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News Summary for February 15, 2016
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 newsfeed includes many articles on abuse, many occurring at special education schools.  Here is the breakdown:

 

SEXUAL ABUSE/RAPE: 7, 14, 26 (porn), 35, 39 45, 49, 58

FINANCIAL ABUSE: 3, 9 37

VERBAL/EMOTIONAL ABUSE: 8

PHYSICAL ASSAULT: 2, 4, 16, 23, 27, 34, 38, 39

NEGLECT: 6, 24, 59 68

NEGLECT RESULTING IN DEATH: 5, 20/21 - all at developmental centers

OCCURRED AT SCHOOL: 2, 4, 8, 16, 23, 24, 26, 27, 34, 35, 39, 45, 49

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST: 62, 72, 103, 116

 

Abuse/Crime-related 

 

1.   “Anchorage Police Seek Missing 12-Year-Old Autistic Boy” --- A 12-year-old boy has been missing from Mountain View for more than 12 hours and Anchorage police want help finding him. Stephen Alvarado was ... --- Alaska Dispatch News --- January 30, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/ZKXWoZ

 

2.   “Valley School Bus Driver Admits Slapping Special-needs Student” --- The Stephens said they are defending their son who cannot defend himself, and standing up for other parents of children with special needs. --- Tucson News Now --- January 27, 2016   (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/KPQ1eG

 

3.   “DES Worker Accused of Exploiting Vulnerable Adult   ...” ---A DES employee is facing charges after she allegedly helped someone financially exploit a vulnerable adult. --- fox10phoenix  --- January 26, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/DVp5rs

 

4.   “Babeu Touted Abusive, Inhumane Discipline of Special Needs Teens at Boarding School” --- Many of the students had special needs, including eating disorders, depression, suicidal thoughts or attempts, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, ... --- ABC15 Arizona --- January 26, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/g2rcHV

 

5.   “Report Released on Death at Booneville Human Development Center” --- Disability Rights Arkansas said the woman died in February 2015. She choked to death as a result of a behavior treatment program involving restraints ... --- KARK --- January 26, 2016  (ARKANSAS)  https://is.gd/rJTz6F

 

6.   “Apple Valley Man Wanted for Mistreatment of His Disabled Children” --- An Apple Valley man accused of keeping his two disabled adult children living in both deplorable and neglectful ... --- VVNG Victor Valley News --- January 29, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/kH96k0

 

7.   “Molestation Case Witness: Yoder Forced Boy to Share Bed” --- On Tuesday, Yoder's alleged victim – the special needs child who lived with him – testified he had been molested. The boy had previously denied any ... --- The Desert Sun --- January 29, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/pVtOIY

 

8.   “Mom Claims Son with Autism Was Bullied at Tracy School” --- Mom claims son with autism was bullied at Tracy school ... The mother of a 14-year-old boy with autism said bullying got so bad at a Tracy school that ... --- KCRA Sacramento --- January 29, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/0Nq7he

 

9.   “VCMC Fined $50,000 over Patient's Suicide in Psychiatric Unit” --- As required by the state after the incident, the hospital has made significant changes by working with psychiatrists and aligning its policies with ... --- Ventura County Star --- January 28, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/m4AOJX

 

10.   “Man Who Stole Special-needs Boy's Bike in Burbank Caught on Video” --- The man who stole a special-needs boy's $5,300 bicycle in Burbank is seen on these images from surveillance video.  --- The Pasadena Star-News --- January 28, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/a2yXVQ

 

11.   “Palo Alto: Officer Who Used Taser During Christmas Day Shooting Is Identified” --- The police officer who used a Taser while two others fired their pistols during a deadly confrontation with an apparently mentally ill man ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- January 26, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/wBGGcR

 

12.   “Police: Danbury Caregiver Assaulted Deaf Client” --- A Danbury caregiver faces three misdemeanor charges after police said he struck and injured a 68-year-old client who was deaf and unable to speak. --- Danbury News Times --- January 30, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)   https://is.gd/IvVxx3

 

13.   “Disbarred Attorney Embezzled Money from Disabled Girl, Records Allege” --- Disbarred attorney embezzled money from disabled girl, records allege ... "When you see it happening to a disabled child, it's a stab in the heart," ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- January 29, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/cMfkPF

 

14.   “Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Autistic Victim” --- A 69-year-old man has been accused of luring a victim with autism into his vehicle in Sumter County and sexually assaulting him. --- Daily Commercial --- January 29, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/coTJST

 

15.  “Venice Driver Strikes Woman in Wheelchair” --- Due to the wheelchair not having any reflectors or visible lighting, as well as poor visibility due to rain, Gilland didn't see Gerken heading toward the ... --- WWSB ABC 7 --- January 28, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/SypbIL

 

16.   “SJC Parent: 'We Had No Idea that It Was this Bad…' ” --- A father is outraged over the way his special needs daughter was treated on her school bus. The girl is a 6-year-old student at Palencia Elementary ... --- WJXT Jacksonville --- January 28, 2016   (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/lwtLIM

 

17.   “Tampa Police Search for Two Missing Autistic Teens” --- Tampa police search for two missing autistic teens ... TAMPA — Police are searching for two autistic teens last seen walking southbound on 22nd ... --- Tampabay.com --- January 28, 2016   (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/7psxdm

 

18.   “Florida Prisons Sued over Treatment of Disabled Inmates” --- The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Tallahassee by Disability Rights Florida, alleges that the Department of Corrections failed to provide interpreters and ... --- WJXT Jacksonville --- January 26, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/RwjD6V

 

19.   “Teacher Suspended for Completing Test for Disabled Student” --- The teacher, Megan Fairchild, teaches severely disabled students in a self-contained Exceptional Student Education classroom at Maplewood ... --- Ocala --- January 26, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/ubS7hY

 

20.   “Deaths Show Breakdown in Services for Disabled Georgians” --- She also is among the 79 who died after moving into group homes and other community-based facilities – and one of an undetermined number whose ... --- MyAJC --- January 30, 2016   (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/fH8DYO

 

21.   “Feds Cite Deaths of Developmentally Disabled in Push for Improvements” --- Georgia has failed to ensure that developmentally disabled people discharged from state hospitals receive adequate services to remain safe and ... --- Rome News-Tribune --- January 26, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/qarspZ

 

22.   “Small Group of Chicago Police Costs City Millions in Settlements” --- Jonathan Guzman, shown at his parents' Garfield Ridge home, filed suit in 2014 .... One such group of officers works in the Chicago Lawn district. --- Chicago Tribune --- January 30, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/6lJw6G

 

23.   “Chicago Parents Outraged After Autistic Daughter Strapped to School Bus Seat” --- The school provides an aide to ride on the bus to help Mila and other children with special needs. the Figueroa's say the aid on the afternoon bus told ... --- Fox 32 Chicago --- January 29, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/Uq78hs

 

24.   “School Bus Drops a Special Needs Child Off Hours After Scheduled Stop” --- What concerns her more is that her child has special needs and is not able to communicate. She said her son is, "4 years old, autistic, non-verbal, ... --- KAKE --- January 26, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/wRQlQi

 

25.   “Vehicle Hits Woman in Wheelchair in Florence” --- A vehicle struck a 52-year-old woman in a motorized wheelchair early Thursday, police said. Crews responded to U.S. 42 near Ewing Boulevard about ... --- WXIX --- January 28, 2016  (KENTUCKY)  https://is.gd/ogrkvM

 

26.   “Conviction for Molesting 2 Girls at Deaf School Reversed” --- The state's second-highest court has reversed the conviction of a Maryland School for the Deaf aide accused of molesting two girls ... --- Washington Post --- January 29, 2016  (MARYLAND)  https://is.gd/1q74U1

 

27.   “Dozens of Investigators Swarm Great Barrington School Campus” --- ... State Police into allegations of abuse of the special needs male students, including autism, Asperger Syndrome and other cognitive, behavioral and ... --- MassLive.com --- January 31, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/7C2rD9

 

28.   “Autopsy Slated for Woman Killed by Dearborn Police” ---  But family members have said that Matthews was mentally ill and describe him as a gentle man. "Once again, we see the specter of law enforcement's ... --- Detroit Free Press --- January 28, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/fEbZen

 

29.   “Detroit Police Search for Missing Man Who Suffers from Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia” --- The Detroit Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing 52-year-old man who suffers from bipolar ... --- WXYZ --- January 28, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/8XvB2a

 

30.   “Adult Abuse Cases Increasing” --- Adult abuse cases increasing ... moving forward and revitalizing our current vulnerable adult protocol, but that they would be continuing partners, and ... --- Three Rivers Commercial-News --- January 27, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/gVW4UQ

 

31.   “Minnesota Tightens Scrutiny of Conservatorships” --- She is scheduled for trial on one count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Neither she nor her attorney returned calls for comment. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- January 30, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/oWg90W

 

32.   “Former Rochester Symphony President Set for Trial” --- 45-year-old Jeffery Alan Amundson of Rochester is accused of four counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The charges were filed in ... --- KIMT 3 --- January 28, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/Peip3T

 

33.   “Facing Drug Charges, Wright Co. Foster Care Provider's License Revoked” --- According to officials, two vulnerable adults—one with mental health issues, the other, severely autistic—moved into Rita Rudnitski's large farmhouse ... --- KAALtv.com --- January 27, 216  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/dAQRbY

 

34.   “Former Leflore County Supervisor Indicted for Assault” --- The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Larry Johnson faces a charge for allegedly striking a special-needs fifth-grade student ... --- WJTV --- January 31, 2016  (MISSISSIPPI)  https://is.gd/LEZEZ3

 

35.   “Teacher Jillian Lafave 'Caught Having Sex with Special Ed Student” --- A special education teacher has been caught having sex with a 16-year-old student inside a classroom, according to police documents. Married ... --- Daily Mail ---- January 26, 2016  (NEVADA)  https://is.gd/VtNDSR

 

36.   “Former Dept. of Human Services Clerk Gets Jail for Using State Computer to Create False Insurance Cards” --- Those expenses were included in applications to the Mercer County Board of Social Services for food stamps, which Tate ... --- The Trentonian ---January 29, 2016  (NEW JERSEY) https://is.gd/60vDaD

 

37.   “Bookkeeper Stole $300K from State Agency that Aids Disabled, AG Says” --- The bookkeeper for a state agency that provides services to the developmentally disabled has been accused along with her husband of ... --- nj.com --- January 27, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/X5kWe9

 

38.   “Clovis Caregiver Arrested for Allegedly Hitting Mentally Disabled Man”  --- A Clovis caregiver has been arrested for allegedly hitting a mentally disabled man repeatedly with a hot spoon. According to ... --- KRQE News 13 --- January 26, 2016  (NEW MEXICO)  https://is.gd/Wcp9aj

 

39.   “Teacher Fired for Sex with Student Got New Job at NJ School” --- In October, New Jersey granted his application to recognize his New York certifications to teach special-ed and math in grades 7 to 12. Seong then ... --- New York Post --- January 31, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/iUN7JN

 

40.   “Police: Home Health Aide Accused of Stealing from Disabled Client” --- Investigators say that between November 25, 2015 and January 10, 2016 Bowers stole $3,300 in cash from a disabled Colonie woman. Bowers was ... --- WRGB --- January 29, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/p805mx

 

41.   “Man in Wheelchair Dies After Being Hit by Car” --- A man crossing Evans Street in a motorized wheelchair was hit by a car and died, Friday just before 8 p.m., Amherst Police are ... --- WGRZ.com --- January 29, 2016   (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/4H1dlL

 

42.   “Niagara Falls Man Accused of Slapping Disabled Person on Video Turns Himself In” --- A man who Niagara Falls Police say slapped and harassed a disabled man while on camera has turned himself in. --- wivb.com --- January 28, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/gzjTev

 

43.   “I-Team: Student with Special Needs Speaks Out After Attack, Asks Students to Leave Him Alone” ---  An assault caught on cell phone video shows a student with special needs being dragged and kicked in the head. --- fox8.com --- January 27, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/rVu2Oa

 

44.   “Chickasha Police Say Missing Autistic Boy Has Been Found” --- The boy was found safe, police said. Original story: Chickasha police are searching for a missing autistic boy Tuesday ... --- koco.com --- January 26, 2016   (OKLAHOMA)  https://is.gd/v2URpP

 

45.   “School Bus Driver Charged with Molesting 2 Special-needs Students” --- A school bus driver faces charges he repeatedly molested two special-needs students he transported between home and school. James C. McIntyre ... --- lehighvalleylive.com --- January 29, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/WL4ilV

 

46.   “Theft from Disabled Man Leads to Prison” --- A foster parent to Lionel Diaz Jr., the disabled man, noticed several checks were cashed from Mr. Diaz's bank account. The checks were signed with ... --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- January 29, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/CnZPXq

 

47.   “Pennsylvania Settling Lawsuit over Mentally Ill Defendants” --- Pennsylvania is agreeing to settle a federal lawsuit accusing the state of violating the rights of mentally ill defendants by ... --- Philly.com --- January 26, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/KCmLkv

 

48.   “Governor Daugaard Addresses Concerns at SD Developmental Center” --- Our Keoland News investigation has exposed worker complaints in Redfield and the number of sex offenders who are patients in the facility and ... --- KELOLAND TV --- January 27, 2016  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/s78kb8

 

49.   “Mother Says Daughter Was Raped at Local School” --- The woman told FOX13 an older student took her 12-year-old daughter, who is a special education student, to a part of the school that wasn't used. --- FOX13 Memphis --- January 29, 2016   (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/DqrYY5

 

50.   “Humboldt Woman Charged with Neglect of Disabled Adult” --- On Tuesday officers of the Humboldt Police Department executed a search warrant pertaining to adult abuse or neglect at a house on Dungan Street ... --- Jackson Sun --- January 27, 2016   (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/UmRW7U

 

51.   “Testimony Ends in Case Between School Board and Parents of Down Syndrome Student” --- Attorneys in a case between the Hamilton County Department of Education and the parents of a student with Down syndrome ... --- Chattanooga Times Free Press --- January 27, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/GcxCRU

 

52.   “HPD: Missing Teen Boy with Autism Found” --- Houston police confirmed to Eyewitness News that 13-year-old Juan Garcia was found safely Saturday afternoon after he was reported missing. --- KTRK-TV --- January 30, 2016   (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/a0ckRL

 

53.   “Missing San Antonio Man with Austin Ties Found Safe” --- A San Antonio man with special needs was located safely on Friday. Christopher Williams, 36, was last seen at around 3 ... --- KEYE TV --- January 30, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/cIxWYC

 

54.   “Accuser Testifies in Molestation Trial of Former Cowboy Way Church Pastor” --- “I was in shock; I really didn't understand what was going on,” said the man, now a special education teacher, told jurors. “He told me that he was not ... --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- January 29, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/0M1bkW

 

55.   “Thieves Caught on Camera Stealing from Toddler with Autism” --- Police are looking for a couple of thieves who were caught on camera stealing a toy car from a 3-year-old little boy with autism. --- NBC4i.com --- January 26, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/gvMqPf

 

56.   “Wheelchair Trailer Stolen from Disabled Vidor Man” --- "It’s pretty low stealing from a disabled man and his pregnant wife." Said Burnside. The Burnside's depend on the trailer to get around town and now ... --- 12NewsNow.Com --- January 26, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/GNUDnG

 

57.   “Mystery Surrounds Special Needs Child Found Walking Alone” --- Monday, police in Winnsboro put out an alert after a 6-year-old girl was found walking alone along a busy street. The sight concerned Winnsboro ... --- NewsWest9.com--- January 26, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/Hy05y4

 

58.   “Man Charged with Sexually Abusing Resident of a Utah Disability Home” --- The victim was living at North Eastern Services, a home for people with disabilities in Salt Lake County. On June 8, 2014, the suspect allegedly came ... --- Salt Lake Tribune --- January 30, 2016   (UTAH)  https://is.gd/qHxT3O

 

59.   “How a Routine Traffic Stop Turned into Six Months in Solitary Confinement” --- ... agree that the hardships placed upon thousands of isolated prisoners, some of whom are mentally ill, push them to a dangerous place. --- Washington Post --- January 29, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/vFM18n

 

Seeking Improved Support

 

60.   “Jacksonville State to Establish Center for Autism Studies” --- “Typically, general and special education teachers receive a limited amount of professional learning in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders. --- JSU News --- January 27, 2016   (ALABAMA) https://is.gd/iyFVJS

 

61.   “Police Chiefs Consider Reforms to Tactics, Training to Prevent So Many Shootings” --- ... recalled the anger he provoked with his decision to fire the police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill man who was asleep on ... --- Alaska Dispatch News --- January 29, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/9cSbXh

 

62.   “Support 'Withers Away' for People with Special Needs: State Has Pulled $1 Billion in Funding Since 2008; Nonprofits Losing Money” --- While California's budget is balanced with a $3.6 billion surplus, agencies that provide  --- San Mateo Daily Journal --- January 27, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/HL7hB5

 

63.   “Life After Brain Injury: Patients and Caregivers Cope with ‘Hidden' Disabilities” --- The McKays say most people who meet them wouldn't guess at their disabilities. On a sunny afternoon between January rain storms, the two are ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- January 27, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/hWI2dU

 

64.   “Family Struggles to Find Answers for Boy with Rare Stiff Skin Syndrome” --- He was already using a wheelchair when the family moved to Colorado that fall. The hard patches continued to grow, spreading across his back. --- Los Angeles Times --- January 31, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/dpKPsg

 

65.   “Public Money for Colorado Kids with Disabilities Goes Toward Lobbying” --- Nearly $600,000 in public funds for people with developmental disabilities instead goes to a trade association whose lobbying at the state Capitol has ... --- The Denver Post --- January 31, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/VJ163z

 

66.   “Local 12-Year-Old Girl ‘Trapped in Her Own Body' with Rare Autoimmune Disease” --- She was put on heavy sedatives, including morphine, and anti-psychotic medicine. “They said she had delirium,” Troy said. “She would just scream at ... --- St. Augustine Record --- January 31, 2016  (FLORIDA) https://is.gd/jxngJ8

 

67.   “Fulton Woman Practiced Psychology Without a License, Now Faces Charges” --- A Fulton County woman is charged with multiple counts of fraud, theft and practicing psychology without a license, Roswell police say. --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- January 29, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/vZhuyL

 

68.   “Georgia Faces Contempt Hearing in Moving Developmentally Challenged Patients to Community ...” --- Of the estimated 503 residents with developmental disabilities who have moved from state facilities into community-based care ... --- The Augusta Chronicle  --- January 27, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/Z2UjeD

 

69.   “Emanuel Steps Up Crisis Intervention Training for Cops, 911 Operators” --- “Illinois students, schools, teachers, people providing basic social services, investments in our future have been put on hold in an acrimonious ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- January 28, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/CFEHLN

 

70.   “Des Plaines Veterans Program Shut Down Due to State Budget Impasse” --- "The state's budget deadlock has severely challenged LSSI's ability to provide services to those in need," Mark A. Stutrud, Lutheran Social Services of ... --- Chicago Tribune --- January 27, 2016  (ILLINOIS) https://is.gd/iIb9am

 

71.   “Intouch Adult Daycare Gets a Reprieve” --- More than 4,700 clients and 750 employees were notified in Illinois that the services were shutting down because the state owes Lutheran Social ... --- WQAD.com --- January 27, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/42zJNH

 

72.   “With No Budget, Rauner Delivers Illinois State of the State” --- Last week, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois announced that it would close 30 safety-net programs and lay off 750 employees because of $6 million ... --- WLS-TV  --- January 27, 2016   (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/uu9xJq

 

73.   “McHenry County Mental Health Board Denies Pioneer Center Funding Request” --- The county's largest social service provider will lose adult psychiatric services and a program that supports people with traumatic ... --- Northwest Herald --- January 27, 2016   (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/WKgSRT

 

74.   “Deal Would Ban Solitary Confinement for Some Indiana Inmates” --- A proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that targets Indiana's treatment of seriously mentally ill inmates is a ... --- TBO.com --- January 28, 2016  (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/8XvB2a

 

75.   “Indiana Becomes Leader in Inmate Mental Health Treatment After Lawsuit Settlement” --- With 5,600 mentally-ill inmates, the Indiana Department of Correction houses more persons with psychiatric ... --- WTTV CBS4Indy --- January 28, 2016   (INDIANA)  https://is.gd/0eLyMF

 

76.   “Montgomery County Pushes for New Courts to Keep Mentally Ill Out of Jail” --- Like many jails across the country, the one in Montgomery County stands in as a de facto mental-health facility in its community. On any day, about a ... --- Washington Post --- January 29, 2016   (MARYLAND)  https://is.gd/rqDsWU

 

77.   “Minnesota is Developing Alternatives to Segregated Workshops for People with Disabilities” --- Once considered a leader in the push for disability rights, Minnesota now has one of the lowest rates of integrated employment in ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- January 30, 2016  (MINNESOTA) https://is.gd/fL4oXi

 

78.   “An Unusual Insanity Plea Highlights the Limits of State Mental Health Services” --- Had it not been for his insanity plea, Sean Cory Carter might have served just 10 days in jail for hitting a mental health worker in the ... --- STLtoday.com--- January 30, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/sFqcDM

 

79.   “State No Longer Reviewing Special Ed Practices at the School District” --- The Washoe County School District said the state is no longer reviewing its practices involving children with special needs because it has made ... --- Reno Gazette Journal --- January 29, 2016  (NEVADA)  https://is.gd/hzF8ym

 

80.   “Safety Improvements Announced for New York City Mental Health Shelters” --- Following a murder at an East Harlem homeless shelter last week, the city plans to boost security at shelters and offer more help for mentally ill ... --- Metro.us --- January 31, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/32zGWH

 

81.   “New York City Rejects Federal Findings That Many Elementary Schools Defy Disabilities Law” --- The disabilities law was intended to ensure broad access to public services, the city added, “while, at the same time, providing public entities with ... --- New York Times --- January 29, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/O1iec8

 

82.   “Study Identifies Gaps in Child Mental Health Care” --- A consortium of major players from business, education, social services, government and health care will recommend on Thursday that the region ... --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- January 27, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/QOevC9

 

83.   “Disability Group Seeks Ban on Youth Solitary Confinement in N.C. Prisons; Top State Official Agrees” --- Disablity Rights N.C. on Tuesday renewed its call for state prison officials to ban solitary confinement for young prisoners  ... --- News & Observer --- January 26, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/n1xMAG

 

84.   “Bed Check: Pa. Needs a Unified System to Aid the Mentally Ill” --- The overall shortage of hospital beds for patients who require mental health care is well-documented, which makes it particularly puzzling that ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- January 27, 2016   (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/A78Rlx

 

85.   “Reorganization, New Billing Procedures Frustrate Those Offering Mental Health Treatment in RI” --- Roberts maintained that these reforms will result in both better care for the state's most severely mentally ill people, some of ... --- The Providence Journal --- January 28, 2016  (RHODE ISLAND)  https://is.gd/ywJes1

 

86.   “Monitor: Rhode Island Hasn't Met Work-Force Goals for Disabled Residents” --- Birch served for about 25 years as a "direct pipeline" to TTP, one of the state's largest employment programs for the disabled. There, Birch graduates ... --- The Providence Journal --- January 27, 2016  (RHODE ISLAND) https://is.gd/n6M7N6

 

87.   “Training Helps Officers Deal with Mentally Ill” --- The San Antonio Police Department's mental health unit hosted special training for officers around the country. Just last week, Chief ... --- FOX 29 --- January 29, 2016   (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/q40AUM

 

88.   “Ready to Leave the Mental Hospital, but Nowhere to Go” --- In some cases, outside providers refuse to accommodate the special needs of patients who are discharged from the hospitals. Some of them need ... --- Richmond.com --- January 30, 2016   (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/Rrz4Gu

 

89.  “Advocates Push for Mental Health Reforms” --- Today was Mental Health Advocacy Day at the General Assembly. .... the Capitol pushing for better services for the mentally ill — especially those who ... --- Richmond.com --- January 27, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/YKQciB

 

90.   “Caregivers for the Disabled Rally for Better Pay” --- ... the steps of the capital in Olympia Wednesday with a call for lawmakers to increase the pay of caregivers for citizens with developmental disabilities. --- KING5.com --- January 27, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/50SCxp

 

91.   “County Pumps $200K into Crisis Response Unit” --- As a result, police were often respond to emergency calls involving the same mentally ill people over and over again without ever successfully getting ... --- Green Bay Press Gazette --- January 26, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/9f0nJC

 

92.   “Over 1 Million Face Loss of Food Stamps over Work Requirements” --- Advocates say some adults trying to find work face a host of obstacles, including criminal records, disabilities or lack of a driver's license. --- cleveland.com --- January 30, 2016  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/QypwNT

 

93.   “Study Finds Autism Marker in the Brain” --- One in 68 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a developmental condition that falls under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). --- Johns Hopkins News-Letter --- January 28, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/OkGG6V

 

94.   “Study Finds No Proof of 'Seasonal' Depression” --- … 20 in Clinical Psychological Science, seasonal affective disorder was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) -- the ... --- U.S. News & World Report --- January 28, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/cbQgKQ

 

95.   “Ex-Employee: Wounded Warrior Project Conduct ‘Makes Me Sick’ ”--- "Again, as a disabled veteran, it just makes me sick." The organization declined our repeated requests to interview Wounded Warrior Project CEO ... --- CBS News --- January 27, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/vel0rt

 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

 

96.   “For the Poor and the Mentally Ill, Help in Two Bills” --- For The Poor And The Mentally Ill, Help In Two Bills ... military veterans, the chronically ill and drug addicted, our elderly and even those whose IDs ... --- Honolulu Civil Beat --- January 27, 2016  (HAWAII)  https://is.gd/IBW5Ac

 

97.   “Welfare Verification Requirement Gains Momentum in Missouri” --- Legislation that cleared House and Senate committees last week would require the Department of Social Services to hire a company by next year to ... --- STLtoday.com --- January 31, 2016   (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/IBeR6h

 

98.   “Missouri Bill Would Ban Abortions for Down Syndrome” --- David Sater said that fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted at substantially higher rates even though the screening isn't always ... --- Washington Times --- January 26, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/3WYw78

 

99.   “Schools Back Bill to Hike State Funding for Special Education” --- Renewing an old state promise about paying for special education could be part of the solution to high property taxes, the Education ... --- Omaha World-Herald --- January 27, 2016  (NEBRASKA)  https://is.gd/vLA37C

 

100.   “Sane Law Promises Mental Health Treatment for the Dangerously Insane” --- Tim Murphy calls “a keyhole” through which psychiatrists or other health professionals could share with caregivers of severely mentally ill people ... --- New York Daily News --- January 28, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/isEKke

 

101.   “Ohio House Unanimously Votes to Ban 'R-Word' from State Law” --- “The term 'mentally retarded' has a negative connotation and many find the term offensive. It is time that we ensure these individuals are able to hold ... --- WCPO --- January 30, 2016  (OHIO) https://is.gd/nQCVPW  

 

102.   “Senator: ‘The Time Has Come' to Better Protect Disabled Adults” --- A KING 5 investigation has led to proposed legislation aimed at better protecting adults with developmental disabilities such as autism and cerebral ... --- KING5.com--- January 27, 2016  (WASHINGTON)  https://is.gd/O9txVU

 

International Articles

 

103.   “Autistic Students Bullied with Death Threats, Physical Abuse: Survey” --- Members of the Autistic Family Collective have carried out a survey recounting their children's traumatic experiences, including death threats and ... --- ABC Online --- January 27, 2016   (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/S70vBa

 

104.   “Budget Cuts Threaten Foster Homes Caring for People with Disabilities” --- … about a new austerity measure by the Liberal government that he says will affect services to thousands of people with disabilities. --- Montreal Gazette --- January 29, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/e9T2NW

 

105.   “Long Psychiatric Waits in Saskatchewan Can Mean Problems for Patients” --- The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates some people are waiting as much as six months to see a psychiatrist in Saskatchewan, depending ... --- Winnipeg Free Press --- January 27, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/ITp47W

 

106.   “Missing Teen Who Has Intellectual Disability Found Safe” --- A teenager with an intellectual disability who went missing on Saturday has been found safe. Alexandra Laramee-Blanchard is 17 but has the mental ... --- CTV News --- January 26, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/jSFYoT

 

107.   “Chinese Scientists Conducting Tests on Autistic Monkeys for Research Project” --- A team led by Zilong Qiu at the Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai has created autistic monkeys in an effort to find a cure for the devastating ... --- The California Post --- January 27, 2016  (CHINA)  https://is.gd/QG2y7u

 

108.   “Mental Health Care: China's Next Big Market” --- Official estimates have 13 of every 100 mainlanders suffering “psychiatric handicaps. If China's balky economy is looking for growth in its service ... --- Forbes --- January 26, 2016  (CHINA)  https://is.gd/SDuDws

 

109.   “Care Home Deputy Manager 'Raped a Severely Disabled Female Resident in Her Bedroom Twice' ” ---  The deputy manager of a care home raped a severely disabled resident after she blurted out that he had a bigger penis than her boyfriend, a jury ... --- Daily Mail --- January 28, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/j8WpBa

 

110.   “Lego's First-ever Figurine in a Wheelchair is Prompting 'Genuine Tears of Joy' ” ---  Her London-based Change.orgpetition calling for mini-figures with disabilities has received more than 20,000 signatures. Photos of the new Lego ... --- Washington Post --- January 30, 2016  (GERMANY)   https://is.gd/mp9Cjt  

 

111.   “Disabled Passenger Says Air India Made Her 'Crawl' ” --- Anita Ghai, 53, a leading disability rights academic and academic, said she was left stranded after arriving in Delhi from the northern Indian city of ... --- ABC Online --- January 31, 2016  (INDIA)  https://is.gd/cbA40D

 

112.   “5 Challenges Before Mental Healthcare in India” --- Psychiatrists assembled in Bhopal recently for a conference admitted that their profession itself was in need of support as much as their own patients. --- Hindustan Times --- January 27, 2016  (INDIA)  https://is.gd/Tkxuxe

 

113.   “Holocaust Survivors Are at Increased Risk of Developing Schizophrenia” --- A unique study examining the effect of Holocaust exposure on the risk of developing schizophrenia was recently undertaken by Prof. Stephen Levine ... --- Newswise (press release) --- January 28, 2016  (ISRAEL)  https://is.gd/aPd6Gb

 

114.   “Gov't to Open School for Disabled” --- Bounded by the conditions of the Disabilities Act, and as the minister describes it, their own conscience, the ministry has also been working to ... --- Jamaica Observer --- January 30, 2016  (JAMAICA)  https://is.gd/rkpLlM

 

115.   “NPO Director Re-Arrested for Molesting Another Mentally Handicapped Woman” --- At approximately 6:30 p.m. on March 1 of last year, Hidechika Myoga, 38, allegedly fondled the chest and genital area of a mentally handicapped ... --- The Tokyo Reporter --- January 28, 2016  (JAPAN)  https://is.gd/DKqtUw

 

116.   “New Documentary Calls for Justice for Disabled Rape Victim” --- Hearing about the rape of a 28-year-old disabled Kayin woman two years ago, a crime for which the offender has only been charged with cheating ... --- Myanmar Times --- January 28, 2016  (MYANMAR)  https://is.gd/VCvi13

 

117.   “Did Psychiatric Centre Closure Cause Three Deaths?” --- The hearing is the pre-cursor to next month's investigation into the deaths of three teenagers following the closure of the Wacol mental health facility ... --- Northern Star --- January 28, 2016  (NEW ZEALAND)  https://is.gd/BixfRx

 

118.   “Scans of Autistic Brains Reveal Differences Involved in Language and Facial Recognition” --- Men with autism have subtle differences in the connections within their brains and the findings could help determine why people with the disorder ... --- January 29, 2016  (NIGERIA)  https://is.gd/cRadPl

 

119.   “Student in Court for Raping Mentally Challenged Girl” --- Kajo said the complainant alleged that the accused lured his sister, who is mentally challenged, out on the night of the fateful day and had unlawful ... --- The Eagle Online --- January 28, 2016   (NIGERIA)  https://is.gd/DdLgqI

 

120.   “Criticism of Care Services After Autistic Woman's Suicide” --- The Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) has called for a review of services for adults on the autistic spectrum after the suicide of a woman in a care ... --- BBC News --- January 27, 2016  (SCOTLAND)  https://is.gd/Mil0oH

 

121.   “Legal Secretary Stole £79,000 from Her Firm's Disabled Clients” --- A legal secretary who plundered the bank accounts of her firm's mentally-incapacitated clients to fund her online shopping sprees has been jailed for ... --- WalesOnline --- January 28, 2016  (WALES)  https://is.gd/5kuczV

 

122.   “Zimbabwe's Deaf Community Isolated” --- Midway through a deaf peer educators training workshop, held recently in Harare, one of the participants, George, raised his hand and Paida, the ... --- AllAfrica.com --- January 28, 2016   (ZIMBABWE)  https://is.gd/xkwFjG

 

 


 

 

 


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