Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week Ending August 14, 2015

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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 in each entry to find the full article.

Advancing Opportunities news:
Advancing Opportunities is teaming up with Microsoft to present College Aspire and Inquire Forums for middle school students who have learning disabilities and their parents.

Advice for parents with special needs:
Back-to-school for tips for your sensory child (autism)

A four-week plan to get prepare your child with a learning disability for school

Back-to-school for many children with disabilities means being scared because of bullying.

Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Andrew, himself with a disability, offers sage advice on how students with disabilities can self-advocate in school.

Here are 20 adults with autism and Asperger’s who were accepted into college, thanks to their hard work, persistence, and self-advocacy.

Employment for people with disabilities:
A conference of New Jersey business leaders highlights the benefits of hiring workers with autism and Asperger’s.

Assistive technology:
A NJ woman invents app to help children with autism with their social skills.

Civil rights (disability rights):
US CDC Infographic:  Disability and Health – how disability affects all of us.

Animals in service among people with disabilities:
Service dogs help children with a disability enjoy the magic of surfing and the ocean!

Inspirational and otherwise just plain interesting:
Helen Keller could be on the new $10 bill.  This is on Dan Keplinger’s blog; Dan (“King Gimp”) is an artist with cerebral palsy – and a very interesting and talented one at that.

Noteworthy medical research:
The loss of a critical receptor in a special class of inhibitory neurons in the brain may be responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia, according to new research.

Psychologists from Cardiff University have developed the first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults.



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