Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of December 1 to December 8, 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: 7, 12, 69

Slavery:  64

Physical Abuse:1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 13, 16, 61, 63     

Emotional/Verbal Abuse: (seclusion): 15

Financial abuse: 5

Murder: 9

Neglect: 8, 10, 76

Related to Special Education: 4, 6, 12, 13, 15, 16

Access/ADA:  3


WINNER of most egregious award: 66:  Denmark seeks elimination of births of children with Down Syndrome; 77:  Women with disabilities sterilized by decree plan to sue the government


WINNER of most wonderful award: 35: Effort for people with disabilities to make their own decisions; 88: physician exam tables make it easier for patients with disabilities AND the doctors who use wheelchairs.


WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):

Family:  1, 61

Carer: 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 63

Stranger: 2

Men:  2, 7, 10, 11

Women: 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 61

Good News: 

26:  “Closet control” practice has led to withdrawal of special ed students from school and new legislation

54: Plan to halt “data mining” of special ed students in Texas

57: Speaking p against abuse at schools

61: Empowerment of women with disabilities


Bad News: 

25: Budget cuts 167 teacher aid positions

37: Change in special education rights between private/public schools

49: Customer with service dog refused service in restaurant

65: Nine year old autistic boy to be released home from hospital care without support for parents.  


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    1.          “New details emerge in Tuscaloosa mentally ill man covered in feces case.” New horrific details were released about a mentally ill Tuscaloosa man weighing less than 100 pounds and covered in feces when found. --- wbrc.com, November 30 (Alabama) https://is.gd/MneKwo


    2.          “Florida deputies: Autistic man beaten, robbed.” Authorities say an autistic Florida man trying to make friends on a basketball court was beaten and robbed. WFTS-TV reports the 22-year-old man approached and explained his disability while playing basketball Sunday in Tampa when he was grabbed by the throat and had his cellphone and shoes stolen. --- kansas.com, December 5 (Florida) https://is.gd/Q3AWtF


    3.          “Deputies: Davenport Mayor alters handicapped permits of dead people to park at City Hall.” The Mayor of Davenport has been arrested for altering and using handicapped permits of dead people to park in handicapped parking spots, including spots at Davenport City Hall. --- abcactionnews.com, December 6 (Iowa) https://is.gd/82kQ2y


    4.          “Outrage over teacher hitting autistic boy.” A US teacher has resigned after being caught on a classroom camera repeatedly hitting a six-year-old autistic boy. --- honey.nine.com.au, December 1 (Georgia) https://is.gd/czQhWA


    5.          “Former group home director charged with stealing from client.” The former program director for a Plymouth company that oversees group homes for disabled adults was arraigned Friday in Orleans District Court on a charge she stole from one of her clients. --- capecodtimes.com, December 2 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/MvbDyX


    6.          “Mom says special needs daughter suffered bruises at school.” A Clinton Township woman says her special needs child was put in restraints at school - without her knowing. --- fox2detroit.com, December 5 (Michigan) https://is.gd/7iVak5


    7.          “Police: Sauk Rapids group home worker sexually assaulted 2 residents.” A St. Cloud man was arrested this weekend and has been charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct after he was accused of sexual contact with two 20-year-old women who are autistic and non-verbal. --- sctimes.com, December 6 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/PqpRCL


    8.          “Woman charged with neglect of vulnerable adult.” An Albert Lea woman who allegedly neglectfully treated a vulnerable adult she knew was charged last month in Freeborn County District Court. --- albertleatribune.com, November 30 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/HSV16e


    9.          “Woman convicted of negligent homicide in grandmother’s death.” A New Hampshire jury has convicted a woman of negligent homicide in the death of her grandmother, who died days after she was found on the floor of her mobile home in her own urine and feces. --- wtop.com, December 4 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/9TmBh7


10.          “Documents: 2 wanted after Mitchell County woman found in bed covered in feces.” Authorities are looking for a man and woman wanted on felony charges after what investigators call one of the worst elder-abuse cases they've ever seen. --- wlos.com, December 5 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/EOR7iW


11.          “Erie man accused of pouring scalding water on mentally disabled individual.” Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced felony charges Thursday against an Erie man for pouring scalding water on a mentally disabled man and severely burning him in an Erie facility. --- fox43.com, November 30 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/5q6Jgf


12.          Special ed teacher accused of having sex with student in classroom.” A special education teacher has been fired from her job after being accused of having sex with a student. --- nypost.com, December 4 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/RtWpZd


13.          “Teacher's aide charged with kicking student in wheelchair.” A special education teacher's assistant has been charged with kicking a 16-year-old nonverbal student who was in a wheelchair at a Rhode Island high school. --- wral.com, December 2 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/RVnOYQ


14.          “Woman set group home on fire because she wanted cigarettes.” A woman who set fire to the doorway of a group home when the owner of the group home refused to give her cigarettes was arrested on Friday night, according to a police report. --- statesman.com, December 3 (Texas) https://is.gd/bGo4NA


15.          “Boy with Down’s Syndrome Says ‘Allah’ and 'Boom', Teacher Calls the Cops.” A six-year-old Muslim boy with Down’s Syndrome was feared as a terrorist by his teacher in a US school after he kept repeating 'Allah' and 'boom' in his classroom, a media report said on Sunday. --- news18.com, December 3 (Texas) https://is.gd/dzIdxE


16.          “Milton mother says school principal locked 7-year-old in closet.”  A 7-year-old student started at a new school in the Milton district Thursday after his mother said the principal at Milton West Elementary locked him in a closet as a form of punishment. --- channel3000.com, November 30 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/kR77Zc





17.          “Kentucky’s health agency could be held in contempt after delaying a woman’s urgent eye surgery.” A Jefferson District Court judge is considering whether to hold the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in contempt of court for delaying urgently needed surgery for a severely disabled woman in its care. --- courier-journal.com, December 2 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/MvbDyX


18.          “Metro Detroit adults under court guardianship put in unlicensed group homes.” As part of our year-long investigation into Michigan’s probate courts, the 7 Investigators have uncovered an alarming practice: court appointed guardians putting the people they’re supposed to be caring for into unlicensed group homes. --- wxyz.com, December 6 (Michigan) https://is.gd/gafKrB


19.          Families Offer Praise, Ideas for Reforming NC's Guardianship Process.” A week before Shawn Stead’s 12th birthday, he was riding a scooter in his Garner neighborhood when a Ford F-150 truck hit him. --- northcarolinahealthnews.org, December 4 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/xR6xip




20.          “Group home owners settle lawsuit for $1.325 million.”  Five people have settled a lawsuit with the operating company of a now-closed group home in Connecticut after they were attacked by one of its residents. The Day reports the Salem residents settled the lawsuit against Key Human Services Inc. Nov. 15 for $1.325 million. The lawsuit will be split between them. --- myrecordjournal.com, November 30 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/Cl2pCb


21.          Lawmakers eye financial 'hit' in disabilities program.” One of Gov. Rick Scott's priorities after taking office in 2011 was to resolve a longstanding deficit in the Medicaid “waiver” program that serves people with developmental disabilities. --- news4jax.com, December 7 (Florida) https://is.gd/j1rkMU


22.          “Woman accused of exploitation, neglect backs out of plea deal.” A woman accused of exploiting and neglecting the elderly and disabled residents of licensed and unlicensed person care homes in Augusta backed out of a plea deal Friday morning, firing her attorney and waiving her demand for a speedy trial. --- chronicle.augusta.com, December 1 (Georgia) https://is.gd/PJh5pZ


23.          “Bill would allow some school resource officers to restrain students.” Michigan lawmakers are closer to exempting police officers from rules governing how unruly students can be handled in school. --- michiganradio.org, December 5 (Michigan) https://is.gd/6Kz2fN


24.          “Burning death trial: Suspect gave agents, psychologists different versions of what happened.” Although he didn’t testify at his murder trial on Wednesday, Busby resident Dimarzio Swade Sanchez earlier gave conflicting versions of what happened to a Crow Agency woman who died after being strangled, set on fire and abandoned in a field last year. --- billingsgazette.com, December 6 (Montana) https://is.gd/dZexJ4


25.          “CCSD budget shortfall: Special education facilitators on chopping block.” The Clark County School District has a task of trying to fix a $60 million budget shortfall, which means millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs are on the chopping block. --- lasvegasnow.com, November 30 (Nevada) https://is.gd/jFw1ft


26.          “Despite Objections, Oklahoma Schools Use ‘Seclusion Rooms’ to isolate Students.” A controversial practice of shutting children alone in small closet-like rooms to control their behavior has led Oklahoma parents to withdraw their children from school, seek police intervention and take legal action. --- kgou.org, December 5 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/JecXjy


27.          “Muslim special needs student's father says teacher called police on boy.” “Mohammad was born with Down Syndrome chromosome 21,” said his father Maher Suleiman. The 6-year-old boy also has intellectual difficulties and doesn’t speak. “He needs care all the time,” said Maher. --- ktvu.com, December 1 (Texas) https://is.gd/IzlBOY


28.          “Families Sue School District Over Use of Isolation Booth.”  Lawyers have presented opening statements in a lawsuit by five families claiming students were placed inside an isolation booth at an elementary school in Washington state. --- usnews.com, December 5 (Washington) https://is.gd/aUgkDd




29.          “Researchers report altered brain functional connectivity in autism spectrum disorder.” -A new study in adolescent and young adult males with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) showed significant differences in the functional architecture and interactivity of the default mode network (DMN)--brain regions linked to social-cognitive impairment in ASD--compared to DMN functional connectivity measurements in young adult males without ASD. --- eurekalert.org, November 30 https://is.gd/EMJeZE


30.          “Time to acknowledge and stand up to elder abuse.” Four to five percent of all older adults experience a type of abuse in their adult life, and the percentage of elder abuse cases continues to increase. One study shows that approximately 10 percent, or 4.3 million older adults, are victimized annually in one or more forms of elder abuse, and only 8 percent of the 4.3 million reported abuse. --- news-leader.com, December 2 https://is.gd/wME7pZ


31.          “New Genetic Models of Autism Point to Cellular Roots of Disease.” Researchers at UC San Francisco have developed a new genetic model of autism, using neurons created in the lab from patients’ own skin cells. Their experiments suggest that abnormalities in the electrical firing of neurons may lead to behavioral and developmental symptoms in autism, while differences in neuron size and shape result in abnormalities in brain size that often accompany the disorder. --- ucsf.edu, December 5 https://is.gd/4qzwbF


32.          “These Beaufort Co. nursing homes are drugging patients to stop ‘undesirable behaviors’.” After years of criticism, nursing homes are working diligently to cut down on the administration of anti-psychotics, which historically have been used to calm patients. But across the country, and in Beaufort County specifically, the use of anti-psychotic medications still remains high in some nursing homes. --- islandpacket.com, December 4 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/sgPlKg


33.          “Magnetic stimulation can help with depression.” An alternative treatment to depression that does not rely on medications has made its way into West Virginia. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, has been approved since 2008 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of what is called "resistant depression," meaning for cases where antidepressant medications do not help people overcome the condition, according to Dr. Debra Stultz. --- herald-dispatch.com, December 3 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/GIMKm9


34.          Trauma May Be Passed Through Generations From Mothers to Daughters.” A new study reveals that the daughters of women exposed to childhood trauma are at increased risk for psychiatric disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. --- theroot.com, December 3 (Finland) https://is.gd/YQpGRl


35.          “Safeguarding adults who have mental capacity: key principles.” Perhaps the most difficult issue in adult social care, the one that puts the greatest test on social workers’ professional judgement, is that of choice versus control, risk versus safety. Adults should be able to make decisions for themselves, do the things that they want to, decide the direction they want their life to take. --- communitycare.co.uk, December 4 (UK) https://is.gd/6t5XIA




36.          “GAO report sounds alarm about vouchers and students with disabilities.” Across the country, thousands of children attend private schools through publicly funded voucher programs and education savings accounts, with states giving money directly to parents to spend at a school of their choice. --- washingtonpost.com, December 2 https://is.gd/Hr46LG


37.          “Government Watchdog: Congress Should Require More Info on Special Ed Rights in Transition to Private School.” Congress should consider requiring states to inform parents about changes in the rights of students with disabilities as they move from public to private schools, a government watchdog agency said. --- the74million.org, December 3 https://is.gd/DxuxK0


38.          “Arizona schools for deaf, blind feel effects of teacher shortage.” Arizona's schools for deaf and blind students are feeling the effects of the state's teacher shortage. The Arizona Capitol Times reports that more than 200 teachers currently serve approximately 2,000 children in two schools for the deaf, one school for the blind and at statewide cooperative programs in local public schools. --- abc15.com, December 4 (Arizona) https://is.gd/djuz9k


39.          “Outlet Mall Embraces Inclusion By Providing Spaces, Santa For Children With Special Needs.” In consideration of children with special needs, the Citadel Outlets is hosting the Santa Cares program every Sunday until Dec. 17. --- losangeles.cbslocal.com, December 3 (California) https://is.gd/IuAt1O


40.          “Summit explores housing solutions for families with special needs.” Who will take care of my loved one, and where will they live when I’m gone? This question was at the core of November’s inaugural Special Needs Housing Solutions Summit in Jupiter. --- palmbeachpost.com, December 6 (Florida) https://is.gd/sU57Ke


41.          “Park Ridge-Niles superintendent reviews staffing in special education classes after parental outcry.” Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 Superintendent Laurie Heinz told parents last week that she is reviewing how classes for students who have significant disabilities are staffed after parents condemned a proposal to have some students start middle school in fifth grade — one year early. --- chicagotribune.com, December 5 (Illinois) https://is.gd/PqQJx7


42.          “Special Education for Evanston High School Students: If You Build it, Should They Come?” Many Evanstonians were outraged by a highly insensitive comment by Alderman Ann Rainey about creating a new special education program for high school students. --- chicagonow.com December 7 (Illinois) https://is.gd/LcdO0l


43.          “Deaf community members team up with Davenport Police to improve communication.” When driving, getting pulled over by police is enough to make anyone nervous. But for Dirk Hillard there's an added stress when getting behind the wheel because he's deaf. --- wqad.com, December 1 (Iowa) https://is.gd/VD4L4f


44.          “Olathe nonprofit helps people with developmental disabilities build a resume while serving up tasty dog treats.” It's a perfect match when fun leads to learning. Paws Abilities is baking up some tasty futures by helping people with developmental disabilities build their resumes. --- fox4kc.com, December 7 (Kansas) https://is.gd/lfbHBk


45.          “This 22-year-old is the first Miss USA contestant with Down syndrome — and people can't get enough of her.” This year, beauty standards have become more inclusive than ever — and the internet thinks Mikayla Holmgren is one of the most inspiring examples yet. --- thisisinsider.com, December 1 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/sgouLO


46.          “Program at MSP Airport Helps Those With Special Needs Prepare To Fly.” A program at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport is helping children and adults with special needs feel more comfortable in the air. --- minnesota.cbslocal.com, December 2 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/LDs9JI


47.          “Mom of special-needs students delivers annual rite of passage with prom.” Angelique Chavez is already thinking about prom. The springtime gala she organized last year was a big hit, drawing nearly 200 young people. --- santafenewmexican.com, November 30 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/Z46cfG


48.          “City offers Uber a deal in wheelchair battle.” The Taxi and Limousine Commission is offering a deal to a coalition of ride-hail and car-service companies, but it’s not clear Uber and its new allies are going to take it. --- crainsnewyork.com, December 4 (New York) https://is.gd/hmE72q


49.          “Legally blind woman accuses restaurant staff of not letting her dog inside.” A woman who is legally blind said she was told her guide dog was not allowed into a Salem sushi restaurant. --- katu.com, December 1 (Oregon) https://is.gd/mx7co7


50.          “Two J.L. Mann special education teachers plan Disney World trip for students.” Donna Darnell and Amy Wylie are not your everyday teachers, for quite a few reasons. The pair has worked side by side for a remarkable 33 years, and with that kind of history and rapport, the two don’t miss a beat. --- greenvillejournal.com, December 1 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/zXDc85


51.          “Coastal Grand Mall accommodates Autistic shoppers.” For many parents, taking the kids holiday shopping can be a challenge, bright lights, long lines, loud noises, all things part of the experience that can make shopping overwhelming. --- wpde.com, December 3 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/6MBScM


52.          “Special education enrollment improving but needs more work.” The percentage of special education students receiving services from public school districts in Texas is improving, but the state still lags behind the rest of the country. --- mysanantonio.com, December 2 (Texas) https://is.gd/VVThd9


53.          “Action, information help special needs students transition.” For special needs students, transition is not easy. Friday at Texas A&M-Central Texas’ Warrior Hall, the Killeen Independent School District held the Central Texas Special Needs Fair, to help students and parents from eight area school districts learn ways to transition from high school into the community. --- kdhnews.com, December 2 (Texas) https://is.gd/LjoP0n


54.          “Disability rights advocates call for Texas to halt education data mining contract.” Disability rights advocates are asking the state to suspend a $4.4 million no-bid contract with Georgia-based company SPEDx to mine data from students receiving special education services in Texas public schools. --- texastribune.org, December 6 (Texas) https://is.gd/5Mz9eb


55.          “People with disabilities reach for independence.” For many students leaving high school, the uncertainty of their future can be overwhelming. There are choices between work or continued education, moving or staying at home for a while, paying bills and becoming financially independent. --- stowetoday.com, December 7 (Vermont) https://is.gd/mABcUF


56.          “More local companies benefitting from hiring individuals with disabilities.” It’s not uncommon to see individuals with disabilities completing tasks at Centra Health, running the register at Food Lion grocery stores, preparing food at Liberty University Dining Services with Sodexo or helping customers at Home Depot or Lowe’s ---- roanoke.com, December 2 (Virginia) https://is.gd/vzv5CI


57.          “Yakima Co. parents: Special needs kids are slapped, cut, scratched, hit at school.” Virginia Barajas says she's tired of being ignored. “Our word doesn't count for anything. What we see doesn't count for anything. If we see a child being, abused that doesn't count,” said Barajas. --- komonews.com, December 6 (Washington) https://is.gd/P4h3p0


58.          “Yakima Valley organizations, teachers aim to mitigate effects of adverse childhood experiences.” Ivan Godinez arrived at Sunnyside High School one recent morning in an angry mood, rudely responding to Principal Ryan Maxwell who noticed Godinez was late and asked him if he was going to class. That’s when teacher Felix DeLeon stepped in. --- yakimaherald.com, December 2 (Washington) https://is.gd/YQpGRl


59.          “Woodrow Wilson High School special needs class receives funding for cooking courses.” Travis Dye's special needs class at Woodrow Wilson High School received a $500 check Thursday from Beckley McDonald's owner Myra Harper to go towards the Nutritional Awareness Program at the school, a way to teach students the basic fundamentals of cooking. --- register-herald.com, December 1 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/CzTIuE




60.          “Workers with autism recognised for unique skill set, ANZ recruiting nine new employees.” Joshua is on the autism spectrum, and his father is part of a growing movement to help people with autism find employment that they will excel in. --- abc.net.au, December 4 (Australia) https://is.gd/7XOrTX


61.          “Ballarat women with disabilities gain confidence in leadership program.” Eight women graduated from the Enabling Women Community Leadership Program on Thursday with a new-found ability to stand up for their rights and make their voice heard. --- thecourier.com.au, December 7 (Australia) https://is.gd/vQHD90


62.          “Mum who has chained up her autistic son for 13 years releases desperate video begging for help caring for him.” The distraught mum of a 28-year-old autistic man has released a disturbing video of him chained up in a harrowing cry for help. --- thesun.co.uk, December 7 (Brazil) https://is.gd/ceafCp


63.          “Indigenous survivors of abuse in group homes want to sue Canada.” When Christine Mullin thinks back on her childhood, words fail her. “They’re in there, they just won’t come out,” says the 56-year-old. After a moment, she presses on describing her early life in the Ridgeview Home, an institution for Indigenous children in Whitehorse, Yukon. --- news.vice.com, December 1 (Canada) https://is.gd/EL4gXn


64.          “MANDEL: Was he enslaved and his child stolen? It's now up to a judge to decide.” A horrifying story of slavery in the heart of the city, of an intellectually challenged man who alleges he was threatened with being sent to a mental institution if he didn’t agree to hand over not only his disability cheques, but also his son. --- torontosun.com, December 1 (Canada) https://is.gd/EHUS8l


65.          “Parents 'scared' as son with severe autism faces release without home supports.” A Halifax-area mother issued an emotional plea for help Thursday for her family and for her nine-year-old son, who is due to be released next week from a confined hospital unit but suffers from violently aggressive fits of frustration because of his severe autism. --- cbc.ca, December 1 (Canada) https://is.gd/ygtoiD


66.          “Denmark Seeks Total Elimination of People With Down Syndrome, Aborts All But 4 Babies.” Just four babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb were born in Denmark in 2016. --- lifenews.com, December 5 (Denmark) https://is.gd/IcPKIo


67.          “Bombay HC accepts revised Manodhairya scheme.” The Bombay High Court Thursday accepted the Maharashtra government’s revised Manodhairya scheme that grants monetary relief to women and child victims of rape, besides victims of child sexual assault and acid attack cases. --- indianexpress.com, December 1 (India) https://is.gd/GTnpci


68.          “Championing the cause of people with disabilities, these companies show the way.” India is home to 2.7 crore people with disability, be it physical or mental, according to the 2011 Census. While people with disabilities battle multiple challenges with regard to people’s attitudes, acceptance and inclusion, lack of access to good quality education and employment keep many from being financially independent. --- yourstory.com, December 11 (India) https://is.gd/6yr1rD


69.          “9-yr-old intellectually disabled girl sexually assaulted beside school during tiffin hours in West Bengal.” A 9-year-old intellectually disabled girl has allegedly been sexually assaulted by a youth beside her school during tiffin hours at Hanskhali area of Nadia district, the police said today. --- newindianexpress.com, December 3 (India) https://is.gd/eA4LUP


70.          Hunger strike of differently abled people enters 3rd day.” The hunger strike by differently abled people under the banner of J&K Handicapped Welfare Association (JKHWA) and J&K Handicapped Association (JKHA) near Press Club, Jammu entered into 3rd day, today. --- dailyexcelsior.com, December 5 (India) https://is.gd/RC6MMz


71.          “Disability rights over time.” In 1992, the United Nations announced that December 3 would be observed every year as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. While disabled persons continue to struggle to secure employment and navigate their way around with poor infrastruture, and are still treated as “others”, it is worth recalling the advances in legislation on disability over the years. --- thehindu.com, December 4 (India) https://is.gd/cTwMB9


72.          “Quizzes Are Fun, and Now They Are Inclusive—Presenting Quizabled.” An initiative to involve children with special needs in interesting activities. --- thebetterindia.com, December 6 (India) https://is.gd/kEyqcW


73.          “Iran's Parliament Should Pass Pending Disability Rights Bill.” New legislation currently pending in the Iranian parliament will, if passed, strengthen the basic rights of Iran's persons with disabilities community. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) marks the upcoming International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, by urging Iranian lawmakers to pass this vital legislation. --- payvand.com, November 30 (Iran) https://is.gd/hwiWis


74.          “Latest: McGrath to present draft bill which will put Ireland step closer to ratifying UN disability rights treaty.” Finian McGrath, Minister with responsibility for Disability says he will present a draft bill to cabinet this week which will put Ireland a step closer to ratifying the UN disability rights treaty. We are currently the only EU country not to have implemented it. --- breakingnews.ie, December 3 (Ireland) https://is.gd/nyL8Ye


75.          “UN disability rights convention to be ratified after 10-year delay.” The Cabinet agreed on Tuesday to formally ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities after 10 years of delays. --- irishtimes.com, December 5 (Ireland) https://is.gd/IGwlRy


76.          “Áras Attracta: inexplicable failures.” Some 86 people continue to live in unsafe conditions at Áras Attracta, a HSE-managed care facility for adults with intellectual disabilities in Swinford, Co Mayo, according to the latest report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa). --- irishtimes.com, December 4 (Ireland) https://is.gd/9ZzIEy


77.          “Disabled woman to sue Japan over ‘inhumane’ eugenics law under which thousands were sterilized.” A woman who had her reproductive capacity removed under Japan’s Eugenic Protection Law plans to sue the government, demanding an apology and compensation. About 84,000 people were sterilized using the notorious legislation, which was only abolished in 1996. --- rt.com, December 4 (Japan) https://is.gd/pMldxF


78.          “Nothing about us without us: disability rights activists in Kyrgyzstan tell their stories.” “Why should my life be dependent on others people’s moods or noble intentions?” Ukei Muratalieva asks angrily. Ukei, from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, has cerebral palsy. She wants to live independently, and is frustrated by the discriminatory practices that remain in her society. --- amnesty.org, December 1 (Kyrgyzstan) https://is.gd/nZx5BM


79.          “De Lima seeks stiff fines for illegal use of parking slots for handicapped.” Senator Leila de Lima has filed a bill seeking stiff penalties for the illegal use and obstruction of parking slots exclusive for handicapped persons. --- gmanetwork.com, December 3 (Philippines) https://is.gd/FAuMQj


80.          “Developing people with intellectual disabilities through sports.” You’ve probably heard a lot about the Special Olympics – a global movement that gives people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to be involved in sports, putting their physical capability and team spirit to the test. --- theborneopost.com, December 4 (Sarawak) https://is.gd/yfNQel


81.          “Why the couple who tortured intellectually disabled woman to death wasn’t charged with murder.” A couple who tortured an intellectually disabled woman to death after eight months of abuse has been sentenced to jail. --- mothership.sg, December 1 (Singapore) https://is.gd/ZCdrs2


82.          “Children with Disabilities in South Africa Cannot Wait.” A group of courageous moms of children with disabilities in Johannesburg has seized the run-up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 to launch a petition that calls upon South Africa’s Department of Basic Education to remove school fees for children with disabilities. Their goal is that their children can, “enjoy the right to an inclusive fee-free basic education.” --- hrw.org, December 4 (South Africa) https://is.gd/Kx4t7E


83.          “Mum left fuming after her autistic son sees shocking slaughterhouse footage in city centre.” Vegan activist group 'Cube of Truth' uses laptops to show graphic footage of animal cruelty to public --- gloucestershirelive.co.uk, December 3 (UK) https://is.gd/qw6ar7


84.          “‘Hidden’ mum found weak and emaciated in her own home in Milton Keynes.” Social services were alerted after the woman’s young son told his teacher he had not seen his mother for three months - despite living in the same house. --- miltonkeynes.co.uk, December 4 (UK) https://is.gd/XJHpRq


85.          “Disability employment: The challenge of getting to work in a wheelchair.” The government had vowed to help one million disabled people into work over the next decade. But for many people, the challenges of work begin before they even get to the office. --- bbc.com, November 30 (UK) https://is.gd/b1k4nQ


86.          “UK doctors test less invasive prenatal screening for Down syndrome.” Pregnant women may get accurate screening results for Down syndrome – also known as trisomy 21 - and two rarer chromosomal disorders with a finger-prick blood test that reduces the need for more invasive diagnostic procedures, a UK study suggests. --- reuters.com, November 30 (UK) https://is.gd/FDZyJT




87.          “Pills and skills.” If there’s one thing that really scares me about my generation, it’s our reliance on medication. Or maybe reliance is the wrong word. Maybe I mean using it as a substitute or a panacea. --- clevelandjewishnews.com, December 1 https://is.gd/EpuM0V


88.          “I Use a Wheelchair. And Yes, I’m Your Doctor.” When I was in the third year of my medical residency, I was asked to evaluate a new state-of-the-art, fully accessible exam table that would be used in doctors’ offices to better provide care for patients with mobility-related disabilities. The table could go as low as 18 inches off the ground to enable easier transfers for wheelchair users and had extra rails and grips to provide support for patients with impaired balance. --- nytimes.com, December 6 https://is.gd/l9CppS