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.
People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
A woman with Down syndrome starts a company making clothing for people with all disabilities – and hires staff, who also have disabilities.
Ola, Andraea, and Kebra expand the definition of beauty.
Tokyo Fashion Week 2015 features models with disabilities.
Inspirational and informative (or both!):
Loving couple adopts two sons with Down syndrome, who they say complete their family.
The Defined by Our Hearts photo series by The Honest Body Project celebrates the unbreakable bond between moms and their children with special needs.
It’s time for a new understanding of disability, especially in the arts.
Presented are a variety of assistive technology and edtech solutions (with many links) for students with a variety of learning disabilities
A center has introduced a free iOS app to learn more about autism in young children living around the world.
Employment for people with disabilities:
An autistic boy was predicted he would always have “the mind of a toddler.” As an adult, he has proved them wrong.
Medical news – research:
An MRI tool has been used to investigate the effect of autism on the areas of the brain affecting social interaction, highlights a lack of connectivity and excess blood flow.
Costumes, crowds and trick-or-treating can be triggers for kids with sensory processing issues. Get tips to make Halloween easier for your child with sensory processing issues.
People with disabilities in the arts:
In the new Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, the deaf lead actors have doubles in the background who speak and sing for them, and everyone signs.
The pioneering Heidi Latsky Dance Company Premieres On Display, the latest Addition to its current body of work with disability, The GIMP Project.
Animals and animal therapy:
Elephants in Thailand are helping the country’s autistic children.