NJ Counselors Change the Course of Addiction

NJ Counselors Change the Course of Addiction

Advancing Opportunities is a proud sponsor of this concert to help people with addiction in New Jersey. Please check out the fine work Associates for Life Enhancement, located in Mount Laurel and Northfield, NJ, does.
https://revivaladdiction.org/

Revival Addiction

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The funds raised at R(ev)IVAL Addiction will go toward substance abuse services at Associates for Life Enhancement located in Mount Laurel and Northfield, NJ.

With every concert ticket sold, another patient at Associates for Life Enhancement will receive the treatment they need! Now, meet the state’s most passionate counselors at the outpatient center helping individuals in NJ combat drug addiction using progressive methods of cognitive therapy. 100% of the proceeds raised at the benefit concert on August 27th will go toward helping those who are unable to afford treatment at Associates for Life Enhancement (click here for tickets).

Associates for Life Enhancement’s (ALE) mission is to help clients re-focus positive energies quickly so they can get on with their lives in the best, most constructive way. ALE serves adolescents, adults, couples, and families; they specialize in anxiety, depression, relationship counseling, marriage counseling, stress management, parenting support, grief and…

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Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending August 19, 2016

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, Google+, LinkedIn, 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.

Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer.  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.

Red Panda - Turtle Back Zoo

The Turtle Back Zoo, located in West Orange (Essex County) offers a huge variety of animals from around the world, both furry and scaly, wild and on the farm. This is one of the red pandas (Ailurus fulgens).

 

 

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

 A forthcoming New Jersey conference will address strategies for learning with LD and ADHD.  A myriad of workshops are offered to help parents, professionals, and students discover more about learning disabilities and attention issues.

New regulations will probably greatly expand the number of people with disabilities covered under ADA.

 

 

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities is seeking an Assistive Technology Specialist for the northeastern New Jersey region.  This part-time position involves working with the statewide mobile services team and work one-on-one with children and adults with all types of disabilities. Duties Include traveling to schools, workplaces, and homes to provide on-site assessments and technical assistance, as well as providing workshops to advance awareness.  For more information about our AT Services Department, visit http://www.assistivetechnologycenter.org.

 

 

For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):

One autistic mom understands how parents fear for their autistic children’s safety. Here are seven tips to reduce worry and make sure your child remains safe.

The hardest thing for a parent of a child with special needs?  Other people, especially the adults.

 

 

Special education (including college for students with disability):

Some 16.5% of New Jersey students are classified with a disability, according to new statistics.

Beyond IEPs: Learning Disabilities Go to College

Most children who learn more than one language gain valuable academic and intellectual skills, and researchers say this may also be true for children with autism.

 

 

Informative, positive, noteworthy (or all three!):

Disability Advocate’s Uplifting Book of Poetry, Writings On the Wall: Inspirational Poems and Quotes, offers a powerful message of hope. 

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A hiker in a wheelchair travels on the Olympic Discovery Trail near his home in Washington, advocating for greater accessibility to the outdoors.

The Boggs Center is currently accepting applications for its advocacy education program, Partners in Policymaking.  Adults with developmental disabilities and family members are invited to apply.   The training sessions begin in November and run for eight months; the educational sessions will be held one weekend per month.   Applications are due on September 9, 2016. For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Boggs Center website.

Voters with disabilities could play major roles in the election as more and more of this growing minority take to the polls.

 

 

Assistive technology:

The Cybathlon will pit cutting-edge technology against everyday tasks like hanging laundry.

Ingenuity and determination at their very best, with the help of very clever assistive technology: a paralyzed toddler uses a homemade wheelchair to get around.

 

 

People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):  

This blind Apple engineer is transforming the tech world at age 22.

The Next Steps program at First Stage, Milwaukee, offers autistic children with sensory challenges a chance to experience theater.

 

 

People with a disability in the arts:

An art exhibition highlights diversity of LGBTQ people with disabilities in Boston.

 

 

 Disability awareness and appreciation:

“An Open Letter from an Autistic Human”

Let go of your assumptions about autistic behaviors based only on your experience as a non-autistic person. Look at the world from an autistic person’s perspective.

 

 

Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

 A high-end fashion designer introduces her IZ Collection for fall 2016.   Adaptive clothing can be very fashionable!

 

 

Medical news – research:

Brain areas that spring to life when a person is at rest are less synchronized in girls with autism than in typical girls.

Aberrant development of speech processing in young children with autism: new insights from neuroimaging biomarkers

A young photographer uses his creative photography to document and cope with his depression.

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016 is coming!  Online posters are available for download.
Download “Mainstream,” a great song to help bring employment to people with all disabilities.

 

 


Animals and animal therapy:

Here’s a beautiful story of how a service dog changed the life of a boy with autism and helped his family.

Having a pet dog around the house may markedly lower stress in families of children with autism.

A loyal service dog helps a young woman with severe rheumatoid arthritis.

College for Students with Disabilities: An Update

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A forthcoming New Jersey conference, Sunday, October 23, will addresses strategies for learning with LD and ADHD.  A myriad of workshops are offered to help parents, professionals and students discover more about learning disabilities and attention issues.

This week also saw an excellent Huffington Post article: “Beyond IEPs: Learning Disabilities Go to College”

 

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending August 12, 2016

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, Google+, LinkedIn, 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.

Space Farms Eagle

Seen at Space Farms Zoo & Museum, Sussex, NJ, this cast iron statue was one of ten that were atop Grand Central Station, New York City. The 10-foot-high statue has a wingspan of 13 feet and weighs 3.5 tons. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

 

 

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

 A New Jersey teenager with Autism is getting the help he needs thanks to a successful GoFundMe campaign and now his family is hoping they may be able to pay it forward.

From India, the second most populous nation, the importance of people with disabilities participating in the labor force is gaining recognition.

 

 

For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):

Ensuring people with disabilities will be properly cared for as their parent or guardian caregivers age.

 

 

Special education (including college for students with disability):

An article in The Atlantic takes a hard look at Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

NCLD is accepting applications for scholarships for students with ADHD.

Most children who learn more than one language gain valuable skills, and researchers say this may also be true for children with autism.

 

 

Important to Know:

Local police heroes – certainly for one little boy with autism!

 

 

 Assistive technology:

VocaliD introduces digital voice technology with breakthrough voice blending.

Reveal is a new high-tech autism device that helps track real-time anxiety.

 

 

People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):  

What happens if your airline breaks your wheelchair?

Let’s take time to celebrate the anniversary of the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, predating ADA by 22 years.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

The basics on interacting with people with a disability

What you should know about the Rio Paralympics

Two noteworthy television shows and a movie are coming this fall:

  • The A Word, an acclaimed TV program about a boy with autism and his family will be airing on cable this fall.
  • Speechless takes on the challenge of accurately portraying a child who is nonverbal.
  • Po, a film on a 12-year-old on the #autism spectrum deals with challenges, love and acceptance life can offer.
  • Life, Animated sheds light on realities facing families of adult children with autism.

In addition, Megan Bomgaars, star of Born this Way, has gained international recognition.  The young woman has Down syndrome, noteworthy at the time the TV and film industry has come under criticism for hiring non-disabled actors to play the parts of people with actual disabilities.

 

 

Medical news – research:

A recent study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD.
Tests useful for preclinical and clinical research on a genetic mutation for fragile-X and other intellectual disabilities may become more available.

 

 

 People with disabilities in the arts:

A young photographer uses his creative photography to document and cope with his depression.

A boy with Asperger’s sings soulfully in his renowned school chorus.

Actors and Actresses with Disabilities Finally Start to Get Their Due

Several recent and forthcoming films and television programs will be featuring people with disabilities, also enhancing public awareness of these diverse conditions.  This news is noteworthy, as the TV and film industry has come under criticism for hiring non-disabled actors to play the parts of people with actual disabilities.  Last month, a white paper published by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that nearly all roles of people with a disability are played by non-disabled actors.

 

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Two noteworthy television shows and a movie are coming this fall:

In addition, Megan Bomgaars, star of Born this Way, has gained international recognition. By the way, the talented young woman has Down syndrome.

 

And let us remember the “good guys,” namely the charming new autistic character Julia from Sesame Street and the film Finding Dory, which has earned wide acclaim among reviewers and the American Autism Association.

 

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending August 5, 2016

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, Google+, LinkedIn, 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.

Historic Speedwell - Factory Building and Waterwheel

Historic Speedwell, Morristown, NJ: The factory building was built in the late 1820s to support a cotton mill. The waterwheel is located in the smaller structures in the foreground. It was in this house that on January 11, 1839, Alfred Vail and Samuel F.B. Morse held the first public demonstration of the electromagnetic telegraph. Photo: Daniel L. Berek, 2016

 

 

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

 News: “NJ’s Early Intervention System Remains Robust and Ready to Help”

The A. Harry Moore School, a Jersey City, N.J., school that serves students between the ages of 3 and 21, is at the forefront of what experts say is a broader move to supplement special education with technology.

 

 

Special education (including college for students with disability):

Here are some ways in which to help a child with a learning disability cope with anxiety about going back to school.

Most children who learn more than one language gain valuable skills, and researchers say this may also be true for children with autism

 

 

Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):

Many men with autism are happy and lead independent and productive lives.

 

 

 Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A Ukrainian model in a wheelchair advocates for all people with a disability in her country.   She was recently interviewed recently on AXS Chat.

 

 

Assistive technology:

An important research study, “Accessing the Value of Accessible Technologies for Organizations,” highlights the importance of accessibility in the workplace.

A new Google voice-activated app helps people with many disabilities.

Gestype is a new phone keyboard for people with visual impairment.

 

 

People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):  

Many women with ADHD also feel lonely.

China’s Hou Bin aims to “reach new heights” at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

 

 

Medical news – research:

Children with autism, ADHD, and OCD all show similar disruptions in their brain structure.

“Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that for the first time analyzes the entire human genome to predict which genes may cause autism spectrum disorder, raising the number of genes that could be linked to the disorder from 65 to 2,500.”

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

One entrepreneur shares what he has learned by hiring more employees with disabilities.

 

 


Animals and animal therapy:

Here’s a beautiful story of how a service dog changed the life of a boy with autism and helped his family.

Beloved children’s writer Laura Numeroff introduces her new book, Raising a Hero, about training a service dog.