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News Summary for February 20, 2012
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by State, so you can easily scan
through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest.
 

Dr. Nora’s Top Articles: 

1.                     “Mentally Ill Immigrants Deported Without Representation” --- Immigrants with severe mental health problems – many without criminal records – are being detained without attorneys. --- OCRegister --- February 16, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/hkyy3M  

2.                     “Gainesville Woman Charged with Exploitation of Disabled Adult” --- A disabled Gainesville woman told police she had nearly $1,000 taken from her by another woman who had appeared to be helpful. --- Gainesville Sun --- February 17, 2012  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/k5LfHV    

3.                     “Report: 'Hot Sauce' Teacher Has History of Abuse Complaints” --- WFTV.com is reporting this morning that an Osceola County teacher accused of disciplining autistic students with hot sauce has a history of abuse complaints. --- Orlando Sentinel --- February 14, 2012  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/A1xrtQ  

4.                   “Police Chief, 4 More Fired for Video Showing Mentally Challenged Teen in ‘Cinnamon Challeg’ ” ---  A small Mississippi Delta town has fired its police chief, two officers, and two town officials after a video surfaced allegedly showing them encouraging a mentally challenged teenager to eat a mouthful of cinnamon. --- The Republic --- February 16, 2012  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/sHcO2O   

5.                 “2 Men Sentenced for Branding Swastika on Mentally-challenged Navajo Man” --- Two men who branded a swastika on the arm of a Navajo man with mental disabilities are facing nine years in state prison. --- KHOU --- February 16, 2012   (NEW MEXICO)   http://is.gd/vDkio3

6.                   “Husband of Councilwoman Assaults Handicapped Man, Police Say” --- The husband of a Conover city councilwoman was charged with assaulting a handicapped person last week. Police say the incident occurred during the council's regular meeting on Monday night. --- WBTV --- February 13, 2012  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/JzroGZ

7.                 “Caregiver Acquitted in Death of Man with Down Syndrome” --- A Chambersburg caregiver has been found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a mentally-challenged man. The verdict in the trial of 41-year-old Joseph Easton came Tuesday afternoon after his lawyer ... --- abc27 --- February 14, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/bEENs5   

8.                 “Prison Sentence for Man Accused in Abuse and Death of Vulnerable Woman” -- -Dale Beckering, 53, said little before he was sentenced by 3rd District Judge Robert Faust to one to 15 years in prison for aggravated abuse of a vulnerable adult acting recklessly, a second-degree felony, in the death of 22-year-old Christina Harms. --- Deseret News --- February 13, 2012 (UTAH)  http://is.gd/M5NIPK

9.                “Caregiver Charged with Assault” ---- Police say mental health technician, 22-year-old Stafford McIsaacs attacked a 25-year-old mentally disabled man at a Henrico group home. --- WWBT --- February 17, 2012  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/9xyGbv

10.              “Colorado Announces Reforms to Child-Welfare System” --- Colorado will overhaul how it trains child-welfare caseworkers, make more information public when a child dies of abuse or neglect and start using data to hold counties accountable for how they deal with reports of ... --- Denver Post --- February 17, 2012  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/yrEcAK

11.             “The Arc of NJ Brings Issues Facing People with Disabilities to White House” --- The President spoke of his commitment to people with disabilities saying, Ive got your back. Members of the New Jersey delegation included Thomas Baffuto, Executive Director of The Arc of NJ; Walter Bender, President and Bruce Bird, Immediate Past ... ---MyCentralJersey.com --- February 13, 2012  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/MWOD8S

12.               “The Arc Minnesota to Celebrate Landmark Class Action Settlement at March 7, 2012 Event” ---  On December 1, 2011, the Minnesota Federal Court approved an important Class Action Settlement involving widespread restraint and seclusion of several hundred Minnesotans with developmental disabilities... --- MarketWatch (press release) --- February 16, 2012  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/pSakPu   

13.            “ 'Sandusky' Bill Passes State House” --- Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday requiring coaches and other university employees to report child abuse to police or state human services staff. --- KPTV.com --- February 16, 2012  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/BBJvUG

14.             “Disability advocates have recounted distressing tales of disabled women who learn they have been sterilised years after the fact. It comes as Federal Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes raised concerns about the increasing number of ... --- ABC Online --- February 14, 2012  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/RTezrd              

15.           “Supreme Court Ruling in Case of Disabled Woman Admirable” --- To answer “no” might deprive mentally challenged adults of a voice in court, leaving them virtually unprotected by the law. --- Globe and Mail --- February 12, 2012  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/pNQefW
 

Abuse/Crime-related

1.                     “3 Teens Face Charges for Beating Autistic Student at Bus Stop” --- Three teens are facing hate crime charges in Brevard County, accused of beating a classmate with autism. Investigators said they beat their classmate while he was standing at the bus stop. --- WFTV Orlando --- February 14, 2012  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/w7qtRD  

2.                   “Post Falls Housing Owner Fined for Discriminating Against People with Disabilities” --- A federal jury has awarded $21,000 in damages against a Post Falls apartment owner for discriminating against prospective tenants with disabilities. --- The Republic --- February 14, 2012  (IDAHO) http://is.gd/BPxPxm

3.                   “Agency for Disabled Will Pay $133,000 for Ineligible Nurse” --- A central Iowa agency that serves the disabled has agreed to pay almost $133,000 to the federal government to settle allegations that it employed a nurse who was barred from providing taxpayer-supported medical care to patients. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- February 18, 2012  (IOWA)http://is.gd/6Kz2rx  

4.                   “Former Group Home Director Released in Pending Theft Case” --- A Watertown woman accused of stealing about $22,000 from several residents of a group home for developmentally disabled adults was released on her own recognizance today over a prosecutor's ... --- Worcester Telegram --- February 13, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/UxInN5  

5.                   “Eau Claire Woman Sentenced for Stealing from Disabled Woman in Her Care” --- An Eau Claire woman must perform 120 hours of community service and pay $4,356 in restitution for her role in misusing a checking account and credit card owned by a disabled woman in her care. --- Pioneer Press --- February 16, 2012  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/JTzdUR   

6.                   “Man Admits Defrauding Program for Disabled Veterans” --- A retired civil engineer has admitted hiring a disabled veteran, so his company could take advantage of a federal program aimed at helping small businesses owned by disabled vets… --- CBS Local --- February 15, 2012  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/93qrCi  

7.                   “Caregiver Accused of Beating Handicapped Man” --- A 31-year-old Omaha man faces assault charges after allegedly hitting the handicapped man he was caring for several times in the face. --- WOWT --- February 16, 2012  (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/kISen2  

8.                   “ 'Not Guilty” :Caregiver Accused of Leaving Disabled Man in Scalding Shower” --- A Bellevue woman says she is not guilty of leaving a severely disabled man in a scalding shower. Sarah Thomas, 67, is charged with third degree assault. --- KPTM-TV --- February 15, 2012  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/gupF78  

9.                   “Owners of NJ Group Home Where Resident Died in Fire Are Indicted” --- … fire engulfs a group home in Toms River in this 2009 file photo. The owners of the home have been indicted on charges that they failed to provide for their residents' safety. --- nj.com --- February 15, 2012  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/nOavcY  

10.                   “Velarde Fire Chief Used Disabled Woman's Social Security Number” ---An Albuquerque woman said she is the rightful owner of a Social Security number used by Velarde's fire chief … --- Rio Grande Sun --- February 16, 2012  (NEW MEXICO)   http://is.gd/1bu67b

11.                   “Alpine Man Accused in Assault of Disabled Man” --- An Alpine man accused of injury to a disabled person had a pretrial hearing Tuesday during which his defense attorney asked for a continuation of the case. --- Odessa American --- February 14, 2012  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/iUo0f0  

12.                   “Cary Man Charged with Molesting Handicapped Boy” --- Police today charged a 32-year-old man with sexually molesting a handicapped boy, court records show. --- News & Observer --- February 15, 2012  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/PZyc84  

13.                   “Sex Offender Charged with Rape Again” --- He's accused of raping a 16-year old mentally challenged teenager. The teenager claims the sex was consensual. She told authorities she ran away with the man back in November. --- WDTN --- February 13, 2012  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/zTXYh3  

14.                   “Woman Accused of Stealing from a Home for the Disabled” --- Multnomah County investigators say Teresa Fuentes worked at The Halsey Group Home in Northeast Portland. She was the program coordinator of finances there. ---KPTV.com --- February 14, 2012  (OREGON) http://is.gd/yNrSxI  

15.                   “Ex-worker Charged with Raping Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A northwestern Pennsylvania man has been charged with raping a 39-year-old mentally disabled woman who lived at a state-run home when he was still an employee there. --- CBS 21 --- February 17, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/GFXolE   

16.                   “Hospital: Sorry for Handling of Amelia's Transplant Quest” --- Joe and Chrissy Rivera gained national attention in January when they said a hospital physician had recommended against such a transplant because of her mental disability. --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- February 15, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/AiOo0M  

17.                   “Group Home Worker Faces Charge of Injury to a Disabled Individual” --- A Lufkin group home worker was arrested Thursday on a charge of injury to a disabled individual. --- Lufkin Daily News --- February 17, 2012  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/VJQEg1  

18.                   “Caregiver Charged in Stabbing Death of Wheelchair-bound Woman” --- The caregiver of a wheelchair-bound woman has been charged in her fatal stabbing, police say. Police said Paul Dominguez, 35, has been charged with murder and is being held on a $100,000 bond. --- KSAT San Antonio – February 14, 2012  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/AN3v2H  

19.                   “Prosecutors: Escort Robs Man in Wheelchair” --- An escort is accused of robbing a customer in a wheelchair, stealing more than $500, threatening him with and gun and leaving him stranded at a motel. --- KPRC Houston --- February 13, 2012  (TEXAS)    http://is.gd/dJ3L4s   

20.                   “DeForest Man Gets 3 Years for Sexually Assaulting Cognitively Disabled Man” --- David R. Haug, 61, of DeForest, will spend three years in prison after pleading no contest in January for sexually assaulting a cognitively disabled man at the home of the man's sister. --- Wisconsin State Journal --- February 14, 2012  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/25jylO  
 

Seeking Improved Support

1.                     “948 Alabama Mental Health Workers to Lose Jobs” --- The Birmingham News The Alabama Department of Mental Health plans to lay off 948 employees and close all of its psychiatric hospitals by next spring except one to treat criminal cases and one for geriatric patients, ... --- al.com --- February 16, 2012  (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/XZSErD  

2.                     “AL Mental Health Head Misses Meeting on Cuts” --- The commissioner of Alabama's Department of Mental Health failed to show up for a scheduled meeting about her proposal to shutter all but two of the state's mental health facilities. --- Daily Comet --- February 17, 2012  (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/kaJZDE  

3.                     “All But Two Mental Hospitals to Close” --- Mental Health Commissioner Zelia Baugh on Wednesday announced plans to close four of the state's six mental health hospitals, leaving two in Tuscaloosa, and moving all remaining non-court committed mental patients to ... --- Gadsden Times --- February 15, 2012  (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/YrI1NS  

4.                     “Advocates Fear Disruption from Cedars Psychiatric Closures” --- The hospital's inpatient program closure in March and its outpatient clinic in July will disrupt patient care and could swell the ranks of the homeless or imprisoned, mental health experts say. Mental health advocates participate in a candlelight vigil ... --- Los Angeles Times --- February 18, 2012 (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ZxVxKF  

5.                     “Temple Grandin Cautions Not to Give up on Autistic Kids” --- When a young child is diagnosed as autistic, parents must move into high gear, Temple Grandin said in Chico Wednesday. "The worst thing you can do is nothing," she said. --- Enterprise-Record --- February 16, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/CrL4X4  

6.                     “Colorado Announces Reforms to Child-Welfare System” --- Colorado will overhaul how it trains child-welfare caseworkers, make more information public when a child dies of abuse or neglect and start using data to hold counties accountable for how they deal with reports of ... --- Denver Post --- February 17, 2012  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/yrEcAK  

7.                     “State Senate Proposes $87 Million Cut in Mental Health, Substance-Abuse Programs” --- Grappling with the need to close a $2 billion budget gap, a Senate proposal would make deep cuts in funding for adult mental health and substance-abuse programs, and entirely eliminate support for some of them. --- MiamiHerald.com --- February 14, 2012  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/syG8mY  

8.                     “About 200 Protest Cuts to Mental Health and Addiction Services” ---About 200 mental health and drug addiction case workers and advocates march in downtown Bradenton on Monday to protest a legislative proposal to cut more than $100 million in state funding for treatment programs. --- Sarasota Herald-Tribune --- February 13, 2012  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/B1XOWe  

9.                   “A Rally for the Disabled” --- Thousands stand in the rain in front of the Gold Dome in support of funding for the disabled. About 2,000 people rallied in front of the State Capitol today to call on the state to increase the amount of ...  --- WABE News --- February 16, 2012  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/pOWgp7  

10.                   “AP Interview: Hospitals Predict Quinn's $2B Cut to Illinois Medicaid Would Cost 19,000 Jobs” --- Pat Quinn's proposal to cut $2 billion from the Medicaid program is a blunt approach that would hurt the Illinois economy and cost 19000 jobs. --- The Republic --- February 17, 2012  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/7rxcw3

11.                   “Mental Health Employees Receive First Layoff Notices” --- On Monday, we reported that patients of city mental health clinics received a letter stating when six of the city's 12 mental health clinics will close and what might happen to their care. --- Progress Illinois --- February 16, 2012  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/1BvRxA  

12.       “Wheelchair Accident Raises Question of Safety” --- After the fatal accident involving a man being killed when a car hit his wheelchair, many questions have been raised about traffic laws and motorized wheelchairs. --- 14 News WFIE Evansville --- February 15, 2012  (INDIANA) http://is.gd/CgC0kc  

13.                   “Ind. Senate Panel OKs State Withdrawal from Medicare, Medicaid” --- A Senate committee on Wednesday approved legislation authorizing the governor to withdraw Indiana from Medicare, Medicaid and nearly all federal health programs. --- nwitimes.com --- February 15, 2012  (INDIANA) http://is.gd/yArjKv  

14.                   “Bills This Week Likely Will Differ on Mental Health Funding” --- Republicans and Democrats agree that Iowa's mental health system needs major reform, but they're split over whether county property taxes should continue to help pay for it. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- February 12, 2012  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/lDytkT  

15.                   “New Orleans' Frayed Mental Health Safety Net Could Collapse, Officials Warn” --- Frustration and anger boiled over Wednesday as members of New Orleans' political, criminal justice and medical communities pondered the dire consequences of pending cuts to state-financed mental health services for ... --- NOLA.com --- February 15, 2012  (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/dsLt53  

16.         “Deal Reached on Mentally Ill Inmates” --- Both programs were started following a lawsuit filed by the Disability Law Center on behalf of prisoners with mental illness, and after a Globe … --- Worcester Telegram --- February 16, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/ovMA3O  

17.                   “North Adams Councilor Denies Using Offensive Word” --- A number of commenters claim that they could hear someone use the term "retard" during the last moments of Tuesday's very long meeting. --- iBerkshires.com --- February 15, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Ypb2Es   

18.                 “State to Audit Six Autism Centers over Billing” --- The state wants to investigate the huge gap in Medicaid charges. Human Services agency can't explain the wide gap in reimbursement rates. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- February 17, 2012  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/iGfmdX   

19.                   “Mo. Panel Proposes $65M Cut to Health, Social Services to Boost Funding for Higher Education” --- The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the appropriations panel responsible for health, mental health and social services has recommended the $65 million budget cut. --- The Republic --- February 18, 2012  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/JpjYPO  

20.                   “Controversy over Deinstitutionalization of Mentally Disabled Continues” --- For more than 40 years, the concept of the deinstitutionalization of people with developmental disabilities has been a burning issue among the families of such individuals and the people who care for them. --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- February 13, 2012  (NEW JERSEY)http://is.gd/RKa5zC  

21.                   “NJ Group Home Operators Indicted in Fatal Fire” --- The operators of a southern New Jersey group home where a resident died in a 2009 fire have been indicted on charges that they failed to provide for their residents' safety. --- abc27 --- February 13, 2012  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/Yo0gjj  

22.                   “Dentist's Chair out of Reach for Some” --- While the Census Bureau estimated that 35000 people in Monroe County have a cognitive disability, no one really knows how many go without dental care — including organizations set up to care for them. --- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle --- February 14, 2012  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/PTW8ar  

23.                   “Welfare Cuts Raise Concern” ---Children would lose Medicaid benefits and th ousands of adults would be tossed off General Assistance rolls, including the disabled, recovering drug addicts, and battered women. --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- February 13, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/E7Vle8  

24.                   “RI Assembly Urged to Restore $24M for the Disabled” --- A coalition of disabled residents and their caregivers are asking Rhode Island lawmakers to reverse $24 million in budget cuts to programs serving those with developmental disabilities. --- NECN --- February 14, 2012  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/lGM54h  

25.                   “Minimum Wage Battle Moves in on Home Health Care” --- There are currently around 1.7 million home care workers, according to the National Employment Law Project, a low-wage workers advocacy group. --- Huffington Post --- February 17, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/u864rM  

26.                   “US Doctors 'Firing' Parents Who Refuse to Vaccinate Children” --- US pediatricians fed up with parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of concern it can cause autism or other problems increasingly are "firing" such families from their practices, raising questions ... --- Fox News --- February 15, 2012   (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/BaYuWe  

27.                   “Black Children Tend to be Diagnosed with Autism Later than White Children” --- The rate of diagnosis for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is the same among all racial groups — one in 110, according to current estimates. However, a study by a Florida State University researcher has … --- Newswise (press release) --- February 15, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)http://is.gd/Vf2kZa  

28.                   “Teens with Autism Preoccupied with TV, Video Games: Study” --- When given the opportunity to have screen time, children with autism spectrum disorders typically choose television and video games over social interactive media, such as email, a new study finds . --- U.S. News & World Report --- February 14, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/VsAplb  

29.                   “Autism Group Offers Free Safety Kit to Caregivers” --- Wandering-related episodes involving those with autism is a serious issue and stories seem to come in on a weekly basis pertaining to the topic. Unfortunately, not all of them have happy endings. --- Autism Key --- February 14, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/F8ByhZ  

30.                   “Obama's Budget Leaves Funding Unclear for Disabled College Students” --- Federal funding for a five-year program for students with intellectual disabilities is not guaranteed. By Katy Hopkins President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 may signal a murky future… --- U.S. News & World Report --- February 14, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/xplT4Q  

31.                   “Autism Signs Appear in Brains of 6-Month-Old Infants” --- The early signs of autism are visible in the brains of 6-month-old infants, a new study finds, suggesting that future treatments could be given at this time, to lessen the impact of the disorder ... --- Scientific American --- February 18, 2012  (INTERNATIONAL)   http://is.gd/F6UcCN  
 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.                     “Judge Could Give Final Approval to Settlement of DC Mental-Health Lawsuit” --- A judge could give final approval to the settlement of a long-running lawsuit over the way the District of Columbia provides health care to mentally ill residents. --- Washington Post --- February 16, 2012  (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA)   http://is.gd/YF3Lpw   

2.                     “Disabled Colo. Teen Step Closer to $30M He's Owed” --- The bill that would require a Florida hospital to pay a disabled Colorado teenager and his family over $30 million has passed Florida's civil justice subcommittee. --- KMGH Denver --- February 17, 2012  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/mXvCZq  

3.                     “Lawmakers Push to Mandate Insurance Coverage for Autism” --- "We think it's time to take action and make significant inroads on autism," Sen. Josh Green, Health Committee chairman, said Wednesday … --- Honolulu Star-Advertiser --- February 12, 2012   (HAWAII)     http://is.gd/8g4Ze2  

4.                   “Montgomery County Inspections of Group Homes Could End” --- Montgomery is the only county in Maryland to require local licenses and inspections of group homes for developmentally disabled people, but that soon could change. A bill before the County Council would exempt the ... --- Gazette Net --- February 13, 2012  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/NjCA8D  

5.                    “Bill Would Push Social Work Agencies to Focus on Safety” --- KUDOS TO the Globe for once again highlighting the issue of social worker safety in the workplace and the tragic story of Stephanie Moulton (“Giving voice to slain social worker'', B1, 2/8/12). --- Boston Globe --- February 14, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/PqgqiM

6.                     “Lawmakers Urged to Revoke 20 Percent Pay Cut on Personal Care Assistants” --- More than 17,000 Minnesotans with disabilities rely on personal care assistants to help them with everyday tasks like eating and getting dressed. --- Minnesota Public Radio --- February 17, 2012  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/noCj7N  

7.                     “Schumer Bill Would Require Passenger 'Advocates' to Help Passengers, Disabled at Airports” --- Charles Schumer will introduce a bill requiring "passenger advocates" at airports to help elderly, disabled and other passengers following complaints about screening agents at a New York airport. --- The Republic --- February 13, 2012  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/bR85FQ  

8.                  “ 'Sandusky' Bill Passes State House” --- Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday requiring coaches and other university employees to report child abuse to police or state human services staff. --- KPTV.com --- February 16, 2012  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/BBJvUG  

9                 “Utah House GOP Reaches Compromise on Autism Coverage” --- A deal struck after weeks of negotiations among House Republican leaders could extend coverage for treatment of about 800 children with autism, but would stop short of a more sweeping and … --- Salt Lake Tribune --- February 14, 2012  (UTAH)   http://is.gd/cesFjR  

10.                “Vt. Senate Panel Advances Mental Health Bill” --- A committee of the Vermont Senate has voted to advance legislation calling for an overhaul of Vermont's mental health system. --- NECN --- February 17, 2012  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/ZbpLtB  

11.                   “W.Va. Autism Advocates to Visit Legislature” --- Family members and advocates of West Virginia children with autism plan to gather at the General Assembly to press their legislators to back a proposed fix for the state's autism-coverage law. --- MSN Money --- February 13, 2012  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/kErRYb  

12.                   “Disability Group Asks Judges to Re-hear Special-needs Lawsuit Decision” --- A disability advocacy group that lost its special-education lawsuit against Milwaukee Public Schools two weeks ago when a federal appeals court panel ruled in favor of the district is now asking for all the ... --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- February 17, 2012  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/tlctAC  

13.                   “Disabilities Bill Clears Wyoming Senate Committee” --- The waiver is necessary because Wyoming's Medicaid program does not provide all of the rehabilitation and personal services needed for children and adults with these disabilities, supporters say... --- Casper Star-Tribune Online --- February 17, 2012  (WYOMING)   http://is.gd/b4e4f4  
 

International Articles

1.                “Disability Advocates Recount Sterilisations Without Consent” ---Disability advocates have recounted distressing tales of disabled women who learn they have been sterilised years after the fact. It comes as Federal Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes raised concerns about the increasing number of ... --- ABC Online --- February 14, 2012  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/RTezrd            

2.               “Murder-Suicide Dad Who Killed Disabled Sons 'Had Love and Empathy' ” --- Mystery surrounds the reason why an ailing yet loving father decided to kill his two disabled sons along with himself in a murder-suicide, the Deputy State Coroner has found. Edo Travaglia, 54, had a past medical history of anxiety, depression and ... --- Herald Sun --- February 14, 2012  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/x0zA0k  

3.              “Man Who Murdered Disabled Ex-wife Dies in Custody” --- The Whig-Standard A 59-year-old man serving time for what a judge called the “particularly horrifying murder” of his wheelchair-bound ex-wife in 2005 died in custody Thursday. --- The Kingston Whig-Standard --- February 17, 2012  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/PZo6gB  

4.             “Disabled Woman Fired at $1.25 Per Hour” --- It is the potential impact of the ruling on other developmentally disabled people in general that convinced Garrie's family to move forward with the case. --- Toronto Sun --- February 17, 2012  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/td2YLQ  

5.           “Sheriff Used 'Excessive' Force on Deaf Man, Province Rules” --- A sheriff accused of roughly evicting a deaf and mute man from the Red Deer courthouse is no longer working for the provincial government. --- CBC.ca --- February 16, 2011  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/BZlLxk  

6.           “Winnipeg Hospital Pays $110K to Family of Man Who Died After 33-Hours in Waiting Room” --- The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said Monday it has issued a cheque for $110,000 to the family of Brian Sinclair, a double amputee who died on Sept. 21, 2008, while awaiting treatment in a Winnipeg emergency ward for a ... --- National Post --- February 13, 2012  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/7WvG4u  

7.           “How a Nurse is Fighting for the Rights of People with Learning Disabilities” --- Jim Blair is unequivocal about why the welfare of people with learning disabilities warrants attention. "It is really important that we look at this as a human rights issue," he says. --- The Guardian --- February 14, 2012  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/M8XtbX  

8.           “Deaf Girl: I Was Kept in UK Cellar as Sex Slave” --- Locked in a cellar where she was allegedly raped and beaten for nearly a decade, a young deaf and mute Pakistani woman told a UK court on Monday how she was trafficked into Britain and forced to work as a virtual ... --- Boston.com --- February 13, 2012  (ENGLAND)    http://is.gd/otDN1R  

9.          “Concern over Sheffield Children's Mental Health Service” --- A Sheffield charity says children are being put at risk because of long waits to access mental health services. Asperger's Children and Carers Together (ACCT) claimed that some patients… --- BBC News --- February 14, 2012  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/AIBipp  

10.         “Mentally Ill Often Taken to Traditional Practitioners” --- The families of people with mental illnesses in Indonesia frequently take their sick relatives to traditional medical practitioners, an official says. --- Jakarta Post --- February 13, 2012  (INDONESIA)   http://is.gd/iTRJcH  

11.         “Disabled Children's Group Fears Cuts” --- A group which aims to highlight the difficulties faced by disabled children in Northern Ireland will call for support from MLAs. --- U.TV --- February 13, 2012  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/b1rknn  

12.         “Mental Disorders” --- Lack of social understanding worsens the condition of the mentally challenged. Social campaigns must be initiated to deepen the understanding of the psychiatric disorders and challenge social exclusion. --- Korea Times --- February 16, 2012  (KOREA)    http://is.gd/Dq6xce  

13.          “Al Ata Aims to Bring Hope to Arab Disabled People – First Media Academy in Arab World” --- It includes a special section for the disabled in order to give them a future and merge them into the community. --- Kuwait Times --- February 14, 2012  (KUWAIT)   http://is.gd/rXkHuR  

14.         “Court Battle over Caring for Disabled Children Begins” --- A long-running court battle over payment for parents who care for their disabled children reached the Court of Appeal today. Parents caring for their disabled children do not receive payment for the work they do and in 2010 the ... --- New Zealand Herald --- February 13, 2012  (NEW ZEALAND)   http://is.gd/njd7Xo  

15.         “Mentally Handicapped Boy Burnt to Death” --- A 12-year-old mentally handicapped boy was burnt to death in the limits of Zaman Town police station on Monday. According to SHO Zaman Town, a … --- Pakistan Daily Times --- February 14, 2012  (PAKISTAN)   http://is.gd/MC2H9D  

16.         “Finding Work Is Difficult for Disabled” --- Disabled job-seekers face accessibility problems, among others. In January, billboard advertising appeared on the streets of Moscow showing the resumés of disabled people. --- The Moscow Times --- February 15, 2012  (RUSSIA)  http://is.gd/VN3RXp  

17.         “Care Home Workers Accused of Neglect” --- A Machynlleth care home worker has appeared in court charged with neglecting to supervise a 26-year-old woman who suffers from autism and schizophrenia and who should have been constantly watched 24 hours a day and night. --- cambrian-news.co.uk --- February 15, 2012  (WALES)   http://is.gd/cD891v  

18.         “Row over Learning Disability Deaths” --- The deaths in NHS care of 74 people with learning disabilities could have been avoided and were a direct result of institutional discrimination, a charity has claimed. --- The Press Association --- February 15, 2012  (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/NYyE3H   

 

 


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