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News Summary for January 9, 2012
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.           “Charges Upgraded in Sexual Torture Case” --- A rape charge against an Etowah County man involved in the alleged sexual torture of a mentally challenged was upgraded in December with an indictment by an Etowah County grand jury. --- Gadsden Times --- January 5, 2012  (ALABAMA)       http://is.gd/MmZCvO

2.            “Man Gets 18 years for Disabled Girls' Sexual Abuse” --- Authorities say the two developmentally disabled girls — one of whom is confined to a wheelchair — were students at Garfield High School. They were assaulted on multiple times between 2005 and 2007 in an on-campus elevator … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- January 5, 2012 (CALIFORNIA)http://is.gd/MBPqfY   

3.            “Police Say Fast Food Cashier Stole from Disabled” --- Police say a Southern California fast food restaurant cashier repeatedly stole change from a mentally disabled woman. Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen says the parents of the 38-year-old Irvine woman started suspecting six months ago that … --- San Jose Mercury News --- January 5, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)http://is.gd/UnFrj9

4.            “Police: Father Forced Autistic Children to Smoke Synthetic Marijuana” --- Police arrested a father after they say he gave synthetic marijuana to his two autistic children--ages 7 and 10-- and posted a video recording of it on Facebook. --- WTSP 10 News --- January 5, 2012  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ZQPgu5   

5.            “Jerry Davich: Bullied Teen with Disability: 'I Wanted to End My Life “ ---' Fourteen year-old Matthew Boswell cuddles with a cat while volunteering at the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana in Gary Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. Boswell, a Hobart High School freshman … --- Post-Tribune --- January 5, 2012  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/OWFP0W    

6.            “Mom Who Claims Autistic Son Put In Bag at School Now Has Attorney” --- Christopher has autism. His mom Sandra Baker says now he often plays by himself. "I mean he was rambunctious and now, after this situation he's just kind of been to himself," explains Baker. She says, sometimes, it can be difficult … --- WTVQ --- January 4, 2012  (KENTUCKY)http://is.gd/8SFiTA   

7.            “St. Louis Teachers' Aide Charged with Molesting Disabled Boy” --- Just moments after he was spotted molesting a 4-year-old developmentally disabled student, a teachers' aide at Sigel Elementary School was found in a bathroom stall with another boy also under his care, according to prosecutors … --- STLtoday.com --- January 3, 2012  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/BzD0m2   

8.            “Retired DEA Agent Arrested, Accused of Sexually Abusing Disabled Girl” --- A retired special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency was arrested at his Nutley, NJ home Thursday, accused of sexually abusing a mentally disabled girl for years, prosecutors said. --- NBC New York --- January 5, 2011  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/eWNBve   

9.            “Group Home Worker Charged in Resident's Death” --- Police say an employee at a Summit County group home has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Christmas Eve bathtub drowning of a developmentally disabled resident. --- WTAM.com  --- July 6, 2012  (OHIO)    http://is.gd/Lh8HU3   

10.            “Former Caregiver Arrested in Connection with June Death of Disabled Vancouver Woman” --- She faces charges of manslaughter and criminal mistreatment in connection with the June 23 death of Rachelle Law, a disabled woman who met Depee through the Special Olympics. --- OregonLive.com --- December 29, 2011  (OREGON)    http://is.gd/NXbAjw   

11.          “Jury Awards $1.5 Million in Germantown Group Home Death” --- Jurors in Washington County awarded more than $1.5 million Friday to the mother of 56-year-old woman who died after choking while in the care of a group home in Germantown. --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- January 7, 2012  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/6n4pvL   

12.          “Colorado Voices: At 38, My First Real Conversation with My Deaf Brother” --- Being deaf, he heard absolutely nothing. Though he was very bright, Jerry knew no sign language or English. And intelligence without the ability to receive or express information equals frustration. --- Denver Post --- January 8, 2012  (COLORADO)    http://is.gd/xKlLMd   

13.          “State Police Undergo Training on Recognizing Autism” --- Michigan State Police are undergoing training on recognizing autism and providing services for autistic people, according to a news release from MSP's Flint post. State police are … --- The Flint Journal - MLive.com --- December 31, 2011  (MICHIGAN)    http://is.gd/DyoOat   

14.          “Bill Making Sex Abuse Suits Easier Advances in Trenton” --- An Assembly committee Thursday advanced a bill that could widen opportunities for lawsuits to be filed by adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse. The measure would eliminate the two-year statute … --- Asbury Park Press --- January 5, 2012  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/kNMPFR     

15.          “Autism Bullying Remains a Problematic Issue” --- Several news stories have emerged in the past few days, underscoring the troubling and persistent issue of bullying regularly endured by those with autism and other special needs. In Kansas, 22-year-old AJ Alexander was attacked … --- Autism Key --- January 5, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/hk8cAc

16.          “New Tom Hanks Film Unearths Autism Discrimination” --- A new film starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock opens nationwide later this month and addresses several emotional issues, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks and autism. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," based on the 2006 novel of ... --- Autism Key --- January 1, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)http://is.gd/Ln0hJh   

17.          “Most Abuse Comes from Familiar People” --- According to national studies, as many as 93 percent of victims of childhood sexual or physical abuse were harmed by someone they knew. It's not the mythological bogey man in the bushes by the … --- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette --- January 1, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/L47zZI   

18.          “New Year Brings New Laws in California” --- Autism: requires health insurers to include coverage for autism. Baby food: bans stores from selling expired infant food and formula. Bail: requires that people extradited to California to … --- Los Angeles Times --- December 31, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/qQ7Mrw

19.              “Disabled Man Jailed Without Trial Freed After 10 Years” --- An intellectually disabled man who was jailed in Western Australia for 10 years without conviction has been released. Marlon Noble was 19 when he was arrested in December 2001 … --- Sydney Morning Herald --- January 8, 2012  (AUSTRALIA)    http://is.gd/0MpEsL   

20.             “Nepali Citizen Convicted for Attempt to Rape, Let Off” --- A 60-year-old Nepalese national has been convicted for attempting to rape a physically and mentally challenged minor girl by a Delhi court but it let him off as he had already spent nearly three-and-half … --- Times of India --- December 31, 2011  (INDIA)   http://is.gd/QHnX2R   


Seeking Improved Support

1.            “Burger King Employee Allegedly Steals from Disabled Woman” --- A 42-year-old Tustin Burger King employee faces theft charges after police say he repeatedly stole money from a mentally disabled woman at the fast-food restaurant in Irvine. --- NBC Los Angeles --- January 6, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/w6ZNgO  

2.            “Wheelchair-bound Woman Struck and Killed by 3 Vehicles Had Lost Leg in Previous Hit and Run” --- A wheelchair-bound woman who was struck and killed in Wilmington by three vehicles that fled the scene had lost her leg in a previous hit-and-run accident. Jeremy McFarland tells the News Journal of Wilmington, Del … --- The Republic --- January 5, 2011  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/imCZ3n   

3.            “Cops: Fla. Man Forced Autistic Kids to Smoke Synthetic Pot, Posted Video on Facebook” --- A father was arrested Tuesday for allegedly forcing his two autistic children to smoke synthetic marijuana and then posting a video of it on Facebook. --- CBS News – January 6, 2012  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/vDIGou   

4.            “Boyfriend Pins Woman in Room with Wheelchair During Argument” --- She said that Bunkley pinned her in her bedroom with his wheelchair and then choked her to the point where she could not breathe. She said he also struck her with a closed fist for five hours, the report said … --- The Northwest Florida Daily News --- January 2, 2012  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/gRkMhK  

5.            “Iowa Women Charged with Adult Abuse and Theft” --- An eastern Iowa mother and daughter have been charged with abusing a man they were caring for and stealing more than $50000 from him. Fifthy-four-year-old Cindy Dameron and her 35-year-old daughter Jodi Dameron were arrested … --- Chicago Tribune --- January 2, 2012  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/Jj6tAe  

6.            “Bloomington Home Nurse Accused of Neglecting, Abusing Child with Disorder” --- A Bloomington home health care nurse faces a felony battery charge after a Linton family told police the nurse neglected and abused their 6-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy who was in her care. --- Fox 59 --- January 6, 2012  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/Hqw1um  

7.            “Iowa Agency Breaks Moratorium, Resumes Inspections” --- The resumption follows an increase in complaints about the residential care facilities for people with moderate mental and physical disabilities, according to a story in Sunday's … --- Chicago Tribune --- January 1, 2012  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/7wuNoq  

 8.            “Kansas: Vicious Attack on Autistic Man at Starbucks” --- A 22-year-old man, who is described as having autism, was assaulted and injured on January 4 in Lawrence, Kansas. Standing outside of a local Starbucks café, AJ Alexander said that the perpetrator approached him in downtown Lawrence ... --- EnerPub --- January 7, 2012  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/1mLWqO  

 9.            “Two Men Arrested in Alleged Assault on Disabled Man” ---… Northampton, and Rogelio Montalvo-Sedo, 22, of Springfield, each face charges of armed robbery with a knife and causing injury to a disabled person. Judge W. Michael Goggins ordered that Diaz … - GazetteNET --- January 7, 2012   (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/PNLHZq  

 10.          “Mother Faces Jail for Autistic Son's Absences” --- 27-year-old Andria Candice Black could face jail time because her son, 7-year-old J'Rez Tarrant, who is autistic, has been late to school or absent numerous times in recent years. Administrators in the Fitzgerald … --- Care2.com --- January 7, 2012  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/tgHAPR  

 11.          “Homicide Raises Questions About Nevada Mental Health Services” --- The victim's brother Clemente Monarrez believes mental illness played a significant role in the moments leading to her death. --- KLAS-TV – January 2, 2012  (NEVADA)    http://is.gd/bn00y9  

 12.          “Suspect Arrested in Attack on Disabled Man” --- The attack on a disabled man in a wheelchair while in his apartment “just turns your stomach,” Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff said. On Thursday, the sheriff's office received a report from two concerned citizens … --- Mid-Hudson News --- January 2, 2012 (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/bTvqDR

 13.          “Abuse of Disabled Focus of Report” --- "I bounced his head off the back (expletive) wall," said the aide, frustrated that a resident of the Valley Ridge center for the developmentally disabled was acting out — again. "He's gonna hit me, ... --- Albany Times Union --- January 2, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/IJ7jss    

 14.          “Stepmom Who Killed Disabled Girl Enters Drug Plea” --- The North Carolina woman sentenced to prison for killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter has also pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. Elisa Baker entered the plea Thursday in US … --- Sacramento Bee --- January 5, 2012  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/jiF5DW   

 15.          “Student Who Has Autism Allegedly Beaten at Bus Stop” --- A student who has autism said Wednesday that he still experiences migraines after a bus stop beating. Braxton Devault, 20, said that he was beaten by another student while he waited for a school bus to transport him to Pickaway … --- 10TV --- January 5, 2012  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/EXAYG5   

 16.          “Concerns Sparked by DHS Plans for State-run Centers” --- For more than 15 years, the number of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving government assistance in the state has remained about 6,000. --- Tulsa World --- January 3, 2012  (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/4DS4gk  

 17.          “Life Sentence Ordered for Man Who Murdered Ex-girlfriend and Stored Her Body in Plastic Bin” --- Doyel and Patricia Murray, a mentally challenged woman, were found at a motel near Branson, Mo., on April 21, 2008. Authorities found Jones' body, bound at the hands and feet with nylon cords, in the plastic container sealed with … --- Deseret News --- January 6, 2012  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/w4idMg   

 18.          “Va. Beach Home for People with Disabilities Closed by State After Owner's Drug Plea” --- State officials have a closed a home for people with intellectual disabilities after discovering that the owner had failed to report he had recently pleaded guilty to a cocaine charge. --- The Republic --- January 7, 2012  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/pvbqZ5  

 19.          “Probation Ordered in Sex Assault” --- A judge Friday sentenced a La Crosse man who sexually assaulted a caregiver for his disabled daughter to five years on probation. Jeffrey Roble, 58, must serve the first eight months in the La Crosse County Jail. --- La Crosse Tribune --- January 7, 2012  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/MImwAS  

 20.          “Abuse Case Sparks Action to Improve Student Safety” --- The case against a former Appleton teacher convicted of abusing disabled students has generated efforts locally — and statewide … --- Appleton Post Crescent --- January 1, 2012   (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/yjB2Q9    


Abuse/Crime Related Articles

1.            “Burger King Employee Allegedly Steals from Disabled Woman” --- A 42-year-old Tustin Burger King employee faces theft charges after police say he repeatedly stole money from a mentally disabled woman at the fast-food restaurant in Irvine. --- NBC Los Angeles --- January 6, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/w6ZNgO  

 2.            “Wheelchair-bound Woman Struck and Killed by 3 Vehicles Had Lost Leg in Previous Hit and Run” --- A wheelchair-bound woman who was struck and killed in Wilmington by three vehicles that fled the scene had lost her leg in a previous hit-and-run accident. Jeremy McFarland tells the News Journal of Wilmington, Del … --- The Republic --- January 5, 2011  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/imCZ3n   

 3.            “Cops: Fla. Man Forced Autistic Kids to Smoke Synthetic Pot, Posted Video on Facebook” --- A father was arrested Tuesday for allegedly forcing his two autistic children to smoke synthetic marijuana and then posting a video of it on Facebook. --- CBS News – January 6, 2012  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/vDIGou   

 4.            “Boyfriend Pins Woman in Room with Wheelchair During Argument” --- She said that Bunkley pinned her in her bedroom with his wheelchair and then choked her to the point where she could not breathe. She said he also struck her with a closed fist for five hours, the report said … --- The Northwest Florida Daily News --- January 2, 2012  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/gRkMhK  

 5.            “Iowa Women Charged with Adult Abuse and Theft” --- An eastern Iowa mother and daughter have been charged with abusing a man they were caring for and stealing more than $50000 from him. Fifthy-four-year-old Cindy Dameron and her 35-year-old daughter Jodi Dameron were arrested … --- Chicago Tribune --- January 2, 2012  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/Jj6tAe  

 6.            “Bloomington Home Nurse Accused of Neglecting, Abusing Child with Disorder” --- A Bloomington home health care nurse faces a felony battery charge after a Linton family told police the nurse neglected and abused their 6-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy who was in her care. --- Fox 59 --- January 6, 2012  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/Hqw1um  

 7.            “Iowa Agency Breaks Moratorium, Resumes Inspections” --- The resumption follows an increase in complaints about the residential care facilities for people with moderate mental and physical disabilities, according to a story in Sunday's … --- Chicago Tribune --- January 1, 2012  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/7wuNoq  

 8.            “Kansas: Vicious Attack on Autistic Man at Starbucks” --- A 22-year-old man, who is described as having autism, was assaulted and injured on January 4 in Lawrence, Kansas. Standing outside of a local Starbucks café, AJ Alexander said that the perpetrator approached him in downtown Lawrence ... --- EnerPub --- January 7, 2012  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/1mLWqO  

 9.            “Two Men Arrested in Alleged Assault on Disabled Man” ---… Northampton, and Rogelio Montalvo-Sedo, 22, of Springfield, each face charges of armed robbery with a knife and causing injury to a disabled person. Judge W. Michael Goggins ordered that Diaz … - GazetteNET --- January 7, 2012   (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/PNLHZq  

 10.          “Mother Faces Jail for Autistic Son's Absences” --- 27-year-old Andria Candice Black could face jail time because her son, 7-year-old J'Rez Tarrant, who is autistic, has been late to school or absent numerous times in recent years. Administrators in the Fitzgerald … --- Care2.com --- January 7, 2012  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/tgHAPR  

 11.          “Homicide Raises Questions About Nevada Mental Health Services” --- The victim's brother Clemente Monarrez believes mental illness played a significant role in the moments leading to her death. --- KLAS-TV – January 2, 2012  (NEVADA)    http://is.gd/bn00y9  

 12.          “Suspect Arrested in Attack on Disabled Man” --- The attack on a disabled man in a wheelchair while in his apartment “just turns your stomach,” Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff said. On Thursday, the sheriff's office received a report from two concerned citizens … --- Mid-Hudson News --- January 2, 2012 (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/bTvqDR

 13.          “Abuse of Disabled Focus of Report” --- "I bounced his head off the back (expletive) wall," said the aide, frustrated that a resident of the Valley Ridge center for the developmentally disabled was acting out — again. "He's gonna hit me, ... --- Albany Times Union --- January 2, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/IJ7jss    

 14.          “Stepmom Who Killed Disabled Girl Enters Drug Plea” --- The North Carolina woman sentenced to prison for killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter has also pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. Elisa Baker entered the plea Thursday in US … --- Sacramento Bee --- January 5, 2012  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/jiF5DW   

 15.          “Student Who Has Autism Allegedly Beaten at Bus Stop” --- A student who has autism said Wednesday that he still experiences migraines after a bus stop beating. Braxton Devault, 20, said that he was beaten by another student while he waited for a school bus to transport him to Pickaway … --- 10TV --- January 5, 2012  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/EXAYG5   

 16.          “Concerns Sparked by DHS Plans for State-run Centers” --- For more than 15 years, the number of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving government assistance in the state has remained about 6,000. --- Tulsa World --- January 3, 2012  (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/4DS4gk  

 17.          “Life Sentence Ordered for Man Who Murdered Ex-girlfriend and Stored Her Body in Plastic Bin” --- Doyel and Patricia Murray, a mentally challenged woman, were found at a motel near Branson, Mo., on April 21, 2008. Authorities found Jones' body, bound at the hands and feet with nylon cords, in the plastic container sealed with … --- Deseret News --- January 6, 2012  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/w4idMg   

 18.          “Va. Beach Home for People with Disabilities Closed by State After Owner's Drug Plea” --- State officials have a closed a home for people with intellectual disabilities after discovering that the owner had failed to report he had recently pleaded guilty to a cocaine charge. --- The Republic --- January 7, 2012  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/pvbqZ5  

 19.          “Probation Ordered in Sex Assault” --- A judge Friday sentenced a La Crosse man who sexually assaulted a caregiver for his disabled daughter to five years on probation. Jeffrey Roble, 58, must serve the first eight months in the La Crosse County Jail. --- La Crosse Tribune --- January 7, 2012  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/MImwAS  

 20.          “Abuse Case Sparks Action to Improve Student Safety” --- The case against a former Appleton teacher convicted of abusing disabled students has generated efforts locally — and statewide … --- Appleton Post Crescent --- January 1, 2012   (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/yjB2Q9    


Seeking Improved Support

1.            “Advocates for Disabled Seek Tougher Law Targeting Able-bodied Drivers Who Park in Special Places in Alabama” --- So Sisson, along with a team of other advocates for people with disabilities, is pushing the state to make it harder for those who illegally park in those special blue spaces. --- al.com --- January 5, 2012  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/buWre1  

 2.            “Task Force Releases Recommendations for Improving Ariz. Child Safety” --- Brewer with recommended reforms to Arizona's Child Protective Services organization has come back with a list of changes today they say will strengthen the system. -Review the authority of CPS workers to when a parent suspect of … --- KVOA Tucson News --- December 30, 2011  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/O9W7fs  

 3.            “California in Retreat on Social Service Spending” --- In 2007, when the economy was fairly healthy and there was far less need for state aid, California spent $29.3 billion on social services, according to Brown's Department of Finance. --- Los Angeles Times --- January 7, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/fXy25O  

 4.            “Burger King Worker Accused of Stealing from Disabled Customer” --- An Irvine restaurant worker has been arrested on suspicion of stealing from a mentally disabled customer, police said. Police allege that Luis Maximino … --- Daily Pilot --- January 6, 2012  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ovR69C  

 5.            “Parents Warned of Threats Made by Mental Health Patient” --- Parents in Nevada City are being warned about threats against school girls made by a mental health patient. Andrew Dickenson, 26, reportedly made those comments to his psycho analyst, who reported it to authorities as … --- KTXL --- January 4, 2012   (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/02Uszv  

 6.            “Disabled Man May Be Evicted from Oakland Home”--- Sheriff's deputies may try to evict a totally disabled man from his home in Oakland this morning. Leonard Wilson has lived at the home Congress Avenue for 26 years. His story has caught the attention of Berkeley resident … --- abc7news.com --- January 3, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/oUaigp  

 7.            “Another Voice - Mental health System in a Bad Way” --- Some clarification is needed when it comes to the changes taking place in mental health services. In the early 2000s the Mendocino County Mental Health Board received a series of complaints regarding how California Forensic ... --- Ukiah Daily Journal --- January 1, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/sFzvbN  

 8.            “Inmate Calls Colorado Mental Health Institute Treatment a Catch-22” --- In 1989, Gary Hilton feigned mental illness so he could go to the Colorado Mental Health Institute instead of prison. Today, he's the one crying foul, claiming the state hospital moved him to a high-security ward for his refusal to ... --- Denver Post --- January 8, 2012  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/pouBU1  

 9.            “Suicide Rates in Larimer County Spike” --- "It seems like people are increasingly hopeless," said Lee, an intake counselor with the Larimer Center for Mental Health's Loveland office. In 2011, at least 62 people died by suicide in the county, according to preliminary findings by the coroner's .. --- The Coloradoan --- January 7, 2012  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/kyN9ZR  

 10.          “Colorado Medicaid Rolls Reach Record Highs” --- Colorado's Medicaid rolls have more than doubled since 2007, reaching a record high due primarily to job losses and other economic factors rather than eligibility changes, according to the Denver Post. --- NewsMax.com --- January 5, 2012  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/a15wJ2  

 11.          “Florida's New Effort to Help People with Disabilities” --- Florida is starting a new effort to encourage businesses to hire more people with disabilities. Gov. Rick Scott has created a new Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities. --- WTSP 10 News --- January 6, 2012  (FLORIDA)    http://is.gd/R8bf9n  

 9.            “Autism names Bruce & Cheryl Scheiner Advocates of the Month” --- Eden Autism Services Florida has recognized Bruce and Cheryl Scheiner as recipients of the Autism Advocate of the Month award. The award recognizes people who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds … --- Naples Daily News –- January 5, 2012  (FLORIDA)http://is.gd/9Pvd15  

 10.          “Give Mentally Ill High-Quality Care in Assisted-Living Homes” --- In response to The Miami Herald's Neglected to Death exposé of neglect, abuse and substandard care in Florida's “assisted living” communities, a workgroup established by Gov. Rick Scott has recently completed its work and published ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- January 2, 2012  (FLORIDA)http://is.gd/PsVUFe  

 11.          “Quinn to Sign Landmark Pension Abuse Reforms into Law” --- Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday is expected to sign into law a major crackdown on lucrative public pension abuses that saw top union officials land hefty retirement packages, double dip and substitute teach for one day but win … --- Chicago Tribune --- January 4, 2012   (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/klIq3V  

 12.          “Disabled People Get Help Planning for Emergencies” --- The state of Illinois is offering people with disabilities some help on planning for emergencies. The Emergency Management Agency has put together a booklet with tips on things … --- STLtoday.com --- January 5, 2012  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/gbFvPt   

 13.          “Report: State Move Disrupts Care for Mentally Ill” --- Bill Crawford called the Family and Social Services Administration's decision an effort to save money and "a clear case of retaliation." FSSA Division of Aging Director Faith Laird denied any such motivation. --- The Republic --- January 1, 2012 (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/wUaypO  

 14.          “Mental Health Reform Leaves Many Questions” --- Most counties run mental health programs on 2 to 3 percent administrative costs. Under the proposed “reform” legislation, DHS is not certain that 5 percent administrative costs will be enough to run the program. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- January 4, 2012  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/qsJDMg  

 15.          “Mental Health Reform on Agenda for Iowa Statehouse” --- Lawmakers believe the best chance for bipartisan accord in this election-year session will come as they work to revamp the mental health service delivery system in Iowa. "We all know the system is unsustainable the way it is now," Sen. ... --- Quad City Times --- January 2, 2012  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/ynb8tY

 16.          “Find State Funds for Mental Health Care that Works” --- According to a recent report by NAMI, Kentucky maintained state spending for non-Medicaid mental health services from 2009 to 2011. However, the state still shortchanges mental health, ranking 46th nationally in per capita spending. --- Lexington Herald Leader --- January 2, 2011  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/5tZjc3  

 17.          “New Orleans Releases 32-Page Guide to Mental Health Resources” --- City officials in New Orleans have released a 32-page guide to provide residents with information on mental health and substance abuse services and resources in the city. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office says the Behavioral Health ... --- The Republic --- January 7, 2012  (LOUISIANA)http://is.gd/GLlT5b  

 18.          “State Revenue Rises, But Not Enough to Offset Cuts” --- In December, Brown ordered $1 billion in midyear spending reductions to public schools, universities and social services because tax revenue did not meet projections. The state has given school districts the option of slicing another … --- CBS News --- December 31, 2011  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/xgTiWD  

 19.          “Homeless Say Biloxi Police Are Trying to Run Them Off” --- "I had a double amputee and a single amputee here," he said. "I also had an aids patient and a pregnant lady recently." Gypsy contacted us because he said the word on the street is that Biloxi police are trying to run the homeless … --- WLOX --- December 30, 2011  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/Xk8FC4  

 20.          “Omaha Doctors Breaking Barriers of Autism” --- Omaha experts are breaking through the barriers of autism. They're finding, in some cases, if autism is detected early enough in life, there are more opportunities to improve how a child connects with the world. --- KETV Omaha --- January 2, 2012  (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/6MNIgQ   

 21.          “The New Year Brings Challenges for People with Disabilities” --- With the ringing in of the New Year, 2012 will pose many challenges for people with disabilities. Everyday life functioning events that are taken for granted by the non-disabled population represent continued struggles for people ... --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- January 2, 2012  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/Cw0EXv  

 24.          “Advocate Is Not Reappointed” --- Carolyn Schwebel, an advocate for the rights of the disabled who sued Middletown in 2004 for not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, was not reappointed to the 11-seat commission. --- Asbury Park Press --- January 2, 2012 (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/9xEItH  

 25.          “Care of the Disabled in State-Run Group Homes” --- To the Editor: As a psychiatrist and the parent of an adult son with autism, I found “In Treating Disabled, Potent Drugs and Few Rules” (front page, Dec. 23) to be unfair and detrimental to the families of the developmentally disabled. --- New York Times --- January 1, 2012  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/3NsrVe  

 26.          “Job and Family Services Director Honored” --- The association communicates key issues and solutions regarding the delivery of social services, to Ohio policymakers, legislators and other decision makers. Gallagher has served as a mentor for many new directors in the Columbus ... --- Chillicothe Gazette --- January 1, 2012  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/mLUvAu  

 27.          “Agreement Settles Class-Action Suit over Lengthy Waits for Some Health Care Benefits in Ohio” --- The Blade in Toledo reports  people whose disability determination applications have been pending for more than 90 days will automatically be enrolled in Medicaid by the Ohio Department of Job and Family... --- The Republic --- December 31, 2011  (OHIO) http://is.gd/grtmCO  

 28.          “How to House the Mentally Ill” --- It was an insane act, and Judge Tom McHill properly found him guilty except for insanity and sent him to the state system for the mentally ill for life. Whether he is ever released will be up to psychiatrists and the state Psychiatric Review Board. --- Albany Democrat Herald --- January 1, 2012  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/CRtRad   

 29.          “Are Employers Moving to Only Hire the Healthy?” --- Krevsky noted that people with medical conditions that amount to a disability are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Court rulings have been mixed on whether obesity is a protected disability, he said. --- Patriot-News --- January 1, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/JJJ1HJ  

 30.          “Tragedy to Triumph: 'Sickest Person' Now Helps Others with Mental Illness Heal” --- Although she didn't know it at the time, mental illness can often surface at this very vulnerable time in a person's life. "My symptoms alarmed the people who knew and loved me. --- GoErie.com --- January 1, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/GHYjbl   

31.          “RI Lawmaker Seeks to Restore Funds for Disabled” --- Scott Guthrie says agencies helping citizens with autism, Down Syndrome and other disabilities have had to lay off staffers and reduce services. --- Boston.com --- January 6, 2012  (RHODE ISLAND)   http://is.gd/CUZPM1   

32.          “Doctor Who Did Autism Research in Austin Sues Medical Journal, Writers” --- Andrew Wakefield wrote a paper in 1998 suggesting a link between an autism-bowel disease and the MMR vaccine. As part of a technology change, commenting will not be available on some articles for … --- Statesman.com --- January 6, 2012  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/GkN3SQ 

33.          “Texas' Failure to Fund Mental Health Treatment Leaves Hundreds Stranded in Across the  State” --- Mental health advocates say Texas' mental health care system is failing those like Sam, and that stories like his are far ... --- San Antonio Current --- January 4, 2012  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/QUUZ28  

34.          “Tougher Checks for Home-Care Workers” --- That is because most of the state's more than 40000 home-care workers who serve Medicaid clients already were trained under the old 35-hour standard and are exempt from the new rules, officials said. “I think it would be in the low … --- TheNewsTribune.com --- January 2, 2012  (WASHINGTON)http://is.gd/Cx0bfs  

35.          “W.Va. Officials: Medicaid, National Debt Impact State Budget” ---Medicaid and the national debt are forcing legislators to make tough choices when it comes to West Virginia's state budget for 2013-2014. … --- Bluefield Daily Telegraph --- January 8, 2012  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/RHE5k1  

36.          “Agencies Merge to Continue Program to Help Those with Disabilities” ---Two area agencies helping those with disabilities through the years are now one and with a new name. Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin and the Arc-Winnebago County Disability Association Inc. have merged and … --- Oshkosh Northwestern --- January 6, 2012  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/yrH7JC  

 37.          “Sex Abuse Cases Dismissed After Facilitated Communication” --- Two decades after unfounded sexual abuse allegations and a controversial autism communication tool turned her family's life upside down, Suzette … --- ABC News --- January 7, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/wXigVg  

 38.          “People with Disabilities Sidelined as Hiring Increases” --- Job seekers saw a boost in hiring in December, but people with disabilities did not appear to get a piece of the good karma. Employment data released Friday from the US Department of Labor indicates … --- Disability Scoop --- January 6, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/eeErbY

 39.          “Study Shows Importance of Treating Autism in Adults” --- With effective treatments for autism remaining stubbornly elusive, especially for adults with the disorder, a small clinical trial of an SSRI antidepressant offers a glimmer of hope. --- Psychiatric News --- January 6, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/rJeRaa  

 40.          “Medicaid Patients Half as Likely to Survive Cancer in the US” --- Cancer patients on Medicaid, a US public medical cover, survived less time than people with private or no insurance, new data shows. The research, which looked only at highly treatable types of tumors, found that people on Medicaid were … --- News-Insurances (press release) (blog) --- January 3, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/E47i1M    

 41.          “Wis. Medicaid Funding Projected to Be Half of What Was Predicted” --- The state Health Services agency said Tuesday that Medicaid programs will be $232-million in the hole by June of 2013 unless changes are made. That shortfall is down from the $554-million projected last fall. That includes both state … --- WTAQ --- January 3, 2012  (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/1d3FMp  

 42.          “30% of Latinas Suffer from Postpartum Depression” --- Over 30 percent of Latinas in the United States suffer from mental illnesses related to childbirth and rates of depression among the group continue to rise, according to a women's reproductive mental health organization … --- Fox News --- January 5, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/WbumdW  

 43.          “Why Medicaid Is No Longer a Voluntary Program” --- It is widely believed that Medicaid is a voluntary program. While this may have once been true, it is no longer the case. Today, states confront the dilemma of having to choose between joining Medicaid or being forced to ... --- Hawaii Reporter --- January 2, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/KjfUro   

 44.          “EEOC: High School Diploma Might Violate Americans with Disabilities Act” --- Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warning them that requiring a high school diploma from a job applicant might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act … --- Washington Times --- January 1, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/bT0Yp8  


Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.            “Klobuchar's Bill Aims to Protect Seniors, Vulnerable People” --- Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., talks about the efforts of the people at the round-table discussion, including Deb Holtz (right), ombudsman for the state of Minnesota, to change laws regarding guardianship of seniors in Minnesota … --- Duluth News Tribune --- January 7, 2012  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/ArSd70  

 2.            “N.J. Assembly Panel Approves Bill to Improve Investigation of Child Abuse Claims” --- Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats and designed to help improve state investigations of child abuse and neglect allegations was unanimously approved Thursday by the lower.. . --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- January 5, 2012  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/FjNmrd  

 3.            “Proposed NY Legislation Supports Self-Employment for People with Disabilities ... “ --- … at dramatically expanding entrepreneurship opportunities for people with disabilities. The measures were sponsored by Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn). The bills reflect the success of the Start… --- Newswise (press release) --- January 6, 2012  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/GMGtp6  

 4.            “Changes Expand Access to Assisted Living Waiver Program” --- According to AAA7, the changes written by the Ohio Department of Aging and approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services mean that anyone who meets Medicaid eligibility requirements can access the waiver program. --- Chillicothe Gazette --- January 3, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/3We7v8   

 5.            “Juries Must Answer Death Penalty Question for Mentally Disabled” --- Virginia held that executing mentally retarded criminals is a violation of the Eighth Amendment, but left states to develop their own definitions of mental retardation and procedures for determining whether murder defendants meet them. --- Allentown Morning Call --- January 3, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/7ex3rc  

 6.            “Law Extends 100% Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption to Spouses” --- Tens of thousands of spouses of totally disabled veterans in Texas will qualify for the property tax benefit starting today, January first. Texas law already exempts the veterans from paying property taxes at ... ---   KTSM News Channel 9 --- January 1, 2012 (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/fACLjC  

 7.            “A New Year Means New Laws” --- Gays, lesbians, and people with disabilities are being added to the list of social and ethnic groups whose contributions must now be taught in school. --- FOX43.com --- January 2, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/RoY2du    


International Articles:

1.              “Vancouver Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing from the Deaf” --- The former treasurer of the Vancouver Association of the Deaf has pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the organization. --- The Columbian --- January 6, 2012  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/kvFE2j  

 2.              “Abuse of Vulnerable Persons” --- A new adult abuse registry that lists caregivers will be up and running this spring. A caregiver knowingly administered an incorrect dosage of medication. Another touched a client inappropriately.                --- Winnipeg Free Press --- January 5, 2012  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/vZ4Con

 3.            “Cameron Vows to Curb Executive Pay, Apologizes for Disability Slur” --- British Prime Minister David Cameron promised Sunday to crack down on out-of-control executive pay, in a series of interviews setting the government's agenda for the new year ... --- Monsters and Critics.com --- January 8, 2012  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/fS6WTY  

 4.           “Probation for Man Who Sent Indecent Video of Himself to Disabled Girl” --- A man who sent an obscene video of himself to a severely mentally  disabled girl has been put on a probation programme to tackle sexual offending. John Pothecary, aged 46, attached the movie of an indecent act to a text he … --- Plymouth Herald  --- January 5, 2012  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/YMfyDL  

 5.            “Two Face Charges in Port Beating Investigation” --- An Ipswich District Court clerk and a court officer have been charged with attempting to mislead police investigating the beating and attempted robbery of a mentally challenged man and a pair of cabbies in ... --- The Daily News of Newburyport – December 31, 2011  (ENGLAND)     http://is.gd/MVHm2o  

 6.             “41 Mental Patients Rescued from Illegal Health Centre” --- As many as 41 mental patients, including a few from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, were rescued from an illegal mental health centre in a raid … --- Times of India --- January 3, 2012  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/GgkIIm  

 7.            “Indonesian Police Charge Mentally Challenged Youth with 'Banana Theft' ” --- A mentally challenged youth has been charged with stealing bananas in a case that is likely to draw further criticism of Indonesia's police force, which received international coverage after a teenager was convicted of … --- Jakarta Globe --- January 5, 2012  (INDONESIA)http://is.gd/FQozkk  

 8.          “Indonesia: 13 Mentally Ill Persons Found Chained, Isolated at Homes” --- Social services in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra are investigating the cases of more than a dozen mentally ill people who were kept isolated and chained by their families for years, officials said on ... --- Channel 6 News Online --- January 3, 2012  (INDONESIA)    http://is.gd/B7zV84      

 9.          “Mandatory Abuse Reporting Urged” --- An international expert on child protection has urged Ireland to proceed with introducing mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect as a progressive and important means of ensuring the safety and welfare of children. --- Irish Times --- January 6, 2012  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/Om9kE8              

 10.             “No Special Treatment for Seniors, Disabled; It Would Be Too Costly, Says EOJ” --- A disabled voter climbing the first of at least three flights of stairs to access the polling station at José Martí Technical High School in St Catherine Eastern. --- Jamaica Gleaner --- January 1, 2012  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/yQW564   

 11.            “Korea Unveils Humanoid Robots Designed to Help the Disabled” --- Mobile humanoid robots are nothing new at this point in the history of robotics, but as more advances are made with these kinds of robots we find that they're given ever more specialized tasks. --- DVICE --- January 6, 2012  (KOREA) http://is.gd/JyMHG0    

 12.          “Inhumane Treatment Revealed at Center for Disabled” --- “If the families of the disabled children refuse to relocate their children from this facility, I will request a court order to completely shut it down,” said Abu Faour, who canceled the ministry's contract with the center … --- The Daily Star --- January 6, 2012  (LEBANON)    http://is.gd/6u5Rc0                        

 13.             “Record Number of Prescriptions Dished Out” --- In the wake of last February's 6.3 quake, which killed 182 people and devastated Christchurch, figures from national pharmaceutical management … --- Stuff.co.nz --- January 1, 2012  (NEW ZEALAND)    http://is.gd/b9Xq2S  

 14.             “Experts Dispute Norway Mass Killer Breivik's Insanity” --- Three psychologists and a psychiatrist say confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is not psychotic, contradicting a court-appointed mental evaluation that declared him legally insane … --- CTV.ca --- January 4, 2012  (NORWAY)  http://is.gd/cUYgP6

 15.            “Parents Want Law Change After Disabled Son Dropped on Escalator” --- The parents of a severely disabled man who was dropped down an escalator by his carer have launched a bid to change health and safety laws. The elderly couple, from Dumfries, who --- Scotsman --- January 2, 2012 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/opniGi   

 16.          “Man Fined for Punching Deaf-Mute Commuter on Bus” --- A deliveryman was fined $2,000 today for punching a deaf-mute man in the eye twice on board a bus. He was also ordered to pay $300 as compensation to the victim, reported The Straits Times. --- AsiaOne --- January 4, 2012  (SIGNAPORE)    http://is.gd/ySB7nV  

 17.           “More Should Be Done to Dispel Myths about Mental Illnesses: Experts” --- He now goes to a centre for those with mental illnesses. Experts said Gilbert's situation can be improved if employers are better informed. Jason Chan, head of Support Services at the Singapore Association of Mental Health, said: "Through education of ... --- Channel News Asia --- January 2, 2012 (SINGAPORE)  http://is.gd/RoY2du  

 18.          “Improved Disability Legislation Takes Effect” --- New legislation to recognise and honour the rights of people living with disability will take effect in Tasmania from today. The Acting Minister for Human Services, David O'Byrne, said the … --- Tasmanian Government Media Releases (press release) --- January 1, 2012  (TAZMANIA)    http://is.gd/PWFkzJ  

 19.            “Disabled Patients Dying Due to 'Institutional Discrimination' in NHS” --- More than 70 disabled patients have died because of mistakes by hospital staff in the past decade, it was claimed. Mencap, a disability charity, described the findings in its report as damning, adding that … --- Telegraph.co.uk --- January 3, 2011  (UNITED KINGDOM)   http://is.gd/SX7KzS  

 20.          “Anxiety Disorders Have Soared Since Credit Crunch” --- Experts said some of the rise could be explained by an expansion in counselling services, and an increase in mental health problems triggered by financial uncertainties and job stresses … ---Telegraph.co.uk --- January 1, 2012  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/CCMBO0
 

 


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