Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending January 29, 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 embedded links to find the full article.

Enclosed Sleigh PA

Not all sleighs were “one-horse and open.” The passengers, at least, rode in enclosed comfort in this 19th-century sleigh. With more modern (though less elegant) vehicles today, this beauty resides at the Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg.



Disability in the News (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
The U.S. Department of Education has released its 37th annual report on IDEA.

Maryland becomes the first state to require disability training for police officers.

President Obama bans solitary confinement of juveniles in prison; many have mental illness.

A deal is reached in Pennsylvania on prison for people with mental illnesses.



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
Deaf children are highly susceptible to fatigue during the school day.  Here’s what parents and teachers need to know and how they can help.

For families in Massachusetts, raising a child with Down syndrome is much easier, thanks to the many available supports.

Kveller, the first line of dolls with disabilities is finally here.   With 3-D printing technology, a company creates realistic dolls representing children with a wide variety of disabilities.



Advocacy and Self-Advocacy:
A young woman with a disability lives life on her own terms.



People with a Disability in the Community (disability rights and acceptance):
Mind the Gap
, a British group of musicians and actors with disabilities defiantly trash the myths of disability.  Review and video from The Guardian



Assistive Technology:
Here are some noteworthy assistive technology tools to help students with dyslexia.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A Tennessee couple has fostered more than 112 infants since 1989, many of them with special needs.



Disability Awareness:
A thoughtful essay on why some disabilities are “more acceptable” than others.

Fans of Lego will appreciate their introducing a figure in a wheelchair.



Medical News – Research:
Researchers have identified the brain circuits responsible for tics in Tourette syndrome.  This study has implications for people with autism and ADHD.

Scientists develop a naturally dissolving sensor to monitor brains after TBI.

A research team demonstrates protein damage by shock waves in traumatic brain injury patients.

Researchers have identified the brain cells likely to trigger MS and intellectual disabilities.



Special Education (including college for students with disability):
Here are some noteworthy assistive technology tools to help students with dyslexia.

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is launching a new research network that will develop reliable information and useful tools to improve early childhood education across the country.

The National Center on Intensive Intervention recently released the updated Academic Intervention Tools Chart.



Employment for People with Disabilities:
The Arc has produced a valuable resource on how businesses can benefit by hiring people on the autism spectrum.



Animals and Animal Therapy:
A young man has been coping with autism his whole life, unable to connect with people.  Then, along came a Pit Bull terrier, and the bond was immediate.  And both were able to overcome their respective stigmas.


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