Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of June 16 to June 22, 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, 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 the, sadly, usual array of articles.  Check the categories below for a guide. The categories are indicated by type, and the number of the article:  

Sexual Assault: 3, 4, 12, 69

Physical Abuse: 1, 10, 70

Neglect: 2, 7, 9

Emotional/Verbal: 64

Murder: 11, 63

Crimes against people with disabilities: 5



Family members:  n=3            Caregivers:   n=3  

Strangers:   n=2                       School Personnel: n=7

Females: n=6                           Males: n=5

Bad news:

16 – State fails to use funds for community living rather than institutionalization.

17 – Voting polling stations inaccessible

22 – No special education funding

23 – Walmart fires two people based on their disability

24 & 27- Special education students “disciplined” more than general education students

25/26 – Proposed cuts to Medicaid threaten living and health supports.

42 – Group home company has history of abusing residents

46 – No AAA service for blind woman and her service dog.

58 – Higher suicide rates for people with learning disabilities in UK.


Good News: 

18- Law passed to increase safety/reporting of abuse quickly and notify parents within one hour of injuries.

31 – Law enforcement training to improve response to people with disabilities

37 – “No mental health services from state if only one disability” rule to change.


Archives of prior weekly newsfeeds: https://disabilityandabuse.org/newsfeed/contents.htm




    1.          “Woman accused of assaulting family member in wheelchair.” A Mountain Home woman is in jail after an assault investigation. Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery stated 39-year-old Sarah Lynn Smith was arrested Sunday morning. ---kait8.com, June 19 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/UwmXUG


    2.          “Family files claim against La Puente school district after boy w/ Down syndrome suddenly dies.” The family of an 8-year-old boy with special needs is demanding answers after his sudden death during his second day of summer school in La Puente. ---http://abc7.com, June 19 (California) https://is.gd/O7CRD7


    3.          “Bus driver accused of touching intellectually disabled 12-year-old girl.” State police have arrested a Bridgeport man after he allegedly touched an intellectually disabled 12-year-old girl inappropriately in Newtown. ---wtnh.com, June 22 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/QNI90F


    4.          “Special education teacher charged with sexual assault.” A Connecticut special education teacher has been charged with second-degree sexual assault after police say she engaged in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student. ---seattletimes.com, June 21 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/j3XcQk


    5.          “Anonymous donor gives wheelchair-bound robbery victim rent money.” Woman donates $500 after suspect snatched victim's rent money from his hand ---clickorlando.com, June 16 (Florida) https://is.gd/bTXV4w


    6.          “Wife is arrested after diabetic husband is found covered in maggot and cockroach infested wounds in 'rancid' home which 'smelled like rotting flesh'.” A woman has been arrested for disabled adult neglect after her bed-ridden diabetic husband was found lying in insect-riddled waste with maggots and cockroaches crawling over open wounds which were so deep his bones were exposed.  ---dailymail.co.uk, June 15 (Georgia) https://is.gd/yvRUi5


    7.          “Woman accused of leaving child with Down syndrome in hotel conference room.” A Louisville mother is behind bars, accused of abandoning her child with special needs child in a hotel conference room. ---wave3.com, June 19 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/wOjIx3


    8.          “Parents Awarded $900K After Hidden Cameras Capture Student Restraint.” Arbitrators have awarded $900,000 to a family that sued the Clark County, Nev., district after their son was restrained repeatedly during the 2011-12 school yearsome of which was caught on video cameras that had been hidden in the classroom by school district police officers. ---edweek.org, June 15 (Nevada) https://is.gd/PzrY4D


    9.          “State employees fired after Webster group home resident dies.” The state and local police are investigating how a young woman died while in the care of New York State. The woman lived in a group home in Webster. ---whec.com, June 21 (New York) https://is.gd/5jloLo


10.          “North Carolina man arrested for assaulting handicapped woman with painters stick.” The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office arrested a man in Sunset Beach for burglary and assaulting a woman who is handicapped. ---abc11.com, June 20 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/6cUa77


11.          “Company that operates Oklahoma group homes for children and disabled has history of problems.” Deaths, as well as allegations of abuse and assault have emanated from group homes operated by Sequoyah Enterprise Inc., a private company that contracts with state agencies to care for some of Oklahoma's most vulnerable residents. ---newsok.com, June 18 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/IddBGs


12.          “Special education asst. at Newport High charged with sex abuse.” A special education assistant at Newport High School is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student, police officials said. ---katu.com, June 22 (Oregon) https://is.gd/MD4EPl




13.          “Disability Advocates Push Back On Health Bill As Vote Looms.” Advocates are working furiously to oppose a health care bill that they say would bring devastating cuts to services and supports that people with disabilities rely on. ---disabilityscoop.com, June 20 https://is.gd/mihooE


14.          “Arkansas Senate: Act aims to help more developmentally disabled people.” Legislators are moving ahead with a financing plan that allows an additional 500 people with developmental disabilities to move off a waiting list and get services that will help them live more independently. ---magnoliareporter.com, June 18 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/RhmYZn


15.          “Montana lawmakers look into schools’ special education funds.” Some parents of children with disabilities have complained for years that Montana public schools aren’t doing enough to educate their kids. So have parents of gifted students. ---bozemandailychronicle.com, June 15 (Montana) https://is.gd/3Jg859


16.          Lawsuit Alleges North Carolina Neglected Needs of People With Intellectual/Developmental Disability.” On May 24, 2017, Disability Rights North Carolina sued the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for neglecting the needs of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) to live in and participate in their communities. --- openminds.com, June 18 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/s6s68F


17.          “Advocacy group names Greene County polling places unfriendly to voters with disabilities.” Advocacy group Disability Rights New York identified 80 percent of polling places in Greene County are not accessible to people with disabilities. ----thedailymail.net, June 17 (New York) https://is.gd/pX8pk7


18.          “FROM TRAGIC DEATH, A LAW TO SAFEGUARD PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.” ‘Komninos Law’ protects individuals at residential facilities and day programs, requires families and guardians to be notified within an hour of any problems. ---njspotlight.com, June 20 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/VopDOp


19.           “Senate, Assembly pass bill to block merger of Children’s Psychiatric Center with Buffalo Psychiatric.” The New York State Assembly and Senate unanimously passed a bill Friday to block the merger of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric center with the Buffalo Psychiatric Center for adults. ---wivb.com, June 16 (New York) https://is.gd/njb4yh


20.          “SRC delays vote on $36 million contract for special-ed school .” Philadelphia's School Reform Commission Thursday postponed a vote on a $36 million contract for Catapult Learning, Inc. that would have set up new special-education programming in the city to serve students with multiple disabilities who are now sent to private institutions. ----newsworks.org, June 16 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/WzNsl9


21.          “What Texas Lawmakers Did For Special Education And What They Missed.” For years, the State of Texas went to great lengths to limit the number of kids provided special education services. Following a Houston Chronicle investigation, parents were outraged. So were state lawmakers, who vowed to take this on during the 2017 legislative session. --houstonpublicmedia.org, June 19 (Texas) https://is.gd/1YTt6k


22.          “Walmart sued in Tulsa federal court for terminating employees with disabilities.” Two former Wal-Mart associates have separately sued the company, alleging that it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by firing them because of their disabilities after they worked there for a combined 37 years. ---tulsaworld.com, June 16 (Texas) https://is.gd/7rKhcw


23.          “Investigate disparate discipline rates for special-education students.” EVERY child in Washington is entitled to a public-school education, no matter his or her abilities. ---seattletimes.com, June 18 (Washington) https://is.gd/ei2LL0


24.          “Wheelchair users dragged away from McConnell’s office for protesting health care bill.” Activists in wheelchairs protesting the Senate’s newly-released health care bill were arrested and dragged from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday. ---thinkprogress.org, June 22 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/oYOSdT


25.          “People with disabilities will pay for the GOP’s Medicaid cuts.” What does Medicaid have to do with independence? For millions of Americans with disabilities, the answer is clear. ---thehill.com, June 21 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/s0CrgD




26.          “Anchorage students with disabilities get out-of-school suspensions 3 times more often than peers.” Cassandra didn't expect the phone call about her son. She had just picked up the eighth-grade child from the nurse's office at Anchorage's Goldenview Middle School on a Tuesday in March. He didn't feel well. ----adn.com, June 19 (Alaska) https://is.gd/NAfT7E


27.          “State probe finds 'deficiencies' in deaf teen's treatment at Mesa Banner hospital.” The Arizona Department of Health Services has completed an investigation into Mesa’s Banner Desert Medical Center in response to a foster mother’s complaint that her deaf daughter with special needs was neglected while in the hospital’s care. ---12news.com, June 15 (Arizona) https://is.gd/CNS3ab


28.          “Free Wheelchair Mission Gives Away One Million Wheelchairs to People in Developing Nations.” Orange County nonprofit to celebrate one million lives transformed through the gift of mobility at Miracle of Mobility gala on July 13. ---marketwatch.com, June 20 (California) https://is.gd/irjRyg


29.          “Disneyland characters communicate with deaf child using sign language.” Here is a truly magical moment from The Happiest Place on Earth. Olive Crest is an organization that serves over 3,500 at-risk kids and families throughout California, Nevada and Washington. On one of the group's recent trips to Disneyland, they arranged a very special moment for a boy who is deaf. ---abc7news.com, June 16 (California) https://is.gd/J7G9nZ


30.          “Local officers train to better interact with people with disabilities.” Local officers were in Elkhart Tuesday to discuss how to identify those with a disability. ADEC, a local organization that advocates and serves those with intellectual disabilities. ---wndu.com, June 20 (Indiana) https://is.gd/RdQPvS


31.          “How a Carmel mom saved her autistic son's future with 'No Label at the Table' bakery.” It was after a long pause while sitting in his family's kitchen in Carmel, with a half-finished ingredient list beside him, that Jacob Wittman found the words to describe his co-workers at the bakery business he and his mother started. ---indystar.com, June 20 (Indiana) https://is.gd/3K9AYB


32.          “Arlington Heights board approves affordable housing project for residents with disabilities “ After hours of emotional testimony from local residents who know family members with mental illness and developmental disabilities, the Arlington Heights Village Board voted unanimously Monday to approve an affordable housing project that officials rejected in 2010. ---chicagotribune.com, June 20 (Illinois) https://is.gd/9xGOlK


33.          “Floating wheelchair helps people with disabilities enjoy Maine's beaches.” Summer is a time for fun, for travel and for family vacations, and what better place to go then Vacationland itself. ---wcsh6.com, June 19 (Maine) https://is.gd/TwT3PG


34.          “Special education collaborative giving back $2M to local school districts.” The Valley Collaborative special-education school is setting the standard for reform. ---lowellsun.com, June 19 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/745yyj


35.          “LGBTQ People With Developmental Disabilities Need Respect, Privacy, and Access to Community.” Robert arrives at an old friend’s Brooklyn Pride party with a box of Oreos for the potluck and a bag of records for his inevitable DJ set. ---slate.com, June 22 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/U8yNoS


36.          “Services sought for autistic patients.” When Beth Homand applied a decade ago for mental health counseling for her son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, she was turned down. ---newburyportnews.com, June 21 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/4TvNB0


37.          “Cheer team with special needs hopes to have something to shout about at nationals.” They have more challenges to live with than most, yet many are making sure they always have something to cheer about. ---thenewsherald.com, June 18 (Michigan) https://is.gd/u6kQ8P


38.          “ABC of NC to break ground on $6.5 million expansion autism treatment facility.” The Triad’s only comprehensive provider of autism services is expanding to meet the increasing needs of autistic children and their families. ---journalnow.com, June 16 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/neIx0E


39.          “NC Senate passes bill that identifies deaf drivers on license.” The state Senate approved Thursday a bipartisan House bill that is designed to help provide better communication and interaction between deaf and hard-of-hearing motorists and law enforcement officials. ---journalnow.com, June 22 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/vCKSgg


40.          “Oklahoma company links health care with social services.” One Oklahoma company is working to avoid the confusion of health care and its data as it rolls out a new program to connect patients with social services. ----newsok.com, June 20 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/VPotSS


41.          “Pennsylvania Agrees to New Steps for Mentally Ill in Jails.” Pennsylvania agreed in court Thursday to a second set of steps to try to ensure mentally ill defendants don't suffer long stays in jail before getting transferred to a treatment unit. ---usnews.com, June 15 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/fWdOY9


42.          “Brandywine Heights School Board creates new special education position.” The Brandywine Heights School Board has approved creating a special education intervention specialist position in the elementary school by moving a special education teacher from the high school into the new position and hiring someone part time to fill the teaching position. ---readingeagle.com, June 22 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/q4Pa4q


43.          “Lehigh University looks to study cannabis' effect on autistic children.” As Pennsylvania prepares to award its first licenses for the fledgling medical marijuana industry, Lehigh University intends to partner with one of the potential growers in the Lehigh Valley to study the effect of the drug on children with autism. ---mcall.com, June 19 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/KkQzlV


44.          “AAA Refused to Pick Up Blind Woman Stranded with Service Dog.” A legally blind Rhode Island woman said that she had to wait hours for AAA after they refused to pick her up with her guide dog -- before finally getting the roadside assistance organization to comply with federal disability law. ---golocalprov.com, June 21 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/srG3M7


45.          Dozens of parents commit $1 million to help build autism community in Denton.” A Dallas couple planning to build a $12 million community for young adults with autism say they have confirmed enough money from individual investors to begin the first wave of the project by the end of the year. ----dallasnews.com June 20 (Texas) https://is.gd/kdFngf


46.          “Georgetown shop and cafe helps adults with special needs.” When it comes to entering the workforce, adults with special needs can sometimes be met with red tape. However, a Georgetown non-profit has a program to help change that. ---kvue.com, June 15 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/hrqkQM


47.          “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Is the White House Aware?” Today, we mark the eleventh observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in our nation and around the world. As of early this morning, for the first time since 2012, there is no Presidential proclamation honoring World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. ---huffingtonpost.com, June 16 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/12ZgSV




48.          “Advocate welcomes department's decision to release secret data but says more needs to be done.” A Bendigo disability advocate has welcomed a government department’s decision to disclose secret details about the number of children grabbed by the wrists, pushed to the ground or locked inside rooms. ---bendigoadvertiser.com.au, June 22 (Australia) https://is.gd/ZGm6Z9


49.          “Autistic children in classroom help mainstream peers, learning specialist says.” Having children with autism educated in mainstream classrooms benefits all students, according to an academic who specialises in learning difficulties. ---abc.net.au, June 22 (Australia) https://is.gd/kNfYG1


50.          “Pauline Hanson under fire for comments about autistic children.” Politicians have slammed Pauline Hanson’s suggestion autistic children be removed from mainstream classrooms to prevent other students from being held back. --- sbs.com.au, June 21 (Australia) https://is.gd/Dsvknq


51.          “NT Government charged $85k per month to run home of four children, royal commission hears.” The Northern Territory Government pays a private company $85,000 each month to run a group home for four children in the town of Katherine, a royal commission has heard. ---abc.net.au, June 20 (Australia) https://is.gd/dIUgMt


52.          “Improving Access to Services for People with Developmental Disabilities.” Ontario is improving access to services for adults with developmental disabilities and their families by finding better ways to connect them to supports available in their local community. ---news.ontario.ca, June 21 (Canada) https://is.gd/NRZ2CY


53.          “Wheelchair users face severe job market discrimination, says new Quebec study.” A person in a wheelchair is 54 per cent less likely to be called in for a job interview than someone without a disability, according to a new study targeting Montreal and Quebec City employers. ---cbc.ca, June 18 (Canada) https://is.gd/78VvnU


54.          “Girl with Down syndrome named ‘mayor’ of her parish, welcomes everyone to church.” She wasn’t elected, but the constituents love their mayor. Lindsey Malloy was appointed “mayor” of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Pickering, Ontario, by her parish priest, Father Paul Dobson. Lindsey, a friendly young woman with Down syndrome, exercises a ministry of hospitality at the parish. ---lifesitenews.com, June 21 (Canada) https://is.gd/rK0UDp


55.          “TransLink testing RFID fare gates for people with disabilities.” Whenever he needs to go somewhere on transit, Terry LeBlanc avoids taking SkyTrain, even if it makes his trip significantly longer. ---vancouversun.com, June 19 (Canada) https://is.gd/GxjKAm


56.          “One in six women with learning disabilities has attempted suicide.” A new study by the University of Toronto found that the lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts was much higher for women who had been diagnosed with learning disabilities (16.6%) compared to women who had not (3.3%). Men with learning disabilities also were more likely to have attempted suicide compared to men without learning disorders (7.7% vs 2.1%).--- medicalxpress.com, June 21 (Canada) https://is.gd/NR3lXo


57.          “People with disabilities at risk in Central African Republic.” Simplice Lenguy told his wife to leave him behind as people fled when fighting broke out in Central African Republic's capital. ---usnews.com, June 22 (Central Africa Republic) https://is.gd/Vf2oPo


58.          “Dealing With Disabilities, but No Longer Invisible.” Andres Millan spent two years traveling around Bogotá, Colombia, and its environs, photographing people whose mental health issues or physical limitations kept them at home. ---lens.blogs.nytimes.com, June 21 (Columbia) https://is.gd/bL1ukg


59.          “Shameless passenger said autistic girl shouldn't be allowed on plane to Disneyland - but brother, 10, had amazing response.” A passenger sitting in front of the Kai Smith's family said his disabled sister Sienna should not fly again because it is 'disruptive for other people'. ---mirror.co.uk, June 20 (France) https://is.gd/OXURHu


60.          “Ontario won't say where high needs youth were moved after Thunder Bay, Ont. group homes shut down.” After conducting unannounced inspections, Ontario has closed three privately-run group homes in Thunder Bay, but it's not clear where the high risk youth who were staying there have been moved. ---cbc.ca, June 16 (Canada) https://is.gd/07VfWh


61.          “Odisha: Two mentally-challenged brothers thrashed, tied to pole for alleged child theft.” Two mentally-retarded brothers were brutally thrashed and tied to a wooden pole for allegedly kidnapping a child here in Baripada. ---newindianexpress.com, June 19 (India) https://is.gd/MkwZPd


62.          “Autistic youth dies at rehabilitation centre in Hyderabad.” An 18-year autistic youth, who had been living at a Hyderabad rehabilitation centre since 2011, reportedly died there under suspicious circumstances on Saturday. ---newindianexpress.com, June 18 (India) https://is.gd/JxHm0r


63.          “Belfast teacher subjects little autistic boy Aodhan (5) to tirade of abuse.” A furious mother has gone public with a recording of her autistic son being subjected to a tirade of angry abuse from a teacher in his school. ---belfasttelegraph.co.uk, June 16 (Ireland) https://is.gd/YeGePT


64.          “Tenacity, passion may have resulted in law change.” The tenacity of a Southland couple who complained to police about allegations of abuse at Ruru Specialist School may have resulted in law change, police say. ----stuff.co.nz, June 16 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/1uF7nt


65.          “IHC congratulates new Disability Rights Commissioner.” IHC New Zealand warmly welcomes Paula Tesoriero as the country’s new Disability Rights Commissioner. ---scoop.co.nz, June 20 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/CKR2fv


66.          “U.S. STUDENT FREED FROM NORTH KOREA HAS SEVERE BRAIN INJURY.” An American university student who was returned to the United States this week after being held in North Korea for 17 months has a severe brain injury and is in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness," doctors said on Thursday. ---newsweek.com, June 16 (North Korea) https://is.gd/M2YJLr


67.          “Homeless charity to use student’s dissertation to help vulnerable people.” The dissertation of a University of Dundee Community Learning and Development student could soon be used to help improve the lives of vulnerable drug users. ---scottishhousingnews.com, June 22 (Scotland) https://is.gd/1ujFrr


68.          “Paul O'Neill jailed after directing child abuse in the Philippines.” A former teacher who paid men to abuse children as young as four in the Philippines while he watched online has been jailed for life. ---bbc.com, June 16 (UK) https://is.gd/dqK2RV


69.          “Vulnerable man who was beaten to death in Newcastle did not get the support he needed.” A vulnerable man who was battered to death did not receive the support he needed because of his “reluctance or inability” to engage with those responsible for his care, a report has said. ---thenorthernecho.co.uk, June 15 (UK) https://is.gd/HsOfeZ


70.          “Thousands of child sex abuse victims miss out on compensation because of cruel time limit on claims.” Victims of historical sex abuse are losing out on thousands of pounds in criminal compensation due to a cruel legal loophole. ---mirror.co.uk, June 17 (UK) https://is.gd/v4JE5e


   71.          “Exposed: 'Horror of institutional abuse' in Bupa care homes as secret filming reveals shocking catalogue of abuse towards elderly dementia victims.” Anxious families seeking care homes for elderly relatives with dementia would no doubt be reassured to see the name Bupa above the door.--- dailymail.co.uk, June 18 (UK) https://is.gd/eZYmaz


72.          “Major overhaul of special-needs education on the cards.” EARLY help for children with special needs or disabilities would be overhauled under new Council plans. ---thetelegraphandargus.co.uk, June 18 (UK) https://is.gd/cZC1L8


73.          “Even more vulnerable children are being failed, yet ANOTHER top level report finds. A 15-year-old girl was not recorded as missing, yet ten days later she was found to have been raped by a 54 year old man and other men, and given crack cocaine.--- gloucestershirelive.co.uk, June 20 (UK) https://is.gd/aRCxSZ




   74.          “Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome.” Around one in five children with Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations, met criteria for autism in a study headed by UC San Francisco. ---medicalxpress.com, June 22 https://is.gd/s5keRj


75.          “How Wheelchair Accessibility Ramped Up.” Stephanie Woodward just wanted to meet her friends for a drink. It was a bar she’d never visited, and she was excited. ---theatlantic.com, June 21 https://is.gd/BbomzX


76.           “New psychiatric health alternative in San Bernardino almost ready to open.” A new voluntary behavioral health residential treatment center has been completed that county officials say will help meet some regional needs. ---sbsun.com, June 20 (California) https://is.gd/kueu3W


77.          “Marine veteran amputee to become California police officer.” Chris Lawrence is about to realize his dream of becoming a police officer. He's been hired by the Chula Vista Police Department. His journey has been long and painful. ---foxnews.com, June 22 (California) https://is.gd/TaNfTH


78.          “Autistic schoolboy saves drowning toddler in stunning video: ‘My baby, my baby’” Colbi Heard, 9, sprung into action when he noticed a three-year-old boy drowning at the Lakes at San Marcos Apartments pool in Florida, US on Saturday. --- news.com.au, June 17 (Florida) https://is.gd/FQDszY


79.          “Man Becomes Hospital's First-Ever Full-Time Employee With Down Syndrome.” A Massachusetts man with Down syndrome now has a full-time job at the hospital that once helped him. ---insideedition.com, June 19 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/IdwViy


80.          “Deaf rescue dog learns special sign language.” A deaf pit bull that was found chained to a fence in the freezing February weather in New York City is now learning sign language. ---aol.com, June 19 (New York) https://is.gd/kIKhFQ


81.          “SunTrust Foundation Gives $10,000 To Support Children With Special Needs.” In 2015, Siskin Children’s Institute created the Siskin Testing and Assessment Relief (STAR) program to help families with the expenses associated with critical services. ----chattanoogan.com, June 19 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/AfBUuD


82.          “Handicapped-accessible playground back open after months of rebuilding.” After being surrounded by orange construction fencing for months, CAMDEN Playground in Janesville is finally back open. ---channel3000.com, June 20 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/jvY6oN


83.          “Model with Down's syndrome is inspiring others after becoming first to land beauty advert.” Katie Meade is hoping to shake up the fashion industry and prove that “beauty belongs to everybody”. ---dailystar.co.uk, June 17 (UK) https://is.gd/FDNMmX


84.    “Employers are happy to hire someone with Down’s Syndrome – but not to cough up come pay day.” A while ago I got a job in an office, but they didn’t want to pay me. This is normal for me. I’m 47 and have Down’s Syndrome. ---inews.co.uk, June 21 (UK) https://is.gd/NTAFfQ