Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of December 15 to December 22, 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. 



Seclusion/Restraint: 2

Sexual Assault: 6, 10

Physical Abuse:   1, 3, 9, 11, 20, 22, 65, 66, 78

Murder: 5, 7, 8, 20. 24

Neglected to death: 5

Social Media Abuse: 4

Related to special education: 1, 2, 4, 66


WINNER of most egregious award: 4: Teacher’s aide video records diaper change of 13-year-old and posts it online; 14: Davos may delay special ed services; 28: deVos (again!) delays rule on racial disparities in special education; 38: Words banned by DHHS!!!


WINNER of most wonderful award: 16: Delaware joins other states to improve lives of people with disabilities


WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):

Family: 5, 20, 65

Carer: 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 22, 24, 78

Co-resident: 7

Special education employee: 4 (TS), 66

Co-students: 1

Men:  1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 22, 24, 65

Women: 3, 4, 8, 9, 20, 78

Couple: 9

Good News:  17: Family sues after the death of 19year old son in psychiatric hospital; 25: Review to be conducted on how abuse reports are handled: 29: New medications for psychosis hold promise for cannabis-based option (see also #34); 62: TX data mining practice ends.


Bad News: 18: Davenport Mayor resigns after charges of using accessible parking placard of dead people to park at work. 27: State schools lose federal certification due to failure to meet standards; 30: housing crisis for individuals with disabilities due to escalating costs; 40: San Diego USD parents warn that kids are unsafe on campus; 47: All special ed services to be funded EXCEPT transportation! 55: No dental services for elders and people with disabilities as funds were voted down; 59: No more in-home care services in Oklahoma affects 20,000 people.


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    1.          Mother reveals how bullies left her autistic son with facial trauma.” A Colorado-based mother has spoken out about the horrific bullying her 11-year-old son suffers at school on a regular basis. --- independent.co.uk, December 16 (Colorado) https://is.gd/HwSbwo


    2.          “Fort McCoy principal, dean reprimanded after restraint of autistic child.” The principal and a student services manager at Fort McCoy School have received written reprimands from Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier after an 11-year-old boy with autism was restrained on the floor for six minutes. --- ocala.com December 20 (Florida) https://is.gd/2t9UsG


    3.          “Former worker at Glenwood facility convicted of abusing autistic man.” The first of six former Glenwood State Resource Center workers charged with mistreating facility residents has been convicted of abusing a severely autistic man. --- Us92.com, December 14 (Iowa) https://is.gd/XFv453


    4.          “Woman Arrested for Posting Snapchat Video of Special Needs Child in Bathroom: Police.” A Maryland woman has been arrested after police say she posted a video to Snapchat of a special needs child who was partially undressed inside a school bathroom in D.C. --- nbcwashington.com, December 13 (Maryland) https://is.gd/hIGhTp


    5.          “Fall River man gets 8-10 years in prison for causing elderly mother to die.” Antonio Branco, a Fall River man convicted last week of manslaughter for causing his elderly sick mother to die from neglect, will spend the next eight to 10 years in state prison. --- heraldnews.com, December 15 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/6kGcv0


    6.          “POLICE: Man abused adult with disabilities.” An Albion man is accused of sexually abusing an adult client with developmental disabilities. --- wkbw.com, December 15 (New York) https://is.gd/Npa5YJ

    7.          Man arrested after fellow resident is killed at Akron group home.” A resident at an Akron group home told a 911 dispatcher Monday morning that he hit another resident in the head with a stick after the man attacked him. He said the other man was lying on the floor, bleeding from the head and he thought he was dead. --- ohio.com, December 18 (Ohio) https://is.gd/x9p1fv


    8.          “Charges Filed in Death of Former Greene Valley Developmental Center Resident.” Charges have been filed in the death of a former Greene Valley Developmental Center resident who died earlier this year inside a group home van. --- greenevillesun.com, December 20 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/Y8kD1q


    9.          “2 in Custody in Connection to Abuse and Neglect of Disabled Elder.” Two people from Verona are in custody, accused of not caring for a 60-year-old disabled man. Thirty-nine-year-old Virginia Ann Fitzgerald and 44-year-old Harvey Matthew Catron are charged with abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult. --- nbc29.com, December 20 (Virginia) https://is.gd/QXld7y


10.          “Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting mentally handicapped man.” A man pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a mentally handicapped man in Monongalia County Circuit Court Tuesday. --- wboy.com, December 20 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/j0C9nB


11.          “Police: Altoona man abuses group home resident.” An Altoona man is accused of physically abusing a resident at an Eau Claire group home. --- leadertelegram.com, December 15 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/1vvSGh




12.          “Editorial: Lawmakers can’t afford NOT to fix guardianship system.” In cash-strapped New Mexico, there really is no such thing as a “small price to pay.” There is legitimate competition for every dollar the state spends. --- abqjournal.com, December 17 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/lKNeTT


13.          Guardianship Reform on Tap in the North Carolina Legislature.” Adults with disabilities are leading longer lives thanks to advances in medicine and technology and where once people with disabilities died young, now a good number will likely outlive their parents. But many of those parents have been the guardians for their children, providing guidance, security and steering their every move. --- northcarolinahealthnews.org, December 17 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/Ug2LzY






14.          “DeVos considers delaying Obama-era special education rule.” The announcement Friday is the latest action by the Trump administration to interrupt or reverse guidelines or rules issued by his predecessor. --- educationdive.com, December 18 https://is.gd/4SQUtI


15.          “Lawmakers hold hearing on DCF following autistic teen’s death.” Lawmakers searched for answers in an informational hearing in Hartford Tuesday on why several agencies failed to save the life of 17-year-old Matthew Tirado. --- wtnh.com, December 19 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/qa3vza


16.          “Delaware Joins Fourteen States to Assist Persons with Disabilities.” Delaware State Treasurer Ken Simpler announced today that Delaware will join a multi-state consortium known as the National ABLE Alliance to establish an “Achieving a Better Life Experience” program. --- news.delaware.gov, December 19 (Delaware) https://is.gd/PYOHe6


17.          “Family suing over teen son's death in psychiatric hospital.” The parents of a 19-year-old with autism who died while in the care of a psychiatric hospital for children are fighting for justice. --- 11alive.com, December 16 (Georgia) https://is.gd/pWEvVL


18.          “Davenport mayor resigns, pleads no contest in handicapped placard case.” Davenport Mayor Darlene Bradley resigned her position as part of a plea deal with prosecutors Friday, less than two weeks after she was arrested on charges of fraudulently using handicapped placards of dead people to park in a space at City Hall. --- newschief.com, December 15 (Iowa) https://is.gd/BFL4EO


19.          “Foster care system needs to raise the bar.” The bad news just keeps coming, with another disturbing report about how the state of Massachusetts has been caring for kids in need. --- salemnews.com, December 19 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/UaZbWg


20.          “Elderly woman, whose daughter is accused of abusing her, dies.” The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is mum on whether prosecutors will add supplemental charges for a Pelham woman accused of punching, biting and pulling out the hair of her 89-year-old mother after the victim recently died. --- unionleader.com, December 15 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/bYpyYd


21.          “Accused N.J. gang leader ineligible for the death penalty, judge rules.” A federal judge in Newark on Monday ruled an alleged city gang leader is ineligible to face the death penalty, curtailing the second federal capital prosecution in the state's history. --- nj.com, December 18 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/6qzIgM


22.          “State police arrest trio of Sunmount employees for assault, lying on record.” State police arrested three Sunmount employees, all Tupper Lake residents, on Saturday, saying two of them fought with a resident in November and that the third worker lied about it. --- adirondackdailyenterprise.com, December 19 (New York) https://is.gd/9Khi6M


23.          “Ohio’s Down Syndrome Abortion Ban Is Close to Becoming Law & It Severely Limits Women's Choices.” Soon, the third state in the country to instate a Down syndrome abortion ban might be Ohio, opening the door to an intense debate on women's reproductive rights. --- bustle.com, December 15 (Ohio) https://is.gd/oIH6kS


24.          “Police hunt for Baldwin Borough group home employee charged with killing coworker.” With one employee dead and another on the run from Allegheny County Police, managers at Community Options Inc. stayed silent Monday even as others raised concerns about the residential care home in Baldwin Borough where the fatal shooting occurred. --- post-gazette.com, December 18 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/236h16


25.          “DDSN to review its system for handling abuse allegations after Senate report.” The agency that provides treatment for the state's most vulnerable residents is reviewing how it handles allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation and also is preparing to increase how much it pays certain types of facilities that help care for the intellectually disabled. --- greenvilleonline.com, December 18 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/nbdHA8


26.          “Independent Schools Committee Fails to Reach Agreement on Special Education Framework.” A legislative committee was not able to come up with a framework under which all approved independent schools would admit students with disabilities. --- digital.vpr.net, December 20 (Vermont) https://is.gd/2pgnjj


27.          “Troubled state schools for people with disabilities lose federal certifications.” Key parts of two state facilities serving people with developmental and intellectual disabilities have been stripped of federal certification after failing to meet care standards for residents. --- thenewstribune.com, December 20 (Washington) https://is.gd/H9lzRC


28.          “DeVos Delays Rule on Racial Disparities in Special Education.” The Department of Education is proposing to delay for two years an Obama-era rule that requires states to aggressively address racial biases that may be channeling disproportionate numbers of minority children into special education. --- nytimes.com, December 15 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/fqDODA




29.          “Cannabis ingredient holds promise as antipsychotic medicine.” An ingredient in cannabis called cannabidiol or CBD has shown promise in a clinical trial as a potential new treatment for psychosis, scientists said on Friday. --- reuters.com, December 15 https://is.gd/DnoxFh


30.          “Report: Housing A ‘Crisis’ For People with Disabilities.” Housing prices across the country are far outpacing the monthly benefits provided by Supplemental Security Income, according to a new report, forcing many people with disabilities into homelessness or costly institutional care. --- disabilityscoop.com, December 15 https://is.gd/qKlMTg


31.          “Healthy Diet Can Reduce Disabilities Involving Multiple Sclerosis.” Choosing a healthy lifestyle may lead to fewer disabilities with multiple sclerosis (MS). That’s the conclusion of a recently published study in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. --- healthline.com, December 16 https://is.gd/X4C5gu


32.          “Brain stimulation may restore social behaviour in autistic kids.” Scientists have identified a brain region that can be stimulated to correct social impairments in autistic children. --- thehansindia.com, December 18 https://is.gd/v8AzhA


33.          “Postoperative Pain Management in Children with Developmental Delay.” According to the results of a study recently published in Pain Medicine, parent- and nurse-controlled analgesia (PNCA) may not reduce postoperative pain in children with developmental delay compared with opioids administered by a nurse as needed. --- clinicalpainadvisor.com, December 18 https://is.gd/wRaSqk


34.          “More Parents Are Looking to Marijuana to Help Kids with Autism.” For some parents who are at their wits' end finding ways to ease their kids' autism symptoms, medical marijuana has offered a relief other medications and treatments apparently can't. This past year has seen several parents of children with autism speak out, especially as more states qualify autism patients for medical marijuana use and major studies examine the effects of cannabis on children. --- mom.me, December 18 https://is.gd/558329


35.          “Autism studies hampered by lack of reliable test for gut problems.” In his first description of autism in 1943, Leo Kanner described children with social problems, repetitive behaviors and language difficulties. But one more feature in his description would become a mainstay of autism: gastrointestinal distress --- spectrumnews.org, December 19 https://is.gd/ToXGLq


36.          “How ADHD delays autism diagnosis.” Did you know children with autism who also have ADHD tend to be diagnosed with autism at a much later age? Now, researchers at Duke University want to know why, and how to provide better treatment for better outcomes. --- ksat.com, December 18 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/6r1XH8


37.          “This gene therapy stopped mice from going deaf — and could save some humans’ hearing too.” Scientists have successfully tweaked the DNA of mice with a specific genetic mutation to prevent them from going completely deaf. If the gene-editing technique is proven safe, it could one day be used to treat the same type of hearing loss in people. --- theverge.com, December 20 https://is.gd/O5psWT




38.          “Words banned at multiple HHS agencies include ‘diversity’ and ‘vulnerable’.” The Trump administration has informed multiple divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services that they should avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year’s budget. --- washingtonpost.com, December 16 https://is.gd/r6ju7m


39.          “Gov. Asa Hutchinson: Help for the developmentally disabled.” Weekly column written for Gov. Asa Hutchinson: Regan Reaves and her parents, Wendie and Wade, are a reminder on the importance of what we do in government and how it impacts real lives every day. --- magnoliareporter.com, December 17 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/LHxxT9


40.          “More Parents Warn Kids Are Being Injured in Understaffed Special Ed Classrooms.” Parents of special education students in San Diego Unified continue to warn the district that their children are unsafe in severely understaffed classrooms. --- voiceofsandiego.org, December 15 (California) https://is.gd/jBHcl5


41.          “Facebook improves how blind can see images using AI.” When Matt King first got on Facebook eight years ago, the blind engineer had to weigh whether it was worth spending an entire Saturday morning checking whether a friend of his was actually in his friend list. Such were the tools at the time for the visually impaired - almost nonexistent. --- fox25boston.com, December 19 (California) https://is.gd/GFtbs7


42.          “Deaf Uber Driver Works to Dispel Stigma.” An Uber driver who is hard of hearing is working hard to dispel discomfort surrounding his ability to transport passengers. --- nbcmiami.com, December 14 (Florida) https://is.gd/fYNeF4


43.          “Wheelchair Friendly Mats Arrive in South Walton.” Lugging beach toys, chairs and umbrellas can be a struggle in itself but, can you imagine the difficulty of trying to pull a wheel chair through the sand? News 13's Peyton LoCicero tells a South Walton access has a new way for all people to make it to the water's edge. --- mypanhandle.com, December 14 (Florida) https://is.gd/4E7ySy


44.          “Sunshine Innovation's Multi-Use Flotation Design Helps Individuals with Special Needs, Will Attend Surf Expo 2018.” Small Business Owner, Doug Masi, had a fun vision. "My mission is to get America floating again – one person at a time." Masi declared at a recent expo held in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, "Everyone, from seniors to handicap children, should be able to enjoy the benefits of floating." --- prnewswire.com, December 19 (Florida) https://is.gd/t3RoNa


45.          “After 33 years, MARTA station still has no elevator and riders are fed up.” Many people who use a southwest Atlanta MARTA station are voicing their frustration because there are signs that indicate the station is accessible for the handicapped, but once they get through the gates, they discover it’s anything but. --- wsbtv.com, December 20 (Georgia) https://is.gd/5Yvb3v


46.          “State panel to examine special education practices at Chicago Public Schools.” The Illinois State Board of Education has launched an unprecedented inquiry into special education practices at Chicago Public Schools, which have met with fierce criticism since a 2016 overhaul. --- chicagotribune.com, December 15 (Illinois) https://is.gd/EXy14o


47.          “IDOE Faces Special Education Funding Gap.” The Department of Education sent a memo last month detailing services it won’t provide money for in new Special Education Excess Cost contracts this year, which includes transportation. (WFIU/WTIU) --- wboi.org, December 15 (Indiana) https://is.gd/r16sCP


48.          “Medicaid Challenges for NE Iowa Residents.” As governmental agencies tighten their belts due to decreased funding, many find the “belt” has turned into a “noose,” strangling them so they cannot aid those who need the most help, such as those on Medicaid (children, aged, blind and disabled). --- crescotimes.com, December 20 (Iowa) https://is.gd/i9sYN6


49.          “Blind lawyer advocates for visually impaired.” East Kentucky native Oral Miller is leaving his mark on history as an advocate for the blind and visually impaired. --- dailyindependent.com, December 16 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/CP8c5G


50.          “'People will die' if Kentucky doesn't find money for social services, lawmaker warns.” Brenda Nichols said she has no regrets about taking five grandchildren into her small Valley Station home. But Nichols, 59, a widow who lives on a small pension, said it's costly trying to provide for five kids ages 8 through 15. --- courier-journal.com, December 18 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/zKm7mD


51.          “This ‘Forgotten’ Part of Special Education Could Lead to Better Outcomes for Students.” Kate Lord didn’t have a plan when she graduated from Brunswick High School in 2014. For two years, she was unemployed. Eventually, her father was able to use his connections at Bowdoin College to get her a job working in a kitchen. For 20 hours a week, she lines muffin pans and preps dessert trays. --- huffingtonpost.com, December 15 (Maine) https://is.gd/XPMsOs


52.          “Task Force Studying Rising Costs of Special Education.” A Maine task force is studying ways to tackle the rising cost of special education. --- mainepublic.org, December 19 (Maine) https://is.gd/KhI7he


53.          “Maryland gets OK to expand developmentally disabled service.” Maryland has received federal approval to expand services for people with developmental disabilities. --- seattletimes.com, December 14 (Maryland) https://is.gd/07ufpB


54.          “Column: State must invest in special ed.” Every new parent looks forward to their baby’s first smile, first words, and first steps. Our earliest expectations for how and when infants and toddlers should act and engage with the world precede any academic standard. --- detroitnews.com, December 19 (Michigan) https://is.gd/tK418J


55.          “$8.9M cut to dental services will hit Montana's elderly, disabled hardest.” Dentists around the state are concerned that $8.9 million in cuts to Medicaid dental services enacted during a special session of the Legislature last month will severely impact the state’s elderly and disabled. --- helenair.com, December 17 (Montana) https://is.gd/2ctmxg


56.          “City's Uber plan disregards wheelchair users.” When Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Taxi and Limousine Commission voted Dec. 13 to establish wheelchair-accessibility rules for for-hire vehicle companies such as Uber and Lyft, TLC Chairwoman Meera Joshi said the move was about “equity” and represented a “milestone” for the disability community. That couldn’t be further from the truth. --- crainsnewyork.com, December 19 (New York) https://is.gd/4JC35j


57.          “Parents learn about toys that could help children with developmental disabilities.” Parents of children with developmental disabilities got to see and understand sensory toys at Mary Cariola Children's Center. --- whec.com, December 18 (New York) https://is.gd/tCicl8


58.          “New gym provides safe space to play for people with autism.” Most of us may not give a second thought to exercising or enjoying the benefits of a gym, but that’s not always the case for some people with autism or special needs. A gym called We Rock the Spectrum changes that. --- nbc4i.com, December 16 (Ohio) https://is.gd/NGoTFj


59.          “Oklahoma Poised to Cut Off 20,000 Disabled and Elderly People from Life-Sustaining Home Care.” In early November, the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Oklahoma sent letters to more than 20,000 disabled and elderly residents informing them that the in-home care services they were currently receiving as part of the ADvantage Waiver and In-Home Supports Waiver for Adults programs could be cut in one month. --- inthesetimes.com, December 18 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/DCSRkG


60.          “Blossom Philadelphia's deficient care for the disabled continues.” Three weeks after Blossom Philadelphia decided to exit the business of residential services for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults and state officials started working on the transition of 89 Blossom clients to new providers, problems with the care at Blossom continue, adding to months of trauma for residents. --- philly.com, December 15 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/ejjink


61.          “Mom Spurs Marijuana-Autism Study in Philadelphia.” A Narberth woman who uses medical marijuana to help ease the effects of her 12-year-old son’s autism helped broker a key research partnership between a South Pacific company and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. --- philadelphia.cbslocal.com, December 16 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/6NtZKH


62.          “Texas Education Agency ends controversial no-bid special education contract.” The Texas Education Agency is ending a no-bid special education data mining contract after fielding criticism for weeks about its decision to bypass a competitive bidding process, according to an agency release. --- texastribune.org, December 15 (Texas) https://is.gd/VDUQOH


63.          “Seclusion, restraint are tools to keep students and teachers safe, school officials say.” Milton School District officials insist secluding and restraining students is a last resort intended to keep others safe when a child is acting aggressively. --- gazettextra.com, December 16 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/mw42sm




64.          “NSW mental health units more like jails, according to report sparked by Miriam Merten death.” A scathing report into the use of seclusion and restraints in NSW hospitals has compared mental health units to prisons and described a system plagued with discriminatory and stigmatising attitudes. --- abc.net.au, December 17 (Australia) https://is.gd/0WpI4V


65.          “Burglar, 20, who broke into a 93-year-old's home and bashed his disabled son so brutally he looked like THIS is spared jail.” A young man who broke into a 93-year-old's south Melbourne house and viciously bashed his intellectually disabled son has avoided further time in prison. --- dailymail.co.uk, December 18 (Australia) https://is.gd/oS9nkY


66.          “EXCLUSIVE: Mom launches $240M lawsuit against school board after girl restrained.” An Etobicoke woman has launched a $240-million lawsuit against the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, claiming battery, infliction of mental suffering and negligence after her 11-year old daughter allegedly came home bruised and beaten after staff used restraints on her. --- toronto.citynews.ca, December 14 (Canada) https://is.gd/EMWwN3


67.          “Quebec's special needs children face a worrisome future.” Imagine this: A room overflowing with parents whose children have leukemia. The hospital director announces pediatric cancers will no longer be treated in Quebec hospitals. --- montrealgazette.com, December 20 (Canada) https://is.gd/XoNd34


68.          “Air India Refuses Boarding to Disabled Passenger, Because Of His Electric Wheelchair.” The treatment given to the customers by the national carrier Air India has once again come into the spotlight after a disabled passenger alleged that he was denied boarding at the last moment due to his wheelchair. --- indiatimes.com, December 19 (India) https://is.gd/L6tmj6


69.          “For the disabled, the booths weren’t friendly.” Some people with disabilities experienced difficulties while casting their votes at the R.K. Nagar by poll on Thursday, while a few did not know about arrangements made for them. --- thehindu.com, December 22 (India) https://is.gd/Piiddp


70.          “Handicapped Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli troops brought to hospital.” Gaza City was grieving on Friday, as the al-Shifa Hospital received a wheelchair-bound man with no legs who was shot by Israeli troops, during clashes which killed two and injured over 100. --- almasdarnews.com, December 15 (Lebanon) https://is.gd/RYN08o


71.          “Sentence reduced for intellectually disabled woman who stalked teenage sports star.” An intellectually disabled woman who was given a compulsory care order after stalking a teenage sports star has had her sentence reduced by a year. --- stuff.co.nz, December 16 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/H9h8gF


72.          “Seclusion of autistic boy 'unreasonable' – ombudsman.” A critical report into a school's unreasonable use of a seclusion room is a reminder of the need for "dignity and humanity" at all times, the chief ombudsman says. --- radionz.co.nz, December 18 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/bGUVdn


73.          “Ombudsman's ruling on seclusion: Miramar school recommended to pay $3000 and apologise.” A Wellington primary school has been advised to $3000 and issue a formal written apology to the family of an autistic child it put in seclusion. --- stuff.co.nz, December 18 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/AC59zg


74.          “My confidence intimidates a lot of men.” Not many women in Nigeria today can boast of the confidence and strength Irene Patrick-Ogbogu exudes. Struck by polio at three and confined to a wheelchair at 36, after suffering Post-Polio Syndrome, the Anambra State-born woman has not allowed that to slow down her pace in life. --- punchng.com, December 16 (Nigeria) https://is.gd/JcCM62


75.          “‘Project Enable Africa’ launches disability-friendly digital hub.” With over one billion people living with one form of disability or the other, globally, the World Bank reports that the disability community remains the largest minority and vulnerable population group.” --- vanguardngr.com. December 19 (Nigeria) https://is.gd/mjudBH


76.          “Disability benefit reforms see rise in suicide bids according to official figures.” SCOTTISH campaigners against disability benefit cuts have accused the UK Government of “grave and systematic” violations of the human rights after figures revealed suicide attempts have doubled since the onset of welfare reforms. --- heraldscotland.com, December 15 (Scotland) https://is.gd/UrB8TU


77.          “Single dad eyes better life for special-needs daughter.” Five months ago, seven-year-old Lee Qi Zhen required her father’s help to stand. Surgery to correct her misaligned eyes in July has changed her world: She is now able to stand and sit on her own, and has even taken her first steps. --- todayonline.com, December 16 (Singapore) https://is.gd/QZM9J9


78.          “Maid jailed 4 months for assaulting employer's intellectually disabled daughter.” The domestic helper from Myanmar had been working for the family for only a few months when, in an act of frustration, she assaulted her employer’s intellectually disabled daughter. --- sg.news.yahoo.com, December 19 (Singapore) https://is.gd/WYXw7Y




79.          Bruni “Gets It” About Disability Bias--Except for Assisted Suicide.” When New York Times columnist Frank Bruni isn’t driving me nuts, it’s usually because he’s on vacation from his (very well written) column. --- nationalreview.com, December 17 https://is.gd/ndPZ54


80.          “How a Vegan’s Experience with Disability Is Helping Her Heal the Divide Between Two Movements.” A few years ago, a Canadian hunter came across a fox with arthrogryposis, a condition that left the fox with foreshortened and weak limbs. The hunter assumed the fox was deformed and in pain, so shot him; as is common in responses to disability, pity was twinned with destruction. --- inthesetimes.com, December 20 https://is.gd/HaYbnR


81.          “Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi donate mansion to special needs charity.” Cole Hamels and wife Heidi a while back began constructing a mansion worth almost $10 million in the Ozarks. --- cbssports.com, December 18 (Missouri) https://is.gd/SaK7DK


82.      "Autistic teen puts on impressive Christmas light display.” Some in Seattle would say a light display in the Maple Leaf neighborhood is one of the best around. Rebecca Kerl's son Alex, who has autism, is the brains behind this incredible display. --- king5.com, December 15 (Washington) https://is.gd/YvmrZD