Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending November 20, 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.


Water Wheel


For parents of a child with a disability:
An oldie but goodie – 10 things to know about interacting with an autistic child



Disability news:
Complete coverage of Tuesday’s US DOE 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (#IDEA40) event can be found here.

New federal guideline: IEPs must be aligned to grade-level standards. 



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
Autism Transportation Survey at Rutgers:
 Reducing transportation obstacles to accessibility will enhance the independence of persons with autism and other developmental disabilities.

A new cable TV show will show the lives of six young adults with Down syndrome.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A runner with autism and epilepsy will grace the cover of a women’s running magazine.



Employment for people with a disability:
A new British research survey shows 59% of adults with a disability or long-term health condition feel disclosing it to a potential employer would negatively affect their chances of securing a job.



Disability awareness:
Laura James spent her whole life feeling different from others, until she was diagnosed with Asperger’s as an adult – now her curious path to career success finally makes sense.

Q&A with New Jersey epilepsy expert Dr. Arno Fried



Assistive technology:
A university student creates a prosthetic 3-D printed hand for a young girl.  The student will be studying biomedical engineering at Rutgers University.



Medical news – research:
New research identifies possible biomarkers for cystic fibrosis.

Understanding fundamental changes in the brain that could lead to intellectual disabilities may one day help in the development of better treatments.



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):
Complete coverage of Tuesday’s US DOE #IDEA40 event can be found here.

New federal guideline: IEPs must be aligned to grade-level standards.

Photography to bear witness (art and awareness):
A talented photographer uses his art to document the live of his twin brother with cerebral palsy through stunning images.



Animals and animal therapy:
Horses help people cope with the emotional stresses of their autism.




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