Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of January 5 to January 11, 2018

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: 1, 4, 5, 7, 37, 39, 65

Physical Abuse:   2, 12, 28, 63, 66, 72

Lost and died: 42

Social Media: 5

Murder: 6, 8, 9, 13, 20, 24, 67

Neglect: 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12,13

Related to special education: 1, 3, 4, 7, 28, 66


WINNER of “good job” award: Series on abuse of adults with developmental disabilities was aired this week and will air next week on NPR developed by investigative journalist JOE SHAPIRO. See articles 37(new stats on incidence of sexual assault: 7 times the rate of non-disabled population per OVC); 38 Sex education helps adults with developmental disabilities; 39: sexual assault of non-verbal people with developmental disabilities; 57: Wisconsin weighs in on rates of abuse. A million thanks to NPR and Joe Shapiro for creating and airing this series.


WINNER of most egregious award: 27: Texas violated federal law for more than a decade by capping the percentage of students allowed to access special education services


WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):

Family: 2, 6, 8, 13, 65

Carer: 2, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 24

Stranger: 5

Co-student: 7, 66

Men:  1, 5, 7, 10, 37, 39, 65, 72

Women: 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 24, 28

Good News: 51: Couple creates fine dining delivery service for families with members with disabilities; 53: Limiting physical restraint and seclusion; 54: Sex toys created for people with disabilities; 62: France: new understanding of people with autism; 71: restaurant creates picture menu so boy customer can order his food; 75: Autistics are not sexless says representative; 79: style added to items used by people with disabilities.


Bad News: 15: ‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’.”; 21: websites not accessible; 23: emotional abuse: 96% is unreported; 30: Bill may increase incarceration of students with disabilities; 35/33: Rates of autism incidence have increased/ plateaued; 40: Increased encounters of police with those with autism; 53: people on Medicaid lose homes due to cuts; 49: Wait list of 8 thousand for help; 55 Increase in financial abuse in Virginia.


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    1.          “Special education teacher accused of aggravated sexual battery with minor.” A teacher at the Levy Special Education Center has been arrested for aggravated sexual battery. Sedgwick County District attorney, Marc Bennett confirmed to Eyewitness News that Tommy Tarrel Rains was arrested in January. --- kwch.com, January 8 (Kansas) https://is.gd/NXyaU0


    2.          “Former Board Member of Autism Advocacy Group Charged with Abusing Her Autistic Son.” A former board member of the Kalamazoo Battle Creek Autism Society in Michigan is facing charges of child abuse against her 16-year-old nonverbal, autistic son. --- themighty.com, January 9 (Michigan) https://is.gd/MWyWn2


    3.          “Special needs adult left alone on bus for hours in bitter cold.” - A special needs adult is left alone for hours in the freezing cold aboard a bus - now his family wants answers.  The driver parked the bus for the night, shut it down, turned the lights off and locked up. But in the very last row was 45-year-old Scotty who has autism. He was left behind for more than three hours alone in the bitter cold. --- fox2detroit.com, January 10 (Michigan) https://is.gd/KBQpaZ


    4.          “Teacher mom, 38, charged in sex romps with six teen boys is now focus of three new lawsuits.” A former New Jersey high school teacher accused of sexual misconduct with six teenage boys is now the focus of three lawsuits filed against her and the school district she was once employed at. --- foxnews.com, January 5 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/7Wd6D6


    5.          “Man sentenced for indecent assault of mentally disabled woman.” A Clearfield County man who’s accused of sexually assaulting an intellectually challenged woman in Centre County was sentenced to state prison Thursday at the Centre County Courthouse. --- centredaily.com, January 4 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/d44Ckj


    6.          “Outburst interrupts court as trial begins for daughter charged in mother's death.” The trial for a woman accused of failing to call for help as her elderly mother lay on the floor of her mobile home for five days was interrupted Monday afternoon when a family member hurled obscenities at the prosecutor. --- unionleader.com, January 8 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/FihqCY


    7.          “Intellectually disabled girl, 15, suspended after reporting gang rape at New York City school, lawsuit says.” An intellectually disabled teenage girl was suspended by Brooklyn school officials in 2016 after she reported being gang-raped by a group of male students, according to a federal lawsuit. --- foxnews.com, January 12 (New York) https://is.gd/DxNa8W


    8.          “Group home administrator pleads guilty in resident's death.” The former administrator of an Ohio group home has pleaded guilty to charges of reckless homicide and patient abuse in connection with the death of an 85-year-old resident. --- abcnews.go.com, January 9 (Ohio) https://is.gd/YYnSRn


    9.          “Neglect Charges for Mom, Daughter; Ill Man Dies with Sores.” Authorities say they have charged a mother and her daughter with neglect after her son with muscular dystrophy was found dead with numerous bedsores in a bed with maggots. --- usnews.com, January 9 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/NzW1pU


10.          “Man accused of neglecting vulnerable adult in Lyman.” A man is accused of neglect of a vulnerable adult, according to Lyman Police. --- wspa.com, January 8 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/dyy2JG


11.          “Morristown assisted living owner charged with nine counts of elderly neglect.” A Jefferson County woman has been charged with endangering elderly residents at group home in Morristown after police said they discovered nine residents were living without heat for several days. --- wcyb.com, January 9 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/o0eIYq


12.          “2 Women Charged with Neglect After Disabled Man Was Burned by Pan of Boiling Water.” Two women are facing charges after a disabled man was burned with a pan of boiling water. Gurleatha Joann Cosey, 24, and Vanessa Lynn Horton, 43, were indicted by the Grand Jury for gross abuse or neglect of an impaired adult. --- chattanoogan.com, January 10 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/GXdcWq


13.          “Prosecutor: Daughter did nothing as elderly Exeter mother was 'rotting alive'.” Nancy Parker was left “rotting alive” on the floor of her Exeter mobile home for five days and her daughter is partly to blame for her death, a state prosecutor told jurors Thursday before they began deciding Katherine Saintil-Brown’s fate. --- unionleader.com, January 11 (Texas) https://is.gd/NcS1Af




14.          “More guardians are needed for Nebraska's vulnerable.” Nebraska took a commendable step forward in 2014 when the Legislature approved a proposal to publicly fund guardians who would help elderly and disabled adults lacking anyone to manage their financial affairs. --- omaha.com, January 11 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/tWhxiy




15.          “‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’.” One morning last June, as Senate Republicans worked feverishly to gut the Affordable Care Act, about 60 people, many of them in wheelchairs, entered the Russell Senate Office Building by separate doors so as not to attract attention from the Capitol Police. --- thenation.com, January 10 https://is.gd/Ihnb6K


16.          “How the autism bill passed in Alabama: An oral history.” In a lengthy, months-long battle in 2017, a group of parents and families – with the help of politicians and lobbyists – managed to pass HB 284, a bill that mandated coverage of behavioral therapies for children with autism. --- montgomeryadvertiser.com, January 7 (Alabama) https://is.gd/RWBgXE


17.          “Florida lawmakers advance bills on textbooks, education funding, restraint and seclusion.” A bill to give Florida school district residents even more say in the selection of textbooks and instructional materials easily passed its first House committee on Wednesday, with just one member opposed. --- tbo.com, January 11 (Florida) https://is.gd/zcB7Rb


18.          “Parents fight to record school day of son with disabilities.” A Maine teen with autism and a rare neurological syndrome that affects his speaking ability cannot talk to his parents about his school day the same way other students can. So his family is fighting for the right for him to carry an audio-recording device to ensure he’s being treated properly when they aren’t watching. --- staradvertiser.com, January 7 (Maine) https://is.gd/11T0QE


19.          “Woman arrested and charged with Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult.” A 34-year-old woman from Columbia turned herself in to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Friday night after being accused of taking money from what Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood described as a “vulnerable person”, for her own use. --- wjtv.com, January 9 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/DNrlrz


20.          “Family of autistic man who drowned at Fallbrook YMCA hot tub files wrongful death suit.” The family of an autistic, 21-year-old man who died after being found face-down in a hot tub at the Fallbrook YMCA in March has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. --- journalstar.com, January 6 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/of00gD


21.          Blind woman sues 30 websites over handicap accessibility.” A blind Manhattan woman recently filed individual lawsuits against more than 30 businesses she says are not handicap accessible online. --- nypost.com, January 7 (New York) https://is.gd/ibrkgT


22.          Special needs teacher fired over fundraising efforts sues city.” When it comes to the Department of Education, raising money for disabled students can get you fired faster than manhandling them. --- nypost.com, January 9 (New York) https://is.gd/bjkjc5


23.          “Don’t let the abuse continue.” Elder abuse is a growing problem that affects thousands of people in Nevada that are elderly or vulnerable. A recent report estimates that in the United States 96 percent of elder abuse goes unreported, says WalletHub, 2016. --- recordcourier.com, January 6 (Nevada) https://is.gd/rxSEUr


24.          “Group home administrator pleads guilty in resident's death.”  The former administrator of an Ohio group home has pleaded guilty to charges of reckless homicide and patient abuse in connection with the death of an 85-year-old resident. --- foxnews.com, January 9 (Ohio) https://is.gd/1YVwfM


25.          “Judge Orders Treatment for Ohio Man Fixated on Belly Buttons.” An Ohio judge has extended the probation of an autistic man who fixates on belly buttons, ordering him to attend an in-patient treatment program for sexual offenders. --- usnews.com, January 5 (Ohio) https://is.gd/5mtex9


26.          “Ohio bans Down’s syndrome abortions.” Abortion on the basis of a Down’s syndrome diagnosis is now illegal in Ohio, after the Governor signed a pro-life Bill into law. --- christian.org.uk, January 5 (Ohio) https://is.gd/KhN9HP


27.          “Texas trying to fix 'illegal' special education system.” A U.S. Department of Education investigation has found that Texas violated federal law for more than a decade by capping the percentage of students allowed to access special education services, thus failing to provide an adequate public education to thousands of youngsters with disabilities. --- abcnews.go.com, January 12 (Texas) https://is.gd/yKZ7jr


28.          “Austin school district sued after aide assaulted special needs student.” The Austin school district is being sued in federal court over a 2016 classroom incident in which a frustrated staff member threw a trash bin and injured the face of a special needs student. ---- mystatesman.com, January 10 (Texas) https://is.gd/R4SjYJ


29.          “Disability Rights, Education Groups Speak Against 'Teacher Rights' Bill.” Disability rights advocates and school administrators spoke out against a bill in the state Legislature on Thursday that would require law enforcement to share information about students’ criminal records with schools. --- wpr.org, January 11 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/yPYgx1


30.          “Educators, disability-rights advocates say Teacher Protection Act will widen school-to-prison pipeline.” A bill aimed at addressing violent behavior in schools drew opposition Thursday from educators and disability-rights advocates who said it would violate student privacy, disproportionately affect poor and disabled students, and widen the school-to-prison pipeline by sending more students into the criminal justice system. --- jsonline.com, January 11 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/ZVbfcx




31.          “3 Ways of Saying "No" to Unwanted Sex.” Consent is a complicated process, a facet of mutual agreement upon what course of action to take. Consent for sexual contact, when all involved are on the same page and know they are on the same page—and stay on the same page—is relatively straightforward. --- psychologytoday.com, January 9 https://is.gd/9H83AM


32.          “Surprise finding adds to antidepressant puzzle.” Long-term treatment with antidepressants can delay progression of Alzheimer’s disease by three years in patients with mild cognitive impairment, according to surprise findings from a US study. --- pharmacynews.com.au, January 9 https://is.gd/Sl4SUs


33.          “Autism Rates Appear to Have Finally Plateaued in The US, But Doctors Don't Know Why.” There's been no rise in the rate of children diagnosed with autism over the last three years in the US, a new study reveals, a sign that the situation might be stabilising after several years of steady increases. --- sciencealert.com, January 6 https://is.gd/F2VkM9


34.          “Global Down Syndrome Foundation responds to shocking report – shares translated prenatal testing information with Iceland.” The Global Down Syndrome Foundation announced today that it has translated important prenatal testing information into Icelandic and provided the resource to the Icelandic Down Syndrome Association. The translation is a first step to support the association’s efforts in providing accurate information about Down syndrome to pregnant women and families in Iceland. --- globenewswire.com, January 11 (Colorado) https://is.gd/8NHscc


35.          “University of Iowa analysis finds autism diagnoses more prevalent than reported.” Significantly more American children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than previously thought, according to a new and more comprehensive analysis out of the University of Iowa published this month in the Journal of the American Medical --- thegazette.com, January 5 (Iowa) https://is.gd/zCQvMl


36.          “Depression in older adults with high BP may delay recovery.” Antidepressants may fail to work properly in older adults suffering from high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels, finds a study. --- newkerala.com, January 11 (New York) https://is.gd/YdzZFO




37.          “The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About.” Pauline wants to tell her story — about that night in the basement, about the boys and about the abuse she wanted to stop. --- npr.org, January 8 https://is.gd/RtKnke


38.          “For Some with Intellectual Disabilities, Ending Abuse Starts with Sex Ed.” In the sex education class for adults with intellectual disabilities, the material is not watered down. --- npr.org, January 9 https://is.gd/GZASTs


39.          “'She Can't Tell Us What's Wrong'.” The victim couldn't tell anyone what happened that night. She was a woman with an intellectual disability who doesn't speak words. So the alleged rape was discovered, according to the police report, only by accident — when a staff worker said she walked into the woman's room and saw her boss with his pants down. --- npr.org, January 10 https://is.gd/iNyK2R


40.          “For teens with autism, behavioral issues boost risk of police run-ins.” Young people with autism who have serious psychiatric problems stand a nine fold greater chance of having an encounter with the police than do others on the spectrum, according to a new study1. --- spectrumnews.org, January 11 https://is.gd/mHnc8Z


41.          “Swim team for special needs students launches at Brookfield YMCA.” The local YMCA is launching a swim team for students with special needs. The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut will hold an open house Tuesday for families to meet the coaches of the new team. --- newstimes.com, January 7 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/I67KjI


42.          “Autistic boy's drowning is now a lesson for Louisville-area first responders.” Shalom Lawson, an 8-year-old Louisville boy who loved hugging people he just met, wandered from a relative's home last summer and drowned. --- courier-journal.com, January 5 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/Lyiifs


43.          “Medicaid changes forcing two people with autism out of a group home.” Dalton has been living at a group home in Cedar Rapids for more than three years. He lives there with another individual named Kevin. They both have autism. --- kcrg.com, January 5 (Iowa) https://is.gd/y4kaYu


44.          “Parents Are Outraged by Note Telling Mom of a Kid with a Disability to 'Keep Son Away' From Friend.” Many parents of kids with disabilities worry about their children making friends. But when the obstacle to kids becoming friends is because of other parents, it can feel especially isolating. --- themighty.com, January 5 (Iowa) https://is.gd/rGtZnj


45.          “LabCorp patents autism diagnosis method.” LabCorp has received a patent on a method for diagnosing autism spectrum disorders. --- thetimesnews.com, January 6 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/Rs9gIw


46.          “New exhibit celebrates Detroit artists with developmental disabilities.” Playground Detroit is kicking off 2018 with a uniquely therapeutic and inspiring collection. "What Color Do You Want to Start With?" will feature the work of developmentally disabled artists. --- metrotimes.com, January 9 (Michigan) https://is.gd/ykMA5T


47.          “Public school groups tout suite of bills promoting early childhood, special education.” Advocates of public education touted a slew of bills being pushed by state senators Monday, saying the programs would be an investment in the state's future economy and workforce. --- journalstar.com, January 9 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/IfjxlZ


48.          “Christie spends $740K on quick review of psychiatric hospitals after safety complaints.” The Christie administration has dealt a massive shake-up to the state's four public psychiatric hospitals, by replacing nearly every board member who served as a check on management and awarding a $740,500 contract to a consultant to evaluate each facility. --- nj.com, January 11 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/2yNNOX


49.          “Waiting list for people with developmental disorders continues to rise.” Nearly 8,000 Oklahomans are waiting for help --- koco.com, January 11 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/7CXs8Q


50.          “Board mulls changes to special education.” Titusville Area School District Special Education Director Michael McGaughey presented a plan to the school board to change the special education program across the district over the course of 2018 to 2022. --- titusvilleherald.com, January 9 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/MiNiW1


51.          “Couple creates fine dining service for families with disabilities.” A couple has created a fine dining service in this South Carolina city for people, ranging from veterans to children, who have disabilities. --- wbaltv.com, January 12 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/kKG0S2


52.          “Facing a shortage of behavior analysts, DDSN changes qualifications.” When an intellectually disabled resident in a group home intentionally hurts themselves or gets physically aggressive with others, a behavior analyst is called. --- greenvilleonline.com, January 6 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/ZXarxV


53.          “Lawmakers asked to limit use of restraint, seclusion in schools.” South Dakota education leaders want lawmakers to limit schools' ability to physically restrain students or lock them in isolation. --- argusleader.com, January 9 (South Dakota) https://is.gd/ze1tDm


54.          “Meet the Paralyzed Man Making Sex Toys for People with Disabilities.” Sometimes in life, you just have to get creative. That's what Nick Mahler, the director of sales for Dallas Novelty sex toys, believes. --- menshealth.com, January 12 (Texas) https://is.gd/eyQFId


55.          “Reports rise of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older Virginians.” A state agency that investigates abuse and neglect of vulnerable Virginians said reports of financial exploitation grew by 20 percent last year. --- roanoke.com, January 9 (Virginia) https://is.gd/oK7TFc


56.          “Unified Robotics program for intellectually disabled students looks to keep growing.” Sometimes a sea change can start with something as simple as wanting to make sure your sister feels included. That was the case for the launch of Special Olympics Unified Robotics, a program that pairs students with intellectual disabilities to those without. It began with two Seattle-area schools in 2015, and has spread to Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas. --- geekwire.com, January 11 (Washington) https://is.gd/nwk8gD


57.          “High risk of sexual assault among intellectually disabled.” Area health officials want to raise awareness about sexual assault in one of our community's most vulnerable populations. NPR reported that people with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than others. --- news8000.com, January 10 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/qaFc4o




58.          “2017 was a ‘Dismal’ Year for Human Rights in Australia.” 2017 was a “dismal” year for human rights in Australia, according to a report card which found the country significantly lagged behind in areas including disability rights, Indigenous rights and the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. --- probonoaustralia.com.au, January 10 (Australia) https://is.gd/KVHanC


59.          “'It's too complicated': Advocate for disabled in N.W.T. can't afford fight for legal aid.” A champion of disabled rights in Yellowknife says she can't afford to continue a court fight with the territorial government. --- cbc.ca, January 5 (Canada) https://is.gd/1BRDez


60.          “Nova Scotia mother of boy with severe autism shares details of plight at home.” A Nova Scotia mother is sharing heartbreaking details about her family’s struggles caring for their nine-year-old son with severe autism who suffers from violently aggressive fits. --- globalnews.ca, January 8 (Canada) https://is.gd/pb0fLb


61.          “Windsor law professor discouraged by barriers for people with disabilities.” A law professor at the University of Windsor is hoping to shine a light on the rights of disabled people, both here in Canada and abroad. --- cbc.ca, January 10 (Canada) https://is.gd/QZ6RLw


62.          “France faces down its outdated notions about autism.” After lagging behind other countries for decades, France is working on a new national plan for autism. --- spectrumnews.org, January 10 (France) https://is.gd/i6PBLs


63.          “Girl tortured, beaten up for stealing a piece of fire wood: 4 held.” Police today arrested four persons in connection with a shameful and shocking incident a mentally retarded girl being dragged and mercilessly beaten up for stealing a piece of fire wood from her neighbor. --- news.webindia123.com, January 9 (India) https://is.gd/IFfeoD


64.          “Govt lifts Haj ban on people with disabilities.” Following protests from disability rights groups against India’s discriminatory Haj guidelines, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has decided to lift its ban on persons with disabilities from applying for the pilgrimage. --- indianexpress.com, January 6 (India) https://is.gd/cajpAP


65.          “Father of two defiles 10- year-old autistic patient …police arraign wife, brother.” The wife and brother of a 38-year-old defilement suspect, Kazeem Lawal, on Thursday bowed their heads in shame as they regretted putting their freedom on the line for him. --- punchng.com, January 12 (Lagos) https://is.gd/wqoKkR


66.          “Autistic boy finds new school after severe bullying.” There are calls for schools to do more to protect disabled children from bullying. It comes after an autistic Auckland boy was so severely physically and verbally abused his parents withdrew him from Pakuranga Intermediate. --- newstalkzb.co.nz, January 12 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/z8LqCM


67.          “Parliament: Laws protect vulnerable adults, but community must also blow the whistle on abusers: Desmond Lee.” The tragic death of Ms. Annie Ee, the intellectually disabled waitress who died after prolonged abuse, underscores the importance of the community watching out for its most vulnerable members, said Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee on Tuesday --- straitstimes.com, January 9 (Singapore) https://is.gd/QlVf78


68.          “Don't be chained by disabilities, says SA's top special needs learner.” The top achiever in the special needs learner category, Joshua Chetty, says that he hopes special needs learners will stop being chained by their disabilities and learn not to limit themselves. --- news24.com, January 5 (South Africa) https://is.gd/uJ9y5o


69.          “South Sudan's disabled swap stigma for sport.” The two teams whizzing across the stadium are almost too fast to catch with the naked eye. Strapped into wheelchairs, the ten basketball players are highly focused on their game as East African beats blare in the background and excited crowds cheer and dance. --- reuters.com, January 11 (South Sudan) https://is.gd/oHEv9O


70.          “The Governess reveals how battle with Asperger’s affects her sex life.” During an appearance on Loose Women on Monday, the popular personality revealed how the condition – a form of autism – affects her personal relationships, after detailing how it makes her become ‘obsessed’ with certain subjects – no doubt aiding in her ability to outwit the best of them as one of the Chasers. however. --- metro.co.uk, January 8 (UK) https://is.gd/rXTJ2j


71.          “Restaurant launches picture menu which lets autistic boy point and choose his own food.” A restaurant has created a picture menu so that a boy with autism who cannot talk can point and choose his own food. --- manchestereveningnews.co.uk, January 5 (UK) https://is.gd/6RTykW


72.          “'Feral pack' of thugs viciously attacked man with Asperger’s Syndrome - leaving him unconscious and with a broken jaw.” Ryan King was beaten up by six men in the Northern Quarter while he was out celebrating his 25th birthday --- manchestereveningnews.co.uk, January 5 (UK) https://is.gd/cO7zWs


73.          “Educational support for deaf children in England 'in complete disarray'.” Educational support for England’s 45,000 deaf children is “in complete disarray” with a dwindling number of specialist teachers struggling to meet growing demand, according to research. --- theguardian.com, January 8 (UK) https://is.gd/N8IeMJ


74.          “Passenger Assist offers dignified help for people with disabilities.” Public transportation travel may be just to the store or to a new city or country, but all of it means an opportunity for stress, problems, and a general feeling of being a nuisance for the traveler with the disability who typically needs a little extra something or someone. Enter, tech help from Passenger Assist, in the UK. --- sociable.co, January 8 (UK) https://is.gd/5TvyGr


75.          “No, autistic people are not sexless – our sex lives are as varied as anyone’s.” You try a new move only for your partner to shriek in horror, or they ask you to talk dirty to them and suddenly you can’t think of anything to say. --- metro.co.uk, January 8 (UK) https://is.gd/hmozYV


76.          “Regulator begins statutory inquiry into school for autistic children.” The Charity Commission is investigating the governance of Hope House School in Nottinghamshire, having received an anonymous complaint --- thirdsector.co.uk, January 22 (UK) https://is.gd/uW1OST


77.          “Man with dementia humiliated after wrongly being told to leave care home due to ‘distressing’ council blunder.” An elderly man with dementia and physical disabilities faced eviction from a care home following a series of blunders by Lincolnshire County Council. --- lincolnshirelive.co.uk, January 11 (UK) https://is.gd/Qh4SH2




78.          “Vogue’s ‘New Suffragettes’: where are the women with disabilities?” British Vogue’s decision to mark 100 years since women were granted the vote has received much coverage in the past week. --- theguardian.com, January 7 https://is.gd/vOh0YR


79.          “For People Living with Disabilities, New Products Prove Both Practical and Stylish.” When buying a pair of shoes, a pen, or a new car—the expectation is for the product to do the job. But you also want it to look good: stylish, current, cool. Why wouldn’t the same be true of products—wheelchairs, hearing aids, and more—designed to aid those with disabilities? --- smithsonianmag.com, January 9 https://is.gd/O94EHJ


80.          “How 30 Blocks Became 30 Years.” When Mary Lois and I started our relationship on that humid night in Stamford, Conn., we may not have expected it to last. After all, I was unable to scratch my own nose, let alone walk. --- nytimes.com, January 5 (California) https://is.gd/pQkVVT