Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles: Week Ending September 15, 2017

Morris County 9-11 Memorial at Dawn

Morris County 9/11 Memorial at Dawn: The floodlights and mist lend an otherworldly feeling to an otherworldly place. On a clear day, the monument overlooks the new Manhattan skyline. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

 

At Advancing Opportunities, we excel in providing residential and respite services to people of with all disabilities, along with advocacy and education services for parents and guardians and assistive technology support. As a leader in the field, we are pleased to share our experience, knowledge, and expertise with the disability community through our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest. In our Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week column, we will select the best of what we found and shared and present them. Please click on the titles with embedded links to find the full article.

 

In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

 

 

Advancing Opportunities Job Announcement of the Week

Advancing Opportunities is seeking an individual for the position of Human Resources Generalist. He or she will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of providing Human Resources support to the agency. In addition, the Human Resources Generalist performs other duties from time to time, as deemed appropriate. He or she routinely deals with highly sensitive and confidential matters. For more information, please visit us online.

 

 

Advancing Opportunities News

Advancing Opportunities CEO Jack Mudge presented the Champion of Inclusion Award to David Kovacs of Allegra, a printing company in Mercer County, NJ.

Allegra Champions of Inclusion

 

 

Disability in the News (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)

From The Atlantic: If parents of a son or daughter with a disability are deported, what happens to these children?

 

 

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

This article has links to information on how children with ADHD react to (and can sometimes cope with) a disaster or other extreme event.

 

A blogger discusses explaining autism to siblings and provides free printable conversation prompts.
 

 

Assistive Technology

Say It Again: Sure, Amazon Echo will play your favorite music, turn on the lights, announce weather forecasts, and call for an Uber ride. She can even order a pizza with your favorite toppings. Echo can fill the room with rich sound. Spotify, Pandora, Prime Music, and TuneIn. What’s more, Alexa, the friendly voice behind Echo can even tell a joke. Just ask her. Without doubt, the Amazon Echo can do many fun and useful things, making the device a highly popular addition at many homes. Less well known is that for people with a variety of disabilities, Amazon Echo can be very useful piece of assistive technology. Find out more here!

  

CTD Institute has published a new glossary of assistive technology. Our Technology Lending Center has many of these devices.

 

 

Advocacy and Self-advocacy

Honoring the passing of disability advocate Lorraine Gradwell. She was a tireless campaigner for accessibility and other disability rights issues. Gradwell also was behind the concept of the “social model” of disability. She was 64. Her legacy will live on.

 
 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)

Fine piece in the New York Times: Looking into the future for a child with autism

 

 

People with a Disability in the Community (Disability Rights and Acceptance; Inclusion)

Alyssa Patrias, 20, is the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the Michigan state beauty pageant. And she did everything the other contestants did.

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

These photos of a woman’s life with muscular dystrophy are not meant to inspire.

  

“My autism hasn’t stopped me connecting with my sister.” 

 

 

Medical News—Research

A recent study found that a region of the brain that processes emotions, the amygdala, is usually smaller in children who have both autism and anxiety than in those who have autism alone.

 

New findings on brain functional connectivity may lend insights into mental disorders.

 

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A Fellow Blogger Writes on Explaining Autism to Siblings

Do you need help explaining autism to siblings? Parents of children with autism often have difficulty explaining autism to their other children. You are not alone. This post is written in collaboration with The Innovation Press. All opinions are my own. Explaining autism to siblings can be tricky. I suggest you break down the…

via Explaining autism to siblings (+ free printable conversation prompts) — Special Learning House

 

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Period Ending September 4, 2017

New Jersey culture and services

This wagon is one of the displays at Alstede Farms, Chester, NJ (Morris County), This farm has become a major tourist destination for people to enjoy a taste of rural life now largely a thing of the past. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

At Advancing Opportunities, we excel in providing residential and respite services to people of with all disabilities, along with advocacy and education services for parents and guardians and assistive technology support. As a leader in the field, we are pleased to share our experience, knowledge, and expertise with the disability community through our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest. In our Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week column, we will select the best of what we found and shared and present them. Please click on the titles with embedded links to find the full article.
In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

 

 

Advancing Opportunities Job Announcement of the Week

As a growing agency, we have openings for part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. Come meet us at one of our August open houses between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in various regions of New Jersey:

  • Wednesday, September 6, Parsippany. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ (Eastern Morris County)
  • Wednesday, September 30, Neptune. Neptune Public Library, 25 Neptune Blvd, Neptune City, NJ 07753 (Monmouth County)

Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with developmental disabilities in residential support programs and group home settings. If you are unable to make it to one of the job fair open houses, you can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/job/direct-support-professional-part-time/

 

 

Disability in the News (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)

Employment for people with disabilities in New Jersey and the rest of the nation are cautiously optimistic.
http://bit.ly/2iYFhPO

 

 

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

“As autism parents, it’s so important to take care of ourselves and here’s why.”

 

 

Special Education

An actually autistic man and highly respected author speaks out how much of education in the U.S. fails students with autism.

 

 

Employment for People with Disabilities

A writer discusses why more tech companies should hire people with disabilities.

 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)

Positive articles like this one are always welcome! A 27-year-old filmmaker is helping people with disabilities own their narratives.

Here’s a blog piece on ten highly recommended bipolar disorder blogs, written either by people with this disability themselves or mental-health professionals.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

A 17-year-old autistic artist inspires children with autism and other special needs to paint.

 

 

People with a Disability in the Community (Disability Rights and Acceptance; Inclusion)

A New Jersey teen with autism offers autistic men haircuts.

Opinion: “My son has autism. Discrimination almost cost him his life.”

 

 

Medical News—Research

Researchers found that altered mitochondria may be associated with increased autism risk.

Web Resources

Fellow blogger Neurodivergent Rebel, has published a list of useful sites for people with autism. Here is the link to the original article.

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Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending August 25, 2017

Beautiful Lakefront House at Lake Hopatcong

This beautiful lakefront home is on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake. Recently, members of our community-based Adults’ Night Out program enjoyed a cruise on the lake, from which this picture was taken.

At Advancing Opportunities, we excel in providing residential and respite services to people of with all disabilities, along with advocacy and education services for parents and guardians and assistive technology support. As a leader in the field, we are pleased to share our experience, knowledge, and expertise with the disability community through our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest. In our Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week column, we will select the best of what we found and shared and present them. Please click on the titles with embedded links to find the full article.

  

In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

 

  

Advancing Opportunities Job Announcement of the Week

As a growing agency serving people with all disabilities, we’re hiring! Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for full- and part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. Come meet us at one of our August open houses between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in various regions of New Jersey:

  • Wednesday, August 30, Parsippany. Family Resource Network Office, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ (Eastern Morris County)

Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with developmental disabilities in residential support programs and group home settings. This entails includes supervision and/or assistance with personal care, daily living activities, recreational pursuits, transportation, medical appointments, or any other needs the individuals may have.

Advancing Opportunities provides supports to individuals with disabilities and their families so they can live fully in the community. Our team includes a diverse collection of men and women committed to treating the people and families we serve with dignity and respect and providing the highest quality services and supports.

Employees of the agency enjoy paid training and an excellent array of benefits, including health care and dental benefits for all eligible full-time staff and a 401(k) retirement plan for all eligible employees.

If you are unable to make it to one of the job fair open houses, you can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

 

  

Advancing Opportunities News

Meet Tameka, Direct-Support Professional: “I have always felt a special connection to people with disabilities.”

  

It’s back! On Monday, September 25, people who admire and support our work can enjoy some of the best golf in Mercer County, New Jersey, and surrounding areas. The Rothwell Family Classic takes place at the beautiful Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, NJ. It’s great golf for a great cause!

 

  

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

Here are 13 books for children with autism to help them navigate emotions, communication, and social cues.

 

  

Special Education

School exclusion is “linked to long-term mental health problems,” especially in students with autism, a study strongly suggests.

 

  

Assistive Technology

Partner/Plus Offers an introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices.

  

“To Siri with Love”: how Apple’s electronic personal assistant fostered the communication skills of her teenage son Gus, who has autism

 

ALS researchers use robots, technology to improve lives, seek cure

 

 

Advocacy and Self-advocacy

When those with autism age out, what’s next? A mother of an autistic teen takes action, founding Austen’s Autistic Adventures.

 

 

Employment for People with Disabilities

The trend of employing autistic people, especially in hi-tech and creative enterprises, is a “work in progress.” Yet, finding and keeping work remains a challenge for this population. Some possible solutions are explored.

 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)

Climbing Grand Teton is challenging even for the most skilled person – even more so for someone with Down syndrome.

 

  

The Arts and People with Disabilities

A photographer uses her art to document Down syndrome beautifully.

 

A sci-fi magazine created entirely by writers and editors with disabilities is coming.

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

Young-adult edition of Far from the Tree is a compelling read on families with differences.

 

  

Beauty, Glamour, and Fashion: The Inclusion of People with Disabilities

Emily, a lovely 10-year-old model with cerebral palsy, wants industry to include disability.  She has modeled for Target, a retailer that this month announced its Cat & Jack line of adaptive clothing.

  

A former Olympian, upon being diagnosed with a disability, turns to a new career, modeling.

 

Passing It On: Choking Prevention for People with Developmental Disabilities — Special Needs Resource Blog

Children and adults with developmental disabilities have a higher risk of choking compared to the general population. Risk Factors Include: Some medical conditions that increase a person’s risk of choking are: Cerebral Palsy Seizure disorders Neurological and muscular disorders Down Syndrome Brain Injury Muscular Dystrophy Inability to swallow certain food textures and liquids Medication side […]

via Choking Prevention for People with Developmental Disabilities — Special Needs Resource Blog

In Addition
For New Jersey caregivers, this leaflet is a very good resource:

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Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the two Week Ending August 18, 2017

Meadow Path at Fairview Farm

Historic Fairview Farm in Bedminster, NJ (Somerset County) is now a natural refuge, intersected by meadow and forest paths. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

 

At Advancing Opportunities, we excel in providing residential and respite services to people of with all disabilities, along with advocacy and education services for parents and guardians and assistive technology support. As a leader in the field, we are pleased to share our experience, knowledge, and expertise with the disability community through our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest. In our Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week column, we will select the best of what we found and shared and present them. Please click on the titles with embedded links to find the full article.

 

In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

 

 

Advancing Opportunities Job Announcement of the Week

Advancing Opportunities is looking for a Residential Support Leader to deliver health services to provide on-site direct behavioral health care services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a residential setting in northern New Jersey.

Advancing Opportunities residences for people with intellectual disabilities throughout New Jersey.

Advancing Opportunities runs group homes throughout the state of New Jersey, such as this one in Emerson. They provide as much independence for people with intellectual disabilities as possibles, in a community setting.

Advancing Opportunities provides supports to individuals with disabilities and their families so they can live fully in the community. Our team includes a diverse collection of men and women committed to treating the people and families we serve with dignity and respect and providing the highest quality services and supports.

Employees of the agency enjoy paid training and an excellent array of benefits, including health care and dental benefits for all eligible full-time staff and a 401(k) retirement plan for all eligible employees.

 

 

Disability in the News (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) announces changes to contribution in residential care settings.

 

 

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

Here are some fundamental tips to help your child with learning disabilities beat the back-to-school jitters.

 

 

Special Education

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has launched a new effort: Personalized Learning and Students with Disabilities. Also listed are 13 new publications. http://www.ncld.org/archives/blog/new-on-ncld-org-personalized-learning-and-students-with-disabilities

 

Evidence supports effectiveness of mental health programs in schools.
https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/education/mhps.php

 

 

Assistive Technology

3-D printing technology offers blind and visually impaired students access to material taught.

 

 

 Advocacy and Self-advocacy

Some 20 percent of gamers have a physical or intellectual disability, including many of the people we serve. It is clear that accessibility is of prime importance in this field and hobby.  Advocates continue to fight for gaming accessibility.

 

 

Disability Rights, Accessibility

Mobilizing global commitments to accessibility:  perspectives from governments

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

“The Grown-Ups” is a new Down syndrome documentary coming to PBS.

 

 

Medical News—Research

According to a new large study, “In the first major study of its kind, researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism.”