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News Summary for April 11, 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 has some changes in patterns that long-term readers will note.  The categories remain the same, with special attention to some articles in the section, “Seeking improved support.”  There are some very disturbing trends by governmental agencies to decrease funding for essential services.  As usual, these articles below are listed geographically by state.  In the categories below, you can “skip” to those articles of most interest to you.  We welcome your comments.  


SEXUAL ASSAULT: 11/12, 24, 27, 35, 41, 53, 83, 88

PHYSICAL ABUSE: 1,2,13, 20, 21, 28, 30, 32, 32, 24, 36, 37/38


FINANCIAL ABUSE: 18, 23, 26, 52, 71

NEGLECT: 9, 39, 118, 121


MURDER: 36, 42, 50

SCHOOL-RELATED: 1, 2, 6, 13, 24, 27, 30, 31, 32, 39, 53, 83


OF SPECIAL INTEREST: 25, 62, 74, 78, 80, 81, 89, 101, 109, 117


Of particular interest are these articles:

28: Guardianship Task Force formed

62:  surge in medical treatment to inhibit physical growth of children with disabilities

74:  Guardian program closes

78:  NY now says mental health treatment must be provided by licensed practitioners (!!!!!)

89: Lynchburg, VA now training all law enforcement officers on autism




1.   “Substitute Teacher, 3 Students Arrested over Incident with Special Needs Student” --- A substitute teacher has been arrested, along with three Cleburne County High students, after a video surfaced of the students hitting a special needs ... --- AL.com --- March 24, 2016  (ALABAMA)  https://is.gd/px0SZs


2.   “Father in Arizona Says Teacher Duct-taped Special Needs Boy” --- A Valley father says a teacher duct-taped his special needs son at school. “I've never heard of this happening,” Destin Howato said. --- fox13now.com --- March 31, 2016   (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/iW7ApQ


3.   “Wage Theft: San Jose Adult Care Homes Fined for Payment Violations” --- A San Jose adult care home operator will have to pay $443,460 in back wages, damages and fines after California's labor commissioner cited the ... --- Silicon Valley Business Journal --- March 30, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/cmCTIl


4.   “Jail Commission Slams Sheriff, Calls for New Leadership” --- She has made such moves as quickly arresting on murder charges the three guards who allegedly beat mentally ill inmate Michael Tyree to death in ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- March 26, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/JnYbyb


5.   “Deaf Women Recovering After Brutal Attack” --- Two deaf women are recovering after being brutally attacked near their home in Desert Hot Springs, CA. --- WDAM-TV --- March 24, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/KzMQNK


6.   “Whittier Police Announce Arrest in Death of Student with Autism Left on School Bus” --- Whittier Police on Wednesday announced an arrest in the death of a 19-year-old student with autism who was left on a ... --- CBS Local --- March 23, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/eDMhKq


7.   “Family of Man Slain by Fresno Police Release Graphic Video of Shooting” --- The family of a mentally ill man shot seven times and killed by Fresno police in September filed a lawsuit against the Fresno Police Department on ... --- Fresno Bee --- March 24, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/Z3NMdY


8.   “Man Who Attacked Disabled Vietnam Veteran Gets 10 Years” --- The disabled Vietnam Vet, who uses an electric wheelchair after suffering nerve damage from his service in Vietnam, was outside a Boulder bank ... --- FOX31 Denver --- March 31, 2016  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/mlLS9S


9.   “Colorado Caregiver for Disabled Accused of Abuse, Neglect” --- A Colorado woman hired to take care of three developmentally disabled men in her home is accused of abusing them and ... --- 9NEWS.com --- March 21, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/4Lzwp3


10.   “Missing Man with Asperger's Found Safe After 47 Days” --- A mentally disabled man from Maitland has been found safe after being missing for 47 days all thanks to his mother who tracked him down. --- Fox 35 Orlando --- April 1, 2016  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/MQnhBB


11.   “Man Accused of Raping Disabled Woman in 2014 Arrested in Plantation” --- A man accused of raping a disabled woman in 2014 was arrested Tuesday by Plantation police. According to an arrest report, the ... --- Local 10 --- March 31, 2016  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/G3MT1F


12.  “ 'Life Coach' Accused of Having Sex with Mentally Disabled Woman He Cared for, Police Say” --- The owner of a company contracted by a state agency to provide services to people with disabilities is accused of forcing one of his patients to have ... --- Sun Sentinel --- March 30, 2016  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/cygZIp


13.   “Video: Teacher Knocks Down Special Needs Student, Resigns” --- The special education teacher, identified as Amelia Stripling, has since resigned. It happened at the Tift County Pre-K Center in Tifton on March 17. --- WALB-TV --- March 24, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/0idMDG


14.   “Mom Says Daughter with Autism Turned Away from Gymnastics Academy” --- "Our instructors are not trained for special needs classes. I don't think it would be fair to your little girl or you know to bring her into one that we don't ... --- KITV Honolulu --- March 23, 2016  (HAWAII)  https://is.gd/Stygno


15.   “Unlicensed Therapist Scott C. Redman Allegedly Continued to Treat Patients After Conviction” --- The man accused of posing as a psychologist is scheduled to be in court Friday morning. The I-Team spoke to the patient who says a light punishment ... --- WLS-TV --- March 31, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/4woAf9


16.   “Chicago to Consider Settlement in Jail Death Suit” --- One fires a stun gun and an officer drags Coleman away. Officials have said Coleman died later at a hospital after a reaction to an anti-psychotic drug. --- Albany Times Union --- March 30, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/PFLjaj


17.   “Couple Sues South Bend Schools over Daughter's Sex Abuse on Bus” --- When the abuse occurred, the girl told her parents, the driver, identified in the lawsuit as Mark Wainscott, was either reading a book or using his cell ... --- South Bend Tribune --- March 22, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/kqLO0d


18.   “Former Opportunity Village Employee Pleading Guilty in Theft Case” --- She was to be tried April 5 on one count of commission of specified unlawful activity, a Class B felony; and three counts of dependent adult abuse, ... --- Mason City Globe Gazette --- March 23, 2016  (IOWA)  https://is.gd/ZheBK2


19.   “Project Lifesaver Helps Sioux City Police Locate Autistic Boy Who Fled East High School” --- The search for an autistic boy kept several Sioux City Police units busy Tuesday afternoon. According to police, the Sioux City East High School ... --- Siouxland Matters --- March 22, 2016  (IOWA)  https://is.gd/q1ZPj0


20.   “Hineston Woman Accused of Hitting, Biting Disabled Person” --- A Hineston woman allegedly hit and bit a disabled Oak Hill High School student, then created a disturbance with school staff members, according to a ... --- Alexandria Town Talk --- March 24, 2016  (LOUISIANA)  https://is.gd/SbD32j


21.   “Sheriff's Office: Man, 20, Three Juveniles Arrested in Attack on Intellectually Disabled Teen” ---  Sheriff's deputies arrested a 20-year-old Baton Rouge man and three juveniles in an attack on an intellectually disabled 18-year-old, allegedly ... --- The Advocate --- March 20, 2016  (LOUISIANA) https://is.gd/nofnMq


22.   “Mom Says Daughter with Autism Turned Away from Gymnastics Academy” --- A Kansas City mom says her 3-year-old daughter was turned away from a gymnastics class because she is diagnosed with autism.  --- Tucson News Now --- March 22, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/Z0QLBA


23.   “Woman Accused of Stealing from Clients with Developmental Disabilities at YWCA” --- A Billings woman was accused of bilking more than $1,000 from a client with developmental disabilities when she appeared in Yellowstone ... --- Billings Gazette --- March 31, 2016  (MONTANA) http://is.gd/RPrHgD


24.   “Ex-teacher Arrested in Student Sex Case Didn't Have Nevada Teaching License” --- Lafave is accused of having sex with a special needs student while while she was a teacher with the Clark County School District. --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- March 30, 2016  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/MGsZ3B


25.   “Task Force Created to Fight Guardianship Abuse in Clark County” --- Local and state law enforcement agencies have banded together in hopes of protecting the elderly and infirm from those who want to exploit them. --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- March 31, 2016  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/IZEiPW


26.   “Criminal Case Against Court Appointed Guardian Moves Forward” --- Theft and exploitation; those are the charges one woman must face, charges that were ignored by a court that is supposed to be guarding our most ... --- KTNV Las Vegas --- March 21, 2016  (NEVADA)   https://is.gd/SjMwvJ


27.   “Freeville Instructor Accused of Watching Pornography with Students” --- NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor/Inspector General Patricia E. Gunning today ... --- The Ithaca Voice --- April 1, 2016  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/vdxrSL


28.   “Salem Woman Accused of Endangering Welfare of a Physically Disabled Patient” --- A Washington County LPN has been accused of endangering the welfare of a disabled patient and recording it on her cell ... --- NEWS10 ABC --- March 31, 2016   (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/0V6K1B


29.   “FBI's Investigation of NY Inmate's Death Widens as Second Prison Beating Probed” --- ... at Fishkill Correctional Facility, which is less than two miles south of the Downstate prison facility, beat a mentally ill inmate to death last April. --- Albany Times Union --- March 26, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/RHGgfm


30.   “Source: Aide Who Allegedly Threw Autistic Boy to Ground Was Previously Disciplined” --- Sapienza, DNAinfo.com reported, allegedly threw the autistic boy to the ground during class on March 26, 2015, because he was licking his own hand. --- SILive.com --- March 22, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/iRX59Z


31.  “Family Seeks $75K from Former TPS Teacher for Alleged Abuse” --- In just under a dozen pages, attorneys detailed the instances of alleged abuse of a Webster High School special-needs student, by his former teacher, ... --- KTUL --- March 23, 2016  (OKLAHOMA)  https://is.gd/vxiJCY


32.   “Police: Aide Bit Autistic Man, Hit Him With Plastic Bat” --- Lambert faces a preliminary hearing April 6 on charges including reckless endangerment and neglect of a care dependent person. Police say they ... --- CBS Local --- April 1, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/GTxaB9


33.   “Tests Keep Disabled Workers from Many Jobs, Not Just at Dorney Park” --- Chris Emery, 29, a special needs man who worked at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, in South Whitehall Township for the last 12 years was not ... --- Allentown Morning Call --- March 26, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/VddahY


34.   “Scranton Man Charged for Giving Beer, Marijuana to Autistic Girl” --- A 54-year-old city man gave a 16-year-old autistic girl beer and marijuana Wednesday night, Scranton police said. Michael Young ... --- 

Scranton Times-Tribune --- March 24, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/kvSDpA


35.   “Community Living Services Caregiver Charged After Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled ...” --- Police have charged a residential program worker of Community Living Arrangements with sexually assaulting a non-verbal, bedridden --- Wilkes Barre Times-Leader --- March 23, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/qFLKMa


36.   “Disability Law Center Opens Probe into Abuse, Neglect of the Disabled” --- ... the Rhode Island Disability Law Center has opened its own examination of the February death of a 70-year-resident of a state-run group home, ... --- The Providence Journal --- March 23, 2016  (RHODE ISLAND)  https://is.gd/q0FQ5y


37.   “Former Greene Valley Employee Charged with Abuse Free on Bond in Greene County” --- A former Greene Valley Developmental Center employee returned to Greene County last night and is now free on ... --- WJHL --- March 31, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/aD2uGA


38.   “State Disciplined Former GVDC Employee a Year Before Alleged Abuse” --- The former Greene Valley Developmental Center worker now charged with abuse faced state disciplinary action a ... --- WJHL --- March 24, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/r0P0YQ


39.   “Knox County Bus Driver Convicted after Leaving Special Needs Student on Bus” --- Ginger Lee Doane, 41, transported special needs students from Carter Middle School and Carter High School. The report says Doane parked the bus ... --- WATE 6 On Your Side --- March 24, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/cUNZLk


40.   “Dallas Police Searching for Missing Autistic Person” --- Police are asking for the public's help locating a 28-year-old man missing since Thursday. Christopher James has autism and ... --- CBS Local --- April 1, 2016  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/aWx5nZ


41.   “Man Arrested for Kidnapping, Sexually Assaulting Special Needs Woman” --- Fort Worth Police have arrested a man for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 23-year-old “mentally disabled” ... --- CBS Local --- March 25, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/9CHCVA


42.   “Caregiver Charged with Killing Disabled Woman” --- A former caregiver has been charged with killing a disabled woman in Houston. The victim died in the hospital after suffering from numerous internal ... --- KHOU.com --- March 24, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/4GHAyc


43.   “Texas Executes Man Courts Recognized as Mentally Ill” --- If pending appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court are denied, Adam Kelly Ward, whom appeals courts have recognized as mentally ill, is set for execution ... --- Houston Public Media --- March 23, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/XS5nsk


44.   “Records: NISD Special-needs Student Found More than 4 Miles from Campus” --- A missing person's report obtained by the KENS 5 I-Team indicates a Hobby Middle School special-needs student was found more ... --- KENS 5 TV --- March 21, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/mDLYDl


45.   “New Details on Mentally Ill Man Shot by Burlington Police” --- New details were released Tuesday on a mentally ill man gunned down by Burlington police. His neighbors and crisis workers say the warning signs ... --- WCAX --- March 22, 2016  (VERMONT)  https://is.gd/dlMIDp


46.   “61 Yr. Old Disabled Woman Going 10 Months Now Without Water Because of Late Homeowner Association Fees” --- 61 year-old Dianne Billings is disabled and said she has been living without water for 10 months. She walked us through the house ... --- wtkr.com --- March 31, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/lPxeir


47.   “Audit Finds Lapses in Case of Mentally Ill Inmate Who Died in Jail on a $5 Charge” --- After Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks last April, a judge ordered the mentally ill Portsmouth, Va., man to be restored to ... --- Washington Post --- March 21, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/EM2ybg


48.   “Mentally Ill Inmate's Death Sharpens Issue of Psychiatric Treatment in Virginia” --- Krudys disagrees: “Those conditions are still preferable to keeping a mentally ill person locked in a jail cell.” After Austin “Gus” Deeds attacked his ... --- Roanoke Times --- March 26, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/XlUkQ2


49.   “Report: Clerical Missteps Preceded Portsmouth Inmate's Death” --- Virginia investigators say that a mentally ill man who was found dead in jail was not on a waiting list for a bed at a state ... --- Virginian-Pilot --- March 21, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/0sRzTw


50.   “Marysville Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Disabled Man” --- The Daily Herald reportsthat Michael Scott Stowell pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the death of Steven Steadman. He faces up to 30 years in prison. --- KOMO News --- March 31, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  http://is.gd/nsVJIL


51.   “Richland Doctor Accused of Affair with Vulnerable Patient” --- A Richland doctor is being disciplined by the state for allegedly having an affair with a patient and failing to get her appropriate psychiatric care. ---  Tri-City Herald --- March 26, 2016   (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/yfJzgj


52.   “Milwaukie Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing over $570,000 in Disabled Cousin's Benefits” --- A Milwaukie man pleaded guilty on March 24 to wire fraud for stealing his cousin's monthly payments from the Defense Finance and Accounting ... --- OregonLive.com --- March 24, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/JpYJcQ


53.   “Special Education Teacher Commits Suicide after Being Questioned for Inappropriate Contact with Students” --- Janesville police officers interviewed Long Saturday afternoon about inappropriate contact with female students, officials said to …. --- WDJT --- March 21, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/xRiZzZ


Seeking Improved Support


54.   “Seriously Mentally Ill in Arizona Often Struggle to Find Housing” --- Vansant's son is 39 years old and has been battling with mental illness since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 21. This wasn't the ... --- KJZZ --- March 24, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/3Ft6R2


55.   “Hutchinson Pledges to Cut Waiting List for Disabled in Half” --- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the savings he's projecting from his proposal to shift some Medicaid services to private firms will cut the state's ... --- KATV --- March 30, 2016  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/ilEDix


56.   “Arkansas Calls for Policy Changes at Centers for Developmentally Disabled” --- The Arkansas Department of Human Services is calling for increased training and documentation on the use of emergency restraint ... --- Arkansas Online --- March 21, 2016  (ARKANSAS)   https://is.gd/t4S1E6


57.   “Reforms Planned at Booneville Human Development Center” --- The state-run Booneville Human Development Center is being targeted for reforms, the state Department of Human Services said Monday. --- Arkansas News --- March 21, 2016  (ARKANSAS)  https://is.gd/LOLdky


58.   “Students at East Oakland School Left Without Special Education for Months” --- More than halfway through the school year, Oakland Unified School District still has teacher vacancies, and that's had an impact on special education ... --- KQED --- March 21, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/FSXKg4


59.   “Temple Grandin School Celebrating Five Years in Boulder” --- Enrollment had declined at Bridge School, with many of the remaining students diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome — now no longer an official ... --- Boulder Daily Camera --- March 26, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/ZRDy78


60.   “State to Close Two Centers for Those with Intellectual Disabilities” --- At the same time, close to 2,000 people have been waiting for DDS-funded residential services, such as placement in a group home or assistance that ... --- The CT Mirror --- March 24, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/xO84sZ


61.   “Florida Insists Severely Disabled Teen Take Standardized Test — Despite Pleas from Family” ---  Several years ago, I published several posts about a boy named Michael who was born without the cognitive part of his brain but was made ... --- Washington Post --- March 23, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/qFVehz


62.   “Georgia Parents Debate Medically Stunting Growth of Disabled Children” --- A therapy that uses estrogen to medically stunt the growth of children is making a comeback, and it's the parents of severely disabled children ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- March 31, 2016  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/9a3Bx3  


63.   “Group: State Should be Forced to Provide Better Care for Disabled” --- An advocacy group for the disabled and mentally ill said the state of Georgia should be held in contempt for how it is treating those patients and should ... --- The Augusta Chronicle --- March 27, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/NwzAe6


64.   “Boy in Wheelchair Asked to Leave Mall Play Area, Family Outraged” --- A Georgia family says they felt “singled out” and embarrassed after a mall security guard asked them to leave the children's play area ... --- WBAL Radio --- March 21, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/vUko2p


65.   “Federal Court Orders More Safeguards for Disabled Idahoans” --- "When it comes to children, the elderly and the disabled, we just need to do it right," Dellrae Warner, mother of the main plaintiff in the case, said. --- KTVB.com --- March 31, 2016  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/uxGOA5


66.   “Photos: Exploring the History of Illinois' Abandoned and Disappearing Psychiatric Hospitals” ---  Abandoned psychiatric institutions linger in the bustling landscape of Chicago and its outskirts, their shells the relics of a past era. Dr. Johnny ... --- Chicagoist --- April 1, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/GcqEpj


67.   “Illinois Budget Battle Hurts Programs for People with Mental Illness, Developmental Disabilities” ---  The group home where they stay is one of three operated by Transitions of Western Illinois, housing 24 people with developmental disabilities. --- Quincy Herald Whig --- March 26, 2016  (ILLINOIS) https://is.gd/CuNYbt


68.   “Hundreds Rally at Kansas Statehouse over Disability Changes” --- Stacy Tucker, center in pink, walked three days from her home in Lawrence to attend the rally. Her shirt bears the message: 'I walked for special needs ... --- KCUR --- March 23, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/9MHotd


69.   “Early Discharge of Mental Health Patient Jeopardizes Emporia Hospital's Medicare Payments” --- “As a result of a waiting list for inpatient psychiatric beds, which has persisted since at least June of last year in Kansas, many rural hospitals like ours ... --- KCUR --- March 22, 2016  (KANSAS) https://is.gd/vqEC8A


70.   “Kansas Psychiatric Hospital Cuts Spending Amid Budget Woes” --- A psychiatric hospital in west-central Kansas challenged with staffing troubles and leadership turnover has implemented ... --- KSN-TV --- March 21, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/dAWEXZ


71.   “Audit: Employee Stole More than $13,000 from Mentally Disabled” --- Terrebonne ARC is an organization that offers assistance to mentally handicapped residents in the parish. They provided health and residential ... --- Houma Courier --- March 21, 2016  (LOUISIANA)  https://is.gd/kEtVTX


72.   “Caregivers, Sheriff Say Maine Mental Health System Faces Looming Crisis” --- Service providers and advocates for those with mental illness say the sudden closure of Merrymeeting Behavioral Health ... --- Bangor Daily News --- March 30, 2016  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/EAmHzR


73.   “Proposed Rate Changes Alarm Maine Mental Health Care Providers” --- Providers of mental health services are facing major changes in how much they are paid for services they offer to thousands of ... --- 

Bangor Daily News --- March 21, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/fAm9QC


74.   “Dakota County Scrambles for Guardians as Firm Quits” --- A major provider of guardianship services to Dakota County's poor is quitting the business, leaving the courts there and in other counties scrambling to ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- March 23, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/ykXuaw


75.   “Critics Question MDC Investigator's Motives; Some on Closure Committee Urge Lawmakers to Reconsider” --- ... of patients at the Montana Developmental Center are being questioned amid calls for the Legislature to reconsider its ... --- The Missoulian --- March 22, 2016  (MONTANA)  https://is.gd/MkhOKQ


76.   “Future Unclear for After-School Program for Special Needs Kids” --- An after-school program for children with special needs is being displaced from one of the city's elementary schools, leaving its future in ... --- NJ.com --- March 24, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/8CYUUl


77.   “What Will Happen to the Broome Developmental Center?” --- After nearly 40 years of service, the doors to the Broome Developmental Center's living facilities are now closed. “It's a sad day ... --- WBNG-TV --- March 31, 2016  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/PBYglM


78.   “Social Workers Urge N.Y. to Require Licenses for Its Mental Health Providers” --- If you are being treated for depression or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, private health insurance will cover it only if your mental health practitioner ... --- Albany Times Union --- March 23, 2016  (NEW YORK) https://is.gd/PThCz9


79.   “Hana Apologizes for Shunning Patron with Service Dog” --- ... customers in January 2016 at a Guilderland, N.Y., restaurant, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. --- Albany Times Union --- March 21, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/FoGrsX


80.   “Disability Rights Ohio Sues Gov. John Kasich, State Officials” --- The lawsuit alleges people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who want to live and work in their communities can't because of limited state ... --- cleveland.com  --- March 31, 2016  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/1BRA73


81.   “Department of Human Services Cutting Back Frequency of Payments to Blind, Elderly, Disabled” --- In order to save $25 million before the start of Fiscal Year 2017 on July 1, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services has to make hard choices. --- KGOU --- March 23, 2016  (OKLAHOMA)  https://is.gd/eqg9YX


82.   “Portland Districts Told to Stop Sending Special-needs Students Home” --- The Oregonian reports that officials sent a strongly worded memo to all school districts this year telling them they cannot shorten a special education ... --- kgw.com --- March 21, 2016  (OREGON)  https://is.gd/YBnYVx


83.   “McKeesport Special Ed Assistant Pleads Guilty to Having Sex with Students” --- A paraprofessional on leave from McKeesport Area High School pleaded guilty today to having sex with five students and attempting to have sex with ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- March 21, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA) https://is.gd/4t2KFb


84.  “Busway Shooting Puts Attention on Police Encounters with Mentally Ill” --- A Port Authority police officer's training in mental health crises wasn't enough to prevent an instance of public drinking from escalating into … --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- March 21, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/MceMgD


85.   “Mental Illness and South Dakota's Criminal Justice System” --- A significant number of Americans struggle with mental illness. For many the struggle is silent. Some experience short-term mental health problems, ... --- Black Hills Pioneer --- April 1, 2016  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/yXzTxl


86.   “Mentally Ill Offender to Stay in Treatment Program Officials Say He Cannot Understand” --- Last fall, Black ordered Williams, who was being reviewed for transfer to the newly opened Littlefield unit, to undergo a full psychiatric evaluation to ... --- Houston Chronicle --- March 23, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/ZmVmcs


87.   “El Paso Man with Disability Demonstrates Daily Dangers after Pedestrian in Wheelchair Hit” --- Jesus Hernande Pallares, 79, was using his wheelchair to cross the at the intersection of Mesa Street and Mills last Wednesday when he was hit by a ... --- KFOX El Paso --- March 22, 2016  (TEXAS) https://is.gd/uFUwRO  


88.   “Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman at Salt Lake Church” --- A man accused of sexually assaulting a disabled woman near a church restroom was arrested Sunday after police say he ... --- KSL.com --- March 21, 2016  (UTAH)  https://is.gd/xZmsuy


89.   “Lynchburg to Become First City to Train All Law Enforcement on Autism” --- All 173 officers in the Lynchburg Police Department know what an autistic individual might be going through. "It's not that they're mad, it's not that their ... --- WSET --- March 31, 216  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/63MCgy


90.   “Dismantling Sexism, Racism, Bias Against the Disabled, One Article at a Time. Sandra Kim, Founder of ...” --- Sandra Kim has felt various “-isms” all her life. As the daughter of Korean immigrants, she has often been asked what she’s doing … --- Virginian-Pilot --- March 20, 2016  (VIRGINIA) https://is.gd/HMB8xs


91.   “Mental Health Use Appropriate with Renovation to County's Jail” --- But the ACLU and Disability Rights Washington take issue with the facility, arguing that it doesn't meet patient needs and violates a federal ruling. --- Yakima Herald-Republic --- March 31, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/lJkGOA


92.   “CDC Reports No Change in Autism Prevalence” --- One in 68 children has autism, according to the latest government report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. --- CNN International --- April 1, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/cKQQyh


93.   “When an Autism Diagnosis Comes in Adulthood” --- Earlier this year Weekend Edition profiled three families and their experiences after a child was diagnosed with autism. At the time, we also asked ... --- NPR --- March 27, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/wbTzvH


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


94.   “Lawmakers Overhaul System to Create 'No Wrong Door' to Mental Health Treatment” --- Something Judge Steve Leifman said in his Miami courtroom made the psychologist standing before him snap. Those aren't my parents, the doctor ... --- Miami Herald --- March 27, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/H7tX92


95.   “State Bill Would Allow Gun Seizure After Hospitalization for Mental Health Issues” --- Hawaii gun owners are speaking out against a bill they say would allow police to take their guns without due process. State lawmakers ... --- Maui News --- March 31, 2016  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/2i24r7


96.   “New Indiana Law Limiting Abortions Poses Dilemma for Doctors” --- “Too often, women learn their baby has Down syndrome and the first thing their physician tells them about is abortion,” Francis said. “To my patients ... --- The Seattle Times --- March 26, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/cP2VZk


97.   “Indiana Governor Signs Abortion Bill with Added Restrictions” --- Mike Pence of Indiana bans abortions motivated solely by objections to the fetus's race, gender or disability. --- New York Times --- March 24, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/gbSW9F


98.   “Investigation Shows Montana Lawmakers Rarely Refrain from Voting on Personal Interests” --- Mary Caferro, D-Helena, caught some heat for her sponsorship of SB 411 — the still-controversial bill to shutter the Montana Developmental ... --- Montana Standard --- March 26, 2016  (MONTANA) https://is.gd/YCHiVl


99.   “Schumer Backs Bill to Care for Disabled at Home” --- U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing for legislation to help people who are disabled. The Disability Integration Act would allow ... --- WNYT --- March 21, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/t1JXbE


100.   “Bartolotta Bill Would Help Patients Get Mental Health Services” --- A recent report indicated beds in hospital psychiatric units in Pennsylvania regularly sit empty because of a lack of direct communication between ... --- Observer-Reporter --- March 31, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/mybS89


101.   “Gov. Inslee Puts a Bill into Law; Helps People with Disabilities” --- It's a new solution to a help a financial issue felt by many families with children with disabilities. Governor Jay Inslee has signed ... ---    KEPR 19 --- March 31, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  http://is.gd/4Bfw3Q


International Articles


102.   “Plight of the African Disabled Youth” --- Disabled youth, especially women with disabilities, are lowly ranked in educational opportunities. Statistics from UNESCO state that only estimates ... --- The Herald --- March 22, 2016  (AFRICA)  https://is.gd/lcZtKX


103.   “10-Year-Old Autistic Boy Found Wandering through Traffic” --- Police have picked up a 10-year-old boy found wandering through traffic on Yaamba Rd this morning. Reports indicate the boy is heavily autistic and ... --- Rockhampton Morning Bulletin --- April 1, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/XXsZRo


104.   “Alberta Repeals Housing Regulation for People with Disabilities after Human Rights Complaint” --- The Alberta government has repealed provincial housing rules for people with severe disabilities, after it sparked complaints to the Human Rights ... --- CBC.ca --- April 1, 2016  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/f2qE57


105.   “Protesters Try to Save Care Facility for People with Severe Mental Disabilities” --- For the second time this month unionized workers at a private care facility in the Laurentians are protesting in hopes of keeping the centre open. --- CTV News --- March 23, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/WweKwL


106.   “Former Group Home Worker Accused of Sexually Assaulting Adults Living with Disabilities” --- Police have laid charges against an Alliston man who was a former group home worker and is accused of sexually assaulting several adults living with ... --- CTV News --- March 21, 2016  (CANADA) https://is.gd/i93wle


107.   “B.C. Police Widen Search Net After Woman in Wheelchair Kidnapped from Hospital” --- Police are widening the search net as they look for a woman they allege has been kidnapped from a hospital in northern ... --- Winnipeg Free Press --- March 20, 2016  (CANADA) https://is.gd/Q5MhlK


108.   “Why Autism Cuts so Many Lives Short” --- He is also facing the prejudices - unwitting or not - of prospective employers who cannot see beyond the Asperger's syndrome with which he was ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- March 23, 2016   (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/A3vC7E


109.   “Why Olivia Wilde's Down Syndrome Video is Splitting Opinion” --- To mark World Down Syndrome Day, Olivia Wilde stars in a new video created by Saatchi & Saatchi and CoorDown to raise awareness. In the video ... --- Cosmopolitan UK --- March 21, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/atvAoa


110.   “It is Simply No Longer Possible to be Disabled and a Tory, Says Angry Activist” --- Ellis came to the sudden realisation that it was simply no longer possible to be disabled and a Conservative supporter when he heard that disability ... --- The Guardian --- March 21, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/JCNE6g


111.   “India Shines Light on the Plight of the Disabled” --- On a recent morning in New Delhi, table tennis player Suvarna Raj's wheelchair had to be manually lifted by an onlooker because the pavement tiles ... --- NDTV --- March 21, 2016  (INDIA)  https://is.gd/3TvB4u


112.   “Thousands of Mentally Ill Indonesians Are Imprisoned in Shackles, Report Says” --- Nearly 19,000 people in Indonesia diagnosed with mental disabilities are currently living shackled in chains or otherwise confined to ... --- TIME --- March 21, 2016  (INDONESIA)  https://is.gd/PeJ3R1


113.   “Autism Affects 1% of Irish Population, Study Shows” --- The study was based on questionnaires sent to parents of almost 8,000 primary school children in mainstream and special education in Cork, ... --- Irish Times --- April 1, 2016  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/zL9FJm


114.   “Lissue House: Inquiry to Hear Allegations of Abuse at Former Psychiatric Hospital” ---  Allegations of abuse of children at a former psychiatric hospital in Co Antrim will be heard at the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry next week. --- The Irish News --- March 25, 2016  (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/6Egt5s


115.    “Prohibited Transfers Highlight Breaches at Mental Health Facilities” --- The watchdog found psychiatric patients were being transferred from the Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU) at University Hospital in Ennis to another facility ... --- March 21, 2016  (IRELAND) https://is.gd/yzbfVe  


116.   “Alarm as Kenya's Mentally Ill Are Abandoned and Neglected” --- Only one percent of children with mental disabilities are able to access care and rehabilitation services in Kenya. According to the chief executive ... --- K24 TV --- March 26, 2016  (KENYA)  https://is.gd/uuxMmo


117.   “New Video Shows Intense Suffering Autism Causes as Survey Highlights Scale of Prejudice Against Sufferers” ---The video, released by the National Autistic Society, challenges viewers to try and make it to the end as they are confronted ... --- Scottish Daily Record --- April 1, 2016  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/FD7oUt


118.   “ ’Lack of Understanding 'Leaving Many Autistic People Socially Isolated' ” --- Two-thirds of people with autism feel socially isolated, according to a report which found poor public understanding of the condition is making some ... --- The Courier --- April 1, 2016  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/Gvcuc2


119.   “Attitudes to Disabled People Are Changing” --- Disabled people have come under attack again in the latest of George Osborne's Budgets, with unemployed disabled people set to lose a further £30 ... --- Scotsman --- March 23, 2016  (SCOTLAND)  https://is.gd/22evor


120.   “Autism in Vietnam Through Eye of US Photographer” --- On display are portraits of Vietnamese people with autism, their families and caregivers, which were taken in Hanoi, Ha Long and Ho Chi Minh City. --- VietNamNet Bridge --- March 27, 2016  (VIETNAM)  https://is.gd/dRWRbJ


121.   “Duty of Care for Disabled People in UK Not Being Met, Say Peers” --- Liz Sayce at Disability Rights UK, said: “20 years ago, after many years of campaigning, the Disability Discrimination Act was born, giving new rights ... --- The Guardian --- March 23, 2016  (UNITED KINGDOM)  https://is.gd/tBcGGi








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