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.
Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve):
Car racing enthusiasts bring holiday cheer to students at Matheny Medical & Educational Center.
People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
In 2015, mental illness finally received respect on TV.
Romanian children with Down syndrome dress in traditional garb and sing Christmas carols, promoting awareness and reducing stigma.
RESNA position – Wheelchairs, Seating System, Secondary Supports for Positioning versus Restraint -AssistiveTechnology
Medical news – research:
Some autistic adults have spent much of their lives with the wrong diagnosis, consigned to psychiatric institutions or drugged for disorders they never had.
Scientists at Harvard and MIT have discovered a link between autism symptoms and neurotransmitters, which could lead to better treatment options.
Babies born more than 13 weeks prematurely run a serious risk of brain damage, autism, ADHD and learning disabilities.
Researchers create first complete model to describe the role of #serotonin in brain development and structure, with implications for autism, epilepsy, and emotional disorders.
Study finds genetic convergence between cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Animals and animal therapy:
A New Jersey writer tells about spaniels as endearing therapy dogs.