Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending June 23, 2017

Ralston Mill Mechanical Wizzardry

This clockwork set of gears, wheels, and sprockets is part of the wizzardry of the Ralston cider mill, Mendham, New Jersey (Morris County). All of this is powered by a large water wheel!
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 at Advancing Opportunities 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

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. For the rest of June, we are holding the following job fair:

  • Tuesday, June 29. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ
  • Wednesday, July 12. Our Budd Lake office, 98 US Rte. 46 West, Office 2 Budd Lake, NJ

 

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

If you cannot make the job fair, please send your résumé to: hr@advopps.org

 

 

Disability in the News (Mostly in New Jersey, the Population We Serve)

The Paper Mill Playhouse received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The funding supports the Paper Mill’s “Theatre for Everyone” project, a series of programs that serves the needs of children with autism and other social and cognitive disabilities.

 

A River Edge, NJ, teen with autism gives back to children with disabilities.
Isabelle Rapin, who advanced concept of an autism spectrum, died at 89

 

 

Special Education

A growing number of schools are offering a program called ASD Nest, which aims to help students understand the school environment.

A new report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities is out: The State of LD

 

 

Assistive Technology

Children with learning disabilities need to see others modeling the assistive technology that can help them succeed.

 

IEEE issued a special report on assistive technology. This piece follows the interesting AT timeline, published mentioned in this space last week. A blog by the organization notes that most developers fail to design websites accessible to people with disabilities.

 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or All Three!)

One tiny dancer is challenging all the stereotypes about cerebral palsy.

 

Multiple sclerosis blogs are both helpful and positive for people affected by the condition. Here are ten excellent resources.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

A New Zealand man with Down syndrome and a disability advocate, Duncan finds his role in dance to be his most effective outlet.

 

People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance; inclusion)
Excellent TED Talk: “Why design should include everyone”

https://embed.ted.com/talks/sinead_burke_why_design_should_include_everyone

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

The Netflix Original series “Atypical” follows an autistic boy with autism.

 

What do you want people to know about MS?

 

 

Medical News—Research

A study answers why ketamine helps depression and offers a target for safer therapy. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/318056.php

 

 

Animals and Animal Therapy

All those pictures of cute puppies and cuddly kittens have a purpose! Learning to associate spouses with unrelated positive stimuli—such as pictures of puppies—could help improve marital satisfaction, according to a study.

Why the World Needs Neurodiversity — Neurodivergent Rebel

From fellow blogger, Neurodivergent Rebel, here is an interesting piece, “Why the World Needs Neurodiversity.”

Neurodiverse people have a lot to offer society, but first, we must accept them. Neurodiversity is the key, a tool for acceptance. The world needs neurodiversity for this very reason. Why is this neurodiverse acceptance such a threat to some people?

via Why the World Needs Neurodiversity — Neurodivergent Rebel

Listen to Our Experience: On Epistemic Invalidation — Lighthouse

This is an excellent piece; it’s called “Listen to Our Experience: On Epistemic Invalidation,” from the Lighthouse blog. People with disabilities, especially “invisible” ones are being denied the services they seek and need. By extension, they are being denied their identity. This applies to other neurodivergent people, such as those of the transgender community.

Content warning: Discussion of the ways disabled people’s experiences are invalidated and disbelieved in society. References to pain ignored by doctors. Brief description of a fictional person with suicidal ideation.] Disabled readers. (And those with chronic illnesses, learning difficulties, and neurodivergences of all kinds.) Have you ever experienced any of the following? Having your experience […]

via Listen to Our Experience: On Epistemic Invalidation — Lighthouse

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending June 16, 2017

Pony at Popcorn Zoo, a great family place, especially for children with autism autistic

Now that summer is here, Popcorn Park Zoo is a wonderful New Jersey place to visit. It is also good for autistic children, not only for their affinity for animals (especially those that have been rescued), but also because this zoo is smaller and quieter than its larger brethren. Photo by 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

We’re hiring! Summer is almost here, and Advancing Opportunities is seeking Support Service Aides to assist teens and young adults with disabilities at summer camps in northern, central, and southern New Jersey.

 

JOB SUMMARY

camp aide helps campers with disabilities enjoy the summer

Our children, teens, and young adults with disabilities enjoy the full summer camp experience, thanks to the hard work of our camp aides.

The Support Service Aide is responsible for providing direct services to individuals with developmental disabilities in a camp setting. This may involve one or more of the following:

  • Engaging the individual in recreation activities
  • Assisting the individual with daily-living skills and personal care
  • Working on communication skills, or any other type of activity deemed appropriate for inclusion
  • Performing or any other type of activity deemed appropriate on the Individual Service Plan.
  • Completing the required weekly documentation of the services provided.

Please send your résumé to: hr@advopps.org

 

  

Advancing Opportunities News

Gretchen DiMarco recently joined Advancing Opportunities as Community Relations Associate

Gretchen DiMarco recently joined Advancing Opportunities as Community Relations Associate

Gretchen DiMarco, our new Community Relations Associate, made the press in this fine article.

 

  

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

A River Edge teen with autism gives back to children with disabilities.

  

Isabelle Rapin, who advanced concept of an autism spectrum, died at age 89.

 

  

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

“The only better thing than being proud of your child is….”

 

A mom writes a letter to her severely disabled daughter, expressing her profound love.

 

ADHD and mood swings: here are some things you need to know.

 

 

Special Education

Three articles discuss how the arts reach out to children with disabilities:

Art therapy helps children on the autism spectrum express themselves more effectively.

Music to their ears: Song- and instrument-based therapy helps children with autism and other special needs develop, participate.

Music: Five reasons it is so beneficial for children with special needs

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning

 

A growing number of schools are offering a program called ASD Nest that aims to help students understand the school environment.

 

An informative new report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities is out: The State of LD.

 

 

Assistive Technology

 The Evolution of Assistive Technology: An interactive timeline from IEEE.

 

Assistive technology helps as memory support for consumers with dementia.

 

 

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

An excellent article from Forbes: “10 Tips For Unlocking the Talent and Potential of Employees with Disabilities”  

 

A young man was in an accident that left him paralyzed. Nevertheless, he went on to found a gardening business, Grow Your Garden Ideas.

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

When a UK mom received the diagnosis that her daughter, Saffron, has autism, she did not think what the doctors described sounded like a disability.

 

 

Medical News & Research

A drug may hold hope for Friedrich’s ataxia and related conditions.

 

 

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

Design for Disability helps everyone enjoy fashionable clothing.

Blind dressmakers create lovely designer gowns.

The State of Learning Disabilities: A New Report

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This report, from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, is now available for reading and can be downloaded.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities, a leading advocacy group, just came out with a report, The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5. That figure, one in five, or 20 percent, refers to the number of students who have a learning disability, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or dyslexia. This population is very much misunderstood; all too often, these children are (mis)labeled as lazy or unmotivated or just not as smart as their peers. More often than not, these labels are untrue. Not only are these students at risk of failing school, but also they all too often struggle finding or keeping employment and are disproportionately represented in the prison population.

Despite one in five students having some sort of learning disability, according to this report, only one in 16 receive proper special-education services with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and only one in 50 receive services under Section 504.  This detailed report covers the following:

  • The neuroscience, stigma, and federal laws concerning these students
  • How to identify struggling students
  • Supporting academic success
  • The social, emotional, and behavioral challenges these students face and pose
  • Issues regarding the transitioning to life after high school
  • Recommended policies.

The report provides summaries for each state, with “key data points and comparisons to national averages in several areas such as inclusion in general education classrooms, disciplinary incidents and dropout rates for students with learning and attention issues.”

The bibliographic citation for this report is:

Horowitz, S. H., Rawe, J., & Whittaker, M. C. (2017). The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5. New York: National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – Ending the Week of June 9, 2017

Allaire Wheelwright Shop (1835)

This building, the wheelwright shop (1835), is one of several at Allaire State Park, Wall Township, NJ. Innovation in New Jersey goes back to the state’s founding. Photo by 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.

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Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

We’re hiring! Summer is almost here, and Advancing Opportunities is seeking Support Service Aides to assist teens and young adults with disabilities at summer camps in northern, central, and southern New Jersey.

  

JOB SUMMARY

The Support Service Aide is responsible for providing direct services to individuals with developmental disabilities in a camp setting. This may involve one or more of the following:

  • Engaging the individual in recreation activities
  • Assisting the individual with daily-living skills and personal care
  • Working on communication skills, or any other type of activity deemed appropriate for inclusion
  • Performing or any other type of activity deemed appropriate on the Individual Service Plan.
  • Completing the required weekly documentation of the services provided.

Please send your résumé to: hr@advopps.org

 

 

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

Support groups may play bigger role in mental health in New Jersey and elsewhere.

  

  
 

Special Education:

People with autism and learning disabilities excel in creative thinking, a study featured in the Guardian shows.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

Review: Reanimating an Autistic Artist with ‘Soot and Spit’ – “A play about a deaf and autistic artist who rejected language but found a voice”

 

Just in case you didn’t catch this amazing (deaf) singer on America’s Got Talent, here’s the New York Times review of the performance.

 

 

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

Better inclusion at work requires “human” intervention, despite technological advances.

 

 

Medical news – research:

Brain scans may forecast autism in high-risk infants.

Voting: Your Right & Your Independence

American flags symbolize the importance of the vote voting for independence & self-advocacy among people with disabilities

“Election Night at Rockefeller Plaza” Photo by: Marco Verch, in the Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Voting. It’s the right of every American citizen. Voting: It’s your right. Participating in U.S. democracy is also a unique chance to self-advocate and express one’s independence. Both of these are core values at Advancing Opportunities as well; they are at the heart of our mission and credo. All too often, however, people with disabilities find themselves excluded from this critically important process. Fortunately, here in New Jersey, information and resources on voting are available to every individual with a disability.

Voting - Its Your Right

This brochure has information to help New Jersey voters. It was developed by the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – Boggs Center, in collaboration with Disability Rights New Jersey and the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities.

 

Although the November general elections receive the greatest press (and social media) coverage, it is the primary election when the two major parties, the Democrats and Republicans nominate their candidates for the general election in November. These individuals represent a wide variety of views on important issues not only at the national level, but also (and sometimes more important) the state, county, and municipal levels. Information on the positions of the gubernatorial (in New Jersey) and other candidates are available on this special page.

 

Disability Rights NJ VotingDisability Rights New Jersey is New Jersey’s designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities pursuant to federal statutes intended to protect the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities. The organization reminds us that people with a disability have the right to vote independently and in private. In addition, both the polling place and the machines must, by federal and state law, be fully accessible. Poll workers have been trained to offer voters with disabilities the assistance they need, but they cannot enter the voting booth or recommend a candidate. Voters with a disability may also bring a friend, family member, or agency worker to help out.

Although all voters should receive a paper sample ballot, one can also look up this information online at BallotpediaThe Alliance Center for Independence in New Jersey has many other excellent resources on its page should these be needed. General New Jersey voting information is available on the NJ Department of State website.

On Primary Election Day, June 6, 2017, Disability Rights New Jersey will have attorneys available by telephone to answer your questions concerning any disability-related voting problem you might experience. Call 800-922-7233 or e-mail Mciccone@drnj.org between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Disability Rights New Jersey is New Jersey’s designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities pursuant to federal statutes intended to protect the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities.

I Voted Sticker

Oh, yes, the November general election. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), “a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities,” has set up July 17 through 21 as National Disability Voter Registration Week, the focus of its Rev Up! campaign. More information on that and Crip the Vote will be featured in a future article in this space.