Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of November 10 to November 16, 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, Studies & Statistics, 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.  


ANNOUNCEMENT:  Starting this week, we have added the category of “Guardianship” in view of the fact that this is becoming known as a widespread mechanism by which abuse is pervasive.


Sexual Assault: 1, 10, 61, 73

Physical Abuse:   4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13     

Emotional/Verbal Abuse: 3, 4, 60

Financial abuse: 76

Murder: 8, 40, 68,


Social Media Abuse:    

Related to Special Education: 1, 4, 5, 12, 20,70, 73, 76

Guardianship:  14, 15

Access/ ADA: 2


WINNER of most egregious award: 22: Governor signs bill making cuts in support for people with disabilities.  60: Co-student teens use social media to emotionally and physically abuse student with Down syndrome.


WINNER of most wonderful award: 46: Increased funding for special ed


WINNER of the “what should be done?” award:  64: Man with autism viewing thousands of child porn won’t be jailed as he “would not survive it.”


WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):

Family:  1   

Carer: 6, 11         

Stranger: 3, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10

Co-student: 60      

Special Education: 4, 5, 12, 76

Men:  1, 3, 7, 9, 12, 61, 73     

Women: 1, 4, 5, 6, 11, 68

Good News: 

29: more money for special education teachers

34: CVS to train people with IDD for employment

35: Airbnb to increase stays for people with disabilities

46: Texas increased cap to increase funding for special education


Bad News: 

1:   Man sexually abuses family members, no abuse suspected of his students with autism as he is a special education teacher.

11: Three group home staff abuse residents

16: ADA threatened by government moves

19: Male not allowed to use wheelchair from store to get to his car

55: Temple refuses admittance for people with disabilities


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    1.          “Colton special-ed teacher charged with molesting 2 young relatives over 6 years in Rialto.” A Rialto man who is a special-education teacher with the Colton Joint Unified School District has been accused of sexually abusing two young relatives starting in 2004 and charged with nine felonies, according to Rialto police and court records. --- sbsun.com, November 14 (California) https://is.gd/q6NMAQ


    2.          “Red Rocks implementing new ticket purchase, seating process for Coloradans with disabilities.” Nearly a year after six Coloradans with disabilities filed a class-action federal lawsuit against the City of Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is changing the way it sells tickets and seats people at the venue. --- thedenverchannel.com, November 15 (Colorado) https://is.gd/Lt84oa


    3.          “A Lakeland Man is Behind Bars After Taking Advantage Of A Special-Needs Man Causing Him To Be Evicted From Apartment.” On 11-7-17, Winter Haven Police were alerted to the exploitation of a 44 year-old physically and intellectually disabled Winter Haven man after it was discovered that $1,045 was taken from him through lies and deceit. The money, which was designated for his rent has caused him to face eviction. --- dailyridge.com, November 10 (Florida) https://is.gd/v21w2E


    4.          “Bus attendant's friend shocked by student abuse allegation.”  A Polk County school bus attendant may soon to be out of a job. Brenda Nelson is accused of hitting and even shaking a special needs child on a school bus. ---fox13news.com, November 10 (Florida) https://is.gd/iZA7CJ


    5.          “Mother says son with autism was sprayed with Lysol by teacher.” A mother told Channel 2 Action News that a teacher sprayed her autistic son with Lysol multiple times and was never reprimanded for assaulting her special-needs child. Kimberly Risby told Channel 2’s Carl Willis that she was sickened by this. The teacher denies it ever happened, but she's already resigned from her position. --- wsbtv.com, November 14 (Georgia) https://is.gd/hueA6i


    6.          “Wanted woman arrested for neglect of disabled adult.” A woman is out of jail on bond, after being charged with neglect of a disabled adult. Amber Blackshear, 24, was booked into the Dougherty County Jail last Friday. --- walb.com, November 16 (Georgia) https://is.gd/FpzorU


    7.          “Man accused of battering wheelchair user.” A Muncie man is accused of battering a woman who uses a wheelchair as a result of an earlier traumatic brain injury. Michael Arnold Wright – who was already awaiting trial in two cases involving allegations of violence – is preliminarily charged with strangulation and domestic battery over the latest accusations. --- thestarpress.com, November 14 (Indiana) https://is.gd/zNjKFC


    8.          “Man in wheelchair tortured to death over unpaid debt.” Three years to the day after he died, Indianapolis police say they have made an arrest in the murder of Garry Borer. --- theindychannel.com, November 16 (Indiana) https://is.gd/eg87ec


    9.          “Uxbridge man gets probation in BB shooting of autistic man.” A local man charged with shooting a 28-year-old autistic man with a BB gun admitted sufficient facts for a guilty plea on most charges Oct. 24 in Uxbridge District Court. ---telegram.com, November 9 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/URqlrf


10.          “Man charged with strangling, raping 68-year-old disabled woman in N.C.” A North Carolina man was arrested in Raleigh on Monday on rape and assault on a handicapped person charges out of Durham, according to an arrest warrant. --- wric.com, November 14 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/n0nVAA


11.          Three group home employees charged with assaulting resident.” Three staff members of a group home in Akron have been charged with assaulting a developmentally disabled resident. ---ohio.com, November 9 (Ohio) https://is.gd/fVbRs4


12.          “Mom accuses Aldine teacher of beating up special needs student.” "I can't believe that I sent my son to school in perfect condition and he came back home basically beat up." --- abc13.com, November 15 (Texas) https://is.gd/l1Sgmy


13.          “Bakery employee accused of spanking child with autism.” A Texas woman called police Thursday, accusing a bakery worker of spanking her child, who has autism. The alleged incident occurred at TastyKakes Nature's Own Outlet Bakery in Baytown, KTRK reported. ---wsbtv.com, November 10 (Texas) https://is.gd/feoXj0




14.          “Who is guarding the guardians?” I talked yesterday about two bills before the legislature that would make it more difficult for hospitals to honor “do not resuscitate” orders, especially if an individual was unconscious and their stated desire to allow someone to die was opposed by a family member. --- michiganradio.org, November 16 https://is.gd/6KJy0w


15.          “Mom said she was drugged, abused under Michigan probate guardianship.” A Farmington Hills mom says she was left to die inside a group home. Now, she is telling her story to warn others about how quickly anyone could go from living a normal life, to having their life taken over--- legally, through a court-ordered guardianship. --- wxyz.com, November 14 (Michigan) https://is.gd/HVcOCm



16.          “A law that would segregate disabled people? We must all fight to stop it.” Amid the chaos of US policymaking under Donald Trump it could be easy to miss all manner of damaging maneuvers. However, when it comes to attacks on the rights of people with disabilities, far too much is at stake to let a single thing fly below the radar. ---theguardian.com, November 14 https://is.gd/lBrO9n


17.          “R. Kelly Sued for Making Fun of Autistic Fan and Bullying Him into Singing 'I Believe I Can Fly'.” It seems that R. Kelly may need a lawyer soon. The 50-year-old singer is sued for making fun of an autistic fan who approached him outside a nightclub in Los Angeles. He forced the fan to sing one of his signature songs and mocked him afterward. --- aceshowbiz.com, November 16 (California) https://is.gd/S9YKY7


18.          “State’s Fiscal Crisis a Blow to Nonprofits that help people with Developmental Disabilities.” For those living with developmental and intellectual disabilities, the policy shifts of the last few decades, and especially the last few years, have had major impacts on their lives. --- connecticutmag.com, November 14 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/CipxS9


19.          “Lawsuit: Disabled man denied wheelchair, forced to crawl out of store.” A disabled Iowa man has filed a lawsuit against Mills Fleet Farm and the manager on duty at its Mason City store, alleging he was forced to leave "without the benefit of a wheelchair" and crawled on his knees when returning to his vehicle. ---usatoday.com, November 9 (Iowa) https://is.gd/k5GSIG


20.          “Mother of child with Down syndrome sues Maize schools, special ed co-op.” The mother of a 9-year-old Maize girl who has Down syndrome and other disabilities is suing a local school district and special education services provider after she says they failed to mainstream her daughter in a regular classroom. --- kansas.com, November 12 (Kansas) https://is.gd/y8wsXm


21.          “Family fights to keep disabled daughter from being evicted from group home.” The family of a woman with intellectual disabilities is fighting to keep her from being evicted from her group home, a place she has called home for 15 years. ---wcsh6.com, November 10 (Maine) https://is.gd/u0F8Gr


22.          “Krist hits Ricketts for cuts for elderly, developmental disabilities.” Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha criticized Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday for state budget cuts that he said "risk the well-being of the state's most vulnerable citizens," including the elderly and people with disabilities. --- journalstar.com, November 10 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/a5nO7l


23.          “Lawmakers propose limits on police videos to protect mentally ill.” New Mexico legislators are proposing to limit the public’s right to see videos recorded by police in incidents involving the mentally ill. --- santafenewmexican.com, November 10 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/9wkhPr


24.          “Man in court for belly button fixation sparks autism debate.” A judge must decide how to deal with a man diagnosed with autism who has repeatedly violated his probation for sexual battery by asking women to touch their bellybuttons. --- fox8.com, November 11 (Ohio) https://is.gd/YUv0O8


25.          “Court revives lawsuit alleging discrimination against Ohio's blind voters.” Ohio's elections chief wants some guidance on how to accommodate blind voters without jeopardizing the process for all others. A spokesman for Secretary of State Jon Husted says previous rulings have been clear that one set of voters can't receive accommodations that aren't available to others. --- wlwt.com, November 14 (Ohio) https://is.gd/3bj8a1


26.          Pennsylvania Legislature Considering Bill To Close Remaining Developmental Disability Centers.” The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a proposal, House Bill 1650, to close the state’s five remaining state-run facilities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). ---openminds.com¸ November 12 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/Tbmg4p


27.          “Disabled man's claims against DDSN sent back to court.”  A lawsuit filed by a severely disabled man who suffered a beating by an employee of a group home has been sent back to a judge who first dismissed some of the man's claims. --- greenvilleonline.com, November 11 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/rBuw14


28.          “Dallas County DA reverses plan to seek death penalty against Zoe Hastings' alleged killer.” The Dallas County District Attorney's office reversed its decision to seek the death penalty for a man accused in the murder of Zoe Hastings, saying the alleged killer has an intellectual disability. --- dallasnews.com, November 11 (Texas) https://is.gd/3tVcbk


29.          “Rep. Potter proposes special ed stipend.” Rep. Val Potter has a plan to attract and retain special education teachers in Utah. The 3rd district representative and former North Logan mayor introduced a bill this week to the Public Education Appropriations Committee that would extend a $4,000 stipend, with annual increases, to qualifying special education teachers. --- hjnews.com, November 11 (Utah) https://is.gd/X21kNj




30.          “Young people with disabilities more likely to be arrested.” More than half of blacks in the U.S. with disabilities will be arrested by the time they reach their late 20s, a new study finds. In general, people with mental or physical disabilities were 13 percent more likely to be arrested as juveniles or young adults than people free of disability, according to the report in the American Journal of Public Health. ---cnbc.com, November 10 https://is.gd/MbMgHi


31.          “Autism may disrupt the body’s circadian clock.” For many people with autism, sleep doesn’t come naturally. Some have anxiety or behavioral difficulties that make it hard to wind down; others take medications that disrupt sleep. There is, however, mounting evidence that poor sleep may not be just a side effect of autism or its treatments, but rather a central feature of it. ---spectrumnews.org, November 13 https://is.gd/9p5nk5


32.          “Health Buzz: Here's the Latest Research on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Depression.” A man got very excited when he came upon the poster detailing Heather Garman's study at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C. That's because he had autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring depression – the type of patient Garman, a PhD candidate in the integrative neuroscience program at New York's Stony Brook University, is studying in her research. --- health.usnews.com, November 15 https://is.gd/aWIkM9


33.          “In Arkansas, 82% of Special Education Students Graduate on Time; in Mississippi, 31% Do” The high school graduation rate for American students with disabilities lags 19 percentage points behind the overall rate, according to an analysis from The Hechinger Report. --- the74million.org, November 10 https://is.gd/AfycOG




34.          “CVS Opening Mock Stores to Train People With Disabilities.” CVS is ramping up its efforts to hire people with disabilities with a slew of new mock stores designed to help train this traditionally-underemployed demographic. --- disabilityscoop.com, November 13 https://is.gd/GOc2kD


35.          “Airbnb just bought Accomable, a startup that helps travelers with disabilities find places to stay.” In a push to make its service accessible to more consumers, Airbnb announced Thursday it has acquired a startup that helps people with disabilities find accommodations on the road. Called Accomable and based in London, the startup has a website that features listings of accessible places to stay from around the world. The site allows users to search for accomodations that have particular accessibility features and ones that are suitable for people with specific disabilities. --- businessinsider.com, November 16 https://is.gd/wqzf4C


36.          “Illinois commission that advocates for deaf fires director.” The longtime director of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission board has been dismissed. The unanimous vote Thursday to dismiss John Miller came after a board member asserted the board “lost confidence in his ability to lead the commission effectively.” The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports board members didn’t elaborate on the reason. --- eastpeoriatimescourier.com, November 10 (Illinois) https://is.gd/BdjsZH


37.          “New wheelchair gives paralyzed veteran independence.” Dan Alberts can tell you better than anyone- your disability doesn't define you. For the past twenty years, Alberts hasn't let anything slow him down from his love of the outdoors, even being paralyzed. ---kwwl.com, November 9 (Iowa) https://is.gd/y1BlAw


38.          “Kansas Removing More Children from Homes With Drug Abuse.”  Kansas is removing significantly more children from homes where a parent is abusing drugs than it did five years ago, particularly when a parent uses methamphetamines, the state's child welfare agency reported Tuesday. --- usnews.com, November 14 (Kansas) https://is.gd/ekjYo0


39.          “Maine lags in providing state park access to people with disabilities.” Funding and philosophy play key roles, but several other states offer greater wheelchair access to public lands. --- pressherald.com, November 12 (Maine) https://is.gd/RVE8Xz


40.          “Handicapped 14-year-old boy killed in house fire on Detroit's east side.” A 14-year-old boy was killed in a fire Sunday in a Detroit home. The Detroit Fire Department received a call at about 3:30 a.m. about the fire inside the home on Riad Street, near Kelly and Whittier roads. ---clickondetroit.com, November 12 (Michigan) https://is.gd/aAXha1


41.          “Owner of support dog savors end to housing fight.” A New Brighton complex will overhaul its pet accommodation policies. --- startribune.com, November 13 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/5wmZ4z


42.          “How the Biloxi VA is helping blind veterans find their way in a dark world.” Keith Bynum, a blind Army veteran, lives by this rule: Life is not over just because you can’t see. --- sunherald.com, November 11 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/rub0Nz


43.          “Universal design improves quality of life for people with disabilities.” Universal design involves designing buildings, products and services that meet the accessibility needs of everyone. It can help people with disabilities, but it’s intended for everyone. --- news.stlpublicradio.org, November 14 (Missouri) https://is.gd/kXAOO3


44.          “Montanans put new type of wheelchair to the test.” An Israeli wheelchair wheel company has been touring the United States to talk with people who have been using their product. Reporter Jack Ginsburg talked with Softwheel representatives when they came to the Flathead Valley to learn more about the new technology. --- krtv.com, November 13 (Montana) https://is.gd/ePXovv


45.          “Proposed RTA Fare Hikes, Service Cuts Could Hurt People with Disabilities, Advocates Say.” Disability rights advocates are encouraging people to speak out about proposed Greater Dayton RTA service changes. --- wyso.org, November 13 (Ohio) https://is.gd/Uwq7dx


46.          “Enrollment of students in special ed programs surges in Texas.” Texas enrolled its largest number of students in special education programs last school year, the same year the state's education department officially got rid of an arbitrary cap it put in place more than a decade ago. --- chron.com, November 10 (Texas) https://is.gd/iKtdps


47.          “Their Voice: New children's book helps the conversation of infants with disabilities.” Addressing Siblings of Children with Special Needs --- heraldextra.com, November 11 (Utah) https://is.gd/0uQ2uV


48.          “Strengths, weaknesses identified in Spokane special education programs.” A wide-ranging study of Spokane Public Schools special education programs validated long-standing parental concerns about special education in the state’s second-largest district. In a presentation to the board of directors last week, Lauren Katzman, a member of the group that conducted the study, praised the district for some things, but emphasized that her job is to look for “pain points.” --- spokesman.com, November 15 (Washington) https://is.gd/tBCzK8




49.          “Emergency intervention to remove disabled man left in prison after NDIS providers refused to care for him.” The Victorian Disability Minister has urgently intervened to remove a young man with a profound intellectual disability from jail. ---abc.net.au, November 11 (Australia) https://is.gd/rmV5oD


50.          “Parents sue fertility clinic over intellectually disabled boys.” The parents  of two disabled boys are suing a fertility clinic for carrying out the wrong genetic test on the mother and failing to detect she was a carrier for a mutation which caused mental retardation. --- dailytelegraph.com.au, November 13 (Australia) https://is.gd/MYh1Ho


51.          “Adults with autism want input on community services.” A growing number of Canadian businesses are providing programs and services geared toward autistic people, but some adult members of their target audience want more of a say on how the offerings are developed. ---winnipeg.ctvnews.ca, November 12 (Canada) https://is.gd/JAD3cE


52.          “Adults with autism want to give more input on services geared toward community.” Organizations from movie chains to airports to blood services labs have designed programs but with little input from autistic people. --- thestar.com, November 12 (Canada) https://is.gd/kqERwj


53.          “Supreme Court to examine compensation payable to deaf & dumb rape victim.” The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a matter in which the Himachal Pradesh High Court has ordered payment of Rs 30,000 to a deaf and dumb rape victim for her life time as compensation. The 80 per cent handicapped victim had given birth to a girl child last year. --- (Remember we are quoting articles whose writers may not be familiar with preferred language.) newindianexpress.com, November 12 (India) https://is.gd/f1yyLr


54.          “IAS officer to monitor funds for welfare of disabled.” Mumbai: The State government has put in a place a new monitoring mechanism to ensure local bodies set aside the mandatory 3% of their funds for persons with disabilities. The move comes after complaints that money meant for welfare of the physically challenged has been diverted for other purposes. --- thehindu.com, November 14 (India) https://is.gd/9tuaQx


55.          “Manguesh temple accessibility row: disability rights group seeks apology from temple management.” Manguesh Temple administration said it disallows people with disability to use their personal wheel-chair in order to "preserve the purity and sanctity of the temple." ---thehindu.com, November 11 (India) https://is.gd/8ckFHI


56.          “Clare Rights Activist Concerns Over Minister’s Comments on Disability Rights.” A Clare rights activist has expressed serious concern after the Disabilities Minister said he is ‘helpless’ to progress their rights. ---clare.fm, November 10 (Ireland) https://is.gd/1hq2ZG


57.          “Disabled residents given chemical restraints ‘without consent’,” Residents of a centre for people with disabilities were prescribed regular medication for “inappropriate sexual behaviour” without any consent or consultation, a report by a health watchdog has found. --- irishtimes.com, November 16 (Ireland) https://is.gd/F8PJrg


58.          “Psychiatric facilities no place for vulnerable disabled people.” Sir, – It is deeply disquieting that a court had no option but to place a person with intellectual disability in a psychiatry ward despite the fact that he is not psychiatrically ill (“No place for vulnerable disabled man” November 15th). --- irishtimes.com, November 16 (Ireland) https://is.gd/XivLXX


59.          “Persons with Disabilities Hold Tremendous Potential - Shahine Robinson.” While the Jamaican society has been showing an increased appreciation for persons with disabilities, there remains a sizeable segment of the citizenry that is unaware of the tremendous potential of the disabled to the society, Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson has said. --- images.jamaica-gleaner.com, November 10 (Jamaica) https://is.gd/aHn0zM


60.          “Teenage girls torment Down syndrome student, post bullying photos on Snapchat.” A gang of teenage girls urged a 15-year-old special needs student to flash her breasts and then filmed and shared the footage online. The Wellington East Girls' College students pretended to befriend their schoolmate Holly Reed, who has Down syndrome, and encouraged her to perform tasks like licking the ground. They then shared the footage on Snapchat and Facebook with captions such as "slag" and "yummy". ---stuff.co.nz, November 12 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/a3XMMq


61.          “Recidivist sex abuser jailed for sexually exploiting intellectually disabled girl.” A Waikato man with a 66-year history of sexually abusing children has been sentenced to preventative detention for coercing an intellectually disabled teenager into doing sex acts with him. --- stuff.co.nz, November 15 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/Sh0jF8


62.          “Concern over high unemployment rate for Kiwis with disabilities.” The Disability Rights Commissioner says she's deeply concerned by the number of disabled Kiwis out of work. Forty-two percent of young disabled New Zealanders are out of employment, education or training, while only 25.2 percent of all disabled Kiwis of working age are employed or looking for work. ---newshub.co.nz, November 11 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/iFOVMX


63.          “Adopt African protocol on disability – gov’t told.” The protocol was drafted by The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on the rights of persons with disabilities, intended to complement the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and address continued exclusion, harmful practices, and discrimination affecting those with disabilities, especially women, children, and the elderly --- newvision.co.ug, November 16 (South Africa) https://is.gd/4t70cX


64.          “Autistic man was caught with 90,000 child abuse images but is spared jail.” An autistic man caught with 90,000 images of child abuse was spared jail after a court heard he “would not survive prison.” ---liverpoolecho.co.uk, November 13 (UK) https://is.gd/E2r40Q


65.          “In your twenties but unable to have a social life: What it's like being disabled in modern Britain.” ‘I want to be a 28-year-old living like a 28-year-old, but I’m treated like a child. This is my cry for help,’ Lakhvinder Kaur tells The Independent ---independent.co.uk, November 11 (UK) https://is.gd/6HB7E9


66.          “Cuts have put many elderly and disabled people beyond the reach of our legal aid.” I’m a community care solicitor and have to turn people away who can’t afford private legal advice to appeal decisions about their health and social care theguardian.com, November 11 (UK) https://is.gd/XS3uq4


67.          “Is enough being done to improve access for postgrad students with disabilities?.” Tighter laws and trained staff help to widen participation for postgrad students with disabilities, but barriers still exist, particularly with careers advice ---theguardian.com, November 10 (UK) https://is.gd/avgCpL


68.          “Woman held in 'neglect and fraud' probe linked to 12 care home deaths.” A woman has been arrested on suspicion of neglect and fraud as part of a police investigation into the deaths of 12 people living in care homes run by the same company. A woman has been arrested on suspicion of neglect and fraud as part of a police investigation into the deaths of 12 people living in care homes run by the same company. --- itv.com, November 9 (UK) https://is.gd/RdJ0uS


69.          “New DNA antenatal screening for Down’s syndrome is a ‘transformational advance’.” Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have shown for the first time that it is possible to incorporate DNA analysis into antenatal screening for three serious chromosome disorders, including Down’s syndrome, in a way that is far more accurate, and safer and less stressful for mothers. --- qmul.ac.uk, November 9 (UK) https://is.gd/cTIS6h


70.          “Parents accuse social services of 'failing' autistic daughter with learning difficulties who was kicked out of school at 11.” The heartbroken parents of a teenager who was given a 1% chance of survival after birth have accused social services of "failing" their vulnerable daughter. ---mirror.co.uk, November 12 (UK) https://is.gd/zDamWS


71.          “Dad slams Cineworld for kicking his autistic teen son out of Thor: Ragnarok for playing on his mobile phone.” Stephen Collinson, 51, and his 19-year-old son Sam were enjoying a day at the movies last Sunday when they were thrown out of the screening after 45 minutes. ---thesun.co.uk, November 10 (UK) https://is.gd/oGDDz2


72.          “John Lewis slammed by parents for ‘forcing’ disabled children to change on a toilet floor.” John Lewis has been shamed by parents who say they have been forced to change their disabled children on toilet floors due to the lack of facilities. In one uncomfortable image, a child can be seen lying on the loo floor - with the photograph since sparking outrage against the department store. --- thesun.co.uk, November 15 (UK) https://is.gd/wFXQP8


73.          “Headmaster rapes mentally ill pupil.” A SHAMELESS Rusape headmaster who raped a 15-year-old mentally -challenged school pupil before expelling her from the school for revealing the abuse was this week jailed 15 years. ---bulawayo24.com, November 10 (Zimbabwe) https://is.gd/mAg8ZX




74.          “Drug Use, Disability and Elder Rights Take Center Stage in 3 Documentary Shorts Aiming for Oscars.” Among the small but significant projects in contention are three timely tales of those waging wars against injustice in 'Heroin(e),' 'Hale' and 'Edith+Eddie.' ---hollywoodreporter.com, November 10 https://is.gd/TB9dOY


75.          “What It's Like to Date When You're Autistic.” Real talk: Dating is confusing. Between decoding texts, figuring out if the person you’re into really likes you back or is just a flirt, and if the date is going to end with a kiss or an awkward hug — the subtleties are endless. And that’s on top of finding someone of substance who is actually worth your time in the first place. --- teenvogue.com, November 15 https://is.gd/LBbJaM


76.          “Special Education Teacher Raised Over $260k By Faking Terminal Cancer for Years.” An Alabama woman raised over a quarter of a million dollars while pretending to have terminal cancer for three years. From 2014 to 2017, Jennifer Flynn Cataldo, 37, collected a total of $264,163 from donors through GoFundMe accounts and by asking for money on social media pages. --- oxygen.com, November 13 (Alabama) https://is.gd/jjg


77.          “Special needs actors are the stars at Adaptive Works in Peoria.” They're working out all the jitters and all the nervous energy at Adaptive Works in downtown Peoria. It's here where 16 actors and actresses with special needs can be a star. "We believe that theater is for everyone and we really wanted a place where special needs individuals could come in and have an authentic theater experience," said Brianna Funk., abc15.com, November 10 (Arizona) https://is.gd/CrKtpj