Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending April 29, 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.


Duke Farms

Duke Farms, Hillsboro, NJ, is a fascinating place for the entire family, especially in the spring.  There is much to be learned about native New Jersey wildlife and environmental stewardship.  Photo: Daniel L. Berek



Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
According to a recent federal report, funding for studying services and the needs of those on the spectrum as they age has been decreasing.



Advancing Opportunities News
Thanks to everyone who supported us at our first Hoedown, Saturday, April 30!



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
Raising deaf children with the use of cochlear implants



Special Education
The number of public school students in the US using special education services has been rising



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
The talented actress Holly Robinson Peete discusses her advocacy for her son with autism.



Advocacy and self-advocacy
How a child with special needs became a disability advocate



Assistive technology:
An astonishing new piece of assistive technology allows for people who are nonverbal or have communication disorders or disabilities to communicate has been developed by a start-up company named Smartstones.

Cool assistive technology!  These gloves translate ASL to live speech.

Every child has the right to play!  With assistive technology, that’s possible.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
One mom explains what it’s like to be a parent with autism.  Yes, people with a disability can and do become parents!



Disability awareness:
On the importance of seeing the abilities in disabilities and including these people in all facets of society.

Autism awareness and autism acceptance: an important distinction.



People with Disability in the Arts
Autistic artist Jeremy Sicile-Kira uses bright colors in his painting
at his San Diego studio.



Medical news – research:
After a pediatrician and a scientist gave birth to a son with Down syndrome in 1961, she and her husband have been working to find a noninvasive test to help expecting parents learn about the health of the fetus.

For some types of autism, gastrointestinal difficulties may originate from the same genetic changes that lead to the behavioral and social characteristics of the condition.

Researchers are closely examining the superior temporal sulcus, a groove in the brain that collects social information, as an important cause of autism.

A recent study shows the death of newborn brain cells may be linked to a genetic risk factor for autism, ADHD.



Special education (including college for students with disability):
A panel of legal and education experts revisited the importance of inclusion and strengthening the rights of students with special needs.


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