Deaf academy's troubles stretch Mount...

Deaf academy's troubles stretch Mount Dora police thin

There are 32 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 23, 2009, titled Deaf academy's troubles stretch Mount Dora police thin. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

With its green lawns and trim landscaping, the exterior of the National Deaf Academy projects tranquillity.

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#27 Jun 28, 2009
Take the autistic children to CFBH in Orlando, next to Seaworld. They are soooo good with these children!
Get Aware

Apopka, FL

#28 Jun 28, 2009
arch wrote:
I live behind the deaf academy with my 2 children many times over the years their run awAy patients ended up in my yard. I'm really upset to know they have sex offenders living in that facility
Arch, I hate to inform you of this .......They are on every street in Lake county. Thanks to all of our judges.

Since: Feb 09

Chicago, IL

#29 Jun 29, 2009
It's about time that can of worms got open. Keep going Orlando Sentinel!
NDA Staff Member

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#30 Jun 29, 2009
Hey Staffs Secret -

Don't take hidden video! You will loose your job and break state HIPPA laws. You can make an anonymous complaint to AHCA - Agency for Health Care Administration. Add mnay details, date, time and resident/staff names. AHCA will check it out. If you know something about the nursing department report that to AHCA too. NDA is accredited and watched by the Joint Commission. Send them the complaint you send to AHCA.

Eustis, FL

#31 Aug 6, 2009
moe green wrote:
there isn't a walmart in mt dora.
there is one in tavares... whoever wrote this article needs to check into their facts.
yes there is a walmart in mount dora!lol maybe you should do a little more research before you start telling people otherwise. it is located on hwy 441 right next to the target, across the street from the cvs. do any of these ring a bell?lol

Brooklyn, NY

#32 Jun 28, 2012
What?! I shock it what they do made hurt children for what?? N I don't understand it
MrsS wrote:
So the Mt. Dora police chief is telling the world his personnel can't handle a problem at NDA and another call in town at the same time? Good luck Mount Dora residents when this word is spread. And, if they can't handle the problems that arise at NDA, why did the city give them a business license? Come on. They (NDA) are fixing the problem. Work with them. And in the process don't shoot yourself in the foot!

Brooklyn, NY

#33 Jun 28, 2012
jennifer wrote:
What?! I shock it what they do made hurt children for what?? N I don't understand it <quoted text>
pls anyone wrote e mail to my address is [email protected]
Mariah Sablana

Ocoee, FL

#34 Dec 18, 2012
U people sooooooooo fonkn funny! I can't help laughing!!!!!!!!! P.S., R U REALLY BILL COSBY?!?!!!!!!

Austin, TX

#35 May 10, 2015
I used be in treatment in NDA for 6 years! They are bad place some patient died one blind girl died by choked at lunch time staff didn't watch her while she eat and some patient died that's very sad! NDA should shut down

Austin, TX

#36 May 10, 2015
NDA is f****** dangerous place! I got shot on my ass 2 times! I end up to ER hospital! Been suffer in NDA for 6 years!
Veronica Schanz

United States

#37 May 10, 2015
Sue the bastards.......... everyone else is......

Lawsuits accuse National Deaf Academy of abuse and neglect ared for.
Last Updated: Monday, September 15, 2014, 8:41 PM

Three families of deaf children are filing lawsuits, claiming their children were neglected and abused at a Mt. Dora school.
The allegations range from sexual abuse to malnutrition.
Ninety-nine times in the past decade, the Department of Children and Families has launched investigations at the National Deaf Academy in Mt. Dora, also known as NDA Behavioral Health Systems.
Allegations include sexual molestation, asphyxiation and broken bones.
Jacksonville attorney Bruce Maxwell is representing three families who filed suit Monday. All now live out of state.
“These are children who have been victimized, they are either deaf, autistic or both," Maxwell said. "Many have to sign to communicate so it’s difficult to communicate to others. So in my mind that makes them the ideal prey.”
One of those victims he’s representing was allegedly sexually abused with a straw. But after consulting with the state attorney’s office, the police department decided to drop the case.
“We are not saying any of these incidents didn’t happen. Our job is to prove or disprove the allegations, in this case we could not prove that anything happened,” Deputy Chief Robert Bell said.
But Mt. Dora Police have been in close contact with the school since 2008, when the number of calls for service at the 132-bed facility ballooned to more than 200.
By 2010 they’d dropped off to 52 calls, but that same year Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration fined the school $6,000 when seven different students escaped or tried to kill themselves.
“We don’t think enough has been done and unfortunately I’m the only one these families have to turn to create change,” Maxwell said.
NDA's Steven Smith issued the following statement:
"Today, our facility was provided with letters from an attorney representing three former patients but no actual lawsuits were filed. The care at issue in these notices dates back as far as 4 years ago. NDA does not comment on pending or threatened litigation but does intend to defend itself vigorously while continuing to operate our facility with the patient’s best interest in mind. For 14 years, the National Deaf Academy and its 230 employees have been successfully and diligently serving the psychiatric needs of this special community. These claims, which have yet to be proven, do not reflect the quality of care we have provided to hundreds of children and adults whose lives have been enhanced and improved by the caring treatment they received at NDA."
Veronica Schanz

United States

#38 May 10, 2015
Complaints detail abuse at yet another Lake facility for disabled
October 26, 2012
A Lake County halfway house and school for severely disabled people is in trouble after a series of complaints that residents were being beaten, choked and dragged across the floor.
The incidents were detailed in a complaint state officials filed in court this month along with a petition that Carlton Palms Education Center stop accepting new patients.

Complaints that the center's staff abused disabled residents are nothing new to the home, which is tucked away in a remote orange grove just outside Mount Dora. Other complaints, dating back to 2010, detail incidents of a staffer knocking out a resident's tooth, a resident being tripped and another beaten over the head with a plastic bin until bloody.

Records with the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities, charged with monitoring the home, show that since 2010, the center has had at least eight cases of confirmed abuse. At least three of those cases this year led to felony arrests.
Law-enforcement reports, as well as complaints filed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, tell of disabled people who were bruised and battered by employees. Arrests have been made on some of the abusers, but court records show cases dropped or drug out.
Despite all the abuse, state officials say the home, which last year received $24 million in Medicaid payments, is still safe for the residents there. Removing the 89 children and adults supported by taxpayer dollars, they say, would "unnecessarily disrupt" their lives.
"We don't want to accidentally cause more danger to them or any adverse situations because we tried to do such a large action all at once," said Jonathan Grabb, senior attorney for the agency. Grabb said the agency has boosted monitoring of the home this year since it reached a settlement agreement in February for a previous abuse complaint.
The home agreed to provide extra training about abuse, neglect and exploitation as well as fire employees involved with that abuse, according to the settlement.
In statement issued by Advoserv, the company that owns the facility, Chief Operating Officer Bob Bacon wrote that the employees involved in the cases have since been fired and staff members are trained in approved intervention techniques.
The home was established in 1987 by Ken Mazik, who sits on the board of the facility's parent company in Delaware, GI Advo Holdco Inc. Mazik is also listed as the president or director of several Mount Dora-based companies, according to state records.
Mazik could not be reached for comment about his relationship with Carlton Palms.

KEN MAZIK just like MEL SEMBLER used his money and influence to the right politicians to change the laws to increase his cash cow cash flow- BOTH ARE CHILD ABUSES EXTRAORDINARE and do we need to remind everyone about the SEX ABUSE at the Mt. Dora NATIONAL DEAF ACADEMY and SHERIFF BORDERS, MEL SELBLER’S AND DONALD S. BROWN’S GREEN ISLE BOY’S RANCH aka BRIDGES OF AMERICA suppressed sex abuse by Borders and the so called State Attorney “I can’t find anything wrong” Bradley Eugene King?

Check the political contributions of KEN MAZIK locally, state and nationally and you will find just like his fellow criminal and pervert MEL SEMBLER he rewards all of the right people to keep his houses of horror’s in operation against all odds. DCF has tried before to close all these organized child abuse facilities down to no avail. They have enough money to pay off the criminals in power and keep right on abusing our children and killing our children.

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