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)
NJPAC offers an innovative theater arts program for teens with Asperger syndrome.
A New Jersey teen has raised more than $10,000 to benefit autism awareness and research efforts. She held a special fundraiser in Fanwood over the weekend.
The autism awareness baseball events in New Jersey are more than just a game!
For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
Interview with Dr. Malia Beckwith on the work she is doing at Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ, on behalf of children with autism.
Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
The first issue of Paralympian Magazine is available online!
Here is a free online guide of assistive technology for people with dyslexia.
A 10-year-old girl’s dreams to make a magic wand turned into a passion for assistive technology to help people.
People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
A research survey explores the needs and desires of people with an intellectual disability seeking a partner.
An actor with cerebral palsy will star in a network TV series. It is always welcome when the role of a person with a disability is offered to someone who actually has that disability.
“I am odd, I am new.” A 10-year-old boy expresses how he feels about having autism through poetry.
21-year-old Adam Harris was diagnosed with autism. To raise awareness, he gives a detailed description of what it is like to live with the condition.
Medical news – research:
Many doctors and scientists think they could improve the diagnosis and understanding of autism spectrum disorders if they had a reliable means to identify specific abnormalities in the brain.
A new, improved brain-mapping tool, 20 times more powerful than previous version, offers a tool for studying autism.
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.
Psychology researchers find that dopamine genes could be an indicator of early communication disorders.