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)
Children with a disability make up nearly one-third of children without access to a primary education. One group seeks to reverse that.
Advancing Opportunities News
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.
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.
Read about this assistive augmentative communication device for people with cerebral palsy.
Limitless Stylus: A man with cerebral palsy invents a tablet stylus for people with limited hand mobility.
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.
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.