Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday roundup

Via the Times of India (29 January) - The father of three intellectually disabled teenage sons in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, is appealing to the district administration for the mercy killing of the three boys because he has exhausted all of his resources in trying to meet their medical expenses.

Via Reuters (28 January) - A New York lawyer appointed to oversee the assets of incapacitated clients, including children with cerebral palsy, has been charged with stealing $4 million from his clients. Steven Rondos, 44, and his law firm, Raia and Rondos, are charged with money laundering, grand larceny and scheming to defraud. He is accused of defrauding 23 incapacitated clients plus the estate of one dead person.

Via WNDU-TV , South Bend, Ind. (28 January): A 14-year-old teenager, who has cerebral palsy, saved her mother's life after she suffered several seizures Jan. 23.

Via the Slough Observer in the UK (28 January) - A taxi driver has been fined more than £2,000 for refusing to take a booking for a blind woman and her guide dog.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer (27 January) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has called for a statewide policy on the use of restraints following the death of 17-year-old Faith Finley - after she was restrained in a controversial position - at a center for troubled youth last month. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Via (27 January) - a first-person article from Lesley Smith, who is a visually impaired British freelance journalist specializing in Japanese culture, anime and manga, technology and gaming. Her blog can be found at
(h/t to Beth Haller at Media dis&dat)

From (25 January) - An interview with Phyllis Musumeci, founder of Florida Families against Restraint and Seclusion, who says her son was restrained and placed in seclusion in school at least 89 times over a period of 14 months without her knowledge. (h/t to PatriciaEBauer)