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News Summary for May 23, 2015
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

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 an interest.

Dr. Nora's Top Articles:

For this week, although there is the usual reporting of abuse, there are a significant number of articles with good news!  

 

I had to create a new category for “Weirdities in the News” or a Variety section….good and not so good. I also included a section for abuse cases involving schools:

 

GOOD NEWS!!!!

In two articles covering the Disability and Abuse/Disability and Guardianship Projects’ work, news articles described the U.S. Department of Justice complaint we filed regarding the practice of L.A. Superior Court to remove the right to vote of proposed conservatees appearing before them. Without a proper showing of evidence that the individual is not able to vote, the court should not rule against them.  The USDOJ responded by not only calling for an investigation in the Los Angeles court, but expanded the investigation to all 58 counties.  We are very excited!!! The second article features the young man whose expressed desire to vote brought the issue to our attention. Although over 50 papers nationally covered the news, please see articles # 2 and 6 for coverage.  Both Tom Coleman and I (Nora Baladerian) are quoted.  Let us know your thoughts!!

 

Additionally, article #78 covers likely passage of SB 589 here in California that requires that proposed conservatees be presumed competent to vote, and only when clear and convincing evidence of inability even with reasonable accommodation has been presented may a judge remove that right.  It is likely the bill will pass next week and be signed by the Governor. 

 

Article #38 describes a settlement in New Mexico of a lawsuit alleging violation of the waiver system which resulted in massive denials of needed services to thousands of individuals with disabilities.

 

Article #61 describes an investigation in VA that reveals system failures in reporting abuse and highlights the importance of investigation proposed conservators due to high levels of abuse of individuals with disabilities.

 

Article #74 describes a bill in Texas to install videocameras in classrooms and isolation rooms for special education students.

 

Article #79 describes HB5 that authorizes clerks in guardianship proceedings to refer cases of wrongdoing for criminal prosecution.  

 

Now comes a series of “weird stuff:”

 

#3 - medical errors in psychiatric hospital rampant- corrections to be made

#5 - three hospitals in San Diego found to be “unsafe.”

#7 - Porterville Hospital: two police officers found to have embezzled lot of money

#9 - California County Probation Department, in a settlement, will no longer be allowed to place juveniles with disabilities in solitary confinement, which was one for up to 23 hours per day, for days on end.

#22 - After being found guilty of pushing a man using a wheelchair out of his wheelchair, police officer is demoted.

#26 - The division of licensing in Michigan failed to report to APS 25% of cases of suspected abuse.

#51 - In Pennsylvania, a lawsuit is pending to allow felons to provide care to vulnerable elders. What? “Give them a chance."

#58 - The mother of a student with disabilities finds all special education students photos are not in school yearbook. Why?

#102 - In the UK a research project on sexual abuse of adults with disabilities was conducted, finding, among other things, that 63% of the victims had learning disabilities (British for intellectual and developmental disabilities) and 37% had physical disabilities.

This week, I am using only types of abuse to identify the articles with a section on “schools” to identify those occuring that involved school personnel:

Sexual abuse:  10, 12, 21, 27, 28, 33, 45, 52, 54, 63, 87

Physical abuse:  14, 18, 29, 49, 53, 55, 62

Financial abuse:  11

Neglect:  23

Abuse involving schools, school personnel:

10, 33, 45, 52, 63 (sexual abuse by a student of a student while aides were present—multiple occasions seen on video!)


Abuse/Crime-related

 

1.   “Phoenix Man Accused of Tipping Man in Wheelchair into Road” --- Police arrested a homeless man on Monday in relation to an alleged assault of a man with a disability, according to a police report. Just after noon. --- azcentral.com --- May 19, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/RjBUcL

 

2.   “Disabled LA Man's Desire to Vote Leads to Probe of Alleged State Violations” --- Stephen Lopate was just a boy when he first mentioned he wanted to vote someday in a presidential election. It was 2008, and he told his mother he ... --- Los Angeles Times --- May 22, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/arWdFy

 

3.   “Medication Errors, Crowded Conditions at Psychiatric Facility, Report Finds” --- A Riverside County grand jury probe found prescription errors, overcrowding and other problems at a Riverside County Regional Medical Center ... --- Press-Enterprise --- May 21, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/RyrXnd

 

4.   “LA SWAT Officer Violated Policy in Use of Taser, Police Panel Says” --- A Los Angeles police SWAT officer violated department policies last year when he used a Taser on a mentally ill homeless man standing on a ... --- Los Angeles Times --- May 21, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/v8cAhS

 

5.   “Three San Diego-Area Hospitals Fined for Unsafe Practices” --- The San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital in San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista and Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Diego were ... --- NBC 7 San Diego --- May 20, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/41NrKn

 

6.   “Feds Probing Alleged Voting Rights Violations Involving Disabled Californians” --- Nora J. Baladerian, director of the Disability and Abuse Project, said that about two years ago the organization was approached by family members of ... --- Los Angeles Times --- May 20, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/5b53IN

 

7.   “Pleas Entered in PDC Embezzlement Case” --- The case against two former Porterville Developmental Center police officers has come to an end after more than five years. --- Porterville Recorder --- May 20, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/JE1eHI

 

8.   “SF Police Immune from Suit over Shooting of Mentally Ill Woman” --- San Francisco police are immune from a lawsuit filed by the family of a knife-wielding, mentally ill woman who was shot in her room at a group home ... --- SFGate --- May 18, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ckBSRN

 

9.   “Contra Costa Agencies Agree to Settle Lawsuits with Disability Rights Advocates” --- "This is a truly landmark settlement," said Mary-Lee Smith, managing attorney for Berkeley-based Disability Rights Advocates. "It calls for a ... --- Contra Costa Times --- May 19, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/tnUzXe

 

10.   “News5 Investigates: How a Pueblo Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct Was Able to Continue ... The Colorado Department of Education began investigating a series of violations special education teacher Edward Lackey reportedly committed ... --- KOAA.com  --- May 21, 2015  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/jlLQCw

 

11.   “Stamford Woman Pleads Guilty to Thefts From Disabled Friend” --- An 82-year-old Stamford woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $80,000 from a friend with medical and physical disabilities ... --- WTNH --- May 22, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/WvKmb5

 

12.   “Danielson Man Accused of Molesting Mentally Ill Victim” --- A 76-year-old Danielson man on Friday was charged with sexually assaulting a mentally ill victim, according to state police. --- Norwich Bulletin --- May 19, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/iOS7F8

 

13.   “Polk Deputies Looking for Man Suspected of Stealing 14-Month-old Girl, Autistic Man” --- A 14-month-old girl and 30-year-old autistic man were in the car. When Maybeck was leaving the scene, the child's mother tried to get back into the car ... --- WFLA --- May 22, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Q6UvdI

 

14.   “Winter Haven PD Says a Convicted Felon Abused Handicapped Citizens with Guns and a Stick” ---  Handicapped citizens in Winter Haven were repeatedly abused and tortured by being hit with what was called a "stupid stick" ... --- ABC Action News --- May 21, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/GeZyyn

 

15.   “Disabled Woman Speaks out After Vicious Attack, Robbery” --- A disabled South Florida woman is back home and recounting the horrific moment when two men wearing ... --- 7Online WSVN-TV --- May 18, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/3U3XWs

 

16.   “Cops: Robbers Spray Paint Disabled Victim's Body, Kill Kittens During Florida Home Invasion” ---  Authorities say two suspects broke into a disabled South Florida woman's home, spray painted her body and killed ... --- Daily Journal --- May 16, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/sAghhS

 

17.   “Trucker in Wheelchair Death Likely to be Charged” --- The driver who slammed his fuel truck into a van escorting a wheelchair activist will likely face charges, according to Capt. Mark Perry. --- WXIA-TV --- May 22, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/dZLsra

 

18.   “Gwinnett Care Home Workers Charged with Neglect” --- ... Wednesday and charged with seven counts of neglect of a disabled adult. ... Two caregivers at an unlicensed Gwinnett County personal care home ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- May 21, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/6HS5qc

 

19.   “Report: Men Confined in Basement of Athens 'Slave House' ” --- They were subsequently placed in the care of Adult Protective Services. ... of false imprisonment and operating an unlicensed personal care home. --- Savannah Morning News --- May 19, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/hVKF27

 

20.   “Woman Rescued After Falling Out of Wheelchair on Train Tracks in Illinois” --- A Illinois woman who fell out of her wheelchair while crossing train tracks was saved by a Good Samaritan just seconds before a train passed by. --- 6abc.com --- May 22, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/slyHsJ

 

21.   “15 years for Bourbonnais Rapist Convicted of Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- A Bourbonnais man on Monday was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping a developmentally disabled woman with the mental capacity of a ... --- Kankakee Daily Journal --- May 19, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/jtOXtm

 

22.   “Lawsuit Settled After Officer Pushes over Man in Wheelchair” --- A federal lawsuit filed after a man who was pushed over in a wheelchair by a Lafayette police officer may soon be coming ... --- WISH-TV --- May 19, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/xFkIcZ 

 

23.   “Rockland Woman Gets Jail Time for Leaving Autistic Son Home Alone” --- A Rockland woman will serve 14 days in jail for leaving her 2-year-old autistic son home alone at night so she could visit a ... --- Bangor Daily News --- May 22, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/snvWjS

 

24.   “Family of New Bedford Teen Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Police” --- According to prosecutors' report on the shooting, Gracia, whom authorities described as mentally ill, was seen on surveillance video exchanging what ... --- Boston Globe --- May 19, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/NfkuA6

 

25.   “Court Says Double-Amputee Prisoner Can Sue Warden over Cell” --- A lawsuit can go forward against a Michigan prison warden who placed a double-amputee prisoner in a cell that wasn't built for the ... --- The Elkhart Truth --- May 22, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/35NoCJ

 

26.   “Audit: State Agency Failed to Report Abuse Complaints” --- A report by Auditor General Doug Ringler says the adult foster care ... within failed to report abuse allegations to Adult Protective Services division ... --- The Detroit News --- May 19, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/ULC9aR

 

27.   “Man Accused of Sexually Abusing 8-Year-Old Girls, Mentally Disabled Woman, Rejects Plea Deal” ---

Louis Charles Chandler, 60, is accused of criminal sexual conduct with two 8-year-old girls and against a mentally disabled woman who he was ... --- MLive.com --- May 19, 2015  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/xzIBKM

 

28.   “Trenton Man Sentenced to Additional Jail Time, Probation after Assaulting Deaf Woman” --- Crane was in court for sentencing in the assault of a 55-year-old deaf woman in March. Crane was sentenced to serve 96 more days in jail after ... --- Southgate News Herald --- May 19, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/6E5MfL

 

29.   “Woman Enters Plea in Abuse of Disabled Child” --- A Duluth woman has entered a Norgaard plea of guilty in Olmsted County District Court after being accused of assaulting a disabled child in her care. --- Post-Bulletin --- May 22, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/j7aFDB

 

30.   “Ex group Home Employee Allegedly Steals from Clients” --- A former caretaker at multiple local group homes faces charges of financial exploitation of vulnerable adults for allegedly stealing more ... --- West Central Tribune --- May 20, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/TsrbIe

 

31.   “Missouri Fines Aetna $4.5 Million for Not Providing Autism Benefits” --- Aetna has agreed to pay the $4.5 million fine for not providing autism coverage in some cases, according to the statement. The Connecticut-based ... --- STLtoday.com --- May 19, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/pHbFNx

 

32.   “Nebraska Supreme Court Says State Wrongly Terminated Disabled Girl's Home-based Care Benefits” ---  "(The exhibit) made it more difficult for disabled children than disabled adults to meet eligibility requirements for waiver services. The obvious ... --- Daily Journal --- May 22, 2015  (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/SHx7ut

 

33.   “Special Ed Teacher at Andre Agassi Academy, Her Ex-boyfriend Charged in Sexual Assault of Child” --- A former special education teacher at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a Las Vegas school founded by the tennis ... --- New York Daily News --- May 23, 2015  (NEVADA) http://is.gd/wxRMwn  

 

34.   “Man Who Used Wheelchair Beaten to Death inside Newark Home” --- Newark police are hunting for the brutal attacker who killed a man who used a wheelchair. Wilbert Kesselly was found dead inside his home on ... --- New York Daily News --- May 21, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/UDrtSw

 

35.   “Autistic Boy, 7, Unjustly Suspended, Mom Says” --- "New Jersey law mandates that you can't suspend a preschooler... I just believe that due diligence is in order if a child with special needs is involved in ... --- NJ.com --- May 20, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/TNY2zp

 

36.   “Special Ed Student Suspended over Nerf Bullet in N.J. School, Report Says” --- Atlantic City educators suspended an 11-year-old special education student after a Nerf bullet with a toothpick stuck in it was deemed a weapon by the ... --- NJ.com --- May 20, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/IXov0v

 

37.   “Hackensack PD Seeks Help Finding JC Woman Who Wandered from Special Needs Facility” --- A 27-year-old woman with the mental capabilities of a 10-year-old remained missing tonight after wandering off from a special needs facility ... --- Cliffviewpilot.com --- May 19, 2015  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/Byx7nU

 

38.   “Settlement to Change New Mexico's Disability Waiver System” --- A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over claims of wrongly denied or limited services for people with developmental disabilities after the state ... --- Myrtle Beach Sun News --- May 22, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/SuyMCh

 

39.   “Lawsuit: Mentally-ill Clovis Man Kept in Solitary Confinement for 7 Months Without Treatment” --- A lawsuit says a Clovis man struggling with schizophrenia was placed in a Curry County solitary confinement cell ... --- Daily Journal --- May 18, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/GPNanV

 

40.   “Wheelchair-Stroller Made for Disabled Child Stolen from Las Cruces Family” --- Dominique Perriguey, a severely disabled 6-year-old, is pushed by her cousin, Jezreal Prieto. The wheelchair-stroller customized for Dominique costs ... --- Las Cruces Sun-News --- May 16, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/ibqeCK

 

41.   “Sentencing Is Delayed for Ex-Rikers Captain Convicted in Inmate's Death” --- The inmate, Jason Echevarria, 25, died after ingesting a toxic detergent known as a soap ball while he was being held in a unit for mentally ill ... --- New York Times --- May 21, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/lnsdxf

 

42.   “Bellevue Hospital Patient Brutally Beaten by Prisoner Meant to be Placed in Psych Ward: Lawsuit” ---  "Watters was supposed to be confined to the (prison psychiatric ward) ... but due to overcrowding, was moved to a floor with mentally ... --- New York Daily News --- May 20, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Ns7RzH

 

43.   “Buffalo Woman in Motorized Wheelchair Killed Crossing Seneca Street” --- A Buffalo woman crossing Seneca Street on a motorized chair was struck and killed Friday night, police reported. The victim – identified as Dusty Wells ... --- Buffalo News --- May 16, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/aZvNTB

 

44.   “NC Settles with Psychology Manager Fired After Inmate's Dehydration Death” --- A prison psychology manager initially fired after a mentally ill inmate died of thirst last year returned to work this month with a ... --- WRAL.com --- May 21, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/0ns7ZK

 

45.   “Special Education Teacher in Mandan Charged with Having Sex with 17-Year-old Student” --- She is a special education teacher at Mandan High School. Police say they received a report from a private counselor on Wednesday that said a male ... --- Daily Journal --- May 16, 2015  (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/r9Ml9H 

 

46.   “Police: Woman Forced Sex on Mentally Ill Man” --- A Lincoln Heights woman was arrested Thursday night, nearly two years after police say she forced sexual contact on a man with a mental illness, ... --- Cincinnati.com --- May 22, 2015  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/JY362E

 

47.   “Cleveland Attorney Faces New Charges While In Prison for Stealing from Disabled Veterans” --- A Cleveland attorney serving 16 years in prison for fleecing a disabled Army veteran of $262,000 was indicted Friday on charges ... --- cleveland.com --- May 22, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/7KNtVP

 

48.   “Study: Mentally Ill Inmates Stay Longer in Central Ohio Jail” --- Mentally-ill inmates at central Ohio's biggest jail stay longer, return more frequently and often aren't connected with the ... --- Washington Times --- May 17, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/SacUhk

 

49.   “Oklahoma City Woman Accused of Assaulting 11-Year-old Boy with Autism” --- An Oklahoma City woman is accused of assaulting an 11-year-old boy with autism. Delsey Lee, 23, told police she was cleaning ... --- kfor.com --- May 18, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/13KZoh

 

50.   “Mom Says Blind Son Was Sexually Assaulted at School” --- An investigation is underway after a mother told police her blind 9-year-old son was sexually assaulted at his school. The mother said her son was ... --- NBC 10 Philadelphia --- May 21, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/R6Pdbi

 

51.   “Lawsuit Aims to Give Those with Felony Convictions the Chance to Work with Older Adults in Pa.” ---  ... which bans anyone with a felony conviction from working in nursing homes or home health care settings for the elderly or mentally ill. --- Newsworks.org --- May 17, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/ErbdJi

 

52.   “Sto-Rox Special Needs Teacher's Assistant Accused of Having Sexual Relationship with Student” --- A special needs teacher's assistant in the Sto-Rox School District has been arrested following allegations that he engaged in a sexual ... --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- May 17, 2015 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/9vbgZq

 

53.   “TBI: Hamblen County Healthcare Provider Indicted for Patient Abuse” --- A Hamblen County woman who runs a health care facility in her home has been indicted on charges of abusing and neglecting two dependent adult ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- May 19, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/KsnKqt

 

54.   “Former Bryan Reserve Officer Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Disabled Person” --- A former Bryan reserve police officer indicted last year on 58 counts of child pornography was back in jail Thursday after Brazos ... --- Bryan-College Station Eagle --- May 21, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/R02wWq

 

55.   “Mother Accused of Abusing 6-Year-old Child with Special Needs” --- A Humble woman is facing charges after allegedly abusing her 6-year-old child with special needs. Lauryn Nicole Jefferson, 25, is charged with injury ... --- KPRC Houston --- May 21, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/22dsUP

 

56.   “Deputies: Suspect Stole Wallet from Special Needs Person at Gas Station” --- Deputies: Suspect stole wallet from special needs person at gas station. Crime Stoppers are offering cash reward on information on a suspect who ... --- KHOU --- May 20, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/z9Y8aN

 

57.   “Police: Man Rode off from Walmart on Stolen Electric Wheelchair” --- The man was caught on surveillance video walking into the store then taking off while riding the wheel chair. “He finds one of those electric, motorized ... --- KGBT-TV --- May 16, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/g9rWRn

 

58.   “Utah School Says Special Needs Students Don't Belong in Yearbook; Mom Furious” --- The school principal reportedly told her it was because "we don't have the pages," but the director of special education for Tooele County, Mat Jackson ... --- Syracuse.com --- May 19, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/ulCSg8

 

59.   “Police Seek Man Who Held Head of Boy with Down Syndrome Under Bathroom Faucet, Stadium 8” ---  A St. George family is looking for answers after a man allegedly forced the head of a 14-year-old boy with Down syndrome into a movie ... --- St George News --- May 18, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/SmqACl

 

60.   “Disabled Teen Found Living in Filth, Woman Arrested” --- A Woodbridge woman is facing charges after police say a teenager with disabilities was found living in deplorable and unsanitary conditions, ... --- WWBT NBC12 News --- May 19, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/LDtiCq

 

61.   “Addressing Abuse, Neglect of the Elderly and Disabled” --- Last year alone Adult Protective Services investigated more than 17,000 reports of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation, with about 18,000 of them ... --- WVTF --- May 18, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/2wA5CJ

 

62.   “7 Former New Jersey Nurses Indicted in Amputation” --- Authorities announced the indictments Tuesday against members of the Vineland Developmental Center staff. Prosecutors allege the nurses wrapped ... --- Bellingham Herald --- May 20, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/vHXb4w

 

63.   “Family Sues Yakima School District, Alleges Abuse on Bus” --- The father of an 8-year-old girl with Down syndrome is suing the Yakima School District, alleging his daughter was repeatedly molested by another ... --- The Seattle Times --- May 18, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/uDFmmR

 

64.   “Supreme Court Sides with Police in Confrontations with Mentally Disabled” --- ... Alito, who frequently sides with law enforcement, said the actions of two police officers to subdue the woman did not violate her constitutional rights. --- USA TODAY --- May 18, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/ZFmkUu

 

Seeking Improved Support

 

65.   “Elderly, Physically Disabled Voters Can Now Skip to the Head of Line at Alabama Polls” --- Voters at the Cove United Methodist Church precinct in Hampton Cove had to wait over an hour to cast their ballot during the 2008 presidential ... --- AL.com --- May 21, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/P3HoBC

 

66.   “County Finds Space for Mental Health Center: San Mateo Facility Would be Alternative to Jail, Hospital” --- That response can end with the person being placed on a psychiatric hold, arrested or in extreme situations even injured ... --- San Mateo Daily Journal --- May 18, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/SIrFyM

 

67.   “Tenn. Family to Move to Atlanta for Autism Treatment” --- Renita Jackson wants her boys -- ages 9, 7 and 5 -- to get help from the nationally acclaimed Marcus Autism Center, a non-profit organization that ... --- 13WMAZ --- May 15, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/wVb2AY

 

68.   “Psychologist to Head Chicago Jail, Nation's Second Largest” --- Dart said that since the 1960s, the number of beds in Illinois' state-run psychiatric hospitals has fallen to fewer than 1,500 from 35,000, which is why ... --- Reuters --- May 19, 2015   (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/kmw7Nv

 

69.   “Mississippi Lawmaker Pushes for Dyslexia Awareness” --- They had the fourth-grader tested recently and learned he had dyslexia, a learning disability that involves difficulty learning to read. “When he realized ... --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- May 16, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/CAb5yY

 

70.   “Workshop Focuses on Ways to Keep Mentally Ill Out of Jail” --- According to the alliance, 90 percent of the approximately 9,000 people booked in the county jail each year are mentally ill or under the influence of ... --- Santa Fe New Mexican --- May 16, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)   http://is.gd/wMheQX

 

71.   “NYC Pioneers an Innovative Alternative for Those on the Verge of a Mental Health Crisis” ---  Community-based mental health services are particularly vital at a time when the number of beds in state psychiatric hospitals has declined ... --- Huffington Post --- May 17, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/XDqy0J

 

72.   “More Kids Are being Diagnosed with Autism and the Demand for Programs Already Exceeds the Supply” --- About 100 of them, Murray said, are on the severe end of the autistic spectrum, with other serious disabilities in ... --- Burlington Times News --- May 16, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/jYXMTr

 

73.   “Pa. Lacking in Care for Mentally Ill” --- Decades ago, psychiatric hospitals across the country started closing. Harrisburg's is gone. It now houses state offices. The only two left in the state ... --- abc27 --- May 20, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/WNugKa

 

74.   “Parents and Kids Testify for Cameras in Special Education Classrooms” --- ... in any Texas classroom where there are vulnerable special needs kids, and require cameras in an isolation room where any child may be kept. --- KXAN.com --- May 21, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/muOScX

 

75.   “Houston County Deals with Influx of Mentally Ill Inmates” --- It's costing Houston County taxpayers thousands of dollars each day to keep the mentally ill off the streets. During a recent class for new detention ... --- 13WMAZ --- May 20, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/7IAiK0

 

76.   “Husband-and-Wife Team Begin Work on Cure for Colour-Blindness” --- The couple first experimented on the squirrel monkeys because they lack a gene that allows colour-sensitive cells in the … --- Newsweek --- May 17, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/MzfE5S

 

77.   “Big Strides for Mental-health Reform, but Work Remains” --- Doug and Nancy Reuter, parents of Joel Reuter, a 28-year-old mentally ill man killed by police in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. --- The Seattle Times --- May 16, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/mDAOGM

 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

 

78.   “Bill Aims to Keep Voting Rights for People with Disabilities” --- SB589 would make it clear that those who are under a court guardianship because of disabilities are presumed to be mentally… --- San Diego Union Tribune --- May 22, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/05Uv0C

 

79.   “In Guardianship Bill, Checks that Could Have Helped Others” --- Guardianship proceedings: HB5 gives clerks of court authority to refer cases of wrongdoing for criminal prosecution; curbs legal wrangling over fees; ... --- Sarasota Herald-Tribune --- May 19, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/n3fhsq

 

80.   “Ohio Bill Would Prohibit Abortions with Down Syndrome Diagnosis” --- Abortion opponents continue to urge state lawmakers to ban the procedure when it's based solely on a pre-term diagnosis of Down ... --- Youngstown Vindicator --- May 20, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/83FhLK

 

81.   “New Law Overhauls Special Education Funding in Tennessee” --- A bill passed by Tennessee lawmakers could give parents of severely disabled children more than $6,000 a year to spend on ... --- The Tennessean --- May 19, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/DD9Rs3

 

82.   “Surprise Special Needs Vouchers Elicit Mixed Responses” --- The impromptu creation of a special needs voucher program early Wednesday morning caught disability rights advocates off guard, while those who ... --- La Crosse Tribune --- May 20, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/qwEat4

 

International Articles

 

83.   “Man Charged over Sexual Assault of Wheelchair-bound Woman in Sydney's West” --- Police allege a 43-year-old man approached the woman and pushed her wheelchair off the train at Mount Druitt to a secluded area near the local ... --- ABC Online --- May 22, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/eirMH5

 

84.   “Mental Health, Legal Aid Groups Alarmed by Proposed Welfare Cuts for Psychiatric Patients ...” --- Mental health experts and legal aid groups are concerned about a bill drafted to strip the welfare payments of psychiatric patients accused of ... --- Radio Australia --- May 22, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/YHzD9v

 

85.   “Man Charged with Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- A 43-year-old man has been charged over the alleged sexual and indecent assault of a disabled woman in Sydney's west. The 57-year-old woman, ... --- 9news.com.au --- May 21, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/S4hCZ8

 

86.   “Taxi Driver Sexual Assault Case Has No Objective Evidence, Defence Says; Deaf Schoolgirl is 'Witness ...” --- The defence barrister for a taxi driver accused of sexually and indecently assaulting a profoundly deaf schoolgirl has asked the jury to ... --- ABC Online --- May 20, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/7CNib4

 

87.   “Man Jailed for Sexually Abusing Intellectually Disabled Boy Who Was Mourning the Cancer Death of ... ” ---A MAN who sexually abused an intellectually disabled boy who was mourning the loss of his stepfather has been jailed. Darren Graetz, 37, of ... --- Herald Sun --- May 18, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/npO5Zz

 

88.   “Labor Seeks Senate Inquiry into Education of Disabled Students” --- Labor leader Bill Shorten will seek a senate inquiry into the education of kids with disabilities, with the probe to examine how to better support students ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- May 17, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/lOEGPA

 

89.   “UN Condemns Canada's Deportation of Jamaican Man with Mental Disability” --- After examining the case, a United Nations Committee has found that Canada's deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who had spent ... --- New Kerala --- May 22, 2015  (CANADA) 

 

90.   “Psychiatric Patient Improved Before Suicide in Edmonton Hospital, Inquiry Hears” --- A public fatality inquiry in a provincial courthouse in Edmonton heard Wednesday that a psychiatric patient had shown improvement in the weeks ... --- Edmonton Journal --- May 21, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/3ShlJS

 

91.   “Schizophrenia Society of Manitoba Forum Dispels Myths about Mental Illness” --- "Facts and Myths about People Living with Schizophrenia and Psychosis" was organized by the Schizophrenia Society of Manitoba. --- CBC.ca --- May 20, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/DQI8um

 

92.   “UBC Students' Invention Can Warn Parents of Autistic Meltdowns” --- Students at the University of British Columbia have developed an early warning system to help prevent meltdowns in autistic kids. The device, which is ... --- The Globe and Mail --- May 20, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/Bd55ja

 

93.   “Inquest Hears Patient Likely Died from Asphyxia Due to Strangulation” --- Perry, 22, of Hampton, N.B., was a psychiatric patient at Saint John's ... whose name is protected by a publication ban -- leave the psychiatric ward on ... --- CTV News --- May 19, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/4BFugP

 

94.   “Halifax Man Charged with Stealing Purse from Legally Blind Woman” --- A 43-year-old Halifax man is facing charges after he allegedly stole money from a woman who is legally blind. Police say the incident happened at ... --- CTV News --- May 19, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/PkJYKN

 

95.   “Deaf Teen Deemed 'Medically Inadmissible' to Join Mother in Canada” --- "She is very independent, highly functional. The only difference is she is deaf. She was born so profoundly deaf that even a hearing aid is not needed. --- Hamilton Spectator --- May 16, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/ydRLM9

 

96.   “Wife of Disgraced Calgary Doctor Escapes Jail Time after Attempt to Bribe Juror” --- “A sentence can be reduced on psychiatric grounds,” Horner said. She noted since Aubrey Levin was first arrested in March, 2010, his wife had turned ... --- Calgary Sun --- May 15, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/QOkbZk

 

97.   “China's Uncounted Children with Autism” --- As part of that, China's first lady, Peng Liyuan, visited with autistic children at a Beijing rehabilitation center. Chinese scientists are becoming more ... --- Wall Street Journal --- May 18, 2015  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/cpVMgw

 

98.   “Egypt Allocates Cellblocks for Prisoners with Special Needs” --- For the first time, Egypt has allocated a number of cellblocks for the prisoners with special needs in three prisons, according to Ministry ... --- The Cairo Post --- May 20, 2015  (EGYPT)  http://is.gd/65VRIb

 

99.   “Disabled People Hit by 200% Hate Crime Rise in Lancashire” --- Reports of hate crime against disabled people in Lancashire rocketed by almost 200 per cent in the last two years. The statistic was released ... --- Lancashire Telegraph --- May 22, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/cHQJ9R

 

100.   “Teenager Who Mugged Disabled Man in Broad Daylight Spared Jail” --- A teenage girl who terrorised a vulnerable disabled man laughed as she left court after being spared jail for robbing him. Curbi Kay's victim, a man in ... --- Manchester Evening News --- May 21, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/G4rfua

 

101.   “Thief Stole Thousands from Teenager with Asperger Syndrome” --- A man who stole more than £4,000 of savings from a teenage Asperger syndrome sufferer, taking him to withdraw cash 20 times over two months, has ... --- expressandstar.com --- May 20, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/0AGTC7

 

102.   “Sexual Abuse of Disabled Adults Revealed” --- "Often the perpetrators don't have a learning disability, and often there will be gangs of boys who don't have a disability who are grooming girls who ... --- BBC News --- May 18, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/Ynw8iF

 

103.   “How I Was Groomed: An Autistic Girl's Story” --- Thousands of disabled adults across England have been sexually abused, figures obtained by the Victoria Derbyshire programme suggest. --- BBC News --- May 18, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/dsO89Q

 

104.   “Mentally Ill Patients Sent Home Unsupported, Experts Warn” --- Healthwatch England put in a Freedom of Information request and found psychiatric patients now spend six fewer days in hospital than in 2012-13. --- BBC News --- May 18, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/K9Lq0h

 

105.   “Coach Firm 'Dumps Two Boys with Special Needs Alone on Doorstep' ” --- A COACH firm for disabled and special needs children has been accused of leaving two vulnerable boys unattended after dropping them off from ... --- Croydon Advertiser --- May 18, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/JxGWX4

 

106.   “Chelsea Fan Arrested After Alleged Assault on Blind Man and Another Train Passenger” --- A women asked them to be quiet but was verbally abused before a blind man intervened and was 'roughed up'. A second passenger then tried to help ... --- Daily Mail --- May 18, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/B6pRJ5

 

107.   “Police Review under Way on Autistic Row” --- Police have launched a review into the wrongful arrest of an autistic man that followed the killing of an elderly man in Sha Tin, Police Commissioner ... --- Hong Kong Standard --- May 18, 2015  (HONG KONG)  http://is.gd/Sd6qTD

 

108.   “Man Held for Raping, Murdering Mentally Challenged Daughter in Kota” --- A 17-year-old mentally challenged girl was allegedly raped and murdered by her father here, police said on Sunday. The daughter of Hariom ... --- Zee News --- May 17, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/TyyizF

 

109.   “Research into Ageing Adults with Down Syndrome” ---  Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have begun a study to see if it is possible to protect ageing adults with Down syndrome from dementia through ... --- RTE.ie --- May 19, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/jcbUyW

 

110.   “Vulnerable Deaf Teen 'King Hit' in Unprovoked Attack” --- The 14-year-old boy suffered injuries to his face and leg during the beating, which unfolded in the grounds of van Asch Deaf Education Centre, in the ... --- The Press --- May 17, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/nI4Qg5

 

111.   “70% of Deaf South Africans Are Unemployed, this Hotel Group Hopes to Change That” --- Park Inn by Radisson Newlands and Deaf SA hope to change the rates of dead unemployment in SA by starting a new initiative that allows deaf ... --- News24 --- May 18, 2015  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/yug0Co

 

112.   “Seoul to Offer 1 Billion Won to Support Handicapped in North Korea” --- South Korea said Tuesday it has decided to provide about 1 billion won (US$917,850) to support the physically handicapped in North ... --- The Korea Observer --- May 19, 2015  (SOUTH KOREA)  http://is.gd/4ISVTB

 

113.   “Woman in Wheelchair Beaten up and Mugged by Teenage Neighbour” --- A woman in a wheelchair was beaten up by her teenage neighbour in a "savage" mugging. Sian Thomas, 45, was punched in the face and stamped ... --- South Wales Evening Post --- May 22, 2015  (WALES)  http://is.gd/vLcQ0m

 

114.   “Autism Action Plan to Tackle Delays and Gaps in Service” --- A spokeswoman for National Autistic Society Cymru said it had "long been campaigning with our supporters for the Welsh government and the NHS to ... --- BBC News --- May 18, 2015  (WALES)  http://is.gd/t6Al1e

 

 

 

 


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