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News Summary for December 20, 2011
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by State, so you can easily scan
through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest.
 

Dr. Nora’s Top Articles:

1.         "Fort Wayne Councilman Sorry for 'Retard' Remark" --- A Fort Wayne city councilman has apologized for using the word "retard" to describe Republican presidential candidates on Facebook. Councilman Glynn Hines apologized … --- Chicago Tribune --- December 14, 2011  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/RWzJn0

2.         "A Former Jackson Caregiver Was Sentenced Today to Serve 25 Years in Prison" --- Fields, 39, pleaded guilty last month to 18 counts of exploitation of vulnerable adults, identity theft, fraudulent use of Social Security numbers and accessory after the fact … --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- December 14, 2011  (MISSISSIPPI)    http://is.gd/leeaWH

3.        "Calls to Child Abuse Hotline Doubled After Jerry Sandusky's Arrest" --- The Patriot-News Child Line, the state-run hotline for reporting suspected child abuse on average receives about 2,300 calls a week. --- PennLive.com --- December 9, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/2t4tqo

4.       "Turtle Lake Handicapped Van Driver Charged with Sexual Assault" --- A Turtle Lake, Wis. man has been charged with the sexual assault of a child in a handicapped transportation van parked in his driveway last month. --- FOX 9 News --- December 12, 2011   (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/KWUlFe

5.        "Large Number of Developmentally Disabled Are Sexually Abused" --- More than 90 percent of developmentally disabled citizens in the US will experience sexual abuse. Yet in 2009 Missouri recorded no such crime directed toward the … --- FOX2now.com --- December 15, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/0jaKlB 

6.        "Warrior Parents Fare Best in Securing Autism Services" --- Public spending on children with autism in California varies greatly by race and class. A major reason: Not all families have the means to battle for coveted assistance. --- Los Angeles Times --- December 13, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/oaul0q

7.         "Nearly One in Three Coloradans Has a Mental Illness, Report Says" --- That's according to a report released last week by a group called Advancing Colorado's Mental Health Care, funded by several Colorado-based … --- Colorado Springs Gazette --- December 10, 2011  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/aspUWt

8.        "Services for Adults with Autism Are Woefully Inadequate" --- At first, his case manager at the state Division of Developmental Disabilities provided her with a three-page list of local agencies; most didn't specialize in … --- NorthJersey.com --- December 17, 2011  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/st8Hzb

9.       "Pa. Set to Jettison "R" Word" --- Bill 458, amends the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1966 and renames it the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act. --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- December 16, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/Vtalc6

10.        "China Improves Education Access for Disabled" --- China is striving to improve access to higher education for disabled people by forbidding examination authorities from excluding people from … --- China Daily --- December 19, 2011  (CHINA)    http://is.gd/y5aCXp

11.        "South Sudan: Human Rights for Disabled Are Fundamental Rights" --- Human rights are not privileges. They are neither negotiable nor arguable on the basis of intellectual exercise. In fact, human rights are fundamental rights. They are part and … --- AllAfrica.com --- December 14, 2011  (SUDAN)  http://is.gd/O3dG1w 


Abuse/Crime-related Articles:

1.         "Visalia Police Chief Backs Officer in Fatal Shooting of Man In a Wheelchair" --- The Fresno Bee Visalia Police Chief Colleen Mestas on Monday said an officer from her department correctly handled a deadly confrontation with a man … --- Fresno Bee --- December 12, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/Rm2GTr

2.         "Ex-King Soopers Worker to get $80,000 over Alleged Bullying" --- Dillon Cos., a unit of Kroger and operator of the King Soopers supermarket chain in Colorado, will pay $80,000 to a mentally challenged employee who was allegedly … --- Denver Post --- December 14, 2011  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/42Rkl5 

3.      "Seffner School Aide Accused of Neglecting 3-Year-Old Special Needs Girl" --- Sarah Thomas, 61, of Riverview been charged with child neglect. Thomas, a Hillsborough County School District aide, was working as a caregiver for students on a school … --- Tampabay.com --- December 20, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/Od83ad

4.         "Deputies: Bonita Springs Woman Beaten With Cane By Caregiver" --- A Bonita Springs caregiver is accused of bludgeoning a disabled woman and threatening her life. --- Naples Daily News --- December 14, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/OwUeno 

5.         "Transient Indicted for Murder of Disabled Dixie County Man" --- A transient has been indicted for third-degree murder and several other charges in connection with the shooting death and dismemberment of a disabled … --- Gainesville Sun --- December 12, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/dTC8D4

6.         "Man Charged with Beating Girlfriend's Mentally Disabled Child" --- She called him a second time once she saw the bruising, and he started crying, saying he had lost his temper with the disabled toddler, Puetz said. Slasinski had been … --- Tbo.com --- December 9, 2011  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/rpZ6HR

7.         "Meds Stolen from Disabled Man at Home" --- A disabled 65-year-old man reported Wednesday an armed man came into his home in East Athens and robbed him of pain pills, Athens-Clarke police said. --- Online Athens --- December 15, 2011  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/JKtZMk 

8.         "Deputies Arrest Counselor, Charged with Rape and Sodomy" --- Briscoe worked at Sunrise Spring Meadows Residential Facility, a group home that helps troubled teens. Investigators allege she had sex with the teen at the facility. --- WAVE --- December 19, 2011  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/NK4kEy

9.         "Deaf Man Paid $200k in Police Brutality Suit" --- The county has paid a deaf man $200,000 to settle a police brutality lawsuit. The payout figure — released to The Capital last week … --- Police News --- December 20, 2011  (MARYLAND)    http://is.gd/m5t8Ej

10.         "Berkley Man Arraigned on Charges of Sexual Assaulting Mentally Disabled Woman" --- A 62-year-old Berkley man was arraigned Monday on charges that he sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman in November. --- Taunton Daily Gazette --- December 20, 2011  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/3BZ49C

11.          "Principal on Unpaid Leave After Aide Charged in Student Assault" ---On Monday, a 14-year-old boy's mother said her son, who has autism, was assaulted by 33-year-old Hill at the Harbor School. Prosecutors said Hill was caught in the act and did … --- WCVB-TV --- December 17, 2011  (MASSACHUSETTS)    http://is.gd/VuEitJ

12.         "3 Charged with Disabled Woman's Assault" --- Three Pawtucket men have been indicted on charges that they sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman who had gone missing from Cumberland earlier this year. --- The Boston Globe --- December 10, 2011  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/KbTJJ0

13.         "Court is Failing a Disabled Man" --- Recently there was an arrest in Albert Lea due to a man not registering in a timely manner. The story was in the paper. Yet his parole officers knew where he lived and worked, … --- Albert Lea Tribune --- December 15, 2011  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/6C6nLq

14.         "Boulder Coach Reprimanded for Way that He Cut Player with Disabilities" --- Trustees at Jefferson High in Boulder voted unanimously Monday night to put a letter of reprimand in the file of a basketball coach for the way that he … --- Billings Gazette --- December 20, 2011  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/CcsXQb

15.        "Nursing Assistant Fired After Disabled Man Burned" --- A nursing assistant was fired days after a disabled man was severely burned in a shower at Hands of Heartland on Friday. Hospital officials said Donzell Harden had to … --- KETV Omaha --- December 14, 2011  (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/kwk2mX 

16.        "Secaucus Woman Accuses State Sen. Nicholas Sacco of Sexual Harassment" --- "You're a retard," Sacco allegedly says in the recording. "You better realize what you just did. It's scary that you would be that stupid." --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- December 19, 2011  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/GeHTmK

17.        "Livery Cab Bill May Violate Americans with Disabilities Act, Cuomo Says" --- In a radio interview on Friday, Cuomo said he believes that violates the Americans With Disabilities Act. “I'm interested in moving the ball forward, but … --- NY1 --- December 16, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/rkHjG8

18.        "Ex-Caretaker Convicted of Sexually Abusing Disabled Woman at White Plains Group Home" --- A Westchester County judge today convicted a 74-year-old Yonkers man of sexually assaulting a mentally impaired woman at the group home where … --- The Journal News | LoHud.com --- December 8, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/WDj24S

19.        "18 Healthcare Workers Accused of Cheating Medicaid System in NC" --- North Carolina's attorney general says police have arrested 18 healthcare workers who are accused of cheating the state's Medicaid system. Prosecutors say the workers … --- WTKR Your NewsChannel 3 --- December 20, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/t8ahj7

20.        "Disabled Student Beaten Outside School, Rushed to Hospital" --- A disabled student was attacked outside his school after missing the bus. The young thugs beat up the teen pretty good before making … --- KLTV --- December 9, 2011   (OHIO)    http://is.gd/JF0qY2  

21.        "Professor Charged with Rape of Child" --- The person also stated in the report to DHS, as stated in the affidavit, that she believed Pellebon may have sexually abused a 15-year-old mentally challenged girl based … --- Norman Transcript --- December 20, 2011  (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/fvxAzJ

22.        "Man Locked in Pa. Cellar: I Never Saw Gov't Checks" --- A mentally disabled man said he had nowhere else to go in 2001 when he and his high school sweetheart moved in with … --- The Associated Press --- December 19, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/igxB8T

23.        "More Charges Added in Pa. Basement-Captivity Case" --- A woman accused of imprisoning disabled adults in a squalid Philadelphia basement is facing more charges in what authorities … --- Sacramento Bee --- December 19, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/AjDSV2

24.        "Disabled Adults Locked in Cellar: Edwin Sanabria Testifies About Philly Captors" --- A mentally disabled man said he had nowhere else to go in 2001 when he and his high school sweetheart moved in with a paroled killer – who had … --- Huffington Post --- December 19, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/naP9p6

25.         "Woman Accused of Locking Adults in Philadelphia Basement to Face Judge Today" --- A woman charged with kidnapping handicapped adults and stealing their social security checks is expected to face a judge today. One of those people was a man from  …. ---- WTKR Your NewsChannel 3 --- December 9, 2011  (PENNSYVLANIA)  http://is.gd/7mOgFX

26.        "3 Rhode Island Men Indicted on Charges of Raping Mentally Disabled Woman Who Went Missing" --- Three Pawtucket men have been indicted on charges they sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman who had gone …. --- The Republic --- December 9, 2011  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/IuPKP0

27.        "Myrtle Beach Man Arrested After Assault Reported by Woman, Disabled Son" --- A 45-year-old Myrtle Beach Man, Anthony Duke, was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of third-degree assault and criminal domestic violence after his live-in … --- Myrtle Beach Sun News --- December 18, 2011  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/O88lWP

28.        "Police: Caretaker Stole from Double-Amputee" --- Police say a woman working as a caretaker for a double-amputee cashed his disability check and stole the money. Camden police arrested … --- WYFF Greenville --- December 14, 2011  (SOUTH CAROLINA)    http://is.gd/WtrwQr

29.        "Couple Charged with Exploiting Mental Health Patient" --- A Lexington County couple has been charged with exploiting a mental health patient. According to the State Law Enforcement Division … --- WACH --- December 14, 2011  (SOUTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/m0N92Q

30.        "Convicted Sex Offender Wanted for Raping 16 Year-Old, Mentally-Challenged Boy" --- The Pigeon Forge Police Dept. is searching for a man wanted in connection with the rape of a 16 year-old, mentally-challenged boy. Matthew Roberts is accused … --- WVLT --- December 16, 2011  (TENNNESSEE)    http://is.gd/JSQbpw

31.        "Woman Charged with Locking Sister In Shed In Court" --- The judge in the case called the shed Thacker kept her mentally challenged sister in a backyard dungeon and … --- NewsChannel5.com --- December 15, 2011  (TENNESSEE)    http://is.gd/ObLBUs

32.        "Employee Claims Health Care Facility Failed to Accommodate Her Disability" --- An East Texas health care facility is being sued by a former employee who alleges the facility failed to provide equipment to accommodate her disability. --- Southeast Texas Record --- December 19, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/2UB4Cs

33.        "Sex Offender on the Run for Attempted Sexual Assault" --- Investigators say William Leavins, 29, tried to sexually assault a 22-year-old mentally-handicapped woman. --- MyFox Houston --- December 14, 2011  (TEXAS)    http://is.gd/UaBhds

34.        "1 of Disabled Man's 3 Attackers Sentenced to Jail and Probation" --- The 26-year-old Tooele man, who is mentally disabled, attended the sentencing hearing of Jose Angel Velazque Chavez, 19, in 2nd District Court on Thursday. Judge Thomas … --- StandardNet --- December 15, 2011  (UTAH) http://is.gd/aITohi 

35.        "American Apparel to Pay $60,000 for Violating the Americans with Disabilities Act" --- Clothing manufacturer and retailer American Apparel will pay $60,000 and take other actions to settle charges it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). --- IndustryWeek --- December 20, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/PjxSjs

36.        "Walmart to Pay $275,000 in Settlement over Firing of East Tenn. Worker with Cancer-related Disability" --- Wal-Mart was also ordered to conduct anti-disability discrimination training for management and take steps to prevent "further failing to provide reasonable accommodation" to … --- Kingsport Times News --- December 16, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/M73E6E


Seeking Improved Support

1.         "CPS Overhaul Proposals Unveiled" --- A new investigative unit, higher caseworker salaries, beefed-up training and additional centers across the state to investigate child abuse and neglect are some of the changes proposed for state … --- KTAR.com --- December 16, 2011  (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/sqgyK6

2.         "Complaints from Disabled Trigger LA Housing Probe" --- A Los Angeles housing agency is under federal investigation following allegations that it ignored laws designed to protect the disabled. --- Sacramento Bee --- December 12, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/44djeN   

3.         "Elderly, Disabled Face Less Time with Iin-home Caregivers" --- More than 372,000 elderly and disabled people bracing for a 20 percent cut in their in-home care are hoping that a judge will block that prospect from playing out across California. --- SignOnSanDiego.com --- December 11, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/U7pKR2

4.         "Accord Could Aid Disabled with Independence" --- A federal judge will hear comments today on a settlement that could eventually help thousands of disabled, low-income Illinois … --- Dekalb Daily Chronicle --- December 20, 2011   (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/jwgRJG

5.         "Regional Center for the Disabled Fears 2012 Cuts" --- The Far Northern Regional Center, which serves the developmentally disabled, will be able to manage the "trigger cut" announced this week by Gov. Brown, its … --- Mercury-Register --- December 19, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/aadkro

6.         "Colombians Donate $5M for Disabled Nationals" --- Colombians donated over $5 million for disabled compatriots during a 27-hour marathon on both national TV stations. The christmas charity was supported by dozens of the country's biggest stars who performed … --- Colombia Reports --- December 18, 2011  (COLUMBIA)   http://is.gd/WJms4l

7.         "Final Report Due on Services for Conn.'s Disabled" --- Connecticut legislative staff members are set to release their investigation comparing the costs of providing residential and day services for the developmentally disabled at state … --- Hartford Courant --- December 19, 2011 (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/CvaUr4

8.         "Seven-Decade Friendship Confounds, Delights Staff at Conn. Home for Developmentally Disabled" --- It has been that way for 70 years, according to the men's caregivers at the training school, the state-run institution for developmentally disabled adults. --- The Republic --- December 18, 2011  (CONNECTICUT)    http://is.gd/ejloDr

9.        "Medicaid Still Poses a Big Challenge" --- Delaware missed an opportunity when its Medicaid Cost/Health Care Containment Commission came up short last week. The commission's boldest recommendation … --- The News Journal --- December 17, 2011  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/ZwT9cr

10.        "The Arc of Delaware Dances Provide a Place for Persons with Disabilities to Have Fun" --- Where do young people with mental or physical disabilities go to have fun on a Friday night, the same as everybody else? --- Milford Beacon --- December 16, 2011  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/ng5Kml

11.        "Medicaid Cuts Could Cost Shands $73.1 Million" --- Rick Scott's budget proposal will slash Shands at the University of Florida's Medicaid reimbursement by $73.1 million, while another pegs the loss at $63.5 million … --- Gainesville Sun --- December 17, 2011  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/7QSQt6

12.        "Florida Charter Schools Failing Disabled Students" --- Tres Whitlock is stuck in a public school where he feels ignored. He wants out. The 17-year-old would-be video game designer researched his options online and found … --- Huffington Post --- December 15, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/98LKvh

13.        "APD Receives Grant for New Tracking System" --- The Albany Police Department wants to help families caring for people Alzheimer's, dementia or autism make sure their loved ones stay safe. --- WALB-TV --- December 14, 2011  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/mVsmPr

14.        "Quinn Signs Law Averting Layoffs" --- Quinn's signature formalized an agreement he struck with lawmakers late last month to shift around money in the state's treasury to keep open mental health centers … --- Chicago Tribune --- December 20, 2011  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/WnLWuO

15.        "Judge to Hear Supporters, Objectors on Deal Affecting Disabled in Cook County Nursing Homes" --- The deal could affect 20,000 low-income people with disabilities living in Cook County nursing homes. The settlement would resolve a 2007 lawsuit filed by Access Living, an … --- The Republic --- December 18, 2011  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/RBFuxQ

16.        "Man with Disability Tells Kids his Story" --- Except, Spencer does all of this sitting in a wheelchair, more than 20 years after a “bad decision” left him a paraplegic. Spencer shared his story — at turns sad, brutally … --- Chicago Sun-Times --- December 17, 2011  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/ssnYxK

17.        "Police Crack Down on Disability Parking Violations in Illinois" ---

Investigator Alan Rose, of the Illinois Secretary of State Police Department, checks a disability parking placard on a car at St. Clair Square. --- STLtoday.com --- December 17, 2011  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/qbQgaY

18.        "Governor Quinn Announces Public-Private Initiative to Grow Independent Housing ..." --- Governor Pat Quinn today announced the commitment of $15 million in Illinois Jobs Now! --- IGNN (press release) --- December 16, 2011  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/MGjhZc

19.        "DHS Looks at Changing How Iowa Investigates Child Abuse" --- Iowa's Department of Human Services is exploring ways to scale back the number of formal child-abuse investigations social workers perform every year … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- December 16, 2011  (IOWA) http://is.gd/XBKIjr 

20.        "Some Child Abuse Deaths Missing from Kentucky's List" --- Kentucky child welfare officials omitted the deaths of at least eight children in their annual report on abuse or neglect fatalities — even though some were high-profile cases … --- Louisville Courier-Journal --- December 18, 2011 (KENUCKTY)   http://is.gd/fyym0w

21.        "Maine Residents Rally Against Medicaid Cuts" --- Without it, he says the state will run out of money to pay Medicaid benefits by April 1. without out he says the state will run out of money to pay medicaid benefits by April … --- NECN --- December 14, 2011  (MAINE)    http://is.gd/WK9O2L  

22.        "Minnesota's Nonprofits in Survival Mode" --- The nonprofits that seem to make government funding work for them have more size and ability to cover the unfunded portion, Barr said. "Lutheran Social Services and … --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- December 18, 2011  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/BcrxH9

23.        "Social Services' Compensation: Doing Good, Doing Well" --- CEO salaries and benefits at Minnesota's top social service agencies top out at under $400,000, a Star Tribune analysis found. What's the price of doing good in Minnesota? --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- December 17, 2011  (MINNESOTA)    http://is.gd/edro6v

24.        "Medicaid Cuts Stun N.J. Nursing Homes" --- Nursing homes that care for the sickest of patients should have been paid more this year under a new Medicaid reimbursement formula. --- NorthJersey.com --- December 18, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/CvRBMi 

25.        "David Paul Ricci" --- For the past decade, David worked at New Jersey's Division on Aging, serving as state coordinator of the Adult Protective Services Program, a crisis … --- Vineland Daily Journal --- December 16, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/k0zPsO

26.        "Filmmakers Track Teen's Life with Autism" --- Daniel, who has autism, is close to playing at a professional level even though he bowls with two hands. Daniel Thompson, 19, used to shred paper and books. --- New Jersey Herald --- December 14, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/f6QMZb

27.        "After Drugs and Dark Times, Helping Others to Stand Back Up" --- “I started talking to myself, out loud; that's one of my coping strategies, and one reason I relapsed is I had forgotten to use those,” said Mr. Lambert, 41, a mental health educator … --- New York Times --- December 29, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/dNlLHx

28.        "Vet Families Can Access Mental Health Tools Online" --- The VA Medical Center in Montrose has become the epicenter for a new online veteran's mental health initiative… --- The Daily Hastings --- December 19, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/U6XUku

29.        "Rochester Police Improving Response to Mental Health Episodes" --- Of those, he estimated: -- More than 80 percent have resulted in psychiatric crisis intervention, including hospitalization for a mental health assessment. --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- December 19, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/gXOPIH

30.        "Perilous Times Ahead for Families Dealing with Autism" --- Both Bill and Rachel were diagnosed with autism when they were 2 years old. ---SILive.com --- December 18, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/aiSIVg

31.        "Attorneys: LIRR Disability Probe Flawed" --- When they charged 11 defendants in October with participating in a massive, ... --- Newsday --- December 18, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/W9GKFB

32.        "Cuomo Says Taxi Bill Violates Disabilities Act" --- Andrew Cuomo says the bill passed by the Legislature to extend taxi service to New York City's outer boroughs probably wouldn't comply with the federal disabilities act. --- Wall Street Journal --- December 16, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/0gQmUe

33.         "Aiding Disabled, Nonprofits Rake in State Money" --- Every day across New York State, thousands of part-time workers visit the homes of developmentally disabled people to teach them simple tasks … --- New York Times --- December 13, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/UA5C4X

34.        "Reporting Child Abuse" --- “Child abuse, especially child sexual abuse, is a crime that thrives in silence, and secrecy, and shame,” says Brandy Stephens with United Family Services. Experts say one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually ... --- FOX Charlotte --- December 16, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)    http://is.gd/pflXAd

35.       "Ohio Gives Developmentally Disabled More Control" --- “You have the power to hire and to fire,” said Christine Brown, a local self-advocate who teaches other developmentally disabled people how to represent themselves. --- Columbus Dispatch --- December 18, 2011  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/jmaFdU

36.         "Parents of Disabled Struggle to Meet Needs" --- Tulsa-area parents of disabled children told a group of lawmakers Friday how they struggle to pay for essentials such as diapers … --- Tulsa World --- December 10, 2011 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/Ba9J3k        

37.        "Brotherly Love" --- “For some time, kids saw other kids with special needs as being retarded,” Arrowood said. “Kids who become unified helpers have helped change that. It's a very special relationship.” The Feeneys sit in the family room … --- phillyBurbs.com --- December 17, 2011  (PENNSYLANIA)  http://is.gd/CFhQQt           

38.       "As Pa. Slashes Medicaid Rolls, Advocates Cry Foul" --- A woman holds up a sign protesting cuts to social security, medicare and medicaid at a recent protest. (AP Photo) Pennsylvania has cut more than 130,000 people… --- Newsworks.org --- December 16, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/KsArVN          

39.        "Records Show Texas Agency Revived Old Abuse Cases to Find State Pyschiatrict's 'Disturbing Pattern' " --- The Department of Family and Protective Services spent more than five months re-interviewing people who had alleged abuse, reviewing old complaints and scouring … --- Austin American-Statesman --- December 13, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/07JRdH

40.       "Groups Sue Over Backlog of Vt. Abuse Probes" --- They say the state Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, has been promising for a year to look into some 300 cases of alleged financial exploitation … ---   Vermont Public Radio --- December 14, 2011  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/Lcwi9T

41.       "Virginia Sees Spike in Number Needing Food Assistance" --- The state Department of Social Services says 900,000 individuals received assistance to buy groceries in November, an all-time high. The number of state households in … --- WRIC --- December 18, 2011  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/Rc1VKh

42.        "Model Approach to Mentally Ill under Scrutiny" --- But some social-services advocates fear that reductions in the specialized team of officers who deal with people with mental illness have eroded the department's expertise in defusing explosive situations on the street. --- The Seattle Times --- December 17, 2011   (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/jCrm8q

43.        "Harrison County Considers Creating Mental Health Court" ---Especially if they have mental health needs. Harrison County is considering instituting a mental health court with a specialized docket for defendants with mental illnesses. --- WBOY-TV --- December 18, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/PoEHT6

44.        "Uninsured Child Population Shrinks by 1 Million" --- But state budget officers predict that Medicaid and other spending will continue to outpace state revenue growth. --- American Medical News  --- December 19, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/jIUFvh                     

45.        "Census Data Show Poor Americans on the Rise" --- She described those living below 200 percent of poverty as a broad group, ranging from the poorest poor to those who may have modest amounts of income.     --- The News Journal --- December 17, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/lx08hC

46.         "Disability-Benefits System Faces Review" --- The Social Security Administration has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system amid concerns it awards benefits to those who don't deserve them and denies … --- Wall Street Journal --- December 15, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/3qnzaw

47.       "Sexual Abuse Current Bad Trend in Youth Sports" --- Kennedy was abused by his former youth coach, Graham James, who has twice been found guilty of sexually abusing players. --- MassLive.com --- December 8, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/bggT9U


Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.         "New Law Proposed to Protect Michigan Children from Sexual Abuse" --- Rebekah Warren and John Proos announced today they will be introducing legislation in the Michigan Senate to help prevent the sexual abuse of children … --- AnnArbor.com --- December 15, 2011  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/HNHEo6

2.         "Ruling Could Stop Cuts in Elderly, Disabled Care" --- States can't cut in-home care for elderly and disabled people if there's a serious risk they'll be forced into nursing homes, a federal appeals court has ruled in a decision that could forestall … --- San Francisco Chronicle ---- December 20, 2011  (UNITED STATES)   http://is.gd/ITQ4A2

3.         "Senate Introduces Bill Limiting Restraints, Seclusion" --- A US Senate bill filed late last week would limit physical restraint and locked seclusion of students—measures often … --- Education Week News --- December 20, 2011  (U.S.. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/e5DDKk


International Articles:

1.         "Psychiatric Disorders: Thousands Waiting for Help in Abu Dhabi" --- People with mental disorders in Abu Dhabi have limited options for treatment and social stigma towards sufferers. --- gulfnews.com --- December 15, 2011  (ABU DHABI)    http://is.gd/DUeJ8j

2.        "Parents of 27-Year-old, 12kg Woman Accused of Murder by Neglect" --- ... of disabilities, including scoliosis. She was bedridden in the home she lived in with her parents and at least one other relative. Police will allege that the parents deliberately … --- Herald Sun --- December 19, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/38dTWh 

3.        "Man Faces Manslaughter Trial in Disabled Brother's Death" --- A Prescott man charged in the death of his disabled brother will be tried … --- Ottawa Citizen --- December 16, 2011  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/YWqJUR

4.        "Ont. Man Arrested in Sex Assault of Mentally Challenged Teen" --- Police have made an arrest following the sexual assault of a mentally challenged 17-year-old boy last month in Brampton, Ont. Police say the teenage victim was … --- Vancouver Sun --- December 13, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/eiflZn

5.        "Russian TV to Highlight Cuban Care for the Disabled" --- As of January, Russian TV Center channel will devote a series of programs to Cuban achievements in the treatment of disabled people and their rehabilitation, according to diplomatic sources … --- Prensa Latina --- December 18, 2011  (CUBA)   http://is.gd/pZdVNN

6.        "Disabled Man Forced to Crawl Home on Hands and Knees After Gang of Muggers Steal Crutches" --- A disabled man was left to crawl home on his hands and knees after a gang of five yobs mugged him for his crutches. Thomas Bamford, 46, who suffers … --- Daily Mail --- December 20, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/ErKXuD

7.        "Disabled Woman Left to Freeze over Christmas" --- A disabled Worthing woman who has been left for two months without heating or hot water could be left to freeze over Christmas after she was told she may not … --- Worthing Today --- December 19, 2011  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/5R3mYW

8.        "Government Pledges to Create Jobs for the Physically Challenged" --- Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, said the disability-friendly modules under the Youth Employment Programme would be strengthened to achieve … --- BusinessGhana --- December 20, 2011  (GHANA)   http://is.gd/Z86YQH

9.        "As Greece Slashes Costs, the Deaf Left Unaided" --- 2,000 disabled demonstrators attended a rally in central Athens this week to protest sweeping benefit cuts that have affected the disabled. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 16, 2011  (GREECE)    http://is.gd/EHzrXp

10.        "Rise in Number of Autism Cases in Country" --- Highlighting the fact that India is seeing a rise in the reported cases of autism, non-government organisation Association for Behaviour Analysis (ABA-India) is trying to work … --- The Hindu --- December 18, 2011  (INDIA)   http://is.gd/e8psbB

11.        "3 Policemen Suspended for Harassing Mentally Challenged Youth" ---Three policemen, including a sub-inspector, were today suspended on charges of committing atrocities on … --- IBNLive.com --- December 17, 2011  (INDIA)   http://is.gd/C2e7f2

12.        "More Abuse Allegations for Lissue House" --- Police are investigating six cases of alleged abuse at two psychiatric hospitals, the BBC has learned. One of the cases allegedly happened this year. --- BBC News --- December 19, 2011  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/2x8SVX

13.        "Man Told to Work in Wheelchair" --- A County Tyrone spray painter has described how he was told by a benefits assessor to continue working in a wheelchair after a serious leg break. --- BBC News --- December 19, 2011  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/EkqOE7 

14.        "Haredim No Longer Hide Their Disabled Children" --- The haredi (ultra-Orthodox) sector is giving up its shame about its physically and disabled children and will no longer sweep those with special needs under the … --- Jerusalem Post --- December 13, 2011  (ISRAEL)   http://is.gd/JB4ZWM

15.        "Disabled Man's Caregiver to Face Human Rights Hearing" --- Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Tania Thomas today found the caregiver, known as Ms A, showed "flagrant disregard" for a physically and mentally impaired man's … --- New Zealand Herald --- December 12, 2011  (NEW ZEALAND)    http://is.gd/Bdz3zJ

16.        "Health Experts Call for Advocacy Efforts on Mental Health" --- Health experts have stressed the need to step up advocacy efforts on mental health by launching anti-stigma activities and campaigns for affected people. --- Pakistan Observer --- December 20, 2011  (PAKISTAN) http://is.gd/ENwdtE 

17.        "Number of Disabled Children Grows in Moscow" --- “There are currently 28700 disabled children in the city,” Tatyana Potyayeva, the deputy head of the city government's social care department, told reporters. Potyayeva cited … --- RIA Novosti --- December 20, 2011 (RUSSIA) http://is.gd/Nwo636

18.        "Family Kept Teen as 'Sex Slave': Prosecutor" --- A mother, a father and their 25-year-old son were charged with trafficking on Tuesday after having purchased a 14-year-old girl in Serbia and bringing her to Sweden to serve as the mentally handicapped … --- The Local.se --- December 20, 2011  (SWEDEN)    http://is.gd/eLo5Q0

19.        "Arab Day for Disabled Celebrated in Yemen" --- “What has been achieved for the disability movement in Yemen through positive achievements that reflect the Yemeni official … --- Yemen Observer --- December 17, 2011  (YEMEN)    http://is.gd/hGq7I0

20.                    "Silent Suffering of Mentally Ill Staff" --- The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that one in four of 2,000 adults had experienced a mental health problem, sometimes caused by the … --- Morning Star Online --- November 19, 2011  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/P0PtCZ
 

 


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