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News Summary for December 27, 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 weeks' articles include the usual panoply of articles on a variety of types of abuse.  Most egregious is #44 as bureaucratic failures are to blame for allowing a predator access to many victims.  Following is the categorization of these articles:

 

SEXUAL ABUSE: 23, 36, 43, 44

PHYSICAL ABUSE: 5, 30, 38, 87

MISSING AND FOUND SAFE: 6, 15, 18, 29

FINANCIAL ABUSE: 32, 42

INVOLVING LAW ENFORCEMENT: 1

INVOLVING SOCIAL MEDIA: 8

OF GENERAL INTEREST: 85

CRIME COMMITTED BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL:  23, 30, 32, 87

 

Abuse/Crime-related 

 

1.   “Judge Orders Release of Kodiak Police Bodycam Footage in Encounter with Autistic Man” --- A judge has ordered the city of Kodiak to release records related to an encounter between three police officers and an autistic man whose mother says ... --- KTUU.com --- December 26, 2015  (ALASKA) http://is.gd/OAZyfH

 

2.   “DA Withheld Shooting Evidence from Public” --- The things District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis didn't want us to know about the disputed Midway District shooting of a mentally ill man by a police officer ... --- The San Diego Union-Tribune --- December 27, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/GSix9t

 

3.   “Feds Did What the LA Prosecutors Didn't Do: Bring Deputies in Jail Visitor's Beating to Justice” ---  Although accusations of abuse of inmates have dogged the Sheriff's Department for years, prosecutions of deputies for excessive ... --- Los Angeles Times --- December 26, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ElcIFb  

 

4.   “Man Killed by Palo Alto Cops Was Client at Treatment Center for Mentally Ill” --- Police shot and killed a man Christmas night who they say charged them with a knife outside a residential treatment center for the ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- December 26, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/up6H97

 

5.   “Lawsuit over Boy with Autism's Alleged Attacks Heads to Trial” --- The parents of an 11-year-old boy with autism were back in court Wednesday to face their former neighbors from Sunnyvale, four of which are suing ... --- NBC Bay Area --- December 24, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/98wZEg

 

6.   “Family Asks for Help Finding Missing Boy with Autism” --- A family in Long Beach was frantically searching to find a 12-year-old autistic boy who went missing. Kate Larsen reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on ... --- NBC Southern California --- December 24, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/BkUNpY

 

7.   “Jury Exonerates Retired Sacramento Sheriff's Sergeant in Wrongful Death Case” --- A federal court jury has exonerated a Sacramento County sheriff's sergeant of excessive force and wrongful death claims by the family of a mentally ill ... --- Sacramento Bee --- December 22, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/rkvaV4  

 

8.   “Havertown Man Admits Threats to Special-needs Students” --- The threats were directed at student volunteers and special needs students involved with Haverford High School's Best Buddies program, according to ... --- The Delaware County Daily Times --- December 24, 2015  (DELAWARE)  http://is.gd/BPAvgq

 

9.   “Officers Investigating Deadly Traffic Accident Involving a Woman in a Wheelchair” --- A community is in shock after a traffic accident killed a woman in a wheelchair on Saturday. At all times of the day traffic zooms ... --- WCJB --- December 21, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/vAyBgX

 

10.   “Georgia Mother of a Disabled Five-Year-Old Girl Gets Nasty Note After Parking in Handicapped Spot ...” --- A Grinch stole Christmas from a Georgia mother of a child with disabilities who received a nasty note after legally parking in ... --- New York Daily News --- December 23, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/Vyai6T

 

11.   “Chicago Police Kill Mentally Ill College Student, 55-Year-old Woman” --- A Chicago police officer arriving at the scene of a domestic disturbance fatally shot two people on Saturday, including a 55-year-old mother of five who ... --- Washington Post --- December 27, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/yQgBJd

 

12.  “Illinois Settles Class-action Suit on Mentally Ill Inmates” --- Lawyers representing 11,000 mentally ill inmates in Illinois prisons have reached a settlement with the state in a long-running ... --- TBO.com --- December 24, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/XlNZoD

 

13.   “Deal Reached in Lawsuit on Mentally Ill Inmates” --- Lawyers representing 11,000 mentally ill Illinois prisoners have reached a settlement with the state in a 2007 class-action lawsuit alleging ... --- The Herald-News --- December 23, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/FxvEGI

 

14.   “In Isolation Case, No Criminal Charges Brought Against Southern Illinois Teacher” --- No criminal charges are being filed against a Marion, Illinois, teacher who placed a boy in an "isolation room" to punish him earlier this fall, the ... --- WPSD Local 6 --- December 24, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/NNWELr

 

15.   “Woman Missing from Lincoln Park Group Home” --- Police are searching for a woman who was reported missing from a group home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the North Side. Meghan Cave ... --- NBC Chicago --- December 24, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/2sSOmR

 

16.   “Family: Louisiana Man Fatally Shot by Sheriff's Deputy Was Mentally Ill, But Not Violent” --- A 32-year-old mentally ill man was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy after he resisted efforts to be taken into protective ... --- The Republic --- December 23, 2015  (LOUIIANA)  http://is.gd/GTmYl7

 

17.   “Paraplegic Man Accuses Jefferson Parish of Disability Discrimination” --- A disabled Louisiana man says Lafreniere Park in Jefferson Parish is inaccessible to those who are disabled. --- The Louisiana Record --- December 22, 2015  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/z5MGMQ

 

18.   “12-Year-old Boy with Autism Missing in Charles County” --- A 12-year-old boy with Autism is missing in Charles County, Md. according to authorities. Police say Trevor Myers was last seen at 5:30 p.m. on ... --- WJLA --- December 25, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/eWJ08W

 

19.   “Amid Holyoke Allegations, New Rules for Handling Unruly Students” --- ... the new requirements impose greater rigor, he said, they could ultimately affect enrollment policies for schools serving children with special needs. --- The Boston Globe --- December 25, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/z0oaD1

 

20.   “Ex-Holyoke Schools Chief Defends Handling of Inquiry” --- Former Holyoke superintendent Sergio Paez on Monday again defended his handling of abuse allegations that surfaced at a special education ... --- The Boston Globe --- December 21, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/pOtoCa

 

21.   “Mother: Unarmed Son Fatally Shot by Police Was Mentally Ill” --- An unarmed black man who was fatally shot by suburban Detroit police suffered from mental illness and wasn't a threat to officers, ... --- Town Hall --- December 24, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/v3082q

 

22.   “Protests planned after Dearborn officer shoots man with schizophrenia” --- Family members of a man killed by a Dearborn police officer Wednesday said the 35-year-old suffered from paranoid schizophrenia ... --- mlive.com --- December 24, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/ugmLFZ

 

23.   “Former Middle School Classroom Aide Sentenced for Criminal Sexual Conduct” --- He was working as a special education classroom assistant at the time of the alleged incidents and was fired April 13 following his arrest. --- Fox17 --- December 21, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/rzI4eM

 

24.   “St. Paul Family of Troubled Man Killed by Police Want Answers” --- She and others want answers about a St. Paul police officer's fatal shooting her fiancee, Philip Quinn, who was mentally ill, in a September 2015 ... --- TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press --- December 23, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/0exCND

 

25.   “Disabled Worker Given $185,000 Settlement in Hiring Discrimination Case” --- A Minnesota woman with a visual impairment has received a $185,000 settlement from a company that ended a job interview because of her disability. --- MinnPost --- December 22, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/nIO0GG

 

26.   “Elderly, Disabled Facing Neglect Can Get Help — Hotline” ---Neglect can occur when elderly, disabled and mentally ill people are not ... it can be very challenging to deal with mental and physical disabilities. --- The Missourian --- December 26, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/1y5ZWz

 

27.   “Adult Abuse Act: Helping Keep Missourians Safe for 35 Years” --- In Missouri, orders of protection were created with the passage of the Adult Abuse Act 35 years ago. Before 1980, there were few legal remedies for ... --- STLtoday.com --- December 23, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/HdVVq7

 

28.   “EEOC Sues McDonald's for Disability Discrimination” --- Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in ... --- The National Law Review --- December 23, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/i1lvj9

 

29.   “Blue Springs Police Ask for Help Finding Missing Woman with Developmental Disability” --- Police have asked the public to be on the lookout for 20-year-old Keyonna Ross, who is missing and was last seen getting into ... --- fox4kc.com --- December 22, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/La2PDP

 

30.   “Special Education Teacher Arrested in Elmwood Park” --- Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced on Dec. 14 the arrest of Ashley L. Frabizzio, 30, of Butler, on charges of child abuse and ... --- NorthJersey.com --- December 24, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/HTDErz

 

31.   “Springfield Therapists Revealed Patient Diagnoses in Lawsuits, Report Says” --- A psychology practice is facing a lawsuit over allegations that it revealed confidential patient information in public documents, ... --- NJ.com --- December 24, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/07OeqO

 

32.   “Woodbridge School Bus Aide Accused of Taking Money from Special Needs Students” --- The crime was unthinkable, a school bus aide accused of stealing money from special needs students. --- CBS Local --- December 23, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/Q3RRmu

 

33.   “A Patient Is Sued, and His Mental Health Diagnosis Becomes Public” --- It was only later, Philip said in an interview, that he scanned the papers again and realized something else: The psychology group to which he had ... --- New York Times --- December 23, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/Vi49UZ

 

34.   “NJ Psychology Practice Revealed Patients' Mental Disorders in Debt Lawsuits” --- It was only later, Philip said in an interview, that he scanned the papers again and realized something else: The psychology group to which he'd ... --- WNYC --- December 23, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/T67jw1

 

35.   “Health Aide Spent $50K on Disabled Man's Credit Card, Police Say” --- A Beverly City woman hired to take care of a disabled man racked up more than $50,000 in debt on the man's credit card, ... --- NJ.com --- December 22, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/tkmaqn

 

36.   “Medical License of Northvale Podiatrist Revoked” --- ... temporarily suspended after he engaged in sexual misconduct with a patient from a Northvale developmental center, officials announced Tuesday. --- NorthJersey.com --- December 22, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/ok11F8

 

37.   “Sierra County, Former Inmate Settle Case for $750K” --- One of the administrators, Virgil Eaton, “had a policy of paying inmates with narcotic medication, 'pills,' or tobacco to clean up the mess mentally ill ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- December 23, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/7Dzs1G

 

38.  “ 'Fight Club' Group Home Workers Convicted” --- Erin McHenry and Stephen Komara were found guilty yesterday of encouraging two disabled adults to engage in fights last year. --- News 12 Long Island --- December 24, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/8XD2kI

 

39.   “Former Group Home Workers Convicted of Endangering Residents” --- McHenry and Komara were among four workers fired by the Independent Group Home Living Program after cellphone footage taken by one of them ... --- Oneonta Daily Star --- December 24, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/ZFuQM5

 

40.   “Couple Charged in Beating of Blind Salvation Army Ringer in NY” --- A couple has been arrested and charged in the attack of a legally blind man who collects money for ... Simmons is legally blind and has cerebral palsy. --- KTRK-TV --- December 23, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/nDaUrv

 

41.   “Police: Couple Assaults Blind Bell Ringer” --- Police say the couple was mad that the victim cut in front of them in line inside the Smash Burger restaurant in White Plains. --- News 12 Westchester --- December 22, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/f7Z1ml

 

42.   “Police: Disabled Man Kidnapped, Beaten in Armed Robbery” --- One man was arrested Wednesday in connection to the armed robbery and kidnapping of a "developmentally delayed" man in Madisonville. --- Cincinnati.com --- December 23, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/R2eRKD

 

43.   “Portland Man Accused of Prostituting Women with Developmental Disabilities, Court Records Say” ---  A 24-year-old man accused of preying on women with developmental ... held on more than $1.5 million bail at Multnomah County Detention… --- OregonLive.com --- December 23, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/HYosrX

 

44.   “DHS Settles Child Abuse Case for $15 Million” ---  ... in 2012 to five counts of first-degree sodomy of medically fragile children, ages 48 hours to 3 years, who had disabilities or other special needs. --- kgw.com --- December 22, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/Tehc9v

 

45.   “Two Men Rob Disabled Maryville Woman” --- A disabled Maryville woman was tied up and robbed by two men who forced their way into her home Wednesday morning, according to Maryville ... --- Maryville Daily Times --- December 25, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/3KzE3L

 

46.   “Hermitage Family with Autistic Child Fear Eviction Due to Neighbor Complaints” --- A Hermitage couple with an Autistic child who is non-verbal is afraid management will evict them. The only way their 6-year-old ... --- WZTV --- December 22, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/IfYRvC

 

47.   “Diboll Police Looking for Missing Mentally Ill Man” --- "He was last seen wearing black jeans, a blue T-shirt, and a thick black jacket," Lovell said. "Jesus suffers from a mental illness and is not dangerous. --- KAUZ-TV --- December 24, 2015 (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/YPf8ky

 

48.   “Thieves Steal Phone, Threaten Disabled Victim for Password” --- A holiday break-in leaves a disabled mother fearing for her life. Her family said thieves stole electronics and have begun threatening ... --- KENS 5 TV --- December 23, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/W6P6Fd

 

49.   “New Braunfels Man Accused of Assaulting His Disabled Mother” --- Police arrested a New Braunfels man on Friday for allegedly assaulting his disabled mother, a New Braunfels Police ... --- Seguin Gazette-Enterprise --- December 23, 2015  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/X9cCq6

 

50.   “Paralyzed Man Recounts Dallas Jail Nightmare” --- The prisoner said he managed to roll out of his wheelchair onto the floor, fell to the floor, and somehow managed to dress himself. Later, another jailer ... --- WFAA --- December 22, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/iJ1YSw

 

51.   “Blatant Burglar Steals from Disabled, Working Veteran” --- A disabled combat veteran, struggling with health issues, yet still trying to work and earn money had his only mode ... --- WSAZ-TV --- December 24, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/ci9NrT

 

52.   “Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit Developed in WV” --- Tuessday they announced the establishment of the Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit. CDI is located in Charleston and was formed to prevent ... --- The News Center --- December 22, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/nFGIJ0

 

Seeking Improved Support

 

53.  “Arizona Ranked 50th for Access to Mental Healthcare” --- To determine the ranking, Mental Health America analyzed the prevalence of mental illness in each state and the District of Columbia using statistics ... --- Phoenix New Times --- December 23, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/K1MuDU

 

54.   “California Fails to Provide for Its Most Vulnerable People” --- Developmental services clients and providers rally outside state Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León's office in Los Angeles on Sept. 1. They are seeking a ... --- LA Daily News --- December 26, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/pRtoXi

 

55.   “Quick Release of 'Howling Man' Shows Flaws in Mental Health Care” --- The man, known as Johnny, is clearly mentally ill and is terrorizing residents on Kirkwood Avenue. He bellows terrible racial and homophobic slurs ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- December 21, 2015 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/WP0CoH  

 

56.   “Colorado Prisons Fundamentally Changing Inmate Treatment” --- The state's main prison for mentally ill inmates has undergone a dramatic shift in prisoner control techniques, according to data provided by ... --- 9NEWS.com --- December 23, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/5f5h00

 

57.   “Idaho Cuts Medicaid Reimbursement for In-home Care for the Developmentally Disabled” ---  Disabilities activists are outraged by a recent decision by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to slash Medicaid reimbursement rates ... --- Idaho Statesman --- December 22, 2015  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/n2L7bx

 

58.   “School Need for Interpreters Growing in Dubuque District” --- ... offer services to parents during parent-teacher conferences and during meetings to determine individualized plans for special-education students. --- mySanAntonio.com --- December 25, 2015  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/8z5JeS

 

59.   “Students with Intellectual Disabilities Will Attend KU under New Program” --- Next fall, a small cohort of students with intellectual disabilities that normally would exclude them from college will attend Kansas University for the first ... --- Lawrence Journal World --- December 26, 2015  (KANSAS) http://is.gd/OPVz5j

 

60.   “Kansas Grapples with Safety Issues at State Mental Hospital” --- Top Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services officials say they've exhaustively studied each deficiency and are responding. --- KSN-TV --- December 24, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/3AX5W8

 

61.   “Mental Health System, Underfunded and Overcrowded, Fails” --- By turning down federal funds for the poor and underprivileged, many of whom are labeled, or truly diagnosed, psychiatric patients, we are turning a ... --- Kansas City Star --- December 22, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/ExAuan

 

62.   “Criticism Leveled at Schools for Maryland Juvenile Offenders” --- Many of those students are not taught consistently by certified special education instructors. And there is a persistent shortage of teachers overall, with ... --- Baltimore Sun --- December 27, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/TFISTS

 

63.   “7 On Your Side Probes Md. Health Program After Couple Waits Years for In-home Care” --- Maryland's Older Adult Waiver is run by the state's Department of Health ... According to Kaiser, in 2011, Maryland spent $103 million on home care ... --- WJLA --- December 21, 2015  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/VZGNVs

 

64.   “State Audit Finds Few Holes in Maryland School for the Deaf Operations” --- The Maryland School for the Deaf did not follow proper procedures in its monitoring of school purchasing cards, and did not maintain accurate records ... --- Frederick News Post --- December 21. 2-15  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/JOX1Cu

 

65.   “Otoe County Joins Initiative for Fewer Mentally Ill in Jails” --- The county passed a resolution in June joining the “Stepping Up” coalition, which is expected to determine the number of mentally ill in Nebraska jails ... --- kwbe --- December 23, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/noWtUb

 

66.   “Nebraska's Behavioral Health Professionals Say They Need More State Support” --- "There's a substantial need for behavioral health services in our communities," said Kristen Carson, a psychology research associate at ... --- Columbus Telegram --- December 21, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/yGGwdE

 

67.   “State's Housing of Civilly Committed Draws Fire” --- Renny Cushing wants to bar the state from sending civilly committed patients with no criminal record to the state's Secured Psychiatric Unit on the ... --- Foster's Daily Democrat --- December 27, 2015  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/mN8rkl

 

68.   “Two Honored for Disability Advocacy in Somerset County” --- ... commitment to advocating on behalf of and promoting positive awareness of the needs of Somerset County citizens with disabilities, and for bringing ... --- NJ.com --- December 23, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/6lELIv

 

69.   “New York Will Let People with Disabilities Open Tax-exempt Savings Accounts” --- The New York ABLE Act lets disabled people save up to $100,000 to pay for education, health care, housing, transportation and other needs. --- Syracuse.com --- December 24, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/ThzSr4

 

70.   “Inquiry Shows Struggles of Disabled New York Students and Their Families” --- She recalled how, when Owen entered kindergarten, other students were familiar with children with disabilities and simply asked about the stickers on ... --- New York Times --- December 23, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/uTcirk

 

71.   “83% of NYC Schools Are Not Fully Accessible for Kids with Disabilities” --- Too many city schools are no place for kids with special needs, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged in a report delivered to Education ... --- New York Daily News --- December 21, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/5TC0Sd

 

72.   “Grand Jury: Community Needs More Mental Health Services than What's Provided in Jail” ---  Additionally, about 70 percent of the youth come with some level of trauma and two-thirds of the students are special education students, according to ... --- OregonLive.com --- December 23, 2015  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/1whx56

 

73.   “With Too Few Teachers, SC Schools Look Overseas to Fill Classrooms” --- The state Education Department first looked to international teachers to fill ... especially in math, science, foreign language and special education. --- The State  --- December 26, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/Iaocam

 

74.   “Tennessee Recognized for Expanding Employment for People with Disabilities” --- Tennessee's leadership in creating new employment opportunities for people with disabilities earned the state continued ... --- WTVC --- December 21, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/uaH408

 

75.   “Despite Fixes, Mental Health Patients in Limbo in Vermont” --- Earlier in the year, the hospital had been cited by state inspectors for deficiencies in the care to some psychiatric patients in its emergency room. ---Valley News --- December 25, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/1a6krI

 

76.   “Virginia's Mental-health Merry-go-round” --- Four months after a mentally ill man died in jail while waiting for a state hospital bed to become available, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) wants to ... --- Washington Post --- December 24, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/9ZbR8b

 

77.   “Psychologists Have Helped with the Mental Side of the NBA Game” --- "My psychiatrist, she really helped me relax a lot, thank you so much," he said. "It's so difficult to play. There's so much emotion going on during the playoffs ..."--- Los Angeles Times --- December 26, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/2n00rs

 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

 

78.   “Prop 47 Has Helped Reduce Jail Assaults, Officials Say” --- ... 69-year-old Francis Fernandez's head several times. McDaniels, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder. Family members have said he is mentally ill. --- The San Diego Union-Tribune --- December 26, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Ju1UaM

 

79.   “Abuse Victim, Kansas Reps Oppose Mental-Health Reform Bill” --- The pending House bill restricts authority of advocacy organizations, including the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, from providing legal counsel ... --- The Garden City Telegram --- December 22, 2015  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/xJ90p5

 

80.   “New Rules on Use of Physical Restraint in Schools to Begin in Massachusetts” --- New rules on the use of physical restraint in public schools will soon ... The new rules also require continuous monitoring by school staff of ... --- Daily Journal --- December 25, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/bVn4yv

 

81.   “Law to Protect Disabled Adults Sent to Christie” --- A bipartisan bill to better protect developmentally disabled adults — inspired by the ordeal of an autistic Monmouth County man dared by ... --- Cherry Hill Courier Post --- December 22, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/GbYUE6

 

International Articles

 

82.   “Free Ottawa Autism Program Can't Keep Up with Demand” --- The founder of a free Ottawa program that covers the cost of early intervention for autism says it may have to turn children away after an increase in ... --- CBC.ca --- December 23, 2015   (CANADA)  http://is.gd/CcTkMU

 

83.   “A Fitting Legacy for Bijan Ebrahimi: Self-Defence Classes for Disabled People” --- False allegations of paedophilia, as I wrote in my book, Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People,are all too commonly deployed against ... --- The Guardian --- December 23, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/rpa10t

 

84.   “Shoppers Targeted by Thieves as Purse Stolen from Victim's Wheelchair” --- On the same day a purse was reported stolen from a bag hanging from the victim's wheelchair in the self-service area of a supermarket in Park Farm, ... --- Kent News --- December 23, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/1k9iMS

 

85.   “Huge Rise in Number of Alerts over Suspected Abuse or Neglect of Vulnerable Adults in Leeds” --- The number of safeguarding alerts over adults who are at risk of neglect or abuse in Leeds has risen by almost a third in the last year. --- Yorkshire Evening Post --- December 22, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/ylVhlv

 

86.   “Glastonbury Teen Helps Raise Awareness of Disability Rights in Africa” --- The 19-year-old said: "My project was working on disability rights, there's a serious stigma attached to disability in Ghana, in some circumstances they ... --- Central Somerset Gazette --- December 26, 2015  (GHANA)  http://is.gd/kDzwvC

 

87.   “Teacher Who Sprayed Alcohol at Mentally Handicapped Pupils Convicted of Child Abuse” --- A teacher at a special needs school accused of punishing mentally handicapped children by spraying disinfectant alcohol at them was ... --- Hong Kong Free Press --- December 24, 2015  (HONG KONG)  http://is.gd/XDTmEx

 

88.   “Over 80% of Psychiatrists Enjoy Their Relationship with Mental Patients, Survey Finds” --- …week after lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan made some comments which were deemed insulting to the mentally ill and the doctors who ... --- Hong Kong Free Press --- December 23, 2015  (HONG KONG)  http://is.gd/dgEjyB

 

89.   “India Court Condemns Seven for Raping, Murdering, Mutilating Mentally Ill Nepali Woman” --- An Indian court sentenced seven men to death Monday after they were convicted of the rape and murder of a Nepalese woman who ... --- The Japan Times --- December 21, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/o4UMM0

 

90.   “Police Officers Convicted of Misconduct over Murder of Disabled Refugee” --- A police constable and a police community support officer (PSCO) have been found guilty of misconduct in connection with the murder of disabled ... --- RT --- December 22, 2015  (IRAN)  http://is.gd/BLTQ3l

 

91.   “Egyptian Soldiers Shoot Mentally-Impaired Palestinian at Gaza-Egypt Borderline” --- According to the Doha-based Al Jazeera Arabic, Egyptian soldiers shot a mentally-impaired Palestinian man as he crossed the western sea ... --- Morocco World News --- December 25, 2015  (MOROCCO)  http://is.gd/OeMlhG

 

92.   “Event Challenges Down Syndrome Stigma in Romania” --- Dozens of children with Down syndrome dressed in Romanian folk costumes and sang carols to celebrate Christmas in an event meant to banish ... --- ABC News --- December 23, 2015  (ROMANIA)  http://is.gd/WZkfvB

 

93.   “Sally Wood-Lamont Discovers the Secret to an Independent Life for Romania's People with Disabilities” --- A descendant of the Highland Scottish clan Lamont lives in Cluj-Napoca, north-western Romania, and battles for the rights ... --- Romania-Insider.com --- December 23, 2015  (ROMANIA)  http://is.gd/eoL2dP

 

94.   “Man Attacked Double Amputee OAP in Row over Mobility Scooter” --- A man attacked an 83-year-old double amputee after an argument over the pensioner's mobility scooter, a court heard. Murray Dewar attacked retired ... --- stv.tv --- December 22, 2015  (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/dO4wv5  

 

95.   “Charges to Be Filed Against Minister, Director of Psychiatric Hospital” --- For this reason, minor charges will be filed against the director of the psychiatric hospital Dr. Laza Lazarevic in Belgrade, and against “a minister,” ... --- InSerbia News --- December 22, 2015  (SERBIA)  http://is.gd/apMyDZ

 

96.   “Jail for Man Who Caused Death of Disabled Son” --- A man from the southern municipality of Kaohsiung was sentenced by a district court to seven years and six months behind ... --- Focus Taiwan News Channel --- December 22, 2015  (TAIWAN)  http://is.gd/p1yrMf

 

97.   “Sexual Abuse of Mentally-Disabled Girl Begets Minimum Penalty” --- A Turkish court has ordered a 52-year-old storekeeper to serve minimum prison time for sexually abusing a mentally-disabled girl in the southeastern ... --- Hurriyet Daily News --- December 22, 2015  (TURKEY)  http://is.gd/dJ4N3j

 

98.  “ 'Majority of Tased People by UK Police Mentally Ill' ” --- A new report indicates that over two-thirds of people tasered by British police between 2010 and 2014 were mentally ill. Police use of the stun guns ... --- Press TV --- December 27, 2015  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/clTlIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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