Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of May 12 – 18, 2017

Articles Compiled by Jennifer Palmer
Commentary by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D., 
Editing and Posting by Thomas F. Coleman
 

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 collection of articles has an unusual array of articles!  Check the categories below for a guide. As usual, the categories are indicated by by type, and the number of the article.  There is an unusual number of articles related to murder and neglect that results in death.

Sexual Assault: 4, 12 (SA, PA, VA), 18, 68, 80

Physical Abuse: 7, 12, 16, 17, 20, 69, 72

Verbal Abuse: 3, 12, 19

Neglect: 13 , 16, 69

Murder: 1, 5, 6, 14, 70

Financial abuse:  10, 29, 81  

School-related abuse:

Related to education:

Guardianship: 10

Good News: 24 

Funding: 27 (less $$ à loss of essential services

Bad news: 36, 44, 46

Who committed abuse:

Parents 6:, 14, 17                    Caregivers: 5, 12, 13, 16, 18, 68, 69, 70, 72

Police: 7, 20                             Pastor:  80

 

ABUSE AND NEGLECT

 

1.    “Woman held after fatal stabbing at Granada Hills group home.” An 18-year-old woman is in police custody after another woman was fatally stabbed at a group home for the mentally ill early Sunday in Granada Hills, Los Angeles police said.--- dailynews.com, May 14 (California) https://is.gd/DE18su

 

2.    “Coroner identifies man in wheelchair hit and killed on Watt Avenue.” A man hit and killed by a car in North Highlands as he crossed Watt Avenue in his wheelchair has been identified by coroner’s deputies.---sacbee.com, May 15 (California) https://is.gd/COULgP

 

3.    “California man sentenced for tossing special-needs boy's assistance dog off balcony.” A Long Beach man who threw a boy's dog off a balcony is going to prison.---foxnews.com, May 18 (California) https://is.gd/TPeuAT

 

4.    “Police investigate former Plainville Special Education teacher.” Police are investigating a former Plainville Special Education teacher who was featured in a video allegedly meeting a boy he thought was 15-years-old.---wtnh.com, May 12 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/lMGeTM

 

5.    “State Department of Developmental Service Employee Charged in Connection With Death of Patient in Norwalk” A state Connecticut Department of Developmental Service employee has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of a 50-year-old man who he was tasked with taking care of.--- nbcconnecticut.com, May 16 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/0V6L1z

 

6.    “Mother Charged with Manslaughter in Death of Autistic Son.” A Hartford mother has been charged with manslaughter in the death of her autistic teenage son, who was brought to Hartford Hospital emaciated in February and died hours later.---necn.com, May 15 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/ZWwFaQ

 

7.    “2 more charges in shooting of autistic man's caretaker.” Authorities have upgraded charges against a North Miami police officer accused of illegally shooting an autistic man's caretaker who was on the ground with his arms in the air., May 12 (Florida) https://is.gd/L0IdMI

 

8.    “Man, 73, pushing his mother in wheelchair hit, killed in Orange County.” FHP says vehicle hit pedestrian on Goldenrod Road; woman uninjured.--- clickorlando.com, May 11 (Florida) https://is.gd/ZRlsMc

 

9.    “JUST IN: Boy with special needs hit, killed by van outside Florida hotel.” A 4-year-old boy with special needs was hit and killed by a van Friday morning at a hotel in Orlando, Florida Highway Patrol said.--- palmbeachpost.com, May 12 (Florida) https://is.gd/U9uOuw

 

10.“Savitt under investigation by new state guardianship office.” Elizabeth Savitt, left, and her attorney Ellen Morris listen during a hearing in the Frances Berkowitz guardianship cases at the North County Courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens on December 7, 2016.--- mypalmbeachpost.com, May 12 (Florida) https://is.gd/AMWkkS

 

11.“2 men fatally shot, crash car into man in wheelchair.” Two men were killed in an overnight shooting in the South Austin neighborhood.--- wgntv.com, May 14 (Illinois) https://is.gd/PL2rY5

 

12.“More workers accused of mistreating residents in Glenwood, Woodward.” The Des Moines Register reports four workers hired to care for intellectually disabled residents at state-run facilities are no longer on the job after allegations of abuse.--- radioiowa.com, May 16 (Iowa) https://is.gd/jYKtUd

 

13.“Baltimore woman found guilty of neglecting vulnerable adults.” A Baltimore County judge has handed down a guilty verdict for a woman accused of neglecting three vulnerable adults.---foxbaltimore.com, May 16 (Maryland) https://is.gd/X8F3D1

 

14.“Records: Slain boy told Missouri authorities about abuse.” An emaciated boy whose father later killed him and fed his remains to the family's pigs told Missouri authorities two years before his death that his dad and stepmother were abusing him, state records show.--- ksbw.com, May 11 (Missouri) https://is.gd/geeCM6

 

15.“The Public Pulse: Beatrice State Developmental Center requires an overhaul.” A deputy director for the Beatrice State Developmental Center management team states there needs to be a three-year extension of operations because they need an “evaluation period”---omaha.com, May 14 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/g3nZ3i

 

16.“Healthcare worker endangered developmentally disabled residents: AG.” A healthcare worker has been charged with endangering the welfare of two developmentally disabled residents under his care at a state-run group home on Long Island, authorities said.---libn.com, May 15 (New York) https://is.gd/vZNeQX

 

17.“Father charged with abusing son with developmental disabilities.” A Columbus father is locked up on $500,000 bond after being accused of abusing his three-year-old son who has cerebral palsy.---abc6onyourside.com, May 18 (Ohio) https://is.gd/RavgVT

 

18.“Ex-group home counselor, man charged with sex trafficking.” A former group home counselor and another man are charged with sex-trafficking a 17-year-old girl at hotels in Rhode Island, New York and Massachusetts.---whdh.com, May 11 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/Q8QQI2

 

19.“Fox News contributor apologizes for calling autistic boy a 'snowflake'.” Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce apologized Tuesday for calling a 10-year-old autistic boy a “snowflake” in need of a "safe space."---thehill.com, May 16 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/OLvwNi

 

20.“Howard University security guards appear to dump wheelchair-bound woman onto sidewalk.” In an exclusive video obtained by 7 ON YOUR SIDE Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor, three Howard University security guards appear to dump a wheelchair-bound woman onto a sidewalk and just walk away right outside of Howard University Hospital.---wjla.com, May 16 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/IjVLsZ

 

LAWS AND LEGISLATION

 

21.“Why campaigns should be engaging disabled voters.” Candidates who want to build a sustainable path to elected office should be courting the disability voting bloc. Before explaining how to do that, I’ll tell you why.--- campaignsandelections.com, May 12 https://is.gd/JPBSlJ

 

22.“Vote on autism bill planned next week.” The Alabama Senate next week is expected to vote on a bill mandating insurance coverage for autistic children and their families.--- bizjournals.com, May 12 (Alabama) https://is.gd/4GxB6e

 

23.“Alabama Senate approves autism insurance bill.” The Alabama Senate voted 33 to 1 Tuesday night to require insurers to provide coverage of autism therapies.--- montgomeryadvertiser.com, May 16 (Alabama) https://is.gd/VVfnh7

 

24.“Specialized clinic provides care for pregnant women with disabilities.” At just one day old, baby Abbas is already a symbol of hope. He’s the first baby born with the help of North America’s first clinic designed to provide specialized pregnancy care to women with a variety of physical disabilities.---globalnews.ca, May 14 (California) https://is.gd/luRNMr

 

25.“Illinois Senate Approves $15 Hourly Wage For Developmental Disability Health Care Workers.” The Illinois State Senate has approved a bill that would raise the wages of workers caring for people with developmental disabilities.  ---northernpublicradio.org, May 15 (Illinois) https://is.gd/bvKw1U

 

26.“Cracker Barrel settles federal suit over handicapped parking.” Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by a basketball star who claimed handicapped parking spaces at some restaurants are too steep or otherwise violate federal law.--- chicagotribune.com, May 17 (Illinois) https://is.gd/9rQcZD

 

27.“Social services declining; Joliet mayor notices.” It’s that time of year when the state government does not pass a budget, a new routine that has become the focus of constituents who head to Springfield. Social service agencies are closing group homes.--- theherald-news.com, May 14 (Illinois) https://is.gd/muZddW

 

28.“King Blasts House Health Care Bill for Hurting Maine People with Disabilities.” A week after hearing from the mothers of Daniel Humphrey of Lewiston and Lidia Woofenden of Bowdoinham, two young adults with disabilities, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to share their stories with the nation and speak out against the House-passed health care bill as a cruel piece of legislation that would hurt them and other people with disabilities throughout Maine.---wagmtv.com, May 17 (Maine) https://is.gd/k9jCHN

 

29.“MA Supremes Rule Parole Planning Must Address Disabilities.” It is no secret that the U.S. has a large prison population. The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ latest data indicates that there were 1.53 million prisoners across the country during the year 2015, which sadly represents the smallest prison population since 2005.--- nonprofitquarterly.org, May 17 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/OTHdVC

 

30.“South St. Paul takes steps to clarify group home ordinance.” At its May 1 meeting, the South St. Paul City Council took the first steps in making the city’s group home ordinance more in line with laws at the state level. The move, which would tighten restrictions on the facilities, was also made in response to residents’ complaints about disturbances at group homes in the city.---eastsidereviewnews.com, May 15 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/kKQvyK

 

31.“Service dog federal disability trial continues in Butte court.” A federal disability rights trial against a Bozeman landlord expected to finish on Friday was extended to next week after the plaintiff’s case rested Friday afternoon.---mtstandard.com, May 12 (Montana) https://is.gd/3uq4e3

 

32.“Local who works with people with disabilities scared for future.” If you or a person you know has a disability, budget cuts may affect the way they live. Rochelle Seeman, associate director of Mosaic, helps provide care for people who have a disability.--- nebraska.tv, May 17 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/rmhmY3

 

33.“WFBMC researchers say intellectual disability should not prevent kidney transplants in children.” Dylan Hill has lived a shorter life than most, only 11 years so far. But he’s already died 19 times, and his parents say, perhaps even more.---myfox8.com, May 17 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/f44ekj

 

34.“Big changes for guardianship in Nevada.” Many of us remember the actor Peter Falk as the bumbling detective “Columbo” or as the grandfather-story teller in "Princess Bride." In New York state, prosecutors know him as a son who pushed for the arrest and conviction of a man who befriended his wealthy mother, isolated her and bilked Madeline Falk out of a million dollars---kolotv.com, May 15 (Nevada) https://is.gd/LWL9ga

 

35.“EDUCATION: Special Education Report.” The Oregon Department of Education has released its Special Education Reports for school districts around the state.--- thenewsguard.com, May 15 (Oregon) https://is.gd/U8AGLw

 

36.“Special ed funding would be in peril if U.S. Senate passes House bill.” The bill passed by the U.S. House to repeal the Affordable Care Act, now being considered by the Senate, would make deep cuts to Medicaid — which threatens millions in special education dollars for local school districts.--- post-gazette.com, May 16 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/xz3pR4

 

37.“Court lifts reprieve for Nicaraguan man on Texas death row.” The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday lifted a reprieve it gave a Nicaraguan man a day before he was to be executed two years ago for killing a Houston high school teacher during a 1997 robbery.--- houstonchronicle.com, May 17 (Texas) https://is.gd/09kYqq

 

38.“For special education advocates in Texas, one bill down and many more on the line.” Angela Garvin has spent months fighting for teachers to get training on how to communicate with her son Marcus, who has cerebral palsy and is nonverbal.--- valleycentral.com, May 11 (Texas) https://is.gd/57Vy4T

 

39.“Rockbridge social services board member seeks 'a chance to make it right' after grand jury report.” Meeting for the first time since a special grand jury found widespread dysfunction at the Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services, a board that oversees the agency was both defensive and contrite Wednesday.--- roanoke.com, May 17 (Virginia) https://is.gd/WJwYxt

 

40.“Washington Death Row Inmate Loses Court Challenge Over Intellectual Disabilities.” On January 25, 1997, Cecil Emile Davis, a “violent offender” on state supervision, broke into the Tacoma home of 65-year-old Yoshiko Couch.---kuow.org, May 18 (Washington) https://is.gd/Ggo8ZO

 

41.“Report: Washington’s dropout rate is high for students with learning disabilities.” More than 45,000 Washington students have learning disabilities, and a new report says 35 percent of them are dropping out of high school. A national researcher says it doesn’t have to be this way.---seattletimes.com, May 16 (Washington) https://is.gd/yLmEJJ

 

42.“Protesters Block Road to White House Over Disability Rights.” Dozens of protesters in the US capital Washington, DC blocked roads near the White House in a rally calling for increased rights for disabled people, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Monday.--- sputniknews.com, May 15 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/fWsdcY

 

43.“France Banned Video of Kids With Down Syndrome Smiling: It Would “Disturb” Women Who Aborted.” One of the great men of French history had a daughter with a disability. His faith saw him—and her—through. Late last year on BreakPoint, I told you about an extraordinary bit of censorship by the French government.--- lifenews.com, May 15 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/fwAbeV

 

44.“Self-Advocates Arrested At White House.” Dozens of disability rights activists have been arrested outside the White House while calling for President Donald Trump to support community-based living.---disabilityscoop.com, May 16 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/2JV77W

 

45.“State regulator addresses group home worker crisis.” Despite a personal care worker shortage causing a “crisis” statewide, Racine County is one of the state’s hotbeds for those looking to start an assisted living facility for the elderly and mentally disabled, according to a head state regulator.---journaltimes.com, May 15 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/RtPm9o

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

46.“70,000 Students With Disabilities Secluded, Restrained in School.” One out of every 100 special education students was restrained by school personnel or secluded in school from his or her peers in the 2013-14 school year, presumably to quell behavior that teachers considered disruptive or dangerous.--- edweek.org, May 16 https://is.gd/oLufrV

 

47.“In Treating Autism, Drugs Often Overshadow Behavior Therapy.” Many kids with autism are taking antipsychotics without participating in behavior therapy, new research suggests, despite evidence that medication is most helpful when paired with therapy.--- disabilityscoop.com, May 16 https://is.gd/BBFjiP

 

48.“Half Of Autistic Adults Feel A Low Sense Of Well Being,” Researchers are finally turning their attention to autistic adults and trying to figure out factors that affect their quality of life.--- forbes.com, May 18 https://is.gd/QPYn8y

 

49.“$16M Phoenix homeless shelter will serve older adults, people with disabilities.” A south Phoenix dirt lot will soon transform into a shelter for dozens of people experiencing homelessness, through the biggest expansion of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's main campus in more than two decades.--- azcentral.com, May 12 (Arizona) https://is.gd/QhJgTy

 

50.“Are gas stations following law to ensure disabled customers receive assistance?” For most, pumping gas is no big deal, but if you're in a wheelchair, it can be the most stressful part of your day.--- clickorlando.com, May 16 (Florida) https://is.gd/X0MOH2

 

51.“For Families With Special Needs, Vouchers Bring Choices, Not Guarantees.” Ayden, 9, walks along a boardwalk at River Park Marina in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He has autism, ADHD and a seizure disorder, which many schools in the area are not equipped to help him with.--- npr.org, May 17 (Florida) https://is.gd/8z08jl

 

52.“State Still Sending Mentally Ill People to Homeless Shelters.” Georgia is continuing to discharge patients with mental illness to places where they are unlikely to get psychiatric treatment: extended-stay motels, for instance, and even the massive Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in midtown Atlanta.--- usnews.com, May 12 (Georgia) https://is.gd/rRsMGt

 

53.“Deaf Japanese tourist denied interpreter at Honolulu airport: ACLU.” A deaf Japanese tourist was illegally denied a sign-language interpreter while detained and interrogated after landing at the Honolulu International Airport, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii said in a discrimination complaint.--- japantimes.co.jp, May 12 (Hawaii) https://is.gd/OkxIyG

 

54.“Indiana's School Choice Program Often Underserves Special Needs Students.” Should public school dollars be used to send children to private, even religious schools? That's the big question in a debate over private school vouchers, a debate the NPR Ed team is exploring this week. President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are big fans of vouchers.---wknofm.org, May 15 (Indiana) https://is.gd/tNMgyC

 

55.“Modeling success.” Statistics show Duncombe Elementary exceeds state average for special ed proficiency with its unique co-teaching model.--- messengernews.net, May 16 (Iowa) https://is.gd/STnL8N

 

56.“Disabled residents attend Design For Life Showcase.” Tax program incentivizes businesses to help build homes for disabled residents.--- your4state.com, May 13 (Maryland) https://is.gd/U9dCLS

 

57.“Assembly hears testimony on reforming Nevada guardianship system.” The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Monday heard two bills aimed at reforming Nevada’s guardianship system.--- reviewjournal.com, May 15 (Nevada) https://is.gd/t3FSxU

 

58.“Commission: guardianship dockets to be posted online.” A commission appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to study the state’s system of adult guardianships voted Friday to make certain that docket sheets are posted on a public website.--- abqjournal.com, May 12 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/X41NZG

 

59.“New development will dedicate units for those with disabilities.” A housing Development planned for Maple Avenue in Elmira will feature units set aside specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.--- steubencourier.com, May 16 (New York) https://is.gd/KY4S25

 

60.“Volunteers with developmental disabilities deliver warm meals and joy to homebound senior citizens.” They bring food — and a lot of comfort. A trio of volunteers with developmental disabilities delivers warm meals to homebound senior citizens on the Upper East Side every week, in an arrangement that spreads well-being all around.--- nydailynews.com, May 14 (New York) https://is.gd/sEaHYZ

 

61.“This robot helps kids with special needs to communicate.” At the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York today, a team of sophomores from Rutgers University introduced a social robot, named Robota, to help teachers in special ed classrooms.--- techcrunch.com, May 14 (New York) https://is.gd/BnXbYe

 

62.“Herkimer College internship helps those with developmental disabilities.” Of all the activities she did during her internship in the last 10 months, working with children at Herkimer County Community College’s Children’s Center was Katie Moore’s favorite.---uticaod.com, May 12 (New York) https://is.gd/zlsuVQ

 

63.The promise of new rides for Texans with disabilities.” The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD), a statewide cross-disability organization, is extremely interested in accessible transportation options, including the bullet train project, Transportation Networking Companies (TNCs) with a real accessibility program, and autonomous vehicles, all issues before the 85th Legislature in some form.--- tribtalk.org, May 17 (Texas) https://is.gd/T8MbH3

 

64.“Working to change the handicapped sign in Wisconsin.” Ben Trockman joined NBC15's Leigh Mills to talk about his goal to change the handicapped sign in Wisconsin. He says the logo that signifies people with disabilities, as well as the word "handicapped" are both outdated.--- nbc15.com, May 11 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/oJiV8Z

 

65.“Milwaukee Cuts Free Rides for Seniors, People With Disabilities.” Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is ending a two-year-old program that provides free rides to seniors and people with disabilities, citing significant cost overruns. Instead, MCTS is implementing a means test and will charge a small fee for rides.--- nextcity.org, May 15 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/k8dXVL

 

66.“One year later, Federal Way special education PTA seeks to inform, support parents.” Catherine Young is acutely aware of the challenges families can face in getting educational resources.--- federalwaymirror.com, May 16 (Washington) https://is.gd/ILT1Ek

 

67.“Mother and soon-to-be MIAD graduate designs drone to track her autistic child.” Ask any busy mom whether she could use a second set of eyes to watch her young children, and she would likely say "yes."---jsonline.com, May 12 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/IFLqSU

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

68.“Mother of intellectually disabled woman sues over alleged rape at Melton respite centre.” The mother of an intellectually disabled woman allegedly raped in care is suing for damages.---heraldsun.com.au, May 13 (Australia) https://is.gd/HgmTJN

 

69.“Group home 'hell': Open letter calls for royal commission into treatment of people with disabilities.” The ABC has documented numerous cases of abuse and mistreatment of disabled people, particularly in group homes, and the open letter expresses dismay that the Federal Government chose not to proceed with an earlier recommendation for a royal commission.--- abc.net.au, May 17 (Australia) https://is.gd/7cbACH

 

70.“Miriam Merten death: Lismore Base Hospital’s mental health seclusion room only decommissioned in March.” The primitive “seclusion” room at the centre of a massive hospital scandal after a mental health patient was locked inside naked and drugged and then died from brain injuries was in use for nearly two years after the “sickening” death.--- ntnews.com.au, May 14 (Australia) https://is.gd/tpIrn7

 

71.“Shorten under pressure as Social Services reveals gaps in Labor’s NDIS funding proposals.” Bill Shorten is under pressure to support the Turnbull government’s plan to fully fund the ­National Disability Insurance Scheme, which would face a $6.9 billion annual shortfall within a decade without extra funding raised through the Medicare Levy.--- theaustralian.com.au, May 16 (Australia) https://is.gd/Xtqm3g

 

72.Group home 'hell': Open letter calls for royal commission into treatment of people with disabilities.” The ABC has documented numerous cases of abuse and mistreatment of disabled people, particularly in group homes, and the open letter expresses dismay that the Federal Government chose not to proceed with an earlier recommendation for a royal commission.--- abc.net.au, May 17 (Australia) https://is.gd/7cbACH

 

73.“Project Independence plans Woden units for intellectually disabled.” A Canberra community housing project organisation has revealed plans to build a new village for people with intellectual disabilities on the city's southside.--- canberratimes.com.au, May 13 (Australia) https://is.gd/ScCOQf

 

74.“Deadline looms for Via to respond to order to change wheelchair policy.”  A deadline is looming for Via Rail to change its policies and allow more than one person travelling in a wheelchair at a time on its trains, or prove that doing so would be far too difficult.---rdnewsnow.com, May 14 (Canada) https://is.gd/RdYyq2

 

75.“Parents of woman with Asperger's syndrome missing since last year plead for tips as case deemed suspicious.” When Roy Neugebauer dropped off his daughter, Amber Wilson, at her downtown apartment one year ago, she said she’d call him in an hour. Wilson never called, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.--- edmontonsun.com, May 15 (Canada) https://is.gd/pi5hVQ

 

76.“400-bed hostel for the disabled in Odisha soon.” The State Government will construct a 400-bed hostel in Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped (VRCH) in next two years, Minister for Social Security and Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) Prafulla Samal said here on Monday.--- newindianexpress.com, May 16 (India) https://is.gd/k69Q5B

 

77.“Blind woman's landmark legal victory against local council over height of new kerbs.” A blind woman has won a landmark High Court challenge over kerb heights in a new city centre regeneration scheme.--- belfasttelegraph.co.uk, May 13 (Ireland) https://is.gd/kLQhWH

 

78.“Disabled woman faced ‘terrifying ordeal’ at camp, court hears.” Vulnerable individual allowed to leave care home with man without ‘alarm bells being rung’---irishtimes.com, May 15 (Ireland) https://is.gd/2a9NXZ

 

79.Cabinet to Get Special Education Policy in June.” The Special Education Policy, which seeks to fulfil the academic requirements of students with special needs, is expected to be brought to Cabinet for approval within another month.---jis.gov.jm, May 12 (Jamaica) https://is.gd/NE5Uhc

 

80.“Nakuru 'pastor' arrested for forcing pupils to watch porn, have sex with mentally ill woman.” Nakuru residents were shocked after a 'pastor' was arrested for forcing pupils to have sex with a mentally retarded woman.--- the-star.co.ke, May 18 (Kenya) https://is.gd/jXCOMK

 

81.“Man pleads guilty to fleecing mentally impaired friend of $35k.” An offender swindling his disabled friend out of $35,000, leaving the man in dire financial straits.--- stuff.co.nz, May 18 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/ZDhzb1

 

82.“Special education that suits your children's needs.” Parents, no matter how much they are making financially, want nothing but the best for their children’s education as early as the kids are on their preschool years still.--- sunstar.com.ph, May 15 (Philippines) https://is.gd/lpzqDo

 

83.Manasseh Academy: New school for special needs students.” This August when the new school year rolls around, there will be a welcome addition to the educational community on The Friendly Island. Manasseh Academy is opening at #6 Independence Drive in St. John’s Estate.--- thedailyherald.sx, May 12 (St Maartens) https://is.gd/P4Zd3r

 

84.“Disabled People and the General Election #CripTheVoteUK.” As Britain gears up for its impending General Election, the disabled population is wondering what will be in store when the results are announced in June. globalcomment.com, May 12 (UK) https://is.gd/dFI6Sp

 

85.“Herbert protocol launched to help in the search of vulnerable people.” Carers and families are being encouraged to record vital information on a form which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.---grimsbytelegraph.co.uk, May 16 (UK) https://is.gd/KY4S25

 

86.“Deaf Northfield teen launches national campaign for sign language to be taught in schools.” A Deaf teenager from Northfield is launching a nationwide campaign for British Sign Language (BSL) to be taught in schools.---bromsgrovestandard.co.uk, May 15 (UK) https://is.gd/Byv7uf

 

87.“Brave father driven to suicide bid by stresses of raising autistic children under regime of Tory cuts to NHS and schools.” Martin Kilgallon, who has battled to get his autistic sons the support they need, gave a heartfelt speech to the party's manifesto launch.--- mirror.co.uk, May 16 (UK) https://is.gd/BurND1

 

88.“Multiple choice psychometric test discriminated against candidate with Asperger’s syndrome.” A recent decision involving the Government Legal Service ('GLS') highlights how important it is for employers to take a prospective employee’s disability into consideration in recruitment processes.--- lexology.com, May 15 (UK) https://is.gd/4ghLJG

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

89.“Study: Screen Time Could Lead to Developmental Delays.” Mobile devices can be great learning tools and are often an effective way to distract your children, but giving them an iPad could put them at a developmental disadvantage.--- kdrv.com, May 17 https://is.gd/gLWdlQ

 

90.“Asilomar offers beach-friendly wheelchair and walker to the disabled.” Starting Sunday, Asilomar State Beach will be more accessible for people needing to use a wheelchair or a walker to enjoy the ocean and shoreline.---montereyherald.com, May 12 (California) https://is.gd/owOWZS

 

91.“South Florida MMA fighter with Down syndrome helping other adaptive athletes.” 'G-Money' prepares to fight same opponent for third time, --- local10.com, May 16 (Florida) https://is.gd/nrCPDJ

 

92.“Clermont mom helps son after traumatic brain injury.” It’s not much of a stretch to say that Nancy Foryan gave birth to son Ed Simone twice — the first time in the conventional manner, the second as she rehabilitated him following a traumatic brain injury.--- dailycommercial.com, May 14 (Florida) https://is.gd/MYbnPT

 

93.“Artistic skills and independence bloom for these adults with disabilities.” Chris’ love of cookies yielded a Cookie Monster painting. Tracey has a penchant for fairies. Spring inspired Sophie’s butterfly print. These artists are painting, sculpting and sketching in the growARTS program at Garden Center Services in Chicago, a provider of daytime and residential services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.--- pbs.org, May 16 (Illinois) https://is.gd/PV0Dtd

 

94.“'It's all possible' says N.J. woman bringing swimming to special needs community.” Amanda Pope stood in her element, surrounded by the sound of splashing water and the smell of chlorine in the air.--- nj.com, May 14 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/3mFpro

 

95.“I go to a top university, known for its research in disabilities. Yet students like me are an afterthought.” Bryan Stromer, a senior at Vanderbilt University, writes that colleges can do better for students with disabilities. — Susan Svrluga---washingtonpost.com, May 12 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/K3iOxW