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)
Bill requiring NJ to publicize services for individuals with developmental disabilities advances
A New Jersey middle school teen raised over $10,500 for an autism charity.
It is with great sadness we learned of the passing of Kreed, a young man with autism with a fighting spirit. His fans and supporters have been leaving messages on his Facebook page. Now, his family needs assistance with funeral costs.
Assistive technology helps Linzey live a full life, and other disability news from PA.
Performers at Autism’s Got Talent in the UK continue to amaze their audiences.
Here’s a list of autism films available from Netflix.
Children with autism learn new words the same way as other children do, but it takes them longer, a small study found.
Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
First-grader Anaya Ellick won a national penmanship contest. Here’s the catch: she was born with no hands.
The students of a rural school in Quebec are not only aware of Down syndrome, but appreciate one of their classmates with the condition.
Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Amy Schumer interviewed Sarah, a disability advocate with Down syndrome.
Facing going blind within years, Chris Maury is working on changing the way the Internet sounds.
Here are some special assistive technology devices for people needing help with self-care.
New assistive technologies focus on conveying emotions and leveling the social playing field.
People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
At a summer camp, children with and without special needs learn from one another.
The astonishing life of Robert Ballard: With dyslexia, he may have had challenges spelling “oceanographer,” but that didn’t keep him from making noteworthy accomplishments to the field.
A Zumba instructor with Down syndrome inspires her students at an Anchorage high school.
Saturday, June 4, 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.:
Arc of New Jersey Sprout Film Festival
Two films about and by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:
A teen with cerebral palsy talks about how her condition has influenced the development of her personal style and how she sees fashion as a tool to challenge the misconceptions surrounding disability.
Medical news – research:
Notable papers from the International Meeting for Autism Research are summarized.
Minority families often miss out on treatment or get left out of autism research — an ethical failure.
Researchers find evidence that diet and gut microbes can remotely influence brain inflammation, with implications for multiple sclerosis.
Special education (including college for students with disability):
The creative gifts of ADHD: Revisiting a fine 2014 Scientific American article.