Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of June 30to July 6, 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. International articles are at the end. The categories are: Abuse and Neglect, Accidents involving People with Disabilities, Laws & Legislation, and Improved Supports.

This week’s collection of articles has, sadly, the 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: 64

Physical Abuse: 1, 7, 9, 63

Neglect: 3, 5, 6, 12, 28

Murder: 2, 4

Emotional/verbal abuse: 15, 67

Financial abuse: 10, 11

Missing: 13, 79


WHODUNIT?   Family members: 4, 12               School Personnel: 7, 9, 28

(by article #)     Strangers: 1, 2, 11, 15, 64          Caregivers: 3, 5, 6, 10, 63

       Females: 4, 5, 6, 10                   Males: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 15, 64

Bad news:

Funding cuts to needed services: 22, 26, 27, 36

Caregiver convicted of sexual abuse reinstated 58

Woman with intellectual disability court ordered to be held in psychiatric hospital as no alternative was identified: 67


Good News: 

ACLU fights seclusion rooms, 25

Oregon able to continue Medicaid funding, 32

Bonuses issued to increase availability of wheelchair accessible taxis, 37

Improved 911 services to meet needs of those with disabilities, 38

Improved special education program, 43

Warnings issued regarding SNAPCHAT to protect users, 54


Law enforcement learns improved interaction skills, 55


Seeking solution: Woman’s mother with dementia as caregiver, 68


Woman with Down syndrome becomes Zumba instructor, 71


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



    1.          “Phoenix Police: Wheelchair-bound man has ear bitten off.” A man confined to a wheelchair was knocked out of his wheelchair and had his ear bitten off, police say. ---abc15.com, July 6 (Arizona) https://is.gd/BTw2KZ


    2.          “Man killed in stabbing at group home.” A man has died after he was stabbed at a men's group home in Central Fresno. Police were called to the home, in the area of College and Cortland, before 3:30 p.m. ---kmph.com, July 2 (California) https://is.gd/HD7Kne


    3.          “State investigating group home after claims of neglect.” he owner of a group home was not arrested but sheriff's investigators said they sent five felony counts of neglect to the state attorney, who will decide whether to prosecute. ---wesh.com, July 6 (Florida) https://is.gd/gAq8ZH


    4.          “Texts show couple conspired to kill 5-year-old with special needs, police say.” An Indiana woman and her boyfriend are accused of conspiring to kill her 5-year-old son last November. ---palmbeachpost.com, June 30 (Indiana) https://is.gd/2yV5oR


    5.          “Woman charged with neglect of a dependent.” Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to 10021 St. Peters Road after receiving a 911 call on the evening of Monday, July 3, of a female juvenile walking onto someone’s property. ---batesvilleheraldtribune.com, July 6 (Indiana) https://is.gd/LlzRzj


    6.          “Woman pleads guilty to drug, elder abuse charges.” A woman has pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and neglect of two elderly people for whom she was responsible were found by investigators after she overdosed in early February. ---news-sentinel.com, July 6 (Indiana) https://is.gd/Gv0uok


    7.          “Investigation: Cedar Rapids school held girl in closet for crying.” The Cedar Rapids school district has admitted Pierce Elementary School staff held a third-grade girl in an unauthorized seclusion room not for being physically aggressive — as the law allows — but because she wouldn’t stop crying. ---thegazette.com, July 2 (Iowa) https://is.gd/R7ZQiw


    8.          “Police: Group home resident charged with attempted murder.” Police say a group home resident in Kentucky was plotting to escape by drugging and stabbing a caregiver, but confessed before she could carry out the plan. ---washingtontimes.com, July 5 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/Wl0lzJ 


    9.          “Three months later, the state finally has records it sought about 9-year-old’s handcuffing at school.” After three months, five requests and a formal warning, Friends of King Schools has finally provided state officials with most policies and documentation related to a March incident in which a security guard handcuffed a nine-year-old student at one of its schools. ---thelensnola.org, July 5 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/N3NxdU


10.          “Woodbury woman charged with misuse of vulnerable adult's income.” A Woodbury woman faces three felony charges of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Sandra Marjorie Petersen is accused of failure to pay thousands of dollars in home care bills for a dementia patient, whose Social Security income she receives to pay for full-time nursing care, according to a Washington County criminal complaint filed March 21. ---woodburybulletin.com, June 30 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/F0P55C   


11.          “Vandals target vehicles used by adults with special needs.” Seven vans were vandalized outside the Warren County Production Services Unlimited on Columbus Avenue Wednesday. ---fox19.com, July 5 (Ohio) https://is.gd/7FbyIi


12.          “Drug-addled relatives accused of kidnapping 11-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome and authorities realize he had been living in a feces-filled home: police.” Police have arrested two suspects, after a search for a missing South Carolina boy ended with his safe return on Monday night, according to WHNS. ---crimeonline.com, July 4 (South Carolina) https://goo.gl/ZyykJw


13.          “Amistad asking for help finding intellectually-disabled man.” Amistad is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing man with “intellectual disabilities” who walked away from a group home early Saturday morning, said the group in a statement. ---kfoxtv.com, July 1 (Texas) https://is.gd/mzR3ln


14.          “Former officer due back in court on child porn charges.” A former reserve officer for the Bryan Police Department is back in court this week after being indicted on 57 counts of child pornography. ---kbtx.com, July 3 (Texas) https://is.gd/C4Uynt  


15.          “Trump’s remarks hurts those with disabilities, too.” When the US president hurls an attack like “low IQ, Crazy Mika. . .” he is harming Americans who happen to experience disabilities. Ableism, discrimination based on perceived abilities, is very real. ---fosters.com, June 29 https://is.gd/K5HdWx



16.          “Man in wheelchair fatally struck by vehicle in unincorporated McHenry.” A man in a wheelchair was fatally struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon in unincorporated northwest suburban McHenry. ---fox32chicago.com, July 3 (Illinois) https://is.gd/kMEGZS 


17.          “North Side hit-and-run injures woman in wheelchair.” San Antonio police are searching for the driver of a black vehicle that struck a woman in an electronic wheelchair and fled. ---mysanantonio.com, July 4 (Texas) https://is.gd/5kq67m



18.          “People with disabilities are staging protests in senators’ offices all over the country.” President Donald Trump called the Republicans’ health care plan “mean.” Disability advocates have another word for it: deadly. ---vox.com, July 6 https://is.gd/9ZBsWq  


19.          “Inmate suicide shaped court order on Alabama prison care.” If any one witness led to a sweeping court order demanding that Alabama improve psychiatric care in state prisons, it was Jamie Wallace. ---enewscourier.com, July 1 (Alabama) https://is.gd/FyeE93  


20.          “Despite recommendation for leniency, judge gives Fairbanks man with low IQ max sentence for burglary.” A Fairbanks man with an IQ of 69 was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for stealing two generators and other items from a neighbor’s garage last winter. ---newsminer.com, July 6 (Alaska) https://is.gd/Bvr4lI


21.          “Disability rights protesters stage at Jeff Flake's office in Phoenix.” Protesters with a range of physical disabilities are spending Wednesday at Arizona Senator Jeff Flake's Phoenix office hoping to sway his vote on the health care bill. ---abc15.com, July 15 (Arizona) https://is.gd/Wi4YXg


22.          “California school leaders fear GOP cuts to Medicaid could harm special education.” California education officials are sounding the alarm over Congressional Republicans' proposed health care overhaul bills, saying changes to Medicaid could leave the state or school districts scrambling to pay for critical special education services they don't have the option of cutting. ---scpr.org, July 3 (California) https://is.gd/gDMgRm


23.          “Fight for disability rights, propelled nationally by ADAPT, was born decades ago in Denver.” In the early morning of Wednesday, July 5, 1978, protesters waited for an RTD bus. It rolled up to a stop at Broadway and Colfax Avenue, one of the busiest intersections in the state. ---denverpost.com, July 4 (Colorado) https://is.gd/VpBqvh


24.          “SB1124 vs. SB1: Which is Best for Funding Illinois Education?” A Democrat-backed solution to Illinois’ broken education funding model is now facing Republican response in the form of a second Senate bill aiming to fix the nation’s least equitable funding formula. ---chicagotonight.wttw.com, June 30 (Illinois) https://is.gd/VbhlXO


25.          “ACLU of Iowa wants changes to state rules on seclusion rooms.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is fighting for changes to state regulations regarding public schools’ use of padded isolation rooms and physical restraints. ---kcci.com, June 30 (Iowa) https://is.gd/8wz2bI


26.          “Greitens signs Missouri budget, allows cuts to nursing care for 8,000 people.” Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will withhold $251 million in spending to make Missouri’s budget work, and he vetoed a bill meant to prevent budget cuts to in-home care for elderly and disabled Missourians. ---kansascity.com, June 30 (Missouri) https://is.gd/wkL87e


27.          “'Trumpcare' could hurt special education in N.J.; Back N.J. officer against 'baseless' accusations.” Every day, Medicaid helps many thousands of children with disabilities get the special education services they need. ---nj.com, July 6 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/koKzRw  


28.          “Trenton failed to provide required services to deaf students, report finds.” The city’s special education failures have spilled over to another district. ---trentonian.com, July 3 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/n7DS3p


29.          “What's at risk if Medicaid is scaled back under health bill?” Craig Donatelli is one of seven young men, all with Down syndrome, who live together in a seven-bedroom house in Eggertsville. The house offers a safe place where Craig and the others can live as independently as possible in the community, the goal of people with a developmental disability, as well as their parents. ---buffalonews.com, July 3 (New York) https://is.gd/ePpv0s


30.          “Sale of YDC may go through.” The state might sell the Youngstown Developmental Center to the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board for $1. ---tribtoday.com, July 4 (Ohio) https://is.gd/ZBwFtd 


31.          “Columbus undocumented immigrant faces deportation, worries about Autistic son.” A Columbus woman who says she was brought into the United States illegally as a child faces deportation after trying to renew her work permit. ---ledger-enquirer.com, July 3 (Ohio) https://is.gd/YKYYPY


32.          “Politics and math: how Oregon lawmakers closed a $1.8 billion budget gap.” Five months ago, when lawmakers convened at the Capitol, financial predictions were dire. Top budget writers warned that without new taxes to close a $1.8 billion budget gap, hundreds of thousands of people would be kicked off Medicaid, class sizes and child welfare caseloads would spike, and teachers could be laid off. ---oregonlive.com, July 2 (Oregon) https://is.gd/Ftmd0D


33.          “SRC to vote Thursday on downsized proposal for new special education program.” Advocates say it is an improvement, but they still have concerns. ---thenotebook.org, July 5 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/KudM63


34.          “Gov. Wolf gets $32B Pa. budget package, awaits plan to pay for it.” A budget package that sends more money to Pennsylvania’s schools and services for the intellectually disabled while making big savings bets went to the governor’s desk Friday without what some lawmakers called the hardest part: figuring out how to pay for it. ---delcotimes.com, June 30 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/oCALxZ


35.          “Special education families, school leaders concerned about future of Medicaid reimbursements.” Amy Trail’s son Noah has severe autism and epilepsy. Every week, he gets behavioral, speech, occupational and physical therapy. More help comes from home aides who work for the family. ---roanoke.com, July 1 (Virginia) https://is.gd/yTT7lK


36.          “New Washington mental health budget ‘doesn’t look promising,’ disability group says.” Washington state’s latest budget plan falls far short of what’s needed to fix the state’s floundering mental health system, advocates said Friday. ---q13fox.com, June 30 (Washington) https://is.gd/jHrDKW  


37.          “D.C. to Offer Bonuses to Get Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis on The Road.” City regulators are trying cold hard cash in their latest attempt to get wheelchair-accessible taxis on the roads. About one-third of the city’s wheelchair-accessible vehicles sit unused in taxi company lots, despite demands from advocates. ---wamu.org, July 3 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/qZbPYE


38.          “Travis Alert Law will benefit people with special needs and disabilities.” A local family in Wapato have changed the way 9-1-1 responders assist people with special needs. Police officers and Firefighters will now be required to get special training to know how to deal with those who have any type of disability. ---kimatv.com, June 29 (Washington) https://is.gd/RdxvV4


39.          “How disability rights activists plan to take down the GOP health care bill.” Dawn Russell spent two nights camped out with nine other people in a small room in Sen. Cory Gardner's office. On Thursday evening, after their 60-hour sit-in, Russell and her fellow activists were removed from the office and arrested. ---mashable.com, June 30 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/gmYOxB



40.          “We Need More Doctors with Disabilities.” One-fifth of all Americans have a disability, but less than 1 percent of doctors do. That’s slowly starting to change—to the benefit of medicine and patients. ---slate.com, July 5 https://is.gd/Wpmtgs


41.          “How Kerry Washington is Empowering Women to Fight Financial Abuse.” Growing up my mother (a financial planner) instilled in me the importance, especially as a woman, of financial independence; she wanted me to be able to support myself no matter what life brought. ---forbes.com, July 6 https://is.gd/OuTdl5


42.          “Doing Good: Bost Inc. Helps Arkansans with Disabilities Afford Housing.” Bost Incorporated helps those with disabilities in Western Arkansas to find the opportunities they deserve. Thanks to a new facility in Rogers, the folks the organization serves have a place to live that offers a high degree of independence. ---nwahomepage.com, July 3 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/1mL2mA


43.          “Reseda school helps students with special needs learn life skills.” Miller Career and Transition Center in Reseda isn’t a typical grade school. For one thing, the students — also called interns — are between 18 and 22 years old. ---dailynews.com, July 2 (California) https://is.gd/IyA5yO


44.          “Birth-To-Three Specialists Placed In Doctor's Offices To Spot Developmental Delays In Children.” Specialists from a proven program — Birth-to-Three — are being placed in two pediatric offices to test whether developmental delays in children can be spotted and addressed more quickly, especially for children of color, who are often diagnosed far later than white children. --- courant.com, July 3 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/bq6mzu


45.          “Class prepares drivers with autism for traffic stops.” Sheriff’s deputies and a hospital’s occupational therapists in a Chicago suburb have launched the first of what they hope will be a series of classes to prepare drivers with developmental disorders for traffic stops. ---washingtontimes.com, July 2 (Illinois) https://is.gd/nVdsuZ


46.           “Special education plan links parents, teachers.” Parents of children with special needs often feel frustrated by their school systems, but Mary Murray’s special education model asks parents and teachers to unite as students. ---toledoblade.com, July 1 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/rm8eFg


47.          “Baton Rouge nonprofit pushes for progress for deaf community.” A Baton Rouge-based nonprofit is making a push to pass a new bill next year, that would benefit children who are deaf and hard of hearing. ---katc.com, July 3 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/NVZOZX


48.          “Fund group homes so Maine doesn’t abandon people with disabilities.” When it comes to helping people with disabilities in Maine, the state has long been leaving them behind. ---bangordailynews.com, July 1 (Maine) https://is.gd/ai5VFc


49.          “Changes in policies may ease group home runaway problem.” Policy changes have been made for three group homes in the city struggling with runaway residents that are sapping police resources. ---eagletribune.com, July 2 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/FetQNk


50.          “Kids on the Go offers programs for special-needs students, siblings, parents.” Kids on the Go is teeing up for summer with a variety of programming, beginning the week of July 10. From a multidisciplinary camp and social skills group to bike riding and art therapy, a variety of activities is available for students ages 3 to 14 with special needs during summer. ---grossepointenews.com, July 6 (Michigan) https://is.gd/5osbZy


51.          “Police call out officer who parked in space for disabled motorists.” A Michigan police department called out one of its own Thursday after a social media user captured a photo of a squad car parked in a parking space for disabled motorists. ---usatoday.com, June 30 (Michigan) https://is.gd/UJfAR9


52.          “Greenway Considers Backing Out of Special Education Coop.” The Independent School District (ISD) 316 school board approved a number of contracts during its regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 28, an act which left the board impressed with the current administration. ---grandrapidsmn.com, July 1 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/vzLDZ9


53.          “'Swim Team' for autistic kids makes splash in documentary.” Every dive into the pool is a victory for Michael McQuay. ---abcnews.go.com, June 30 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/vGqlqb


54.          “Warnings over Snapchat map which can track the exact movements of vulnerable children and adults.” Cleveland Police are issuing a warning to parents and Snapchat users about a new feature, which could be 'live streaming' the exact movements of children and vulnerable people to complete strangers. ---itv.com, July 6 (Ohio) https://is.gd/Ec43fh


55.          “Norwood aims to reduce stress of police encounters for people with autism, Alzheimer's disease.” From lights and sirens to loud radios, encounters with police can be distressing for people with autism spectrum disorders and Alzheimer's disease. ---wcpo.com, July 3 (Ohio) https://is.gd/MC3LQr


56.          “Report Shows Slight Improvement in Employment Rate For People With Disabilities.” Recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows small improvements in the employment rate for people with disabilities in 2016. ---wpr.org, July 4 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/Hjh1m4



57.          “United Nations Calls for Royal Commission into Disability Violence.” The United Nations is the latest to join a national chorus calling for the Australian government to introduce a royal commission into violence and abuse against people with disability. ---probonoaustralia.com.au, July 3 https://is.gd/Uo1z3y


58.          “Lifestyle Solutions: Accusations of sexual abuse at national disability provider.” A Queensland mother has called for national disability provider Lifestyle Solutions to be closed down after it reinstated a carer accused of abusing her intellectually disabled daughter. ---abc.net.au, July 4 (Australia) https://is.gd/C4Uynt


59.          “Victoria's new child abuse laws target online offending and reverse onus of proof.” New laws have been introduced in Victoria to help protect children from abuse, holding religious, childcare, government and community organisations to account and modernising child abuse material laws. ---theguardian.com, July 1 (Australia) https://is.gd/4lsJsH


60.          “Over 16,000 Australian children prescribed antipsychotics, PBS data shows.” A mufti day at school, knee-length shorts and a teenage taunt triggered Kalei's first panic attack.  In hindsight, it is easy to see the warning signs. At the time, Kalei's mum Kim* thought it was just teenage angst. ---smh.com.au, July 3 (Australia) https://is.gd/BtVhXw


61.          “Hoop Dreams: Wheelchair Basketball Is Changing Lives In Afghanistan.” When he was 10, a war injury put him in a wheelchair. His spine was permanently damaged. He was so depressed there were days he refused to get out of bed. ---npr.org-July 2 (Afghanistan) https://is.gd/Nfzw14


62.          “New Calgary taxi service for special needs customers.” A new Calgary cab service dedicated to individuals with special needs was announced Sunday. Calgary City Cabs will offer specialized service by dedicating an entire fleet of accessible vans and drivers to cater to people with special needs. ---globalnews.ca, July 2 (Canada) https://is.gd/jhWxwk


63.          “Care Home Worker Caught Hitting Dementia Patient 11 Times in Video .” A Canadian home care worker was caught punching an 89-year-old man with Alzheimer’s lying in his bed at the facility. ---theepochtimes.com, July 5 (Canada) https://is.gd/taVz2X


64.          “Man held for raping mentally challenged girl.” A 16-year-old mentally-challenged girl became pregnant after she was allegedly raped by a 26-year-old man in Kothrud area in March, police said today. ---outlookindia.com, June 30 (India) https://is.gd/FN2jBQ


65.          “Disability rights groups reject GST.” Several disability rights organisations held a protest at Jantar Mantar on Friday demanding a rollback of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). ---nyoooz.com, July 1(India) https://is.gd/Tz4fJf


66.          “Changing Our Perception of Intelligence: We Can All Learn From This Village of People We Shun.” This army of misfits are the superheroes we should all seek to be. ---thebetterindia.com, June 30 (India) https://is.gd/25Brot


67.          “Vulnerable woman must stay in ‘inappropriate’ psychiatric unit.” A vulnerable intellectually disabled young woman must remain inappropriately detained in an acute psychiatric unit because a suitable alternative has yet to be found for her, the High Court has heard. ---irishtimes.com, July 3 (Ireland) https://is.gd/0U02mA


68.          “Minister directs ‘all avenues’ be examined over care of disabled woman.” Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath has directed that “all avenues are explored” to find a solution for an intellectually disabled woman being cared for by her mother, who suffers from dementia. ---irishtimes.com, July 1 (Ireland) https://is.gd/uB8cKk


69.          “'It can be the difference between life and death': Familes fear for deaf children without special smoke alarms.” Families with deaf children say they fear lives are being put at risk because they cannot get funding to pay for special smoke alarms. ---radionz.co.nz, July 4 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/nfaiy3


70.          “Doctors reveal secure units for intellectually disabled in crisis.” Senior psychiatrists have detailed widespread problems, including assaults and violence, in secure units for intellectually disabled people who have committed crimes. ---radionz.co.nz, July 6 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/8wVOC4


71.          “Woman with Down syndrome becomes zumba instructor “ One extra chromosome did not stop Clari Lehmkuhl from achieving her dream of becoming a Zumba instructor. ---khaleejtimes.com, July 5 (South Africa) https://is.gd/0d7T6D


72.          “Parents with learning disabilities need help to keep children.” There are, however, an ­estimated 5000 parents with learning disabilities in ­Scotland and they have an additional worry, ­living with the fear that their baby will be taken into care. ---scotsman.com, July 4 (Scotland) https://is.gd/VgG8AQ


73.          “Police: Man robbed woman in wheelchair for money at an ATM in New Britain.”  Police are looking for a man who they said robbed a woman in a wheelchair for money while she was withdrawing money from an ATM Friday morning. ---fox61.com, June 30 (UK) https://is.gd/fiq2Fd


74.          “Quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton trains for a triathlon.” A mother who lost her hands and feet in 2013 after a cough turned into a near-fatal bout of septicaemia is set to attempt her first triathlon. ---thetimes.co.uk, July 3 (UK) https://is.gd/V1vxXP


75.          “UK charity seeks funds to challenge use of painful restraints on children.” Some 200 of the most vulnerable children in England and Wales are held in secure children’s homes. The law prohibits staff from using pain-inducing restraint on children inside the homes. ---opendemocracy.net, July 4 (UK) https://is.gd/XjgUno


76.          “Mentally ill woman died in cell after monitoring was reduced, inquest hears.” A vulnerable and seriously mentally ill woman had her supervision reduced and was unable to access her anti-psychotic medication before she died in Holloway Prison, an inquest has heard. ---theguardian.com, July 4 (UK) https://is.gd/3Lf97Y


77.          “Fires disproportionately kill vulnerable people, and Grenfell is no different.” Anyone following the tragic events surrounding the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June will have been struck by the calls for justice made by the survivors as well as by many other groups in society. ---opendemocracy.net, July 4 (UK) https://is.gd/R0PNI5


78.          “Susan Boyle Explains Why She’s Chosen To ‘Forgive’ The Local Youths Who Targeted Her.” Susan Boyle has said she is holding off contacting the authorities, after being targeted by a gang of teenagers in her local area. ---huffingtonpost.co.uk, July 6 (UK) https://is.gd/mNYcEm


79.          “Family of autistic British man missing in Australia appeals for help.” An extensive search has been launched after a British man went missing while on holiday in Australia with his parents. ---telegraph.co.uk, July 5 (UK) https://is.gd/v4KVtK


80.          “Missing autistic British man found safe and well after search in Australia.”
British tourist has turned up safe and well after 
his disappearance prompted an extensive search in Melbourne. ---telegraph.co.uk, July 6 (UK) https://is.gd/fH4zkU



81.          “How We’re Navigating Summer With Special Needs Kids Who Thrive On Structure.” Ah summer, there’s nothing better. We’re talking flip flops, sunglasses, bike rides, hanging by the pool, staying up late, catching fire flies, hanging out with friends, and then sleeping until we wake up the next morning. ---babble.com, July 1 https://is.gd/9Hukva


82.          “Blind kayaker braves New River’s vaunted rapids.“ Lonnie Bedwell did it, and he didn’t even need to wear a blindfold. Bedwell, 52, has been stone blind since a hunting accident claimed his sight 20 years ago. wvgazettemail.com, July 2 (Colorado) https://is.gd/BrXeOY


83.          Northeast Johnson County morning roundup.” Miniature horse visits kids with developmental challenges in Merriam. Kids at Shawnee Mission Health’s Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center last week got a chance to greet a special guest. Sweet Pea, a miniature therapy horse, visited the Merriam facility on Friday. ---shawneemissionpost.com, July 3 (Kansas) https://is.gd/NIBYCN


84.          “South Bend hero officer speaks out after saving five-year-old child with autism from St. Joseph River.” Michiana is calling him a hero. Officer Reid Spitaels of the South Bend Police Department risked his own life Friday night by jumping into the St. Joseph River at Howard Park, saving a five-year-old boy with autism who was drowning. ---wndu.com, July 1 (Indiana) https://is.gd/EBJkUg


85.          “This man proposed to 2 sisters at once — for a touching reason.” “I wanted to include Hannah in the proposal in case she may not get to experience that,” Seaton, 25, told TODAY. “Hannah is a big part of our relationship and I already consider her a sister.” ---today.com, June 30 (Indiana) https://is.gd/vdpYFe


86.          “Bookmobile stop caters to autistic children in Iowa City.” The bright lights and hubbub of the Iowa City Public Library can be sensory overload for Eleanor Froh, a tall, 5-year-old girl who loves sidewalk chalk and Thomas the Tank Engine. ---thegazette.com, July 4 (Iowa) https://is.gd/zsw2qy


87.          “New Documentary Follows Team of Autistic Swimmers.” Swim Team is a documentary about a group of children who ultimately defy all odds. They are the ones who society has said don’t belong and will never achieve their biggest dreams. ---sikids.com, June 30 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/9dTa0O


88.          “N.Y. dad running from Minnesota to Louisiana with son in wheelchair.” Every morning for nearly a year, Shaun Evans has risen at 4 a.m. to run on his treadmill.  ---startribune.com, July 3 (New York) https://is.gd/jv1S8m


89.          “Beloved Lowe’s greeter gets his new wheelchair; $27,000 raised by community.” The York County community is rallying around a beloved store greeter who they say is like family. ---abc27.com, July 1 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/rm8eFg


90.          “New Film ‘Breathe’ Depicts Life of Disability Advocate Robin Cavendish.” On Thursday, the trailer was released for upcoming movie “Breathe,” tapped to open the BFI London Film Festival in October. ---themighty.com, June 30 (UK) https://is.gd/hvRTyR


91.          “Sensory garden helps residents with disabilities.” An outdoor garden that stimulates the senses for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has sprouted in Shoreham. ---newsday.com, July 3 (UK) https://is.gd/WGT42v


92.          “Disability rights group criticizes casting of Alec Baldwin as blind character.” The film Blind finds the actor portraying a blind novelist, earning the ire of the Ruderman Family Foundation, a prominent disability organization. ---theguardian.com, July 5 (UK) https://is.gd/qKrzDy