Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of June 9 to June 15, 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. This week I added a category for articles on incidents that were not direct abuse called, “Crimes Related to Disability.”

  

Sexual Assault: 4, 5, 6, 11, 15, 20, 23, 87
 

Physical Abuse: 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 70, 71, 72,73
 

Neglect: 1,3,7,9,17, 18, 22
 

Murder: 2, 8, 10, 74, 77

 

WHODUNIT?      Family members: 17, 19, 87  
    

Caregivers:   1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 18, 22, 77, 79

          Strangers: 4, 10, 20. 21, 23
          School Personnel: 2, 3, 11, 12, 15, 70, 71, 72, 73
 

Law Enforcement/Security: 16, 74
 

Bad news: 33 (keep seclusion rooms at school), 42 (special ed kids wrongfully disciplined and expelled), 92 (hijacking of woman with disabilities)

 

Good News: 56 (Medical Center gets $1 million grant for special needs center and employee daycare), 63 (raised in group homes now runs one), 46 (man with ID freed after 35 years in prison without a conviction), 75 (man with Asperger’s teaches teachers).

 

Of Note:
69 –
Washington DC march advocates for disability rights (and includes many of our Board members and supporters! Tom Coleman, Nora Baladerian, DJ Stemmler, Linda Demer, Ron Simandle, Greg Byers, and thousands more!

13 – Rutgers sexual abuse case: Professor’s rape conviction overturned, use of facilitated communication at issue.

20 – 81-year-old man sentenced to 40 years for sexual assault of child with disabilities

 

ABUSE

 

    1.          “Lori Fiorentino sentenced to three years in state prison for neglect of Arlene Potts” Lori Fiorentino was sentenced to three years in the California State Prison this morning, June 8th in Superior court by Judge Ann Moorman for the neglect of Arlene Potts who had by all indications been allowed to starve to death in her own filth under Ms. Fiorentino’s care, a paid position assigned to her by Mendocino County’s Adult Protective Services. ---theava.com, June8 (California) https://is.gd/eCbhw0

 

    2.          “Family whose autistic teen died in sweltering bus reaches $23.5-million settlement.” The family of an autistic teenager who died in 2015 after being left alone for hours on a sweltering bus has reached a $23.5-million settlement with the bus agency, attorneys said. ---latimes.com, June 12 (California) https://is.gd/zsv1er

 

    3.          “Autistic 8-year-old boy left at wrong bus stop, mother furious, claims boy's safety at risk.” District: Bus driver "relieved of his duties---10news.com, June8 (California) https://is.gd/LM6rD9

 

    4.          “Villager sentenced in sexual assault of autistic man at Publix parking lot in The Villages.” A 72-year-old Villager has been sentenced in the sexual assault of an autistic man in a Publix parking lot in The Villages---villages-news.com, June 11 (Florida) https://is.gd/yRSWSB

 

    5.          “Caregiver to mentally disabled accused of rape.” A Florida man named Brian Coffee, 55, has been arrested and charged with sexually battering a mentally and physically disabled adult. ---crimeonline.com, June 13 (Florida) https://is.gd/JVVtte

 

    6.          “Morgan & Morgan client assaulted in FL state-run group home gets $1m after firm's 14-year fight.” National law firm didn't give up in its fight to get justice for disabled woman raped and impregnated under group home care ---prnewswire.com, June 13 (Florida) https://is.gd/yM2zJU

 

    7.          “GBI investigating disabled adult neglect in Murray county.” The Murray County Sheriff’s Office called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Sunday for a case involving neglect and abuse of a disabled adult. ---wdef.com, June 12 (Georgia) https://is.gd/HwIhYG

 

    8.          “Resident of group home found dead in van.” Kankakee County sheriff's police are investigating the death of a 69-year-old Good Shepherd Manor resident who was found unresponsive in a van on Sunday. ---daily-journal.com, June 12 (Illinois) https://is.gd/8Bhi1D

 

    9.          “Hodgenville man arrested for abuse/neglect.” A Hodgenville man was arrested on Wednesday, June 7 for reportedly neglecting two senior citizens---laruecountyherald.com, June8 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/9tpF2t

 

10.          “Man in wheelchair after being shot dies in another shooting in Grand Rapids.” A man who has been in a wheelchair since being shot in 2011 has died in a shooting in Grand Rapids.---freep.com, June 11 (Michigan) https://is.gd/JSp4Ax

 

11.          “Branson special education teaching assistant sent to prison.” A former Branson teaching assistant who primarily worked with young students, many with special needs, pleaded guilty this week to felony child molestation.---news-leader.com, June 9 (Missouri) https://is.gd/jw1jFG

 

12.          “CCSD to pay $900K to settle claims over restraint of autistic student.” The family of an autistic student will receive $900,000 from the Clark County School District to settle claims the student was improperly restrained by a teacher’s aide during the 2011-12 school year. --- reviewjournal.com, June 12 (Nevada) https://is.gd/kezJdG

 

13.          “Did severely disabled man consent to sex? Rutgers prof’s rape verdict thrown out.” Does a man with cerebral palsy who can’t speak, who wears a diaper and who can’t eat, walk or move on his own have the capacity to consent to an adult sexual relationship? --- nj1015.com, June 10 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/qc5sVd

 

14.          “Saugerties woman charged with punching handicapped person.” A Saugerties woman was arrested at a residential facility in Red Hook and charged with punching a 21-year-old handicapped woman in the leg, state police said Thursday. ---dailyfreeman.com, June 15 (New York) https://is.gd/GY4xMe

 

15.          “Special Education Teacher’s Aide Accused of Sexually Abusing a 15-Year-Old Student. A former special education teacher’s aide in New York state is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old male student she met while at work, authorities tell PEOPLE. ---people.com, June 14 (New York) https://is.gd/CIdNxo

 

16.          “Brooklyn hospital guard accused of choking, punching mental patient.” A Brooklyn hospital security guard has been arrested for allegedly strangling and assaulting a mentally ill patient, authorities said Friday---nydailynews.com, June 9 (New York) https://is.gd/3hYUhN

 

17.          “Family of exploited uncle upset with niece's sentence.” A Montana woman accused of exploiting her elderly and mentally impaired uncle in North Dakota has been sentenced to probation and about $30,000 in restitution --- usnews.com, June9 (North Dakota) https://is.gd/EeCu4r

 

18.          “Deaf, autistic man left for dead after being hit by vehicle near McLoud.”
James Murphy is recovering after he was bruised, banged up and left to die after his caretaker of 15 years said he was hit by a vehicle near McLoud.--- koco.com, June 10 (Oklahoma)
https://is.gd/KmhlTz

 

19.          “Tennessee couple charged with harnessing 5-year-old with special needs to floor.” A Tennessee couple has been charged with aggravated child abuse after investigators say they kept a 5-year-old with a mental disability harnessed to the floor. ---nbc4i.com, June 14 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/MSRRMy

 

20.          “Man gets 40 years for sex assault of intellectually disabled child.” Henry Fletcher, 81, of Farmersville, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a disabled child. --- cbslocal.com, June 15 (Texas) https://is.gd/YvOktJ

 

21.          “Police ID 4 boys, ages 12 to 15, in attack on disabled man.” Philadelphia police say four teenagers are being questioned in an unprovoked sucker-punch attack on an intellectually disabled man captured on video, and one has been charged in a later assault in which a school principal was hit in the face with a brick. abcnews.go.com, June 7 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/sDhYwK

 

22.          “Boy may have permanent brain damage after heavy picture frame placed over day care playpen.” A Utah day care worker faces charges after an incident involving a picture frame and a playpen left a 22-month-old child with possible permanent brain damage, according to KSTU.---myfox8.com, June8 (Utah) https://is.gd/lPAn2T

 

23.          “Charge: Man rapes woman with developmental disabilities.” A 29-year-old man is charged with rape after a woman with developmental disabilities claimed he forced her onto a Metro bus and into his West Seattle apartment. ---seattlepi.com, June 12 (Washington) https://is.gd/vb8XZi

 

24.          “County can continue to compel treatment for patient with schizophrenia.” A man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia will continue to be the subject of a Waukesha County involuntary commitment order because he was determined to be “a proper subject for treatment” under Wis. Stat. section 51.20(1). ---wisbar.org, June 13 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/75dyv2

CRIMES RELATED TO DISABILITY

 

25.          “Ceremony Postponed After Vandals Damage Autism Sensory Garden “A ribbon cutting ceremony for an autism sensory garden in Connecticut has been postponed after vandals struck twice over a two-week period. ---courant.com, June 15 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/PcYqDQ

 

26.          “America keeps criminalizing autistic children.” When non-white autistic students get in trouble, schools have a track record of escalating tensions and treating it as a criminal matter. Two recent cases in Orange County, Florida, help illustrate the problem. ---psmag.com, June 12 (Florida) https://is.gd/9kvvZg

 

27.          “Community Rallies After Bike Owned by Boy with Down Syndrome Is Stolen in Logan Square.” A Chicago mom says she is touched by an outpouring of generosity after somebody stole a customized tricycle used by her son, who has Down syndrome. ---chicago.cbslocal.com, June 13 (Illinois) https://is.gd/aTBgzh

 

28.          “Autistic Oregon teen prompts school to hold separate graduation.” A student with autism has been excluded from an Oregon high school's main graduation ceremony, but members of the community are rallying to make sure his separate ceremony is not a quiet affair.---statesmanjournal.com, June 9 (Oregon) https://is.gd/LhJbrU
 

LAWS AND LEGISLATION
 

29.          “Gov’t shutdown effects: Dept. of Health & Social Services.” The Alaska Department of Administration sent out notices to thousands of employees June 1, warning of layoffs if lawmakers don’t pass a budget on July 1.--- ktva.com, June8 (Alaska) https://is.gd/d5zcBe
 

30.          “Layoffs expected at Department of Social Services as county budget hearings set to begin.” The county's Department of Social Services will take the hardest hit during this year's budget hearings, which get underway Monday in Santa Barbara, as the Board of Supervisors look to fill a projected $34 million budget gap for the coming fiscal year.---santamariatimes.com, June 1 (California) https://is.gd/3SITSu

 

31.          “Judge Backs Making Consumer Websites Accessible to Blind.” Ruling against Winn-Dixie comes in one of many lawsuits claiming websites aren’t accessible to disabled --- wsj.com, June 13 (Florida) https://is.gd/nboFrP

 

32.          “United Airlines faces more problems after injured wheelchair-bound woman sues.” A handicapped Florida woman, who claims she fell after an airport employee dropped her, has filed a lawsuit against United Airlines and its contracted workers--- foxnews.com, June 9 (Florida) https://is.gd/dHXZvO

 

33.          “Iowa City Schools' task force recommends keeping seclusion rooms for discipline.” Seclusion rooms should continue to be used as a disciplinary tactic in the Iowa City Community School District, though sparingly, a task force recommended Tuesday. --- thegazette.com, June 14 (Iowa) https://is.gd/UEcArj

 

34.          “Iowa programs for sexual abuse victims scrambling amid budget cuts.” Three statewide programs that provide assistance to victims of sexual abuse are being eliminated or severely cut because of recent reductions in state and federal funding, and many more regional organizations are scrambling to limit the impact of reduced funding---siouxcityjournal.com, June 10 (Iowa) https://is.gd/u6SW7C

 

35.          “Task force: Reduce seclusion room use, stop using 'time out room' term.” A task force recommends reducing seclusion room usage and adjusting terminology on the topic but does not call for an end to their use in Iowa City schools. ---press-citizen.com, June 13 (Iowa) https://is.gd/edaRz4

 

36.          “Kansas man faked blindness to collect disability benefits.” A 62-year-old Kansas man admitted Thursday that he pretended to be blind to collect more than $70,000 in disability benefits. ---kansascity.com, June 15 (Kansas) https://is.gd/0Wa8b0

 

37.          “Pentucket anticipates big hike in special education costs.” News that the school district will face sharply increased special education costs — more than $500,000 worth — when new students move into the community has Pentucket officials searching for ways to make up the unanticipated budget shortfall. --- newburyportnews.com, June 13 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/QHUZAe

 

38.          “Missouri disability rights activists demand the state fund in-home care.” “We try to do everything we can to live a normal life, and they [politicians] are always looking for a way to take away our rights,” said Debbie Dandridge, a disability rights activist with CTI (Coalition for Truth and Independence) and disabled person, as she and 30 other disability rights activists loaded up onto buses for a day of action at the state capitol Tuesday, June 6, 2017. ---peoplesworld.org, June 13 (Missouri) https://is.gd/XstL9M

 

39.          “Child Protection, Social Services Changes Given Senate OK.” An updated plan to overhaul and improve North Carolina's child welfare and social services system doesn't go as far as an earlier proposal that would have forced counties to regionalize programs over time. ---usnews.com, June 12 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/XIAbbJ

 

40.           “Rochester schools seek new direction, outside help, for special education.” Rochester school system leaders declared the district has begun reforms to its special education programs after an independent report that documented widespread inadequacies. ---whec.com, June 15 (New York) https://is.gd/gCeRsL

 

41.          “Families fight class-action status in disability rights lawsuit.” More families are trying to stave off class-action status in the court battle between the state and the legal advocacy group Disability Rights Ohio---dispatch.com, June9 (Ohio) https://is.gd/UTRfJ9

 

42.          “ACLU sues Washington OSPI for wrongful discipline of students with disabilities.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has sued the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, arguing that students who require special education are wrongfully disciplined and forced out of public schools---inlander.com, June8 (Oregon) https://is.gd/aptiqi

 

43.          “Oregon Disability Groups Warn Senators ACA Repeal Bill Will Harm Oregonians with Disabilities.” Disability Rights Oregon, along with eight other organizations in the state concerned about the interests and rights of people with disabilities, just sent the attached letter to Senators Wyden and Merkley.--- thelundreport.org, June 14 (Oregon) https://is.gd/zj1dPg

 

44.          “Lawsuit: Mentally ill inmates are being mistreated.” Seriously mentally ill inmates at the U.S. penitentiary at Lewisburg are being given word games and Sudoku puzzles instead of treatment and medication, according to a class action lawsuit filed against the federal bureau of prisons. ---dailyitem.com, June 12 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/NEZfC2

 

45.          “Federal officials renew state disabilities program after two years of delays, questions.” The federal government has approved South Carolina’s renewal of a key disabilities program after delays of more than two years---greenvilleonline.com, June 9 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/yG3kTp

 

46.          “Intellectually Disabled Ex-Death Row Prisoner Released from Texas Prison After Decades Without a Valid Conviction.” Jerry Hartfield, an intellectually disabled prisoner whose conviction and death sentence was overturned in 1980, was freed from prison in Texas on June 12, 2017, having spent 35 years in jail without a valid conviction and without being retried. Hartfield, whose IQ is in the 50s or 60s, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1977 on charges that he had murdered a bus station worker. --- deathpenaltyinfo.org, June 12 (Texas) https://is.gd/YvOktJ

 

47.          “TEA report: Marlin ISD non-compliant with special education requirements.” The Texas Education Agency found Marlin Independent School District committed several violations involving seven special-needs students in the district’s Success Academy throughout the past school year, including improperly reducing course requirements and failing to offer the required continuum of resources and placement options for the students. ---wacotrib.com, June 9 (Texas) https://is.gd/yLJzy1

 

48.          “Senator Duckworth Helps Introduce Legislation to Protect Disability Rights for Airplane Passengers.” U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Ed Markey (D-MA) in introducing the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act this week to help improve protections for airplane passengers with disabilities, making air travel more equitable and accessible for all Americans--- enewspf.com, June9 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/WS6T1o

 

49.          “Lawsuit: Washington Failing to Teach Special-Ed Students” A lawsuit from the Washington chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union accuses the state of failing to ensure that students with behavioral disabilities get an education instead of just kicked out of school---usnews.com, June 8 (Washington) https://is.gd/5whNIe

 

50.          “Parents fight to keep special needs daughter in general education classes.” A Shoreline couple is challenging some of the basic assumptions about special education as they fight the Shoreline School District to place their disabled daughter into regular kindergarten. ----king5.com, June 12 (Washington) https://is.gd/nWdlb0

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

51.          “About 1 in 6 elders experienced abuse in the past year, according to WHO.” The World Health Organization has released new global data to bring light to the realities of elder abuse on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15.--- ajc.com, June 15 https://is.gd/JWKzqL

 

52.          “Madison City Schools creates consistency for students with special needs through school construction.” Rainbow and Columbia Elementary schools are under construction, preparing to host more students with special needs. ---whnt.com, June 12 (Alabama) https://is.gd/UyDxD8

 

53.          “$6M grant to help drug abusers, mentally ill after arrest.” A $6 million grant to provide services to drug abusers charged with certain misdemeanors crimes under Proposition 47 has been awarded to the city and county of San Diego---sandiegouniontribune.com, June 9 (California) https://is.gd/jgAtqZ

 

54.          “Child abuse database launched.” Registry holds names of those convicted in cases of crimes against children---greenfieldreporter.com, June 9 (Indiana) https://is.gd/E6Ymak

 

55.          “Quadruple amputee veteran will soon build 'smart home'.” After years of waiting, Navy veteran and Iowa native Taylor Morris can start building his house. ---kcci.com, June 11 (Iowa) https://is.gd/krCaSx

 

56.          “Shawnee Mission Medical Center gets $1 million grant for special needs center and employee daycare.” The Hall Family Foundation has donated $1 million toward the construction of a new facility for employee day care and therapy for children with developmental disabilities at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. --- kansascity.com, June9 (Kansas) https://is.gd/8nFmu9

 

57.          “Disability Rights Nebraska continues its push to fight for those who can't.” A state organization continues its push to fight for those who can't. ---nebraska.tv, June 11 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/XuEcEj

 

58.          “For children with autism, no more being hushed.” For autistic children, Dorothy Siegel does not believe in paraprofessionals, the teaching assistants sometimes assigned to shadow students in class.--- nytimes.com, June 14 (New York) https://is.gd/w1BbEG

 

59.          “Ford wants dealer service bays ready for special needs of ride-sharing providers.” Ford Motor Co. wants its dealership service centers to move much faster as an increasing amount of ride-sharing fleets hit the road and need routine or unscheduled maintenance and repairs.---autonews.com, June8 (Michigan) https://is.gd/l2eCIe

 

60.          “Bike, walk and roll: Minneapolis expands bike lane network with eye on disability access.” Many popular commercial corridors will eventually cede part of the roadway to designated lanes for bicycles. The shift is already fanning the debate about safety, traffic congestion and lost parking in front of shops and homes. But there's another concern: How can people with disabilities navigate these new streets safely?--- startribune.com, June 10 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/1rPjAv

 

61.          “Deaf drivers could get symbol on license to help law enforcement.” Drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing could get a special symbol on their North Carolina driver’s license to smooth interactions with law enforcement.---newsobserver.com, June 13 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/euLqWs

 

62.          “Woodworking program helps adults with developmental disabilities.” An initiative that began with one person in a woodworking shed has grown into a vocational program for people with developmental disabilities. ---journal-news.com, June 13 (Ohio) https://is.gd/ALp2Fn

 

63.          “She grew up in group homes. Now she's opening one.” Shonda McFadden came up hard, growing up in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia's northside, her parents both struggling with addiction, leaving her, as the oldest of four children, home to care for her siblings. ---ydr.com, June 14 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/enVrRm

 

64.          “Medicaid funding is invaluable for helping people with disabilities “As a social worker, I have worked with individuals with various disabilities and their families for more than 20 years and have seen the importance of Medicaid dollars to the well-being of children and families---post-gazette.com, June 10 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/77ulOD

 

65.          “New “Handicapped” Symbol Aims to Break Stigmas.” The traditional handicapped symbol is getting an upgrade in some parts of Sioux Falls---kdlt.com, June 8 (South Dakota) https://is.gd/k1Iwvl

 

66.          “Speaker series brings awareness to disability rights, acceptance.” On Wednesday, three speakers shared their experiences with disability rights and acceptance in a night of celebrating disabilities and promoting inclusion for all people. ---ksat.com, June 14 (Texas) https://is.gd/SuYy2w

 

67.          “Going to jail shouldn't be a death sentence for the mentally ill in Utah.” Matthew Ryan Hall faced two disconnects. One was inside his head. The other was in the Utah criminal justice system. Combined, they killed him --- standard.net, June 11 (Utah) https://is.gd/LjTVlR

 

68.          “Va. father, autistic son share Hollywood dream.” All parents hope to help make their children’s dreams come true — few have a more compelling story than Coy Barefoot, and his son, Whitman. ---wtop.com, June 15 (Virginia) https://is.gd/B3wuXZ

 

69.          “Protesters march for equality during LGBTQ Pride Month.” Thousands marched through the streets of D.C. Sunday afternoon in solidarity with LGBTQ rights and to raise awareness of issues like disability rights, AIDS and immigrant justice --- gwhatchet.com, June 11 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/dnyfyA

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

70.          “Family seeks damages amid allegations boy with autism locked in 'cage' at Sydney school.” The operator of a private school for children with autism is being sued by a Newcastle family that alleges their autistic son was locked by teachers in a structure akin to a cage. ---abc.net.au, June 15 (Australia) https://is.gd/Rxmzy9

 

71.          “Secret data on school restraint and seclusion to be exposed.” Secret details of disabled students being grabbed by the wrists, pushed to the floor and locked inside rooms will soon be made public--- theage.com.au, June 9 (Australia) https://is.gd/OmcmZg

 

72.          “Students grabbed, wrestled to the floor and strapped to chairs three or more times a day.” For most of his schooling, Jack* has been locked away from his classmates. The 15-year-old is confined to his own portable classroom, which opens onto a fenced-off playground --- theage.com.au, June 10 (Australia) https://is.gd/svVRTg

 

73.          “Man who assaulted autistic student admits trying to pay witness to lie.” Red-faced and weeping in the prisoner’s box, a former teaching assistant convicted of breaking his severely autistic student’s leg admitted he tried to pay a witness to lie for him on the witness stand --- torontosun.com, June 14 (Canada) https://is.gd/MfR3CR

 

74.          “Family still without answers 6 months after Ontario man with schizophrenia dies in jail.” Six months after the unexplained death of a man with schizophrenia inside an Ontario jail following a “physical altercation” with multiple guards, his family is still desperate to know what really happened to him. ---globalnews.ca, June 15 (Canada) https://is.gd/rvgF90

 

75.          “Firefighter with Asperger's teaches peers about autism awareness.” Courtney Mills travels across N.S. educating fellow firefighters about how they can help autistic people---cbc.ca, June 9 (Canada) https://is.gd/WQkzQ9

 

76.          “Quebec proposes new rules to prevent group home runaways.” Amendments seek to allow staff to block, restrain youth from leaving centres, group homes ---cbc.ca, June9 (Canada) https://is.gd/yeyd5Y

 

77.          “Mother of 8-year-old who died in Alberta group home wants answers as inquiry begins.” Desiree Knoll hopes an inquiry into the death of her eight-year-old daughter in government care in 2014 will prevent similar tragedies. ---http://globalnews.ca, June 12 (Canada) https://is.gd/opzyYL

 

78.          “What happens when people with autism interact with police.” A new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and York University says teens and adults with autism have frequent interactions with police, highlighting the need for people with autism, their families and police to be well-prepared to reduce the likelihood of negative interactions. ---newswire.ca, June 13 (Canada) https://is.gd/Jkc5ET

 

79.          “Ontario psychiatric hospital tortured patients: judge.” An Ontario court has ruled that a provincial mental health facility ran therapeutic programs for years that amounted to torture for the patients involved. --- huffingtonpost.ca, June 8 (Canada) https://is.gd/wz1mZP

 

80.          Disabled children to be ambassadors of govt programme in Kerala .” A group of intellectually challenged differently-abled children, who received special training in magic, will become brand ambassadors of an ambitious empowerment programme of the Kerala government. --- deccanherald.com, June 11 (India) https://is.gd/GDnb2V

 

81.          “Disability rights groups protest GST.” Disability rights organisations have written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, protesting the decision of the GST Council to impose taxes on a range of aids used by persons with disabilities (PWDs) that were hitherto exempt from any tax. ---thehindu.com, June 15 (India) https://is.gd/yZgmB1

 

82.          “Greater Chennai Corporation clears path to the waves on wheelchair.” The spray of the sea on their faces and the feel of the sand will become a reality for wheelchair users in the city as Greater Chennai Corporation has finalised design for a pathway that will help them reach the waters off the Marina---timesofindia.indiatimes.com, June 10 (India) https://is.gd/hww5QR

 

83.          “Almost 8,000 cases of adult abuse or neglect reported to HSE.” Almost 8,000 cases of adults suffering suspected abuse or neglect were reported to the Health Service Executive (HSE) last year, new figures show. ---irishtimes.com, June 12 (Ireland) https://is.gd/OPXiko

 

84.          “At Airports, Making Travel Easier for Autistic Passengers.” For Gearoid Mannion and his wife, Michelle, who live in County Clare, Ireland, air travel with their two autistic sons, Conor, 9, and Darragh, 7, is usually nothing short of a nightmare. ---nytimes.com, June 13 (Ireland) https://is.gd/EJSyVr

 

85.          “Early retirement eyed for parents taking care of handicapped kids.” The Parliament’s Handicapped Affairs Committee, in its meeting Thursday, agreed to reduce the required number of years in service to choose early retirement for parents taking care of people with disabilities from 20 to 15 years for men and from 15 to 10 years for women. ---arabtimesonline.com, June 15 (Kuwait) https://is.gd/9HUH9p

 

86.          “Behind the curve.” At least 1.94 percent of total population of Nepal has some kind of disability--- myrepublica.com, June 10 (Nepal) https://is.gd/gfVkOK

 

87.          “Uncle gets 30 years for raping mentally ill niece.” The KwaDukuza Regional Court has sentenced a 40-year-old man to 30 years imprisonment for repeatedly raping his mentally challenged niece, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Monday. --- iol.co.za, June 12 (South Africa) https://is.gd/8AadG2

 

88.          “New Stanford graduate is empowering people with disabilities in Thailand.” Disability significantly affected the lives of many of Oranicha “Natty” Jumreornvong’s loved ones, but the topic was rarely discussed. That’s because Jumreornvong, who graduates this week, is from Thailand, where a religious stigma hangs heavy over these health issues.---news.stanford.edu, June 13 (Thailand) https://is.gd/onf5V0

 

89.          http://gulfnews.com/logger/p.gif?a=1.2042944&d=/2.3803/2.3819/2.3870/2.4021&referrer=https://www.google.com/Emirates Airline Foundation supports expansion of special needs centre.” Dubai: Donations from Emirates airline’s passengers are going to help fund the construction of a new building for Safe Centre for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, it was announced. --- gulfnews.com, June 13 (UAE) https://is.gd/XstL9M

 

90.          “Broken elevator leaves handicapped tenants stuck.” The Roy building's only elevator has been broken for two weeks, and has left handicapped tenants with no chance to leave home---tbnewswatch.com, June9 (UK) https://is.gd/vonlbm

 

91.          “Sentencing: 'Developmental harm' should be considered in child cruelty cases.” Judges would assess the developmental harm caused to a child when sentencing those convicted of child cruelty under proposals published by the Sentencing Council today. ---lawgazette.co.uk, June 14 (UK) https://is.gd/XIAbbJ

 

92.          “Family's campaign to stop vulnerable adults like Angie from having their homes "hijacked".” The family of tragic Angela Wrightson are campaigning for a law to protect vulnerable people from being exploited in their own homes. ---thenorthernecho.co.uk, June 13 (UK) https://is.gd/E6KvPz

 

93.          “43 Down Syndrome babies among 3,265 terminations last year.” Some 141 late abortions were performed on women from the Republic in the UK last year on the grounds that their baby would be born with a severe disability, including Down Syndrome. ---independent.ie, June 14 (UK) https://is.gd/4GQBt1

 

94.          “Hackney Community College girl with Down’s syndrome traumatised after being left on school bus all day.” A student with Down’s syndrome was left on a school bus for hours before teachers realised she wasn’t in class. ---hackneygazette.co.uk, June 15 (UK) https://is.gd/gfhmJV

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

95.          “10 Tips For Unlocking The Talent And Potential Of Employees With Disabilities.” One of the most tangible benefits of embracing diversity and inclusion is a company’s ability to attract a broader pool of qualified talent --- forbes.com, June 12 https://is.gd/b0wbHj

 

96.          “Fevers During Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk, Study Shows.” There’s more evidence linking infections during pregnancy with a child’s risk of autism. ---nbcnews.com, June 13 https://is.gd/U1VYpS

 

97.          “How to Start Healing After Personal Trauma.” The experience of trauma takes a hold on us in different ways.--- psychologytoday.com, June 9 https://is.gd/5OaKCw

 

98.          “Tourist praised for helping blind man following Cubs game.” Now going viral, a video of 26-year-old Casey Spelman helping hail a cab for a blind Cubs fan has become the highlight of her trip. She told WGN she was exploring Wrigley Field for the first time, but meeting the stranger has been the best part.--- wftv.com, June8 (Illinois) https://is.gd/F1y4Lc

 

99.          “Gift allows greater handicapped access to Grand Ravines bridge, trails.” A $50,000 gift will allow the Ottawa County Parks Commission to finish paving a trail in the Grand Ravines Park that will give handicapped users the opportunity to access the park's new suspension bridge from either direction and continue on a paved looped trail for nearly a mile. ---mlive.com, June 12 (Michigan) https://is.gd/x5kx9z

 

100.          “Bodybuilding builds pride and confidence for this teen with Down syndrome.” For Jonathan Atkins, a teenager with Down syndrome, bodybuilding has transformed his body and his life. Students at Granby High School produced this report as part of our Student Reporting Labs for our series Limitless. --- pbs.org, June8 (Virginia) https://is.gd/SAbTnW

 

101.          “Special glasses let legally blind man see wife walk down the aisle.” A legally blind man was finally able to see his wife of 15 years thanks to technology. ---abcnews.go.com, June 9 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/L2fUOA

 

102.     “Global Antipsychotic Drugs Market Projected to be Worth 10,423 Million by 2021: Technavio.” According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global antipsychotic drugs market is projected to grow to nearly USD 10,423 million by 2021, at a CAGR of nearly 2% over the forecast period. --businesswire.com, June 12 (UK) https://is.gd/IY7MN1