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)
Chuck Matheny, whose parents created the school and hospital in his name to help him and others with cerebral palsy, turned 75 on April 2.
Caregiver stories resonate at staged readings throughout New Jersey.
A New Jersey teen helps autistic children find friendship.
Advancing Opportunities News
A super-fun fund-raising event, our first-ever Spring Hoedown, will be on April 30. Tickets and sponsorships are available. While having an excellent time, you will be helping Advancing Opportunities in its mission of enhancing the lives of people with all disabilities, enabling them to participate fully in society through advocacy, direct services, and education.
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.
For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
Specs4us – special eyeglasses for children with Down syndrome. They are stylish and fit perfectly, without that annoying strap. Here’s the story about the Ohio mom who came up with this excellent idea.
A webinar on sleep challenges in autism is available.
Social support is critical to children with autism – and their families.
Here are 15 useful assistive technology items for people with autism.
A young Welsh woman is able to take exams and go to college, thanks to an important piece of assistive technology.
Here’s an important article on assistive technology and accessibility for occupational therapists.
Webcast: The UN 2016 World Autism Awareness Day conference.
Follow-up on the Vaxxed controversy: The Age of Autism blog has several thoughtful essays.
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 major meta-analysis: Ability and Disability in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Literature Review Employing the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health-Children and Youth Version – Wiley Online Library
Special education (including college for students with disability):
Many students with autism find themselves uniquely able to adapt to college.
Employment for people with disabilities:
A conference sponsored by Microsoft seeks to raise awareness about neurodiversity in the high-tech workforce.