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Friday, November 28, 2014

Strength and Success of Native Americans with Disabilities

as posted by Disability.gov 

A photo of a Native American woman in a wheelchair who is carrying a sign for an awareness march.
By Guest Blogger Therese E. Yanan, Attorney at Law, Co-Director for Program Services, Native American Disability Law Center
According to the 2010 Census, 16 to 18 percent of Native Americans have a disability, compared to 11 percent of Anglos who have a disability. Consistently high rates of poverty and unemployment in many Native American communities are dramatically increased for those with a disability. Transportation, housing and accessing community-based services are significant issues for Native Americans with disabilities.
For the past 20 years, I have worked on the Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation and with other Native American communities across Arizona and New Mexico. I have also worked with other communities and organizations across the country that focus on addressing barriers for them. What I have learned is the strength of humor and community. Many times, I have talked with friends, who have faced situations that would push me to the edge of my patience.
I have a friend who is Navajo and has a spinal cord injury. She lives independently and drives her own van. I was once talking with her and apologized for keeping her from getting home. It was winter and getting dark, and I knew that she had a long drive that included a dirt road to her home. She laughed and assured me that she had more than enough time to chat, and it would actually help her because she had to wait for the mud on her road to freeze before she could get home anyway. Many in her community could park their cars at the pavement and then walk to their homes – a path she is unable to navigate because of her wheelchair. Was she impatient or frustrated by her delay getting home at the end of the day? Not at all, she merely stayed and we continued to talk.
Throughout my years working within the Navajo and Hopi communities, I have watched the disability advocacy community go from virtually non-existent (due to the distances and the lack of transportation keeping people from working and advocating together to address their issues and express their needs) to a vibrant, supportive and effective force. Individuals with disabilities and their families have come together to support and learn from each other. For example, Hopis with disabilities participate in the Navajo Disability Self-Awareness Walk. Navajos with disabilities attend the Hopi Special Needs Activity Day.
Several years ago, individuals with disabilities came together and created a grassroots organization called the Native American Advocacy Group (NAAG – I love that acronym). NAAG organized the first Navajo Disability Self-Awareness Walk, scheduled meetings with government officials to discuss their needs and came together as friends to celebrate their successes. As a result of the various community-based activities, Hopi parents of children with disabilities convinced the Hopi Tribe to create the Hopi Office of Special Needs. The Navajo Nation also passed the Vulnerable Adult Protection Act to address the abuse and neglect of adults with disabilities. Furthermore, both communities have annual Disability Conferences to provide training and information about services and how to access them. All of these and other accomplishments required the community to come together regardless of the barriers and support each other.
Native Americans with disabilities face many challenges that are unique. I could describe in detail these difficulties; the adults who live in institutions because their family homes lack necessary plumbing or electricity; the students with disabilities who are excluded from their schools for weeks and their inability to achieve their potential; the families who live in poverty because they are denied benefits for which they are eligible. I know these issues and their impact. I also know that there is much work to be done. I am privileged to work in this community and alongside these advocates. They have taught me patience, grace and strength. They are indomitable and will achieve more success in the future. I think my friends and colleagues deserve to be recognized for their strength and commitment to making their lives better and obtaining the respect that they deserve. 
Therese Yanan began working in Mexican Hat, Utah for DNA – Peoples Legal Services, Inc. in 1993. Since 1994, she has been the director of the Native American Protection & Advocacy Project, which began as an office of DNA. In October 2005, the Native American P&A was established as a separate nonprofit organization now known as the Native American Disability Law Center. The Native American Disability Law Center is one of the few disability advocacy offices in the country that focuses on the special legal needs of Native Americans with disabilities. Ms. Yanan specializes in representing adults and children with disabilities. She has represented children in every level of the special education process in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and in schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She has also been involved in major efforts to improve protections for the civil rights of Native Americans with disabilities in federal and tribal courts, to increase statutory protections for Native Americans with disabilities and to expand the understanding of the unique issues facing Native Americans with disabilities.
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EEOC Settles Disability Discrimination Suit with Hospital that Refused Job Accommodation for Nurse with Cancer

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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


PRESS RELEASE11-24-14

Angel Medical Center to Pay $85,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Hospital Failed to Accommodate and Then Fired Nurse Undergoing Cancer Treatments, Federal Agency Charged
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Angel Medical Center, Inc., a full-service critical access hospital located in Franklin, N.C., will pay $85,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. The EEOC had charged that the hospital unlawfully refused to accommodate a nurse undergoing cancer treatments and subsequently fired her because of her disability.
According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Susan Williams began working for Angel Medical Center in December 2009 as a full-time registered nurse. In December 2011, following an absence for treatment for cancer, Williams attempted to return to work at the hospital. At the time, she was still undergoing chemotherapy treatments. According to the suit, Williams sought an accommodation that would allow her to complete the necessary chemotherapy treatments while remaining a full-time employee. The EEOC alleged that the hospital refused to accommodate Williams and instead fired her.
Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects employees from discrimination based on their disabilities and requires employers to provide disabled employees with reasonable accommodations unless doing so would be an undue hardship for the employer. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Bryson City Division (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Angel Medical Center, Inc.; Civil Action No. 2:13-CV-00034) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
In addition to monetary damages, the two-year consent decree settling the suit requires that Angel Medical Center revise its disability accommodation process policy, and provide annual training to the hospital's managers, supervisors and employees on the ADA, its reasonable accommodation requirements and the revised Disability Accommodation Process policy. Additionally, the hospital will post an employee notice concerning the lawsuit and employee rights under federal anti-discrimination laws, and will provide periodic reports to the EEOC identifying individuals who request accommodations under the ADA and the outcome those requests.
"We hope that this case reminds employers that they must accommodate disabled employees' requests for leave for medical treatment unless granting leave would pose an undue hardship," said Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOC's Charlotte District. "We are happy to have resolved this matter for Ms. Williams and hope that we have prevented similar situations from happening to other persons with disabilities."
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. More information about the EEOC is available on its website at www.eeoc.gov.
http://www1.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/11-24-14.cfm

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Illinois Secretary of State Police targets holiday shoppers abusing Disability Parking at malls statewide

Jesse White Targets Holiday Shoppers Abusing Disability Parking at Malls Statewide
Marks the 9th Year Secretary of State Police Conduct Stings


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced today the Secretary of State Police will conduct statewide parking stings targeting people illegally parking in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities at shopping malls beginning Black Friday, November 28th.

Secretary of State Police will be enforcing the provisions of the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities at downtown shopping areas in Chicago, Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook as well as malls in Champaign, Peoria, Fairview Heights, Marion, Moline, Rockford and Springfield on November 28th, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season and the busiest shopping day of the year. Other enforcements will take place during the holiday season in Chicago, the suburbs and across the state.
“Our mission is not to issue tickets, but to ensure that accessible parking spaces are available to those who need them,” White said. “Parking illegally in a space reserved for people with disabilities means a possible driver’s license suspension and a hefty fine which could otherwise be used on gifts. Remember, if you don’t belong there, don’t park there.”
Last year, more than 90 citations were issued to those violating the Parking Program for Persons with
Disabilities. Drivers caught misusing a placard face a six-month driver’s license suspension and
$600 fine. Repeat violators will face a one-year driver’s license suspension and $1,000 fine for a
second offense, and for the third or subsequent offenses they face a $1,000 fine plus a one-year
driver’s license revocation. The fine for parking in an accessible parking space without a disability
placard or license plates is up to $350. Using a deceased person’s placard or a fraudulent placard can
result in a $2,500 fine and one-year revocation of the driver’s license.

There are 691,858 disability placards and 76,046 disability license plates in Illinois.

Secretary White urged people to report abuse of parking spaces for people with disabilities by calling 217-785-0309. Callers should be prepared to report placard and license plate numbers as well as locations of vehicles.

People can also report abuse via the Secretary of State’s website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com and complete the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse Complaint Form.

Seniors being Scammed with Bogus IRS calls

NILES, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A phone scammer pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service is targeting seniors and demanding money, police in north suburban Niles are warning.

“If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and uses threatening language if you don't pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn't the IRS calling,” Niles Police Sgt. Robert Tornabene said.

The callers often use common names and fake IRS bad numbers, and know the last four digits of the victim's Social Security number, Niles police said.

Scammers can also alter caller ID information to make it look like the IRS is really calling, and can even send bogus IRS emails to support their scam, police said. Sometimes, scammers call a second time claiming to be with the police or the department of motor vehicles.

Legitimate officials from the IRS usually contact people for the first time by mail, and not by phone. The IRS will never ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, and will never ask for a credit card number over the phone, police said.

Anyone who receives a scam phone call should hang up immediately and report it to police.

Disabled workers to receive back wages from Providence, R.I company

By MICHELLE R. SMITH
Associated Press | Nov 26, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An employment program agreed to give $300,000 in back wages to around 100 disabled workers for allegedly failing to pay overtime and the minimum wage, as part of a settlement announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The agreement between North Providence-based Training Thru Placement, Inc., and the Department of Labor, which was signed Nov. 10, follows previous federal investigations and agreements with the state and the city of Providence for allegedly violating the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by segregating them in so-called sheltered workshops, often for little or no pay.
Federal authorities said last year that the average wage for disabled workers at Training Thru Placement was $1.57 an hour, although one employee got 14 cents an hour. At the time, the company had authorization from the Department of Labor to pay disabled workers less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour for work that included light assembling, sorting and packaging.
The Department of Labor said Wednesday its investigation found that between June 2010 and January 2013, Training Thru Placement falsified documents, failed to pay employees for all the hours they worked and other violations. As a result, the department revoked the company's authorization to pay less than the minimum wage during that time.
"TTP failed to meet its responsibilities under the law to some of the most vulnerable workers we see," Mark Watson, the department's northeast regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division, said in a written statement.
Training Thru Placement has replaced its board, as well as management and staff responsible for the problems, the Department of Labor said. The company did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
A New York Company, Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, has taken over Training Thru Placement. Christine McMahon, Fedcap president and chief executive officer, said in a written statement that the company's staff and board are committed to ensuring that all elements of the corrective action outlined in the agreements are precisely carried out.
Earlier this year, the state of Rhode Island and the U.S. Department of Justice entered into a court-ordered consent decree that will overhaul employment services to the disabled. Among the steps the state agreed to take was providing job opportunities to people with disabilities that pay at least the minimum wage.
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Illinois Dr. Brian Murray fined $10,000, and 2 years probation over medical marijuana


CHICAGO (Associated Press) --Illinois regulators have disciplined a doctor they say misled potential patients by offering pre-approval for medical marijuana through a business that will have a float in Chicago's Thanksgiving parade.

Authorities put Dr. Brian Murray on probation for two years and fined him $10,000. A phone message left for Murray's attorney Wednesday wasn't immediately returned.

Tammy Jacobi is CEO of Good Intentions Medical Marijuana Services, where Murray once worked. She said Wednesday the business is referring patients to other doctors now.

Illinois law requires a doctor's certification before a patient can use marijuana. The law requires a bona fide doctor-patient relationship, including an exam. Doctors can't accept payments for the certification itself.

Jacobi says the Good Intentions company will have a float in Chicago's parade on Thursday.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

U.S Senate Unlikely To Reconsider UN Disability Rights Treaty; Inaction on Disability Rights dismays Senator Harkin

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier | article By James Lynch | Nov 20, 2014

U.S Sen. Tom Harkin is dismayed that his effort to extend the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the international community appears unlikely to gain the Republican support it needs to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.
Harkin, who along with former Republican Sen. Bob Dole sponsored the ADA, which was signed into law by a Republican president in 1990, had hoped to win over another half dozen Republicans to reach the 67 votes necessary to ratify the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).
However, a GOP ally did a vote count and said there has been no movement among the Republican holdouts despite encouragement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, veterans groups and disabilities groups.
“I’m telling you, I’m really dismayed,” Harkin said Thursday. “I think it is just unforgivable that we don’t join the rest of the world when we are the leader, when the convention itself was based on the ADA, that we don’t join with the rest of the world in helping other countries change their polices, their programs, their structures to be more inclusive of people with disabilities.”
Harkin has made the expansion of opportunities and rights for people with disabilities a major emphasis of his 30 years in the Senate. He had hoped to win ratification of the CRPD before retiring in January.
He’s been working with Republican senators including John McCain of Arizona, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire as well as Dole to persuade another five or six votes GOP senators to join eight or nine Republicans who either have voted for the treaty in the past or pledged their support this year.
Harkin thought he might win that support when earlier this month, the National Association of Evangelicals wrote Harkin to say it had dropped its opposition. It changed its position based on modifications of language on abortion and family issues in what are known as RUDs – rules, understandings and declarations – that would guide U.S. implementation of the treaty.
“This is what gave me hope that we might change some hearts and minds on this,” Harkin said. “But it didn’t do any good.”
Based on the vote count, Harkin said, “There no way we can bring it up.”
“So I’m sad to say our veterans who are struggling with disabilities, other Americans with disabilities who want to travel overseas with their families or who might want to go to school overseas or work in a job overseas, well, if you've got a disability, you might forget about it,” Harkin said.
A committee of representatives from the 140-plus nations that have ratified the CRPD will oversee implementation of the treaty.
“But our voices will not be a part of it,” he said.
If the U.S. had ratified the CRPD, the international committee would not have enforcement authority in the U.S. and interpretation of the treaty would be left to the Supreme Court, according to Harkin.
“I’m really dismayed,” Harkin said. “It’s just not right to have this go down like this.”
http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/senate-inaction-on-disability-rights-dismays-harkin/article_c7d5fbc7-7aa1-580e-813a-43c61fac82d7.html
Copyright 2014 Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Faces and Facts of Social Security Disability

thanks to Marty J. for sharing this info...



By Phylis Dills

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Little Rock

November is Family Stories Month. Every family has stories — stories are a great way to carry on family legacies, pass lessons on to future generations and share what is important to your family with the rest of the world. Your family stories may include ones about the birth of a child, serving in war, helping people in need or the deaths of loved ones.

We’d like to share some stories about what it means to receive disability benefits from Social Security. And we have a website that does just that: The Faces and Facts of Disability, ready for you to explore at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityfacts.

Learning the facts and hearing people’s stories about disability allows for a fuller understanding of what is perhaps the most misunderstood Social Security program.

The Social Security Act sets a very strict definition of disability. To receive disability benefits, a person must have an impairment expected to last at least a year or result in death. The impairment must be so severe that it renders the person unable to perform not only his or her previous work, but also any other substantial work in the national job market. Social Security does not provide temporary or partial disability benefits. Because the eligibility requirements are so strict, Social Security disability beneficiaries are among the most severely impaired people in the country and tend to have high death rates.

In addition, Social Security conducts a periodic review of people who receive disability benefits to ensure they remain eligible for disability. Social Security aggressively works to prevent, detect, and prosecute fraud. Social Security often investigates suspicious disability claims before making a decision to award benefits — proactively stopping fraud before it happens. These steps help ensure only those eligible have access to disability benefits.

If you want to learn more about what happens behind the scenes when someone applies for disability benefits, watch our seven-part video series on the process at www.socialsecurity.gov/socialmedia/webinars.

Please read and watch some of the stories about real cases of people who have benefited from Social Security by visiting the Faces and Facts of Disability website at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityfacts.

Family and personal stories are great ways to discover important truths.

Man With Down Syndrome Received 30,000 Cards For His Birthday! Thanks To His Father’s Facebook Post

“People say the world is selfish. I can now say this isn’t true.”

article by Marie Telling | BuzzFeed | Nov 24, 2014

At the beginning of November, Lucien Parisseaux of Calais, France, posted a picture of his son, Manuel, on Facebook. Manuel was about to turn 30, so Lucien asked his friends to send his son some birthday cards.


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“I have a favor to ask from all my Facebook friends: my son Manuel is about to turn 30 on November, 22, and he loves to receive postcards,” wrote Manuel’s father.

He explained that Manuel has Down syndrome and asked for his friends to take a few minutes to write a card and to share the request with their own friends.

He explained that Manuel has Down syndrome and asked for his friends to take a few minutes to write a card and to share the request with their own friends.

Lucien has only 22 friends on Facebook, but his message quickly spread and has now been shared by more than 120,000 people.

Lucien has only 22 friends on Facebook, but his message quickly spread and has now been shared by more than 120,000 people.

It wasn’t long before the family started receiving thousands of cards every day.

It wasn't long before the family started receiving thousands of cards every day.

By November 22, Manuel’s birthday, they had received almost 30,000 cards from all around the world.

“We are a bit overwhelmed,” his mother Jacqueline told the local press. “We couldn’t imagine that my husband’s Facebook message would trigger such a phenomenon. It’s beautiful, it’s wonderful!”

"We are a bit overwhelmed," his mother Jacqueline told the local press. "We couldn't imagine that my husband's Facebook message would trigger such a phenomenon. It's beautiful, it's wonderful!"

The local post office even had to assign two employees to exclusively take care of Manuel’s mail.

“People say that our world is selfish,” said Cathy,Manuel’s sister. “I can now say that this isn’t true. Everywhere, parents asked their kids to draw something for Manuel and taught them about the right to be different.”

"People say that our world is selfish," said Cathy, Manuel's sister. "I can now say that this isn't true. Everywhere, parents asked their kids to draw something for Manuel and taught them about the right to be different."

“People took the time to go to the post office for my brother. It is a beautiful lesson in humanity.”


http://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/thanks-to-his-fathers-facebook-post-this-man-with-down-syndr

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge turned into sick joke against 15 yr old boy with Autism; Teens 'Sentenced' in Ice Bucket Challenge Attack

this post contains multiple posts of the ordeal of this young man has endured, in order... 


Nov 24th, 2014
Teens 'Sentenced' to Community Service, and must Apologize in Ice Bucket Challenge Attack
Three teens from Bay Village, Ohio who were accused in an Ice Bucket Challenge attack back in August have been sentenced to community service and must apologize for the attack, FOX8 in Cleveland reports.
In the attack, which was recorded, the teens poured a bucket of urine and tobacco spit on a 15-year-old boy with autism. The teens used the Ice Bucket Challenge, the  social media trend of pouring ice or cold water over one’s head to raise money and awareness for ALS, to trick the victim.
One of the teens was sentenced to 200 hours community service and six months probation. 50 of those hours are for a previous possession of marijuana case, while the other 150 are for assault and disorderly conduct surrounding the attack. The teen must  also write a letter of apology to the victim.
Another teen received  six months probation and 100 hours of community service. 20 of those hours were for a previous arson case. He also is required to give a letter of apology.
The third teen was sentenced to 100 hours of community service. Like the other two teens, he must write a letter of apology to the victim. He must also show improvement in his grades in English class, FOX8 reports.
Two other teens were involved in the case, but FOX8 reports they face less serious charges.

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Five teens charged in Ice Bucket Challenge attack on teen with autism



 OCTOBER 14, 2014
 BY KARA SUTYAK | FOX8 Cleveland


CLEVELAND- Five juveniles have been charged in the Ice Bucket Challenge attack on a 15-year-old with autism.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced Tuesday afternoon that based on evidence gathered during a thorough investigation by the Bay Village Police Department, three of the juveniles were charged with two counts of delinquency, assault and disorderly conduct; the other two juveniles were each charged with a single count of disorderly conduct.
The teens– who range in age from 14-16– are accused of dumping a bucket of human waste and tobacco spit over the teen’s head on Aug. 18; it was captured on video (see below post).
A team of prosecutors from the Juvenile Division of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the evidence in consultation with Bay Village police and recommended charges.
The prosecutor’s office said the evidence indicates the five teens who are charged were friends with the victim and regularly did things together; the victim was invited to one of the other boy’s homes to take part in the ALS Challenge.
In a press release, First Assistant County Prosecutor Duane Deskins, who heads the office’s Juvenile Division, said, “The victim and the five charged juveniles were and are friends and classmates. They regularly associate with one another and, at times, engage in distasteful and sophomoric pranks. However, this incident is clearly different. It crossed a moral and legal line, and even the five alleged perpetrators understand that and have expressed regret.”
Bay Village police will ask the three juveniles facing more serious charges to come to the police station with their parents to surrender and be booked. They will then be released pending an appearance in Juvenile Court; the other two juveniles  will be summoned to appear before the Juvenile Court Intake and Diversion Office.
The victim’s family has been consulted and agrees with the charges.
The attack caused outrage across the nation. Celebrities like Cleveland’s Drew Carey and Jenny McCarthy offered money to aid in the investigation.
Stay with FOX 8 News and FOX8.com for more details as rhey develop CLICK HERE 
http://fox8.com/2014/10/14/five-teens-charged-in-ice-bucket-challenge-attack-on-teen-with-autism/
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as reported on FOX8 Cleveland, BY MARK ZINNI | Sept 3, 2014
UPDATE POSTED


**Important note: The family asked that we show the video to make other parents aware of bullying.**

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Police are investigating an alleged case of bullying involving a teenager with autism who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
“Once we found out about it, we were just horrified,” said Diane, the mother of the Bay High School student.  She claimed her youngest son was videotaped as feces, urine, spit and cigarette butts were dumped on his head by a group of juveniles.
“I want these kids held accountable for what they did to him and they targeted somebody who just didn’t really understand what was going on,” she said.
FOX 8 News is not identifying the family by last name to help protect their son.
According to the victim’s mom, Diane, the video was discovered on her 15-year-old son’s cell phone. She, along with her husband and other son, Jacob, wants it to be made public.
“I mean, the first thing that popped into my mind was like, why could someone – how could someone do this?” said Jacob. “How could someone really be this cruel to someone?”
In the video, the boy with autism is seen standing in the driveway of a home off school grounds. He’s wearing only his underwear as a bucket of fluid is poured from the roof of the garage. The bucket allegedly contained a mix of bodily fluids instead of ice water.
“He was embarrassed because he did not know what the contents were until afterwards and then he didn’t want anybody to know,” said his mom. “They used his phone to tape it and they put it up on Instagram.”
“This is just too far. It’s really bad,” said his brother, Jacob.
The Bay Village Police Department was made aware of the alleged incident on Wednesday. According to Det. Kevin Krolkosky, criminal charges could be filed.
“It’s disturbing to watch, you can obviously tell that somebody has been taking advantage of there,” said the detective.
Det. Krolkosky met with the parents and said it’s not a prank; it’s possibly a crime committed on the boy with autism by a group of juveniles who could face delinquency charges.
A spokesperson for Bay High School, where the victim is a student, said they’re now working hand-in-hand with police as they investigate.
“Obviously, if possible, we do want to hold those individuals accountable for their actions,” said Det. Krolkosky.
The police are just beginning their investigation and we’re told it could take a few weeks to file charges but they have a good idea who was involved.
“The bucket challenge is supposed to be raising awareness for this disease and now they’ve turned it into a sick joke,” said the victim’s mom. “I just can’t understand why kids would do something this cruel.”
The boy’s mom and dad wanted the video released to make other parents aware of bullying so they’ll have a conversation with their kids on how to treat people.
http://fox8.com/2014/09/03/mom-ice-bucket-challenge-turned-into-sick-joke-against-son-with-autism/
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Drew Carey Offers $10,000 Reward to Catch Teens Responsible for ‘Horrendous’ Ice Bucket Challenge Prank

“Price Is Right” host Drew Carey wants to catch a group of Ohio teenagers responsible for a “horrendous” ALS Ice Bucket Challenge prank on an autistic boy, and is willing to chip in a $10,000 toward a reward fund.
“WTF? Just saw this. Horrendous. These kids should be arrested and expelled,” Carey tweeted after reading a Cleveland.com report about a group of Bay Village High School students who tricked a 14-year-old special needs student into dumping a bucket full of urine, spit and feces on his head.
“If the Bay Village PD wants to start a reward fund to find who did this, contact me. I'll donate $10k,” Carey added.
Both the police department and Bay Village school district are eager to discipline the teens responsible for filming the prank Police Chief Mark Spaetzel called “reprehensible.”
Investigators are reviewing a copy of the video, which the attackers recorded on the victim's phone and then posted to social media.
Carey, a comedian and former sitcom star, grew up in the Cleveland area, and is willing to offer his $10,000 to an autism charity if the teenagers responsible for the prank are found without any monetary incentive.
"Drew Carey @DrewFromTV"
If they find them w/out reward $, then done :) RT @sonicslifer:@DrewFromTV They'll find them no problem. Give the ten k to Autism Speaks!
2:08 AM - 6 Sep 2014