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News Summary for February 1, 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.

This week’s newsfeed is a combination of Jan 10, 17 and 26…so hold on to your hats.  This week I have added the category of “social media” to include those articles in which the crime included the use of social media, either to lure a victim, or the perpetrator recorded the crime on his cell phone.  You will notice “slavery” is a new category, only to be used when there are articles that fit this category.  This week, I have not included the international articles in the listing.  They are many and basically mirror the crimes described in the first three sections.  Of particular egregious note (how does one compare??) are articles listed under “other.”

Here are the articles by type of crime, and when the crime involved social media and when special education programs are involved, the section entitled “School,” although the type of crime is listed within its proper category.


SEXUAL ASSAULT/RAPE: 25, 37, 45, 46, 52, 57 &58, 62, 66, 73, 78, 81, 91, 94, 100

PHYSICAL ASSAULT: 16 + 18 & 20, 30, 31, 36, 38 & 39, 47, 54 & 55, 59, 64, 69, 82, 85*, 138



FINANCIAL ABUSE: 35, 40, 56, 71, 74, 103*


MISSING:3, 11, 12, 28 & 29, 48, 50, 61, 95, 98

MISSING AND FOUND WELL: 4, 7, 14, 19, 27, 43, 68, 72, 79, 93


ABUSE THAT OCCURRED VIA SCHOOL: 16 &18 &20, 25, 31, 37, 36, 37, 38 &39, 45, 47, 54, 55, 57&58, 81,94, 131, 138


CRIME INVOLVED SOCIAL MEDIA: 37, 45, 46*, 57-58, 66, 69, 91, 94


OTHER (* SPECIAL ATTENTION): 26*, 51, 70, 85* 99, 106, 107, 111, 131, 152, 163, 168&169.




1.   “Mother Sues Anchorage School District over the Restraint, Seclusion of Her Disabled Son” --- The mother of a student in an Anchorage school says the Anchorage School District broke state law by not telling her when her child was ... --- Alaska Dispatch News --- January 22, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/RxpvGs


2.   “Jail Death Highlights Urgency of Recommended Alaska Prison Reforms” --- Alaska State Troopers, who were tasked with taking Canul to API, are generally informed by the psychiatric institute when space is available to bring ... --- Alaska Dispatch News --- January 10, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/uqTILT


3.   “Phoenix Woman with Special Needs Missing Since Friday” --- Phoenix police are alerting the public about a woman with special needs who has been missing since Friday. Officers need ... --- Tucson News Now --- January 26, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/znKCfn


4.   “MCSO: Missing Autistic Teen Found Safe” --- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said an autistic teen who ran away Wednesday has been found safe. Jake Ouimette, 17, was last seen at about ... --- AZFamily --- January 21, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/JjiRvb


5.   “Court Reinstates Man's Conviction in Sexual Abuse of Disabled Niece” --- A divided federal appeals court Thursday reinstated a man's conviction in the 2011 sexual abuse of his severely disabled niece on ... --- Cronkite News --- January 14, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/RppDDl


6.   “MCSO Looking for a 17-Year-Old Boy with Autism” --- Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help locating a 17-year-old boy with autism. MCSO is looking for a ... --- ABC15 Arizona --- January 20, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/SPghwV


7.   “Authorities Searching for Autistic Pima County Man” --- Authorities are looking for an autistic Pima County man who went missing Wednesday night. The Pima County Sheriff's Department said Paul Fredrick ... --- Tucson News Now --- January 14, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/gQIJRG


8.   “Advocacy Group Says Death at Arkansas Center Was Negligent” --- An Arkansas woman choked to death during a seizure at a state-run human development center because staff thought she was "faking," a disability ... --- THV 11 --- January 26, 2016   (ARKANSAS)  https://is.gd/rin0qt


9.   “ 'Active Search' for Missing Autistic Man Called Off” --- Officers spoke with a friend of Archer, who said Archer got locked out of his apartment, then left with another friend. Police no longer believe Archer is ... --- KATV --- January 22, 2016   (ARKANSAS)  https://is.gd/71oaGT


10.   “Report Prompts 2nd State Review of Center's Use of Restraints” --- While the use of restraints at the Booneville Human Development Center decreased from June 2014 to September 2015, it remained far higher than at ... --- Arkansas Online --- January 15, 2016  (ARKANSAS)  https://is.gd/omvQAk


11.   “Peninsula Police Seek Missing Teen with Developmental Disabilities” --- Daly City police are asking for the public's help in finding a 19-year-old man with developmental disabilities who went missing over ... --- Patch.com --- January 25, 2016   (CALIFORNA)   https://is.gd/3PKxGu


12.   “Long Beach Boy with Special Needs is Missing” --- Police in Long Beach today sought the whereabouts of a missing 17-year-old boy with special needs. Officers dispatched about 12:45 ... --- Long Beach Press Telegram --- January 24, 2016   (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/gi7KBG


13.   “Families Sue Fresno Psychiatric Hospital for Wrongful Deaths” --- The families of two women who died while in the care of a Fresno psychiatric hospital are suing for wrongful death and medical malpractice. --- Lexington Herald Leader --- January 21, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/96KdqM


14.   “Intellectually Disabled 18-Year-Old Found in Costa Mesa” --- An intellectually disabled 18-year-old who went missing in Tustin was found safe in Costa Mesa, police said Wednesday. Adan Valenzuela fled on foot ... --- MyNewsLA.com --- January 20, 2016   (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/CB3xhU


15.   “Disabled Student's Murder Remains a Mystery 35 Years Later” --- Mary London, a developmentally disabled student who attended Sacramento High School, was reported missing when she did not show up for her ... --- KCRA Sacramento --- January 15, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/Fu9i1t


16.   “Tobinworld: State Orders Changes to Antioch Special Needs School” --- State education officials have ordered reforms to a special needs school following the alleged abuse of a third grade student and failure to ... --- Contra Costa Times --- January 15, 2016   (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/c6yKu5


17.   “County Settles Disability Discrimination Suit” --- A former Tulare County systems administrator will receive $270,500 in a settlement of her lawsuit alleging disabilities discrimination and failure to ... --- Visalia Times-Delta --- January 14, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/ncWq8I


18.   “Antioch School Where Video Shows Aide Abusing Student Issues Statement” --- ... the mother of a son with autism, I know firsthand how important it is to have a safe, loving and nurturing environment for children with special needs. --- KRON4.com --- January 14, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/oSSDKv


19.   “Authorities Search for Missing Talmadge Teenager with Autism” --- An autistic teenager went missing in the Talmadge area Thursday, prompting a search of the mid-city neighborhood and ... --- KUSI --- January 14, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/aupC4E


20.   “Video: Records Show Police Had Been Called to Tobinworld School in the Past” --- The allegations of abuse at Tobinworld special education school in Antioch are troubling. So, KRON decided to take a closer ... --- KRON4.com --- January 11, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/JfjQLo


21.   “Inmate's Death Raises Questions about a Common Police Tactic” --- ... prone position can be lethal, especially on those with medical problems and the mentally ill, whose distress is sometimes confused with resistance. --- Washington Post --- January 24, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/dvcuAu


22.   “State to Pay $280,000 in Prison Whistleblower Case” --- O'Keefe accused prison officials of understating the number of seriously mentally ill people in solitary confinement, the number of inmates released ... --- Washington Times --- January 21, 2016   (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/DEjKS9


23.  “DA Won't Prosecute Deputies Who Killed Michael Lee Marshall. Video Released to Family” --- ... deputies who fatally restrained Michael Lee Marshall, a homeless, mentally ill man, at the Denver jail, according to a … --- The Colorado Independent --- January 21, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/bA1loy


24.   “Family of Man Killed in Jail Slams Denver for ‘Cover Up’ ” --- The family of the mentally ill homeless man sheriff's deputies fatally restrained in Denver's jail says Mayor Michael Hancock's administration has ... --- The Colorado Independent --- January 15, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/wbfCHT


25.   “$1.4 Million Settlement Finalized in Sex Assaults at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind” ---  “We're satisfied a settlement has been achieved,” Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind spokeswoman Diane Covington ... --- Colorado Springs Gazette --- January 13, 2016 (COLORADO) https://is.gd/SvVGfr


26.   “Ruling Clears Way for False Arrest Lawsuit Against Douglas County” --- Sanchez had pronounced cognitive disabilities and he scored in the 60s and 70s on IQ tests. He repeatedly told interrogators that he was tired while ... --- The Denver Post --- January 12, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/t5jcWM


27.   “Colorado Springs Missing Teen with Disabilities Returns to School” --- A 19-year-old man who went missing from the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind Sunday was found early Monday morning. --- Colorado Springs Gazette --- January 11, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/wQkQhF


28.   “Community Continues Search for Missing 23-Year-Old Man with Asperger's” --- Days later, Maitland police, family and friends continue searching for the 23-year-old man with Asperger's syndrome who remains missing. --- Orlando Sentinel --- January 21, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/LDOQj0  


29.   “Police Continue Search for Maitland Man with Asperger's Syndrome Who Disappeared Days Ago” ---  Maitland police continue to search for a 23-year-old man with Asperger's syndrome who wandered off from his Tuscarora Trail home ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- January 18, 2016  (FLORIDA) https://is.gd/8pyUcW


30.   “Lutz Day Care Employee Accused of Abusing Boy with Autism” --- The boy is autistic and non-verbal, deputies said. The incident was witnessed by another teacher at the day care, deputies said. According to the arrest ... --- Bay News 9 --- January 13, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/3icLhe


31.  “Two Orange Teachers Disciplined for Treatment of Students with Autism” --- She is accused of spraying or threatening to spray a non-verbal autistic boy with water, "knowing that (he) was afraid of water and in an attempt to ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- January 12, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/fS3rAW


32.   “Psychiatric Hospital Sued over Suicide” --- Southwest Florida's largest psychiatric hospital is being sued over a patient who committed suicide in 2014, after an employee failed to check on him, ... --- Health News Florida --- January 11, 2016   (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/a9ewZE


33.   “Georgia Cop Indicted for Fatal Shooting of an Unarmed, Naked Air Force Vet” --- Hill, an Air Force veteran, was mentally ill, and according to his family's attorney was medically discharged after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder ... --- RT --- January 22, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/XEtXHV


34.   “Grady Settles Complaint on Handling of Deaf Patient” --- “When a deaf patient or caregiver is unable to understand what is happening during a medical visit or procedure, it can be a terrifying experience and ... --- Northwest Georgia News --- January 20, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/51wVE2


35.   “Man Indicted for Exploiting Disabled Relative” --- A Moultrie man has been accused of exploiting a disabled relative for ... of exploitation and intimidation of disabled adult, elder person, or resident. --- Moultrie Observer --- January 15, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/9VySy4


36.   “Tort Claim Says School Employee Slapped Autistic Child” --- The family of a 6-year-old autistic student has filed a tort claim alleging that a speech therapist at the boy's school slapped ... --- Washington Times --- January 14, 2016  (IDAHO)  https://is.gd/GaXLPc


37.   “Former School Worker Charged with Soliciting Child” --- Ingram said Robertson helps special-needs students such as King, who graduated from MacArthur High School about two years ago, to obtain work ... --- Herald & Review --- January 16, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/qFe5Nt


38.   “Bus Attendant Justifies Actions Against Abuse of Special Needs Student” --- Two Des Moines Public Schools employees justified their actions after they were fired for an incident involving a special needs ... --- whotv.com --- January 25, 2016  (IOWA)  https://is.gd/vOazAY


39.   “2 Des Moines School Employees Fired After 'Abuse' ” --- The Des Moines Public School District fired two people last month after a school bus aide "physically abused" a special needs student on a bus, ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- January 22, 2016  (IOWA)  https://is.gd/MeRJBZ


40.   “Woman Accused of Stealing from Disabled Residents at Clear Lake Facility Pleads Not Guilty” --- A woman accused of stealing from disabled residents when she worked at a Clear Lake facility has pleaded not guilty. --- Daily Journal --- January 15, 2016  (IOWA)  https://is.gd/ECy3j2


41.   “Thieves Steal Disabled Wichita Woman's Wheelchair Ramp” --- The family of a disabled Wichita woman is asking for help after thieves stole the woman's wheelchair ramp from her front porch. --- WIBW --- January 22, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/zCKpzC


42.   “Kansas Woman Serving a Federal Prison Sentence for Enslaving Mentally Ill Residents at a Newton ...” --- … enslaving mentally ill residents at a Newton group home is seeking an early release from a federal medical center. --- Daily Journal --- January 20, 2016   (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/6hRn3I


43.   “Police Looking for Woman Who Left Scarborough Group Home” --- Police said Giddings is believed to have been on foot, but may have been given a ride. Giddings is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. --- WMTW Portland --- January 19, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/HlZToo


44.   “Woman in Motorized Wheelchair Struck by School Bus” --- A woman in a motorized wheelchair was struck by a Taunton school bus, ... Police said the woman's wheelchair did not appear to be damaged. --- Taunton Daily Gazette --- January 11, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/Rnp8K4


45.   “Teacher Accused of Improper Behavior with Student” --- The West Boylston Middle High School teacher, who was not named, has been removed from the school and will have no further contact with students, the school said in a … --- WCVB Boston --- January 15, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/lUm1xm


46.   “Inmate Wrote to Mother Seeking Sex with Disabled Teen” --- A convicted sex offender — just days from getting out of prison — has admitted to writing letters from prison asking a mother to offer up her mentally ... --- Detroit Free Press --- January 26, 2016   (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/EJZCLm


47.   “Teacher Sentenced for Assaulting Special Education Students” --- A judge in Port Huron sentenced a former special education teacher to jail time Thursday for assault and battery of early childhood students in her ... --- Toledo Blade --- January 14, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/Ydz8HQ


48.   “Vulnerable Adult Missing Since Dec. 7” --- Staff at a group home in Brookston reported Dec. 7 that Joseph L. Zak had absconded from the home. Zak is still missing. He is an autistic vulnerable ... --- Pine Journal --- January 23, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/Li42Cw


49.   “Family Has Hope They Will Find Autistic Man Missing for Over One Month” --- Joseph Zak disappeared over a month ago after being last seen at his group home in Brookston. Family, friends and a rescue ... --- WDAY --- January 21, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/25WLGT


50.   “St. Paul Police Search for Missing Vulnerable Adult” --- Police say 26-year-old Raj Budhathoki is a vulnerable adult who has not been seen since Dec. 14. He's described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs ... --- KSTP.com --- January 20, 2016   (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/NunBNc


51.   “Anoka State Mental Hospital Violated Basic Rules for Patient Care, Feds Say” --- “This is absolutely appalling,” said Sue Abderholden, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness … --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- January 16, 2016  (MINNESOTA) https://is.gd/BiG3mz


52.   “Glyndon Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Vulnerable Adult” --- Clay County prosecutors say 58-year-old Arden Pearson picked up a Dilworth woman for a medical appointment, strapped her to a gurney and kissed ... --- KVRR --- January 13, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/JWJJjO


53.   “Protesters March in Support of Mentally Ill Man Who Was Shot and Killed By Police” --- "He was sick, he needed help. He didn't need to ... Many also want a better dialogue for fatal shootings that involve mental illness. "He needed some ... --- WDAY --- January 11, 2016   (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/Oi6ZNG


54.   “Group Alleges Mistreatment of Special Needs Students in Biloxi” --- The non-profit group Disability Rights Mississippi filed a Systemic State Administrative Complaint on behalf of a nine-year-old autistic child, and a ... --- WDAM-TV --- January 20, 2016  (MISSISSIPPI)  https://is.gd/Xh82I9


55.   “Mississippi Investigating Mistreatment Allegation in Biloxi Schools” --- ... district claiming that special needs students are segregated and mistreated. .... Biloxi Public Schools Special Services Director Steve Huckaby, in his ... --- Belleville News-Democrat --- January 16, 2016  (MISSISSIPPI)  https://is.gd/yHGdZj


56.   “Feds: St. Charles County Woman Embezzled $2.9 Million from Disabled Man” --- A woman from St. Charles County took advantage of a disabled man and embezzled $2.9 million, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. --- STLtoday.com --- January 20, 2016   (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/Nfot7i


57.   “Valley High School Teacher Arrested” --- Police arrested a Valley High School special education teacher for alleged sexual conduct with a pupil. Clark County School District Police say ... --- KLAS-TV --- January 22, 2016  (NEVADA)  https://is.gd/lIlOlD


58.   “Valley High Teacher, Student Exchanged 13,000 Text Messages, Metro Report States” --- Jillian Lafave, a special education resource teacher, started working for the Clark County School District at the beginning of the 2015-16 school ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- January 26, 2016  (NEVADA)  https://is.gd/gSd1mT


59.   “NH Man Allegedly Assaulted Women with Developmental Disabilities” --- The project will provide a total of $240 million to form a new Centers for Common Disease Genomics network among Washington University School of ... --- My Fox Boston --- January 14, 2016  (NEW HAMPSHIRE) https://is.gd/nl08T8


60.   “Convicted Professor's Jailhouse Letter: I Loved Disabled Man” --- Facing a state prison sentence for sexually assaulting a disabled man, known as D.J., Stubblefield told Superior Court Judge Siobhan Teare in the ... --- NJ.com --- January 24, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/dpr9jB


61.   “Police Looking for Missing Intellectually Disabled Woman” --- Police are trying to locate an intellectually disabled woman who left her home on foot Sunday and hasn't been seen since. --- NJ.com --- January 19, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/U6Vjrm


62.  “Protecting Rape Victims, People with Disabilities” --- Racheal Gonzales had just finished her speech as one of the honorees of the 2015 Spirit of New Mexico Awards last month when someone leaned ... --- January 23, 2016  (NEW MEXICO)  https://is.gd/hdtA32


63.   “State Senator, Group Say APS Denied Services to Special Needs Student” --- APS released a statement saying special education services are provided based on the needs of individual students, and that the student in this case, ... --- KOB.com --- January 21, 2016   (NEW MEXICO)  https://is.gd/23HRNx


64.   “Woman Charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Disabled Person” --- A Poughkeepsie woman was arrested recently for allegedly placing her hand around the throat of a 12-year-old mentally ... --- Hudson Valley News Network --- January 26, 2016   (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/Tu0VYQ


65.   “Syracuse Teen Locked in Cell 23 Hrs a Day for 2 1/2 Months Sues Downtown Jail” --- Taijaleke Smith, 16, has a history of mental illness and went nearly two months without counseling or educational services, said his lawyer, Joshua ... --- Syracuse.com ---- January 25, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/MngMYT


66.   “Police: Man Raped Disabled Woman” --- Police charged a city man Wednesday with using the Internet to lure a mentally disabled 21-year-old to his apartment and then ... --- Gloversville Leader-Herald --- January 22, 2016  (NEW YORK)   https://is.gd/rifm6X


67.   “Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert Issued out of Saratoga Co.” --- Missing vulnerable adult alert issued out of Saratoga Co. Web staff Published: January 22, 2016, 10:55 pm Updated: January 22, 2016, 10:56 pm. --- NEWS10 ABC --- January 22, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/wrErf4


68.   “Police Find Missing Special-needs Teen from Manhattan, Putting End to Desperate 5-Day Search” ---  Kyle has a combination of behavioral disorders, including a mild form of autism. The teen has a hard time processing even the ... --- New York Daily News --- January 21, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/NuzxBN


69.   “Suspect in Assault of Disabled Man Identified by Police” --- Niagara Falls police have identified the suspect involved in the physical assault of a disabled man that was captured on video and posted to Facebook ... --- Niagara Gazette --- January 19, 2016   (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/dT8jF1


70.   “Records: Caretakers, Not Agency, Probe Most Disabled Deaths” --- The agency responsible for protecting those with special needs declined to investigate most of the nearly 1,400 deaths of developmentally disabled ... --- Lexington Herald Leader --- January 11, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/oMCk2j


71.   “Lawyer Admits to Stealing $1.1M from Disabled Client” --- Prosecutors say the Charlotte woman stole more than $1.1 million from a mentally and physically disabled woman who she was representing in a real ... --- The Robesonian --- January 12, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/QCBwCm


72.   “Boy with Autism Wanders from Bronx School, Found Alone on Street” --- A 5-year-old boy with autism was found walking alone in the street after wandering away from his elementary school in ... --- CBS Local --- January 10, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/ooYuAa


73.   “Glyndon Medical Transport Driver Accused of Groping Vulnerable Adult Client” --- The woman, who is considered a vulnerable adult under Minnesota law, ... later learned that Pearson spoke with an Adult Protective Services ... --- Grand Forks Herald --- January 14, 2016  (NORTH DAKOTA) https://is.gd/45HF8U


74.   “North College Hill Police: Checks Altered to Steal from Disabled Victim” --- An accomplice ratted out a father-son team charged with stealing from a disabled man, according to North College ... --- WCPO --- January 21, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/3Nxfeb


75.   “Court: Blind Student's Lawsuit Against University is Settled” --- Attorneys have settled a federal lawsuit filed by a blind student who accused Miami University of using technology that presented ... --- WANE --- January 16, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/twXt1Y


76.   “Authorities Say Missing Sunny Valley Man Found Dead” --- Authorities say they have found the body of a man who went missing from an adult care facility. The Mail Tribune reports ... --- KTVZ --- January 19, 2016  (OREGON)  https://is.gd/Pky1Sf


77.    “School District Sued over Discrimination of Disabled Students” --- In December 2013, Tibbot told district officials that the district was legally required to provide the least restrictive environment for disabled students, but ... --- The Pennsylvania Record --- January 25, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/gVP0as


78.   “Lock Haven Man Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Assault of Mentally Disabled Woman” --- ... years for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person with a mental disability and five to 10 consecutive years for aggravated indecent ... --- Centre Daily Times --- January 16, 2016 (PENNSYLVANIA) https://is.gd/0RLmV0


79.   “Philadelphia Police Searching for Missing Autistic Teenager” --- Police are looking for a teenage boy who suffers autism who's been missing since Thursday morning. Police say 17-year-old ... --- CBS Local --- January 22, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/p36TkU


80.   “Autistic Man Found in Middlesex Township Thanks to Help from Public” --- Todd Thomas Jr., 23, was reported missing Thursday afternoon from his residence in Middlesex Township. He was found later the same day. --- PennLive.com --- January 14, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/si6tp6


81.   “Providence Police Arrest Teacher's Aide Accused of Molesting Autistic Student” --- Police have arrested a teacher's aide who is accused of molesting a 13-year-old autistic boy at a Providence middle ... --- The Republic --- January 11, 2016  (RHODE ISLAND)  https://is.gd/zlzy2w


82.   “Deputies Search for Two Accused of Kidnapping, Robbing Man with Special Needs” --- Richland County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two men wanted for kidnapping and robbing a man with special needs in December. --- Live 5 News --- January 14, 2016  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/aSPxlp


83.   “Former Worker Claims South Dakota Developmental Center Unsafe” --- The South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield has 140 residents with severe developmental disabilities. The center has 340 employees, but is ... --- KELOLAND TV --- January 21, 2016  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/AhoCKq


84.   “Lawsuit over Institutions for Disabled Partially Dismissed” --- The last remaining requirement before the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Nashville concludes is the closure of Greene Valley Developmental Center ... --- The Tennessean --- January 20, 2016  (TENNESSEAN)  https://is.gd/sqsG64


85.   “Knoxville Psychologist Accused of Hurting 11-Year-old Patient” --- The doctor's attorney, Jennifer Pearson Taylor, issued this statement: "Dr. Laurence is a well-respected member of the psychology profession and has ... --- Local 8 Now --- January 15, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/mJYeE0


86.   “Disabled Teen Attacked” --- Seventeen-year-old Antonio Ferrel, who is physically disabled was assaulted and robbed Monday night at the intersection of W. --- FOX 29 --- January 12, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/EN1g8g


87.   “Sheriff Slashes Number of Internal Jail Inspectors” ---  Under Garcia, the IAD unit from 2009-2014 unearthed myriad problems at the Harris County Jail, including long-term neglect of a mentally ill inmate ... --- Houston Chronicle --- January 25, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/21aMDS


88.   “County Nurse Sentenced to 50 Years for...” ---  Earnest Eugene Palmer, 63, was found guilty of an aggravated sexual assault of an elderly, disabled patient that took place Dec. 22, 2013 at the ... --- The Cherokeean Herald --- January 20, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/MyXps0


89.   “Caretaker Accused of Theft at Care Facility” --- Performance indicators are dis-aggregated by ethnicity, economic status, special education and limited English proficiency. The reports also provide ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- January 19, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/3OJh5X


90.   “St. Joseph Reaches Agreement to Stay Open, Congresswoman Says” --- The floor in the psychiatric ward intake was "smeared with copious amounts of what appeared to be brown fecal matter, " according to the inspection ... --- Houston Chronicle --- January 14, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/4WYIA1


91.   “Man Gets 27 Years in Prison for Prostituting Disabled Girl” --- A Dallas man has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to using the Internet to prostitute a developmentally disabled ... --- Tri-City Herald --- January 11, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/CcaO7P


92.   “Police ID Man in Wheelchair Killed in Auto-Pedestrian Accident” --- Adam Brimhall, 42, of Clearfield, who was in a wheelchair, was hit and killed. He was not in a crosswalk anit was dark … --- KSL.com --- July 11, 2016  (UTAH)  https://is.gd/Fgh84z


93.   “Police: Found 8-Year-Old Had Developmental Issues” --- An 8-year-old boy with developmental issues was returned to his family after he disappeared from his Williamsburg home on Monday morning, ... --- Virginia Gazette --- January 19, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/GxUkkR


94.   “Police: Alexandria School Aide Sent Lewd Photos to Student” --- ... school bus aide is accused of sending lewd photographs of himself to a teenager at an Alexandria, Virginia, school for students with special needs. --- NBC4 Washington --- January 16, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/wuTymK


95.   “Man Missing from Dinwiddie Group Home Needs His Medication” --- Authorities are asking for the public's help to find a man who disappeared from a group home in Dinwiddie County ... --- wtvr.com --- January 14, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/cckrju


96.   “Seattle Prosecutor: Sexual Predator Targeted Disabled Woman in Wheelchair and Recorded ... A teenager from Seattle remains in jail with bail set at $200,000 after prosecutors say he disabled a woman's wheelchair earlier ...” --- Sky Valley Chronicle ---  January 23, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/hdtA32


97.   “Family Files Wrongful Death Claim for Woman Who Died in Snohomish County Jail “ --- The family of a mentally ill woman who died in the Snohomish County Jail in 2014 has filed a $5 million claim against the ... --- Q13 FOX --- January 20, 2016   (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/s7aSb9


98.   “Man Who Walked Away from Lakewood Adult Home Still Missing” --- A 55-year-old man who walked away from an adult care home in Lakewood last week remains missing. Lakewood police are seeking help to find ... --- The News Tribune --- January 14, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/HiFwOZ


99.   “School District to Pay $200,000 for Autistic Child Program” --- The Kennewick School District must pay a family more than $200,000 after they pulled their autistic son from the district's schools and placed him in a ... --- Lexington Herald Leader --- January 10, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/k44iCa


100.   “Man Accused of Molesting Mentally Challenged Man” --- A Fayette County man has been charged with sexually assaulting a mentally challenged man on multiple occasions, police said. John Travis Perry, 29 ... --- Beckley Register-Herald --- January 15, 2016  (WEST VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/tUJs1S


101.   “Hundreds Turn Out to Talk Federal Review of Milwaukee Police” --- Hundreds of people including Nate Hamilton, center, a brother of Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot by a white police ... --- Journal Times --- January 21, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/zd0Q5j


102.   “Apartment Owner, Manager Accused of Discrimination Agree to Pay $40,000” --- A Dane County apartment complex accused of discriminating against two tenants with disabilities must pay them $40,000 and take steps to ... --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- January 16, 2016  (WISCONSIN) https://is.gd/dQDj5b


103.   “Feds Investigating Premier Work Program for Disabled After CNN Reports” --- A federal grand jury is examining the nation's premier program that provides work for people who are severely disabled, after a series of CNN ... --- January 22, 2016   (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/ZY5sEG


104.   “US Top Court Rejects Johnson & Johnson Unit's Appeal of US$124 Million Penalty” --- 

... of a US$124 million penalty imposed by South Carolina after a jury found the drugmaker had improperly marketed the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal ... --- Channel NewsAsia --- July 11, 2016  (U.S. --- NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/ZSAz2i


Seeking Improved Support


105.   “Budget Cuts Could Reduce Mental Health Counselling, Alcohol Abuse Treatment Services” --- The director of Fairbanks Native Association, which provides alcohol and drug abuse treatment, says there will be even longer wait times for the 150 ... --- KTUU.com --- January 18, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/OqGhpl


106.   “Alert System Could Help Missing Autistic People in Tucson” --- More than just a notification, the Puzzle Alert instructs users to check nearby pools, ponds or other areas of water because of an autistic person's ... --- Tucson News Now --- January 14, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/7mWmOx


107.   “Teachers, Students Sue Compton Schools, Demand 'Complex Trauma' be Treated as Disability” --- An unprecedented lawsuit against Compton Unified School District calls on schools to recognize “complex trauma” as a disability affecting ... --- RT --- January 22, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/WMHwsN


108.   “Number of California Students Classified as Autistic Jumps Sharply for 14th Consecutive Year” ---  More than 90,000 California public school students are autistic, a number that has risen more than six-fold since 2001, according to ... --- Sacramento Bee --- January 21, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/bg2zdS


109.   “County Turns to Urgent Care Centers, Rather than Jails or ERs, to Treat the Mentally Ill in Crisis” --- At the psychiatric urgent care center in Boyle Heights, a young woman wearing a nightgown knelt in a corner, praying in Spanish. --- Los Angeles Times --- January 19, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/5kIgen


110.   “Janet Hayes: Dealing with Alcoholism in the Workplace” --- What is the alleged disability of the healthy-looking former coach? Alcoholism. Sarkisian's lawsuit is a good reminder that dealing with an alcoholic ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- January 17, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/wsEvyA


111.   “Stricter Penalties for Forced Confessions of the Intellectually Disabled” --- Instead, more training of law enforcement is needed in recognizing the rights of suspects with an intellectual disability, as well as penalties for ... --- The Denver Post  --- January 15, 2016   (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/riTknq


112.   “Fort Collins Police Integrate Mental Illness Training with Use of Force Training” --- “We do have mentally ill citizens who may become violent,” she said. “It's important to have some tactics in mind to deal with them, and ideally ... --- The Denver Channel --- January 14, 2016  (COLORADO) https://is.gd/rgBIoa  


113.   “Sick and Waiting for Help in Miami, the Longest Line for Disability in the Country” --- Sherice Bennett is a caretaker. She takes care of her sister who has cerebral palsy. She has raised two sons, two dogs and she still has the tank that ... --- Miami Herald --- January 16, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/VQ3Q6C


114.   “Protesters Clash with Broward School Board over Special Needs Students” --- About 15 parents and advocates attended the meeting to protest the district's treatment of special-needs children, saying administrators have failed to ... --- Sun Sentinel --- January 20, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/Zhh9l1


115.   “DeKalb County to Get New Mental Health Court” --- Calendar call after calendar call, Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson sees offenders she believes are suffering from some form of mental illness. --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- January 15, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/XICvvl


116.   “Dad Pushes for Medical Cannabis to Help Autistic Son” --- He says he's actually never seen marijuana before until he realized cannabis oil was the medical solution to help ease some of his autistic son's pain. --- NBC4i.com --- January 14, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/fM3Lzq


117.   “Cook County Sheriff Dart Blasts Rauner over Mental Health Cuts … ---  Bruce Rauner this weekend, following the announcement that Lutheran Social Services of Illinois would lay off 750 employees and shut down 30 ... --- Chicago Daily Herald --- January 24, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/jJUTZR


118.   “Cuts to Largest Social Service Provider” --- Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, which is the largest statewide provider of social services, has announced that because of the state ... --- WLS --- January 23, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/SUFcPH


119.   “Time to Fix Indiana's Broken Adult Protective Services System” --- We are aging as a society. Every year the elderly comprise a larger percentage of the overall population. This demographic change has been called ... --- The Herald-Times --- January 24, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/rwyKhn


120.  “Adult Protective Services, Child Services Need More Funding” --- ... specifically Adult Protective Services and the Department of Child Services ... betting Hoosiers won't notice underfunding of critical social services. --- Indianapolis Star --- January 22, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/3MAiL9


121.   “Illinois Budget Impasse to Force Intouch Adult Daycare's Closure” --- A long time social service in the Quad Cities will ... the program is operated by Lutheran Social Services in the Quad Cities. --- KWQC-TV6 --- January 22, 2016   (IOWA)  https://is.gd/vdky11


122.   “Cedar Rapids Man Headed to DC to Advocate for the Blind” --- A Cedar Rapids man is going to Washington DC to advocate for the blind alongside more than 500 people from ... --- KCRG --- January 20, 2016   (IOWA)  https://is.gd/Ap79OM


123.   “Lawmakers Investigate Delays to Computerized Eligibility System” --- But when a number of lawmakers who are focused on the budget for social ... The entire social services eligibility portion of the project has been ... --- Topeka Capital Journal --- January 25, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/K7EQJU  


124.   “Lawsuit Blames 2 Suicides on Suspended Disability Checks” --- Lawsuit blames 2 suicides on suspended disability checks ... saying that the government's decision to end disability checks for hundreds of eastern ... --- Washington Times --- January 22, 2016  (KENTUCKY)  https://is.gd/wtC3Cz


125.  “Things to Know about Police Shootings and Mental Illness” --- The killing of a mentally ill man in his south Louisiana home during a struggle with sheriff's deputies last month appears to fit a troubling, tragic ... --- The Seattle Times --- January 25, 2016  (LOUISIANA)  https://is.gd/r6d3CX


126.   “Mentally Ill Man's Deadly Shooting Fits Troubling Pattern” --- A December 2015 report by the Arlington, Virginia-based Treatment Advocacy Center says severe mental illness is believed to be a factor in up to half ... --- ABC News --- January 25, 2016   (LOUISIANA)   https://is.gd/YgwrT6


127.   “Riverview Staffing Shortages Get Attention in Legislative Hearing” --- Staffing shortages at Riverview Psychiatric Center will prompt a report from the retired Maine Supreme Judicial Court chief justice who ... --- Lewiston Sun Journal --- January 22, 2016   (MAINE)  https://is.gd/mru37L


128.   “Court Rules Hopkins Wrongly Rescinded Job Offer to Deaf Nurse” --- Johns Hopkins Hospital violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act when officials rescinded a job offer to a deaf nurse after she requested a ... --- Baltimore Sun --- January 25, 2016  (MARYLAND)  https://is.gd/Ef9M66


129.   “Police Training Expands for Encounters with People Who Have Developmental Disabilities” --- Howard County Police Department recruit Michael Scanlon, left, talks with Jane Plapinger and her autistic 13-year-old son Dave. --- Baltimore Sun --- January 17, 2016  (MARYLAND)  https://is.gd/tpeRTq


130.   “Nonprofits Call for Help for Poor, Mentally Ill” --- A group representing more than 1,200 nonprofits is calling on lawmakers to address income inequality, and funding for drug treatment and mental ... --- WBAL Radio --- January 17, 2016  (MARYLAND)  https://is.gd/efOdb7


131.   “School Committee Votes to Amend Physical Restraint of Students Policy” --- The School Committee voted to amend the school district's physical restraint of students policy at its Jan. 13 meeting, in order to ... --- Worcester Telegram --- January 22, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/d4AgFf


132.   “Cost a Concern on Fingerprint Checks for Those Working with Disabled” --- As the Department of Developmental Services implements a new fingerprint background check, representatives of those who work with ... --- Lowell Sun --- January 13, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/hIsh7z


133.   “For Hundreds of Minnesotans, the Wait for Disability Services is Over” --- In Hennepin County, officials are approving disability waivers at quadruple the rate of the past several years, resulting in more than 200 people being ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- January 10, 2016  (MINNESOTA) https://is.gd/fR728I


134.   “Feds: Special Education Inadequate in Leflore Juvenile Jail” --- The U.S. Justice Department says special education services remain inadequate in a Leflore County juvenile detention center ... --- msnewsnow.com --- January 12, 2016  (MISSISSIPPI)  https://is.gd/4qzhnv


135.   “Parents Frustrated with School Isolation Rooms” --- Parents in an uproar over the use of isolation rooms in schools at the Independence School District brought their ... --- WIBW --- January 13, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/zz5HZh


136.   “21 from Montana Developmental Center Heading to Group Homes” --- Steve Bullock announced plans to move 21 people from the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder to group homes around the state run by the ... --- Billings Gazette --- January 11, 2016  (MONTANA)  https://is.gd/O4wxf2


137.   “New Hampshire Still Failing Residents with Mental Illness” --- The Agreement resulted from the class action law suit brought by the Disability Rights Center and the Federal Department of Justice against the State ... --- Laconia Citizen --- January 15, 2016  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  https://is.gd/wklpO8


138.   “APS to Settle Suit After Special-Ed Student's Mouth Taped Shut” --- A family says it has reached an agreement in a lawsuit against Albuquerque Public Schools after a special needs student ... --- KRQE News 13 --- January 25, 2016  (NEW MEXICO)  https://is.gd/L9Riev


139.   “More Support for New Mexico Special Needs Students Urged” --- Linda Lopez and community advocates called for increased support for special needs students during a news conference Thursday in front of the ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- January 22, 2016  (NEW MEXICO)  https://is.gd/hd6O6j


140.   “The Real Special-Ed Scandal is in Regular Public Schools” --- The latest attack on the city's largest charter-school network comes via a federal complaint filed by parents of 13 special-education students once or ... --- New York Post --- January 24, 2016   (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/vN27Om


141.   “Kids Without a Class: State Crackdown Hurting Some Special-needs Pre-schoolers” --- This photo illustration shows how some special needs students use iPads to enhance their communication skills. The State Education Department is ... --- SILive.com --- January 11, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/s4Ec6e


142.   “NYC's Push for More Cabs with Wheelchair Access Creates Taxi War” --- The Taxi of Tomorrow is getting into a street fight as the city moves to make half of the yellow cab fleet wheelchair accessible. Mobility Ventures, the ... --- New York Daily News --- January 11, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/mbJ8u4


143.   “Chief's Corner: Police Assist in Many Cases Involving Mental Health, Chemical Dependency” --- The North Dakota Century Code defines a vulnerable adult as a person who has substantial mental or functional impairment. --- West Fargo Pioneer --- January 20, 2016  (NORTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/ssqKey


144.   “Trial Set in Lawsuit over Ohio Blind Voters' Ballot Access” --- Trial set in lawsuit over Ohio blind voters' ballot access ... trial in a dispute involving the accessibility of paper absentee ballots to blind Ohio voters. --- Washington Times --- January 13, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/J7DGg2


145.   “State Agrees with Advocacy Group to Reduce Isolation, Improve Care of Oregon Inmates with Severe ...” --- The agreement follows a stinging report that Disability Rights Oregon released in May. It found adults with the most severe mental ... --- OregonLive.com --- January 13, 2016  (OREGON) https://is.gd/j6IIni


146.   “Finding Beds for Pennsylvania Mentally Ill Difficult Even When Available” --- Beds in hospital psychiatric units across the state regularly sit empty even though emergency department physicians struggle to find space for ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- January 25, 2016   (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/D8ctx7


147.   “ACLU, State to Face Off in Court Next Week over Delays in Treating Mentally Ill Defendants” --- The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania will challenge the state Department of Human Services in federal court next week ... --- PennLive.com --- January 20, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/i1igFw


148.   “RI to Move Up to 300 Adults with Developmental Disabilites into Residential Care” --- Roughly 1,300 of those individuals are in group homes. Yet faced with alternatives such as cutting the rates of state reimbursement ... --- The Providence Journal --- January 12, 2016  (RHODE ISLAND)  https://is.gd/OnpTvR


149.   “Sex Offenders Living at SD Developmental Center” --- Our Keloland News investigation looks deeper into the kind of clients who are living at the South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield. --- KELOLAND TV --- January 25, 2016  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/wki5eV


150.   “State's Largest Psychiatric Hospital in Crisis” --- A leader in the state senate is blaming managers for the crisis at the state's largest psychiatric hospital. Republican Senator Mark Miloscia ... --- KGMI --- January 14, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/2ESQYI


151.   “Police Seek End to Cycle of Jailing Mentally Ill” --- Two Green Bay police officers are part of an ongoing experiment to connect mentally ill people with treatment and keep them out of jail. Officers Tracy ... --- Green Bay Press Gazette --- January 21, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/g8ZqkY


152.   “President Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles in Federal Prison” --- The President also called for an expansion in treatment for mentally ill prisoners and an extension of the time inmates in solitary can spend outside ... --- TIME --- January 25, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/VxDx6W


153.   “Mentally Ill Man's Deadly Shooting Fits Troubling Pattern” --- A December 2015 report by the Arlington, Virginia-based Treatment Advocacy Center says severe mental illness is believed to be a factor in up to half ... --- ABC News --- January 25, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/YgwrT6


154.   “Dr. Michael J. Peterson: Homicide and Mental Illness Rarely Intersect” --- National organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association and the National Alliance against Mental Illness have stressed that any release ... --- Madison.com --- January 21, 20-16  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/dT64Xm


155.   “The Coming Avalanche of Autistic Adults: Column” --- ... home or in a typical group home, the reality is she can't take care of herself. ... Programs for autistic adults vary from state to state and community to ... --- USA TODAY --- January 21, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/1nZ1nJ


156.   “After the Diagnosis: How Families Experience Autism” --- Raising kids is rewarding and raising kids is hard. That work is compounded when you have a child with autism. And each of these families ... --- NPR --- January 17, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/tePEdE


157.   “Solving the Special Ed Teacher Shortage: Quality, Not Quantity” --- ... vacancies, but by creating special education teachers fully prepared for the demands — and the rewards — of working with special-needs students. --- NPR --- January 16, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/pNbvEo


158.   “Special-needs Students Surveyed Post-High School” --- For decades the state has tracked what happens to its special-needs students after they leave high school. But to what end? What's reasonable to ... --- The Columbian --- January 15, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/kzfzlY


159.   “Autism Studies in Girls, Women Getting More Attention” --- Autismspeaks.org estimates that while 1 out of 42 boys in the U.S. are diagnosed with some form of autism, the condition affects only 1 in 189 girls. --- Lexington Herald Leader --- January 18, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/Ef9V3C


160.   “Autism Speaks Names New President” --- The nation's largest autism advocacy group is getting a new leader who's ripe with experience from some of the nonprofit sector's biggest names. --- Disability Scoop --- January 15, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/Y1An9t


161.   “What Happens to Special Needs Students After High School?” --- Nationally, graduation rates for special education students vary widely — from 22.5 percent in Mississippi to 80.4 in neighboring Arkansas. --- The Seattle Times --- January 13, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/DSmcGI


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


162.   “Gov. Rick Scott Signs Water Policy, Special Needs Bills into Law” ---- Rick Scott signs water policy, special needs bills into law ... "To see the Gardiner Scholarship now officially done, that's very special for us," Gardiner ... --- Tampabay.com --- January 21, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/OeeRMW


163.   “Bill Before legislature Seeks Cameras in Special-needs Classrooms” --- If passed, the legislation would create a pilot program to install video cameras in classrooms with special-needs students. It is modeled after similar ... --- MyAJC --- January 12, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/YWMWid


164.   “Florida Senate Passes Special Needs Legislation to Start Session” --- But while a bill to help special needs students would seem uncontroversial, the bill did spark minor opposition from Democrats in the Senate because ... --- Tampabay.com --- January 13, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/vcoCor


165.   “Topeka Activist Helps Draft Federal Disability Rights Legislation” --- A Topeka disability rights activist worked with a New York senator to draft legislation aimed at improving the Americans with Disabilities Act. --- Topeka Capital Journal --- January 12, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/bYy2hM


166.   “Bill Aims to Keep Mentally Ill Out of Kentucky Hospitals, Off Streets” --- Like many mentally ill Kentuckians, Morton was neither dangerous enough to be kept in a hospital for long nor healthy enough to care for himself in ... --- Lexington Herald Leader --- January 14, 2016  (KENTUCKY)  https://is.gd/O9MMyc


167.   “Missouri Bill Would Ban Abortions for Down Syndrome” --- – Performing an abortion based solely on a Down Syndrome diagnosis would become illegal under a bill in the Missouri ... --- fox2now.com --- January 26, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/KEaMTC


168.   “Christie Signs Parker Drake Law” --- Under the new law, it is now a second-degree crime to create a substantial risk of death for someone with a developmental disability. As such, the ... --- Asbury Park Press --- January 11, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/wvrf5y


169.   “Autistic Man's Plunge Spawns New NJ Law” --- These added protections should send a clear message that this type of bullying and dangerous acts against those with developmental disabilities ... --- USA TODAY --- January 11, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/deHU5g


170.   “Sen. Schumer Bill Would Allow Disabled Adults to Stay Home” --- Schumer (D-NY) plans to introduce the bill, Disability Integration Act, in the Senate this week, requiring health insurance companies to pay for services ... --- SILive.com --- January 11, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/XumjWr


171.   “New Taser Restrictions in Place for NC Law Enforcement” --- A mentally ill man died in 2011 after officers tased him in an attempt to get him to let go of a stop sign post. The court ruled the pain caused by a Taser ... --- WNCN --- January 14, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/jQP53F


172.   “Why You Should Never Use the Term 'the Mentally Ill' ” --- Even subtle differences in how you refer to people with mental illness can affect levels of tolerance, a new study has found. --- Ohio State University --- January 26, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/mYsNIW


173.   “Bill Would Require Restaurant Menus in Braille” --- Lawmakers are weighing a bill that would make Vermont more accessible to the blind and visually impaired. Last week, Rep. --- Barre Montpelier Times Argus --- January 24, 2016  (VERMONT)  https://is.gd/cjuO43


174.   “Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bipartisan Bill to Aid Disabled Children Who Are Victims of Abuse” ---  Child protective service workers would be given a set of guidelines to follow when investigating the abuse or neglect of children with  ... --- Madison.com --- January 20, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/fiXau1


175.   “Blunt Backs Gun Bill that Could Complicate Mental Health Push” --- Blunt, R-Mo., says the bill would provide those who have recovered from mental illness a way to regain their Second Amendment rights. --- Springfield News-Leader --- January 24, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/cmgSjJ


International Articles


176.   “People with Disabilities Finding it Almost Impossible to Secure a Rental Property” --- Disabled pensioner Corrina Leggett is on a disability pension of $450 a week and has been knocked back from many private rentals. --- Herald Sun --- January 24, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/PhQzW0


177.   “Care Worker Jailed for Drugging, Sexually Assaulting Disabled Man” --- A carer who plied a young disabled man with the drug ice and sexually assaulted him could be out of jail within three years despite a judge finding that ... --- The Age --- January 21, 2016   (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/F1p1x1


178.   “Disabled Children Shut Out of Private Schools” --- Some wealthy private schools have told parents they lack the resources to accommodate disabled children or requested families pay additional ... --- The Age --- January 21, 2016   (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/v641uw


179.   “Alarm at Autism Doctor Shopping” --- In NSW, the state government broadened support for students with disability by paying a loading to students without the requirement of a formal ... --- The Australian --- January 19, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/Xe2yaa


180.   “The Autism Explosion in Australian Schools” --- Any number of noises or smells can trigger the meltdown of an autistic child who might explode at home if one food touches another on the dinner ... --- The Australian --- January 16, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/EWvHrD


181.   “Inquest into Deaths of Alma Street Psychiatric Clinic Patients Cites Poor Communication” --- A coronial inquest into the deaths of five patients linked to Fremantle Hospital's psychiatric unit has found poor communication and procedures ... --- ABC Online --- January 15, 2016  (AUSTRALIA) https://is.gd/NTc9Ac


182.   “Schools Failing Students with Disabilities, Teachers Need More Training: Senate Committee Finds” ---  The report found children with disabilities were often failed by mainstream schools, because many do not take the steps needed to teach those ... --- ABC Online --- January 15, 2016  (AUSTRALIA) https://is.gd/bpCoLJ


183.   “Canberra Psychology Clinic Accidentally Reveals Clients' Personal Details” --- Northside Psychology will review its protocols after a widely distributed message included email addresses of hundreds of clients. --- The Canberra Times --- January 15, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/U25Ohl


184.   “Coroner Finds Flaws in Psychiatric Unit” --- The WA Coroner's Court has examined five deaths at Fremantle Hospital's psychiatric unit and made recommendations to the Health Department. --- Perth Now --- January 14, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/wEb2yq


185.   “Have You Seen Him? Vancouver PD Seeks Missing Autistic Teen” --- Officers are asking for your help in finding an autistic 16-year-old that was last seen at his Vancouver home around 9:30 p.m. ... --- KATU --- January 26, 2016   (CANADA)  https://is.gd/E8O3N2


186.   “Update: Police Shooting Victim Identified as Wheelchair-bound Man” --- The active shooter who fired multiple rounds out of a Huntington Hills home before he was fatally shot by police on Sunday was confined to a ... --- Calgary Herald --- January 25, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/WiVuOd


187.   “Winnipeg Man Who Seeks Death, Not Disability, a 'Sad' Reality” --- "For me it's sad that he would rather die than be in a wheelchair," said Allen Mankewich, co-chair of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities. --- CBC.ca --- January 22, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/HAxUFI


188.   “BC Jails Have Become 'Default Mental Health Facilities': Union” --- The union representing jail staff says that too many mentally-ill inmates who should be in a medical facility are in jail and not getting the care they need ... --- Vancouver Sun --- January 22, 2016  (CANADA)  


189.   “Quebec Lawyer Concerned about Eroding Rights of the Mentally Ill” --- He also wants there to be more mental health resources in the community – he says patients and families often feel they have no recourse when ... --- CTV News --- January 21, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/xXXq56


190.   “Teneesha Brown, Missing for One Week, Went Off Medication Before Disappearance” --- He said his sister was given medication for bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia. Recently, he said, she'd gone off her medication because ... --- CBC.ca --- January 19, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/lJW7Rn


191.   “Ottawa Woman, Disabled Son, Scammed of $8,550 for Fake Florida Rental” --- An Ottawa woman and her disabled son were scammed out of thousands of dollars when they thought they were renting a vacation home in Cape ... --- Ottawa Citizen --- January 19, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/SQHoVE


192.   “Calgary Taxi Driver Fired, Fined $700 for Refusing Blind Passenger with Guide Dog” --- Dave Balfour, who is legally blind, says he filed the complaint after he and his service dog, McCoy, were denied entry to a cab last week. --- Toronto Star --- January 14, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/xlZ6C8


193.   “Winnipeg Boy with Intellectual Disability Attacked, Trapped in Dumpster for Hours in -15 C Temperature” --- A Winnipeg family is asking for the public's help after they say two men threw their 13-year-old son, who lives with an ... --- National Post --- January 14, 2016  (CANADA) https://is.gd/jOZL1f


194.   “PEI Mother Says Province Discriminating Against Mentally Ill Daughter” --- Millie King, a mental health nurse, says the province denied her daughter help this year through the disability support program. "It's just devastating," ... --- CBC.ca --- January 14, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/PtJvE3


195.   “Jury Selection Begins for Man Accused of Murdering Psychiatric Patients” --- Jury selection began Tuesday morning in the trial of a man accused of murdering two patients inside the psychiatric ward of Notre Dame Hospital. --- CTV News --- January 12, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/UzA3u4


196.   “Living with Disability in Egypt: Visually Impaired Couple Weave Dreams for a Better Tomorrow” --- Similar to many of Egypt's disabled, the couple continue to figh for their most basic rights, hoping for a decent place to live and support with ... --- Egyptian Streets --- January 12, 2016  (EGYPT)  https://is.gd/D8Zzd8


197.   “Nurse Accused of Killing Patient in Yeovil through Overdose Struck Off Register” --- Amanda Mary Young administered 21 times the amount required of an anti-psychotic drug to Joshua Gafney in Yeovil on February 8, 2012 which led ... --- Western Gazette --- January 23, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/YKpQj9


198.   “Schizophrenic 'Suffered Cardiac Arrest After Being Restrained in Custody' ” --- A paranoid schizophrenic suffered a fatal cardiac arrest after being restrained by police officers for more than 20 minutes while in custody, ... --- Belfast Telegraph --- January 22, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/cdOKUh


199.  “ 'Unsafe and Ineffective': Inspectors Critical of Seaham Home for Autistic Adults” --- A residential home catering for autistic adults has been criticised by a watchdog for being unsafe, ineffective and breaching the Health and Social ... --- Sunderland Echo --- January 19, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/AuPPQ6


200.   “Ethiopia: Disability, Accessibility in Sustainable Urban Development” --- The policy makers and practitioners in development as well as those working in the field of disability are so critical about the current progress and ... --- AllAfrica.com --- January 15, 2016  (ETHIOPIA)  https://is.gd/sRv5zv


201.   “No Excuse for Abuse of the Vulnerable in Hong Kong” --- Abusing the vulnerable is unacceptable, even more so for people in positions of trust and authority. Although laws and institutional safeguards are put ... --- South China Morning Post --- January 19, 2016  (HONG KONG)  https://is.gd/03Vgff


202.   “Mentally Ill Man Beaten to Death in Chennai” --- Mentally ill man beaten to death in Chennai. The man, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste community, was a plantation worker in Kerala, where his ... --- The Indian Express --- January 11, 2016  (INDIA)  https://is.gd/SkxvDG


203.   “Police Probe: Caregivers at Hong Kong Home Accused of Sticking Tape on Autistic Resident's Nipples” --- Detectives are probing claims that a moderately autistic patient was prevented from sleeping and had sticking tape ... --- South China Morning Post --- January 12, 2016  (HONG KONG)  https://is.gd/21TfVJ


204.   “Despite Large Numbers of Mentally Ill, No Indian Authors of Textbooks on Psychiatry” --- In a country of 1.2 billion people, where an estimated 5% people are believed to be mentally ill, there are no Indian authors of medical ... --- Times of India --- January 22, 2016   (INDIA)  https://is.gd/ECUqnM


205.   “Politicians Failing Disabled by Ignoring Them in Election Promises and Policies, Advocacy Group Claims” --- Politicians are failing the disabled by ignoring them in election promises and policies, a new advocacy group has claimed.  --- Irish Mirror --- January 24, 2016  (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/JRzTrW


206.   “Teen Found Dead on Grounds of Hospital Just Hours After Being Assessed by Psychiatrist” --- In 2011 he experienced an 'episode of significant distress,' was admitted to hospital and prescribed a low dose of the anti-psychotic medication, ... --- Irish Independent --- January 20, 2016  (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/RBFnQj


207.   “Down Syndrome Woman Who Was Raped is Now too Frightened to Go Out Alone” --- A young woman with Down Syndrome who was raped in Dublin city centre said she has flashbacks and cannot go out alone because she is "too ... --- Herald.ie --- January 19, 2016   (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/eQdakk  


208.   “Woman Charged over Assaults at Longford Home” --- A woman has appeared before Longford District Court charged with assaulting two people with special needs last year. Roberta Neilon Hynes of ... --- RTE.ie --- January 19, 2016   (IRELAND)   https://is.gd/mJwIHs


209.   “Man to Be Sentenced for Rape of Woman with Down Syndrome” --- The sentencing hearing of a man who raped a woman with Down's syndrome has begun at the Central Criminal Court on Monday morning. --- Irish Times --- January 18, 2016  (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/cZSe0y


210.   “Pensioner Jailed for Abusing Niece with Special Needs” --- An elderly man who admitted molesting and trying to rape his niece who has special needs has been sentenced to six years' imprisonment. --- Limerick Leader --- January 15, 2016   (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/jP14o1


211.   “High Costs, Long Wait Prevent Early Diagnoses of Developmental Disabilities” --- At least one mother is pleading for local courses for parents of children with developmental disabilities, as recent efforts to get help for her autistic ... --- Jamaica Gleaner --- January 10, 2016  (JAMAICA)  https://is.gd/g682ij


212.   “Parliament OKs Suggestions to Amend Law on People with Special Needs” --- The first article states: "A person with special needs is the one who suffers from permanent total or partial disorders that lead to physical, mental or ... --- Kuwait News Agency --- January 13, 2016  (KUWAIT)  https://is.gd/iZ76bD


213.   “Australia Deported Criminally Insane Kiwis Without Telling New Zealand Authorities” --- New Zealand's top mental health official warned the practice could put the public at "significant risk", with these mentally ill ... --- The Press West Coast --- January 15, 2016  (NEW ZEALAND)  https://is.gd/1XwIjP


214.   “Overlooked: 'Women with Disabilities Neglected” --- Pakistan has the lowest female labour force participation in South Asia with women with disabilities facing even greater barriers in the ... --- The Express Tribune --- January 24, 2016  (PAKISTAN)  https://is.gd/FwjKaX


215.   “CCTV Captures Bus Driver's Brutal Attack on Handicapped Man” --- CCTV captures bus driver's brutal attack on handicapped man. A bus driver in Peru is facing jail after street security cameras recorded him viciously ... --- Daily Mail --- January 11, 2016  (PERU)  https://is.gd/mCuwHP


216.   “South Africa: Police Probing Rape at South Rand Hospital” --- A psychiatric patient allegedly raped another patient waiting for treatment at the South Rand Hospital in Rosettenville. A case of rape was being ... --- AllAfrica.com --- January 22, 2016  (SOUTH AFRICA)  https://is.gd/ZWrYSF


217.   “Soweto Gets State School for Autistic Children” --- The waiting list to place a school-going child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has until now been long and the cost prohibitive, ... --- Independent Online --- January 21, 2016  (SOUTH AFRICA)  https://is.gd/ekJN0k


218.   “1 out of 3 Disabled at Risk of Poverty” --- One in three households with a disabled member are living in poverty due to low income and lack of support from the government, a new report ... --- The Korea Herald --- January 24, 2016   (SOUTH KOREA)  https://is.gd/T0mEte


219.   “Over 12,000 Blind People Have Had Their Social Care Taken Away Because of Cuts” --- Over 12,000 blind and partially sighted people have been deprived of social care in recent years, a new report has found. The Royal National ... --- The Independent --- January 21, 2016  (UNITED KINGDOM)  https://is.gd/UYa4oR


220.   “Special School Requires Monitoring After Critical Inspection Report” --- A special school in Cardiff will be monitored by inspectors after a critical report uncovered several shortcomings. --- WalesOnline --- January 19, 2016  (WALES)  https://is.gd/xilN11



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