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News Summary for January 10, 2016
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 new year continues with a massive number of articles reporting abuses of children and adults with disabilities.  In this week’s listing, the primary form of abuse is physical, with the majority of abuse cases occurring in special education settings.  There are plenty of articles on the funding crisis for basic needs of people with disabilities throughout the nation.  See below for analysis.

(Next to each category, the # of the relevant article is provided.)



PHYSICAL ABUSE: 1 AND 3 (SAME CASE); 5, 16, 26 30, 38, 47


NEGLECT: 15, 31






ABUSE COMMITTED AT SCHOOL: 1,3,10, 26, 32, 38





1.   “Second Allegation of Child Abuse Surfaces at California Special Needs School” --- A family says their special needs student developed bruises while at ... says he sustained while attending Tobinworld School for Special Education in ... --- KTRK-TV --- January 8, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/2lsjXM


2.   “Claims Detail 'Conscience-Shocking' Abuse Against Mentally Ill by Jail Guards” --- Two mentally ill people and the family of an inmate who was allegedly beaten to death by three jail guards in August filed claims Friday ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- January 8, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/XcdGwQ


3.   “Teacher's Aide Arrested After Video Shows Special-needs Student Being Hit in the Face” --- She added that her grandson “has had a few issues, and again, he's a special-needs child, and he shouldn't be treated like that at all from anyone.” --- Washington Post --- January 7, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/AHY2HN


4.   “Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Wheelchair-bound Man” --- Ballard testified that McQuery demanded money before trying to push a second wheelchair from outside into the apartment. The defendant then ... --- fox5sandiego.com --- January 5, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/7aXtBu


5.   “Teacher Uses 'Appropriate' Physical Restraints, Superintendent Determines” --- Members of the Danbury School District's Central Office team determined a staff member “acted appropriately,” following ... --- WRIC --- January 7, 20016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/wGUFOb


6.   “Fort Myers Psychiatric Hospital Faces More Trouble” --- Park Royal Hospital in Fort Myers, a 103-bed psychiatric facility, is pictured shortly before its completion in 2012. The hospital, which already had a ... --- Naples Daily News --- January 9, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/z3m3US


7.   “West Palm Beach Man Allegedly Stalked, Threatened Disabled Victim” --- A West Palm Beach man is facing charges that he made obscene and harassing phone calls and threatened to hurt a physically-disabled man, ... --- Palm Beach Post --- January 7, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/vkH4Il


8.   “Manatee Deputies Say Woman Robbed Disabled Man Who Invited Her to His Home to Perform Sex Acts for Money” --- The victim, who is disabled, said he met Brenda E. Waller, 33, at the Mobil station at 5929 14th St. W. on Dec. 15 ... --- Bradenton Herald --- January 4, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/sCrPcw


9.   “Woman in Wheelchair Attacked and Robbed Inside Target” --- Atlanta Police released surveillance photos Wednesday, asking for the public's help in identifying two men they said attacked and robbed ... --- FOX 5 Atlanta --- January 6, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/AOKdtB


10.   “Teacher Badmouths Student with Learning Disability in Facebook Posts” --- A Fulton County teacher is out of a job because of posts she made on her personal Facebook page bad-mouthing one of her students who -- the ... --- WXIA-TV --- January 6, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/4Upy9r


11.   “Moscow Caretaker Gets Probation for Exploitation” --- Both Winter and Wright were charged jointly in 2014 with principal to neglect of a vulnerable adult, principal to exploitation of a vulnerable adult and ... --- Idaho Statesman --- January 6, 2016  (IDAHO)  https://is.gd/HllwOb


12.   “Revolving Door: Services Gap Brought Suspect Back to Court” --- With a history of serious mental illness dating back to his late teens, Hopkins, 35, was living alone in an apartment in the 800 block of West ... --- Bloomington Pantagraph --- January 3, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/E45Oqs


13.   “Protecting Vulnerable Adults is Time-consuming Job” --- Carter is one of six investigators in the Indiana Adult Protective Services ... Brenda Defler said the individuals APS serves are just as vulnerable — if ... --- Indianapolis Star --- January 10, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/3S2NZo


14.   “Adult Protective Services in Indiana” --- Indiana's Adult Protective Services agents try to safeguard the well-being of vulnerable adults who can't fend for themselves. But resources are limited, ... --- Indianapolis Star --- January 10, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/d0ldSq


15.   “Vigo County Parents Charged with Neglect of Handicapped Child” --- Two Vigo County parents face charges of neglecting their handicap child. According to 24-Hour News 8 sister station, ... --- WISH-TV --- January 9, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/tLGXQW


16.   “Louisville Woman Accused of Assaulting, Robbing Disabled Man After He Jokes that He Doesn't Believe in God” --- Police say that 49-year-old Laura Reid was visiting a disabled man in his home. At one point, police say, Reid asked the victim ... --- WDRB --- January 6, 2016  (KENTUCKY)  https://is.gd/th0e7h


17.   “Mother of Autistic Man Wants DA to Drop Appeal of Judge's Dismissal of Son's Attleboro Assault Case” --- A city mother has set up an online petition pressing the Bristol County District Attorney's Office to drop its appeal of a ... --- The Sun Chronicle --- January 7, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS) https://is.gd/DthwnH


18.   “Activist Wants Officer's Name Released in Case of Mentally-ill Man Killed by Dearborn Police” --- A protest is planned along Michigan Avenue in Dearborn this evening in response to a police shooting that killed 35-year-old Kevin ... --- MLive.com --- January 4, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/Vgy0P8


19.   “Woman Who Stole from Camp for Disabled Kids Sentenced to Three Months in Jail” --- Pilfering thousands from a summer camp for disabled children has resulted in a 55-year-old Bay City woman being sentenced to ... --- MLive.com --- January 4, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/MieNAd


20.   “Dozens Protest Police Shooting of Mentally Ill Man in St. Paul” --- Dozens of demonstrators have marched in St. Paul to protest the shooting death of a mentally ill man by police last year. A group calling itself "Justice ... --- KEYC --- January 9, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/buSmga


21.   “Man Accused of Assaulting Vulnerable Adult” --- An Oronoco man made his first appearance last week in Olmsted County District Court, where he's been charged with sexually assaulting a vulnerable ... --- Post-Bulletin --- January 7, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/Deu9Ys


22.   “Psychiatric Hospital Threatened with Loss of Federal Funds” --- A federal report says Minnesota's second-largest psychiatric hospital could lose millions of dollars in funding if it doesn't correct ... --- The Courier Life News --- January 5, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/J2QFGa


23.   “Independence Parents 'Furious' that School Puts Elementary Kids in Isolation Rooms” --- Isolation has been a common tool used by schools to de-escalate .... A school district can also prohibit the use of seclusion, isolation or restraint. --- Kansas City Star --- January 7, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/8Lvfl2


24.   “Man Punches Disabled Vet After Refusing to Let Daughter Pet Service Dog” --- A 21-year-old man is accused of punching a disabled Army veteran in the face at a Fayetteville, N.Y., Dunkin Donuts, because he wouldn't let his ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- January 7, 2016  (NEVADA)  https://is.gd/sEhXcF


25.   “Ex-NJ Cop Sentenced in Disability Scam” --- A former New Jersey police officer who admitted fraudulently collecting more than $321,000 in disability pension payments while working ... --- Asbury Park Press --- January 8, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/NO9uUb


26.   “LI Teacher's Aide Injured Special-Needs Child During Attempted Feeding, Authorities Say” ---  Alexandra Chmil, who was an aide at Hagedorn Little Village School in Seaford and is accused of mistreating a young girl with disabilities, leaves ... --- Newsday --- January 9, 2016  (NEW YORK) https://is.gd/chDbZA


27.   “Long Island Teacher's Aide Accused of Abusing Disabled Girl at Seaford School” --- A 25-year-old teacher's aide is under arrest, accused of abusing a 9-year-old physically disabled girl at a school on Long Island. The alleged incident ... --- WABC-TV --- January 8, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/yJQvXh


28.   “Counselor Gets 8 Years in Prison for Having Sex with Mentally Disabled Woman in Group Home” --- A Monticello man was sentenced to 8 years in prison on Thursday after being convicted of having a sexual relationship with a ... --- Times Herald-Record --- January 7, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/y64HQA


29.   “Man Suspected of Striking a Disabled Veteran at a Fayetteville Dunkin' Donuts Surrenders” --- A Syracuse man suspected of striking a disabled veteran at a Dunkin Donuts location in Fayetteville has surrendered to police. --- WSYR --- January 4, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/YoNFyZ


30.   “Enid Facility Accused of Abusing Special Needs Patient” --- He captured video showing a house manager hitting a special needs client with a notebook, then spraying him with an aerosol can. --- news9.comKWTV --- January 5, 2016  (OKLAHOMA)  https://is.gd/Gk7tcw


31.   “Jayliel's Death Sparks Petition to Protect Special Needs Kids” --- This one would be used when children with autism, Down syndrome or other physical or developmental disabilities go missing. Weiner's petition on ... --- Allentown Morning Call --- January 9, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/dGsxQ2


32.   “Easton Mom Says Son with Asperger's Left Behind After School Day Ended” --- But when Reed returned home at 3 p.m., the oldest of her three children -- her 12-year-old son diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome – never ... --- lehighvalleylive.com --- January 6, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA) https://is.gd/MVkmdf


33.   “Autopsy of Autistic Boy Reveals No Injuries, Investigation Continues” --- A Pennsylvania coroner says an autopsy revealed no injury to a 5-year-old boy with autism whose body was found in a ... --- PennLive.com--- January 4, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/jQvRm9


34.   “Body of Missing 5-Year-Old Boy with Autism Found in Canal” --- Police are calling it "a tragic accident" after the body of a 5-year-old boy with autism was found in a canal about a quarter mile from a residence ... --- PennLive.com --- January 2, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/6iIc9H


35.   “In Berkeley County, Mom's Death Poses Questions about How Mentally Ill Are Handled Before Police Shootings” --- Beyond the failures of treatment to beat back the mental illness and drug addiction that led to her fatal ... --- Charleston Post Courier --- January 9, 2016  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/qf9acB


36.   “Spartanburg Woman Charged with Attempted Murder of Her Daughter” --- She told officers she was worried that when she died no one would be able to take care of her 30-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome. --- Spartanburg Herald Journal --- January 6, 2016  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/syV4tl


37.   “Man in Wheelchair Robbed at Gunpoint at Myrtle Beach Apartment” --- A 51-year-old man in a wheelchair was robbed of $60 at gunpoint after a suspect forced him inside his Myrtle Beach apartment. --- Myrtle Beach Sun News --- January 5, 2016  (SOUTH CAROLINA) https://is.gd/uJXszC


38.   “Teacher Investigated After Allegedly Body Slamming 3rd Grader with Special Needs” --- The Conley Elementary School third grader tells his story of what happened Wednesday with his Special Ed teacher. He says he got into trouble for ... --- KTRK-TV --- January 7, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/jloxf8


39.   “Video: Jailer Attacks Handcuffed, Mentally Ill Inmate” --- The DA's office says Azzam was mentally ill. Shannon was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $300. He also had to spend five days in the ... --- KTRK-TV --- January 7, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/h7d9q5


40.   “Restitution Ordered in Vulnerable Adult Theft Case” --- A former pro football player was awarded a $1,500 court judgment Tuesday as restitution for a vehicle stolen from his Hurricane business in 2013 in a ... --- St. George Daily Spectrum --- January 5, 2016  (UTAH)  https://is.gd/c9RYrM


41.   “Richmond Council President Used Offensive Word in Closed Meeting, Sources Say” --- Sources told CBS 6 during a closed session Monday night, Richmond City Council President Michelle Mosby used the word "retarded" directed at ... --- wtvr.com --- January 6, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/fJvHWK


42.   “Sen. Creigh Deeds Sues Virginia's Mental Health System over the Death of His Son” --- Creigh Deeds was stabbed repeatedly by his mentally ill son who then ... “Virginia's mental health care system failed my son, Gus,” Deeds said in a ... --- Roanoke Times --- January 5, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/3FvynY


43.   “United Fined $2.75M for Disabilities Complaints, Tarmac Delays” --- United Airlines was fined $2.75 million for violating rules governing the treatment of passengers with disabilities and for excessive ... --- USA TODAY --- January 7, 2016  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  https://is.gd/CcQRBv


Seeking Improved Support


44.   “USC Responds to Steve Sarkisian Wrongful Termination Lawsuit, Contests Alcoholism” --- In the response, USC said the suit violates an existing arbitration agreement and disputed Sarkisian's claims that his alcoholism was a known issue. --- CBSSports.com --- January 9, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/MH9n98


45.   “Lawmakers Host Forum for Prefiled Bills Aimed at Helping Disabled Alaskans” --- Senator Cathy Giessel and Representative Dan Saddler hosted a meeting at the Arc of Anchorage that provides services to disabled Alaskans, where ... --- KTUU.com --- January 9, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/ss70TP


46.   “Photos: Inside the Alaska Psychiatric Institute” --- The Alaska Psychiatric Institute, photographed Wednesday, January 6, 2016 has been facing a shortage of psychiatrists and is only able to fill roughly ... --- Alaska Dispatch News --- January 7, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/LpkDz5


47.   “Anchorage Father with Autistic Son Calls for Police Training to Approach Special Needs Individuals” --- “That poor boy was traumatized, traumatized,” said Blanas of Nick Pletnikoff, the man in the video. “I mean, he kept saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry ... --- KTVA.com --- January 4, 2016  (ALASKA) https://is.gd/3Tygpu


48.   “San Pedro Facility for Mentally Ill Pledges More Community Involvement” --- A resident walks out the front door at the Harbor View House which has operated since 1968 as a home to the mentally ill in San Pedro on Monday. --- The Daily Breeze --- January 9, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/AbnOSj


49.   “Governor's Proposed Budget Leaves Healthcare, Special Needs Advocates Disappointed” --- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday handed what health care advocates and supporters of people with special needs called a status quo budget ... --- San Bernardino County Sun --- January 7, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/dgcr6C


50.   “Santa Clara County Determined to Fund Psychiatric Facility for Children” --- As a result, as many as 20 county youths are in far-flung psychiatric hospitals on any given day suffering from deep depression, excessive anxiety, ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- January 2, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/Y7XBZ9


51.   “Need Rising in State for Special Education” --- The special education student population in the state is rising even as the total public school population is on the decline. --- CT Post --- January 7, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/q4yjUH


52.   “Delaware's Short-term Psychiatric Hospitalizations Grow” --- A court-appointed monitor in charge of inspecting Delaware's mental health system says the state is seeing an increasing number of short-term ... --- Lexington Herald Leader --- January 4, 2016   (DELAWARE)  https://is.gd/hTFEto


53.   “Forum Aims to Find Alternatives to Jail for the Mentally Ill” --- Knight wants to alleviate the revolving-door arrests of the mentally ill — most who are homeless — with a jail-diversion program that could transfer ... --- Sarasota Herald-Tribune --- January 7, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/KmaSc6


54.   “Unemployment Triple for People with Disabilities in South Florida” --- Unemployment for people with disabilities is nearly three times the overall jobless rate in South Florida, according to new research by a Florida ... --- Sun Sentinel --- January 6, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/IdNwiM


55.   “Broward Court Fails Mentally Ill People” --- Instead, some mentally ill people are stranded for years in a court that saddles them with requirements that those in regular court do not have — and ... --- Sun Sentinel --- January 7, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/RORg5L


56.   “Why Are Mentally Ill Defendants Trapped in a Parallel Court System?” --- A troubled young woman was trapped in a parallel court system for six years – too sick to stand trial, yet never set free by prosecutors. In Broward ... --- Sun Sentinel --- January 7, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/rhhFRZ


57.   “Tonyaa Weathersbee: City Rescue Mission Sees Impact of Lack of Facilities for Mentally Ill” ---  Secondly, places like the Rescue Mission should have more freedom to use their resources to help mentally ill people who are stabilized. --- Florida Times-Union --- January 6, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/zSzxDg


58.   “Judge Slams State over Slow Pace on Talks with Justice Department” --- ... Department of Justice remain at an impasse over improvements to the state's services for people with mental illness and developmental ... --- Northwest Georgia News --- January 7, 2016  (GEORGIA) https://is.gd/d96Tix


59.   “Mental Health Groups Concerned about Osawatomie State Hospital Issues” --- The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is urging the state aging and disability department to fix safety issues that violate federal law if the ... --- Wichita Eagle --- January 2, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/GEEtj2


60.   “Families Caring for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Speak-out Against DHHS Funding Formula” ---  Parents of adults with intellectual disabilities or autism turned out in force today to oppose a state rule change that they say would ... --- Maine Public Broadcasting --- January 5, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/FwL40b


61.   “3rd Assault of a Staffer in Minneapolis Schools Surfaces; District Chief to Speak Today” --- On the same evening of the second Harrison assault, a special education teacher at River Bend Education Center went before the school ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- January 7, 2016  (MINNESOTA) https://is.gd/6E36iC


62.   “ACLU: Solitary Confinement for Teens Overused in Nebraska” --- ... as other local stakeholders, including the ACLU, Disability Rights of Nebraska and the Inspector General to develop rules and regulations governing ... --- KETV Omaha --- January 4, 2016  (NEBRASKA)  https://is.gd/39tZaj


63.   “Concern over Future of WNY Children's Psychiatric Center” --- Kearns gathered with West Seneca Town leaders to announce their concern for the future of the West Seneca Developmental Center site on East ... --- wivb.com --- January 8, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/OYnCnR


64.   “People with Disabilities Face Big Changes to Services” --- A Montgomery County agency has stopped accepting new clients into its programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities as it ... --- MyDaytonDailyNews --- January 10, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/Tm9miF


65.   “Judge Hears Wage Case for Disabled” --- The case stems from a petition filed in November by Disability Rights Ohio, asking the U.S. Labor Department for a wage review for three of its clients ... --- Toledo Blade --- January 5, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/hzitkg


66.   “Study Shows Disabled Women in RI Receive Less Medical Care” --- In a study examining health disparities among women, researchers using Rhode Island data found that women with disabilities receive less medical ... --- The Providence Journal --- January 3, 2016  (RHODE ISLAND)  https://is.gd/YA5ORQ


67.   “State Developmental Center Fighting Chronic Staff Shortage” --- The South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield is dealing with a staff shortage, with more than 40 open full-time positions out of ... --- Sioux Falls Argus Leader --- January 8, 2016  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/dE02Ln


68.   “Texas Allows Guns Into State Mental Health Hospitals” --- “While licensed visitors are legally permitted to carry on our hospital campuses, our patients are being actively treated for psychiatric conditions and ... --- USA TODAY --- January 8, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/Up1S0b


69.   “Expert: Local Psychiatric Help Decreasing in El Paso” --- "Emergency rooms are a well-known site for visits for people who have psychiatric care. And this is a very expensive place to receive that first ... --- KFOX El Paso --- January 4, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/ZtqGaS


70.   “Special Education Program Fighting to Keep Public School Funds” --- Leanne Lengle also finds herself modeling the school's methods. Her 4 ½-year-old son has Down syndrome and attends one of the preschool classes ... --- KIRO Seattle --- January 6, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/hcZaqI


71.   “Feds Close Long-running Investigation into Milwaukee's School Voucher Program” --- The American Civil Liberties Union and Disability Rights Wisconsin filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department in 2011 alleging that ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- January 4, 2016  (MINNESOTA) https://is.gd/BZCYLo


72.   “Report Raps Army for Not Monitoring Psychiatric Medication Use” --- The Army is not properly monitoring the prescribing of medications to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in active-duty soldiers to ensure that ... --- Hartford Courant --- January 8, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/ZXiscw


73.   “Prisons Have Become Warehouses for the Mentally Ill” --- America's prisons have become warehouses for the severely mentally ill. Under the guise of punishing criminality, these inmates may be subject to ... --- Slate Magazine --- January 5, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/Nya3Dj


74.   “Hillary Clinton Unveils Autism Support Proposal” --- The bill would limit seclusion and restraint as means of controlling students in special education, particularly if there is a risk of injury, and would ... --- Education Week --- January 5, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/8rl7Ke


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


75.   “Bill Would Boost Jobs for Colo. Disabled” --- Matt McNeill stands at the door to the kitchen where he works, head tilted down like he doesn't know what to do with all this attention. --- The Coloradoan --- January 9, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/tAsxuY


76.   “Bills Would Aid Children with Developmental Disabilities” --- The bills would expand scholarships for students with disabilities — whether in pre-kindergarten, K-12 or postsecondary programs — and offer ... --- The Ledger --- January 6, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/cksCEq


77.   “New Mexico Bill Would Create ‘Brittany Alert’ to Protect Individuals with Developmental Disabilities” --- Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-26-Bernalillo) pre-filed a bill to create the Brittany Alert. Similar to the Amber Alert, the Brittany Alert ... --- KRWG --- January 4, 2016  (NEW MEXICO) https://is.gd/wGKeg7


78.   “Exploitation Case is First Charged under New Law in Bradley County” --- A local man charged with exploiting an adult for whom he was serving as caretaker could be the first prosecuted for that crime in Bradley County. --- Cleveland Daily Banner --- January 9, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/44HkRD


79.   “Speaking Up for Special Needs: Bill Urges New Rules for Investigating Abuse of Children with Disabilities” --- Sometimes they have very little speech,” explained Lisa Pugh with Disability Rights Wisconsin. In this memo … --- fox6now.com --- January 7, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/RULuDo


80.   “Several States Poised to Offer Savings Accounts for Disabled Americans” --- New laws in 35 states will allow more than 5 million Americans with disabilities to begin setting aside money for disability-related expenses without ... --- NPR --- January 6, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/9LYdf2


International Articles


81.   “Mentally Ill Man Sent to Prison Because There's 'Nowhere Else for Him to Go' ” --- The defendant, who has paranoid schizophrenia, has been housed in the Alexander Maconochie Centre because there is nowhere else for him to go. --- The Canberra Times --- January 8, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/wniWac


82.   “Two Men Charged with Rape, Police Say Deaf and Mute Man Encouraged in Crime” --- The older man then held a victim down and urged the younger man, who is deaf and mute, to rape the woman, they said. Police said the older man ... --- ABC Online --- January 4, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/UQ9BKr


83.   “Inmate Dies at Saskatoon's Regional Psychiatric Centre” --- An inmate at Saskatoon's Regional Psychiatric Centre has died. 57-year-old Elmer Dumais was serving a three-year sentence for sexual assault, ... --- CBC.ca --- January 5, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/G47UxX


84.   “Windsor Mom's Petition Aims to Help Adult Ontarians with Autism” --- A Windsor woman says key support services for her 18-year-old autistic son ended on his most recent birthday, and she is hoping a petition can bring ... --- CBC.ca --- January 4, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/gqnCjo


85.   “Green Valley Man Charged for 'Hitting Disabled Woman' in Sydney Bus Attack” --- The disabled woman, 45, appeared distressed as she was pictured talking to police after getting off the bus on Saturday evening at Green Valley Road ... --- Daily Mail --- January 4, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/Zksm7g


86.   “Planned Closure of Special Needs School in Bristol Sparks Anger” --- Andrew Carmichael, 13, and his mother Shirley (left) alongside Harry Baxter, 15, and his mother Suzanne, outside St Christopher's school in Bristol, ... --- The Guardian --- January 4, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/u1Bv3t


87.   “Ethiopia: Media Forum Discusses Progress in Mainstreaming Disability” --- The Federal persons with disability forum evaluates the annual performance in mainstreaming disability with broadcast and print media institutions ... --- AllAfrica.com --- January 8, 2016  (ETHIOPIA)  https://is.gd/cT9sKl


88.   “Abandoned Kids with Learning Disabilities Have Just One Sanctuary in Mumbai” --- There is only one home at Mankhurd in Mumbai for the mentally challenged children abandoned by their families, a report on the condition of such ... --- The Hindu --- January 7, 2016  (INDIA)  https://is.gd/BMGDHn


89.   “We Shouldn't Turn a Blind Eye to Colour Deficiency” --- If you are red-blind, you might not be able to see red at all. For the two severe forms, one in 50 males are affected: about 50,000 males in Ireland. --- Irish Times --- January 7, 2016  (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/yYjTHy


90.   “The Israeli Army Unit that Recruits Teens with Autism” --- “People with autism often talk about thinking in pictures, rather than categorizing information according to language,” she explains. “They tend to think ... --- The Atlantic --- January 6, 2016  (ISRAEL)  https://is.gd/rayg68


91.   “Vandals Spray Paint 'Retard' on Special Needs School” --- Mindless vandals have targeted New Zealand's only rural special needs school, breaking windows and spray painting the word "retard" on classrooms ... --- New Zealand Herald --- January 6, 2016  (NEW ZEALAND)  https://is.gd/fWwbnF


92.   “Disabled Children Aged 10 and 11 Among Victims of Hate Crime” --- According to Disability Rights UK, disability hate crime is massively under-reported as many people don't know who to talk to or how to report incidents ... --- Grimsby Telegraph --- January 6, 2016  (UNITED KINGDOM)  https://is.gd/530yhw



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