Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of August 25  to August 31, 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: 4, 10, 55

Physical Abuse: 1, 2, 3, 70

Neglect: 9, 71

Emotional/Verbal Abuse: 5

Murder:  8 

Missing: 72

Financial abuse: 7

Guardianship:  14, 18

Who dun it?  

School: 3, 4, 6   

Caregiver: 1, 7, 8, 70, 71

Law Enforcement: 2, 5                            

Family: 9, 55

Men: 4, 5, 6, 7, 10        Women: 1, 3, 9, 55

ARTICLES ON SPECIAL EDUCATION: 16, 17, 20, 25, 36, 39, 45, 47

Good News: 

12 (Insurance to cover autism)

34 (Deaf Starbucks Baristas)

37 (Public condemns School Board Member’s comments)

42 (Permanent closure of troubled psychiatric hospital)

44 (increase safety for wheelchair users)

52 (Helping people with disabilities during Hurricane Harvey)

53 (Improved health)

58, 66 (Campaign to reduce stigma

77 (Police to prioritize people with disabilities)

Bad News: 

15 (Oversight for nursing homes severely reduced)

21 (Most Ohio death row inmates found to have I/DD)

23. Slow to provide services to those with autism

24 (Discrimination at school for trans students)

57 (Increased suicidality in mothers with children with FASD)

67 (Babies with Down Syndrome abandoned at hospital)

69 (Reduced recognition of autism in girls, study confims)

74, 75 (Reduced funding for essential services)

90 (Antipsychotics prescribed for those with I/DD lead to movement disorders)

NOTE! LAST WEEKS WINNER OF EREGIOUS COMMENT Censured by other members! School board member had recommended that children with special needs be housed in institutions.

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1.     “Woman facing charges for reported abuse at elder care home.” A Tucson woman is charged with two felonies after state investigators said she assaulted two elderly residents at an East Side senior care home. Brianna Birdow is now facing one count of vulnerable adult abuse, and one count of aggravated assault.  ---kvoa.com, August 29 (Arizona) https://is.gd/nZaYqB


2.     “Autistic Teen’s Run In With Elk Grove Police Raises Questions.” An autistic teen suffered cuts and bite wounds after a run in with the law, and now his mother is begging to bring awareness. --- sacramento.cbslocal.com, August 28 (California) https://is.gd/ZTFVzc


3.     “Colorado bus aide sentenced for assaulting student with autism.” Over six days, Shiva Rai was kicked and hit, sprayed in the face with aerosol disinfectant, berated and told he was disgusting by an aide on a bus serving a Colorado school for autistic students. --- abcnews.go.com, August 25 (Colorado) https://is.gd/9aHYfk


4.     “Former Plainville special ed. teacher arrested on child pornography charges.” A now-former Plainville High School special education teacher was busted by an online predator site. ---fox61.com, August 28 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/X3EjzR  


5.     “School resource officer fired for improper conduct with child with autism.” A school resource deputy was fired for improper conduct with an autistic student at Osceola Middle School. ---foxnews.com, August 26 (Florida) https://is.gd/OdAZmI


6.     “CPS special education teacher accused of helping juvenile supply guns to FBI informant.” A Chicago Public Schools special education teacher who works in the city's violence-torn Englewood neighborhood has been charged with federal weapons offenses after he allegedly conspired to provide firearms and ammunition to a felon working undercover for the FBI. ---chicagotribune.com, August 31 (Illinois) https://is.gd/a7fZhD


7.     “Former elder care manager sentenced in federal case.” A 35-year-old Lutherville man, the former manager of an assisted living facility, was sentenced to prison Friday in connection with federal bank fraud and identity theft charges. ---wbaltv.com, August 25 (Maryland) https://is.gd/llNHuy


8.     “Son of disability advocate dies in group home, state investigating.” The 33-year-old son of a high-profile advocate for people with developmental disabilities was found dead in his group home in Somers Point Sunday, police and state authorities have confirmed. ---nj.com, August 29 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/nSNnGF


9.     “Tulsa mother accused of locking autistic child in dirty room with little to eat or drink.” Tulsa police have arrested a mother accused of locking her six-year-old autistic son in a dirty room for long periods of time with little to eat or drink. ---fox23.com, August 28 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/t8CJfY


10.     “Suspect under arrest, aggravated sexual assault of disabled elderly.” Gary McGill, a 69-year-old Smith County man is under arrest after being charged with sexually assaulting an elderly disabled person Thursday afternoon. ---cbs19.tv, August 25 (Texas) https://is.gd/7I0D1E




11.                         “Disability rights are basic human rights.” This has been the slogan of The Arc for the past nine months as health care reform has been discussed in our country. Many disability advocates have fought to protect basic human and civil rights of people with disabilities so they have equitable access to Medicaid, which helps to pay for their medical care, as well as supports and services necessary to live in the community instead of institutions. ---grandforksherald.com, August 30 https://is.gd/fF33CN


12.                        “Alabama state employees could get autism insurance coverage a year early.” Alabama state employees and their families could receive health insurance coverage for autism therapy a year earlier than mandated by the Legislature. ---al.com, August 30 (Alabama) https://is.gd/W5UNdf


13.                        “California standardized test scores delayed by error in special education students' scores.” California's data-related delay in the release of its state standardized test scores is due to a mix-up in some special education students' scores, an official said Tuesday. ---latimes.com, August 29 (California) https://is.gd/aJqWIZ


14.                        “Supported Decision Making in Indiana – Guardianship, Civil Rights and the Case for a Less Restrictive Environment.” The Arc of Indiana, through a grant from the National Resource Center for Supported Decision Making and the Administration for Community Living, has developed the report, Supported Decision Making in Indiana. Guardianship, Civil Rights and the Case for a Less Restrictive Environment. ---saind.org, August 28 (Indiana) https://is.gd/04ezJu


15.                         “'Massive' budget cuts slash travel, chaining Iowa's nursing home watchdogs.” Blaming deep budget cuts, the state agency that advocates for the elderly and people with disabilities in Iowa nursing homes has eliminated virtually all staff visits to those facilities. ---desmoinesregister.com, August 24 (Iowa) https://is.gd/4DZlwe


16.                        “Iowa City School Board candidates tackle special education noncompliance.” Candidates in the Iowa City Community School Board race Monday spoke on ways they would seek to make meaningful improvements to special education programming.  ---press-citizen.com, August 28 (Iowa) https://is.gd/SJNyRu


17.                         “How special needs students succeed.” Public school students take two kinds of tests: Tests that measure an individual student’s progress to provide timely feedback for parents and teachers guiding the student’s education. ---mtstandard.com, August 29 (Montana) https://is.gd/P7OHe6


18.                        “Commission chair to hear guardianship grievances.” A woman who has a mentally impaired adult son under a court-approved guardianship says she hasn’t spoken to a state Supreme Court commission studying the issue because she has been afraid of retaliation. ---abqjournal.com, August 27 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/1Wo6Z8


19.                        “Volunteer program promotes social inclusion for those with developmental disabilities.” “Best Buddies” representatives (and a Mark Ronchetti superfan) are brimming with excitement about their upcoming social inclusion and acceptance event this weekend. --- krqe.com, August 31 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/LJQT76


20.                        “Changes made after Granville is cited for 30 special education violations.”  The school’s special education program was cited for 30 instances of noncompliance in a state audit conducted last year, which has led to some administrative changes. ---poststar.com, August 25 (New York) https://is.gd/NNrhrT


21.                        “Study Finds Most Ohio Death-Row Inmates Are Impaired.” A new report finds that most, if not all, of the 26 Ohio prisoners scheduled to be executed over the next three years have significant impairments that limit their legal culpability and may preclude them from the death penalty under the Eighth Amendment. ---courthousenews.com, August 30 (Ohio) https://is.gd/TWupPf


22.                        “Ohio lawmakers hear bill that would criminalize aborting children with Down Syndrome.” A bill targeting those who conduct an abortion of an unborn child diagnosed with Down syndrome is making its way through the legislature. ---nbc4i.com, August 24 (Ohio) https://is.gd/m6GM65


23.                        “Families: Oregon Insurance Division Is Slow to Help Autistic Children.” Families who’ve had to go through courts to force insurance companies to cover their medical claims are making calls this week for the Oregon Insurance Division to fight harder on the public's behalf. --- kuow.org, August 30 (Oregon) https://is.gd/iP9CIf


24.                        “Federal court rejects attempt to kick trans students out of school bathrooms.” A federal court in Pennsylvania has handed transgender students at Boyertown Area School District a victory after four anonymous families filed a lawsuit trying to have them removed from the school’s bathrooms and locker rooms.  ---thinkprogress.org, August 29 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/epPfeR


25.                        “Parents' complaints about special education spurs changes in Virginia Beach schools.” Letters and words can appear jumbled to 10-year-old Ella Robinson because she has dyslexia. She would sometimes cry in frustration when she tried to read. ---pilotonline.com, August 26 (Virginia) https://is.gd/zvDejh


26.                        “Virginia Autism Advisory Council talks education, employment.” On Tuesday, the Virginia Autism Advisory Council met at the State Capitol. The group is tasked with identifying resources, policies and services to address the needs of Virginians with autism spectrum disorders. ---wavy.com, August 29 (Virginia) https://is.gd/54zrHx


27.                         GOP rep shares story of brother with Down syndrome, condemns abortions.” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), in an op-ed on Wednesday, describes his love for a deceased brother who had Down syndrome and speaks out against abortions based on anticipated physical or mental disabilities. --- thehill.com, August 30 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/AFMe3H


28. “Kansas budget director’s chart offers misleading view of KanCare waiting list.” A statistical representation of KanCare privitization’s influence on the intellectually or developmentally disabled waiting list for KanCare services presented to lawmakers was found to be misleading. ---cjonline.com, August 28 (Kansas) https://is.gd/4umadC 


29.                        “Self-neglect most common type of abuse investigated: report.” Self-neglect was by far the most common type of maltreatment investigated by state and local adult protective services programs in 2016, according to a new federal report released Tuesday. Sixty percent of the 267,202 cases reported were related to self-neglect, according to data voluntarily submitted to the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System by states, the District of Columbia and territories. ---mcknightsseniorliving.com, August 30 https://is.gd/OISnIr


30.         “Serious nursing home abuse often not reported to police, federal investigators find.” More than one-quarter of serious cases of nursing home abuse are not reported to the police, according to an alert released Monday morning by the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services. ---mprnews.org, August 28 https://is.gd/rgeWVv


31.                        “Increased suicide risk for moms of children with fetal alcohol syndrome, study finds.” Women who give birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are at an increased risk of attempting suicide and dying by suicide, a University of Manitoba study has found. ---ctvnews.ca, August 25 (Canada) https://is.gd/s2A6uc




32.                        “Anti-Abortion Activists Are Using Down Syndrome Parents to Argue Against Women’s Rights.” Last Monday, CBS News ran a report on Down syndrome in Iceland. ---slate.com, August 25 https://is.gd/duxHvZ


33.                        “How Online Filter Bubbles Are Making Parents Of Autistic Children Targets For Fake “Cures”.” It started simply enough – with suggestions that her child should follow an unremarkable-sounding special diet. “They did these tests: a stool test and a urine test,” Layla (not her real name) tells BuzzFeed News. ---buzzfeed.com, August 28 https://is.gd/7RWMrd


34.                        “Starbucks connects deaf baristas, customers with new aprons.” Starbucks is now offering aprons spelling out the company's name in American Sign Language (ASL) to employees who identify as deaf. The company hired a deaf-owned business to embroider the aprons and so far has distributed 50, it said in a press release. ---hrdive.com, August 28 https://is.gd/eV7cHE


35.                        “First-time wheelchair users could learn to navigate the world through virtual reality.” When designers at Fjord, a global design and innovation consultancy, first came together to experiment with virtual reality, they began with a question: How can an immersive experience help people build empathy to better understand unfamiliar situations? ---qz.com, August 30 https://is.gd/ygMfl8


36.                        “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


37.                        “Public condemns Alabama school board member's remarks on special education.” Public condemnation of remarks made by Alabama board of education member Ella Bell, D-Montgomery, questioning whether students with special needs could be separated from general education students because special education students' test scores drag down other students' scores, has been swift and wide. ---al.com, August 25 (Alabama) https://is.gd/gAbC7m


38.                        “What two HS football teams do for a boy with Down syndrome will give you feels.” A senior at Vestavia High scored a touchdown during a preseason jamboree and both teams went nuts ---cbssports.com, August 26 (Alabama) https://is.gd/R3jlwP


39.                        “Indian River school resource officers trained to work with autistic children.” School resource officers from the Sheriff’s Office have a new tool when dealing with children diagnosed with autism. ---tcpalm.com, August 25 (Florida) https://is.gd/mXZ2le


40.                        “A challenge—aging with disabilities.” Most of the world thinks of autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities as primarily childhood challenges. That’s understandable. In the past, people with disabilities often did not live long lives—many times not even into middle age due to complications associated with their disabilities. ---ibj.com, August 26 (Indiana) https://is.gd/vHMYtE


41.                        “Blind Iowa runner joins high school cross country team.” A blind high school student is not letting her disability slow her down, or stop her from going the distance. --- wqad.com, August 25 (Iowa) https://is.gd/lMhW3K


42.                        “State permanently closes psychiatric hospital, just weeks after declaring it safe.” Just four weeks after clearing it to accept new patients, the state has closed the troubled Westwood Lodge psychiatric hospital, citing “critical safety issues.’’ ---bostonglobe.com, August 28 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/f9XwYN


43.                        “Nursing home panned again by inspectors.” A for-profit nursing home with a troubled past has been cited again for poor treatment of residents. ---salemnews.com August 23 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/a9ubyS


44.                        “Wheelchair securement system installed on Blue Water Area Transit buses.” Blue Water Area Transit is helping wheelchair-using passengers have safer, more independent rides while also keeping buses on schedule by becoming the first transit agency in the state to use the fully automatic Quantum wheelchair securement system. ---voicenews.com, August 26 (Michigan) https://is.gd/i54QtN


45.                        “New school for students with special needs to open in Lake Elmo, Minn.” The superintendent of the Northeast Metro Intermediate School District says designers considered every detail in planning the new school for students who have complex special needs. The school, which is set to open in September, will be located in Lake Elmo—14 miles east of St. Paul in suburban Washington County. ---duluthnewstribune.com, August 27 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/qVrWF1


46.                        “Residents with disabilities join forces with Parks and Rec for interactive scavenger hunt.” When the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department wanted ceramic animal sculptures for a scavenger hunt along city trails, it turned to an unlikely source — participants with disabilities in one of its own programs. ---columbiamissourian.com, August 25 (Missouri) https://is.gd/e8uVv5


47.                        “Fayetteville mom turned principal fights for students with special needs.”  Amy Sparks lost her son with autism six years ago. She spent his life fighting for his rights to a decent education in the public school system. ---wral.com, August 26 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/vsqVkW


48.                        “Most of nearly 300 DDSN clients thought about suicide but did not attempt it, agency says.” Most of the nearly 300 disabled people who were reported last month to have attempted suicide actually thought about taking their life but did not act on it, the state's disabilities agency now says. ---greenvilleonline.com, August 25 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/tolFwB


49.                        “Take the Reins ministry offers confidence, healing for special needs children.” Take the Reins of Thompson’s Station is a therapeutic riding facility in which Equine Assisted Learning is employed to heal and assist learning for special needs children ages four to 18, their siblings and families. ---columbiadailyherald.com, August 26 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/lQInSZ


50.                        “Autism won’t stop this future driver.” Parents of autistic children know their sons and daughters can lead full lives.   The key is to teach them basic skills in ways they can use them. ---wqad.com, August 28 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/ZqXEJr


51.                        “Amputee Walking School upcoming.” Quality Center for Rehabilitation and Healing in Lebanon is planning to hold the free Amputee Walking School in conjunction with the Gallatin center. ---lebanondemocrat.com, August 28 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/MaW8yM


52.                        “Inside the Organization Saving Disabled People During Hurricane Harvey.” An interview with Paul Timmons, co-founder of a non-profit that helps the most vulnerable escape from natural disasters. ---psmag.com, August 29 (Texas) https://is.gd/JuuzDF


53.                        “Mormon mom credits cannabis, chiropractic care for restoring her mobility.” Up until about eight months ago, walking wasn’t an option for Enedina Stanger. For four years, Stanger was in a wheelchair, in constant pain from a joint condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, or EDS. ---ksl.com, August 29 (Utah) https://is.gd/LlGEcT


54.                        “New gymnastics class for children with special needs.” This fall, a new class is kicking off and giving children with special needs the opportunity to work on their fitness. ---weau.com, August 24 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/kZF8zs




55.                        “Woman jailed for incest with special needs son.” A QUEENSLAND mum who sexually abused her special needs son should be thoroughly ashamed of her betrayal, a judge says. ---couriermail.com.au, August 24 (Australia) https://is.gd/m0bQOv


56.                        “Better Access to Services for Children and Youth with Special Needs.” Ontario Opens New Children’s Centre in Cobourg ---news.ontario.ca, August 28 (Canada) https://is.gd/bu25GC


57.                        “Increased suicide risk for moms of children with fetal alcohol syndrome, study finds.” Women who give birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are at an increased risk of attempting suicide and dying by suicide, a University of Manitoba study has found. ---ctvnews.ca, August 25 (Canada) https://is.gd/s2A6uc


58.                        “Toronto hospital launches campaign to reduce stigma of kids, youth with disabilities.” Like any typical teen, Jadine Baldwin loves spending time on her cellphone and laptop, the latter the vehicle for honing her skills as a wordsmith to fulfil her dream of some day becoming a novelist. ---ctvnews.ca, August 28 (Canada) https://is.gd/RGq4Vx


59.                        “City council to consider amending regulations on group homes on Monday.” Legislation that would ease restrictions on the number of people who can live in a group home will come before St. Albert city council on Monday. If the amendment is approved, group homes of up to six people could locate within St. Albert residential neighbourhoods without having to notify neighbours. ---stalbertgazette.com, August 26 (Canada) https://is.gd/ycwJTk


60.                        “It's up to business leaders to promote diversity.” Workplace culture flows from the top down ---winnipegfreepress.com, August 26 (Canada) https://is.gd/lyX26M


61.                        “'Nowhere to turn:' Parents of children with disabilities hold rally.” Windsor’s Mary Beth Rocheleau struggles to provide around-the-clock care for her 16-year-old son, Gregory, who has severe disabilities. ---windsorstar.com, August 25 (Canada) https://is.gd/JvSh4g


62.                        “Joanne O'Riordan hopes China's disability stance will change.” The outspoken activist said she was “humbled and honoured” that the students from Nanjing chose her as their subject for a project as part of an educational and cultural exchange programme between Ireland and China, supported by Cork city and county councils, and the Irish consulate. ---irishexaminer.com, August 30 (China) https://is.gd/Jotr3Q


63.                        “Fiji work ready program helping students with special needs find employment.” A new work ready program in Fiji is providing students with special needs opportunities for training and employment after they finish school. The unique partnership between the Sunshine Special School and a resort hotel is proving beneficial to both sides. ---abc.net.au, August 31 (Fiji) https://is.gd/9eIEVl


64.                        “Help children get over their Internet-addiction.” Global surveys indicate that 25% of the parents have no time to monitor internet use by children while the rest do not know everything that their children are engaged in the virtual world. ---nationalheraldindia.com, August 26 (India) https://is.gd/MZ7Ru6


65.                        “Special sports meet.” In an effort to provide equal opportunities to all children, Friends Foundation will hold ‘Bengaluru Sports Meet’ for persons with intellectual disabilities on Wednesday at the Sri Kanteerava Stadium. ---thehindu.com, August 30 (India) https://is.gd/lDnr3i


66.                        “‘Why won’t you have sex with me?’ A real look at disability and relationships.” Louise Bruton’s Dublin Fringe Festival show examines our ignorance and prejudices, and takes a real look at disability, sex and relationships ---irishtimes.com, August 26 (Ireland) https://is.gd/LnM5FL


67.                        “This Couple Wants Israelis to Stop Abandoning Down Syndrome Babies at the Hospital,” Infants with special needs are sometimes left behind – including by ultra-Orthodox Jews hoping to hush up genetic disorders in a community where marriages are often arranged ---haaretz.com, August 30 (Israel) https://is.gd/wNNEST


68.                        “‘Most archaeological sites in Jordan inaccessible for people with disabilities’.” Most archaeological sites in Jordan are inaccessible for people with disabilities and facilitating the access to those locations is a “persistent demand” from their part, activists said.     jordantimes.com, August 28 (Jordan) https://is.gd/Pf6TLR


69.                        “Handicapped in plain sight: Underdiagnosing autism in girls.” It took 10 years, 14 psychiatrists, 17 medications and nine diagnoses before Maya was diagnosed with autism.  ---today.mims.com, August 29 (Malaysia) https://is.gd/CawLxJ


70.                        “Couple acquitted on all but two abuse charges against mentally impaired man.” There have been acquittals on all but two of the 25 charges an Eastern Bay of Plenty couple faced alleging brutal ill treatment of a mentally impaired man. ---nzherald.co.nz, August 25 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/4sNQwp


71.                        “Intellectually disabled man found guilty of arson lit fires after left alone by caregivers.” An intellectually disabled man who caused nearly $200,000 of damage in three arsons was a sad indictment on the country's social-service capacity, a judge told the Dunedin District Court yesterday. ---nzherald.co.nz, August 30 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/aGgD13


72.                        “Rise in number of missing people.” The number of people who are reported as missing in Fife has more than doubled in the last two years, according to the latest figures. ---dunfermlinepress.com, August 25 (Scotland) https://is.gd/4sNQwp


73.                         “Scottish disability rights organisations join in criticism of Tory cuts at the UN.” Scottish disability rights organisations joined with others from across the UK to criticise the UK Government’s human rights record before the United Nations ---commonspace.scot August 25 (Scotland) https://is.gd/VvBkZp


74.                        “UK cuts 'have created a human catastrophe for disabled people'.” Cuts to social services have "totally neglected" the needs of disabled people and created a "human catastrophe", the chairwoman of a UN human rights committee has said. ---itv.com, August 24 (UK) https://is.gd/RzcsQP


75.                        “Family fears NDIS can't help autistic man facing eviction from group home.” A Sydney woman says her profoundly disabled brother could be left without a permanent home in three weeks because of serious flaws in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in New South Wales. ---bc.net.au, August 25 (UK) https://is.gd/KlZs05


76.                        Abortion law reform is 'discriminatory'.” A UK campaign ’We’re All Equal’ opposes the abortion law reform proposals saying it amounts to ’disability discrimination’. ---iomtoday.co.im, August 26 (UK) https://is.gd/EcEDSH


77.                        “Met Police to 'prioritise visits for vulnerable victims'.” Those with learning difficulties, the elderly, and people with English as a second language could be seen first, the Met Police's Craig Mackey said. ---bbc.com, August 26 (UK) https://is.gd/CzPAr4


78.                        “MDC policy on persons with disabilities.” It is extremely sad and regrettable that while persons with disabilities constitute about fifteen percent of Zimbabwe’s population, for the past thirty-seven years, they have continued to be treated as objects of charity and welfare cases rather than equal citizens with equal rights just like any other citizen. ---thezimbabwean.co, August 28 (Zimbabwe) https://is.gd/gd266B


79.                        “UN Warns of UK Disability Rights ‘Catastrophe’.” A United Nations committee claims that changes and cuts to UK disability policies have created a worsening human rights situation that is leaving some of the UK’s poorest and most vulnerable in crisis. ---care2.com, August 29 (UK) https://is.gd/WNh03B


80.                        “Ashbury Court care home, Westgate, rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.” A care home could face urgent enforcement action after being put in special measures and again being rated 'inadequate'. ---kentonline.co.uk, August 30 (UK) https://is.gd/lWpupa


81.                        “Google won’t answer woman who wants wheelchair friendly maps.”  Earlier this month, Belinda Bradley, 19, wanted to surprise her mum Mary by taking her to the London Wetland Centre for her birthday. But what was meant to be a fun weekend away for Mary, who has Fibromyalgia and is from Bristol, the outing quickly turned into nightmare. --- metro.co.uk, August 31 (UK) https://is.gd/Hbiw0I




82.                        “Down Syndrome Reality Show Wins New Season.” After receiving a half-dozen Emmy nominations, new episodes of a reality show following a group of young people with Down syndrome are on the way. ---disabilityscoop.com, August 28 (California) https://is.gd/ZJHBXU


83.                        “Bringing the science to you: Could Fetal Alcohol Syndrome be reversed someday?” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate based upon studies of health records that 1-2 infants per 1,000 live births are affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or FAS (CDC, 2017). --- fillmorecountyjournal.com, August 28 https://is.gd/MaW8yM


84.                        “Google Glass is back — as a tool to coach autistic children, train doctors, and more.” Google Glass, not long ago a laughing stock of the tech world, has been reinvented as a hot new accessory for doctors and patients. ---statnews.com, August 29 (California) https://is.gd/04B3bX


85.                        “Horrified by Iceland’s near eradication of children with Down syndrome.” As the proud father of a wonderful 14-year-old son with Down syndrome, I was horrified at the news of a near eradication of children with Down syndrome in Iceland due to early identification procedures and early termination of pregnancies. ---denverpost.com, August 28 (Colorado) https://is.gd/SGsBF0


86.                        “Sean Hanlon, 19, a guiding light for others with disabilities.” Sean Patrick Hanlon, of Conshohocken, 19, a guiding light who never spoke or moved about on his own because of severe cerebral palsy, but whose magnetism helped bridge the gap between those with and without disabilities, died Thursday, Aug. 24. ---philly.com, August 31 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/v8djiG


87.                        “Blind artist’s painting soars to new heights.” Denton artist John Bramblitt touches the paint before his brush touches the canvas. Through this process, he creates detailed art that bursts with color, emotion and complexity. It’s why viewers are always shocked when they realize that he is, in fact, blind. ---ntdaily.com, August 30 (Texas) https://is.gd/eNQ4K5


88.                        “Jerika Bolen | Continuing the debate about right-to-die issues.” Nearly one year after Jerika Bolen, the Appleton teenager with an incurable genetic disease, announced her intention to go without a life-sustaining ventilator, experts say her case has had surprisingly minimal impact on the right-to-die debate. ---postcrescent.com, August 27 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/7JhsVk


89.                        “The Story Behind the First Person With Down Syndrome to Climb the Grand.”  Pro skier Max Hammer helps guide Andrew Harris, who has Down syndrome, to the summit of the Grand Teton ---powder.com, August 24 (Wyoming) https://is.gd/E2aHHn


90.                        “Antipsychotic Drug Side Effects More Frequent With Intellectual Disability.” A cohort study drawing on a large UK, nationally representative database – The Health Improvement Network (THIN) – recorded movement side effects significantly more often among patients taking prescription antipsychotic medications who have intellectual disability (ID) than among those without ID, according to the study reported in the British Medical Journal. ---psychiatryadvisor.com, August 24 (UK) https://is.gd/6SPc5F