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News Summary for May 14, 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. “25 Molestation Counts Alleged Against Vice Principal at School for Abused Kids” --- The vice principal of a small San Diego school for children who have suffered trauma or abuse or have mental health issues has been arrested on 25 counts of child molestation, the center's CEO said Saturday. --- msnbc.com --- May 5, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ffKPTZ
 
2. “California Board and Care Institutions: Reforms Come Slowly in Patient Abuse Cases” --- State officials working to upgrade patient abuse investigations at California's board-and-care institutions for the developmentally disabled aim to overhaul the in-house police force while also directing the most serious cases to ... --- Huffington Post --- May 7, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/qJmmTU

3. “Disabled Veteran Attacked by Men with Possible Gang Ties Who Thought He was Gay” ---Two men with possible gang ties are accused of assaulting a disabled Army veteran based on what they thought was his sexual orientation. Mason Meza and Jordan Tapia were arrested a few days ago after a fight inside a Greeley bar. --- 9NEWS.com --- May 10, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/KtgeJo
 
4. “Florida Failing Neglected and Abused Children, Report Says” --- A nationwide study of state policies governing legal proceedings for abused and neglected children resulted in an "F" for Florida and nine other states. The report titled A Child's Right to Counsel: A National Report Card on Legal Representation for ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- May 9, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/hTCBrV

5. “Teacher's Aide, 30, 'Found by Police in Bed with Her Disabled Student Lover, 16' ” --- The alleged relationship began in November 2011 A teacher's aide has been jailed after a 16-year-old disabled student was found in her bed. Artia Patrice Davis was allegedly caught red handed with her teenage lover by police investigating reports of an ... --- Daily Mail --- May 9, 2012 (FLORIDA)
http://is.gd/gQcGLU
 
6. “Roswell Deaf Child Allegedly Molested on School Bus” --- A 10-year-old deaf boy has accused two teenage classmates, one 14 and the other 16, of molesting him repeatedly on their school bus. All three boys rode the bus to get to the Atlanta School for the Deaf in Clarkston. --- NorthFulton.com --- May 10, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/YRfkDj

7. “Perils in Personal Care Homes” --- Growing demand, combined with a convoluted, overstretched system of oversight, leaves the door open for abuses of elderly, mentally ill or developmentally disabled residents, many experts say. There are about 100 licensed homes for every state ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- May 9, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/0WimcU
 
8. “Verdict in Ill. Group Home Death Leaves Questions” --- The violent death of Paul McCann led to improvements in how Illinois intends to protect the mentally disabled in group homes, but the trial of the first man accused of killing him suggests to some that justice and equality are still ... --- Galesburg Register-Mail --- May 5, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/xhseua
 
9. “Johnston Police Use Taser Gun on Autistic Urbandale Teen” --- An Urbandale man faces charges of assaulting a police officer and his 15-year-old autistic son is being held in a juvenile facility following a fight at a movie theater that escalated into police using a Taser on the teen. --- Patch.com --- May 10, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/j0JvqI
 
10. “Teen Gets 10 Years for Stabbing Man with Developmental Disabilities” ---Hagerstown teenager to 10 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in the stabbing of a man with developmental disabilities. Judge John H. McDowel ... --- The Herald-Mail --- May 10, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/xdbjBH
 
11. “State Halts Funding for El Monte Facility that Employed Man Convicted of ... The San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center, had for years approved Healthy Start, now named New Day, in El Monte to provide daily care services for developmentally disabled clients. Regional centers allocate state and federal funding to their approved ... --- Pasadena Star-News --- May 4, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/9myeBk
 
12. “Colebrook Man Faces 59 Sexual Assault Charges” --- The alleged victim is a developmentally disabled woman who was 29 years old when Michael F. Gleason Sr. allegedly began the assaults, according to the indictments, which identify the woman only by her date of birth and initials. --- The Union Leader --- May 10, 2012 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/qBpxy4
 
13. “Cuomo is Right to Protect the Developmentally Disabled” --- Andrew Cuomo is sending a forceful and needed message across New York State that he has no tolerance for those who would abuse the developmentally disabled. This week the governor unveiled unprecedented legislation that provides solid protections to an ... --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- May 10, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/NCFzBY

14. “200 Abusive State Caregivers Face Ax” --- The state is trying to fire nearly 200 employees it says physically abused or neglected the developmentally disabled in their care. The head of the agency responsible for care of the disabled disclosed the move yesterday as Gov. --- New York Post --- May 10, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Rf2QR4

15. “Another Attack at Napa State Hospital” --- The attack happened early Tuesday evening in a unit usually filled with patients who have been committed by their families or through court ordered conservatorship programs. It was not in the forensics area of the hospital, where the criminally insane ... --- KGO-TV --- May 9, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/lUxzwH

16. “Man Gets 12-Year Term for Abuse of Deaf Boys” --- A former Christian Brother who sexually abused three teenage students in the deaf school where he worked has been sentenced to 12 years with the last three suspended. Each of John McCabe's victims waived their right to anonymity so that their abuser ... --- Irish Times --- May 10, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/KlgpSw
 
17. “Judge Removes Himself from Special Needs Student Assault Case” --- The judge who was scheduled to preside over a court hearing Wednesday for two Darlington County School District employees accused of hitting a 10-year-old special needs student has removed himself from the case, according to Darlington ... --- WPDE --- May 9, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/iCoz57
 
18. “Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Mental Health Month” --- Last year, 45.9 million adult Americans had a mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. These conditions affect individuals, their families and loved ... --- eNews Park Forest --- May 11, 2012 (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA) http://is.gd/5WzZkZ
 
19. “Pair Charged with Autistic Boy's Murder” --- The child, who had a mild form of autism, was taken to Rylstone Hospital but died a short time later. The State Crime Command has been investigating the death, assisted by local detectives. It says officers arrested a 42-year old man and a 41-year-old ... --- ABC Online --- May 11, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/ZcpmWC
 
Abuse/Crime-related
 
20. “Parents Question Treament of Disabled Students in Benton” --- More questions surrounding the Benton School District and the quality of care it's developmentally disabled students receive. This after another parent comes forward to FOX16 with allegations their student was mistreated at an elementary ... --- FOX16.com --- May 8, 2012 (ARKANSAS) http://is.gd/k3nXes

21. “Disabled Teen Kidnapped, Left in Unfamiliar Neighborhood” --- Modesto police investigate a possible motive behind a daylight kidnapping of a disabled teenager. According to the victim's mother, 18-year-old Ricky Williams was attacked in his garage and then abducted by two men Monday afternoon. --- News10.net --- May 8, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ZzYqlf

22. “Parents Protest Adult Day Care Facility Accused of Abuse, Demand Government Audit” --- The facility is accused of neglecting and abusing nine mentally disabled clients after an employee was convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting three women on the premises. (SGVN/Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb) Passersby in front of the New Day El Monte ... --- San Gabriel Valley Tribune --- May 8, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/iAHUDd

23. “Scalpers Reselling Tickets Reserved for the Disabled” --- Ticket scalpers have apparently found a new revenue stream — somehow acquiring, then reselling Red Rocks concert tickets that were expressly intended for disabled concertgoers. “Well it makes me sick,” said concert promoter Chuck Morris, ... --- CBS Local --- May 8, 2012 (COLORADO)
http://is.gd/bhFYFO
 
24. “State: Jailed Caregiver Tried to Scam Fellow Inmate” --- Her victim, the report shows, was 46-year-old Vidya Bhoolai of Ormond Beach, whose own record includes a conviction for Medicaid fraud. Last year she was charged with defrauding eight people in a plan that involved an assisted living facility that ... --- Daytona Beach News-Journal --- May 8, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/ztUD5Y
 
25. “Burglars Shoot Disabled Veteran's Service Dog” --- Try burgling a disabled veteran's house and shooting her dog. About 6 pm Monday, Kinga Kiss-Johnson, a retired US Army sergeant, left her Augusta, Ga., home to buy food for her service dog Balto, a black Labrador retriever. She returned to find a side ... --- Los Angeles Times --- May 9, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/He3oo9

26. “Homeless Woman, 21, Charged with Battery of a Pregnant or Handicapped Person ...” --- A homeless 21-year-old Bolingbrook woman was arrested May 6 and charged with aggravated battery to a pregnant or handicapped person. She is scheduled to appear in court May 29 and remained in the Adult Detention Facility May 10 in lieu of $50,000 bail. --- TribLocal --- May 11, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/xCfX6O

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. “ 'Bad' Samaritan? Man Allegedly Scams Disabled Woman After Helping Her Fix Her Car” --- Authorities suspect a man who helped a mentally disabled 32-year-old West Des Moines resident fix her car may have bilked her out of more than $3000 and made attempts to get more cash from her checking account. ---
Patch.com --- May 11, 2012 (IOWA)http://is.gd/6q21vo
 
28. “Thieves Steal from Child with Autism” --- The search is on for the those responsible for stealing from a boy who suffers from autism. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department says someone broke into a home on Cedar Street in Standish recently and took a laptop computer, an iPad and an iPod. --- WMTW Portland --- May 12, 2012 (MAINE)http://is.gd/3nWITt
 
29. “Caregiver Pleads Guilty to Abuse and Sex Offense” --- A former caregiver for a St. Mary's organization assisting disabled people has pleaded guilty to abuse of a vulnerable adult and committing a third-degree sexual offense. John Waring Raley, 57, remained free on bond after ... --- So Md News --- May 9, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/WVP4Xk
 
30. “Mother Petitions to End Shock Treatment at Mass. School for Disabled Children” --- Cheryl McCollins is hugged by supporter Emily Titon, who is autistic, while petitions against shock treatments are loaded onto a hand cart Wednesday outside the Statehouse in Boston. The petitions were being delivered to lawmakers. --- Times Herald-Record --- May 9, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/CV1IsW
 
31. “Mental Health rally Sraws 2,000 to Lansing” --- As well as anybody, Gary Lewis knows the value of mental health treatment. Now 55, the Okemos resident has struggled with various forms of mental illness, including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and depression, ... --- Lansing State Journal --- May 9, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/5vVFkH
 
32. “Tenured NJ Teacher Dismissed 4 Years After Striking Special Needs Student with ... “ --- New Jersey's education commissioner has dismissed a tenured teacher who struck a special education student with a power cord four years ago. Commissioner Christopher Cerf found video showed Errol Goodwater's actions were "cruel and ... --- The Republic --- May 8, 2010 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/qbOYIO
 
33. “School Bus Driver Accused of Leaving Special-needs Student Locked on Bus for Nearly 3 Hours” --- An Ocean Township school bus driver and his assistant were arrested after allegedly leaving a 16-year-old special-needs student locked in an empty bus for nearly three hours Friday afternoon, authorities said. --- NJ.com --- May 7, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/it3Xgx
 
34. “Former School Bus Driver Tried for Allegedly Abusing Disabled Student” --- The 63-year old Jones drove a Corinth school bus for 30 years until she resigned last fall amid allegations she abused a developmentally disabled student. During her bench trial in Queensbury Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Matt Burin said Jones ... --- WNYT --- May 9, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/9bGLfG
 
35. “Helping the Disabled” --- Governor Cuomo's proposal to create new safeguards against the abuse of developmentally disabled New Yorkers is, sadly, absolutely necessary. Recent media reports have shown that people with developmental disabilities have been victimized by the very ... --- New York Observer --- May 8, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/QoEeVw
 
36. “State Receives Nearly 20,000 Reports of Abuse to Elderly and Disabled” --- Bev Perdue's proposed budget would support adult protective services in an effort to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of elderly and disabled people. The NC Department of Health and Human Services released a report Friday showing that it ... --- Winston-Salem Journal --- May 11, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/1hkwL9
 
37. “Former Employee Accused of Sexually Assaulting Boy with Disabilities at School” --- Horn, 31, is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old boy with developmental disabilities while he was taking summer school classes between June 1 and Oct. 1. The alleged sexual assault occurred on school property and at a Johnstown residence, ... --- 10TV --- May 11, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/fGWpxR
 
38. “Terrified Autistic Teenager with the Mental Age of Five Left locked on School ... --- An autistic teenager with the mental age of five-year-old was left locked in a school bus alone for 45 minutes after a driver failed to notice that she was there. Ellie Wales, 16, was returning home from school when she was left on ... --- Daily Mail --- May 9, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/NTpRYX
 
39. “Man Arrested on Charge He Stole Mom's Disability Checks” --- Yahola had power of attorney for his mother from 2007 to 2009, when the state of Oklahoma took guardianship, but he was still receiving her disability checks, the document says. His mother's nursing home never received the checks and did not know that ... --- Tulsa World --- May 8, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/skvfPh
 
40. “Charges: Gronosky Robbed Disabled Man” --- William Gronosky got the idea of robbing a disabled man after overhearing two women talk about their former roommate, according to charges filed on Wednesday. Township police allege Gronosky, 29, of West Church Street, Nanticoke, robbed and tied up ... --- Go Lackawanna --- May 9, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/qevaG0
 
41. “Charles Lea Center Employee Fired After Charge of Neglect” --- Alyssa Bell, 25, of 904 Lucerne Drive, Spartanburg, was arrested last week and charged by the Spartanburg Public Safety Department with neglect of a vulnerable adult. She was placed on unpaid administrative leave after the allegations. --- Spartanburg Herald Journal --- May 8, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/qDmNnR
 
42. “65-Year Old Woodruff Woman's Purse Stolen from Motorized Wheelchair” --- A 65-year old woman says someone stole her purse from her motorized wheelchair while she was unloading the cart outside the Walmart at Dorman Centre. The victim - from Woodruff - says her purse was sitting in a basket at the front of the cart as she ... --- News Channel 7 --- May 7, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/6CROY6
 
43. “Seniors, Disabled Most Vulnerable to Financial Crimes” --- In recent years, there has been an increasing trend of financial exploitation of our seniors and disabled citizens. Professionals hired by the victim, other strangers, caregivers and, yes, even family members can take advantage of our senior citizens. --- Your Houston News --- May 6, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/ahhJcl
 
44. “Martinsville Adult Group Home Owner Found Guilty of Abuse” --- A jury says the owner of an adult group home in Martinsville is guilty of abuse. Richard Wagoner ran The Claye Corporation. Investigators say in February 2011, one of the residents, Joseph Tuggle, was forced under a faucet with scalding hot water. --- WDBJ7 --- May 7, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/8CzGWQ
 
45. “August Trial Date Scheduled in Slaying of Port Angeles Woman” ---The trial of Kevin B. Bradfield, a Port Angeles man accused of strangling a developmentally disabled woman to death last October, has been reset from June 23 to Aug. 6. Bradfield, 22, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly ... --- Peninsula Daily --- May 11, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/6bCR2k

 
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46. “Arizona Funding Will Restore Help for Mentally Ill” --- Jan Brewer signed Monday, includes $38.7 million to restore housing, counseling and other services to people with serious mental illnesses who don't qualify for Medicaid. That's less than the roughly $50 million cut in 2010, and the two-year deal ... --- Arizona Republic --- May 11, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/COF4r2
 
47. “Data for 700,000-Plus Home-care Workers, Recipients goes Missing in Mail” --- The breach was confirmed by Oscar Ramirez, a spokesman for the California Department of Social Services. Officials said they were reviewing state policies to prevent future problems. Doctor said many of the low-income people in the program will have ... --- Los Angeles Times --- May 11, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/I7BpKI
 
48. “Veteran Fights for 11 Years to Receive Disability” --- His case is extreme, Carpino went 11 years through appeals with the Oakland VA to get his 100 percent disability approved. New statistics show the backlog for Northern California disability claims is so long, veterans are waiting on average 320 days ... --- CBS Local --- May 9, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/vI0C6P
 
49. “Metta World Peace Billboard: Laker Star Continues ro Talk About Mental Health ...” --- But, World Peace -- who has spoken candidly about his personal relationship with mental health and who even thanked his psychiatrist after winning the 2010 NBA finals -- knew he had made a mistake. "I'm not one to give excuses," said Metta World Peace, ... --- Huffington Post --- May 9, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/870oDX
 
50. “Jury Says Mental Health Center Partially to Blame Man's Murder” --- A jury decided the Mental Health Center of Denver is 50 percent responsible for the murder of an Ethiopian immigrant three years ago. Natnael Mulugeta was working as a 7-Eleven clerk when a mentally ill patient shot and killed him… --- 9NEWS.com --- May 12, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/wvw9xQ

51. “Group Homes' Director under Scrutiny for Hiring Own Son” --- The state has questioned some of the operations of a private Rocky Hill-based agency that runs several Hartford-area group homes for developmentally disabled people. The Department of Developmental Services has ... --- Hartford Courant --- May 8, 2012 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/YwM0YK


52. “Senate Leaves Facility Closures up to Governor” --- Sullivan said the bill would help other communities, including Jacksonville, where the Jacksonville Developmental Center for severely developmentally disabled adults is among institutions targeted by Quinn. The governor and some advocates believe JDC ... --- The State Journal-Register --- May 9, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/twQnq9
 
53. “Homeless Man's Saga Offers Glimpse into Louisiana's Tattered Mental-Health System” --- But she confirmed that she and other family members met mental-health professionals at the corner last week and put him in the hospital. “We're trying to get him evaluated, to get him some help,” she said. Now, she said, the difficulty will be keeping ... --- NOLA.com --- May 9, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/qtU7th
 
54. “Survey: Housing Discrimination ‘Widespread’ among Disabled, Immigrants ...” --- A survey of 549 community-based organizations suggests that housing discrimination is on the rise, particularly targeting disabled individuals, immigrants, minorities and families with children, according to the nonprofit Consumer Action. --- Baltimore Sun --- May 7, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/9Aisjb
 
55. “Social Services, Deaf Missourians Settle Lawsuit” --- The Departments of Mental Health and Social Services have ended a lawsuit against them by promising more services for deaf Missourians. The lawsuit was filed two years ago saying state services violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. --- Missourinet.com --- May 11, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/yRjA8l
 
56. “The Arc Honors Caregivers of Individuals with Disabilities” --- By sharing her story, Marasco was truly honoring the caregivers in attendance, applauding their compassion and never-ending care and support for their loved one with a disability. More than 70 caregivers attended the event where they enjoyed a variety ... --- MyCentralJersey.com --- May 8, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/zw6gTC
 
57. “Jon Stewart to Host On-Air Autism Benefit Night of too Many Stars, 10/21” --- Comedy Central has once again joined forces with Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions and the New York Center for Autism for its fourth biennial special event, Night of too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs. --- Broadway World --- May 9, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/i31Cxn
 
58. “Pa. Library Services for Blind to be Overhauled” --- "All we've been asking is that they please stop the process and let us all come to the table and create an effective plan," said Keri Wilkins, administrator of Philadelphia's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. --- York Daily Record --- May 11, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/vfYmSe
 
59. “Mother of Autistic Child Fights School for Son's Basic Rights” --- It's a story that made parents everywhere pretty angry; a New Jersey father who sent his autistic son to school with a hidden microphone. Several women who worked at the school were heard on tape yelling at the boy ... --- KHOU --- May 7, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/XzSRwz
 
60. “Utah Autism Treatment Pilot Struggles for Funding” --- Despite assurances during the Legislative session that major insurance companies and a bank would donate $1 million toward a new autism treatment pilot, the state has not yet received any money. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- May 10, 2012 (UTAH) http://is.gd/YRfkDj
 
61. “15 Health Insurers Are Fined $2.7 Million” --- State insurance regulators have fined 15 health insurers -- including two in Western New York -- a total of $2.7 million for failing to comply with the state's Timothy's Law requirement that they tell small businesses about mental health coverage ... --- Chicago Tribune --- May 9, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/Blo04m
 
62. “Americans with Disabilities Battle Housing Discrimination” --- I don't want to rent to someone who has a disability,' " Smith said. "And at that time it was perfectly legal." That was more than 30 years ago. Today, such a stance is illegal, and Americans with disabilities are more conscious of their housing rights ... --- AOL Real Estate --- May 9, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/TnIsl8

 
Proposed Legislation and New Laws

63. “Disabled Advocates Still Wary of State Plan” --- On April 25, members of the developmentally disabled community and their advocates participated in a legislative Push Day at the state capitol building in Topeka to protest the governor's plans. They talked to legislators, including Rep. --- Winfield Daily Courier Online --- May 11, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/8poTsM
 
64. “Senators Advocate Study on Mental Health System Before Closing Taunton State Hospital” --- More than 20 state senators have signed a letter urging the Senate Ways and Means Committee to include language in the Senate budget requiring that an independent review be conducted before the Department of Mental Health can close ... --- Taunton Daily Gazette --- May 11, 2012 (MASSACHUSETS) http://is.gd/BlHqM0
 
65. “Amendment to RTE for Education of Disabled Passed” --- The Lok Sabha Wednesday passed an amendment to the Right to Education Act which will facilitate education of disabled children and allow those with severe disabilities the option of receiving education at home. --- New York Daily News --- May 9, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ptKlgn
 
66. “Lawmakers Review Mental Health Programs” --- José Rodríguez pointed out that Texas ranks last among states in per-capita funding for mental health programs. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee met Wednesday to discuss what the Legislature can do. Although mental health programs are ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- May 9, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/AHFlCW

 
International Articles
 
67. “Coroner Critical of Dickensian Condition at Boarding House for the Disabled” --- The New South Wales coroner has made a damning finding on the condition of one of the state's boarding houses. Six people died at the 300 Hostel in Marrickville in Sydney's inner-west, over a six month period in 2010. --- ABC Online --- May 11, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/RQoeqS

68. “Mom with Developmentally Disabled Baby Scolded for Not Aborting Him” --- Christian's mom and dad were devastated when doctors told them that their baby was bound to have severe disabilities upon birth. True to the prediction he did, but mom and dad loved their baby boy regardless. But that love didn't stop a woman from ... --- Canada Free Press --- May 11, 2012 (CANADA)
http://is.gd/HO2Gyq
 
69. “Manitoba's First Mental-Health Court Begins Hearing Cases” --- After years in the making, the province now has a mental-health court in operation. "The reality is we know many of the people that are in our jails have a mental illness and are there as a result of their mental illness," said Nicole Chammartin from ... --- CTV.ca --- May 10, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/ZHe7ot
 
70. “Worker at Saskatchewan Group Home for Disabled Ordered to Stand Trial” --- A former employee at a care home in west-central Saskatchewan has been ordered to stand trial. Ashley Marie Johnson was a part-time care worker at a group home in North Battleford that cares for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. --- Winnipeg Free Press --- May 8, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/JzbLVo
 
71. “Nurses Call for Dramatic Increase in Mental-Health Spend” --- Increasing the spend on mental health is one of the calls being made by the Psychiatric Nurses Association at its annual meeting in Athlone today. Union members are also expected to stress the importance of allowances to the Minister with special ... --- Irish Examiner --- May 10, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/jaYJXT
 
72. “Major Delay in Assessing Disabled Children” --- Heath authorities are failing to assess the needs of thousands of children with disabilities within legal time limits, according to an unpublished Health Service Executive report. Experts and support groups say delays in assessments can be very ... --- Irish Times --- May 7, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/N5Cvdx
 
73. “Kenya Launches Website to Assist People with Disabilities” --- The director of administration, Ministry of Information and Communications, Amb. Bruce Madete (left) with the chairman of the Society for Persons with Visual Disability, Dr Reginald Oduor, during the launch of the e-accessibility workshop for persons ... --- Business Daily Africa --- May 10, 2012 (KENYA) http://is.gd/wxO3qU
 
74. “North Korea to Make Debut in London Paralympics” --- North Korea will make its debut in the Olympics for the disabled when it takes part in this summer's Paralympics in London, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper said Wednesday. Chosun Sinbo, a Japan-based paper which reflects Pyongyang's thinking, ... --- AFP --- May 9, 2012 (NORTH KOREA) http://is.gd/uLayoZ
 
75. “Bullying 'Harms Disabled Children' ”--- Bullying of disabled children remains prevalent and acts as a major barrier to their social inclusion, a report has found. It also identified high living costs, low incomes and, in many cases, poverty as problematic for the children and their families. --- Fife Today --- May 9, 2012 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/zmxvLc
 
76. “Rogue Trader Conned Blind Disabled Man out of £280 for Work” --- A rogue trader who conned a blind and disabled pensioner from Nelson into paying for hundreds of pounds worth of unnecessary roofing works has been jailed. Cornelius Jones, 36, of C Jones and Son, was given a 14-month ... --- WalesOnline --- May 10, 2012 (WALES) http://is.gd/pQypm1
 

 


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