Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending January 8, 2016

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 emwith embedded links to find the full article.

Happy New Year. Victorian greetings card

Image taken from a scrapbook compiled by Francis Parker, presented by J.F. Parker of Tickenhill Manor, Bewdley in November 1960. EFP/Parker Collection item number 698218



Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
NJ lawmakers propose legislation to assist hard-pressed family caregivers.



Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton calls outlined her economic plan to assist people on the autism spectrum and their families.   Autism advocates are “cautiously optimistic.” 



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
Happy New Year!  Released January 1, 2016, is a brand-new book, A Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome.  The book has already garnered positive reviews.

Tips for teens with autism and their parents on planning for adulthood

Researchers identify a molecule missing in the nerve cells of people with Rett syndrome; drug treatment offers hope for these individuals and for persons with ASD.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:
There is now a course to make mental health first aid as common as CPR
, while promoting disability awareness.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
A teen chef with autism
turns his aversion to certain foods into a cooking passion.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
The RealAbilities NY film
festival attracts a record number of films about and by people with disabilities.

An American mother adopts a Chinese boy with Down syndrome.  She sought out a child with Down syndrome, admiring the many positive qualities these people have.



Disability awareness:
Neurodiversity: What does it mean?

Born That Way – An insider’s look at living with Down syndrome, TV series on A&E  This blog article discusses why the program is important.



Assistive technology:
Assistive technology tools
have transformed how students struggling with dyslexia and other learning disabilities can learn and succeed in school.

Travis Diller is succeeding in college, with the help of assistive technology from Advancing Opportunities.




Medical news – research:
Hope for reversing the course of multiple sclerosis
: a review of the research

Research scientists identify neurological target for drugs used in the treatment of Rett syndrome, a severe form of ASD.

A new class of sound wave, a first in over a half century, may assist in stem cell research, to the benefit of people with cystic fibrosis and asthma.



Special education (including college for students with disability):
A parent asks:  Is inclusion an illusion?



People with disabilities in the arts:
Special needs or special talents?

An Oakland nonprofit has a startling track record for helping developmentally disabled adults become prolific—and profitable—artists.  This New York Times Magazine article proves that notion of neurodiversity, that people with cognitive disabilities have different, often distinct talents that are more important than the label of their disability. And collectors are buying the art of one group from Oakland, not because of their disability, but despite it.



Employment for people with disabilities:
Staffed entirely with people on the autism spectrum, this Florida café serves up some of the best drinks in town.



Animals and animal therapy:
A large dog helps a small girl
with a rare form of cancer.


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