Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of October 6 to October 12, 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 Assault: 3, 6, 9, 21, 73, 79, 81 82

Physical Abuse:   2, 5, 8, 11, 21, 25, 65, 71, 81           

Kept caged: 4

Financial abuse: 12, 22

Emotional/Verbal Abuse:11   

Neglect: 10, 63

Murder: 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 75                     

Accident causes death: 1

Human Trafficking: 21

Related to Special Education: 18, 19, 46, 65

Guardianship:  24, 34, 35, 75

ADA: 23, 28, 32, 47, 61

Healthcare funding: 20


WINNER of most egregious award: 2, 37, 43, 80

Good News: 26, 33, 50

Bad News:  27, 29, 31, 48, 55, 68, 72

This newsfeed does not contain the usual analysis as Dr. Baladerian has been out of town on business.


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    1.          “Model, 26, turns herself in after she 'ran over and killed a disabled man, 57, in a motorized wheelchair then drove away from the scene.” An aspiring model turned herself into Alabama state authorities on Tuesday after she killed a handicapped-man in a motorized wheelchair in a hit-and-run incident over the weekend. ---dailymail.co.uk, October 11 (Alabama) https://is.gd/LSUNvD


    2.          “Special Needs Student Attacked in Delaware High School Cafeteria.” A Delaware high school student with special needs was assaulted by another student and then suspended for using inappropriate language. ---nbcphiladelphia.com, October 6 (Delaware) https://is.gd/nwNxRy


    3.          “Sexual assault reported in Cobb special needs classroom.” A Cobb County mother says Griffin Middle School isn’t doing enough to protect her special needs daughter, who was allegedly sexually assaulted during class. ---ajc.com, October 9 (Georgia) https://is.gd/HvV8mq


    4.          “Details in criminal confinement case against Huntingburg dentist and wife emerge.” Investigative documents in the case against a Huntingburg dentist and his wife detail the couple keeping a teen girl in a cage in their home west of Huntingburg. ---duboiscountyfreepress.com, October 6 (Indiana) https://is.gd/FryrBi


    5.          “Sheriff: Woman charged after striking wheelchair-bound man.” A Jones County woman has been charged after the sheriff said she assaulted a man bound to a wheelchair.   ---wdam.com, October 12 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/PCpczb


    6.          “Boy with special needs lured, sexually assaulted inside Lee’s Summit West H.S. bathroom: Police report.” Police in Lee's Summit are investigating reports that a teen with special needs was sexually assaulted several times by another Lee's Summit West High School student. ---fox4kc.com, October 9 (Missouri) https://is.gd/uQqYft


    7.          “Upstate NY father killed disabled daughter in wheelchair, self.” A Fairport man shot and killed his 27-year-old disabled daughter before turning the gun on himself at their home Wednesday, according to reports. ---newyorkupstate.com, October 6 (New York) https://is.gd/zKWoKf


    8.          Man punched girlfriend’s 3-year-old autistic son: cops.” A man punched his girlfriend’s 3-year-old autistic son in the face in The Bronx late Saturday, police sources said. --- nypost.com, October 8 (New York) https://is.gd/Ie1rsr


    9.          “Mint Hill group home supervisor accused of sexually assaulting minor.”  A group home supervisor at New Place, Inc. in Mint Hill is accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile who was in his care. ---fox46charlotte.com, October 6 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/I31dRq


10.          “We now know what went wrong at Valley group home where Audrey Penn went missing.” Audrey Penn wandered off from the Salisbury Township group home where she lived sometime early Aug. 23.  ---lehighvalleylive.com, October 10 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/UFz4fy


11.          “S.C. man beat, tortured mentally disabled man, forced him to work at restaurant.” A Conway man has been charged with federal crimes after he reportedly forced a person with an intellectual disability to work as the buffet cook of J&J Cafeteria in Conway. --- abcnews4.com, October 11 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/2jOyBJ


12.          “Woman accused of stealing $44,000.” The former manager of the Department of Disabilities & Special Needs Home is already accused of stealing more than $44,000 from three mentally handicapped women entrusted to her care, but the amount of money involved is expected to increase as the investigation continues. ---uniondailytimes.com, October 6 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/3cdhUI


13.          “District Attorney on Neglect Death of Poplar Avenue Woman.” We have more on an alleged case of neglect of a disabled woman in Murfreesboro. District Attorney General Jennings Jones tells NewsRadio WGNS 47-year old Gary Wayne Marple has been charged with abuse and/or neglect resulting in the death of 40-year old Shannon Cooper. ---wgnsradio.com, October 9 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/l0L47W


14.          “Trial begins for woman accused of killing deaf-mute friend.” The murder trial for a woman accused of killing her deaf-mute friend began Tuesday. ---ksat.com, October 10 (Texas) https://is.gd/DmpP8U

15.          “Man Guilty in Torture Death of Girlfriend's Son Gets Prison.” A man convicted of torturing his girlfriend's son by forcing him to take ice baths, wrapping his head in duct tape and rubbing cayenne pepper into his eyes has been sentenced to 65 years in prison for his murder. ---usnews.com, October 7 (Washington) https://is.gd/bYzEPM


16.          “4-year-old boy with autism bound with belts, set on fire by mother, police say.” A Wisconsin woman is accused of killing her 4-year-old son with autism, who police officials say was found burned and bound with seven belts in the bathtub of their apartment. ---ajc.com, October 5 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/gQa4E1


17.          “Conway man charged with forcing intellectually disabled man to work at local restaurant.” Bobby Paul Edwards, 52, of Conway, has been charged federally after he reportedly forced a person with an intellectual disability to work as the buffet cook of J&J Cafeteria in Conway, according to a news release from Acting Assistant Attorney General John M. Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Beth Drake of the District of South Carolina. --- wpde.com, October 12 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/YMSL5r



18.          “Education advocates say Gov. Ivey broke promise for public discussion.” Special education advocacy groups are frustrated after Alabama education officials put off their request to discuss concerns they have over outcomes for children in Alabama's schools with state board of education members. ---al.com, October 8 (Alabama) https://is.gd/AWSm2j


19.          “Schools cover tab for lawmakers’ failure to fund special education.” Arizona lawmakers have not adjusted the additional dollars allocated for students with special needs in at least a decade, and public schools have been left to make up the difference. ---azcapitoltimes.com, October 6 (Arizona) https://is.gd/wD54OS


20.          “Patients, Health Insurers Challenge Iowa’s Effort To Privatize Medicaid.” Iowa is one of 38 states that radically changed the way it runs Medicaid over the past few years. The state moved about 600,000 people on the government-run health program into care that is managed by for-profit insurance companies. --- wamu.org, October 8 (Iowa) https://is.gd/Y2Greh


21.          “Detroit Couple Arrested After They Allegedly Kept a Woman with Special Needs in Their Shed as a Sex Slave.” A couple from Detroit has been charged with human trafficking after allegedly keeping a woman with special needs in a shed and charging money for men to have sex with her, according to multiple reports. ---people.com, October 7 (Michigan) https://is.gd/HpL2lG


22.          “Judge rules Missouri owes $26.3 million to blind residents.” A judge has ruled that the state of Missouri owes $26.3 million to more than 3,000 blind people who were underpaid by the Department of Social Services’ blind pension fund. --- fox2now.com, October 9 (Missouri) https://is.gd/DKqo4G


23.          “Ex-student sues MSU alleging Disabilities Act violations.” A former doctoral student is suing Montana State University in federal court, alleging the university violated his civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to make adequate accommodations for his disabilities and kicking him out of the computer science program. ---bozemandailychronicle.com, October 8 (Montana) https://is.gd/AO9Rc8


24.          “When the Elderly’s Guardians Aren’t Angels.” It’s within the law, but beyond the pale. Over 1.5 million adults in the U.S. have guardians, who are expected to act in their best interest. Before family members assume that burden, professional guardians like April Parks sometimes jump in — with no input from relatives. ---ozy.com, October 8 (Nevada) https://is.gd/XU9szk


25.          “School denies responsibility in wheelchair rollover.” Seacoast Learning Collaborative denies that it’s responsible for a wheelchair overturning during a school bus ride in March that injured a disabled boy. ---unionleader.com, October 5 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/4BkyWL


26.          “Christie signs law requiring inspections at group homes for developmentally disabled.” Group homes serving people with developmental disabilities will face more scrutiny under legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Friday. ---burlingtoncountytimes.com, October 6 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/8B2uN8


27.          “Disabled Parents Sue New York City Over Child Removals.” Shantell lifted her 11-month-old daughter onto her right hip and looked into her eyes until she smiled. Then, she locked her long arms as if to make a swing and swayed the toddler back and forth. ---nytimes.com, October 9 (New York) https://is.gd/6cbY4L


28.          “College Websites Must Accommodate Disabled Students, Lawsuits Say.” The lawsuits came one after the other, against Fordham University, Manhattan College, Long Island University and other area colleges and universities. ---nytimes.com, October 11 (New York) https://is.gd/SCEDTq


29.          “Down Syndrome Abortion Ban Back Before Ohio Lawmakers.” The Ohio House could vote as soon as Wednesday on a bill that would criminalize abortions that are performed after the fetus has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. --- radio.wosu.org, October 10 (Ohio) https://is.gd/P25sMR


30.          “Unexpected Issue in Beheading Trial Sends Jury Home.” An unexpected issue has come up in the Vaughan Foods beheading trial. On Thursday, the judge told the jurors there was a “snag” in the case and sent them home. Jurors returned on Friday, but were sent home again. ---news9.com, October 6 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/IJiPun


31.          “Jurors Find Alton Nolen 'Not Intellectually Disabled', Eligible For Death Penalty.” The jury has found Alton Nolen "not intellectually disabled" and now could be eligible to be sentenced to death. ---news9.com, October 10 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/OkFNhN


32.          “Court: Movie theaters must accommodate deaf-blind patrons.” Federal disability law requires movie theaters to provide specialized interpreters to patrons who are deaf and blind, an appeals court said Friday. ---washingtonpost.com, October 6 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/Funm33


33.          “Debate Rages Over Facilities for Intellectually Disabled.” When Patrick Cooney was 7, his parents sent him to the Cresson State Center for people with intellectual disabilities on the advice of experts. ---usnews.com October 7 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/o4Cf1y


34.          “Congress Steps Up to Control Court-Ordered Guardianships.” Finally, Washington is taking steps to protect older Americans who have fallen into an exploitation trap set for them by state courts. Federal officials should soon be empowered to go into states to investigate — and prosecute — unscrupulous court-appointed guardians and conservators who prey on their elderly wards. ---creators.com, October 7 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/JIS5ZV




35.          “New Yorker Article Highlights Abuses in the Guardianship System.” Serious problems with the public guardianship system in the United States can lead to elder abuse, according to an in-depth article in The New Yorker titled “How the Elderly Lose their Rights.” Court-appointed guardians can take control of an elderly person’s finances and life and become wealthy while doing so. One expert interviewed describes the guardianship system as “a morass, a total mess.” ---elderlawanswers.com, October 12 https://is.gd/BNyEj5


36.          “AUTISM RISK SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED IN WOMEN WHO TAKE PRENATAL VITAMINS, NEW RESEARCH DISCOVERS.” Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that about one in 68 children is born on the autism spectrum. ---newsweek.com, October 6 https://is.gd/FryrBi


37.          ” ‘We’re Not Burdens at All’: A Q&A on Media Coverage and the Murders of Disabled People.” Research shows journalists routinely fail to interview disabled people; the humanity of victims is erased from the discourse about such cases; and news outlets often imply that murders of disabled people by caregivers are “justified” or “mercy killings." ---rewire.news April 6 (Illinois) https://is.gd/kKuYvU


38.          “ISU Research Explores Connection Between Autism, IT Careers.” It’s no secret that more and more children are being diagnosed with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about 1 in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder. ---wglt.org, October 12 (Illinois) https://is.gd/qMNpmG


   39.          “Could a healthy gut be the key to a healthy mind?” Could a healthy gut be the key to a healthy mind? That’s the question researchers at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) are keen to answer. ---illawarramercury.com.au, October 8 (Australia) https://is.gd/6qsyrk


40.          “Pregnant mothers' asthma and allergies linked to more severe autism in their children.” The research, published in the Molecular Psychiatry journal, involved testing 220 autistic children and examining the medical history of their mothers. ---abc.net.au, October 10 (Australia) https://is.gd/0RWWiO


41.          “Cannabis consumption increases violent behavior in young people in psychiatric care.” A new study by researchers at the Institut en santé mentale de Montréal demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behaviour in young people after discharge from a psychiatric hospital. ---sciencedaily.com, October 6 (Canada) https://is.gd/U93i7F


42.          “Sub-concussive blows can cause brain injury, says Trinity research.” A study of rugby playing teenagers has discovered sub-concussive blows can cause brain injury. ---irishtimes.com, October 6 (Ireland) https://is.gd/3dqy4j


43.          “New Zealand to deport intellectually disabled man to Fiji without his family.” Sagar Narayan, 20, is to be separated from his parents and siblings because he is considered a burden on the health system ---theguardian.com, October 11 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/bxXTAQ


44.          “Is schizophrenia risk 'around 80% genetic'?” "Genetics account for almost 80 per cent of a person's risk of developing schizophrenia, according to new research," the Mail Online reports. That is the main finding of a study looking at how often schizophrenia affected both twins of a pair, looking at identical and non-identical twins. ---nhs.uk, October 9 (UK) https://is.gd/u4xWPH



45.          “This shape-shifting wheelchair transitions from seated to standing positions.” From autonomous wheelchairs to air-powered ones with no electronic parts, we have covered some pretty nifty innovation taking place in the world of wheelchairs. ---digitaltrends.com, October 10 https://is.gd/KhHpgs


46.          “Special education in "deep trouble" and still needs reform, says California ed board president.” Special education in California is in “deep trouble,” exacerbated by outmoded concepts and an extreme shortage of fully-prepared teachers, according to Michael Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education. ---edsource.org, October 11 (California) https://is.gd/QLU4ti


47.          “Durango to reduce height of 400-plus parking meters.” The city of Durango will cut the height of more than 400 parking meters in coming months to bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to Wade Moore, parking operations managers for the city of Durango, for years parking meters have been installed at different heights without consideration for the ADA law. ---durangoherald.com, October 11 (Colorado) https://is.gd/rvoCfD


48.          “Software startup to bring therapy to autistic children.” ABAL therapeutics is a software startup by three UI students automating autism therapy for children. --- daily-iowan.com, October 11 (Iowa) https://is.gd/gZFd7c


49.          “Dialogue brings to light obstacles people with disabilities face.” The Disability Action and Awareness Committee (DAAC) and the Community Action Board (CAB) teamed up to put on Drake’s first Social Justice Dialogue of the year. It was held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Drake Room in Olmsted. ---timesdelphic.com, October 6 (Iowa) https://is.gd/goFVVQ


50.          “MI mom-son team teach compassion to local special needs students.”  News 10's morning anchor Lora Painter talks with a Pewamo-Westphalia mom who's son is changing his classmates attitudes towards children with special needs. With help from the Michigan Alliance for Families, they're helping teach Mid-Michigan students about compassion and empathy. ---wilx.com, October 6 (Michigan) https://is.gd/Y4hOYr


51.          “Mother discovers child suffers disability from prenatal alcohol exposure and wants to warn others.” There is an agony that descends upon a family when a child is diagnosed with a neurological and behavioral disability. Imagine adding to that by realizing this child’s disability is 100% incurable, and 100% preventable. ---michiganradio.org, October 5 (Michigan) https://is.gd/BU5aew


52.          “New partnership expands program to help those with disabilities.”  new partnership in Lapeer promises to create more job opportunities for people with disabilities in Mid-Michigan. Christa Quade is one person who benefits from this partnership. --- nbc25news.com, October 6 (Michigan) https://is.gd/4ERHCd


53.          “When natural disaster strikes, keeping psychiatric meds available is essential.” When a natural disaster strikes, the public quickly becomes aware that people with serious physical ailments like diabetes or kidney disease need access to the medications or treatments that keep them alive. But little gets reported about another urgent medical concern: People with serious mental illnesses need access to their psychiatric medications. ---minnpost.com, October 9 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/vre4tP


54.          “Study Shows Black Students, Kids With Disabilities in Missouri Punished More Than Peers.” It’s not news that Missouri’s school-to-prison pipeline is booming. In 2015, the state was ranked number one in suspensions for Black elementary kids. ---colorlines.com, October 12 (Missouri) https://is.gd/LqMpSe


55.          “Special needs cheerleading squad makes debut at Perryville football game.” A special needs cheerleading squad made their debut on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Perryville Homecoming Football game with a special cheer.  ---kfvs12.com, October 7 (Missouri) https://is.gd/6qsyrk


56.          “Fontbonne University receives grant to boost number of deaf educators and speech pathologists.” Fontbonne University has been awarded a $1.25 million federal grant earmarked for special education teacher training. It’s aimed at addressing a shortage of special education teachers in Missouri, Illinois and 44 other states. ---stlpublicradio.org, October 9 (Missouri) https://is.gd/Gubpul


57.          “Hospital offers internships for students with developmental disabilities.”  Internships can be a great way for students to gain work experience before they start applying for jobs, but they’re hard to find for many with developmental disabilities. ---kob.com, October 9 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/4Vyjpu


58.          “How costumers are using cosplay to overcome mental and physical disabilities.” At New York Comic Con, cosplayers used their creativity to change perceptions ---theverge.com. October 11 (New York) https://is.gd/kbursq


59.          “For the Disabled, New York’s Sidewalks Are an Obstacle Course.” Dustin Jones must navigate an obstacle course every time he goes out. Mr. Jones, who uses a wheelchair, gets stuck at sidewalk corners where the curb ramp is too broken to roll over or missing altogether. ---nytimes.com, October 8 (New York) https://is.gd/winW4e


60.          “Making Encounters With Police Officers Safer for People With Disabilities.” An Op-Ed essay last month about the fraught encounter between an Arizona teenager with autism, Connor Leibel, and a police officer inspired thoughtful comments, so we invited the author, Steve Silberman, to address a few in this follow-up. ---nytimes.com, October 6 (New York) https://is.gd/YbokX9


61.          “ADA-compliant residences can change lives for Oklahomans with disabilities.” When Linda Shannon ran away with her true love 40 years ago, she dreamed of having a home and doing the kinds of things normal people do, like cooking dinner and washing dishes. Shannon has cerebral palsy due to an injury resulting from physical abuse in early childhood. Both she and husband, Don, lived in an institutional setting due to disabilities. ---normantranscript.com, October 7 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/XnRA4H

62.          “Lancaster woman offers wheelchair rides to break down barriers, teach empathy and understanding.” Disability advocate Susan Schaffer introduced a new ride at the Lancaster Science Factory this summer: a manual wheelchair that takes muscle and precision to spin through the museum’s active exhibits. --- lancasteronline.com, October 7 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/8vfQDB


63.          “6-Year-Old Special Needs Student Allowed To Get Off At Wrong Bus Stop.” For two hours on Thursday afternoon, a Joseph H. Brown Elementary school student was missing. That student, Marcus Simmons, is 6 years old with special needs. He has VATER syndrome and is severely developmentally delayed to the point where he can barely talk. --- philadelphia.cbslocal.com, October 6 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/66vvtZ


64.          “Berkeley schools, government partner to give special-needs students training at county offices.” When Mikel Shaw finishes his four years at Berkeley High School in the spring, he won’t be going to college or trade school. But thanks to a new partnership between the school district and the county, the 18-year-old could be part of a year-long internship program for students with special needs. ---postandcourier.com, October 12 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/9EnARB


65.          “In 27 Northeast Tenn. schools, children with disabilities paddled at higher rate.” At least 27 Northeast Tennessee schools across six districts paddled students with disabilities more often than the rest of the student population, according to WJHL’s analysis of two years worth of local and federal corporal punishment data. --- wkrn.com, July 11 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/OLv06P


66.          “New special-education PE program teaches Midway students about inclusion.” Patrick Park squeezed his hands tight around his bat, kept his eyes on the T-ball tee in front of him and took a giant swing. ---wacotrib.com, October 9 (Texas) https://is.gd/DANZdV


67.          “Our most vulnerable deserve the utmost financial protection.” With over 3 million senior citizens currently residing in Texas and the large baby boomer population aging into retirement, many of us have taken on the responsibility of caring for our elderly parents or relatives. This not only includes making certain they have proper housing, healthcare, and food, but also protecting their financial security. --- starlocalmedia.com, October 9 (Texas) https://is.gd/s6tugt


68.          Half of people killed by police in the US may have a disability.” With awareness about disability rights growing around the country, law enforcement officials are rethinking police training.--- texasstandard.org, October 9 (Texas) https://is.gd/hBfDOP


69.          “Former rock stars develop app that is helping teach autistic students music, and much more.” Five boys sit around a small circle in an English classroom. They sway back and forth as their fingers touch the iPad screens in front of them. Their faces light up as they touch the screen, seeing – and hearing – their previous week’s creation. ---richmond.com, October 6 (Virginia) https://is.gd/OTo0Ks




70.          “Parents of excluded disabled pupil say he should not have done sexual health course at school.” The parents of an intellectually disabled student are furious at his 10-week exclusion from school, saying staff should not have pushed them to agree to a sexual health course that they claim exacerbated his inappropriate behaviour. ---adelaidenow.com.au, October 7 (Australia) https://is.gd/Rfn1Rs


71.          “Mum 'gobsmacked' at school's response to autistic son being tied to restraining chair.” A mother whose autistic son was strapped to a restraining chair in class was asked if she would prefer a "more aesthetically pleasing chair" when she confronted the school about the seven-year-old's treatment. ---abc.net.au, October 9 (Australia) https://is.gd/fhMq5G


72.          “‘They called me an idiot and said I should abort’: The anguish of a prenatal diagnosis.” It occurred so frequently, that Sarah Maroun almost got used to medical professionals asking if she’d abort her child. But it was the people she didn’t know demanding she terminate her unborn child that really stung. People talking about her online. ---news.com.au, October 9 (Australia) https://is.gd/ZOEmn6


73.          “Calgary brothers with FAS who raped teen need structure, supervised environment: lawyers.” Lawyers for two brothers with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder who repeatedly raped a teenage girl say their clients should spend years in prison. ---thespec.com, October 5 (Canada) https://is.gd/qT9ufJ


74.          “Judge rules against young woman’s bid to speed up assisted dying trial.” Julia Lamb of Chilliwack suffers from spinal muscular atrophy and has been confined to a wheelchair since age six. ---surreynowleader.com, October 12 (Canada) https://is.gd/cSEbuf


75.          “Guardians charged with neglecting four-year-old girl who later died.” Alberta Mounties have laid charges against relatives of a four-year-old girl, alleging they neglected her after taking over from the government as her legal guardians. ---timescolonist.com, October 6 (Canada) https://is.gd/QEsfSC


76.          “Frustrated parents of B.C. children with special needs get organized.” Parent Chantelle Morvay-Adams knew as soon as she put her son into kindergarten that he needed extra help in the classroom. "We knew he had differences," she said. ---cbc.ca, October 7 (Canada) https://is.gd/ytPj6e


77.          “‘They talk to the dog, not me.’ How people react to disability.” Sometimes well-meaning people stop Jackie McBrearty on the street and tell her they’ll pray that God will restore her sight. ---irishtimes.com, October 10 (Ireland) https://is.gd/l072nU


78.          “Elderly wheelchair user dies after attack by swarm of hornets.” An 87-year-old woman died in September after she was stung more than 150 times by a swarm of giant hornets in Ozu, Ehime Prefecture, as she traveled home from a nursing facility, the local fire service headquarters said Thursday. ---japantimes.co.jp, October 6 (Japan) https://is.gd/me94NV


79.          “One arrested on attempted rape charge.” An e-rickshaw driver has been arrested for an attempted rape on a mentally retarded woman here. ---myrepublica.com, October 6 (Nepal) https://is.gd/FryrBi


80.          “First Symposium on Mental Health and Disabilities.” Do not look at our disabilities but focus on our abilities, said Rhema Misser a person living with physical disability for 54-years during the opening of the first "Langi Ma’a: Tonga National Mental Health and Disabilities Symposium" on October 9-13. --- matangitonga.to, October 10 (Tonga) https://is.gd/wrR1cp


81.          “Cops hunt beast who groped a disabled woman in a wheelchair and punched her in the face in broad daylight.” The sickening attack took place in broad daylight as the 28-year-old victim was making her way along a road in Plympton, Devon. ---thesun.co.uk October 9 (UK) https://is.gd/SeqvHp




“Elderly man funded child rape overseas.” A Washington man who paid impoverished Filipinos to sexually abuse children on video has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison ---seattlepi.com, October 5 (Washington) https://is.gd/gon23b