News from around the US and other countries.

November 30, 2020

Organizations ask families not to visit group homes, to protect vulnerable residents

The ARC in NY is asking people not to visit their loved ones they serve after some of their homes were exposed to COVID last week. The day before Thanksgiving, the Lexington ARC sent a letter out to family members and associates of people living in their homes to please reconsider visits.

December 1, 2020

New intermediate care facility breaks ground today

The new facility, will consist of two 7,000-square-foot homes and each will have private bedrooms for 16 residents with shared living and dining areas, Clement said in a press release. “We believe that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are not able to live at home deserve to live in a facility that provides a home like environment. 

November 17, 2020

As bad as being in jail

For nine months, these parents have spent 22 hours a day in the locked in an acute care psychiatric ward where their son, has been confined. Jean-Marc, 26, has autism and developmental delays, and a slew of troubling behaviors like pulling out his own fingernails and toenails, striking himself in the head or tearing apart objects he perceives to have slight imperfections. 

November 19, 2020

3 men with severe autism face potential relocation from longtime home on Long Island

Family members of three men with autism who have resided for years at a state-run home on Long Island are worried the home may be closed after they received a letter stating as such. “You cannot tell somebody to just leave their home that they’ve been in for 20 years,” Dyan Sybalski said.

November 17, 2020

Former caretakers sentenced for abuse

The two women are former employees of The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania, working at one of its group homes taking care of a resident with mental challenges. In a cruel way, the women threw chicken in different areas of the home and laughed as the victim ate it. Including under the toilet, shower, basement floor, porch, snow, and grass, using phrases like “front yard chicken” to get the victim’s attention.

February 11, 2017

The most profoundly disabled individuals rendered invisible by the self-advocates.

27,000 people registered on Ireland’s National Intellectual Disability Database are vastly more abled than my brother. People like him make up only a tiny percentage of this group – 4%.  What happens when the majority can speak and decide for themselves and the minority cannot?