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    Chicago Public Schools (CPS) agreed to pay $1.5million to two families whose disabled sons were raped by the same student eight months apart.  Two male students at William J. Bogan High School in Chicago were raped on two separate occasions by the same student, who was also disabled. The families' joint lawyer Carolyn Daley said the school failed to notify the accused rapist's teachers after the first attack in 2016, and he was never monitored in the restroom or removed from the school.  'Well, what happens when you do that?' Daley told CBS 2 in February. 'He ended up sexually assaulting another cognitively disabled child in the bathroom at Bogan High School eight months later.'  CPS denied the allegations and tried to get the case dismissed twice, but has since settled for $1.5million - $725,000 will go to the first student's family and $850,000 will go to the second student's. The case was slated for trial soon.   'While nothing can change what their children have experienced due to the failures of Chicago Public Schools, this settlement will provide some justice...
    Kyiv and Lviv, Ukraine (CNN)Vova doesn't know there is a war raging right outside his window.He doesn't understand the meaning of the air raid sirens. He is unaware of the destruction caused by Russian bombs dropping on Kyiv. He just wants to build towers from his toy blocks and press the buttons on his mom's phone that make it play songs and cartoons he likes. Vova, a pet name for Volodymyr, is 17 and has Opitz-Kaveggia syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes severe intellectual disabilities. He needs round-the-clock care and anti-seizure medication that has become impossible to obtain as Russian troops close in on the Ukrainian capital, according to his mother, Natalia Komarenko."We are unable to get the medicines we desperately need -- anticonvulsant drugs Levetiracetam and Lamotrigine. He has been taking them since he was 10," she told CNN. Evacuation is not an option for the Komarenkos because Vova's condition makes travel extremely risky.Read MoreVova, 17, is among one of thousands who cannot leave Kyiv because of health conditions. "We can't take him by train, because at any...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It keeps happening – allegations of vulnerable students being sexually assaulted at Chicago Public Schools. Now, three settlements have been issued to the families of the victims – one of them alone amounting to $1 million. READ MORE: Owner Speaks With CBS 2 After Thieves Attempt To Steal Vehicle But Scared Away From What Was InsideIn one disturbing we have been following for a while now, a mother and father said their 15-year-old developmentally disabled son was raped at least twice in the bathroom at William J. Bogan Computer Technical High School, 3939 W. 79th St. His attacker, they believe, was another teen at the school. “This shouldn’t have happened in a high school with special needs kids – or any kid,” the boy’s father told CBS 2’s Irika Sargent this month. The mother and father said they have been fighting Chicago Public Schools for years to get justice for their developmentally disabled son and others. They spoke on camera exclusively with Sargent, while concealing their identities. The parents said the boy who attacked their son was...
    PARENTS with disabled or seriously ill children constantly worry their kids will always be at a disadvantage, a new report has found. It's one of the biggest worries for parents, as well as higher food and energy bills, and concerns about the lack of interaction their kids have with other little ones. 1Paddy McGuinness (right) said both he and his wife Christine (left) are on a journey of learning about autism and other disabilitiesCredit: Phil Fisk for McCain and Family Fund A study by McCain and charity Family Fund found that parents with disabled kids also have to spend £111 more a month on food than those with non-disabled children. Researchers polled 1,000 parents of four to 11-year-olds who aren’t disabled and 1,000 parents with at least one child who is disabled. They found that parents without disabled or seriously ill children spend £239 a month on food for their family – compared to £350 for those with disabled children. A further £181 is spent on energy bills for a household without disabled children, while their cost increases to £212....
    Barc adds bite FINALLY, a few signs of Boris Johnson taking measures to instil some order into his chaotic Downing Street operation. The PM’s shrewd appointments of Cabinet Office minister Steve Barclay as chief of staff, and Guto Harri — an old ally from his London Mayor days — as his spin chief, send a signal that the “grown-ups” are belatedly being given the reins. 1Finally, a few signs of Boris Johnson taking measures to instil some order into his chaotic Downing Street operationCredit: Getty An experienced operator, Mr Barclay’s stints at the Treasury have shown a determination to at least try to ensure taxpayers’ cash is properly spent. As an avowed Brexiteer, he now needs to urge the PM to be less timid about seizing the opportunities of our EU exit, while as an ally of Rishi Sunak, he can help repair rifts between No10 and No11. The past weekend was a dangerous time for BoJo, but it failed to bring the slew of new revelations some feared, while the letters of no confidence in him did not...
    MILLIONS of cash-strapped parents with kids can automatically get monthly Supplemental Security Income payments worth $687 on average. Around five million people received SSI checks last month and the scheme is designed to help seniors as well as disabled adults and children. 1SSI payments are designed to help seniors as well as disabled adults and kidsCredit: Getty Checks are usually sent out on the first of every month, and those who receive both social security and SSI receive their payment on the third. Benefits, worth $687 on average, are available to disabled kids in low-income households so parents can cover their medical costs. Some states may send extra benefits meaning some families could get more to support their disabled kids. This depends on state law, however. California, Hawaii, and Vermont are among the states that have the Social Security Administration send the benefits the state provides. This means that beneficiaries are likely to receive both state and federal payments as a single check. Claimants got two SSI payments in December, reflecting the new cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) because of the holiday...
    MILLIONS of parents with kids can automatically get monthly Supplemental Security Income payments worth $687 on average. Around five million people received SSI checks last month and the scheme is designed to help seniors as well as disabled adults and children. 1SSI payments are designed to help seniors as well as disabled adults and kidsCredit: Getty Checks are usually sent out on the first of every month, and those who receive both social security and SSI receive their payment on the third. Benefits, worth $687 on average, are available to disabled kids in low-income households so parents can cover their medical costs. Some states may send extra benefits meaning some families could get more to support their disabled kids. This depends on state law, however. California, Hawaii, and Vermont are among the states that have the Social Security Administration send the benefits the state provides. This means that beneficiaries are likely to receive both state and federal payments as a single check. Claimants got two SSI payments in December, reflecting the new cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) because of the holiday schedule....
    A MANHUNT is underway for teen Emma Presler, who is accused of torching a couple after being charged for alleged involvement in a disabled woman's murder last year. The victims' families are urging anyone with information on the 19-year-old suspect's whereabouts to come forward after she was charged with murder for allegedly dumping gasoline on a couple and setting them ablaze. 5Police believe Emma Presler set a couple on fire 5Devin Graham was killed in the attack and Karissa Lindros was severely injuredCredit: gofundme 5Presler was also charged for allegedly playing a role in Sierra Rhodd's death last yearCredit: Facebook Presler was also charged in connection to the shooting death of Sierra Rhodd, a 20-year-old with cerebral palsy, last year. Those charges were dropped after a judge ruled there was not enough evidence against her. Now, cops believe the teen torched Devin Graham, 33, who died of his injuries, and his wife Karissa Lindros, 26, who was severely injured, at their Texas home earlier this month. The motive for the alleged attack is currently unknown, though the victim's family...
    LOMA LINDA (KABC) -- ABC7 Salutes a big fundraiser to help disabled veterans and their families in Loma Linda.The owners of Quaid Harley Davidson is teaming up with Nation of Patriots and other nonprofit groups for the event. Organizers say it's important to raise money to help those who have fought for our freedom."We can help them with food. We can help them with maybe better living conditions or finding a home. A lot of our work is finding them a home because they've lost it," said Rick Bitzer, Nation of Patriots. "I don't think it's current I think it's been going on for quite a while."There will be several fun activities on Saturday, August 21, including bike contests and music. The event kicks off at eleven tomorrow morning.
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There was a big reveal Tuesday for a disabled Long Island mother whose house was in dire need of repair. CBS2’s Christina Fan has more on the transformation. There were cries of pure joy inside the Hempstead home as Claire Helfenbein saw her renovated house for the very first time. She sobbed as she received a room-by-room tour from the volunteers who made it happen. “I just felt so loved. I felt like a big, cozy blanket was hugging me when I saw all these wonderful people that are here, clapping and telling me welcome home, we love you and we did this for you. There are no words,” Helfenbein said. FLASHBACK: Long Island Nonprofit That Builds Homes For The Disabled Gets Overwhelming Public Support After Power Tools Stolen When the disabled widow, whose son is autistic, reached out to nonprofit Rescuing Families in 2019, she was desperate. For 22 years, the family lived inside the non-wheelchair accessible house that was falling apart at the seams. “This entire room back here had to be ripped, almost ripped...
    IT has been nearly two years since The Sun launched its Give It Back campaign with the Disabled Children’s Partnership, revealing how parents of disabled youngsters are being denied the support they need to care for their children.  The campaign called on the Government to fill the funding gap within children’s social care before more families found themselves at breaking point.  2Many disabled children are living with more pain, or with less mobility, than before the pandemicCredit: Shutterstock A lot can happen in two years.  The pandemic has taken a toll on us all, but the impact on parents caring for disabled children has been most severe.  One parent told us: “We now have no respite and have no break from 24/7 care needs, plus we are expected to home-school two children. “We now have no therapy intervention at all. This has been detrimental to my child’s progress and health.  “We are all completely exhausted, both mentally and physically.” Another parent described her situation as like, “Living in a pressure cooker. It’s constantly and endlessly exhausting”. More than a...
    Two months after the rollout of a TennCare program offering support to disabled children in Tennessee whose families are not eligible for Medicaid, more than 290 children are enrolled. The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) and TennCare announced Monday the agency had received 849 applications for the Katie Beckett Program through its website since the program opened in November. “We’ve seen great success with this initial program launch,” TennCare Director Stephen Smith said in a statement. “We will build on this success to ensure as many families as possible can receive the tremendous support and assistance that the Katie Beckett program is designed to provide.” The program has cost TennCare and DIDD nearly $10 million to implement, according to a report provided to members of the General Assembly by the two agencies. About $8.9 million was spent on an information system to support the program. The Katie Beckett program was established by legislation passed in 2019 and received federal approval late last year. The program provides services to children with significant disabilities whose...
    (CNN)Thousands of elderly and disabled individuals in the UK have received emergency heating and plumbing repairs at no cost during the pandemic thanks to a kind-hearted plumber. James Anderson, 53, of Burnley, a town in Lancashire, England, has provided over 2,000 free emergency repair services for the disabled and elderly community during the pandemic, he told CNN. "From the beginning of 2020 and through the pandemic we have worked seven days a week to deliver what the people need," Anderson wrote in a post to Facebook. "We have faced the fight with you and continue to do so until the end, we will never abandon you."Photos of customers Anderson has helped through DEPHER. Anderson, a plumber with over 21 years of experience, set out to protect and care for vulnerable individuals in need of emergency repairs, after he witnessed a disabled and elderly man get cheated out of 5,500 pounds for a repair job that he didn't need, he told CNN.In 2017, he founded the non-profit organization DEPHER (Disabled and Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Response) to provide free emergency...
    5 MY son John is like many 12-year-old boys – obsessed with his iPad, loves trains and laughs at funny noises, especially if they sound rude! Unlike most young boys, though, John can’t walk or talk properly, he is severely disabled. John has a brain condition that even the world-beating NHS doctors at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital can’t put a name to. 5Ed Davey has opened up on caring for his son John through the pandemicCredit: Supplied We don’t know what caused his condition. We don’t know what the future holds for him. But like thousands of parents in a similar situation, my wife Emily and I just try to do everything we can to help John be happy and the best he can be. One of John’s great pleasures is pushing a shopping trolley, but without help, he’d fall over. We were so proud when he learnt to ride a special tricycle - to us, that was the equivalent of an Olympic gold medal. He loves it when I jog beside him. His favourite exercise...
    (CNN)My son Rob is 23 years old. He follows politics, enjoys sips of whiskey, and loves baseball. He also has a rare form of dystonia, a feeding tube, and a tracheostomy, among other pre-existing medical conditions. He uses a speech-generating computerized device to communicate with us. If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were struck down by the Supreme Court after the addition of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a mother of a disabled child herself, Rob would be uninsurable, like so many of his disabled peers.On October 12, 2018, I rolled my son Rob in his wheelchair to the U.S. Supreme Court for a tour. The sky that day was as bright blue as the cape he wore. I have a photo of him posing at the bottom of the famous icy white marble steps, smiling because we believed the court would continue to protect his right to health care — but now it feels like we may have been wrong. You'd think that Barrett would understand what is at stake for my son and millions of other disabled Americans. But...
    Under fire from neighborhood groups and homeless advocates alike, City Hall is pausing plans to move dozens of disabled New Yorkers from a Midtown shelter to make space for the homeless removed from an Upper West Side hotel that Mayor Bill de Blasio said was no longer needed. It’s the latest in a stunning series of developments after de Blasio bowed to a wave of outrage over quality-of-life concerns and ordered the transfer of the nearly 300 men staying in the emergency shelter the city opened in the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street. After threatening a lawsuit, the Legal Aid Society announced Friday that the de Blasio administration is pausing the relocation of disabled New Yorkers from the Harmonia shelter in Midtown. Seventeen families had already been moved, the group said. “Basically I’m here to say to the mayor, you made a mistake and you have got to fix it and you need to fix it,” said longtime state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), at a press conference held outside of the shelter. “These people should not be thrown out.”...
    Under fire from neighborhood groups and homeless advocates alike, City Hall is pausing plans to move dozens of disabled New Yorkers from a Midtown shelter to make space for the homeless removed from an Upper West Side hotel that Mayor Bill de Blasio said was no longer needed. It’s the latest in a stunning series of developments after de Blasio bowed to a wave of outrage over quality-of-life concerns and ordered the transfer of the nearly 300 men staying in the emergency shelter the city opened in the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street. After threatening a lawsuit, the Legal Aid Society announced Friday that the de Blasio administration is pausing the relocation of disabled New Yorkers from the Harmonia shelter in Midtown. Seventeen families had already been moved, the group said. “Basically I’m here to say to the mayor, you made a mistake and you have got to fix it and you need to fix it,” said longtime state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), at a press conference held outside of the shelter. “These people should not be thrown out.”...
    What to Watch on Wednesday: Its (probably) Kaysars last stand on Big Brother All-Stars 5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday Patriot Golf Day a chance to honor fallen and disabled U.S. soldiers and their families Wesley Bauguess knows loss. Her husband, Army Major Larry Bauguess, was killed in action while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in 2007 in Pakistan. © Provided by Golfweek She also knows she is not alone. That Larry’s sacrifice meant something that still matters. That people remember the loss. U.S. Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney and his staff at Folds of Honor make sure of that. Each year on Labor Day weekend, Folds of Honor conducts Patriot Golf Day to raise money that funds educational scholarships for the families of killed and disabled service members. The 501C-3 nonprofit organization, founded by the pilot Rooney in 2007, has provided almost $150 million in such scholarships to nearly 29,000 students. Bauguess knows the value of the scholarships well. Both her daughters, Ryann and Ellie, received $5,000 a year from Folds...
    GENEVA, Ill. (CBS) — Students are gearing up to head back to campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With COVID-19 precautions in place, the campus will reopen next week. But for students with physical disabilities, the future of their semester is unclear. CBS 2’s Tara Molina on Monday sat down with students and their families, working to get a straight answer from the school. All of this started weeks ago, when students got a letter explaining their accessible dorms would be closed this semester. They fought that and got those rooms back. But, now it’s a fight for the services those students need. One of those students is Ethan Olson, 19, from Geneva. Olson has a contagious laugh and a love for the U of I. He’s an Illini basketball and football superfan, but that’s not all. Olson loves the school for its opportunity – his freedom. “I have CP – cerebral palsy,” Olson said. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where Olson will be a sophomore, has one of the best programs in the country for students with...
    THIELLS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — They held up signs and raised their voices. Families of developmentally disabled people living in group homes protested Thursday, demanding New York’s coronavirus restrictions be loosened, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported. The long months of mounting frustration were expressed vocally and visually at the demonstration in Rockland County. Most of the protesters have developmentally disabled children who live in New York group homes. “I should be able to see her and I can’t hug her, and I can’t see her. It’s breaking my heart and my family’s heart. I’m a mom,” said Gina Arena of the Westchester County town of Somers. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Ask Dr. Max Your Health Questions How Make Your Own DIY Face Mask How To Safely Remove Disposable Gloves Tips For Parents To Help Kids Cope Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage Starting in March, New York strictly limited visitation at group homes in order to protect the developmentally disabled from coronavirus, only in...
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