Disability and Abuse Newsfeed


Week of January 26 to February 02, 2018


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:

Seclusion:  25, 32

Sexual Assault: 1, 9,10, 69

Physical Abuse:   2, 6, 13, 14, 64, 80, 82

Emotional/verbal abuse: 33

Kidnapped:  8

Murder: 5, 11, 12, 16, 17. 18

Neglected: 1, 4

Restraint:  70

 

WINNERS of most egregious award:

34: You don’t need education says MT education agency to 16 year old student; 52: Denver school district closes educational services for special education students; 60: MT poll workers say (and enforce) “no voting for you” to voters with disabilities; 74: Woman sues for sterilization done to her as a teenager; 83: Study of child abuse of children with disabilities in W. Africa shows high incidence.

 

WINNER of “good job” award:

46: College students with disabilities found to be ignored as victims of campus sexual abuse.

 

WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):

Family: 17, 80

Carer: 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 12, 16, 17, 69

Co-student: 18

Boyfriend: 16

Law enforcement: 82

Men:  2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 69

Women: 4, 5, 13, 15, 64


Good News: 

40: Study on best mental health practices for individuals with I/DD and depression; 51: Non-Profit donates iPads to special education students; 85: Education program for women with disabilities.

 

Bad News: 

26: Brentwood Unified School District Director of Special Education program is reported to intimidate parents of special education students; 30: Class action lawsuit against CPS for lack of special education guidance documents into Spanish; 31: Bill introduced to increase accountability for failure to investigate deaths and injuries of those receiving care; 42: Ontario educators know how to respond to violence among FASD students, but are ignored; 47: National Down Syndrome Society breaks ties with retailer who mocks people with disabilities.

 

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ABUSE & NEGLECT

 

    1.          “Letter details mold, other issues at 2 youth lockups in state.” Some Arkansas teenagers in state custody have spent the past several weeks confined to unheated dorms during below-freezing nights, showering in mold-infested stalls and living with shortages of supplies such as shampoo. --- arkansasonline.com, January 26 (Arkansas) https://is.gd/mQ4Eh1

 

    2.          “PD: Special needs patients assaulted and waterboarded by Mesa caregiver.” A man was arrested for waterboarding an adult special-needs patient and bruising the genitals of a child special-needs patient. Chandler Police report that on Tuesday they arrested 22-year-old Desmond Keelan Washington at his home in Phoenix. --- abc15.com, February 2 (Arizona) https://is.gd/P0OMD7

 

    3.          “Employee arrested for flipping over teenager in wheelchair.”  An employee at Tallahassee Developmental Center has been fired and charged with aggravated child abuse. Quintavious D. Brown, 25, is accused of "dumping" a disabled teenager out of his wheelchair. --- wctv.tv, January 31 (Florida) https://is.gd/PYpubm

 

    4.          “Unlicensed personal care home owner arrested.” A disabled man found wandering the streets for days has led to the arrest of another operator of an alleged unlicensed personal care home. --- chronicle.augusta.com January 30 (Georgia) https://is.gd/pE6nnb

 

    5.          “Woman faces prison after plea in malnourished boy’s death.” A woman who was one of four people charged with neglect in the death of a malnourished 9-year-old Indiana boy with cerebral palsy has pleaded guilty in the case., January 30 (Indiana) https://is.gd/2gHroG

 

    6.          “Berea man indicted for abuse occurring at group home for disabled children, adults.” A Berea man has been indicted by a Lee County grand jury on abuse charges. Jason Brennan, 34, no address or image available, is accused of physically assaulting a patient when he worked at a home for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. --- richmondregister.com, January 26 (Kentucky) https://is.gd/dNKB8x

 

    7.          “Lawsuit: 17-year-old East Baton Rouge prison inmate raped, infected with HIV.” A mildly mentally handicapped 17-year-old East Baton Rouge Parish Prison inmate was "served up like a sacrificial lamb" when he was put in a two-man cell early last year and raped by a man jailed on a rape charge, a federal lawsuit alleged Monday. --- theadvocate.com, January 29 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/YUaYmU

 

    8.          “Greene man gets 13 years for kidnapping 14-year-old girl.” Travis Therrien, center, stands in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn on Thursday with his lawyers for sentencing. He was convicted of kidnapping a disabled girl in 2016, and he rejected probation in favor of a longer sentence. --- sunjournal.com, January 25 (Maine) https://is.gd/MNbSiL

 

    9.          “Detroit's Most Wanted: Willie Ashley accused of sexually assaulting child.” As the case of Larry Nassar brings sexual assault victims and their cases into the national spotlight, we’re teaming up with the U.S. Marshals to hunt down a suspected child molester still on the run. --- wxyz.com, January 26 (Michigan) https://is.gd/Y0hJYM

 

10.          “Two young women with disabilities sexually assaulted at Minnesota group home.” A male caregiver who worked the overnight shift at a Sauk Rapids group home has been charged with sexually assaulting two female residents who were unable to report the assaults because of their disabilities. --- startribune.com, January 29 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/SldmQX

 

11.          Mother of disabled man found encased in concrete sues group home, authorities.” The mother of a developmentally disabled Missouri man whose body was found encased in concrete is suing a group home responsible for his care, in addition to several state and county agencies, CBS affiliate KRCG reports. ---- cbsnews.com, January 31 ( Missouri) https://is.gd/M41x8w

 

12.          “Suspect arrested in Jersey City hit-and-run that killed deaf man.” A man was arrested in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed a deaf man who was struck while standing at a bus stop in Jersey City. --- abc7ny.com, January 26 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/qa7vrh

 

13.          “Portland school aide assaulted boy with autism, lawsuit claims.” The mother of a student with autism has filed a lawsuit against an east Portland school district, claiming a school aide assaulted her child on a school bus last year. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Barbara Sideroff on Tuesday filed the suit against the David Douglas School District, claiming aide Natasha Jensen grabbed her 8-year-old son by the jaw and hit him on the face in June. --- kgw.com, January 25 (Oregon) https://is.gd/SlZALN

 

14.          “Police looking for witnesses after hit-and-run involving woman in wheelchair.” Police are looking for witnesses, after they say a driver hit a woman in a wheelchair and took off. It happened at the intersection of Walton Street and Forest Avenue in Portland Tuesday afternoon. --- wgme.com, February 1 (Oregon) https://is.gd/FOsVLu

 

15.          “CAREGIVER CHARGED AFTER PATIENT WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES GOES OUTSIDE, SUFFERS HYPOTHERMIA.” A Summit County caregiver is facing charges after a 22-year-old man with developmental disabilities went outside unintended and suffered hypothermia. According to an incident report from the Summit County Sheriff's Office, the man requires visual and audio supervision. --- wtva.com, January 27 (Ohio) https://is.gd/kxoe0c

 

16.          “Upstate man stabbed girlfriend to death in wheelchair, authorities say.” Kenneth Shayne Yarborough accused of fatally stabbing Patricia Gayle Todd in Abbeville County, report says --- wyff4.com, January 30 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/wgeROB

 

17.          “Son’s neglect of elderly mother after fall killed her, coroner says.” Alma Gaines’ death ruled homicide; Mack Gaines charged --- wyff4.com, January 29 (South Carolina) https://is.gd/J8hoxX

 

18.          “Special needs student dies after family says he was ambushed, kicked in head at school.” D.C. Police confirm a Ballou High School special needs student died Monday after a reported assault on campus. --- wjla.com, January 30 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/Lfve4f
 

GUARDIANSHIP

 

19.          “Beaten for eating a cupcake — Could boy’s death have been prevented?” The bruises and scratches tipped off Geraldine Mason that something was wrong with her son Kejuan. But the little boy’s legal guardian and godmother, Glenndria Morris, shrugged it off as horseplay between Kejuan and the other children living in her southwest Atlanta home. --- myajc.com, January 26 (Georgia) https://is.gd/TzNZAt

 

20.          “Kansas Guardianship Program focus of NAACP meeting.” A recruiter for the Kansas Guardianship Program will be the featured speaker at Thursday’s monthly meeting of the NAACP. --- hutchnews.com, January 30 (Kansas) https://is.gd/XiYIBO

 

21.          “New Mexico lawmakers weigh reforms of guardianship system.” A measure aimed at overhauling New Mexico’s guardianship laws cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were in resounding agreement that a system meant to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents was in need of serious improvement. --- seattletimes.com, January 25 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/k8DSxM

 

22.          “Big, small guardianship actions debated.” Faced with an approaching deadline and a multimillion-dollar price tag, backers of legislation to overhaul the state’s troubled guardianship system presented dueling substitute measures late Wednesday in a hurried attempt to pass at least some significant changes this year to improve transparency and permit families more involvement with their protected, incapacitated loved ones. --- abqjournal.com, January 31 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/wXQIoy

 

23.          “Washington State May Make It Easier to Sterilize People with Disabilities.” In 1936, Ann Cooper Hewitt filed a lawsuit against her mother — and with good reason. At the age of 20, her mother Ann had sterilized her against her will. Having succeeded in classifying her as having an intellectual disability, Ann’s mother was legally allowed to authorize the operation over Ann’s objections. --- aclu.org, January 29 (Washington) https://is.gd/cSestm

 

LAWS &LEGISLATION

 

24.          “How Might Medicaid Adults with Disabilities Be Affected by Work Requirements in Section 1115 Waiver Programs?” Medicaid provides health insurance for over 80 million Americans, including pregnant women, low-income parents, children, seniors, and people with disabilities, while Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a monthly cash payment to help low-income people with disabilities pay for housing, food, and other basic needs. --- kff.org, January 26 https://is.gd/N8zW2v

 

25.          “Attorney says school locked student in ‘isolation cell’.” A mother is taking legal action against the Baldwin County Public School System after her special-needs son was placed in a “timeout room” for hours that some legal experts say is in worse shape than many prison cells. --- lagniappemobile.com, January 31 (Alabama) https://is.gd/pUyal2

 

26.          “Group claims Brentwood special needs director intimidating them.” A local special needs advocacy group has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Brentwood Union School District alleging the director of special education slanders them and discourages parents from seeking their counsel. --- eastbaytimes.com, January 26 (California) https://is.gd/M6vnf2

 

27.          “Pepsi Center Settles Class Action Lawsuit Brought by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patrons.” Kirstin Kurlander, a deaf woman and season ticket holder for lacrosse team Denver Mammoth, has settled a lawsuit with the Kroenke Arena Company over the Pepsi Center’s lack of captioning at non-concert events. Per the settlement, Pepsi Center in Denver will caption all aural content spoken over the public address system. --- ampthemag.com, January 27 (Colorado) https://is.gd/3N1gXv

 

28.          “Bill creates modified diplomas for students with special needs.” "It's not about just completing something, it's about achieving something and that’s a big difference." Delaware House Bill 287 is designed to give students with special needs something they desperately desire. --- wmdt.com, January 26 (Delaware) https://is.gd/5RvSf2

 

29.          “Delaware Considers Legalizing Assisted Suicide, Including for “Intellectually Disabled” Patients.” Delaware lawmakers are considering legislation that would legalize physician-assisted suicide, including that of “intellectually disabled” patients who may not be able to provide meaningful consent. --- thenewamerican.com, February 1 (Delaware) https://is.gd/d5wyrF

 

30.          “Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against CPS for Discriminating Against Students with Disabilities Whose Parents Have Limited English Skills.” Failure to translate special education documents and provide language interpretation at special education meetings violates federal and state laws --- prnewswire.com, January 29 (Illinois) https://is.gd/BFTEBu

 

31.          “Bills to increase Maine’s accountability for intellectually disabled get strong support.” The bills come following a federal report that criticized the Department of Health and Human Services for failing to investigate deaths and injuries among people whose care it oversees. --- pressherald.com, January 31 (Maine) https://is.gd/d362RF

 

32.          “Report: Haverhill's Crowell School mistreated disabled students by using restraints, other punishments.” Crowell School violated laws regarding the use of restraints and disciplinary actions for students with disabilities, according to a group that protects the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. --- eagletribune.com, February 1 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/pncTHM

 

33.          “Kroger responds to allegations of bullying against special needs employee.” Kroger is responding to allegations that a worker with special needs was bullied so badly he had to quit. Gio Trapani was a courtesy clerk at the Kroger on 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore, bagging groceries, and getting carts from the parking lot. --- wxyz.com, February 1 (Michigan) https://is.gd/ddbLVF

 

34.          “Montana education agency denies responsibility in case of segregated student with disabilities.” Montana's Office of Public Instruction is arguing that neither the agency nor its superintendent was required to provide a free and appropriate public education for a 16-year-old student with disabilities who was allegedly removed from his school and placed in a church basement to do things like sort nuts and bolts. -- helenair.com, February 1 (Montana) https://is.gd/fxBeWr

 

35.          “The Ohio Abortion Ban’s Distortion of Disability Rights.” On Dec. 22, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio signed Senate Bill 164 banning doctors from performing abortions in cases in which a fetus is likely to have Down syndrome according to prenatal testing. --- nytimes.com, January 31 (Ohio) https://is.gd/GksZJK

 

36.          “Disabled Springfield veteran sues VA over plan to cut home care.” A Springfield veteran with Lou Gehrig's disease who needs around-the-clock care is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over a plan to force him to move to a nursing home out of state. --- oregonlive.com, January 25 (Oregon) https://is.gd/I4uov8

 

37.          “Memphis candymaker employing autistic adults unable to oppose Starbucks in trademark battle.” A Memphis startup dedicated to helping people with autism has found itself in a David vs. Goliath fight with a household name. --- wmcactionnews5.com, January 26 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/EFwcmt

 

38.          “Lawmakers advance ban on abortions based on Down syndrome.” A committee of Utah lawmakers pushed forward a bill that would bar doctors from performing abortions sought because the fetus has Down syndrome. --- sfgate.com, January 25 (Utah) https://is.gd/Ow1YW2

 

39.          “Lawsuit: 'Nanny cam' caught elder abuse at adult home.” The complaint says the state should have known the home violated licensing requirements --- seattlepi.com, January 26 (Washington) https://is.gd/1bnOjS

 

STUDIES & STATITICS

 

40.           “Which Interventions are Effective for Depression and Intellectual Disability?” A large trial in the UK compared behavioural activation therapy and self-guided therapy for those with both intellectual disability and depression. Mental health illnesses do not discriminate and are widespread across all populations. Some populations are particularly vulnerable; in fact, among the intellectually disabled, as many as 40% live with a mental health illness. --- medicalnewsbulletin.com, January 29 https://is.gd/qBYUaN

 

41.          “Algorithms are making American inequality worse.” William Gibson wrote that the future is here, just not evenly distributed. The phrase is usually used to point out how the rich have more access to technology, but what happens when the poor are disproportionately subject to it? --- technologyreview.com, January 26 https://is.gd/0UlSue

 

42.          “How to help ‘violent’ students with FASD.” This story represents almost the last straw for me. I lead a group of nine experienced Ontario educators who have spent the last 10 years trying hard to help Ontario educators find a solution to the problem of students who are "violent" at school. We can't keep banging our heads against the proverbial walls much longer. Yes, there is a big "violence"-at-school problem. We know why and we have an emerging solution. And we are being almost completely ignored. --- therecord.com, January 27 https://is.gd/y3c0gG

 

43.          “Duplication of DNA on chromosome 7 increases risk of autism.” Roughly one in five children who has an extra piece of chromosome 7 also meets the criteria for an autism diagnosis, according to a new study --- spectrumnews.org, February 1 https://is.gd/zT436V

 

44.          “Children’s Hospital will study medical marijuana’s effect on children with autism.” An upcoming study at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will be the first of its kind in the United States to examine the benefits of medical marijuana in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). --- autismparentingmagazine.com, January 25 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/VNhfoi

 

45.          “Could hyperbaric treatment heal the brain?” Each year, thousands of Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury. In 2013, about 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths occurred in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these are what are called mild traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs — head injuries that don’t cause a coma. --- washingtonpost.com, January 27 https://is.gd/mn7ejw

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

46.          “Students with Disabilities are Largely Ignored by Colleges’ Assault Prevention, Study Finds.” Students with disabilities are not “on the radar” of colleges’ efforts and policies to prevent sexual assault, a new federal study has found. --- chronicle.com, January 31 https://is.gd/qQRPkG

 

47.          “LuLaRoe sided with retailer who mocked those with special needs and people are not happy.” The women's clothing and multi-marketing company LuLaRoe announced an end to their relationship with the National Down Syndrome Society after one of the company's independent retailers was seen mocking those with special needs during a live stream sale. --- abc10.com, January 27 https://is.gd/pxwrnv

 

48.          “Comedian's Netflix Special Is Under Fire for Insulting People with Down Syndrome.” Comedians often talk about the fact that they push limits and hover over the line of "funny" and "gone too far" with their jokes, but for one comedian, the internet is sure of the fact that he went way too far when he insulted the Down syndrome community. --- popsugar.com, February 1 https://is.gd/MFx4eU

 

49.          “More people with disabilities are getting jobs. Here's why. “The 36-year-old is one of 14 people in the professional services firm's "neurodiversity" program, which hires people on the autism spectrum to work on its accounting and analytics projects. --- money.cnn.com, January 26 https://is.gd/l0bMaZ

 

50.          “How sports venues are striving to serve the needs of autistic children.” Sunday's NFL Pro Bowl will be the first to cater to the needs of people with sensory issues. Across the country, stadiums and arenas are addressing those needs for every game and event – in large part because of the experience of one family from Akron, Ohio, reports CBS News' Dana Jacobson. --- cbsnews.com, January 27 https://is.gd/lBNeHV

 

51.          “Nonprofit donates iPads, other items to Oakland special needs students.” A Fremont nonprofit has donated 13 mini iPads and other tech items to special education students at Oakland’s Garfield Elementary School. Nonprofit Autism Yesterday and Today was founded by Franco and Jessica Pincilotti, whose son is autistic. The organization raises money to donate technology to schools to help special education students and teachers, according to an Oakland Unified School District news release. --- eastbaytimes.com, January 26 (California) https://is.gd/2fLfKU

 

52.          “DPS school phasing out special education program.” A Denver Public School is phasing out a program designed to teach children with moderate-to-severe learning disabilities. It is a move that has some people upset. --- kdvr.com, January 27 (Colorado) https://is.gd/ox8QXv

 

53.          “New policy: Yale websites should be accessible to those with disabilities.” Yale has adopted a new policy requiring university websites and web applications to be accessible to people with disabilities. --- news.yale.edu, January 26 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/wvswGv

 

54.          “Charlotte School Board revises absence policy for autistic students” While students with autism spectrum disorder have always been allowed to miss school for therapy or treatment, the Charlotte County School Board is now working to revise an absence policy to make it official. --- wftv.com, January 30 (Florida) https://is.gd/1iEaUj

 

55.          “Greensburg police get new system to help children with autism.” The Greensburg Police Department is rolling out a brand-new program to help parents keep their children with autism safe. It’s called the Autism Alert System, and Chief Brendan Bridges knows better than most how important it could be. --- fox59.com, January 27 (Indiana) https://is.gd/klaeNi

 

56.          “Study: More students with disabilities heading to college.” Three-fourths of students with disabilities who finished high school in 2017 earned diplomas through the TOPS University Pathway and qualified to attend four-year universities, a new study by the state Education Department has found. --- theadvertiser.com, January 27 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/3Gpdid

 

57.          “Unified: Students of varied abilities combine for extraordinary basketball game in Hartland.” All lines were blurred in a display of sportsmanship in Hartland Thursday night. There was traveling. There were double dribbles. There were no fouls. There were no free throws by the typical definition, but plenty of "free" throws made nonetheless. --- livingstondaily.com, January 29 (Michigan) https://is.gd/qn1vnF

 

58.          “First ever Mississippi autism resource conference held in Tupelo.” The Autism Center of North Mississippi partnered with the Family Resource Center to create the first ever Mississippi Autism Resource Conference. --- wtva.com, January 27 (Mississippi) https://is.gd/7x0wg1

 

59.          “Special-needs students often shortchanged, lawmakers told.” Montana shortchanges thousands of students with special needs, whether it’s gifted students, special education students with disabilities or students at risk of dropping out, lawmakers were told this week. --- bozemandailychronicle.com, January 26 (Montana) https://is.gd/eFqfTL

 

60.          “How voters with disabilities are blocked from the ballot box.” For decades, Kathy Hoell has struggled to vote. Poll workers have told the 62-year-old Nebraskan, who uses a powered wheelchair and has a brain injury that causes her to speak in a strained and raspy voice, that she isn’t smart enough to cast a ballot. --- ktoo.org, February 1 (Nebraska) https://is.gd/FEAeGj

 

61.          “Adults with autism learn life and job skills at new facility.” Turning 21 is a time when most people celebrate their first steps into adulthood. But for young people with autism and their families, turning 21 means the end of their school-funded programs. --- northjersey.com, January 26 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/RqteEQ

 

62.          “Berlin special education looks to fund behavioral program in budget.” Special education in the district is looking to keep the high school’s behavioral and emotional program next year to help struggling students. --- myrecordjournal.com, January 30 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/sXMmBO

 

63.          “ABLE New Mexico to help those with disabilities.” New Mexicans with disabilities now have the ability to save money without endangering other benefits such as Social Security or Medicare. --- news-bulletin.com, January 31 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/9dH7US

 

64.          “Raeford woman broke into home, assaulted handicapped person, sheriff says.” A Raeford woman faces several charges after the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office said she broke into an Aberdeen home and assaulted a handicapped person. --- wncn.com, January 30 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/hVPfor

 

65.          “New Autism Therapy Shown to Restore Social Behavior through Brain Stimulation.” Autism affects about one in 68 children, and the condition poses social challenges, including difficulty processing social interactions, such as facial expressions and physical gestures., January 31(Texas) https://is.gd/MkVk5s

 

66.          “Pasco offering IEP training for parents wishing to become special education parent navigators.” The Pasco School District special education department is looking for parents to become special education parent navigators. --- tri-cityherald.com, January 28 (Washington) https://is.gd/lwNvq0

 

67.          “Officials examine website accessibility amid federal disability investigation.” As the Department of Education investigates GW for alleged disability discrimination based on the accessibility of its websites, officials say they’ve formed a task force to examine the issue. --- gwhatchet.com, January 29 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/H2jZqP

 

68.          “For understaffed Hampton Roads Regional Jail, help could be on the way.” As an officer passed out food trays on the other side of the cell block, Jonathan Ellis was tying a sheet to the end of his bedpost. By the time the officer took him down, it was too late. Ellis had killed himself. --- pilotonline.com, January 26 (Virginia) https://is.gd/Xg1Sfs
 

INTERNATIONAL

 

69.          “Brothers handed 12-year prison terms for 'depraved' sexual assault on abducted teen.” “Unmitigated evil.” Those are the words Crown prosecutor Jonathan Hak used Friday to describe the behaviour of rapist brothers Corey and Cody Manyshots, minutes after they were sentenced to 12 years in prison for a brutal attack on a Calgary teen. --- calgarysun.com, January 26 (Canada) https://is.gd/vtL7f3

 

70.          “Mentally retarded tied to cot for 6 years.”  For the last six years, Bhagaban Mohanty’s life has been confined to a cot inside his ramshackle hut. Mentally-challenged, the 35-year-old man of Gudugudia village within Kaptipada police limits of Mayurbhanj district, remains tied to the cot with a plastic rope throughout the day. newindianexpress.com, January 26 (India) https://is.gd/8tHFT7

 

71.          “Young Irish people on mental health, online safety and job prospects.” On Saturday afternoon nearly 100 young people aged between 15-30 from youth groups across Ireland gathered in Dublin to discuss the key issues affecting Irish youth today. The Young Voices consultation, organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), brought together spokespeople on issues such as education, access to work, advancements in technology, LGBT rights, rural isolation, gender equality, mental health and disability rights to exchange ideas ahead of the EU Youth Conference in SofiaBulgaria. --- irishtimes.com, January 28 (Ireland) https://is.gd/9aP2O2

 

72.          “Government to ratify UN laws on rights of people with disabilities.” The Government will finally ratify the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities (CPRD), Minister of State for disability, Finian McGrath, has announced. --- irishtimes.com, January 30 (Ireland) https://is.gd/JmhL2R

 

73.          “83 Irish women ended pregnancy over Down syndrome.” More than 80 Irish women had abortions in two years on the grounds their unborn baby would have Down syndrome. Another six abortions were carried out after a pregnant woman was told her baby would have spina bifida. --- independent.ie, February 1 (Ireland) https://is.gd/8H5TFL

 

74.          “First compensation claim for compulsory sterilisation in Japan.” A Japanese woman in her 60s is planning to sue the government over her forced sterilization under a 1948 law. This will be the first time that state compensation has been sought for sterilisation. The mentally disabled woman in Miyagi Prefecture was a teenager when she was forced to undergo the procedure. --- bioedge.org, January 27 (Japan) https://is.gd/5GsyCs

 

75.          “Euthanasia for the vulnerable?” The euthanasia of mentally ill or cognitively impaired patients is inherently controversial. Given the risk of fatal error, how many botched cases would it take to discredit the practice completely? --- denverpost.com, January 26 (Netherlands) https://is.gd/9gpjfB

 

76.          “Paralympian, disability rights scholar to speak at South Korean conference.” At the invitation of the South Korean government, Anjali Forber-Pratt, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development, will speak at a conference about her work in disability rights and research related to the Paralympic movement. --- vanderbilt.edu, January 26 (South Korea) https://is.gd/Ctw1Pp

 

77.          “Why are Swiss child services so disliked?” Child protection authorities are among the most unpopular institutions in Switzerland, even after recent reforms. Why the backlash? Overshadowed by the dark past of so-called "slave children", Swiss child protective services were subject to sweeping changes in 2013. But their reputation has continued to suffer after a series of incidents, notably a mother who killed her two children to stop them from being taken into care. --- swissinfo.ch, January 26 (Switzerland) https://is.gd/mns92E

 

78.          “Hertford teen with Asperger's 'out of education for 18 months', according to mum.” A young girl with Asperger’s, ADHD and severe anxiety has been out of education for “nearly 18 months”, according to her mum. Leah Thompson, 13, lasted just two days of Year 8 in September 2016 at The Sele School in Hertford before refusing to go to class. --- hertfordshiremercury.co.uk, January 26 (UK) https://is.gd/uqho5g

 

79.          “'You have to be quite strong': Disabled politicians speak out.” Anita Davies, 45, was born with aniridia, a rare condition which means she has no irises in her eyes, and was registered blind as a child. After years of campaigning for visually impaired women to compete on the international stage, the mother-of-two became a Judo world champion in 1995. --- bbc.com, January 27 (UK) https://is.gd/zeEj5o

 

80.          “Desperate parents forcing kids to drink bleach as autistic children become victims of sick US cult.” At least six police forces across Britain have questioned families over allegations children as young as two were forced to drink bleach and turpentine --- mirror.co.uk, January 28 (UK) https://is.gd/v6jsXM

 

81.          “Government to review 1.6 million disability benefit claims after court ruling.” The Government is going to review all 1.6 million claims for a disability benefit after it decided not to contest a High Court ruling. Ministers previously said accepting the decision over claims by those with mental health conditions could see up to 220,000 personal independence payment (PIP) claimants awarded higher payments. --- dailymail.co.uk, January 30 (UK) https://is.gd/7Q0Rr9

 

82.          “Calls for report into police tasering of autistic man to be published.” A report into why a police officer wrongly accused an autistic man of assault before tasering him to the ground should be published, a politician claims. --- bristolpost.co.uk, January 31 (UK) https://is.gd/ZxQtnN

 

83.          “Children with Disabilities in West Africa Experience Violence from the Day they are Born.” Disabled children in West Africa experience significantly greater violence than their non-disabled peers and all experience violence from the day they are born, finds a study published in BMC Public Health by Janet Njelesani, assistant professor of occupational therapy at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. --- nyu.edu, February 1 (West Africa) https://is.gd/afRVDB

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

84.          “Why there need to be more autistic characters in children’s books.” The children’s writer Michael Morpurgo has written a new novel inspired by his autistic grandson, which is set to be published later this year. Flamingo Boy is set in the Camargue in the south of France during World War II and features a boy who “sees the world differently”. --- theconversation.com, January 30 https://is.gd/QQjFVa

 

85.          “Women with Disabilities Face High Barriers to Entrepreneurship. How to Change That.” The University of Illinois -- Chicago is home to a unique education program for entrepreneurs with disabilities run by associate professor Dr. Katherine Caldwell. It's called Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities. --- forbes.com, January 31 (Illinois) https://is.gd/oJzLhq