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News Summary for November 26, 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. “Caught on Camera: Caretaker Allegedly Steals from Disabled Woman” --- A caretaker is accused of stealing from a disabled woman and leaving her stranded in bed in downtown Los Angeles. The incident happened at Tuscani Villas last Friday. --- CBS Local --- November 20, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/GeivBJ
 
2“Disability Advocates Sue over Alameda County Jail” --- The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Alameda County Superior Court by Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Disability Rights Advocates. The groups say conditions at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin are "inhumane" and "discriminatory." --- Danbury News Times --- November 16, 2012 (CALIFORNIA)http://is.gd/NDqXUq
 
3 . “School for Deaf, Blind Failed to Report Sex Assaults, Lawsuits Allege” --- Two families filed lawsuits last month against the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind after they say school employees failed to report the sexual assaults on their children to police. --- Colorado Springs Gazette --- November 16, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/n5R8gT
 
4. “NJ Troopers Beating of Mentally Disabled Man Shows Dire Need for Training ...” --- Last June, The Star-Ledger published a leaked video of New Jersey State Police troopers beating a mentally disabled man after a traffic stop. Top brass in the State Police and Attorney General’s Office condemned the beating, calling it an "unreasonable" use of force.--- NJ.com --- November 23, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/SMYS4N
 
5. “Bill in Congress Would Aid Disabled People: Letter” --- Federal law prohibits individuals with disabilities from owning more than $2,000 in assets or they lose their benefits. This prevents individuals with disabilities from building independent lives and creates … --- NOLA.com --- November 9, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/Oicytp
 
6. “Judge Who Beat His Disabled Daughter for Downloading Video Games Gets His Job Back” --- Judge Who Beat His Disabled Daughter for Downloading Video Games Gets His Job Back It was almost a year ago to the day that Texas court-at-law judge William Adams was caught on film beating his disabled daughter Hillary after … --- Kotaku --- November 9, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/JfHZKK
 
7. “Missing Adult Alert System Celebrates One-Year Anniversary” --- The Missing Adult Alert system provides a crucial safety net for those vulnerable, older individuals who may go missing, by coordinating a statewide search and ensuring that the vulnerable adult is found.” --- Plattsburgh Press Republican --- November 20, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/bAFlUu
 
8. “Hollywood Wakes Up to Disability and Sexuality” --- "It is something everyone thinks about and talks about, but we haven't seen sexuality in terms of disability displayed like this before," says Lawrence Carter-Long, co-host of a disabled film series on Turner Classic Movies … --- USA TODAY --- November 24, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/UZOTRK
 
9. “Call for Abuse Probe to Focus on Disabled” --- "We know that children with disability are sexually abused at a much higher rate than their non-disabled peers," said Matthew Bowden, executive director of People with Disability Australia (PWDA). --- The Australian --- November 13, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/kIR7Sk
 
10. “ 'Catastrophic Failings' in Schizophrenia Care” --- A spokesman said: "We are clear that people with mental health problems should be treated with the same high quality and dignified care as anyone else and we expect the NHS to make this happen." --- BBC News --- November 14, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/St3ima
 
11. “Women and Girls with Disabilities Face Highest Risk of Violence” --- Women and girls with disabilities remain one of the most invisible groups in the Pacific and face the highest risk of violence, a regional meeting on violence against women … --- The Jet Newspaper --- November 16, 2012 (FIJI) http://is.gd/9Td9Uc
 
12. “Protesters Demand Disability Rights” --- People with disabilities are being ignored and isolated, and bear an unfair brunt of economic cutbacks, campaigners have claimed. About 2,000 protesters marched to the gates of the Dail … --- Belfast Telegraph --- November 21. 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/lm2O23
 
 
Abuse/Crime-related

 

13. “Couple Charged with Abusing 3 Vulnerable Adults” --- A Tucson couple was arrested Tuesday on felony charges alleging they physically abused three vulnerable adults who were living with them. The Arizona Attorney General's Office began investigating Pamela Gertrude Rasley, 61, and … --- Arizona Daily Star --- November 22, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/tIy4jc

 

14. “Men Sentenced for Vulnerable Adult Abuse of Disabled Girlfriend” --- A Tucson man who pleaded guilty to "vulnerable adult abuse" for neglecting his stroke-impared girlfriend will be spending the next year and a half behind bars. --- KVOA Tucson News --- November 15, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/swOmE3

 

15. “Hearing Set for Chandler Parents Accused of Locking Disabled Son in Bathroom” --- A Chandler couple accused of locking their severely disabled 8-year-old son inside a bathroom while they left him home alone, remains free on bond while authorities are pushing forward with their prosecution. --- East Valley Tribune --- November 13, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/NiChXH

 

16. “ASP Investigating Sexual Assault at Mental Health Facility” --- A witness who works at Amicare Behavioral Center in Fayetteville called the Arkansas State Police Hotline saying another employee performed a sexual act on a 17 year old. --- KNWA --- November 23, 2012 (ARKANSAS) http://is.gd/cNUWRs

 

17. “Second Family Alleges Abuse of Mentally-Ill Son in Russellville Elementary School” --- KARK inquired with the Department of Education about the certification and training standards for use of restraints in Alternative Learning Environments. --- KARK --- November 16, 2012 (ARKANSAS) http://is.gd/ZjkdUg

 

18. “Man Who Assaulted Mentally Disabled Woman on Bus Set for Competency Hearing” --- Criminal proceedings were suspended today for a man accused of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled young woman aboard a Metro bus after his attorney declared doubt about his competency to stand trial. --- Daily Breeze --- November 21, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/aZ2401

 

19. “Arrest Made in Alleged Rape of Mentally Disabled 18-Year-old on LA Bus” --- A man was arrested Friday in the alleged rape of a mentally disabled woman aboard a near-empty Los Angeles County bus during a rush-hour commute. --- CBS News --- November 9, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/7Wgo40

 

20. “Jury Awards Disabled Man Millions in Case Against LAPD” --- Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck disagrees with a jury who awarded a disabled man $1.6 million in damages in connection to a handcuffing incident that left the victim with permanent nerve damage … --- CBS Local --- November 13, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/9tUAMh

 

21. “Wheelchair-dependent Woman Robbed in Menlo Park” --- Menlo Park Police are searching for two handicap-adapted vehicles that were stolen from a home in the Flood Park Triangle neighborhood on Thursday. --- Patch.com --- November 9, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/bpi9vI

 

22. “State to Pay $775k to Family of Mental Patient Who Died While being Restrained ...” --- The state of Colorado has agreed to pay big money to the family of a mental health patient who was suffocated by guards at the Mental Health Institute in Pueblo. --- KMGH Denver --- November 6, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/m5ciJd

 

23. “Mixed Verdict in Man's Sex Assault Trial” --- But, after a little more than two days of deliberation, a jury at state Superior Court in Stamford also found Wanto Polynice, 30, guilty of second-degree sexual assault because the woman was found to be so mentally handicapped that she could not give ... --- Greenwich Time --- November 19, 2012 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/pRbVPz

 

24. “Woman Caught Texting while Driving Disabled Clients” --- A woman who drives a van for people with developmental disabilities was caught on camera texting while behind the … --- WTNH --- November 8, 2012 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/sOnIrB

 

25. “Del. to Retry Man Accused in Wheelchair Shooting” --- The Delaware Attorney General's Office says it will retry a man accused of fatally shooting a man in a wheelchair. --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- November 8, 2012 (DELAWARE) http://is.gd/4J2RVw

 

26. “Video Prompts Another Special Needs Investigation” --- There are new questions about special needs children and the Hillsborough County School District. A school board member is now asking for an investigation into a videotape shot inside a special needs class … --- MyFox Tampa Bay --- November 16, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/jCAZoZ

 

27. “Hillsborough Schools Must Fix Failure to Protect Special Needs Students” --- The Hillsborough County School District doesn't need another week or even another day to realize that teachers' aides failed in their responsibility to protect Jennifer Caballero, an 11-year-old with Down syndrome … --- Tampabay.com --- November 16, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/EqmX4r

 

28. “Police Looking for Man Who Robbed Disabled Person after Helping Them Off Bus” --- Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who allegedly helped a disabled man off a Palm Tran bus and then robbed him, according to a West … --- Palm Beach Post --- November 16, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Pc56m3

 

29. “Treasurer of Deaf Center Arrested for Theft” --- The treasurer for the Jacksonville Community Center for the Deaf has been arrested for allegedly stealing from its account. Seventy-year-old Barbara Baerwaldt of Shiloh Drive was arrested this afternoon … --- WLDS-WEAI News --- November 16, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/yIwjuM

 

30. “DeLand Man Accused of Beating Disabled Person in Wheelchair” --- Vonche Williams, 35, was charged with the abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, police said. Milton Bush told police that he was in his wheelchair in a parking lot at … --- Daytona Beach News-Journal --- November 12, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/boMKvI

 

31. “Distraught Mother Watches Video of Autistic Son's Abuse” --- A mother was in agony as she got her first look at surveillance video of her 13-year-old autistic son wetting himself and crying out while being manhandled on a school bus. Bertis Paulino went to the … --- Sun-Sentinel --- November 10, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/A1xZFJ

 

32. “A Mother Who Severely Abused Her Disabled Daughter was Sentenced Thursday ...” --- DeeAnn Hale, 59, right, collapses into attorney Cheryl Gooden after being sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for her role in the abuse of her disabled adult stepdaughter. --- Pensacola News Journal --- November 9, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/F4OZFA

 

33. “Special Needs Student Repeatedly Beaten at School” --- The mother of a special needs student said she wants to know who is watching her son, after he has repeatedly come home covered in cuts and bruises. --- WGCL Atlanta --- November 17, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/LztPQW

 

34. “Man Arrested for Allegedly Throwing Rock at Man in Wheelchair” --- Police arrested a 53-year-old man who allegedly threw a rock injuring a 70-year-old man in a wheelchair in Waikiki today. Police said the younger man allegedly spat on the older man. --- Honolulu Star-Advertiser --- November 7, 2012 (HAWAII) http://is.gd/FJNkhi

 

35. “State Investigators Check on Disabled Woman Featured in BND Article” --- But Police Chief Dwynn Isringhausen said the investigators came to East Alton on Tuesday to do a wellness check on Leann, a 4-foot-8, 90-pound disabled woman who was the topic of a story in the Belleville News-Democrat Sunday. --- Belleville News Democrat --- November 21, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/J9s3A6

 

36. “Child Abuse Reports Rise in IL” --- "When there's a downturn in the economy, child abuse and neglects increase," said Pam Hauman of the Child Abuse Council in the Quad Cities. Hauman said hard times with money lead to more cases of neglect, basic … --- cbs4qc.com --- November 16, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/7D00ip

 

37. “Woman Admits Stealing from Residents at Group Home” --- A Justice woman has pleaded guilty to stealing almost $9,000 from residents of an assisted living facility that cares for men with developmental disabilities. --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- November 15, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/Om72yc

 

38. “Paralyzed Marine Corps Vet Sues United Airlines after Falling Out of Wheelchair” --- While being pushed in his wheelchair off a United Airlines flight by an Air Serv Corporation worker, his chair tipped over and the veteran fell to the ground, striking his head. --- Examiner.com --- November 15, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/moFmvd

 

39. “Illinois Suspends Medicaid Payments to Controversial Psychiatrist” --- The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has suspended Medicaid payments to a controversial Chicago psychiatrist who the federal government says fraudulently prescribed antipsychotic medication to thousands of mentally ill nursing home ... --- Chicago Tribune --- November 15, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/ilyVx8

 

40. “Ex-employee Gets 3 Years in Death of Developmentally Disabled Resident of Illinois Group Home” --- A former employee at a group home in eastern Illinois has been sentenced to three years in prison in the death of a developmentally disabled resident. Marquis Harmon pleaded guilty in August … --- The Republic --- November 10, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/gmdtfk

 

41. “Trial Set for Caretaker Who Allegedly Stole from Disabled Adults” --- Geraldine Reisner of Oelwein could face trial early next month for allegedly stealing money from disabled people she was hired to serve. Authorities earlier this year charged Reisner with ongoing … --- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier --- November 16, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/38OdZ6

 

42. “Kansas Sex Crime Convict in Secret Boy Scout Files” --- The next year, Gerald V. Ashworth raped a mentally disabled woman and fondled another disabled woman. The mother of the raped woman says she wonders now whether her daughter might have avoided becoming a victim … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- November 12, 2012 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/3knVpY

 

43. “OPSO: Man Left Disabled Victim at Drug House" --- Nino Wright, 60, 2000 Greenwood Dr., Monroe, was arrested by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office after he reportedly took a disabled man on crutches to a known drug house and left him there because the man would not give Wright money. --- Monroe News Star --- November 21, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/b3ZTlV

 

44. “Man Charged with Neglecting, Stealing from Vulnerable Adult Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison” --- A Boonsboro man indicted in October by a Washington County grand jury on charges of physically neglecting and stealing from a vulnerable adult was recently … --- The Herald-Mail --- November 19, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/vEyBwe

 

45. “Disability-related Housing Discrimination Case Settled” --- The National Fair Housing Alliance and Paralyzed Veterans of America announced Wednesday that they have settled a federal housing discrimination suit against a Virginia real estate developer. --- Baltimore Sun --- November 15, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/MnPGNB

 

46. “Salem: Nursing Assistant Charged with Taking Items from Disabled Patient” --- A nursing assistant at the Bertram House assisted-living facility in Salem has been charged with stealing blank checks from an elderly, disabled man and cashing at least one of them for $2,000. --- The Salem News --- November 21, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/rdDazK

 

47. “Brookline Special Needs Teacher's Aide Faces Child Porn Charges” --- A teacher's aide for special needs students at Brookline High School has been arrested on child pornography charges. Police are charging Benjamin Schwartz, 32, with possession … --- CBS Local --- November 16, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/u6B2pA

 

48. “Trial of Man Accused of Killing His Mentally Ill Mother Begins” --- Court documents show Ruth Pyne, 51, had been seriously mentally ill since 1998. She was repeatedly hospitalized and sometimes assaultive toward her children. Nine months before she was killed, she was jailed … --- Detroit Free Press --- November 17, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/OVlvvF

 

49. “Thief Knocked Man Out of His Wheelchair and Ran off with His Medicine Bag” --- A homeless man who uses a wheelchair was robbed of a backpack full of medications Friday morning. St. Louis police scoured the area south of 14th Street and Lafayette Avenue with a dog for … --- STLtoday.com --- November 16, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/WQF9l4

 

50. “Guilty Verdict in Assault of Disabled Woman” --- A jury Wednesday found a 54-year-old Lincoln man guilty of assaulting a developmentally disabled woman last December. --- Lincoln Journal Star --- November 8, 2012 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/2nWoqv

 

51. “Man Charged in Abuse, Death of Bedridden Wife” --- Brooks was charged with second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult. He told police he had left his wife in the filthy bed for at least eight days, according to the station. --- New York Daily News --- November 6, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/W5b4eD

 

52. “Woman Accused of Stealing Neighbor's Disability Check” --- Emmerich is accused of forging an endorsement on a neighbor's disability check to cash it and spend for herself, according to a release from the Alamance County S heri ff's Office. --- Burlington Times News --- November 5, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/J0AYsB

 

53. “Man Accused of Taking Developmentally Disabled Patients to Strip Clubs ...” --- Marc Cox allegedly took developmentally disabled patients to bars and strip clubs while billing the state. Cox was collecting $166,000 to take care of patients. He sometimes billed the state for 24-hour work days. --- 10TV --- November 20, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/5rp0iR

 

54. “911 Call: Malnourished Ohio Boy 'Stiff As a Board' ” --- Authorities released the call on Monday. No charges were immediately filed in the case. The six children were removed from the home. Most were physically or mentally disabled. Four were sent to the hospital and remain hospitalized. --- Houston Chronicle --- November 12, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/R7l8gl

 

55. “Portland Police and 9-1-1 Policies Discriminate Against People Who Are Deaf, Lawsuit Alleges” --- A deaf Portland man who reported he was the victim of a domestic assault said police and 9-1-1 operators failed to respond with a sign language interpreter, hampering the police inquiry and putting him at risk. --- OregonLive.com --- November 16, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/bUtL1B

 

56. “Bail Reduced for Philadelphia Man Accused of Raping Handicapped Girl” --- A Philadelphia judge has lowered the bail for a Philadelphia man charged with raping a severely disabled girl who was the daughter of his former girlfriend. --- KYW Newsradio --- November 20, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/sNG3oG

 

57. “Worker at Trudeau Center Accused of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- A Coventry man who works at the Trudeau Center in Warwick is charged with sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman. --- WPRI.com --- November 13, 2012 (RHODE ISLAND) http://is.gd/t6NNdH

 

58. “Robbers Attack Disabled Resident, Steal Prescription Drugs” --- A disabled homeowner was attacked during an overnight home invasion in south Nashville. Police were called to the Valleybrook Town Homes in the 1800 block of Zermatt Avenue around … --- NewsChannel5.com --- November 21, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/xYdPiW

 

59. “Former Pinellas Resident Accused of Sexually Abusing Disabled Girl” --- A Texas man who abused a then-13-year-old mentally disabled Pinellas County girl has been arrested, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Former Pinellas County resident Christian Egan, 40, of Helotes, Texas, has … --- Northwest News and Tribune --- November 21, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/d6V8gG

 

60. “Special Needs Student Assaulted Twice at School, Mother Says” --- "We are aware of a situation that occurred 11-9-12 between two special needs students at Legacy Middle School. The campus and district administration will continue to work with the teachers, parents and students to … --- KHOU --- November 13, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/lXnHLg

 

61. “Woman Mugged in Wheelchair” --- She says she was mugged and knocked out of her wheelchair. "I just want them to get them and I want to identify them." English says she was on her way to the dollar store but it wasn't open yet … --- FOX 29 --- November 8, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/4nPgnt

 

62. “Jose Webster, 51, Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Challenged Teen” --- South Side resident Jose Webster, 51, is charged with sexual assault of a child in a case involving a 16-year-old mentally challenged girl who he met online. The teen told police she met Webster on a … --- KSAT San Antonio --- November 6, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/bY2lJs

 

63. “71-Year-old Pleads Guilty to Murdering Her Husband, Disabled Son” --- A Chesterfield County senior accused of murdering her husband and disabled son could likely spend the rest of her life behind bars. --- WTVR --- November 20, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/rv7wu8

 

64. “Va. Private School 'Deeply Disturbed' by Sexual Assault Charges Against Former Teacher” --- The head of a northern Virginia private school says the school is “deeply disturbed” by the news that a former longtime teacher has been charged with sexual assaults involving four of his … --- Washington Post --- November 17, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/FMK1jJ

 

65. “Teen Sentenced in Bus Sex Assault” --- A 16-year-old Chesapeake boy has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation for his role in the sexual assault of a 21-year-old special needs … --- WAVY-TV --- November 7, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/cOwayp

 

66. “Spokane Police Officer Jailed in Beating Death of Disabled Janitor” --- A Spokane police officer was sentenced to more than four years in prison for using excessive force against a mentally disabled janitor who died after being mistakenly … --- CBS News --- November 16, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/LwGPD3

 

67. “Deaf Woman Suing Tacoma police, Pierce County Jail” --- A deaf woman who was tased and put in jail after contacting 911 for help last spring is suing the Tacoma police and the Pierce County Jail. KIRO TV reports LaShonn White is seeking $4.5 million in damages for what her … --- MyNorthwest.com --- November 16, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/dbFwVr

 

68. “Amber Alert Issued for Mentally Disabled Girl that Left Bowling Alley with Sex Offender” --- An Amber Alert has been issued for a special ed student last seen leaving a bowling alley with a registered sex offender. Briana Troyer, age 16, reportedly has a mental age of approximately 9-years-old. --- MyNorthwest.com --- November 14, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/YAeBv3

 

69. “Marshall County Man Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charge” --- According to Marshall County Sheriff Chief Deputy Kevin Cecil, Streight is accused of sexual abusing three victims, two juveniles and one adult. --- WTRF --- November 20, 2012 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/luJCel

 

70. “2 Accused of Hiding Body Appear in Court” --- Two people accused of hiding the body of a Mazomanie man with Asperger's syndrome appeared in Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Not all the suspects connected to … --- WISC Madison --- November 14, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/8BQTVj

 

71. “Stepbrother Arrested in Death of Missing Autistic Man” --- Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said Matthew Graville, 27, who had Asperger's syndrome, was killed in July, frozen in a freezer and then buried after he had been abused and tortured by his stepbrother, Jeffrey … --- Wisconsin State Journal --- November 7, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/YyZpWE
 
 
Seeking Improved Support
 
72. “Failed to Death: State, Counties Differ on When Probes of Child Abuse Are Needed” --- Removing children from their home is always a last resort for county Department of Human Services, according to case workers interviewed by 9NEWS. For the first time, counties invited 9NEWS and The Denver Post to see … --- 9NEWS.com --- November 19, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/EJPHs3

 

73. “Disabled Kids Don't Belong in Nursing homes for the Aged” --- State health officials, then, might deign to consider Doris Freyre's experience: Marie, her profoundly disabled daughter, was sent to a nursing home at the insistence of social workers. Marie was 14. --- MiamiHerald.com --- November 25, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/yfULYS

 

74. “Mom Takes a Stand for Her Autistic Son” --- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) as a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. ---Examiner.com --- November 16, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/EPJTCC

 

75. “Georgia Cyber Academy Assailed for Missing Special Ed Requirements” --- Board members said GCA has not increased its capacity to assess and teach its special needs students, despite a repeated push from the Georgia Department of Education. In unusually harsh language for a board … --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- November 13, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/JJQYOo

 

76. “A Challenge Unmet” --- Attendance data provided by Chicago Public Schools show that students like Yajaira who are diagnosed with a learning or emotional disability — and there are thousands of … --- Chicago Tribune --- November 13, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/uNm1eg

 

77. “Ex-Director of Closed Center for Disabled in Frederick Jailed for Contempt” --- The former director of the Jeanne Bussard Center in Frederick has been sentenced to six months in jail for contempt of court after a judge ruled that she had continually misled authorities investigating the center's finances. --- Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online --- November 13, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/ulU5ug

 

78. “Deaf Med Student Sues School Saying Disability being Ignored” --- A Seattle man says his dreams of being a doctor are being dashed because Creighton University Medical School in Nebraska won't accommodate … --- KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest --- November 21, 2012 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/ob59e3

 

79. “Court Allows Pregnancy to Proceed for Woman with Disability” --- In a controversial case that made national news, a Nevada judge has decided not to force a woman with intellectual disability to end her pregnancy. After a series of hearings, Judge Egan Walker said that the 32-year-old … --- Disability Scoop --- November 15, 2012 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/KFf5RC

 

80. “2012 Disability Advocates Awards Recently Selected Winners” --- These awards recognize those people and organizations that work in the areas of advocacy, service and inclusion,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Peter S. Palmer, Office on Aging and Disability Services liaison. --- NJ.com --- November 20, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/ahPjIL

 

81. “Hurricane Sandy Took a Toll Mentally, Emotionally and Physically” --- "They are very common reactions when placed in life-threatening" or "very traumatic" situations, said Dr. James Korman, director of the Behavioral Health department at Summit Medical Group. --- Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com --- November 15, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/lxIrIb

 

82. “ARC of Oswego County Award Wins Recognition” --- The Dr. John Readling Award is given annually to someone whose efforts have made a positive and significant difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Oswego County, as nominated by ARC of Oswego chapter members … --- Oswego Daily News --- November 13, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/rWKPmp

 

83. “Budget Snafu Could Put Mentally Ill on the Street” --- Supporters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Wake County, including group home residents, owners, and mental health advocates, rally at the Legislative office building in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. --- Winston-Salem Journal --- November 24, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/4IykKg

 

84. “Woman Held in Slaying of Cuyahoga County Social Worker” --- An 18-year-old foster child is a suspect in the stabbing death early this morning of a Cuyahoga County social worker … --- Plain Dealer --- November 16, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/EA6Dsw

 

85. “Pa. Man Charged in Attack of Social Worker” --- A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man is charged with attacking a social worker who came to his home. Jackie Lee Allison III, of New Holland, is facing charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threats. --- Lewistown Sentinel --- November 16, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/Z0QGxe

 

86. “Protective Services Chief Quits” --- The department he's briefly headed includes Child Protective Services. It's been hemorrhaging caseworkers, leading to backlogs. More recently, Abilene law enforcement officials have accused CPS officials … --- Dallas Morning News --- October 8, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/4TpGM0

 

87. “Mental Health Court Tries to Help Break the Cycle” --- The pilot project is funded from a portion of a sales tax specifically collected to pay for services for those in the community living with a mental illness and those with substance abuse problems. --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- November 24, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/JpclFj

 

88. “Parents with Disabilities Face Bias, Loss of Children, Report Finds” --- Millions of Americans with disabilities have gained innumerable rights and opportunities since Congress passed landmark legislation on their behalf in 1990. --- Columbia Missourian --- November 24, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/BTOrf7

 

89. “A Jail is No Place for the Mentally Ill” --- The largest mental-health facilities in the United States are not hospitals -- they are jails: in L.A. County, in Chicago's Cook County, and on New York's Rikers Island. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 24, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/jPDhS6

 

90. “Benefit of Popular Autism Therapy Questioned” --- New research is casting doubt on the merits of a popular autism treatment which relies on weighted vests, bouncy balls and other sensory stimuli. Researchers reviewed 25 existing studies looking at sensory … --- Disability Scoop --- November 20, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/hlRhOE

 

91. “Annie's Mailbox: Grandma is Insensitive about Asperger's” --- Dear Annie: I'm in my 30s. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome after a two-year career ended in disaster. It was my mother who suspected what was wrong. --- Omaha World-Herald --- November 17, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/QHMaOU

 

 
Proposed Legislation and New Laws
 
92. “Bill 511 Updates Adult Protective Services Law” --- Tomorrow at the Guam Legislature an important bill will have a public hearing Bill 511 will not only strengthen the law to protect our elderly and disabled, but also provide adult protective services the help it needs to carry out its mission. --- KUAM.com --- November 14, 2012 (GUAM) http://is.gd/eK4WJB

 

93. “Assembly Committee to Consider Bill Allowing Mentally Disabled to Register ...” --- Assemblyman Reed Gusciora said he drafted the bill in response to an article that appeared in The Star-Ledger in June about the 2009 beating of a mentally disabled man by the State Police … --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- November 19, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/CIbx8L
 

 
International Articles
 
94. “Youth Commits Suicide on Mental Health Wait List” --- A meeting of 30 mental health staff - including West Moreton Hospital and Health board chief executive Lesley Dwyer - was told on November 9 that a young person on the waiting list … --- Brisbane Times --- November 23, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/XAjcsP

 

95. “Carers Accused of Fleecing $20K from Disabled Man” --- Millicent police have arrested two women after they allegedly stole $20,000 from a disabled man's bank account. A 33-year-old Millicent woman and a 51-year-old woman from Tantanoola have both been charged with … --- ABC Local --- Australia 21, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/BsLzrS

 

96. “Racism Hits Mental Health of Victims” --- "A major finding of this study is that racism at any level is associated with worse mental health," she said. "People who experienced racism on a monthly or more frequent basis were more likely to be above the … --- The Australian --- November 20, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/AU2xFq

 

97. “Brothers Accused of Abuse at School for Disabled” --- Allegations against the order in NSW include drugging, restraining and raping a boy at Kendall Grange, a residential school for intellectually disabled boys established by the order in the late 19 … --- Sydney Morning Herald --- November 10, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/SPfkYE

 

98. “Former Montreal Institute for the Deaf Students Want Justice for Alleged Abuse” --- Former students of the Montreal Institute for the Deaf say they want justice after alleged abuse at the hands of priests. About 200 people gathered outs … --- CTV News --- November 25, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/UNdSLp

 

99. “Crackdown on Mentally ill Offenders Proposed” --- The federal government is proposing changes to the Criminal Code for offenders found not criminally responsible for crimes they've committed while suffering mental disorders. --- CBC.ca --- November 22, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/ENE076

 

100. “From Sex Shops to Coaching, Services Can Help People with Disabilities Explore Sensuality” --- Pulling no visual punches — it includes Hunt with full-frontal nudity — "The Sessions" dispels the widespread notion that people with disabilities have no interest in physical intimacy, while encouraging them to embrace … --- Canada.com --- November 21, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/TP1HlN

 

101. “Aging Parents Struggle to Find Care for Disabled Daughter” --- The CBC's Ioanna Roumeliotis tells the story of the Arthurs family of Sarnia, Ont., whose daughter Emilia, along with some 6,000 other disabled Ontarians, is in limbo waiting for permanent residential placement. --- CBC.ca --- November 19, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/hu7LzM

 

102. “Less than Half of Youth with Mental Illness Received Adequate Follow-up Care ...” --- "Timely aftercare is crucial in maintaining the health of youth with mental illness, and avoids future hospitalization, which is the most intensive, intrusive and expensive psychiatric treatment setting," said Dr. Corine … --- Science Codex --- November 19, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/uYNLHG

 

103. “The Autism Project: Toronto Police to Receive Autism Awareness Training” --- Much of the program is based on the work of Dennis Debbaudt, a Florida educator who has trained police forces in autism awareness and has many free resources … --- Toronto Star --- November 18, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/X3JOyp

 

104. “Ontario Mom Used Disabled Daughter to Steal, Cops Allege” --- A Barrie woman allegedly used her mentally disabled daughter to steal from a grocery store in the city's south end. According to Barrie police, security at a store on Essa Road … --- Sun News Network --- November 15, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/PKTZBp

 

105. “Social Workers' Caseloads Spark Combative Exchange” --- When they were done counting, adding in new cases and deleting vacation time, it seems Orobko's unit of six social workers, one supervisor and a clerk had about 1,100 cases in 2003. --- Winnipeg Free Press --- November 15, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/rqq5KI

 

106. “HIV Criminal Allegedly Forced Himself on Mentally Challenged Man” --- A 21-year-old man with the mind of a child told police in a videotaped interview that Steven Boone twice tried to force sex on him when all he was looking for was someone to love him.--- Sun News Network --- November 13, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/ymgfiU

 

107. “North Vancouver School District Discriminated Against Dyslexic Boy, Supreme ...” --- The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled the North Vancouver school district discriminated against Jeffrey when he was in elementary school by failing to accommodate his learning disability. --- The Province --- November 9, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/fr6Xwa

 

108. “Disabled Alberta Man Scalded in Long-term Care Home Despite $2 Million ...” --- Frank Oberle, the Associate Minister of Services for Persons with Disabilities, speaks during a press conference at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta, on November 8, 2012. --- Edmonton Sun --- November 8, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/VbqtLQ

 

109. “Dorchester Crown Court Hear How Man 'Lost It' When Taking Advantage of Vulnerable Adult” --- A MAN who is facing allegations of beating up his friend in a Weymouth flat 'lost it' when the victim 'took advantage of a vulnerable adult', a court has heard. Dominic Weavis, 40, denies causing Adrian Harper grievous bodily … --- Dorset Echo --- November 14, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/qCcoVp

 

110. “Care Home Boss Stole £6,000 from Residents” --- A care home manager stole thousands of pounds from vulnerable residents she was meant to be caring for. Karli Wynne helped herself to cash belonging to vulnerable adults who w --- Shields Gazette --- November 14, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/SUT7M4

 

111. “CCTV Released after Hackney Assault of Disabled Child” --- A CCTV image of a carer police want to speak to in connection with an assault on a disabled four-year-old child has been released. --- BBC News --- November 13, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/BiMQnE

 

112. “Mental Health Nurse Jailed for Having Sex with Patient” --- A community psychiatric nurse who abused his position by engaging in sexual activity with a female patient with mental health problems has been jailed for 30 months. --- East London Advertiser --- November 10, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/RLrxDu

 

113. “Children with Disabilities: a Struggle to Cope” --- A new initiative has reached out to offer support and care to the villagers but its staff were shocked to identify a growing number of disabilities among children in the area. --- Daily News Egypt --- November 13, 2012 (EGYPT) http://is.gd/rQeG7v

 

114. “Man Sets Disabled Daughter Ablaze” --- A 40-year-old man allegedly set ablaze his disabled daughter in the middle of a road following a quarrel with his family. The incident occurred in Bandur, a remote village in Malavalli taluk on Saturday evening. --- The Hindu --- November 11, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/5VirRP

 

115. “ 'Appalling' Lack of Care at Mental Hospital” --- Mental health inspectors have expressed extreme concern for the welfare of residents at a facility who have been deprived of essential therapies and are showing signs of severe institutionalised behaviour. --- Irish Times --- November 23, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/ixz2xZ

 

116. “Checks Urged on Mental Health Patients” --- A coroner is encouraging mental health services to take stronger steps to ensure patients are seen by professionals after a man killed himself after he turned up late for an appointment and was unable to see his … --- NZ City --- November 19, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/kV8oKp

 

117. “DHB Criticised over Death of Patient” --- The Health and Disability Commissioner found the board breached the code of health and disability services consumers' rights several times during a four-month treatment period of a patient who committed suicide in 2010. --- New Zealand Herald --- November 13, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/1TcGoS

 

118. “Blind and Disabled Man Knifed in Face in 'Despicable' Raid” --- A blind and disabled man was slashed in the face as he fought off a “smelly” knife-wielding robber who attacked him in his own home. Stuart Gunn opened the door to the armed thug a … --- Scotsman --- November 17, 2012 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/EwMz8A

 

119. “South Africa: Access to HIV Services a Barrier for Disabled People” --- According to the 2011 General Household Survey, it is estimated that approximately 5.2% of South Africans aged five years and older are disabled. Women (5.4%) were slightly more likely to be disabled than men (5%). --- 7thSpace Interactive (press release) --- November 22, 2012 (SOUTH AFRICA) http://is.gd/ue4SKD

 

120. “Disabled Woman Lured, Raped” --- Police on Saturday night rescued a disabled 18-year-old woman who was misled into thinking that she will work in Bangkok. --- Bangkok Post --- November 4, 2012 (THAILAND) http://is.gd/GB9Yqt

 

121. “Study Reveals Sharp Increase in Mental Disorders in Taiwan” --- The prevalence of common mental disorders has doubled over the past 20 years in Taiwan, paralleling increases in unemployment, divorce and suicide, according to the results of a study by … --- Focus Taiwan News Channel --- November 16, 2012 (TAIWAN) http://is.gd/3dlyNh

 

122. “Kids With Down Syndrome Twice as Likely to Be Overweight” --- More than one in four children with Down syndrome in The Netherlands is overweight, a rate double that of Dutch youth without the developmental disability, according to a new study." --- Huffington Post --- November 14, 2012 (THE NETHERLANDS) http://is.gd/bcoL4x

 

123. “Russia Allows Airlines to Refuse Disabled Access” --- According to a decree by the Transport Ministry, airlines have the right to refuse to provide service for passengers in wheelchairs and on stretchers, if they lack necessary equipment or space. --- RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty --- November 14, 2012 (RUSSIA) http://is.gd/TnezNG

 

124. “ 'Completely Unacceptable' : Mentally Ill Children 'Held In Police Cells' ” --- "The Department of Health is working with the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers to develop better local protocols between police and mental health services so that people who are found in immediate … --- Huffington Post UK --- November 18, 2012 (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/K9w6Cj

 

125. “Mother Struggling to Care for Disabled Son After being Deprived of Help” --- The mother of a disabled teenager claims she is struggling to care for his needs after being deprived of a social worker. Apryl Payne's son, Alex, has Down's syndrome, global learning difficulties and autism, and … --- WalesOnline --- November 21, 2012 (WALES) http://is.gd/HyRhHn

 

126. “Wales Child Abuse: Over 60 Cases Reported to Children's Commissioner” --- The children's commissioner for Wales says his team are managing over 60 cases of abuse, the majority relating to the north Wales care home scandal. Keith Towler also confirmed that he … --- BBC News --- November 14, 2012 (WALES) http://is.gd/AHrrpB

 

127. “Special Needs Children 'Not Given Proper Support in Mainstream Schools' ” --- The number of vulnerable special needs children excluded from Welsh schools has doubled because too many are being left to fend for themselves in mainstream education with no support, a cross-party group of AMs has warned. --- WalesOnline --- November 12, 2012 (WALES) http://is.gd/tCt0cW

 

128. “Angry Kitwe Mob Stones 'Mental Patient' to Death” --- Angered by the behaviour of the suspected mental patient, a mob stoned him to death. Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela identified the suspected mentally ill man as … --- Times of Zambia --- November 13, 2012 (ZAMBIA) http://is.gd/O7yB

 

 


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