Disability and Abuse Newsfeed
Week of July 14 through July 20, 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, Laws & Legislation, Improved Supports, and Miscellaneous.  This week’s collection of articles has an alarming number of murder cases. Check the categories below for a guide to types of abuse.  The categories are indicated by type, and the number of the article. 


Sexual Assault: 9, 14

Physical Abuse: 2, 15, 79, 86, 87, 91

Emotional/Verbal Abuse:  10, 70, 89

Neglect: 11, 14, 76, 79                                Missing: 1, 80

Murder: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 72, 73, 76            Suicide: 15

Financial abuse: 8, 12, 13, 26

Guardianship: 25, 26


WHO DUN IT?              School: 9, 89                  Family: 11, 72, 79

(Listed by # of article)  Stranger: 2, 7, 87            Co-Resident: 3, 4

Caregiver: 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 26, 76

Law Enforcement:  70, 86, 91                   

Men: 2 (group), 6, 7 (group), 9, 10, 12, 72,73

Women: 3, 4, 5 (2 women), 6 (2 women), 8, 11, 13, 26 (2 women)

Youngest: 14


Special Education News: 18, 21, 35, 38


Good News: 42 -  access to wheelchairs

44 -  funding for health care center)

46 – Art therapy for students with autism

47 – Uber increases wheelchair access

52 – Reduction in child abuse

63 – Educational program for Deaf students

74, 78, 81 – Improved educational services


Bad News: 27- Copayments proposed for Medicaid services,

37- Protecting the abusers

75 – Judges lenient towards non-disabled perpetrators abusing people with disabilities

77  – Study: 43% living in facilities spend 25 years there

         89 – Negative attitudes by teachers become “rules.”


Other: 39 – New statistics available from Bureau of Justice Statistics on rate of abuse of people with disabilities.




    1.          “Runaway problem: Teen reported missing from group home in Theodore.” Seventeen-year-old Ragen “River” Freil has been missing since July 8. Authorities said he walked away from a group home in Theodore. ---local15tv.com, July 14 (Alabama) https://is.gd/RbMvWy


    2.          “Glen Park Man Charged in Attack on Autistic Man.” There's been an arrest in connection with the alleged attack on an autistic man last month. ---wwnytv.com, July 18 (California) https://is.gd/GwUwua


    3.          “Porterville Development Center client gets life sentence in prison for murder.” A resident of Porterville Developmental Center has been sentenced to 16 years to life in prison for murdering a fellow client. ---fresnobee.com, July 17 (California) https://is.gd/IGjIns


    4.          “Special Olympics athlete killed at Granada Hills group home ‘wouldn’t harm a flea,’ family says.” Dawn Marie Ritz loved competing in track and field as a Special Olympics athlete. She enjoyed water skiing — especially on one leg — during family vacations. She called everyone “honey.” ---dailynews.com, July 14 (California) https://is.gd/ogN57X


    5.          “Women charged in deadly adult foster home fire take plea deal.” The two women charged with sparking a fire at an adult foster home last year that killed three people have taken a plea deal. ---9news.com, July 17 (Colorado) https://is.gd/1G8HqR


    6.          “3 charged in connection with psychiatric patient's death.” A grand jury has indicted three former workers at the state-run Delaware Psychiatric Center in connection with a patient's death. ---theeagle.com, July 13 (Delaware) https://is.gd/pE9BDe


    7.          “Teens filmed, laughed while man slowly drowned, authorities say.” Authorities in Florida say that a group of teenagers recorded the drowning of a disabled man last week — and did nothing to help as they made fun of his struggles. ---foxnews.com, July 20 (Florida) https://is.gd/8WzFB9


    8.          “Woman headed to prison for stealing $400K from surf prodigy.” Jill Marzo Clark waited two years to look the bookkeeper who stole nearly $400,000 from her surfing prodigy son, Clay Marzo, in the eyes at her sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. ---mauinews.com, July 14 (Hawaii) https://is.gd/Hr3K10


    9.          “Fall River special education teacher accused of groping 9 girls.” A Fall River special education teacher has been arrested after being charged with second-degree child molestation. Police said nine girls between 12 and 14 years old reported that Matthew Labriola intentionally bumped into them, grabbing their chest or shoulders. ---fox25boston.com, July 19 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/C1on76


10.          “Police: Former caretaker detailed homicidal thoughts about group home residents in texts.” A man has been arrested and charged with intimidation, a felony, after sending what police described as threatening messages detailing homicidal actions he envisioned against disabled people. ---greatfallstribune.com, July 18 (Montana) https://is.gd/FW53T7


11.          “Police remove child with autism found covered in feces from home filled with ‘trash, filth'.” Police performed an emergency removal of a 10-year-old child with autism they said was found living in a filthy Middletown home. ---wcpo.com, July 14 (Ohio) https://is.gd/yz5mVi


12.          “Westlake nonprofit manager charged with stealing from developmentally disabled clients.” A manager at the Westlake office of a statewide nonprofit agency that serves people with developmental disabilities stole thousands of dollars from clients, according to an indictment issued this week. ---cleveland.com, July 20 (Ohio) https://is.gd/5Wc79T


13.          “SC Mentor employee charged with exploiting vulnerable adult.” An employee of South Carolina Mentor, a private provider of residential services for the intellectually disabled, has been arrested and charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult, after a company audit discovered financial inconsistencies totaling thousands of dollars in a client's account, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. ---greenvilleonline.com, July 18 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/AlyoBF


14.          “Report: Neglect at Washington state disabled facilities.” Disabled people living in four Washington-state run communities have choked to death, been sexually assaulted, denied basic treatment and given the wrong medication, according to a report released Wednesday by Disability Rights Washington. ---heraldcourier.com, July 19 (Washington) https://is.gd/CHoc8H


   15.          “17-year-old commits suicide in group home after assault at DOC halfway house.” Wisconsin Department of Corrections officials would not explain to News 3 why daily monitoring was not done of sex offenders at a home where a 17-year-old girl reported a sexual assault last year. ---channel3000.com, July 17 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/EW4Jwd




16.          “Betsy DeVos Invited to Address Annual Special Education Conference.” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been invited to address the audience of an annual conference in Washington sponsored by the federal office of special education programs. ---blogs.edweek.org, July 14 https://is.gd/KKJ1x7


17.          “Health care bill threatens disabled Alaskans.” According to Pew Center data, one in four Americans report having a disability, so the current fight over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act not only affects millions of Americans, the concern is also about much, much more than politics — it is about life, liberty and independence. ---newsminer.com, July 15 (Alaska) https://is.gd/5OaX1f  


18.          “After Schoolyard Slap, Child With Autism Charged With Assault.” A Castle Rock child with autism is facing third-degree assault and harassment charges stemming from a schoolyard tiff almost two years ago, when the boy, Logan Thompson, retaliated against a student's push by slapping him in the face. ---westword.com, July 17 (Colorado) https://is.gd/og9sYT


19.          “Connecticut disabled, advocates try to break budget impasse.” People with disabilities and their advocates literally took over the state Capitol Tuesday imploring legislators to break their impasse and pass a budget that doesn’t cut programs that help those most in need. ---nhregister.com July 18 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/tbXGpu


20.          “Defense wants new judge to hear motion in 22-year-old Burke County death penalty case.” In a death penalty case that is 22 years old, a judge from outside the Augusta Judicial Circuit will likely be asked to decide if the judge who inherited the 1995 case against Willie Palmer should continue to consider his appeal. ---chronicle.augusta.com, July 18 (Georgia) https://is.gd/EImWcB


21.          “Special-education services in Iowa may expand after ruling.” A judge's ruling could expand special-education services to thousands of Iowa students. ---mysanantonio.com, July 20 (Iowa) https://is.gd/vsXR32


22.          “Mainers with Disabilities Still Languishing on Wait Lists.” Earlier this spring, Camden Hills Regional High School senior Alex Jurek turned 18 years old. As he watched his friends getting ready to graduate, he began to dream of finally leaving home and heading off to a big city like Boston for new adventures. ---freepressonline.com, July 20 (Maine) https://is.gd/J4cyvE


23.          “Honoring Rosewood's past by creating a better future for Maryland's intellectually and developmentally disabled “ Stevenson University and the state need to provide the opportunities for the developmentally disabled that were denied to Rosewood residents ---baltimoresun.com, July 14 (Maryland) https://is.gd/IqAenS


24.          “Educators question fairness of OPI's proposal for students with disabilities.” Educators say the Office of Public Instruction’s plan to significantly raise test scores asks students with special needs to perform on tests that aren’t applicable and requires schools to do more without additional resources. ---missoulian.com, July 13 (Montana) https://is.gd/VteYnK


25.          “Dignity and choice sought in guardianship alternative in Nevada.” From protection to support.That's the move state leaders are making as they work toward an alternative to guardianship. ---ktnv.com, July 19 (Nevada) https://is.gd/ItzZV1


26.          “Guardianship firm seized by marshals.” The alleged lavish spending by the co-founders of one of the state’s largest nonprofit guardianship firms was financed out of the accounts of their special needs clients, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. ---abqjournal.com, July 19 (Nevada) https://is.gd/T4H3dU


27.          “Advocates rally against proposed Medicaid copayments.” A broad coalition of groups from pediatricians to disability rights advocates are calling on the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez to ditch a proposal for requiring copayments by Medicaid patients. ---santafenewmexican.com, July 14 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/PA8oFE


28.          “Uber is in trouble again over wheelchair-accessible vehicles.” In a dramatic turn of events (just kidding, we're getting used to this) Uber was hit with another lawsuit this week. ---mashable.com, July 18 (New York) https://is.gd/pjd8be


29.          “Rep: Donovan: Congress Should Pass Caregiver Legislation.” Amid the bills before Congress, Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., is trying to draw attention to the Credit for Caring Act, urging fellow lawmakers to pass the legislation now rather than wait for a comprehensive tax reform package, PJMedia reported Sunday. ---newsmax.com, July 16 (New York) https://is.gd/zTZOJn


30.          “Disabled community to continue fight for health care rights.” The Center for Disability Rights was busy with conversation Tuesday at its annual Legislative Breakfast. It's a chance for the disability community to ask questions to local and state lawmakers about job discrimination, accessibility and the future of health care in this country. ---twcnews.com, July 18 (New York) https://is.gd/FynJCN


31.          “RCSD lays out special education fix.” The Rochester City School District Thursday presented the outline of a plan it believes will help turn around special education, which was revealed in a recent district-commissioned report to be a disaster. ---democratandchronicle.com, July 13 (New York) https://is.gd/4fzd74


32.          “Judge halts work to move Children's Psychiatric Center to Buffalo.” he state's attempt to move patients from the West Seneca Children's Psychiatric Center to a different facility in Buffalo has been temporarily halted by a judge. ---wkbw.com, July 17 (New York) https://is.gd/F99LFk


33.           “Pensions, special education and debt: why are these three school districts raising taxes much higher than their peers?” Most central Pennsylvania school districts raised taxes an average of 2 percent in their 2017-18 budgets, but there are a few districts where property owners are seeing much larger increases in their tax bills. ---pennlive.com, July 20 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/afmuUH


34.          “Social services advocates voice concerns over Senate health bill.” As Senate Republicans unwrapped their latest proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare in the nation’s capital on Thursday afternoon, a group of 75 people — most of them from social service agencies that help those most likely to be affected by the legislation — were meeting in Downtown Pittsburgh to consider the bill’s implications. ---post-gazette.com, July 16 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/bWZyth


35.          “Cooper: Making school judgments harder.” United States District Judge Curtis Collier made an objective ruling Monday that the Hamilton County Department of Education had violated multiple federal guidelines protecting students with disabilities in removing a second-grader with Down syndrome from Normal Park Elementary School in 2013. ---timesfreepress.com, July 19 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/FMk9jU


36.          “The deep irony in Betsy DeVos’s first speech on special education.” U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just gave her first major speech about special education — and it raised new questions about her understanding of the issues that students with disabilities face. Again, exactly six months after the first ones. ---washingtonpost.com, July 18 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/0hdtJY


37.          “Betsy DeVos Is Sending the Wrong Message to Sexual Assault Victims.” According to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration, disability rights, hate crimes, predatory lending, or heading off an impending economic bubble rooted in student loan defaults are not the most pressing higher education matters. ---fortune.com, July 15 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/xT1MjI


38.          “WV school board OKs cap for special ed students in general ed classes.” The West Virginia Board of Education passed policy changes last week that cap the percentage of students receiving specially designed instruction for disabilities that schools can place in general education classrooms. ---wvgazettemail.com, July 16 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/zwjRIM


39.          “In the US, people with disabilities are three times as likely to be victims of serious violence.” People with disabilities who live in the US are two-and-a-half times as likely to be victims of violent crimes than those without disabilities—and three times as likely to be targets of rape, robbery, or aggravated assault. ---qz.com, July 14 https://is.gd/spH1qi




40.          “Females with autism show greater difficulty with day-to-day tasks than male counterparts.” Women and girls with autism may face greater challenges with real world planning, organization and other daily living skills, according to a study published in the journal Autism Research. ---medicalxpress.com July 14 https://is.gd/KeSq1I


41.          “Mock election educates people with disabilities on voting.” The Disability Resource and Advocacy Center hosted a mock election Tuesday for people with disabilities to prepare them to vote in a real election. SeRonna Johnson, director of The Disability Resource and Advocacy Center, welcomed visitors and helped them to understand the voting process. ---pbcommercial.com, July 18 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/zaxR3W


42.          “1 million wheelchair donations and Irvine nonprofit keeps rolling.” Amilcar Hernandez Juarez had a sense of impending doom whenever he sat down on his old wheelchair. It would regularly break down and leave him stranded, with no choice but to call his friends or family members for help. ---ocregister.com, July 13 (California) https://is.gd/Y1y8EU


43.          “Lifesaver kits could help Simcoe County’s most vulnerable people.” Barrie business owners are being asked to fund a project that could help the most vulnerable people who live in Simcoe County. ---http://barrie.ctvnews.ca, July 19 (California) https://is.gd/EwQGrA


44.          “New Santa Rosa health center for developmentally disabled gets $2 million.” A new health center currently under construction in west Santa Rosa just landed an additional $2 million in state funding to help cover the cost of treating residents displaced next year by the closing of the Sonoma Developmental Center. ---pressdemocrat.com, July 13 (California) https://is.gd/vslA8P


45.          “Public invited to attend Boynton's upcoming budget meetings “ Boynton Beach will hold budget workshop meetings next week to review the newly proposed budget of $202.4 million and hear residents’ comments and concerns. ---sun-sentinel.com, July 13 (Florida) https://is.gd/G1LlXK


46.          “FSU researcher develops art therapy best practices for children with autism.” A Florida State University researcher is working with art therapists to find better ways to treat children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ---news.fsu.edu, July 20 (Florida) https://is.gd/Mb0DKS


47.          “UberWAV Lets Handicapped Users Hail a Wheelchair-Accessible Van.” People have any number of reasons to be fed up with Uber these days. But one thing it's doing right is making transportation more available to wheelchair users. ---thedrive.com, July 20 (Illinois) https://is.gd/HL6cWZ


48.          “Special Olympics counting down to 50 years.” The Special Olympics will celebrate its 50 year anniversary in 2018. The offers athletic activities for people with intellectual disabilities. It all started July 20, 1968 in Chicago. ---wsiltv.com, July 20 (Illinois) https://is.gd/Yk6W1f


49.          “Cedar Rapids teachers need more training to defuse violent behavior: director.” Hitting, kicking, pulling hair or throwing objects can be grounds for a public school student to be put in restraint or seclusion. ---thegazette.com, July 16 (Iowa) https://is.gd/Ft2oQn


50.          “Emma's Place: Childcare center for kids with special needs coming to Overland Park.” Heather Barboza is ready to start tearing down walls in an Overland Park office space off of 126th Street. She plans to transform it into Emma’s Place for Exceptional Children. ---kshb.com, July 14 (Kansas) https://is.gd/lzNtA7


51.          “Kansas facility tests virtual reality to help people with dementia.” Chris Brickler stands in the middle of a rural Washington Co., Kan. pasture, surveying the scene. "This will be real cool here," he nods, placing a stand topped by an orb of cameras amidst the grass. ---wibw.com, July 13 (Kansas) https://is.gd/XuG0gF


52.          “Training Sessions in Kentucky Aim to Prevent Child Abuse.” Kentucky's attorney general says training sessions are planned statewide in an effort to prevent child sexual abuse. ---usnews.com, July 14 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/2rNSNu


53.          “Sports teams try to accommodate special needs fans.” Many people on the autism spectrum have a hard time in loud, chaotic places like sports stadiums. But a number of professional sports teams are trying to make it easier and more fun to attend games for those with autism and other special needs. ---marketplace.org, July 18 (Missouri) https://is.gd/xvyOMT


54.          “No room for recovery: Inside the push for handicapped-accessible sober homes.” Josh Chilton’s dad knew his son had just two choices left in life--leave home or die--so out of desperation Josh came to Minnesota, his last hope to escape a life of self-destruction ---fox9.com, July 17 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/7ZsYhB


55.          “Disability Rights Nebraska hosting classes for youth on being self-advocates.” Disability Rights Nebraska is holding free classes to help youth with disabilities become better self-advocates in their own lives. ---starherald.com, July 15 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/bxGexU


56.          “Outside Review Says State Lagging in Some Key Areas of Mental Health Reform.” Three years after the state reached a major legal settlement meant to reform its mental health system, both the outside reviewer hired to monitor the state’s progress and the advocacy organization that sued on patients’ behalf say there’s still significant work to be done. ---nhpr.org, July 17 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/a5uSzx


57.          “Camp invites first responders to allay special-needs kids’ fears.” Firetrucks, ambulances and state trooper vehicles gathered outside a Delaware County camp Wednesday. ---dispatch.com, July 20 (Ohio) https://is.gd/aJkX3g


58.          “Art Studio Helps Adults With Disabilities Turn Their Passion Into A Career.” Teenagers often have to wait years to do the things they want to do — drive, drink, vote. But for Mara Clawson, it was something different. ---kasu.org, July 16 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/8fPaef


59.          “Some wheelchair users enjoy Houston skate park challenges.” Gretchen Bailey, 34, has cerebral palsy. She grew up with her legs in braces. She remembers watching her brother skate while she remained on the sidelines. ---washingtontimes.com, July 17 (Texas) https://is.gd/IPQqQL


60.          “A home with meaning: Foxes Corner opens for people with developmental disabilities.” More than five years ago, the Park family had dreams of creating a supportive living environment for their grandson who has developmental disabilities, and finally their dream has been realized. ---dentonrc.com, July 17 (Texas) https://is.gd/s9PrM9


   61.          “Calling all jewelry designers: Help protect children with autism.” Houston-area jewelry designers: Are you up to saving a life? That's the task put before you by the founders of Gabriel's Horn Foundation, who are searching nationwide for the right person or business to create a line of bracelets, necklaces and other accessories that children with autism would be proud and comfortable wearing - and that would readily identify them to law enforcement. ---houstonchronicle.com, July 15 (Texas) https://is.gd/7TH9jW


62.          “Ribbon cutting set for new ‘Transitions’ program for special education students.” A new community-based program for special education students in Fauquier County Public Schools will kick off with a ribbon cutting Aug. 9. ---fauquier.com, July 17 (Virginia) https://is.gd/IbHOAB


63.          “NTID awarded $1 million to train deaf, hard of hearing scientists.” The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) will be developing a scientists-in-training program for deaf and hard-of-hearing, thanks to a federal award. ---13wham.com, July 14 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/ksDjD1




64.          “Afghans with disabilities lack access to quality health care.” Despite 15 years of investment in the Afghan health care sector by the international community, vulnerable groups—including persons with disabilities—cite a growing rate of insufficient access to quality health care, finds a new Washington University in St. Louis study published July 14 in the journal Lancet Global Health. ---medicalxpress.com, July 14 (Afghanistan) https://is.gd/PsPrHa


65.          “Australia's 'massive epidemic' of fetal alcohol sickness.” Australia is drowning in a "massive epidemic” of fetal alcohol disorders, a scholar has told a judge. ---sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, July 20 (Australia) https://is.gd/ecWXut


66.          “The protest and power of disability activism: 'It's not as sexy as gay rights or climate change'.” When you talk about disability rights with people, they just look at you like they didn’t think such a thing existed,” says Dr George Taleporos. ---theguardian.com, July 16 (Australia) https://is.gd/1f3b76


67.          “Director of apartment complex for disabled clarifies his vision.” Mark Enchin, the director of a proposed sustainable and affordable apartment complex at the site of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, said Monday there is some misconception about what his plans are. He wants to clarify. ---guelphtoday.com, July 17 (Canada) https://is.gd/Afj1Hk


68.          “Ontario unveils blueprint to reform troubled group and foster care.” Provincial residential care reforms aim to give children and youth the right services at the right time as close to home as possible. ---thestar.com, July 19 (Canada) https://is.gd/FrRDcJ


69.          “Peter Watts: Alberta on the world stage.” How is Alberta making a positive impact world-wide? I spent Sunday morning on The Alberta Morning News, answering that question. ---globalnews.ca, July 16 (Canada) https://is.gd/OEkQdc


70.          “Toronto officers caught mocking woman with Down syndrome face Police Service Act charges.” Two Toronto officers caught mocking and laughing at a woman with Down syndrome on a dashcam video in November will appear at a tribunal to face Police Service Act charges, says a spokesperson. ---thestar.com, July 14 (Canada) https://is.gd/LKE6zg


71.          “North York amputee has painful wait for accessible housing.” Tam-thanh Doan uses two prosthetic legs and has no fingers on her right hand and is missing parts of the fingers on her left. She is waiting for an accessible unit to open up in Toronto Community Housing. Nobody can predict how long she’ll have to wait. ---thestar.com, July 14 (Canada) https://is.gd/VcMfRa


72.          “Man kills autistic daughter, hangs self.” A man allegedly killed his 14-year-old daughter suffering from autism and later committed suicide at his residence in Dholan Wala Khoon mohalla of Jagraon in Ludhiana rural  on Saturday. ---indianexpress.com, July 16 (India) https://is.gd/SKgXvY


73.          “Handicapped man was stabbed to death by friend.” Heated arguments with a friend led to the murder of a 27-year-old man, whose body for found near a party plot in Gotri on the night of July 14. ---indiatimes.com, July 18 (India) https://is.gd/ICMKPj


74.          “Local Doctor Funds School and Hospital in Native India.” While he enjoys serving patients at the two hospitals, the motive behind his super human effort lies in his devotion to helping disabled children and providing medical care to the poor in his native India. ---berlindailysun.com, July 19 (India) https://is.gd/PtjhGZ


75.          “Judges Lenient With People Who Sexually Abuse Persons With Disabilities?” Some judges are allegedly being lenient in punishing able-bodied people who have been convicted of sexually assaulting disabled people, the Combined Disabilities Association has said, surprising legislators. ---jamaica-gleaner.com, July 20 (Jamaica) https://is.gd/cveoTb


76.          “Young man dies after nursing care facility workers left him in car for hours.” A 19-year-old autistic man died apparently of heatstroke after workers at a welfare service facility mistakenly left him behind in a car for hours, police said. ---mainichi.jp, July 14 (Japan) https://is.gd/luMVBw


77.          “43% of mentally disabled facility residents have lived in care homes for at least 25 yrs.” More than 40 percent of intellectually disabled residents of major care facilities have lived at such institutions for at least 25 years, a survey conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun has shown. ---mainichi.jp, July 19 (Japan) https://is.gd/53wSxM


78.          “Special needs pupils have room to hone talent with new curriculum, say teachers.” The new curriculum started in schools two months ago has greatly improved learning for hearing-impaired students in Murang’a School for the Deaf. ---the-star.co.ke, July 20 (Kenya) https://is.gd/rxo2Mj


79.          Physically, mentally challenged boy living in cage for a decade.” An 18-year-old Rudra Bahadur Rai of Sipten, Dhankuta Municipality–3, has been iving in a cage for the past 10 years. thehimalayantimes.com, July 15 (Nepal) https://is.gd/NruUrG


80.          “Family call for leads, a year on from grandmother Mary Berrington's disappearance.” The family of an Upper Hutt grandmother are calling for new leads, a year to the day since she vanished from her home. Mary Berrington, who was bipolar and mentally impaired, was 62 when she went missing on July 19, 2016. ---stuff.co.nz, July 19 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/xfpNAe


81.          “New programme helping autistic people into work.” Less than 10 per cent of New Zealanders who have been diagnosed with autism are in full-time employment - but a new programme hopes to change that. ---nzherald.co.nz, July 16 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/Iq0hTe


82.          “Weighing of blind, autistic man at Dunedin vet clinic disgusts family friend.” A family friend of a blind and autistic man is disgusted he is being taken to a veterinary clinic to be weighed, but the man's caregivers say he will not use normal scales. ---www.stuff.co.nz, July 16 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/PC2zBw


83.          “Deaf community struggle to be involved in election.” The deaf community is feeling left out of the electioneering process. Often left without a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) translator at political party events, Deaf Action New Zealand (DANZ) has to organise its own event so deaf voters in Auckland can participate. ---www.stuff.co.nz, July 19 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/xjV5Lu


84.          “Uganda: No One Should Be Left Behind in Provision of Social Services.” The saying "no one is left behind", is significant if we could use it as a slogan in all our development initiatives the country. ---allafrica.com, July 14 (Uganda) https://is.gd/Rkx0Zz


85.          “I get asked questions like Katie Price's about Harvey and prostitutes all the time – as a human rights expert, this is what I say.” Sex. Disability. Human rights. Sex work. Any of those issues alone may create strong and often polarised reactions, and attitudes ranging from great reticence to discuss them to a desire to gossip. ---independent.co.uk, July 14 (UK) https://is.gd/lXirSU


86.          “Paralysed fracking protester falls from his wheelchair as police move him from path of 40-tonne truck. ‘Shocking video shows disabled Nick Sheldrick being pulled out of the way of the lorry as police escorted it into the site ---mirror.co.uk, July 20 (UK) https://is.gd/Nvrcew


87.          “Homeless man with learning disabilities burned with lighter in brutal attack.” Police said they were hunting for two male supects and one female, after 20-year-old Rob Cox was found unconscious with bruising and burns on his face and arms. ---http://metro.co.uk, July 16 (UK) https://is.gd/qFYnxT


88.          “Carina's horrific case must be a lesson to carers.” Autistic and mute, Carina has never been able to speak and cannot look after herself. Her parents are her world and the only people she can properly communicate with. ---express.co.uk, July 16 (UK) https://is.gd/Jx7KuZ


89.          “Family's fury after autistic boy, 7, told to stay off school on sports day to 'avoid causing a scene'.” Headteacher Linda Gibson has apologised for the "entirely inappropriate suggestion" for Jacob Birchall who has Asperger syndrome ---mirror.co.uk, July 19 (UK) https://is.gd/F6jx0m


90.          “Need a wheelchair? Pay for it yourself.” A fourfold increase in the number of disabled people forced to use a crowdfunding site to buy their wheelchair undermines a basic tenet of the NHS, campaigners say ---theguardian.com, July 19 (UK) https://is.gd/paFqwV


91.          “Venezuela prosecutors seek security officials who beat man with Asperger's.” Venezuela's state prosecutor's office called on Monday for the detention of eight security personnel who savagely attacked a man with Asperger's syndrome near an anti-government protest. ---reuters.com, July 17 (Venezuela) https://is.gd/GVvI18




92.          “Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk.” The use of antidepressants during pregnancy might raise the risk of children developing autism, new research suggests. ---newsweek.com, July 19 https://is.gd/w2rGji


93.          “Lack of vitamin D in pregnancy linked to developmental problems in children.” Christopher Maynard is a New York-based writer and editor who has worked as a security guard, high school teacher, theatrical lighting designer and volunteer fireman. He is a graduate of Marist College. ---consumeraffairs.com, July 14 https://is.gd/F6v205


94.          “Netflix’s Atypical Tells The Story Of An Autistic 18-Year-Old Looking For Love.” For the last few years the word Autism has been bandied about in political discussions, but efforts to educate people on the condition are in many cases met with lack of interest. ---bleedingcool.com, July 19 https://is.gd/xw4ZFn


95.          “'I'm An Autistic Adult—Here's What I Want You To Know'.” Three women share how they learned to live (and thrive) with autism. ---womenshealthmag.com, July 17 https://is.gd/PfZqc9


96.          “'My goal was to paddle the whole time' - adaptive paddleboarders at SUP Cup.” The Windermere SUP Cup stand-up paddleboard competition is a yearly chance for recreational and elite paddlers to show their stuff as they race down the Clark Fork River, challenging each other and themselves to take home first place. ---missoulian.com, July 16 (Montana) https://is.gd/20E3vE


97.          “Boy with special needs gets custom log cabin in his backyard.” A 6-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair was surprised with a custom-made log cabin in his backyard that is inspired by a cabin he fell in love with at a camp for kids with serious illnesses. ---abcnews.go.com, July 19 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/1cBjLm