Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending October 30, 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.

An Arctic wolf pup at the Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia, NJ, enjoys a crisp fall day but is really looking forward to frolicking in the snow in the winter.

An Arctic wolf pup at the Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia, NJ, enjoys a crisp fall day but is really looking forward to frolicking in the snow in the winter.

For parents of a child with a disability:

Uniquely Ourselves: Inspiring Books on Autism for Kids, Tweens, and Teens – Selected by Steve Silberman, who wrote NeuroTribes.

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

This weekend, we found a wonderful old clip from 1981 of Mister Rogers and a boy in a wheelchair.  Then, there was the surprise reunion 20 years later.

Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A young lady with Down syndrome was a special guest with her mother at the “Beating the Odds” summit at the White House in July.

The first female jockey to win the Melbourne cup says she could not have done so without the inspiration of her brother with Down syndrome.

Disability awareness:
Brand-new video: Talk About It for Epilepsy

Is Julia really the first?  The Other Autistic Muppet – A very interesting article in the The New York Times

Assistive technology:
Every end user is different. Building an app with accessibility in mind is just common sense.

Bansen Labs’ Xogo aims to level the playing field for video gamers with disabilities.

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:

Special education:

What is keeping teens affected by bullying from access to mental health services?

People with disabilities in the arts:
Ali Stroker, New Jersey actress, was just two years old when a car accident left her paralyzed, but didn’t stop her.

Animals and People with Disabilities:

For a group of young adults with developmental disabilities, reading to cats is proving more than a good deed — it’s offering a chance to boost literacy and build confidence.


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