Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending February 12, 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.

Califon House

This beautiful Victorian house is in Califon, NJ, off the beaten path. PHOTO: Copyright 2016 Daniel L. Berek

Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
Details of President Obama’s proposed budget,
as it relates to services for people with disabilities:

Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
3rd Annual Facets of Dyslexia Conference
An important event on helping people with a learning disability in New Jersey

Sat., Apr. 16, 8:00-4:00
Eden Autism Princeton Lecture Series
For Autism parents and professionals in New Jersey and the surrounding area



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
Sesame Street in Communities
brings free video content for parents of young children with autism.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A New Jersey teen with autism
connects through his passion of wrestling.

They first met during Davis’ freshman orientation a few weeks before the beginning of the school year. She found a beautiful way to ask him to be her prom date.

Blog piece on Black History Month and people with disabilities.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Black disability history:  Cliff Perez works in the field of advocacy to enhance and defend the rights of people with disabilities.



Assistive technology:
A blind man becomes the first human driver to test one of Google’s self-driving cars.


 People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
With the primary campaign in New Hampshire past, all those old signs find new uses among people with disabilities.



Disability awareness:
There are many reasons this Asian-American woman with a disability loves Story Corps.



Medical news – research:
The founders of two autism groups come together to conduct research, with the aim of “identifying a biological mechanism that suppresses autistic symptoms.”



Special education (including college for students with disability):
Here are 12 tips to help young children with dyslexia with sight word vocabulary.



People with disabilities in the arts:
Meet Hannah, a professional dance instructor with Down syndrome.



Employment for people with disabilities:
2015 data from the Kessler Foundation show mostly positive trends of employment for people with a disability, but the year ended mostly “on a downbeat.”



Animals and animal therapy:
An affinity for horses spurs this young Australian woman with autism to an equestrian career.


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