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News Summary for December 17, 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. “Ala. Woman Sentenced in Rape of Disabled Woman” --- A judge has sentenced a 43 year old Elmore County woman to 10 years in prison for helping her husband rape a mentally disabled woman. The Montgomery Advertiser reports Sheila Sanders, of Wetumpka, received her sentence Wednesday morning … --- WPMI Local 15 News --- December 13, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/fSrsne
 
2. “Disabled Man Beaten, Given Days to Live” --- The victim, 51 year old Robert Hepp has been given less than a week to live and a local disability rights organization says someone needs to be held responsible.--- KATV --- December 11, 2012 (ARKANSAS) http://is.gd/w5Yt3i
 
3. “More Time for Plea Deal in Death of Boy with Down Syndrome” --- A defendant will get more time to consider a plea deal in a case in which he is accused of murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy with Down syndrome three years ago in Modesto. --- Modesto Bee --- December 8, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/U0gN8N
 
4. “Ex-special Needs Teacher Faces Indictment over Alleged Abuse” --- A Fulton County grand jury has returned an indictment against a former special needs teacher accused of abusing Alpharetta middle school students. Melanie Pickens, 34, was indicted Wednesday on 11 counts of child cruelty a … --- WSB Atlanta --- December 12, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/GdsZoL
 
5. “Teacher Accused of Strike Special Needs Student” --- A former special education teacher is facing charges after police say she struck a student. Saundra Yute is charged with one count of Battery to a Child following an incident back in November. --- Fox 28 --- December 14, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/OS1DHE
 
6. “Md. Aide Charged for Sexually Abusing Girls at School for the Deaf” --- Howard County police say a school aide is charged with touching girls at a Maryland school for the deaf. Clarence Cepheus Taylor was arrested and … --- W*USA 9 --- December 6, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/GQ9wCT
 

 

7. “Ex-Boston Teacher's Aide Sentenced for Sexual Abuse” --- A former Boston teacher's aide has pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of two special needs students in different schools last year. The Suffolk district attorney's office said LaShawn Hill, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of indecent ... --- Boston.com --- December 11, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/57IE2D
 
8. “N.J. Trooper Accused of Beating Disabled Man Asks Federal Judge to Decide Case” --- The trooper accused of beating a mentally disabled man Thursday asked a federal judge to take over the administrative disciplinary case pending against him because the State Police … --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- December 7, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/ma8V9X
 

 

9. “Teachers Face Child Abuse Charges for Dragging Blind Boy through School by His Feet” --- Two teachers in New Mexico are facing child abuse charges after the school released a video showing them dragging a blind 6-year-old boy down a hall by his legs … --- New York Daily News --- December 6, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/9sgppN
 
10. “Teen Charged in Slaying of Developmentally Disabled Man” --- A 17-year-old boy was charged with the shooting death of a developmentally disabled man in September. On Friday, prosecutors charged Landrain Miller with second degree murder in 38-year-old Timothy Riley's death. --- fox4kc.com --- December 7, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/cRNWSN
 
11. “NYC to Pay $9.7M to Settle Suit by 10 Disabled People Who Were Fraudulently Adopted, Abused” --- New York City will pay $9.7 million to settle a lawsuit by 10 disabled people who were fraudulently adopted by a woman and subjected to years of abuse. --- Fox News --- December 6, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/8qhVK1
 
12. “Mother of Teen Who Died After Being Restrained Sues Leake & Watts” --- She said the goal of the suit is to hold the center and staff responsible for her son's death, and to promote a change in state law concerning school restraints of children. She said schools currently have too much leeway. --- The Journal News | LoHud.com --- December 5, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/dOFVbt
 
13. “State Investigates Death at Mental Health Facility” --- The Texas Department of State Health Services is investigating a death this week at the Montgomery County Mental Health Treatment Facility. The death was reported to the state by the facility Nov. 28, said Carrie Williams, director of media relations ... --- Your Houston News --- December 5, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/Ut3EB4
 
14. “Gay, Disabled Man Evicted from Longtime Home” --- A gay, disabled African American man who has been fighting his foreclosure ran out of time Thursday morning when San Francisco Sheriff's deputies evicted him. Larry Faulk, 59, is now living in his minivan, he … --- Bay Area Reporter --- December 13, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/of5YS1
 
15. “The Arc Reacts to the U.S. Senate's Defeat of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” --- This isn't the end of this fight - advocates across our country will continue to work to make sure that our friends and colleagues abroad know that we stand with them and share their goals,” said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 3, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/4ZFq2B
 
16. “ '700 Adults Abused over 12 Months' ” --- Across England, councils referred 108,000 cases of alleged abuse against vulnerable adults for investigation in 2011-12, an 11 per cent rise on the previous year. HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said: “A vulnerable adult is a person who receives or ... --- Bradford Telegraph and Argus --- December 9, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/Ipm7ir
 
 
Abuse/Crime-related

 

17. “Driver Who Left Woman to Die in Cemetery Sentenced in Kingman” --- A Peach Springs man characterized as the most culpable in the death of a woman abandoned at a cemetery last year was sentenced Friday to three years in prison … --- December 10, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/aZapvT

 

18. “US Home for Disabled to be Closed after Reports of Abuse” --- A state-owned home in California for developmentally disabled is threatened to be shut down by health officials after evidence of physical abuse and neglect have been offered. --- Press TV --- December 16, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/cmXbGW

 

19. “Placer County Detectives Arrest Man for Rape of Disabled Woman” --- Placer County sheriff's detectives relied on DNA evidence to arrest an ex-employee of a care home suspected of impregnating a severely mentally disabled woman. Sheriff's officials said that they arrested Marquise X. Montgomery … --- Sacramento Bee --- December 14, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/3qEjub

 

20. “Calif. Court: Scouts Must Surrender Abuse Files” --- A lawsuit alleges that a local Scouts official tried to keep a boy's mother from reporting his 2007 abuse by a volunteer leader to police. The youth group denies the allegations. "The BSA believes confidentiality of the files helps to encourage prompt ... --- ABC News --- December 14, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/527yxM

 

21. “Families Shocked over Decertification of Developmental Center” --- Shock and anguish tonight for the families of those being cared for at the Sonoma Developmental Center. It provides care and assistance to hundreds of patients with intellectual challenges. --- abc7news.com --- December 13, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/3Yyqys

 

22. “Abuse of Disabled Californians Must End” --- Our society's greatest obligation is to protect those who cannot protect themselves - the very young, the very old and people with profound disabilities. We are failing in this duty. Our state, county and local governments tolerate an outrageous level ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 11, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/bsZAvN

 

23. “SJ Relatives Pleads Guilty to Abuse of Mentally Ill” --- Binh Nguyen, 58, a schizophrenic who lived at a care home in San Jose, tells NBC Bay Area through his niece how he was starved and neglected for almost a decade. The care home facility owners this week were charged with abusing a dozen mentally ill ... --- NBC Bay Area --- December 5, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/BZ7WV6

 

24. “Higher Risk of Sexual Assault Among Autistic Children” --- Central Coast News first told you about missing autistic teen Shyanne White who was found on a bus in San Francisco raped and beaten. --- KCOY.com --- December 4, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/DtPSYL

 

25. “Man Who Allegedly Posted Facebook Video of Disabled Man Being Punched is Attack” --- But a video allegedly posted on Facebook by Nicholas Marr showed he had been, and on Thursday charges of aggravated abuse of a disabled adult were filed against Marr, 26, and another suspect …--- ABA Journal --- December 13, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/7tblKB

 

26. “Hillsborough Schools' Special Needs Boss Steps Aside” --- Then it was time for some board members and others in the audience to vent on the multitude of problems that have occurred in the past year within the special-needs department of the school district. --- Tbo.com --- December 12, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/UI78je

 

27. “Man Accused of Molesting, Painting Toenails of Disabled Girl in His Care” --- Michael Dowd is accused of molesting his disabled step-daughter. --- WPBF West Palm Beach --- December 11, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/50a9GG

 

28. “Escambia Woman Charged with Choking 65-Year-old Disabled Boyfriend” --- An Escambia County woman was charged for allegedly throwing food at and choking her 65-year-old disabled boyfriend on Thursday, according to an arrest report by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. --- Pensacola News Journal --- December 7, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/rMyA86

 

29. “Herrin Mom Pleads Guilty to Criminal Neglect of Daughter” --- A Herrin mom admitted she did not do enough to properly care for her disabled adult daughter. Vicky Ward, 58, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of criminal neglect of a person with a disability. A spokesman from the Williamson ... --- KFVS --- December 11, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/0yK1uX

 

30. “Department on Aging's Approach Sought to Protect Homebound Disabled Adults” --- The Illinois Department on Aging will be asked to help carry out reforms to protect disabled adults who live at home and investigate when they are neglected or abused, according to a proposal announced Friday by Gov. Pat Quinn. --- Belleville News Democrat --- December 7, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/wlZLlZ

 

31. “Buckingham Facing Federal Lawsuit for Allegedly Discriminating Against People with Disabilities” --- Indianapolis-based Buckingham Realty and Development Corp. is facing a federal suit for allegedly discriminating against people with disabilities and violating provisions of the Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court ... --- Indianapolis Star --- December 11, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/3dOaA9

 

32. “Disabled Clay County Man Murdered, Robbed” --- A disabled Clay County man found dead Thursday night was apparently beaten and stabbed several times in the head and neck. That information comes from an autopsy completed Friday on 74-year-old Earl Woods … --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- December 7, 2012 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/q9iedB

 

33. “Garrard County Man Denied Shock Probation in Group Home Death Case” --- A Garrard County man serving 20 years in prison for the death of an intellectually-disabled man at a group home where he worked was denied shock probation in the case Friday. On June 12, 2011, Chester Watkins, another patient … --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- December 7, 2012 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/hCmo95

 

34. “Half of People Shot by Police Are Mentally Ill, Investigation Claims” --- According to the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, who conducted the investigation, there are no federal statistics on police shootings of mentally ill people. --- The Inquisitr --- December 12, 2012 (MAINE) http://is.gd/r4dzDR

 

35. “Man Accused of Abusing Disabled Adult” --- A 31-year-old Windsor Mill man was indicted Thursday in an abuse case at an adult care facility. Investigators say the man physically assaulted a 28-year-old male after an … --- ABC2 News --- December 13, 2012 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/Fal10M

 

36. “Testimony Reveals Husband's Affair Before Mentally Ill Wife Was Killed” --- Testimony Monday revealed that Ruth Pyne's husband was having an affair and considering divorce in the months before the mentally ill woman was killed, the Detroit Free Press reported. Jeffrey Pyne, a 22-year-old … --- AnnArbor.com --- December 11, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/NEUC8Z

 

37. “Mentally Disabled Man Assaulted and Robbed in Pontiac” --- A mentally disabled man was assaulted and robbed Monday night, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's office. The victim told police he was walking along University Drive near Martin Luther Kind Boulevard … --- MLive.com --- December 4, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/QJLkpt

 

38. “Mendota Heights Man Charged with Assaulting Vulnerable Adult” --- A Mendota Heights man has been charged with assaulting a vulnerable adult in Apple Valley in September, fracturing his rib and bruising his lung. Jacob Alexander Daraitis, 21, is charged with third-degree assault resulting … --- Patch.com --- December 14, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/mSS9LD

 

39. “3 Arrested after Electric Wheelchair Stolen in Front of Owner” --- Cory Hudson has been in a wheelchair since he was 16, but he never imagined someone would have the heart to steal the electric wheelchair he relies on two decades later. Hudson told FOX 9 News he believes … --- FOX 9 News --- December 12, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/YjISjB

 

40. “Police: Drunken Caretaker Accosted Wheelchair-bound Woman in His Care” --- A live-in caretaker faces an assault charge after the wheelchair-bound woman he cares for accused him of drunkenly yelling at her and breaking two phones when she tried to call 911. Officers went to the Meadow … --- Patch.com --- December 12, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/9ab8Ai

 

41. “Woman Targets Elderly, Handicapped in Minneapolis Burglaries” --- Minneapolis police are trying to identify and locate a woman suspected of burglarizing the apartments of the elderly or handicapped over the past several months. --- FOX 9 News --- December 7, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/E1OOn4

 

42. “Woman Sentenced for Swindling Disabled Victim” --- A Columbia woman who in 2010 took thousands of dollars from a mentally disabled woman through intimidation was sentenced yesterday to probation instead of prison so she can pay back the victim … --- Columbia Daily Tribune --- December 11, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/u11bzs

 

43. “Elwyn Nurse Suspended from Second Nursing Job” --- A nurse, charged with endangering an Elwyn group home resident, has been suspended from her position at the Vineland Developmental Center, according to the state Department of Human Services. --- Vineland Daily Journal --- December 8, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/siwqYm

 

44. “Sentencing Day in Long Island Hate Crime Beating of Disabled Man” --- Friday is sentencing day for a Long Island man convicted in the brutal beating of a mentally-challenged man. Brian Karris, 36, faces up to 15 years in prison for the hate crime. --- 7Online.com --- December 14, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Rp0Odl

 

45. “Quadriplegic Man Robbed of iPhone He Used to Communicate” --- A heartless crime against a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy has left him with one less way to communicate with others: 38-year old William Washington kept an iPhone on a tray attached to his wheelchair so he could … --- NBC New York --- December 8, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/vbHvrF

 

46. “Mom Sues School over Special-Needs Son's Death” --- The mother of a 16-year-old boy with special needs who died after being physically restrained by school staff for allegedly refusing to leave the basketball court at his school has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the school. --- ABC News --- December 6, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/WrMuPj

 

47. “Disabled Girl Victimized by Thieves” --- Disabled girl victimized by thieves. Thursday, December 06, 2012. Thief stole a $500 wheelchair ramp from the home of a disabled 5-year-old. --- 7Online.com --- December 6, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/XjcqWN

 

48. “Former Teachers Aid Charged with Assaulting Handicapped Student” --- A former teachers aid has been arrested for assaulting a handicapped student here in Eastern Carolina. Halifax County deputies charged Dozine Jones of Enfield with assaulting a handicapped person. The 54-year-old woman worked at Northwest High ... --- WITN --- December 5, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/ECIhxR

 

49. “Special Needs Woman's False Teeth, Hearing Aides Stolen after Surgery” --- Jeff Mauldin is hoping for a "Christmas Miracle" to help his wife, Corilee. Jeff and Corilee both have special needs. The two have been married for 21 years and haven't spent much of that away from each other. --- WCNC --- December 5, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/5GAUQ2

 

50. “Man Pleads Guilty to Raping Mentally Handicapped Woman” --- An Oak Harbor man was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday after he plead guilty to raping a mentally handicapped woman. Charles Cartwright, 43, of Oak Harbor, plead guilty to rape — a first-degree felony … --- Fremont News Messenger --- December 14, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/8LlXQP

 

51. “Cleveland Man Charged for False Imprisonment of Disabled Veteran” --- Caldwell is a disabled veteran and uses a cane and service animal to aid him. Goins eventually walked away and after authorities began an investigation. Goins was arrested and charged with simple assault, false imprisonment and public intoxication. --- Cleveland Daily Banner --- December 10, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/KgW3zo

 

52. “Self-neglect, Financial Exploitation Remain Top Concerns for Vulnerable Adults” --- Self-neglect and financial exploitation remain the top concerns for for elderly and disabled Oregonians, according to a report issued by Oregon Department of Human Services.--- Statesman Journal --- December 13, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/nWOHoQ

 

53. “3,000 Seniors, Disabled Adults Were Victims of Abuse Last Year, State Report Finds” --- Adult protective services officials at the state Department of Human Services received more than 28,000 reports of potential abuse last year, of which 4,052 were substantiated. The division received about 1,000 more reports last year than in 2010 ... --- OregonLive.com --- December 11, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/vEF26x

 

54. “Caregiver Sentenced in Eugene for Theft” --- A woman who worked as a caregiver was sentenced Tuesday in Eugene to more than four years in prison for taking more than $26,000 from an elderly man. The 56-year-old Bimla Boyd pleaded guilty to stealing assets … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 5, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/BjliXy

 

55. “Upper Gwynedd Man Conspired with Wife to Steal from Disabled” --- ... An Upper Gwynedd man faces court supervision for allegedly conspiring with his wife to receive some of the proceeds of her scam to steal from a disabled Hatfield man for whom she was power of attorney. --- The Reporter --- December 13, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/sXAYGx

 

56. “Caregiver Accused of Bilking Elderly Woman Heading to Trial” --- Collier police say she was working as a caregiver for a Fairacre Court resident whose “health was declining” and used the woman's checks and credit cards to spend $11,000 over the past year. Seifert allegedly began using … --- Patch.com --- December 13, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/fkQSzD

 

57. “SC Ringleader Sentenced in Insurance Scheme Involving Severing Mentally Disabled Man’s Hand” --- A South Carolina judge has sentenced the 58-year-old ringleader of a scheme to cut off the hand of a mentally disabled man to collect insurance money. --- Washington Post --- December 14, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/EZtf1b

 

58. “SC Disabilities and Special Needs Being Audited” --- The state Legislative Audit Council is investigating the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs amid allegations mentally and physically disabled clients have been abused. --- Anderson Independent --- December 10, 2012 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/nkW72C

 

59. “No Charges for Alogonquin Woman Who Abandoned Disabled Daughter” --- While her actions were “inexcusable,” an Algonquin mother will not face criminal charges for abandoning her 19-year-old disabled daughter at a Tennessee bar, according to the district attorney general in Campbell County, Tenn. --- Chicago Tribune --- December 10, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/YvYi1N

 

60. “Teen Customer Allegedly Pulls Auto Shop Owner from Wheelchair at Gunpoint” --- This is a story about attempting to right a wrong at Bam's Auto Express in southeast Houston. First, a little about the wrong. Bam Lewis said 19-year-old Derwin Hadley came to his shop to have his car modified to a … --- KHOU --- December 12, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/cHaArw

 

61. “Houston Cops Accused of Deadly Force on Unarmed, Disabled Man” --- Police Officer Matthew Marin shot and killed the one-armed and one-legged Claunch in September 2012 inside a group home for the mentally ill when responding to a dispatcher's … --- Examiner.com --- December 6, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/73e4PV

 

62. “Torture, Killing of Disabled Man Alleged” --- For four months the 27-year-old autistic man’s body lay under the earth before detectives finally discovered him last month, revealing what investigators say was a horrific case of torture and abuse. --- Janesville Gazette --- December 5, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/F5WJKh

 

63. “Police Use Taser Gun on Mentally Challenged Man – Twice” --- Salt Lake police are being accused of firing a Taser gun on a mentally challenged man -- not just once but twice. If that wasn't enough, the Salt Lake County Jail may have booted the man out onto the street alone. --- ABC 4 --- December 12, 2012 (UTAH) http://is.gd/eNh3iF

 


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64. “Disadvantages of Being a Disabled Native American” --- Hay:yung my name is Rodney Donahue. I am 54 years old and a disabled Hoopa Tribal member living on State SSI. I receive $854 from California State disability insurance every … --- Two Rivers Tribune --- December 13, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/imhF8n

 

65. “Sonoma County Mental Health Squad Backs up Law Enforcement” --- The team is part of a broader push to improve the way police respond to people with behavior problems stemming from mental illness or alcohol and substance problems. It has been something community members have been … --- Santa Rosa Press Democrat --- December 11, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/GViUMm

 

66. “Dade City Man Accused of Killing Social Worker Who Came to Help” --- Since day one, police say, social worker Stephanie Ross had been uncomfortable visiting Lucious Smith, a man with a criminal history dating to 1977 when he was charged with carrying a concealed ice pick and resisting arrest. --- Tampabay.com --- December 12, 2012 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/RzsnAT

 

67. “Lawmakers Push Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Bill” --- The bill comes in the wake of several high-profile child abuse cases in Alabama, including one in Huntsville just two months ago when three children were found severely malnourished in a locked apartment … --- WHNT --- December 11, 2012 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/5Cm0mw

 

68. “Report: Mental Health Care at Ill. Center Lacking” --- A public watchdog group says state officials should move mentally ill offenders from an Illinois youth detention center because treatment is insufficient. A report by the John Howard Association says only 8 of 17 mental health ... --- WREX-TV --- December 12, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/eL15IY

 

69. “City Police Department Adopts Policy to Handle Disabled Citizens” --- The city's police department is used to accommodating those with disabilities since the Illinois School for the Deaf, Illinois School for the Visually Impaired and Jacksonville Developmental Center have called Jacksonville home for decades. --- WLDS-WEAI News --- December 10, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/tSAQws

 

70. “Disabled Advocates Hope Senate Will Again Take up UN Disability Treaty” --- Advocates for Louisiana's disabled residents are trying to figure out why the Senate failed to ratify what they view as a non-controversial treaty designed to bring U.S. protections to other countries. --- NOLA.com --- December 13, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/pdpiI0

 

71. “Families Mostly Powerless When Mentally Ill Adult Resists Help” --- Their torment peaked in the weeks before the 2006 tragedy that would rend the Bruce family forever and propel Joe Bruce to become a nationally recognized advocate for families of the mentally ill. --- Press Herald --- December 11, 2012 (MAINE) http://is.gd/a1JkdV

 

72. “DA Convenes Conference on Crimes Against Disabled, Elderly” --- Marblehead police officer David Ostrovitz talks with Deb MacGregor from the Essex District Attorney's Office at a resource table at the conference, 'From Crime Scene to Sentencing, and Beyond: Addressing Crimes Against Persons with Disabilities and Elders. --- Wicked Local --- December 4, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/iQFUtP

 

73. “VA Program for Handling Vets' Finances Criticized” --- The inspector general of the Veterans Affairs Department found last year that the program had "significant weaknesses" and needs to be changed. The program assigns relatives, friends and associates to oversee the finances of mentally disabled or ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 10, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/61cMh8

 

74. “Cuomo Creates Cabinet on Integrating Mentally Disabled” --- “To improve treatment for the most seriously ill, the criminal justice system knows more than the mental health system and has to be at the table,” Jaffe said in an e-mail. “The lack of their participation is what has led to there being more mentally ... --- Elmira Star-Gazette --- December 3, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ayEpxN

 

75. “NC Governor Still Working on Group Home Solution” --- Beverly Perdue won't release a solution to attempt to ensure certain residents in group homes losing Medicaid coverage can keep a roof over their heads until probably next week … --- abc11.com --- December 14, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/fsvZnH

 

76. “Ohio Board of Education Takes First Step Toward Statewide Restraint, Seclusion Room Policy” ---
The Ohio Department of Education said the unregulated use of restraints and seclusion rooms have been a concern for years. Recent complaints by Columbus students have put a task force back in action. --- 10TV --- December 10, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/I1tvTM

 

77. “SD Program Aims to Curb Fetal Alcohol Syndrome” --- South Dakota's largest medical facility and the Oglala Sioux Tribe have announced a partnership to expand a program aimed at preventing fetal alcohol syndrome and other alcohol-related problems affecting Native American .. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 13, 2012 (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/V6Wdhz

 

78. “TN Losing Chance to Address Special Needs in Health Coverage, Experts Say” --- Tennessee's decision not to create its own health-insurance exchange means missing opportunities to tailor health plans to meet the special needs of its population, some health … --- The Tennessean --- December 12, 2012 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/NaD3bP

 

79. “Students Rally Against University's Treatment of Assault and Mental Illness Cases” --- Approximately 150 students, masters, administrators and staff members gathered for a sit-in and rally against the university's treatment of mental illness and sexual assault cases on campus. --- The Rice Thresher --- December 6, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/mihsod

 

80. “Richmond City Official Leaves Job amid DSS Investigation” --- The City remains focused on the ongoing review of the Richmond Department of Social Services (RDSS) Child Welfare division. At our request, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is continuing to review … --- WRIC --- December 10, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/FGr7wk

 

81. “Reviewer: Va. Honoring Settlement over Disabled” --- After nearly a year of negotiations, the state and federal governments agreed to a deal that called for the state to close four of its five training centers and create 4,200 waivers over 10 years to better serve disabled clients at home or in more ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 8, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/CPJIXn

 

82. “DSHS, Advocates Work to Improve Long-term Care Services” --- The subcommittee's formation follows a recent report, “Too Little Too Late: Ending Tolerance of Abuse and Neglect,” prepared by Disability Rights Washington and Columbia Legal Services. --- Port Orchard Independent --- December 15, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/gN5Ocy

 

83. “High Caseloads, State Regulations Pressure Child Abuse Investigators” --- Brown County Child Protection Services Intake Access social worker Mina Teske works in her cramped office in the Sophie Beaumont Building in downtown Green Bay. Teske is usually the initial point of contact in child abuse or neglect cases. --- Green Bay Press Gazette --- December 16, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/kLRek7

 

84. “Marchers Demand Social Services Funding Amid Fiscal Cliff Cuts” --- Raymond Moody of Milwaukee holds a sign outside Sen. Herb Kohl's office in Milwaukee Monday while participating in a march to protect social services from cuts as lawmakers in Washington D.C. hammer … --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- December 10, 2012 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/OdD862

 

85. “Autism Experts Say No Evidence of Link between Asperger's and Violence Like in Connecticut”
--- Those kinds of symptoms are consistent with Asperger's, said psychologist Eric Butter of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, who treats autism, including Asperger's, but has no knowledge of Lanza's case. --- Washington Post --- December 15, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/lXplyj

 

86. “Washington Digest: Senate Rejects Disabilities Treaty” --- "What this treaty says is very simple: It just says that people can't discriminate against the disabled. It says other countries have to do what we did 22 years ago when we set the example for the world and passed the Americans with Disabilities Act ... --- Las Vegas Review – Journal --- December 9, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/S00dWC

 

87. “Editorial: GOP Paranoia Knocks Back Disabled Rights Treaty” --- Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who said (without a shred of evidence) that the treaty “crushes” American sovereignty and would open the door for bureaucrats to take disabled children away from their parents. --- STLtoday.com --- December 8, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/0hfPY2

 

88. “Just 1 in 7 Teens with Mental Illness Gets Meds” --- Just 1 in 7 Teens with Mental Illness Gets Meds Despite worries that too many young people are taking prescription psychiatric drugs, a newly released report says that only 14 percent … --- PsychCentral.com --- December 6, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/qRbt5f

 

89. “Children with Autism 9 Times More Likely to Have ER Visit” --- “This finding of higher rates of emergency room visits among children with autism demonstrates that many children with autism aren't receiving sufficient outpatient mental health care to prevent … --- PsychCentral.com --- December 6, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/6qEU1N

 

 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws
 
90. “Missouri Lawmakers Begin Tough Task of Reviewing State's Child Protection Laws” --- Missouri lawmakers say they'll conduct a full review of the state's rules and regulations on child protection. The Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect met for the first time Monday. It has a heavy task ahead of them - and a ... --- KSPR --- December 3, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/6KGDjy

 

91. “Broken Bow Woman Fighting Against Guardianship Law” --- A Nebraska law designed to prevent abuse of vulnerable citizens by their guardians has gone too far, according to Margaret Smith of Broken Bow, and she wants it repealed. --- Lexington Clipper Herald --- December 10, 2012 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/drQRPD

 

92. “Christie Signs 'Tara's Law' Requiring More Oversight of Foster Homes for Disabled Adults” --- ... pleading guilty to neglect and theft. The new law requires foster home providers undergo evaluations to see if they are fit to continue caring for a disabled person, and require case managers' supervisors to visit the … --- The Star-Ledger -NJ.com --- December 7, 2012 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/fIfIEY
 
 
International Articles
 
93. “Woman in Wheelchair Stabbed in Robbery” --- Police said the woman, 57, was riding her motorised wheelchair along The Horsley Drive underpass, at Fairfield, when two males attacked her about 12.45pm. One of the attackers got the woman … --- The Australian --- December 7, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/WW3LAj

 

94. “Harrow Mom of Disabled Student Claims Discrimination” --- Liz Salter walks with her son Matt, 14, near their Harrow, Ont. home after he was dropped off by his school bus. Salter is concerned about his safety. Matt suffered a brain injury after being hit by a car in 2010. --- Windsor Star --- December 7, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/a78Vnu

 

95. “Man Steals from Disabled Woman Delivering Christmas Cards” --- A disabled woman was left distressed after a thief in a distinctive car stole her handbag while she was delivering Christmas cards. A man stole the woman's black leather handbag containing a Fiorelli purse … --- Echo --- December 16, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/siNPDl

 

96. “Carer Caught Red-handed Stealing from Disabled Man” --- Carer caught red-handed stealing from disabled man. The angry father of a disabled man confronts his carer on camera after catching her stealing money from his bedroom. --- Telegraph.co.uk --- December 14, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/ZKysjG

 

97. “Mum Fuming After Bus Driver Leaves disabled Daughter Out in Cold” --- A pensioner with a disabled daughter is furious after a bus driver left them out in the cold to give priority to mums with pushchairs. Janet Chapman, 61, was with her daughter Tammy, 23, who has Down's syndrome … --- Cambridge News --- December 10, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/J2Rr8l

 

98. “Sharp Rise in Abuse of Disabled Adults Across Hampshire” --- In total, there were 2,145 allegations of abuse of vulnerable adults, a rise of five per cent, including some where they had been slapped, locked in bedrooms or left to go hungry. --- This Is Hampshire --- December 10, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/vI8qO2

 

99. “Disabled Passenger Trapped on Bus until 3am After Driver Fails to Spot Him” --- A helpless wheelchair user was left trapped on a parked bus until 3am after the driver failed to spot him at the end of his shift. The man, 60, was said to have fallen asleep shortly before the double-decker was put in … --- Mirror.co.uk --- December 7, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/84Y2T6

 

100. “Honduran Disabled People Protest” --- A group of disabled people protested today outside the Ministry of Finance after knowing that Honduran government financial support given to them had been reduced by ... --- Prensa Latina --- December 6, 2012 (HONDURAS) http://is.gd/BBrtF9

 

101. “Serious Concern over Mentally Ill Child Admitted to Adult Unit in Cork” --- Mental health inspectors have expressed serious concern over the welfare of a vulnerable mentally ill child who was was admitted into an adult psychiatric facility in Cork earlier this year. --- Irish Times --- December 11, 2012 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/nZj79P

 

102. “Disabled Man Tied to Car, Dragged for Nearly a Kilometre” --- A physically-challenged man was allegedly tied to a car by his friend and dragged for nearly a kilometre over differences with him at Tilwara near Jabalpur today, police said.--- NDTV --- December 8, 2012 (INDIA) http://is.gd/Wn3cUu

 

103. “Jonathon Rowe is Among the Estimated 400,000 Jamaicans, Representing 15 per ...” --- “We are working to ensure that persons with disabilities, or special needs, are included in the economic, civil and political processes of our country, because the aim is to have a more inclusive society, where all persons, including the disabled, can ... --- Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service --- December 5, 2012 (JAMAICA) http://is.gd/zIlbdg

 

104. “Nursing Homes Hiring More Disabled Workers” --- Kobayashi is one of a growing number of intellectually disabled people working at nursing care facilities for the elderly, mostly by serving meals and cleaning. --- The Daily Yomiuri --- December 9, 2012 (JAPAN) http://is.gd/81rBdj

 

105. “Kenyan Stars Push for Rights of People with Disabilities” --- CBM Kenya, a Christian, disability and development organisation has supported a group of local artistes — Daddy Owen, Camp Mulla's Miss Karun, Wyre, Denno, Daniel Musango and Emmy Kosgei — to help advocate the rights of … --- Daily Nation --- December 9, 2012 (KENYA) http://is.gd/s1ri2B

 

106. “Almost 80% of Working-age Russians with Disabilities Are Out of Job” --- Placement services assist in the employment of approximately 85,000 persons with disabilities per year, which is about a third of the total number of working-age persons with disabilities seeking assistance in their employment … --- Russia Beyond The Headlines --- December 3, 2012 (RUSSIA) http://is.gd/FdZ10n

 

107. “Somalia's Handicapped War Victims Suffer in Silence” --- The different wars Somalia had witnessed over more than 20 years rendered many of its citizens handicapped in the absence of specialized centers to cater for their needs and help them reintegrate into society. --- Al-Arabiya --- December 6, 2012 (SOMALIA) http://is.gd/rpmdhi

 

108. “Sharp Rise in Vulnerable Adults at Risk from Abuse” --- The number of vulnerable adults thought to be at risk of harm or abuse in Glasgow has more than doubled in just three years. The number of vulnerable adults thought to be at risk of harm or abuse in Glasgow has more than doubled in just three years ... --- Herald Scotland --- December 7, 2012 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/wD0v88

 

109. “Social Workers and Overtime: What to Do If You're Heading Towards Burnout” --- The average social worker puts in more than eight hours of overtime each week, according to a survey by Liquid Personnel. Managing director, Jonathan Coxon, gives his top tips on how to manage your working hours and what to … ---Communitycare.co.uk --- December 12, 2012 (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/Dph6iB
 

 


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