Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of
July 28 through August 4, 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 near the end. The categories are: Abuse and Neglect, Accident, Laws & Legislation, Improved Supports, International, and Miscellaneous.

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, 7, 8, 12, 69, 76, 80
Physical Abuse: 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 72, 88
Emotional/Verbal Abuse:  72
Neglect: 4, 92                          Accident: 63
Murder: 73                               Kidnap: 11
Financial abuse: 2, 9, 25        Discrimination:  47


WHO DUN IT?                     School: 3, 8, 12                             Family: 5

(Listed by # of article)           Stranger: 1, 2, 11, 76, 88             Caregiver: 4, 7, 25

        Law Enforcement:  6, 10              Guardian: 9         

                                              Men: 1, 2, 11, 76                         Women: 8, 9, 25     
                                              Oldest perpetrator: 1


Good News: 20 (increased attention); 36, 37, 38, 42, 57, 64, 78, 82, 98

Bad News: 14, 16, 21, 22, 28, 30, 40, 44, 45, 53, 54, 65, 70

Other: 19 (child abuse by man with an intellectual disability.


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    1.          “77-Year-Old Man Accused of Sexually Battering Autistic Woman.” A 77-year-old registered sex offender has been charged with kidnapping and sexual battery for allegedly taking a developmentally-challenged woman from a McDonald’s restaurant in Fremont and molesting her in his car, police and prosecutors said Friday. ---sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com, July 28 (California) https://is.gd/6bB5N5


    2.          “Felon who assaulted, robbed deaf man in downtown Riverside sentenced.” A convicted felon who struck and robbed a deaf man outside a Riverside coffeehouse, and also committed a separate robbery, was sentenced Monday, July 24 to 12 years in state prison. ---pe.com, July 25 (California) https://is.gd/fv9YQ5


    3.          “Mom sues after wheelchair-bound teen thrown to floor on school bus.” A wheelchair-bound teenager was thrown to the floor of a school bus. The seconds tick fast, growing into minutes before anyone comes to her aid. ---wkbw.com, July 28 (Georgia) https://is.gd/poXqDa


    4.          “Boy with special needs wanders alone into gas station at 3 a.m.” After more than 10 hours, police finally found the caregivers of a young boy, who wandered inside a local store alone in the middle of the night along Old Dixie Highway in Clayton County. ---wsbtv.com, August 3 (Georgia) https://is.gd/XF2jE9


    5.          “Couple who adopted 9 special-needs children charged with abuse after 68 police reports.” An Iowa couple who have adopted nine children have been charged with child endangerment for allegations of physical abuse after the police made 68 reports about the couple, the Des Moines Register reported. ---kfdi.com, July 28 (Iowa) https://is.gd/KCPLyc


    6.          “Suit claims K-9 bit autistic teen, seeks canine body cams.” A 15-year-old autistic boy is suing the Louisville Metro Police Department alleging a police dog bit him during an unlawful search of his home in July 2016. ---courier-journal.com, July 27 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/GjrYtt


    7.          “KC med-tech fired after nurse says she caught tech sexually assaulting elderly, non-verbal patient at Truman Lakewood,” Truman Medical Centers announced Monday afternoon that the technician accused of sexually assaulting an elderly patient on Friday at the Lakewood long-term care facility, has been fired. ---fox4kc, July 31 (Missouri) https://is.gd/EROCeD


    8.          “Mom says CCSD special education teacher abused her 4-year-old.” 13 Action News spoke with the woman who said her child was abused by Navrides. "Why my son," said mom Crystal Nomura-Harper. "... She took away his innocence." ---ktnv.com, July 28 (Nevada) https://is.gd/5gMyXt


    9.          “Contact 13: Guardian sentenced to probation.” A woman convicted for stealing from her elderly companion faced justice today. She was the subject of a Contact 13 Investigation that exposed corruption in our guardianship system. ---ktnv.com, July 31 (Nevada) https://is.gd/cWGb2V


10.          “Deputy tases autistic teen at school. Family sues, saying boy posed no threat.” The family of an autistic Bethel High School student who a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot in the back with a stun gun has sued the deputy and the county. ---thenewstribune.com, July 29 (Washington) https://is.gd/tjZusI


11.          “Man accused of helping teen flee Portage County group home.” A man accused of helping a teenage girl run away from a group home earlier this month in Portage County has been charged with child abduction. ---stevenspointjournal.com, July 31 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/bjiGqA


12.          “Iowa girls were abused at Wisconsin facility after Iowa closed Toledo school, lawsuits say.” After reports of abuse led Iowa to close its school for troubled girls in 2014, state officials sent teenagers to a Wisconsin facility where the mistreatment was just as shocking, according to federal lawsuits filed this week. ---desmoinesregister.com, August 3 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/PD4wbe




13.          “From Trumpcare to Transformation.” Republicans’ hopes of repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with some draconian alternative are dead — at least for now. And we have bottom-up pressure to thank. ---jacobinmag.com, July 31 https://is.gd/Bz7bj3


14.          “Administrators should look out for ableism, prioritize students with disabilities.” Even the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act becoming law couldn’t stop the addition of ableist signs to UCLA’s campus. ---dailybruin.com, July 30 (California) https://is.gd/xAYhYU


15.          “Everyone Deserves Care: Insisting on Compassion in the Face of Congressional Cruelty.” When I heard that the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act didn't have enough votes, I thought that maybe my family could stop worrying about health care. ---truth-out.org, August 1 (California) https://is.gd/GPoQtE


16.          “With No State Budget, Social Service Agencies Forced to Cut Programs.”  Connecticut has not had a budget since July 1. Since then, Governor Dannel Malloy has been in charge of state spending by executive authority. This has meant a cut in funding to a number of social agencies, including those that provide assistance to people with disabilities. ---wshu.org, July 31 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/4dUcIZ


17.          “State's legal bill grows to $19 million.” Florida’s price tag for losing legal battles — which has included courtroom fights over drug testing, voting rights and gay marriage — continues to grow under Gov. Rick Scott. ---orlandosentinel.com, July 31 (Florida) https://is.gd/ajPR6Y


18.          New Account Announced for Hoosiers with Disabilities.” Hoosiers with disabilities now have a way to save money without fear of losing benefits. ---mywabashvalley.com, July 27 (Indiana) https://is.gd/vL1Lod


19.          “Accused Attleboro child molester found incompetent to stand trial.” A judge Tuesday found an intellectually disabled 23-year-old man incompetent to stand trial for molesting two children at McDonald’s restaurant on Pleasant Street last year. ---thesunchronicle.com, August 1 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/uGvCpx


20.          “Cuts to Medicaid would affect special needs students across St. Louis region.” Amid the national noise about potential cuts to Medicaid, some school administrators are trying to bring attention to one arguably lesser-known group that would be affected: their students. ---stltoday.com, August 1 (Missouri) https://is.gd/wP58cD


21.          “FAA says rights of those with disabilities violated at Jackson-Evers International Airport.” The Federal Aviation Administration says the authority for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport is violating the rights of those with disabilities by limiting their access to taxicab services. ---clarionledger.com, July 28 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/KodA3N


22.          “Helena, East Helena schools brace for state budget cuts.” Helena Public Schools will have to trim its budget by $500,000 after state revenues came in $75 million lower than projected, which triggered severe cuts for certain agencies. ---helenair.com, July 30 (Montana) https://is.gd/LyEmkH


23.          “Nebraska HHS releases second business plan, seeks 'culture of continuous improvement'.” Reducing the number of children in out-of-home care, implementing new Medicaid computer systems and creating a new quality management process for developmental disability services are among the priorities for the State Department of Health and Human Services this year. ---omaha.com, July 28 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/M3xiKd


24.          “Include people with disabilities in apprenticeship programs.” President Donald Trump’s executive order expanding apprenticeships in America will have an impact on workforce development. It could have an even a greater impact if students with disabilities are included. ---abqjournal.com, July 30 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/M6ejL1


25.          “Former group home supervisor pleads guilty to taking food stamps from residents.” The former supervisor of a Colonie group home for the developmentally disabled has pleaded guilty to stealing about $2,600 worth of food stamps that was supposed to go to residents of the facility where she worked, state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott said on Thursday. ---timesunion.com, August 3 (New York) https://is.gd/KFtQQx


26.          “Calls for Court Reform as Legal Guardians Abuse Older Adults.” Terri Black had always planned to care for her widowed father in her home if he ever became too frail to care for himself. In June 2013, Mrs. Black, an only child, decided it was time: Her father’s longtime companion in Las Vegas had informed her that she could no longer handle his dementia, diabetes and other health issues, and asked the daughter to take him. ---nytimes.com, July 28 (Nevada) https://is.gd/8JLrYd


27.          ”A federal case: Housing for mentally ill adults pits NC against US government in ongoing legal battle.” Lawmakers created the adult care home system in North Carolina largely as a reaction to a national movement to move those with mental illness out of institutions during the 1970s and 1980s. ---carolinapublicpress.org, July 31 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/V20lX7


28.          “This couple may have lost custody of their kids because they weren't smart enough.” An Oregon couple lost custody of their two young children after the state decided they were not mentally capable of raising the children, the Portland Oregonian reports. ---deseretnews.com, July 31 (Oregon) https://is.gd/cThooN


29.          “County council member urges action to keep White Haven Center open.” Luzerne County officials and residents must take action to prevent the state from shutting down the White Haven Center, a residential state institution for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Robert Schnee told his county council colleagues this week. ---timesleader.com, July 28 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/a57eGV


30.          “New report recommends several ways that DSS could improve the way it serves vulnerable adults.” The S.C. Department of Social Services is failing to meet the needs of vulnerable adults who have been abused or neglected, a new Legislative Audit Council report found. ---postandcourier.com, July 28 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/0FhZef


31.          “New center brings special needs art and entrepreneurship to Knoxville.” A new program in Knoxville is bringing art and entrepreneurship to people with special needs.  It's called Yellow Key Art Center, and it's helping support artists with intellectual and developmental delays. ---wbir.com, July 31 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/FRd7z1


32.          “Three education bills still alive in special session.” In the two weeks since the start of the state Legislature’s special session, none of the education bills prioritized by Gov. Greg Abbott has been killed during discussions in Austin. ---kdhnews.com, July29 (Texas) https://is.gd/g36rCC


33.          “Bill Signed To Allow Deaf People To Designate Status On Driver's License.” Deaf people or those who are hard of hearing can now have a symbol on their driver’s license that designates their hearing challenges. ---wfae.org, July 28 (Virginia) https://is.gd/mjp3lN


34.          “Governor Names New Head of Social Services Agency.” The woman who has been trying to keep Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital from failing has been appointed to run the state Department of Social and Health Services. ---usnews.com, August 2 (Washington) https://is.gd/UOYomI


35.          “For Defeat of Trumpcare, Thank Disability Rights Activists, Not John McCain.” Following the Senate's vote on Friday that dealt a crushing blow to the GOP's hopes of repealing Obamacare, major media outlets, Democratic lawmakers, and high-profile pundits singled out Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) vote against the so-called "skinny repeal" measure as the decisive factor in its downfall. ---commondreams.org, July 28 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/fKbti8




36.          “The Most Demeaning Kind of Porn.” I was born with a medical condition that has left me in a wheelchair my entire life. However, I’m so amazing that despite that, I go to college, paint, write, watch TV and leave the house. I do normal things, yet my legs don’t work. Exceptional, right? ---studybreaks.com, August 1 https://is.gd/yEra9F


37.          “We Are Stronger Together”: Fighting Injustice Takes a United Front.” Gold Star father Khizr Khan, transgender trailblazer Sarah McBride, DREAMer Astrid Silva, “Mother of the Movement” Lucia McBath, international disability rights activist Anastasia Somoza, and Karla Ortiz, the 12-year-old daughter of undocumented parents who shared her fears of the prospect of her family’s separation and deportation, first came together at last year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. ---hrc.org, July 31 https://is.gd/7MXBBc


38.          “It’s Time to Call out the Erasure of Disabled Women.” n 1974, feminist artist Judy Chicago created an installation artwork called ‘The Dinner Party’.  Her ‘guest list’ included the names of more than 1000 women, with 39 ‘guests of honour’, including luminaries like Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony and Virginia Woolf. ---gimpled.blogspot.com.au, July 29 https://is.gd/puX4V5


39.          “How do I protect my brother with autism from financial predators?” My brother has a mild form of autism, which means I am his financial manager. He trusts me implicitly and relies on me to manage his expenses and savings. As a matter of principle, I do not hold his passwords and anytime we transact from his accounts I go over to his house and walk him through exactly what we are doing. ---marketwatch.com, July 31 https://is.gd/SJLmt7


40.          “Child abuse and neglect linked to gender inequality.” Researchers investigate how physical abuse and neglect correlates with discrimination against women. ----sciencedaily.com, July 27 https://is.gd/tRH4jK


41.          “Nora’s House set to serve Madison County women with diverse disabilities.” The people of Madison County are continuing to show their support and passion for the under served in the area.  Today, one local non-profit is able to add to their ministry and continue serving the community thanks to a group effort. ---whnt.com, July 30 (Alabama) https://is.gd/aUAqvZ


42.          “KultureCity launching app to ease traveling with disabilities.” Planning a vacation is a lot more complicated when your kid has a disability, and Julian Maha knows - his own son is autistic. His nonprofit, KultureCity, is launching an app that aims to make it easier. ---al.com, July 31 (Alabama) https://is.gd/8iyohp


43.          “Group works to help disabled become mobile.” A nonprofit organization was recently awarded a grant that will help keep handicapped people mobile. The Crowley’s Ridge Development Council is a nonprofit agency that needs the support of the community to fund the programs they provide. ---kait8.com, August 2 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/81QgJm


44.          “Ann Coulter goes off on rant and says this is what’s making the country ‘retarded’.” Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter spoke at last weekend’s Politicon convention in Pasadena, California, where she addressed marijuana usage in the United States. ---theblaze.com, August 1 (California) https://is.gd/AcyL6i


45.          “Parents of special needs students tour controversial classrooms.” Upset parents and students Friday toured two portable trailers currently slated to serve as classrooms for students with special needs in Solana Beach. Parents of those students have been calling on the San Dieguito Union High School District to make a change after seeing the disparity between the temporary classrooms and the state-of-the-art facility for mainstream students at the newly built Early Warren Jr. High. ---fox5sandiego.com, July 28 (California) https://is.gd/UkFbzQ


46.          “How a San Bernardino Internship program is preparing special education students for real-world jobs.” San Bernardino City Unified offered special education students on-the-job training this summer close to home -- in the school district. ---sbsun.com, July 29 (California) https://is.gd/u2mQtp


47.          “Man in wheelchair says he was ticketed because he couldn’t cross road fast enough.” A man in a wheelchair said he was ticketed because he couldn't get across the road during the signal's allotted time and now he's fighting the citation. ---kdvr.com, July 31 (Colorado) https://is.gd/hvljEM


48.          “MAKING CENTS: Caring for family member with special needs requires planning.” When a loved one has special needs, you can’t just assume that everything will work itself out upon your passing or becoming disabled. Whether it is a special need caused by dependency issues or a need that someone was born with, the end result is the same. ---middletowntranscript.com, August 1 (Delaware) https://is.gd/AcyL6i


49.          “'Social Camouflage' May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls.” Many more boys are diagnosed with autism every year than girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder is 4.5 times more common among boys than girls. Boys appear to be more vulnerable to the disorder, but there is some evidence that the gender gap may not be as wide as it appears. ---npr.org July 31 (Illinois) https://is.gd/Rnlria


50.          “Center for Prevention of Abuse Awaits Funding From the State.” The state budget impasse restored funding to human service agencies that went unpaid for more than two years. But a nonprofit that provides support for victims of domestic abuse still hasn’t gotten paid for services provided during that time. ---peoriapublicradio.org, August 1 (Illinois) https://is.gd/08kX5X


51.          “Lake County having difficulty finding bilingual, special education teachers.” A teacher shortage has Waukegan School District 60 staff traveling to Spain to find qualified bilingual teachers, district officials said. ---chicagotribune.com, July 31 (Illinois) https://is.gd/QeQ7nP


52.          “New voting machines explained.” Johnson County joins nearly five other Iowa counties to unveil a new user-friendly voting machine. People had their chance try the new technology during the Johnson County Fair. ---kwwl.com, July 28 (Iowa) https://is.gd/n0GXto


53.          “Special education is a right, not a privilege.” Do all of Iowa's disabled children have access to the special-education services guaranteed them by federal law? ---desmoinesregister.com, July 30 (Iowa) https://is.gd/ULLj5U


54.          “Bobby Dolan, A Feisty Advocate, Was Wrongly Kept In A State Hospital.”  with seizures; alcoholic and abusing father; sent (incorrectly) to a state institution for the mentally retarded when he was only 12. ---wbur.org, August 2 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/lv6Ml5


55.          “Music therapy camp helps special-needs people, siblings grow together.” Through the power of music, Jackson-area people with special needs and their siblings are opening up and making strides together. ---mlive.com, July 28 (Michigan) https://is.gd/5AB2SQ


56.          “Miss Teen USA's powerful message about disability rights: Tolerance isn't enough.” For her winning answer at Sunday night's Miss Teen USA pageant, Miss Missouri Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff offered a broad message of inclusivity. ---usatoday.com, August 1 (Missouri) https://is.gd/jlQwl7


57.          “Special needs registry helps rescue Manasquan teen.” Officers credit the Monmouth County special needs registry with helping them reunite a family with a teen with special needs who wandered off, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. ---app.com, July 28 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/ZAVGeb


58.          “Global Voices: Girls with autism often misdiagnosed.” At the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain in New York, children under three work on language and communication skills, and increase co-operative play. ---timescolonist.com, July 30 (New York) https://is.gd/zfLmZF


59.          “Bello, Center for Disability Rights announce DMV changes.” New York State Department of Motor Vehicles offices operated by Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello’s Auto License Bureau now provide access for individuals with disabilities to make requests for accommodations by phone or online after receiving a request from Center for Disability Rights. ---monroecopost.com, July 31 (New York) https://is.gd/NLa9op


60.          “Developmentally Disabled, and Going to College.” Half a dozen students, some in Syracuse University T-shirts, sat around a conference table joking about appropriate job interview outfits. ---nytimes.com, August 3 (New York) https://is.gd/tIappg


61.          “Autism in dogs? Anti-vaccine movement may impact pets.” Veterinarians in Brooklyn, N.Y., are reporting a growing resistance to vaccinating pets, which may be rooted in the anti-vaccine movement that claims the life-saving inoculations may cause autism in children. ---philly.com, August 2 (New York) https://is.gd/K7AGOO


62.          “Boy with Special Needs Is Called ‘Retarded’ for Kicking Man’s Chair.” Calling anyone “retarded” is wrong and terrible (and a completely unnecessary thing to ever say, ever). It’s especially awful when it’s thrown at a 4-year-old boy with special needs. ---kveller.com, July 31 (New York) https://is.gd/8BNcPZ


63.          “Police save veteran after her wheelchair rolls into river.” The police bodycam video shows an urgent situation: A woman using a wheelchair struggles in the Ohio River, drifting farther and farther from shore as she tries to stay afloat. ---cnn.com, July 27 (Ohio) https://is.gd/RYlgWe


64.          “Gov. Haslam not comfortable with paddling of kids with disabilities.” Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he’s concerned public schools are paddling students with disabilities at a higher rate than their peers. “The state is looking into some of the allegations around corporal punishment, particularly around kids with disabilities,” Gov. Haslam said during a visit to the Tri-Cities Friday. ---wjhl.com, July 31 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/blrb0H


65.          “Teen Charged After Teacher at Special Ed School Injured in Vt.” A student of a Bradford, Vt.-based academy for teens with behavioral or mental health problems has been cited into court in connection with an alleged physical assault that required a staff member to be airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment, according to Vermont State Police. ---vnews.com, August 1 (Vermont) https://is.gd/DYHr3N



66.          “Beyond the Game update: Double amputee swimmer qualifies for world championships.” Mayflower's Julia Gaffney was selected to compete at the Para Swimming World Championships in Mexico City. Gaffney, featured in this June, 2016 Beyond the Game story, was born without both legs. She has one amputation above the knee, one below. ---katv.com, July 30 https://is.gd/t7lK39


67.          “Commonwealth Bank's new Eftpos system makes blind people reveal pin.” Disability advocates say the touchscreen terminal is difficult to be accessed by the blind or visually-impaired ---theguardian.com, July 28 (Australia) https://is.gd/oRbJ6O


68.          “Ontario boys with special needs require funding to pay for accessibility upgrades.” A family of four that lives in Havelock, Ontario is coping with the stress that comes with raising two boys- both with special needs. The mother, Jenn Fulford, posted a photo to her Facebook showcasing how overwhelmed she was feeling and that post led to a quick response from friends. ---globalnews.ca, August 1 (Canada) https://is.gd/XfvTea


69.          “Winnipeg teen sentenced to 17 years for two-high profile sex attacks on women.” A teen who took part in two brutal, high-profile sex attacks in Winnipeg — one of which left a girl clinging to life on the banks of a river — has been sentenced to 17 years in jail. ---timescolonist.com. August 2 (Canada) https://is.gd/5Q6wxm


70.          “Ontario woman told she can't donate blood because of intellectual disability fights back.” Yanhong Dewan was literally born into adversity, but when she turned 17, she wanted to help others by donating blood. What followed was a years-long legal battle ---nationalpost.com, August 2 (Canada) https://is.gd/dyf0UW


71.          “Regina woman shocked to discover lack of colour options for prostheses.” On top of the loss of her lower leg to an amputation, a Regina woman is facing the additional struggle of being unable to get a prosthesis that matches her skin tone. ---cbc.ca, August 1 (Canada) https://is.gd/ahnnyu


72.          “Man with partial handicap beaten by seven, is critical.” A 42-year-old partially handicapped powerlifter was allegedly beaten up by a group of seven, one of them known to him, in central Delhi’s Paharganj area, police said. ---indianexpress.com, July 28 (India) https://is.gd/OF7EnH


73.          “Villagers in Agra lynch 62-year-old mentally challenged woman, suspecting her to be a witch.” A 62-year-old mentally challenged woman was beaten to death by a group of people, who suspected she was a witch in Maghtai village in Agra, the police said on Wednesday. ---firstpost.com, August 4 (India) https://is.gd/trBxW3


74.          “Disabled people not to be left behind in smart cities.” Will people with disabilities, the much neglected lot in society get due access to basic public utilities in the evolving 'Smart Cities' in India? The answer seems to be a hopeful yes. At least 100 buildings each in 50 cities will be made accessible in a couple of years. ---thehindubusinessline.com, July 30 (India) https://is.gd/WP7UjG


75.          “They show the way in raising children with disability.” The day H. Abdul Kader was born, his father, a doctor, gave up his practice. Kader, now 33, has lived with a disability from birth. Even today, he could be mistaken for a 16-year-old. The young man gets help from a school for people like him set up by parents. ---thehindu.com, July 31 (India) https://is.gd/BmWOh9


76.          “Mentally challenged minor raped.” In a shocking incident, a minor mentally-challenged girl (14),was allegedly raped by a man in the Manikaran valley of the district yesterday. ---tribuneindia.com, July 31 (India) https://is.gd/DJ4kqI


77.          “Judge 'with great reluctance' approves intellectually disabled young woman remaining with her family amid conditions of 'squalor and chaos'.” A High Court judge has, "with great reluctance", approved an intellectually disabled young woman remaining with her family amid conditions of "squalor and chaos" while a plan for her gradual transition to an alternative care regime is pursued. ---independent.ie, July 31 (Ireland) https://is.gd/DIWS2G


78.          “Osaka web series gives voice to the intellectually disabled.” A group of people with intellectual disabilities has launched an online broadcast to have their voices heard and offer learning opportunities about people with disabilities. ---japantimes.co.jp, July 27 (Japan) https://is.gd/3lPNoC


79.          “Niger gov’s wife calls for renovation of School for Special Education.” Dr Amina Bello, wife of the Niger Governor, on Monday called for the immediate renovation of the school for children with disabilities tagged: School for Special Education, in Minna. ---niyitabiti.net, July 31 (Nigeria) https://is.gd/6V2LGf


80.          “'High risk' rapist Mark Chisnall loses appeal to be released.” Mark David Chisnall has been denied his bid to leave jail, despite his sentence technically being completed. The 31-year-old was just 14 when he committed his first rape, and he's now accumulated several convictions including for raping a 7-year-old boy, an 8-year-old girl, and two women in their 20s. ---nzherald.co.nz, August 1 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/OZcVoZ


81.           Data crucial to the rights of NZers with disabilities.” Human Rights Commission: Data crucial to realising the rights of New Zealanders with disabilities The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the inclusion of questions on disability in next years Census. ---http://business.scoop.co.nz, August 2 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/XpqejQ


82.          “NZ Herald editorial: Pressure grows for inquiry into abuse in state care.” There have now been a series of reports detailing the abuse of New Zealanders while in the care of the state. All make for unsettling reading, and together reveal that, at least in the past, individuals in state care were often exposed, unsafe, vulnerable and suffered harm. Places that were meant to be havens of safety were settings for oppression. ---nzherald.co.nz, July 31 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/KyPNKy


83.          “Involve children with intellectual disability in sports, parents urged.” The president of Rwanda Special Olympics, Pastor Deus Sangaw has urged parents to involve children with intellectual disability in sports activities, adding that it would go a long way to help them live a normal life. ---newtimes.co.rw, July 29 (Rwanda) https://is.gd/dCleM6


84.          “Locking handicapped toilet prevents needed use.” I was at Ion Orchard on July 29 and wanted to use the toilet for the handicapped, as my five-year-old special-needs daughter had soiled herself. ---straitstimes.com, August 2 (Singapore) https://is.gd/TK7GtJ


85.          Be The Change salutes White and Yellow Cross.” White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation provides guidance and assistance for the elderly and disabled in the various districts in St. Maarten. The Foundation also caters to the less fortunate by providing food baskets every other month. It also seeks job opportunities for those who are intellectually disabled. ---thedailyherald.sx, August 2 (St Maarten) https://is.gd/w4X7gU


86.          “Swedish film explores whether to shelter or expose the intellectually disabled.” Many believe that the intellectually disabled should be shielded as much as possible from public mockery or pity. ---straitstimes.com, July 27 (Sweden) https://is.gd/k3C3im


87.          “Government to help ease mobility of people with disabilities.” The Minister for Kampala Beti Kamya has pledged to help People with Disabilities handle challenges they face in accessing buildings and movement. She pledged to push for the tax waivers on equipment to aid mobility and addressing challenges of accessing buildings and public transport. ---ntv.co.ug, July 31 (Uganda) https://is.gd/pp9lhq


88.          “A young man with Asperger's was pulled to the floor by his hair by 'teenagers on mopeds' in Worcester Park.” A young man with Asperger's syndrome was attacked by 'teenagers' on mopeds as he walked home in Worcester Park. ---epsomguardian.co.uk, July 28 (UK) https://is.gd/0fUTUa


89.          “Why are British airports are still failing children with autism?” For most of us, there’s not a lot to love about taking kids through an airport at this time of year. telegraph.co.uk, July 27 (UK) https://is.gd/APbiqq


90.          “Autism patients: GPs in England urged to keep register.” GPs in England are being encouraged to keep a register of patients with autism in order to improve the care they receive. Health chiefs say a register would alert GPs to the specific needs of adults and children with autism and help tailor services for them. ---bbc.com, August 1 (UK) https://is.gd/jFvbYB


91.          “UK's first nationwide 'quiet hour' to be held to help people with autism.” Lights will be dimmed and music turned down in restaurants and shops to raise awareness of autism.--- independent.co.uk, August 2 (UK) https://is.gd/2P6ulT


92.          “The UK’s hidden shame: disabled people trapped at home with no wheelchair.” Barely a week after London proudly hosted disabled athletes from around the world, it’s emerged that our own government is failing to provide its disabled citizens with something as basic as a wheelchair. ---theguardian.com, August 3 (UK) https://is.gd/1fLbIB



93.          “5 important ways to talk about disability during a job search.” Looking for a job is one of the hardest tasks we face in our careers, and it can be even more challenging for disabled Americans. ---theladders.com, August 2 https://is.gd/6wigtf


94.          “A Startup That's (Literally) Opening Doors for Wheelchair Users.” About six months ago, Sam Lew, an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, was out and about on campus when a woman in a wheelchair asked him to help open a door. That got him thinking about how difficult daily life must be for any student with similar disabilities. ---forbes.com, July 30 https://is.gd/0DR6wv


95.          “Boy's Wheelchair Transformed into Epic Flash Costume for Comic-Con.” With some help from an Oregon-based nonprofit, a 10-year-old boy with Spina Bifida was transformed into the Flash for this year's Comic-Con in San Diego. His wheelchair was decked out with huge blinking lightning bolts and splashing waves to show his speed. ---nbclosangeles.com, July 31 (California) https://is.gd/8bpBkj


96.          “Antidepressant eases some autism features in mice.” A drug that keeps neurons of newborn mice bathed in the chemical messenger serotonin prevents social abnormalities in a mouse model of dup15q syndrome. The findings suggest that low levels of serotonin, which helps regulate mood and sleep, contribute to autism features in the mice. ---spectrumnews.org, July 28 (California) https://is.gd/zh3RDW


97.          Antisocial bees and autistic humans share genetic profile: study.” Honey bees that display antisocial behavior — such as sitting around and rarely interacting with their hive — share a genetic profile with people who suffer from autism, according to a new study. ---nypost.com, July 31 (Illinois) https://is.gd/961koM


98.          “9-year-old with Down syndrome belting Whitney Houston will melt your heart.” Footage of a boy with Down syndrome performing a Whitney Houston classic is bringing smiles to millions on the internet. ---abcnews.go.com, July 28 (Texas) https://is.gd/Q0PTzp


99.          “Brother with Down syndrome inspires Arlington sophomore.” Trinity Klomparens, 15, will be a sophomore this fall. She recently attended the National Invitational Tournament of Champions, a Christian home school competition for debate and public speaking. She competed in both categories, and she placed second in speaking. ---heraldnet.com, August 1 (Virginia) https://is.gd/QuZTW3


100.          “Local student dedicates honors project to those with special needs.” One local high school student decided to dedicate her honors project to those with special needs Dancing Beyond Boundaries from Brooke High School is a camp that’s going on this week featuring all kinds of students. ---wtov9.com, July 31 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/tLAPQ1