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.
For parents of a child with a disability:
How to encourage an autistic child to communicate effectively through emotional sharing and reciprocity
Advocacy and self-advocacy:
A disability-rights advocate is awarded $100,000 Purpose Prize.
People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
An athlete with cerebral palsy has what it takes to earn a college scholarship on the wrestling team.
A determined, spirited runner with autism and epilepsy graces magazine cover.
Have a look at the plans for the first fully accessible water park!
Disability products in assistive technology will be the focus of Britain’s prime innovative company.
Virtual reality assistive technology could help people with autism learn social skills and develop employment opportunities
Medical news – research:
About 1 in 45 children are on the autism spectrum, according to a new CDC survey of parents.
New research identifies possible biomarkers for Cystic Fibrosis.
Webinar: NJ DDD Live Supports Program – Individual & Family Focused
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 (including college for students with disability):
Spectrum on Stage uses theater arts to help children with autism build skills to better navigate their daily lives.
Great news! Rutgers University initiates housing with autistic students in mind.
People with disabilities in the arts:
This is a handy free resource for autistic craftspeople.
Animals and animal therapy:
Arizona mom starts therapy animal project to help children with autism.