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News Summary for July 6, 2015
Articles Compiled by Anne M. Kincaid
Commentary by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D.

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.

This week’s news articles include some especially interesting articles.  I’ll point out the “usual” stuff and some just weird stuff, too.

WHAT

Physical abuse/assault: 1, 14, 29, 38, 45

Sexual abuse/assault: 8, 19, 50

Financial abuse: 28 35, 36

WHERE:

At home (including congregate living & neighborhood): 1, 10, 14, 28, 36, 38, 45

At school:  8, 21, 29

WHO-DUN-IT:

Family member: 1

Authorized/trusted care giver: 2, 8, 10, 21, 28, 29, 36, 38, 45,

Law Enforcement: 2, 9,  35, 

Unrelated person: 14, 19, 26, 37, 50

GOOD NEWS:

23 - People with disabilities will teach 20 3-hour classes on abuse recognition and reporting to people with disabilities, using a curriculum designed by…wait for it…the DPPC!!  The Mass. Disabled Persons Protection Commission! Funded by the D. A.’s office.

27 - Single phone number statewide to report suspected vulnerable adult abuse (MN) & 39 (ND)

79 - Louisiana petitions feds for waiver to be able to award diplomas to special education students finishing high school.

BAD NEWS

76 - Kids with ADHD frequently medicated with antipsychotic medications without a diagnosis of a mental illness. Uh oh.

86 - Article describes difficult situation for individuals with developmental disabilities whose need for sexual information and assistance is not addressed.

BAD THEN GOOD NEWS:

2 - Man with Down Syndrome beaten and detained by law enforcement officer during his probationary period.  Lawsuit ends with $1 million settlement to the family from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.  Officer now has passed the probationary period and is full time deputy with the department, says he wouldn’t change anything if he could have a do-over. Young man has recovered, they say.

29 - Lawsuit ends in $350k settlement in case of female teacher who slapped and verbally abused non-verbal autistic little boy.

35 - Financial planner for Special education camps embezzles $1.3 million. Now gets 3.5 - 10 years in prison.

38 - Award winning special education teacher fired for being gay, wins lawsuit with award of $140k.

 

Abuse/Crime-related

 

1.   “Sheriff: Whetstone Mother Beat 9-Year-Old Disabled Boy with Baseball Bat” --- The boy, who is diagnosed with Down Syndrome and unable to speak, lives at a residence in Whetstone, north of Sierra Vista, with his mother and two ... --- TucsonSentinel.com --- July 2, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/Gy1KrA

 

2.    “$1M Settlement Reached in Deputy Excessive Force Case on Man with Down Syndrome: Attorney” ---  On Dec. 12, 2012, SDSO Deputy Jeffrey Guy used excessive force on Tony Martinez, 21, a man with Down Syndrome, a lawsuit states. --- NBC 7 San Diego --- July 4, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/vJALF2 

 

3.   “LA Police Unit Intervenes to Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Instead of Jail” --- The Los Angeles Police Department's mental evaluation unit is the largest mental health policing program of its kind in the nation, with 61 sworn ... --- NPR --- July 4, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/VZyqSS

 

4.   “Lawsuit: English-only Policy at Costa Mesa's Fairview Center is Discrimination” --- Six Spanish-speaking employees at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa have filed a lawsuit claiming the facility's no-Spanish policy is ... --- OCRegister --- July 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/E1MP8W

 

5.   “Jim Carrey Apologises to Family for Posting Pictures of Autistic Child in Bizarre Twitter Rant” --- Jim Carrey has apologised to the parents of autistic young children after posting their pictures without permission during a furious Twitter rant ... --- The Independent --- July 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ABvVte

 

6.   “Suit Accuses LA Unified of Diverting Millions Meant for Needy Students” --- At issue is $450 million in special education funds that L.A. Unified counted in 2013-14 as part of its existing spending on high-needs students -- a ... --- Los Angeles Times --- July 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/fe826L

 

7.   “Homeless Man Sues Glendale Hospital, Alleges Patient Dumping” --- A mentally-ill homeless man who was hospitalized after a suicide attempt is suing Glendale Adventist Medical Center after being allegedly discharged ... --- Glendale News Press --- July 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/rZfZLF

 

8.   “Oceanside Teacher's Aide Arrested on Child Pornography Charges” --- Parents also said Mendoza was a teacher's aide to students with special needs and was employed from March to June. The FBI said the child ... --- fox5sandiego.com --- June 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/RyPpuc

 

9.   “Prison Law Office Alleges 'Culture of Violence' in San Bernardino County Jails” --- Inmates with disabilities are also underserved at the jails due to the lack of proper facilities, a possible violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. --- San Bernardino County Sun --- June 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/uHJ6DZ

 

10.   “Riverside Family Sues Nurse After Traces of Chemical Found on Shirt of Burned Child” --- A Riverside family is suing a nurse and a home-health agency after a young special-needs boy was severely burned ... --- CBS Local --- June 29, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/81wzvD

 

11.   “Lawsuit: Sign-language Interpreters Fail to Communicate” --- Indeed, Nicki said the interpreter resorted to the cumbersome Signing Exact English even though most deaf people use ASL because it is faster and ... --- The Colorado Independent --- June 29, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/bZWGe8

 

12.   “Ex-bus Aide Seeks Medical Records of Autistic Student He is Accused of Slapping” --- An attorney representing James Lambert, the former Pasco County school bus assistant who resigned after surveillance video showed him slapping an autistic boy … --- TBO.com --- July 2, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/RvmKKF

 

13.   “Man Faces 30 Years in Prison after Stabbing Disabled Landlord during Drunken Argument” --- A jury found a Jacksonville man guilty Wednesday of stabbing his disabled landlord, who had recently undergone open-heart surgery, multiple ... --- Florida Times-Union --- July 1, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/bUGg6e

 

14.   “Andrew Wheeler Found Guilty in Teen Beating” --- The teen accused of beating another teen whose family says has autism, has been found guilty. Video of teen beating autistic ... --- WPBF West Palm Beach --- July 1, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/KgoD2Q

 

15.   “Tragedy Highlights Effort Regarding Mental Illness in Palm Beach County” --- Reports say Schnieders had been recently diagnosed with schizophrenia. Experts say the first thing people concerned about mental health should ... --- WPTV.com --- July 1, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/M5A8yT

 

16.   “Palm Tran Contractor Settles Suit on Handling of Disabled 5-Year-Old” --- The suit named Palm Tran Connection, the county's bus service for the sick, disabled and elderly, and its contractor, Metro Mobility Management ... --- Palm Beach Post --- June 30, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/3xgwqo

 

17.   “Teacher Charged with Battery at Gary School” --- ... Superior Court, including criminal confinement, battery on a person younger than 14, and strangulation involving two special education students. --- Chicago Tribune --- July 2, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/Ro3CEe

 

18.   “Settlement Finalized in Lafayette Wheelchair-pushing Incident” --- The city of Lafayette officially settled a case involving a police officer who pushed a man in a wheelchair during an ... --- Fox 59 --- July 2, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/CkzP7E

 

19.   “Lexington Man Charged with Rape, Kidnapping of Disabled Teen” --- Police arrested a Lexington man Wednesday night on charges that he raped and smoked crack cocaine and marijuana with a 15-year-old girl who has ... --- Lexington Herald Leader --- July 2, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/uVjtSo

 

20.   “Caretakers of Elderly or Disabled Patients Jailed on Medicaid Fraud Charges” --- Two women hired to care for elderly or physically disabled Medicaid patients were arrested for allegedly filing claims for services never rendered, the ... --- NOLA.com --- July 1, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/pKmMWk

 

21.   “Ex-Special Education Teacher Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Porn” --- A former special education teacher has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. Sixty-one-year-old Peter Flynn of ... --- MyFox Washington DC --- June 29, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/4HdsvD

 

22.   “Thieves Steal from Disabled Woman in Hyde Park” --- "You did this to a single disabled woman getting ready for surgery, bravo for you." In the wee hours of Friday morning -- someone jacked up Joann's ... --- WHDH-TV --- July 3, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/PMRXgt

 

23.   “Carrie Writes: Training Sessions to Teach How to Recognize, Battle Abuse of Those with Disabilities” --- People with disabilities and the elderly are considered to be the most vulnerable to abuse. The abuse can range from neglect to ... --- MassLive.com --- July 1, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/5WJGwN

 

24.   “Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair Stolen, Looking for Help” --- That is the desperate plea from Guadalupe Rosas. His wheelchair was stolen Monday night off of his front porch, sometime between 10:30 p.m. and ... --- WNEM Saginaw ---- July 1, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/wQ4mhR

 

25.   “Several Rochester Businesses Hit with Disabilities Act Suits” --- A Minneapolis attorney is leading a "crusade" to make Rochester businesses more handicapped accessible, while negotiating hefty payments to keep ... --- Post-Bulletin --- July 2, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/Yy3KEW

 

26.   “Charges: Mpls. Marriott Employee Sexually Assaulted Vulnerable Guest” --- An employee of the Marriott Resident Inn in Minneapolis is charged after a report of a sexual assault from one of the guests who is a vulnerable adult. --- KSTP.com --- July 1, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/1bUqyY

 

27.   “Adult Abuse Report Center Now Available” --- Minnesota has a new central system for reporting suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults with a state-wide common entry point available 24/7. --- Aitkin Independent Age --- June 30, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/iv0Nty

 

28.   “Two Charged with Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults” --- Hastings Police have charged two Rosemount women, Diane Elaine Graham, 67, and Susan Katherine Duncan, 69, with financial exploitation of a ... --- Hastings Star Gazette --- June 30, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/LgZEgV

 

29.   “Lawsuit Alleging Teacher Slapped Autistic Boy Settled for $350k” --- A federal judge has approved a $350,000 settlement in a lawsuit alleging an autistic boy — who cannot speak — was repeatedly hit and called names ... --- Springfield News-Leader --- June 30, 2015  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/jT7g2T

 

30.   “Nebraska Supreme Court Says Jury Should Hear Woman's Disability Discrimination Lawsuit” --- The Nebraska Supreme Court has given a former eye clinic worker a new shot at convincing a jury that she was discriminated ... --- Daily Journal --- July 2, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/wRAGCP

 

31.   “High Court Won't Hear Nevada Patient Dumping Case” --- The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from Nevada over a lawsuit that claims the state wrongfully bused indigent psychiatric patients to San ... --- KVVU Las Vegas --- June 30, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/j9LTkN

 

32.   “Woman Who Stole Wheelchair Charged with String of New Mexico Burglaries” --- Amanda Aberle, accused of taking a wheelchair belonging to a 6-year-old girl, was jailed in Arizona. The wheelchair was ... --- KRQE News 13 --- June 2, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/fcorgs

 

33.   “Police Issue Missing-Person Alert for Island Park Woman with Disabilities” --- Nassau County police are asking the public's help in locating Katherine Laos, a vulnerable 24-year-old Island Park woman who they said has mental ... --- Newsday --- July 3, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/ukqTAX

 

34.   “Disabled Woman Killed by Garbage Truck in Brooklyn Hit-Run: Cops” --- A Brooklyn woman using a walker was killed Thursday when a private garbage truck ran her down outside her apartment and kept going, cops said. --- New York Daily News --- July 3, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/awB9Dk

 

35.   “Rockville Centre Financial Planner Drew Morgan Pleads Guilty to Taking Money from Special Needs Camp” --- He was accused of embezzling nearly $1.3 million from two nonprofits that raise money for special needs children and $475,000 from two ... --- WABC-TV --- July 1, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/jnpSJV

 

36.   “Group Home Head Accused of Money, ID Theft” --- Authorities say Blossom Thame, of Ridge, took a 25-year-old disabled man to a Sprint store and made him buy an iPhone 6 with his own money. --- News 12 Long Island --- June 30, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/aoRZ2Q

 

37.   “Amber Alert Issued after 3-Year-old Girl with Down Syndrome Taken in NYC” --- Police say that a white girl, who is believed to have down syndrom, was taken at around noon from 345 E. 102nd St. The suspect is believed to be ... --- FOX CT --- June 30, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/dASw9S

 

38.   “Woman Accused of Assaulting Disabled Person” --- A Vale woman was arrested Tuesday, accused of assaulting a disabled woman. Chasity Shayne Ingram, 22, of 214 Vance Hull Lane, was charged ... --- Gaston Gazette --- July 1, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/KZFaF0

 

39.   “North Dakota Launching Vulnerable Adult Telephone Hotline” --- North Dakota is launching a telephone hotline to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults. --- KFGO --- June 29, 2015  (NORTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/pG7hLD

 

40.   “Police Arrest Three After Disabled Man Robbed Outside Tulsa Drug Store” --- Police say three people are in custody after robbing a disabled man as he was riding his motorized scooter home from a nearby store early ... --- News On 6 --- July 1, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/W6F4YE

 

41.   “Beaverton Schools to Pay Family of Student with Special Needs $260,000” --- The family will use the funds to get special education services for their son ... A free and appropriate education is what we're required to provide in ... --- OregonLive.com --- July 2, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/3nr8y4

 

42.   “Fired Oregon Teacher of Year Gets $140K Settlement” --- Bigham was a special education teacher at MESD. He was named Oregon's Teacher of the Year in October 2014 and fired in April 2015. --- kgw.com --- July 2, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/2Iuhla

 

43.   “Pittsburgh Settles Former Police Trainee's Disability Discrimination Lawsuit” --- Pittsburgh paid $22,563 to settle a Monroeville woman's federal lawsuit claiming it violated federal disability laws by firing her after she was injured ... --- Tribune-Review --- July 1, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/VZRXfO 

 

44.   “Lufkin Man in Wheelchair Killed after Getting Hit by Dump Truck” --- Police worked a traffic fatality Thursday morning after a Lufkin man in a motorized wheelchair was hit by a dump truck in front of ... --- KTRE --- July 2, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/HO7TNc

 

45.   “Killeen Woman Charged with 2 Counts of Injury to Disabled Person” --- According to the affidavit, one victim “is mentally disabled with a second-grade education level” and the other victim “has a severe learning disability” ... --- The Killeen Daily Herald --- June 30, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/zqQ8VU

 

46.   “East-side Nursing Home Resident Found Dead After Wandering off Unaccompanied” --- A blind man in his 60s was found dead after wandering away from his east-side nursing home this weekend. And now neighbors are asking why the ... --- KENS 5 TV --- June 29, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ZBTnqb

 

47.   “Psychiatric Nurse Disciplined for Abusive Treatment of Patient” --- A veteran nurse at the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin was disciplined for abusive treatment of a patient in January, a Division of Licensing ... --- vtdigger.org --- July 1, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/rk3hnC

 

48.   “Report Details Abuse and Neglect at State Mental Hospital” --- A report by state inspectors outlined actions by a nurse at the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital that the state's Adult Protective Services unit ... --- Vermont Public Radio --- June 30, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/9Z4TiW

 

49.   “An Inmate's Suicide: Patrick Fennessey's Mental Illness Treatment Needs Went Unmet” --- At 7:38 p.m. on April 23, an employee at Southern State Correctional Facility sent an email blast from her phone. A 10-33, code for emergency, was ... --- vtdigger.org --- June 28, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/yFV3bn

 

50.   “Bedford Sex Offender Accused of Assaulting Mentally Handicapped Woman, Attacking Officer” ---  Bedford authorities arrested a registered sex offender they say sexually assaulted a mentally handicapped woman at a store Wednesday and kicked ... --- Lynchburg News and Advance --- July 2, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/IxeFpZ

 

51.   “Appeals Court Rejects Death Row Inmate's Intellectually Disabled Claim” --- A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a bid from a Virginia inmate to have his death sentence tossed out on the grounds he is intellectually ... --- Richmond.com --- June 30, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/zQuEwV

 

52.   “Police: Psychiatric Hospital Patient Found Dead on Porta-Potty” --- The male patient in his 30s was last seen late Wednesday at the state psychiatric hospital in the 9000 block of Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood. --- Q13 FOX --- July 2, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/LGoXSX

 

53.   “Fake Valet Swindles Man with Disability Parking Pass” --- A phony valet made off with an unsuspecting man's car from a hotel in the Crystal City section of Arlington, Virginia. News4's David Culver reports. --- NBC4 Washington --- July 2, 2015  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/67xKen

 

54.   “Former SHHS Teacher Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge” --- A former special education teacher at South Harrison High School pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor possession of ... --- The Exponent Telegram --- July 2, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/WIDRX9

 

55.   “New Hearing Slated for Man Facing Sexual Assault, Abuse Charges” --- Martin was arrested June 20, 2014, on charges that he had sexually assaulted and abused a mentally handicapped female. The charges included four ... --- Bluefield Daily Telegraph --- June30, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/pH0bmY

 

56.   “Wyoming Doesn't Report Mental-health Data to FBI Database” --- That's partly because he knows an FBI-run background-check system won't necessarily flag those who have been declared mentally ill by a court and ... --- Belleville News-Democrat --- July 4, 2015  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/dupbol

 

Seeking Improved Support

 

57.   “Long Waits Outside LA County Psychiatric Units Stall Patients, Police” --- When Los Angeles police Det. Jim Hoffman arrived at the L.A. County-USC Medical Center's psychiatric emergency department on a Saturday ... --- Los Angeles Times --- July 4, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Fe4HT5

 

58.   “Costly Decision to Cut Mental Health Care” --- “Suicide rates are up, inmates at the jail with mental illness have doubled, hospital emergency rooms are overwhelmed and police officers are diverted ... --- Sacramento Bee --- July 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/yp1qll

 

59.   “Theater Shooting Trial Leads to Concerns about Mental Illness, Stigma” --- Jared Lee Loughner had a mental illness, too, and he killed six people at a supermarket and gravely wounded an Arizona congresswoman. --- The Denver Post --- June 29, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/lQiS6R

 

60.   “Feds: Delaware Special Education Needs More Work” --- The U.S. Department of Education in 2014 named Delaware one of three states that "needs intervention" in special education. This year, the feds ... ---

The News Journal --- July 1, 2015  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/Orc3q4

 

61.   “Doctor Shortage, Sickout by Psychiatric Staff Hit State's Largest Jail” --- Mental health staffers staged a “sickout” at the state's largest jail Thursday to raise the alarm about their struggle to care for psychiatric patients at Oahu ... --- Hawaii News Now --- July 2, 2015  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/itdxYR

 

62.   “Sterling Agency Forced to Close Until a State Budget is Passed” --- NICIL has been around for 30 years helping people with disabilities live on their own through programs they offer. They serve 300 people in five ... --- WQAD.com --- July 2, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/XT7zpb

 

63.   “As Teachers Picket, Some Worry about Special Ed Cuts” --- “If they don't allow for these vacancies to be filled our jobs become a lot harder as special needs teachers,” Tan said. “I'll be trying to service a huge ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- July 2, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/yiwjmK

 

64.   “ACLU Obtains Court Orders to Maintain State Funding to Help People with Disabilities” --- ACLU Illinois went to federal court and won orders protecting the services for many people with physical and intellectual disabilities who are in home ... --- CBS Local --- July 1, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/eYm4xH

 

65.   “Chicago Transitional Center, Program for Mentally Disabled Prison Inmates Helps Them Learn Coping ...” --- Editor's note: After a recent look at how the Allen County Jail deals with inmates with mental illness, which is only to see that they receive ... --- News Sentinel --- June 29, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/eXRi14

 

66.   “Police Need More Training in Handling Mentally Ill Suspects, The Washington Post Reports” --- Unless police receive retraining and mental health services are expanded nationwide, officers will continue having deadly encounters with mentally ill ... --- NOLA.com --- June 30, 2015  (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/W2Ss4Q

 

67.   “Parents Protest Change in Minneapolis Public School Autism Program” --- Starting in the fall, the citywide autism program will no longer be offered to all ... More than 4,500 people signed an online petition by Children's Autism ... --- KSTP.com --- June 30, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/T9WCTu

 

68.   “Nixon OKs Savings Accounts for Missourians with Disabilities” --- A new Missouri measure aims to help families financially support those with disabilities. The bill signed Monday by Gov ... --- KTVO --- June 30, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/11oPj6

 

69.   “ADA at 25: Still a Way to Go, but Much to Celebrate” --- She and other people with disabilities shed their crutches, wheelchairs and other devices and dragged themselves up the 82 nine-inch steps of the ... --- KTVQ Billings News --- July 1, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/jgJaR2

 

70.   “Oklahoma's Mental Health Triage System Doesn't Do it Any Favors” --- The number of mentally ill people needing help is increasing, but funding is down. It didn't help this year that lawmakers had to deal with a $611 ... --- Enid News & Eagle --- July 1, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/CRwGd5

 

71.   “Students with IEPs More Likely to be Suspended in Smithfield” --- Smithfield students with disabilities are being suspended from school at a higher rate than other students according to the American ... --- Valley Breeze --- July 2, 2015  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/jhU1TM

 

72.   “State Looks at Inequity in School Discipline of Disabled, Minority Students” --- Concerns over the disproportionate suspension and expulsion of students of color and students with disabilities from Vermont's public schools has ... --- vtdigger.org --- July 2, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/OVsgYu

 

73.   “Study: Blue-eyed People More Likely to be Alcoholics” --- ... at the University of Vermont said their findings could help doctors learn more about the roots of alcoholism, as well as other psychiatric disorders. --- WTSP 10 News --- July 2, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/hEIHRQ

 

74.   “State Funding May Fall Short for Mentally Ill Patients” --- The state currently has $4.4 million set aside in its two-year budget to pay for the care of mentally ill patients who have been hospitalized due to a ... --- The Sheridan Press --- June 30, 2015  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/YaxXsh

 

75.   “More Caregivers Are No Spring Chickens Themselves” --- “Just the physical part of it, the lifting and bathing and all of that, can hurt you,” said Donna Wagner, dean of the College of Health and Social Services ... --- New York Times --- July 3, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/nVFrp5

 

76.   “Kids with ADHD Getting Wrong Drugs, Study Finds” --- Too many kids with ADHD may be getting strong antipsychotic medications meant to treat diseases such as schizophrenia and bipolar ... --- WXIA-TV --- July 2, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/UDfaXu

 

77.   “Some College Students Struggling with Depression Punished for Seeking Help” --- Last year, Newsweek reported that universities around the country are pushing students with psychiatric challenges out on "medical leave" and then ... --- Deseret News --- June 30, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/OVLN9q

 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

 

78.   “Deal Reached to Preserve Sonoma Developmental Center's Federal Funding” --- State officials overseeing Sonoma Developmental Center announced Wednesday that they have reached an agreement that secures continued ... --- Santa Rosa Press Democrat --- July 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/xsj7wt

 

79.   “Louisiana Dept. of Education Unveils Diploma Plan for Students with Significant Disabilities” --- The Louisiana Department of Education has unveiled a plan that would allow students with significant disabilities a pathway to a ... --- Daily Journal --- July 1, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/QzhnJv

 

80.   “Hearing Set for Bills to Improve Care for the Mentally Ill” --- Two bills that supporters say will improve care for those suffering from acute mental illness are the subject of a public hearing at the ... --- Washington Times --- June 28, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/BunrTp

 

81.   “Autism Insurance Coverage Nears Passage” --- Autism insurance coverage has overwhelmingly passed the House in recent years, only to languish in the Senate. That changed this year, however, ... --- WRAL.com --- June 30, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/qTW0qo

 

82.   “ND Legislator Says Landmark Gay Marriage Ruling a Victory for Mentally Ill” --- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision outlawing bans on same-sex marriage is a victory for the mentally ill, a North Dakota state ... --- INFORUM --- June 30, 2015  (NORTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/Mkvyk7

 

83.   “Schiavoni, Cafaro Respond to Line-item Veto of State Facilities Closure Review Commission” --- The commission was in response to the governor's plans to close the Youngstown Developmental Center and the Montgomery Developmental ... --- Youngstown Vindicator --- June 30, 2015  (OHIO) http://is.gd/fKRTrK

 

84.   “Bill a Good Start in Reforming Mental-health Care” --- First, the bill is rooted in the assumption that individuals with mental illness are dangerous and extremely violent. Murphy invokes mass shootings as ... --- Philly.com --- July 2, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/RWeZn6

 

85.   “Texas Creates State Website for Children with Special Needs” --- A Texas task force has created what officials call a first-of-its-kind website designed to help families who have children with disabilities ... --- KXAN.com --- July 1, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/Mxdlf5

 

International Articles

 

86.   “SA Sex Workers Lag When it Comes to Sexual Needs of Disabled Clients” --- Touching Base is an Australian organisation that trains sex workers on how to manage sexual needs of disabled clients. --- Times LIVE --- July 3, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/raXH89

 

87.   “Calls for New Laws to Protect People with Disabilities from Abuse by Carers” --- New laws are needed to protect people with disabilities from abuse by their carers, two leading West Australian disability advocacy groups say. --- ABC Online --- June 30, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/IXF7Vk

 

88.   “Yooralla Manager Sentenced to Four Years for Abusing Client in His Care in Gippsland” --- A former manager of a Yooralla disability service centre in Gippsland has been jailed for four years for abusing a client in his care. Timothy Hampson ... --- ABC Online --- June 29, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/pCU7i3

 

89.   “State's Disability System Fragmented and Confusing: Ombudsman” --- Sixty people are on an "exclusion register" and banned from working with people in disability services in Victoria, a parliamentary inquiry into abuse in ... --- The Age --- June 29, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/9mQcUI

 

90.   “Improved Communications Included in Bill to Protect People with Disability, Reforms Pass SA Lower ...” --- Alternative communication methods and an assistant to help people with a disability communicate during court cases are just two ... --- ABC Online --- June 28, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/SU1otA

 

91.   “Disabled Man Brutally Beaten in East Ottawa Home” --- Beating victim Ian Cope, neighbours say, is the victim of a brutal beating in his east Ottawa home on Canada Day. --- Ottawa Sun --- July 2, 2015  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/fmr1qT

 

92.   “Obese, Disabled Man Suffocated after being Handcuffed, Medical Examiner Report Shows” --- The mother of an Edmonton man who suffocated after being handcuffed and left alone in a police van last year wants officers to know more about ... --- Edmonton Journal --- July 2, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/wMNu7i

 

93.   “Public Servants with Visual Impairments Say Government Failing Them” --- Public servants who are blind or have visual impairments say the federal government is failing them when it comes to making sure they have the ... --- CBC.ca --- July 2, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/Nm5Bkd

 

94.   “Video Emerges of Mentally Disabled Teenager Being Humiliated and Beaten with Stick by Classmates” --- A video showing a disabled 14-year-old boy being beaten by a classmate with a stick has gone viral, with netizens condemning the senseless cruelty. --- Shanghaiist --- July 4, 2015  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/9zYqaI

 

95.   “Intellectually-disabled Australian Could Face Death Penalty in China” --- An intellectually-disabled Australian man detained in China for more than a year could face the death penalty after being charged with ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- July 3, 2015  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/W7iyqo

 

96.   “Disabled Man Left Injured after Men Break into His Home” --- Jonathan Waddington-Jones, chief executive of Access Dorset, the disability rights organisation and a third party reporting centre for disability-related ... --- Bournemouth Echo --- July 3, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/zwAss7

 

97.   “Disabled Girl Assaulted in Barnstaple Attack” --- A disabled girl is recovering after she was thrown to the ground and kicked in an assault near Barnstaple's Rock Park. Police are appealing for ... --- North Devon Journal --- July 1, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/PswdyR

 

98.   “Charity Scammer Jailed after Claiming to be Collecting for Disabled Brother” --- A bogus charity collector who claimed to be collecting for a disabled brother has been locked up for 17 months after striking for a fourth time using ... --- Lancashire Telegraph --- July 1, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/stK2eY

 

99.   “Odisha Government Starts Department for People with Disability” --- Under the department, the government aims to open district disability rehabilitation centres. Facilities for conducting corrective surgery on ... --- Times of India --- July 2, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/hAdNqc

 

100.   “Over 8 Percent of Indian Households Have Disabled Persons” --- Over eight percent, or 207.8 lakh, of the total households in the country have disabled persons, reveals data on disabled population in ... --- Zee News --- July 1, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/9QdYFm

 

101.   “Legal System Failing Women with Disabilities” --- Indonesia has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) through Law No. 19/2011 on CRPD ratification. --- Jakarta Post --- June 30, 2015  (INDONESIA)  http://is.gd/TUzvHJ

 

102.   “Suicidal Woman Allegedly Told to 'Go Home and Overdose' if She Wanted to be Seen” --- “The fact is this psychiatric ward doesn't want to admit people, only as a last resort, and that's often just too late,” local councillor Padraig Conneely told ... --- thejournal.ie --- July 2, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/NrkGVI

 

103.   “Father Who Abused Deaf Daughter Gets Suspended Jail Sentence” --- The lawyer said that the victim was deaf, that the abuse added to her feelings of isolation and that what happened to her in the 1970s has had a ... --- BBC News --- June 29, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/nSsX7F

 

104.   “Adult Care Centre Ordered to Close” --- A care centre for intellectually disabled adults is to be closed down over ... Our Lady's was home to 28 adults, with many of them living there most of ... --- Irish Independent --- June 29, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/2EGHQC

 

105.   “US State Department Reports that Disabled People Experience Discrimination in Ja” --- Additionally, there was also a lack of suitably trained faculty to properly care for, and instruct students with disabilities. This resulted in students with ... --- Jamaica Observer --- July 2, 2015  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/jy6sz6

 

106.   “Seoul Probes Abuse Claims on Autistic Child” --- Seoul probes abuse claims on autistic child. Officials are investigating claims that a 9-year-old child with autism was physically and sexually abused ... --- The Korea Herald --- July 2, 2015  (SOUTH KOREA)  http://is.gd/1apR5X

 

107.   “Accused 'Charged at' Disabled Patron: Court Told” --- A MAN accused of violence in a fatal pub brawl also "charged at" a disabled hotel patron during the incident, the Supreme Court has heard. --- Tasmania Examiner --- June 30, 2015  (TASMANIA)  http://is.gd/0HLGhe

 

108.   “CSR & Academia Empowering Thailand's Disabled” --- Thailand is home to about 1.9 million disabled people or to put it more politically correctly, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Like in many Southeast ... --- The Establishment Post --- June 29, 2015  (THAILAND)  http://is.gd/lKK5Er

 

109.   “Calls for 'Radical Change' in Mental Health Services Intensifies after Sharp Rise in Waits for Psychiatric ...” --- The number of children and young people waiting more than 14 weeks to access psychiatric services has risen by 372% in just two years, it has ... --- WalesOnline --- June 30, 2015  (WALES) http://is.gd/UfOcWx

 

 


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