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News Summary for December 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.

The skew in crimes against people with disabilities this week is definitely toward not only physical assault, but murder.  Yes, murder, either directly committed or the result of severe neglect.  This analysis includes murder committed by family members.  Just awful.  I have included one article, also, on the tragedy that occurred at the offices of Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.  Although most of those killed (14 in total, 22 injured) were L.A. County Department of Public Health staff who were attending a holiday party, everyone on site were deeply affected.  We know that recovery will take time, and these events are likely to reverberate in many ways. Right now, one of the ways is service delivery.  For those on this list who have been so affected, please receive the healing and loving thoughts sent to you from this project. 


Here is the analysis of this week’s newsfeed, again with thanks to Anne Kincaid for collecting these articles:


SEXUAL ASSAULT/RAPE: 2, 30, 40, 47, 61

PHYSICAL ASSAULT/BEATINGS: 4, 23, 36 (AND 37, 45); 41, 42, 50, 42, 43, 58, 63, 73, 91

FINANCIAL ABUSE/THEFT: 1, 63 (I had a hard time categorizing this as it is both physical assault and theft. The nurse removed the prescribe pain skin patches from the patients and placed them on herself. The patients were unable to complain.) Also #64.

NEGLECT: 25, 54


MISSING: 12, 16, 18, 59


MURDER: 5, 7, 27, 51, 78

OTHER: 11 (San Bernardino), 24, 44, 55, 95, 106  


MURDER BY FAMILY:  5, 27, 78




1.   “Home Health Care Service Owner Gets 3 Years for Medicaid Fraud” --- Good Faith Services and an affiliated business, Anchorage Adult Day Services, were sentenced Friday as well. Good Faith Services was fined ... --- Alaska Dispatch News --- December 11, 2015  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/a9sKiK


2.   “Scottsdale Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Student” --- He taught an adaptive physical education, or physical education for special-needs children, class at eight schools in the district, including Cocopah ... --- azcentral.com --- December 9, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/tsyRvR


3.   “Man Sues Firm over His Disabled Brother's Death” --- The brother of a mentally disabled man who died from dehydration, infection and starvation has filed a lawsuit accusing a ... --- Arkansas Online --- December 5, 2015  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/UdT87j


4.   “Arkansas Teacher Could Face Charges for Allegedly Pepper Spraying a Special Needs Student” --- An Arkansas teacher is off the job and could face charges after authorities say she pepper sprayed a special needs student ... --- KATV --- December 4, 2015  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/MOV2zK


5.   “DA Staffer Killed Granddaughter with Pills” --- Family friend identified females found dead in Mt. Helix home on Oct. 14, 2015 as Marshelle Newby and her 16-year-old special-needs granddaughter ... --- 10News --- December 11, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/DC6oDN


6.   “Retired Hayward Police Sergeant Accused of Scamming Mentally Ill Woman Ordered to Trial” --- An Alameda County judge has ordered a retired Hayward police sergeant to trial on charges that he scammed a mentally ill ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- December 11, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/WM0aNQ


7.   “Woman Convicted of 2013 Killing of Mentally Disabled Man” --- A 49-year-old woman was convicted Tuesday for the murder of a mentally disabled man in San Jose, prosecutors said. --- KRON4.com --- December 9, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Y7xizg


8.   “Santa Clara County Correctional Deputies Plead Not Guilty to Murder in Death of Mentally Ill Inmate” --- The three Santa Clara County correctional officers charged in the beating death of a mentally ill inmate pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday. --- NBC Bay Area --- December 8, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/j5sdO6


9.   “Lawsuit Filed by Parents of Autistic Man Found Dead on Bus” --- Lawsuit filed by parents of autistic man found dead on bus. This file photo shows a shrine in the family home of Hun Joon “Paul” Lee, 19, who died ... --- San Bernardino County Sun --- December 7, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ZZxVbq


10.   “Woman Stabbed in Wheelchair on San Francisco Street” --- Police said Monday that one person has been arrested after a woman in a wheelchair was attacked and stabbed multiple times in ... --- CBS News --- December 7, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/DKMUCF


11.   “In San Bernardino, the Disabled Are Left Without Their 'Extended Family' ” --- ... into Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., is impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people with developmental disabilities. --- NPR --- December 7, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/EEV9om


12.   “Autistic Teen Missing from Santa Rosa Beach” --- An autistic teenager is missing in Santa Rosa Beach. Will Wright suffers from autism spectrum and was left alone for a little more than 40 minutes, ... --- Walton Sun --- December 7, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/9VutR2


13.   “Jail Abuse: Santa Clara County Commission Hears Complaints that Guards Retaliate about Inmates ...” --- The commission was created after three guards at the Main Jail were charged with murder in the death of mentally ill inmate ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- December 5, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/mpHyjJ


14.   “Trump: San Bernardino Victims ‘Could've Protected Themselves if They Had Guns’ ” --- After this week's massacre of over a dozen people at a social services center in San Bernardino, California, Donald Trump is floating an alternative ... --- CBS News --- December 5, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/qdwq78


15.    “Family, Community Members Hold Vigil for Man Shot by SF Police” --- She also told a KTVU reporter that police didn't have to shoot and kill her son and that he was mentally ill. Woods' mother said her son had received ... --- KTVU San Francisco --- December 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ej5ToS


16.   “Woman with Developmental Disabilities Missing in Pueblo” --- Pueblo police are searching for a woman with developmental disabilities who went missing Sunday afternoon. The Colorado Bureau of Investigations ... --- KRDO --- December 7, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/VY6oFU


17.   “Lawsuit: State Negligent in Treating Mental Patient Who Killed His Mother” --- The RVS staff "knew that he was severely mentally ill and increasingly threatening toward his mother yet permitted him to leave … and to visit her ... --- Hartford Courant --- December 12, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/zvsoWc


18.   “Boy, 17, with Autism Missing Near Fort Lauderdale” --- Fanel Joseph, 17, was last seen at his home in the 2500 block of Franklin Drive near Fort Lauderdale, authorities said. ---  Sun Sentinel --- December 12, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/HrGBWV


19.   “Sanibel Man in Wheelchair Victim to Second Hit-and-Run” --- A man who uses a wheelchair has been the victim of two hit-and-run crashes in the past few months with the latest incident being Tuesday night. --- WZVN-TV --- December 9, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/C232kU


20.   “Attempted Murder Suspect Wanted in Shooting of Deaf Man” --- According to police, officers found David Hayden, 25, who is deaf and cannot speak, lying next to his porch on Randall Street, bleeding from the ... --- WESH Orlando --- December 4, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/nvKCh8


21.   “Ocean Springs Nurse Released on Bond in Embezzlement of $91,000” --- Ashley Ann Bandyk, 27, was arrested Tuesday and jailed on a charge of exploiting a vulnerable adult. Judge Matthew Mestayer agreed to reduce her ... --- The Sun Herald --- December 2, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/OXomOM


22.   “Georgia Medical Transport Driver Being Investigated for Alleged Abuse of Patient” --- While at the center, a nurse saw the driver was pushing the patient in a wheelchair backwards, and her leg was bent back and under her body, ... --- Online Athens --- December 11, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/uhGQWc


23.   “Caregiver Accused of Abusing Autistic Boy” --- Authorities say an in-home surveillance camera caught Jackson pushing a 9 year-old autistic boy who cannot speak. Jackson was caring for the boy in ... --- WALB-TV --- December 9, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/9VuXkh


24.   “Georgia Accused of Breaking Federal Law by Segregating Students with Disabilities” --- A coalition of parents and advocacy groups is demanding that the State of Georgia take action to fix how thousands of children with disabilities are ... --- WSB Atlanta --- December 7, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/9K1aPq


25.   “Athens Woman Indicted for Allegedly Running 'Slave House' for Persons with Developmental Disabilities” --- ... an unlicensed personal care home in which residents with developmental disabilities were abused and held against their will. --- Online Athens --- December 6, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/QsIJC8


26.   “Report: Thieves Stole Clothes from Mother, Special Needs Child” --- The Floyd County Police Department arrested three people captured on video from a Thanksgiving theft at the laundromat in Lindale. --- FOX 5 Atlanta --- December 5, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/W9aJta


27.   “Lilburn Dad Booked on Murder Charge in Death of Special-needs Son, 12” --- Fikri Erdem, the 47-year-old Lilburn man charged in the death of his 12-year-old son, has arrived at the Gwinnett County jail. The man had reportedly ... --- Gwinnettdailypost.com --- December 4, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/LfgWED


28.   “Chicago Releases Video of Police Using Taser on Man in Cell Who Later Died” --- ... reaction to an antipsychotic drug. "I do not see how the manner in which Mr. Coleman was physically treated could possibly be acceptable," Chicago ... --- CNN --- December 8, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/trfnn7


29.   “Missing Autistic Palatine Teen Found Safe” --- A 15-year-old autistic boy who went missing from his Palatine group home at Little City was found early Thursday morning near Hoffman Estates, ... --- Chicago Daily Herald --- December 3, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/Y4aAxu


30.   “Police: Roosevelt Coach Had Sexual Contact with 16-Year-Old Girl” --- According to a police report, the girl told police she had grown close to Johnson, a special education teacher at the high school. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- December 9, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/bFvmhu


31.   “Man in Wheelchair Robbed, Assaulted” --- A man in a wheelchair was robbed before dawn on Thursday morning shortly after he withdrew cash from an automated teller machine at a bank just ... --- Topeka Capital Journal --- December 3, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/Noev4D


32.   “Golden Alert Canceled for Missing Woman with Mental Disabilities” --- Crews had been searching all week for Thompson, who had mental disabilities, since she left a home where she was under 24-hour watch. Around 20 ... --- WAVE 3 --- December 5, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/iqwVdE


33.   “Slain Autistic Boy's Family Speaks Out on Marshals' Indictment” --- He was autistic and non-verbal but very bright, she said. "He was the most loving child you could have met. He was always smiling and happy. --- CBS News --- December 11, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/9CehSA


34.   “Grand Jury Indicts Louisiana City Marshals in Boy's Fatal Shooting” --- Jeremy's first-grade special needs teacher Roxanne Couvillion recalled last month how much the boy loved class, playing and alphabet puzzles. --- CNN International --- December 11, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/yPTMQ6


35.   “Marshal Says Officers Accused in Killing of Autistic Boy Fired from Alexandria Jobs” --- Two men working as city marshals in Marksville and accused of killing an autistic 6-year-old boy have been fired from ... --- Daily Journal --- December 5, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/912jpf


36.   “Former Holyoke Superintendent Defends Handling of Abuse Allegations” --- The former superintendent of Holyoke schools defended his handling of abuse allegations in a special-education program that occurred under his ... --- The Boston Globe --- December 12, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/NkQl3U


37.   “Whistleblower, Parents Describe Abuses in Program for Disabled Students” --- Liza Hirsch began work at the Peck Full Service Community School in Holyoke last fall, excited by its model of involving families and community ... --- The Boston Globe --- December 11, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/lkXtyX


38.   “Report Indicates Abuse at Holyoke Disability School” --- The Disability Law Center's report released Wednesday alleges that students at the William Peck School were slapped, punched, shoved, restrained ... --- WAMC --- December 10, 2015  (MASSAHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Ts7zxa


39.   “Marshfield Man Faces Charges of Assaulting Elderly Blind Resident” --- Police have charged 56-year-old Keith Beaudoin of Marshfield with assaulting two elderly men after allegedly breaking into an ... --- The Patriot Ledger --- December 9, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Ef9DM5


40.   “Bridgewater Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Easton Teen” --- A Bridgewater man sexually assaulted a disabled teenager three times over the past few years, police said. Lewis Greenwood Jr., 40, of 95 Flagg St., ... --- WCVB Boston --- December 8, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/S0npKP


41.   “Disabled MBTA Passenger Assaulted, Spit on, Police Say” --- MBTA Transit Police are asking for the public to help identify a woman who investigators say spit on and assaulted a disabled passenger ... --- WCVB Boston --- December 8, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/iHHH5r


42.   “Special Education Teacher Pleads Guilty to Assault on Students” --- An early childhood special education teacher in the Port Huron school district has pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges ... --- CBS Local --- December 9, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/JimMc2


43.   “Men Charged in Disabled Pontiac Man's Beating to Appear in Court” --- Two Pontiac men are due in court Tuesday for charges connected to the beating of a disabled man which was captured on cellphone video. --- WDIV Detroit --- December 8, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/i1dfua


44.   “Vulnerable Midland County Adults to Have More Protection” --- Vulnerable adults will have better protection now that the Midland County Prosecutor's Office and Senior Services have teamed up to form the Midland ... --- Midland Daily News --- December 7, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/fb2DOo


45.   “Report Alleges Abuse of Children Under Tenure of New Minneapolis Superintendent” --- The Disability Law Center began investigating in April, after a Peck teacher said her complaints to the district were not addressed. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- December 10, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/JG33dn


46.   “Disabled Man Beaten and Robbed of His Christmas Money” --- A man who lives with his family in St. Louis' Baden neighborhood is recovering after being pistol-whipped by thieves who stole ... --- fox2now.com --- December 5, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/Q59vhw


47.   “Metro: CCSD Substitute Bus Driver sexually Assaulted 10-Year-Old Autistic Girl” --- Police say the victim of the Clark County substitute school bus driver charged with sexual assault was a student was a 10-year-old autistic girl. --- News3LV --- December 9, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/wgHGZR


48.   “Disabled Man Killed, Woman Injured in Hit-and-Run on Las Vegas Street” --- Police say Terrell and 44-year-old Judith Terrell were crossing the street outside of a marked crosswalk on Las Vegas Boulevard near Walnut Road ... --- UnionOracle.com --- December 6, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/NCPraS


49.   “Professor Loses Bid to Throw Out Conviction for Sex Assault of Disabled Man” --- As she braces for a state prison sentence, Rutgers-Newark professor Anna Stubblefield has lost a bid to throw out her conviction on ... --- NJ.com --- December 10, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/2JLv2m


50.   “Lawsuit: Ancora Workers Abused Disabled Woman” --- The parents of a developmentally disabled woman have filed a civil suit against the state and Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, alleging their ... --- Cherry Hill Courier Post --- December 4, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/YW4LxR


51.   “Handling of Teen's Death in State Care Blasted” --- A mentally disabled teenager who died while under ... The report underscores what other advocates for the disabled said of the ... --- news9.com KWTV --- December 14, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/uNOKl1


52.   “Video Shows Mentally Disabled Man Being Slapped” --- Police in Niagara Falls are investigating after a video appeared online showing a mentally disabled man being ... --- WKBW-TV --- December 11, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/jrkRBi


53.   “13-Year-old Charged in Shocking Fire Attack on Disabled Teen” --- A 13-year-old was arrested for throwing a lit bottle of perfume at a disabled teen in the West Brighton Houses, police allege. --- SILive.com --- December 9, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/B5kiD5


54.   “Syracuse Mother Charged with Being Impaired, Failing to Care for Autistic Daughter” --- During that time, Ramsden's 18-year-old daughter, who is severely non-verbal autistic, was able to leave the house twice without Ramsden's ... --- Syracuse.com --- December 8, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/GQB9ot


55.   “State Probe Sought for Two West Seneca Group Homes” --- Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns is seeking a state investigation into how sex offenders were placed in two West Seneca group homes after the ... --- Buffalo News --- December 7, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/lZAJxh


56.   “Missing Special Needs Child Located During Power Outage” --- Chief Hertman stated that officers were met by a Pennsylvania grandfather who reported that his six year old non-verbal, special needs, grandson was ... --- Hudson Valley News Network --- December 7, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/dBhIab


57.   “Police Searching for Group Who Preyed on Young Man with Disabilities on Staten Island” --- 18-year-old Carlos Simon says it was last month outside of a Dunkin' Donuts in the Port Richmond section of Staten Island, when a group of four ... --- WABC-TV --- December 7, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/tB0hSU


58.   “New York Police Arrest Woman for Choking Disabled Person” --- Police in Red Hook, New York arrested 41-year-old Monique Jenkins, who is from Poughkeepsie following an incident where she endangered the ... --- CDA News --- December 6, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/AF4yoM


59.   “NYPD: Two Men with Disabilities Missing in Separate Incidents” --- Two men with disabilities disappeared in two separate incidents on Friday night, according to police. Jesus Padilla, 51 ... --- CBS Local --- December 5, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/eG3a0Z


60.   “Rider Attacks Disabled Man and His Service Dog on Subway” --- A straphanger attacked a disabled man and his service dog on aboard a Bronx subway train, police said. --- New York Post --- December 2, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/mE8mEK


61.   “Police: Man Sexually Assaulted Mentally Disabled Girl” --- The Charlotte Observer reports 27-year-old Jason Reid is charged with statutory rape and forcible fondling in connection with an incident in a ... --- Winston-Salem Journal --- December 4, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/z9dwIN


62.   “Man Assaults Handicapped Woman, Steals Car in Raleigh” --- A man is in custody in Raleigh after he tried to murder a handicapped woman and stole her car on Thanksgiving morning. Police said on the morning ... --- WTVD-TV --- December 3, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/U7qHVX


63.   “Nurse's Aide Gets 25 More Days in Jail for Stealing Pain Meds from Vulnerable Adults” --- Walker, of Fargo, pleaded guilty in October to one count of felony theft and three counts of neglect of a vulnerable adult, all gross misdemeanors. --- INFORUM --- December 7, 2015  (NORTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/mR3e1m


64.   “Woman Accused of Convincing Man with Developmental Disabilities to Give Her Over $45K” --- The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board received notice back in October that a 55-year-old man was not getting all ... --- fox8.com --- December 9, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/2gbQ6f


65.   “Police: In-home Aide Stole $5K from Blind Victim” --- Police have accused a Madisonville woman of stealing about $5,500 from a blind person she cared for as an in-home aide, police stated in court ... --- Cincinnati.com --- December 9, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/sJxPaY


66.   “2nd Man in Rape of Disabled Woman Sent to Prison” --- The second man convicted in the rape of a developmentally disabled woman in June 2014 has been sentenced to six years in prison. Patrick Anthony ... --- WHIO --- December 7, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/56R73c


67.   “Thieves Target Oklahoma Foundation For the Disabled” --- Monday morning, the Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled (OKFD) discovered thieves had stolen one of their buses from their facility in the 8400 ... --- news9.com KWTV --- December 11, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/9S3m15


68.   “Federal Judge Weighs Landmark Settlement on Disabled Workers” --- Workers who have intellectual or developmental disabilities told a federal judge Monday that they enjoy working in ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 7, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/fVACei


69.   “Adult Care Home Owner Must Pay $21,620 to Fired Whistleblower” --- The state Bureau of Labor and Industries has ordered the owner-operator of a shuttered adult care home in Lane County to pay $21,160 in back ... --- OregonLive.com --- December 2, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/vouwsl


70.   “Lancaster Co. Schools Bus Driver Suspended After Wreck with Special Needs Students on Board” --- A Lancaster County Schools bus driver was suspended after wrecking the bus with special needs students on board Monday morning, the ... --- WBTV --- December 14, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/H4pfap


71.   “Police: Convicted Sex Offender Rapes Woman in Wheelchair” --- Metro police arrested and charged a convicted sex offender after they say he posed as a good Samaritan then brutally attacked and raped a woman in ... --- The Tennessean --- December 8, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/0tSctF


72.   “Trial Set for Former Jailer Charged in Inmate Beating” --- The sole Knox County Sheriff's Office employee charged in the videotaped beating of a mentally-ill inmate faces trial next year. Criminal Court Judge ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- December 7, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/1B19f0


73.   “Former Cy-Fair ISD Employee Accused of Assaulting Special Needs Children” --- A former Cy-Fair ISD employee has been arrested for allegedly assaulting two students. Ashley Wescott, 29, is charged with two counts ... --- KHOU --- December 11, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/1uWikt


74.   “Deaf Woman Victim of Home Invasion; Lufkin PD” --- A deaf woman was one of four people robbed of $57 inside their Lufkin home early Thursday morning. Police report 37-year-old ... --- December 3, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/SiN6Jq


75.   “Missing 15-Year-Old Murray Girl Found in SLC, Reunited with Family” --- A 15-year-old girl was reunited with her family Saturday after being missing for four days, police said. Oceanna Jade Storey, 15, left her ... --- KSL.com --- December 5, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/hyUhyh


76.   “VSDB Teacher Being Investigated” --- Child Protective Services and the Virginia State Police are investigating a teacher at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in ... --- Staunton News Leader --- December 10, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/skeVPN


77.   “Mentally Disabled Gig Harbor Teen Missing” --- Authorities are looking for a missing mentally disabled Gig Harbor teenager. Pierce County Sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer ... --- Q13 FOX --- December 12, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/KrqEmx


78.   “Kennewick Family of 3 Die in Apparent Murder-Suicide” --- She worked with the group on a 14-unit apartment complex for adults with disabilities called the Kennewick Perry Suites on Perry Street and West ... --- tri-cityherald.com --- December 11, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/xUI3Nr


79.   “Police Search for Missing Disabled Person” --- The Florence County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating a developmentally disabled missing person. “The factors of the ... --- ABC 10 News NOW --- December 10, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/9jCYqG


80.   “Untreated Mentally Ill 16 Times More Likely to Be Killed By Police, Study Says” --- People with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by the police than other civilians stopped by law enforcement, a new study ... --- TIME --- December 10, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/2cxkzG


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81.   “Many Questions, Few Answers at Legislative Hearing on Prison Deaths” --- The percentage of mentally ill inmates is very high, Monegan responded. He suggested establishing consolidated areas within existing DOC facilities ... --- Alaska Dispatch News --- December 8, 2015  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/TOMAz9


82.   “In Berkeley, People with Developmental Disabilities Demand More Funding” --- Advocates and people with developmental disabilities rallied in Berkeley Thursday to demand increased funding for services. --- KQED --- December 11, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/bK2ksq


83.   “Bakersfield Protesters Seek Funding for Developmental Disability Services” --- Hundreds demonstrated Thursday across California, calling for to state lawmakers to move additional funding for developmental ... --- Bakersfield Now --- December 10, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/aSVGiQ


84.   “Valley Providers of Developmental Services Struggling Financially” --- Agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities are struggling to stay open. They haven't had a rate increase from the state ... --- Fresno Bee --- December 10, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/47FfUr


85.   “Officials Add Mental Health Screening for Inmates at Prison” --- She says that the closures of hospitals and emergency rooms that used to treat the mentally ill have meant that the jail is one of the few places left for ... --- SFGate --- December 7, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/l90ErV


86.   “Ex-USC Coach Wants $30 Million for Firing over Alcoholism” --- Sarkisian uses the phrase “kicked him to the curb” in claiming he should have been allowed to seek treatment for alcoholism. Instead, athletic director ... --- New York Post --- December 7, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ooszff


87.   “Multiple Disability Access Violations at Weld County Schools” --- Twenty years ago, the Gilcrest and Johnstown communities celebrated fresh construction projects at their high schools. --- Scottsbluff Star Herald --- December 13, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/rPAd8x


88.   “Colorado Woman Who's Been Blind for 15 Years Receives Bionic Eye” --- Yet another first for surgical teams in Colorado; doctors at the University of Colorado Health eye clinic have given the gift of sight to a ... --- FOX31 Denver --- December 10, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/dnLwfY


89.   “Teacher Shortage Taking Away from Special Education Needs” --- There are more than 65,000 special education students in the state of Kansas, 2,000 in USD 501. It's a number that school districts ... --- KSNT --- December 4, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/jK1ZwQ


90.   “Parish Prison Inmates Screened for Mental Illness as Treatment Options for Mentally Ill Continue to Fade” --- With closures of hospitals and emergency rooms that used to treat mentally ill people in Baton Rouge, the jail is one of the … --- The Advocate --- December 6, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/CWIwZj


91.   “Investigation: Workers at Kalamazoo Psych. Hospital Face 'Extensive' Workplace Violence” --- The results of a year-long state investigation into the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital has found that employees there face ... --- WWMT-TV --- December 7, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/FlBDXH


92.   “A Family's Journey: Midland Boy Copes with Rare Bone Disease” --- Aiden Marshall, 7, rides around his home on the back wheels of his wheelchair after getting home from a birthday party with his family at their home in ... --- Midland Daily News --- December 7, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/hhEOE1


93.   “Minnesota Mental Hospital Fined $63,000 for Serious Violations of Workplace Safety” --- In 2013, the Legislature passed a law, known as the “48-hour rule,” that requires state psychiatric hospitals to admit county jail inmates within ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- December 9, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/SLsGx6


94.   “O'Fallon PD Offering Special Needs Locator Program” --- So, O'Fallon police have started accepting registrants for the Special Needs Locator Program. Once registered, police will be able to pull up a person's ... --- KSDK --- December 9, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/fRIoBo


95.   “Nixon Denies Critical Need of People with Developmental Disabilities” --- Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to balance the state's budget by cutting funding for organizations that provide support to Missourians with developmental ... --- STLtoday.com --- December 7, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/Fiv9u1


96.   “Panel to Keep Part of Montana Developmental Center Open” --- A committee has voted to keep part of the Montana Developmental Center open beyond 2017 as a place of last resort for patients in crisis. --- NBC Montana --- December 4, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/Flf5Lb


97.   “Although Shelved, Plan to Move Disabled People Back to N.J. Still a Problem” --- Chris Christie and Senate leaders agreed in July to halt the policy —intended to save money and move disabled people closer to their families — the ... --- NJ.com --- December 7, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/CJ9OlN


98.   “A Psychotropic Population” --- Roughly one-third of inmates in county detention facilities across New Mexico have been identified as mentally ill, as they serve lengthy periods of ... --- Santa Fe Reporter --- December 7, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/yGzRJI


99.   “More Oversight Urged at Adult Day Care Centers” --- Adult day care programs in New York, through lack of ... The nursing home in charge of the day care paid a $6.5 million settlement for ... --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- December 4, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/FT58Bu


100.   “Fight for WNYers with Disabilities Continues” --- Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY) and families with developmentally disabled ... --- WKBW-TV --- December 4, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/f0Gx0z


101.   “Researchers Measure NC Psychiatric Bed Shortage” --- Approaches to public mental health have vexed policy-makers for years. Sheriffs complain about mentally ill people filling jails, while hospitals ... --- News & Observer --- December 12, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/6vPs46


102.   “Student with Cerebral Palsy Fighting NDSU Pharmacy School's Regulations that Bar Her Entry” ---  Cerebral palsy requires her to use a motorized wheelchair and hampers ... Sem can walk short distances, but relies on her motorized ... --- INFORUM --- December 12, 2015  (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/nl08T8  


103.   “North Dakota Only State to See No Change in Number of Juveniles Sent to Group Homes” --- Across the country, many states are trying to slash the number of juvenile delinquents ordered to live in correctional centers, group ... --- Bismarck Tribune --- December 7, 2015  (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/Q8g8MT


104.   “Blind Voters Sue over Access to Absentee Ballots in Ohio” --- Several blind voters and an advocacy group for the blind are suing Ohio's elections chief over the accessibility of paper ... --- WOWK --- December 7, 2015 (OHIO)  http://is.gd/eyiT1i


105.   “Health Advocacy Group Files Discrimination Complaint with State Agency Against Oklahoma School District” --- … to not renew a contract to provide teaching services at the Oklahoma City facility that provides daytime psychiatric ... --- NewsOK.com       --- December 3, 2015  (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/3MzcmH


106.   “State Hospital Has No Policy Limiting Court Evaluations” --- The facility's refusal to conduct more evaluations has contributed to long delays for mentally ill defendants, who are routinely waiting months behind ... --- Sioux Falls Argus Leader --- December 3, 2015  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/48dfGk


107.   “Suspects with Developmental Disabilities Stretching Cops” --- "It takes a lot of time -- a lot of man hours" for law enforcement to handle suspects with mental or developmental disabilities, Cannon said in a recent ... --- Greeneville Sun --- December 12, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/apnzFY


108.   “Clear Creek ISD Denied Reconsideration in Special Education Citation” --- The Texas Education Agency has denied Clear Creek ISD's request for ... of effectively pushing out special education students with truancy charges. --- Chron.com --- December 7, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/lYecvC


109.   “Washington 'Risking a Lawsuit' by Segregating Disabled” --- Only a handful of states operate more institutions for people with developmental disabilities than Washington. And in Washington, more people live in ... --- KING5.com --- December 8, 2015  (WASHIINGTON)  http://is.gd/brpM39


110.   “State Asks Appeals Court to Throw Out Competency Ruling” --- The state of Washington plans to tell a federal appeals court that a judge's order requiring competence evaluations for mentally ill ... --- HeraldNet --- December 6, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/vcE6ZH


111.   “Special Education Teacher Shortage Creates Opportunity for Students” --- Jacqui Paxton, Noel's special education teacher at Slippery Rock Area High School, in Slippery Rock, Pa. , created a fun and loving classroom ... --- USA TODAY College --- December 14, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/VuN0xH


112.   “Shootings May Pressure States to Give FBI Records on Mentally Ill for Background Checks” --- Six states are not alerting the FBI about people who have been found to have mental health problems that would bar them from ... --- The Republic --- December 10, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/pz9PNO


113.   “US Mentally Ill 16 Times More Likely to Be Killed by Police: Study” --- Americans with severe mental illness are 16 times more likely to bekilled by police than other civilians, a study by an ... --- Grand Forks Herald --- December 10, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/B5jf5g


114.   “Psychiatric Drugs Are Being Prescribed to Infants” --- Cases like that of Andrew Rios, in which children age 2 or younger are prescribed psychiatric medications to address alarmingly violent or withdrawn ... --- New York Times --- December 10, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Vhc91R


115.  “Three Years After Sandy Hook, More States Cut Mental Health Funding” --- R. Creigh Deeds, who was seriously injured by his son after authorities failed to find a psychiatric bed for the troubled 24-year-old. After stabbing his ... --- Washington Post --- December 8, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/odWkbh


116.   “Survey: 8 in 10 US Doctors Feel Unprepared to Treat Mentally Ill” --- More than eight in 10 family doctors in the U.S. say they are not adequately prepared to care for severely mentally ill patients, according to a survey ... --- The Hill --- December 7, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/F1IWeV



117.   “Unemployment on Rise for Those with Disabilities” --- The jobless rate for Americans with disabilities hit 12.1 percent in November, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday. That's a steep increase over ... --- Disability Scoop --- December 4, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/N4jJTF


118.   “Most Mass Shooters Not Mentally Ill, Local Expert Says” --- “We definitely need to do something about mental illness. We have a crisis in mental health care. We have tremendous state and federal cut backs in ... --- WLOS --- December 4, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/jVbCl1


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


119.   “With 'Carl's Law,' Lawmaker Wants to Prevent Crimes Against People with Disabilities” --- ... Carl's life and build awareness of Florida's increased penalties for crimes committed against people with disabilities to help prevent future tragedies. --- WFSU --- December 7, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/vSF73k


120.   “Bill Looks to Stop Criminalizing the Mentally Ill” --- A House panel on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill aimed at keeping Floridians with mental illnesses out of the ... --- Florida Courier --- December 3, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/OhwDeM


121.   “Lawmaker Files Bill to Keep Guns from Mentally Ill, Felons” --- An Illinois lawmaker has filed legislation aimed at keeping dangerous mentally ill people and anyone convicted of felonies or ... --- seattlepi.com --- December 12, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/Jkp80f


122.   “Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Calls to Update Law which Helps the Mentally Ill” --- Currently, a judge's only option is to order hospitalization once the patient with a mental illness has already hurt themselves or others. --- WLNS --- December 8, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/bn2pdw


123.   “Missouri Bill Would Prevent Abortion for Down Syndrome” --- North Dakota has banned abortions because of a fetal genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome, and Ohio is considering a similar measure. --- Alton Telegraph --- December 11, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/jlxMkx


124.   “Legislators Call for Study of Displaced Developmental Center Residents” --- ... developmentally challenged residents transferred to other developmental centers or group homes, legislators have passed a bill calling for a study ... --- MyCentralJersey.com --- December 10, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/N9rUqw


125.   “Intellectual Disabilities Program to Cost $19 Million” --- Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that a program to help people with intellectual disabilities find jobs makes sense, but he ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- December 1, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/pKeIlG


126.   “State Seeks Reversal of Ruling on Competency Evaluations” --- The state will challenge a ruling by a federal judge mandating that mentally ill defendants receive a competency examination within a week of a court ... --- The Seattle Times --- December 6, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/AhyjMz


International Articles


127.   “Lack of Training Leads to Abuse, Bendigo Autism Advocate Says” --- She said the root cause of a lot of abuse was lack of training, and she was hoping for increased training for staff working in schools and residential ... --- ABC Local --- December 13, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/2CuGtO


128.   “Sex Workers Reveal Diverse Client Bases” --- 'You don't need to feel awkward or embarrassed. Adults with disabilities have all the same needs and desires as anyone else.' ... --- Daily Mail --- December 13, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/VybQV9


129.   “Perth Man Jailed for Sexual Assault on Partner's Disabled Daughter” --- A Perth man was sentenced in the District Court to five years in jail for sexually assaulting his partner's disabled daughter. --- Perth Now --- December 12, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/QTbyLy


130.   “Melbourne Teen Punches Disabled Man in the Face” --- In mobile phone footage of the incident, the special needs student, 18, can be seen sitting on a turned over blue shopping trolley when the teen ... --- 9news.com.au --- December 9, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/9RoJWY


131.   “Disability Abuse or Neglect? Let's Fax It!” --- Outdated technology is still being used to report abuse and neglect of people with disabilities, a scathing Ombudsman's report has found. --- The Age --- December 9, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/mVnRpn


132.   “Concerns over Disability Staff Shortage” --- Almost half of disability service companies surveyed in a new report expect to face difficulties recruiting new staff with the scheme's full rollout from ... --- SBS --- December 7, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/e4m56R


133.   “Disability SA Forced to Make $60 Million in Cuts” --- Disability South Australia is being forced to find up to $60 million in cuts, a state parliamentary committee has heard, with increased support only being ... --- ABC Online --- December 7, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/8bWJur


134.   “Mental Health Bed Shortage in SA” --- An annual report by South Australia's Community Visitor Scheme - which advocates for mentally ill patients - has also raised concerns about excessive ... --- SBS --- December 4, 2015 (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/jjldaX


135.   “Island '400 Years Behind' on Deaf Rights” --- Politicians dealing with deaf rights in Bermuda are “like lions without teeth”, ... Mr Fahnbulleh suggested that introducing more disabled MPs into ... --- Royal Gazette --- December 10, 2015  (BERMUDA)  http://is.gd/JEpTyW


136.   “Mental Health Move Praised by Advocates” --- In the latest Throne Speech, the Bermuda Government pledged to extend protection under the Act to the mentally ill. Bermuda has been described by ... --- Royal Gazette --- December 7, 2015  (BERMUDA)  http://is.gd/tPJtOg


137.   “B.C. Woman Accused of Beating, Robbing Mentally Disabled Man Will Remain Behind Bars” --- A Kamloops woman alleged to have used a fake handgun to rob a mentally disabled man of his glasses before breaking into a ... --- The Province --- December 11, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/a59g44


138.   “Caregivers at BC Group Homes Had Criminal Records, Probe Finds” --- A private company that ran group homes for vulnerable youth in government care – including Alex Gervais, an 18-year-old who died in September ... --- The Globe and Mail --- December 7, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/J52Qpq


139.   “System Had Little Way to Monitor Disabled Man Leading Up to His Death, Inquest Hears” --- Jamie, left, and Jerry Hawley are pictured together in April 2001. Jamie died in May 2008. A criminal trial determined that Jerry Hawley ... --- Ottawa Citizen --- December 7, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/Cdr7Nx


140.   “A New Approach to Helping Canada's Mentally Ill” --- David Gratzer is a psychiatrist at the Scarborough Hospital and a co-lead of the ICBT program; David Goldbloom is a psychiatrist, senior medical ... --- The Globe and Mail --- December 7, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/hMLzoO


141.   “Alberta Launches New Consultations on Disability Safety Standards” --- Alberta has launched a new round of consultations to develop safety standards for persons with developmental disabilities following an outcry from ... --- Edmonton Journal --- December 4, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/jIt0pD



142.   “Young Disabled Woman Victimised on Bus, Claims ‘Shaken Up’ and ‘Disgusted’ Pensioner” --- A young disabled woman was refused entry onto a bus and left crying on the pavement, a "disgusted" pensioner has claimed. Ron Squire was on ... --- The Argus --- December 13, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/ti9Kh8  


143.   “Children Bullied, Pinned to the Ground and Locked in Rooms at Special Needs School in Bristol” ---  Children with complex special needs were bullied, locked in rooms and pinned to the ground by staff at a school and children's home that ... --- Bristol Post --- December 8, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/4HBJVG


144.   “Hospital Sorry for 'Do Not Resuscitate' Order on Patient with Down's Syndrome” --- East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted breaching his human rights. ... "1,200 people with a learning disability are dying avoidably in the NHS ... --- BBC News --- December 8, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/TWObIx


145.   “Dozens Turn Out to Raise Awareness of Disability Hate Crime in Kettering” --- “Disability hate crime is unacceptable and needs to be taken seriously.” ... To get involved, contact the Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council ... --- Northamptonshire Telegraph --- December 4, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/K2nnFQ


146.   “The Invisible People” --- The greater visibility of persons with disabilities in public has brought about a noticeable change in the attitude of non-disabled citizens. --- The Indian Express --- December 10, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/Bgxre8


147.   “HSE-run Home for Disabled Had 'Unacceptably Poor Standards' for Residents” --- A HSE-run home for people with a disability is the subject of an unprecedented court order after inspectors found an unacceptably poor standard or ... --- Irish Independent --- December 14, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/6LzluO


148.   “Man (53) Jailed for Having Sex with Mentally Impaired Cousin Has Sentence Reduced” --- A Dublin man jailed for having sex with his mentally impaired cousin, has had ... Her account had not been challenged and her cross examination ... --- Irish Independent --- December 10, 2015  (IRELAND) http://is.gd/IANmZ1


149.   “Man Accused of Raping Woman with Down Syndrome 'Would Proposition a Few Women a Day', Court Hears” --- A man accused of raping a woman who has Down syndrome has told a jury that in his country mentally disabled people are ... --- BreakingNews.ie --- December 9, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/kGa13n


150.   “Man Accused of Raping Woman with Down Syndrome Was Spotted Jogging Behind Girls Two Days After Alleged Rape” --- A man accused of raping a woman with Down Syndrome was spotted by gardaí jogging behind two 15-year ... --- Irish Independent --- December 7, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/ERVzvH


151.   “ 'Urgent Need' for Mental Health Unit for Children in Limerick” --- In a speech at Dáil Éireann, Deputy Neville stated that children in Limerick who require inpatient psychiatric help must travel to Cork, Galway or Dublin ... --- Limerick Leader --- December 6, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/GblPCW


152.   “Trial of Man Accused of Raping Down Syndrome Woman: 'People with the Condition Have Instantly ...” --- The trial of a foreign national accused of raping a Down syndrome woman has heard that the facial features associated with the ... --- Irish Independent --- December 3, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/efiBjH


153.   “Mental Health Professionals to Go on Strike Starting Monday” --- Psychology students have also been hurt by the cutting of over 70 percent of the ministry's participation in the costs of hiring the graduates. --- Jerusalem Post Israel News --- December 6, 2015  (ISRAEL)  http://is.gd/PONPFb


154.   “Physically Disabled Community Cries for Help” --- There is a cry for the State to do more for the physically disabled. Speaking recently at a meeting of the Corporate Area-based Rotary Club of ... --- Jamaica Observer --- December 13, 2015  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/CfCWNY


155.   “Professional Services Needed for the Mentally Ill” --- The priest, who has been ministering in Jamaica since 2010, caters to mentally ill persons daily through his church. He attributed the deficiency in ... --- Jamaica Gleaner --- December 8, 2015  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/KkTEql


156.   “Mental-health Cases Remain High in Western Jamaica” --- Mental-health cases remain high in western Jamaica ... were designed to improve community health services in response to mentally ill clients. --- Jamaica Gleaner --- December 8, 2015  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/yiU3ys


157.   “Students Launch Campaign to Highlight Issues Affecting the Disabled” --- A soldier plays music for a group of disabled children. Deaf children say when they are called dumb, it makes them upset, depressed and feel bullied. --- Jamaica Observer --- December 4, 2015  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/hcTy7D


158.   “Morocco: Activists Claim Draft Rights Law Fails to Treat Disabled People as Equals” --- Moroccan disability associations are being supported by the campaign group Human Rights Watch, which recently wrote to the … --- The Guardian --- December 3, 2015  (MORROCO)  http://is.gd/Rc5ALb  


159.   “Child Porn Collector Molested, Raped Disabled Girls” --- Graham Lester Walters was sentenced to preventative detention when he appeared in the High Court in Hamilton for a raft of sexual offences. --- Waikato Times --- December 14. 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/PxdLQx


160.   “Greater Recognition of FASD Within the Court System” --- Judges and lawyers are changing the way they communicate to help mentally impaired defendants navigate the justice system. Youth Court Judge ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- December 8, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/dvK1wy


161.   “Pacific People with Disability Call for More Inclusion” --- An organisation representing people living with disabilities in the Pacific says a lot still needs to be done to create more inclusive socities in the region. --- Radio New Zealand --- December 7, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/Wkof8D


162.   “NZ Schoolboys Who Pushed Classmate Out of Wheelchair Forced to Flee Town” --- The footage shows the boys kicking at the youngster's wheelchair, and then pulling it … --- 9news.com.au --- December 4, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/H18JLq


163.   “Video of Schoolyard Bullying Causes Even More Harm, Experts Say” ---  A video showing a student

being bullied and forced out of his wheelchair at an Auckland high school highlights what experts warn is the way social ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- December 3, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/oqhYtt


164.   “Caring for Nigeria's Disabled Persons” --- Last Thursday, December 3 the world marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The annual event, aims to promote an understanding ... --- Daily Times Nigeria --- December 6, 2015  (NIGERIA)  http://is.gd/TSyQ24


165.   “North Korea: Pyongyang Marks Disability Day” --- A video produced by North Koreas state news agency KCNA, which cannot be independently verified, shows the disabled performing song and dance ... --- International Business Times --- December 4, 2015  (NORTH KOREA)  http://is.gd/H1RU3e


166.   “Autistic Man Was Married 'Despite Lacking Mental Capacity to Do So' ” --- A man with learning disabilities who could not tell a psychiatrist “how babies came” got married at a Muslim wedding in Pakistan despite lacking the ... --- The Independent --- December 6, 2015  (PAKISTAN)  http://is.gd/vJFXTJ


167.   “21 Dead as Fire Sweeps Through Russian Care Home for Mentally Ill” --- Nineteen dead bodies were recovered at the fire scene in the village of Alfyorovka, south of Moscow near the Ukrainian border, and two died in the ... --- TV Newsroom --- December 13, 2015  (RUSSIA)  http://is.gd/cxbiPz


168.   “Moscow Opens Cutting-edge Educational Center for the Deaf and Blind” --- Moscow's first comprehensive educational center for the deaf and blind opened on Dec.3, and it offers cutting-edge rehabilitation and ... --- Russia Beyond the Headlines --- December 8, 2015  (RUSSIA)  http://is.gd/39zU9E


169.   “Rwanda: Society Urged to Embrace Persons with Disabilities” --- The public has been urged to engage people living with disabilities in various daily activities. Rwamagana District vice mayor in charge of Social ... --- AllAfrica.com --- December 9, 2015  (RWANDA)  http://is.gd/e2ZR2X


170.   “Charity Fined After Disabled Man Dies After Scalding” --- Ark Housing Association were found guilty of failing to train staff adequately at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Ian Georgeson ... --- Scotsman --- December 10, 2015  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/IBoUTm


171.   “More Support for People with Disabilities in Singapore Now: Tan Chuan-Jin” --- In a Facebook post marking the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin ... --- Channel News Asia --- December 3, 2015  (SINGAPORE) http://is.gd/yNvm8U


172.   “Struggles of the Disabled” --- While the march to the Union Buildings and music performances which took place on Thursday were intended to celebrate disability, many ... --- Independent Online --- December 4, 2015  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/u1QwpX


173.   “Syrian Special Olympics Organizes a Race on Int'l Day of Persons with Disabilities” --- Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Syrian Special Olympics organized on Friday a race for people with special ... --- Syrian Radio & TV Online --- December 4, 2015  (SYRIA)  http://is.gd/hiZLDy


174.   “Accessibility Remains a Challenge for Turkey's Disabled Community” --- Getting anywhere is a challenge for Turkey's disabled community amid mass transit vehicles with little accessibility, insensitive drivers grabbing their ... --- Daily Sabah --- December 3, 2015  (TURKEY)  http://is.gd/RslrHA


175.   “Assisted Dying: Disability Rights Campaigners Lose Court Challenge” --- Disability rights campaigners who say the assisted suicide policy in England and Wales is too "liberal" have lost a High Court legal challenge. --- BBC News --- December 4, 2015  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/SiY6Mf


176.   “13.5 Million Vietnamese Suffer from Common Mental Illnesses: Health Official” --- The fight against psychiatric disorders in Vietnam still faces several challenges due to many reasons, especially a lack of qualified personnel, the ... --- Tuoitrenews (press release)


177.   “Potential Closure of Disability Wales Would Be a 'Devastating Blow' to Disabled People, Say ...” --- An organisation which champions the rights of disabled people and promotes equality and independence is at risk of closure due to a shake-up in ... --- WalesOnline --- December 8, 2015  (WALES) http://is.gd/wIqs6c








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