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News Summary for September 13, 2011
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid


Dr. Nora’s Top Picks:

1.         "Couple in Gadsden, Ala. Charged with Sexual Torture of 23-Year-Old Woman" --- Gadsden Police say a woman and her husband have been charged with sexual torture, unlawful imprisonment and sodomy involving a 23-year-old mentally challenged woman. --- The Republic --- September 7, 2011  (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/mVlzFX

2.         "SEC Charges Solicitor in Investment Scheme Targeting Deaf Community" --- The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Corinth, Texas man with securities fraud for soliciting more than $3.45 million from several thousand deaf investors in an investment scheme that the SEC halted last year. --- Citybizlist (press release) --- September 9, 2011  (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA)  http://is.gd/CmjRqD

3.        "Idaho Mom Charged with Taking Naked Photos of 15-Year-Old Mentally Disabled Daughter" --- A woman accused of taking naked photos of her 15-year-old developmentally disabled daughter and conspiring to engage in a sexual encounter with her and the mother's boyfriend pleaded … --- StandardNet --- September 9, 2011  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/XsmZU0

4.        "Father to Be Sentenced in Starvation Death of Disabled Daughter" --- Daniel Kelly, 40, the girl's father; Dana Poindexter, 54, the city Department of Human Services social worker supposed to have investigated reports of Danieal's neglect; and Mickal Kamuvaka, 62, head of a DHS … --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- September 6, 201  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/syaxyF

5.         "Quinn Plans Layoffs, Facility Closings" --- Pat Quinn also intends to close several state facilities, including a prison, juvenile detention center and homes for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. --- Chicago Tribune --- September 6, 2011   (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/ElISTv

6.        "Syracuse University Alums Give $100,000 to Disability Rights Program" --- Two Syracuse University graduates will give $100,000 to the school's Burton Blatt Institute, which advocates for the rights of the disabled. --- Syracuse.com --- September 6, 2011  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/DzK4Yu

7.         "Bill Introduced in Wisconsin Would Let Crime Victims Sue Officials" --- The measure comes after former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz resigned from office nearly a year ago when The Associated Press reported he sent more than two dozen … --- Green Bay Press Gazette --- September 10, 2011   (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/OEIBkX

8.         "Agency for Disabled Cuts Ties with United Way" --- A local association that aids people with developmental disabilities has severed its ties with United Way Ottawa, accusing the organization of effectively abandoning disabled ... --- Ottawa Citizen --- September 8, 2011 (CANADA) http://is.gd/f5n43Q
 
9.         "China Rescues 30 Disabled Workers Enslaved at Illegal Brick Kilns" --- Chinese police have rescued 30 mentally handicapped people who were forced to work as virtual slaves at brick kilns in a poor central province, and have detained eight people including a 14-year-old factory supervisor … --- msnbc.com --- September 7, 2011  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/98ykV9

10.        "Disability Hate Crimes Up a Fifth" --- Police recorded 1569 incidents where the victim thought the alleged crime was motivated by their disability in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, compared with just 1294 in 2009. --- The Independent --- September 8, 2011  (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/rSCeln

11.        "Amputee Forced to Prove Disability" --- A Swedish man who lost his leg more than 10 years ago said it is "ridiculous" that he has to prove he still has trouble walking every three years. --- UPI.com --- September 9, 2011  (SWEDEN)   http://is.gd/nw3k3D

12.        "UN Conference to Focus on Ways of Improving Lives of People with Disabilities" --- Hundreds of delegates from governments and civil society will gather at United Nations in New York tomorrow to discuss ways to improve the lives and well-being of people with disabilities by addressing … --- UN News Centre --- September 6, 2011  (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/9SHWMi
 

Abuse/Crime-related Articles:
 

1.         "Third Person Charged in Sexual Torture Case" --- Gadsden police say a third person has been charged in connection to a sexual torture case involving a mentally handicapped woman. --- WBRC --- September 9, 2011  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/ZYav4I
 
2.         "Reward for Man Who Groped Disabled Worker at Denver ARC Store Grows to $10,000" --- Donors have upped the reward to $10,000 to capture the man who molested a developmentally disabled worker at a Denver ARC Thrift Store last week. --- Denver Post --- September 8, 2011  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/nFYS6u
 
3.         "Jury Awards Couple $4.5 Million for Disabled Son" --- A South Florida jury has awarded a West Palm Beach couple $4.5 million to care for their son, who was born with no arms and one leg. --- MiamiHerald.com --- September 9, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/6i24D8
 
4.         "Police: Vampire Attacks Disabled St. Petersburg Man" --- A St. Petersburg man is recovering after a woman attacked him in his sleep Thursday night, claiming she was a vampire. --- Examiner.com --- September 9, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/CyMf11
 
5.        "Pasco Woman Accused of Giving Crack to Disabled Grandmother" --- A 25-year-old woman was arrested for giving crack cocaine to her disabled grandmother, Pasco deputies said. --- Tampabay.com --- September 8, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/cEl7GM
 
6.         "Police: Caregiver Hit Mentally Challenged Person" --- A Rome woman was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with felony abuse of a handicapped person after police say she hit a man in her care with her fists and foam baseball bat. --- Rome News Tribune --- September 8, 2011  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/swcg1Y
 
7.        "Nurse Accused of Cursing at, Shaking Disabled 3-Year-Old" --- A registered nurse watching over a disabled three-year-old Wonder Lake child has been charged with battery after the child's mother told police the woman cursed … --- Chicago Daily Herald --- September 6, 2011     (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/Yxkkrx
 
8.        "Police News: Man in Wheelchair Reports Being Pushed Over in Fight" --- A man who uses a wheelchair reported to the Bowling Green Police Department on Aug. 29 that he got into an argument with another man who pushed him over … --- Bowling Green Daily News --- September 9, 2011  (KENTUCKY)    http://is.gd/jnsfUp
 
9.        "Agreement Reached in Disability Lawsuit Against DHHS" --- “Because of the way Maine funds services, the members of the class have had no other choice but to live in nursing homes,” Staci Converse, an attorney with the Disability Rights Center, said in a statement issued Tuesday." --- Bangor Daily News --- September 6, 2011  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/O9nZdb
 
10.        "Millbury Woman Admits Stealing, Will Repay Disabled Victim" --- A Millbury woman charged with stealing more than $100,000 from a developmentally disabled victim was placed on probation and ordered to pay back the money after … --- Worcester Telegram --- September 7, 2011  (MASSACHUSETTS)    http://is.gd/Y3Lg0e
 
11.        "Bus Took Boy with Autism to Wrong Home" --- A boy with autism was dropped off at the wrong home on Tuesday, according to Grandville Public Schools Superintendent Ron Caniff. The boy, a student at … --- WOOD-TV --- September 8, 2011  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/CZWfTK
 
12.        "Former Social Service Provider Sentenced to Prison" --- The former owner of Hecla, Inc., took more than $646,000 from his workers' retirement accounts to prop up his failing business, which provided adult foster care, group homes and mental health services in Minnesota. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- September 8, 2011  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/eChJNM
 
13.        "Lawsuit Filed in Alleged Hate Crime" --- A year earlier, a jury awarded $9 million after four white men in Linden, Texas, beat a black mentally retarded man, Billy Ray Johnson, and left him for dead. --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- September 6, 2011  (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/OMk8ax  
 
14.        "Beatrice Staffers Suspended" --- Though she declined to discuss the allegations, she said the center's policy prohibits its approximately 600 staffers from neglecting the 150 residents or engaging in physical or verbal abuse. --- Omaha World-Herald --- September 9, 2011  (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/yOsIzQ
 
15.        "LI Family Sues over Jailed Man's Taser Death" --- A bipolar man who was denied his prescription pills for hours by Long Island cops died after officers Tasered him in his jail cell, his family charges in a $50 million lawsuit. --- New York Post --- September 4, 2011  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/jQ7Gtt  
 
16.        "Woman Accused of Beating Handicapped Man" --- A Shelby woman is accused of punching and kicking a handicapped man at his home on Saturday. Brittany Michelle Spikes, 21, of the 500 block of Bonny Street, pushed, smacked, punched and kicked the man, according to … --- Shelby Star --- September 7, 2011   (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/vkgr97  
 
17.        "APNewsBreak: NC Misses Mental Illness Deadline" --- The federal agency that oversees Medicaid notified the NC Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year that it was in violation for using the medical program to pay for the care of people with mental … --- CNBC.com --- September 7, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/6UHMCY
 
18.        "RI Man Sentenced to Prison for Fraud" --- A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the Massachusetts Medicaid program of more than $100,000 by claiming that he provided personal-care attendant services … --- Providence Journal --- September 7, 2011  (RHODE ISLAND)     http://is.gd/c8nln6
 
19.        "Wheelchair Bound Man Robbed in Beaumont" --- Beaumont police are looking for a man accused of robbing a man in a wheelchair. It happened just after 8:00 Thursday night in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania. --- KCEN-TV --- September 9, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/3kPeb3
 
20.        "Police Arrest Diboll Man in 6-Year-Old Rape Case" --- The woman, who is mentally challenged, was afraid and got into the truck. The man, who police have identified as Haggerton, asked the woman where she wanted to go and she told him … --- KTRE --- September 8, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/q0D6gp
 
21.        "Four Charged, Another Sought, in Beating of Disabled Cedar Park Teen" --- Cedar Park police have charged Brandon Pelfrey, 18, and Tyler Bracamontez, 17, with injury to a disabled person, according to arrest warrants. --- Austin American-Statesman --- September 8, 2011  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/edWq29  
 
22.        "Teen Sentenced to 12 Years for Sexual Assault" --- A 17 year old man who thought a mentally challenged girl was his girlfriend, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault. --- TheRecordLive.com --- September 6, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/SQMZ9d
 
23.        "Local Man Faces Charges of Sex Abuse on Transit Bus" --- A McDowell County man is facing multiple sexual abuse charges after allegedly fondling a mentally challenged woman on a … --- Bluefield Daily Telegraph --- September 8, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/6Qd3az   
 
24.        "Park Haven Nursing Home Sued over Wheelchair Incident" --- A resident of a Madison County nursing home is suing the facility she says failed to help her move from a wheelchair to her bed. --- Madison County Record --- September 8, 2011  (WISCONSIN)    http://is.gd/S5wRIu
 
25.        "Sex Offender Faces Charges for Jail Incident" --- A registered sex offender who allegedly recently sexually assaulted an elderly, wheelchair bound woman at a Christian campus for disabled adults faces another misdemeanor … --- Lake Geneva Regional News --- September 6, 2011  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/916MMe

 
Seeking Improved Support

1.         "New Prenatal Blood Tests Developed at Stanford Can Check Fetal DNA, Raising Ethical Questions" --- The day may come, say experts, when parents are spared the trauma of a baby who perishes at birth -- or faces a life filled with pain or profound disability. --- San Jose Mercury News --- September 10, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/vYUqTZ
 
2.         "California Gets Graded on Long-term Health Care" --- … or moderate-income adults ages 21 and older with disabilities would be covered by Medicaid. - 11309 more new users of Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports would first receive services in home- and community-based settings instead of ... --- Ventura County Star --- September 9, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/lH7cOV
 
3.         "More News about the Origin of Autism" --- Fresh off the press, we've received news that doctors from the University of California Davis have identified two biologically different subtypes of autism in a breakthrough study. --- Fox News --- September 8, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/ZoWtjo
 
4.         "ERs Are Becoming Costly Destinations for Mentally Disturbed Patients" --- Doctors gave him medication, put him in a hospital bed and called the Los Angeles County Mental Health Department. A mental health worker placed … --- Los Angeles Times --- September 5, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/wTDvtP
 
5.         "Lawsuit Accuses State of Colorado of Long Delays in Providing Mental Health Evaluations" --- Defendants incompetent to stand trial are waiting months — sometimes longer than likely sentences for their alleged crimes… --- Denver Post --- September 11, 2011  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/dXMVK2
 
6.         "Famed Autism Self-Advocate Stops in Albany" --- The heroin of a highly acclaimed HBO movie stopped by Albany on Thursday to inspire and motivate those living with Autism. Phoebe Putney is responsible for the visit. Temple Grandin is a … --- WFXL FOX 31 --- September 8, 2011  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/KgKeHk
 
7.         "Chester Mental Health Facility to Close" --- Dancy is one of the nearly 500 workers afraid they could soon be getting pink slips from their workplace, the Chester Mental Health Facility. --- KSDK --- September 8, 2011  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/MDGeai

8.         "New System Aims to Reduce VA Disability Backlog" --- The US Department of Veterans Affairs is installing a computer system that should help reduce a huge backlog of disability claims from wounded service members, but … --- Asbury Park Press --- September 5, 2011  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/311ry0
 
9.         "Kansas Mental Health Group Concerned about State Funding" --- Sam Brownback and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services to renew its contracts for mental health consumer-run organizations. “Unfortunately, in less … --- Lawrence Journal World --- September 6, 2011  (KANSAS)   http://is.gd/GGEfsB
 
10.         "Maine Agrees to Help Disabled Live Independently" --- The state of Maine has agreed to a plan that will help some of the state's disabled residents receive services that will let them live outside nursing homes. In a settlement to a class-action lawsuit, the … --- Houston Chronicle --- September 7, 2011  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/XNlSOZ
 
11.        "Massachusetts Patient Indicted for Manslaughter" --- A mental health patient has been indicted for manslaughter, months after he had an altercation at a Cape Cod facility with a worker who later died. --- Boston Herald --- September 10, 2011  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Zbl5xM
 
12.        "Nevada: Worst Record in the Nation for Treating Mentally Ill" --- In the search for explanations of the Carson City shooting rampage that so far has left five dead and six wounded, Nevada's neglect of those with severe mental … --- MarketWatch (press release) --- September 7, 2011  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/dzpZQH
 
13.        "Memorial to Son Aids Kids' Mental Health" --- Now, 10 years later, the Todd Ouida Children's Foundation has raised more than $1 million for various charities that address children's mental health. --- NorthJersey.com --- September 11, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)    http://is.gd/Ce3il7
 
14.        "Special Needs and Irrevocable Trusts Are Complicated" --- If she would need Medicaid or other governmental help, she will be eligible even with an irrevocable trust? It seems even estate planning attorneys answer these questions in absolutely opposite ways. --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- September 11, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/Foe7yJ
 
15.        "Lessons from New York City's 9/11 Mental Health Response" --- In response to the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, New York City and 10 surrounding counties mounted the largest and most effective mental health disaster response in history. --- Huffington Post --- September 8, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/85MIpY
 
16.        "Dispatchers Learn to Communicate With the Deaf" --- Brenda Lusk and Lyndi Patton Gura train Rockingham Police Department telecommunicator, Cindy Locklear, on effective communication methods with deaf and hard of hearing callers. --- Richmond County Daily Journal --- September 8, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/FL20NH
 
17.        "New York ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival" --- The New York ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival features nine award-winning films, discussions and special programs that celebrate the lives, stories, and art of people with disabilities. --- Cincinnati.com --- September 8, 2011  (OHIO) http://is.gd/7GFDE2
 
18.        "Palmetto Patients Charged" --- The Palmetto facility is a residential treatment center that treats emotionally disturbed and mentally challenged children. The violent episode is the latest in a series of problems reported http://is.gd/HyeDHU  … --- Charleston Post Courier --- September 7, 2011 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/HyeDHU
 
19.        "Shortage of Sign Language Interpreters Affects SD" --- Officials said there are more the 400 deaf and hard of hearing students in South Dakota. Even though not all of them are using interpreters, the ratio does not … --- KDLT News --- September 8, 2011  (SOUTH DAKOTA)    http://is.gd/5gNzCV
 
20.        "September is National Recovery Month" --- In recognition of Recovery Month, Tennessee Department of Mental Health Commissioner Doug Varney is asking Tennesseans to join him in honoring individuals who have or are currently seeking treatment and recovery services … --- The Chattanoogan --- September 8, 2011  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/qLoZEd
 
21.        "State's Mental Health Law Needs Upgrade - Officials" --- A person with a mental illness can be ordered to outpatient care or committed to the state mental hospital in Evanston. If a patient is ordered to outpatient treatment and does not follow the doctor's orders, there … --- Wyoming Tribune --- September 6, 2011 (WYOMING)    http://is.gd/ljecf9
 
22.        "Survey Finds Increased Rate of Drug Use in US" --- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration survey results show that 22.6 million Americans 12 years old and up were current illicit drug users in 2010. --- AHN | All Headline News --- September 9, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/Otv5DI
 
23.        "Marijuana Use Up, Meth Use Down, Says Study of Illegal Drugs" ---
The survey, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), also showed methamphetamine user rates have plummeted by nearly half, from 731,000 users in 2006 to 353,000 in 2010. --- CBS News --- September 9, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/jDE7zE  
 
24.        "The Best and Worst States for Long-Term Care" --- As the report points out, states have a great amount of flexibility when it comes to determining Medicaid eligibility. The numbers reveal how well their different systems work. --- WebMD --- September 8, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/XubKmV
 
25.        "Psychic Wounds Last for Those Touched by 9/11" --- Mental health experts say that almost any reaction to the milestone -- whether flashbacks, anger, overwhelming grief or a sense of resolution -- can be considered normal. --- KTTC --- September 7, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/dK5snQ


New Laws:

1.         "Senate Committee Moves Autism Bill Forward" --- Wednesday morning, the Combating Autism Reauthorizaton Act (S. 1094) was voted unanimously ou Santa Monica Dispatch t of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension committee. --- Santa Monica Dispatch --- September 7, 2011 (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/cakWSL
 
2.         "Hart to Heart: Mom Who Won a Fight for Autism Insurance is Keynote Speaker at the Savannah Autism Conference 2011" --- Those whose lives are affected by autism are invited to meet the mother of three who forced South Carolina insurance companies to cover autism. --- Savannah Morning News --- September 10, 2011  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/64N9ka
 
3.         "Missing Man's Death Has Lawmakers Calling for Change" --- The death of a man who walked away from a group home has one Kentucky lawmaker calling for change. Larry Lee was found dead in Pendleton County, weeks after disappearing. --- WKYT --- September 11, 2011  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/QNLSvF

 
International Articles:

1.         "Female-only Psychiatric Units to Lift Patient Safety" --- Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge said guidelines would be provided to hospitals within weeks for applications to a $4 million fund, promised during last year's election campaign, to create female-only areas … --- The Age --- September 9, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/KZkE6B
 
2.         "International Autism Experts Gather in Australia" --- Among those attending is disability activist Merry Barua , who started the autism action movement in India after her son who's now 31 was diagnosed with autism as a child. --- Radio Australia --- September 9, 2011  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/IDwGAb  
 
3.         "Man Was Refused Help Before Suicide" --- A father of five killed himself after being repeatedly turned away by several Victorian psychiatric health services because his personality disorder was not formally recognised as a mental illness, a coroner has found. --- The Age --- September 8, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/7hfdPB
 
4.         "Call for Ban on Sterilising Disabled" --- Under-reporting was found to be widespread the last time sterilisation was researched, in 2001 by Women With Disabilities Australia, and also in 1997, when the Human Rights Commission … --- Sydney Morning Herald --- September 7, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/qAki7t
 
5.         "Group Home Deaths Could Be Cut with the Right Care" --- People with disabilities are dying preventable deaths in group homes, institutions and licensed boarding houses because of inadequate attention to the risks they face and lack of access to specialist medical care. --- Sydney Morning Herald --- September 7, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/Gu0Mtf
 
6.         "Hundreds Rally for Better Mental-Health Services" --- Robyn Tait has been personally touched by mental illness, so when she saw the posting in her group home, she decided to become a human dot in a line connecting Royal Jubilee Hospital to the legislature Saturday. --- Victoria Times Colonist --- September 11, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/rg0Ep5
 
7.         "Mental-Health Rally Gains Federal Voice" --- The federal NDP has renewed calls for a national suicide prevention strategy in advance of today's mental-health rally in Victoria. --- Victoria Times Colonist --- September 10, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/fNNUOu    
8.        "Canadians Denied US Entry over Mental Illness" --- More than a dozen Canadians have told the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office in Toronto within the past year that they were blocked from entering the United States after their records of mental illness … --- CBC.ca --- September 9, 2011  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/YamCfE
 
9.         "Disabled Man and Sister Set to Lose Home in Eviction Ordeal" --- A disabled man is set to be thrown out of his Merseyside home by a trust acting on behalf of a cancer charity. Schizophrenic Steven Finch-Crowder, 45 and his carer sister Carole have been threatened with … --- Southport Visiter --- September 9, 2011  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/v1k4QG  
 
10.         "Poorer Movement Skills at Seven Months in Children at Risk of Autism, Study Finds" --- Poorer movement skills detected as early as 7 months old are observed in children at a higher risk of developing Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) than children in the general … --- Science Daily (press release) --- September 6, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/EofAsK
 
11.         "Lawmen Grill Dad over Rape" --- Police have arrested and questioned a farmer in Vanua Levu accused of raping his 14-year-old mentally challenged daughter this week. --- Fiji Times --- September 9, 2011  (FIJI) http://is.gd/ageoiH   
 
12.         "Mentally Challenged Teen Raped in Kashmir" --- A mentally challenged 16-year-old girl was raped in Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal district Friday, police said. The accused has been arrested. The 38-year-old man allegedly picked the girl from … --- iNewsOne --- September 9, 2011  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/tGjhFP
 
13.         "Disabled Girl's Snaps Stolen and Altered by Perverts" --- Photographs of a six-year-old girl with Down's syndrome were stolen from her mother's Facebook account and modified into sickening pornographic images, the Belfast Telegraph has learned. --- Belfast Telegraph --- September 8, 2011  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/RmAxAC
 
14.         "Group Seeks Changes to Mental Health Act" --- Lobby group Mad Pride Ireland has launched a campaign to end to the use of force in the hospitalisation and treatment of people with mental illness. A campaign has been launched calling for an end to the use of force … --- RTE.ie --- September 7, 2011  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/aqBFQL
 
15.        "Calls for a More Proactive Approach to Preventing Suicides" --- Director of mental health services in the Ministry of Health (MOH), Dr Maureen Irons-Morgan, said that over 90 per cent of suicide victims would have had a diagnosable mental health problem, and the acts … --- Jamaica Observer --- September 10, 2011  (JAMAICA)   http://is.gd/TojIN0
 
16.        "Ambassador Receives Delegation Promoting Awareness of Mental Disability" --- Kuwaiti ambassador to Malta Faisal Suleiman Al-Musaileem received on Saturday the Kuwaiti delegation participating in the "Hope Sea Journey" conference aimed at … ---   Kuwait News Agency --- September 9, 2011  (KUWAIT)   http://is.gd/9iTswP
 
17.        "Mentally Disabled Woman Tells of Being Lured into a Threesome" --- A mentally disabled woman was allegedly lured into engaging in a threesome with her younger sister and her 65-year-old boyfriend in Miri, Sarawak, for a few months, reported China Press. --- Malaysia Star --- September 8, 2011  (MALAYSIA)  http://is.gd/06Au77
 
18.        "House Ratifies Proposed Foster Act" --- Qualified for the program are minors 18 years below or are above 18 years, but unable to fully take care of, or protect themselves from abuse, neglect, cruelty, or discrimination due to physical and mental disability. --- Manila Bulletin --- September 9, 2011  (PHILIPPINES)  http://is.gd/hYzFzd
 
19.        "Advocacy Group to Lose Funding" --- A charity that helps provide a voice for people with learning disabilities is facing a fight for survival after the city council announced that its funding is to cease. --- Scotsman --- September 7, 2011 (SCOTLAND)   http://is.gd/yE1Gh3
 
20.        "Foundation to Assist People with Disabilities, HIV" --- People having disabilities and those with HIV will soon get a relief, thanks to establishment of the Erick Memorial Foundation for Education and Rehabilitation of the Disabled (EMFERD). --- The Citizen Daily --- September 8, 2011  (TANZANIA)   http://is.gd/5IVkW6
 
21.        "Call for Efforts to End Cycle of Joblessness in Welsh Families" ---
Being sick or disabled (28%) was the main reason for people across the UK to not be in work. In Wales a third of people not working said they were sick or disabled. --- WalesOnline --- September 9, 2011  (WALES) http://is.gd/OOQey7

22.        "People with Mental Disorders at Greater Risk of Alcohol Problems" --- People diagnosed with mental health problems like depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder are at much higher risk of developing a dependence on alcohol, according to an Australian study. --- Media Newswire (press release) --- September 11, 2011  (INTERNATIONAL)  http://is.gd/So4LlP
 
23.        "Ensuring Disabled Persons' Rights Benefits All of Society - UN Official" --- Persons with disabilities must enjoy full human rights and enabling them to do so benefits society as a whole, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said Wednesday. --- Associated Press of Pakistan --- September 8, 2011 (INTERNATIONAL)    http://is.gd/vdC11o

 


 


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