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News Summary for February 11, 2013
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. “Pastor Arrested for Raping Mentally Handicapped Child” --- A Cave City pastor was arrested on Jan. 25 for felony rape following an investigation that began with an emergency call on Jan. 15. The 911 call was from the mother of a 15-year-old female victim … --- The News --- February 6, 2013 (ARKANSAS) http://is.gd/oJw9WI
 
2. “1 of 4 Defendants Pleads Guilty in Gang Rape of Mentally Disabled Girl, 11, at ...” --- One of four defendants has pleaded guilty in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl with the mental capacity of a 5-year-old in Riverside County. --- The Republic --- January 30, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/NC1FLs
 

 

3. “14-Year-Old Teen with Autism Dies Mysteriously In Treatment Facility” --- When a 14-year-old boy with autism checked into the Rose Rock treatment facility on Friday, his family had no idea they not would not see him alive again, Channel News 4 reports. --- News One --- February 7, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/5jYV8o
 

 

4. “West Palm Jury Awards $1.7 Million to Mentally Disabled Girl Sexually Assaulted on School Bus” --- Jurors in West Palm Beach have awarded a mentally challenged girl $1.7 million for the trauma suffered when she was raped on a school bus in 2007. --- The Republic --- February 7, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/10iqh0
 
5. “Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Involving Deaf and Blind Students” --- A spotlight was cast on the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind in the Kapahulu area in 2011, after police started investigating allegations of widespread sex abuse between classmates. --- KHON2 --- February 1, 2013 (HAWAII) http://is.gd/niXnte
 

 

6. “Woman Pleads Guilty to Leaving Disabled Men in Hot Van” --- A 47-year-old Elgin woman who is accused of leaving four disabled men in a hot van in a Walmart parking lot last summer has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two months probation. --- Patch.com --- February 8, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/GbNQk0
7. “Caregiver Arrested for Abusing Disabled Man in Group Home” --- She is also seen and heard taunting and encouraging a disabled female resident to assist in the abuse of the man. The man is seen trying to defend himself and the people who recorded the video can be heard laughing in the background. --- CBS Local --- February 4, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/b66qyQ
 
7. “State Settles with Family of Disabled Woman Sexually Abused at Boulder Center” --- The state has paid a $350,000 settlement to the family of a developmentally disabled woman who was sexually assaulted by an employee at the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder in 2010. --- Billings Gazette --- February 8, 2013 (MONTANA) http://is.gd/qN4uKD

 

 
8. “Head of Tennessee's Child Protective Services Resigns After '151 Children Died ...” --- Head of Tennessee's child protective services resigns after '151 children died in custody within a 3.5-year period'. Kate O'Day has served as commissioner of state's Department of Children's Services since … --- Daily Mail --- February 5, 2013 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/1Doh1X
 
9. “Developmental Disabilities on the Rise: Straight from the CDC” --- There is an "increasing need for health, education and social services, and more specialized health services for people with Developmental Disabilities," reports the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). --- Boonville Daily News --- February 1, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/4VivWA
 
10. “N.J. to Change How it Investigates Allegations of Abuse and Neglect of Developmentally Disabled” --- On Monday, February 4, 2013, the State Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens unanimously approved a motion to transfer the Special Response Unite (SRU) from the Department of Human … --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- February 5, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/wvaimw
 
11. “Woman Jailed for Pimping Mentally Challenged Teen” --- A city woman recently acquitted in Manitoba's first-ever human-trafficking case admitted she groomed a mentally challenged teen to perform sex acts on city cab … --- Sun News Network --- January 30, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/sSMNxX
 
 
Abuse/Crime-related

 

12. “Sonoma Developmental Center is 'Cadillac of Care,' Parents' Representative Says” --- In the wake of reports of abuse and inadequate investigation at Sonoma Developmental Center and other state-run homes for the developmentally disabled, the head of a parents' advocacy group is giving the public another perspective. --- Patch.com --- February 7, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/rKYgw8>

 

13. “Sonoma Disability Center Staff Weighs in on Abuse Claims” --- ... a longtime senior psychiatric technician at the Sonoma Developmental Center, said the scandal has clouded the typically high quality of care offered at the institution, whose patients have … --- The Bay Citizen --- January 31, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/3UgTUn
 
14. “Man Charged with Theft from Oakland Park Group Home” --- While residents of an Oakland Park home for intellectually disabled adults were in North Carolina, a caretaker stole electronics the residents used and pawned the goods for drug money, the … --- Sun-Sentinel --- February 7, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/RGg8yL
 
15. “Orange Staffers under Investigation after Comments about Students with Disabilities” --- Orange County school officials are investigating a group of Orange County staffers in connection with a Facebook message that called on students with disabilities to “buck up” because “life doesn't come with an accommodation plan.” --- Orlando Sentinel --- January 31, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Wdwz93
 
16. “School Officials Investigating After Special Needs Child Left on School Bus ...” --- The Jones County Sheriff's office and school officials are investigating after a special needs child was left on a school bus for nearly six hours Tuesday. --- 41 NBC News --- February 6, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/8DTjlE
 
17. “2 Caretakers Charged with Battery of Special Needs Patients in Merrillville” --- A Merrillville woman who worked as a caregiver has been charged with battery after the special needs patient told another staff member she had been pushed down. --- Post-Tribune --- February 1, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/xPGSlX
 
18. “District Investigating Duct Tape Incident Involving Special Needs Student” --- The employees involved in the duct-taping of a special needs student have been placed on leave. Listen: MSD of Wayne Township spokesperson Mary Lang says one teacher … --- 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis --- February 6, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/0PaWH5
 
19. “Police Say Woman Accused in Adult Neglect Case in Now on the Run” --- The Powell County Sheriff's Department said Thursday that a woman accused of neglecting, exploiting, and feeding dog food to a mentally handicapped woman is on the run. --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- February 7, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/ry2uku
 
20. “Rite-Aid, Ex-worker Settle Disability Lawsuit for $250K” --- The Camp Hill-based Rite-Aid drug store chain will pay $250,000 to settle a disability discrimination and retaliation complaint filed by an epileptic former worker at one of its Maryland facilities … --- Business Management Daily --- February 1, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/Lc01U4
 
21. “Two Men Allegedly Beat, Rob Man in Wheelchair in Worcester” --- Two men allegedly beat and robbed a 41-year-old man who uses a wheelchair Sunday night near 1014 Main St., according to police. Officers were called to a local nursing home Sunday to talk to a man about a robbery that night. --- Worcester Telegram --- February 4, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/oYWDS9
 
22. “Woman Charged with Abusing Disabled Brother Out on Bail” --- A local woman who allegedly mistreated a mentally-disabled couple is out on bail and awaits a trial on charges of assault and battery on a disabled person. --- Eagle-Tribune --- February 1, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/f1Ttp2
 
23. “Newton Woman Allegedly Assaulted Man in Wheelchair in Waltham” --- A Newton woman was arrested recently after she allegedly punched an elderly man in a wheelchair at his Waltham home, according to Waltham Police. --- Patch.com --- January 31, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/rM5DDF
 
24. “Kansas City Teen Found Chained in Basement” --- Kansas City police found a mentally-challenged teen handcuffed to a pole in the basement of his father's home on Monday. The teen said his daily diet consisted of one package of oatmeal, one package of Ramen noodles and two bologna ... --- KSDK --- February 7, 2013 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/6npBNV
 
25. “NJ State Police Trooper Wants Disciplinary Charges Dropped in Beating of Disabled Man” --- A State Police trooper who was disciplined in connection with the beating of a mentally disabled man contends officials broke the law by waiting too long to punish him, and … --- Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com --- February 6, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/38SR8E
 
26. “Killing of Staten Island Disabled Man Spurs Lawsuit” --- Police found John Parisi unresponsive inside his apartment at 339 Harbor Rd. at about 8 a.m. April 10, after a 911 caller said he had hit his head on the table and was knocked unconscious, according to a police source. --- SILive.com --- February 1, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/J8gycW
 
27. “Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping and Assault on Handicapped Person in Moore County in 2006” --- A Moore County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree kidnapping and assault on a handicapped person for a 2006 incident, District Attorney Maureen H. Krueger said. --- Fayetteville Observer --- February 6, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/IzUPMQ
 
28. “Disabled Woman Says Handyman Tried to Sexually Assault Her then Attacked Her” --- A disabled woman said her handyman tried to sexually assault her and then left her for dead in a burning house along Walkers Ferry Road in west Charlotte … --- WSOC Charlotte --- February 5, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/A2hPu1
 
29. “Grand Forks Man Sentenced for Sex with Disabled Girls” --- A Grand Forks man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for having sex with two mentally disabled girls over a period of two years. --- WDAY --- February 7, 2013 (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/m11fZx
 
30. “Deejay Suspended for Mocking Caller with Down Syndrome” --- Mo took a phone call from a woman with Down Syndrome. Kellie Baker says she mistakenly called the deejay. But, he jumped on her disability and poked fun at her.WTSP.com reported on a recording of the in … --- About - News & Issues --- February 5, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/wc0E5h
 
31. “Lawsuit Against Dayton Police Officers Settled Out of Court” --- A lawsuit filed by a mother and her mentally challenged son against the city of Dayton and two police officers has been settled for $10,000. --- Dayton Daily News --- January 30, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/GIAyct
 
32. “Student with Special Needs Comes Home with Bruises: Mom” --- Maria Tukora of Brookhaven says she discovered the bruises on her 13-year-old daughter who has special needs. --- NBC 10 Philadelphia --- February 7, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/nAb0hd
 
33. “Videotaped Beating of Mentally Disabled Woman Brings Prison for Second Pa. Girl” --- Jasmir Womack, 17, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison in the videotaped beating of a mentally disabled woman who was sitting on her steps in a struggling city just outside Philadelphia. --- CBS News --- February 1, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/bJqsPu
 
34. “Editorial: Who Protects Parkland Patients from Sexual Abuse?” --- As the latest series of reports reveals, Parkland's in-house police force — primarily responsible for investigating criminal allegations against hospital staff — apparently almost never sustains complaints of sexual abuse, even when the accused are ... --- Dallas Morning News --- February 7, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/LjJzRO
 
35. “Parents Say School Responsible in Developmentally Disabled Girl's Rape” --- When a 16-year-old girl attended Sam Houston High School in Houston, Texas a teacher's assistant made sure she got between classes and on and off of the school bus safely. --- WCSH-TV --- February 4, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/DleBCd
 
36. “Caretaker Charged with Abusing Mentally Disabled Man” --- A caretaker has been charged with abusing a mentally disabled man. And court records indicate this isn't the first time. Friday, Teri Lynn Stoker was charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult, a third degree felony. --- ABC 4 --- February 4, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/veRUkz
 
37. “Wheelchair-bound Man Robbed of Lottery Winnings” --- Newport News Police are investigating a robbery involving a 62-year-old victim, who lost his lottery winnings. Police say Kenneth Jones, Sr. used his wheelchair to travel to and from Mo's Convenience … --- WAVY-TV --- February 6, 2013 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/MHPEgU
 
38. “Jail for Assaulting 2 Disabled Women in Ellensburg” --- A 52-year-old Ellensburg man accused of sexually assaulting two disabled women pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault with sexual motivation. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 1, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/S9CZoR
 
39. “Deaf Former Inmate Sues City for Lack of Interpreter” --- A former inmate is suing the District of Columbia, alleging that the city's Department of Corrections violated both the Americans with Disabilities Act and its own policies by denying him an interpreter during his incarceration. --- NBC4 Washington --- February 2, 2013 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) http://is.gd/Z19pgh
 
40. “Kanawha County Couple Arrested After Autistic Boy Found Wandering Alone” --- Managers at the complex say the couple doesn't live in the apartment, but Vestina's mother does, and she's currently in the hospital. The couple is in jail on a $10,000 bond and charged with child neglect creating risk of injury. --- WCHS-TV8 --- February 7, 2013 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/p3nGS9
 
 
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41. “Mom Wants School to Protect Special Needs Daughter” --- At least once a week, Cothren said that a non-blood family member has been following her daughter Ashley's school bus, waiting for the 12-year-old special needs girl to get off the bus. --- WAFF --- January 31, 2013 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/5oEBTP
 
42. “Mental Illness Soars in Prisons, Jails while Inmates Suffer” --- … during his incarceration at California State Prison in Sacramento, after a long history of mental illness. His story, first reported by the blog Solitary Watch, is an example of how the criminal justice system … --- Huffington Post
 
43. “Teenager's Transition to Colorado's Adult Mental Health System Highlights Problems” --- The family says they're at the mercy of a mental health system that qualifies their daughter for residential care in 30-day snapshots. --- The Denver Channel --- February 7, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/G2YU09
 
44. “Senate Committee Approves Mental Health Bill” --- Giving licensed professional counselors the authority to involuntarily commit patients would fill a need and ease the strain on Georgia's mental health system, promoters of SB 65 testified Tuesday. --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- February 5, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/v8RBVP
 
45. “Lawmaker Wants State to Fund Autism Therapy for Iowans” --- Instead of merely mandating that insurance companies cover certain programs for autism patients, a bill he is drafting would allow the insurance companies to submit therapy receipts to be reimbursed by the state … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- February 7, 2013 (IOWA) http://is.gd/0tIBD3
 
46. “Former Mental Health Worker Pleads Guilty to Production, Possession of Child Pornography” --- An Augusta man waived indictment and pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to one count each of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney's office. --- Bangor Daily News --- February 5, 2013 (MAINE) http://is.gd/93rRTY
 
47. “LePage's Budget Would Cut Off Patients with Special Needs” --- The clinic's patients come from places like Farmington, Augusta, Topsham and Sanford -- 25 to 30 people a day -- seeking dental care delivered with large doses of compassion and understanding. --- Press Herald --- February 1, 2013 (MAINE) http://is.gd/HXIDAM
 
48. “Mental Health May Top Michigan Budget Priorities” --- Those in need: Currently, Medicaid offers health and mental health services to low-income families with children, but low-income people without children typically aren't eligible. --- Lansing State Journal --- February 4, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/1s8P9V
 
49. “Lawmakers Want to Up Schools' Mental Health Funds” --- Kathy Sheran unveiled a bill Friday that would give schools an extra $10 million over the next two years to bring in mental health specialists … --- St. Cloud Times --- February 1, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/aVEot7
 
50. “Bail and the Mentally Ill” --- City data show that mentally ill defendants are less likely to be able to post bail and stay in jail twice as long as inmates who don't have mental health issues … --- New York Times --- February 7, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/F6NNv3
 
51. “Caregivers at Home Will Need Oversight” --- The situation is unique when a caregiver works completely alone in the home of an elderly person.Many of the elderly, without needing nursing home care, can be frail, forgetful, and even have some fears and habits that can instigate behaviour requiring ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- February 1, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/EDF2fm
 
52. “Time to Step Up and Pay for Mental Health Programs, Key Oregon Lawmaker Says” --- Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, is imploring legislators to come up with millions of dollars more for mental health services. --- OregonLive.com --- February 6, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/28ADL8
 
53. “Advocates of the Poor, Mentally Ill and Disabled Ask SC legislators to Expand Medicaid” --- Advocates for expanding Medicaid say if legislators do not act, hundreds of thousands of poor South Carolinians will be left without health care coverage. --- The Republic --- February 7, 2013 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/tL9iUc
 
54. “Bill Requires Insurance for Autism Treatments” --- While Utah has the highest rate of autism spectrum disorders in the country, it's one of 18 states that doesn't require insurance to cover the disorder. --- Fox 13 Now - Salt Lake City --- February 7, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/RhvLaV
 
55. “Woman with Disability Battles Mother over Independent Living” --- In a hotly-contested case, a court is set to decide whether a 28-year-old with Down syndrome or her mom should determine if the young woman lives in a group home or with her friends. --- Disability Scoop --- February 8, 2013 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/scjLrM
 
56. " ‘Justice for Jenny’ Down Syndrome Guardianship Case Headed for Trial” --- Friends of Margaret "Jenny" Hatch — a 28-year-old with Down syndrome who is the subject of a contested guardianship case — on Thursday were permitted by a judge to intervene in the case, giving them a chance to win guardianship ... --- Daily Press --- February 7, 2013 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/T5hFoe
 
57. “Time to Overhaul Washington State's Broken Mental-health System” --- Washington state's public mental-health system is so fractured and dysfunctional that the absurd has become the norm. For evidence, look no further than the emergency rooms of King County hospitals. --- The Seattle Times --- February 3, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/OeaD2R
 
58. “Sunday Dialogue: Treating the Mentally Ill” --- Recent tragic events have linked mental illness and violence. Some people — I, for one — consider this link dangerously stigmatizing. People with mental illness are far more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators. --- New York Times --- February 2, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/HNQPvA
 
59. “Unemployment Surges for People with Disabilities” --- Despite the glum picture for Americans with disabilities, the employment situation was little changed for the general population. Statistics show that the economy added 157,000 jobs in January but the unemployment rate was relatively stable at 7.9 percent. --- Disability Scoop --- February 1, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/6wwyaD

 

 
Proposed Legislation and New Laws
 
60. “Arizona Bill Makes it Easier to Detain Suspected Mentally Ill” --- Initial approval has been given to a bill making it easier for police to detain people believed to be a danger to themselves or others because of a mental issue … --- KTAR.com --- February 6, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/dNqgf2
 
61. “Hawaii: Deeply Flawed Mental Health Bill to be Heard Friday” --- Under this proposed legislation, Hawaiians would be subject to warrantless entry into their homes, warrantless seizure of their firearms and other weapons based solely on a mere “report” by a so-called “mental health professional. --- Hawaii Reporter --- February 6, 2013 (HAWAII) http://is.gd/XGAgU2
 
62. “Sen. Dahle Authors Legislation on Mental Health Training in Schools” --- As part of a larger push by DFL Senators to address mental health issues in Minnesota, Senator Kevin Dahle has authored legislation (S.F. 260) that would aid in identifying the early warning signs of mental illness in children and adolescents. --- Patch.com --- February 6, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/UdfZZt
 
63. “Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal Inspires New Legislation in Missouri” --- Outrage over the Penn State child sex abuse scandal has prompted a Missouri lawmaker to push for new mandates for reporting child sex abuse. --- KY3 --- February 4, 2013 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/MoLaQF
 
64. “ND Bill Aims to Protect Seniors, Vulnerable Adults” --- Health care workers, law enforcement and other professionals would be required to report the abuse of senior citizens and other vulnerable adults under bipartisan legislation considered by the North Dakota Senate. --- Jamestown Sun --- February 7, 2013 (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/LlmWhT
 
65. “Vt Lawmakers Hit Shumlin on Mental Health Cuts” --- Some Vermont lawmakers Tuesday said proposed budget cuts by the Shumlin administration would undermine efforts to improve the state's mental health system. --- Businessweek --- February 6, 2013 (VERMONT) http://is.gd/lTPMhu
 
66. “Gov. Walker Unveils Nearly $30 Million Increase for Mental Health Services in Budget” --- The governor said his proposal includes an additional $3.7 million in funding for children with behavioral problems, $10.2 million to expand community-based care programs for adults and children with severe mental illness, $12.5 million to fund two ... --- Wisconsin State Journal --- February 7, 2013 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/2NW3yj
 
67. “Senate Group Votes to Boost Mental Health Services” --- A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Thursday that would expand and improve the availability of mental health services for people with mental illnesses in the hopes of addressing yet another issue tied to the gun-control debate. --- USA TODAY --- February 7, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/Vy0P2J
 
International Articles
 
68. “Most of 800,000 People with Disabilities in Afghanistan are Uneducated and Unemployed” --- Disability in Afghanistan Afghanistan is one of the most mine contaminated countries in the world. It is believed that there are still about a million mines in the country, killing and maiming hundreds of people every year. --- Khaama Press --- February 3, 2013 (AFGHANISTAN) http://is.gd/Bws8xq
 
69. “Australia Still Grapples with Mental Health Plans” --- In a recent report, federal Mental Health Minister Mark Butler has expressed how despite financial backing, Australia is still not able to fight back issues surrounding rising suicide rate. --- TopNews United States – February 2, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/jai1eo
 
70. “RailCorp Loses 18-Month Court Case Against Federal Disability Discrimination ...” --- Federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes won an 18-month legal battle against RailCorp yesterday, with a court finding that the state's rail operator discriminated against blind passengers. --- The Daily Telegraph --- February 1, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/pncu9C
 
71. “BC Changing Guardianship Rules Involving Vulnerable People” --- The province is making changes in guardianship rules involving both vulnerable children and adults who are unable to manage their own financial affairs. --- News1130 --- February 6, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/sfiowQ
 
72. “Police Face Investigation over Physical Restraint of Disabled 11-Year-old Girl” --- The police watchdog has launched an investigation into a complaint about the treatment of a disabled 11-year-old girl who was restrained by officers. --- The Guardian --- February 8, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/i4LmsN
 
73. “Husband Who Stabbed Mentally Ill Wife to Death was Struggling to Cope, Inquest Told” --- A devoted husband who stabbed his mentally ill wife to death before taking a fatal cocktail of drink and drugs was struggling to cope, an inquest heard. --- Herts and Essex Observer --- February 8, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/qAKxcZ
 
74. “Stephen Hirst Jailed for Drugging Amputee Wife” --- A full-time carer who gave his double-amputee wife six times her usual dose of morphine to "shut her up" has been jailed for 13 months. Stephen Hirst, 53, of Hatherleigh Road, Exeter, substituted … --- BBC News --- January 31, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/6aUjNp
 
75 “Man Jailed for Stealing Thousands from Vulnerable Adult” --- A Tilney All Saints man who stole more than £20,000 from a vulnerable adult over a period of almost three years has been jailed. George Ward, 35, of Glebe Estate, was sentenced to three years and three … --- Lynn News --- January 31, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/xxNKlm
 
76. “EasyJet Fails to Overturn Fine for Disabled Passenger Solo Boarding Ban” --- EasyJet has failed to overturn a court ruling that it discriminated against disabled passengers by stopping them from boarding alone. The British airline had been fined £60,000 by a Paris court in 2012 after three wheelchair-bound customers were turned ... --- Mirror.co.uk --- February 7, 2013 (FRANCE) http://is.gd/mYon9a
 
77. “The Pain of Being Mentally Ill in Ghana” --- The patients' security and life is also threatened by those who are yet to be treated as was reported recently where a discharged patient was attacked and killed by a mentally ill one. Accra police reported that 35-year-old Miss Charlotte Nyarko died ... --- Africa Review --- February 1, 2013 (GHANA) http://is.gd/AJEObr
 
78. “Greek Cuts Threaten Children with Special Needs” --- Amid another public sector strike in Greece there are concerns that austerity measures will deprive children with special needs. --- euronews --- January 31, 2013 (GREECE) http://is.gd/taMpk7
 
79. “Two Held for Raping Mentally Challenged Woman in Upleta” --- A 20-year-old mentally challenged woman was allegedly raped by two persons in Upleta town of Rajkot district. Police have arrested VishalPopat (19), who runs a canteen at the bus depot, and a water … --- Times of India --- February 4, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/pzyxN6
 
80. “Following Spate of Tragic Teen Suicides Ireland Launches a School Mental Health Handbook” --- The growing problem of teenage mental health and suicide prevention in Irish schools 'is not about going to one person anymore,' Irish Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch told the press this week. --- IrishCentral --- February 1, 2013 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/dvLg2q
 
81. “Disabled Group Call for Protection in Kenya Election” --- Zaja says the government has yet to implement measures to protect the disabled in the upcoming balloting. The group also accuses Kenya's political parties of excluding the disabled from prominent positions. --- Voice of America --- February 5, 2013 (KENYA) http://is.gd/pgbBOW
 
82. “Focus on Rural Mental Health Issues” --- The farming community is tackling mental health, with a range of rural mental health initiatives under way. Federated Farmers has launched "When Life's a Bitch", a campaign to provide farmers with information on what to do and where to go for help with ... --- Stuff.co.nz --- February 5, 2013 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/bTbMXa
 
83. “Making a Case for Nigerians Living with Disabilities” --- Nigeria is a country that occupies 923,768sq km in Western Africa making her the 32nd largest nation in the world. It comprises 36 states and has a population of more than 162 million, making … --- spyghana.com --- February 7, 2013 (NIGERIA) http://is.gd/70fhQT
 
84. “Special Needs Teacher Who Branded Pupils 'Beasts' Avoids Ban” --- A teacher has avoided being struck off the register despite being found guilty of referring to children at a special needs school as "beasts". The General Teaching Council (GTC) for Scotland came … --- stv.tv --- January 31, 2013 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/VyiykK
 
85. “Disabled Scots Want Explanation over 'Heartless' Benefit Reforms” --- Disabled Scots have demanded that the UK Work and Pensions Secretary visits Scotland to explain "heartless and senseless" benefit reforms they claim have left people "on the scrapheap". --- stv.tv --- February 5, 2013 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/W5oLXH
 
86. “Special Olympics Focuses on South Korean View of Disabled” --- But the arrival of 3,000 intellectually disabled athletes from around the world has also spotlighted South Korea's long-criticized treatment of the disabled, who for decades were kept out of sight and out of the mainstream. --- Northwest Asian Weekly --- February 2, 2013 (SOUTH KOREA) http://is.gd/yHWvqd

 

 


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