Disability and Abuse Newsfeed
 

July 7 to July 13, 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. International articles are at the end. The categories are: Abuse and Neglect, Laws & Legislation, Improved Supports, and Miscellaneous.

This week’s collection of articles has, sadly, the usual array of stories.  Check the categories below for a guide. The categories are indicated by type and the number of the article. 
 

Sexual Assault: 8, 78, 79

Physical Abuse: 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 14, 17, 19, 87, 88

Emotional/Verbal Abuse: 10, 16, 17         

Financial abuse: 5, 6, 15, 17

Neglect: 3, 4, 7, 12, 16                               

Missing (found dead): 13, 20

Murder: 3, 18, 80, 85

Guardianship: 24, 28, 42

 

WHO DUN IT?              (Listed by the number of the article)  

School: 8    Family: 6, 18, 80

Stranger: 1, 9, 14, 19, 78

Caregiver: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 20

Men: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 17, 19, 78, 79

Women: 4, 6, 11, 12, 15, 18, (88)

Good News:

24 – Services waitlist decreased by 500

25, 27 - Protests against proposed reduced funding for basic needs

38 – Improved special education approved

39 – Settlement reached for failure to provide communication for

        Deaf students

41 – Lawsuit: Adults with disabilities should have right to an attorney

43 – Wheelchair accessible sites now on Google Maps

50 – Top rating for special education services

63 – Increased funding for children with disabilities’ needs

67 – Increase in taxis with wheelchair access

69 – Virginia gets top marks for special education services

 

Bad News:

26 – Whistle-blower fired

29 – Toxins at Special Education OK by School Board (affects kids & staff)

34 – No options leaves patient in ER for one month; #72 similar problem

38 – Reduced funding in Medicaid results in lack of essential services

40 – Sexual/physical assault of kids OK with school board (teacher retained)

62 – No funding for community integration of people with disabilities

71 – Stigma still alive against people with disabilities
 

Good intentions?

88 -  Mother wants son to have positive social/sexual experience, seeks prostitutes to help him.

 

 

 

ABUSE AND NEGLECT

 

    1.          “Phoenix Police: Wheelchair-bound man has ear bitten off.” A man confined to a wheelchair was knocked out of his wheelchair and had his ear bitten off, police say. ---abc15.com, July 6 (Arizona) https://is.gd/BTw2KZ

 

    2.          “Porterville man accused of running illegal elder care center.” A 66-year-old Porterville man has been arrested after allegations surfaced that he was running an unlicensed elder facility and claims of physical abuse. ---visaliatimesdelta.com, July 11 (California) https://is.gd/5l0dm6

 

    3.          “State agency investigates death of autistic man on Highway 118 in Simi Valley.” A Simi Valley group home is under investigation by the California Department of Social Services after the death of one of its residents on Highway 118 in Simi Valley, officials said. ---vcstar.com July 12 (California) https://is.gd/BE9slk

 

    4.          “Police: Group home worker left disabled man in van at mall parking lot.” A local woman faces charges after police said she left a disabled man inside a van at the Westfield Meriden Mall on Saturday. ---myrecordjournal.com, July 10 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/zpa5Pi

 

    5.          “Frank Pannullo gets two years in prison for skimming $617,435 from disabled.” Former chief financial officer Frank Pannullo was ordered to serve two years in federal prison Tuesday for engineering the diversion of $617,435 in Social Security payments from clients of the Hillsborough Association for Retarded Citizens. ---tampabay.com, July 11 (Florida) https://is.gd/vsiQjQ

 

    6.          “Arkansas woman arrested in Tallahassee for exploitation of elderly mother.” An Arkansas woman is accused of lying in a Leon County court to get guardianship over her elderly mother and exploiting her for almost half a million dollars.  The Tallahassee Police Department says Laura Cooper was arrested over the weekend. ---wtxl.com, July 10 (Florida) https://is.gd/MkQZGw

 

    7.          “Owner of Group Home on Palm Coast’s Braddock Lane Faces 5 Felony Counts for Elderly Neglect.” Olufunmilayo Oduyejo, the 61-year-old owner of a group home registered to Paradise Group Home LLC at 15 Braddock Lane in Palm Coast, faces five felony counts of elderly neglect after two residents at the group home had to be hospitalized and three evacuated Wednesday. ---flaglerlive.com, July 7 (Florida) https://is.gd/DXB5ps

 

    8.          “Pascal Estime: Man arrested for sexual battery of a mentally handicapped woman in 2004.” A man was arrested at Fort Lauderdale International Airport on Saturday for the sexual battery of a mentally handicapped woman in 2004. ---wptv.com, July 8 (Florida) https://is.gd/3Ql5WI

 

      9.          “Deaf, autistic man dressed as superhero beaten up on Florida street corner.” A Florida man with autism, who dresses as a superhero and waves at passersby from a street corner, was attacked by someone who said he wanted to fight Superman, deputies said. ---nydailynews.com, July 8 (Florida) https://is.gd/hsTnML

 

10.          “Alleged abuse of intellectually disabled prompts state investigation of SWITC staff.” The investigation by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare involves allegations of physical and psychological abuse of seven adult residents at the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center just north of Interstate 84 in Nampa. ---idahostatesman.com, July 12 (Idaho) https://is.gd/doGWON

 

11.          “Former caregiver pleads guilty to attempted murder of handicapped woman in Shelby County.” A former caregiver has entered a blind plea deal in connection with an attempted murder-suicide in Shelby County. ---cbs4indy.com, July 11 (Indiana) https://is.gd/5Vefs5

 

12.          “Woman pleads guilty to drug, elder abuse charges.” A woman has pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and neglect of two elderly people for whom she was responsible were found by investigators after she overdosed in early February. ---news-sentinel.com, July 6 (Indiana) https://is.gd/Gv0uok

 

13.          “8-year-old Autistic Boy Found Dead In Brownsburg.” Shalom Lawson was first reported missing Friday afternoon. ---wibc.com, July 7 (Indiana) https://is.gd/gD0KRa

 

14.          “Hagerstown man gets seven years for knife attack on autistic boy.” A Hagerstown man who put a knife to the throat of an autistic boy while under the influence of PCP was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree assault. ---heraldmailmedia.com, July 11 (Maryland) https://is.gd/oL0mB5

 

15.          “3 charged with felony exploitation of vulnerable person.” Three Holcomb residents are charged with one felony count of exploitation of a vulnerable person. ---wjtv.com, July 12 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/4kXYEP

 

16.          “Probe finds abuse at Niagara Falls rehab facility.” REPORT: Disability rights group describes 'alarmingly inadequate' care at Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. ---lockportjournal.com, July 12 (New York) https://is.gd/M1Qjwn

 

17.          “Zebulon man charged with abusing, extorting elderly handicapped woman.” A Zebulon man is facing multiple charges after authorities say he abused and extorted an elderly handicapped woman, according to an arrest warrant. ---wncn.com, July 12 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/4upFe4

 

18.          “Mom sentenced for killing daughter with special needs.” The Eastlake mother convicted in the murder of her daughter was sentenced to 88 days in jail and 100 hours of community service. ---cleveland19.com, July 10 (Ohio) https://is.gd/xEcfKw

 

19.          “2 boys admit role in videoed assault on intellectually disabled grocery worker.” Two juveniles charged with the May 29 assault on an intellectually disabled man in Germantown admitted their roles Monday during a hearing in Philadelphia Juvenile Court. ---philly.com, July 11 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/Z2rF77

 

20.          “Disabled woman found dead in van at state living center in Brenham.” State investigators are looking into the death of a disabled woman who was discovered unresponsive in the back of a van in Brenham. ---abc13.com, July 12 (Texas) https://is.gd/YkJKwG

 

LAWS AND LEGISLATION

 

21.          “Autism in Family Courts—What the Bench and Bar Need to Know.” Family court judges deal with a variety of complex issues on a daily basis. Some of the issues are amusing; who gets custody of the dog, who gets the plaid chair, or who gets to keep the thimble collection. But when children are involved, the case becomes more complicated, especially when issues like mental health, mental or physical disability and developmental disability arise. ---thelegalintelligencer.com, July 11 https://is.gd/tkTqtO r

 

22.          “Adults under guardianship should have chance to regain rights, ABA Says.” The time is ripe for people subject to court-ordered guardianship to have the ability to regain the right to manage their money, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging said in a study issued Monday. ---fa-mag.com, July 11 https://is.gd/6Fw0zk

 

23.          Arizona Supreme Court reinstates wrongful death case against nursing home.” The Arizona Supreme Court has overturned a lower court order granting summary judgment to health care provider ManorCare over the death of a patient. ---legalnewsline.com, July 7 (Arizona) https://is.gd/EmMa8r

 

24.          “Arkansas disabilities services waiting list reduced by 500.”  Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the waiting list for people with developmental disabilities in need of state services has been reduced by 500 since a revenue stream was created earlier this year to reduce the waiting time. ---arkansasonline.com, July 11 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/6qaXAd

 

25.          “Disability-rights advocates protest outside Cory Gardner’s Denver office to spotlight Medicaid, Senate health care bill.” Protesters who last week staged a 57-hour sit-in at Sen. Cory Gardner’s Denver office returned to the general vicinity Thursday with hundreds of allies, saying they would continue to make their voices heard until the Republican commits to a “no” vote on the Senate health care bill. ---denverpost.com, July 6 (Colorado) https://is.gd/wrA3CB

 

26.          “CTU Files Whistleblower Suit Over Fired Special Education Teacher.” The Chicago Teachers Union is suing the Chicago Board of Education over what it believes was “retaliation” against a former Saucedo Academy teacher they say was fired after blowing the whistle on violations of special education student protections. ---chicagotonight.wttw.com, July 7 (Illinois) https://is.gd/uOiJGB

 

27.          “Durbin says ACA repeal would ‘cripple’ Illinois during Granite City stop.” During a visit to a Granite City hospital on Friday, Senator Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, said if it passed, the Senate Republican health care repeal bill would have devastating results for the metro-east and for all of Illinois. ---bnd.com, May 7 (Illinois) https://is.gd/wSzEga

 

28.          “POINT OF VIEW: New standards raise the bar for guardianship in Florida.” f you know someone who may be in need of guardianship, they can benefit from Gov. Rick Scott just signing into law new standards of practice that raise the bar for the guardianship profession. ---palmbeachpost.com, July 12 (Florida) https://is.gd/WBB1py

 

29.          “Special needs school not moving despite toxin concerns.” A school for students with special needs won't be moving anytime soon, despite concerns raised by the discovery of toxins on the playground and pleas from teachers over the past several months. ---thetowntalk.com, July 7 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/DGST6e

 

30.          “Head injuries nearly DOUBLE your risk of dementia by releasing an overload of inflammatory particles into the brain, study says.” Head injuries almost double a person's risk of developing dementia, new research shows. ---dailymail.co.uk, May 7 (Maryland) https://is.gd/e71pKF

 

31.          “Nebraska's first Disability Pride Day is Thursday.” Nebraskans with disabilities, along with family, friends and supporters, will gather here today for the state’s first Disability Pride Day. ---omaha.com, July 12 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/p9tMRW

 

32.          “With no place to go, autistic young man spent 28 days in Exeter ER.” Ann Sanok is calling on the state to increase its funding for people with developmental disabilities after her adult son spent nearly a month in a secure Exeter Hospital emergency room waiting to be transferred to a residential facility. ---seacoastonline.com, July 9 (New Hampshire) https://is.gd/LfkRBw

 

33.          “School for the Deaf to receive $1.25M for improvements.” The New York State School for the Deaf will receive $1.25 million in state funding for building improvements. ---uticaod.com, July 12 (New York) https://is.gd/8b1cAL

 

34.          “City's Disability Pride Parade Marches Through Health Care Concerns.” Thousands took part in the third annual Disability Pride Parade in Manhattan on Sunday, where participants expressed concerns about health care funding. ---ny1.com, July 9 (New York) https://is.gd/BsvU51

 

35.          “Whistleblower Lawsuit Unsealed Against Meridian Senior Living Alleges Fraudulent Medicaid Billing.” A whistleblower lawsuit was unsealed Friday alleging the Meridian Senior Living Group has defrauded the United States and the State of North Carolina out of more than sixty million dollars. ---prnewswire.com, July 10 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/kFOnkx

 

36.          “Oklahoma DHS budget cuts lead to reduced foster payouts, senior meals.” Budget cuts have prompted the Department of Human Services to slash more than $29 million from programs and services that support children, the elderly and adults requiring in-home support. ---newsok.com, July 11 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/AVv3zn

 

37.          “Lott Industries separating from Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.” Lott industries will no longer be paired with the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities due to changes in Medicaid requirements. ---nbc24.com, July 6 (Ohio) https://is.gd/gCNNQv

 

38.          “School Reform Commission approves new in-house special education program.” The School Reform Commission voted Thursday to establish a new in-house special education program for 100 students, most diagnosed with social-emotional disabilities and now placed in facilities run by Wordsworth. ---thenotebook.org, July 6 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/BR8ZQJ

 

39.          “Edinburg hospital to settle lawsuit claiming ineffective communication for deaf patients.” Doctors Hospital at Renaissance on Thursday agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming the hospital failed to provide auxiliary aids and services for deaf patients, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas. ---valleycentral.com, July 6 (Texas) https://is.gd/7w7Yjx

 

40.          “Lawsuits allege Garland ISD's transfer allowed special ed teacher to continue sexual and physical abuse.” A special education teacher who was transferred by Garland ISD in January 2016 after allegedly breaking a boy's arm,  continued physically and sexually abusing students for five more months, according to two recently-filed lawsuits. ---dallasnews.com, July 8 (Texas) https://is.gd/immVpg

 

41.          “ACLU sues Utah over disabled people's right to a lawyer in guardianship cases.” Civil rights advocates are challenging a Utah law that eliminated a requirement that disabled adults whose biological or adoptive parents petition courts to become their legal guardians have their own attorney. ---deseretnews.com, July 7 (Utah) https://is.gd/pryE6l

 

42.          “Council Poised to Revamp 40-year-old Intellectual Disability Law.” Leonard (not his real name) has a profound intellectual disability. For Leonard, that means an IQ less than 50. ---washingtoncitypaper.com, July 11 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/d2kcNp

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

43.          “Wheelchair accessibility information in Google Maps improves via crowdsourcing.” Google is making an important change to Google Maps that will help to make life a little easier for wheelchair users and people with other accessibility needs. ---betanews.com, July 6 https://is.gd/fUD43S

 

44.          “Oxytocin improves social abilities in some kids with autism.” The brain hormone may help treat social impairments in children with autism whose baseline oxytocin levels are low before treatment, according to new Stanford findings. ---med.stanford.edu, July 10 (California) https://is.gd/XzM845

 

45.          “City of San Diego makes enjoying Fiesta Island easier for handicapped.” There are two new parking spots on Fiesta Island reserved for the physically disabled starting Tuesday. ---nbcsandiego.com, July 10 (California) https://is.gd/Z42pIg

 

46.          “New app helps those with special needs make friends.” For those with special needs, it can be difficult at times to make friends, but a new app is helping people with autism and other conditions connect with others. ---abc13.com, July 6 (California) https://is.gd/C7F6Ai

 

47.          “LAPD union joins national push for feds to help prepare police for contacts with mentally ill.” Los Angeles’ police union has thrown its support behind a national push for federal funding and other resources to help officers better prepare for interactions with people who are mentally ill. ---latimes.com, July 13 (California) https://is.gd/i1OsH3

 

48.          “Students with special needs thrive at Temecula dance studio “ Emily Avila, a 13-year-old Temecula girl who is partially blind and medically fragile, can’t play soccer or other contact sports. But Emily can dance, and it’s an activity she truly enjoys. ---pe.com, July 8 (California) https://is.gd/wvRvqF

 

49.          Glendale College program matching autistic adults with trade jobs flourishes within first year.” James Molien spent years taking business classes at Glendale Community College but faced difficulty landing a full-time job. ---latimes.com, July 7 (California) https://is.gd/BfDuzf

 

50.          “Delaware gets highest federal rating for special education services.” Just three years after Delaware was told its special education program needed intervention, it has earned the highest rating possible from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. ---delawareonline.com, July 13 (Delaware) https://is.gd/ooS782

 

51.          “Task Force Starts Looking Into Transportation Issues Floridians With Disabilities Face.” A new Florida task force met for the first time this week to start looking into transportation issues people with developmental and intellectual disabilities face on a daily basis. ---wfsu.org, July 6 (Florida) https://is.gd/JJLdI3

 

52.          “Florida agrees to make prisons more accessible for inmates with disabilities.” For years, inmates with disabilities in Florida have doubly struggled to navigate its prison system, lawyers say. ---miamiherald.com, July 8 (Florida) https://is.gd/eLXXTj

 

53.          “Marist grad makes developmental disability defense his mission “ After spending nearly every day of his senior year with clients of Oak Lawn-based Park Lawn, Marist High School graduate Alex Lyons wanted to do more. ---chicagotribune.com, July 12 (Illinois) https://is.gd/JYbemU

 

54.          “Elgin agencies welcome first state budget in 2 years.” On Friday, Elgin-area social services agencies breathed a sigh of relief more than two years in the making. ---chicagotribune.com, July 7 (Illinois) https://is.gd/wU3dhr

 

55.          Your Health: A special place for children with special needs.” Not long after Jennifer Degner was born, her parents noticed something wasn’t quite right with her development. ---shawneemissionpost.com, July 12 (Kansas) https://is.gd/2kkGxu

 

56.          “Lansing group helps adults with disabilities live on their own, in community with others.” Parents of children on the autism spectrum face significant challenges in getting the right education, support and other life tools for their kids. ---michiganradio.org, July 10 (Michigan) https://is.gd/99cmiz

 

57.          “Lost no more: Research finds that autistic children can learn navigation techniques.” Many people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a hard time figuring out how to get from one place to another. This navigational challenge can be difficult, especially when a person goes somewhere for the first time. ---minnpost.com, July 12 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/zjAAUu

 

58.          “Police say mandated de-escalation training 'another tool' in toolbox.”  A new state law mandating police officers receive training in conflict de-escalation, mental health response and implicit bias will cover familiar territory for some, but not all, Owatonna police officers. ---southernminn.com, July 6 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/Vwzl2l

 

59.          “Program helping young adults with developmental disabilities loses funding.” A Doña Ana County program that helps young adults living with developmental disabilities integrate with the community is being defunded. ---kfoxtv.com, July 9 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/GH9gz6

 

60.          “Tactile Traffic Maps Could Help Blind Pedestrians Navigate.” The technology is currently being tested at a busy intersection in New York City. ---scientificamerican.com, July 11 (New York) https://is.gd/wDRaoo

 

61.          “Buffalo schools look to recoup $800,000 in special education reimbursements.” Buffalo Public Schools, always strapped for cash, missed out on hundreds of thousands of dollars when it underbilled for providing special education services to students from other school districts, a new state audit found. ---buffalonews.com, July 11 (New York) https://is.gd/eyutl0

 

62.          “Access excess? MTA spending $6M to make stairless station handicapped accessible.” The state plans to make the Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway station handicapped accessible within the next few years, but straphangers and local community leaders can’t understand how the street-level L train platform isn’t already compliant for disabled riders, said one local resident who has been begging for an elevator at the treacherous Broadway Junction station nearby for years. ---brooklyndaily.com, July 7 (New York) https://is.gd/BFH2tB

 

63.          “Ohio creates crisis fund to help parents keep custody of severely disabled kids.” Of all the anguish that befell Mark Butler as he fought to obtain care for his severely autistic son, the worst came when he and his wife had to sign over their parental rights. ---dispatch.com, July 9 (Ohio) https://is.gd/Zbctef

 

64.          “Uber and Lyft's wheelchair access grows, with room to improve.” Uber and Lyft have met a state directive to put a combined minimum of 70 wheelchair-accessible vehicles on Philadelphia’s roads by the end of June. ---philly.com, July 6 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/XC8BBO

 

65.          “Blount Co. program to inform 911 dispatchers about families with special needs.” A new Blount County program will give 911 dispatchers more information about families with special needs or disabilities. ---wbir.com, July 11 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/VoFxhQ

 

66.          “1st handicapped-accessible water park opens in Texas.” An all-inclusive water park called Morgan’s Inspiration Island, which recently opened near Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, is the first of its kind in the world. ---click2houston.com, July 11 (Texas) https://is.gd/l0iwgj

 

67.          “Virginia earns top special education rating for fifth time.” For a fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Virginia its highest rating for improving outcomes for students with disabilities and for compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. ---progress-index.com, July 12 (Virginia) https://is.gd/qJHjnU

 

68.          “State Wants Adults With Developmental Disabilities To Have More Say In Life Choices.” Vermont’s Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living says allowing adults with developmental disabilities to make more of their own decisions will help them to live independent and healthy lives. ---digital.vpr.net, July 11 (Vermont) https://is.gd/LKXv09

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

69.          “Narellan disability group home proposal receives neighbourhood backlash.” A proposal for a disability group home in Narellan housing five young men has triggered a community backlash, with neighbours saying the facility is in an “inappropriate location”. ---dailytelegraph.com.au, July 13 (Australia) https://is.gd/yKsVln

 

70.          Mentally disabled care 'failure'.” Mental health care for the intellectually disabled is so underfunded it has reached crisis point, according to a damning letter to the Ministry of Health. It refers to one patient living in a secure unit for more than a decade. ---odt.co.nz, July 7 (Australia) https://is.gd/tYUU8N

 

71.          “'A human right, not a bonus': readers on campaigning for disability rights.” Earlier this year we released our documentary The Fight, which followed a group of people with disabilities as they marched against discrimination in Bolivia. ---theguardian.com, July 7 (Bolivia) https://is.gd/joMfpA

 

72.          “Hikvision Supports Center for Youth with Special Needs.” Hikvision Canada Inc., the North American leader in innovative, award-winning video surveillance products, is working with Montreal-based integrator Intelgest to provide security cameras for the Centre Petite Echelle in Montreal, an organization that supports young people with special needs. ---marketwatch.com, July 13 (Canada) https://is.gd/iPhJCA

 

73.          “Special Education Wants Equal Treatment.” The government's subsidy for special education is low. So low that schools cannot provide a good education. That says the board of Protestant schools, the VPCO. ---curacaochronicle.com, July 10 (Curacao) https://is.gd/gydLpO

 

74.          “United Airlines ‘Destroys’ Man’s Custom $42,000 Wheelchair During Trip from France to the U.S.” United Airlines is in more hot water after employees allegedly “destroyed” a custom wheelchair belonging to a 24-year-old man who suffers from a severe spinal condition. ---people.com, July 10 (France) https://is.gd/0QS94m

 

75.          “Disability rights groups refute Finance Ministry’s claim.” Hundreds of disability rights organisations and individuals have disputed the Finance Ministry’s claim in a July 4 statement that 5 per cent GST rates for items, such as wheelchairs, Braille machines, are “concessional” and a “win-win” for all.---thehindubusinessline.com, July 10 (India) https://is.gd/FwNWUC

 

76.          “Cabbie Rapes 38-Year-Old Mentally Ill Woman On Pretext Of Getting Her Job.” A 38-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a man on the pretext of helping her get a job following which the accused has been arrested here. ---outlookindia.com, July 10 (India) https://is.gd/wI0jMK

 

77.          “Man held from UP a year after he raped deaf and mute Borivali girl.” A 20-year-old man was today arrested from Uttar Pradesh in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old hearing and speech impaired girl in suburban Borivali last year, the police said. ---indianexpress.com, July 9 (India) https://is.gd/GpW749

 

78.          “'It was not me, it was the power': Female doctor charged with murdering her autistic three-year-old son in Ireland told detectives 'yes it was my knife', court hears.” A woman charged with murdering her toddler son told detectives 'it was not me, it was the power', a court has heard..--- dailymail.co.uk, July 13 (Ireland) https://is.gd/7lqunx

 

79.          “People with disabilities protest outside Leinster House.” People with disabilities protested outside Leinster House on Thursday afternoon over the Government’s failure to ratify the UN Convention on Rights for Disabled People (UNCRPD). ---irishtimes.com, July 13 (Ireland) https://is.gd/72cLhC

 

80.          “Support for people with disabilities.” Sir, – I should like to take up several points made by Paddy Connelly, chief executive of Inclusion Ireland (July 10th). ---irishtimes.com, July 12 (Ireland) https://is.gd/hJPRvP

 

81.          “Supports for people with disabilities.”  Your editorial of June 30th states that “Insufficient facilities for those citizens who are infirm, disabled, intellectually challenged or unable to fend for themselves represent a blight on our society. ---irishtimes.com, July 10 (Ireland) https://is.gd/g9hTQb

 

82.          “Israel earmarks funds for special-needs technology.” NIS 3 million to go to development of solutions for those on the autistic spectrum, the visually impaired and the wheelchair-bound ---timesofisrael.com, July 10 (Israel) https://is.gd/9tyBjA

 

83.          “Investigation unlikely over NZer's death in restraints.” The controversial death of a New Zealander in Japan has brought back painful memories of a similar case in Samoa - where a five year battle for justice has yielded no results. ---radionz.co.nz, July 14 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/UpUGIA

 

84.          “Vulnerable people being euthanised without consent.” ‘Strict protective guidelines’ supposed to protect vulnerable and elderly patients from being killed against their will are being flouted, leading to the deaths of 431 people in 2015, none of whom gave clear consent. ---christian.org.uk, July 7 (Netherlands) https://is.gd/aYe7cm

 

85.          “Scots families’ fury at ‘excessive’ force used to make disabled kids behave.” More than 350 parents of special needs children as young as four have joined a campaign for stricter laws amid claims of excessive force. ---thescottishsun.co.uk, July 8 (Scotland) https://is.gd/a0Nn2p

 

86.          “Why abuse of the elderly is as bad as any hate crime.” When Maddy Jobson set up a secret camera at the care home where her mother had been resident for four years, it was, she insists, with the best intentions ---dailymail.co.uk, July 8 (UK) https://is.gd/MJOJjI

 

87.          “Deaf construction worker's 'demoralising' job hunt.” I was profoundly deaf when I was born. I went to school in Cwmbran - a mainstream school for the hearing and deaf - but my parents were trying to find somewhere that was good for me. ---bbc.com, July 8 (UK) https://is.gd/ZFAstl

 

88.          “Mum searched for prostitute for her autistic son so that he could learn about sex.”  A woman was so desperate for her autistic son to feel accepted she considered getting him a prostitute. Author Kathy Lette even went kerb-crawling in London to find Jules Robertson a call girl when he was 20. ---metro.co.uk, July 9 (UK) https://is.gd/y46Qlz

 

89.          “Autistic children self-harm warning over slow diagnosis.” Failure to correctly diagnose the special needs of children could lead them to self harm, it has been claimed. ---bbc.com, July 10 (UK) https://is.gd/OjtgT0

 

90.          “Teachers' pay remains capped as government resists pressure to ease restraints.” The Government has resisted pressure to lift the public sector pay cap as it was announced teachers' pay will remain capped at 1%. ---itv.com, July 10 (UK) https://is.gd/R2fn9X

 

91.          “The London Para Games aren't good for people like me – they're setting back disability rights.” I recently sat on a panel where a Tory Government adviser asked me why I kept complaining about austerity cuts when I should be cheering on Paralympian athletes. It was beyond belief ---independent.co.uk, July 13 (UK) https://is.gd/mRq3i5

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

92.          “Oxytocin Nasal Spray May Boost Social Skills in Children with Autism.” Treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills in some children with autism, suggest results from a small clinical trial. The results appeared today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1. ---scientificamerican.com, July 11 https://is.gd/Y8B7G7

 

93.          “A Wheelchair User's Fear of Flying.” My fear of flying goes beyond the run-of-the-mill terror over the prospect of my plane plummeting to the earth and shattering into smithereens. ---progressive.org, July 7 https://is.gd/XnOcRb

 

94.          “Bible school welcomes kids with special needs.” A unique church program for children and young adults with special needs is seeking participants and volunteers for its 22nd summer session. ---abqjournal.com, July 8 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/HE9QGv