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.
Advocacy and self-advocacy:
A George Washington University student advocates for himself and other like him at the university level. In 2013, Advancing Opportunities honored Jaggar deMarco with a special award.
Parenting children with special needs:
Revisiting a very informative piece for parents to help them better understand their young teen on the autism spectrum.
Dealing with depression: “I could learn a lot from my son with autism.”
Employment for people with disabilities:
The Council for Exceptional Children weighs in on the need for more career opportunities for people with disabilities.
Many people on the autism spectrum, especially those with Asperger syndrome, are very well suited for scientific and technical jobs.
G3ict White Paper: “The Internet of Things for People with Disabilities.”
A talented New Jersey man with Down syndrome finds his voice in art.
Noteworthy medical research:
A recent Stanford study offers insight on the different behavior of boys and girls with autism.
Animals helping people and people helping animals:
Her cat gave her comfort during surgery; now, Jenny has found her life work in providing comfort to animals with disabilities.
President Sir Philip Craven has high hopes for the 2016 Rio Paralympics – it could literally be a game changer for disability acceptance.
People with disabilities in the arts:
Argentine dancer in wheelchair challenges stereotypes at tango contest. Proof that it takes two to tango (sorry!).
Syance Wilson, an artist with autism, speaks on the importance of art and music in her life.