Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending March 18, 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.

Critter Crossing

Spring comes to rural New Jersey with this amusing and creative installation. Copyright 2016: Daniel L. Berek



Disability News
A revamped approach to federal legislation
aimed at addressing the needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander is garnering bipartisan support.



Advancing Opportunities News
Yes, students with a learning or physical disability can attend college!  Here’s how.



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
New Jersey parents of a child with a disability: Now is the time to think of summer camp!

Sensory-friendly museums offer services or exhibitions for families with children who have sensory processing issues. Here are a few museums with sensory-friendly access, including the Garden State Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A model with Down syndrome shows that people like her are like us – and get married.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:
This remarkable woman had a resume with a long list of notable accomplishments.  Not on that list was that she had Down syndrome.   A trailblazer in advocacy and self-advocacy for people with Down syndrome is remembered.



Assistive technology:
From Mexico, this charming humanoid robot helps children with autism express themselves socially and emotionally.

Tech Finder tool from Understood: Find technology, apps, video games, or text-to-voice readers specific for children with learning disabilities or attention issues.

Dyslexia Defeated by Assistive Technology – An interview with Damian Bridgman in Able Magazine 



Disability awareness:
Monday is World Down Syndrome Day!  We have links.



Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:
Resource for finding and purchasing fashionable clothing
comfortable for children and teens with sensory issues.

Beyoncé has cast this lovely model with muscular dystrophy for her New Formation Merch Campaign!



Medical news – research:
New research indicates that a treatment may one day lessen the symptoms of the disability.  In the meantime, a mother reflects on what that would mean for her child.

A CDC study surveys risk factors among young children with developmental disabilities.

Training parents online and over the telephone significantly decreased preschool children’s disruptive behavior, a new study shows.



Special education (including college for students with disability):
Why do students with learning disabilities continue to graduate at much lower rates than students without learning challenges? Part of the reason is they rarely learn to self-advocate. Learn this four-step process to self-advocacy.

The age at which a child starts school might influence his or her chance of a diagnosis of ADHD.



People with disabilities in the arts:
Hundreds of traumatic brain injury victims are telling their stories and they’re doing it without speaking a word.



Fashion and glamour – and disability:
Nike is adding to its lineup of sneakers designed specifically for people with disabilities, with a fresh range of offerings for both children and adults.



Employment for people with disabilities:
Campaign to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, and awareness of how people with Down syndrome can find employment.


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