Disability and Abuse Newsfeed


Week of September 8 to September 14, 2017

 

Articles Compiled by Jennifer Palmer

Editing and Commentary by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D., 

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 near the end. The categories are: Abuse and Neglect, Laws & Legislation, Statistics and Studies, Improved Supports, International, and Miscellaneous.

Check the categories below for a guide to types of abuse.  The categories are indicated by type, and the number of the article.  

Check the categories below for a guide to types of abuse.  The categories are indicated by type, and the number of the article.  

 

Type:

Sexual Assault: 7,114, 18, 67, 71 75

Physical Abuse: 1, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12 16, 74         

Shot: 13, 57

Murder: 5, 17, 28

Financial abuse: 29

Emotional/Verbal Abuse: 1, 2          

Neglect: 2, 8, 9, 18, 20

Missing: 3                                

Minors can be charged for porn:  31

Related to Special Education: 21, 22, 37, 44, 58, 59, 60, 62, 65

ADA 38

Access 23, 43

Good News: 

36, 82, 86, 87

Bad News: 39, 40, 41, 42, 85

(Note:  This abbreviated analysis of the newsfeed is due to Nora being away for travel.)

Winner of Egregious news:  32 (Teacher aides will become teachers due to budget cuts.)

 

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ABUSE AND NEGLECT

    1.          “Abuse allegations, arrests mount at state mental hospital.” At Connecticut's only maximum-security psychiatric hospital, staff members put a diaper on a patient's head, threw food at him, poured water over him, put salt in his coffee, kicked him and placed a mop on his head after cleaning a floor, according to a state report. ---abcnews.go.com, September 17 (Connecticut) http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/abuse-allegations-arrests-mount-state-mental-hospital-49906233

  

 

    2.          “GBI makes arrest in disabled, elderly exploitation case.” Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation made an arrest in a multi-county investigation of the exploitation of disabled or elderly adults. Michelle Oliver, 39, was arrested Tuesday at her home in Forsyth after investigators with several agencies searched a personal care facility in Albany. ---walb.com, September 20 (Georgia) https://is.gd/O5axxd   

 

    3.          “‘It’s time to come forward’: Police find car of missing austistic woman, but parents still do not know if she is dead or alive.” Georgia police have managed to locate the car of a woman who has been missing since August, but have yet to find the woman herself, as reported by NBC News. ---crimeonline.com, September 18 (Georgia) https://is.gd/oX3jvO   

 

    4.          “Huntley School District 158 responds to report of bus aide hitting student.” Huntley School District 158 officials said they received a report of a bus aide “making physical contact” with a student while on a school bus. ---nwherald.com, September 16 (Illinois) https://is.gd/dEPCeg  

 

    5.          “Police: Little food on hand for special-needs boy who died.” The Fontanet house where a 9-year-old boy died of severe malnutrition had very little food on hand for the special needs child at the time of his death, a detective testified in the first day of Robin Kraemer's trial in the death of the boy. ---tribstar.com, September 18 (Indiana) https://is.gd/oX3jvO   

 

    6.          “Woman in wheelchair dies after being hit by car.” A woman in a motorized wheelchair died after being hit by a vehicle Friday night in Versailles. ---kentucky.com September 16 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/F5u6FX   

 

    7.          “Man accused of sexually assaulting foster care resident at his home.” A 69-year-old Muskegon area man is accused of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled foster care resident at his home. ---mlive.com, September 20 (Michigan) https://is.gd/HJ5Sfc   

 

    8.          “Video shows child with special needs attacked on Walled Lake school bus.” A mother is demanding answers after her autistic son was attacked by another child with special needs on a Walled Lake school bus. ---clickondetroit.com, September 20 (Michigan) https://is.gd/i8qj0r  

 

    9.          “Special needs child left at wrong bus stop in New Jersey.” The worst nightmare of a mother with a special needs child became a reality when the school bus driver left her son at the wrong bus stop in New Jersey. ---abc7ny.com, September 21 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/GFpDId   

 

10.          “Norman Teen In Coma After Injury At Group Home.” A Norman teen is in a coma after he was injured at a state-contracted group home. His mother says she can't get any answers about what happened. ---news9.com, September 14 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/9PhS1a   

 

11.          “Boardman woman accused of endangering special needs daughter.” A Boardman woman faces charges after being accused of beating up her special needs daughter in the driveway of their home. ---wfmj.com, September 19 (Ohio) https://is.gd/Ywhht0

 

12.          “Police: Boardman bus driver witnesses mom beating handicapped kid.” A Boardman woman was arrested Monday after a bus driver for Boardman Schools reported seeing a handicapped student being assaulted by her mother. ---wkbn.com, September 19 (Ohio) https://is.gd/qwr6SL   

 

13.          “Woman in wheelchair shot at south Toledo Food Mart store.” A woman was shot Thursday afternoon at a south Toledo Food Mart. ---wtol.com, September 15 (Ohio) https://is.gd/zAZZk6   

 

14.          “Dauphin County jury finds man guilty of abusing intellectually disabled teen.”  A Dauphin County jury found Jason Harrington, 43,  guilty of Aggravated Indecent Assault and related charges on Friday. The jury deliberated for two hours, after a two-day long trial during which it heard testimony from the 21-year-old victim. ---fox43.com, September 16 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/oDYE7p   

 

 

LAWS AND LEGISLATION

 

15.          “Another Voice: Medicaid is crucial to people with disabilities.” People with disabilities are worthy of a full and balanced life. As I sit here today, I wonder why some politicians focus only on people who are abusing the Medicaid system. ---buffalonews.com, September 21 https://is.gd/q5isu2

 

16.          “Pomona Unified settles with disabled students for $900K.” Pomona Unified has agreed to pay up to $900,000 to settle two lawsuits brought on behalf of developmentally disabled students. The Pomona Unified School District board voted to approve the settlement at its meeting Wednesday. District officials did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday. ---dailybulletin.com, September 14 (California) https://is.gd/2iCHuL    

 

17.          “$4-million jury verdict overturned for officers who fatally shot autistic man.” A California appeals court has overturned a nearly $4-million jury verdict for two Los Angeles police officers placed on desk duty for five years after fatally shooting an unarmed, autistic black man in 2010. ---latimes.com, September 19 (California) https://is.gd/89uyXg  

 

18.          “Lawsuit: Psychiatric hospital negligence led to teen's rape.” An Atlanta area psychiatric hospital is being accused of negligence after a teenage sexual assault victim said she was raped in a bathroom by another patient. ---abcnews.go.com, September 15 (Georgia) https://is.gd/zGREq4

 

19.          “Lawsuit claims psychiatric hospital negligent in teen's rape.” A woman says her teenage daughter was raped by another patient at an Atlanta area psychiatric facility where the teen was receiving treatment following a previous sexual assault. ---cbs46.com, September 16 (Georgia) https://is.gd/4U4acJ

 

20.          “Topeka adult care home to be shut down for operating without a license.” An unlicensed Topeka group home that serves adults with developmental disabilities and mental health issues has been shut down, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services announced Monday. ---cjonline.com, September 18 (Kansas) https://is.gd/UpFeaT  

 

21.          “LePage wants schools to take over special ed services for preschool kids.” The LePage administration wants local school districts to start providing special education services for about 2,500 3- to 5-year-olds with disabilities and developmental delays who currently receive the support through a $39 million state program. ---bangordailynews.com, September 16 (Maine) https://is.gd/LXDVNv   

 

22.          “State wants to shift special education for 3- to 5-year-olds to school districts.” The current system has overruns and a shortage of providers, but it's unclear whether school districts will have the resources to do the job. ---pressherald.com, September 20 (Maine) https://is.gd/NqRXke  

 

23.          “Wheelchair-bound woman in Blue Springs concerned about transportation cuts.” As Blue Springs works to manage bus routes in the budget, one woman fears their latest idea could leave her without the only transportation she has. ---kshb.com, September 18 (Missouri) https://is.gd/HdA5Tb

 

24.           “ESU 13 hosting event on transition services for parents, community.” Educational Service Unit 13 is partnering up with several groups to host a Parent and Community Night for Transition Services ---starherald.com, September 16 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/AiFJ7a

 

25.          “NY installs stronger protections against elder abuse.” New York is taking actions to help identify elder abuse. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into lawWednesday that will require state agencies to develop guidelines to help health care providers be able to better identify cases of elder abuse, self-neglect and maltreatment. ---pressconnects.com, September 15 (New York) https://is.gd/sZAeD9

 

26.          “Gov. Cuomo signs elder abuse bill.” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday to help prevent senior citizen abuse. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, directs the New York State Office for Aging to develop guidelines to assist healthcare providers and others working in healthcare settings to identify suspected self-neglect, abuse and maltreatment of older adults. ---wbng.com, September 14 (New York) https://is.gd/LfqzNo

 

27.          These handicapped New Yorkers are behind hundreds of lawsuits.” Five New Yorkers in wheelchairs are behind nearly 400 lawsuits brought against small businesses for lacking handicap access. ---nypost.com, September 16 (New York) https://is.gd/38KTlp

 

28.          “Witnesses yell 'he can't hear you' as Oklahoma City cops fatally shoot deaf man.” oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didn't hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said Wednesday. ---chicagotribune.com, September 20 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/i5lzac

 

29.          “SOUTH CAROLINA STAFFING FIRM ORDERED TO PAY BACK WAGES, DAMAGES TO DISABLED WORKERS.” A federal court ordered a South Carolina staffing firm to pay $165,402 in back wages and liquidated damages to four disabled workers it provided to a turkey processing plant, the US Department of Labor reported. ---staffingindustry.com, September 18 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/JXIPfT  

 

30.          “State Plans to Restore Services after Advocates in Wheelchairs Surprise Officials.” After disability advocates surrounded HHSC officials Monday, they were told the contract would be renewed, but few details have been provided. ---texasobserver.org, September 19 (Texas) https://is.gd/U9kTFM

 

31.          “Minors’ Nude Selfies Violate Child Porn Law, Wash. High Court Rules.” Minors in Washington state can face child pornography charges if they send sexually explicit photographs of themselves to another person, the state’s high court ruled Thursday. ---courthousenews.com, September 15 (Washington) https://is.gd/WvrKLD    

 

32.          New Law Allows Washington Schools To Use Paraeducators To Fill Special Education Teacher Shortage.” Schools in Washington State are preparing to pilot new paraeducator training courses in the 2018-2019 school year to fill a shortage of special education teachers. ---openminds.com, September 17 (Washington) https://is.gd/tyZHOo

 

33.          “Nurses Condemn Latest Bill to Decimate Care ‘Graham-Cassidy Targets the Most Vulnerable in Our Society’.” National Nurses United today condemned the renewed effort by Republicans in the United States Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and deny healthcare to millions of low and middle-income Americans. ---commondreams.org, September 20 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/2cJ2VA    

 

STUDIES AND STATISTICS

 

34.          “Twenty minute test determines attention and memory capacity in patients with schizophrenia.” Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and collaborators have designed a test that can determine the cognitive capacities of patients with schizophrenia. The test consists of a battery of assessments chosen by the researchers which permits them, in 20 minutes or less, to examine patients' short-term memory capacities, mental agility and also organisational capacities. ---medicalxpress.com, September 15 https://is.gd/oQpIhs

 

35.          “Analysis: We Must Better Address Needs of LGBT People With Disabilities.” LGBT people with physical disabilities face unique challenges as compared to their able-bodied peers. Throughout their lives, these individuals are subjected to increased rates of childhood bullying, a lack of proper sexual education as teenagers and difficulties in receiving proper medical care as adults. ---nbcnews.com, September 15 https://is.gd/AbwMao  

 

36.          “The link between early life trauma and adult illness.” Neuroscience (the study of how the brain works) has discovered the link between extreme stress events — traumas — occurring in the first two decades of life, and adult medical illness. ---journalreview.com, September 16 https://is.gd/tMNHDX

 

37.          “Connections: The impact of New York State's special education crisis.” Parents of hundreds of children with special needs in New York State say their kids are not receiving the services they need. ---wxxinews.org, September 18 (New York) https://is.gd/DUvQqo

 

38.          “City not ADA compliant, report says.” In the city, urgent voices may be kept from having a seat at the table because of a lack of accessibility for residents with disabilities. ---hudsonvalley360.com, September 14 (New York) https://is.gd/mv1bZr   

 

39.          New Study Finds That LGBTQ Youth and Youth With Disabilities Suffer Most Under Solitary Confinement.” The story of Kalief Browder, the 22-year-old who committed suicide after spending nearly two years in solitary confinement at New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail, is a tragic testament to a life snuffed out by a grinding, unflinching U.S. criminal justice system. ---theroot.com, September 21 (New York) https://is.gd/Is8bEU

 

40.          “Study says the developmentally disabled receive poorer health care.” An author of a study that shows Ohioans with developmental disabilities struggle to get adequate medical care says medical schools should focus more on the issue. ---dispatch.com, September16 (Ohio) https://is.gd/xU8nVe  

 

41.          “Schizophrenia linked to threefold increase in death risk.” A study that examined trends over 20 years in a large Canadian population revealed that people with schizophrenia were three times more likely to die than people without it. Those with the disorder were also found to have a lower life expectancy. ---medicalnewstoday.com, September 18 (Canada) https://is.gd/kLfg0W

 

42.          “Headlines claim light drinking during pregnancy is ‘okay’ — researchers say that’s not okay.” A study about alcohol use during pregnancy kicked up major media waves last weekend—but was all that frothy coverage warranted? It was another lesson in the pitfalls of reporting on scientific research, as headlines around the world issued some potentially dangerous misinformation. ---healthnewsreview.org, September 20 (UK) https://is.gd/tTzDoU

 

 

IMPOVED SUPPORTS

 

43.          “Lyft requests will light up phones for deaf drivers.” Back in April, Lyft launched features that made its system easier to use by deaf drivers and those who are hard of hearing. Now, it's adding a couple more to celebrate National Deaf Awareness Month. ---engadget.com, September 19 https://is.gd/nLcHGT  INCR

 

44.          “New inclusive gymnastics program geared to special needs kids.” Alabama Elite Gymnastics Academy saw a need for an outlet for some of the Wiregrass' most special residents and they filled it with flips. ---dothanfirst.com, September 19 (Alabama) https://is.gd/eYh7la

 

45.          “Family of teen with autism mistakenly tackled by police calls for better training.” A teenager with autism in Arizona is speaking out about a confrontation with a police officer that left him with multiple cuts and bruises. ---cbsnews.com, September 21 (Arizona) https://is.gd/oDptK3

 

46.          “Police officer ignorantly and aggressively detained autistic boy who was just stimming.” At a Buckeye, Arizona park, police officer David Grossman observed 14-year-old Connor Leibel moving his hands rigidly in front of his face, sniffing a piece of yarn, and making other unfamiliar movements. ---boingboing.net, September 20 (Arizona) https://is.gd/3bLWnK

 

47.          “Post Falls Police offer autism cards.” Heart-stopping video shows an officer in Buckeye, Arizona, just outside of Glendale, take a teen to the ground. But let’s back up -- in this instance it’s not what the boy did wrong. The boy has autism and he may just respond differently. ---khq.com, September 21 (Arizona) https://is.gd/41aZeH

 

48.          “For Floridians with disabilities, a right to be rescued? “ The deaths of nine seniors at a South Florida nursing home during Hurricane Irmahaunt Floridians, but how did people with disabilities fare during the storm? ---orlandosentinel.com, September 21 (Florida) https://is.gd/hXyous

 

49.          “Dad writes viral post after special needs son is bullied: 'Educate your children'.” An Idaho father's Facebook post about his 7-year-old son being bullied has gone viral after he asked people to educate their children about special needs and compassion. ---ksat.com, September 16 (Idaho) https://is.gd/zNT5fl

 

50.          “Highlighting the importance of mental health among students with physical disabilities.” September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, and one graduate student is trying to make sure that those at the University with disability realize their importance. ---dailyillini.com, September 18 (Illinois) https://is.gd/9kBn6g

 

51.          “New NKU program prepares students with disabilities for workforce.” A program at Northern Kentucky University is focusing on getting students with intellectual or developmental disabilities ready to compete in the working world. ---wlwt.com, September 19 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/nS5QX5

 

52.          “UMBC robotics student invents help for those with disabilities like hers.” Kavita Krishnaswamy had labored through a decade of coursework in math and computer sciences to achieve a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. ---baltimoresun.com, September 15 (Maryland) https://is.gd/h3YkqO

 

53.          “Entrepreneurial inspiration: How a wheelchair freed Wesley Hamilton.” Two bullets pierced Wesley Hamilton’s back, confining him to a wheelchair, but freeing his mind, the Kansas City adaptive athlete said. ---startlandnews.com, September 19 (Missouri) https://is.gd/dzctgI

 

54.          “Investigation Finds Questionable Care at North Carolina Adult Care Homes.” Carolina is home to more than 1000 adult care homes – spaces designed to provide shelter and assistance to those living with disabilities and mental health issues. But an in-depth investigation by Carolina Public Press reveals a broken system where oversight for the care homes is inconsistent and shuffled back and forth between state and county agencies. ---wunc.org, September 15 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/mKTSxd

 

55.          “New surgeries allow upper extremity amputee patients optimal function.” Two Charlotte, N.C.-based orthopedic hand surgeons are pioneering new amputee surgeries that are offering patients unparalleled use of their upper extremities. OrthoCarolina hand surgeons Glenn Gaston and Bryan Loeffler are performing and developing multiple new surgical techniques for upper extremity amputees, including Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR), which transplants nerves and allows them to reinnervate, or grow into, another muscle. ---globenewswire.com, September 18 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/h3Ognc

 

56.           “Jed Morison: Boards for developmentally disabled hit 50.” We’ve come a long way! In the 1960s, close to 5,000 people with intellectual disabilities lived in central Ohio state institutions. Today, there are fewer than 90 people living at what was called Columbus State Institute. ---dispatch.com, September 15 (Ohio) https://is.gd/0Np9dy   

 

57.          “Neighbors Say Deaf Man Shot By OKC Officer Wasn't A Threat.” An Oklahoma City police sergeant is under investigation for the shooting of a deaf man. Witnesses said 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez was deaf and could not understand the officers' commands. ---news9.com, September 20 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/vcfvjG

 

58.          “When the neediest students get the fewest school hours.” By the end of the third grade, Lana McMichael's son was receiving just five hours a week of in-home tutoring as his public education. Zack has autism and is quite bright. But he needs extra support in the classroom, and he needs consistency. He's still learning to calm himself down. ---oregonlive.com, September 17 (Oregon) https://is.gd/97KFjw

 

59.          “Hundreds attend Houston ISD special education summit.” After years of frustration with Houston ISD's response to the needs of their son, a fifth-grader with Asperger's syndrome, Robert and Bonney Wilkinson are a little more optimistic about the school system's willingness to help students with special needs. ---chron.com, September 16 (Texas) https://is.gd/VL2BHD  

 

60.          “Concerns raised for Texas special ed students after Harvey.” Paperwork and technology concerns have been raised for special education students in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey. ---miamiherald.com, September 17 (Texas) https://is.gd/aRta8E

 

61.          “Utah law enforcement officers train to find lost hikers who are deaf.” Law enforcement officers from 12 agencies in Utah and Arizona were at the Sand Hollow Reservoir on Saturday for some special training. They learned how to find lost hikers who are deaf. ---fox21news.com, September 17 (Utah) https://is.gd/byNLpv  

 

62.          “Portsmouth elementary school moved handicapped spaces so principal, staff could park closer to building.” James Hurst Elementary School employees moved the school’s handicapped parking spaces farther from the entrance this month so administrators and staff could park closer . ---pilotonline.com, September 20 (Virginia) https://is.gd/EYu7ub  

 

63.          “Nonprofit group gives a voice to Wyoming residents with developmental disabilities.” A nonprofit group based in Cheyenne is teaching people with developmental disabilities the skills they need to speak up for themselves. ---wyomingnews.com, September 20 (Wyoming) https://is.gd/8kjbst

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

64.          “Disability advocacy explained in documentary.” DEFIANT Lives, a documentary that tells the story of the disability rights movement in Australia, will be screening in Lismore today. ---northernstar.com.au, September 20 (Australia) https://is.gd/XBFVz5

 

65.          “Newmarket boy, 8, put in restraints, given injection after fleeing school.” An eight-year-old Newmarket boy is upset he was put in restraints and injected with a sedative at Southlake Health Care Centre after he ran away from school. ---yorkregion.com, September 18 (Canada) https://is.gd/pcyVCr

 

66.          “Woman with Down syndrome files human rights complaint after cops mock her during traffic stop.” Francie Munoz argues the behaviour displayed by Const. Sasa Sljivo and Const. Matthew Saris on Nov. 5, 2016 amounts to discrimination on the grounds of disability. ---thestar.com, September 21 (Canada) https://is.gd/Kk0r09

 

67.          “UN Mission in Congo Forces Reckoning Over Sex Abuse Scandal.” The Congolese orphan girl haunts the U.N.’s top human rights official, even though more than a decade has passed since he heard her story. ---voanews.com, September 21 (Congo) https://is.gd/S7LKR4    

 

68.          “They died because no one heard them.” It is ludicrous. How can more than 100 people with some form of disability simply die? There is an African saying that until lions learn to speak, we will only hear the story from the hunter’s perspective. The same goes for the story of people with a disability. ----iol.co.za, September 16 (Ethiopia) https://is.gd/CnUH9J

 

69.          “Disabilities bill: AAP says delay because ‘status of state unclear’.” Three days after the BJP attacked AAP for allegedly delaying the implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2016, the Delhi government said the delay was because Delhi’s “status as a state is still unclear”. ---indianexpress.com, September 16 (India) https://is.gd/kdpIkF

 

70.          “Iranian Researchers Develop Keyboard for Mentally Challenged.” The keyboard developed by Iranian researchers for the intellectually challenged has been patented at the Intellectual Property Centre of the Iranian Organisation for Registration of Deeds and Landed Property. ---ifpnews.com, September 19 (Iran) https://is.gd/OWr0qe

 

71.          “Vatican diplomat in US recalled over 'breach of child sex abuse images law'.” Church officials are said to have refused request by US prosecutors for priest’s diplomatic immunity to be lifted ---theguardian.com, September 15 (Italy) https://is.gd/VPHU6n  

 

72.          “Intellectually Disabled Most Vulnerable With Nat'l ID.” While the entire disabled community will experience difficulties in registering for the National Identification System (NIDS), there's a strong likelihood that the intellectually impaired will face greater challenges, according to Executive Director of the Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities (JAID), Christine Rodriquez. ---jamaica-gleaner.com, September 16 (Jamaica) https://is.gd/z23NNK  

 

73.          “UN Rapporteur praises Kazakh commitment to persons with disabilities, notes areas for improvement.” Kazakhstan has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, but has not yet reached international standards in some areas, said UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Catalina Devandas at the conclusion of a recent visit to Kazakhstan. ---astanatimes.com, September 16 (Kazakhstan) https://is.gd/gjMrVf

 

74.          “Intellectually disabled teenager kept sedated in mental health unit finds a permanent home.” A boy once sedated and locked in a hospital room because there was nowhere for him to go has been reintegrated into care. But the Children's Commissioner says his concern has "not changed one centimetre" on the country's lack of specialist children's facilities. ---stuff.co.nz, September 20 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/YNavcn

 

75.          “Man Got His Mentally Disabled Daughter Pregnant and Tried to Use Abortion to Hide His Crime.” More frequently than many might expect, an abortion is forced upon two victims – the mother and her unborn child. In cases of sexual assault, women and girls often are forced or coerced with threats and violence to abort their unborn babies. Such was the case with a young New Zealand woman whose father sexually abused her for about 10 years. ---lifenews.com, September 15 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/2fg8Ud

 

76.          “Cape Town court to rule on Aussie paedophile’s extradition.” An Australian man – who was convicted and imprisoned for child sex crimes committed in Cape Town – is fighting tooth and nail to avoid being extradited to his home country, where he is wanted in connection with similar child sex allegations. ---citizen.co.za, September 15 (South Africa) https://is.gd/EgVkoz

 

77.          “£30,000 facility opens to train emergency crews to help vulnerable people.” A CUSTOM-BUILT house where firefighters and emergency services can learn about people with conditions such as dementia has opened its doors. ---eveningtimes.co.uk, September 13 (UK) https://is.gd/AbwMao

 

78.          “Asda's new scheme hopes to take the stress out of shopping for children with autism.” The 'Happy Little Helpers' scheme was developed by mum Jenny, whose 5-year-old son has autism ---leicestermercury.co.uk, September 17 (UK) https://is.gd/6DNqhx

 

79.          “Justice secretary urged to rewrite child sexual abuse guidelines.” MPs have urged the justice secretary, David Lidington, to rewrite “extremely damaging” official guidance that means children as young as 12 could be held responsible for their own sexual abuse. ---theguardian.com September 18 (UK) https://is.gd/pxDvBE

 

80.          “UK slammed for media portrayal of people with disabilities.” A United Nations committee addressing the rights of disabled people has rebuked the U.K. for how people with disabilities are portrayed by the government and seen in the media, with one expert expressing concern for attitudes which may lead to euthanasia. ---catholicnewsagency.com, September 19 (UK) https://is.gd/3bLWnK

 

81.          “'Intense pressure' to ration social care for vulnerable people, says report.” Local authorities are "scrabbling" to fulfil their duties to provide care to the most vulnerable with "grossly insufficient resources", according to the Care and Support Alliance - a coalition of charities and other organisations. ---timesandstar.co.uk, September 20 (UK) https://is.gd/MwL2Aq
 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

82.          “Google Glass app helps autistic kids have conversations.” An app to be used with wearable technology such as Google Glass – a head-mounted display in the shape of eyeglasses – can coach children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in everyday social interactions, new research has found. ---indianexpress.com, September 15 (Canada) https://is.gd/UIgf7Z

 

83.           “Special needs planning experts crave help from generalist peers.” "I have the best job in the world," says Scott Adams, a financial adviser and founder of the Special Needs Planning Center. If Mr. Adams gets such satisfaction helping special needs families plan for their financial futures, why aren't more advisers doing it? ---investmentnews.com, September 16 https://is.gd/Q3URyo

 

84.          “'Born This Way' is on a mission to demystify what it means to have a disability.” From "The Real Housewives" to "The Bachelor," most so-called reality shows are technically more scripted and staged than they are portrayals of real life. ---scpr.org, September 15 https://is.gd/fVtHJO

 

85.          “Trump Is Helping Airlines Get Away with Breaking People’s Wheelchairs.” When Larry Dodson travels, he doesn’t bother with planes anymore—as a quadriplegic who relies on a $30,000 custom wheelchair for his mobility and health, he can’t afford the risk of picking the wrong airline. ---motherjones.com, September 20 https://is.gd/U9kTFM

 

86.          “Autism in reel life.” In just more than a week, ABC is premiering "The Good Doctor," a show which follows a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome joining a prestigious hospital's surgical unit. ---daily-journal.com, September 16 (Illinois) https://is.gd/8oKyrB
 

87.      “For those adapting to disabilities, sports put focus on what's possible rather than what isn't.” Coming off the basketball court at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute in West Baltimore on Saturday afternoon, Derrick Waters wiped a few beads of sweat from his forehead and smiled. ---baltimoresun.com, September 17 (Maryland) https://is.gd/Jdq1NW