Disability and Abuse Newsfeed


Week of November 3 to November 9, 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, Studies & Statistics, 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: 2, 3, 8, 20, 21, 62, 64

Physical Abuse: 5, 6, 7, 12, 18, 44           

Financial abuse: 1

Murder: 7, 27, 55

Neglect: 1

Special Education: 11 (AZ fiscal mismanagement), 17, 18, 2, 37, 44

Guardianship:  13, 24

 

WINNER of most egregious award: #2 Priest for 19 years at Developmental Center abuses young male patient.  How many more?

And, #3, female social worker “kept patient a sex slave” is not charged with any crime.

 

WINNER of most wonderful award: #32: recognition of impact of childhood distress on later life health; #46: an Iowa city School Board discontinues seclusion and restraint of special education students.

 

WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):

Family: 7 

Carer:1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 55   

Stranger: 64        

Co-student: 21    

Hospital: 2, 3

Special Education: 18, 21

Men:  2, 4, 7, 12  

Women: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 27


Good News:  19: Increased inspection of group homes; 32: recognition of early childhood distress on later life health; 46: no more seclusion/restraint in one Iowa city; 68: New positive film on autism

 

Bad News:  23:  Death sentence in TX for man with mental illness; 27: Sentence of only four years for murder of person with disabilities; 39: increase in abuse of children in foster care; 52: unsafe group homes; 62: suspended sentence for filming abuse of nursing home residents.

 

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ABUSE & NEGLECT

 

    1.          “New personal care home task force unveils a local owner facing 26 indictments.”  Personal care home neglect is an issue nationwide, and there are cases under investigation here as well. Nearly a month ago, we told you about Margaret Dale Freeman who was wanted for operating unlicensed personal care homes in Augusta. ---wjbf.com, November 3 (Georgia) https://is.gd/Y5DhAS

 

    2.          “Chicago-area priest charged with sexually assaulting paralyzed man.” A Chicago-area priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a paralyzed, intellectually disabled man, officials said. ---abc7.com, November 2 (Illinois) https://is.gd/wSuDRl

 

    3.          “Elgin Social Worker Kept Patient as Sex Slave: Lawsuit.” An Aurora man says an employee at the Elgin Mental Health Center abused him for three years. ---patch.com, November 3 (Illinois) https://is.gd/oa59mm

 

    4.          Babysitter arrested for kidnapping autistic boy.” Police have located an autistic Brooklyn boy who was kidnapped by his babysitter over the weekend. --- nypost.com, November 6 (New York) https://is.gd/uP9t1O

 

    5.          “Akron group home workers charged with assaulting man with developmental disabilities.” The three Akron group home workers who are facing charges for assaulting a 20-year-old man with developmental disabilities have been fired. ---news5cleveland.com, November 9 (Ohio) https://is.gd/rAFSIC

 

    6.          “Nurse’s aide gets 6 months after burning quadriplegic with lighter.” A home nurse’s aide accused of using a lighter to burn a developmentally disabled quadriplegic near her genitals was sentenced Thursday to five years’ probation, including the first six months in county jail. ---daytondailynews.com, August 10 (Ohio) https://is.gd/yY3U0X

 

    7.          “Elderly Midlands man bound and battered before dying, son and daughter-in-law charged.” An elderly Midlands man was bound and battered before dying, and his son and daughter-in-law have been arrested by SLED and charged in the death. ---thestate.com, November 3 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/Qq2k64

 

    8.          “Group home worker accused of sexually assaulting teens.” A newly hired worker at a Waupaca County group home for teens faces five counts of sexual assault of a child by a staff member for incidents with two teenage boys. ----fox11online.com, November 7 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/zP8Co7
 

 

LAWS & LEGISLATION

 

    9.          “2017: The Year the Disability Community Reshaped Progressive Politics.” Americans with disabilities have always been on the front lines of the fight for civil rights and progressive causes, from education and health care to employment, transportation, and other issues. ---americanprogress.org, November 14 https://is.gd/7Efx5z

 

10.          “We Must Save the Americans With Disabilities Act.” People living with disabilities face a number of challenges most folks can’t even imagine. My life, for example, is very different than most of my colleagues. Getting around can be difficult. Everyday tasks are no longer so simple. Fortunately, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes my life possible. ---ozy.com, November 5 https://is.gd/etgtq0

 

11.          “Arizona schools may have to repay millions in misallocated special-education funds.” The Arizona Department of Education misallocated tens of millions of dollars from federal special-education funds that it distributed to schools in the past three years, according to a recent federal audit. ---tucson.com, November 4 (Arizona) https://is.gd/54buIf

 

12.          “Public Hearing Planned on Alleged Abuse at Whiting Forensic.”  Republican state senator is holding a public hearing to discuss operations at Connecticut's only maximum-security psychiatric hospital, where nearly a dozen employees have been charged with alleged abuse. usnews.com, November 5 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/yTWbqW

 

13.          “Guardianship for developmentally disabled persons in Florida.” Under Florida law, a legal presumption exists that when individuals reach the age of 18, they have the capacity to make all their own legal decisions. ---tcpalm.com, November 6 (Florida) https://is.gd/H3oJZy

 

14.          “Chamber backs city effort to track group homes.” The Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce says it supports a city proposal to track group homes even though one of its members warns that the city should be wary of violating legal prohibitions against discrimination. --- decaturdaily.com, November 8 (Illinois) https://is.gd/eJNAG4

 

15.          “EEOC sues staffing company over disability inquiries.” The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is accusing an Indianapolis temporary staffing agency of asking job applicants unlawful questions about the extent of their disabilities. ---indystar.com, November 7 (Indiana) https://is.gd/xqYfNl

 

16.          “AmeriHealth's exit should curtail disabled residents' suit against Iowa, state lawyers say.” The departure of a controversial Medicaid management company should block a federal lawsuit against Iowa’s human-services director, state lawyers say. ---desmoinesregister.com, November 6 (Iowa) https://is.gd/4OqVce

 

17.          “Fearing for student safety, state demands immediate action from JCPS.” Kentucky’s top education official has taken the rare step of demanding from Jefferson County Public Schools that they take immediate actions to correct violations of state and federal laws, including some that protect the health, safety and education opportunities of students with disabilities. ---insiderlouisville.com, November 2 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/wutYTH

 

18.          “Lawsuit: Teacher taped special-needs student’s mouth shut.” A Michigan teacher taped shut the mouth of a student with cerebral palsy as part of a pattern of abuse, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday. ---usatoday.com, November 2 (Michigan) https://is.gd/lqNICi

 

19.          New Jersey Strengthens Inspections At Group Homes For People With Developmental Disabilities.” On October 6, 2017, New Jersey adopted legislation to strengthen protections for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD); a key provision will strengthen group home inspections. ---openminds.com, November 5 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/UaYIKd

 

20.          “Group home, state sued over rape of young woman.”  A developmentally disabled Santa Fe woman’s guardian is suing an Albuquerque group home and the state Department of Health after she was raped last summer after running away. ---seattletimes.com, November 4 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/xmb7SZ

 

21.          “Special-needs student sexually assaulted in Porter Ridge Middle School bathroom.” A special-needs student at Porter Ridge Middle School was reportedly sexually assaulted in a bathroom by a fellow special needs student. ---fox46charlotte.com, November 7 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/uAsQ82

 

22.          Judge, attorneys grapple with case of autistic Stow man who asks women to touch their belly buttons.” A Summit County judge and attorneys are grappling with how best to handle the case of an autistic Stow man who was convicted of sexual battery five years ago and has continually violated his probation by approaching women and asking to touch their belly buttons. ---ohio.com, November 6 (Ohio) https://is.gd/CmsZ7v

 

23.          “Prosecutors Seek Life Sentence for Intellectually Disabled Man on Texas Death Row.” Harris County prosecutors have filed a motion to re-sentence an intellectually disabled man on death row. ---houstonpublicmedia.org, November 2 (Texas) https://is.gd/egcxzN

 

24.          State of Utah files for dismissal of suit over state guardianship law, says plaintiffs don't have a claim.” The state of Utah has filed a motion for dismissal of a discrimination suit that has been filed against it regarding H.B. 101 in federal court. ---legalnewsline.com, November 7 (Utah) https://is.gd/LTiPeU

 

25.          “How the proposed GOP tax plan will punish disabled Americans.” The Republican Party released a document last week detailing its most fervent dreams: a comprehensive overhaul of the tax code. Promoted as simplifying our tax system, the document replaces an array of deductions for poor and middle-class Americans with myriad new proposals intended to reward large corporations and the mega-wealthy. ---psmag.com, November 7 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/6yjrTI
 

 

STUDIES & STATISTICS

 

26.          “Yes, #Me Too: Sexual Assault and Disability.” I consider myself an open person, someone who gazes unflinchingly down the barrel of reality. In my writing, I’ve covered controversial topics: entitlement, domestic violence, promiscuity, child custody, disability discrimination. I’ve exposed and explored my own past discretions as living proof for others. Writing about social mores shifts my experience from shame into an open dialogue. ---themighty.com, October 25 https://is.gd/86iJ7S

 

27.          “Violence against disabled children egregious, indefensible.” On June 5, 2015, 28-year-old Courtney Liltz, who had cerebral palsy, died nine days after being fed high quantities of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The woman who murdered her pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison. ---miscellanynews.org, November 8 https://is.gd/1OZ0IW

 

28.          “‘We are overdue to treat serious mental illness’: New study offers 10 recommendations.” The mental health system in the United States is too fragmented and many people are falling through the cracks. ---ledger-enquirer.com, November 2 https://is.gd/YHyWs9

 

29.          “Job numbers reflect rising inclusion of Americans with disabilities.” The major economic indicators continue to reflect increasing inclusion of Americans with disabilities in the workforce, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment - Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). ---medicalxpress.com, November 3 https://is.gd/3bqrej

 

30.          “Algorithm Predicts If Twitter Users Are Becoming Mentally Ill.” An often toxic mixture of snark and narcissism, Twitter usually does not bring out the best in humanity. Amidst all the noise, however, scientists are searching for a useful signal: A predictor of mental illness. ---acsh.org, November 3 https://is.gd/qouQjW

 

31.          “Gelatin accelerates healing of the blood brain barrier in acute brain injury.” Researchers already know that gelatin-covered electrode implants cause less damage to brain tissue than electrodes with no gelatin coating. Researchers at the Neuronano Research Centre (NRC) at Lund University in Sweden have now shown that microglia, the brain's cleansing cells, and the enzymes that the cells use in the cleaning process, change in the presence of gelatin. ---sciencedaily.com, November 6 https://is.gd/0pH8X6

 

32.          “Childhood trauma could be causing your adult health problems.” It’s no secret that Alaska struggles with high rates of sexual assault and abuse, neglect, and other crimes against children. ---adn.com, November 3 (Alaska) https://is.gd/AvXODM

 

33.          “A Revolutionary Sensory Tool is Transforming the Lives of Children with Autism.” When my little brother was born in 1993, I don’t think my parents were the only ones who didn’t know much about autism. ---futurism.com, November 3 https://is.gd/4723IG

 

34.          “Nearly all of Springfield's homeless or at-risk youth engage in risky behaviors to be sheltered, report finds.” Of the 90 homeless and at-risk youths who were surveyed earlier this year in Springfield, almost all of them — 93 percent — reported engaging in risky behavior to remain housed. ---news-leader.com, November 5 (Missouri) https://is.gd/luhUSi

 

35.          “Grant supports New Mexico research on brain injury therapy.” The University of New Mexico and the New Mexico VA Health Care System will use a $3.1 million federal grant to study a new approach to use electrical stimulation as therapy for mild traumatic brain injuries. ---santafenewmexican.com, November 2 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/a1oAuU

 

36.          “Parent Survey Shows Schools Excluding Kids with Special Needs.” A survey of over 800 parents of kids with special needs conducted by the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils shows about 40 per cent had their child sent home due to staff shortages last year — an experience repeated more than 10 times for 12 per cent of respondents. ---thetyee.ca, November 6 (Canada) https://is.gd/Z3tItQ
 

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

37.          “Almost All Students with Disabilities Are Capable of Graduating. Here’s Why They Don’t.” Our education system is failing students with special needs. ---huffingtonpost.com, November 4 https://is.gd/ER3TZJ

 

38.          “Tech is making ed more inclusive, accessible to students with special needs.” With 6.6 million students receiving special education services in the 2014-15 school year (the latest for which data is available), services and tools that support their learning experience have become more important than ever. ---educationdive.com, November 9 https://is.gd/WwokGS

 

39.          “Abuse numbers rise for Sacramento foster kids. County can’t say why.” Sacramento County foster kids are being mistreated at a rate not seen since the recession a decade ago, the latest state data show, but the county has no immediate answers about what’s causing the increase in confirmed cases of abuse of children in its care. ---sacbee.com, November 3 (California) https://is.gd/9B85Ud

 

40.          “Woman says elementary school has failed to help special needs grandson.” Like any third-grader, Olando Eduoard has homework, likes video games and is a budding musician. "I have electric drums, two keyboards and an electric guitar," Olando told Local 10 News. ---local10.com, November 3 (Florida) https://is.gd/UpLbdK

 

41.          “Tinley Park sisters create business for children with special needs.” Two Tinley Park sisters are combining their backgrounds in business and special education to create and ecosystem of impact. They created a company called EarlyVention. ---abc7chicago.com, November (Illinois) https://is.gd/a0Zgye

 

42.          “Kokomo woman frustrated by lack of motorized wheelchair repairs.” A Kokomo woman says her motorized wheelchair is falling apart and she’s had trouble getting it repaired. ---fox59.com, November 3 (Indiana) https://is.gd/FzkYl9

 

43.          “Robotics team is building wheelchair.” The Madison County student robotics team decided to take on a new kind of project for its offseason – a motorized wheelchair for a 3-year-old girl. ---heraldbulletin.com, November 5 (Indiana) https://is.gd/FdugWi

 

44.          “Parents confront school about seclusion room.” A local couple is at odds with Ottumwa Community School District about its use of a seclusion room to isolate their autistic son when he becomes agitated. ---ottumwacourier.com, November 6 (Iowa) https://is.gd/deYvhY

 

45.          “Family gives elderly man with intellectual disabilities 'best years of his life'.” Homer Williams was born with intellectual disabilities and lived with his mom until she died in 1987. After she passed away, he moved into an institution for 22 years where the other residents teased and abused him — and no one ever visited. But today, the 69-year-old man has found his forever home on a farm with a loving couple in Iowa. ---today.com, November 3 (Iowa) https://is.gd/TvHO5G

 

46.          “Iowa City schools to stop using padded seclusion rooms.” An Iowa school district accused of sending students to secluded padded rooms for even minor infractions said it will stop using the disciplinary measure by the start of the next school year. ---seattletimes.com, November 8 (Iowa) https://is.gd/DaeICg

 

47.          KU offering first-of-its-kind online certificate program for school leaders to build inclusive schools.” The University of Kansas has launched a unique online program — one of the first of its kind in the nation — to teach educators and school leaders how to create an inclusive learning environment that serves all students and addresses biases common in American educational settings. ---today.ku.edu, November 5 (Kansas) https://is.gd/c30dY9

 

48.          “Tweet Goes Viral After UK Student Shamed for Handicapped Placard.” An unfortunate experience for a University of Kentucky student and her frustrated tweet have hundreds of thousands of people reacting all around the world. ---lex18.com, November 4 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/Ldb4Yx

 

49.          “Entertainment company to showcase disabled creatives in ‘Designing for Disabilities’ fashion show.” A Baton Rouge-based entertainment company is collaborating with Louisiana designers and boutique owners for a special fashion show put on by some special individuals. ---wafb.com, November 5 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/vCIp5w

 

50.          “Logan Airport Allows Autistic Kids, Families To ‘Test Run’ Travel Routine.” Autistic kids and their families were able to go through a “test run” at Logan Airport on Saturday. --- boston.cbslocal.com, November 4 (Massachusetts)

 

51.          “Ferris State analyzing special ed programs at all its charter schools.” Ferris State University's Charter Schools Office has entered into an agreement with a Highland company to analyze the special education programs of all 20 schools authorized by the university over the next two years. ---mlive.com, November 7 (Michigan) https://is.gd/fbKSX2

 

52.          “Federal audit finds hazards in adult foster homes in Minnesota.” A federal audit of adult foster care in Minnesota found licensed homes in which knives, pellet guns and other hazards were too accessible to vulnerable, elderly adults. ---startribune.com, November 6 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/R5pcLD

 

53.          “UNM Police unit found parked in handicapped spot at Albuquerque restaurant.” You would think a police officer should know better than to park in a handicapped spot while sitting down for a meal. A University of New Mexico Police Sergeant did just that, and someone snapped a picture of it to post on social media. ---krqe.com, November 6 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/WsdBNA
 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

54.          “Australian-first trial into how dogs can help autistic children.” Autistic teenager Kosta Bardas went from chaotic to calm and then completely besotted when he laid eyes on black Labrador Asta. ---dailytelegraph.com.au, November 4 (Australia) https://is.gd/zU1a5z

 

55.          “Disabled man's death due to service provider's 'significant failings' – coroner.” An intellectually disabled man who died from an accidental drug overdose while in the care of a high-profile disability services provider might still be alive today if he was placed in “an appropriate and secure environment”, the New South Wales deputy coroner has found. ---theguardian.com, November 9 (Australia) https://is.gd/Zf4FNF

 

56.          “Montreal conference helps parents of kids with learning disabilities.” A conference on learning disabilities, which affect more than 800,000 young Quebecers, is being held in Montreal on Saturday, while a second one will be held in Quebec City on Nov. 25. ---montrealgazette.com, November 4 (Canada) https://is.gd/VJK9yP

 

57.          “Via Rail’s attempt to limit wheelchair access on trains rejected by regulator.” The national rail provider has been resisting a previous Canadian Transportation Agency ruling dictating that every train should have two tie-down spots for wheelchairs and other mobility aids. ---thestar.com, November 5 (Canada) https://is.gd/DFoz8q

 

58.          “Creative Connections avoids painting intellectually disabled artists with broad brush.” Paintings of brightly coloured brick buildings, flowers and smiling giraffes done by a small group of artists with intellectual disabilities, fill the walls at Creative Connections in Saint John. ---cbc.ca, November 5 (Canada) https://is.gd/QTWq8F

 

59.          “What to do about Kyle? Health care system has no place for paralyzed, mentally ill and drug-addicted man.” For nearly three months, a 29-year-old quadriplegic with psychosis and addictions has been locked in an expensive, private room in the St. Paul’s Hospital psychiatric ward, because there is nowhere else for him to go in B.C. ---vancouversun.com, November (Canada) https://is.gd/Cze53K

 

60.          “Are Differently-abled persons ‘disabled’ in Nagaland?” In Nagaland, scholarships and pension schemes for the ‘disabled’ have not been provided for the last two-three years while infrastructural and accessibility constraints, among others, denies differently-abled persons their basic equal access to rights particularly in schools. ---Morungexpress.com, November 3 (India) https://is.gd/zBap6E

 

61.          “Goa temple denies access to wheelchair-bound girl.” A trustee of Mangueshi Temple in South Goa stirred controversy on Monday by denying access to a wheelchair-bound girl from Mumbai. The Disabilities Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) has demanded action against the trustee and forwarded the complaint lodged by the girl’s parents to the Superintendent of Police (South) and the Collector of South Goa. ---thehindu.com, November 6 (India) https://is.gd/Bmv4WQ

 

62.          “Carer who filmed attacks on nursing home residents gets suspended sentence.” A careworker who filmed his sexual assaults on vulnerable residents in a care home has received a suspended prison sentence of 18 months. Peter Hilliard (54) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault between February 2013 and June 2016 at Bloomfield Nursing Home, Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin. ---irishtimes.com, October 26 (Ireland) https://is.gd/GpXvvM

 

63.          “Lonely deaths / Self-neglecting elderly at risk as they shun contact, support.” Piles of crushed plastic bottles, shabby cardboard boxes and countless dishes — trash was scattered all over the inside and outside of an old two-story house in a residential and commercial area of Tokyo, and the plants and trees in the yard were so overgrown they reached the neighboring houses. ---the-japan-news.com, November 6 (Japan) https://is.gd/ZpHuxO

 

64.          “Moroccan police arrest suspects for sexual assault of mentally impaired woman.” An investigation is underway after Moroccan police arrested four suspects in the city of Casablanca after they were allegedly involved in sexually molesting a woman on a bus, according to a video shown on social media. ---africanindy.com, August 22 (Morocco) https://is.gd/8bOZSA

 

65.          “Disabled people's rights still violated.” People with disabilities are still faced with challenges within the justice system and observations have proved that this was due to lack of research on dealing with persons with disabilities when their rights have been violated. ---iol.co.za, November 9 (South Africa) https://is.gd/QOW8Q5

 

66.          Shortage of mental health officers causing ‘massive’ delays in lodging guardianship orders.” Scottish Legal News has learned that vulnerable adults are being put at a disadvantage because of severe delays in lodging guardianship orders in court due to a shortage of mental health officers. ---scottishlegal.com, November 3 (Scotland) https://is.gd/w6flGR

 

67.          “A Small Victory for South Korea’s Disability Rights.” On a cold winter evening in 2012, Lee Hyung-sook came out to Gwanghwamun, a historic square in central Seoul, to catch the attention of then-candidate Park Geun-hye. Lee uses a wheelchair to get around and is officially classified as “level 1,” a grade applied to the most severely handicapped South Koreans. ---koreaexpose.com, November 3 (South Korea) https://is.gd/JLY1wR

 

68.          “The A Word: BBC's drama focused on autism returns for a second 'powerful' series.” The first series of The A Word – a powerful series about a five-year-old, Joe, who has autism, and his family – was one of the surprise drama hits of recent years. ---express.co.uk, November 4 (UK) https://is.gd/UTHfMk
 

 

MISCELLANEOUS
 

69.          “This Is the No. 1 Most Important Job of a Service Dog.” Dogs are incredible beings, there’s no doubt about that. They love us unconditionally, and provide unmatched loyalty without question. From family pets to service dogs, there’s literally nothing they won’t do. And when it comes to service dogs, in particular, there’s a whole host of responsibilities they’re ready and willing to perform at a moment’s notice.” cheatsheet.com, November 5 https://is.gd/TQk3im

 

70.          “#METOO will never show the full scale of sexual assault – but it’s still important.” It was incredibly foggy that morning, I remember that much. Not only could my eyes not make out the buildings around me while standing at that bus stop at 6:20 in the morning, the rest of my senses were foggy too. Not my brain though, that was on fire. ---inquirelive.co.uk, November 3 https://is.gd/Wf7f9Q

 

71.          “Early detection key for children with developmental disabilities.” Being a parent requires constant diligence. Every second of a child’s early life, you have to be sure they aren’t climbing on the countertops, sticking a crayon up their nose or eating the dog’s food. ---nooga.com, November 6 https://is.gd/RgRfdz

 

72.          “Movie review: Unique documentary 'Dina' follows an autistic couple preparing for marriage.” Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ unique documentary “Dina” tells the story of Dina Buno, a 49-year-old widow preparing for her second marriage. Dina is autistic and suffers from a “smorgasbord” — her mother’s term — of health issues. ---wral.com, November 8 https://is.gd/MoVpWC

 

73.          “Local Special Olympian attempts to become only 2nd ever to qualify for Boston Marathon on time alone.” Each Wednesday, a group of people gather at the War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis for a free fitness class. All across the world these group workouts take place on different days. ---theindychannel.com, November 3 (Indiana) https://is.gd/dJC37Z

 

74.          “Microsoft CEO says son’s developmental disability impacted his leadership: ‘Everything changed’.” It's not every day somebody will admit the birth of their first child left them devastated. But that’s the very honest confession from the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella. --- q13fox.com, November 2 (Washington) https://is.gd/euDZoS

 

75.       “How Far Would You Go to Save Your Little Girl?” After their youngest daughter was diagnosed with a rare and fatal genetic disorder, the Duff family set out to create a cure. ---bostonmagazine.com, November (UK) https://is.gd/xmoqyu