Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending October 1, 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.

Disabled Able Worker ability

Disability does not mean inability, and people are not defined by their disabilities.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Coming in November!   Each year, Advancing Opportunities recognizes individuals and organizations who support and share its mission of advancing the independence of children and adults with all disabilities.

Isaac White, 4, is at the heart of how China loosened adoption restrictions to find homes for some of its smallest citizens, especially children with Down syndrome.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
Excellent resource on home remodeling to make a residence accessible



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
This couple started a non-profit for making unforgettable Halloween costumes for children who use wheelchairs.

A Broadway star shows amazing compassion for a mother and her autistic son, proclaiming that theater is for everyone, in their defense after they were forced to leave.

A teen with Down syndrome brushes off bullying and breaks into modeling.

A teen with Down syndrome has his own dreams, but helping a girl with a rare disorder comes first.



Disability awareness:
Disability does not mean one should not be able to work: Blog post on Nat’l Disabilities Employment Awareness Month

Excellent overview on how ableism hurts people with autism.

Speaking without vocalizing – two interviews with autistics.  Testimony from people with disabilities: autism, blindness.


New blog piece: “Autistic Patterns of Thoughts and Emotions”


As satirist John Oliver points out, people with mental illness are far more likely to be the victims than the perpetrators of mental illness.



Assistive technology:
Sharina Jones just wanted to take her newborn baby for a stroll in the park. Now, thanks to the genius of a local high school student, she’s ready to roll.


Robots can help autistic children find and hone social skills.


New app will help people with autism influence tech developments.
Check out the projects makers collaborated on during The Bay Area Makeathon, a 72-hour sprint to accelerate the development of assistive technology.


Noteworthy and very useful apps for children with autism



Employment for people with disabilities:
confirms that seeing the world in ‘a different way’ sparks unique ideas.


Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress launched a new public awareness campaign, Your Next Star, alert employers to the power of people with Down syndrome in the workplace.



Medical news – research:
Sleep clinics aimed at parents of children with challenging behavior (autistic or with ADHD) can improve the chances of a peaceful night, a team of specialists has concluded in a recent journal article.



Special education:
As a growing number of colleges offer programs for students with intellectual disabilities, a new report provides the most comprehensive look yet at who’s attending and their outcomes.


Thirteen noteworthy resources on inclusion


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