Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending October 9, 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.

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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.

JetBlue and Orlando Airport have launched a program to make travel with children on the autism spectrum, as well as their families, easier and more friendly.  With all the negative publicity regarding children with autism aboard airliners, this is a welcome move.

There was a very nice thread on Airliners.net suggesting an airline, perhaps Delta, paint one of its planes for autism awareness.

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!):
“All the kids love” student with Down syndrome crowned homecoming king.

Loving family: Ted and Jodi explained about their decision to adopt a child with Down syndrome that it was a “curve ball that turned out even better than [our] dreams.”

Disability awareness:
Photographer Laura Kilgus captured children with Down syndrome in a photo series.

Media perceptions of Asperger’s and violent crime is misinformed — Autism Daily Newscast

“The Myth of the Autistic Shooter”
Fewer than 5 percent of violent crimes are committed by people with mental illness.
Fewer than 5 percent of people with mental illness commit violent crimes.

Assistive technology:
For blind, learning disabled or epileptic people, autoplaying videos and adverts make many websites inaccessible. So making it easier to block them can only be a good thing.

Employment for people with disabilities:
Fred Tchang, Advancing Opportunities Director of Senior Manager Assistive Technology Services, on a panel during a conference on the role of assistive technology in helping people with disabilities secure employment.

Medical news – research:
Hospital for Special Care Opening State’s First Autism Inpatient Unit

Difficulty processing speech may be an effect of dyslexia, not a cause – Medical News Today

48 Parents of Kids with Down Syndrome Share What They Wish You Knew

Special education:
Thirteen noteworthy resources on inclusion

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sometimes acquire a new behavior or skill only in a specific context, but they have difficulty transferring that learned skill or information to a a new one or general knowledge.


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