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:
Senate approves Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week resolution.
Surfers help children with autism turn the tide in 11th annual Belmar Beach Bash, New Jersey.
People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
A new study seeks to make it easier for adults on the autism spectrum to use public transportation in New Jersey.
Eleven people with a disability share their awkward moments with humor and grace.
Donald J. Trump’s reckless comments on vaccines causing autism are “dangerous and misleading.” And discredited!
Special education and inclusion:
The US Departments of Education and Health & Human Services issue “Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.”
English-language learners are disproportionately represented in special education. What can be done to more accurately identify ELLs with learning disabilities?
Beauty and glamour:
A New Jersey model with a physical disability makes a showing at Fashion Week in New York City.
With open-source lab equipment, assistive technology research would cost less & equipment would improve each year.
An upbeat Shana tova, Happy new year, message from an Israeli social service agency.
An Aussie gymnast with Down syndrome proves no dream too big to achieve in new film, Keeping up with Chris
People with Down Syndrome Design Unique Tattoos for Loved Ones.
Noteworthy medical research:
Yale researchers focus on studying autism in girls.
People with disabilities in the arts:
Dylan Harman had been waiting a long time for a role like the one he snagged in “The Rainbow Kid.”