Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week Ending September 5, 2015

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.

Turtle Piggyback - Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta)

Advocacy and self-advocacy:
The parents of a baby girl diagnosed with Down syndrome welcome and honor her by becoming their advocates.

Assistive Technology:
Assistive technology for students with disabilities: What to do when funds are limited.

New talking calculator is a boon for blind students.

 

Inspirational:
A Beautiful, poignant song from a New Jersey band, “If I Could See Through Your Eyes”

Assistive technology helps Dave Finn engage in his favorite activity, golf.

 

Noteworthy medical research:
Men with autism are more likely to suffer from depression.

British study finds that antipsychotic drugs are overprescribed among individuals with intellectual disabilities.

 

Social issues:
As a matter of principle and policy, this page has stayed clear of the emotional and highly politicized debate on abortion and Down syndrome.  However, this thoughtful piece appeared in the New York Times.  The aim here is simply further thought and discussion.

Special Education Pedagogy:
Acclaimed educator Linda Darling-Hammond, a reading specialist, launched a new think tank.

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