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Disclaimer:  We do not share these articles to sensationalize what has transpired, but to educate folks that things of this nature are occurring in our.orgmunity.

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Amber Alert in Oregon - Police today issued an Amber Alert for a missing 11-year-old boy who they believe may have been abducted by his mother's ex-boyfriend. The child, Tanner Dane Kahn, is described as autistic.  The child is believed to be traveling with a potentially armed and dangerous man driving a 1999 dark gray Ford Ranger 4X4 pickup truck with Oregon license plates reading XKAHN, police said.  ...Read more and how you can help. 
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Update:  Tanner Dane Kahn was found alive in neighboring Linn County -

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Update:  Missing boy found, abductor killed by deputies

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Amendment to immigration Bill 'could bar people with autism from entering Ireland' by Rte

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Anguished teen to visit pal's grave in bid to aid recovery - X is to visit the grave of her best friend for the first time, a year after the pair hatched a tragic suicide pact. The teenager, from Longbridge, Birmingham, and Laura Rhodes, from Neath, overdosed on painkillers after being bullied about their weight. An inquest also found the girls were devoted to each other and did not want to be parted. Laura, 13, of Cimla, died but her friend later recovered in hospital after downing a cocktail of pills. Yet a year after the tragedy happened, the 15-year-old remains in a Midlands secure unit, where she still refuses to accept Laura's death. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has already made at least three more suicide attempts, and has also been diagnosed with autism. By IC Wales

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Asperger's abuse inquiry pledge - The government is to investigate claims that increasing numbers of parents of children with Asperger's Syndrome are being falsely accused of abuse by Matthew Chapman

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Asperger's man is released from Broadmoor - "A man suffering from Asperger's syndrome who was wrongly sent to Broadmoor after being misdiagnosed with schizophrenia has been released after a campaign by The Telegraph," by Daniel Foggo

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Autistic Tinley Park boy still critical  / 11-year-old injured in Dec. 27 house fire - The parents of a Tinley Park boy who suffered severe smoke inhalation in a fire at his home are staying close to his side while his recovery remains uncertain. Nathan Kuehn, 11, remains in critical condition in the University of Chicago Children's Hospital. His parents, Cindy and Howard, are sleeping on the hospital campus and spending most waking moments by Nathan's bed, by  Gregg Sherrard Blesch

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Authorities find body of autistic boy missing since Saturday / This.orgmunity's concern for a 9-year-old autistic boy with a winsome personality brought out hundreds of volunteers on a mission to find him after he went missing over the weekend. Friends and strangers alike braved biting temperatures to search neighborhoods and.orgb the rugged mountain behind his house. -  But they were denied a happy ending when Logan Mitcheltree, wearing an orange backpack, was found dead Tuesday morning near a gated mountain road about 1 1/2 miles from his home, by Marc Levy

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Autistic Boy Denied Residency In Australia - The family of a 12-year-old Indian boy chosen to appear on a government-sponsored calendar honouring people with disabilities has been denied permanent residency in Australia because of the child’s autism, his father said today. Indian-born Rophin Morris, who is described as “moderately autistic” by his father Mr Jude Morris, was honoured late yesterday at a government launch of a calendar to mark 3 December as International Day of People with a Disability, his father said. But the family is currently living in limbo as it appeals the immigration department’s rejection of their request for permanent residency, Mr Morris said by the Statesman

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Autistic Boy Goes Missing For Second Time - An autistic teenager from Millis, Mass., is missing for the second time in a month. Andrew Grant's parents awoke Tuesday morning to find the 15-year-old was not in his bedroom. They're asking for the public's help. Andrew was the subject of an extensive search in late August after he wandered off barefoot from his grandparents' home. The teen was found six days later in a wooded area several miles from his home. He was asleep and covered in dirt and mosquito bites. About 400 people took part in the search, including police, firefighters, a motorcycle club and other volunteers.  AMBER ALERT

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AUTISTIC MAN FREED FROM NINE-YEAR HELL - "Piers Bolduc, aged 28, has Asperger's syndrome and was put on powerful drugs which he did not need and held at the hospital for the criminally insane from the aged of 19, despite not suffering from mental illness or being convicted of anything.  Asperger's is a mild form of autism. Sufferers sometimes display a fascination with death, and can be exceptionally skilled in various disciplines, including maths, art and music," by Bristol

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Body found in SUV may be missing Ohio man - "...“We've been dating for seven years,” she said of her relationship with Drummond, with whom she has a 4-year-old autistic son. “We were going to start officially planning our wedding in January.” Det. Rick Thompson with the Columbus Police Department's missing persons unit, told The News-Dispatch Tuesday that his department has been working with LaPorte County officials since Monday."

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Caregivers arrested after alleged assault of autistic man - KATU News

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Confirmed: autistic rape victim could not be guardian of her foetus by Associate Press

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Concern over missing autistic man - Police and his family were increasingly anxious Tuesday to find a missing autistic man.  Randy Mogridge, 46, walked away from the Oaklands Regional Centre in Oakville, Ont. on Sunday evening and hasn't been seen since.  His mother, Gloria Mogridge, issued a statement Tuesday as Halton police urged the public to help find her missing son. The missing man suffers from autism, epilepsy, is bipolar and has the mental capacity of a young child. Halton police "have great concerns" about his safety, Sgt. Jeff Corey said Tuesday night. "He could be anywhere from Grimsby to Hamilton to Toronto," by Canada.org

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Autistic Halton man still missing, police say - Halton police are still searching for Randy Mogridge, an autistic man missing since Sunday night. Mr. Mogridge, 46, also has epilepsy and bipolar syndrome. He has difficulty speaking and often.orgmunicates by clapping. Mr. Mogridge has lived at the Oakland Regional Centre, an assisted living centre for adults with intellectual difficulties, for 24 years. Police searching the Oakville area are asking residents to be on the lookout for Mr. Mogridge. He is 5-foot-3 and was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and blue pants by Joe Friesen

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Search continues  Mother pleads for help in finding autistic son - The mother of Randy Mogridge is pleading with the.orgmunity to help find her son, who has autism, epilepsy, is bipolar, and has the mental capacity of a young child.
Mogridge is a 46-year-old white male, five-foot three-inches, 132 pounds with a fair.orgplexion and red blemishes on his lower face and nose. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and blue casual pants. He's unable to speak and will yell, clap his hands, and use hand signals to.orgmunicate by Craig MacBride

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Couple Make Suicide Pact over their AS Daughter - media coverage

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Crews Still Search For Missing Millis Teen - "MILLIS, Mass. -- Still no sign of a missing Millis boy with autism. Millis police say the search will now be scaled back with investigators concentrating on specific leads. Hundreds of volunteers -- including dive crews -- have been searching the last few days for 15-year-old Andrew Grant. Andrew has been missing since Thursday afternoon and was first reported missing Friday morning. Police say at this point foul play is not suspected. The boy went missing in the week and was found hiding near his home," by the AP / Related links:  MissingKids.org

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Missing teen found - "The search for an autistic teen missing since last Thursday ended in victory, relief and exhaustion last night in the woods off Lake Street in Norfolk. A day after rescuers halted their intense three-day search in Millis, Andrew Grant was found in a wooded area near 32 Lake St., about 2 1/2 miles from his home, Fire Chief Warren Champagne said. He was lying in a wooded area, about 20 yards off the street," by Sara Withee

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Deaf man killed over noise - A BLIND man was jailed for eight years today for killing a deaf man by slashing his throat because he was enraged by the noise.orging from his stereo and television by

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Death of a School Boy by Libby Brooks

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Disabled Boy Locked in a Cage - Western Australia

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Exorcist guilty.  Jurors found Ray Hemphill guilty of felony child abuse Friday in the case of an 8-year-     old autistic boy who was killed during an exorcismThis was covered by Court TV.

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DOCTOR'S 'IT' JIBE AT DYING LAD - "MEDICS treating a dying autistic teenager were told by a doctor "let's get the trough out and feed it", his family claims.  He was also ignored by nurses and a vomit-filled container was left next to his bed for 48 hours," by mirror.co.uk

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Dozens Search for Missing Boy - "A slightly autistic, 4-year-old boy is still missing Monday, after disappearing from his Henry County home early Sunday," by Luke Woodling

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Father Could Be Charged in Son's Death - A Livonia father, whose 8-year-old son died last month, could now be held criminally responsible.  James Mcavoy lost his son Christopher at the end of August when the autistic boy wandered away from home. Christopher was found two days later, floating in a neighbor's pool. Now the father's two surviving children have been removed from his care, pending charges of parental negligence by Action News Team

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Fire victim's family, investigators seek answers - "A Penn Township woman cried out Friday for answers in the death of her autistic grandson, 12-year-old Jamie Rush, in a Manor house fire. "I don't want to.orgment on the baby sitter at all," said Sarah Pavolik, of McCullough. "I will say, I want justice for Jamie," by Bob Stiles

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"He didn't have anyone else, so I tried to end our lives." Mother describes autistic son's killing in psychiatric evaluation by Trish Choate

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Law sends autistic man packing - "...Tadakatsu Takaishi, as he was known then, came to the United States from Japan in 1989, a 15-year-old boy sent to military school by parents who thought he simply lacked discipline. In fact, those who know him say now, he had autism by Elizabeth Williamson

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LIVING IN FEAR Autistic Stuart afraid to go out after he is beaten by thug on way to shop by Lori Campell

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Logan left a powerful message to the.orgmunity - When Logan Mitcheltree was discovered missing Saturday afternoon, the South Williamsport.orgmunity and its neighbors joined together in a mission - to find Logan alive. Hundreds of volunteers.orgbed Logan’s neighborhood, the municipality and the hills surrounding it. In an age when we worry about prejudices toward people based on race, religion and handicaps, Logan’s autism did nothing to mute the effort of volunteers, police, fire and other emergency personnel. They searched everywhere for Logan on what may turn out to be among the three most bitterly cold days and nights of the next three months. When Logan’s lifeless body was found Tuesday, there was a collective feeling of anguish, frustration, failure and sadness.  All those emotions make sense. But during times of grief, when we all ask why something so tragic happens, it is helpful to look at the positive message beneath the surface, even if that message doesn’t entirely answer the question, byThe Sun-Gazette

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Local teen dies at campout / Police are investigating his death. His parents believe it was a ‘freak accident.’ - A Shrewsbury teen, who was in Juniata County for a Royal Rangers campout, died Friday night after he apparently fell from the back of a truck headed out of the campground, police said. ...She said he was 16 and had Asperger Syndrome, a disorder that causes autistic-like behaviors by Kara D. Eberle

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Missing Autistic Girl Found Dead In Canal  - A missing 4-year-old autistic girl who disappeared Thursday was later found dead in a canal near her home. Quenea Jones was reported missing by her aunt after she was last seen at about 3 p.m Police said the girl's aunt was watching her when the child wandered off. The girl's aunt said she ran down the street, not only looking for her niece, but also for her own 2-year-old child, who she was also watching. The woman found her daughter safe near the canal by NINN

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Mom files suit over son's death on bus - "The mother of a Perry Meridian High School freshman killed last fall while he was riding on a school bus filed a lawsuit Friday seeking $300,000 in damages. ..."You send them to school thinking they're going to be safe, they're going on the bus, they're going to be safe," Garcia said in an interview. "They're not," by Vic Ryckaert

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Mom's sleuthing helped find missing daughter - "Fourteen-year-old Kylie Taylor is home and the man who is alleged to have held her captive and tortured her for the past two weeks is in jail, thanks largely to her mother's sleuthing.  ...Kylie is sometimes voluntarily sent to a foster home. Her mother said Kylie has Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism, and is bipolar. She was at the foster home for a few days while she adjusted to new medication, Farnam said," by Margaret Ellis

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Mother of autistic child could be deported from US - Associated Press

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Mother sues, alleges abuse in special education - Today Ann Gaydos looks back in horror and asks herself how she could have kept sending her child back into that classroom. Her daughter, Paige, has a form of autism that put her in a special education class in Cupertino. Over several months, Gaydos said, Paige's teacher subjected her to a series of abuses -- ranging from pushing her to the floor and sitting on her, to rubbing a burrito in her face. Gaydos has filed a civil suit to be heard in November against Cupertino Union School District, for unspecified damages. Neither district officials nor the teacher, Karen Miller, would discuss the allegations. But in court filings, both parties deny them by Larry Slonaker

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Neo-Nazi rented from Orthodox Jew - "Landlord, a labor camp survivor, surprised by hate material found in apartment. "...The older Lloyd said his son had been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a neurobiological disorder that is a high-functioning form of autism. Persons with the disorder show marked deficiencies in social skills, have difficulties with transitions or changes, and prefer sameness, according to information on a University of Delaware Internet site named Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support," by Steve Levin

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Report:  A Review of the Mental Health Treatment, Restraint and Death of William James Owens in the Oregon Correctional System

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Ricin case took 4 months to get off the ground by SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

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Son accused of killing girl at party is an 'easy target' By Nick Britten

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Special education student, 18, faces murder trial in girl's death by J. Harry Jones

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Special education teacher accused of sex abuse - A special education teacher at a Belen Elementary school is behind bars, charged with sexually abusing a student, and police say the child has indicated there are more victims. Detectives are looking into the possibility that 38-year-old Michael Jaramillo may have targeted multiple children at Central Elementary School in Belen by KRQE News 13

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SQ probes death of autistic woman - The Surete du Quebec is investigating the death early yesterday of a 28-year-old South Shore woman with autism. An ambulance was called while the woman was inside the house she shared with her parents in St. Hubert. She collapsed outside the home before ambulance attendants and Longueuil police could put her on a stretcher. The ambulance crew attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but in vain, said Constable Marc Butz, an SQ spokesperson. The woman was pronounced dead on arrival at a Longueuil hospital. An autopsy report is expected in two to three days.

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Teacher charged with abusing autistic pupils - "A special education teacher in northeastern Pennsylvania was charged Tuesday with abusing autistic students too disabled to tell their parents why they were.orging home from school with bruises," by David B. Curuso

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Team Amber Alert Missing man's family asks for help locating missing autistic man - Fayetteville N.C.

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Teacher's Aide Charged With Abusing Autistic Students

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The Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit teacher charged Tuesday with abusing autistic students was properly trained and qualified to teach them, said Executive Director Fred Rosetti, Ed.D - "She's properly licensed for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," he said of Susan Comerford Wzorek, 54, of Clarks Summit. She faces two counts of child endangerment for allegedly mistreating 6- to 12-year-old students in her class at Clarks Summit Elementary School from Sept. 2001 to June 2003," by Lauren Roth

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'This missing person is my son' - "According to Dr. David Muzina, director of Bipolar Disorders and Schizophrenia Clinics and the director of the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1 percent to 4 percent of the population is affected by bipolar disorders. It is a mood disorder that used to be known as manic depressive illness." by Theresa Neuhoff

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Tragedy ends search for Alvin girl - "...Araceli's principal, Brenda Vincent, also joined the search. She described her as very friendly and trusting. She said Araceli had trouble speaking and could usually only give two-word answers in English and one-word answers in Spanish. "When you have a child who couldn't express her needs if she managed to get away it is really scary," by Richard Stewart and Robert Crowe

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Troubled teen dies after jumping from moving school bus - A Bradley County man says his grandson may have jumped to his death because he was taunted. Fifteen-year-old Rocky Joe Dockery climbed through a window of a moving school bus and jumped Friday afternoon. Witnesses told investigators the youth was upset when the driver refused his request to get off closer to his grandparents house than his regular stop by News 2

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Top teacher kills infants, herself - Police say E. Detroit woman, 37, sought help for depression By George Hunter

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Volunteers Search for Missing Boy in Pa. / A group of searchers looked in the woods for a missing autistic 9-year-old boy. - Monday morning and officials appealed to area residents to search their properties. On Sunday, hundreds of volunteers looked for Logan Mitcheltree (search), but the search was halted temporarily for safety reasons after night fell and temperatures plunged into the single digits, said John West, the deputy chief of the South Williamsport Fire Department (search). Mitcheltree, who is unable to speak, was last seen around 5 p.m. Saturday wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt, blue jeans and brown slippers. The boy's siblings told officials that he was watching television with them before they noticed he was missing, West said.

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White supremacist admits killing girlfriend - "Lloyd is the son of Dr. Jon Lloyd, a Pittsburgh surgeon, and his wife, Jacqueline. The Lloyds did not return calls this week. But in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2001, Lloyd's father said his son had Asperger Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism," by Jonathan D. Silver and Cindi Lash

 
 

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