Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of December 7 to December 14, 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: 9, 76, 82

Physical Abuse:   1, 3, 4, 27

Emotional/Verbal Abuse: (seclusion): 1

Murder: 1, 6, 7

Neglect: 5, 8, 10, 86

Social Media Abuse: 20


WINNER of most egregious award: 75: Children with autism in Ethiopia kept hidden away in family homes.

WINNER of most wonderful award: 35: DeVos says children with disabilities deserve better education…let’s hope it is true!


WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):

Family:  1, 2, 4, 6, 76

Carer: 7

Special education employee: 1, 3, 9

Police: 27 

Men:  4, 6, 8, 76, 86      

Women: 1, 2, 3, 5, 9

Good News: 24: Bill proposed to curb seclusion rooms; 42: California increases special ed teacher training; 48: Woman with Down syndrome pushes against abortion when Down syndrome is found; 56: “Taylor made” group home opens for people with disabilities; 61: Video of tearful bullying victim goes viral, asking “why?”


Bad News: 


18: Labor camp in S.C. discovered run by prior employee of Henry’s Turkey labor camps in Iowa; 20: Man asks girl with ASD to send nude pictures of herself to him; 32: Childhood maltreatment may lead to non-suicidal self- injury; 38 Zip codes show differential quality of special education services; 43: DCFS fails to contact family home amid red flags; 83: No sign language at public hospital; 85: 12 year wait for discharge from mental health hospital.


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1.    “Police say former school worker hit autistic boy on bus ride in Little Rock.” A former Pulaski County Special School District employee is accused of assaulting an autistic teenager during a bus ride earlier this year, according to court documents. --- arkansasonline.com, December 14 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/MEm2HN


2.     “Report: Autistic Teen's Malnutrition Death Was Preventable.” An investigation has found that the death of an autistic Connecticut teenager from malnutrition was preventable and there were problems with the state child welfare agency. --- usnews.com, December 12 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/dfZeS1


3.    “Florida school employee arrested after striking disabled student in face, cops say.” A para-educator in Bartow was arrested Monday after police say she struck a disabled student in the face. --- bradenton.com, December 11 (Florida) https://is.gd/YBSRLd


4.     “Sheriff: UGA professor beat special needs son.” A father and University of Georgia professor is facing multiple charges after the Oconee County Sheriff said the man repeatedly slapped and punched his son with autism. --- fox5atlanta.com, December 8 (Georgia) https://is.gd/ee6lyo


5.    “Woman accused of leaving autistic child in cold vehicle for over 2 hours while playing bingo.” A woman is in custody after police say she left a juvenile in a cold vehicle for over two hours while she played bingo on the day of snowfall in the Baton Rouge area. --- tucsonnewsnow.com, December 11 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/ntSzWz


6.     “Man convicted of manslaughter for fatally neglecting mother.” A Massachusetts man charged with neglecting his elderly mother so severely that she died has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter. --- washingtonpost.com, December 7 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/UM4ixU


7.    Group home owner arrested after tenant's death.” Officials were dispatched to the group home located in the 500 block of Madison Street on an ambulance request at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities said that an unresponsive resident prompted the call, and on arrival, --- clickondetroit.com, December 12 (Michigan) https://is.gd/1k7SVB


8.    “Man wanted in a Mitchell County elder abuse case turns himself in.” Authorities said a man being sought in connection with an elder abuse case in Mitchel County has turned himself in. --- wlos.com, December 8 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/Gd5gXL


9.    “Special-education teacher accused of sex with student in her classroom.” A special-education teacher at a Butler County, Pennsylvania, school is accused of having sex with a student in the classroom. --- whio.com, December 8 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/8fO4is


10.                    “Augusta County Sheriff's Office Investigating Neglect Case.”
A disabled man in Augusta County is on life support in what investigators suspect is a case of abuse and neglect. --- nbc29.com December 12 (Virginia) https://is.gd/qmtqFG





11.                    “The price to pay to fix NM’s beleaguered guardianship system.” Infusing New Mexico’s beleaguered guardianship system with more accountability and oversight could cost just under $1 million, with most of the money paying for computer software to spot suspicious spending in reports filed by court-appointed conservators and guardians. --- abqjournal.com, December 10 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/JHKHx4


12.                    Advocates Promote Guardianship Alternatives for Adults With Disabilities.” Janie Desmond was nervous the first time she boarded a train in Durham headed for Greensboro. From her wheelchair, the train seemed big, loud and unfamiliar. --- northcarolinahealthnews.org, December 10 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/Y5rJwz





13.                    “Congress Is Pushing Vouchers in the Tax Bill. That Won't Help Students With Disabilities.” As would overhaul the U.S. tax code, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas added an amendment that would effectively transform a college savings account into a school voucher for K-12 education. --- aclu.org, December 8 https://is.gd/evJGdo


14.                    “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. --- wlrn.org, December 8 https://is.gd/ciyaOA


15.                    “Settlement Removes Barriers for Disabled State Prison Inmates.” The Florida Justice Institute helps secure a settlement in a lawsuit claiming institutionalized discrimination against disabled prisoners held by the state Department of Corrections. --- law.com, December 11 (Florida) https://is.gd/Dm1ABD


16.                     “Commissioners urging governor to suspend Davenport mayor after arrest on felony charges.” City Commissioners are calling on the governor to suspend their mayor after her arrest on felony charges. City Commissioners acted quickly and called a special meeting Thursday to find out what they can legally do amid the accusations. --- wfla.com, December 7 (Florida) https://is.gd/uyqqzP


17.                    “Broward School District Sues Special-Needs Student Who Won Thousands for Mistreatment.” Attorney Stephanie Langer has a saying for the enormous challenge of taking on a school district that's failed a special-needs student: It's like being "a gnat on the side of a cruise ship." Even with a strong case, a parent is in for a gruelingly long and expensive battle against a heavily lawyered system. --- miaminewtimes.com, December 11 (Florida) https://is.gd/1vdiJw


18.                    “Echoes of Atalissa: Federal agency sues bunkhouse owner for exploiting mentally disabled workers.” Four years ago, an Iowa jury handed a group of intellectually disabled workers who had been exploited for years the nation’s largest-ever award in an employment discrimination case: a staggering $240 million. --- desmoinesregister.com, December 11 (Iowa) https://is.gd/OKFgBc


19.                    New bill causing concern over group home safety.” The director of a group home for neglected and abused teens in New Hampshire says a new law will endanger those kids and his staff.  ---- fox25boston.com, December 12 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/36XW4t


20.                    “Man admits to having autistic girl send him nude photos.” A Hunterdon County man has pleaded guilty to using a video game network to solicit nude photos from underage girls, including an autistic girl, state Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced in a statement. --- nj.com, December 13 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/KEVu80


21.                     “Disability Rights North Carolina files a lawsuit against Carowinds Amusement Park.” Disability Rights North Carolina has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Carowinds Amusement Park discriminates against people with disabilities. --- salisburypost.com, December 8 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/KjQoBY


22.                    “Down Syndrome Families Divided Over Abortion Ban.” When a pregnant woman finds out that she's likely to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome, she's often given the option to terminate the pregnancy. But families affected by the genetic disorder, which causes developmental delays, are conflicted over whether such abortions should be legal. --- npr.org, December 13 (Ohio) https://is.gd/F4fDpx


23.                     “Prosecutor declines to charge officer in deaf man’s killing.” An Oklahoma prosecutor announced Friday that he won’t charge a police officer who fatally shot a deaf man, determining the killing was legally justified after the man aggressively approached the officer while armed with a 2-foot metal pipe. --- staugustine.com, December 10 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/jWs698


24.                    “Bills Would Curb Use of Seclusion Rooms in Schools.” Two state lawmakers have vowed to pursue legislation to restrict schools’ use of seclusion rooms, which were the topic of a recent Oklahoma Watch investigation. --- oklahomawatch.org, December 11 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/E5QNqr


25.                    “RCAS accused of discriminating against students with disabilities.” The Rapid City Area Schools district said it has submitted the documents requested by a federal agency that is investigating a discrimination complaint against the school district. --- rapidcityjournal.com, December 12 (South Dakota) https://is.gd/g1S0Ee


26.                    “Utah teen accused of raping, killing 12-year-old neighbor girl resolves case with ‘blended’ plea.” A teen from West Valley City admitted Monday to raping and killing his 12-year-old neighbor in 2015. Jayden Sterzer — who was 15 years old at the time of Kailey Vijil’s death — resolved his case Monday with pleas in juvenile and adult courts. --- sltrib.com, December 12 (Utah) https://is.gd/X4Yg0P


27.                    “Autistic 14-year-old tased in the back by sheriff’s deputy. Family settles lawsuit.” The family of an autistic teenager who was shot in the back with a sheriff’s deputy’s stun gun has settled their lawsuit against Pierce County for $185,000. --- thenewstribune.com, December 9 (Washington) https://is.gd/V63WMK




28.                    “US: Major corporations begin hiring autistic workers.” US: Major corporations begin hiring autistic workers.” A recent study in the US has found that 58 percent of people with autism are unemployed and many more struggle to find satisfying work. --- aljazeera.com, December 8 https://is.gd/tp1OnB


29.                    “Civil Rights Commission Takes on Issue of Minorities in Special Education.” The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights—an agency with no policymaking power but with a potent megaphone—took on the complex issue of minority students and special education at a day-long session Friday. --- edweek.org, December 8 https://is.gd/nbCcy0


30.                    “Antidepressant Use in First Trimester Not Linked to ADHD or Autism.” Antidepressants are used by 12.7% of the U.S. population over 12. Since many women taking antidepressants are of childbearing age, pregnancy may prompt a discussion on whether to continue drug treatment for the duration. --- drugtopics.modernmedicine.com, December 11 https://is.gd/CENx3b


31.                    “Weird Brain-Body Link Connects Head Injuries with Deadly Gut Infections.” Traumatic brain injury affects an estimated 1.7 million people in the U.S. every year, and has gained publicity due to the high numbers of football players and ex-football players included in that number. --- newsweek.com, December 8 https://is.gd/oVBNim


32.                    “Childhood maltreatment may lead to nonsuicidal self-injury.” Childhood maltreatment and its subtypes, with the exclusion of childhood emotional neglect, were linked to nonsuicidal self-injury, according to data published in Lancet Psychiatry. --- healio.com, December 12 https://is.gd/Mfnw4o


33.                    “Hope for autism: Optogenetics shines light on social interactions.” Ilana Witten didn't set out to study spatial learning. She thought she was investigating how mice socialize -- but she discovered that in mouse brains, the social and the spatial are inextricably linked. --- sciencedaily.com, December 7 https://is.gd/KDnKeg


34.                    “Study finds major gaps in special education spending in New York.” There are major gaps in special education spending in New York. A study by the New York State Association of School Business Officials found that spending in wealthier districts for special needs students was almost double the spending in more impoverished districts. --- wxxinews.org, December 8 (New York) https://is.gd/pvO5fW





35.                    “DeVos: Low Expectations for Students with Disabilities Must End.” Schools must do more than just the minimum to educate students with disabilities, the Secretary of Education says. --- usnews.com, December 11 https://is.gd/izhIuW


36.                    “Coding Autism: the startup empowering autistic adults in the tech industry.” Technology has helped open doors for people with autism, from AI apps democratizing education, to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Strategies providing new forms of expression. --- sociable.co, December 12 https://is.gd/sL8kyP


37.                    “Dump those derogatory disability terms.” Disability language has changed dramatically in recent decades — most would argue for the better — but even advocates for change feel some of these new terms are "overly politically correct". --- pharmacynews.com.au, December 8 https://is.gd/8ovMf2


38.                    “For Students with Disabilities, Quality Of Education Can Depend On ZIP Code.” The law says these students deserve to learn. In some districts, parents say that’s not happening. --- huffingtonpost.com, December 9 https://is.gd/i3Kq9U


39.                    “'We're no longer invisible': Parents of children with disabilities speak out.” Cindy Hook of Warren, Pa., recently had to put a lock on her bedroom door to protect herself from her intellectually disabled six-foot-one, 280-pound son, whose increasingly aggressive behaviors are not being taken seriously by the agency she depends upon for help. --- philly.com, December 11 https://is.gd/xL8OAT


40.                    “News 12 Investigates: How vulnerable, elderly end up in unlicensed personal care homes.”  For Andre Griffin, the job of big brother is never done. “I was the oldest of five," said Griffin. --- wrdw.com, December 7 https://is.gd/rRmgzm


41.                    “Rev Group introduces Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wheelchair accessible vehicle.” REV Group, a manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands and provider of parts and services, introduced the world’s first production plug-in gas/electric hybrid wheelchair accessible vehicle at the LA Auto Show, according to a press release by Business Wire. The base vehicle is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and it could be put into service commercially by Q1 of 2018. --- theoaklandpress.com, December 11 (California) https://is.gd/tfFpc7


42.                    “Big changes in requirements to become a special education teacher in California.” The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is making big changes in how special education teachers will be trained, adding core courses and an assessment already mandated for general classroom teachers. --- edsource.org, December 12 (California) https://is.gd/Jci0Bv


43.                    “Despite Danger Signs, DCF Never Made Contact with Matthew Tirado, Closed Case 4 Weeks Before Disabled Teen's Starvation Death.” A mother on the child-abuse registry and evidence that intellectually disabled teenager Matthew Tirado hadn’t been in school for months was not enough to propel the state’s child-protection agency to make contact with Matthew and determine whether he was safe, according to a report by the state child advocate on a series of stunning lapses leading up to Matthew’s death in February. --- courant.com, December 12 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/QqRLiS


44.                    Parents of autistic students wait nervously for Gardiner Scholarship funds.” Parents of autistic students wait nervously for Gardiner Scholarship funds ... Inside The Chase Academy in South Daytona, you'll find seven students sharing Legos and a diagnosis somewhere on the autism spectrum. --- wftv.com, December 8 (Florida) https://is.gd/y2NDln


45.                    “Lake Central sets date for withdrawal from special education cooperative.” Lake Central will withdraw from the West Lake Special Education Cooperative at the end of 2018-19, according to a letter sent to parents. --- chicagotribune.com, December 8 (Illinois) https://is.gd/JINUL2


46.                    “Maryland gets OK to expand developmentally disabled service.”
Maryland has received federal approval to expand services for people with developmental disabilities. The state health department said Thursday said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved expanding services through the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration's Community Supports Waiver. --- miamiherald.com, December 14 (Maryland) https://is.gd/VKmYp3


47.                    “Deaf Santa lifts kids spirits during holidays.” A man who is deaf dresses up like Santa and travels across Michigan helping kids who also can't hear. --- nbc25news.com, December 13 (Michigan) https://is.gd/YnO02o


48.                    “Woman With Down Syndrome Rips Into Pro-Abortion Un Speaker.” An academic expert at the United Nations supported the abortion of Down syndrome babies, and a young woman with Down Syndrome pushed back. --- churchmilitant.com, December 11 (Michigan) https://is.gd/NMXwek


49.                    “Minnesota DHS Cites Adult Residential Facility for Neglect.”  A facility that offers residential services for people with disabilities in southeast Minnesota has been cited by the state for neglect of a vulnerable adult and fined $5,000. --- seattletimes.com, December 12 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/X3GVR1


50.                    “Proctor gym teacher awarded for special education work.” After running a couple of laps, Proctor High School freshman Carly Barnstorf lay down on the gym floor, exhausted. --- duluthnewstribune.com, December 10 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/00JZ9o


51.                    “Franklin Free Library adds wheelchair lift.” The Franklin Free Library unveiled its newly installed wheelchair elevator lift Thursday in Franklin. --- thedailystar.com, December 9 (New York) https://is.gd/NtK7xc


52.                    “Work disabilities pose complex challenges.” Have you ever made an accommodation to your workspace, or an assigned task, so you could better perform your job? --- watertowndailytimes.com, December 10 (New York) https://is.gd/wa77w3


53.                    “Regents endorse policy shift to help special-ed students get diploma.” The state’s policymaking Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday to allow special-education students who struggle with academic exams to earn high school diplomas through an alternative route, one that relies instead on occupational assessments. --- newsday.com, December 11 (New York) https://is.gd/hB5LCo


54.                    “Mumpower: 'Retarded' controversy is a farce of political correctness.” Reporter John Boyle can be counted on for several things – his sense of humor; handy touch with the written word; and never missing an opportunity to pound on conservatives. --- citizen-times.com, December 7 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/LjDWTC


55.                    “‘I have this thing called autism’: A boy’s eloquent message to his fourth-grade classmates.” George Yionoulis was just beginning fourth grade at a public school in Raleigh, North Carolina, when his parents sat down with his teacher to talk about goals for the year ahead. --- sltrib.com, December 8 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/v4aDG6


56.                    “'Taylor Made Living': new housing supports individuals with developmental disabilities.” Five adults with special needs are moving into their new home after the grand opening of "Taylor Made Living." --- wday.com, December 12 (North Dakota) https://is.gd/4rIv8I


57.                    “OSU engineering students fix toys for children with disabilities.” Inside the halls of Smith Laboratory on the campus of the Ohio State University is a workshop that would make Santa jealous. --- 10tv.com, December 13 (Ohio) https://is.gd/4FQVQp


58.                    “Training Oklahoma officers how to handle interactions with people who have autism.” Officers are learning to react differently, particularly when dealing with people who have autism. --- kfor.com, December 8 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/cPUnsv


59.                    “Job Placement Program Empowering Adults With Autism.” A job placement program that started at Delmarva is now expanding and its empowering adults with autism. --- cbslocal.com, December 11 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/adr0Ur


60.                    “Meeting Milo: Robot uses spectrum of facial expressions to engage with autistic students at Kingsbury Elementary.” Robots are slowly becoming an increasing part of our culture in the U.S., with much debate as to whether that's good or bad. --- theitem.com, December 10 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/Va1pRj


61.                    “Bullied Tennessee Studentsobs Over Abuse At School.” A Tennessee middle schooler has put a face on bullying that is resonating far and wide. --- tmz.com, December 10 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/pw6Mv9


62.                    “McKinney company brings customized fitness training to special needs population.” While resources for the special needs population continue to grow, many are still few and far between. McKinney native Daniel Stein saw one area where he felt the community was underserved. --- starlocalmedia.com, December 8 (Texas) https://is.gd/FgRQFc


63.                    Sensory Gyms Help Children With Special Needs Beneficially Develop.” A sensory gym is benefiting the development of children with special needs. "We Rock the Spectrum" started as sensory gym for children with autism. Now, it has expanded to all kids and all abilities. --- nbcdfw.com, December 8 (Texas) https://is.gd/vYbbgp


64.                    “Officials: Patients at risk at Dallas psychiatric hospital.” Federal officials have warned that patients at a psychiatric hospital in Dallas are in "immediate jeopardy" two years after Texas regulators threatened to close the facility over severe safety problems, a newspaper reported Sunday. --- houstonchronicle.com, December 10 (Texas) https://is.gd/f5osWy


65.                    “Dallas Cowboys apologize to Coleman family for mistreatment of their handicapped daughter.” A Big Country couple received an apology from the Dallas Cowboys after staff at AT&T Stadium in Arlington mistreated their handicapped daughter. --- ktxs.com, December 13 (Texas) https://is.gd/AnbEka


66.                    “Protecting the elderly, disabled from scams.” Laura Welch is drawn to an inspirational verse printed on a small poster that features of an elderly man; “As you see yourself, I once saw myself; as you see me now, you will be seen.” --- panews.com, December 8 (Texas) https://is.gd/kZ59CV





67.                    “Google Maps-inspired app could revolutionise the way wheelchair users get around.” A mobile phone app that helps wheelchair users find the best routes to travel based on their ability is being developed by researchers at Wollongong. --- abc.net.au, December 11 (Australia) https://is.gd/aWW93D


68.                    “Makerspace concept being used to develop technology to assist people with disabilities.” A disability support services group in regional Queensland is using the new concept of makerspaces to design and build new products to assist people with disabilities. --- abc.net.au, December 13 (Australia) https://is.gd/F9YKjz


69.                    “University of Wollongong first of its kind in Australia to pilot wheelchair mapping project.” Mark Tomkins is happy to be a Google pilot of sorts and collect and share data which will help make moving around easier and safer for other wheelchair users. --- illawarramercury.com.au, December 12 (Australia) https://is.gd/Co4wy8


70.                    Long-term savings plans are in jeopardy for Canadians with disabilities.” Tom Jackman is an intelligent 41-year-old who spends most of his time volunteering. Not because he’s spectacularly charitable—though there may be something to that—but because he can’t find steady work. --- macleans.ca, December 7 (Canada) https://is.gd/Nv3h6W


71.                    “Parents worry about TDSB proposal to restructure gifted, special-ed programs.” Worried parents and advocates say many children will never fulfil their academic potential if the Toronto District School Board follows through on a proposal to dramatically restructure its gifted and special education programs. --- thestar.com, December 10 (Canada) https://is.gd/g5yG9n


72.                    “‘Nothing has changed’: Nova Scotia teen with autism speaks out as gaps in autism services persist.” Other than an age gap, there’s not much separating the stories of Callum Sutherlandand Cuen Eng. --- globalnews.ca, December 11 (Canada) https://is.gd/eOBD5Y


73.                    “Denmark and Down Syndrome.” The Danish ambassador to Ireland claims that his country does not have a policy to eradicate people with Down Syndrome, and says that, in 2016 “there were four children born in Denmark with Down’s syndrome after prenatal diagnosis” --- irishtimes.com, December 8 (Denmark) https://is.gd/xAuVP7


74.                    “Repeal vote is a rubber stamp for eugenics.” Let’s not become a society that eliminates disabled people in the womb --- thetimes.co.uk, December 10 (Denmark) https://is.gd/lB9YIE


75.                    “Why autism remains hidden in Africa.” Many African children with autism are hidden away at home — sometimes tied up, almost always undiagnosed. Efforts to bring the condition into the open are only just beginning. --- spectrumnews.org, December 13 (Ethiopia) https://is.gd/bkbMbg


76.                    “Uncle sentenced to 11 years for rape of niece.” A man was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in the Lautoka High Court today for the rape of a 17-year-old mentally and physically impaired woman. --- fbc.com.fj, December 13 (Fiji) https://is.gd/CKBGAg


77.                    “HC to schools: Offer meaningful assistance to disabled children.” Surprising that posts of attendants at schools for the differently-abled being made redundant, says court --- indianexpress.com, December 11 (India) https://is.gd/SWW8S4


78.                    “Bengaluru: Mentally ill kids forced to do menial jobs, 3 held.” Three people were arrested by the Yelahanka police for supplying destitute and mentally retarded children to do menial jobs at various functions and ceremonies, under the pretext of providing free education. --- deccanchronicle.com, December 13 (India) https://is.gd/qV4cwX


79.                    “Behavioural modifications can aid MR people: Experts.” Though numerous advances in mental health care are aiding the affected people to lead a normal life, most of mental retardation remains a lifelong concern with no defined cure.  --- deccanchronicle.com, December 10 (India) https://is.gd/9Cl7e3


80.                    “Disability rights activists to march in Dublin to urge Government to ratify Convention.” There are calls for the government to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a matter of urgency. The convention has been ratified by all EU countries with the exception of Ireland. --- irishexaminer.com, December 9 (Ireland) https://is.gd/M2yxXq


81.                    “UCD Students March in Support of Disability Rights.” On Saturday, UCD Students marched from the GPO to Leinster House to promote disability rights among Irish people in a march organised by Wheelchair Rights Ireland. --- universityobserver.ie, December 11 (Ireland) https://is.gd/BYCxde


82.                    “Kuwaiti citizen arrested for raping physically handicapped Kuwaiti held for impersonating police.”  Police have arrested a Kuwaiti who was wanted by law. The suspect, believed to be physically handicapped, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for raping a minor. --- menafn.com, December 11(Kuwait) https://is.gd/TXqivX


83.                    “Deaf patients at risk as hospital struggles with lack of sign language interpreters.” The safety of deaf patients is being put at risk due to a lack of hospital staff who know sign language. The families of patients and staff not trained in sign language are being left to pass on health information, raising concerns at Palmerston North Hospital. --- stuff.co.nz, December 12 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/PIRphy


84.                    “Disability Bill: When will it become a law?” As the Senate indicates that it will soon send the Disability Bill for the President’s assent, YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE reports that people living with disability now wait with bated breath as they envisage an end to discrimination and inequality. --- tribuneonlineng.com, December 8 (Nigeria) https://is.gd/QlDkug


85.                    “Patients' 12-year wait for discharge from secure mental health unit could be 'unlawful detention'.” Patients ready for discharge are waiting up to 12 years to be released from a secure mental health facility for adults with intellectual disabilities in Christchurch. --- stuff.co.nz, December 10 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/N46ZCP


86.                    “Hong Kong father jailed 6 months for abandoning disabled son in Singapore: Report.” A 48-year-old man was sentenced to six months' jail by a Hong Kong court for abandoning his disabled son in Singapore three years ago. --- channelnewsasia.com, December 13 (Singapore) https://is.gd/YikR8s


87.                    “Turkish group slams arrest of Palestinian boy with Down syndrome by Israeli forces.” Turkey-based International Down Syndrome Federation (UDF) on Tuesday denounced the arrest of a Palestinian teenager by Israeli soldiers in West Bank's Al-Khalil district. ---- dailysabah.com, December 12 (Turkey) https://is.gd/Y2oeiK


88.                    “Photo of man with Downs’ syndrome holding a baby is a display of pure love.” This is 20-year-old Daniel Throop. He’s always loved babies but is often refused permission to hold them because he has Down’s Syndrome. --- metro.co.uk, December 10 (UK) https://is.gd/taHgyP


89.                    “Disabled people should be seen as individuals, not as a drain on the taxpayer.” Look closely enough and recent announcements reveal the two faces of Conservative disability policy. --- theguardian.com. December 12 (UK) https://is.gd/0rQ1xl





90.                    “How Private Lessons and Culture In Classical Music Have Left Pupils Vulnerable To Sexual Misconduct.” Outrage and soul-searching are surging through Boston’s music community after sexual assault allegations have come to light against professors at Berklee College of Music and former Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine. --- wbur.org, December 8 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/mMaX5K