Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending May 20, 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.

Saint Hubert's Cat

One of the cats at Saint Hubert’s Giralda poses for the camera. Saint Hubert’s is a leading pet adoption and animal advocacy organization, with headquarters in Madison, New Jersey. Photo: Daniel L. Berek



Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
A New Jersey attorney shares his experience using Access Link, the van system for people with disabilities and how he thinks it could be fixed.

Researchers, advocates and others from the autism community came together for the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research in Baltimore.

Prince William, his wife Kate, and brother Harry urged Britons on Monday to abandon their biases about mental health.  This is the biggest joint project the three young royals have taken on.



Civil Rights
The disproportionate representation in special-education programs of culturally and linguistically diverse students
is a critical issue that has plagued the education field for decades, especially regarding disciplinary issues.

The US Government is examining ways to make important information accessible to people with disabilities.

In a survey, people with a disability rank the issues that matter the most in the forthcoming election and beyond.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A boy with autism uses his prodigious memory and caring to overcome social isolation, building caring friendships throughout his school.

The classmates of a boy with Down syndrome petitioned their school board, advocating he be allowed to be promoted to their middle school with them.

A “nonverbal” autistic teen, it turns out, has a great deal to say.

French Academy students have big hearts, building a playhouse for a classmate with a disability.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Students speak up and advocate for a classmate and friend with Down syndrome

Lucille Msall, a long-time Chicago advocate for children with Down syndrome, passes away.

A voice for all: Why I’m fighting to help Autistic students access the form of communication that works best for them. A blog essay from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Individuals with dyslexia, advocates, and medical experts testify at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on dyslexia research and awareness in the US.



Assistive technology:
Despite physical or mental disabilities, with assistive technology nobody has a learning-disability at the A. Harry Moore School in New Jersey.

An Indiana inventor hopes his tray mount will help bridge gaps in education tech and eliminate some of the stigma associated with coming to class.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
For many people with autism, sports can offer a good outlet for social communication.

A major television network is set to air a comedy about a family with a child who has special needs.

Skeptics of the benefits of living in the community often have a change of heart when they see the benefits.



Disability awareness:
A New Jersey college student with Down syndrome aims to change public perception of her condition.



Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:
Adaptive clothing never looked so good, at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation Design for Disability fashion show.

A young designer revolutionizes the clothing market for fashion-conscious people with disabilities.



Medical news – research:
Researchers have developed an autism classification system that defines levels of social communications ability among those with ASD.

Researchers examine late-onset ADHD.



Special education (including college for students with disability):
Partnering with families and teachers is the only way to make autism interventions work in the community.


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