Disability and Abuse Newsfeed


Week of September 21 to September 27, 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 sometimes, 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: 63, 81

Physical Abuse:   3, 4, 5, 8, 9 (?), 11, 12, 57, 64, 74

Financial abuse: 80

Emotional/Verbal Abuse: 1, 3

Neglect: 2, 10, 23, 75

Murder: 7, 23, 56, 71

Discrimination: 62

Medical Care: 20

Death/injury due to traffic accident: 7

Related to Special Education: 14, 16, 18, 19, 25, 52

 

Who dun it?

Family: 71, 75               

Carers: 3, 4, 8, 10, 11  

Co-Residents: 63

Special Education staff: 2, 9, 12, 57, 64, 74      

Classmates:5                

Strangers: 7, 80, 81                                             

Law Enforcement:  1, 56

 

WINNER of most egregious award:  #44: “Four Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality.” Police don’t need better training; they need to stop treating noncompliance as justification for violence. (NOTE: worthy of discussion.)


Good News: 
42 – Chuck E Cheese institutes “Sensory Sunday” operations for those with sensory sensitivities.

54 – Golf carts OK for city use for people with disabilities

60 – Businesses welcoming patrons with disabilities

69 – Increased services to those with autism

70 – Award for advocate who is blind

77 – Woman with disabilities discusses sexuality & disability

78 – A mother discovers how to make shopping easier for son with autism.

84 – TV show depicts realistic portrayal of autism

 

Bad News: 
21 – Background checks do not include substantiated cases of abuse of vulnerable adults (only child abuse cases).

25 – Special education providers not adequately trained for their job after “more local” control was intended.

26 – Charges dismissed in three cases of abuse in residential facilities

29, 32 – Attacks on the ADA

36 – Negative impact on long term use of antidepressants, no alerts to long-term use for people with disabilities

43 – No psychiatric treatment for patients with autism and mental health crisis outside of emergency room and acute care hospital.

 

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ABUSE AND NEGLECT

 

    1.          “Mom says autistic son's run-in with Buckeye officer was 'excruciating'.” The mother of a 14-year-old boy with autism, who was traumatized after a run-in with a Buckeye officer, says she never expected that what happened to her son would spark a national discussion. ---abc15.com, September 22 (Arizona) https://is.gd/TRsAzm

 

    2.          “Boy with autism forgotten on school bus twice.” A California woman is outraged after she says school bus drivers twice failed to drop off her grandson, who has autism. ---wbrc.com, September 24 (California) https://is.gd/LSNTiN

 

    3.          “Laughing childcare workers filmed taunting autistic boy, 8, and tripping him with ‘leg sweep’.” Arrests after Snapchat video emerges allegedly showing boy, 8, with autism being cruelly treated ---thesun.co.uk, September 22 (Florida) https://is.gd/Qe5tvR

 

    4.          “Children with disabilities abused at group home, complaints allege.” A state-funded group home that is supposed to help South Florida children with disabilities has racked up a history of complaints including child abuse and neglect, police and state records show. ---sun-sentinel.com, September 22 (Florida) https://is.gd/I7bCYY

 

    5.          “Teen with autism attacked by classmate, parents say.” An irate mother and father sat down only with FOX 13 after their teenage son was the victim of a brutal attack, they say, at the hands of his classmates. ---fox13news.com. September 26 (Florida) https://is.gd/ll98oV

 

    6.          “Forysth woman arrested for alleged abuse of elderly.” The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested a Forsyth woman after executing a search warrant Tuesday. ---13wmaz.com, September 21 (Georgia) https://is.gd/cQGoRP

 

    7.          “Woman in wheelchair killed, child injured after being hit by pickup in Washington Co.” A Washington County woman died Monday after being hit by a pickup truck on Holmes Cannery Road around 7:20 p.m. Deputy Coroner Mark Hodges said a child was pushing 25-year-old Kimberly Gibbons in a wheelchair when the pickup truck hit both of them ---13wmaz.com, September 26 (Georgia) https://is.gd/ASPPpe

 

    8.          “Two Elkader Care Center nurses charged on abuse allegations.” Prosecutors have charged two nurses with three separate charges, all relating to abuse at a nursing home. ---kcrg.com, September 23 (Iowa) https://is.gd/vTZr9A

 

    9.          “Mother accuses school district of "covering up" bus attack.” A Michigan school district is investigating an incident on a school bus involving a boy with autism and another student with special needs. ---wilx.com, September 22 (Michigan) https://is.gd/1R5tYO

 

10.          “MPD investigate vulnerable adult abuse at home filled with trash, animal feces.” Minneapolis police are investigating a vulnerable adult abuse situation involving a double-amputee living in a home filled with trash and animal feces. ---fox9.com, September 27 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/1CHtOv

 

11.          “Woman wanted for giving marijuana, booze to people with developmental disabilities at group home.”  A woman is wanted for giving marijuana and booze to developmentally disabled people in her care. ---kfor.com, September 22 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/4T0kPL

 

12.          “Mustang Parents Say School Locked Special Needs Child in Closet.” A Mustang family is outraged at the way their 7-year-old son with special needs was disciplined at school. ---news9.com, September 22 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/Wpa6YG

 

LAWS AND LEGISLATION

 

13.          “Walmart Sued For Denying Reasonable Accommodations.” The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is accusing Walmart of discrimination for failing to accommodate a longtime store employee with a developmental disability. ---disabilityscoop.com, September 28 https://is.gd/IKvLKu

 

14.          “Special education students deserve much better.” We’ve been scammed. We’ve supposedly been providing specialized academic instruction for our state’s disabled public school students so that they receive an equitable education – but it turns out that that’s not happening. ---fresnobee.com, September 23 (California) https://is.gd/SScsWD

 

15.          Connecticut Work Group Recommends Bundled Payments For Children With Developmental Disabilities.” A working group in the state of Connecticut has made the recommendation that the Connecticut Medicaid program should consider implementing bundled payments as a strategy to improve care coordination for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD). ---openminds.com, September 24 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/hSmbcV

 

16.          “Torrington special education short of federal benchmarks, aiming for progress.” The Torrington special education program is not meeting federal benchmarks for successfully educating and aiding students, but officials say they are aiming for improvement--- registercitizen.com, September 21 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/eBvO9w

 

17.          “Wallingford BOE sets aside unspent funds for special education.” The Board of Education voted this week to carry over about $750,000 in unspent funds leftover from the last fiscal year. ---myrecordjournal.com, September 27 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/1oK9rF

 

18.          “York school system nearly $1M over budget in special education spending.” Special education spending in fiscal year 2017 was nearly $1 million over budget, according to York School Department year-end tallies. The reasons are numerous, say school officials, as the department transitions from a problematic past to a compliant future. ---bangordailynews.com, September 27 (Maine) https://is.gd/tmJYPv

 

19.          “State Education Officials Propose Special Education Program Shift to Local School Districts.” Maine education officials are proposing to shift special education services for 3 to 5 year olds from the state to local school districts. ---wabi.tv, September 22 (Maine) https://is.gd/NtncuY

 

20.          “Disabled Man Evicted From Group Home for Using Medical Pot.” A Maine family is searching for help after their developmentally disabled son was evicted from a federally funded group home for using medical marijuana to help calm seizures. ---usnews.com, September 25 (Maine) https://is.gd/11bGmf

 

21.          “School association seeks background-check reforms.” While background checks are standard procedure for anyone working in a school, some say a gap in the system could put children at risk. Under the current system, the Department of Children and Families provides information about whether a prospective school employee has ever been the subject of substantiated reports of child abuse or neglect. Reports of abuse or neglect of adults with disabilities, however, are not provided. ---metrowestdailynews.com, September 22 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/3i026N

 

22.          “Montana aims to financially help people with disabilities.” Montana officials have announced the start of a program to help people with disabilities start savings accounts that give them more control on their money and disability expenses, while remaining eligible for medical benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. ---kansas.com, September 27 (Montana) https://is.gd/RaHSDp

 

23.          “Santa Fe senior living facility named in wrongful death lawsuit.” Terry Selby had been living at Pacifica Senior Living Santa Fe for less than four months when he fell from his bed one night in September 2015 and hit his head. A small lump formed on the back of his skull, a medical technician at the center noted in a report, but he was returned to bed. ---santafenewmexican.com, September 24 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/kUItnP

 

24.          “Disability Rights Advocates Gear Up For Next Health Care Battle.” Disability rights advocates from New York say they and others are starting to make progress in their efforts to change the national conversation around health care. ---wskgnews.org, September 27 (New York) https://is.gd/92iAj9

 

25.          “RCSD stumbles with special education changes.” A reorganization of special education in the Rochester City School District intended to restore more control to school-level administrators has been fumbled in the first few weeks of the school year — the apparent result of insufficient training and staffing. ---democratandchronicle.com, September 25 (New York) https://is.gd/8aCwuS

 

26.          “In special needs cases, who can prosecute?.”  A series of court rulings in Albany County, handed down by separate judges over the course of the past seven months, may have major implications for criminal prosecutions of abuse and neglect in special needs facilities across the state.  The three rulings dismissed charges ---wgrz.com, September 22 (New York) https://is.gd/PmrkO2

 

27.          “Should states ban abortions when Down syndrome diagnosed?.” Kelly Kuhns rejected Down syndrome testing the first three times she got pregnant; the 36-year-old nurse from Ohio always knew she'd never terminate a pregnancy. But after her third pregnancy ended in miscarriage, she decided with the fourth to take the test. ---abcnews.go.com, September 24 (Ohio) https://is.gd/3jqELF

 

28.          “Move to close Pennsylvania state-care facilities panned, hailed by advocates of disabled.” A bill pending in the Pennsylvania House has exposed fissures in the disability-rights community over the viability of large state-run institutions that care for the disabled. ---triblive.com, September 23 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/2TOZTd

 

29.          “Lawmakers want to stop lawyers from using the ADA to "extort" businesses.” Lawyers abusing disability laws to make themselves rich, says UT Rep. Chris Stewart. Now, he is putting himself at the center of a political lightning rod by signing on to cosponsor legislation that would limit a disabled person’s right to sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act. ---kutv.com, September 22 (Utah) https://is.gd/XaoCIW

 

30.          “Graham-Cassidy Proposal is Dangerous for People with Disabilities.” On Monday, September 25, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill. ---huffingtonpost.com, September 22 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/fUJzH7

 

31.          “Protesters dragged out of Senate hearing on Obamacare repeal.” A Senate hearing on the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill was quickly disrupted by protests Monday afternoon, as Capitol Police dragged out a group of disability rights activists who interrupted the session. ---politico.com, September 25 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/dqaHsS

 

32.          “The Quiet Attack on the ADA Making Its Way Through Congress.” In the current political climate, the assault on Americans with disabilities is no longer limited to attempts to strip them of health care, take away the services millions need to live independently and to work, or make deep cuts to programs that help many make ends meet. ---americanprogress.org, September 22 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/kpbcOY

 

STUDIES AND STATISTICS

 

33.          “Researchers identify intriguing link between sleep, cognition and schizophrenia.” More than 3.2 million Americans suffer from schizophrenia; about 100,000 people are newly diagnosed every year. ---medicalxpress.com, September 28 https://is.gd/MhUix3

 

34.          “Longevity Gap Continues to Widen for Schizophrenia Patients.” Findings from a new systematic review point to a widening longevity gap between people with schizophrenia and the general population that began in the early 1970s. ---medscape.com, September 21 https://is.gd/eeKA7V

 

35.          “Is Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Tied to Psychiatric Disorders in Offspring?” Maternal antidepressant use prior to and during pregnancy may be associated with the highest risk for psychiatric disorders in children, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. ---psychiatryadvisor.com, September 26 https://is.gd/c0MddN

 

36.          “Taking Antidepressants Long-Term May Increase Your Risk of Death Significantly.” 10% of Americans take an antidepressant today. They’re some of the most commonly prescribed medications. What’s more, the number of antidepressant prescriptions has increased over the years. 25% of American women in their 40s and 50s take one. ---bigthink.com, September 25 https://is.gd/FVApHr

 

37.          “This Is How Much of Autism Is Genetic.” For a condition as complex as autism, it’s almost certain that both genes and environment play an important role. But teasing apart how much DNA contributes to the developmental condition and how much is due to environmental exposures remains a subject of much debate. ---time.com, September 27 https://is.gd/1CHtOv

 

38.          “Schizophrenia Correlated with Increased Risk of Dying Early.” People with schizophrenia have an annual mortality rate three times higher than those without schizophrenia. They also die an average of eight years earlier than those not diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. ---goodtherapy.org, September 25 https://is.gd/Mpu9Wu

 

39.          “More than half of child abuse victims experience domestic abuse in later life, statistics show.” In the last year alone, roughly one in six former child victims reported domestic abuse; those aged between 16 and 24 were most likely victims ---independent.co.uk, September 27 https://is.gd/DC3Pbz

 

40.          “Primary care intervention improves depression treatment adherence.” A psychosocial intervention conducted in primary care treatment significantly improved antidepressant treatment adherence among older adults. ---healio.com, September 27 (New York) https://is.gd/tLPfsi

 

41.          “Strong family ties improve employment options for people with childhood-onset disabilities.” Family and close friends play an integral role in helping people with childhood-onset disabilities attain quality employment as adults, a new study from Oregon State University has found. ---sciencedaily.com, September 27 (Oregon) https://is.gd/hVLATu

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

42.          “Chuck E. Cheese’s Launches Special Day for Kids with Special Needs.” A new sensory-friendly event is underway at a place that’s like Las Vegas for kids! Chuck E. Cheese’s has started "Sensory Sensitive Sundays" at locations nationwide, including some in our area.--- wnep.com, September 28 https://is.gd/mKkLap

 

43.          “Nowhere to go: Young people with severe autism languish weeks or longer in hospitals “Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals because of a lack of community treatment programs able to deal with their outbursts, according to interviews with parents, advocates and physicians from Maine to California as well as federal and state data. ---washingtonpost.com. September 23 https://is.gd/Mv13HV

 

44.          “4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality.” Police don’t need better training; they need to stop treating noncompliance as justification for violence. ---thenation.com, September 22 https://is.gd/MM9K84

 

45.          “Inclusion Films gives students with developmental disabilities a chance to shine.” A Bakersfield school is teaching social and professional skills to children and adults with developmental disabilities, all through the art of filmmaking. ---turnto23.com, September 25 (California) https://is.gd/ewQRkg

 

46.          “A plea for more nuance in elder evacuations.” Last week the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on disaster response for older Americans — something you might think could have been scheduled well before the peak of hurricane season. But maybe the timing was a cynical nod to the fact that most of us only pay attention to this topic at the beginning, middle or end of a truly scary storm. ---heraldtribune.com. September 25 (Florida) https://is.gd/bmgWib

 

47.          “Personal care home task force up and running in Augusta.” After learning about Gregory Lauderdale’s slow death that began with an infected bedsore, District Attorney Natalie Paine ’s obsession with personal care home patients kicked into full gear. ---chronicle.augusta.com, September 23 (Georgia) https://is.gd/xyBz35

 

48.          “Protecting the rights of people with disabilities is not optional” The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 is perhaps the most wide-ranging civil rights act in the world. After decades of political struggle by disability rights activists and their allies, the ADA gave new rights to one-fifth of the population. ---washingtonpost.com, September 26 (Illinois) https://is.gd/GS6rz8

 

49.          “10-year-old Rapid City Autistic boy receives rescue dog in the making.”  Rescue dogs can be big help, especially with kids struggling with autism, but actually getting a rescue dog is harder than you may think. ---kotatv.com, September 23 (Iowa) https://is.gd/ujZz3P

 

50.          “The special education community needs allies.” Most of us may take our children’s right to public education for granted, but children with disabilities have only been guaranteed a free and appropriate public education since 1975. ---press-citizen.com, September 23 (Iowa) https://is.gd/xyBz35

 

51.          “The Tricky Path to Employment Is Trickier When You’re Autistic.” Autistic children grow up to be autistic adults. Our society doesn’t give them the support they need. ---slate.com, September 22 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/DxGoYv

 

52.          “SPED program comes again under scrutiny.” Parents of children with disabilities complained to Columbus Municipal School District trustees Monday their children are not receiving special education services in a timely manner -- or at all. ---cdispatch.com, September 26 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/f4Tdyy

 

53.          “'The what-ifs are the worst': Adoptive mom of Ozark County teen opens up about homicide.” The adoptive mother of an Ozark County teenager who was killed this summer said her daughter was a bright, loving girl who didn't deserve her fate. ---news-leader.com, September26 (Missouri) https://is.gd/XoBoe5

 

54.          “Yorkville may amend golf cart rules for people with disabilities.” Yorkville is looking to amend an ordinance so that people with disabilities will be permitted to use golf carts on sidewalks and city property. ---chicagotribune.com, September 25 (New York) https://is.gd/G53DHM

 

55.          “Nonprofit Wants To Create 130K Jobs For People With Disabilities.” A new effort with the backing of some major names in the advertising industry is launching with an ambitious goal: create 130,000 jobs for people with developmental disabilities by 2020--- disabilityscoop.com, September 27 https://is.gd/8Zsocp

 

56.          “Deaf man’s family calls for Oklahoma City officer’s arrest.” An Oklahoma City police officer who killed a deaf man should be arrested and investigations into the shooting need to be launched on the state and federal levels, the man’s family said Friday. ---bozemandailychronicle.com, September 22 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/6iYN0Z

 

57.          “Mustang family says school put 7-year-old with special needs in "seclusion room".” A Mustang family is asking for change after finding out their seven-year-old son was put in a "seclusion room" during the school day without their permission. ---okcfox.com, September 22 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/qu5ujf

 

58.          “A wheelchair-accessible trail opens along scenic Little Beaver Creek.” As part of the Oct. 1 Health Hike on up to 10 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail in Beaver County, the North Country Trail Association’s Wampum Chapter officially will open an adjacent wheelchair-accessible spur trail. ---post-gazette.com, September 22 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/RBV3OS

 

59.          “Wheelchair-bound MATA rider says service won’t take her to church after complaint.” A woman who relies on MATA transportation to get her to church says she thinks she’s being retaliated against for complaining about their services. ---wreg.com, September 28 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/M1Yttb

 

60.          “Yelp-like website filters businesses that best cater to people with special needs.” An Austin mother is using technology to be the voice for the special needs community. Veronica Martinez, who has an autistic eight-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son with severe allergies, created Better Beehive Project. ---khou.com, September 28 (Texas) https://is.gd/qHWbVf

 

61.          “Utah’s deaf community wants more law enforcement training after Oklahoma officer kills deaf man.” The fatal shooting of a deaf man by an Oklahoma City police officer is raising concerns about law enforcement training in Utah. ---fox13now.com, September 25 (Utah) https://is.gd/YG1YYg

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

62.          “Australian Down Syndrome woman denied gay marriage vote.” An Australian woman with Down Syndrome has been denied the right to have her say on gay marriage, being told she may not "understand the nature and significance of enrolment and voting". ---newshub.co.nz, September 23 (Australia) https://is.gd/YmqXVD

 

63.          “Disability services slammed for Vic rapes.” A man accused of raping a fellow resident at a disability group home also sexually assaulted two other people on multiple occasions, the Victorian Ombudsman has found. ---news.com.au, September 25 (Australia) https://is.gd/5PeFxp

 

64.          “Damning report into NSW schools finds 'unacceptable' mistreatment.” For nearly six months, Nicole Lim says her son Carlos Blanch, who has autism and is non-verbal, came home from school every week with cuts and bruises on his arms and legs. ---smh.com.au, September 22 (Australia) https://is.gd/Zecbcx

 

65.          “Autistic and deaf murderer Georgia Fields avoids jail to live in family home under court order.” An autistic and deaf Melbourne woman who helped murder her friend's housemate has avoided jail and will instead live in her family home under a court order, which has angered the victim's family. ---abc.net.au, September 27 (Australia) https://is.gd/ARSCkg

 

66.          "The Rosie Project" gives unique perspective on love and disabilities.” From 2006-2009, York University psychologist Raymond Mar and University of Toronto professor of cognitive psychology Keith Oatley conducted studies investigating readers of fictional writing. These studies concluded that people who read fictional works seem to better relate and empathize with others, viewing the world through their eyes. ---gonzagabulletin.com, September 27 (Canada) https://is.gd/M1Yttb

 

67.          “'Our people matter': advocates demand services for adults with developmental disabilities.” Protesters call for more affordable housing for adults with developmental disabilities ---cbc.ca, September 22 (Canada) https://is.gd/cdabgb

 

68.          “U.N. Peacekeepers: Congo leads world in sex abuse allegations.” Of the 2,000 sexual abuse and exploitation complaints made against U.N. peacekeepers and personnel worldwide over the past 12 years, more than 700 occurred in Congo ---denverpost.com, September 22 (Congo) https://is.gd/DtpN7b

 

69.          “Improved targeted care for autistic children.” The cabinet on Wednesday gave the green light for a centre to fully assess and evaluate children with autism and to create independent homes for disabled people. ---cyprus-mail.com, September 27 (Cyprus) https://is.gd/vqPQ8A

 

70.          “Blind female Ethiopian lawyer wins global award for promoting disability rights.” A blind female Ethiopian lawyer has been named a joint winner of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award, also known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize.--- africanews.com, September 27 (Ethiopia) https://is.gd/HKLVog

 

71.          “Woman Bludgeons Handicapped Mother-In-Law To Death, Burns Body.” Police said that Swarna and Kanchan often used to quarrel and on Tuesday night, Kanchan beat her mother-in-law with a wooden stick following a squabble over Kanchan's child crying in the house. ---ndtv.com, September 28 (India) https://is.gd/UBZbJr

 

72.          “Both sides of abortion debate ‘abuse existence’ of people with disabilities.” ‘We must stop our existence being used and abused,’ says leading disability campaigner ---irishtimes.com, September 28 (Ireland) https://is.gd/RQFa2X

 

73.          “HuffPost Columnist: Netherlands Pushing “A Moral Duty To Abort” Down Syndrome Babies.” First Iceland, now the Netherlands? Renate Lindeman, the organizer behind DownPride and the mother of two Down Syndrome daughters, accuses the country’s medical industry and government of pressuring mothers to abort their Down Syndrome babies after prenatal testing provides that diagnosis ---hotair.com, September 22 (Netherlands) https://is.gd/daPeZK

 

74.          “South African Girl with Disability Abused on School Bus.” The video is distressing: A 16-year-old girl with multiple disabilities cowering in her bus seat as she is struck repeatedly by her caregiver. ---hrw.org, September 25 (South Africa) https://is.gd/wmIlhp

 

75.          “Disabled lad, 14, has been locked up inside a chicken shack for YEARS because his parents can’t look after him.” The lad, named Jonas, 14, was found crouching in the dirt inside the animal hut in Chaiyaphum province, north east Thailand, last week. ---thesun.co.uk, September 25 (Thailand) https://is.gd/Rg1di3

 

76.          “Let’s ensure contraceptive accessibility for people with special needs.” Despite having a national policy on disability and the Persons with Disabilities Act, many women in Uganda with disabilities face many barriers in accessing reproductive health services including contraception. ---newvision.co.ug, September 26 (Uganda) https://is.gd/KEu5b0

 

77.          “Penny Pepper Shares the Reality of Sex as a Disabled Woman.” 3 days ago, author and disability activist (among many other things) Penny Pepper shared on thedebrief.co.uk, what it is like to have sex as a disabled woman. ---rebelcircus.com, September 25 (UK) https://is.gd/q8QWpG

 

78.          “Mother who struggled to shop with her autistic son, five, reveals how she created a supermarket game to calm him down - and now it's being rolled out in 300 Asda stores.” A mother of an autistic boy created a simple shopping game to make his trips to the supermarket easier and stress-free - and her initiative has been rolled out across hundreds of Asda stores nationally. ---dailymail.co.uk, September 24 (UK) https://is.gd/VonOzx

 

79.          “Thousands demand no cuts to "lifeline" for city's autistic children.” Tory cuts to school budgets blamed as fears grow for support service for parents ---liverpoolecho.co.uk, September 25 (UK) https://is.gd/qdmOXF

 

80.          “Woman jailed after posing as carer to steal from the vulnerable and elderly in Southend.” A woman has been jailed and will be deported after she conned her way into the homes of elderly people by posing as a carer before taking their prized possessions. ---echo-news.co.uk, September 24 (UK) https://is.gd/l0hOON

 

81.          “Ex-taxi driver sexually abused 'particularly vulnerable' autistic boy.” A former Winsford taxi driver who sexually molested a young autistic boy has been jailed for four years today ---chesterchronicle.co.uk, September 28 (UK) https://is.gd/d3knaq

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

82.          “How ABC's Manipulative the Good Doctor Mishandles Its Protagonist's Autism.” There were two snippets of language that caught my ear the first time I saw a marketing spot for The Good Doctor: “Not like anything we’ve seen before.” And: “From the makers of House.” ---pastemagazine.com, September 25 https://is.gd/TjOkxC

 

83.          “I'm an Autistic Woman, and This Is How I Navigate the Workplace.” What started out as a civil conversation between me and my former department chair quickly escalated into a heated argument. ---glamour.com, September 26 https://is.gd/mk6MjQ

 

84.          “What TV Gets Right — and Wrong — About Autism.” Creating a TV series that accurately and effectively captures the experience of raising an autistic child is a bit like making a TV series about sand: for every autistic child there’s a different manifestation of the disorder, for every autistic child there’s a different story to be told. ---variety.com, September 25 https://is.gd/PABHuh

 

85.          “How autistic adults are breaking barriers in the workplace.” Studies show between 60 and 80 percent of adults with autism are unemployed. ---wjla.com, September 25 https://is.gd/rLvETC

 

86.          “New dance program created for children with special needs.” At Beyond Center Stage in Elmhurst, a new program for children with special needs kicked off this month. ---abc7chicago.com, September 24 (Illinois) https://is.gd/GiwaBq

 

87.          Jogger dubbed ‘Mad Pooper’ might have a brain injury.” It’s not a Colorado jogger’s fault she’s pooping on people’s lawns — because she suffered a traumatic brain injury, and now simply can’t control where she does her business, according to a man who claimed to be “a family representative.” ---nypost.com, September 26 (New York) https://is.gd/7QGcgJ