Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of August 18  to August 24, 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 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. 


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.  

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.  

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, 2, 5(TOM-NEED TO FIX URL), 11, 12, 13, 15, 64

Physical Abuse: 3, 6 (attempted murder), 8, 11

Neglect: 4, 8, 19, 66

Murder:  7, 9, 14, 67, 71

Financial abuse: 55

Guardianship 61

Access: 24


Who dun it?  

School: 1, 4m 10, 11    

Stranger: 6, 12, 64

Caregiver: 8, 14, 15, 66         

Law Enforcement: 3     

Family: 7, 9, 67

Access Transporter: 2           

Employer: 13

Men: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12, 13, 64, 67     

Women: 7, 9, 55, 66

Gender of Victims:        Male: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 66   

Female: 2, 9, 10, 12, 13, 64, 67

Good News: 
16 (SCOTUS decision: no guns for domestic violence perpetrators

17 (Increase in civil suits against schools for abuse)

22 (Possible judgment to increase screening children for special education)

23 (MO. Now accepts reports of out-of-state abuse calls)

26 (Alternate diploma for special education with “employability” certificate

29 (New online resource for parents)

39 (Increased reporting of seclusion incidents by school district)

40 (Increased employment of people with disabilities

47 (All terrain wheelchairs for elders and adults with disabilities)

48 (Down syndrome elimination in Iceland gets back-lash)

49 (New data on incidence of FASD)

56. (Data: More women are using alcohol during pregnancy)

60 (Increased money for women with disabilities)

61 (Sovereignty over woman’s own body, notwithstanding guardianship)

Bad News: 
21 (Abuse reports lost and ignored)

28 (Failure to protect people with developmental disabilities)

33 (Discrimination: no access to new school for children with disabilities)

35 (Law enforcement excessive force on deaf man)

42 (Store discriminates against woman shopper who has a disability)

44 (Inadequate special education program changes lead to mass resignation of special educators)

45 (Large state institutions + multiple abuses)

46 (State lowers educational requirement for teaching special education)

52/53 (Massive use of antipsychotics for those with I/DD without a diagnosis of psychosis or research that demonstrates/supports its effect)

69 (“No sex for you” a court holds, for married man with Down syndrome. A therapist found he had inadequate understanding of STD’s.)

73 (Women with autism underserved and under-identified)

75 (Deaf man can’t buy burger while with his service dog.)

THIS WEEKS WINNER OF EREGIOUS COMMENT: #18 – School board member recommends children with special needs be housed in institutions.


WINNER OF THIS WEEK’S most egregious news: 22

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1.    “Former teacher at special needs school accused of rape.” Tampa Police are looking into a former special needs teacher's background after he was arrested for raping a disabled man. ---abcactionnews.com, August 18 (Florida) https://is.gd/ndyXwN


2.    “Lawsuit targets driver, company blamed for sex with special needs passengers.” The mother of a special needs woman is suing a van driver who admitted having a sexual relationship with her daughter while taking her to mental health therapy. ---fox5atlanta.com, August 21 (Georgia) https://is.gd/LqIsB2


3.    “Police sergeant investigated after autistic man shot.” A Chicago police sergeant has been stripped of his police powers after he shot and injured an 18-year-old man who has autism during an altercation in Morgan Park on Aug. 13, according to authorities. ---beverlyreview.net, August 22 (Illinois) https://is.gd/nfmoS1


4.    “Deaf 3-year-old left on bus several hours, family wants action.” A Topeka mother is demanding action after her three-year-old son, who is deaf, spent his first day of pre-kindergarten inside a school bus. ---wibw.com, August 22 (Kansas) https://is.gd/ZzKvgG


5.    “Attleboro man to serve jail time for raping intellectually disabled man.” An Attleboro man has been sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting an intellectually disabled man and tweeting out pornographic photos of young boys while out on bail on the case. ---thesunchronicle.com, August 18 (Massachusetts) http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/attleboro-man-to-serve-jail-time-for-raping-intellectually-disabled/article_a7c35757-3063-5dfb-a6d2-dab675826088.html


6.    “Somerville Attempted Murder: Man Stabbed, Wheelchair Set On Fire.” A homeless man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing another man nine times and setting his wheelchair on fire. ---patch.com, August 21 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/Mx4In8


7.    “Mother charged in death of disabled son who drank windshield wiper fluid.” A 42-year-old Sylvan Township woman is facing a criminal charge in connection with the 2015 death of her son, police confirmed. ---mlive.com, August 24 (Michigan) https://is.gd/4GIkuY


8.    “Investigation Shows Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults at Residence Facility.” A Minnesota Department of Human Services investigation concluded four vulnerable adults at a residential facility were forced to use garbage cans after a toilet became plugged, and made to haul that human waste into the trash in the facility's garage. ---kstp.com, August 22 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/F56viY


9.    “Mom charged with murder of autistic teen daughter after burned remains found in fire pit.” A Missouri mother who had given her daughter up for adoption as a baby has been charged in the girl's murder after human remains were found on her property. ---nydailynews.com, August 23 (Missouri) https://is.gd/3P5rui


10.“OPS special ed student was dropped off at wrong house, woman says.” A family says an Omaha Public Schools special education student was dropped off and left at the wrong house Thursday afternoon. ---omaha.com, August 19 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/r243yQ


11.“Mom alleges school district mishandled autistic son’s education.” A local mother feels as if she has nowhere left to turn to resolve a nearly decade-long cycle of alleged mistreatment and abuse — both physical and sexual in nature — involving her autistic son. ---seacoastonline.com, August 20 (New York) https://is.gd/ibTkzC


12.“Man wanted for allegedly raping autistic teen girl in Prospect Park, then leaving her at chapel of hospital.” An autistic teenager was sexually assaulted inside a Brooklyn park, police said Friday. ---nydailynews.com, August 19 (New York) https://is.gd/xzQdek


13.“Weatherford Family Speaks After Autistic Daughter Sexually Assaulted By Boss.” It’s a relief for a Weatherford family now that 48-year-old Raymond Kionute is in prison. He will spend the next 10 years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual abuse. Kionute was also sentenced to 5 years of probation and will be a registered sex offender for life. ---news9.com, Augusta 19 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/rRppb3


14.“Woman found dead in Fort Worth group home swimming pool.” A woman was found dead Wednesday morning in a swimming pool at a group home on Norris Street in east Fort Worth, authorities said. ---star-telegram.com, August 23 (Texas) https://is.gd/djUH2y


15.“Police: Seattle Children’s janitor, brothers hoarded evidence of child abuse.” King County prosecutors have filed child pornography charges against three Seattle brothers – including one who for decades worked as a janitor at Seattle Children’s hospital – caught with a disturbing collection of images, child’s clothing and handwritten notes in their home. ---seattlepi.com, August 21 (Washington) https://is.gd/p1SK4H




16.“Another Big Win: SCOTUS Just Banned Domestic Abusers From Owning Firearms.” In this morning's 6-2 Supreme Court decision, the crime of reckless domestic violence and abuse is now considered a misdemeanor that justifies firearms possession restriction. ---bust.com, June 27 https://is.gd/YgjSHk


17.“Disability Suits Fuel Rise in Civil Rights Claims Against Schools.” Civil rights lawsuits against schools are on track to double compared to four years ago thanks in large part to disability-related claims, according to a new review of federal court filings. ---disabilityscoop.com, August 22 https://is.gd/aWRGZX


18.“Alabama school board member considers institutionalization for special ed students.” Alabama State Board of Education (SBOE) member Ella Bell wants to know why we can't force special needs children into an institution in an effort to help improve test scores in Alabama's public schools. ---al.com, August 24 (Alabama) https://is.gd/gTXyFH


19.“Early Voting Underway on Iowa City's $192 Million School Bond Proposal.” Early voting is underway on a $191.5 million bond question for the Iowa City Community School District. ---iowapublicradio.org, August 21 (Iowa) https://is.gd/Gvqq8x


20.“State’s Kancare service ranked as ‘can’t care’.” A last-place ranking from a global marketing and consumer satisfaction company for Kansas’ Kancare service came as no surprise to Chanute officials who work with individuals with disabilities. ---chanute.com, August 17 (Kansas) https://is.gd/xn5l4x


21.“Abuse reports, deaths, fall through the cracks in DHHS system.” Terri Earley had always cared for her nonverbal autistic son at home, but as he got older, she worried about being able to truly take care of him the way he needed. ---pressherald.com, August 20 (Maine) https://is.gd/CQjQna


22.“Judge could order Flint Public Schools to screen all kids for disabilities.” A federal district judge assigned to the ACLU's lawsuit over inadequate special education for Flint schoolchildren says he's "leaning" towards siding with the ACLU. ---michiganradio.org, August 23 (Michigan) https://is.gd/ApimC3


23.“Missouri child abuse hotline now accepts out-of-state calls.” For years, callers with out-of-state area codes couldn't connect with Missouri's toll-free hotline to report cases of potential child abuse and neglect, an issue advocates worried could discourage good Samaritans and mean some kids might not get the help they need. ---abcnews.go.com, August 19 (Missouri) https://is.gd/ng1fw9


24.“Disability Rights Group Hits NJ McDonald's With ADA Suit.” The Independence Project, a nonprofit disability rights advocacy group, and a wheelchair user sued McDonald's Corp. ---law360.com, August 18 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/sTWQXO


25.“Abortion opponents call abortion of fetus with Down syndrome discrimination and eugenics.” Anti-abortion groups told lawmakers Tuesday that abortions of fetuses that could have Down syndrome is eugenics and discrimination against disabled people. ---cleveland.com, August 22 (Ohio) https://is.gd/FgfRkD


26.“State law sets students with special needs up for success.” A new state law passed this year gives an alternative diploma to students with special needs. The “employability credential” will show potential employers that work skills were gained. ---wspa.com, August 22 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/mPA8Yc


27.“Glitch sparks concerns about fully funding new grant programs for kids with disabilities.” State lawmakers agreed to spend $40 million on school district programs for children with dyslexia and autism, but the Legislature botched the fine print in drafting the final version of the bill, and special education advocates worry the result could cut that check in half. ---houstonchronicle.com, August 17 (Texas) https://is.gd/3KBNnW


28.Disability Rights Washington Finds State Institutions Fail To Protect People With Developmental Disabilities.” Washington's state institutions fail to protect people with developmental disabilities. ---openminds.com, August 20 (Washington) https://is.gd/BltDHG




29.“Website helps address special needs of children.” Parents and caregivers who have children with autism or other developmental disabilities can use a new website to find resources and groups that can help them. ---americanpress.com, August 24 https://is.gd/oEEMgg


30. “More businesses are opening up to people with disabilities.” More than a decade ago, when Jenny Lay-Flurrie was looking for a job, she told an interviewer at Microsoft that she had some trouble hearing. ---usatoday.com, August 23 https://is.gd/uhriRJ


31.“Autistic Boy Scout Restricted in Group Activities.” The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes. ---nwahomepage.com, August 17 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/ZgrU0h


32.“New legislation in Arkansas allows you to report people parking in disability parking spots.” It was a busy Friday afternoon at a grocery store in West Memphis, Arkansas. Nicole Harris said her disabled license plate and tag make it easier to get in and out of the store. ---fox13memphis.com, August 18 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/D7BBBE


33.“School Officials Wanted Everyone But Disabled Students to Move Into Gleaming New Campus,” The stark differences in facilities proposed for Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach felt like blatant discrimination to some parents of students in an adult transition program on campus. Many of them say the problems extend beyond just buildings. ---voiceofsandiego.org, August 8 (California) voiceofsandiego.org


34.“Capital Dance Project Serves Autistic Children With Sensory Friendly Performance.” Lisa Jeffers curls an arm around her son Bradley’s shoulders as he sinks into their worn, grey couch. After a long day of school and therapy, he’s eager to rest his head on his mother’s chest. It lands right next to her puzzle piece necklace - a symbol for families touched by autism. ---capradio.org, August 21 (California) https://is.gd/iw8jrx


35.“Witnesses question use of police force on deaf man.” Witnesses say San Diego Police used excessive force on a deaf man Monday afternoon in Hillcrest. ---10news.com, August 21 (California) https://is.gd/aebzDa


36.“Wheeling for independence: Children with disabilities receive adapted tricycles.” Palm Beach Trykers, a nonprofit AMBUCS chapter based in Royal Palm Beach, hosted its first bike giveaway event over the weekend, according to a press release. ---cbs12.com, August 21 (Florida) https://is.gd/XTp01e


37.“Treatment center resident leaves 3 times in 26 hours, is charged with multiple crimes.” Michael Gonzales, 26, is facing counts of felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor battery, malicious injury to property, and resisting and obstructing police officers after he left from the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center three times in a little more than a day’s time. ---idahostatesman.com, August 23 (Idaho) https://is.gd/XnZXyV


38.“School district says it corrected special education noncompliance.” The Iowa City Community School District is seeking to verify its completion of a plan aimed at fixing noncompliance in special education. ---press-citizen.com, August 17 (Iowa) https://is.gd/BPZPGj

39.“School district sending out monthly reports on seclusion room use.” New special education director Lisa Glen told the school board on Tuesday she is creating an electronic system to monitor seclusion room use. The district will issue a monthly report from that data. ---kcrg.com, August 24 (Iowa) https://is.gd/LPrlte


40.“Tinker AFB uses database to hire more civilians with disabilities.” A resume database launched last year at Tinker Air Force Base is leading the way when it comes to hiring qualified civilians with disabilities. ---newsok.com, August 20 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/PPKIwg


41.“GIVING CITY: Arts courses mix students with, without disabilities.” For four years, the Arc of the Capital Area has operated an arts studio in Central Austin where its clients — adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities — can learn and practice an array of visual arts. ---mystatesman.com, August 18 (Texas) https://is.gd/naCeai


42.“‘I just wanted to go buy some pants and feel normal’: Disabled woman says she was turned away from store’s dressing room.” A disabled woman has alleged that a Texas Nordstrom Rack denied her service, even refusing her entry into the handicapped dressing room, according to CBS DFW. ---crimeonline.com, August 18 (Texas) https://is.gd/7nsiXs


43.“Irwin seeks block grant funds for new handicapped-accessible curb ramps.” Irwin officials have approved an application for federal funding for more than 100 new handicapped-accessible curb ramps. ---post-gazette.com, August 17 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/VsV22y


44.“Resigned special ed teacher: Program changes 'illogical and irresponsible'.” Five special education staffers will not be returning to Burlington High School when classes resume next week. Four cited problematic program changes in their letters of resignation to the district. The fifth confirmed he retired for the same reason. ---burlingtonfreepress.com, August 23 (Vermont) https://is.gd/dlQh9W


45.“Conditions at state institutions unacceptable.” It’s a track record that can’t be tolerated. Data compiled from 2016 inspections of Washington’s four state-run residential habilitation centers (RHCs)--including Rainier School in Buckley--detail shocking accounts of abuse and neglect toward developmentally disabled residents. ---thenewstribune.com, August 9 (Washington) https://is.gd/w6T5nc


46.“Washington State Taps Paraeducators to Fill Special Education Teacher Shortage.” A new law passed in July aims to shrink the special education teacher shortage in Washington state by providing an easier path to teaching certification for paraeducators, also known as instructional aides or teacher assistants. ---edweek.org, August 22 (Washington) https://is.gd/C9Jvcf


47.“All-terrain wheelchair allows elderly, disabled to experience the outdoors.” Gathered at Middleton’s Orchid Heights Park under a gray, lightly sprinkling sky on Thursday, a group of seniors prepared for a trek in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. ---madison.com, August 18 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/v3hC7V


48.“Down syndrome elimination in Iceland gets local backlash.”  A report on the disappearance of Down syndrome in Iceland is getting some local backlash. ---channel3000.com, August 18 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/tXuuaO




49.“Study shows global estimates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among children.” Globally, nearly eight out of every 1,000 children in the general population is estimated to have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). ---medicalxpress.com, August 21 https://is.gd/tIqGMN


50.“Australian supermarket hosts ‘quiet hour’ for autistic families.” Quiet in Aisle 7. To assist their autistic customers, a popular Australian supermarket chain Coles has launched an initiative that is sensory-friendly. ---nydailynews.com August 18 (Australia) https://is.gd/p1rUPi


51.“Invictus Games are an opportunity to advocate for disability rights.” I Am. These two diminutive words have featured prominently in arguably one of the most patriotic advertising campaigns in this country’s history. ---thestar.com, August 18 (Canada) https://is.gd/GWHaa7


52.“Study questions why thousands with developmental disabilities are prescribed antipsychotics.” CAMH researchers call for guidelines after lack of evidence that the drugs actually help them. ---thestar.com, August 22 (Canada) https://is.gd/qPPPil


53.“Antipsychotics Overused in Intellectually Disabled Adults.” Antipsychotics are commonly prescribed to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), frequently in the absence of a documented psychiatric diagnosis. ---medscape.com, August 25 https://is.gd/IpEgVL


54.“Three Day Event to Help Calgarians with Disabilities.” The Tikkun Olam Makers:Calgary run by Kadima Dynamics, is excited to announce their third makeathon event where local engineers and designers, termed ‘Makers’, work with people with a disability, or ‘Need-Knowers’, to create solutions for their everyday challenges. globenewswire.com, August 17 (Canada) https://is.gd/4y59Fu


55.“Woman accused of forcing vulnerable person to hand over money.” A 69-year-old woman from Brandon is accused of taking advantage of a vulnerable person by forcing them to give money to her. ---brandonsun.com, August 18 (Canada) https://is.gd/ENGB5M


56.“More Women Than We Thought Have Babies with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.” Drinking while pregnant could be doing more harm than anyone has previously believed. According to Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), one in every 13 women who consumes alcohol while expecting will have a baby born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). ---huffingtonpost.ca, August 24 (Canada) https://is.gd/JDVHnf


57.“City seeks remedy after view blocked for Metallica fans in wheelchairs.” Two concertgoers whose complaints about their view from wheelchair-accessible seats being blocked due to a standing crowd has prompted the city to look at how to remedy the situation at future concerts. ---edmontonjournal.com, August 19 (Canada) https://is.gd/WjYXsp


58.“The disturbing, eugenics-like reality unfolding in Iceland.” Recently, a CBS news crew traveled to Iceland, producing a report titled “Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing.” ---qz.com, August 19 (Iceland) https://is.gd/xYvpFw


59.“Nine years later, LDS Charities wheelchair still keeps man mobile in India village.” His head was turned as he stepped into the elevator shaft and fell. The plunge broke the farmer's back and stilled his legs. ---deseretnews.com, August 18 (India) https://is.gd/ZdRVId


60.“Government Doubles Child Care Allowance for Women With Disabilities.” The Centre has doubled the child care allowance for women with disabilities to Rs. 3,000 per month. ---ndtv.com, August 18 (India) https://is.gd/yHGeRk


61.“Guardian nod not needed for abortion of a retarded woman: SC.” There is no need for the consent of guardians for medical termination of pregnancy of a mentally retarded woman as the concept of “sovereignty over her body” has to be respected, the Supreme Court on Thursday said. ---indianexpress.com, August 17 (India) https://is.gd/KbAq8h


62.“‘My child is invisible to the HSE as his problems are mental’.” A family who say they are unable to cope with a 16-year-old son with Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder have complained that the authorities have placed him in a homeless hostel rather than an appropriate care setting. ---irishtimes.com, August 22 (Ireland) https://is.gd/cR4zkY


63.“Handicapped Protesters Block Highway to Make Demands Heard.” Some 40 disabled people once again took to the streets on Thursday, blocking Route 4 at the Geha junction in Bnei Brak/Petah Tikva in the direction of Givat Shmuel for several hours to make their demands known. ---jpost.com, August 24 (Jerusalem) https://is.gd/QWYusc


64.“A woman was gang raped on a bus in Morocco and no one tried to help.” Her shirt was ripped off her body, her pants pulled down as a number of teenage boys assault every inch of her body. It happened on a public bus in Morocco and not a single person intervened to help. Instead, people were reportedly cheering the boys on. ---stepfeed.com, August 21 (Morocco) https://is.gd/XuinRu

65.“House bill seeks establishment of SPED centers in all public schools.” A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to require public schools to establish their own special education (SPED) centers. ---gmanetwork.com, August 20 (Philippines) https://is.gd/EZB6Lh

66.“Vulnerable pair locked in car for 45 minutes as carers shopped in Clydebank.” A “CRUEL” carer locked a man with learning difficulties in a car while she shopped with a co-worker in Clydebank. ---eveningtimes.co.uk, August 18 (Scotland) https://is.gd/RX37Vo


67.“Father allegedly kills intellectually disabled daughter and jumps off building in shocking murder-suicide.” A 70-year-old man, Mr Tang Soh Ha, and his 27-year-old daughter, Ms Tang Hui Yee, were found dead at Block 560 Pasir Ris Street 51 on Sunday afternoon, 20 August 2017. ---theindependent.sg, August 21 (Singapore) https://is.gd/7Y8fAU


68.“Special needs couple visiting UAE want to change public perception.” jman: For Mohammad Khokar and Erum Kashif seeing Dubai up-close and personal was one thing they both wished they can do. ---gulfnews.com, August 19 (UAE) https://is.gd/oUqqL6


69.“UK court awards Down syndrome man nearly $13G after govt orders wife not to have sex with him.” A British court awarded a Down syndrome man nearly $13,000 for the government banning his wife from having sex with him because he, allegedly, couldn't give consent to sex. ---foxnews.com, August 18 (UK) https://is.gd/ARdH7Z


70.“The ‘boyfriend model’ of abuse is not restricted to grooming gangs.” The “boyfriend model” of abuse, seen in the Newcastle sex exploitation trial is not new or rare. ---theconversation.com, August 18 (UK) https://is.gd/p2pwZH


71.   “Police probe deaths of 12 residents at eight nursing homes run by the SAME firm.” Eight nursing homes owned by the same company were raided as police launched a probe into the death of 12 residents. Officers swooped following tip-offs from social services and seized hundreds of pieces of evidence. ---mirror.co.uk, August 19 (UK) https://is.gd/Pn66cX

72.“Disability campaigners from Britain tell the United Nations the Government has betrayed people in the UK.” United Nations officials will hear evidence of how British ministers are breaching disabled people’s rights today. ---mirror.co.uk, August 21 (UK) https://is.gd/zV6dnI


73.“Girls with autism are getting a rougher deal than boys because our assessments are so male-centred.” Thousand of women are not receiving the support they need because they're better at 'fitting in' ---independent.co.uk, August 21 (UK) https://is.gd/zuvWwN


74.“'Safer' Down's syndrome test to be introduced in Wales.” A safer and more accurate test for Down's syndrome is to be introduced for pregnant mothers in Wales, the Welsh Government has announced. ---bbc.com, August 21 (UK) https://is.gd/qvZBCl


75.“Deaf man 'thrown out' of Gourmet Burger Kitchen 'because he had hearing dog with him'.” The burger chain was branded a 'disgrace' by a customer who witnessed the incident - and has now apologized ---mirror.co.uk, August 21 (UK) https://is.gd/8kTW1k


76.“Disabled People’s Right To An Independent Life Being Eroded By Cuts, Equalities Commission Warns.” Disabled people’s ability to live independent lives has been eroded by years of cuts to social care and payments, a leading human rights body has warned. ---huffingtonpost.co.uk, August 23 (UK) https://is.gd/dGdvmw


77.“Disabled people 'bearing brunt' of government cuts.” An independent watchdog says the right to independent living has been eroded. ---stv.tv, August 22 (UK) https://is.gd/z9Hmk8


78.“Britain has been judged by the UN to be failing on disability. Is there nothing that can't crumble under the Tories?.” To access even the limited support that there is requires navigating the sort of course that even Grand National winning super jockey Ruby Walsh might baulk at ---independent.co.uk, August 23 (UK) https://is.gd/X98KZw




79.“Childhood Traumatic Brain Injuries May Lead to Adult Alcohol Abuse.” Traumatic brain injuries in childhood elevate the risk of abusing alcohol later in life, according to an analysis of previous research published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. ---goodtherapy.org, August 23 https://is.gd/yfejbt


80.‘Sibling study bolsters role of common variants in autism.” Children with autism, as a group, are genetically more similar to one another than to a group of their unaffected siblings, a new study suggests ---spectrumnews.org, August 24 https://is.gd/CEnjjC


81.“How This 27-Year-Old Filmmaker Is Helping People With Disabilities Own Their Narratives.” Reid Davenport, 26, was born with cerebral palsy and has dedicated his life to giving more people like him who are living with a disability a voice in today’s narrative.  ---forbes.com, August 22 https://is.gd/rHAqkJ


82.“Twenty Reasons to Date My Brain Injured Son.” In September 2016, my 22-year old son Spencer suffered two hemorrhagic strokes and spent 56 days in the hospital, recovering from the strokes and two brain surgeries that followed. ---huffingtonpost.com, August 22 https://is.gd/jL5hsw


83.“What Netflix’s Autism Comedy Atypical Gets Right About Dating While on the Spectrum.” The autistic community has been waiting a long time for books, movies, and TV shows that show us as people, rather than plot devices, and while it’s slow-going, we’re gradually moving in that direction. ---slate.com, August 18 https://is.gd/z285j0


84.“5 Ways To Help Your Kid With Special Needs Make Friends.” Touching or following other children on the playground is how five-year-old Kellen tries to make new friends. ---huffingtonpost.ca, August 22 https://is.gd/oeyVoB


85.“Leah Kelly — Study links childhood trauma to ailments later in life.” The following guest commentary was submitted by Leah Kelly, a licensed professional counselor who works at Bay Area Substance Education Services in Charlevoix. ---petoskeynews.com, August 18 https://is.gd/2WkNi8


86.“13-Year-Old With Down Syndrome and Personal Trainer Form Brotherly Bond: 'Parker is a Blessing'.” A Florida teen with Down syndrome and the man who trains him have formed a brotherly bond. ---insideedition.com, August 19 (Florida) https://is.gd/LPEtfP


87. “Missouri Teen with Down Syndrome Makes Cheer Squad.” Tuesday night, football teams across the heartland take to the field, and cheerleaders are ready to show their spirit. But one Jackson teen has been working for years to let her spirit shine bright. ---ozarksfirst.com, August 22 (Missouri) https://is.gd/B5LX7c


88.“Puppies pair up with children with special needs at summer camp.” She may not seem like the most educated teacher, but a 12-week-old puppy is helping Gabby Ducharme find her voice. ---wjla.com, August 21 (Virginia) https://is.gd/vDaSsV



89.“Car sought in hit-and-run involving man in wheelchair.” Baltimore County police are seeking the public's help to find a car that struck a man as he was getting into a wheelchair. ---wbaltv.com, August 24 (Maryland) https://is.gd/RaruTs