Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending October 23, 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.


Our favorite of the week:
Meet Julia, the new Muppet with autism
. Blog piece & links to the background of Sesame Street and Autism



Disability news:
Sudden end to N.J. program
for the homeless and people with disabilities



Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Disability awareness and advocacy are key to finding resources in New Jersey.

A caring fourth-grader spreads the word about accepting peers with Down syndrome.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
The Miss Amazing Pageant celebrates the beauty in all of us.

What should you do when you see someone with cerebral palsy in the community?  Just say “Hi.”



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A quadriplegic artist turns life around after horrific tragedy



Disability awareness:
Photographer Bethany Balsis captured these stunning images while shooting a calendar featuring children with Down syndrome.

“The Amazing Song” Sesame Street raises autism awareness and acceptance. #seeamazing
A university-designed disabled surf board helps Port Talbot, Wales, teen with cerebral palsy catch waves.



Assistive technology:
Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup, from Edutopia.  This is a very comprehensive list!



Employment for people with disabilities:
In recognition of the ADA25 and NDEAM, the US Dept. of Labor includes 5 tips for employers to improve disability inclusion.

Special workers learn job skills at Pop-In Cafe.



Medical news – research:
New research probes the mysterious perceptual world of autism.

How do we measure intelligence in children with autism?



Webinar: NJ DDD Live Supports Program – Individual & Family Focused
Mon., Nov. 9, 4-5 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 2, 10-11 a.m.
Tue., Dec. 29, 4-5 p.m.

This regularly scheduled session gives individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities and their families an opportunity to ask the Director, Supports Program & Employment Services questions and get the latest news about the Division of Developmental Disabilities Supports Program launched in July 2015. All stakeholders are welcome to attend these webinars, but information provided will be focused on questions submitted by individuals and family members.

To register, or for more information, please go to:

New TCNJ clinic offers more affordable testing for learning disabilities.



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