Rick Snyder. One of Calley's ... --- Sault Ste. Marie Evening News --- November 11, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/fKAUUb


77.   “Critic Slams Twin Cities Charter Schools over Race, Discipline” --- ... best charters struggle with segregation, discipline and special education. ... a poor record on student discipline and enrolling special needs children. --- Minnesota Public Radio News --- November 13, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/c7vRkJ


78.   “For Minnesota's Disabled Adults, Freedom to Be Intimate Is Rare” --- In the isolating confines of Minnesota's more than 4,500 group homes, true intimacy can be impossible. To go on a date, adult residents generally ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 12, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/SQ3bQB


79.   “ 'Set Up to Fail' Outside of the Group Home” --- Tony's odyssey helps explain why so many of Minnesota's disabled adults live in group homes, and why so few find a successful alternative. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 9, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/pCMMpK


80.   “Meeting to Address Poor Living Conditions Facing Lincoln's Mentally Ill” --- The Mental Health Association of Nebraska will hold a follow-up meeting to address concerns over assisted living facilities for people with mental ... --- Lincoln Journal Star --- November 14, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/JxMrES


81.   “District Promising Transformation to Special Ed System” --- The district recently paid $90,000 to consultant WestEd for an evaluation of its special education system. The resulting report detailed “systemic” ... --- Reno Gazette Journal --- November 11, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/K6ihrS


82.   “Nevada Upping Pay for Autism Therapists” --- Nevada is planning to pay a bit more than it originally proposed for therapists who work with children with autism, after ... --- KOLO --- November 9, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/QsfRI7


83.   “Campaign Aims to Increase Focus on Mental Health, Addiction” --- ... the state health department, New Hampshire Hospital chief executive Robert McLeod, Amy Messer of the Disability Rights Center and state Sen…. --- Washington Times --- November 10, 2015  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/fFmst8


84.   “Christie: Let's Make Involuntary Commitment of the Mentally Ill Easier” --- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants to make involuntary commitments of mentally ill persons easier. The governor argued for less restrictions on ... --- Washington Examiner --- November 11, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/JuIl6f


85.   “New York City Finds One in Five Adults Has Mental Health Problems” --- New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene expects to release the plan, known as NYC Thrive, by the end of next month. It is aimed at ... --- Reuters --- November 12, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/TSLa9J


86.   “In-home Care Agency Takes Steps to Trim Caregiver Turnover” --- Hynicker works for Independent Living Services, providing in-home personal care to the elderly and adults with disabilities. “I find my job rewarding, ... --- LancasterOnline --- November 15, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/Bl1ITj


87.   “Pennsylvania Social Service Agencies Struggle as Budget Crisis Continues” --- But Ms. Fox, whose agency provides peer support to parents with mentally ill and at-risk children, said she's behind on her office rent and had ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- November 12, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/RPROYE


88.   “Adult Autism: The Impact of Local Resources” --- For adults on the autism spectrum, local support can be crucial to sustaining a good quality of life. In Cumberland County, that type of support comes ... --- The Sentinel --- November 9, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/900iKg


89.   “Court Delays Leave Mentally Ill Waiting Behind Bars” --- ... for counties, nor is that the mission of the hospital," said Tia Kafka, a spokeswoman for the Department of Social Services, which oversees the facility ... --- Sioux Falls Argus Leader --- November 14, 2015  (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/FUCTlt  


90.   “Lawmakers to Take Comprehensive Look at Texas' Mental Health Needs” --- The Chronicle has reported that by some estimates, Harris County should have one-third more psychiatric beds, and one of the county's biggest ... --- Houston Chronicle --- November 10, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/bODSBU


91.   “Utah Experts Explain Why Autism Appears to Be On the Rise” --- The new survey asks about autism spectrum disorder in a stand-alone question, before asking about other developmental delays. Cardon said some ... --- Deseret News --- November 13, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/aXfGlF


92.   “Vermont Took Bold Step to End Segregation of Disabled Adults” --- With her zest and ambition, Wollum personifies the remarkable strategy that has made Vermont a leader in the civil rights movement for adults with ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 11, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/qRDMm5


93.   “W-JCC Considers Student Restraint and Seclusion Policy” --- Williamsburg-James City County schools are considering a policy outlining how and when trained teachers, faculty and staff can restrain or separate a ... --- Virginia Gazette --- November 14, 2015  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/rU5JpE


94.   “On the Bus: Uncovering Complaints About Transportation for Special-Needs Students in D.C.” --- Asthma attacks, nosebleeds and conditions that could prompt a seizure in a child are among hundreds of D.C.'s list of school ... --- NBC4 Washington --- November 11, 2015  (WASHINGTON D.C.)  http://is.gd/YPPjS0


95.   “Autism Cases in US Jump to 1 in 45: Who Gets the Diagnosis, in 8 Simple Charts” --- Neighbors file 'extraordinary, unprecedented' public nuisance lawsuit against autistic boy's family. For more health news, you can sign up for our ... --- Washington Post --- November 13, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/TWVTbH


96.   “Behind the Shortage of Special Ed Teachers: Long Hours, Crushing Paperwork” --- In special education, it means the school district is breaking the law. ... Many are the only special-needs teacher in their grade or their school ... --- NPR --- November 9, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/IUTP3V


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


97.   “Poll: Majority of Arizonans Favor Right-to-Die Law” --- ... would allow terminally ill persons to end their own lives provided that two doctors certify that the person is terminally ill and is mentally competent. --- Arizona Daily Star --- November 9, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/uNgXhy


98.   “Bill Would Give Some State Workers Police Powers” --- Payne is chair of the Elder Law & Disability Rights Section of the state bar, which voted to oppose the bill. According the House Fiscal Agency, DHHS ... --- Lansing State Journal --- November 9, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/DoFpkA


99.   “Mental Health Overhaul Bill Clears House Panel” --- He said his bill would save lives being lost to suicide and homicide at the hands of mentally ill people. Democrats on the subcommittee contested that ... --- The Philadelphia Tribune --- November 9, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/NCKCPY


International Articles


100.   “Autistic Teenager's Killer Gets 24 Years” --- A Victorian man who told a 14-year-old autistic boy to die as he murdered him with an axe has been jailed for 24 years. Joel Parker Henderson, 42, ... --- Sky News Australia --- November 13, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/i2ZJFv


101.   “Autistic Boy Died After Being Bound to Chair and Showered in Cold Water: Court” --- A boy with autism, who was often tied to a chair and expected to sleep upright, died after he was given a cold shower and allegedly put in ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- November 11, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/s9Ov6C


102.   “Women with Disabilities Encouraged to Report Sexual Abuse and Violence” --- Giving women with an intellectual disability a voice to report sexual assault and violence is behind a push by authorities to raise awareness in the ... --- Herald Sun --- November 11, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/CL7ZiN


104.   “Autism Group Urges Compassion for Mother of 'Chained' Boy” --- Autism Awareness Australia wants compassion to be shown to a Sudanese woman accused of chaining up her severely autistic son while she went ... --- SBS --- November 11, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/WnMuJz


105.   “UN Examines Australia's Forced Sterilisation of Women with Disabilities” --- The United Nations has raised concerns Australia is breaching the human rights of women with disabilities by allowing their forced sterilisation. --- The Guardian --- November 10, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/dKKbRu


106.   “Australian Asylum Policies under Fire at UN Rights Review” --- Sterilizations of the disabled and discrimination against indigenous people were other concerns raised during the U.N. Human Rights Council ... --- Reuters --- November 9, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/sQJcjA


107.   “Promises to Protect Island's Most Vulnerable” --- Better mental healthcare also emerged as a common theme, with the Bermuda Government vowing to add mental disabilities to the grounds protected ... --- Royal Gazette --- November 14, 2015  (BERMUDA)  http://is.gd/FFGKmY


108.   “Thousands of Abused, Developmentally Disabled Ontarians Eligible to Share $38M Payout” --- It will be at least a year before thousands of Ontarians abused at 12 provincial centres for people with developmental disabilities will receive ... --- London Free Press --- November 13, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/vYfGVC


109.   “Overcrowded, Understaffed Ottawa Detention Centre Failing Inmates and Guards, Says New Report” ---  Cell confinement is also regularly used to cope with problematic mentally ill prisoners because guards have no specialized training in how to ... --- Ottawa Citizen --- November 8, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/Cey148


110.  “Terrorists Targeted Wheelchair Users” --- Miss Wilson said the terrorists had deliberately targeted wheelchair users at the concert. "They went into the back room where there were people in ... --- Irish Independent --- November 15, 2015  (FRANCE)  http://is.gd/f3c4Pp


111.   “Use of Electro-convulsive Therapy in Psychiatric Care Rises” --- The use of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), seclusion and physical restraint in the treatment of psychiatric patients have all increased for the first time ... --- Irish Times --- November 12, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/VsjexE


112.   “Units for Those with Intellectual Disabilities Face Closure” --- A number of the Camphill communities which provide residential services for people with intellectual disabilities are facing closure, TDs and Senators ... --- Irish Times --- November 12, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/VEZYmy


113.   “In First, Japanese Researchers Observe Chimp Mother, Sister Caring for Disabled Infant” --- A Japanese study of a chimpanzee mother caring for her disabled infant in the wild has shed light on how humans developed their social behavior. --- The Japan Times --- November 10, 2015  (JAPAN) http://is.gd/PVp3Hk


114.   “Breaking the Myths Surrounding Sex and Disability” --- She has been an advocate for the sexual rights of the disabled for 35 years. In 1979, she founded Outsiders, a nationwide club providing socially and ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- November 11, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/Au3pGP


115.   “Prisoners Denied Mental Health Drugs, Say Advocates” --- Alex Steedman is a lawyer and has many clients with mental health problems, who have not been able to get their prescription anti-psychotic ... --- Radio New Zealand --- November 10, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/oXhbke


116.   “Rangers Fan Banned over Monkey Gestures and Disability Abuse” --- "There is absolutely no place in modern Scotland for individuals who commit crimes motivated by prejudice towards a person's race or disability. --- BBC News --- November 9, 2015  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/J0pBtK


117.   “Four in 10 Care Homes Below Standard – Watchdog” --- Adult social care should be valued by society in the same way as the NHS and other public services are,” she said, adding: “At its very best adult social ... --- Telegraph.co.uk --- November 9, 2015  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/JgYwwL



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