Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending May 6, 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.

Old Cars

New Jersey has all kinds of interesting surprises, such as these beauties nosing each other out. Photo: Daniel L. Berek



Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
Children with a disability make up nearly one-third of children without access to a primary education. One group seeks to reverse that.



The FCC approves a proposal to use real-time text to aid people with disabilities.



Advancing Opportunities News

A big thank-you to everyone who attended and contributed to our super-fun Spring Hoedown!  Please check out our many pictures.



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
When a child with ADHD is lying, it is not necessarily an act of defiance.

Video games offer recreational therapy for children with cerebral palsy.



Civil Rights
As the U.S. Department of Education fielded a record number of civil rights complaints last year, the agency said nearly half alleged some form of disability discrimination.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A model with Down syndrome does not let bullying stop her from pursuing her dream of modeling.

This nonverbal autistic host of a talk show, aptly named “Speechless,” has plenty to say.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Interview with legal expert and disability advocate Ira Fingles, of Hinkle, Fingles, & Prior



Assistive technology:
Read about this assistive augmentative communication device for people with cerebral palsy.

Google.org’s $20 million grants are funding several excellent examples of assistive technology.

Limitless Stylus: A man with cerebral palsy invents a tablet stylus for people with limited hand mobility.

Some helpful assistive technology for the student with dyslexia.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
A woman with a disability talks about dating and finding love.

A rolling restaurant serving up hot dogs with inventive toppings such as “dawg sauce” is helping a 37-year-old with Down syndrome fulfill his dreams.



Disability awareness:
The ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Down syndrome interview highlights how everyone deserves to be treated with respect.



Medical news – research:
A doctor launches a revolution in autism diagnosis, creating faster, more precise tools that speed research.

Research led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center has identified a brain receptor that appears to initiate adolescent synaptic pruning, a process believed necessary for learning, but one that often goes awry in children with autism.



Employment for people with disabilities:
The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute’s latest National Autism Indicators Report found that 60 percent of people with autism who received services from Vocational Rehabilitation left the program with jobs, but a majority earned wages below the federal poverty line.



Animals and animal therapy:
To this boy, his dog is more than a pet.  People at his school fully understood that; her picture is next to his in the yearbook.

Sometimes, animals make the best therapists for children with autism.


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