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Friday, January 9, 2004
Today's list includes 37 items. Some sites may require registration.
Editor's picks -- those considered particularly interesting, newsworthy or well-written -- are noted by the number sign (#).

(Advocacy) Spinal injuries
(Awareness) A Very Special Brain -- Williams Syndrome
# (Awareness) Press release: NCD Releases Improving Federal Disability Statistics Paper
# (Awareness) NCD Position Paper: Improving Federal Disability Data
# (Education - special) Quality Counts 2004: Special Needs, Common Goals
(Health care) U.S. Health Care Spending Surges Again

(Criminal justice system) Killing suspect has repeated record of quitting medication -- Farron Clark Barksdale

(Assisted suicide) Tucson legislator will introduce bill that would give patients access to enough medication to kill themselves

(Housing) San Jose City leaders help make way for housing for disabled

# (Advocacy / Laws) Brain-Damaged Woman Won't Get Guardian -- Terri Schiavo
# (Community living) Waiting list grows in Florida for services to developmentally disabled
(Education - special) Special ed students, schools put to test -- No Child Left Behind
(Health care) Task force looks at pool for high-risk health insurance
(Misc) Audit finds confusion over DCF money woes

(Health care) Medicaid cut proposals come under broad attack

(Children) Well-being rises among area kids

New York
(Safety) Mother and son die in New Year's fire
(Transportation / Accessibility) MTA, City Working Together To Make Subways More Accessible To Disabled
(Transportation / Accessibility) Lawmakers Demand New Taxis Be Accessible For The Disabled

North Carolina
(Advocacy / Health care) Mental health plan draws 150

(Crime) Group home ex-caregiver gets 30 days over contact
# (Education / Families) Louie’s biggest problem was me Canton Repository registration required - free

# (Advocacy / Awareness) The woman in the wheelchair
(Crime / Institutions) Hearing Begins for Former Nursing Home Administrators -- charged with death and coverup of resident

South Dakota
(Education) Schools Struggle To Accommodate Disabled Students
(Health care) Health Care Groups Will Defend Costs

(Education - special) Some local educators say Bush plan unrealistic -- No Child Left Behind

(Employment / Laws) Governor Douglas Continues Commitment to Hiring and Advancement of People With Disabilities in State Jobs

(Health care - not specific to disabilities) Doctors to march on Capitol


(Families) Boy, 8, hailed a hero -- called for ambulance when mom had seizure
(Transportation) Taxis fare game for needy

(Crime) Allotment arson attack condemned
# (Employment) Disabled workers lose factory jobs
# (Institutions / Abuse) Catalogue of negligence; the shocking extent of neglect at a county care home has been revealed
# (Institutions / Abuse) Moves to force county care home's closure

# (Transportation / Accessibility) Pioneering taxi unveiled

(Awareness / Children) Children's book takes top prize -- written from perspective of teen with Asperger syndrome

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