Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of September 29 to October 5, 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, Laws & Legislation, Statistics and Studies, Improved Supports, International, and sometimes, 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 Abuse: 3, 7, 8, 10, 11, 30

Physical Abuse: 2, 4, 5, 9, 12, 16, 18

Neglect: 7, 14, 45

Financial Abuse: 6, 13

Missing + Found: 51

Murder: 15, 17

Guardianship: 1


Of interest:

Special Education: 26, 29, 44, 46

Law Enforcement: 23, 24

Oversight: 28

New: 40

Egregious: 38

Good: 71, 75

Bad: 78, 79


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1.    Miami attorney disbarred following gross negligence allegations in guardianship cases.” Miami attorney Angela Marie Abell, also known as Angela Hill, has been disbarred following a Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court order following allegations of gross negligence in guardianship cases and misappropriation of client funds. ---flarecord.com, October 4 (Florida) https://is.gd/So1nV0

2.    “After Student With Autism Hit In Class, Teachers Suspended, CPS Says.” Two substitute teacher's aides have been suspended after a first-grader with autism was struck by an aide in his special education class at Hendricks Academy, according to Chicago Public Schools. ---dnainfo.com, September 29 (Illinois) https://is.gd/nGsXAX

3.    Mother: City ignored sex abuse of my daughter at summer camp.” The family of an 8-year-old girl in Indiana plans to sue an Indianapolis suburb after she was sexually assaulted at a summer camp by another girl despite ongoing concerns raised by her mother, an attorney claims. --- nypost.com, October 3 (Indiana) https://is.gd/vdIQvc

4.    “Caught on video: Parents accused of abusing disabled son face November trials.” Two Ankeny parents are set to stand trial in November on felony child endangerment charges for allegedly abusing one of nine children with disabilities they adopted. --- desmoinesregister.com, October 2 (Iowa) https://is.gd/z8DITd

5.    “Witnesses describe signs of neglect in Down syndrome child.” A Garden City mother and stepfather previously accused of attempted second-degree murder of their special needs 2-year-old son are now facing only charges of child abuse and aggravated endangerment of a child after a judge’s ruling Friday. ---gctelegram.com, September 30 (Kansas) https://is.gd/LyScbj

6.    “Police: Suspect befriends man with autism then steals from his bank account in Maryland.” Police say they are searching for a suspect that became friends with a man with autism and then stole from his bank account in Rockville. ---wjla.com, October 3 (Maryland) https://is.gd/MD7KjF

7.    “Deputies: Macomb couple kept special needs woman in shed, sold her for sex.” Two people have been arrested for holding a special needs woman captive and selling her for sex. --- fox2detroit.com, October 4 (Michigan) https://is.gd/auAiEK

8.    “Former School Board member charged with sex crime.” A Dassel chiropractor and now-former Dassel-Cokato School Board member is accused of drugging a woman, then sexually assaulting her at his residence on Lake Washington Sept. 10. ---crowrivermedia.com, September 29 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/KtU9uA

9.    “Ex-daycare provider sentenced for biting child with autism.” A former daycare provider in Hastings now has a criminal record after admitting to biting a child in her care. ---fox9.com, September 29 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/dw09ma

10.“Pine River man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting 5-year-old.” A 19-year-old Pine River man admitted in Cass County District Court in Walker to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl. ---brainerddispatch.com, October 3 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/8Jis1b

11.“Teacher aide charged with sexual assaulting special-needs student.” A teacher aide at a school designed to cater to students with special needs has been charged with sexually assaulting a student. ---mycentraljersey.com, October 5 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/XGZ4w3

12.“Greenville mother has questions after autistic son accused of assault.” A Greenville mother says her autistic 9-year-old son has been out of school for more than a week, after being accused of assaulting the principal. --- witn.com, October 2 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/ofqFs6

13.“Group home manager stole thousands from 3 handicapped residents, warrants say.” A 51-year-old Upstate group home manager is facing multiple charges after she was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the accounts of three mentally handicapped residents, according to arrest warrants. --- wyff4.com, October 2 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/0PYhx0

14.“WREG takes look inside filthy home, victims of alleged child neglect now in uncle’s care.” Today, we got our first look at the filth Bartlett police say two children and a disabled adult were living in. All three are currently in the care of a family member. ---wreg.com, September 28 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/aZ4oRl

15.“Mentally disabled man dead after scuffle with Temple police.” The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a mentally disabled man who died Thursday evening after a struggle with Temple police. ---dallasnews.com, September 30 (Texas) https://is.gd/dZdXFp

16.“DCS investigating after student with special needs allegedly hurt at school.” The Department of Children's Services is investigating after a boy with special needs came home from school with red marks on his arms and chest. ---wsmv.com, September 29 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/PiebQ8

17.“Wisconsin mom faces life in prison for allegedly setting autistic son, 4, on fire.” Criminal charges have been filed against a mother accused in the death of her four-year-old son -- her only child, who had autism. ---foxnews.com, October 5 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/YY8E86

18.“Man accused of abusing girlfriend's elderly father.” A Huntington man who was supposed to care for his girlfriend's father severely abused the man, according to police. ---herald-dispatch.com, October 3 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/NZCCq9




19.“President Trump Stands Up for People with Down Syndrome, No Excuse to ‘Discard Human Life’.” “Sadly, there remain too many people – both in the United States and throughout the world – that still see Down syndrome as an excuse to ignore or discard human life,” Trump said in an official statement recognizing Down Syndrome Awareness Month. “This sentiment is and will always be tragically misguided. --- breitbart.com, October 3 https://is.gd/a4VFFu

20.“HR 620 would undermine Americans with Disabilities Act.” I know that this claim has probably been made since the ancient Greeks, with Aristophanes, Plato and Hesiod, (not Socrates, like many say), remarking about youths lacking respect for their elders and so forth. But here I’m talking specifically about young people with disabilities! ---lockportjournal.com, September 30 https://is.gd/3zKiB6

21.“Transcranial electrical stimulation shows promise for treating mild traumatic brain injury.” Using a form of low-impulse electrical stimulation to the brain, documented by neuroimaging, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and collaborators elsewhere, report significantly improved neural function in participants with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). ---sciencedaily.com, September 29 (California) https://is.gd/XbHp9D

22.“Lakeland private school for children with special needs loses state funding.” A private school in Lakeland for children with special needs is under scrutiny after losing state funding, at least for now. ----wfla.com, September 29 (Florida) https://is.gd/mPnjAa

23.“New law requiring autism training for police officers to take effect.” A new state law that takes effect Sunday will soon require Florida police departments to establish autism training for law enforcement officers, more than a year after a North Miami police officer shot and injured an unarmed therapist trying to help his autistic patient. ---miamiherald.com, September 30(Florida) https://is.gd/znGEX3

24.“ACLU lawsuit alleges Chicago police brutality 'magnified for people with disabilities'.” The ACLU of Illinois filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that Chicago’s police reform efforts have neglected deep-seated issues on how officers are trained to handle people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. ---chicagotribune.com, October 4 (Illinois) https://is.gd/KXH499

25.Disability Rights Iowa Sues Over Medicaid Managed Care Cuts To Disability Support Services.” In June 2017, Disability Rights Iowa sued the state to protest service hour cuts made to disability support services by the state’s Medicaid IA Health Link managed care organizations (MCOs). The complaint was filed on behalf of six beneficiaries needing home- and community-based services (HCBS) to avoid being institutionalized. --- openminds.com, October 1 (Iowa) https://is.gd/gxgpbV

26.At Special Education PTA forum, board of education candidates cite understaffing, lack of training as concerns.” Cuts to state education funding since the onset of the financial crisis in the late 2000s have disproportionately affected families of special education students here in the Shawnee Mission School District, argued many of the candidates for the board of education at a forum organized by the Shawnee Mission Special Education PTA Tuesday. ---shawneemissionpost.com, October 4 (Kansas) https://is.gd/pwYtxL

27.“New laws expand litigation options over drug prices, childhood sexual abuse.” Maryland on Sunday will become the third U.S. state to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, ending several years of debate over whether to allow the gas-extraction method. ---washingtonpost.com, September 30 (Maryland) https://is.gd/4Ur82k

28.“Lawmakers OK tougher scrutiny of N.J. group homes after death of advocate's son.”  Eliciting wild applause and chants of "thank you" from a gathering of families at the Statehouse, the state Senate Thursday gave final approval to legislation that would impose tougher scrutiny on the operators and employees of group homes for people with developmental disabilities. ---nj.com, October 5 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/fmWQdS

29.“Santa Fe Public Schools moves toward compliance with a new law on student restraint and seclusion.” The Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education Tuesday night updated a district policy on the use of restraints, seclusions and time-out for students found to exhibit “violent or aggressive behavior.” The policy comes in response to a state law that went into effect in June establishing more stringent parameters for when such measures can be used on students. ---sfreporter.com, October 3 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/5Pt36C


30.“Burlington continues investigation of camp sex assault.” City reviewing policies after July report of assault Camp Green Leaves; public records request shows past response ---thetimesnews.com, September 30 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/xEUKyX


31.“State Psychiatric Hospital Ordered to Upgrade Facility.” Rhode Island's state psychiatric hospital was ordered to make changes to its facility to keep its accreditation. ---usnews.com, September 29 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/MpFpue

32.“New congressional group pushes to expand job opportunities for people with disabilities.” A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for more job opportunities for people with disabilities and aiming to change laws they say discourage them from entering the workforce full time. ---usatoday.com, October 4 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/pCuz0n




33.“Many Young Adults With Autism Also Have Mental Health Issues.” College involved "many anxiety attacks and many trips home" for Daniel Share-Strom, an autistic 27-year-old motivational speaker in Bradford, Ontario. ---npr.org, October 1 https://is.gd/wtPcPa

34.“Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications.” This summer, I was fortunate to participate in the groundbreaking psychology today comInternational Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research(ISNPR) conference held in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting was truly inspiring and exciting to those of us who believe that nutritional approaches are the way forward in the treatment of mental health disorders. ---psychologytoday.com, September 29 https://is.gd/Y4kFTd

35.“Many traits we attribute to autism or Asperger’s were once regarded as eccentricities.” WE all know them — the shy schoolboy who sits alone studying maths while the other kids frolic in the playground, the teen girl who simply will not stop talking despite the obvious signs of boredom from her friends, or the majestically gifted musician who fails to pass a single subject at school. ---themercury.com.au, September 29 https://is.gd/LxTjZu

36.“Rat Study Suggests Link Between Cognition, Sleep, and Schizophrenia.” Schizophrenia is a mental condition that affects more than 3.2 million Americans. The illness is not rare as around 100,000 Americans are newly diagnosed every year. ---psychcentral.com, September 29

37.“Researchers explore link between gut bacteria and autism.” Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and the South San Francisco pharmaceutical company Second Genome Inc. have jointly received a $2.1 million grant to recruit subjects for a study exploring potential links between bacteria in the gut — known as the microbiome — and autism, the company announced Tuesday. ---sfgate.com, October 3 (California) https://is.gd/PteF9b

38.“This Ohio bill would ban abortion for fetuses with Down Syndrome.” As the debate over abortion continues nationwide, legislators in Ohio are working to ban abortions in cases where Down Syndrome has been detected in a fetus. ---thenewpolitical.com, September 29 (Ohio) https://is.gd/f0E0hm


39.“Caring adult relationships can make the difference for children in trauma.” Social workers, law enforcement officers and other children’s advocates gathered Wednesday for the first day of the West Virginia Children’s Justice “Handle With Care” Conference to learn more about child trauma, intervention and ways to help children become successful. ---register-herald.com, September 28 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/6Fo74U

40.“Australian Biotech Company Wants to Treat Autism Symptoms With Cannabis.” Australian penny stock Zelda Therapeutics (ASX:ZLD) announced last week that it has completed an observation trial in Chile, and is reporting successful results for treating core symptoms of autism with medical cannabis extracts. ---leafly.com, October 3 (Australia) https://is.gd/SMelHZ





41.“Child abuse online: How sexual predators extort teens.” This is how an online predator sets his trap:  ---indystar.com, September 30 (Indiana) https://is.gd/2bGc4X

42.“Uber will teach you sign language to better communicate with deaf drivers.” The company says it has ‘thousands’ of deaf and hard of hearing drivers ---theverge.com. September 29 https://is.gd/hF7Xqz

43.“Arizona teachers use grants for special-education classroom makeovers.” The Wishes for Teachers program was started last year by Fiesta Bowl Charities and grants teachers in Arizona $5,000 each, no strings attached. --- azcentral.com, October 1 (Arizona) azcentral.com

44.“School district struggles to keep special ed staff.” Hundreds of California school districts are grappling with an ever-worsening shortage of special education teachers, paying out big signing bonuses and increasingly hiring under-prepared candidates to fill classrooms. ---mv-voice.com, September 29 (California) https://is.gd/vZBjfp


45.“Amador Special Education Teacher Accused of Being Drunk in Class.” A special education teacher in Amador County is now facing criminal charges after the school district says he may have been drunk in a classroom. ---http://fox40.com, October 3 (California) https://is.gd/KKyo1a


46.“Yorba Linda school for severe special needs students opens Ontario campus.” California’s disabled students can get help at their neighborhood schools, a different campus in the district or at a county-run school. And when things are really challenging, there’s Port View Preparatory. ---dailybulletin.com, September 30 (California) https://is.gd/wtBoNH


47.“COD student with autism expresses herself through art.” As a student with autism, Sonja Vukajlovic struggled in high school and didn't find easy some of the online technology classes she later took at College of DuPage. ---dailyherald.com, September 29 (Illinois) https://is.gd/xKCDdX

48.“Steve King retweets message saying 1st Amendment was not designed to protect posting 'retarded' tweets.” Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, retweeted a controversial message on Twitter Wednesday stating the 1st Amendment was not implemented to protect posting "retarded" tweets. The conversation was spurred by a tweet regarding the Second Amendment. ---washingtonexaminer.com, October 4 (Iowa) https://is.gd/YY8E86

49.“NKY dance studio offering classes for students with special needs.” Dancing can be therapeutic. A new program called Rhythm Works is all about helping those with special needs through dance. ---wcpo.com, September 29 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/QKzEyX

50.At This Driver's Ed Class, Kentuckians With Developmental Disabilities Learn The Basics.” Josh Maupin was excited for driver’s ed class. The 27-year-old was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, a developmental disability that means he has to take more time to learn and process concepts. He gets distracted easily. --- wfpl.org, October 2 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/sKfTHk

51.“Autistic boy who wandered into swamp found by police dog” A young autistic boy who wandered away from home is safe after being found in water up to his chest. ---sfchronicle.com, September 29 (Maine) https://is.gd/n9OnsM


52.“Special education director asks businesses for help.” The North County School District is looking for local businesses who would be interested in allowing special education students a job shadowing opportunity. ---dailyjournalonline.com, September 30 (Missouri) https://is.gd/wMpQsO

53.“Federal grant to train social workers to work with 'vulnerable populations'.” MU and the University of Missouri-St. Louis will offer students a new kind of training to address the needs of people with limited access to social workers. ---columbiamissourian.com, September 29 (Missouri) https://is.gd/RFZ4BX

54.“Onondaga Sheriff's Department cracking down on handicapped parking abuse.” Onondaga Sheriff Gene Conway says in the coming months, there will be an increased enforcement effort aimed at motorists who misuse handicapped parking permits. ---wrvo.org, September 28 (New York) https://is.gd/4Ur82k

55.“Airline Offers Airport Lesson For Autistic Kids.”  Flying in airplanes can cause fear and stress in adults. Even more in kids with autism. Kids on the autism spectrum are characterized by challenges with social skills and the sights and sounds associated with airports can create challenges and be overwhelming. ---wfmynews2.com, October 1 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/02olnv

56.“State looks at services for deaf, hearing impaired children.” Rhode Island is looking at how it could better serve deaf and hard of hearing children when they’re toddlers. --- seattletimes.com, October 1 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/OWKNjX

57.“Employee killed in shooting outside Frayser group home.” An employee at a Frayser group home was shot multiple times Tuesday night outside the facility and later died at the hospital, police said. commercialappeal.com, October 4 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/MPJl0Q

58.“Utahns who know something about autism aren’t too sure about ABC’s ‘The Good Doctor’.” The new ABC series “The Good Doctor” centers on a young surgeon with autism — and the character is already controversial. ---sltrib.com, September 29 (Utah) https://is.gd/dZpuct




59.“Creative agencies pitch inclusion of 'intellectually disabled' candidates to the advertising community in latest film.” Australian non-profit agency, Creative Spirit joined forces with Publicis and production company, Independent Media to urge creative companies for the inclusion of intellectually disabled candidates. ---thedrum.com, September 30 (Australia) https://is.gd/BuCMgn

60.“Promising Down syndrome research expands to second site in Brazil.” A Case Western Reserve University-led study of a promising medication for people with Down syndrome is going global. --- medicalxpress.com, October 2 (Brazil) https://is.gd/pVGbTf

61.“Proposed N.S. law aims to give adults with intellectual disabilities more independence.” The provincial government has rewritten a law struck down last year by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for infringing on the rights of those with intellectual disabilities. --- cbc.ca, October 2 (Canada) https://is.gd/ubLKWf

62.“Brian Jean apologizes for calling Quebec's position on Bombardier 'ridiculous and retarded'” After facing stiff critiques from his rivals, Brian Jean says he regrets using the word, but doesn't regret standing up to Quebec ---nationalpost.com, September 28 (Canada) https://is.gd/YWOdxY

63.“Province announces transportation supplement for people with disabilities.” British Columbians on disability assistance will receive a $52 supplement to pay for transportation, including an annual transit pass, starting on Jan. 1. ---vancouversun.com, October 2 (Canada) https://is.gd/x3bIMZ

64.“Autistic characters lead TV's 'Good Doctor' and 'Atypical,' but are they realistic?” Characters with autism are increasingly finding prominence in film and television, most recently in the new TV network offering “The Good Doctor” and “Atypical,” which debuted in August on the streaming service Netflix. ---nationalpost.com, October 5 (Canada) https://is.gd/EKEHSp

65.“Irish wheelchair user left in tears after being 'refused' service because she couldn't reach card machine in coffee shop.” A wheelchair user was left in tears after being "refused" service at a coffee shop because she couldn't reach their card machine. Trinity student Niamh Herbert said the incident happened last Friday in Costa Coffee on Nassau Street. --- irishmirror.ie, October 2 (Ireland) https://is.gd/dI022A

66.“Man barred from contacting intellectually disabled woman.”  A man with an alleged history of violent behaviour who is having a baby with an intellectually disabled woman has been restrained by the High Court from having any further contact with her. --- irishtimes.com, October 3 (Ireland) https://is.gd/rlrHwp

67.“After protests, state agrees to up disability benefits to over NIS 4,000.” Marathon talks between treasury official, union and disabled rights activists ends in agreement to up stipends, potentially ending months of traffic-halting demonstrations ---timesofisrael.com, September 29 (Israel) https://is.gd/G341ns


68.“Despite landmark deal, some disabled activists vow to continue protests.” Rights group says agreement reached with treasury 'full of holes,' notes 'complete lack of confidence in the Israeli government' ---timesofisrael.com, September 29 (Israel) https://is.gd/Q5KHfy

69.“Autistic businesswoman, 39, was escorted from an easyJet flight by police after she asked to move to a quieter seat.” Manuela Atzori faced a gruelling 24-hour wait to get from London Stansted to Glasgow after she was told to leave her flight by the crew. --- dailymail.co.uk, October 2 (Italy) https://is.gd/kvN8z1

70.“MULTIBILLION-SHEKEL INCREASE IN DISABILITY PAYMENTS SAID TO BE UNACCOUNTED FOR.” It remains unclear where the money will come from, as the Israeli government embarks on expanding a social welfare program without raising taxes or reallocating funds. ---jpost.com, October 2 (Jerusalem) https://is.gd/ev0QT3

71.“Jordan: Parliament Passes Human Rights Reforms.” Jordan’s parliament has approved a series of important human rights reforms in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Positive changes include a new law that improves rights of people with disabilities, the full repeal of a controversial penal code article that allowed people who commit sexual assault to avoid punishment if they marry their victims, and new limits on pretrial detention and other criminal justice reforms. ---hrw.org, October 4 (Jordan) https://is.gd/5RiNQM

72.“Project Alert raises the alarm on violence against women with disabilities.” STARTING from last Wednesday, September 23, Project Alert on Violence against Women, an NGO, will be embarking on enlightenment campaigns to stop violence against women with disabilities amongst communities in Lagos. ---thenationonlineng.net, October 1 (Lagos) https://is.gd/wcgoEk

73.“Taranaki man Mike Wheeler one of seven people in New Zealand with a new bionic limb.” After undergoing groundbreaking surgery Taranaki man Mike Wheeler says he no longer feels like an amputee. ---stuff.co.nz, September 29 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/TOFIUF

74.“Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights.” Despite a generally abysmal human rights record, North Korea has shown improvement in one specific area: disability rights. ---fpif.org, September 29 (North Korea) https://is.gd/Rkcdsf

75.“Helping the disability community in Puerto Rico.” The Center for Disability Rights is partnering with a non-profit to get vital medical equipment to the disability community in Puerto Rico. ---wxxinews.org, October 3 (Puerto Rico) https://is.gd/KKyo1a

76.“Special needs commuters in shock after vehicle stoned in Cape Town.” A blind commuter and three wheelchair users are in a state of shock and trauma after one of Cape Town’s Dial-a-Ride vehicles was attacked in the Belhar region, a city official said on Tuesday. ---news24.com, October 6 (South Africa) https://is.gd/io3NDO

77.“Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia are being overcharged by councils.” Thousands of people who are ‘severely mentally impaired’ are being overcharged by their councils, it has been claimed. ---metro.co.uk, September 29 (UK) https://is.gd/FJycXX

78.“Care workers are now too rushed to help vulnerable people with essential tasks.” Some of the most vulnerable and disabled people in the UK are going without a wash, proper meals and trips to the toilet because care workers are too rushed to do their job properly, according to a report published today by UNISON. ---leftfootforward.org, September 29 (UK) leftfootforward.org

79.“Fraudsters ‘posing as police officers’ to target elderly and vulnerable.” Avon and Somerset Constabulary is warning people about what it describes as a ‘growing fraud’ which has claimed a number of victims in the force area and is ‘preying on the elderly and vulnerable’. ---thewestonmercury.co.uk, September 30 (UK) https://is.gd/7mOxg5




80.“People are obsessed with ModCloth's latest Instagram featuring a model in a wheelchair.” With one photo, clothing company ModCloth has done a significant amount to push for more inclusive representation in fashion. On Sunday, the company posted a photo to Instagram of a “real girl” model wearing its Hell Bunny Sculpture Garden Gala Midi Dress. The reason for the cheers? The model, Sally Leadbeater — of the blog Wheeling Along 24 — is in a wheelchair. --- yahoo.com, October 2 https://is.gd/npCVJe

81.“Jewish group asks why Hollywood loves characters with disabilities on screen, but not on set.” When the indie film “Blind” hit theaters in July, it wasn’t just its star, Alec Baldwin, who made headlines for his portrayal of a novelist blinded in a car crash. A Boston-based Jewish family philanthropy made the news, too — for criticizing the choice of casting Baldwin for the role. --- jta.org, October 2 (California) https://is.gd/Z7ImA0

82.“In the Letters of an ‘Imbecile,’ the Sham, and Shame, of Eugenics.” Carrie Buck was forcibly sterilized in Virginia to stop her from having more children. New letters underscore the depravity of the state’s campaign. --- undark.org, October 4 (Virginia) https://is.gd/piYteS

83.“Volunteer firefighter with developmental disability honored for protecting children.” Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue honored one of their volunteers for keeping four kids safe during a fire in July. ---katu.com, September 29 (Washington) https://is.gd/ngMYpJ