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Abuse Findings Continue at California Centers for the Disabled, Despite Scrutiny

March 27, 2014 | 4:09 pm

Abuse Findings Continue at California Centers for the Disabled, Despite Scrutiny

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Sexual violence and suspicious deaths are among the violations alleged in new reports on the state of care in California’s facilities for the developmentally disabled.

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UberX and Lyft Disability Access Plans Not Wowing Advocates

February 17, 2014 | 2:06 pm

UberX and Lyft Disability Access Plans Not Wowing Advocates

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The TNCs’ plans for providing wheelchair access are short on details.

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San Francisco Ponders Free Muni Passes Due to ‘Affordability’ Crisis

February 13, 2014 | 9:23 am

San Francisco Ponders Free Muni Passes Due to ‘Affordability’ Crisis

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The proposal would extend the program for low-income youths to seniors and the disabled.

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Brentwood School Board Settles Suit Over Abuse of Special Needs Students

January 23, 2014 | 9:32 am

Brentwood School Board Settles Suit Over Abuse of Special Needs Students

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District says it’s learned “painful lesson” in case involving a teacher who beat and swore at students.

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For Disabled Riders, BART Strikes Pose Greater Challenge

August 1, 2013 | 4:31 pm

For Disabled Riders, BART Strikes Pose Greater Challenge

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By Bryan Goebel People with disabilities often rely on BART to get around the Bay Area, especially those who are blind or visually impaired. Another strike next week could make commuting to work, school or a medical provider impossible for some. Frank Welte rides BART from San Leandro to San Francisco’s Civic Center every weekday […]

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The Hunt Is on for Psychiatric Patients Allegedly ‘Dumped’ in California By Nevada Hospital

April 24, 2013 | 10:02 am

The Hunt Is on for Psychiatric Patients Allegedly ‘Dumped’ in California By Nevada Hospital

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It’s too soon to say whether the story of James Flavy Coy Brown is an anomaly, as Nevada regulators claim, or if budget-stressed mental health service professionals are “dumping” disoriented, mentally ill people on the rest of the nation. If one thing is certain, it’s that a lot of people are now actively engaged in answering […]

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New Director to Take Over Troubled Sonoma Disability Center

March 11, 2013 | 2:46 pm

New Director to Take Over Troubled Sonoma Disability Center

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by Amy Julia Harris, California Watch A former employee of the Sonoma Developmental Center has been tapped to head California’s largest full-time care facility for the severely disabled, at a time when the institution is struggling to reinvent itself in the wake of patient abuse scandals. The Department of Developmental Services announced Wednesday that Karen […]

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State Threatens to Shut Down Disability Center Amid Patient Abuse

December 13, 2012 | 9:25 am

State Threatens to Shut Down Disability Center Amid Patient Abuse

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by Ryan Gabrielson, California Watch The state’s largest board-and-care center for the severely disabled lost its primary license to operate today, after repeatedly exposing patients to abuse and shoddy medical care. State regulators cited the Sonoma Developmental Center, which houses more than 500 patients, for dozens of caseswhere patients were put at risk of injury […]

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Release of Uncensored Developmental Center Citations Ordered

September 20, 2012 | 10:18 am

Release of Uncensored Developmental Center Citations Ordered

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by Ryan Gabrielson, California Watch A state court today ordered the California Department of Public Health to disclose uncensored copies of dozens of patient abuse cases at institutions for the developmentally disabled. The ruling camein a lawsuit filed by the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sacramento County Superior Court in January, seeking citations issued to […]

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September 6, 2012 | 8:50 am

Airline Bars California Boy With Down Syndrome From Flight

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California family that was not allowed to board a cross-country flight says they believe they were discriminated against because their son has Down syndrome. Robert Vanderhorst, his wife Joan and 16-year-old son Bede, who is disabled, were booked to fly on an American Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles […]

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