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January 16, 2012

Hi Anne and all!

Thanks, and just a comment on NY: after ‘leading the pack’ in abuse with Willowbrook, then becoming a leader in the de-institutionalization movement (through the actions and directives of Elin Howe) it’s sad that NY is now again falling into its old ways. The original Commission that was supposed to oversee DMR funding and services was disbanded shortly after the Willowbrook expose, and this ‘new’ group was established to provide better hands-on monitoring and review of funding and services. It seems that human beings can only do really good things for a short time; at least when acting in state (or official)capacity…

I was born and raised in NYS, and toured Willowbrook in about 1980, at which time I was also involved in Disabled in Action (NCY) and became familiar with some of the DD programs in Manhattan and Staten Island.

For those who are not aware  of this: it was not until recently that DD funding and services took deaf consumers into consideration.  There is a long history of deaf people with DD being stuck in ‘regular’ programs with no ASL services, no deaf peers, no interpreters, etc. It sometimes seems that living a long life and working in similar fields for many years result in seeing too many issues come full circle. Funding being what it is today, I hope that communications for, with and by deaf people are not next in line…

This News Update is great, and thank you Nora for enabling us to receive it!



Mary E. Wambach, Executive Director
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center
5151 McArdle Road
Corpus Christi, TX  78411

September 10, 2011

Our world needs a source of accurate and honest information for, by and about people with disabilities who experience many incidents and types of molestation, assault, negligence, trauma and pain. Before you assume that 'objective professionals' in medical and other fields have the best information, check with Dr. Nora and her diversely talented and experienced crew of experts; many who have consumer identity and experience.

The best and most useful knowledge is often not second-hand, and in this field today, Disability-Abuse is the top notch source for real information about real people with disabilities.

Mary E. Wambach
Executive Director
Corliss Institute, Inc.
Providence, Rhode Island

September 10, 2011

PLEASE KEEP THE NEWSFEED GOING!  It is so helpful to have these connections throughout the country and beyond and I have benefited tremendously from the resources and learning I have received from it.

Lori Brown
Director of Forensic Services
Oconee County Sheriff's Office

September 10, 2011

I didn't think I would use it much, but it is so different from my regular that I find that I am using it. For example, yesterday I got information for a class I'm teaching on abuse and disability. So...it's working out for me.

Theresa Fears, MSW
Partnership Program Coordinator
The Arc of Spokane

September 8, 2011

I find the Newsfeed very useful.

For example, I Chair the Portland Commission on Disabilities. We are in the process of creating a new City Office of Equity and Human Rights. It has been a very political and challenging process these past eight months to get people with disabilities listed as a priority population.

Finding hard data, measurable metrics on need, and just compelling stories to raise awareness in the policy makers and city leaders was time consuming and a challenge.

If I had had access to the stories and information the newsfeed presents in one place my job would have been so much easier. From here on out, I can point policy makers and funders to this link, if need be, to help educate them.


Nyla McCarthy
Training and Prevention Unit Director
Office of Investigations and Training
Oregon Department of Human Services
email: Nyla.A.McCarthy@state.or.us

September 8, 2011

The Newsfeed Service is everything I hoped it would be.  

It is a valuable resource -- one that I know I can not do without.  The dependent adults' needs can sometimes be forgotten; perhaps at one point we can begin to look at the laws that protect the dependent adult and change them so they are clear and specific as to defining a dependent adult who qualifies for protection under the law.  The individual with a diagnosed mental illness at times is lost in the system.  
Thank you Nora and all.  Please continue Newsfeed.

Patricia Wood
Victim Advocate
Elder Abuse
Ventura County
District Attorney's Crime Victim Assistance Unit
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