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)
New Jersey has a new system to help with missing persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Kessler Foundation was awarded a $5 million grant to study exoskeleton assistive technology devices for people disabled through traumatic brain injury.
Gov. Christie signs legislation creating new position of Special-Ed Omsbudsman.
Ghana confronts past discrimination against people with disabilities and embarks of a course of disability awareness and rights.
For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
From Australia: A dedicated mom of a daughter with autism founds a volunteer group where children with autism can hold sensory-friendly social events.
Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Ted Stanley, Whose Son’s Illness Inspired Philanthropy, Dies at 84
People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
Tim Harris, an entrepreneur who opened a restaurant known for its free hugs, is moving from New Mexico to Colorado so he can be near his girlfriend Tiffani Johnson. Both have Down syndrome.
Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
Meet Donald Grey Triplett, the first child Leo Kanner diagnosed as autistic, “Case 1.” Now, at 82, he still leading a fulfilling life!
A woman with Down syndrome has opened up on the trials and tribulations of finding love.
Eleven people on the autism spectrum give their perspective on stimming.
Temple University is currently accepting letters of interest from young adults who use communication technology and want to attend a 10-day learning experience on the Temple Campus this summer. The program, Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Support (ACES) is designed to help students who use speech generating devices transition from school to work. The program will help develop and refine communication, including computer access and use for daily living or job skills.
Medical news – research:
As people with Down syndrome live longer, many suffer Alzheimer’s disease, the focus of increasing research.
A gene linked to mental disorders helps lay the foundation for a crucial brain structure during prenatal development.
Special education (including college for students with disability):
The US Department of Justice just released final regulations regarding the implementation of the American for Disabilities Act – testing and other accommodations for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Fashion and glamour – and disability:
These are the designers working hard to make stylish clothes for wheelchair users.