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  • Reports Help to Raise Awareness of Special Needs Abuse

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 6-Apr-2015

    Media reports play an important role in bringing attention to the problem of special needs abuse. Two recent reports on abuse that is alleged to have occurred in assisted living and school settings illustrate this role. One report concerns a mother's claim that her 24-year-old autistic son was beaten with a three-hole punch by a care worker at a Central Florida Group Homes facility. According ...
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  • UN Calls For Opportunties on World Autism Awareness Day

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 2-Apr-2015

    UN Leader Calls for 'Access and Opportunities' on World Autism Awareness Day In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, the United Nations General Assembly called for "greater access and opportunities" for those suffering from autism and for "full integration of persons with autism into society." "[L]et us join forces to create the best possible ...
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  • Teacher's License Suspended Due to Reported Special Needs Student Abuse

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 16-Feb-2015

    A teacher recently had his license suspended by the Florida Education Practices Commission for allegedly hurling insults and assaulting special needs students at a Broward County middle school. The teacher at McNichol Middle School was accused of inflicting various forms of physical and verbal abuse on the children, including hitting one student over the head with a ruler and telling another that ...
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  • Report of Suspected Abuse of Special Needs Student Launches Investigation

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 13-Feb-2015

    A school employee's report has led to the arrest of an assistant teacher at an Osceola County elementary school for his alleged abuse of a special needs student. The Orlando Sentinel reports that a school employee reported the alleged abuse after witnessing an incident occur in the cafeteria of Flora Ridge Elementary School on February 5. According to Channel 13 News, the employee told police ...
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  • Lawsuit Claims California Special Needs Student Was 'Caged' in Class

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 2-Dec-2014

    A news report about a lawsuit in California filed by a special needs student's mother identifies an effective strategy for guarding against the abuse and neglect of special needs students and for taking action if abuse is suspected. The woman alleges that her 7-year-old daughter, a Fresno Unified School District special education student, was locked in a makeshift cage by her first-grade ...
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  • Alabama Case Shines Light on Sexual Abuse of Special Needs Students

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 1-Oct-2014

    Sexual abuse of special needs students, or children with disabilities, is a serious problem. According to a study published in 2012 in The Lancet, children with disabilities face a risk of being sexually abused that is roughly three times greater than the risk faced by children without disabilities. If the child has a mental or intellectual disability, the risk is 4.6 times greater than a child ...
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