Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of May 5 to May 11,  2017

Articles Compiled by Jennifer Palmer
Commentary by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D., 
Editing and Posting by Thomas F. Coleman

Articles are listed in alphabetical order by state within each category, 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 collection of articles has an unusual array of articles!  Check the categories below for a guide. Just below are the articles (by number) of the types of abuse reported this week:  

Sexual Assault: 12, 17, 18, 67, 69, 85

Physical Abuse: 5, 7, 8. 14, 16

Neglect: 75                  

Murder: 11, 15

Financial abuse:  1, 13

Missing: 4

Guardianship: 35, 38

Good News: 33, 47, 79

There are also articles of particular interest: 15 (murder by mother), 19 (relief from death penalty due to I/DD), 25 (legislation covers treatment for autism), 31, (no organ transplant for people with disabilities), 33 (new law to help identify lost people with I/DD), 47 (new law to address abuse), 79 (new law to eliminate seclusion rooms in schools).

Archive of prior newsfeeds is found at https://disabilityandabuse.org/newsfeed/contents.htm



1.     “Down Syndrome Network president convicted of stealing from charity.” Shirley Lawyer, the former president of the Down Syndrome Network of Tampa Bay (DSNTB) entered a guilty plea for stealing $87,000 from the charity.---wfla.com, May 4 (Florida) https://is.gd/DCTTzi

2.     “Deaf man accused of beating girlfriend's husband with rock.” Vincent Poole arrested on charge of attempted first-degree murder---ksat.com, May 10 (Florida) https://is.gd/XgDd0I

3.     “SUV hits, kills Florida man pushing mother in wheelchair.” Authorities say a sports utility vehicle struck and killed a 73-year-old man who was pushing his mother in a wheelchair across a road in Florida.--- dailyjournal.net, May 11 (Florida) https://is.gd/t3OJsS

4.     “Police search for teen who left group home.” A Mattie’s Call has been issued for a 16-year-old after she left her group home in Jonesboro. According to officials, Jasmine Kimbrough left her group home on Saturday. ---wsbtv.com, May 7 (Georgia) https://is.gd/175nCI

5.     “Handicapped man reports attack.” A handicapped Moultrie man reported being attacked in his residence on Friday by a woman who also stole his cell phone.--- moultrieobserver.com, May 8 (Georgia) https://is.gd/fJFfFQ

6.     “Police investigate former Plainville Special Education teacher.” Police are investigating a former Plainville Special Education teacher who was featured in a video allegedly meeting a boy he thought was 15-years-old.---wtnh.com, May 12 (Illinois) https://is.gd/lMGeTM

7.     “Video shows bus aide hitting autistic child.” The parents of a 6-year-old Illinois child with autism are demanding answers after a video showed an school bus aide hitting the child.---news10.com, May 6 (Illinois) https://is.gd/wxs8nk

8.     “Lawsuit says school aide punched special needs child in face.” The mother of a special needs student has filed a lawsuit against Fayette County Public Schools saying a para-educator punched the student in the face.--- wbko.com, May 10 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/fPU9Io

9.     “Man accused of flipping elderly woman out of wheelchair.” A 59-year-old Houma man was charged with cruelty to the infirm after he allegedly flipped a 71-year-old woman out of her wheelchair during a domestic dispute early Friday morning, authorities said. ---dailycomet.com, May 8 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/355I73

10.“Group homes rack up 62 runaway calls since April.” Three city group homes have called police 62 times for assistance with runaway residents since April 1, a rate of almost two calls per day.--- eagletribune.com, May 8 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/ERwTgB

11.“Woman, blind man fatally shot on Detroit's west side.”  A woman in her 20s and a 39-year-old blind man were found dead Saturday night at a home on Epworth Street and Joy Road, police said.--- clickondetroit.com, May 7 (Michigan) https://is.gd/hafBSv

12.“EMT pleads guilty to fondling of a vulnerable person on the job.” An EMT accused of fondling a patient who was being transported in an ambulance is sentenced to prison time.---wjtv.com, May 8 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/iXGLFQ

13.“Corinth woman charged with felony exploitation of a vulnerable person.” A Corinth woman has been charged with one felony count of exploitation of a vulnerable person after indictment by the Alcorn County Grand Jury.--- dailycorinthian.com, May 10 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/kYAVZy

14.“Documents: tortured KCK boy told social workers & deputies dad was beating him.” Boy's parents asked state to take custody of him---kshb.com, May 11 (Missouri) https://is.gd/oibyzh

15.“Ohio mother gives autistic daughter lethal insulin dose.” An Ohio woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after prosecutors say she gave her autistic 21-year-old daughter a fatal dose of insulin and did not call for help.--- 10tv.com, May 9 (Ohio) https://is.gd/vXY5BC

16.“Former Norton group home worker indicted for alleged assaults on three residents.” A former staff worker charged with assaulting three residents at the Judge Rotenberg Center in October has been indicted by a Bristol County grand jury, a prosecutor said Wednesday.--- thesunchronicle.com, May 10 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/eoDMYz

17.“Ex-group home counselor charged with sex trafficking.” A former group home counselor and another man are charged with trafficking a 17-year-old girl at hotels in Rhode Island, New York and Massachusetts.---wcvb.com, May 10 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/9QYI7h

18.“Greenville man says he was raped by a staff member in a group home for children, accuses DSS of dragging out lawsuit.” A young man who claims he was repeatedly raped and tortured as a child by a staff member at a group home in Greenville County now blames the Department of Social Services for withholding files related to the history of child sexual abuse at the facility and dragging out the discovery phase of his 3-year-old lawsuit against the state.--- postandcourier.com, May 6 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/ljRnvg

19.“Sentence reduced for inmate on Texas death row for 25 years.” A man on Texas' death row for nearly 25 years for killing a Houston bank teller is getting his sentence reduced to life in prison after state attorneys told a federal court Wednesday they agree with his lawyers that he's mentally impaired and ineligible for execution under U.S. Supreme Court rulings.--- theeagle.com, May 10 (Texas) https://is.gd/70Welk

20.“Man in wheelchair struck by vehicle.”  We have an update to a 70-year-old Kearneysville man who was struck by a vehicle around 10:15 p.m. Friday night on the 2900 block of Charles Town Road.--- your4state.com, May 6 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/4Y0zUy


21.“With Health-Care Bill, GOP Forgets That People With Disabilities Vote.” Historically, disability was a bipartisan issue with major legislation being signed by Republican presidents. But times have changed.--- rewire.news, May 8  https://is.gd/9f14tI

22.“How Trumpcare Turns Back the Clock on Disability Rights.” To its great shame, the government is poised to reverse many of the victories disability activists have achieved. newrepublic.com, May 11 https://is.gd/5oG0xC

23.“ASAN Condemns House Vote on American Health Care Act.” The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) condemns today’s vote by the House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA, if passed by the Senate, would slash Medicaid supports for Autistic adults and others with disabilities.---autisticadvocacy.org, May 4 https://is.gd/GL084X

24.“BCBS offers autism deal; Senate fears vote delay.” With the General Budget committee set to vote on the autism bill Wednesday, the committee's chairman said Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state’s largest healthcare provider, has offered to provide the similar autism therapy insurance coverage sans mandate.--- montgomeryadvertiser.com, May 9 (Alabama) https://is.gd/1pch8v

25.“Alabama senators push for vote on autism bill.” Alabama senators are urging a vote on a bill requiring that insurers cover an intensive autism therapy for children.--- wral.com, May9 (Alabama) https://is.gd/aSvEB5

26.“State must not siphon off developmental services funding.” An idea floating around the Capitol deserves the full support of legislators and the governor: that savings from the upcoming closures of California’s three remaining developmental centers should be used to sustain developmental services, and not be swept into the state’s general fund.--- dailynews.com, May 9 (California) https://is.gd/YGmdel

27.“Oakland Schools’ Special Education Reading Clinic May Close Due to Budget Cuts.” A large budget deficit is forcing Oakland Unified School District administrators to make cuts, and according to school employees one casualty could be the district’s highly touted, 16-year-old special education reading clinic.--- eastbayexpress.com, May 4 (California) https://is.gd/48WyAn

28.“Governor signs new law designed to help.” Gov. Holcomb ceremonially signed a new law Wednesday focused on helping individuals with disabilities find full-time employment.---cbs4indy.com, May 10 (Indiana) https://is.gd/LUExqT

29.“Lake County school officials, special education advocates say impact of Supreme Court decision unclear.” Thhe impact of a recent Supreme Court decision that raised the legal bar on what school districts must provide special education students in Lake County is hard to know, local school district and advocates said.--- chicagotribune.com, May 7 (Illinois) https://is.gd/XW99o2

30.“AFSCME wants raises for workers who care for patients with disabilities.” The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and others on Wednesday delivered thousands of postcards to Gov. Bruce Rauner in support of legislation that would raise the minimum wage for workers who care for patients with developmental disabilities.---pjstar.com, May 10 (Illinois) https://is.gd/RV4cfl

31.“Sara Hart Weir: Protect Kansans with Down syndrome and other disabilities from organ transplant discrimination.” In 1995, Sandra Jensen, a 34-year-old California woman with Down syndrome, had a terminal heart condition and was told she needed a heart and lung transplant in order to live. Her insurer approved the procedure if the transplant took place at one of two transplant centers in California. Both denied her.--- cjonline.com, May 9 (Kansas) https://is.gd/2LHDgK

32.“Nonprofit View: Don't abandon the disabled.” Eaach May, The Arc Carroll County holds its annual dinner to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of people with disabilities and recognize partnerships that are strengthening our community on behalf of people with disabilities and their families.--- baltimoresun.com, May 7 (Maryland) https://is.gd/ls1gtL

33. Duplicate “Law to Help Identify Lost, Injured People With Special Needs.” Legislation designed to help identify lost or injured people with special needs has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.--- usnews.com, May 5 (Michigan) https://is.gd/GD0llr 

34.“Law to help identify lost, injured people with special needs.” Legislation designed to help identify lost or injured people with special needs has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Michigan allows for the fingerprinting of children under age 17 if parents or guardians request it.---upnorthlive.com¸ May 7(Michigan) https://is.gd/ssEF2Q

35.“Advocates: Guardianship law should focus on well-being.” Missouri law concerning guardianship and conservatorship of incapacitated adults focuses too much on an individual’s finances and assets in comparison to their well-being, said two guardianship advocates who are part of a group trying to change the law.--- columbiatribune.com, May 7 (Missouri) https://is.gd/uFh23Q

36.“Officials Want Disability Center Kept Open for Evaluation.” State officials want to keep open for at least three more years the Nebraska center for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.--- usnews.com, May 10 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/V8ewcO

37.“Lincoln Hearing Tuesday, to Focus on BSDC.” The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will take public comment next Tuesday on developmental disability issues and what the future may hold for the Beatrice State Developmental Center.--- kwbe.com, May 5 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/efKSKA

38.“Public invited to session on guardianship.” Members of the public on Friday afternoon will again be able to address a commission appointed by the state Supreme Court that is studying the state’s system of adult guardianship and conservatorship for adults deemed to be mentally incapacitated.--- abqjournal.com, May 10 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/ARrpCS

39.“Elder abuse cases on the rise.” Mary Ressa recalls her father as vibrant and active, up until a cancer diagnosis in 2013 at age 89.--- spokesman.com, May 7 (Oregon) https://is.gd/rdxJBP

40.“Medicaid cuts bad news for special education in Ohio.” A health-care bill approved by the U.S. House on Thursday to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act would cost Ohio schools millions in Medicaid funding.--- dispatch.com, May 5 (Ohio) https://is.gd/f1kurf

41.“Grad with Hearing Loss Seeks to Improve Education for Students with Disabilities.” Eric Moore began losing his hearing at age 10. A few years later, as a high school sophomore, he served as a teacher’s aide for children with visual impairments and intellectual disabilities.---tntoday.utk.edu, May 4 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/xQxs8R

42.“State's Narrow Disability Definition Resulted In Unconstitutional Death Sentence.” In 1985, Pedro Solis Sosa was sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing a sheriff's deputy in Wilson County. Prosecutors alleged that Sosa killed Ollie Childress Jr. with the officer's own pistol after robbing a bank.---kut.org, May 5 (Texas) https://is.gd/hjQXxn

43.Duplicate “Waiver redesign makes waves with agencies serving people with developmental disabilities.” The business building new group homes meant for              those exiting         training centers scheduled for closure may pause construction plans while working out payment with the commonwealth, according to its CEO.--- newsadvance.com, May 6 (Virginia) https://is.gd/Lyuxh4 

44.“Waiver redesign makes waves with agencies serving people with developmental disabilities.” The business building new group homes meant for those exiting training centers scheduled for closure may pause construction plans while working out payment with the commonwealth, according to its CEO.--- newsadvance.com, May 6 (Virginia) https://is.gd/Lyuxh4

45.“Man with cerebral palsy sent to nursing home, while group home takes steps to let him return.” After being stranded for more than a month at a hospital, a ­45-year-old man with cerebral palsy went to a nursing home Saturday and could, per a judge’s order, eventually return to the ­less-restrictive group home where he had lived for more than two decades.--- washingtonpost.com, May 6 (Virginia) https://is.gd/9XnxbI

46.“McNeil changing treatment to avoid ‘warehousing’ some sexual predators.” More than two dozen residents with severe mental disabilities at Washington’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island will stop being “warehoused” and start getting treatment that could help them.--- spokesman.com, May 6 (Washington) https://is.gd/rBnSvk

47.“Inslee signs bill to combat vulnerable adult abuse.” Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that seeks to better protect vulnerable adults against financial exploitation and neglect.---komonews.com, May 10 (Washington) https://is.gd/EISuLP

48.“A little-noticed target in the House health bill: special education.” While House Republicans lined up votes Wednesday for a Thursday showdown over their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Vickie Glenn sat in her Murphysboro, Illinois, office and prayed for it to fail.--- lasvegassun.com, May 8 (Washington DC)  https://is.gd/cBMfXQ

49.“Health Care Bill Hits Special Ed; Trump Touts D.C. Vouchers Despite Poor Test Scores.” The rest of the country may be talking about health care this week, but you must be a die-hard education fan. NPR Ed has just the weekly news roundup you need. And, actually, we do have a health care note.--- npr.org, May 6 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/Dzc0c1

50.“Appellate court rules Belleville woman has no standing to act as guardian for granddaughter.” The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn erred when he made a Belleville woman the guardian of her 6-year-old granddaughter whose father allegedly has drug and mental health problems.  ---madisonrecord.com, May 5 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/JpxnP6


51.“Why one small business is taking a chance on hiring autistic adults.” On the sun-soaked patio of Placerville’s Lava Cap Winery, Richard eyed the case of empty blue bottles he was picking up from wine club manager Kevin Jones.--- sacbee.com, May 8 (California) https://is.gd/INocHt

52.“Scott Wilk: Developmentally Disabled Community Needs Our Support.” Our developmentally and intellectually disabled citizens see just 15 percent of their ranks finding gainful employment, even less find it full-time; a troubling figure that has remained a major barrier to independence for as long as it has been tracked.--- hometownstation.com. May 9 (California) https://is.gd/WOpWZV

53.“Shortage of caregivers for people with disabilities intensifies statewide.” In n the past year, Tom and Rosemary Bellaire have grown accustomed to distraught phone calls in the middle of the night from their son, Rob, who lives in a residential home for people with disabilities.--- chicagotribune.com, May 12 (Illinois) https://is.gd/l8yZNG

54.“50 New Uber, Lyft Wheelchair-Accessible Cars Set To Hit City Streets: Rahm.” Chicagoans who use a wheelchair will have an easier time hailing a ride, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday.--- dnainfo.com, May 8 (Illinois) https://is.gd/CYL2cu

55.“Muscatine's Transition Program prepares special education students for life.” By this time next year, Laura Koch’s students will run and operate a small coffee shop.--- muscatinejournal.com, May 8 (Iowa) https://is.gd/2SgUwb

56.“Woman bound to a wheelchair says her home has turned into a prison.” Wheelchair ramp denied by condo complex---abcactionnews.com, May 9 (Florida) https://is.gd/oKh1Ap

57.“Report: Students with disabilities have higher drop-out rate.” A new report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities shows Maine has a higher number of special education students than the national average.--- dailyprogress.com, May 6 (Maine) https://is.gd/mTCrfP

58.“Special needs cost Baltimore city schools more than one-quarter of district budget.” Purple hallways lead to the small room where school therapist Anne Marks tries to answer the question: "What has happened to this child?"--- baltimoresun.com, May 7 (Maryland) https://is.gd/1OgwnI

59.“St. Paul Officer’s Program Strives To Bridge Police, People With Autism.” A St. Paul police officer is using his own life experiences to help educate the community about autism. Officer Rob Zink has two sons on the autism spectrum.--- minnesota.cbslocal.com, May 4 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/M7rvd6

60.“Public hearing Tuesday to focus on future of Beatrice State Developmental Center.” The future of the Beatrice State Developmental Center will be on the table Tuesday at a public hearing in Lincoln.--- omaha.com, May 9 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/5YdHWk

61.“Disability and the Right to Choose.” As a young woman, I had no particular desire to be a mother. I was neither for nor against having and raising a child, and as things were at the time, the opportunity had not presented itself.--- nytimes.com, May 10 (New York) https://is.gd/gT0Vdf

62.“First responders to undergo Autism training.” First responders across New York will soon undergo special training. Assem. Angelo Santabarbara teamed up with Schenectady County officials on new legislation announced Friday.--- wnyt.com, May 6 (New York) https://is.gd/zVq9i4

63.“New effort to get service dogs to autistic children.” JP, a Labrador retriever puppy, stopped calmly over a storm-grate in the middle of a Bronxville street on a recent afternoon, unfazed by the strange surface that might throw off other dogs.--- lohud.com, May 5 (New York) https://is.gd/4I3g34

64.Educational Asperger Syndrome series to kick off May 9.” Aspergers 101 and the San Antonio Public Library are teaming up to present a four-part educational series titled Asperger Syndrome, from Diagnosis to Independence.---foxsanantonio.com, May 5 (Texas) https://is.gd/uWXk3i

65.“A mother asked police for help with her mentally ill son. After helping, they arrested him.” Antonia Banks was desperate. Her son Antwon was acting strangely again.--- pilotonline.com, May5 (Virginia) https://is.gd/IWMjbh

66.“Starting Today Persons With Disabilities Must Pay At Red Top Meters In Central Business District.” It’s over. Free parking is set to disappear today for the disabled in the busiest parts of the District, where on-street parking and disabled parking spaces are already in short supply.---alexandrianews.org, May 12 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/lKZLB2


67.“Argentina: Nun arrested for allegedly abusing deaf children.” A Roman Catholic nun from Japan has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina, authorities said.---abcnews.go.com, May 5 (Argentina) http://abcnews.go.com

68.“Public Health Agency of Canada investing in projects to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.” Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can result in a baby being born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which includes a range of physical, mental or behavioural difficulties that last a lifetime. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.--- newswire.ca, May 5 (Canada) https://is.gd/yNCbiD

69.“Judge finds man guilty of endangerment in sex assault case of deaf, mute teen.” A judge on Friday found a Middlesex County man who stood trial on charges that he sexually abused a teenage girl guilty of child endangerment.---nj.com, May 6 (Canada) https://is.gd/zJr9A0

70.“Burlington school retrofitted for kids with special needs could be on the chopping block.” Robert Bateman High School was upgraded in 2004; it would cost $12M to upgrade 2 schools chosen. cbc.ca, May 9 (Canada) https://is.gd/Rvcbpg

71.“Windsor MPP calls on Wynne government to support adults with developmental disabilities.” Lisa Gretzky argues Ontario government doesn't support adults with disabilities---cbc.ca, May 9 (Canada) https://is.gd/PDqn2D

72.“In Chile, dogs help kids with autism on their dentist visits.” Diego Rosales was so terrified during his dental appointments when he was 4 that he kept biting his dentist.---ravallirepublic.com, May 8 (Chile) https://is.gd/Lz8MS4

73.“Disability Rights Fund holds consultative forum on disability law.” The meeting was to collate views and inputs of stakeholders on making certain provisions of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability included in Ghana's law on disability, Persons with Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715).--- businessghana.com, May 11 (Ghana) https://is.gd/1uYfW2

74.“Mentally ill girl molested in Delhi.” A 15-year-old mentally ill girl was allegedly molested by a man in southeast Delhi's Govindpuri area, police said on Saturday.--- zeenews.india.com, May 6 (India) https://is.gd/zJr9A0

75.“Mom kept mentally-ill girl captive in East Delhi house.” The horror of house no. 25/26 in Ganesh Nagar, east Delhi (address incomplete to protect identity) began to sink in as cops broke open the door on Saturday night.---timesofindia.indiatimes.com, May 8 (India) https://goo.gl/m9pJ6E

76.“Disability rights on the agenda at conference in Dublin.” An international conference on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is taking place in Dublin tomorrow---viewdigital.org, May 9 (Ireland) https://is.gd/355I73

77.“Woman with special needs loses case over Cork housing list.” A young woman with profound physical and mental disabilities living in a damp council house unsuitable to her needs has lost her High Court case aimed at being rehoused in more appropriate accommodation, writes Ann O'Loughlin.--- irishexaminer.com, May 5 (Ireland) https://is.gd/WhgCJR

78.“Parents blame firm for suicide of intellectually disabled son.” Ko Suzuki had perfect school attendance for more than a decade and was popular among his peers for his bright and friendly personality.--- asahi.com, May 8 (Japan) https://goo.gl/glXkvW

79.“Bill to ban seclusion rooms in schools passes third reading.” A bill that will ban the use of seclusion rooms in schools and early childhood services has passed its third reading in Parliament.--- radionz.co.nz, May 11 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/ihRRv4

80.“Kim Jong Un visits factory run by disabled soldiers.” Public visit occurs just days after UN Special Rapporteur for disability rights visits Pyongyang---nknews.org, May 10 (North Korea) https://is.gd/cBy0De

81.“Ensuring lifelong care for dependants with special needs.” Most trusts are set up by individuals with more than $2 million in assets and usually through professional firms and banks.---straitstimes.com, May 7 (Singapore) https://is.gd/nh2XQu

82.“The Link Between Autism and Violence Isn’t Autism.” After some very disturbing shootings involving individuals who reportedly had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, there has been increased attention to the possible link between autism and violence. ---psychologytoday.com, May 8 (Sweden) https://is.gd/vOiYTa

83.“Carmona hails reporters, disability advocates.” Carmona, on Wednesday evening at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Portof- Spain, hosted a reception for regional delegates participating in a training seminar on The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities hosted by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.--- newsday.co.tt, May5 (Trinidad) https://is.gd/TPTDvN

84.“Rise in children in schools with autism spectrum disorder.” Welsh Government figures show there were 3,450 autistic pupils in schools in 2011, rising to 5,325 in 2016.--- bbc.com, May 6 (UK) https://is.gd/eotm5y

85.“'Monster' couple jailed for 84 child abuse charges.” A couple who subjected children to a decade of sex and drug abuse, including rape, have been jailed.--- bbc.com, May 8 (UK) https://is.gd/znaWSA

86.“Schizophrenic son held pillow over face of mum and friend while they slept.” Peter Thorpe, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, "pushed down" with the pillow while his mum was asleep in the early hours of December 3 last year then did the same to her friend, who was also staying at the house.--- sunderlandecho.com, May 8 (UK) https://is.gd/q5Jmxe

87.“Grandmother vows to 'fight all the way' to save special needs unit at Old Colwyn school.” Conwy Council is to consult on plans to axe the facility at Ysgol Sŵn y Don which could see pupils attend more than one school a day---dailypost.co.uk, May 10 (UK) https://is.gd/eycLAH



88.“Meet the World’s First Comic Book Superhero With Down Syndrome." At the end of March, Sesame Street introduced the world to Julia, the first autistic Muppet.---nerdist.com, May 6. https://is.gd/ZMLu2e

89.“Why Do Girls Show Signs of Autism Later Than Boys?” New research looks at the reasons autistic characteristics show up at a later age in girls, and how that phenomenon affects diagnosis and treatment.--- healthline.com, May 10 (California) https://is.gd/VWIWbS

90.“Cyclists to ride in "Wheels to Succeed" adapted biking fundraiser.” Wheels to Succeed will host the Ninth Annual No Such Thing As Impossible Bike Ride fundraiser from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, May 7, at the West Feliciana Parish Sports Park in St. Francisville. Proceeds will benefit the Wheels to Succeed program of the McMains Children's Developmental Center.--- brproud.com, May 5 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/emx2m8

91.“Man with Down syndrome retires from McDonald's after 33 years of service.” After 33 years of dedicated service, a longtime employee of a local McDonald’s celebrated his retirement Monday surrounded by friends and family.--- newsok.com, May 10 (Michigan) https://is.gd/3wSrjG

92.“‘Crazy old woman in a wheelchair’? No, she just has places to go.” Travel on Holmes Road out south and you might see the “crazy old woman in a wheelchair.” Her words.---www.kansascity.com, May 5 (Missouri) https://is.gd/WwPz6e “Best Buddies' 'football showdown' gets players with disabilities into the game.” As the football floated through the air, Jacob Lanning read the play perfectly and snatched an interception.--- http://buffalonews.com, May 7 (New York) https://is.gd/6XAaaT

93. “La Salle program helps autistic students pursue successful careers.” Isaiah West's first foray into computer coding came as a teenager, when he took the initial steps any aspiring computer programmer takes — learning to make words appear on a screen.--- phillyvoice.com, May 5 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/KMfz7F

94.“'Miracle Field' Opens For Kids, Adults With Special Needs.” A new field of dreams has officially opened in Murfreesboro. The Murfreesboro Miracle Field in McKnight Park was custom-designed as a baseball field built for children and adults with special needs.--- newschannel5.com, May 6 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/ssEF2Q