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Autistic Man in Jail for Talking to Some Kids

Dec 2011 Pennsylvania:

A Philadelphia area man with autism is being held on $100,000 bail for talking to some children.

The man, Daniel Lee, 26, of Wayne, PA, spoke to a group of three siblings, 8, 9 and 10 on Wednesday, asking them about their school and telling them he was on his way to a cabin in the woods. It’s unclear if he told the kids he wanted them to join him or not. (News accounts differ: See this and this.)

He walked off then found and talked to the kids again 20 minutes later near Wayne Elementary School, whereupon the children’s mom saw him and called the police. The police found the man in just two minutes.

Why so fast? My guess is because he was not a crafty creep trying to elude the authorities. He is a man with a disability that makes it hard for him to interact like a “normal” man around kids, which is apparently to never interact with them at all, but run in the opposite screaming, “Get away! I hate kids! I am not a predator!”

Now, WPVI “Action News” reports, Lee is in jail, “charged with Attempting to Lure Children into a structure, which is in reference to his statements about a cabin, corruption of the morals of a minor, and harassment.”

State’s Involuntary Commitment Law Ruled Unconstitutional

10-16-15 Florida:

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Florida law dealing with the involuntary commitment of people with intellectual disabilities violates constitutional due-process rights.

The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stems from a man identified only by the initials J.R. who has an IQ of 56 and functions as a 7-year-old. In 2000, he was charged with sexual battery in Lee County but was later found incompetent to stand trial and was involuntarily sent to a non-secure residential facility.

Attorneys for J.R. filed a lawsuit against the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities in 2011 because they said Florida law allows indefinite involuntary commitment without periodic reviews by judges. The ruling said a circuit judge has not held a hearing on J.R.’s commitment since 2005.

A federal district judge upheld the constitutionality of the state law, but the appeals court disagreed.

“A state must release a person who is involuntarily committed if the grounds for his commitment cease to exist. But that requirement — release the committed when they deserve to be let out — is toothless if a state does not periodically review whether the grounds for commitment are met,” Thursday’s ruling said. “That is, a state could get around the timely-release requirement by simply refusing to ever consider the continued propriety of commitment. To effectuate that requirement, then, the state must undertake some form of periodic review.” ..Source.. by

California considering a change in Education code related to Deaf Persons

10-4-15 California:

We are getting this from DeafInPrison blog, issues following Happy Birthday post:

Second, California is currently debating a change to their education code, that will create a protection for ASL as the official language of the Deaf and HOH. If this law passes, all students who have language problems in the English speaking world, will have ASL classes available to them. Likewise, Hearing students who want to go into Special Education, as well as ASL clubs and classes in mainstreamed schools, will be offered the opportunity to learn Sign. the following video was made by students in an ASL club in an unidentified California High School. If you’re interested in learning more, the name of the law is SB210, and here’s the .gov link:

There is much more over there, so we suggest folks finish reading there CLICK

Is Amazon's ECHO's "Personal Assistant" for the elderly and disabled?

We now have one of these devices and are testing it to see how it cal help folks.

9-19-2015 National:

Is Amazon's ECHO a device for everyone? Probably not, but it does have features that would be mighty handy for the elderly and many disabled folks, and err couch potatoes, no names mentioned.

What is it? Effectively a "Personal Assistant" with "Plus Option/s" if you decide to use those features. Today's price on Amazon is CLICK. Reviews below sometimes mention different prices.

So a few Reviews, with different points of view. Oh just remember who we are suggesting this for, the elderly and disabled:
You should probably buy the Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo review

Amazon Echo, a.k.a. Alexa, Is a Personal Aide in Need of Schooling

How I learned to love Alexa (and Amazon's Echo)

Amazon Echo review: Betcha can’t buy just one of these voice-activated connected-home controllers

Here's what our readers think of the Amazon Echo

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