Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending December 4, 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.

And to our readers, families, and everyone we serve, a very happy Chanukkah!

First day of Hanukkah

Of course, the big news this week was the shooting in San Bernardino, CA. And on many levels, the tragedy affects us, as we, too, serve people with disabilities. There are many strong viewpoints on the myriad of issues that have come to fore, regarding the victims and the perpetrators. However, these are outside the scope of this column; instead, I encourage readers to examine the issues and form their own viewpoints and perspectives.

 

For parents of a child with a disability:
Day-by-day tips for helping children with disabilities during the holiday season

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Kennedy Forum: “It’s time to treat the brain the same way we treat the rest of the body,” and end the stigma of mental illness.

 

 

People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
Ryan Wiggins, A teen with Asperger’s, made a film so he could show his bullies what his life is like

Travel Tips:  A Seriocomic Guide for Wheelchair Users… By Avery Olmstead

 

 

Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
Local Boy Scouts have come to the aid of pediatric physical therapists, providing 65 items of rehabilitation equipment for children with physical disabilities in South Central and Southwest Virginia.

 

 

Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:
Kennedy Walsh, a young Helena model with Down Syndrome, has finally raised enough money to attend a modeling convention in Los Angeles.

 

 

Disability awareness:
Dealing with the attitudes of non-disabled people, by Amy Sequenzia

Disability Culture and the ADA

 

 

Assistive technology:
A smart device that translates sign language while being worn on the wrist could bridge the communications gap between people who are deaf and those who do not know ASL.

Hi-tech invention in the form of a spoon aims will help persons with tremors eat independently.

 

 

Medical news – research:
Evidence-based update on early intervention for children with autism.

Study on processing facial emotions in persons with autism spectrum disorder

Research from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is exploring new pathway treat multiple sclerosis.

New research into neuronal communication could have implications for ADHD.

 

 

Special education (including college for students with disability):
The U.S. DOE Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has launched a campaign to publicize recommended special-education practices for educational professionals and families.

ESEA passes in the U.S. House; next stop: the Senate.  More authority to state and local governments.  What does this mean?  And here’s an analysis from the New York Times.

 

 

Photography to bear witness (art and awareness):
“Every human is a piece of art.” – Re-creating paintings with photographs of children and adults with Down syndrome

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