Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending November 27, 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.

In Her Element

In her element: A 1919-vintage Curtiss Jenny soars above the Pennsylvania countryside under a brooding sky. With memories of warmer days of summer, we make our way into winter. Photo: Copyright, Daniel L. Berek 2015


For parents of a child with a disability:
Day-by-day tips for helping children with disabilities during the holiday season
http://u.org/1OkqqXE via @Understood

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:



Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Interview with the unstoppable Cheryl Green, who advocates for people disabled by traumatic brain injury.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
Lauren Potter
, a teen with Down syndrome, is a hit among the cast of Glee.

BBC Interview with first deaf blind Harvard Law School Graduate, Haben Girma, who is now part of the White House staff.

A New Jersey tattoo artist donates his talent to decorate a toddler’s walker.

Spirit of thanks and giving: A very generous boy from Hunterdon County holds a birthday party with the proviso that all money otherwise spent on gifts be donated to a shelter for homeless families and children.



Assistive technology:
10 thoughtful assistive
technology gifts for the holidays

Students at a local university design and offer assistive technology to help blind people use computers online.



Medical news – research:
Using fMRIs
, a measure of intrinsic functional brain connectivity might predict behavioral outcomes at least one year after the imaging data were acquired.

In a new study that appears online in the journal Nature, gene duplications are a common cause of intellectual disabilities and autism, as well as various other neurological disorders.



Special education (including college for students with disability):
Here are worthwhile resources for parents of a child with dyslexia.



People with disabilities in the arts:
Assistive Technology Blog:
Bruce Hall: Legally Blind Photographer Who Takes Photos to See



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