Friday, January 09, 2009

Friday roundup

From the Chicago Tribune: Irene C. Henry, who pioneered care for kids with developmental disabilities, has died. She was 91. (h/t to Patricia E Bauer)

Elyria, Ohio - The parents of a student with Down syndrome are suing Oberlin Schools because, it is alleged, they failed to protect their daughter from being sexually assaulted by two fellow students. Full story here ....

Clovis, New Mexico - A 43-year-old Clovis woman has been charged with forgery and embezzlement after being accused of draining more than $13,000 from the bank accounts of people with disabilities. Full story here ... (h/t Media d&dat)

The death of a Amalie Shean, who was struck and killed while operating her wheelchair on a major thoroughfare, exposes longstanding transportation problems in Fayetteville, North Carolina, accoring to this report from the Fayetteville [NC] Observer.

Fairhaven, Massachusetts — A bus driver allegedly left a 24-year-old man with cerebral palsy alone inside a vehicle for nearly two hours while she visited people. According to this report, she told police she had forgotten that the man inside the vehicle until she received a phone call from her manager.

80-year-old Bert Holbrook from Waseca, Minnesota, has been recognized as the oldest known person with Down Syndrome. More here ...

From the BBC: Scientists are coming closer to developing a reliable prenatal test for autism, which would open the door to selective abortion as well as the possibility of a prenatal drug treatment to prevent it.

State police are investigating an attempted food poisoning that occurred at a home for people with disabilities in Cheshire, Conneticut. More here ...

From the New York Times: Philip B. Corbett, the deputy news editor who oversees the New York Times style manual, writes that the Times could do better at using words like “disabled,” “blind” or “deaf” as modifiers rather than nouns. He cites recent examples of stories in which the newspaper used constructions like “the blind” and “the disabled.” (h/t Patricia E Bauer)