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News Summary for February 25, 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. “Bus Driver Sentenced to Eight Years in Assault of Developmentally Disabled ...” --- A Norwalk bus driver has been sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman. The Hour of Norwalk reports 30-year-old Wanto Polynice also received 35 years of probation in a sentence ... --- CBS Local --- February 19, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/JZdfwM
 
2. “The Arc Responds to the Death of Maryland Man with Down Syndrome” --- The Arc is deeply saddened and shocked by the death of Robert Ethan Saylor, a young man with Down syndrome whose death last month was ruled a homicide by Maryland authorities late last week. Reports state that when Saylor refused to leave a movie ... --- PR Web (press release) --- February 21, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/kXHJV9
 
3. “Bus Driver Who Sexually Assaulted, Videotaped Special Needs Kids from NH, Maine Gets 160 Years” --- A bus driver who admits sexually assaulting and videotaping the special needs children he transported in New Hampshire and Maine has been sentenced to 160 years in prison. --- Fox News --- February 22, 2013 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/zA2RyS
 
4. “Man Indicted for Allegedly Stealing $440,000 from Department of Developmental Disabilities” --- According to authorities, Carter committed the thefts while working for the Montgomery Developmental Center in Dayton and the Warrensville Developmental Center in Cleveland. --- 10TV --- February 22, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/m1m1Y8
 
5. “W. Va. Teacher Suspended for Putting Special Needs Student In Cardboard Box” --- The Wood County school board has upheld a teacher's suspension for putting a box labeled “bad kid fort” around a special-needs student … --- CBS Local --- February 14, 2013 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/7oLMtG
 
6. “Adults with Disabilities at Greater Risk for Violence” --- Researchers reported that adults with mental illness were at three times the risk for being victims of violence, and those with physical disability at a twofold risk vs. healthy adult. Moreover, those with any disability were more likely to experience ... --- Healio --- February 22, 2013 (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/oHhIbB
 
 
Abuse/Crime-related
 
7. “Former Tucson Caregiver Gets Probation in Thefts” --- Dora Lizet Miranda,, 33, of Tucson, was sentenced to three years' probation Monday for stealing more than $1,400 in jewelry and cash from the stroke victim she was caring for. On Jan. 20, 2012, the husband of a 59-year-old wheelchair-bound stroke ... --- Arizona Daily Star --- February 12, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/CqWjEq

 

 
8. “Disabled Stockton Man Claims Rival Gang Members Stole His Prosthetic Leg” --- A gang rivalry could be the motivation behind the beating of a disabled Stockton man who was jumped and had his prosthetic leg stolen Thursday morning. --- CBS Local --- February 22, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/4iQFOQ
 
9. “Man to Be Tried in Killing of Modesto Boy with Down Syndrome” --- Attorneys on Tuesday told a judge they were not able to reach an agreement on a plea deal, so now a 20-year-old man will stand trial accused of premeditated murder in the Modesto shooting death of a 16-year-old boy with Down syndrome. --- Modesto Bee --- February 19, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/fWlcie
 
10. “Police: Wheelchair Bound Man Fatally Shoots Son in Self-defense” --- Lakeland police said a wheelchair bound man shot and killed his son in self-defense Friday evening. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. at a home on Carlton Street in Lakeland. When police arrived at the home … --- WFTV Orlando --- February 23, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/zz0GxM
 
11. “Inverness Man Charged with Sexual Battery on Disabled Person” --- A 53-year-old Inverness man is facing a sexual battery charge on a disabled person. Citrus County deputies on Monday arrested Roger A. Albritton, of 3123 E. Bryant St. in Inverness. --- Citrus Daily --- February 12, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Jv85GZ
 
12. “Mother of Disabled Man Indicted on Murder Charge” --- The mother of a young Augusta man whose badly decomposed remains were found in her home last fall has been indicted on a charge of murder. --- The Augusta Chronicle --- February 21, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/yPUh9t
 
13. “Fugitive Files Suspect Preys on Special Needs Person” --- Edward Archer is a 44 year old from Garden City who is accused of taking advantage of his neighbor's special needs son. "He opened the door, greeted him, and the suspect asked him if he could see the BB gun because … --- WSAV-TV --- February 21, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/yf9Mrh
 
14. “Woman Accused of Abusing Disabled Adult Pleads Not Guilty” --- A woman accused of abusing a disabled adult in her care was in court Wednesday morning. Investigators in Powell County say Ruby Richardson didn't feed the special needs woman properly, which caused her to start eating ... --- WKYT --- February 20, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/ysRl6L
 
15. “Judge Rules Louisiana Man Incompetent in Disabled Son's Beheading” --- A 31-year-old man accused of beheading his 7-year-old disabled son is incompetent and unable to help his attorneys fight the first-degree murder charge against him, a judge ruled Tuesday … --- Fox News --- February 20, 2013 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/HIkeNR
 
16. “Death of Frederick County Man with Down Syndrome Sparks Outrage” --- Robert Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old Frederick man with Down syndrome, died shortly after being arrested by three off-duty deputies who removed him from a local movie theater, the sheriff's office said. --- Baltimore Sun --- February 21, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/5sbtSg
 
17. “Group Urges Police Training on Down Syndrome” --- A Frederick County support group is urging increased police training related to developmental disabilities after a man with Down syndrome died in police custody. --- CBS Local --- February 21, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/MMDsqw
 
18. “Frederick County Prosecutor Promises Thorough Probe into Down Syndrome Man’s Death” --- Frederick County's top prosecutor is promising a thorough investigation into the death in police custody of a man with Down syndrome. --- The Herald-Mail --- February 20, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/ijHY6O
 
19. “Md. Man with Down Syndrome Who Died in Police Custody Loved Law Enforcement” --- Now, his death at age 26 is the subject of a criminal investigation that has left those who knew him in his Frederick County community and those who didn't around the country wondering: How did a young man … --- Washington Post --- February 19, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/obwZkc
 
20. “Salem Group Home Worker Charged with Assault” --- A Lynn man is facing charges that he struck and kicked a resident of a Salem group home for mentally challenged adults where he was working last December. Noah Russell Martin Jr., 49, was charged … --- The Salem News --- February 23, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/CDwr7W
 
21. “Teen Charged with Sexual Assault of Disabled Classmate” --- A 17-year-old Newburyport High School student has been charged with sexually assaulting a disabled female student during classes and is expected to be arraigned sometime in the near future, according to local police. --- The Daily News of Newburyport --- February 20, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/RxGxmx
 
22. “Woman Suspected of Illegally Using Vulnerable Adult's ATM Card” --- A Crystal woman is accused of using the ATM card of a “vulnerable adult” who was a client of the disabled-adult provider the woman worked for. --- Patch.com --- February 21, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/pJokza
 
23. “I-Team: Disabled Men Forced to Fight, Parents Say” --- They claim hospital orderlies are out of control, forcing developmentally disabled and autistic men to fight for the sake of watching it. --- KLAS-TV --- February 22, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/jfrVv5
 
24. “Police: Disabled Woman Raped Twice in Public Housing Apartment” --- A former tenant of the Feaster Apartments public housing building is being held on $25,000 cash-only bail for a pair of felonies alleging he twice raped a disabled neighbor. ---Seacoastonline.com --- February 22, 2013 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/6UbPey
 
25. “Autistic Man, Caretaker Shot by Off-duty Cop” --- Police say an autistic man and his caretaker were shot by an off-duty cop in Camden, New Jersey. --- 6abc.com --- February 22, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/QMJEPB
 
26. “DNA Confirms Skull that of NC Disabled Girl” --- A skull found a year ago by hunters in the woods is that of a disabled girl who was killed and dismembered by her stepmother, North Carolina police said Thursday. --- Arizona Daily Star --- February 21, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/G5ZoaP
 
27. “Allegations of Sexual Assault of Mentally Ill Woman at Assisted Living Facility” --- Police are investigating allegations of a sexual assault that reportedly took place at an assisted living facility. The victim's daughter, who we … --- WECT-TV6 --- February 20, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/20p9LL
 
28. “CMS EC Teacher Arrested for Assaulting Handicapped Person” --- A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher was arrested and charged with assaulting a handicapped person. Investigators arrested Dawn Patterson, 47, and charged her with misdemeanor assault. --- WCNC --- February 11, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/RsMeMZ
 
29. “Man Accused of Stomping on Wheelchair-bound Girlfriend's Foot” --- A man was arrested late Thursday night, accused of “stomping” on his arguing girlfriend's foot as she sat in her wheelchair. Stark County Jail records said Henry J. Hill Jr., 34, of 1641 Carmont Ave. NW, also took her phone from her to keep her from ... --- Canton Repository --- February 22, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/zLJi45
 
30. “Review: 371 Disabled Students Restrained” --- A state review shows that in one year in the Columbus school district, 371 disabled children were held down, physically removed from a class or put in closet-like rooms to calm them down. --- NewsNet5.com --- February 10, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/oHfAW6
 
31. “Man Gets Suspended Sentence in Rape Case Involving Mental Disabilities” --- Jessie James Wolfe, now 21, pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree rape involving a victim who has Down syndrome, according to a prosecutor. --- Tulsa World --- February 14, 2013 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/OuKqsj
 
32. “Trial for 2 Charged with Raping Disabled Woman is Delayed” --- The federal trial of two illegal immigrants from Mexico charged with kidnapping and raping a mentally disabled woman in Washington County has been delayed because the defense says it needs time to hire an expert to evaluate her mental condition. --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- February 23, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA)http://is.gd/sbaoRj
 
33. “Off-duty Camden Officer Shoots Autistic Man, Caretaker” --- The autistic man was shot in the arm and was in stable condition, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said, while the caretaker was seriously wounded. -- Philadelphia Inquirer --- February 22, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/m8Luex
 
34. “Fight over Smyrnes' Life Set to Begin” --- A Westmoreland County jury last week convicted Smyrnes of first-degree murder for the torture and murder of Daugherty, a 30-year-old mentally challenged woman from Mt. Pleasant who was tortured by six roommates as she was held captive in a ... --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- February 19, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/mRK6J1
 
35. “Myrtle Beach Man Punched Wheelchair-bound Man in Face, Police Say” --- A man has been charged with punching a man who was confined to a wheelchair earlier this week, Myrtle Beach Police say. The incident happened on Sunday around 6:15 pm when police say a 62-year-old man in a wheelchair was ... --- WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC --- February 20, 2013 (SOUTH CAROLINA)http://is.gd/uCLm6t
 
36. “Teen Charged in Brutal Beating of Disabled Man” --- An 18-year-old man is behind bars, charged in the brutal beating of a man with chronic heart failure. James Donald Adair is charged with assault family violence and injury to a disabled person … --- KFDX --- February 22, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/beAVd9
 
37. “Report: State Agencies Fail to Protect Psychiatric Hospital Patients” --- The report, prepared by Disability Rights Texas, recommends reforms to the state psychiatric hospital system. Its findings spread blame for the oversight failures widely, identifying multiple missed opportunities to protect patients from a handful of ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- February 19, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/But9mR
 
38. “Police Investigate After Special Needs Baby Found Alone in Highland Park Home” --- Highland Park police are investigating a case of child endangerment after they discovered a 1-year-old girl left alone in an unlocked home on Arcady Avenue on Wednesday morning. --- Dallas Morning News --- February 18, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/Sigse9
 
39. “Settlement with Facility Reached over Death of 60-Year-Old Disabled Patient” --- A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death suit against St. Giles Living Centers which alleged a lack of care caused the death of a 60-year-old mentally disabled patient. --- Southeast Texas Record
 
40. “Groups Allege Discrimination at Center for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Danville” --- Two civil rights groups are alleging racial discrimination at a treatment center and day school for people with intellectual disabilities in Danville. --- Washington Post --- February 19, 2013 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/AdTguj
 
 
Seeking Improved Support
 
41. “Glendale Mental Health Court Aims to Send Defendants to Treatment, Not Prison” --- Last month, the city of Glendale opened a new court specially designed for the mentally ill. Advocates say it's a critical issue; according to an analysis of government data by the Treatment Advocacy Center, mentally ill people in Arizona are nearly ... --- KJZZ --- February 21, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/fESTZH
 
42. “Mentally Ill Focus of Arizona Bills” --- Lost in the clamor over gun-control legislation in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre are several bills designed to prevent people with severe mental illness from committing violent acts against others or themselves. --- azcentral --- February 12, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/R5pPi6
 
43. “California Opens New Prison Psychiatric Ward” --- The care that California gives mentally ill prisoners is the subject of fierce contention in U.S. District Court, where the state has filed a legal bid to end federal oversight and lift inmate population caps that California concedes it cannot now meet ... --- Los Angeles Times --- February 19, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/hPP5rg
 
44. “Woman Shares Story of Mental Illness that Led to Husband's Shooting Spree” --- It was a story that once again brought fear to the fragile city of Aurora. Three people died and the gunman held police at bay for four hours before he was shot and killed by police. --- kwgn.com --- February 20, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/XyU22w
 
45. “Colorado May Not Be Reviewing All Child Abuse Deaths, Experts Say” --- An unknown number of child-maltreatment deaths probably go without individual review — and in some cases are unaccounted for — by Colorado's parallel systems for investigating child abuse and neglect fatalities, national experts say. --- Denver Post --- February 20, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/Nou9vl
 
46. “Malloy's Sandy Hook Panel Told Not to Equate Mental Illness With Violent Behavior” --- She told the commission that mental illness should be treated as a public health issue, not a criminal justice issue. Katz said, Newtown notwithstanding, lethal violence takes place outside school 99 percent of the time and mental illness is a ... --- Litchfield County Times --- February 23, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/nwcO4u
 
47. “Dozens Say Governor's Budget Cuts Too Much from Hospitals, Social Services” --- Grappling with a deficit projected at nearly $2 billion over the next two years, Malloy has put forth a spending plan that would cut millions of dollars in state funding to health-care providers, social service agencies and anti-poverty groups if it is ... --- Hartford Courant --- February 22, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/iMYWdB
 
48. “Newtown Killer Diagnosed with 'Sensory Integration Disorder,' Asperger's” --- Later on, he was diagnosed in middle school with Asperger's, a condition related to autism that makes social interaction challenging. A friend of Lanza's mother, who he killed before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School to carry out the ... --- ActionNewsJax.com --- February 20, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/K17WKN
 
49. “Advocates for the Deaf Concerned about Services” --- Deaf people and their advocates are fighting to keep state-funded services for the deaf, even though state officials have said it is too early to worry that services will be cut. --- San Antonio Express --- February 21, 2013 (HAWAII) http://is.gd/dbkfYf
 
50. “Tour of Jail Shows What County is Doing to House Mentally Ill Inmates” --- The challenges facing the McLean County jail in meeting the needs of mentally ill inmates were viewed up close and personal Friday during a tour of the facility by the McLean County Board's Justice Committee. --- Bloomington Pantagraph --- February 23, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/eGp6OY
 
51. “3-Year-Old in Wheelchair Patted Down by TSA” --- The father of the girl said agents told them they were singling her out because she uses a wheelchair. But not only did TSA agents check her wheelchair, they took the girl's stuffed animal away, causing her to cry, and patted her down … --- Rockford Register Star --- February 22, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/OM5N1r
 
52. “State Dumps Budget Woes on the Disabled” --- Governor [Patrick] Quinn announced his intention to close two SODCs by October 31, 2012 (the Jacksonville Developmental Center), and by October 31, 2013 (Murray in Centralia, Illinois), and on information and belief, to close all remaining SODCs soon ... --- Courthouse News Service --- February 21, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/EGzPVR
 
53. “Mental Health Funding Cuts Result in More Crime” --- Recent events have turned national attention to gun violence, but Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald says the underlying issue is mental health. People whose mental health may need attention might not receive it for several reasons. --- Iowa State Daily --- February 18, 2013 (IOWA) http://is.gd/KoDCRP
 
54. “Educators Push for Changes in Maine Student Restraint Rules” --- New rules governing the restraint of students in public schools have gone too far and need to be changed less than a year after they were instituted, according to educators who gathered Wednesday at the State House … --- Bangor Daily News --- February 20, 2013 (MAINE) http://is.gd/KKLD41
 
55. “Caretaker Fights State to Get Disabled Woman Needed Care” --- The 11 News I-Team has been following a rare legal battle that challenged state and federal laws that say all developmentally disabled individuals should live in the community and not in state-run institutions. --- WBAL Baltimore --- February 21, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/wPxnhR
 
56. “University of Maryland Doctors Group Settles EEOC Disability Bias Suit” --- The Baltimore-based University of Maryland Faculty Physicians Inc. will pay $92,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in which it was charged with failing to accommodate and ... --- Business Insurance --- February 20, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/nfcoZ0
 
57. “Worcester Parents of Disabled Kids Face Hardship After State Funding Cuts” --- A growing number of Worcester area parents are quitting their jobs to care for their intellectually disabled young adult children, because the state has failed to fund needed programs, advocates say. --- GoLocal Worcester --- February 20, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/LiZsl3
 
58. “Carson Aims to Fill Gap for Mentally Ill Inmates” --- Sheriff Ken Furlong said getting help for mental health patients was something that had been pushed aside for a long time in Carson City. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 22, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/zUFUQV
 
59. “Time to Address Broken Mental-Health System” --- The limited access to mental health professionals is characterized by months-long waits to get an appointment to see a psychiatrist, and a lack of hospital beds to accommodate individuals should they need inpatient treatment. --- Dailyrecord.com --- February 21, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/zLqjXf
 
60. “NJ Lawmakers to Hold Hearing Wednesday on Planned Closure of Two ...” --- The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and the Assembly Human Services Committee have scheduled a joint hearing to discuss the pending closures of the North Jersey and Woodbridge Developmental centers and the impact ... --- NJ.com --- February 12, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/dnBF7x
 
61. “New York City Makes Push to Clean Streets of Mentally Ill” --- New York City is pushing to clean the city's streets of dangerously mentally ill people. The city has even put out a warrant list of 25 individuals to be on the lookout for. --- RTT News --- February 19, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ykYAg7
 
62. “DJ's Unintended Dig at People with Disabilities Leads to Understanding” --- During a recent morning program, a prominent radio personality made some remarks regarding individuals with disabilities that I believed were inappropriate and crossed the line. --- Auburn Citizen --- February 19, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/pivCA4
 
63. “NY1 For You: Disabled Child Stuck In Queens Home Since Sandy to Get ...” --- An uphill battle is now over for a disabled Queens boy who continued living in his building with broken elevators from Hurricane Sandy, after NY1 For You reported on his struggle … --- NY1 --- February 12, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/2hVNHw
 
64. “Disabled Workers Increase During Poor Economy” --- In December 2011, 43,315 disabled workers in Butler, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties received benefits. In the region, the number of disabled workers grew by more than 24 percent between 2006 and 2011. --- Dayton Daily News --- February 22, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/wJe79I
 
65. “Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs Await Better Funding” --- Leaders of the House and Senate have boosted support for the EASA program, which assists youth after a psychotic break. Gov. Kitzhaber has earmarked a $1.8 million increase for the program, while the dramatic increase envisioned by … --- The Lund Report --- February 22, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/JYyFwh
 
66. “Editorial: Tragedy Raises Questions on Handling Mental Illness” --- The death of 55-year-old Matt White, allegedly at the hands of his psychologically troubled wife, raises all sorts of troubling questions about the nature of mental illness and how the families of those suffering from it can get the help they need to ... --- Delaware County Daily Times --- February 18, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/JibGAz
 
67. “Andre Thomas: The Mentally Ill, From Asylums to Jails” --- This is Part Two in a six-part series exploring the intersections of the mental health and criminal justice systems in Texas. It examines the case of Andre Thomas, a death row inmate who began exhibiting signs of mental illness as a boy and committed a ... --- Texas Tribune --- February 21, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/tDmmYw
 
68. “Waiter Who Defends Boy with Down Syndrome Starts Scholarship” --- Michael Garcia has received all kinds of fame, donations, and stardom in his tiny Texas town since he defended a little boy with down syndrome when another patron was rude and made … ---Examiner.com --- February 14, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/QWjscL
 
69. “Elderly, Disabled Struggling on Carnival Cruise Ship, Passenger Says” --- Elderly and disabled passengers aboard the fire-damaged Carnival Cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico are struggling to cope with the worsening conditions, according to at least one passenger. --- ABC News --- February 13, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/D3LUFy
 
70. “'Tragedies and Heartache:' Rally Demands Dollars for Utah Mental Health, Addiction Care” --- Several hundred Utahns coping with mental health disorders and addictions gathered in the Utah Capitol Tuesday to let lawmakers know "we recover and we vote." "We want the funding for these programs to stay in place," said … --- Salt Lake Tribune --- February 12, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/Mz7S1A
 
71. “13News Investigates: WV ‘Lacking’ Mental Health System” --- On August 28, 2012, their 22 year old son Luke Baber shot and killed two state troopers, injured a Roane County deputy and injured a Clay County tow truck driver. The shooting followed years, according to the Baber's, of trying to get help for Luke ... --- WOWK --- February 21, 2013 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/9KQoNQ
 
72. “FOX6 Investigators: More Help Needed for Mentally Ill” --- But lately, Ron's passion for riding has waned as he battles a mental illness that first manifested itself in 2006. “I thought I was being awarded $93 billion to help the Katrina victims,” he says. ---FOX6Now.com --- February 20, 2013 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/1lssj9
 
73. “Hot Sex and Disability at the Movies” --- As we head toward the Oscars on Sunday, there's one little-noted trend: sex and disability was hot at the movies last year to an unprecedented degree. And not just in degree but in kind. --- Huffington Post --- February 21, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/oNqgOY
 
74. “Some Autistic Children Recover, Study Shows” --- When doctors diagnosed Kieran Rege with autism at age 4, they painted a bleak portrait of his future. "We were told he's not going to get married. He will probably not have friends. He will always need additional support," said Kieran's mother, Jill ... --- Mercury-Register --- February 19, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/U5sW9z
 
75. “Bipolar and Addicted, Patrick Kennedy Embodies Mental Health Challenges” --- More than 4 million American children and adolescents suffer from serious mental challenges that cause significant disruption at home or school, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. --- Deseret News --- February 17, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/2gNspw
 
Proposed Legislation and New Laws
 
76. “Phoenix Commissions Approve LGBT and Disability Protections” --- Two commissions in the city of Phoenix unanimously voted to expand more protection to people with disability and members of the LGBT community on Tuesday. --- KTAR.com --- February 14, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/p8mQOG
 
77. “Committee Introduces Teen Mental Health Bill” --- The House Health and Welfare Committee voted Monday to debate a measure that would allow medical practitioners to hospitalize mentally ill juveniles for up to 24 hours. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 18, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/uNUhLS
 
78. “California Adopts New Disability Discrimination Regulations” --- Regulations proposed by California's Fair Employment and Housing Commission governing disability discrimination have been finalized after public comment and are now in effect. --- Lexology --- February 12, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/VbxPtD
 
79. “Disability Day Rally to Be Held at State Capitol” --- The Annual Disability Day rally is meant to draw attention to the number of people affected by a disability in Georgia, and to push legislators to consider them when making public policy. --- MyFox Atlanta --- February 21, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/U1SpvU
 
80. “Autism Bill Advances in House” --- “The testimony of the brave young boy clearly illustrated the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder,” said CPC Chair Angus McKelvey (West Maui, Maalaea, North Kihei). “Luke's Law will ensure that Applied Behavior ... --- Hawaii 24/7 (press release) --- February 19, 2013 (HAWAII) http://is.gd/8i681Z
 
81. “Parents, Guardians, Advocates Sue State to Block Closings of Residential ...” --- They say the closure late last year of the Downstate Jacksonville Developmental Center and the imminent closure of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia mean hundreds of men and women who are unable to care for themselves will now have to ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- February 19, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/89YaLu
 
82. “House Passes Bill Establishing Child Abuse Review Panel” --- The Kentucky House has unanimously passed a bill to create an external panel to review certain child death and near death cases. A similar bill failed to pass last year, but Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order in the spring ... --- WFPL --- February 23, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/XmtXiD
 
83. “Advancing Police Awareness of Mentally Ill, Disabled” --- State Sen. David Brinkley has introduced a bill that would upgrade state police agencies' access to training, information and other resources regarding mentally ill members of the public … --- Frederick News Post --- February 21, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/RkFVCR
 
84. “Lt. Gov. Calley: Autism Insurance Reform Will Help Families” --- It's been several months since legislation reforming autism insurance went into effect in Michigan, but the work is far from over, said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. Calley was at the Mid-Michigan Children's Museum in Saginaw Thursday to talk to ... --- minbcnews.com --- February 21, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/9EyuMo
 
85. “House Passes Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adult Changes” --- The county where a victim resides could become an eligible venue for cases when a vulnerable adult is financially exploited. So could the county where they lived at the time of the exploitation. --- Twin Cities Daily Planet --- February 19, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/0SeLX0
 
86. “Montana Legislators Highlight Bills to Improve Mental Illness Treatment” --- Some Democratic legislators and others on Monday highlighted bills they said could help improve Montana's mental illness treatment system by making some simple, cost-effective changes. --- The Missoulian --- February 11, 2013 (MONTANA) http://is.gd/S1GMn5
 
87. “Testimony Split on Bill that Could Downsize Montana Developmental Center” --- Montana's state institution for the developmentally disabled should be closed and its clients moved to community-based care, advocates for the disabled said Friday as they testified for a bill to plan the possible closure. --- Helena Independent Record --- February 9, 2013 (MONTANA) http://is.gd/fWZDEv
 
88. “'Mentally Retarded' to Be Banned from State Law?” --- The offensive term "mentally retarded" would be replaced with "intellectual disability" in Nebraska's laws under LB343. --- McCook Daily Gazette --- February 23, 2013 (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/zUDJ34
 
89. “Actions Taken in N.J. Assembly to Improve Mental Health Treatment” --- The full New Jersey Assembly on Thursday approved a measure sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver and Assemblywoman Connie Wagner to help boost access to mental health treatment by increasing insurance coverage. --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- February 21, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/5NtTW7
 
90. “Lax Oversight Leaves Law to Help Disabled New Mexicans at Risk of Abuse” --- At a time when 3 in 4 New Mexicans with disabilities don't have jobs, hundreds of workers at the Adelante Development Center in Albuquerque are the exception. They get paid to recycle paper, package products and scan documents — work that gives them ... --- Santa Fe New Mexican.com --- February 10, 2013 (NEW MEXICO) http://is.gd/YbmCUY
 
91. “Kilah's Law Would Increase Penalties for Child Abuse” --- People who commit child abuse would face tougher penalties under a bill named for a Union County toddler nearly beaten to death last year. "I know in my heart this will save many lives," said Kirby Davenport, the mother of Kilah … --- WRAL.com --- February 14, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/YuW36x
 
92. “Changing Disability Language in SD” --- Offensive terms referring to people with disabilities are no longer acceptable in the state of South Dakota. Governor Dennis Daugaard recently signed a bill updating the correct terminology to people with “intellectual disabilities. --- KDLT News --- February 20, 2013 (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/LQeSwm
 
93. “Bill Would Require Insurance to Cover Children with Autism” --- With those numbers in mind, this month state lawmakers filed legislation that could help families like the Guitard's better afford autism treatment. --- WBIR-TV --- February 20, 2013 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/IWXKcc
 
94. “Insurance Companies to Pay for Autism if Bill Passes” --- A Utah family says they have good health insurance, but their son's autism treatments are expensive and not covered by the insurance. --- KUTV Dan Sheldon --- February 20, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/sIJgOe
 
95. “Bill Would Require Educators to Tell Parents of Use of Isolation, Restraints” --- If a student poses a risk to themselves or others at a school, state law allows educators to use physical restraints or isolation rooms to try to calm the student down. However, the school is not required to tell a parent when those methods are used ... --- KING5.com --- February 20, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/LosbkX
 
96. “Federal Law Requires a Level Playing Field for Disabled Student Athletes” --- Although the extra resources are available at Rio Mesa High School—a magnet school for Oxnard Union High School District's hard-of-hearing students— there are many high schools across the U.S. that don't do enough to accommodate disabled student ... --- Camarillo Acorn --- February 22, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/R7M1Sf
 
International Articles
 
97. “Imprisonment of Intellectually Disabled Man 'Embarrassing'” --- An intellectually disabled man was left in prison for more than a year for a crime he could not have understood, largely because accommodation could not be found for him. --- The Age --- February 23, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/d7HuBf
 
98. “Thugs Steal Scooter and Bash Deaf Owner” --- A 64-year-old deaf and mute man had a bottle smashed in his face after his scooter was stolen from Swan View last weekend. --- The West Australian --- February 23, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/sier1F
 
99. “Rise in Disability Dividing the Nation” --- ANU fellow Nicholas Biddle with co-authors Mandy Yap and Matthew Gray looked at the rates of disability reported in the 2006 and 2011 censuses and found a dramatic rise in the number of indigenous Australians who are disabled, with … --- The Australian --- February 22, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/kbUWk6
 
100. “Schizophrenia Sufferer's Hostile Behavior Ignored by Mental Health System” --- Antony Waterlow, a schizophrenia sufferer who stabbed his father Nick Waterlow and his sister Chloe Heuston to death, was never found too sick to be detained by the mental health system. --- TopNews United States --- February 19, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/UO1a2O
 
101. “Mental Health Gaps 'Creating the Next Generation of Homeless Adults'” --- Jason and Kimberley McGibbon don't know where their 17-year-old son, who is mentally ill, is living and no health provider is legally able to tell them. They last saw him on Jan. 12 at Brantford General Hospital when police … --- Hamilton Spectator --- February 23, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/qCbVUJ
 
102. “BC Plans to Slash Funding for Adults with Disabilities” --- The B.C. government plans to drastically reduce the average amount of money it spends on adults with developmental disabilities over the next three years, budget documents show. --- Victoria Times Colonist --- February 20, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/hQ9QvF
 
103. “Girl Apologizes for Involvement in Attack on Man with Disability” --- But the teens say they had no idea the man had a disability. When police seized the girl's phone after the incident, they saw a text message she had sent to a friend, stating, “We almost (expletive) killed the guy.” --- The Telegram --- February 20, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/xqnYEE
 
104. “Man Jailed for Street Attack on Disabled Woman” --- A Mixenden man who carried out a drunken street attack on a disabled woman has been jailed for four-and-a-half years today. --- Halifax Evening Courier --- February 23, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/cyGRTK
 
105. “Children Deaths Lead to Calls for Better Guardianship” --- A string of recent children deaths in China have raised questions about minors' protection and guardianship, especially in rural and poor areas. Five unsupervised boys aged between four and six suffocated to death in a deserted tobacco barn in ... --- China Daily --- February 21, 2013 (CHINA) http://is.gd/31SLqj
 
106. “Man Jailed for Raping Mentally-handicapped Woman” --- An unemployed man was sentenced to eight years in jail on Wednesday for raping a mentally handicapped woman in Ap Lei Chau. Cheung Siu-hung, 29, was earlier found guilty by a High Court jury of raping the 22-year-old woman … --- South China Morning Post --- February 20, 2013 (CHINA) http://is.gd/PRZMGs
 
107. “Cumbria Police Say Disabled Hate Crime Under Reported” --- Only 17 hate crimes against disabled people were reported in Cumbria last year because victims did not realise an offence had been committed, police said. --- BBC News --- February 20, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/w2yrSc
 
108. “Payout for Severely Disabled Boy Assaulted by Police After He Stayed In Pool ...” --- Emma Norton, from the campaign group Liberty, which backed the boy in today's hearing, said: “Nothing can excuse the officers ignoring ZH's carers and brutishly intervening and restraining a distressed, disabled child who posed absolutely no threat. --- Evening Standard --- February 14, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/cB9GWa
 
109. “People with Disabilities Are Silent Victims” --- Women with disabilities are highly likely to be silent victims of gender based violence says the Pacific Disability Forum. That's led the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre to run a two week training program to empower people with disabilities to speak up and ... --- Fiji Broadcasting Corporation --- February 20, 2013 (FIJI) http://is.gd/kH0UF5
 
110. “Father Charged with Rape of 'Disabled' Daughters” --- The charges date back to 2008, when the couple were found to have ignored the recommendations of education authorities regarding their two youngest daughters, who are reported to be disabled. --- The Local.fr (press release) --- February 22, 2013 (FRANCE) http://is.gd/35wA77
 
111. “Data: Kids with Special Needs Suffer More Abuse” --- Children with special needs suffer more abuse than other youngsters, according to new data presented for the first time by the National Council for the Child at a conference hosted by Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba on Tuesday. --- Jerusalem Post --- February 13, 2013 (ISRAEL) http://is.gd/PCMIyj
 
112. “18 Million Citizens Mentally Ill – Psychiatrist” --- A United Kingdom-based Consultant Psychiatrist/CEO of Synapse Services, Dr. Vincent Udenze yesterday said over 18 million Nigerians are mentally ill though most people are not aware of their status. Udenze said the incidences of mental disorders are ... --- AllAfrica.com --- February 19, 2013 (NIGERIA) http://is.gd/7ujjfm
 
113. “Russian Cop Faces 5 Years in Jail After Leaving Disabled Man to Die on Street in -40C” --- After losing his fingers as a result of twelve hours spent in subzero temperatures, a disabled man has died from a blood clot in a Russian hospital. --- RT --- February 13, 2013 (RUSSIA) http://is.gd/2zYswP
 
114. “Oscar Pistorius Case Highlights Plight of South Africa's Disabled Prisoners” --- Prisoner A is a paraplegic man awaiting trial who, like a third of all South African inmates, has not been found guilty of any crime. --- The Guardian --- February 22, 2013 (SOUTH AFRICA) http://is.gd/kpuSSU
 
115. “Scant Help for South Sudan's Disabled” --- Tens of thousands of people disabled by shrapnel and landmines during South Sudan's two-decade-long war with Sudan and thousands more disabled through disease and accidents are struggling to find support in Africa's ... --- IRINnews.org --- February 18, 2013 (SUDAN) http://is.gd/l6KHDQ
 
116. “Surin Woman Arrested for Exploiting Disabled 13-Year-old Niece as Beggar” --- A Surin woman has been arrested for forcing her disabled 13-year-old niece to work as a beggar in South Pattaya. Raporn Bunjanthuk, 34, was taken into custody by Children and Women Protection Center officers near Walking Street Feb. 8. --- Pattaya Mail --- February 22, 2013 (THAILAND) http://is.gd/bqVhx5
 
117. “Prisoners' Ill Health and Disabilities Should Not Be a Death Sentence” --- It also reported that it was "rare to find any form of needs analysis or consultation with prisoners to help establishments carry out their duties under the Disability Discrimination Act". --- The Guardian --- February 19, 2013 (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/I8hInO
 
118. “Why Girls May Be Protected Against Autism” --- Boys outnumber girls when it comes to autism diagnoses, and researchers may have uncovered one reason why. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, but whether that trend is rooted in biological differences between the ... --- TIME --- February 22, 2013 (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/SIvU9w

 

 


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