Disability and Abuse Newsfeed


Week of February 9 to February 15, 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:
 

Sexual Assault: 6, 7, 77, 78, 81

Physical Abuse:   2, 5 8, 9, 10, 15, 87

Emotional/verbal abuse: 8

Financial abuse: 3

Murder: 31

Neglected: 11, 58 (failure to protect child during self-injury episode), 84

Restrained: 1

Seclusion: 14

Related to special education: 1, 2, 4, 14, 23, 30, 58

 

WHO DUN IT (listed by article number):

 

Family: 5

Carer: 3, 11, 12, 31

Stranger: 9

Co-resident: 15

Friend: 10

Friend of the family: 6

Special education program: 8

Siblings: 12

Men:  6, 7, 10, 11, 15

Women: 3, 5m, 8, 11


Good News: 27: First responders may be required to report suspected abuse of vulnerable adults; 34: Care hours removed in 2016 are restored; 36/37: Texas to be sued for failing to provide workers with disabilities voter registration as required by law; 49: Medial marijuana approved for special educations students who qualify; 53: Housing complex for people with disabilities opens in FL; 63: State program educates people with disabilities to report abuse.

 

Bad News: 22: ALERT: Very negatively slanted article on federal legislation; 25: Right for individuals with disabilities to have access to assisted suicide is proposed (good? Bad?); 30: On average school students left on bus (abandoned) twice a month; 38: Advocates to uphold the ADA are arrested in the House of Representatives; 43: In WA 89% of youth detention inmates have a neurological condition.

 

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ABUSE & NEGLECT

 

1.    “Father Calls Out School District for Harnessing Special Needs Students on Bus with Zip Ties.” A controversial practice of using zip ties to secure special needs students in a school bus was brought to light Thursday at a Poway Unified School District meeting. --- nbcsandiego.com, February 9 (California) https://is.gd/pkoDbr

 

2.    “Vacaville Bus Driver Accused of Abusing Special-Needs Student.” A bus driver was arrested for allegedly abusing a special-needs student on Wednesday. --- sacramento.cbslocal.com, February 15 (California) https://is.gd/NQW4wR

 

3.    “Woman accused again of exploitation and neglect of vulnerable adults denied bond.” Less than six months after Magistrate Stephen Shepard set bond for a woman accused of stealing from a disabled resident of her personal care home, she was back in court Friday. --- augusta.com, February 9 (Georgia) https://is.gd/J8dY4r

 

4.    “Former special education teacher charged with child pornography possession.” A former south suburban special education teacher was arrested Tuesday on multiple child pornography charges. --- chicago.suntimes.com, February 14 (Illinois) https://is.gd/58JQO4

 

5.    “Mother accused of feeding child acid, chlorine in attempt to cure autism.” An Indianapolis father accused his wife of feeding their child bleach to help cure her autism, according to a recent police report. --- fox6now.com, February 12 (Indiana) https://is.gd/qwr05K

 

6.    “LaPlace man booked in rape of special needs adult.” A LaPlace man has been arrested and jailed in St. Charles Parish after authorities say an investigation indicated he had inappropriate sexual contact with a special needs adult. --- nola.com, February 12 (Louisiana) https://is.gd/W5b9ZF

 

7.    “Search warrant executed at home of Brockton Housing maintenance man.” After he was arrested last week and was charged with raping a mentally disabled younger man, a search warrant was executed at his Michael Drive home on Wednesday, according to police. John E. Beals, Sr., was later charged with larceny more than $250 by a single scheme and receiving stolen property more than $250. --- enterprisenews.com, February 15 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/njQc62
 

8.    “MISD teacher charged with physically, verbally abusing autistic students.” A Macomb Intermediate School District teacher has been charged with child abuse for inappropriately disciplining three autistic students, according to police. --- macombdaily.com, February 8 (Michigan) https://is.gd/p20AIn
 

9.    Woman in wheelchair slashed in the face outside bodega A stranger slashed a wheelchair-bound woman in the face as she sat outside a Bronx, bodega, police said. --- nypost.com, February 14 (New York) https://is.gd/xPX3mT

 

10.“He snapped' -- Man allegedly attacked handicapped friend during Super Bowl party.” A Tottenville man viciously attacked his disabled friend and called him a "crippled f---" during a Super Bowl party at his home, authorities allege. --- silive.com, February 9 (New York) https://is.gd/PPkFUl

 

11.“Police: Woman kept in 'unbelievable conditions'.” A Rhea County man and his sister have been charged in relation to neglecting a vulnerable adult after sheriff’s deputies allegedly found a bed-ridden woman with bedsores and “soaked in urine and feces” in the man’s home, according to law enforcement officials. --- rheaheraldnews.com, February 12 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/5jBKxC

 

12.“Rhea Co. siblings arrested, charged with neglecting adult with disabilities.” The Rhea County Sheriff's Department (RCSD) say two siblings have been arrested and charged with neglecting an adult with disabilities. --- newschannel9.com, February 14 (Tennessee) https://is.gd/uc9gPG

 

13.“Disability group threatens to sue Texas over voter registration policy.” Disability rights advocates have accused state officials of violating federal law by declining to help disabled Texans register to vote when they receive job training from the state. --- statesman.com, February 12 (Texas) https://is.gd/ot6AVH

 

14.“The Isolation Room: Loudoun County parents alarmed at treatment of students with special needs.” Concerns and complaints are mounting over Loudoun County Public Schools' treatment of students with special needs, particularly the system's use of isolation and seclusion practices. --- loudountimes.com, February 15 (Virginia) https://is.gd/yUO8vm

 

15.“Man charged with assault of fellow resident of group home.” The day after he reached time limits to be restored to competency on one charge, the state brought new charges against a Kenosha man whose mental illness has made prosecution difficult. --- kenoshanews.com, February 13 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/LxnZ5l
 

 

GUARDIANSHIP

 

16.“Surprise man spends thousands in probate court costs as he tries to help wife with dementia.” All Bob McGuire wanted was to cash out his wife's modest retirement account and use the money to pay the mounting bills that have accompanied her dementia diagnosis. --- February 13 (Arizona) https://is.gd/eNTbJV

 

17.“Study: Many parents of children with disabilities don't make care plans.” Fewer than half of parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities make long-term plans about who will take over their child's care if the parent or other relative providing care dies or becomes incapacitated, a new study suggests. --- eurekalert.org, February 9 (Illinois) https://is.gd/7DJt82

 

18.“Indiana breaking ground with online guardianship registry.” An elderly person suddenly attempting to withdraw a large sum of money and close out a savings or checking account would likely send bank officials scrambling to make sure nothing was amiss. --- nwitimes.com, February 11 (Indiana) https://is.gd/pQTB9v

 

19.“Indiana guardianship registry prevents exploitation.” A new online registry that aims to protect elderly people and others in Indiana from being financially exploited by their court-appointed guardians is now being used by courts in more than half of the state's counties. --- southbendtribune.com, February 13 (Indiana) https://is.gd/pgG5WN

 

20.“Urge action on guardianship bill.” Our guardianship system has failed many New Mexicans — our families and our most vulnerable adults. Recent news articles have spotlighted the many holes in the system that failed these individuals and exposed them to abuse and exploitation. Senate Bill 19, the Uniform Guardianship Act, sponsored by Sen. Jim White, R-Albuquerque, and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, will start to address these problems. --- santafenewmexican.com, February 9 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/g8QCdS

 

21.“Change to guardianship laws necessary, families say.” Jessica Delancy’s mother might as well be a stranger. It has been nearly a decade since Delancy’s mother, struggling with mental health issues, grappling with addiction and working two jobs, dropped then-6-year-old Delancy off at her grandmother’s house in Cheyenne. --- wyomingnews.com, February 12, (Wyoming) https://is.gd/nhoCqA
 

 

LAWS &LEGISLATION

 

22.While everybody slept, congress did something extraordinary for vulnerable children.” Tucked quietly into the most recent congressional measure to keep the government open was the most sweeping and ambitious piece of child welfare legislation passed in at least a decade. --- theintercept.com, February 11 https://is.gd/TEWJ6p

 

23.“District Ordered to Pay Education Costs of Autistic Student.” A federal judge has ruled that the Douglas County School District did not provide an adequate education to a student who has autism and must reimburse his family for the cost of sending him to a private school. --- usnews.com, February 13 (Colorado) https://is.gd/4Yqt2D

 

24.“Lawmakers want answers on special education growth.” Lawmakers tasked with crafting the state budget are seeking more detail about why the number of Delaware's special education students is growing so quickly. --- delawareonline.com, February 9 (Delaware) https://is.gd/E1R6oT

 

25.“Disability rights activists decry Delaware assisted suicide bill “. The bill, which was introduced into the Delaware General Assembly last month, would allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients over the age of 18. Controversially, an amendment to the bill states that patients with an intellectual disability can receive assisted suicide provided they are deemed competent by a social worker. --- bioedge.org, February 10 (Delaware) https://is.gd/ySgZWj

 

26.“Iowa asks lawmakers to cut some Medicaid reporting requirements.” Iowa would eliminate many of the reporting requirements behind its privatized Medicaid program under a legislative bill introduced this week by the state’s human services department. --- desmoinesregister.com, February 9 (Iowa) https://is.gd/e3HL0I

 

27.“Kansas lawmakers debate bill requiring first responders to report suspected abuse of adults.” A state law requiring emergency medical technicians to report signs of child mistreatment could soon protect vulnerable adults at risk for abuse, neglect or exploitation. --- cjonline.com, February 11 (Kansas) https://is.gd/lTjXIL

 

28.“Frustrated with KanCare, advocates ask for different system for some disabled Kansans.” Parents and advocates long frustrated by the treatment people with intellectual and developmental disabilities get under Kansas’ privatized Medicaid system, KanCare, pushed lawmakers Friday to remove those beneficiaries from the program. --- cjonline.com, February 9 (Kansas) https://is.gd/ppONBW

 

29.“Blind Missourians remind lawmakers of needs.” Members of Missouri's chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will visit the Capitol this week in their annual lobbying effort to remind lawmakers of their special needs. --- newstribune.com, February 11 (Missouri) https://is.gd/EE7gjR

 

30.“Students keep being left behind on school buses. Is technology the solution?” It happens about once every two weeks during the school year. A student, drowsy from getting up in the early morning hours and standing on the bus stop in the cold, falls asleep on the way to school and wakes up hours later in an unfamiliar parking lot, surrounded by yellow buses. --- nj.com, February 12 (New Jersey) https://is.gd/Bsgfhr

 

31.Disability rights group blames state for boarding home deaths.” A disability rights group says the state is responsible for at least two deaths in New Mexico boarding homes. --- krqe.com, February 13 (New Mexico) https://is.gd/2Hl8BT

 

32.“Proposed Bill Is an Attack on Disability Rights, Groups Say.” A bill aimed at strengthening the Americans with Disabilities Act may not be what it seems. The U.S. House could vote this week on The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620). --- clevescene.com, February 13 (Ohio) https://is.gd/IB7vfQ

 

33.“ACLU Sues to Halt 'Unconstitutional' Down Syndrome Abortion Law in Ohio.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a complaint Thursday on behalf of several abortion providers seeking to block a state law that bans abortions "because an unborn child has or may have Down Syndrome." --- npr.org, February 15 (Ohio) https://is.gd/n8qpi7

 

34.“Oregon DHS restores care hours, benefits to seniors, disabled.” The Oregon Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program announced Friday that an agreement with Disability Rights Oregon, Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center to restore long-term care hours and benefits to older adults and adults with disabilities who lost them due to program and rule changes last year. --- ktvz.com, February 10 (Oregon) https://is.gd/VFzvIr

 

35.“Bill would prohibit abortion solely due to Down syndrome diagnosis.”  Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would prohibit a woman having an abortion solely because of a Down syndrome diagnosis. --- wjactv.com, February 9 (Pennsylvania) https://is.gd/4bR4QT

 

36.“Disability rights group threatens to sue Texas over voter registration.” Lawyers for a disability rights group are threatening to sue the state for failing to provide voter registration services to Texans with disabilities who obtain job training from state agencies, a violation of federal law, according to a letter sent Monday afternoon. --- chron.com, February 15 (Texas) https://is.gd/lkcRyD

 

37.“Disability group threatens to sue Texas over voter registration policy.” Disability rights advocates have accused state officials of violating federal law by declining to help Texans with disabilities register to vote when they receive job training from the state. --- mystatesman.com, February 12 (Texas) https://is.gd/97O9am

 

38.“Capitol Police arrest disability rights protesters for disrupting hearing.” Disability rights advocates were arrested on Tuesday for disrupting a House Rules Committee hearing to prepare legislation that would create additional requirements for filing lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). --- thehill.com, February 13 (Washington DC) https://is.gd/v3Idtb

 

39.“W.Va. State Treasurer launches WVABLE disabilities program.” West Virginia State Treasurer launches WVABLE program for individuals with disabilities. The new program will help individuals with disabilities save for their future. --- journal-news.net, February 11 (West Virginia) https://is.gd/XvDDLM
 

 

STUDIES & STATISTICS

 

40.“Five major psychiatric diseases have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows.” Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders - autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism - according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released Thursday. --- chicagotribune.com, February 8 https://is.gd/hDnylM

 

41.“Can Medical Marijuana Benefit People with Autism?” It’s helping with several conditions that get slim to no relief from prescription medication, but can medical marijuana benefit people with autism as well? --- hightimes.com, February 8 https://is.gd/2AICgH

 

42.“Video game trains people with schizophrenia to block verbal hallucinations.” A small study recently published in Translational Psychiatry showed that people living with schizophrenia could use a video game paired with an MRI scanner to curb verbal hallucinations. --- mobihealthnews.com, February 15 https://is.gd/jDP3JC

 

43.“Study finds 89 per cent of WA youth in detention have neurological impairments.” Almost 40 per cent of Western Australian youth in detention have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and almost 90 per cent have a neurological impairment, according to a new study. --- sbs.com.au, February 14 (Australia) https://is.gd/yAq3yd
 

 

IMPROVED SUPPORTS

 

44.“Why we march.” Love saves lives. This was the theme of the 45th annual March for Life in Washington D.C., which drew tens of thousands of pro-life activists —  including 40 students from Princeton Pro-Life —  to protest the legalization of abortion in Roe v. Wade. Though four and a half decades of marches have not overturned Roe, we persist in joyfully and peacefully witnessing to the sanctity of all human life. --- dailyprincetonian.com, February 8 https://is.gd/CuixzA

 

45.“Nursing Homes Use Antipsychotic Meds to Suppress Patients, Report Finds.” A new report from Human Rights Watch highlights the alarming use of "chemical restraints" on the elderly. --- thefix.com, February 9 https://is.gd/sGVpOb

 

46.“6 Things Can You Do to Protect Disability Rights Today.” What does it mean to be an activist? I became an accidental activist because this world was never built for me. For me, as a disabled woman of color with a progressive neuromuscular disability, every breath is an act of resistance and activism. --- teenvogue.com, February 14 https://is.gd/VOgak2

 

47.“Project SEARCH helps Baldwin County students with disabilities.” Kelsey Boothe wants to be a nurse. Some naysayers might say as a teen with a disability, that dream is impossible. --- gulfcoastnewstoday.com, February 14 (Alabama) https://is.gd/UFLfPu

 

48.“Vallejo school board receives report on special education program.” A consultant hired to audit the Vallejo school district’s special education program had a stern message for the school board Wednesday night. “The time of not paying attention no longer can exist,” said William Gillaspie with the Roseville-based Educational Strategic Planning. ---- timesheraldonline.com. February 9 (California) https://is.gd/G9iz1L

 

49.California special needs students would be allowed to use medical marijuana in school under new legislation.” California minors with special needs or severe disabilities who rely on marijuana for medical purposes would be allowed to use the drug at their school under legislation introduced this week by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo). ---latimes.com, February 15 (California) https://is.gd/ulOrYC

 

50.“Better classrooms on the way for special ed students.” Mountain View Whisman School District officials are doubling down on a commitment to build better facilities for the high-need students, announcing plans last week to construct a specialized classroom at Landels Elementary for children with significant physical disabilities. --- mv-voice.com, February 9 (California) https://is.gd/Ob7OUc

 

51.The growing acceptance of autism in the workplace.” Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Pauley thought he had it all figured out when it came to looking for a job. He had a detailed spreadsheet of each and every position he applied for -- at least 600. --- cbsnews.com, February 11 (California) https://is.gd/UFh7tL

 

52.“#Relationships: Teaching Sex Ed To Students with Disabilities.” The title for today’s lesson is written on the whiteboard of this Hartford classroom: #Relationships. --- wnpr.org, February 12 (Connecticut) https://is.gd/0wKtDR

 

53.“The first housing complex for adults with developmental disabilities opens in Orlando.” Designed specifically for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, Quest Village gives its tenants a chance at autonomy. --- orlandoweekly.com, February 16 (Florida) https://is.gd/E1Le3q

 

54.“If we won't talk about guns, let's at least fix Iowa's mental health system.” We’re still learning the details of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., but reports suggest a familiar story: A man with a history of mental problems had too easy access to an assault rifle and ammunition. --- desmoinesregister.com, February 15 (Iowa) https://is.gd/omO58S

 

55.“Stickers notify of special needs.” Deputies in Kansas want to avoid possible tragic misunderstandings when they interact with people with special needs. Jennifer Smith remembers all too well what it was like when a police officer pulled her over while she was driving with her daughter. --- kwch.com, February 11 (Kansas) https://is.gd/c40qab

 

56.“Safety class introduces those with disabilities to first responders.” Emergencies can be overwhelming for anyone, but for those who have disabilities, it can be especially stressful. That’s why Olathe Police and Fire departments worked together to hold a special safety class on Sunday. --- kshb.com, February 11 (Kansas) https://is.gd/cchYta

 

57.“For first time in a decade child assault cases were down in Bristol County.” The Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County, an organization that tackles the trauma of child abuse, saw for the first time a modest decline in the number of children served. --- heraldnews.com, February 9 (Massachusetts) https://is.gd/UO9hdR

 

58.“Parents of special needs student say school could have prevented critical injuries.” A mom and dad want answers.  They say they sent their severely disabled son to school and got a horrifying call.  He was being rushed to the hospital fighting for his life. --- wxyz.com, February 14 (Michigan) https://is.gd/DeYYdf

 

59.“Special education funding change costs Monticello Schools $1.6 million.” A change in the way special education programs are funded by the state has contributed to about a $2 million short fall in the Monticello school district. For Monticello Schools, it is a crisis. The restructuring and a funding formula change to the district’s special education program has left them $800,000 short for two years in a row. --- fox9.com, February 14 (Minnesota) https://is.gd/isyGYl

 

60.“Ride-sharing companies must be charged more than cabs under congestion plan; disability rights advocate says.” A disability rights activist is urging that any congestion pricing plan enacted by the state charge higher fees for app-based ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft than for yellow cabs. --- nydailynews.com, February 11 (New York) https://is.gd/iKwSjk

 

61.“He saw what the kids did in gym class and said, ‘me too!’ Indian Land teacher agreed.” It was an average day at Harrisburg Elementary School. As P.E. teacher Lauren Watts watched her 60 students rotate through jump rope stations in the gym, she passed a ball back and forth with 8-year-old Jorgy Emerson. --- heraldonline.com, February 9 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/XC197a

 

62.“To the Duke professor who compared libertarians to autistic people, from someone with an autistic sibling.” Last week, Duke University professor Nancy MacLean compared libertarians to autistic people. --- washingtonexaminer.com, February 15 (North Carolina) https://is.gd/Z3wkau

 

63.“State program aims to help people with disabilities to “‘Speak up/Stay Safe’.” In 2016, a 75-year-old bus driver was sentenced to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman while working for a nonprofit agency that serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities., February 11 (Ohio) https://is.gd/MfwfHe

 

64.“Children's chiropractic clinic in OKC launches Valentine's Day campaign.” Oklahoma City-based nonprofit Oklahaven Children's Chiropractic Center launched its annual Have-A-Heart campaign Wednesday in an effort to raise money for the center and create awareness of the benefits of chiropractic for physically and intellectually challenged children. --- newsok.com, February 10 (Oklahoma) https://is.gd/PZWETq

 

65.“Kids from the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind take their skills to Capitol Hill.” Kelsey Ensign, 6, and Cameron Draper, 7, seem like average fun-loving first-graders. But these bright-eyed kids talk with their hands. --- sltrib.com, February 8 (Utah) https://is.gd/CZvKzq

 

66.“Traveling clinic to serve Appalachian children with autism.” A group of Virginia Tech faculty and graduate students are converting a recreational vehicle into a traveling clinic to serve children with autism in Virginia's rural Central Appalachian region. --- whsv.com, February 14 (Virginia) https://is.gd/lE0QSI

 

67.“Special education: Disparity.” During my 30 years as a special-education teacher, serving in three different districts, I spent thousands of dollars of my personal income to provide instructional materials for my students. --- seattletimes.com, February 9 (Washington) https://is.gd/bQvFST

 

68.“Wisconsin voucher program for special needs students expected to triple next year.” One of the last big decisions 12-year-old Alontay's mother made before she died was to move her son to St. Marcus Lutheran School. --- jsonline.com, February 12 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/092We5

 

69.“Local Down Syndrome facility protests Netflix comedy show.” Whenever 9-year old Grace Ryan attends a social function, people point to her, wave and enthusiastically say, “That’s Grace!” --- hngnews.com, February 8 (Wisconsin) https://is.gd/9L3EdR
 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

70.“Sydney woman becomes first to complete World Marathon Challenge in a wheelchair.” Johanna Garvin, 26, has some stories to tell after completing the grueling World Marathon Challenge traversing Antarctica, Cape Town, Perth, Dubai, Portugal, Columbia and Miami. --- abc.net.au, February 10 (Australia) https://is.gd/6AgFoa

 

71.“The ‘grey areas’ of restrictive practice for students with a disability in Tasmanian schools.” Does restrictive practice have a place in schools? Restrictive practice is defined as the use of physical restraint and/or segregation to manage or control behaviour in people with a disability. --- examiner.com.au, February 10 (Australia) https://is.gd/Se05wj

 

72.“Police who shot teen made 'good choices' to protect themselves, Commissioner says.” Queensland's Police Commissioner says he backs the officers who shot a teenager in the chest after a domestic dispute on Wednesday afternoon. --- abc.net.au, February 14 (Australia) https://is.gd/gN7ZxQ

 

73.“As terminations rise, will Gerber's Down syndrome 'spokesbaby' change attitudes?” For the first time ever, the Gerber baby is a grinning child with Down syndrome. And since the company's announcement earlier this week, one-year-old Lucas Warren's smile has been seen the world over. --- cbc.ca, February 9 (Canada) https://is.gd/vtCQKf

 

74.“N.S. system for people with disabilities had dark roots, expert tells inquiry.” Nova Scotia's system to support people with intellectual disabilities has dark roots in a poorhouse system that led to attitudes they should remain segregated and controlled, a human rights inquiry was told Tuesday. --- atlantic.ctvnews.ca, February 14 (Canada) https://is.gd/nqNIYX

 

75.“People with autism need protection.” We were shocked, as the family of a 26-year-old autistic son who has been in four residences since leaving school, to read of the abuse in a National Autistic Society care home --- theguardian.com, February 15 (France) https://is.gd/EyYMFD

 

76.“People with Disabilities to Get Vote in France.” Last week, France delivered some good news on the human rights and equality front: All people with disabilities are to be granted the right to vote. --- hrw.org, February 9 (France) https://is.gd/TfuXlD

 

77.“Intellectually challenged teenager fall victim of rape in Kalagachhia.” A 15-year-old intellectually impaired teenage girl was raped at Kalagachhia of Bandar upazila on Friday night, says UNB. --- thefinancialexpress.com.bd, February 10 (India) https://is.gd/ojUvL7

 

78.“Syrian man rapes mentally retarded woman.” Police are looking for a Syrian man for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old mentally retarded woman, reports Al- Anba daily. --- arabtimesonline.com, February 10 (Kuwait) https://is.gd/YrGTun

 

79.“Capacitate people living with disabilities.” That President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government should prioritise looking into the rights and welfare of people living with disabilities is not negotiable given this special group of people is often shuffled to the sidelines of mainstream society — be it in politics, social interaction or economic activity. --- newsday.co.zw February 8 (Mnangagwa) https://is.gd/TlTlIy

 

80.“Review of disability care called for.” The Human Rights Commission is welcoming a decision by the Court of Appeal to overturn a Ministry of Health ruling on disability care, saying the area needs an overhaul. --- nzcity.co.nz, February 9 (New Zealand) https://is.gd/w4KbUe

 

81.“Mentally retarded girl among two raped.” Two girls including a mentally-retarded were raped in different areas while a gang-rape victim was medically examined here at DHQ Hospital. --- nation.com.pk, February 13 (Pakistan) https://is.gd/exHBPG

 

82.“App identifying barrier-free routes for wheelchair users in the works.” A route-planning app for wheelchair users in the works, with the aim of locating barrier-free routes in public housing heartlands. ---  www.channelnewsasia.com, February 10 (Singapore) https://is.gd/w7zKzO

 

83.“Boy, 8, with Asperger’s inspires global messages of support.” It's a sentence Lewis Clark has been repeating to those he meets during the last few days. A collection of words which feels new to him, the meaning of them still being digested. --- stv.tv, February 10 (Scotland) https://is.gd/S8M0Ty

 

84.“Richard Handley: ‘Gross failures‘in constipation loss of life.” A “missed opportunity” for potentially life-saving treatment contributed to the death of a man from constipation complications, an inquest has found. Richard Handley, 33, who had Down‘s syndrome, died at Ipswich Hospital on 17 November 2012. --- luxoraleader.com, February 9 (UK) https://is.gd/KqKvqd

 

85.“C of E backs motion valuing people with Down's syndrome.” The General Synod calls for parents to be given more information about the condition, amid abortion fears --- theguardian.com, February 10 (UK) https://is.gd/v6FFlk

 

86.“Burton Albion sensory room for autistic football fans is pitch perfect.” The room will let adults and children watch matches from a secure area --- burtonmail.co.uk, February 9 (UK) https://is.gd/6wZe3k

 

87.“Man jailed for battering Asperger's sufferer in shop by stamping on his head.” CCTV captured raging Robert Brown kicking and stamping on the head of Craig Costello who also suffers from epilepsy. --- dailyrecord.co.uk, February 13 (UK) https://is.gd/Tme9B1
 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

88.“Tim Tebow's 'Night to Shine' celebrates 90,000 people with special needs worldwide.” The “Night to Shine” is one of Tim Tebow’s favorite days of the year. --- foxnews.com, February 9 https://is.gd/S7YJb3

 

89.“Bold Beauty Project: An Invitation to Really See Women with Disabilities.” Shelly Baer was working with an organization that supports people with disabilities when somebody suggested making a fundraising calendar: nudes of women with disabilities. --- wlrn.org, February 12 https://is.gd/cjeOzn

 

90.“A Barrier Breaks: An Actress with Down Syndrome Plays the Lead.” Near the end of 2015, the playwright Lindsey Ferrentino and the actress Jamie Brewer were watching clips of Donald J. Trump, then a candidate, appearing to mock a reporter with a physical disability. They were horrified — which made their work on a new play, centered on a character with Down syndrome, all the more significant. --- nytimes.com, February 14 https://is.gd/lGwbSF