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 fewer than usual articles on direct abuse. Check the categories below for a guide. The categories are indicated by by type, and the number of the article. 

Sexual Assault: 5, 65, 70

Physical Abuse: 6, 14, 72, 76

Verbal Abuse: 2. 4

Neglect: 10, 11

Financial abuse:  4

School-related abuse: 7

Guardianship: 31

Legislation with effect for PWD: 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 27, 83

Good News:  61

 

ABUSE AND NEGLECT

 

1.    “Former social services director arrested for allegedly stealing almost $400k from elderly residents.” A Minden woman has been arrested for reportedly stealing approximately $391,000 from residents of a retirement home in Arcadia, reports the Attorney General's Department of Justice.--- wafb.com, May 22 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/VB76U7

 

2.    “Gaston County teacher accused of bullying autistic student over physical appearance.” A Gaston County mother claims her autistic son has repeatedly been bullied at school, not by another student, but by his now former teacher, who she says repeatedly called him homophobic slurs, and called him useless in front of the class.--- fox46charlotte.com, May 25 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/4WEQSS

 

3.    “Suspicious Detroit group home fire leaves 2 dead.” Authorities say two people have been found dead following a suspicious fire at Detroit adult group home. freep.com, May 24 (Michigan) https://is.gd/o2Uajx

 

4.    “Dowagiac Middle School student bullied for disabilities; parents express heartbreak.”  A disabled teen left school last week wearing a mask, telling her parents that she put it on because she is tired of being called names.--- wndu.com, May 22 (Michigan) https://is.gd/yx9da8

 

5.    “DeSoto County authorities charge man with sexual battery of vulnerable persons.” DeSoto County authorities have charged a man with two counts of sexual battery of a vulnerable person following a joint investigation with the state Attorney General's office.--- commercialappeal.com, May 21 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/wyEU89

 

6.    “Man convicted of assaulting vulnerable people will not get conviction set aside.” A Lincoln man has asked that an earlier conviction (in York County) of assaulting a vulnerable person be set aside, so he can go back to playing the organ at his church.---yorknewstimes.com, March 24 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/F4l8XM

 

7.    “Failures in Paterson special education confirmed.” A state investigation has concluded that the Paterson school district failed to provide required therapy sessions to numerous students with disabilities this year.---northjersey.com, May 23 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/LnNSOG

 

8.    “Report: Greenwood woman faces charges after mentally handicapped man reports being kicked out.” A Greenwood woman is facing charges after someone found a mentally handicapped man walking around, kicked out of his residence, according to a report.---indexjournal.com, May 24 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/dE3wIh

 

9.    “Assault charges dropped against mentally disabled man after video raises questions.” Misdemeanor assault charges were dropped against an 18-year-old mentally disabled man Wednesday, a day after the Houston Chronicle reported that a video appears to challenge allegations he choked a worker at his group home.--- chron.com, May 25 (Texas) https://is.gd/gB7AXH

 

10.Jury finds couple guilty in elder abuse case.” A Bluefield, Va. husband and wife face decades in prison after a Mercer County jury found them guilty Friday of charges including abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult.--- bdtonline.com, May 19 (Virginia) https://is.gd/Y7K9DA

 

11.“State issues violations to group home.” A group home where a resident with autism entered a neighbor’s home unannounced was found in violation, following a state investigation released this week. Now the resident at the center of the investigation is moving out.---journaltimes.com, May 19 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/s3JUSp

 

12.“Woman Takes Car From Group Home, Police Say.” A Racine woman was arrested for stealing a vehicle from Faith Adult Community Family Homes, a group home for seniors.---racinecountyeye.com, May 21 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/tHplcC

 

13.“State must do more to help personal care workers, group home residents.” The Journal Times’ investigation into group homes started after a criminal complaint filed against several workers at a group home.---journaltimes.com, May 20 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/Lci8Af

 

14.“Cheyenne man sentenced to probation for injuring vulnerable adult.” Laramie County District Judge Catherine Rogers went into Brandon W. Beck’s sentencing hearing Thursday wondering how a plea deal could have been reached for him to have first-offender probation for breaking a man’s collarbone last year.--- wyomingnews.com, May 20 (Wyoming) https://is.gd/2mT93j

 

LAWS AND LEGISLATION

 

15. “High Court: Judge, not jury, decides intellectual disability.” The Florida Supreme Court has denied death row inmate Sonny Boy Oats Jr.’s request for a jury to determine his intellectual state, saying it is the judge’s

responsibility.--- ocala.com, March 25 (Florida) https://is.gd/DJdFQ6

 

16. “Some state group home residents too much for workers and police.” A state program that is racking up millions of dollars in workers’ compensation claims is also seeing hundreds of state employees getting hurt on the job and putting community members at risk.--- fox9.com, May 22 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/RaGYSn

 

17. “Trump Budget Guts Medicaid, Disability Programs.” Deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs that people with disabilities rely on are at the heart of President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal.--- disabilityscoop.com, May 23 https://is.gd/0BnAF2

 

18.“Blue Cross says autism mandate applies to plans covering 160,000 employees.” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama says a new state mandate to cover autism therapy will apply to its group insurance plans covering about 160,000 employees in Alabama, plus some individual plans.--- al.com, May 23 (Alabama) https://is.gd/mAcdI9

 

19.“Legal system’s treatment of mentally ill is criminal.” The walking wounded are all around us, on the streets of San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz.--- sfchronicle.com, May 25 (California) https://is.gd/vDaVrg

 

20.California Medicaid Releases Plan For Transitioning Developmental Center Residents To Managed Care.” On April 26, 2017, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released a draft plan that describes how it intends to transition the provision of services for Medicaid-eligible developmental center residents to managed care plans.--- openminds.com, May 21 (California) https://is.gd/idCOaG

 

21.“Lawsuit: VA Contracting Changes Could Cut Jobs for the Blind.” An advocacy group for the blind on Wednesday sued the Department of Veterans Affairs in federal court, alleging the agency ignored a long-standing law when it changed contracting rules that have been used for decades to give jobs to the visually impaired.---nbcconnecticut.com, May 25 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/1synG5

 

22.“DCFS under fire for quickly closing child abuse investigations.” llinois Department of Children and Family Services investigators are overwhelmed by high caseloads and are being pressured to quickly close their abuse probes, even when they have not performed basic tasks like contacting police and doctors, according to several experts and lawmakers who spoke Tuesday at a joint House-Senate hearing in Springfield.--- chicagotribune.com, May 24 (Illinois) https://is.gd/BFtzsr

 

23.“Help Is Here: Human Rights Authority works to improve the lives of disabled persons.” They look after the rights of the disabled — people who cannot look out for themselves.---pjstar.com, May 20 (Illinois) https://is.gd/4uMled

 

24.“185 citizens sign petition against possible Grand Avenue site home.” A site home for individuals with developmental disabilities or mental illness, which may go in at 916 Grand Ave., has a number of neighbors concerned.--- dailygate.com, May 22 (Iowa) https://is.gd/t4cF3U

 

25.“Kentucky can't ignore social services 'time bomb,' experts tell reform panel.” Warning that the high workload of state social workers "is a time bomb waiting to go off," Bullitt Family Court Judge Elise Givhan Spainhour said Kentucky can't ignore the urgent need to better fund social services as it strives to improve adoption and foster care.--- courier-journal.com, May 23 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/HO0VXM

 

26.“Baltimore public housing plan needs scrutiny, oversight.” The $27 million renovation and reopening of the city's Allendale public apartment complex was described as "hallelujah" moment by Carol Payne, the Director of the Baltimore Region for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.--- baltimoresun.com, May 22 (Maryland) https://is.gd/wwmPpt

 

27.“Ricketts signs bills increasing teacher retirement age, changing priority for developmental disability services.” Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a pair of bills into law Tuesday that increase the teacher retirement age and change which groups get priority for developmental disability services.--- omaha.com, May 24 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/QP68rt

 

28.“U.S. government OKs Nebraska's Medicaid waivers for developmental disabilities services.” Nebraska has gotten good news from the federal government about services for people with developmental disabilities.---omaha.com, May 25 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/I7JqtV

 

29.“Tragedy sparks entrepreneurs.” Family tragedy 15 years ago spurred two area women to start a nonprofit agency to help vulnerable adults. That’s when Guardian Angels Life Services was born.--- hastingstribune.com, May 21 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/RtA5qI

 

30.“Under New Law, Grandparents To Get Priority In Custody Cases Involving Substance Abuse.” Family court judges will soon be required to give priority to grandparents in guardianship cases where parents are dealing with substance abuse issues.---nhpr.org, May 25 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/WNmtg0

 

31.“Plaintiff in guardianship case wants the judge to step aside.” The daughter of a deceased Albuquerque author suing a commercial guardian and conservator firm is questioning the impartiality of the judge in the case, citing in part his appearance in April with representatives of the guardianship industry at an Albuquerque Lawyers Club panel discussion.--- abqjournal.com, May 22 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/W5787k

 

32.“News 12 finds school lacks adequate handicapped parking.” Action is being taken after News 12 revealed that an elementary school in Westchester is failing to provide adequate handicapped parking.--- hudsonvalley.news12.com, May 24 (New York) https://is.gd/G3cjOM

 

33.“Nonprofit sues Babylon Town over ticketing of adult home.” An Old Bethpage nonprofit is suing the Town of Babylon and one of its zoning inspectors for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, court documents show.---newsday.com, May 21 (New York) https://is.gd/Lci8Af

 

34.“Disabled people sue over segregated living, inadequate care in North Carolina.” People with developmental disabilities are wrongfully segregated in institutions or face the threat of institutionalization because of budget restrictions and inattention to their needs, an advocacy group said in a lawsuit filed in state court Wednesday.---newsobserver.com, May 24 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/OnUPIF

 

35.“North Carolina bill proposes complete makeover of social services.” North Carolina legislators are seeking to completely overhaul social services, especially the foster care system.---bladenjournal.com, May 21 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/NAM9Y5

 

36.“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.--- http://myfox8.com, May 17 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/f44ekj
 

 

37.“Point of View: New perspectives can help Oklahomans with intellectual, developmental disabilities.” Social innovation requires that we not only look for new solutions to problems, but that we also look at the problem through multiple lenses.---newsok.com, May 24  (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/wyyZ7n

 

38.“Oregon Governor Signs Laws To Expand Rights For Foster Kids.” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed two bills into law Wednesday securing new rights for foster kids.--- kuow.org, May 17 (Oregon) https://is.gd/IKE6kL

 

39.“Researchers develop new modified toy car designs for children with disabilities.” Researchers at Oregon State University have developed two new modified toy car designs for children with disabilities in an effort to encourage them to further explore, play, and engage in physical and social activities.---news-medical.net, May 24 (Oregon) https://is.gd/kScxIj

 

40.“Judge finds new legal protection for transgender people.” For the first time, a federal disability rights law has been interpreted to give legal protection to transgender people against discrimination.  A Pennsylvania judge did so by giving a narrow reading to a phrase in that law that says it does not apply to individuals with “gender identity disorders.”--- constitutioncenter.org, May 20 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/SijX6I

 

41.“Families worry over federal caps that might hit aid for Pa. children with disabilities.” “Fork food, buddy,” Beth Myers coaxes her 12-year-old son Wil, who sits on his bare feet at the breakfast table. “Fork food. Wil, try a fork.”--- post-gazette.com, May 21 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/z7QfWf

 

42.A bill to aid deaf children needs to be “heard” in the Legislature.” As we reach the end of a legislative session surrounded by hundreds of bills that died on the vine, there is one that stands out as worthwhile and urgent: Senate Bill 354, the Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids bill (known as “LEAD-K”). ---tribtalk.org, May 22 (Texas) https://is.gd/1RNcM4

 

43.“Senate swaps school funding bill for special education vouchers.” The Texas Senate has scrapped much of a proposal to revise how the state funds education in place of a plan to create a school voucher program for children with disabilities.--- chron.com, May 22 (Texas) https://is.gd/N4RtLW

 

44.“10K Texans with disabilities would be impacted by caregiver budget cuts.” As state lawmakers hash out what will be a tight budget, Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities stand to lose a lot when it comes to who takes care of them.---keyetv.com, May 19 (Texas) https://is.gd/HOksiA

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

45.“Let's enable parents of special-needs kids to set money aside for lifetime care.” My 10-year-old son, Andrew, loves his iPad, McDonald’s cheeseburgers with no pickles, walks in the woods and Disney’s Pocahontas. Since he was two, my wife and I have known that he has autism.---thehill.com, May 23 https://is.gd/g2Dkvh

 

46.“A.B.L.E. assistance open to amputees.” Those of you who read this column regularly are aware that I had a toe amputated in 2015 due to an infection in my right foot. I admit I mourned the loss for a while. A few weeks ago my mother spoke of a man she'd met who told her about A.B.L.E. It stands for Amputees Beyond Life's Expectations.--- nwaonline.com, May 24 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/9GDIT1

 

47.“Homeschooling makes learning personal for some special education students.” Dorothy, of Spring Hill, Florida, has a 15-year-old son with spina bifida and developmental delays, and her 13-year-old daughter is, she says, "mildly autistic." Neither was happy at public school.--- scpr.org, May 22(Florida) https://is.gd/l1zknu

 

48.“Could Divvy be expanded to include people with disabilities?” Chicago should consider adding adaptive cycles to its bike-share program.--- chicagoreader.com, May 22 (Illinois) https://is.gd/cn5Wrc

 

49.“DCFS director pledges reform in abuse investigations.” Department of Children and Family Services Director George Sheldon says he’s considering a major change in the way the agency conducts abuse and neglect investigations.---sj-r.com, May 17 (Illinois) https://is.gd/GmPvvD

 

50.“Kansas education official meets with upset members of deaf, blind communities.” A crowd gathered Thursday afternoon in Olathe to hear Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson explain why the assistant superintendent for the Kansas State School for the Deaf was passed over to become superintendent of that school and the Kansas State School for the Blind.---kansascity.com, May 25 (Kansas) https://is.gd/o8Biy0

 

51.Tri County senior says helping his autistic peers “saved” him.” When Tri County Area Schools started a program to provide support to students with autism, a middle-schooler volunteered to help.--- thedailynews.cc, May 23 (Michigan) https://is.gd/g8QuzL

 

52.“Parents question use of seclusion rooms for special education students.” For Kellie Sanders, life is wrapped around Hunter, her 11-year old son who had a brain stroke when he was born premature. Every day brings its joys--and struggles.--- fox9.com, May 23 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/OuqaDH

 

53.“Blind homeowner in Nebraska struggles to get tax relief.” A blind man in eastern Nebraska hasn't received any aid from a state program that helps low-income homeowners with disabilities keep their homes, despite repeated requests.---newsobserver.com, May 22 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/LJfTNd

 

54.“Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson’s SUV spotted in handicapped spot at school building.” City Mayor Eric Jackson does not have a handicapped parking placard. But that did not stop a driver of his city-issued SUV from parking in a handicapped spot Wednesday at the Trenton Board of Education building.--- trentonian.com, May 25 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/fDFDjR

 

55.“CityViews: City is Trying to Build a Seamless System for Autistic Kids.” Back in the early 2000s, autistic children age 5-21 in New York City and elsewhere who were capable of grade level academic work were educated almost exclusively in segregated classrooms with other autistic children.---citylimits.org, May 22 (New York) https://is.gd/FwlSdZ

 

56.“Ride-sharing services leave people with disabilities behind.” During a recent browse of my Twitter feed, a quotation from Mayor Bill Peduto jumped out at me. ---post-gazette.com, May 20 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/cisKDH

 

57.“Firefighters wrap up Special Needs Awareness Program training.” Chattanooga is implementing a new program to help first responders better communicate with people with special needs during emergencies.---newschannel9.com, May 22 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/PDrFEj

 

58.“Wheelchair-bound woman demanding sidewalk ramps in West El Paso neighborhood.” Debra Whitcomb has lived in her West El Paso home on Escondido Drive for 30 years. She suffers from a brain disease that has recently forced her to use a wheelchair to get around.---elpasoproud.com, May 19 (Texas) https://is.gd/eblGT6

 

59.“Houston psychiatric hospital closes after failing federal safety inspection.” HopeBridge Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric center in southwest Houston, closed this month after federal officials cited the facility for failing to maintain a safe environment for mentally ill patients.--- chron.com, May 23 (Texas) https://is.gd/vEzlIY

 

60.“County unveils communication system 'critical' to homelessness plan.” A detailed breakdown of how Salt Lake County officials plan to implement a "critical" communication strategy among service providers for people experiencing homelessness was released for the first time Tuesday.---deseretnews.com, May 23 (Utah) https://is.gd/mTrTej

 

61.“First-Ever U.S. Hospital For Down Syndrome Patients.” The United States will be getting its first hospital dedicated to helping Down Syndrome patients.  On May 18, the pro-life Jerome Lejeune Foundation announced they will be building a second multidisciplinary hospital, modeled after the first Jerome Lejeune Institute in France. The site is, as of yet, unspecified.--- churchmilitant.com, March 23 (Virginia) https://is.gd/h0Rz9f

 

62.“Family Splits Time Between 2 Cities For Daughter’s Autism Therapy.” Next month WCCO is Pulling Together for a giant tug-of-war across the Mississippi River. All of the money raised for the event will go to a local organization that helps family members with special needs.--- minnesota.cbslocal.com, May 20 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/Z8vYrU

 

63.“Coping with autism more of a stretch in rural areas.” If necessity is the mother of invention, the necessities that come with raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are the mother, the father and probably even the grandparents of invention.--- wiscnews.com, May 23 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/cf6bhN

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

64.“State says Stockton rollout "progressing well" despite two recent deaths.” A second Stockton Centre resident moved to a new group home in a nearby street has died in hospital, but the government says it is not changing the way it is handling proceedings.---theherald.com.au, May 26 (Australia) https://is.gd/VAxQRl

 

65.“Man accused of raping ex-partner’s intellectually disabled daughter.” A Townsville man is on trial after he allegedly went to his ex-partner’s house in the early hours of the morning and raped her intellectually disabled daughter.--- townsvillebulletin.com.au, May 24 (Australia) https://is.gd/gipzoN

 

66.“Judy and Isabel Stephens shared pub lunch then went missing from Benalla.” A mother and daughter were last seen eating a quiet lunch at a Victorian country pub before they disappeared near Benalla. There have been a number of reported sightings of Isabel and Judy Stephens since they went missing near Benalla on Sunday, but police yesterday had no firm leads on their whereabouts.--- heraldsun.com.au, May 24 (Australia) https://is.gd/p18oor

 

67.“Student dedicates career to dispelling myths about schizophrenia.” When Leonard Reynen was diagnosed with schizophrenia, at age 18, he thought his life was over.--- ottawasun.com, May 23 (Canada) https://is.gd/kTJ3LR

 

68.“Disability Rights Take Center Stage in Ecuador with New President Lenin Moreno.” Silvana Moreno teaches at a school for deaf students and has witnessed gains for people with disabilities under the Citizen's Revolution.--- telesurtv.net, May 24 (Ecuador) https://is.gd/YaNL4E

 

69.“India Campaign to Teach 5M Children About Sex Abuse.” Civil society groups in India are working together on a new campaign to end child sexual abuse by 2021 by raising awareness and action to the widespread problem.--- voanews.com. May 18 (India) https://is.gd/hyNYdX

 

70.“Hovercraft businessman Stephen John Preest acquitted, but criticised over sexual encounters with intellectually disabled man.” A judge has acquitted a Canterbury businessman of two charges alleging the sexual violation of an intellectually disabled man, but criticised his actions. ---stuff.co.nz, May 22 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/z7PafP

 

71.“Health inequalities among challenges facing people with special needs.” When Mdm Jothi Marimuthu’s son, who has special needs, suffered a hairline crack on his left leg two years ago, the doctor at the accident and emergency department tried to explain his medical condition to the 22-year-old man.--- todayonline.com, May 22 (Singapore) https://is.gd/I6rMLk

 

72.“Assaults between care home residents reported daily.” More than one assault a day was reported in England and Wales, an investigation by File on 4 revealed. Some care workers said they were not always given full information about who might pose a risk.---bbc.com, May 23 (UK) https://is.gd/rOZCCf

 

73.“Vote Labour to uphold the rights of disabled people.” For chronically ill and disabled people, recent years have been a disaster. The UN recently found “reliable evidence that the threshold of grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons with disabilities has been met” (Report, 8 November 2016).---theguardian.com, May 18 (UK) https://is.gd/qk0wxa

 

74.“Elderly woman dies and two mentally ill patients missing in Toxteth care home chaos.” Carers slammed the chaotic relocation process after the Bentley care home in Toxteth was closed due to mice droppings on the premises.--- liverpoolecho.co.uk, May 20 (UK) https://is.gd/CePal9

 

75.“New campaign to get autism on general election agenda.” The National Autistic Society is encouraging autistic people across the UK, and their families, to talk to their local general election candidates about autism, by holding candidate coffee mornings.--- charitytoday.co.uk, May 23 (UK) https://is.gd/Ur2pOU

 

76.“Autistic boy, eight, 'whipped with a lead' after his bicycle crashed into a man's dog.” A young Wollongong boy with autism has allegedly been whipped by a dog owner after his bicycle collided with the man's border collie.--- dailymail.co.uk, May 21 (UK) https://is.gd/XC4wnQ

 

77. Should 6,000 names of vulnerable have been passed on by Derby City Council?” Derby City Council is at the centre of a privacy storm after handing out details of thousands of vulnerable people without their permission.---derbytelegraph.co.uk, May 24 (UK) https://is.gd/sD7QAh

 

78.“Strangers humiliate taxi driver after he refuses to let woman in wheelchair get into his car.” A woman has praised the actions of strangers after a taxi driver refused to let her in his car - because she was in a wheelchair.--- mirror.co.uk, May 25 (UK) https://is.gd/lB9mcP

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

79. “Nebraska Cemetery Visitors Remember Developmentally Disabled.” Staff and residents from a Nebraska center for people with developmental disabilities are visiting a local cemetery to ensure former residents are remembered.--- usnews.com, March 25 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/2uX9kC

 

80.“MTA Workers Honored for Reuniting Autistic Teen Riding Metro-North Train Alone With Family.” Four MTA workers were recognized Thursday for helping to reunite a non-verbal autistic boy riding a Metro-North train alone with his family last month.--- nbcnewyork.com, May 25 (New York) https://is.gd/nf3Far

 

81.”SECU shows support for N.C. Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness initiative.” Known for its ongoing efforts to combat senior financial exploitation, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) is seizing another opportunity to support an annual North Carolina initiative known as Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Month, held now through June 18th--- cuinsight.com, May 22 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/jXembQ

 

82.“Woodlands 5-year-old with Down syndrome gets life-saving bone marrow donation from teen.” On April 19, 2017, Lily Skeen, a 5-year-old girl with down syndrome, was "reborn" as she rung the cancer battle bell at Texas Children's Hospital.--- chron.com, March 25 (Texas) https://is.gd/DoHGAq

 

83.DHS Public Database Includes Personal Information of Abuse Victims,” A Trump administration effort to highlight crimes by immigrants has put victims in potential danger. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/immigrant-domestic-violence-victims-appear-dhs-database

 

84.   “Police: 4-year-old child’s wheelchair stolen in Albany.” Every morning, 4-year-old Kendis’ older brother brings his wheelchair to the spot where he waits for the bus. However, on Tuesday morning when the bus arrived, the wheelchair was gone.--- news10.com, May 23 (New York) https://is.gd/XhV1d0