Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending April 22, 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.

Red School House, Florham Park, NJ

This lovely red school house has been preserved at Florham Park, NJ, as a symbol of the community’s proud education past. Photo: Daniel L. Berek



Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark, offers a theater arts program for teens with Asperger syndrome.

The FDA is moving forward with plans to ban devices used to administer electric shocks to children with autism and other developmental disabilities to modify their behavior.

The Autism Society announces its 2016 National Conference, July 14-16.



 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 on behalf of children with autism.

Even highly trained medical professionals truly learn about being a parent of a child with special needs only after he or she is born.    And, in the same blog, a mother thought she knew all there was to know about parenting until her child was born.  Her journey had just begun.

The special needs mom versus the regular mom.

One parent in an essay in The Atlantic asks herself if a pill to alleviate the symptoms of a condition such as Down syndrome were available, would she want to administer it to her child?



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A boy living with autism provides answers to questions others often ask about the disorder.



Assistive technology:
How – and why – businesses should make their Web sites accessible to blind users

Cloud computing offers many positive solutions.  However, there are several ways in which the technology impairs accessibility.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
People with disabilities not only look at and admire art, they create itThis notion is gaining increasing momentum across Canada, as well as in the US and UK.



Disability awareness:
Children describe their siblings with autism and advocate for them.



Medical news – research:
An Oregon State University study reveals marked differences in play and activity among toddlers, especially those with disabilities.

A new effort aims to collect genetic information from tens of thousands with autism and their families to learn about the causes – and and treatment potential – of the condition.

Researchers identify new functional biomarker for autism in boys.

Stem cell treatment improves established disability in patients with progressive MS and shows there is hope future treatment is possible.

Cognitive impairment is one of the core and most troubling symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

A recent study examined using growth charting to examine maturation of functional networks in the brain to look for ADHD and other learning disabilities.



People with disabilities in the arts:
Before he could speak, a teen with autism always used art to communicate.  He now uses his art to help and advocate other children with autism.



Employment for people with disabilities:
A table compiles the best and worst states for employment of people with disabilities, including by labor force participation.

The National Organization on Disability offers a free online tool, the Disability Employment Tracker, to aid organizations in their hiring and accommodation practices.  A webinar will provide follow-up information.

The EEOC seeks to strengthen opportunities for people with disabilities in federal government employment.


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