Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of September 8 to September 14, 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, 4, 5, 6, 7, 63, 73, 77, 78

Physical Abuse: 2, 76            

Restraint: 13

Neglect: 4, 9                            

Neglect that led to death: 10, 11

Murder: 68, 72

Emotional/Verbal Abuse: 4

Financial Abuse: 8

Missing (found dead): 5

Discrimination: 81

Related to Special Education: 12, 13, 23

Who dun it?  

School:2, 9, 63, 72                 

Family:10, 68, 77

Caregiver: 6, 11, 73, 76         

Strangers: 78                

Acquaintance: 4

Perpetrator Gender:

    Men:  4, 5, 6, 7, 77, 78                                

    Women: 2, 10, 68

Good News: 

19 (State representatives seek support for special education)

20 (Seeking increased enforcement for accessible parking spots)

33 (Study focuses on equity in special ed classifications)

40 (New app helps blind/visually impaired individuals to navigate the city

41 (Help for people with disabilities during Hurricane)

53 (Training for law enforcement in Michigan to work with those with mental illness.  Hey, how about training for working well with those with intellectual and developmental disabilities?)

Bad News: 

2 (Teacher abused special needs students, neither principal nor investigator filed mandated child abuse report)

4 (Firehouse staff humiliate, terrify & sexually exploit two men with I/DD)

16 (State fails to protect people with I/DD)

24 (U.S. Secretary of Ed seeks to weaken protections against sexual assault on campus

25 (Bill to protect businesses over people with disabilities)

26 & 33 (Study finds people with disabilities have more unmet health needs than typically developing individuals)

51 (Practice of placing special needs children in boxes is examined)

67 (City discontinues bus route, creating transportation barriers)

81 (University student with autism discharged after first school week)

82 (Access to healthcare more difficult in UK for people with disabilities)

83 (Reminder: Nazi’s first target was people with disabilities)


WINNING “egregious action for the week” is #18: Lawmakers eliminate funding for essential personal care services for people with disabilities in MO.

Also winning “egregious action” award is (#51) “Schools across eastern Iowa are using unfinished pine boxes, some measuring just six feet by six feet, to hold and discipline children.” Aren’t such items called coffins? Doesn’t the word “discipline” have its root in “teaching?” How can a child learn while placed in a box?  Sounds scary.


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    1.          “Arkansas man arrested in sexual assault of boy, police say.” An Arkansas man remained jailed Tuesday, days after being arrested in the sexual assault of a boy, authorities say. ---arkansasonline.com, September 12 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/lAtQF5


    2.          “DISTURBING: Autistic Child Abused at School in Okaloosa County, Three Educators Arrested.” A Fort Walton Beach teacher has been charged with child abuse after an investigation revealed she allegedly committed several despicable actions against a special needs student. ---wkrg.com, September 13 (Florida) https://is.gd/QpmWVz


    3.          “Authorities find body of missing 5-year-old boy with autism in pond.”  Authorities have recovered the body of missing 5-year-old Andrew Khyang in a pond nearby his home. ---fox59.com, September 9 (Indiana) https://is.gd/eo0HLk


    4.          “Former fire chief reaches settlement with city; reinstated and then resigns.” Former Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford, who lost his job after being accused of impeding a police investigation into the mistreatment of two mentally challenged men who were regular visitors at a fire station, has reached an agreement with the city where he was reinstated with back pay and then immediately resigned. ---ktbs.com, September 14 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/eU2YVp


    5.          “Man accused of sexually assaulting two women at Michigan psychiatric hospital.” A man from Kalamazoo is charged in connection with two alleged sexual assaults at the listed address of the Forest View Psychiatric Hospital in Grand Rapids Township. ---freep.com, September 8 (Michigan) https://is.gd/1qheYa


    6.          “Former Detroit Lakes group home worker from West Fargo gets 12 years for rape.” A former worker at a Detroit Lakes group home has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping a woman resident with the mental capacity of a young child. ---brainerddispatch.com, September 12 (Michigan) https://is.gd/BJTyHg


    7.          “Man gets multiple sex crime charges involving a child and vulnerable person.” A Biloxi man facing child exploitation charges is being held at the Harrison County jail on bonds of $700,000 on new charges of sex crimes against children and a vulnerable person. ---sunherald.com, September 8 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/Vr9Jg8


    8.          “Salem man sentenced to 30 years for exploiting the elderly.” On Thursday, Judge Ronald D. White sentenced Joshua S. Miller, 38, of Salem, to 30 years in prison for two counts of financial exploitation of the elderly. The case was prosecuted by Phelps County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Brad Neckermann. ---thesalemnewsonline.com, September 12 (Missouri) https://is.gd/5cXbRK


    9.          “Paterson: Aide went to bathroom when child left behind on bus, school officials say.” A sleeping 6-year-old boy was left behind on a school bus Monday morning when the aide assigned to the vehicle went to the bathroom instead of making sure all the children had gotten off, officials said. ---northjersey.com, September 11 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/oFWdHW


10.          “Mom neglects disabled son’s desperate need for medical help until he ultimately dies: Police.” An Austin woman was arrested on Thursday after she allegedly caused the death of her adult son with cerebral palsy after “severe neglect,” according to police. ---crimeonline.com, September 8 (Texas) https://is.gd/tpBbUB


11.          “Sister of man killed crossing the street blames group home.” A woman reached out to KXAN saying she is the sister of the man killed trying to cross the street Thursday. She is blaming the group home where he was staying for his death. ---kxan.com, September 10 (Texas) https://is.gd/WUqTjW




12.          “New rule may change how federal special ed dollars can be used.” The new special education bias rule that will begin to be implemented next year is an Obama-era revision of a George W. Bush policy signed into effect in 2004. However, under the old plan, fewer than 5% of school districts meet the disproportionality threshold. ---educationdive.com, September 11 https://is.gd/Pt2nE7


13.          “Jury Clears School in Use of Chair and Seat Belt for Special Ed Preschooler.” The Hawaii Department of Education did not discriminate against an autistic preschool student who was placed in a specialized chair and fastened with a seat belt during school hours, a federal jury decided Monday. ---civilbeat.org, September 12 (Hawaii) https://is.gd/5TdoPn


14.          “Disabled Iowans could be exempted from private Medicaid management.” Iowa might resume direct oversight of care for people with serious disabilities instead of having private Medicaid-management companies continue doing it, the state’s human-services director said Wednesday. ---desmoinesregister.com, September 13 (Iowa) https://is.gd/uYzIhG


15.          “Teacher shortages persist in Kansas, state board of education members learn.” Calling it a “heartbreaking” and a “close-to-crisis” situation, Janet Waugh, one of the longest-serving members of the Kansas State Board of Education, said something needs to be done to more effectively address the state’s teacher shortage. ---hdnews.net, September 13 (Kansas) https://is.gd/9oDrx9


16.          “‘Blind’ Kansas veteran caught driving car must repay $70,000 for fraud.” A Kansas man who feigned blindness to collect government disability benefits was placed on probation Wednesday and ordered to repay $70,000. ---kansascity.com, September 7 (Kansas) https://is.gd/GDbEga


17.          “Lawmakers: DHHS Offers Poor Response to Alleged Neglect of Adults with Developmental Disabilities.” The co-chair of Maine’s Health and Human Services Committee says the state has provided a vague and unsatisfactory response to a federal audit about its failure to adequately protect people with developmental disabilities. ---mainepublic.org, September 13 (Maine) https://is.gd/r4LCyN


18.          “Missouri Lawmakers Fail to Restore Cuts to Care for Disabled.” Several thousand disabled and elderly Missouri residents will remain without personal care services after lawmakers refused to override a gubernatorial veto. ---usnews.com, September 13 (Missouri) https://is.gd/5W1lxx


19.          “Boccieri seeks state funds for developmental disability classrooms.” State Rep. John Boccieri of Poland, D-59th, has introduced legislation to open up state school facilities funding to classrooms for students with developmental disabilities. ---vindy.com, September 14 (Ohio) https://is.gd/672jT2


20.          “Lawmakers want stricter enforcement of Pennsylvania's handicap parking spots.” Two Pennsylvania lawmakers want to make things easier for people who need disabled parking spots. ---phillyvoice.com, September (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/mAcp0C


21.          “The state should do better by its citizens with special needs.” How the state cares for some of its most vulnerable citizens should offer taxpayers a glimpse into its priorities. Recent reports in The Greenville News and Anderson Independent Mail by government accountability reporter Tim Smith have highlighted serious problems in South Carolina's Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. ---greenvilleonline.com, September 10 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/9fJ64U


22.          “Federal oversight ends over how Tennessee cares for intellectually disabled.” Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the end of years of federal oversight over how the state cares for its intellectually disabled citizens. It effectively ends a 25-year-old lawsuit known as "Clover Botton," named after the Clover Bottom Developmental Center, said Haslam and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Debra K. Payne. ---timesfreepress.com, September 8 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/Yo6tAr


23.          “School system settles lawsuit in Down Syndrome case.” A Tennessee school system found to be in violation of a federal law on the provision of education to disabled children will pay $124,000 to settle the lawsuit filed by a parent. ---newsobserver.com, September 8 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/xdJAgf


24.          “DeVos wants overhaul in campus sex-abuse investigations.” Contending that current rules deny justice to both sexual-abuse victims and the accused, and push schools to “overreach,” U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday announced her intention to overhaul the government’s approach on the handling of sexual-misconduct allegations at colleges. ---philly.com, September 7 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/ZAfJzj


25.          “Will the US Weaken its Disability Laws?” House to Vote on Bill Protecting Businesses Over Persons with Disabilities ---hrw.org, September 13 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/Xf9JAC




26.          “Study: Health care disparities exist between patients with, without developmental disabilities.” Researchers identified unmet health care needs, access to health care, quality of health care, health care utilization and health care status as health care disparities in patients with developmental disabilities. ---healio.com, September 13 https://is.gd/SM57ej


27.          “Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?” By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. ---hanfordsentinel.com, September 8 https://is.gd/SulKSt


28.          “Brain White Matter May Hold Clues to Autism, ADHD.” Researchers say there may be a connection between abnormalities in the brain’s white matter and the severity of symptoms in autism and ADHD. ---healthline.com, September 14 https://is.gd/XK5Fgv


29.          “Professors: disabilities are forms of diversity.” With organizations constantly pushing forward for disability rights and accommodations in the world, two Seton Hall professors, Dr. Eunyoung Kim and Dr. Aquino, worked together to change the discussion involving people with disabilities. ---thesetonian.com, September 14 https://is.gd/vifyiw


30.          “CBD may protect against psychiatric risk from high-THC cannabis strains.” Neuroscientists have found that cannabidiol reduces symptoms such as impaired memory in adolescent mice simultaneously exposed to THC. ---europeanpharmaceuticalreview.com, September 7 https://is.gd/yPrTMT


31.          “Advice to parents of a child with a disability, from someone who's lived it.” When your child has a disability, all the information you are inundated with can be both a blessing and a burden. You can find the right doctors to lead you and your child to the right places for help, but meanwhile you may find your whole family wondering about the future. ---jsonline.com, September 11 https://is.gd/OlcFX3


32.          “Drexel researcher wins $11 million autism grant.” A researcher with Drexel University has been awarded a grant of over $11 million to investigate if early detection and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) leads to improved readiness for school. The university announced the award Thursday. ---philly.com, September 7 (California) https://is.gd/F8JhO3


33.          “Study: Individuals with developmental disabilities experience health care disparities.” In a new study, researchers with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Nisonger Center found significant disparities between individuals with and without developmental disabilities in health status, health care quality, utilization, access to care and unmet healthcare needs. ---medicalxpress.com, September 11 (Ohio) https://is.gd/XlmJAI


34.          “New Survey of Special Education Professionals Examines Student Classification Rates Across the Country.” The Frontline Research & Learning Institute today announced the release of a new report series focused on equity in special education classification rates for students across the country. ---markets.businessinsider.com, September 8 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/yb9snT


35.          “Concussion drug hope as scientists show brain damage can be reversed.” When mice are hit hard on the head, they react much like humans: their personality can change, they may become aggressive or confused, have trouble forming new memories and navigating in new surroundings. ---theaustralian.com.au, September 12 (Australia) https://is.gd/ovFKz5


36.          “Caesarean births linked to developmental delays in primary school children, scientists find.” Children born by caesarean section could have developmental delays in their grammar, numeracy, reading and writing later in life compared with children born by vaginal delivery, a study has found. ---abc.net.au, September 13 (Australia) https://is.gd/5Olr5Y


37.          “Antidepressant use during pregnancy and psychiatric disorders in offspring.” Danish researchers led a population-based cohort study focused on the relationship between use of antidepressants by pregnant women and risk of psychiatric disorders in their offspring. ---pharmacist.com, September 8 (Denmark) https://is.gd/iskNiA


38.          “Eating oily fish during pregnancy could prevent schizophrenia in the child, new study suggests.” Mice that are deprived of an essential fatty acid, called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), during pregnancy, are more likely to produce pups that display schizophrenia-like symptoms as adults, according to a new studyfrom Japan. ---theconversation.com, September 7 (Japan) https://is.gd/5PqHjr




39.          “Report sheds light on rental market challenges for developmentally disabled individuals.” Individuals with developmental disabilities face significant challenges within the rental housing market, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ---builderonline.com, September 11 https://is.gd/51HSW4


40.          “Tech that opens eyes: How apps help connects the blind and seeing worlds.” When asked how technology might improve the lives of people with vision impairments, Joann Becker presented a deceptively simple challenge. “Well,” the tech specialist recalls saying, “I’d like to be able to find my bus stop.” ---csmonitor.com, September 11 https://is.gd/1zOu69


41.          “How one nonprofit is empowering people with disabilities in Hurricane Irma's path.” Like many of us, Marcie Roth has spent the last 14 days poring over weather data and forecasts. But instead of feeling dread or anxiety about the monster storms poised to devastate communities across the country, Roth has seen an opportunity to get disaster preparation and response right for those who are often overlooked: people with disabilities. ---mashable.com, September 8 https://is.gd/lQBnZ7


42.          “Google Gets Serious About Mapping Wheelchair Accessibility.” If there’s one thing Google’s got at its disposal, it’s a global army of avid map users. ---citylab.com, September 11 https://is.gd/I1XubH


43.          “Costa Mesa ‘Walk for Independence’ draws hundreds to aid people with developmental disabilities.” More than 200 people strolled through Costa Mesa’s TeWinkle Park on Saturday morning during the annual Walk for Independence. ---latimes.com, September 9 (California) https://is.gd/P8mU1a


44.          “From wheelchairs to waves: surfers with disabilities hit the sea.” As soon as Margarita Molina-Corona hit the waves, she knew surfing was her sport. ---sandiegouniontribune.com, September 10 (California) https://is.gd/yKBghN


45.          “Minimum progress for students with disabilities “preposterous,” Betsy DeVos says in Denver.” U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, flanked by school officials at a private autism center in Denver, called on the nation’s public schools to work with parents to better serve students with special needs. ---denverite.com, September 13 (Colorado) https://is.gd/g4KdqP


46.          “Students in Focus: Affordable prosthetic system could help amputees worldwide.” As part of a robotics project, his teacher prompted him to solve a problem in medicine. He talked to a family friend, a double amputee and prosthetist and learned the most expensive and time-consuming part of a prosthetic limb is the socket, which connects to the residual limb. ---colorado.edu, September 12 (Colorado) https://is.gd/ONnSj2


47.          “Hurricane Irma: Special-needs shelter evacuees dealt extra blow.” Dealing with a major hurricane is bad enough. It's made much worse by being in a precarious medical state and then having a lack of power, bathrooms ceasing to operate and dwindling food and water supplies. ---naplesnews.com, September 11 (Florida) https://is.gd/rAD8iN


48.          “Eight Dead from Sweltering Nursing Home as Florida Struggles After Irma.” The first patient was rushed into the emergency room of Memorial Regional Hospital around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, escaping a nursing home that had lost air-conditioning in the muggy days after Hurricane Irma splintered power lines across the state. ---nytimes.com, September 13 (Florida) https://is.gd/ylbMHd


49.           “ISU Basketball Player Brings Special Needs "Hoop Camp" to Gate City.” An Idaho State University senior basketball player is bringing a piece of his home town to the Gate City. ---kpvi.com, September 13 (Idaho) https://is.gd/bBvxfi


50.          “Raises coming for some state-funded caregivers in Illinois.” Others will still have to wait as Rauner administration weighs whether to release funding ---saukvalley.com, September 11 (Illinois) https://is.gd/60CnaG


51.          “Iowa’s ‘Little Dungeons’ for Kids: Is it Ever OK to Lock a Child in a Box?” Schools across eastern Iowa are using unfinished pine boxes, some measuring just six feet by six feet, to hold and discipline children---progressive.org, September 12 (Iowa) https://is.gd/VtL92Q


52.          “Library series aims to bridge gap for children with special needs.” A child’s first trip to the library is a rite of passage that we celebrate with families. However, parents of children with special needs may avoid the library due to a child’s mobility or sensory issues – there are towering book shelves, lights, foreign noises and strangers. ---news-leader.com, September 10 (Missouri) https://is.gd/ZiO4kC


53.          “27 percent of Omaha police officers are trained in responding to mentally ill in crisis.” More than a quarter of the Omaha Police Department’s officers have completed a 40-hour, weeklong course on how to recognize and respond to someone with a mental illness. ---omaha.com, September 10 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/50zFQq


54.          “Event for families with special needs children opens additional spots to meet demand.” Sarah Swanson and Mandi Reinders both are parents of children with disabilities. In smaller towns, they noticed parents with special needs children were not receiving the necessary information or resources, and they wanted to help those communities. ---omaha.com, September 8 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/9VFzem


55.          “Watchdog: Crisis in special ed services for preschoolers leaves families scrambling.” Everything Leilani Mohamed says, her mother writes down in the margins of a notebook. "I'm OK." "Watch this." "Look Mom, sky so pretty." ---democratandchronicle.com, September 14 (New York) https://is.gd/9deboW


56.          “Group offering self-defense training for people with disabilities.” The Center for Disability Empowerment is offering a self-defense class designed for people with disabilities. ---dispatch.com, September 12 (Ohio) https://is.gd/sB5WhO


57.          “Oklahoma Badly Needs Special Education Teachers.” It’s no secret that Oklahoma is facing as major teacher crisis. But, as Oklahoma Watch reports, within that larger crisis is another problem. The state suffers from an increasingly dwindling pool of special education teachers. ---hppr.org, September 10 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/zFcLgd


58.          “Trends are heading wrong ways among special education students.” Graduation and dropout rates went a bit askew for students with disabilities during the past academic year in South Dakota, a state government official said Thursday. ---thepublicopinion.com, September 14 (South Dakota) https://is.gd/SzMx3E


59.          “Utah company develops new phone to help the deaf communicate better.” A Utah company has developed a new phone that allows deaf people to communicate in ways that hearing people take for granted. ---fox13now.com, September 9 (Utah) https://is.gd/OaSMjp


60.          “Fitness Isn’t Very Accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, but These Women Are Trying to Change That.” When 29-year-old Katie Winder joined a new gym recently in her hometown of Orem, Utah, she received a free personal training session. She was excited for the one-on-one time—especially since she’s a trainer herself, and she was curious to be on the other side of things, getting a client’s perspective. ---self.com, September 11 (Utah) https://is.gd/ONSt5H


61.          “Milwaukee bakery employs people with special needs.” A Port Washington man became the inspiration for a new bakery, thanks to an organization filling a void in our community, The Friendship Circle of Wisconsin. ---tmj4.com, September 13 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/S4OCzb




62.          “Care for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to be expanded following new QLD funding.” Care for children and their families dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is to be expanded in Queensland following new funding for a Griffith University project. ---news-medical.net, September 13 (Australia) https://is.gd/IpBga5


63.          “Special ed teacher on ex-student sex charge,” A special-education teacher who allegedly had a sexual relationship with an ex-student and accessed images of semi-nude women wearing school uniforms has been suspended. ---couriermail.com.au, September 10 (Australia) https://is.gd/eEX7XN


64.          “Almost a third of autistic people have special abilities.” Up to three times more people with autism have special talents or "savant" abilities than previously thought. Researchers from Autism Spectrum Australia have found that identifying and nurturing that special talent at an early age is crucial in ultimately helping people with autism find a meaningful job later in life. ----abc.net.au, September 8 (Australia) https://is.gd/uzI5t9


65.          “Warriors on Wheels Founder fighting for the disabled in Belize.” Lisa Franklin’s world changed forever when she was injured in a traffic accident. As a result, it left her confined to a wheel chair.  Therefore, she had to adjust to her new circumstance, and had to rely on others for things she was no longer able to do for herself. ---lovefm.com, September 8 (Belize) https://is.gd/q0GJud


66.          “Sex ed program for young adults with developmental disabilities gets $33K.” The SHORE Centre, formerly Planned Parenthood, will receive $33,600 over the next 12 months from the province for a sexual health education program for young adults with developmental disabilities. ---cbc.ca, September 7 (Canada) https://is.gd/hwUb7k


67.          “Cancelled downtown eastside bus stop leaves handicapped residents struggling with commutes.” Kevin Yake lives in supportive housing near the intersection of East Hastings and Carrall streets. He’s getting older and has trouble walking long distances, a challenge that is made worse by an injury that has had him on crutches for a month now. ---straight.com, September 8 (Canada) https://is.gd/yjuL7W


68.          “Mum admits killing autistic daughter, attempts suicide.” A mother has admitted to murdering her 15-year-old autistic daughter at a rented apartment in Chatuchak district of Bangkok, saying she could no longer take care of her alone following the death of her.--- bangkokpost.com, September 12 (China) https://is.gd/WR7f5x


69.          “Teen with Down Syndrome puts Merkel on spot over late abortions.” During a meet-the-voter TV show on Monday night, an 18-year-old from Cologne asked Chancellor Angela Merkel a question on late abortion that hit on a sensitive ethical debate. ---thelocal.de, September 12 (Germany) https://is.gd/Miboxr


70.          “Getting Aadhaar is harrowing for persons with disability.” For persons with disabilities in the city, getting an Aadhaar card is a difficult and stressful experience. ---thehindu.com, September 9 (India) https://is.gd/zHHlxp


71.          “Conference puts spotlight on Down Syndrome.” With the country being home to the largest number of people with Down Syndrome, the Capital hosted the first India-International Down Syndrome Conference at India Habitat Centre on Saturday. ---thehindu.com, September 9 (India) https://is.gd/gISy1z


72.          “Ryan International School murder: Boys are more vulnerable to sexual abuse than girls, say mental health experts.” Parents should be careful of strangers who are overtly friendly and helpful to their children, warned psychologists after the murder of an eight-year-old at Ryan International School, Bhondsi on Friday. ---hindustantimes.com, September 9 (India) https://is.gd/r8riRs


73.          “Iran: Mentally disabled woman raped in a government center.” The news of repeated rape of a mentally disabled woman in Iran at a Tehran government-run welfare center has shocked and outraged the public. ---women.ncr-iran.org, September 7 (Iran) https://is.gd/vQTaxU


74.          “GPS app for intellectually disabled bags 2017 Irish James Dyson award.” One of the greatest challenges to many people with intellectual disabilities is the independence to navigate their way from one place to another on a daily basis without a carer. ---siliconrepublic.com, September 7 (Ireland) https://is.gd/FnYhyj


75.          “Protesters for disability rights again block highways near Tel Aviv.” Disability activists blocked traffic on major highways north of Tel Aviv on Tuesday as part of an ongoing campaign to have government disability benefits raised to the same level as minimum wage. ---timesofisrael.com, September 14 (Israel) https://is.gd/niA1xd


76.          “2 arrested for abusing intellectually disabled man at care home.” Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man and a woman on charges of physically abusing a 28-year-old resident at a care home for people with intellectual disabilities in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture. ---japantoday.com, September 14 (Japan) https://is.gd/fXsovg


77.          “Man jailed for sexually abusing intellectually disabled daughter.” A man who controlled his daughter's life for 10 years - and got her pregnant at least once - has been sent to prison. The woman, who has an intellectual impairment, moved to a North Island town to meet her father when she was 18 - and a decade of physical and sexual abuse began. ---stuff.co.nz, September 14 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/NeCiph


78.          “Quadriplegic who sexually abused boy, 6, from his wheelchair is spared jail.” Paralysed Andrew Blair, 71, has to steer his motorised wheelchair with his tongue and needs constant assistance in his day-to-day life. A court heard he committed an indecent act on the boy when the youngster scaled the side of his wheelchair in Blair's bungalow. ---express.co.uk, September 8 (UK) https://is.gd/dDb5ue


79.          “Disability group condemns Jeremy Corbyn’s silence over UN criticism of the UK Government.” Disabilityß rights campaigners have slammed UK opposition leaders for failing to speak out about the UN’s condemnation of the “human catastrophe” created by Tory policies. ---thenational.scot September 8 (UK) https://is.gd/q0GJud


80.          “Inventor joins forces with university to launch sensor system for vulnerable elderly people.” A local inventor who designed a computer monitoring system to support vulnerable elderly people living alone has collaborated with a university to take the product to market. ---wrexham.com, September 9 (UK) https://is.gd/cSQt80


81.          “Autistic boy turned away from Norwich college days after starting course.” Mother says she is heartbroken after James Parker is told not to return to college where he had ‘best week of his life’ ---theguardian.com, September 11 (UK) https://is.gd/aUCqpt


82.          “People with disabilities face major hurdles accessing health care in UK.” People with disabilities in the UK face major hurdles accessing healthcare, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Disabled women are particularly disadvantaged, the findings show. ---medicalxpress.com, September 11 (UK) https://is.gd/7vmbtB




83.          “The Nazis’ First Victims Were the Disabled.” I sit facing the young German neurologist, across a small table in a theater in Hamburg, Germany. I’m here giving one-on-one talks called “The Unenhanced: What Has Happened to Those Deemed ‘Unfit’,” about my research on Aktion T4, the Nazi “euthanasia” program to exterminate the disabled. ---mobile.nytimes.com, September 13 https://is.gd/Sktf7N


84.          “Colin Farrell Shares the Touching Moment His Son with Special Needs Took His First Steps: 'It Was Humbling to See'.” Farrell, who plays a father given a terrible choice in the movie, shared a joyful story from his real life as a dad. “When James took his first steps a couple weeks short of his fourth birthday, it was pretty amazing and humbling to see,” Farrell says. ---people.com, September 11 https://is.gd/ScaOIL


85.          “Fishing fascination, guide's patience provides autistic boy with fun experience.” Three inches of fish flesh, no more than two eyes and a wiggle on the end of a fishing line holds a world of emotion for a child, especially Sterling Snider. ---tulsaworld.com, September 9 (Texas) https://is.gd/1Hdt34