Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of July 21 through July 27, 2017

Articles Compiled by Jennifer Palmer
Editing and Commentary by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D., 
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, 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: 1,5,7,12,61,65,85

Physical Abuse: 11, 15, 28, 83

Emotional/Verbal Abuse:  27, 28

Neglect: 3, 4, 10, 54               

Murder: 3, 6, 14            
Kidnap: 2

Financial abuse: 2, 9, 53

Guardianship: 9, 38


WHO DUN IT?              School: 5, 10        Camp Counselor: 12

(Listed by # of article)   Stranger: 2, 11, 14, 28, 53, 61,65              

Caregiver: 1, 3, 4, 6, 13, 83

Law Enforcement: 13, 27                

                                        Men: 1, 2, 7, 11, 12, 13, 61, 65

                                        Women: 5, 6, 13


Good News: 26 (increase in special education services); 40 (ADAPT advocacy); 44 (Study on restraint/seclusion);  46 (surfing for children with disabilities); 52 (Honor for suffering of people with disabilities); 59 (increased funding); 74 (Human Rights Commission report on care of people with disabilities);  81 (funding for increase in communicating emotions for people with autism); 88 (church gifts van)


Bad News: 7 (extremely light sentence for sexual assault of person with disabilities); 29 (reduced funding leads to reduced special education service); 69 (increased rate of dementia of adults with Down syndrome); 70 (high rate of death among hospitalized patients with depression);  72 (study shows systemic abuse)

INTERESTING #66 (cannot convict rapist for child abuse of adult victim with intellectual disability)


Most significant quote of the week: 12 “We had no reason to think they would not follow the policies,” reportedly quoted from statement by Disability Rights Executive Director.  (Editor’s comment:  I believe this statement provides excellent insight into why there is a problem implementing policies, procedures and practices, when it is known that there is no oversight.)


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





    1.          “Phoenix group home worker accused of child molestation.” A man has been accused of molesting teenaged girls in the Phoenix group home where he works. ---abc15.com, July 27 (Arizona) https://is.gd/6D9zgJ


    2.          “Autistic teen takes bus home after thief steals car with him inside.” An autistic teenager took the bus home Friday morning after authorities issued an Amber Alert saying the car he’d been inside was stolen from outside a Jack in the Box in Paramount, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. ---presstelegram.com, July 21 (California) https://is.gd/eJZYdp


    3.          “Man’s death sparks probe of group home.” A Simi Valley group home is under investigation following the death of one of its residents, who was killed on the 118 Freeway three weeks ago after leaving the facility without supervision. ---simivalleyacorn.com, July 21 (California) https://is.gd/YbaZPO


    4.          “Longmont couple charged in neglect of disabled woman in their care.” Two Longmont residents accused of confining a woman with severe disabilities in a dirty basement storage room were formally charged Thursday at the Boulder County Jail. ---timescall.com, July 20 (Colorado) https://is.gd/0dxfzR


    5.          “Ex-teacher pleads not guilty in sex assault of special-education student.” A former Central High School teacher charged with sexually assaulting a special-education student appeared in court Tuesday. Laura Ramos, 31, pleaded not guilty. She had no comment as she left the courthouse. ---connecticut.news12.com, July 25 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/BsdimR


    6.          “Investigation into death of personal care home resident under way.” Following the death of a patient at a personal care home, the Richmond County Coroner’s Office called in city code enforcement and state inspectors and intends to have the body sent for an autopsy. ---chronicle.augusta.com, July 25 (Georgia) https://is.gd/YdGDXA


    7.          “Here's Why the Man Who Raped a Mentally Impaired 14-Year-Old Will Only Serve 180 Days in Prison.” A 19-year-old man from Minneapolis who was convicted of raping a mentally challenged 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to 180 days in jail. ---bet.com, July 26 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/RbpHFl


    8.          “Sense-Ability School for Autism set to open in September.” The Sense-Ability School for Autism is set to open in September. They just moved into their building on 1220 17th Street South. ---krtv.com, July 22 (Montana) https://is.gd/dgKTC3


    9.          “Fraud and embezzlement alleged in guardianship lawsuit.” A handful of professionals who are supposed to protect the vulnerable now face allegations of fraud. ---ktnv.com, July 20 (Nevada) https://is.gd/oWTzU0


10.          “Wheelchair rollover leads to lawsuit against Brentwood school.” An East Kingston father is suing Seacoast Learning Collaborative, claiming his disabled son was injured when his wheelchair overturned during a school bus ride earlier this year. ---unionleader.com, July 25 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/qOSopD


11.          “Franklin sheriff: Man wanted in assault on handicapped person.” Franklin County authorities are searching for a man who is accused of assaulting a handicapped person on Tuesday. ---wral.com, July 27 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/mqAgPi


12.          “Agency monitors Burlington camp sex assault.” The agency responsible for creating the city of Burlington’s policies for a summer camp for children with developmental disabilities is monitoring a sexual assault case reported this week and plans to review camp operations before next summer’s session. ---thetimesnews.com, July 21 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/S0V7Lr


13.          “Former Lake County group home administrator indicted in resident's death.” The former administrator of a now-shuttered Madison Township group home was indicted on charges related to a resident's death. ---cleveland.com, July 25 (Ohio) https://is.gd/tbRsMr


14.          “Man in wheelchair murdered; caretaker injured.” A 36-year-old man in a wheelchair was shot and killed during what Philadelphia Police believe could be a home invasion robbery. The man's 51-year-old caretaker was also shot during the incident late Thursday night in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown neighborhood. ---6abc.com, July 21 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/HwqWz2


15.          Duchesne mom sues sheriff after her autistic son, 13, was thrown to ground.” An officer responding to a report of a suspicious Hispanic or Asian man at a Duchesne County convenience store said he came across a teen at a nearby library who ran away from him. ---ksl.com July 25 (Utah) https://is.gd/Igkk6y


16.          “Judge sentences couple in elder abuse case.” A Bluefield, Va. husband and wife were sentenced Monday for the severe neglect of an 87-year-old woman which resulted in severe bed sores and broken bones. ---bdtonline.com, July 25 (Virginia) https://is.gd/UiyExT



17.          “Witness: 'Loud bang' heard as hit-and-run driver strikes wheelchair.” Police are searching for a driver who struck a man in a wheelchair in downtown Madison Saturday afternoon and took off, according to a report. ---channel3000.com, July 24 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/c8FbwL




18.          “27 years celebrating a bipartisan opportunity — the American Disabilities Act.” July 26, 1990 was a watershed moment for more than 59 million Americans, as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. It was a day full of feeling relief, joy, optimism, hope and acceptance, especially for those of us living with a disability. ---http://thehill.com, July 26 https://is.gd/O5lFmM


19.          “Twenty-Seven Years Later and Disability Rights are Still Under Attack.” The Americans with Disabilities Act (or ADA) is a monumental achievement. But the law is once again “under serious attack,” with disability rights groups encouraging citizens to write to their members of Congress to protect it. ---huffingtonpost.com, July 24 https://is.gd/ObBmI6


20.          “Betsy DeVos, Unlikely Champion for Special Education.” On July 17, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered her first speech on special education, six months to the day of her near-disastrous comments on the topic during her confirmation hearing. ---realcleareducation.com, July 26 https://is.gd/1y0SVP


21.          “State budget crisis having impact on disabled residents.” Non-profit day programs for the disabled were forced to close for the day Wednesday because of a furlough enforced by the state. This will be one of six furlough days spaced throughout the year. Program providers, caregivers, parents and people with disabilities gathered on the steps of the capitol Wednesday morning to demand a fair budget from lawmakers. ---fox61.com, July 26 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/NQeOmO


22.          “Frontier Airlines fined $400,000 for bumping passengers, not helping people with disabilities.” Denver-based Frontier Airlines was fined $400,000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation for violating procedures for bumping passengers from oversold flights, and for failing to properly assist disabled passengers. ---denverpost.com, July 24 (Colorado) https://is.gd/iXu6pq


23.          “Project Empower: Conferences coming up for parents of children with disabilities.” A new organization in Pensacola is offering focused help for parents of children with disabilities. It's called "Project Empower" and it will host a series of conferences giving parents both tools and some training. ---weartv.com, July 20 (Florida) https://is.gd/1Tb9eC


24.          “Fulfilling the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act.” In July 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law in an action that “gave voice to the nation’s highest ideals.” As we celebrate 27 years of ADA, we can see the significance of this law. ---sfchronicle.com, July 24 (Florida) https://is.gd/5YEALr


25.          “Pekin school uses gardening to help students with disabilities.” The students at Schramm Educational Center in Pekin have more serious needs than any other schoolchildren in Tazewell County because their disabilities limit the ways they can learn. ---pjstar.com, July 20 (Illinois) https://is.gd/Gl9ZmU


26.          “Ruling could lead to expansion of special-education services.” A judge's ruling could lead to an expansion of special-education services to thousands of Iowa students. ---cbs2iowa.com, July 20 (Iowa) https://is.gd/ynaQUv


27.          “Lawsuit: Mentally ill prisoners may have been forced to bark for food.” Louisiana prison officials blocked attorneys from investigating "alarming" allegations of inmate abuse, including claims that mentally ill prisoners were forced to kneel or bend down and bark like dogs to get food, a lawsuit alleges. ---nola.com, July 20 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/89sd8a


28.          “Three suspects charged after autistic man is shot with BB gun.” Uxbridge police have filed charges against three people after an autistic man was shot with a BB gun. ---wpri.com, July 22 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/THVXzG


29.          “Budget cuts will be affecting Montana's special education programs.” Montana revenues have fallen far enough below projections to trigger a worst-case scenario $97 million in spending cuts across state government starting as soon as next month. ---abcfoxmontana.com, July 26 (Montana) https://is.gd/or65H7


30.          “Students with Disabilities Are the Overlooked Victims of GOP Health Care Repeal.” Superintendents are concerned cuts to Medicaid will threaten crucial medical services. ---motherjones.com, July 24 (Michigan) https://is.gd/NRqF16


31.          “Blind Missourians' 11-year court battle for money they're owed may be nearing its end.”  A more than decade-long fight by blind people to get the state to pay them money they are owed may be inching toward a conclusion. ---stltoday.com, July 21 (Missouri) https://is.gd/cMQpsD


32.          “North Dakota Medicaid expands coverage for autism services.” A therapy used widely to treat symptoms of autism will now be accessible through North Dakota Medicaid after an unsuccessful legislative bid to mandate its coverage in the state's insurance markets. ---inforum.com, July 26 (North Dakota) https://is.gd/imcrPT


33.          “Christie demands changes to strict group home oversight bill spurred by choking death.” Gov. Chris Christie said he would sign a law that imposes tougher oversight over group homes for people with developmental disabilities, but not the "impractical" version state lawmakers approved last month. ---nj.com, July 24 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/GWP0xh


34.          “Judge declines to dismiss suit to keep WNY Children's Psychiatric Center open.” A state Supreme Court justice Thursday declined the state's request to dismiss a lawsuit that aims to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open in West Seneca. ---buffalonews.com, July 27 (New York) https://is.gd/cr0o9R


35.          “Disability rights advocates will mark the ADA’s 27th anniversary with a Downtown Pittsburgh rally.” “The ADA is one of the most powerful pieces of legislation,” Access Mob Pittsburgh’s Alisa Grishman said. ---theincline.com. July 26 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/oE6Uag


36.          “DDSN Commission considers lifting freeze on South Carolina Mentor, asks for more data.” Critical-type incidents at the state’s largest for-profit private provider of residential services for the intellectually disabled have jumped 210 percent over the past six years, records released Thursday show, but deaths have remained even and abuse allegations have dropped in the past year. ---thestate.com, July 21 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/r31l7Y


37.          Disabled plaintiffs sue over Utah guardianship law.” Two individuals and a law center are suing the state of Utah, alleging discrimination and violation of federal law. ---legalnewsline.com, July 24 (Utah) https://is.gd/pnxf7H


38.          “Seven years of disability discrimination complaints target UVM Medical Center.” Julie Hay arrived at the emergency department of the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington just before midnight on July 15, 2015. ---vtdigger.org, July 23 (Vermont) https://is.gd/wjJXMG


39.          “This woman has been arrested 131 times fighting for disability rights—and she’s not done yet.” One of the most striking protests in Washington, D.C. so far this year—and there have been many, over everything from immigration to taxes—came courtesy of ADAPT, a grassroots disability rights organization on the front lines of the battle for health care. ---qz.com, July 22 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/BwhqGE


40.          “Disability rights activists are threatening indefinite sit-in if the GOP successfully repeals Obamacare.” On Tuesday, just as Senate Republicans were meeting behind closed doors to make their final case for a motion to proceed on debate of the health care bill, hundreds of protesters with ADAPT, a grassroots organization that fights for the rights of Americans with disabilities, were planning a massive sit-in at the lobby of one of the Senate office buildings, ADAPT spokesman Adam Prizio said in a phone interview. ---businessinsider.com, July 25 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/m0Tg0l


41.          “Fear of Medicaid cuts looms at school that serves students with disabilities.” With a mailbag slung across his small frame and a wide-brim hat perched atop his head, Mason Wade stepped up to the catwalk. Clasping his aide’s hand for support, he sashayed across the gym, a sprawling red carpet under his feet. ---washingtonpost.com, July 22 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/eXBq20




42.          “We weren't activists, but efforts to repeal Obamacare converted us.” Our entire lives, we have been there for each other as we have gone through diagnosis after diagnosis. We are identical twins, and because our lives and stories are intertwined, we decided to tell our health care story together. ---tcpalm.com, July 26 https://is.gd/xYeMgs


43.          “Study: School Culture, Policies Drive Use of Restraint And Seclusion.” New research suggests that local factors may play the biggest role in determining how likely students with disabilities are to experience restraint and seclusion at school. ---disabilityscoop.com, July 25 https://is.gd/6Jlp4E


44.          “FBI says Internet romance scams on the rise. Here's what you need to know.” When a friend request from a man who said his name was Greg landed in Sheila's Facebook account, she was intrigued. She didn’t know him but accepted anyway. ---usatoday.com, July 20 https://is.gd/V32aoh


45.          “Children with special needs try surfing in Ventura.” Youngsters with special needs experienced the joys of surfing Saturday as volunteers with A Walk on Water brought a surf-therapy event to Ventura for the fifth time. ---vcstar.com, July 23 (California) https://is.gd/kkigfz


46.          “Has California Found the Answer to More Equitable Developmental Education?” Developmental education (also known as remedial education) serves as a major barrier to a disproportionate number of Black and Brown students in higher education. ---diverseeducation.com, July 26 (California) https://is.gd/1JKOBK


47.          “Parents: Solana Beach school renovations unfair to special education students.” Parents upset about the new portable classrooms for special education students in the San Dieguito Union High School District will meet with school officials later this week. ---10news.com, July 25 (California) https://is.gd/e3EDKJ


48.          “Autism Answers: Leesburg police train on how to communicate with autistic people.” Leesburg police officers will get special training this week on how to better deal with autistic people. The training comes following a bill passed by the Florida Legislature where police departments across the state would have to establish training to help police identify the behavior of autistic individuals. ---wftv.com, July 24 (Florida) https://is.gd/Za1I1w


49.          “Controversial psychiatric hospital, first of its kind in Iowa, approved for Quad Cities.” State regulators on Thursday approved a proposal to build Iowa’s first private, free-standing psychiatric hospital. A national company, Strategic Behavioral Health, plans to build the $15 million, 72-bed hospital in Bettendorf. ---desmoinesregister.com, July 20 (Iowa) https://is.gd/hk9nYL


50.          “Hard-of-hearing Olathe pastor teaches deaf refugees to speak through sign language “ Born hard of hearing, the child of two deaf parents, the Rev. Debbie Buchholz -- pastor of a church for the deaf and mother of seven adult children, four of whom are deaf or hard of hearing -- parked her SUV up along the circle drive of her Olathe home. ---mybrctv.com, July 20 (Kansas) https://is.gd/fbjUVR


51.          “Maine’s forgotten adults adrift in ‘a system in crisis’ after years of neglect.” Last week, our governor dedicated a memorial to a community the state destroyed in 1912 at what is now Pineland Farms. The memorial honors the former residents of Malaga Island who were incarcerated at the Maine School for the Feeble Minded after the island’s population was evicted. ---bangordailynews.com, July 20 (Maine) https://is.gd/qDYqgQ


52.          “Airline wrecks paralyzed Hillsboro child's wheelchair.” United Airlines: They've certainly had their fair share of publicity lately, and not much of it has been good. ---ksdk.com, July 25 (Missouri) https://is.gd/ZxUjwp


53.          Brooklyn company employs more than 100 blind workers.” When Ted Rios turned 50 recently, his co-workers threw him a surprise party at a bar near their Borough Park office. ---nypost.com, July 23 (New York) https://is.gd/NibrTY


54.          “Investigation: NC adult care homes system under fire, with oversight inconsistent, unreliable.” In the early morning hours on Dec. 17, 2014, a fire broke out at A New Outlook of Taylorsville, a 34-bed adult care home that sits at the end of a winding residential street in hilly rural Alexander County.

---carolinapublicpress.org, July 24 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/bTufOA


55.          “Council Rock special education students sharpen skills at Green Parrot.” Elizabeth Sutton isn't sure she wants to work at a restaurant for a living, but she appreciates and enjoys the taste of it she is getting at the Green Parrot in Newtown Township. ---buckscountycouriertimes.com, July 23 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/c8FbwL


56.          “How to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” At age 3, doctors said Ryan Denton would never even walk, run or write his name. He’s diagnosed with mild intellectual disability, Apraxia and seizure disorder. ---tennessean.com, July 21 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/8DyGwI


57.          “Health Department Receives Funding for Services for People With Developmental Disabilities.” The Lewis County Department of Social and Health Services has received money to fund employment and related services for individuals within the county who have developmental disabilities. ---chronline.com, July 25 (Washington) https://is.gd/I99nb2




58.          “NDIS: Mother of daughter with severe disability fears privatisation of NSW group homes.” For years, Barbara Spode, 79, had peace of mind. If she died suddenly, for whatever reason, she felt her severely autistic daughter, India, 51, would be well looked after. But that changed when she discovered the group home India is living in, a government-run facility providing full-time care to people with disability in Sydney's south-east, was about to be privatised. ---abc.net.au, July 28 (Australia) https://is.gd/QahAbx


59.          “Sydney taxi driver who sexually assaulted deaf schoolgirl wins sentence reduction.” A taxi driver who sexually and indecently assaulted a profoundly deaf schoolgirl in Sydney's west has received a reduction in his sentence on appeal. Osman Chamseddine, 64, assaulted the girl when she was aged 10 and 11 while he was contracted to drive her to and from her special needs school in 2009. ---abc.net.au, July 21 (Australia) https://is.gd/xziAjY


60.          “Toronto courier company offers work, support to those with developmental disabilities.” For many people with developmental disabilities, finding a full-time job that provides the necessary support is a major challenge. It’s estimated that more than 70 per cent of Canadian adults with developmental disabilities are unemployed, according to Statistics Canada. ---ctvnews.ca, July 26 (Canada) https://is.gd/82ahFF


61.          “Unlicensed group home operators face new health and safety violations.” City officials have twice issued a threat to life notice at one Scarborough property caught up in a crackdown on Thursday. ---thestar.com, July 21 (Canada) https://is.gd/LbrDHB


62.          “Locks on the fridge: Reforms needed soon to help kids in care, says former group home resident.” An Ottawa woman who received "inadequate care" when she lived in group homes as a teen says the province's recently-announced reforms to residential care are badly needed.  ---cbc.ca, July 24 (Canada) https://is.gd/TfTmEB  


63.          “Court stipulates heavy punishment for forced prostitution.” Those who force minors, retarded people or people with serious sexual diseases and pregnant women into prostitution will face a punishment ranging from 10 years to life in prison, according to a new judicial interpretation jointly released by the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate. ---globaltimes.cn, July 24 (China) https://is.gd/yA7CCM


64.          “POCSO can't be invoked for rape of adult with child-like brain: SC.” The stringent POCSO Act to deal with sexual offences against minors cannot be invoked to prosecute a man for raping a mentally-challenged adult victim having an under-developed brain like a child, the Supreme Court today ruled. ---ptinews.com, July 21 (India) https://is.gd/rDfObe


65.          “Family pension for mentally retarded or physically handicapped dependents.” The Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 already provide for grant of family pension to mentally retarded/physically handicapped children of retired Government employees after completion of twenty-five years of age if their income is less than the minimum family pension under these Rules and the dearness relief admissible thereon as announced from time to time. ---business-standard.com. July 27 (India) https://is.gd/ZNYdCZ


66.          “‘Ensure jobs for teachers with disabilities’.” A disability rights organisation has urged the Chief Minister to ensure jobs in government aided schools for persons with disabilities who have qualified as teachers. ---thehindu.com, July 26 (India) https://is.gd/ovnYUr


67.          “Dementia ‘highly prevalent’ among women with Down syndrome.” A study of dementia in women with Down syndrome in Ireland has found very high prevalence rates and significantly earlier onset of the disease than in the general population. ---irishtimes.com, July 26 (Ireland) https://is.gd/VvEWnv


68.          “151 people died in psychiatric hospitals and units last year.” The most common diagnosis recorded for the total 17,290 admissions last year was for depressive disorders. The figures are from the 2016 data for Irish psychiatric units and hospitals, released by the Health Research Board (HRB) yesterday. ---irishexaminer.com, July 26 (Ireland) https://is.gd/28UWPJ


69.          “McGrath defends spending on special needs.” Children with special needs were "left behind for too long" and should be facilitated in mainstream schools, Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath has said. ---independent.ie, July 22 (Ireland) https://is.gd/GMOTKh


70.          “'I was never loved as a child' - report argues systemic abuse of intellectually disabled.” Taken from their families as children, never hugged or loved, living in fear - a new report argues the conditions endured by intellectually disabled people in state care constitutes systemic abuse. ---nzherald.co.nz, July 27 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/BLfCbZ


71.          “Mother battles to keep Down Syndrome son in the country.” An American mother and her 8-year-old son had their residence application denied because he has Down syndrome.  But the decision was overturned by the Immigration Protection Tribunal which criticised a "serious flaw" in Immigration NZ's processes. ---stuff.co.nz, July 24 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/AGNjYh

72.          “Abuse was an 'everyday reality' for disabled – report.” Sexual abuse was a feature of almost the patients' stories. Photo credit: file “New Zealand did a "horrific job" looking after intellectually disabled people in state care, a report by the Human Rights Commission says. "The mistreatment was systemic, enduring and an everyday reality for New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities who lived in institutions and special schools," the commission said, releasing the report on Thursday. ---newshub.co.nz, July 27 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/1yYwTM


73.          “Special Ed teachers from Philippines get needed resources.” Seventy-two teachers from the Philippines now have the resources they need thanks to some great people in the Las Vegas community. The teachers are here to teach Special Ed for CCSD, but they did not travel to Las Vegas with many of their belongings. ---fox5vegas.com, July 23 (Philippines) https://is.gd/zpSA4m


74.          “More than 70 companies, individuals recognised for efforts in supporting employees with disabilities.” Instead of the usual one-week training he conducts for new employees, environmental services department supervisor Davis Chew spends about three weeks helping new staff with disabilities at Yishun Community Hospital (YCH) to learn the ropes. ---todayonline.com, July 21 (Singapore) https://is.gd/34clYv


75.          “Dad Of Son With Asperger’s Throws Sports Day In Back Garden After Teacher Suggests He Stays At Home.” A dad decided to take matters into own hands and throw a sports day for his son with Asperger’s, after it was suggested the boy shouldn’t take part in his school’s one. ---huffingtonpost.co.uk, July 21 (UK) https://is.gd/nvtI7P


76.          “‘How dare she?’ Paddy McGuinness’s wife Christine reveals initial anger at doctor who diagnosed their twins with autism.” Paddy McGuinness and his wife recently opened up about their twins’ autism diagnosis, praising their children for their unique and beautiful ways, and Christine has opened up about the moment that they were diagnosed. ---metro.co.uk, July 21 (UK) https://is.gd/hgNAEO


77.          “Half of pupils expelled from school 'mentally ill'.” Half of pupils expelled from England's schools have a mental health issue, according to analysis of official data. The Institute of Public Policy Research suggests if excluded students with undiagnosed problems were included, the rate would be much higher. ---bbc.com, July 20 (UK) https://is.gd/ZOY81f


78.          “Taxi driver suspended from transporting vulnerable adults and young people.” Labour councillor Gurpal Atwal was previously denied a licence to drive a taxi in Oadby and Wigston ---leicestermercury.co.uk, July 23 (UK) https://is.gd/g0OUEU


79.          “UK shops to fall quiet to help people with autism.” Charities urge action as research reveals 64 per cent of autistic people avoid going shopping. ---independent.co.uk, July 23 (UK) https://is.gd/CaNHre


80.          “Trio win £10,000 for invention that communicates emotions of users with autism.” Pupils from a special school in Hampshire have won £10,000 for their ICT department after creating a prototype badge that helps people on the autistic spectrum to communicate. ---schoolsweek.co.uk, July 22 (UK) https://is.gd/Evsksv


81.          “Hundreds of thousands of elderly and vulnerable people are to get a refund after being overcharged £89million in legal fees by government quango.” Hundreds of thousands of elderly and vulnerable people have been overcharged £89 million in legal fees by a Government body. ---dailymail.co.uk, July 22 (UK) https://is.gd/WRpf4k


82.          “'Traumatised' autistic man restrained for 11 hours.” The mother of a man with autism who was restrained by as many as nine members of staff for 11 hours at a private hospital in Birmingham has said her son has been left "traumatised". ---bbc.com, July 25 (UK) https://is.gd/Ehu9Rl


83.          “Sex offender ‘raped autistic man after being left unsupervised in care home’.” The attacker was found in the severely disabled 23-year-old's room but the suspected rape was kept quiet by watchdogs ---thesun.co.uk, July 27 (UK) https://is.gd/1IvtxT




84.          “Virginia Beach student in Miss Teen USA contest looks to raise awareness for kids with disabilities.” Madison Walker is trying to do what no other Virginia teen has done. The 17-year-old will compete Saturday in the Miss Teen USA pageant in Phoenix. ---pilotonline.com, July 23 (Arizona) https://is.gd/BzaWw5


85.          “8-year-old boy raises money to buy his bestie a new wheelchair.” Kamden, 8, who lives in Poway, California, was born with a tumor on his T2 and T3 vertebras. The tumor was so large it engulfed his spinal cord. While he has had three surgeries to de-bulk the tumor, Kamden is paraplegic and relies on a wheelchair. ---today.com, July 24 (California) https://is.gd/ZgvClz


86.          “Church gifts family van for daughter with special needs.” Generosity: That’s what one local church says helps keep their members going. West Ridge Church in Dallas, Georgia, says generosity is “about going above and beyond and doing something completely unexpected for someone who deserves it ... Someone who maybe would never see it coming. ---wsbtv.com, July 26 (Georgia) https://is.gd/vS0qZL


87.          “Bicyclists strive to create awareness for those with disabilities.” The 30 riders on the south route of the annual Journey of Hope have 59 days to travel from Long Beach, Calif., to Washington, D.C., using nothing more than their own two legs to power their bicycles across America. ---vicksburgpost.com, July 21 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/8IVyRp


88.          “Artists with developmental disabilities featured in exhibit “  More than 60 pieces of art created by 25 local artists with developmental disabilities will be featured in Look Beyond: An Art Show for All Abilities. ---akron.com, July 26 (Ohio) https://is.gd/L8RwYi


89.          “Dad takes autistic son on “life changing” 6 month backpacking trip through Africa.” Dr James Best took his 14-tear-old son Sam on a six-month backpacking trip across Africa, as an unconventional strategy to help improve his son’s social development and ability to deal with unpredictable situations. ---news.com.au, July 24 (Australia) https://is.gd/nQ99Sz