Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending December 18, 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.


Santa Train



Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
A New Jersey writer tells about spaniels as endearing therapy dogs.

Internships available!  Help people with all disabilities and gain valuable experience.

Can effective news and information help provide a better life for people with disabilities in China?



Making the holidays happier – or just less stressful:
An autistic writer offers her perspective on the holidays – what they mean and how she copes with stressful stimuli.

How parents can help their autistic child with sensory issues enjoy the holidays.

Eleven helpful holiday tips for parents of children with ADHD and other learning disabilities.



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
His Autism Transformed Our Family – a mother tells how



Disability awareness:
Alice Wong, Disability Visibility Project, interviews Patty Berne, who shares her insights about being a woman of color with a disability.

An oldie & goodie: “Amazing Shortcoming, Amazing Strengths:  Beginning to Understand the Hidden Talents of Dyslexics”




Assistive technology:
MakerBot announces winners of assistive technology challenge – exciting recent developments in the field.

A wearable band offers assistive technology assistance to blind people, enabling them to navigate obstacles.

Thanks to wearable assistive technology, blind students are able to enjoy a holiday show.

Here is a step-by-step guide on making online classes accessible.

Assistive technology device to help wheelchair users with assistive technology, better navigate a power wheelchair independently.



Medical news – research:
A Canadian study that followed 145,000 babies from birth until 10 years of age finds a link between antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism.

 Harvard scientists have identified a specific inhibitory neurotransmitter linked to behaviors associated with many forms of autism.

Research: a common defective functional genomic network in autistic toddlers plays a central role in fetal brain development.



Special education (including college for students with disability):
Does the WISC-IV underestimate the intelligence of autistic children?
  This is particularly important paper in regard to the so-called “nonverbal” autistic children, those who have difficulty in expressing their thoughts with oral language.

Here are 10 areas on which to focus to enhance and ensure inclusion in special education for the new year.



Photography to bear witness (art and awareness):
People with Down syndrome pose as music icons in NDSS Rockin’ Photo Series



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