Disability and Abuse Newsfeed

Week of June 23 to June 29, 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:  

 

 

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. International articles are at the end. The categories are: Abuse and Neglect, Accidents involving People with Disabilities, Laws & Legislation, and Improved Supports.

This week’s collection of articles has, sadly, the 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: 6, 7, 11, 71, 85

Physical Abuse: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9,13,15, 66, 86, 88

Neglect: 10

Murder: 12, 87

Missing: 14, 83

Guardianship: 29

 

WHODUNIT?       Family members:1, 4, 13           School Personnel: 6, 7
 (by article #)        Strangers:  14, 15                       Employers: 71    

          Caregivers: 1, 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 86, 88

                              Females: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 71 85, 88  

                              Males: 4, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15    
 

Bad news:

School “discipline” (punishment) reviewed: 23, 26, 38

Seclusion and restraint: 25

Funding cuts proposed: 32, de-funding essential therapy: 35

No accessible transportation: 39, 74 

Good News: 

Increased oversight of group homes: 31

Improved employment: 44, 93

Eliminate “r” word efforts: 45

Law enforcement training: 52, 58

Accessible water park: 100 

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

 

 

ABUSE AND NEGLECT

 

    1.          “Woman pleads guilty to injecting man with meth.” A Hindsville woman was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, with eight suspended, after pleading guilty to injecting an impaired person with methamphetamine and stealing a truck. ---mcrecordonline.com, June 27 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/339HPZ

 

    2.          “Good Samaritans catch Fontana man who robbed woman in wheelchair, police say.” Two good Samaritans caught and held a 21-year-old man who pushed and robbed an elderly woman in a wheelchair in Fontana, police said. --abc7.com, June 26 (California) https://is.gd/4VuuLk

 

    3.          Nanny cam catches nurse beating child with special needs.” A Southern California mom was shocked by the scene that unfolded live on her family's nanny cam app. --- cbsnews.com, June 23 (California) https://is.gd/unv8nR
 

 

  4.     “Longmont parents sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing blind, autistic son.” A Boulder District Court judge ruled Tuesday that the Longmont parents of a blind, autistic teenage boy who was malnourished nearly to death should spend the next decade in prison, saying she had seen no evidence they had taken accountability. ---timescall.com, June 27 (Colorado) https://is.gd/dVXViH

 

    5.          “Caretaker Accused of Assaulting Disabled Client.” A caretaker for an organization that provides services to people with disabilities is accused of assaulting a client. ---nbcconnecticut.com, June 28 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/UhD8Tk

 

    6.          “Married Special Education Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting an 18-Year-Old Student: Reports.” A Connecticut special education teacher has been charged with second-degree sexual assault after police claim she admitted to having sex with an 18-year-old student, according to authorities and news reports. ---http://people.com, June 26 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/fLgmrL

 

    7.          “Driver charged with sexual assault of 11-year-old.” A driver for a Connecticut-based bus service used by the state Department of Children and Families has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old passenger. --- ctpost.com, June 23 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/maRBNp
 

  8.     “Disability Rights Advocate Taken to Hospital After Protest at Senator's Office.” A woman was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon after she says U.S. marshals dragged her out of a protest at Senator Todd Young’s Indianapolis office. ---wbaa.org, June 27 (Indianapolis) https://is.gd/5qxPfs

 

    9.          “Farmerville woman stabs handicapped man in face with knife.” A Farmerville woman was jailed over the weekend accused of stabbing a man in the face and leaving the blade embedded in his left cheek. ---knoe.com, June 26 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/9r3x87

 

10.          “Neglect, abuse charges filed against operator of Lansdowne adult-care home.” The owner and a worker at a Lansdowne assisted-living home where 16 residents were found in a facility licensed for four beds have been charged with multiple criminal counts of neglect and reckless endangerment, the Baltimore County prosecutor's office announced Thursday. --- baltimoresun.com, June 22 (Maryland) https://is.gd/jlJBk5

 

 11.     Alleged sexual harassment, poor conditions force teen group home's closure.” Alleged deplorable conditions, neglect, and sexual comments from staff toward teens forced the Children Youth and Families Department’s Licensing and Certification Authority to close New Visions Group Home in Clovis. ---kob.com, June 28 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/AxEnqS

 

12.          “NYS group home employee: 'Deepest sympathy for the family'.” All week we have been tracking the case of the young woman who died under the care of her state-run group home. Heather Roselli died Sunday night. Two state employees have been fired and a third is suspended. Webster Police are investigating what happened. --- whec.com, June 23 (New York) https://is.gd/04ewNP

 

13.          “Lebanon man dead after holding woman at gunpoint, handicapped daughter rescued.” A man killed himself during a lengthy standoff with police after holding a woman at gunpoint early Saturday morning. ---abc27.com, June 24 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/y8lW5i

 

14.          “Woman goes missing from group home in Rosenberg.” Rosenberg police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a woman missing from a group home. ---http://abc13.com, June 28 (Texas) https://is.gd/eUFOhL

 

15.          “Police arrest two accused of robbing Tulsa man with special needs.” Officials said Anthony Daniels and a minor beat the man to take is iPhone and Apple Watch. --- fox23.com, June 26 (Texas) https://is.gd/rnPmIz
 

16.     "Former death row inmate from Houston eligible for parole.” A 44-year-old Houston man who spent 25 years on death row is now eligible for parole after being declared intellectually disabled, prosecutors said Tuesday. ---chron.com, June 27 (Texas) https://is.gd/AbhcOy
 

ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
 

17.    "Man in wheelchair fatally struck by train in Pico Rivera.” A man in a wheelchair was struck and killed by a Union Pacific train in Pico Rivera Friday night, and Los Angeles County sheriff's officials were investigating the circumstances surrounding his death. ---abc7.com, June 24 (California) https://is.gd/JYG8ia
 

18.          “Handicapped man separated from service dogs when MAX train departs without him.” A witness tells KATU a handicapped man was dragged approximately 30 feet by a TriMet MAX train when it departed with his two service dogs on board. The incident occurred Saturday evening at the Lents MAX station in Southeast Portland. ---http://katu.com, June 26 (Oregon) https://is.gd/m9VLw3
 

LAWS AND LEGISLATION

 

19.          “14th Amendment should be used to ensure equal protection for those with disabilities.” Any American, at any stage of life, could join the nearly one-in-five of our citizens who has a disability. If people with disabilities were a formally recognized minority group, they would constitute the largest minority population in the United States. ---abajournal.com, June 27 https://is.gd/vfmIeH

 

20.          “Judge rules mentally ill Alabama prison inmates receive inadequate care.” A federal judge in Montgomery today ruled in favor of groups who say Alabama provides constitutionally inadequate mental-health care for inmates in its prisons.--- al.com, June 28 (Alabama) https://is.gd/0tT7R9

 

21.          “Focused on raising the standard of care for people with disabilities.” More than 35 years ago, when Cheryl Kilmer was working for a state hospital, she saw firsthand how people with disabilities were being mistreated and knew that she wanted to do something to change that. ---sandiegouniontribune.com, June 25 (California) https://is.gd/OqO8Pw

 

22.          “Inside Connecticut's Education-Funding Turmoil.” Late last summer, my family relocated from a more urban area to a small, tree-lined town in Connecticut, renowned for its great schools and colonial town center. ---theatlantic.com, June 25 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/IsyQbP

 

23.          “Committee looks at special education student discipline.” Quincy Public Schools saw an increase in in-school suspensions and a decrease in out of school suspensions in the 2016-17 year but may need to take a closer look at special education student discipline. ---whig.com, June 27 (Illinois)

 

24.          “Staffing shortages shrink already low supply of housing for disabled.” Like every parent of a child with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Pam Caldwell worries about the day she and her husband will no longer be here to care for their severely disabled 29-year-old twins, Joey and Patrick Lenza. ---chicago.suntimes.com, June 26 (Illinois) https://is.gd/Mmqu0R

 

25.          “ACLU calling on Iowa to change rules for seclusion, restraint in schools.” The ACLU of Iowa and six Iowa attorneys filed documents last week demanding changes in the state rules for how Iowa public schools use physical restraints and seclude students. ---press-citizen.com, June 27 (Iowa) https://is.gd/x6K025

 

26.          “Kalamazoo schools to change discipline policy under new state law.” Kalamazoo Public Schools is making changes to its discipline policies as new state laws take effect. A new law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2016 reduces zero-tolerance expulsion policies and encourages schools to use "restorative practices" instead of -- or in addition to -- suspensions or expulsions. ---mlive.com, June 29 (Michigan) https://is.gd/VTxMYD

 

27.          “State Supreme Court reinstates wrongful death lawsuit against Omaha psychiatric center.” The Nebraska Supreme Court has reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against an Omaha psychiatric center for failing to maintain custody of a man who got out and killed his girlfriend in 2013. --- omaha.com, June 24 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/5oVa0J

 

28.          “Education mandate bill dies in the Senate.” A bill disability rights advocates warned would imperil protections for special education students in New Hampshire died by a unanimous vote in the Senate on Thursday. --- concordmonitor.com, June 23 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/EtdqkI

 

29.          “N.H. becomes first state to give grandparents preference in guardianship cases.” As the opioid crisis continues to devastate New Hampshire, grandparents will soon have an easier time getting guardianship of grandchildren whose parents are abusing drugs. ---concordmonitor.com, June 27 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/37KsV5

 

30.          “25 disability rights activists arrested after protest at county GOP offices.” Disability rights activists were arrested Wednesday afternoon after a protest at the Monroe County Republican Party offices over Medicaid cuts. In total, police say about 25 activists were arrested and issued appearance tickets. ---whec.com, June 28 (New York) https://is.gd/Q39x3S

 

31.          “Christie to decide on greater oversight for group homes.” Protections for people with developmental disabilities who live in supervised housing would be strengthened under a bill the state Assembly passed Thursday and sent to the governor. ---nj.com, June 25 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/F0UDR9

 

32.          “Oklahoma Developmental Disability Services funding could be cut.” People who work in the Department of Human Services' Developmental Disability Services department take care of more than 5,500 disabled in the state, while managing a waiting list for services that continues to grow and a labor shortage among providers due to low pay. ---newsok.com, June 25 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/4Up0iE

 

33.          “Youngstown Developmental Center no longer under state control if budget passes.” It’s something that’s been in the works for the last six or seven months, but thanks to an amendment in the latest state budget bill, it could become reality. ---wytv.com, June 23 (Ohio) https://is.gd/RSrmpk

 

34.          “Chariho graduate’s family sues in federal court for brain damage resulting from Silly String incident.” The parents of a Chariho graduate are seeking damages in federal court for what they say was an unprovoked attack against their daughter that resulted in a permanent disability. ---providencejournal.com, June 28 (Rhode Island) https://is.gd/zW4q6g

 

35.          “Texas Medicaid cuts leave special needs kids without therapy.” Stacey English has modest desires for her 7-year-old daughter Addison: Be able to eat without gagging and move both her arms. ---abcnews.go.com, June 28 (Texas) https://is.gd/E05Ymn

 

36.          “Mentally impaired Texas inmate's sentence reduced to life.” A Texas death row inmate determined to be mentally impaired will now be spared from capital punishment after a state judge resentenced him to life in prison Tuesday for the abduction and killing of a woman 26 years ago. ---mysanantonio.com, June 27 (Texas) https://is.gd/8eYQSu

 

37.          “Special-ed needs the attention of lawmakers.” As lawmakers head into a third special session, it’s unclear what will become of education funding in Washington state. --- spokesman.com, June 23 (Washington) https://is.gd/gSIFFJ

 

38.          ACLU of Washington Sues State Over Discipline Of Special Education Students.” On June 8, 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington sued the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) over discipline policies for special education students that result in twice as many suspensions and expulsions than general education students. ---openminds.com, June 25 (Washington) https://is.gd/tgGm40

 

39.          “Uber sued over lack of wheelchair-accessible cars in D.C. “Uber may be trying to make amends with drivers, but it is still largely ignoring the needs of handicapped customers. Equal Rights Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization, is suing the $68 billion startup for not making its service accessible for disabled customers in Washington D.C.---money.cnn.com, June 28 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/MSqI6W

 

40.          “Federal appeals court upholds ruling against D.C. on special-needs students “A federal appeals court on Friday ruled that the D.C. government is not doing enough to find and assist young children with special needs who have not yet entered the school system. --- washingtonpost.com, June 23 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/0GMBLK

 

41.          “Senate GOP's proposed Medicaid cuts would slash aid for special needs kids.” If you depend on Medicaid to supplement the cost of care for your special needs child, now is the time to reassess your long-term plans. ---cnbc.com, June 27 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/uu1QkD

 

42.          “Why Disability Rights Activists Stormed Mitch McConnell's Office.” As Senate Republicans rolled out the Better Care Reconciliation Act, their health care reform proposal, on Thursday, the halls outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were starting to get a little crowded. --- rollingstone.com, June 23 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/w9gDdP

 

43.          “Special-education funding, demand on the rise.” Special education needs are on the rise in London schools with a big chunk of funding in recent budgets at both school boards targeted to address demand. --- lfpress.com, June 23 (Wyoming) https://is.gd/ZRiVoA

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

44.          “Report: Less Than 1 In 5 With Disabilities Employed.” An annual government snapshot of employment among Americans with disabilities finds some signs of improvement even as this population continues to struggle finding work. ---disabilityscoop.com, June 29 https://is.gd/Pz7oWe

 

45.          “Letter: Eliminate the 'r-word'.” How one acts and speaks towards others is a window into their moral character. In the Quad-Cities, the continued use of the “r-word” (retard or retarded) is hurtful, whether it is intended or not. ---qctimes.com, June 28 https://is.gd/fE0bwM

 

46.          “Special-needs housing still a dream.” The housing sector is beset with challenges, most notably a severe housing shortage, a sizeable backlog in housing provision and severe overcrowding. ---news24.com, June 25 https://is.gd/S41eoZ

 

47.          “Arkansas pilot program seeks care, not jail, for mentally ill.” The Arkansas Legislature and Gov. Asa Hutchinson this year approved a pilot program to create something that county officials have been advocating for since 2015: facilities where some mentally ill people who break the law can be taken instead of jail. ---swtimes.com, June 25 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/sU7G17

 

48.          “Wheelchair repair program a lifeline for the disabled — particularly on the streets.” On a recent morning, Benjamin Royer was doing donuts in his electric wheelchair. He spun round and round and round in the empty Emeryville parking lot outside the Easy Does It wheelchair repair shop, giggling loudly the whole time. ---berkeleyside.com, June 28 (California) https://is.gd/rvXLqr

 

49.          “The price of special education: As autism rates surge among children, so does the cost to educate them.” An unexplained increase in autistic and emotionally disturbed students is driving up special education enrollments — a huge problem for school districts that aren't getting any additional state and federal funds to cover the ballooning costs. ---bakersfield.com, June 24 (California) https://is.gd/IWHrs2

 

50.          “Olympic Day gives 50 visually impaired people the chance to swing a bat and throw people to the mat.” Colorado Center For the Blind student athlete Andre Jackson gets a piece of the ball during beep baseball June 24, 2017 in Littleton. Once the ball was hit the athletes headed towards an audio beacon in the field and back to home plate. ---denverpost.com, June 24 (Colorado) https://is.gd/WTdubP  

 

51.          “Charity connects adaptive tricycles for kids with developmental disorders.” Samantha Garcia can’t experience the same joys as kids who don’t have disabilities, but her family and therapists power on and do what they can. ---naplesnews.com, June 28 (Florida) https://is.gd/GK3d2a

 

52.          “This man is using his disabilities – and past – to help train police.” Only a few years ago, Conner Jackson would become anxious and paranoid at the sight of a police officer. Now Jackson is using his experiences with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder to train officers from the Wichita Police Department, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, the Wellington Police Department, the Kansas Department of Corrections and more. ---kansas.com, June 26 (Kansas) https://is.gd/2MJL6D

 

53.          “Graduates with intellectual disabilities face transition.” Often during graduation ceremonies schools take a moment to announce where each student will be headed next; the college they have been accepted to, the job or apprenticeship they are starting or the branch of the military they have joined. ---fosters.com, June 25 (Maine) https://is.gd/RQHFY6

 

54.          “‘Pay-for-success’ proves a boon to social services.” A group of investors has made a big bet — not on a company, but on a local nonprofit, the Jewish Vocational Service. ---bostonglobe.com, June 26 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/6US8kw

 

55.          “Minnesota’s Commitment to Providing More Choices for People With Disabilities.” All those with ideas on how to improve disability services in the region are encouraged to let their voices be heard on Tuesday, June 27. ---grandrapidsmn.com, June 24 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/bINVPV

 

56.          “MSU's Camp Jigsaw offers summer fun for autistic children.” If Daniel Mooney were to count the many ways Camp Jigsaw has positively impacted his life, he said he couldn't do it on just his fingers and toes.  ---cdispatch.com, June 29 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/AF4g6i

 

57.          “ABILITY Is the ‘New Face’ of Developmental Services.” The moment Sally LaVigne, MA, BCBA, LBA, director of the Behavioral Support Program for ABILITY, walked into the room, Phil Sikes was excited to see her. ---emissourian.com, June 29 (Missouri) https://is.gd/gTNniu

 

58.          “Deaf Inc. building bridges with local law enforcement.” One of the challenges for people with hearing impairments is a communications gap with law enforcement. Lack of understanding on either side can have dire consequences during a traffic stop or arrest. ---ksdk.com, June 26 (Missouri) https://is.gd/lFhnMt

 

59.          “Draw-down of Montana Developmental Center is taking a toll on Boulder.” The Montana Developmental Center provides treatment for people with serious intellectual disabilities. For more than a century, it’s been central to the economy in Boulder. ---krtv.com, June 28 (Montana) https://is.gd/IRcPEh

 

60.          “New North Carolina state budget gives big money to Down syndrome programs.” Around the halls of the state legislative building, Rep. John Bradford is never far from Megan Czejkowski. ---abc11.com, June 27 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/UHAgbk

 

61.          “Buckled bridge forces rough stop for metro man in wheelchair.” Larry Greis needs a wheelchair in his struggle for mobility but that challenge was recently spiked during a trek across a buckled bridge near 72nd and Pacific. --- wowt.com. June 23 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/Tzi1x2

 

62.          “VistaFit program to support the intellectually and developmentally disabled in Las Vegas.” This is a collaboration like no other! Hall of Fame boxing referee Richard Steele and NFL alumni Victor B Cohen are joining forces with Ben Caine of New Vista to kick off VistaFit. ---http://news3lv.com, June 28 (Nevada) https://is.gd/gamNoW

 

63.          “Children with autism spread their wings with practice flight at RDU.” Boarding an airplane can be a little nerve-wrecking for anybody, but it can be especially difficult for parents of children with autism. A special program is now giving families a little extra help in preparing children to take a flight. ---wral.com, June 26 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/ZV7Qf5

 

64.          “Program helps deaf-blind job seekers succeed.” Fear of losing her remaining vision once held Sonya Cochran back more than deaf-blindness until she found a state employment program focused on reaching her goals. ---normantranscript.com, June 28 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/wgWl4o

 

65.          “Prosthetic mobility on display at the U of U.” A unique mobility fair at the "U" today for people with lower extremity amputations. ---good4utah.com, June 24 (Utah) https://is.gd/sU7G17
 

INTERNATIONAL

 

66.          “Teachers ‘locked boy, 8, in plywood box to calm him down’.” An Australian mother claims her eight-year-old autistic son was put in a plywood box by teachers to ‘calm him down’. Emily Dive, 28, is now suing the Department of Education in the country over the alleged treatment of her son Lachlan, whom she calls Locky. ---metro.co.uk, June 28 (Australia) https://is.gd/WdGIgC

 

67.          “Melbourne mum fights Department of Education over autistic son's rights to schooling.” When Emily Dive gave birth to her son Lachlan eight years ago she never thought the hardest thing she'd have to fight to give him would be an education. ---9news.com.au, June 25 (Australia) https://is.gd/hd9zEi

 

68.          “Hanson defends comments about children with autism.” Senator Hanson, speaking during debate on schools funding on Wednesday, raised the prospect of autistic children being segregated from mainstream classrooms in order to receive special attention. --- sbs.com.au, June 22 (Australia) https://is.gd/GJNWpT

 

69.          “Canada: Traumatic Brain Injuries: The Role of Service Dogs as Part of a Support Network.” Photographer and writer Roger Caras once said, "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." Anyone who has been privileged enough to have a dog as a pet can probably appreciate this sentiment. But this quote is particularly powerful when thinking of service dogs who assist survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). ---mondaq.com, June 29 (Canada) https://is.gd/8jtw01

 

70.          “People with disabilities at risk in Central African Republic.” Simplice Lenguy told his wife to leave him behind as people fled when fighting broke out in Central African Republic’s capital. --- sfgate.com, June 22 (Central African Republic) https://is.gd/LcDEVP

 

71.          “Employer impregnates mentally retarded worker.”  In a gruesome incident, an employer molested a mentally retarded woman, who is employed to rear his sheep, and made her pregnant. --- thehansindia.com, June 24 (India) https://is.gd/TKhnrO

 

72.          NCERT chalks out strategy to test schoolkids with special needs.” National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has released a detailed document on learning outcomes and special emphasis has been paid to children with special needs. ---dnaindia.com, June 26 (India) https://is.gd/sdaLSn

 

73.          “Man, sister die of burn injuries.” A man and his elder sister died of burn injuries at Udang village in Howrah district, police said today. ---indiatoday.intoday.in, June 28 (India) https://is.gd/eUFOhL

 

74.          “'This is bureaucracy gone mad' - Hundreds with intellectual disabilities 'stranded' over new taxation rules for HSE vehicles.” Service users at a home for people with intellectual disabilities have been "left stranded in their homes" after a dispute has arisen over new taxation rules for HSE vehicles. --- independent.ie, June 24 (Ireland) https://is.gd/0PTujO

 

75.          “Voting support offered to disabled for Tokyo Met. Assembly election “As the capital prepares for the July 2 Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, moves to provide voting support for the disabled are spreading. ---mainichi.jp, June 29 (Japan) https://is.gd/cevHDh

 

76.          “Japan carrier forces wheelchair-bound man to crawl onto plane.” A Japanese budget airline apologized Wednesday for forcing a wheelchair-bound man to crawl up a set of stairs to board his flight. --- newsinfo.inquirer.net, June 28 (Japan) https://is.gd/sX1mel

 

77.          “Innovation center for special-needs kids opens in Jerusalem.” Pediatric rehab hospital’s new facility will accelerate the invention of case-specific as well as mass-market assistive devices and technologies. ---israel21c.org, June 25 (Jerusalem) https://is.gd/DM5TPX

 

78.          “Deaf people 'elbowed out' of top spots in their own organisations.” Deaf people are being left out of top spots in their own organisations and they want change. ---nzherald.co.nz, June 28 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/BC64oC

 

79.          “Orphaned and disabled, one defector tells of his struggle to survive in North Korea.” Today we will speak with Ji Sung Ho, a North Korean man who lost his leg and hand in a sudden accident at the age of 15. His personal experiences thereafter living as a handicapped person in North Korea provide insight into the state of rights for the disabled in North Korea. --- dailynk.com, June 23 (North Korea) https://is.gd/XDs6ot

 

80.          “BGT star Susan Boyle 'attacked by gang of 15 youths who called her an old ugly b****'.” The 56-year-old singer was “hounded” by a group of 15 young people who live close to her in West Lothian, Scotland, the Mirror reports. ---express.co.uk, June 25 (Scotland) https://is.gd/ryNyeg

 

81.          “WHO: Abuse of elderly on the rise globally.” One in six elderly people experience some form of abuse and the figure is seen to rise as the population ages globally, a new study of the World Health Organization (WHO) shows. --- philstar.com, June 25 (Philippines) https://is.gd/zvQzE6

 

82.          “Police: Mother of autistic son overdosed.” A borough woman was jailed Thursday after police said her 12-year-old autistic son found her under the influence of heroin. --- tribdem.com, June 22 (UK) https://is.gd/AmBvm7

 

83.          “Search for Carolyn highlights value of Vulnerable Person Registry.” Carolyn Pringle had never wandered off before. The frail 61-year-old went missing Wednesday afternoon from her Peel St. home and no one knew where she was until Thursday afternoon. --- barrietoday.com, June 23 (UK) https://is.gd/iI5u1Q

 

84.          “Mental health services are failing young autistic people.” More and more is being done to raise awareness of mental health problems at a public and policy level, and understandably so. One in six adults in the UK has a common mental health condition, and one in 20 adults has thought of taking their own life at some point. ---medicalxpress.com, June 26 (UK) https://is.gd/zrVIRV

 

85.          “Mum facing jail after admitting sex with autistic boy, 15.” A 41-year-old mother is facing jail after she admitted having sex with a 15-year-old autistic boy. ---devonlive.com, June 26 (UK) https://is.gd/VPvBYa

 

86.          “Psychiatric patient died after Cardiff belt attack.” A psychiatric patient died after fleeing his carer and attacking a man in Cardiff, an inquest has heard. ---bbc.com, June 26 (UK) https://is.gd/9r3x87

 

87.          “Shocking CCTV shows vulnerable man's horrific deterioration over months of abuse as 'worse than evil' killers who made him eat his own testicle are jailed for life.” Shocking CCTV shows a vulnerable man's horrific deterioration over months of abuse as the killers, who made him eat his own testicle, are jailed for life. ---dailymail.co.uk, June 27 (UK) https://is.gd/Mv7ZIc

 

88.          “Middletown Police: Social Services Worker Kicked, Shoved Client.” A social services worker is scheduled to appear in court next month after she kicked a disabled client, pulled his hair and shoved him to the floor of a pharmacy, police said Wednesday. ---courant.com, June 26 (UK) https://is.gd/dBO1VS

 

89.          “NHS privatisation: People with learning disabilities to become a 'commodity' in a profit-filled healthcare industry, finds study.” People with learning disabilities have been turned into commodities in a healthcare industry driven by profits and generating millions of pounds a year, a study has claimed. ---independent.co.uk, Jun e28 (UK) https://is.gd/PpQh3z

 

90.          “Anti-depressant use doubles in past decade as doctors dole out happy pills.” The number of anti-depressants doled out by doctors has more than doubled in a decade, official figures show. They issued 64.7 million prescriptions last year compared with 31 million in 2006, in a development described as “concerning.” --- thesun.co.uk, June 29 (UK) https://is.gd/D6Igg8

 

91.          “Cotswold taxi drivers receive training to identify people at risk of exploitation.” Taxi and private hire drivers across the Cotswold District are receiving free training sessions to help them identify the signs that a young or vulnerable person is at risk of exploitation. ---wiltsglosstandard.co.uk, June 29 (UK) https://is.gd/XzUpw2

 

MISCELLANEOUS
 

92.          “Autistic adults make better decisions without showing cognitive bias says study.” People with autism disorder may show more consistent choices in high-level decision-making tasks and are less likely to show a cognitive bias because they are not influenced by the way choices are presented, showed a research. ---thehealthsite.com, June 29

 

93.          “The Advantages of Autistic Employees.” A consulting firm recruits people on the spectrum for their focus and problem-solving skills, but some adjustments are required. ---theatlantic.com, June 27 https://is.gd/YuWKx3

 

94.          “MMA fighter with Down syndrome wins fight, looks to give back.” Around the octagon he's known as "The Punisher." Outside the octagon, the South Florida mixed martial arts fighter goes by Garrett Holeve. ---local10.com, June 26 (Florida) https://is.gd/50BCJb

 

95.          “This couple adopted and raised 88 kids with special needs.” Camille Geraldi always knew that she wanted to help special needs kids, and as a young nurse at a Miami hospital, she spent so much time with the kids there that they consistently asked for her by name. ---globalnews.ca, June 27 (Florida) https://is.gd/HbKdGm

 

96.          “Mike Glenn hosts 38th basketball camp for the deaf, hard of hearing.” Former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn held the 38th annual “Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing” athletes in Decatur. ---ocgnews.com, June 23 (Illinois) https://is.gd/d8Xsr2

 

97.          “Lester: Sox's Abreu befriends special needs man from Schaumburg.” White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, left, signs a ball, bat and gloves for Patrick Brock of Schaumburg. Brock, who has special needs and was adopted by a Schaumburg family as a foster child, grew up as a die-hard White Sox fan. ---dailyherald.com, June 25 (Illinois) https://is.gd/no5zmt   

 

98.          “Group Gives Blind Visitors a Chance to Appreciate Birds.” The Massachusetts Audubon Society is partnering with area organizations and schools that serve blind clients. ---usnews.com, June 26 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/Q3uCe4

 

99.          “Ketamine novel approach to treating depression.” After three years of ever-present suicidal thoughts and two decades of unrelenting, treatment-resistant depression, Rosemarie Barciz was desperate. ---toledoblade.com, June 25 (Ohio) https://is.gd/VCzayB  

 

100.          “Wheelchairs at the water park bring fun in the sun for all.” In hot and sunny Texas, Morgan’s Inspiration Island calls itself a park of inclusion for those with special needs of all kinds -- and everyone else, too. --- cnet.com, June 23 (Texas) https://is.gd/Srt3n2