Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending December 11, 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.



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This is one of several life-size bovine statues, Hopewell (Pennington), NJ.  Artist: Joanne Lee Kim.  Love the theme of inclusion!


Disability in the News (Mostly in New Jersey, the Population We Serve)
A bipartisan bill in the New Jersey senate calls for a special education ombudsman.  Here is the statement of the bill’s sponsor, State Senator Diane Allen.
170,000 New Jerseyans have Alzheimer’s.

Lawmakers look to resolve forced returns to NJ of persons with disabilities.

A proposed bill will study how the move to group homes has affected people with intellectual disabilities.

Nonpolitical thoughts on the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, focusing on people with disabilities.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
Apple’s Siri is featured in a new video that’s part of a disability awareness campaign encouraging people to “just say hi” to those with disabilities.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A boy confides with Santa about his autism.



Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:
In Australia, girls with Down syndrome have the power to let their beauty shine.



Disability awareness:
A teen with dyslexia and ADHD tells of the hard – and often heartbreaking – work to succeed with learning disabilities.

A documentary focusing on how people with autism experience love and manage romantic relationships is set to appear on PBS.

A new video shows what it feels like to live with sensory sensitivity.

A young woman in England dispels myths of Aspergers and autism.

The media – and what it is like to be someone with a learning disability.

Born This Way: Millennials with Down syndrome are the focus of a new reality show.



Assistive technology:
The World Health Organization is conducting a survey of the top 50 assistive technology products.

From Swiftkey’s experimental Greenhouse lab comes the Symbols Android app for young, non-verbal people who need a better way to communicate.

Here’s a peek inside the world’s first “Olympics” for bionic athletes.



Medical news – research:
For the first time, researchers have identified a link between maternal polycystic ovary syndrome and increased risk of autism for offspring.

Studies reveal the surprising complexity of cognitive issues in children with epilepsy.

Girls showed a sharp rise in ADHD diagnosis during an eight-year study period.

Although an increasing number of four-year-olds are being recognized with a diagnosis of ASD, more progress is needed.



Special education (including college for students with disability):
Congress passes the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing NCLB.  Included are the position statements of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Case for inclusion: A recent study found that preschoolers categorized as having special needs or disabilities learned more with at least some time in mainstream classrooms than outside it.

The Invisible Disability Project: Re-imagining special education for children with invisible disabilities.

The classroom should be viewed as a diverse ecosystem.



People with disabilities in the arts:
A new art exhibit focuses on issues people with disabilities face.  

The Colorado Ballet annual production of “The Nutcracker,” continues to feature dancers from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself.


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