Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of May 26 – June 1, 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 the, sadly, usual array of articles.  Check the categories below for a guide. The categories are indicated by type, and the number of the article: 

Sexual Assault: 1, 3, 16, 18, 55, 63, 65, 67, 71

Physical Abuse: 12, 13, 54, 56, 58

Neglect: 8, 42

Murder: 2, 9, 10, 82

Financial Abuse: 7

Missing: 15

Guardianship: 4

 

WHODUNIT?  Family members: 12       Caregivers: 7, 10  
                         Strangers: 3, 9, 13, 55, 63, 65, 67, 71
                         Co-resident: 2 School Personnel: 42, 54, 58

Bad news:

News portending lack of necessary service/support: 20, 32

Very bad news: Man with disabilities to be beheaded for participation in protest: 74

 

Good News:

21. drugs help reduce anxiety for kids with autism;

39. plan to reduce restraint of school children;

49. schools issue “employability certificate” to graduates;

51. “how to prevent sexual abuse” taught to elementary school students;

75. Increase in access to services for people with intellectual disabilities;

77. Speech by woman with Down syndrome on value of life of people with Down syndrome.

88. High school graduates go right to work.

79. Alert to increased suicide rate among people with autism;

80. Voters with disabilities not allowed to vote. Reform needed. 

 

ABUSE AND NEGLECT
 

1.    “Jury finds man guilty for sexual assault of 'mentally handicapped' woman.” On Thursday, a jury found Michael Carl, 36, of Anchorage, guilty of the sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with Down's Syndrome.---ktuu.com, May 26 (Alaska) https://is.gd/TINiqi

 

2.    “Fatal stabbing at Granada Hills care facility prompts state investigation.” State licensing regulators are investigating a residential care facility in Granada Hills after an 18-year-old resident allegedly stabbed another resident to death with a kitchen knife police say she obtained from the home.---dailynews.com, May 30 (California) https://is.gd/rQhuRW

 

3.    “Sac PD investigates after man with disabilities reports rape in park.” Officers are investigating after four men allegedly raped a man with disabilities in the bathroom of a Sacramento public park.---kcra.com, May 29 (California) https://is.gd/ssXVdr

 

4.    “Judge takes guardianship from Santa Ana man after he’s suspected of stealing $488,000 from 95-year-old.” An Orange County Superior Court judge on Thursday, May 25, took guardianship away from a suspended Santa Ana attorney who is the trustee for a 95-year-old woman he billed more than $488,000 to help her get her driver’s license back.--- ocregister.com, May 25 (California) https://is.gd/JOJ1pM

 

5.    “Disabled homeless woman charged with wheelchair theft.” When Sarasota police found a 46-year-old disabled homeless woman sleeping in a wheelchair in a city park Friday night, they arrested her for stealing the chair.---heraldtribune.com, May 31 (Florida) https://is.gd/89iFeR

 

6.    “American Airlines Called Cops on Double Amputee After Forgetting His Wheelchair, Lawsuit Says.” As the American Airlines plane full of passengers looked on, two law enforcement officers escorted Michael Mennella — a double amputee with no feet — down the aisle and into the airport.--- miaminewtimes.com, June 1 (Florida) https://is.gd/zwPgBk

 

7.    “Former Lawrence group home ‘house mother’ sentenced to prison for stealing from children.” A former Lawrence group home's "house mother" will spend nearly a year in prison and pay thousands in restitution after stealing from children in her care.--- ljworld.com, June 1 (Kansas) https://is.gd/OTSMrI

 

8.    “Woman in wheelchair gets left on ferry.” A woman in a wheelchair traveling from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole was left on board the Island Home Tuesday, forcing the ferry to turn around after making it halfway back to the Island, Wayne Lamson, general manager of the Steamship Authority, said.---mvtimes.com, May 30 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/ZY277G

 

9.    “Amputee beaten to death with pipe in SW Detroit.”  A shocking crime in southwest Detroit as an amputee is beaten to death with a pipe. Selvin Williams was found lifeless outside the Vernor Food Center in southwest Detroit.--- fox2detroit.com, May 31 (Michigan) https://is.gd/InLoEf

 

10.“MDH: Client Died Because Brooklyn Park Facility Administered Wrong Medication.” A Brooklyn Park assisted living facility allegedly neglected a patient who was given another’s medication and died 16 days later, according to a Minnesota Department of Health investigation.--- kaaltv.com, May 31 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/wy0f1R

 

11.Amputee says hospital security guards mangled her prosthetic leg.” A Long Island amputee says a local hospital literally left her without a leg to stand on.---nypost.com, May 30 (New York) https://is.gd/PrsMDH

 

12.“Affidavit: Red Bank man admits to cable-tying wheelchair-bound wife in home.” Red Bank Police have charged a 47-year-old man with false imprisonment. A police affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9 says William Rogers admitted to cable-tying his wheelchair-bound wife in his home.---newschannel9.com, June 1 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/pXzTwq

 

13.“2 arrested in beating of special needs man with crow bar.” San Antonio police have arrested two men they say are responsible for using a crow bar to beat a man with special needs. Christoval Morales and Jorge Hernandez have been charged with injury to the disabled and retaliation.--- ksat.com, May 25 (Texas) https://is.gd/XG0rJx

 

14.   “Man shot during fight over handicapped parking spot in SE Houston.” The Houston Police Department is investigating after an argument over a handicapped parking spot escalated to gun violence Wednesday night in the Gulfcrest area.---cw39.com, June 1 (Texas) https://is.gd/JV9W5d

 

15.“Partially blind man with dementia missing from Austin.” Police are looking for a partially blind, 65-year-old man with dementia who went missing Saturday from the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.--- chicago.suntimes.com, May 27 (Texas) https://is.gd/t2Ud8e

 

16.“Coppell special-needs student reportedly sexually assaulted in school restroom.” Coppell ISD officials are investigating allegations that an 18-year-old student with special needs was sexually assaulted Friday in a Coppell High School restroom, the district said Sunday.--- dallasnews.com, May 28 (Texas) https://is.gd/aUVLVG

 

17.“SAPD: Wheelchair bound hit-and-run victim survives impact, suspect arrested.” A woman was arrested for hitting a wheelchair-bound man with her car and not stopping.---kens5.com, May 29 (Texas) https://is.gd/at2OZ6

 

18.“Eagle Mountain woman charged with sexually abusing disabled women receives probation.” An Eagle Mountain woman has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to sexually abusing two handicapped woman.--- heraldextra.com, May 26 (Utah) https://is.gd/AXvvLC

 

19.“Former Isle of Wight special ed director sues district.” Tammie Rollins-Hines, the previous special education director in Isle of Wight County, has filed a lawsuit against Superintendent Jim Thornton and the Isle of Wight School Board for $250,000, alleging that inaccurate evaluations have kept her from finding other employment.--- dailypress.com, May 26 (Virginia) https://is.gd/o3XRfH
 

LAWS AND LEGISLATION

 

20.“Working 4 You: Developmental Disability Waiver Recipients Suffering in Silence?” As the state plans to transition 500 individuals off a wait list, families currently receiving waiver services for their loved ones with developmental disabilities wonder if the state really has the capacity to deliver on promises of care in the community as they’re left waiting for services themselves.---arkansasmatters.com, May 25 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/IkYhu1

 

21.“Parents discuss how autistic children improved after receiving experimental drug.” Parents of five boys who received an experimental treatment for autism describe the results in remarks provided by UC San Diego Health.--- sandiegouniontribune.com, May 29 (California) https://is.gd/lIaba0

 

22.“City Council approved settlement with Ability Housing over discrimination claims.” The City Council approved Tuesday a settlement agreement after years of contentious discussion about a proposed Ability Housing project that would have provided permanent housing for homeless, disabled people.--- bizjournals.com, May 25 (Florida) https://is.gd/zFCEty

 

23.“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, May 25 (Florida) https://is.gd/DJdFQ6

 

24.“Outside school districts looking to join Stevenson's special education group face resistance.” Soome school districts outside the boundaries of Stevenson High School and two of its feeder districts are wanting to join the group's special education cooperative, but Lake County officials, so far, have prevented the move.--- chicagotribune.com, May 26 (Illinois) https://is.gd/7czqnV

 

25.“VA policy change threatens jobs for blind, suit claims.” Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises has joined other nonprofits serving the blind in a federal lawsuit against the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming a change in its contracting rules violates the law and could put hundreds of blind people out of work.---indystar.com, May 25 (Indiana) https://is.gd/s4GzAM

 

26.“KC disability community fears Medicaid changes in GOP health bill.” Nine years ago, Ashley Boyer was a recent Liberty High School graduate who woke up in an intensive care unit paralyzed from the waist up and unable to speak after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.--- kansascity.com, May 31 (Missouri) https://is.gd/UGZtkr

 

27.“No execution for Mississippi man as court accepts disability.” The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled 9-0 Thursday that a convicted murderer doesn't have to be tested any further for intellectual disabilities and won't be executed.--- charlotteobserver.com, June 1 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/cJS5F0

 

28.Nebraska Proposes Three-Year Plan For Remaining Residents At Beatrice State Developmental Center.” The Nebraska Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is developing its three-year plan for the remaining 109 residents served at the Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC) and presented preliminary recommendations at a public hearing in Lincoln to establish BSDC as a resource able to serve multiple groups of Nebraska citizens with intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD)--- openminds.com, May 30 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/MpIeqi

 

29.“House bill provides driver's license distinction for deaf drivers.” A House bill is advancing in the Senate that could help provide better communication and interaction between deaf and hard-of-hearing motorists and law enforcement officials.--- journalnow.com, May 29 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/uafmi0

 

30.“Sen. Hassan calls Trump budget, AHCA threats to special education.” New Hampshire’s junior senator is slamming the White House budget plan and the Republican proposal to replace Obamacare as a direct threat to services provided to students with disabilities.--- concordmonitor.com, May 26 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/yQfdQG

 

31.“Disabled man sues Wells Fargo over access to bank branch.” A disabled man and a South Jersey organization that advocates for the handicapped are suing Wells Fargo Bank, claiming that the business' Paulsboro branch does not provide adequate access for the disabled.---nj.com, May 30 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/hMg5Pk

 

32.“Medicaid Cuts Could Affect Special Education Programs Under GOP Health Care Act.” The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is worried about a little-noticed consequence of the Affordable Health Care Act. The GOP proposal cuts Medicaid, which helps cover services for indigent special education students.---wksu.org, May 28 (Ohio) https://is.gd/Ao9kjK

 

33.“FOCUS Center For Autism Eliminates Anxiety In The Classroom." The FOCUS Center for Autism, in Canton, is all about removing anxiety and creating a welcoming learning environment for students with autism.--- courant.com, May 31 (Ohio) https://is.gd/8D06JT

 

34.The cuts to a major disability program in Trump's budget.” When Budget Director Mick Mulvaney assumed the podium in the White House briefing room last week and previewed the administration's 2018 budget, Heather Block's fears quickly turned to outrage.--- cbsnews.com, June1 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/Zc55dA
 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

35.   “This Wheelchair Lets Users Stand.” A new wheelchair lets users rise up to a standing position, allowing them to reach places they couldn’t while seated.--- vocativ.com, May 25 https://is.gd/qd9HyK

 

36.“Finding the genetic causes of developmental delay.” Developmental delay affects 1-2% of children worldwide. Symptoms often associated with developmental delay include impaired cognition, failure to meet developmental milestones, craniofacial and skeletal abnormalities, autism, and seizures.---biomedcentral.com, May 30 https://is.gd/C2M8NS

 

37.“Stay Out of MY HANDICAP STALL.” Please? Sometimes I think I must be invisible. I think it would be hard to miss a woman pushing a bright pink walker. But evidence suggests otherwise.--- chicagonow.com, May 28 (Illinois) https://is.gd/PodvvJ

 

38.“Crystal Lake Middle School Misprints Yearbook Leaving Out Special Education Students.” The yearbook for a Crystal Lake middle school came out this week, but there were some big omissions – a number of students had been left out.--- cbslocal.com, June 1 (Illinois) https://is.gd/KeFpSf

 

39.“Advocates: Schools can do more to avoid physical restraint of students.” Deb Davis played an integral role when the state adopted new rules governing the physical restraint of students four years ago. ---theforecaster.net, May 30 (Maine) https://is.gd/kBsy8y

 

40.“Lack of beds at psychiatric hospitals has local mom concerned.” A severe shortage of psychiatric hospital beds has a family worried about their young son. The Hopkinton family is struggling to get him the help he needs, but right now, the boy is stuck in a local hospital's emergency room.--- fox25boston.com, May 26 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/El6Ar5

 

41.“Grand Forks non-profit starts up playgroup for kids with developmental disabilities.” With most area schools out for the summer, there is now plenty of time for kids to play.---wdaz.com, May 27 (Michigan) https://is.gd/BtKC8x

 

42.“Proctor schools violate special education law.” The Proctor school district violated federal special education law when 43 middle and high school students were deprived of speech and language services for six weeks in 2015.---duluthnewstribune.com, May 29 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/FSf2JY

 

43.“Nebraska cemetery visitors remember developmentally disabled.” Staff and residents from a Nebraska center for people with developmental disabilities visited a local cemetery this week, as they've done for two decades around Memorial Day, to ensure former residents buried there are remembered.---journalstar.com, May 25 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/qkXI3u

 

44.“Interpreters in need for southern Nevada's deaf community.” For decades, people in Nevada’s deaf community say they've been abandoned and ignored by lawmakers despite a growing need.---lasvegasnow.com, June 1 (Nevada) https://is.gd/ywZGUV

 

45.“Helping Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Become Skilled Employees.” Employment rates for people with disabilities have not significantly improved since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed nearly 20 years ago.--- huffingtonpost.com, May 31 (New York) https://is.gd/nSuD4s

 

46.“English Learners Were Hurt The Most When Texas Limited Special Education.” Angel Vazquez is 9 years old, has hearing loss in both ears, has trouble speaking and struggles to concentrate in class.---npr.org, May 31 (Texas) https://is.gd/zo9EMi

 

47.“Co-founder of Microsoft awards Penn researchers $9.25 million grant to study concussions.” Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen and his sister, Jody Allen, have just awarded a $9.25 million five-year grant to Penn researchers to take on an “unconventional” approach to studying concussions and to hopefully uncover potential new treatments.---thedp.com, May 27 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/MTWxWu

 

48.“Elder Law Guys: Pennsylvania program encourages people with disabilities to work.” A common theme in assisting clients who are disabled is how to obtain and maintain life-sustaining government benefits.--- post-gazette.com, May 28 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/NcQbtl

 

49.“New state credential will list job skills of students with disabilities.” South Carolina students with disabilities will be able to graduate with an "employability credential" that showcases their abilities under a new law designed to personalize students' path to success beyond high school.---abcnews4.com, May 28 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/JJR0TG

 

50.“Final patients leave Tennessee's last large facility for intellectually disabled.” The final two people living at Tennessee's last public facility for those with limited mental capacity left on Friday, marking the end of the controversial institution.---tennessean.com, May 26 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/YqbhJP

 

51.“Texas OKs Requiring Schools to Teach Sex Abuse Prevention.” Texas children as young as 5 could soon be taught how to ward off sex abuse. Texas lawmakers have approved a requirement for all public schools to provide sex abuse prevention training to their students.--- usnews.com, March 26 (Texas) https://is.gd/vg73sQ

 

52.“Local Nursery Provides Job Training For Special Needs Young Adults.” For Bell County resident Margaret Chadwick, working with people with disabilities and special needs is both a passion and a calling.--- beltonjournal.com, May 29 (Texas) https://is.gd/dLHuBf

 

53.“Student Protesters Block ‘Unacceptable’ Staircase Because It’s Not Handicapped Accessible.” Students at Virginia Tech university staged a “sit out” by blocking a newly built staircase because they say it isn’t accessible to disabled people.--- heatst.com, May 25 (Virginia) https://is.gd/6icRYK
 

INTERNATIONAL

 

54.“South Australian students with disabilities not being 'invested in', Kelly Vincent says.” South Australian schools should face tangible consequences for unnecessarily restraining students with disabilities and avoid using suspension or exclusion to manage challenging behaviours, a parliamentary committee has recommended.---abc.net.au, May 31 (Australia) https://is.gd/sX5aSb

 

55.“Mackay couple exploited disabled teen.” A Mackay couple sexually abused an intellectually disabled teen over nine months, luring the vulnerable girl into their open relationship before she fell pregnant.--- cqnews.com.au, May 31 (Australia) https://is.gd/hF4xBr

 

56.“'My fear was we're not going to see our son again”: African gang attacks autistic teen for the second time in a month - as his parents say thugs have also targeted their Melbourne home. dailymail.co.uk, May 29 (Australia) https://is.gd/Et3W0h

 

57.“Police search for missing Benalla mother and daughter goes on.” Fears are growing for a missing mother and daughter who have now been missing for a week. Police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Isabel and Judy Stephens after the pair went missing in Benalla, 212km north east of Melbourne.--- heraldsun.com.au, May 26 (Australia) https://is.gd/XiSGPL

 

58.“B.C. teacher suspended after locking autistic child in storage room.” An on-call B.C. teacher was suspended for two weeks after she locked a 6-year-old boy with autism in a storage room last fall, leaving him unattended, documents show.---ctvnews.ca, May 26 (Canada) https://is.gd/o2Odds

 

59.“Parents of autistic girl take demand for help to Health Minister Lucie Charlebois.” The parents of a six-year-old autistic girl say they will go to the office of the Quebec minister responsible for autism services on Thursday to demand therapy for their daughter.---montrealgazette.com, May 31 (Canada) https://is.gd/7YAsg4

 

60.“Court approves class-action lawsuit against Montreal, regional transit authorities.” Regroupement des activistes pour l’inclusion au Québec (RAPLIQ), a disability rights advocacy group, is lobbying to increase wheelchair access in metros and trains in Montreal.---globalnews.ca, May 29  (Canada) https://is.gd/iiGSqT

 

61.“Nanaimo teacher suspended for locking boy with autism in storage room,” An on-call teacher in Nanaimo has been suspended after she locked a six-year-old boy with autism in a storage room last fall, according to documents obtained by CTV News.---vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca, May 25 (Canada) https://is.gd/NfGFWf

 

62.“The first laundry with Down syndrome workers in Latin America.” Three years ago the Church in Chile launched “Lavandería 21,” a new work inclusion project for people with Down syndrome, whose results today far exceed what was hoped.---cruxnow.com, May 30 (Chile) https://is.gd/d1pYCT

 

63.“Seven sentenced to death over rape of handicapped boy.” Manama: Kuwait’s Court of Appeals has sentenced seven defendants to death by hanging for kidnapping a 13-year-old mentally-retarded boy and raping him, overturning a ten-year jail sentence by a lower court.---gulfnews.com, June 1 (Kuwait) https://is.gd/ZxRN50

 

64.“State govts should educate people about Persons with Disabilities Act schemes”. Officials said it was discussed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Accessible India Campaign/Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan on December 3---indianexpress.com, May 27 (India) https://is.gd/LhIy7a

 

65.“Deaf, mute woman raped by soldier on Lahore-bound train.” The woman told her sister-in-law about rape by sign language who alerted the Railways police.--- indianexpress.com, May 30 (India) https://is.gd/3MS5Da

 

66.“What Persons With Disability In India Really Need (Definitely Not Your Charity).” India is home to 21 million people living with some disability or the other.---youthkiawaaz.com, May 29 (India) https://is.gd/hT0uzd

 

67.“Auto-rickshaw driver rapes mentally ill woman.” A mentally ill woman has been raped by an auto-rickshaw driver in Thangadh.---timesofindia.indiatimes.com, May 28 (India) https://is.gd/zOjnQG

 

68.“'Mentally disabled' woman found chained, naked in rehab centre in Hyderabad.” A young woman was found chained and naked in a rehab center in Hyderabad. She claimed that she was touched inappropriately by someone who visits her at night.---indiatoday.intoday.in, May 29 (India) https://is.gd/0jKEXj

 

69.“Benefits of Disability Act to cover 14 new categories, including acid attack victims.” At present Disability Act, 2016 provides 7 new categories of physical and mental conditions, but will soon include acid attack victims.---indiatoday.intoday.in, May 30 (India) https://is.gd/lGnnWZ

 

70.“Efforts on to make more public spaces disabled-friendly.” India, which is way behind the West when it comes to making public spaces accessible to people with disabilities, is trying to make a big push to make public spaces friendlier to them.---thehindubusinessline.com, May 31 (India) https://is.gd/AJQAQm

 

71.“Man who defiled 14-year-old girl with Asperger's in Kildare has jail term cut.” A man who defiled a 14-year-old schoolgirl, who was sleeping over at her friend’s house, has had the final year of his prison sentence suspended on appeal.---leinsterleader.ie, May 26 (Ireland) https://is.gd/suAyXy

 

72.“Woman abused in church-run home returns to where she was 'truly happy'.” A victim of historic child abuse at a Catholic Church children's home is to make an emotional return to her hometown in a bid to trace her long lost family.--- belfasttelegraph.co.uk, May 29 (Ireland) https://is.gd/DGb5O6

 

73.“Lebanon Now Has A Wheelchair Taxi To Serve The Physically Handicapped.” We underestimated how had the lives of physically disabled people are. While we can call a cab to drive us anywhere, people restricted to wheelchairs need special cars to accommodate them.---the961.com, June 1 (Lebanon) https://is.gd/rjnmCf

 

74.“Saudi Arabia to behead 23-year-old deaf, blind man who took part in a protest as campaigners complain Trump failed to raise human rights abuses on recent visit.” Saudi Arabia is to behead a deaf and visually impaired man to death for taking part in a protest, it has emerged.--- dailymail.co.uk, May 31 (Saudi Arabia) https://is.gd/tDB3Lu

 

75.“Minds’ new CEO eyes expansion of services to help more people.” Services to persons with intellectual disabilities can often be provided in fragments, but things may change now that Mr Tony Tan See-Boon, former chief of social enterprise NTUC Link, is heading the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds).--- todayonline.com, June 1 (Singapore) https://is.gd/T6Yzxr

 

76.“Disabled persons abused in S. Sudan conflict, says rights group.” South Sudanese with disabilities are the vulnerable in the conflict and “are at greater risk of starvation or abuse,” Human Right Watch said in a report released on Wednesday.--- sudantribune.com, May 31 (Sudan) https://is.gd/pgNhRm

 

77.“Woman with Down syndrome gives awesome pro-life speech at UN: ‘Please don’t try to kill us all off’.” A 21-year-old woman with Down syndrome gave an impassioned plea to the United Nations in March against the targeted killing of babies with her condition.---lifesitenews.com, May 29 (Switzerland) https://is.gd/zzs0xO

 

78.“'It's an insult, her legs are part of her': Outrage after 26-year-old student's travel insurer referred to her artificial leg as 'baggage'.” A 26-year-old student who is studying in Switzerland has shared the distressing experience she endured after her travel insurer referred to her artificial leg as 'baggage'.--- dailymail.co.uk, May 29 (Switzerland) https://is.gd/VMJr59

 

79.   “Experts sound alarm on autism's "worryingly high" suicide rate.” High rates of suicide among people with autism are drawing specialists to a conference this week in England.---cbsnews.com, May 26 (UK) https://is.gd/CCKBK7

 

80.“Voters with learning disabilities are being excluded from this election.” There are more than 1m people with learning disabilities in the UK and the number is expected to increase. These are people who face exclusion from society more than ever – particularly when it comes to voting.---theconversation.com, May 26 (UK) https://is.gd/7PMt3R

 

81.“Foster Care Outrage” -Autistic Brit, 12, left at asylum centre by council who say there are no foster parents available.” An autistic boy of 12 in care has been put in an asylum centre because no foster parents are available. Officials were last night slammed for housing the lad in a place that has suffered knife and gun crime.--- thesun.co.uk, May 30 (UK) https://is.gd/I8WsBh

 

82.“'Save my baby': Autistic mother's anguished screams for help as she found the lifeless body of her Down's syndrome son, 10, suspended from a makeshift curtain after he'd been playing in his bedroom.” An autistic mother screamed 'save my baby' after finding her Down's syndrome son hanging from a duvet cover which was being used as a curtain, an inquest has heard.--- dailymail.co.uk, May 30 (UK) https://is.gd/HRvuID

 

83.“Disabled people’s voices needed in political debate. The article by Frances Ryan (24 May) regarding the lack of support for disabled candidates seeking election raises an important issue that the next UK government must address.--- theguardian.com, June 1 (UK) https://is.gd/dPFBCq
 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

84.“Man saves brother with special needs from burning home.” An 18-year-old is being called a hero after saving his brother from their burning home. Firefighters arrived at the home in Hayward around 8:45 on Friday night. When they got there, there was fire and smoke throughout the building.--- ktvu.com, May 27 (California) https://is.gd/ujSCpU

 

85.“High school student who was crippled by a brain injury before he was due to graduate finally receives his diploma aged 20.” A high school senior who was crippled by a brain injury before he was due to graduate has finally received his diploma.--- dailymail.co.uk, May 29 (Iowa) https://is.gd/8OMvVG

 

86.“Skiatook girl with special needs passes away after pioneering change for kids with disabilities.” A former Skiatook High School graduate’s sudden death has friends and family grieving.---kjrh.com, May 31 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/v901EH

 

87.“Timing of PEG Placement Related to Mortality In Traumatic Brain Injury.” Scientists have observed that standard timing for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) placement in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), between seven and 14 days after the injury, is best for minimizing related mortality. However, further study is needed.---anesthesiologynews.com, May 30 (New York) https://is.gd/sfiZ7v

 

88.“Project Search prepares young adults with disabilities for workplace.” Graduation is a time to celebrate the hard work of students before they head to their next challenge. Project Search is getting high marks as it sends young adults with disabilities out into the workplace.---wlos.com, May 26 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/KiRaPG