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)
The FCC has released a policy report on making closed captioning of video on TV accessible to all.
For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
Caring for a child with complex medical needs is an enormous responsibility. Read on for answers to common myths.
Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
We just discovered an astonishingly beautiful blog on a family – parents and sibling alike – embracing their newest little member who was born with Down syndrome.
Kenny Cridge blew the candles out on his birthday cake in a care home on his 76th birthday last week. He is the oldest living person with Down syndrome.
A video by a father of a child with Down syndrome has gained an outpouring of support. Here’s a little bit on the background of the event.
Although many assistive technology tools are high-tech, low-tech AT solutions can be extremely effective in a variety of settings.
A student at Rutgers University used a 3D printer to create braille maps to help blind and visually impaired people navigate.
The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) has announced an AAC competition for students.
Already used by more than 100,000 professors and students (graduate and undergraduate), LabArchives makes academic notes more accessible to scholars with special needs: Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Level A and Level AA of the WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
February 29 is Rare Disease Awareness Day! Find out more.
Learn about ADHD from a child’s perspective in this powerful video.
What prodigies (on the autism spectrum) can teach us: an opinion piece from the New York Times.
Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:
Fashion for children with disabilities goes haute couture as a high-end and famous label joins runway of dreams.
Medical news – research:
A new mathematical model approach identifies genetic risk factors that influence complex human diseases, such as autism.
Researchers express strong disagreement with a US government medical task force and strongly encourages early screening for autism.
New PhD dissertation: children with autism can develop speech, gestures and a sense of rhythm and melody by listening to various speech sounds.
Special education (including college for students with disability):
A teen with autism finds his voice through music.
The NJ Department of Education is hosting three free Parent Information Sessions on the Partnership for Assessment for Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The sessions are specifically for the parents of students with IEPs and students who are English language learners. They will cover the purpose of the PARCC assessments and on the accommodations and accessibility features available. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Register online. For more information contact Paul Fogarty at 609-292-9033 or view the flyer at www.advopps.org/sit…/default/downloads/parcc_parent_info.pdf.
Animals and animal therapy:
With the help of his loyal service dog, a boy with autism is able to connect with people.