Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending February 19, 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.

Old Tractor Bergen County Zoo

This old tractor has found new life as a landscape ornament at the Bergen County Zoo, Paramus, NJ. Likewise, the field of assistive technology is constantly evolving, though older, simple technologies still find practical use. PHOTO: Daniel L. Berek, Copyright 2014, 2016



Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
Two important disability conferences are coming to New Jersey, April 2016! One is on dyslexia (and assistive technology); the other is on autism. Advancing Opportunities is a proud sponsor of the Facets of Dyslexia Conference.
Links here: http://bit.ly/1QiytAs

Rutgers, the State University University of New Jersey, will provide housing and full employment for 30 adults with autism.

Complaints of disability-based job discrimination are on the rise, hitting an all-time high, according to federal officials.

What the 2016 National Education Technology Plan means for Students with Learning Disabilities

A federal panel rejects universal autism screening.



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
A new StoryCorps piece gives voice to a mom and her son with Down syndrome.


Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
This boy with epilepsy won’t let seizures stop him, testimony via StoryCorps



Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Stevie Wonder advocated for blind people and other people with disabilities
at the 2016 Grammys.

Discussion with the creators of #CripTheVote – Self-advocacy among people with a disability

Here is an excellent source for notable African Americans with a disability who were activists and advocates, either directly or through their art.



Assistive technology:
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.
“Mobile and Everyday Technologies for People with Traumatic Brain Injuries.” 

A paralyzed Marine walks again, with a little help from assistive technology.

With the help of an iPad assistive technology app, a young Florida woman is able to communicate with her parents and her best friend after 16 years of silence.

Four members of the Paramusical Ensemble unable to talk or move, use ground-breaking technology to create music with the power of their minds.

The Cybathlon was conceived to test novel assistive technology like prosthetics.  In Olympic style, pilots will race to do common tasks.

 Here are two free apps for children with vision and hearing impairments.



Disability awareness:
A 16-year-old girl has written a thoughtful blog essay on why the concept of “mental age” is ableist.

A 13-year-old girl with Asperger’s gives a beautiful description of what it is like to have the condition – and why she would not trade it away.



Medical news – research:
The symptoms of lead exposure can be similar to those of ADHD.
Preemies – babies born at extremely low birth weight, who are likely to have ADHD, are also likely to be bullied.

Researchers have taken an important step toward developing a drug treatment for cystic fibrosis.


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