Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of November 17 to November 23, 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.  


Sexual Assault: 20

Physical Abuse:   1, 5, 8, 11, 20, 82

Emotional/Verbal Abuse: (seclusion) 69, 70, 79

Financial abuse: 4

Murder: 7, 0, 10, 16

Neglect: 2, 3, 6

Social Media Abuse:79

Related to Special Education: 11, 20, 35, 69, 70, 76, 82

Guardianship:  12, 13, 14


WINNER of most egregious award: 14: Parents with disabilities lose access to their own children to raise because they have disabilities; 20: School aide given “pass” by school administration for abuse; 77: blind traveler forced to sit on floor of train instead of seating for people with disabilities.


WINNER of most wonderful award: 74: Recognition of impact on people with disabilities of funding cuts; 81: USA Olympic champion with Down syndrome proves doctor wrong who warned her parents she could not develop muscle strength.


WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):

Family:  2, 5, 6, 7, 10

Carer: 1, 3, 8, 9

Stranger: 4

Co-resident: 16   

Men:  1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 20       

Women: 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 16, 79, 82

Good News: 

23: No abortion allowed if fetal analyses indicate Down syndrome

49: Training program for psychologists in Deaf education

52: Hotels serving guests with disabilities using Abilitrak to meet their needs


Bad News: 

20: Unchecked sexual abuse of elementary school students (23 known)

24: State Special Ed director sued due to cover up of sexual assault in prior job

26: Carer injured by patient (severe) due to lack of supervision and preparation

28: Long term effects of negative special education experience recognized

48: Abuse seldom reported in nursing homes

82: Special education selling heroin on campus.


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    1.          “Former residential center workers face abuse charges.” Two former workers at a state-run residential center in southeast Arkansas have been arrested on felony abuse charges after authorities say they used excessive force and an unsafe restraint method with a resident. --- seattletimes.com, November 17 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/343znb


    2.          “Son neglects elderly father found with rotting skin, sitting in human waste for weeks: Police.” A Florida man faces criminal charges for allegedly leaving his elderly and frail father sit in human waste so long his skin started rotting, WESH-TV reports. --- crimeonline.com, November 19 (Florida) https://is.gd/5sOzay


    3.          “Elderly man found naked in feces while caregivers fled hurricane.” The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office arrested two caregivers accused of neglecting the elderly after a man was found naked on the floor lying in his feces after Hurricane Irma. --- nbc-2.com, November 21 (Florida) https://is.gd/kdAvWX


    4.          “Woman charged with exploiting mentally impaired senior citizen.” A woman has been arrested on charges of theft and exploiting an adult after she and another person allegedly took advantage of a woman suffering from a mental impairment. --- wave3.com, November 21 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/khZK1W


    5.          “Detroit man charged with assault of 6-year-old autistic boy.” A man has been charged with domestic assault in connection with a report earlier this month of a 6-year-old autistic boy suffering injuries at a home in Detroit. --- centralmaine.com, November 22 (Michigan) https://is.gd/Qs9AWu


    6.          “Laconia woman to stand trial for criminal neglect of her grandmother.” A city woman charged with criminal neglect after her grandmother developed a life-threatening bedsore is scheduled for trial in February. --- unionleader.com, November 22 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/wBzvjI


    7.          Autistic boy suffocated by 400-pound man during ‘fit’: cops.” A nearly 400-pound man killed his autistic step grandson when he tried to restrain him during a “fit,” according to reports. --- nypost.com, November 22 (Ohio) https://is.gd/gIfrPr


    8.          “Three disability staff charged with abuse of vulnerable adult.” Three former employees of the Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board have been charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult. --- greenvilleonline.com, November 17 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/P2pCNB


    9.          “Girl, 14, with special needs dies after given blood pressure medication, autopsy shows.”  A 14-year-old girl with special needs died in October 2016 from the toxic effects of blood pressure medication, an autopsy report shows. Three people have been arrested and are accused of having a role in her death. --- click2houston.com. November 18 (Texas) https://is.gd/BgzPQl


10.          “Dad, girlfriend charged after disabled son died of septic shock from bed sores.” A Vermont man and his girlfriend have been charged with neglect, manslaughter and Medicare fraud after authorities say his severely disabled son died of septic shock from infected bed sores. --- mynbc5.com, November 21 (Vermont) https://is.gd/so0Hvo


11.          “Autistic boy, 11, attacked by bus driver and aide in two separate assaults: Police.” Two Fairfax County Public Schools workers are accused of assaulting an 11-year-old autistic boy on a school bus in two incidents just days apart, according to a Fairfax County police statement. --- insidenova.com, November 22 (Virginia) https://is.gd/Owz9nZ




12.          “Family awarded $8.5 million in guardianship abuse case says it's not about the money.” $8.5 million dollars. It's a figure almost impossible to fathom for 81-year-old Rudy North. --- ktnv.com, November 21 (Nevada) https://is.gd/2bNTnj


13.          “New reforms in guardian law presented.” New Mexico could “leapfrog” into a dramatic new way of placing people under legal guardianships and conservatorships under recently unveiled national reforms. --- abqjournal.com, November 18 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/JIGXBy


14.          “Parents with Intellectual Disabilities Share Heartbreak of Losing Custody of Their Children.” The parents of 8-month-old Hunter and 4-year-old Christopher have lost custody of their children — not because they have harmed them, endangered them or neglected them. --- insideedition.com, November 17 (Oregon) https://is.gd/6EmQlM




15.          “Homeless people with disabilities sue San Diego over RV parking law.” A group of disabled homeless people filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday against San Diego, challenging its enforcement of laws that prevent homeless people from living and sleeping in recreational vehicles. --- sandiegouniontribune.com, November 16 (California) https://is.gd/Z3C0gX


16.          “She was stabbed 100 times at Granada Hills group home, and it was ‘completely preventable,’ lawsuit says.” A series of missteps were made at a Granada Hills group home for adults with developmental disabilities that led to the torturous slaying of a female resident earlier this year, a civil lawsuit claims. --- dailynews.com, November 20 (California) https://is.gd/CiOMEO


17.          “Group Sues Over Access to Veterans Nursing Home.” A disability-rights organization has filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, contending the group was improperly prevented from having access to a state veterans nursing home. --- wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu, November 20 (Florida) https://is.gd/9tZLUX


18.          “Iowa Department of Education given more time to reach seclusion room consensus.” The Iowa Department of Education has been granted a three-month extension to respond to a request to revise state rules for secluding and restraining students. --- thegazette.com, November 22 (Iowa) https://is.gd/D4iBk3


19.          “Disabled Iowans upset about privatized Medicaid seek to sustain lawsuit against DHS leader.” The departure of a controversial Medicaid management company from Iowa strengthens disabled residents’ legal claims against a top state official and should not lead to their federal lawsuit’s dismissal, their lawyers contend. --- desmoinesregister.com, November 18 (Iowa) https://is.gd/HpvVx3


20.          “Lawsuit: Md. school became ‘breeding ground’ for child sex abuse.” At least 10 school staff members raised red flags about a school aide’s behavior — complaints ranging from disrupting class to hitting students to concerns about his inappropriate relationships with students. ---- wtop.com, November 16 (Maryland) https://is.gd/qSUFkV


21.          “Hulu sued for not offering audio service for blind customers.” Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies. --- startribune.com, November 21 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/D6E10t


22.          “Man on sex-offender registry sues West St. Paul over rule limiting where he can live.” Tom Evenstad moved into his friend’s West St. Paul home on Aug. 21. Three days later, a West St. Paul police investigator called the landlord and said Evenstad had to go. --- twincities.com, November 17 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/pxE4WT


23.          “Ohio Senate passes Down syndrome abortion bill.” The Ohio Senate has passed legislation that would make it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion if the fetus might have Down syndrome. --- fox8.com, November 16 (Ohio) https://is.gd/oR8a5j


24.          “$1.85 million civil lawsuit follows new Texas special education director.” Texas' new special education director is facing allegations that she tried to cover up sexual abuse of a 6-year-old student at her previous job as special education director for a small school district in Oregon. --- texastribune.org, November 20 (Oregon) https://is.gd/a0ta6R


25.          “South Carolinians with special needs can now save without losing benefits.” State Treasurer Curtis Loftis opened the door to tax-advantaged savings for people with disabilities across South Carolina on Thursday. --- wistv.com, November 16 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/gK7pBm


26.          “Woman attacked at group home now advocating for industry reform.” A health care worker who endured an 18-minute attack from a patient with special needs said Tuesday she is now lobbying for industrywide change. --- ktvq.com, November 16 (Utah) https://is.gd/fSmkEo




27.          “Millennials with Disabilities: A Large, Invisible Talent Cohort with Innovative Potential.” A new study from the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) found that, according to the 2015 US government's definition of disability, 30 percent of professionals have a disability. Fully a third of Millennial professionals have a disability--a higher rate than Boomers or Gen-Xers. The data is based on a nationally representative survey of 3,570 white-collar, college-educated employees. --- inc.com, November 18 https://is.gd/A6j9kj


28.          “Schools make autistic pupils feel isolated, report warns.” Schools are inadvertently contributing to autistic pupils seeing themselves as 'different' to their classmates, say researchers. Negative experiences in mainstream schools have harmful long-term effects on pupils with autism spectrum conditions, a new study suggests. --- tes.com, November 17 (UK) https://is.gd/eDrtN8


29.          “Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims.” The American Psychological Association (APA) just issued guidelines for treating trauma. Patients and therapists would be wise to ignore them. The guidelines are supposed to reflect the best scientific evidence. In fact, they ignore all scientific evidence except one kind of study, called randomized controlled trials (RCTs). --- psychologytoday.com, November 19 https://is.gd/YGyR7O


30.          “Getting Pregnant Again Shortly After Giving Birth May Be Linked to Autism, According to A New Study.” Although there is no confirmed cause of autism, various studies, including a new one done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that overly long or short birth spacing might be linked to autism. --- romper.com, November 22 https://is.gd/jXWtFG




31.          “Families: Learn How to Find Autism-Friendly Colleges.” During his first experience with college, Alex Birdsong faced some challenges he wasn't sure how to handle. He also didn’t know that he had autism spectrum disorder. --- usnews.com, November 21 https://is.gd/ai3sIi


32.          “Use right terminologies when describing persons with disabilities.” We should try to know and use the right terminology while talking or writing about issues of persons with disabilities. --- newtimes.co.rw, November 22 https://is.gd/N8pMvL


33.          “Buckeye Police create registry program for individuals with autism, other disabilities.” The Buckeye Police Department has launched a registry and identification program for individuals with autism and other conditions after a city officer mistook an autistic teen for a drug user earlier this year. --- abc15.com, November 21 (Arizona) https://is.gd/LsCw2F


34.          “Fired Google engineer James Damore says he’s autistic, ‘sees things differently’.” James Damore, the former Google engineer who published a screed against Google’s diversity initiatives, wants you to know he isn’t using autism as an excuse. --- siliconbeat.com, November 17 (California) https://is.gd/tBz5xv


35.          “Parents Say They Fear for Students' Safety Amid Special Ed Staffing Shortage.” San Diego Unified has 100 special education aide vacancies. The district also has roughly 11 full-time teacher vacancies, nearly all for classes for students with the most severe disabilities. Parents of students with special needs say that without aides, their children have wandered out of class or eaten rocks. --- voiceofsandiego.org, November 22 (California) https://is.gd/PomVpv


36.          “Bed bugs infest SAVE group homes; two employees resign.” The St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, or SAVE, group homes for developmentally disabled adults have been infested with bed bugs and a pest control company has begun a program to eradicate the insects, the organization’s executive director said. --- bnd.com, November 17 (Illinois) https://is.gd/YCCTXE


37.          “How Judson University is helping students rise above disabilities.” Going to college is perhaps one of the biggest challenges for students with intellectual disabilities, who age out of special education programs at public schools and community transitional services. --- dailyherald.com, November 18 (Illinois) https://is.gd/gHOfTx


38.          “Police to target shoppers abusing handicapped parking spots.” Police will be patrolling the parking lots of Illinois shopping malls this holiday weekend to ticket people illegally parking in spaces reserved for people with disabilities. --- sfchronicle.com, November 23 (Illinois) https://is.gd/N6m8x3


39.          “Task Force to Examine Support Needs for Hoosiers with Disabilities.” A state plan for the support needs of Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities will get an update for the first time in 20 years. A new state task force aimed at helping the estimated 100,000 Indiana residents with such disabilities met in Indianapolis Monday. --- wfyi.org, November 20 (Indiana) https://is.gd/wMNYzg


40.          “Dad Creates Comic Book Character with Down Syndrome for His Son.” It’s a first — a comic book about a superhero who has down syndrome. --- philadelphia.cbslocal.com, November 17 (Kansas) https://is.gd/mJb6m0


41.          “Forced to wait for help, or get none at all, Maine kids with disabilities risk starting school behind.” Sophie Parent used to keep to herself a lot more. She played on her own. She didn’t seek out much social interaction. --- bangordailynews.com, November 20 (Maine) https://is.gd/RTpePA


42.          “School Notes: Docca Apologizes for Using the Word ‘Retarded’ During Public Meeting.” School board member Judy Docca last week publicly apologized for using the word “retarded”—considered derisive to people with intellectual disabilities—in a self-deprecating remark. --- bethesdamagazine.com, November 20 (Maryland) https://is.gd/ZHzWq0


43.          “Ways a New Smartwatch Makes Caring for an Autistic Loved One Easier.” PinPoint Technologies, Inc. is a smartwatch start-up based out of Detroit, Michigan, that has made it a goal to help the autism community. --- autismparentingmagazine.com, November 18 (Michigan) https://is.gd/fb16QU


44.          “Study: Michigan special education is underfunded by $700M.” Special education in Michigan schools is underfunded by nearly $700 million - a shortfall that leaves school districts with less money to educate their general education students. --- freep.com, November 22 (Michigan) https://is.gd/0rpAN8


45.          “Area camp empowers people with disabilities through horse therapy.” For the last 60 years, The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning has given people with disabilities the chance to learn new skills. --- nbc25news.com, November 21 (Michigan) https://is.gd/QLlkA8


46.          “Farm provides therapy for children with special needs.” A Wall Township community farm opened its doors free of charge Saturday to families with children who have special needs. --- newjersey.news12.com, November 18 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/DkmX1k


47.          “Disability Rights NC speaks up for 2 million in North Carolina.” Disability Rights NC believes that everyone with a disability deserves a voice. --- newsobserver.com, November 22 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/Ebqgen


48.          “Failing care: Abuses in nursing homes seldom get reported to police.” When ManorCare facility in Pottsville walked in on what appeared to be a resident sexually assaulting an impaired resident last year, they reported it to their supervisors. --- readingeagle.com, November 19 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/FAbdQc


49.          “UTSA researchers receive $147,000 grant to train school psychologists in deaf education.” Educational psychology researchers from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have received a grant for more than $147,000 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for a new program that integrates educational psychology and deaf education. --- utsa.edu, November 17 (Texas) https://is.gd/6tyPTl


50.          “‘Signing Santa’ brings holiday traditions to deaf children.” Like most kids, Camron Ellis was excited to go to the mall. Ellis, who was born with severe hearing loss and uses a cochlear implant, was one of several dozen other deaf or hard of hearing children Tuesday to see Christmas carolers and tell Santa what they want for the holidays as part of the “Signing Santa” event at MacArthur Center. --- ajc.com, November 19 (Virginia) https://is.gd/TGj0R5


51.          “Play area exclusively for autistic kids opens in Everett.” An estimated 12,000 children in Washington have autism. The condition can be terribly isolating for both children and their parents. --- king5.com, November 17 (Washington) https://is.gd/NcqE2Y


52.          “AbiliTrek is building hotel database for travelers with disabilities, aims to fill information void in $17B market.” Daman Wandke was explicit in explaining what he needed in his San Francisco hotel room: he had to have a roll-in shower to accommodate his wheelchair. He took the extra step of calling to confirm with the hotel, whose staff made a note in his reservations. --- geekwire.com, November 22 (Washington) https://is.gd/jDSBoS


53.          “New pier provides veteran, handicapped access to fishing, kayaking.” A new handicapped-accessible pier at Palatine Park allows for the disabled and elderly to fish in, kayak in and enjoy the Monongahela River like never before. --- theet.com, November 19 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/yXjDs0




54.          “'Quiet Hour' introduced at Coles supermarkets for people on autism spectrum.” For many individuals on the autism spectrum a simple trip to the shops can be difficult and overwhelming. Today Coles rolled out its 'no-judgement' space where stores will operate with reduced lights and sounds every Tuesday morning. --- sbs.com.au, November 21 (Australia) https://is.gd/5BLoFe


55.          “Man with intellectual disability released from Melbourne prison after judge 'horrified' by conditions.” A Victoria Supreme Court judge has granted bail to a young man with a profound intellectual disability after telling an earlier hearing he was "horrified" by the conditions the man was being detained in. --- abc.net.au, November 23 (Australia) https://is.gd/ywBbPB


56.          “Shut out: Lack of sign language at concerts frustrates deaf Canadians.” Gaitrie Persaud didn't think she could go see Jay Z perform in Toronto next week — not because she's deaf but because she didn't know if the venue would provide the sign language interpreter she requires. --- cbc.ca, November 18 (Canada) https://is.gd/oI6hhy


57.          “Uber Canada's service animal policy criticized by some disability rights advocates.” Uber Canada has launched a new policy on how its drivers deal with customers who have service animals, but some disability rights advocates say exemptions built into the rules could still lead to discrimination. --- cp24.com, November 20 (Canada) https://is.gd/8s6zzG


58.          “Disability rights advocates fight ‘demeaning’ immigration criteria.” A national advocacy group is pushing for the government to repeal immigration criteria that it calls discriminatory toward people with disabilities. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities is calling for the repeal of a provision that bars immigrants with disabilities from settling in Canada on grounds that they could place too much demand on the country's medical system. --- theglobeandmail.com, November 19 (Canada) https://is.gd/YRoruB


59.          “Two in three Special Olympics athletes in Hong Kong unable to compete because of city’s lack of facilities.” More than two-thirds of Hong Kong’s Special Olympics athletes have been unable to compete in their sports because of a lack of locally-organised competitions and games, according to the chairman of the sporting event, Timothy Shriver. --- scmp.com, November 19 (China) https://is.gd/8P9HzG


60.          “Children born to deaf parents are taught life and speech skills in special Hong Kong course.” CODA Hong Kong, through funding from Operation Santa Claus, aims to provide support for such families in need --- scmp.com, November 19 (China) https://is.gd/MCmoTn


61.          “64 specially abled given jobs in MC.” Jalandhar civic body first in state to take up such appointments; Navjot Sidhu’s role lauded --- tribuneindia.com November 19 (India) https://is.gd/GoqKB4


62.          “‘Assisted travel’, a boon for the wheel-chair bound in India.” Assisted travel, a concept that is popular in the West, has started catching up in India as more elderly and physically challenged people prefer to travel abroad. --- thehindu.com, November 19 (India) https://is.gd/zlmlhh


63.          “Vulnerable intellectually disabled man to remain in psychiatric ward.” A judge has continued orders permitting the detention of a vulnerable intellectually disabled man, who is not mentally ill, in a hospital psychiatric ward while the HSE finalises plans for a more appropriate placement. --- irishtimes.com, November 16 (Ireland) https://is.gd/SOzxw6


64.          “Minister warned colleague before budget: 'There are now more SNAs than gardaí'.” Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has expressed alarm over sharp increases in the cost of education for children with special needs, which is costing the State more than the entire higher education system. --- irishtimes.com, November 20 (Ireland) https://is.gd/xDyyqM


65.          “Judge continues hospital detention for man with disabilities.” An intellectually disabled young man with serious health and other difficulties is to remain detained in hospital until his condition stabilises, the High Courthas ordered. --- irishtimes.com, November 20 (Ireland) https://is.gd/nnuu1R


66.          “Direct tax breaks for parents of handicapped children.” Parents of severely handicapped children who receive a disability pension from the NII will be able to receive tax breaks directly from their employers without needing to contact Tax offices or present medical documents signed by a doctor, according to a new ordinance signed by Finance Minister Kahlon. --- israelnationalnews.com, November 19 (Israel) https://is.gd/eBBhOn


67.          “Number of babies born with Down syndrome has not decreased in Netherlands.” The number of babies born with Down syndrome has not decreased in the Netherlands with the introduction of prenatal screening, a Dutch professor of obstetrics has said. --- irishtimes.com, November 23 (Netherlands) https://is.gd/SfFKAC


68.          “Disabled tenants shut out of market.” People with disabilities struggling to find homes in the tight rental market want the government to set aside social housing especially for them. --- radionz.co.nz, November 22 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/LU1hbC


69.          Invercargill school criticised for treatment of autistic boy.” A special school which repeatedly placed an upset autistic child into a tiny "safe area" has been asked to apologise following an investigation by a government watchdog. Ombudsman Peter Boshier yesterday released his report on the use of a seclusion room at Ruru Specialist School in Invercargill, following repeated complaints from the child's parents. ---- odt.co.nz, November 17 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/e53VNR


70.          “Putting autistic children in seclusion rooms not uncommon – expert.” Putting autistic children in seclusion rooms isn't as rare as we might think. --- newstalkzb.co.nz, November 17 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/5sDkFr


71.          “Four young Hamiltonians are having a global impact on disability rights.” Born with a condition which meant the bones in her leg didn't develop correctly, Robbie Francis has had a prosthetic leg her whole life. --- stuff.co.nz, November 19 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/vgeIcu


72.          “Reema: Employers, help parents of autistic children.” Employers need to be sensitised to the trials faced by parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), says the wife of President Anthony Carmona, Reema Carmona. --- newsday.co.tt, November 19 (Trinidad and Tobago) https://is.gd/GJTTMA


73.          “Dementia patients prescribed unnecessary drugs to keep them calm.” A study across eight European countries including England showed 60 per cent had been wrongly prescribed at least one drug, while more than a quarter had been given at least two. The most commonly prescribed “inappropriate” drugs were sedatives and antipsychotics which are calming but are linked to fall-related injuries as they cause drowsiness, confusion, dizziness and vision problems. --- express.co.uk, November 19 (UK) https://is.gd/U1sSbb


74.          “Why is the government waging a war against disabled people?” A recent United Nations report on its inspection into the UK’s record on disabled people’s rights was described as a “17-page-long catalogue of shame” by one commentator, who wrote: Over the past seven years, cuts to benefits, social care, the legal system and local authority funding have effectively put decades of slow, painful progress into reverse. --- theguardian.com, November 23 (UK) https://is.gd/MrBhei


75.          “Women and disabled people hit hardest by years of austerity, report confirms.” Equalities watchdog says Tory tax and benefit reforms over seven years will slash incomes of poorest by 10%, while richest only lose 1% --- theguardian.com, November 17 (UK) https://is.gd/7cfrSw


76.          “Autism concern over home schooling rise in Wales.” The number of pupils being taken out of school to be taught at home has doubled in four years - with many of them believed to be autistic. Some 1,906 pupils were removed in 2016-17, up from 864 in 2013-14, according to council data. --- bbc.com, November 17 (UK) https://is.gd/oStHkN


77.          “Blind man with a guide dog claims he was forced to sit on the FLOOR of a Virgin train by conductor and ignored by heartless passengers.” A BLIND man claims he was forced to sit on a Virgin train floor for two-and-a-half hours while "ignorant" passengers sat in disabled seats. A shocking picture has emerged of Roger Debman and his guide dog Nevin hunched up between carriages on a journey between Liverpool and Peterborough. --- thesun.co.uk, November 17 (UK) https://is.gd/oZ9yCx


78.          “East Sussex parents in special needs school row.” Parents of children with autism and other special educational needs claim they are being forced to keep them at home as there are no suitable schools. They have accused East Sussex County Council of denying children access to "appropriate education". --- bbc.com, November 22 (UK) https://is.gd/uVMWZH


79.          “Teenage fraudster used fake Facebook profile to dupe autistic man into sending her naked photos.” A teenager used a fake Facebook profile to dupe an autistic young man into sending her naked snaps. Rhianna Cannell then threatened to share the compromising photographs if the vulnerable victim did not pay her, a court heard yesterday. --- mirror.co.uk, November 23 (UK) https://is.gd/Mxg3Rx





80.          “Autism Looms Larger on TV, but Industry therapy coverage falls short.” “That’s like the Rain Main savant thing, right?” --- variety.com. November 17 https://is.gd/6XzDx0


81.          “Girl with Down syndrome totally proves doctors wrong, becomes champion gymnast and model.” Doctors said Chelsea Werner would always have low muscle tone because she was born with Down syndrome. But as a gymnast who has won the Special Olympics national championship four times and now competes with USA Gymnastics, she has totally proved them wrong. --- lifesitenews.com, November 16 (California) https://is.gd/UMTzBr


82.          “Special education teacher accused of selling heroin at school.” A special education teacher in Maryland is accused of selling heroin on school property. --- kcra.com, November 17 (Maryland) https://is.gd/gwWKZR


83.          “Struggling to find clothes that fit, metro woman with 2 prosthetic legs gets surprise from ‘Car Santa’ and clothing company.” On Monday, Fox 4 introduced you to a young woman who lost both legs in a horrific train wreck. In that short minute and a half, so many of you were moved and shared warm thoughts on our Fox 4 Facebook page. --- fox4kc.com, November 21 (Missouri) https://is.gd/zZ4uqx


84.          “Boys with Special Needs Who Dream of Being Cops Get Sweet Police-Themed Photo Shoot.” A trio of South Dakota boys with special needs got the surprise of a lifetime when a group of police officers shut down a road and used four squad cars to give the boys an extra special photo shoot. --- people.com, November 21 (South Dakota) https://is.gd/eO7RKd