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News Summary for March 21, 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.

Hello!  Here is the newsfeed for this week.  It follows a similar pattern to many weeks, but there are some articles (see “OTHER”) that describe funding problems or other legislation or proposals that are pertinent to abuse & disability.

As usual, I will provide a list of articles for each category of abuse, with the notation of those that occurred at school or by school staff.  For those who are new to the newsfeed, it is presented in four sections, so check out each separate section. The fourth section includes international stories, so for the new Canadians who will be receiving the newsfeed for the first time, you may want to go straight to that section!


SEXUAL ASSAULT: 1, 12/14, 15, 22, 30, 37, 47, 55, 58, 65, 72, 75, 76

PHYSICAL ABUSE/ASSAULT: 14, 24, 25, 26, 32, 46, 48, 50, 54, 59, 73, 78

FINANCIAL ABUSE: 29, 33, 40, 62, 68 13, 16, 18, 44, 45, 49, 52, 77

NEGLECT: 13, 16m 18, 44, 45, 49, 52, 77


MURDER: 43, 56, 60, 81

MISSING AND FOUND OK: 7, 10, 57, 64




SPECIAL ATTENTION: 37, 44, 47, 144, 145, 163


Many thanks to Anne Kincaid who prepares these articles for my review and for you to read.  Thanks, Anne!





1.   “Alabama Middle School ‘Rape Bait’ Case Settled” --- A teacher's aide had asked the then-14-year-old girl described has having special needs to go into a bathroom at Sparkman Middle so a 16-year-old ... --- CBS News --- March 15, 2016  (ALABAMA)  https://is.gd/D1c6PR


2.   “Leeds Man Accused of Robbing Handicapped Woman in Birmingham” --- A Leeds man was arrested today in connection with a robbery of a handicapped woman in Birmingham Friday morning, police ... --- Alabama's News Leader --- March 12, 2016  (ALABAMA)  https://is.gd/eZuRiM


3.   “Video Sparks Protest of Teen's Death at Benton County Jail” --- A group of family members and community activists took to the Benton County Justice Center on Thursday to protest the death of a mentally ill teen ... --- Tri-City Herald --- March 17, 2016  (ARKANSAS)  https://is.gd/kSplUg


4.   “A Young Man With A Disability Goes Missing. How Do You Find Him?” --- The stakes are magnified for children with developmental disabilities or mental illness, because their ability to fend for themselves may not match their ... --- NPR --- March 20, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/Kz4qtX


5.   “Woman in Wheelchair Shot in East Los Angeles” --- Authorities said a woman who was in a wheelchair was shot and wounded early Saturday in East Los Angeles. --- CBS Local --- March 19, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/dCBhxI


6.   “Family Claims Wrongful Death in Long Beach Police Shooting of Mentally Disabled Man” --- The heartbroken family of a mentally disabled man who was fatally shot by Long Beach police is seeking $20 million in a wrongful death ... --- KABC-TV ---  March 18, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/oITLMq


7.   “Police Seek Help to Find Young, Mentally Impaired Fairfield Man” --- Jacob Figueroa is shown in a photo provided by the Fairfield Police Department. Figueroa, 20, was reported missing Saturday night and is considered ... --- Fairfield Daily Republic --- March 14, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/LnCkPi


8.   “Woman Arrested in Ventura Robbery” --- A woman was arrested Friday in connection with the robbery of a man in a wheelchair in Ventura, officials said. About 5 p.m., officers responded to a ... --- Ventura County Star --- March 11, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/LGndAG


5.   “Schizophrenic Santa Ana Woman Goes Missing for the Second Time” --- Sarah Neomi Gonzalez suffers from schizophrenia and needs to take several medications. Gonzalez – who is described as calm and extremely ... --- OCRegister --- March 10, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/fnLKyu


9.  “Coroner: California Inmate Had Signs of Starvation” --- Galliher's mother said her son's schizophrenia made him paranoid to eat around others, and prison officials should have known that and not had him ... --- Daily Astorian --- March 8, 2016   (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/UiBswd


10.   “14-Year-Old Boy with Autism Missing in West Covina” --- Adrian Raul Perez, a 14-year-old boy with autism, went missing from his West Covina home, worrying his family amid cold weather, police said ... --- NBC Southern California --- March 8, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/DFOotq


11.   “US Pays $175,000 Settlement After Inmate Kills Himself at Supermax” --- The highest security prison in the U.S. left Knott to "languish in solitary confinement" for more than a decade without adequate mental health treatment, ... --- The Denver Post --- March 7, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/bTT7El


12.   “PBSO: Man Sexually Abused Disabled Teen, Had Her Pose for Webcam” --- After she was placed in a group home by DCF, the teen told investigators Wills created “house rules” as a discipline system for when she would lie or ... --- Palm Beach Post --- March 10, 2016  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/AZkcsp


13.   “Special Needs Student Left on Bus, Hitchhikes 30 Miles Home” --- A 13-year-old special needs student had to escape his school bus through an emergency window and then hitchhike ... --- NBC4i.com --- March 10, 2016  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/uZa7zK


14.   “Jupiter Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- A Jupiter man accused of sexually assaulting a disabled woman went before a judge Wednesday morning. Detectives say 45-year-old Mark Wills ... --- WPTV.com --- March 9, 2016   (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/NEQQ4y


15.   “Gainesville Man Sexually Battered Disabled Woman, Police Say” --- The woman, who the report said is developmentally disabled with an IQ of 64, said she tried to leave in the morning but Cremeans grabbed her and ... --- Gainesville Sun --- March 7, 2016  (FLORIDA) https://is.gd/EFgaKF  


16.   “Mother, Boyfriend Accused of Neglect After Disabled Daughter Found Weighing 42 Pounds” --- A woman claims her brother is innocent after he was charged with the neglect of a 23-year old disabled woman who was ... --- KPRC Houston --- March 18, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/Ly4bbY


17.   “Teacher Allegedly Locks Student with Special Needs in School Bathroom” --- A teacher in the Coweta County school district has been fired after being accused of abusing a student with special needs. --- CBS46 News Atlanta --- March 17, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/nS4N5m


18.   “Bus Driver Fired, Parents Upset After Autistic Child Was Left on Bus” --- Fulton County parents told Fox 5 they experienced their worst nightmare when they couldn't find out their autistic son, 3, for more than an hour. --- FOX 5 Atlanta --- March 17, 2016  (GEORGIA) https://is.gd/GJyQNV  


19.   “Deputies Raid Alleged Illegal Adult Care Home in Paulding County” --- The people living in the home were taken to adult protective services after Paulding County Sheriff's Deputies raided the home March 7. --- CBS46 News Atlanta --- March 14, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/KQGfHq


20.   “Mentally Challenged Teen, Dog Missing” --- Columbus Police are looking for a missing teen they say has a “diminished mental capacity.” Police inform News 3 Jamie Leigh Foster was last seen ... --- WRBL --- March 13, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/7KWpsA


21.   “Family: Officers Tased Son to Death, then High-Fived” --- Hours later, he was in the throes of a mental breakdown. He thought he was ... Is this how we treat those that are mentally ill?" their attorney asked. --- WXIA-TV --- March 10, 2016  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/30TiVn


22.   “Man Faces Charges for Sexually Assaulting Girl with Down Syndrome” --- Jewell Mitchell, 64, of Riverdale is accused of taking a girl diagnosed with Down syndrome from a Chuck E. Cheese's in Riverdale on Feb. --- News-Daily.com --- March 8, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/HV4ITS


23.   “Chubbuck Man Sentenced for Defrauding over $250,000 from Disabled Veteran” --- A Chubbuck man was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to defrauding a disabled ... --- Idaho State Journal --- March 16, 2016  (IDAHO)   https://is.gd/20xNY5


24.   “Olathe Mother Loses Battle over Seclusion Room” --- An Olathe mother of a boy who has autism has lost her case against the city's school district. The use of a safe or seclusion room for ... --- KSHB --- March 14, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/1yThrY


25.   “Louisville Man Accused of Endangering Adult Under His Care” --- He is charged with wanton abuse or neglect of an adult, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and operating a motor vehicle under the influence. --- WLKY Louisville --- March 15, 2016  (KENTUCKY)  https://is.gd/NAziT4


26.   “Ky. Regulations on Restraint, Seclusion” --- Jefferson County Public Schools underreported the number of times it restrained or secluded its students last year by thousands of incidents. --- The Courier-Journal --- March 8, 2016  (KENTUCKY)  https://is.gd/nMQ8oq


27.   “JCPS Restrained Thousands of Kids, But Didn't Report It” --- "A situation of imminent danger should be the only time (restraint) is used," said Ron Hager, senior staff attorney with the National Disability Rights ... --- The Courier-Journal --- March 8, 2016  (KENTUCKY)  https://is.gd/APSc3I


28.   “Police Chief, Officer Accused of Shipping Inmate Out of Town” --- Instead, a judge ordered Horine to be transferred to Eastern State Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and treatment. On April 16, 2015, Willhoite ... --- WLKY Louisville --- March 7, 2016  (KENTUCKY)  https://is.gd/sb8sdh


29.   “Lafayette Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing $1.5M from Disabled Sister” --- A Lafayette man pleaded guilty to stealing approximately $1.5 million from an insurance settlement his sister received while she was incapacitated. --- The Daily Advertiser --- March 17, 2016  (LOUISIANA)  https://is.gd/JUQS42


30.   “Police: Houma Man Raped Mentally Disabled Cousin” --- A 30-year-old Houma man is accused of raping his cousin with mental disabilities multiple times, Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman said. --- Daily Comet --- March 9, 2016   (LOUISIANA)  https://is.gd/oHJ1cq


31.   “NOPD Searching for Autistic Teenage Boy Reported Missing Sunday Morning” --- She said he is autistic but does not take medication and has had a history of leaving home. Harrison is 4 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 75 pounds. --- WDSU New Orleans --- March 7, 2016  (LOUISIANA)  https://is.gd/OJ9UN2


32.   “State Begins Revocation of Eagleton School's License in Great Barrington Following Assault of Disabled Student’s Charges” --- Already embroiled in a scandal where several employees are charged with assaulting disabled students, the Eagleton School was rocked … --- MassLive.com --- March 17, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/D5UGEY


33.   “Worcester Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Disabled Lottery Winner” --- A man was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in state prison Wednesday, after pleading guilty to assaulting a disabled woman and robbing ... --- The Boston Globe --- March 10, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/X5hmxf


34.   “Justice Department Investigating Five Massachusetts Hospitals Owned by Universal Health Services ...” --- The Massachusetts hospitals include: Arbour-HRI, a 66-bed facility in Brookline; Arbour Hospital, a 136-bed psychiatric facility in ... --- MassLive.com --- March 7, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS) https://is.gd/Y38M0x


35.   “St. Joseph County Officials Sign New Protocol to Ensure Safety of Vulnerable Adults” --- … showed that of the 351 Adult Protective Services referrals made in St. Joseph County, 118 were substantiated for abuse, neglect and or exploitation. --- March 18, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/y7XQBP


36.   “Investigation into Fatal Police Shooting of Kevin Matthews Approaches 3 Months” --- A Dearborn police officer in his patrol car followed 35-year-old Kevin Matthews, who relatives say was mentally ill, while he walked north across the ... --- MLive.com --- March 18, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/AvQciu


37.   “Abuse on School Bus Unreported Despite Aide on Board” --- Despite all these measures, with 10 students and the aide aboard the bus, a student — age 12 at the time — allegedly lured another special-needs ... --- The Detroit News --- March 12, 2016  (MICHIGAN)   https://is.gd/D4nQWZ


38.   “Lawmakers: Anoka Mental Hospital Facing Serious Problems” --- Top state officials said Thursday they are moving quickly to fix serious problems at one of Minnesota's largest psychiatric ... --- CBS Local --- March 17, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/7giPNM


39.   “St. Charles Police Looking for Missing Man with Schizophrenia” --- St. Charles police are looking for a man with schizophrenia who ... They said he has a history of schizophrenia and does not have his ... --- STLtoday.com --- March 18, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/l1yjwT  


40.   “St. Louis County Insurance Broker Admits Defrauding Mentally Impaired Man” --- A St. Louis County insurance agent and broker pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge Wednesday and admitted taking at least $1.4 million ... --- STLtoday.com --- March 16, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/so14NE


41.   “Board Seeks Awareness for Abuse of Disabled” --- Ark of Missouri President Ed Thomas advised that the Missouri Developmental Disability Council activated a victimization task force within the past two ... --- Neosho Daily News --- March 16, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/yexkur


42.   “Officials Confirm Human Remains Belonged to Autistic Teen” --- On Thursday investigators confirmed remains found in Phelps County officially belonged to a boy who had autism. Johnathan Shay, 13, was reported ... --- ABC17News.com --- March 10, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/zqCW9K


43.   “John Loveless Arrested After Disabled Girlfriend Tamra Turpin is Strangled to Death” --- A US man has been arrested after his disabled girlfriend was strangled to death at a resort in Mexico. John Loveless, 59, was detained at the airport in ... --- Daily Mail --- March 6, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/v7mOrs


44.   “State Health Inspectors Launch Emergency Raid on Northwest Reno Group Home” --- The emergency raid at the house came one day after the Reno Gazette-Journal asked questions about the group home on Kings Row after a woman ... --- Reno Gazette Journal --- March 11, 2016  (NEVADA)  https://is.gd/19d9gM


45.   “Santa Teresa Youth Facility Faces State Sanctions” --- … for teens is under a six-month-long period of intense state scrutiny after findings that it routinely neglected residents' safety last year.... --- Las Cruces Sun-News --- March 19, 2016  (NEW MEXICO)  https://is.gd/iYrSfD


46.   “Worker Accused of Choking Disabled Individual” --- State authorities say a worker at a center in western New York serving the disabled has been charged with choking an individual ... --- Bowling Green Daily News --- March 19, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/JGu7uF


47.   “Long Island Foster Parent Sexually Abused 7 Boys, Dog: DA” --- A Long Island foster parent has been accused of sexually abusing at least seven special needs boys placed in his care, prosecutors say. Greg Cergol ... --- NBC New York --- March 18, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/U6N0mW


48.   “Officials: ARC Employees Neglected Disabled Woman Who Couldn't Breathe” --- Fuller and Herting pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of first- and second-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled ... --- Albany Times Union --- March 11, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/MBjntP


49.   “State Workers Arrested After Leaving Disabled Man on Van, Albany Sheriff Says” --- Sheriff Craig Apple says a disabled man under the care of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities was left behind in a van when they ... --- Albany Times Union --- March 9, 2016  (NEW YORK) https://is.gd/zeAaFi


50.   “Jury Acquits Man Accused of Assaulting Special Needs Teen” --- A jury has acquitted a West Fargo man accused of assaulting a special needs teenager while working as a caregiver in ... --- Wahpeton Daily News --- March 16, 2016  (NORTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/Dneoj2


51.   “State Prison Captain Fired in Connection with a Mentally Ill Inmate's Death” --- The North Carolina Court of Appeals says a state prison captain can't get his job back after he was fired following the death of a ... --- WCTI12.com --- March 16, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/7btDWY


52.   “DPS Apologizes for Bus Route Mix Up Involving Deaf Child” --- Dayton Public Schools apologized this week after a school bus driver dropped a 10-year-old deaf student off at the wrong location, forcing the child to ... --- Dayton Daily News --- March 18, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/Xn5eZC


53.   “Authorities Searching for Missing Autistic Teen” --- Authorities are looking for a missing autistic 14-year-old boy. Morrow County Sheriff Steve Brenneman said the boy, whom he ... --- Mansfield News Journal --- March 18, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/zr149H


54.   “East Cleveland Schools Pay $27K Settlement to Family of Special Needs Student Dragged Down Hall” --- The East Cleveland School Board approved a settlement of $27,500, which will be paid to the family of a special needs ... --- newsnet5.com --- March 17, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/kGlVPl


55.   “Clark County Man Indicated, Accused of Raping Woman with Disabilities” --- A man who allegedly admitted to investigators that he sexually assault a 50-year-old woman with Down syndrome that he knows has been indicted on ... --- Springfield News Sun --- March 17, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/ITz1YG


56.   “Chief: 2 Women Fatally Shot Appears to be Murder-Suicide” --- The police chief said it appears the mother, in her 50s, shot her mentally-challenged daughter, in her late 20s, early thirties, then turned the gun on ... --- WLWT Cincinnati --- March 11, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/4CWU4u


57.   “Police Search for Missing Autistic Teen” --- Fort Wayne police are searching for a missing teen with autism who may be in danger due to his condition. --- 21Alive --- March 10, 2016  (OKLAHOMA) https://is.gd/2z8ZAO


58.   “White Oak Man Charged with Molesting Three Young Girls” --- … with aggravated indecent assault, three counts of indecent assault, three counts of corruption of a minor and three felony counts of unlawful contact with ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- March 20, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/yKI6ec


59.   “Teacher Aide's Harassment Conviction for Hitting Special Needs Student Overturned by Pa. Court” ---  A state appeals court panel has overturned the harassment conviction and $300 fine for a veteran teacher aide who was accused of ... --- PennLive.com --- March 18, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/mVjo5I


60.   “State Closes Group Home After Resident Dies, Abuse Reported” --- The state is closing a group home following reports ... State officials plan to conduct "targeted investigations" of other group ... --- Bryan-College Station Eagle --- March 18, 2016  (RHODE ISLAND)  https://is.gd/dWSj9Q


61.   “Clover School Board to Talk about Cameras in Special Ed Classrooms” --- … voicing concerns about the handling of allegations involving the treatment of autistic children at Larne Elementary School. --- The Herald --- March 18, 2016  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/CHnOOW


62.   “State Agency Underpaid its Disabled Employees, Former Worker States in Lawsuit” --- … after he repeatedly said that the disabled employees weren't being paid enough. Conway contends that some of the employees were ... --- Charleston Post Courier --- March 7, 2016  (SOUTH CAROLINA) https://is.gd/6nSJyt  


63.   “Taxpayers to Pay for Sheriff's Deputies' Beating of Mentally Ill Inmate” --- Taxpayers will foot the bill for the beating of a mentally ill inmate by Knox County Sheriff's Office corrections officers, federal court ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- March 14, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/vzcT25


64.   “Columbia Police Searching for Missing Disabled Teen” --- Authorities in Columbia, Tennessee are searching for a missing teen, according to their Facebook page. Police say 16-year-old Shianne Renee ... --- WAAY --- March 14, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/3xp3R5


65.   “Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Driver Charged with Rape in Murfreesboro” --- A 53 year old Antioch man who works for the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has been arrested by ... --- Wgnsradio --- March 9, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/vYJgMe


66.   “Lufkin Police: Man Throws Ex-wife Out of Wheelchair in Kmart Parking Lot” --- One man was arrested in Lufkin after allegedly throwing his ex-wife out of her wheelchair in the Kmart parking lot. The incident happened on ... --- Tyler Morning Telegraph --- March 18, 2016  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/NJCcfX


67.   “Safety Issues Plague a Chain of Mental-Health Hospitals in Texas and Across the United States” --- In Sherman, workers at a psychiatric ward dropped a suicidal patient off at a bus stop; a day later he was found dead after jumping from a ... --- Dallas Morning News --- March 18, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/y1ZgQB


68.  “Jury Convicts Woman of Exploiting Mentally Disabled Man” --- A Bowie County jury returned a guilty verdict in less than half an hour Wednesday for a Texarkana woman who scammed a disabled man last March. --- TXK Today --- March 16, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/zbaWI1


69.   “Lawsuit Alleging Students Forced to Fight at Now-defunct North Forest ISD Elementary School Settled” --- What's more: the victims are all special needs students, and their difficulties only exacerbated by ... Thy need to be brought to justice," said ... --- KTRK-TV --- March 15, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/wFU7QH


70.   “Woman Charged with Kidnapping of 3-Year-Old Autistic Boy” --- A woman is facing a felony charge of aggravated kidnapping after her friend claims she took her 3-year-old autistic son ... --- KHOU --- March 14, 2016   (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/epXNX4


71.   “Officer-involved Shootings Leave 2 Dead. 1 in Critical in 24 Hours” --- ... filed on behalf of an unarmed, mentally ill man who was shot and killed in front of neighbors by a city police officer, who was cleared in the incident. --- Houston Chronicle --- March 13, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/Anurp6


72.   “2 of 3 Suspects in Custody in Sexual Assault of a Disabled Person” --- Eric Brooks, 19, was charged with injury to a disabled person in connection with a sexual assault of a 24-year-old legally deaf woman in the 1900 ... --- Waco Tribune-Herald --- March 11, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/Gn4RLT


73.   “Prosecutors: Disabled Woman Found Locked Up After Kids Found Wandering Streets” --- The witnesses reportedly went into the home and found a 34-year-old mentally disabled woman locked in the garage. Harris County Pct. 4 Deputy ... --- KHOU --- March 7, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/LBZ8DF


74.   “Suit Claiming Utah Prison Failed to Accommodate Inmate's Disabilities is Settled” --- That violated his right to equal protection and due process, as well as his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the lawsuit claimed. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- March 18, 2016  (UTAH)   https://is.gd/n71HJ4


75.  “Judge Sentences Man in Down Syndrome Sex Abuse Case to Prison” --- A St. George man was sentenced Wednesday to serve time in prison on charges stemming from the sexual abuse of a woman with ... --- St George News --- March 17, 2016  (UTAH)  https://is.gd/OyQuyH


76.   “Father of Sexually Abused Girl Sues Imprisoned Bus Driver, School District” --- The father of a 5-year-old special needs girl who was sexually abused on her school bus is now suing the incarcerated bus driver and the school ... --- Deseret News --- March 16, 2016  (UTAH)  https://is.gd/tOqIob


77.   “Special Needs Bus Driver Arrested on Suspicion of DUI in Saratoga Springs” --- District officials say Lund typically transports 12 special needs elementary-aged students to Snow Springs Elementary, 850 S. 1700 West, Lehi, and ... --- fox13now.com --- March 8, 2016  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/QYmQQf


78.   “VA Mother Accused of Tying Disabled Son to Bed and Locking Him in Room” --- A mother in Prince William County Virginia has been arrested after police say she tied her 17-year-old disabled son to his bed with a chain and rope ... --- NBC4 Washington --- March 17, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/tUQACj


79.   “Charges Dropped in Student Assault Case, But Impact Still Reverberates” --- … like a number of other racial and disability rights organizations, believe that this trend often deprives children with disabilities, like Kayleb, ... --- Lynchburg News and Advance --- March 16, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/B8YbIm


80.   “Officials Release Jail Booking Video of Mentally Ill Teen” --- The Benton County Sheriff's Office released a 16-minute video Wednesday of a mentally ill Pasco teen being booked into jail eight days before he was ... --- Tri-City Herald --- March 16, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/F9QKxG


81.   “Man Arrested in Homicide of Disabled Vancouver Woman” --- Police say they've arrested a 38-year-old man in the death of a disabled Vancouver woman last year. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service ... --- KTVZ --- March 12, 2016   (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/qjibES


82.   “Two Thurston County Health Care Providers Disciplined” --- The state Department of Social and Health Services found that Green abused or neglected a vulnerable adult. Green's certified nursing assistant ... --- The Olympian --- March 11, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/P5HEqv


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83.   “House Committee Calls for $640,000 in Cuts to Developmental Disability Assistance” --- In separately passed budgets, the state senate called for a 2.5 percent reduction to the Developmental Disability Grant program. The house called for ... --- KTUU.com --- March 16, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/fpL9Uf


84.   “Cuts to Services for Disabled Crippling” --- Through a privatized system of contractors, Arizona cares for about 35,000 individuals with severe developmental disabilities. They are served by ... --- Arizona Daily Sun --- March 16, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/3XQzBF


85.   “Reduction in Adult Protective Services Backlog Means Longer HCBS Waitlists” --- AARP Arizona would like to commend Director Timothy Jeffries with the Arizona Department of Economic Security for leading Adult Protective ... --- Arizona Capitol Times --- March 10, 2016  (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/ixuCfs  


86.   “LA County Report on Special Education Sees 'Crisis' ” --- Some students with disabilities in Los Angeles County are getting shortchanged by the bureaucracy that is supposed to ensure they receive a good ... --- Los Angeles Times --- March 9, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/BqUncM


87.   “California's Last Institutions for Developmentally Disabled to be Closed” --- The final countdown has begun for the last of three large state-run institutions that care for the severely disabled: In less than six years, almost all of ... --- KQED --- March 8, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/z6QJmD


88.   “Judge Orders Stricter Security Measures in Release of California Student Data” --- Initially, Judge Kimberly Mueller ordered the California Department of Education to give attorneys in a special-education lawsuit, access to tens of ... --- KPBS --- March 7, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/n7Kbou


89.   “Special Education Teacher Sues District for Not Properly Training Her to Deal with Violent Students” --- Carrie Giesler said she was beaten repeatedly by her special needs student and in return, she was let go. Giesler said the district ... --- The Denver Channel --- March 10, 2016  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/i8VKv3


90.   “Denver Sheriff Deputies Train to Avoid Using Force When Dealing with the Mentally Ill --- According the Sheriff's department, more than 25 percent on the inmates in Denver jails are being treated for some kind of mental illness -- which ... --- The Denver Channel --- March 9, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/7QzFbP


91.   “Lawmakers: State Budget Cuts Will Hurt” --- Half of the cuts ordered by the Democratic governor impact six agencies that provide social services, including the state Department of Developmental ... --- Meriden Record-Journal --- March 18, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/7RxCz3


92.   “Mental Health Services Hit by Budget Cuts” --- The GOP unveiled its budget cutting plan this week that didn't include cuts to social services. Sen. Kane, (R - Watertown), said both the governor and ... --- NBC Connecticut --- March 17, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/uPp1Hl


93.   “Advocates: Some Brain-Injured Patients Being Denied Help as State Keeps Treatment Slots Vacant” ---  The Department of Social Services is refusing to fill 21 treatment slots for people with acquired brain injuries, claiming funding and ... --- Hartford Courant --- March 11, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/oY1rqM


94.   “Mother of Autistic Son Fighting for Medical Marijuana” --- Time is running out at the Georgia Capitol for legislation that would expand the current medical marijuana law. The bill currently in the ... --- WXIA-TV --- March 17, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/hyPD8i


95.   “Indiana Poised to Ban Abortions Due to Fetal Defects” --- ... the second state to ban abortions sought because a fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome under a measure headed to Gov. … --- The Providence Journal --- March 10, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/GcfUs5


96.   “First Responders Say Mental Health is Biggest Issue They Face, Changes Needed” --- Last summer, the Iowa Department of Human Services implemented an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system to locate beds more quickly when ... --- WQAD.com --- March 9, 2016  (IOWA)  https://is.gd/9Nq77G


97.   “Critical Shortage of Psychiatrists in Iowa Addressed” --- Iowa ranks 41st in the nation in the number of practicing psychiatrists. So the state will spend $4 million for new psychiatric residency programs at ... --- Iowa Public Radio --- March 7, 2016  (IOWA)  https://is.gd/eHpwhF


98.   “Wichita Family Has Waited Since 2008 for Disability Services” --- She is diagnosed with mental retardation, developmental delays, autism and seizure disorder. She is one of more than 4,000 Kansans waiting for ... --- Wichita Eagle --- March 10, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/4iKx7e


99.   “State Again Paying for Jail Inmate Hospital Care, but East Baton Rouge Jail Still Struggling with Medical Operations” --- And they are increasingly called upon to treat mentally ill patients who wind up in Parish Prison for petty crimes ... --- The Advocate --- March 19, 2016  (LOUISIANA)  https://is.gd/vaJz2M


100.   “Parents of Special Needs Children Protest Budget Cuts in Baton Rouge” --- Parents of special needs children protested budget cuts on the steps of the capitol building in Baton Rouge Sunday afternoon. --- WWLTV.com --- March 7, 2016  (LOUISIANA)  https://is.gd/Yfhqeu


101.   “New Maine Health Department Rules Raise Concern Among Mental Health Advocates” --- Social service organizations are concerned that mentally ill consumers may be harmed by state rule changes that would create new requirements for ... --- Press Herald --- March 8 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/o5akhn


102.   “Two Key Officials at Riverview Psychiatric Center Resign” --- Two key leaders at Riverview Psychiatric Center have resigned, according to Daniel Wathen, the courtmaster who oversees the ... --- Bangor Daily News --- March 18, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/HwdEBW


103.   “See How the Mental Health System in Maine Collapsed, in One Map” --- If you needed a visual of where Maine and the country are currently putting people with mental health conditions, this map from MetricMaps comparing ... --- Bangor Daily News --- March 10, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/DTn48y


104.   “Mental Health Crises Slam Duluth ERs” --- The fact that a patient is mentally ill doesn't mean he or she will behave violently. Nor are mentally ill individuals the only patients who might act ... --- Duluth News Tribune --- March 13, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/kFHJWS


105.   “Dangerous Use of Restraints Plummets at Minnesota Homes for People with Disabilities” --- The agency created a special team to train staff at facilities for people with disabilities on identifying the individual needs of their clients, and to ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- March 9, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/Pc9sTx


106.   “Task Force Accuses VA of Providing Substandard Care for Vets” --- Records show that Dr. Robert Beaten, a VA staff psychologist, apparently ignored the Army's more thorough tests and used a brief screening tool ... --- KARE --- March 7, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/elkSOe


107.   “Not-for-profits Rally in Support of Minimum Wage Hike, Asks for State Support” --- Not-for-profit groups that provide care to people with developmental disabilities hit the streets Friday with a message for ... --- wivb.com --- March 11, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/lsG2lj


108.   “Disability Advocates to Protest Uber” --- The advocates, hailing from Rochester, the Capital Region and other upstate cities, claim that the for-hire vehicle company has no wheelchair ... --- WGRZ.com --- March 7, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/40rYHt


109.   “Two Years After Kerr's Death, Too-little Progress on NC Prison Reforms” --- ... percent to 38 percent of the 16- to 17-year old prisoners in our state are held in solitary at a given time, according to Disability Rights North Carolina. --- News & Observer --- March 11, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/dXL0cP


110.   “Ohio Lifts Correction Plan for Special Education in Columbus Schools” --- For years, district high schools fraudulently gave special-education students at least a D grade, under a misguided policy that disabled students ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- March 14, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/FKC70V


111.   “Ohioans with Disabilities Face Changes to Sheltered Workshops” --- The clock is ticking on Ohio sheltered-workshop and adult day programs serving 24,000 people with developmental disabilities. For more than 50 ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- March 14, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/IZPdZz


112.   “Agencies Helping People with Disabilities Struggle Adjusting to 'Drastic' State Aid Cuts” --- Agencies serving individuals with disabilities are trying to insulate clients from the effects of statewide budget cuts. Their ability to do so is limited, ... --- NewsOK.com --- March 16, 2016  (OKLAHOMA) https://is.gd/34MY7u


113.   “State Scolds Schools that Shortchange Disabled Students” --- ... said John Mushlitz, a behavior specialist who helps group homes, families and schools analyze young people's behavior and prevent outbursts. --- OregonLive.com --- March 19, 2016  (OREGON)  https://is.gd/suKv98


114.   “Eugene VA Still Comes up Short on Mental Health Services” --- The VA implied that there would also be more mental health services ... provided by psychiatrists — and some limited psychotherapy or social work ... --- The Register-Guard --- March 15, 2016  (OREGON)  https://is.gd/r0C5eu


115.   “Penn Ethicist Leads Research Study in Mental Health Care in Prisons” --- There are around 10 times as many people with serious mental illnesses in jails and state prisons than there are in state hospitals, according to ... --- PhillyVoice.com --- March 7, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/vq6I2M


116.   “Statewide Program Puts Locator Devices on Elderly, Autistic Who Could Wander from Home” ---  Project Lifesaver tracking devices are used to locate missing people. The tracking devices operate on a radio frequency and are available ... --- The Decatur Daily --- March 20, 2016  (TENNESSEE) https://is.gd/r3lHOK  



117.   “Mental Health Workers Earn Less than Wal-Mart and Fast-Food Employees, Official Says” ---  Tennessee's nonprofit intellectual and developmental disability centers are asking state lawmakers for a $21 million boost ... --- Chattanooga Times Free Press --- March 15, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/CNnqxz


118.   “Pilot Program Gives Hope to Inmates with Mental Health Needs” --- "You can't overlook if you give somebody with a mental health issue a better life," said Harris County judge Ed Emmett. "Then they become a ... --- Houston Chronicle --- March 15, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/P7pm8W


119.   “Killeen School Board Accepts Special Education Audit, Plans Improvements” --- The audit, completed by the Gibson Consulting Group, found the district's special education programs needed a “major overhaul,” but the board fell ... --- KWTX --- March 8, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/OSRk0l


120.   “Lawyers Say Renovated Jail No Place for Mentally Ill” --- … to fix the problems at state psychiatric hospitals and start providing services within seven days of a judge's order. But the state agency failed to meet ... --- The Seattle Times --- March 18, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/9uPKzi


121.   “People on the Autism Spectrum Live an Average of 18 Years Less than Everyone Else, Study Finds” ---  Researchers looking into mortality trends and autism have made a troubling discovery: People on the autism spectrum are dying ... --- Washington Post --- March 18, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/qjsOMj


122.   “Charter Schools Suspend Black and Disabled Students More, Study Says” --- These inequities are similar to those in traditional public schools, where black and disabled students are disproportionately disciplined for even ... --- New York Times --- March 16, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/VFtrGM


123.   “A Pill for Down Syndrome” --- We learned the biology quickly: Down syndrome is the popular name for trisomy 21, the presence of three copies of the 21st chromosome instead of ... --- The Atlantic --- March 15, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/7hYek3


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


124.   “County to Enact Laura's Law by Fall” --- Come fall, the county may begin using its power to legally compel a person into mental health treatment should their illness be proven to represent a ... --- The San Luis Obispo Tribune --- March 12, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/So10z2


125.   “Right-to-Die Law Takes Effect June 9” --- Marilyn Golden, another leading opponent of the law, said the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund plans to focus on protecting people from ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- March 11, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/fBcSmE


126.   “Bill Would Require Surprise Care Home Inspections” --- The Senate is set to vote on a bill Tuesday that would bring adult residential care homes and community care foster family homes in line with hospitals ... --- Honolulu Civil Beat --- March 7, 2016  (HAWAII)  https://is.gd/KRG1jQ


127.   “Bill Would Create Language Acquisition Program for Children Who Are Deaf, Blind” --- Still, it's something that can happen if a child has little to no access to language growing up. A far-fetched scenario for many, but one that is all too ... --- West Hawaii Today --- March 11, 2016  (HAWAII) https://is.gd/IDoVfQ


128.   “Adult Protective Services Focus of Legislation” --- Under a bill passed by the General Assembly this session, the Family and Social Services Administration must submit a report to legislators before the ... --- Greenfield Daily Reporter --- March 14, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/hjPNl8


129.   “Bill Would Bring Help to Families During Mental Health Crises” --- There are nearly 10 million other Americans who also struggle with serious mental illness, including severe depression, bipolar disorder and ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- March 11, 2016  (IOWA)  https://is.gd/D0PjHf


130.   “Kansas Senate Passes Disability Bill, Adds Privatization Provision” --- Before the bill was passed, a provision was added that would require the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services to seek legislative ... --- Lawrence Journal World --- March 18, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/MpbMXH


131.   “State Rule Change for 8,000 Mentally Ill Mainers Stresses Caregivers” --- Providers of mental health and adult disability ... Mark Joyce, managing attorney at the Maine Disability Rights Center, said his ... --- Bangor Daily News --- March 17, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/wPmPhJ


132.  “Bill Giving Terminally Ill Patients Right to Die Sparks Debate at Capitol” --- One of the opponents, Kathy Ware, went to the Capitol with her 21 year-old son Kylen, who is mentally impaired and suffers from cerebral palsy and ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- March 16, 2016  (MINNESOTA) https://is.gd/kUGP0A


133.   “Mississippi to Regulate Restraint and Seclusion of Students” --- ... of our input, so we're pleased," said Mandy Rogers of Parents United Together, which advocates for students receiving special education services. --- The Sun Herald --- March 17, 2016  (MISSISSIPPI)  https://is.gd/A6twyl


134.   “New Law Allows Court-ordered Treatment for Mentally Ill” --- A law signed Wednesday could give judges a new way to help relatives and others seeking outpatient treatment for people with mental illness. --- Santa Fe New Mexican --- March 9, 2016  (NEW MEXICO)  https://is.gd/gsy6Kz


135.   “ 'Esplanade' Bill Would Protect Seniors, Disabled” --- "It is simply wrong to force a senior citizen, particularly those with special needs, to endure removal from their homes without adequate notice to ... --- The Journal News | LoHud.com --- March 8, 2016  (NEW YORK)   https://is.gd/gR62yV


136.   “Oklahoma House Passes Insurance Mandate for Autism Coverage” --- Legislation that would require health insurers to cover autism treatment for children was overwhelmingly approved by the ... --- Enid News & Eagle --- March 9, 2016  (OKLAHOMA)  https://is.gd/AB3u8T


137.   “Police Interactions with Mentally Ill Would Change Under SC Bill” --- Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, says, “I think mental illness is a health care issue, and in those cases where the mentally ill person is not an actual ... --- WJBF-TV --- March 10, 2016  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/GmYmYW


138.   “Event Marks Signing of County's Vulnerable Adult Protocol” --- They represented a number of area agencies engaged with vulnerable adults. The purpose of the protocol is to reduce abuse, neglect and exploitation ... --- Sturgis Journal --- March 19, 2016  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/gUDcJg


139.   “Legislature Eliminates Legal Counsel Requirement for Disabled Adults if Parents Seek Guardianships” --- A bill that backers say relieves loving families of unnecessary expenses of hiring attorneys for their disabled children in guardianship proceedings is ... --- Deseret News --- March 10, 2016  (UTAH)  https://is.gd/JpmxP1


140.   “Va. Legislature Passes Bill to Shield Special-needs Minors from Some Misdemeanor Charges” ---  Terry McAuliffe that would create a new legal defense for juveniles with special needs who are charged with committing misdemeanor ... --- Washington Post --- March 7, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/PWLP3W


141.   “Bill to Study State's Deadly Force Law Moves to Governor's Desk” --- ... the Criminal Justice Training Commission, the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, three defense attorney groups, Disability Rights of ... --- The Olympian --- March 10, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/yUxTmR


142.   “Vulnerable People with Developmental Disabilities Better Protected under New State Law” --- The Senate Tuesday gave final approval of a new law sponsored by Sen. Steve O'Ban to better protect people with developmental ... --- The Suburban Times --- March 8, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE) http://is.gd/jnfdAN


143.   “Psychological Disorders Affect 1 in 7 US Kids Under 9: CDC” --- One in seven American children aged 2 to 8 suffers from a mental, behavioral or developmental ... --- U.S. News & World Report --- March 18, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/dcJBW9


International Articles


144.   “People with Disabilities Beaten, Sexually Assaulted and Sedated Under 'Epidemic Proportions' of Violence and Abuse” ---Violence, abuse, and neglect of Australia's disabled people is at an epidemic level, national rights and advocacy organisation People with Disability ... --- Huffington Post Australia --- March 18, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/dWOFwX


145.   “Alberta Sex Offender Jailed for Sending Disturbing Texts to Special-needs Teen” --- An Alberta man who sent disturbing sexually exploitive texts to a special-needs teen and told him to kill himself was handed a two-year sentence on ... --- Edmonton Journal --- March 17, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/AoNvHG


146.   “Nova Scotia to Change Law Affecting People with Intellectual Disabilities” --- The lawyer for a man who is fighting a Nova Scotia law that limits the rights of people with intellectual disabilities is welcoming word the ... --- The Chronicle Journal --- March 15, 2016   (CANADA)  https://is.gd/YUcfFP


147.   Sask. Party Pledges Increased Funding for Autistic Children” --- "Individualized financial support for the parents of children with autism and ASD will provide parents with additional resources to decide which ... --- CBC.ca --- March 15, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/d8oMjE


148.   “Injunction to Be Filed to Keep St-Jérôme Facility for Disabled from Closing” --- An injunction will be filed in Superior Court Monday morning aiming to prevent the closing of Pavillon Sainte-Marie in St-Jérôme. It will be filed by ... --- Montreal Gazette --- March 13, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/rqTEvQ


149.   “Bail Granted to Two Men Charged with Beating Wheelchair-bound Man During Home Invasion” ---  Bail was granted Friday to two of six men charged in a home invasion robbery during which a wheelchair-bound victim with a licence to ... --- Calgary Herald --- March 11, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/6BHLCk


150.   “Schizophrenics More Likely to Attempt Suicide, Says Study” --- People with schizophrenia are six times more likely to attempt suicide than those without the mental disorder characterised by abnormal ... --- Economic Times --- March 11, 2016   (CANADA)  http://goo.gl/gU6d4x


151.   “Mental Illness, Disabilities Add to Struggle for Some Syrian Families” --- Others, however, may never learn English, may never work and face significant challenges stemming from physical or mental disabilities and trauma. --- Vancouver Sun --- March 11, 2016  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/0j7Hhk


152.   “End Use of Solitary for Mentally Ill Inmates, Prison Watchdog Urges” --- The prison watchdog's annual report calls on the Correctional Service to prohibit the use of solitary confinement for inmates who are ... --- Toronto Star --- March 10, 2016  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/63wtcR


153.   “Woman Charged in Distraction Thefts Targeting Seniors, Disabled” --- Toronto police have charged a women they say stole jewelry from older and disabled people over several months. Police say the woman would drive ... --- Toronto Sun --- March 8, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/BvDdAw


154.  “Toronto Shooting Reopens Debate over Police Handling of Mentally ill suspects Devon LaFleur, 30, was shot to death in a confrontation with Toronto police outside of a women's shelter in North York Friday night. He was wanted for ... --- March 7, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/4fm5Yi


155.   “Deciding on Assisted Death in Context of Mental Illness Highly Complex, Experts Say” --- One of the most contentious issues sparked by Canada's upcoming right-to-die legislation is whether people with mental illness should be eligible to ... --- CBC.ca --- March 6, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/dGSfft


156.   “Alberta Schools Failing Special Needs Kids Parent” --- The mother of an autistic student says the police were almost called on him after he started yelling, banging on doors and ran out of his school. --- MetroNews Canada --- March 6, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/ti5GbZ


157.   “Danish Study Finds Higher Suicide Risk in New Mothers with Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders” ---  They also found that the women with postpartum psychiatric disorders faced roughly the same risk of mortality as mothers with ... --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- March 7, 2016  (DENMARK) https://is.gd/oZyEcZ  


158.   “Six Months Trapped in a Secure Mental Health Unit – How the System Failed One Autistic 15-Year-old” --- ... their children put in adult psychiatric wards. For Isabelle, as her and her family try to navigate the labyrinthine services, the problem … --- The Guardian --- March 17, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/vlP0Wb


159.   “Nurse Had Sex with Patient on Psychiatric Ward, Tribunal Hears” --- A nurse had sex sessions with a patient on a psychiatric ward in Nottingham after declaring she had 'romantic feelings' for him, a tribunal heard. --- Nottingham Post --- March 15, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/om7CdB


160.   “Bristol Special Constable Fired After Sending Flirty Texts to Vulnerable Mentally-ill Woman” --- As well as his police role he was a care support worker for the mental health charity Rethink for nine months before being suspended last July. --- Bristol Post --- March 10, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/fiCfYb


161.   “Hong Kong Rehab Centre Staff Cleared of Assaulting Mentally Challenged Woman They Force-Fed” ---  Two employees with a rehabilitation centre in Wong Tai Sin accused of bruising a mentally challenged woman's cheeks ... --- South China Morning Post --- March 11, 2016  (HONG KONG)  http://is.gd/fT5Sg2


162.   “Rolf Harris Denies Sex Attacks, Including Assault on Disabled Woman” --- Disgraced children's entertainer Rolf Harris has appeared in court accused of seven more sex attacks – including an assault on a disabled woman. --- Irish Examiner --- March 17, 2016  (IRELAND) https://is.gd/pv8uq2  


163.   “Rapist of Woman with Down Syndrome Jailed for 13 Years” --- Faisal Ellahi (34), originally from Haripur in Pakistan, had pleaded not guilty last year to rape, sexual assault and having sex with a mentally impaired ... --- Irish Times --- March 14, 2016  (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/ezS0ZT


164.   “Nurse Faces Inquiry over Patients' Money” --- A Nursing and Midwifery Board inquiry has begun into a former psychiatric staff nurse at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin who it is alleged failed ... --- RTE.ie --- March 11, 2016   (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/S4Zfxc


165.   “Drug Addict Who Took Six-Year-Old Down Syndrome Boy from Outside Shop Jailed for Three Years” --- David Ryan, 28, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly taking the child, who has Down Syndrome ... --- Irish Mirror --- March 7, 2016  (IRELAND) https://is.gd/muL2cR


166.   “An Innovative Project on the Mexican Border Helps People with Disabilities” --- An innovative nonprofit on the Mexican border is helping people with disabilities get the tools needed to become active participants in their ... --- Deseret News ---- March 19, 2016  (MEXICO)  https://is.gd/BPZF0l


167.   “A Surge in Psychiatric Punishment in the Former Soviet Union” --- A particularly despicable way of punishing dissidents during Soviet times was committing them to insane asylums. In those institutions, perfectly sane ... --- Huffington Post --- March 7, 2016  (RUSSIA)  https://is.gd/0wNQyO


168.   “Autistic Boy Was 'Dragged Through School' by Head Teacher” --- The father of an autistic boy has accused a former school chief of covering up a string of serious complaints - including that a head teacher “dragged ... --- Edinburgh Evening News --- March 15, 2016  (SCOTLAND)  https://is.gd/HhlvUL


169.   “Woman Jailed 5 Years for Killing Autistic Son” --- The 43-year-old woman sat quietly in the High Court dock and stared blankly as details about her role in causing the death of her seven-year-old ... --- Yahoo Singapore News --- March 17, 2016  (SINGAPORE)  https://is.gd/0YcONz


170.   “South Africa: Crisis for Children with Disabilities” --- South Africa's Parliament should urgently address the crisis in inclusive education affecting children with disabilities, Inclusive Education South Africa, ... --- AllAfrica.com --- March 14, 2016  (SOUTH AFRICA)  https://is.gd/nn6Ivt


171.   “Migrants in Sweden Three Times More Likely to Suffer from Mental Illness” --- A new study released by the BMJ medical journal has said that migrants suffer from mental illnesses like paranoid schizophrenia, psychotic disorders ... --- Breitbart News --- March 17, 2016  (SWEDEN)  https://is.gd/JyeKT0


172.   “Who Will Disability 'Cuts' Impact?” --- It is slowly replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Nearly 700,000 people currently claim PIP, with another 1.5 million still to be reassessed. --- BBC News --- March 17, 2016  (UNITED KINGDOM) https://is.gd/7vKN5Y  


173.   “Disability Benefit Change to Affect Half a Million” --- More than half a million disabled people could lose out as a result of further changes over the next four years to welfare payments. The formula the ... --- BBC News --- March 12, 2016  (UNITED KINGDOM)  https://is.gd/aCsLUB








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