Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of June 2 to June 9, 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 within each category, 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 articles on direct abuse, but more on discrimination and good and bad news. Check the categories below for a guide. The categories are indicated by type, and the number of the article. 

Sexual Abuse:  8, 72

Physical Abuse: 1,2,6, 10, 12, 13, 98, 99

Neglect: 93

Financial Abuse: 3, 5, 7, 9, 95

Murder: 11

Guardianship: 87

WHODUNIT:        At school: 6, 72    Law Enforcement: 4

                              Family: 10, 11, 98          Carers: 3, 5, 7, 99

                              Strangers: 8, 9, 12, 13

Discrimination (new category): 14, 21, 48, 83, 110

Good News: 20 26, 29, 39, 47, 88

Bad News: 16 (no more ADA); 34 (Schools fail special education students)

Risk Reduction: 57

Archives of prior newsfeeds: http://disabilityandabuse.org/newsfeed/contents.htm

 

ABUSE AND NEGLECT

 

1.    “Woman Who Uses Wheelchair Sues United After Being Dropped On Flight.” A Florida woman is suing United Airlines over injuries as well as damage to her wheelchair in what she calls “a flight from hell.”--- huffingtonpost.com, June 8 (Florida) https://is.gd/chHomW

 

2.    “Miami doctor charged with abusing elderly patients in the Keys.” A Miami doctor was arrested at his Miami Beach home Monday morning and charged with elder abuse involving two unlicensed assisted-living facilities in the Upper Keys.---miamiherald.com, June5 (Florida) https://is.gd/3riSkA

3.    “Woman sentenced for stealing from Kansas group home charges.” A woman has been sentenced to 11 months in prison for stealing from children under her care at a Lawrence group home.--- washingtontimes.com, June 1 (Kansas) https://is.gd/SXKXms

4.    “Sheriff: Deputies feared for lives, used stun gun on autistic boy, 9, with kitchen knives.” A stun gun was used on a 9-year-old boy a Maryland sheriff says was threatening his mother and deputies with two kitchen knives.---wjla.com, June 2 (Maryland) https://is.gd/4ddhoP

5.    “Woman accused of embezzling from group home.” A 36-year-old Owosso woman faces felony charges in 66th District Court after allegedly embezzling from people living in a group home where she worked.--- argus-press.com, June 5 (Michigan) https://is.gd/2kfdKJ

6.    “School bus aid arrested for allegedly hitting autistic child.” A woman is charged for allegedly hitting an autistic child on a school bus. Lt. Brian McGairty said 71-year-old Mattie Lister is charged with abuse of a vulnerable person.---wjtv.com, June 8 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/Qilfo3

7.    “Columbia man pleads guilty to exploiting a vulnerable adult.” A Columbia man has been sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty to financially exploiting a vulnerable adult.--- wdam.com, June 2 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/WJ7yUm

8.    “Cole County man charged with sexual misconduct and attempted robbery.” A Cole County man was charged with third degree assault on a vulnerable person, first degree sexual misconduct on a vulnerable person and second degree attempted armed robbery of a vulnerable person---abc17news.com, June 17 (Missouri) https://is.gd/V2SazB

9.    Thug jacks wheelchair ramp from home.” A heartless fiend swiped a 20-foot wheelchair ramp from the front of a Long Island home on Wednesday, police said.---nypost.com, June 8 (New York) https://is.gd/KLZ91y

10.                    “2-year-old hospitalized with brain injury; Mother's boyfriend charged.” Police have arrested a man accused of abusing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son so badly that the boy has been hospitalized and cannot breathe on his own.--- wsoctv.com, June 8 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/sSfKcQ

 

11.                    “Woman Gets Prison in Neglect Death of Disabled Husband.” An Ohio woman has been sentenced to prison and her three adult children to probation in the death of the woman's grossly neglected husband.--- usnews.com, June 7 (Ohio) https://is.gd/qtvDIr

 

12.                    “Philadelphia police probe video of attack on disabled man.” Philadelphia police are investigating an unprovoked sucker-punch attack on an intellectually disabled man that was captured on a video ---washingtontimes.com, June 6 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/tr8EUZ

13.                    “Police ID 4 Boys, Ages 12 to 15, in Attack on Disabled Man.” Philadelphia police have identified four boys in an unprovoked sucker-punch attack on an intellectually disabled man captured on a video.--- usnews.com, June 7 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/o02jnO

 

14.   Amputee Files Lawsuit Against American Airlines for Treating Him With 'Brutish Misconduct'.” American Airlines arrested a businessman traveling for work for extreme intoxication after he reportedly hobbled down the aisle asking for a drink.--- alternet.org, June 4 (Florida) https://is.gd/CS7FVt

 

15.                    “It can take millions to care for your special needs child. Here's how to do it.” Parents of special needs children often find themselves staring down a seven-figure bill to cover the cost of lifetime care.--- cnbc.com, June 2 https://is.gd/HUXItR

 

16.   “Republicans think disabled Americans are gaming the system, so they want to make the ADA harder to enforce.” The Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives is considering a major reform of the American With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990—a federal law which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the public sphere (at work, in schools, riding public transit, and in all spaces open to the general public, including privately-owned businesses)--- qz.com, June 6 https://is.gd/zlbZmb

 

17.                    “Pinson to make city buildings, programs accessible for physically handicapped.” The U.S. Attorney's Office and the city of Pinson have reached an agreement regarding complaints about the city's accessibility for physically disabled residents.---al.com, June6 (Alabama) https://is.gd/3XqIXH

18.                    “Federal auditors report inadequate accounting at social services charity,” Mental Health Systems, the San Diego charity that last year was the subject of allegations of misconduct and lavish spending on luxury hotels and limousines, failed to properly account for more than $140,000 in federal housing funds, a new audit states.--- sandiegouniontribune.com, June 5 (California) https://is.gd/eRMSu2

19.                    “Federal government joins whistle-blower suit against L.A. over housing for the disabled “The United States is joining a whistle-blower lawsuit that alleges the city of Los Angeles illegally reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding by falsely claiming it was providing sufficient housing for people with disabilities, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.--- latimes.com, June 7 (California) https://is.gd/wb1HMk

20.                    “Fields bill keeps students from being restrained on the ground.” A new law will prevent school staff members from using physical restraints of any kind on children except in the most dire of circumstances. But the changes on the state level will have little effect on how schools in Aurora handle student discipline.---aurorasentinel.com, June 7 (Colorado) https://is.gd/YjQr5O

 

21.                    Blind man says Frontier Airlines refused to let him board flight.” A legally blind man says an airline refused to allow him to board a flight with his 18-month-old granddaughter.--- cbsnews.com, June 2 (Florida) https://is.gd/jNj1sR

22.                    “Autistic man's family sues over Florida police shooting.” The family of a Florida autistic man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over a 2016 police shooting in which the man's caretaker was wounded.---startribune.com, June 5 (Florida) https://is.gd/wXk2T6

23.                    Illinois Senate Approves $15 Hourly Wage For Developmental Disability Direct Support Care Professionals.” On May 10, 2017, the Illinois State Senate approved a bill that would raise wages to $15 per hour for direct support professionals (DSPs) caring for people with intellectual/and developmental disabilities (I/DD).--- openminds.com, June5 (Illinois) https://is.gd/qu32ly

24.                    “A temporary budget from Springfield will only hurt schools and social services.” In spite of an avalanche of protests, letters, marches, negative newspaper editorials, and a constant pounding on the doors of legislators by all sorts of constituents, the General Assembly ended the regularly scheduled session without either a spending plan or a revenue plan.--- chicagotribune.com, June 2 (Illinois) https://is.gd/OzGmzy

25.                    “Iowa City schools must fix use of seclusion, state says.” Education Department report responds to December complaint---thegazette.com, June 7 (Iowa) https://is.gd/qnjl4m

 

26.   “Cellphone tax to pay for deaf services passed by lawmakers.” The dollars would pay for technology assistance and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.---wdsu.com, June 7 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/jBTyua

 

27.                    “OPSB, RSD award $1.3 million to help students with special needs.” The Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District awarded $1.3 million to help public schools serve students with disabilities.---wwltv.com, June 1 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/saURyO

28.                    “Mich. suit targets blind bias on law school exam.” Detroit attorney John Scott recalls the time he applied for a job, only to be told by the prospective employer that he got an interview because the man was curious about how Scott looked.--- detroitnews.com, June 3 (Michigan) https://is.gd/LAF7K8

29.                    “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.---washingtontimes.com, June 1 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/440w7i

30.                    “Jackson settles suit over discriminating against group homes.” The city of Jackson is settling a lawsuit by the Justice Department by allowing group homes for people recovering from drug or alcohol abuse. City and federal lawyers on Wednesday jointly asked U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to approve the settlement.--- dailyprogress.com, June 4 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/CzYJFq

31.                    “New Mexicans urged to report suspected cases of adult abuse and neglect.” Officials with the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department encourage New Mexicans to report suspected cases of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation.--- ruidosonews.com, June 6 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/prLIyV   

 

32.                    “Blind Man, Service Dog Turned Away From Sandwich Shop.” A blind New York musician says he was turned away from a chain sandwich restaurant because of his seeing-eye dog.---nbcnewyork.com, June 6 (New York) https://is.gd/ZBZcgb

33.                    “CDBG Program Awards $985K to Local Municipalities.” Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced grant awards totaling $985,000 will be awarded through Dutchess County’s 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to fund an array of local projects throughout Dutchess County, focusing on accessibility solutions for communities.---hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com, June 2 (New York) https://is.gd/UPP8sx

34.                    “Scathing report finds RCSD takes a 'wait-to-fail' approach to special needs students.” Five years after the start of a five-year special education redesign, the Rochester City School District continues to fail its thousands of students with disabilities even as the rate at which they're classified as disabled accelerates, according to a scathing new report.---democratandchronicle.com, June7 (New York) https://is.gd/rAn40z

 

35.                    “She’s 82, in a wheelchair and accused of killing her husband, 76.” One of North Carolina’s most unlikely murder suspects — a disabled 82-year-old woman — was in a wheelchair when she appeared in Moore County Superior Court this week, hoping to get her bond reduced.---courier-tribune.com, June 2 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/qJNQ8a

36.                    “Bill protecting elderly exploitation passes House unanimously.” Some of Ohio’s most vulnerable residents, elderly people often residing in retirement homes and hospitals, might gain new legal protections under a bill unanimously passed Wednesday by the House.---dispatch.com, June 6 (Ohio) https://is.gd/VNQq7i

37.                    “NYPD speeds up training in dealing with the mentally ill.” A year before a police sergeant shot and killed a bat-wielding woman with schizophrenia, the New York Police Department began giving officers specialized training on how to handle the mentally ill.---phillytrib.com, June 3 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/7dzHXE

38.                    “Pawtucket couple shares how they transitioned autistic sons into adulthood.” Mike and Claudia Swiader’s first-born daughter, Krista, was just starting kindergarten when her little brother, Adam, was diagnosed with autism---wpri.com, June 8 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/QWBSqY

39.                    “New pay equity law a big boost for people with disabilities.” When Gov. Kate Brown signed the Fair Pay for All bill (House Bill 2005) on Thursday, she opened a door to prosperity for more Oregonians, more families and more communities.---registerguard.com, June 3 (Oregon) https://is.gd/I0nOhE

40.                    “ACLU of Washington files lawsuit on behalf of special-education students.” The ACLU of Washington has filed a lawsuit against the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on behalf of public-school students the organization says were wrongfully disciplined because of their disabilities.---seattletimes.com, June 8 (Washington) https://is.gd/Jbyy7e

41.  “Major cuts for disability program are in Trump's latest budget plan.” 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.---knoe.com, June 1 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/ZNLD6q

42.                    “Teachers’ union opposes proposed WV special education policy change.” The American Federation of Teachers’ West Virginia branch is opposing a proposed statewide limitation that no more than half of individual general education classrooms in core subjects could consist of students receiving specially designed instruction for disabilities--- wvgazettemail.com, June 6 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/W5FEuv

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

43.                    “Intellectually disabled students gaining more opportunities in higher education.” Intellectually disabled students aren’t typically expected to go to college, but as more programs become available to these students, they prove to be widely successful.---kykernel.com, June 6 https://is.gd/iMiZxq

44.                    “5 factors raise hospitalization risk for kids with autism.” A new study identifies which factors put young people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at high risk of being hospitalized for inpatient psychiatric care—including factors both related and unrelated to ASD itself.---futurity.org, June 3 https://is.gd/E7qGSe

45.                    “Oakland Unified Moves To Cut Reading Clinic For Special Ed Students.” The Oakland Unified School District says it’s cutting a popular reading clinic for special education students because the district doesn’t have the money needed to keep the program running.---sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com, June 1 (California) https://is.gd/OYvPNe

46.                    “Long Beach program empowers autistic youths to pursue dreams in real world.” Kevin Wright’s passion is amusement parks and he knew just about everything there was to know about Disneyland.---presstelegram.com, June 2 (California) https://is.gd/Bil3pl

47.                    “Facebook Live adds closed captioning for deaf and hard of hearing.”  Facebook says it's bringing closed captioning to Facebook Live to make at least some of the videos streamed live on the social network accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing.--- usatoday.com, June 6 (California) https://is.gd/di62Bm

48.                    “Airbnb hosts are more likely to reject guests with disabilities, study finds “ Airbnb, which for years has faced accusations from renters of racial discrimination, now is confronting questions about whether hosts of the short-term rental platform discriminate against guests with disabilities.--- latimes.com, June 6 (California) https://is.gd/thzfEG

49.                    “Let's Talk About That 'New Hope' Drug For Autism.” Headlines tout it as a "new hope" drug for autism, but suramin, a 100-year-old drug used for African sleeping sickness, isn't new and any hope associated with it requires some tempering.--- forbes.com, June 4 (California) https://is.gd/sNA5Wy

50.                    “Kiszla: From peewees to the Broncos, football players tackling the issue of brain injury.” There’s a better way to tackle. There’s a new way to mitigate the risk of head trauma.---denverpost.com, June 3 (Colorado) https://is.gd/Z4wEF2

51.                    “For Autistic Students, Summer Is Time For Social Growth.” It's known at the "summer slide" in education circles. It's what happens during summer break when students forget what they learned during the school year. ---wnpr.org, June 5 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/KekmjG

52.                    “Drivers help to raise autism awareness.” NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile, and this year more than 50 drivers in the three premier national touring series will be helping spread the message of autism awareness.--- wmdt.com, June 3 (Delaware) https://is.gd/vGUryU

53.                    “Atlanta Braille Publisher Helps College-Bound Blind Students.” When it came time for college, Kayla Weathers said she thought she was prepared.---news.wabe.org, June 5 (Georgia) https://is.gd/woZdQX

54.                    “Coffee shop staffed almost entirely by adults with Down syndrome.”  Nestled in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Hugs and Mugs, on the outside at least, looks like a typical coffee shop.--- myfoxzone.com, June 2 (Illinois) https://is.gd/sCo7zn

55.                    “American model with Down syndrome challenges fashion industry's beauty definitions.” Special Olympic athlete Katie Meade is on a mission to make sure everyone feels beautiful.--- deccanchronicle.com, June 5 (Iowa) https://is.gd/5U2TXD

56.                    “Creating support for victims of child sexual abuse.” Efforts are well underway to create a network of support for victims of child sexual abuse in York and regionally following a launch last April, and organizers are hoping interested community members will attend an upcoming meeting to discuss next steps.--- seacoastonline.com, June4 (Maine) https://is.gd/Uc9noH

57.                    “Preventing School Abuse.” There are steps that hiring managers at schools can take to reduce the likelihood of hiring a teacher who will abuse students. Assess the risks associated with the position being filled, and talk about them during the interview.---nytimes.com, June 7 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/f0pRc9

58.                    “Vulnerable adult abuse reports on the rise in Morrison County.” Over the last year, Morrison County Social Services has seen an increase in reports of vulnerable adult abuse in the county, said Social Service Supervisor Penny Pesta.--- mcrecord.com, June 4 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/6OBXTS

59.                    “Centralia schools seek to fund technology boost.” A proposed 60-cent increase to the Centralia R-VI School District’s tax levy would help the district catch up to others nearby by providing the funds to buy much-needed technology to help students learn in the 21st Century, Superintendent Darin Ford said.---columbiatribune.com, June 4 (Missouri) https://is.gd/qs6F15

60.                    “NH state rep apologizes after parking in middle of 2 handicapped spots at hospital.” State Rep. James MacKay, D-Concord, is apologizing after a photo surfaced of his car parked over the line in a handicapped parking spot at Concord Hospital on Sunday.---nh1.com, June 7 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/KfITUd

61.                    “Camp for special needs kids at risk over budget issues.” It was Ethan Trujillo's first time at Camp Rising Sun. Just two days in, and he's hooked. "This camp is really awesome, especially at the swimming," he said.--- kob.com, June 7 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/VcoG8W

62.                    “NJCEDV Expands Deaf Advocacy Project for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence.” Deaf survivors of domestic violence (DV) and sexual violence (SV) often face barriers in seeking services that can accommodate and provide for their unique needs.---capemaycountyherald.com, June 3 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/BtIT33

63.                    “Groups consider ‘emergency care hub’ for mental illness.” A group of agencies that serve mental-health patients is considering opening a hub where they could work together to more quickly help people in crisis.---dispatch.com, June 4 (Ohio) https://is.gd/SIDhJa

64.                    “Wheelchair recharging station first at state capitol.” The ribbon cutting Monday at the Oregon State Capitol won’t celebrate a new business or building, but rather a gray, metal box mounted to the wall.---eastoregonian.com, June 2 (Oregon) https://is.gd/jB3tJ9

65.                    “Poor communication not root cause of tantrums in autistic kids.” A study shows that outbursts occur just as frequently among autistic children who can communicate effectively--- health24.com, June 2 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/1Zjybm

66.                    “Proud to be from Pittsburgh: Safe space for kids with special needs.” Cora Lee Cupcakes in New Kensington is not only cooking up desserts, but working to provide a safe space for children with special needs, like autism.---wpxi.com, June 2 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/kY8naM

67.                    Quota hike good, but disabled persons should get jobs rated by skills, say TN activists “In December 2016, the Parliament passed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill during its Winter Session. ---thenewsminute.com, June 5 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/e6IH9p

68.                    “Teachers play a very important role in the reporting of child abuse.” As students were gearing up for winter break last December, a little girl at a North Texas middle school told a teacher she didn’t want to visit family because an older cousin sexually molested her.--- star-telegram.com, June 5 (Texas) https://is.gd/amMeKA

69.                    “Fun Day for autistic children offers inviting atmosphere, learning opportunity.” Troy Fryer peered into a mirror, admiring the fox that had been painted onto his face. "What does the fox say?" 6-year-old Troy sang quietly as he made fierce, happy and squinting faces into the mirror.--- sltrib.com, June 3 (Utah) https://is.gd/SrKreb

70.                    “Your Town Marshfield: Marshfield area program helps students with disabilities.” High school students with disabilities in the Marshfield area are learning work experience through a program called, 'Youth Employability Services,' which has been around for about 20 years now.--- wsaw.com, June 5 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/oxDyqu

71.                    “Wisconsin becomes a leader in employing people with disabilities.” The University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability found that 41% of people with disabilities in Wisconsin are now employed, putting the state on the map as a leader in disability employment.---wbay.com, June 8 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/3TCSdc

INTERNATIONAL

 

72.                    “Autistic teen gagged and tied with pants down in toilet.” An autistic teenager was gagged and tied up with his pants down in a Croydon school toilet block before being discovered by a teacher.---byronnews.com.au, June 4 (Australia) https://is.gd/NpYXGY

73.                    “Cannabis-derived compound may help treat schizophrenia.” New research paves the way for a new schizophrenia treatment, by testing the effect of a cannabis compound on rats. The study suggests that the cannabis-derived substance may improve schizophrenia-specific cognitive impairment, with none of the side effects that current medication has--- medicalnewstoday.com, June 5 (Australia) https://is.gd/Jl3iSR

74.                    “Mother turned away from hospital's psychiatric unit days before baby's death.” A woman charged with the murder of her baby was turned away from a hospital's psychiatric unit three days before the death of the 13-month-old girl.---theage.com.au, June 8 (Australia) https://is.gd/c2i9gM

75.                    “'Where is the equality?': Deaf athletes in funding black hole heading into Deaflympics.” Hannah Britton pushes through her 20th lap at swim training at an indoor pool in Melbourne's east. But rather than receive loud orders from her coach, the directions are in hushed tones and hand signals, instructions written on a poolside whiteboard.---sbs.com.au, June 3 (Australia) https://is.gd/xQxHzY

76.                    “Mom 'enraged' after dashcam video captures cops talking about daughter with Down syndrome.” A Toronto family is demanding a public apology and disciplinary action after two police officers were caught on a dashcam video mocking a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome during a traffic stop, saying she was only half a person and calling her "disfigured" and "artistic.”---cp24.com, June 6 (Canada) https://is.gd/EjYpYE

77.                    “Calgary judge's unusual tactic 'opened doors' for mentally ill teen needing treatment bed.” A mentally ill 14-year-old will now be treated instead of jailed just four days after a Calgary judge publicly blasted the government when he was told the only place for the boy to be housed was behind bars.---cbc.ca, June 5 (Canada) https://is.gd/xyeD92

78.                    “Ontario unveils employment strategy for people with disabilities.” Ontario businesses with at least 20 employees should do their part to tackle unemployment rates among the disabled community by committing to hire at least one person from that demographic group, the provincial government said Monday.---ctvnews.ca, June 5 (Canada) https://is.gd/8JXtLv

79.                    “PhD research praises B.C. program treating indigenous youth living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.” Billie Joe Rogers has devoted the past five years to completing her PhD thesis, which evaluates a B.C. provincial program to support indigenous youth living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and involved in the juvenile justice system.---sfu.ca, June 5 (Canada) https://is.gd/yGUlZX

80.                    “Amputee advocates in B.C. say prosthetic limbs lack adequate health coverage.” Amputee advocates in B.C. are shining a spotlight on what they say are the prohibitive costs of getting a prosthetic limb covered in the health care system.---cbc.ca, June 3 (Canada) https://is.gd/9AWNLy

81.                    “Prenatal antidepressant use and risk of ADHD in offspring.” Researchers in Hong Kong led a population-based cohort study designed to explore a possible link between antidepressant use by pregnant women and risk of ADHD in their children.---pharmacist.com, June 2 (China) https://is.gd/39nEnX

82.                    “Access to amputee mobility aid devices a challenge.” ONE of the greatest difficulties facing the Spinal Injury Association of Fiji at the moment is providing amputees with mobility aid devices.--- fijitimes.com, June 7 (Fiji) https://is.gd/ephJ3K

83.                    “Sexual rights: off-limits for Indian women with disabilities?” Women with disabilities in India face routine violence, coercion and control over their sexual choices that would not be tolerated by non-disabled women.--- opendemocracy.net, June 2 (India) https://is.gd/7rXxjO

84.                    “Unable to pay bribe for wheelchair, woman drags ailing husband in Karnataka hospital.” According to the patient, his wife was not provided a wheelchair by hospital authorities, despite repeated requests.---hindustantimes.com, June 3 (India) https://is.gd/ihKe5v

85.                    “Barber cuts hair for autistic teen in his 'happy place'.” A barber in Ireland is receiving kudos from around the world after the father of an autistic 16-year-old shared photos of him going above and beyond for the teen on Facebook. Evan O’Dwyer, who is nonverbal, has been getting his hair cut by Donncha O’Connell at Baldy Barber in Blackpool for the past 14 years.---fox4news.com, June 7 (Ireland) https://is.gd/PUz1sY

86.                    “Why respite care matters.” For people with physical disabilities, respite centres provide supported holiday accommodation. But few places exist for those with intellectual disabilities---irishtimes.com, June5 (Ireland) https://is.gd/EkMqO6

87.                    “Thoughts on adult guardianship." Check the family history of would-be in-laws before letting your child get married. Avoid families with members who frequent police stations and courtrooms.”--- koreatimes.co.kr, June 5 (Korea) https://is.gd/H5jbMV

88.                    Education Ministry Expanding Assistance to Autistic Children.” Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Ministry is taking additional steps to assist the parents of infants who are autistic, in their preparations for the youngsters’ entry into the school system.--- http://jis.gov.jm, June 5 (Jamaica) https://is.gd/aG9ovX

89.                    “Hala Al Anzi becomes the first Saudi model with special needs.” Hala Al Anzi is the 7 year-old Saudi model who has proven to the world that her disability is not an obstacle and no match for her ambition.---english.alarabiya.net, June 5 (Saudi Arabia) https://is.gd/4zN1aU

90.                    “Drummer girl: Asperger's sufferer beats silence through music .” A young girl who does not speak but "talks" through drums has been left beaming after a video of her playing attracted loads of new fans. ---stv.tv, June 3 (Scotland) https://is.gd/7xtMpo

91.                    “Above a million disabled people at risk in South Sudan.” HRW urges UN to assist disabled people, who are increasingly becoming vulnerable to violence in South Sudan’s civil war.--- aljazeera.com, June 3 (Sudan) https://is.gd/M0Hq1J

92.                    “Much-needed focus on persons with disabilities.” The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services hosted the first of its series of public consultations on the Revised Draft National Policy on Persons with Disabilities on Friday (June 2) at the Eastern Regional Sporting Complex, Orange Grove Road, Tacarigua.--- trinidadexpress.com, June7 (Trinidad and Tobago) https://is.gd/oXuPfW

93.                    “'Appalling' Liverpool care home closes after inspection.” A care home had its registration revoked and residents relocated after inspectors found rodents, faulty electrics and staff sleeping on the job. The Care Quality Commission immediately moved all 48 residents out of Bentley Care Home in Liverpool.--- bbc.com, June 2 (UK) https://is.gd/kcJsrO

94.                    DR UK response to Good Practice Framework: supporting disabled students consultation.” The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) sought comments on draft good practice guidance on supporting disabled students.---disabilityrightsuk.org, June 3 (UK) https://is.gd/IKf9Vi

95.                    “Special needs man, 62, swindled out of £3,500 by his own sister and her partner after they deemed him a soft target for being ‘a bit slow’.” A MAN with special needs was duped out of thousands of pounds by his own sister and her same-sex partner after they targeted him because he was “a bit slow”.--- thesun.co.uk, June 2 (UK) https://is.gd/RNMIsy

96.                    “Disability access a “basic human rights” issue for Fairfield residents.” It’s just a few inches of concrete, but for Pauline David it is a matter of human rights. The Fairfield resident, 36, capably uses a wheelchair to get around –– but the poor condition of the footpaths and kerb ramps in her area make it impossible to travel to the shops which are just two blocks away.---dailytelegraph.com.au, June 6 (UK) https://is.gd/6NXu5b

97.                    “Uber is giving UK wheelchair users a free lift to polling stations this week.” Uber is helping get the vote out in the UK, teaming up with disability charity Whizz-Kidz to offer free rides to polling stations for wheelchair users.--- theverge.com, June 6 (UK) https://is.gd/HUbzRC

98.                    “Autistic boy, four, was 'beaten, starved and kept in a closet by his 23-year-old mother and her boyfriend'.” An autistic four-year-old was beaten, starved and kept in a closet by his mother and her boyfriend, it has been alleged.--- dailymail.co.uk, June 7 (UK) https://is.gd/a5sew9

99.      “Care home staff guilty of 'organised and systematic' abuse of disabled adults.” Care home bosses could increasingly face prosecution over the neglect of residents after a “groundbreaking” court case into “organised and systematic” abuse.--telegraph.co.uk, June 7 (UK) https://is.gd/cEmvV4

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100. “Alkermes: FDA Approves Two-Month ARISTADA To Treat Schizophrenia - Quick Facts.” Alkermes plc ( ALKS ) announced Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or FDA has approved two-month ARISTADA (aripiprazole lauroxil) extended-release injectable suspension for the treatment of schizophrenia.--- nasdaq.com, June 6 https://is.gd/qbv4KR

101. “Neuroimaging technique may help predict autism among high-risk infants.” Functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) may predict which high-risk, 6-month old infants will develop autism spectrum disorder by age 2 years, according to a study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), two components of the National Institutes of Health.--- nih.gov, June 7 https://is.gd/URivFS

102. “Rhim: 4 Ways Philanthropy Can Set the Bar for Special Education in Charter Schools.” Charter schools are frequently criticized, particularly by civil rights communities, for their inadequate attention to equity and quality.--- the74million.org, June 6 https://is.gd/72N7Ul

103. “Two First Graders Hospitalized After Crash Involving Special Education Bus in Long Beach.” Two Long Beach special needs students were hospitalized this morning after a school bus they were riding was struck by another vehicle in the city’s West Side, authorities said.--- lbpost.com, June 2 (California) https://is.gd/AQ9RSV

104. “Deaf singer wows crowd, judges on 'America's Got Talent'.” A deaf singer is moving on to the semifinals of "America's Got Talent" after delivering a performance judge Simon Cowell calls "one of the most amazing things" he's ever seen or heard.--- journalstar.com, June 7 (California) https://is.gd/l74Y8z

105. “CSUN’s DEAF Project Joins Deaf Community, Bloomingdale’s in Honoring Male Role Models on Father’s Day Weekend.” Any man can father a child, but it takes a real man to be a father — or father figure — a child can look up to. California State University. --csunshinetoday.csun.edu, June 5 (California) https://is.gd/I380nR

106. “Hart to Heart: Pegasus builds confidence for kids with special needs.” The 8-year-old boy was autistic and had never spoken.---savannahnow.com, June 2 (Georgia) https://is.gd/ot85bd

107. “Golf pros try hand at adaptive games at center for developmentally disabled.” Pro golfers took a break Tuesday from preparations for the upcoming Rust-Oleum Championship at Ivanhoe Club near Mundelein to spend part of their day trying other games with developmentally disabled clients of Orchard Village in Skokie.---dailyherald.com, June 6 (Illinois) https://is.gd/WcTmi0

108. “Accessible playground on the way.” New playground equipment that is accessible to children with special needs is in the works for Shawnee Mission Park and Stilwell Community Park.---kansascity.com, June 5 (Kansas) https://is.gd/fxxDp2

109. “Local Group Hosts Party to Raise Awareness for Down Syndrome.” Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks held their annual 'Step Up for Down Syndrome' party on Saturday. The group partnered with the Springfield Cardinals baseball team, while the Springfield Expo Center hosted the event.---ozarksfirst.com, June 3 (Missouri) https://is.gd/bAxk2i

110. “Blind Man, Service Dog Turned Away From Sandwich Shop.” A blind New York musician says he was turned away from a chain sandwich restaurant because of his seeing-eye dog.---nbcnewyork.com, June 6 (New York) https://is.gd/ZBZcgb

111. “Wearing The Autistic Badge Of Responsibility.” When I was in college, I looked into joining a sorority. I searched YouTube to learn more about the different sororities, and I found that one of the sororities had a video interpretation of TJ Sullivan’s “You Are Always Wearing Your Letters.”---huffingtonpost.com, June 5 https://is.gd/NHISsx

112. “200 young adults with special needs enjoy prom in Greenfield.” A couple hundred young adults with special needs got VIP treatment for a prom they won’t soon forget.--- tmj4.com, June4 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/3kPHhk