Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending April 1, 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.

Balloon Eclipse

Balloon Eclipse: The annual balloon festival at Solberg Airport, Readington, NJ, attracts scores of visitors each year.   Photo: Daniel L. Berek 



Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
“Go the Distance for Autism”
:  Programs in Bergen County, New Jersey, promote autism awareness.

Saturday, May 21: The 4th Annual Short Hills House Tour will benefit autism awareness in Millburn, New Jersey.

 For New Jersey, the rate of autism is much higher than the national average, at 1 in 41.

Vaxxed will not be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival because of perceived controversial content.   Actor Robert De Niro says his son has autism.



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

New Jersey parents of a child with a disability:  Now is the time to think of summer camp!



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
More amazing videos from Sesame Street and Autism.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
We take a moment to reflect on the life of Patty Duke, whose famous portrayal of Helen Keller did as much to advance the cause of both people with a disability and the power of positive special education as did Helen Keller’s own autobiography.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Asian Pacific Americans with Disabilities: Our Stories, Our Lives, Alice Wong, of the Disability Visibility Project, a self-advocacy and awareness campaign, explains in an interview.

A trailblazer in advocacy and self-advocacy for people with Down syndrome is remembered.



Assistive technology:
Here are 15 useful assistive technology apps and items for people with autism.

Assistive technology helps people with aphasia.
Travis Diller is succeeding in college, with the help of assistive technology from Advancing Opportunities.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
A case study of a woman who was dismissed from a coffee shop illustrates that making small accommodations for people with a disability, including using assistive technology, makes a huge difference not only for workers, but also customers and the companies themselves.



Disability awareness and acceptance:
John Elder Robison was interviewed by Brian Leher on PBS; he described undergoing magnetic treatment which “unlocked” ability to read emotions.

A beautifully written article by a teen with autism, and on accepting her condition.

Webcast: The UN 2016 World Autism Awareness Day conference.



Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:
Exceptional Fashion Show
in Toulouse, France, for World Down Syndrome Day



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

“I care for you,” says the autistic moral brain, dispelling a common misconception.

The types of gene mutations that contribute to autism are more diverse than previously thought.

New research reports that eye tracking can differentiate children with autism spectrum disorder from children without ASD but with other developmental problems (non-ASD).

The CDC reports that autism rates are still about 1 in 68. Early intervention cited as critical.    However, for New Jersey, the rate is much higher, 1 in 41.



Special education (including college for students with disability):
The autism spectrum is a diverse condition.  Intervention programs need to be diverse as well.   The same has been found for autism research.



Employment for people with disabilities:
Urgent work is needed to reduce the number of unemployed people with disabilities.  The U.S. government is taking steps to ensure that federal agencies and contractors that serve the government hire more individuals with disabilities.

The unemployment rate for people with a disability sees modest improvement.



Animals and animal therapy:
A young boy diagnosed with autism leads an extremely quiet life with little outside interaction, with a very special therapy dog.


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