Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending May 27, 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.


Wings of Freedom



Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
Medicaid transportation for health care consumers is often late or unreliable in New Jersey, a MHANJ survey finds.

The community of Stillwater, NJ, unites to renovate a home for a young woman with an intellectual disability.

Senator Charles Schumer calls on congress to fully fund IDEA.

A new charter to significantly improve living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies has been endorsed at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit.



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
Here is a video on several ways in which Asperger’s syndrome is manifest in girls.  The full article is in Autism Parenting magazine.

Online autism training shows promise for families.



Civil Rights
Excellent New York Times article on the restroom challenges people with disabilities face.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A “nonverbal” teen with autism has important things to say



Assistive technology:
Fifth-grade students were challenged to develop a piece of assistive technology their peers with a disability could use

This Memorial Day, we honor all veterans, including wounded service men and women who can benefit from assistive technology.  Here are some resources.

 Here’s one piece of assistive technology that has the added benefit of enhancing the user’s dignity: a wheelchair that stands up.

Journal article: Assistive technology helps interpret expressive language for people with autism.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
A New Jersey woman with multiple sclerosis talks about coping with the condition.

An unconventional romance is at the heart of Thea Sharrock’s film of the bestselling novel.

This series on PBS about young women working as midwives in the poorest parts of London in the 1950s and early ’60s has been denied the critical respect garnered by other shows like “Downton Abbey.”



Disability awareness:
What the neurodiversity movement did not get quite right: “I think it’s great that people want to normalize autism. But sometimes they gloss over how disabling it can actually be.”



Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:
“To all the kids with autism out there, you can do anything you want to.”
  A teen confronts his autism and goes into modeling.



Medical news – research:
Revisiting autism research and girls – a conflicting picture emerges

A new study from MIT neuroscientists reveals that a gene mutation associated with autism plays a critical role in the formation and maturation of synapses.

A new genetic mutation could offer assistance in the diagnosis of autism.



Special education (including college for students with disability):
College Choice has compiled a list of 50 colleges and universities that do the most to accommodate people with a disability.



People with disabilities in the arts:
Alex Smith, a woman with autism, expresses herself through her art.

A painter creates beautiful paintings, using only her mouth to paint.



Employment for people with disabilities:
Congress says small businesses can and should play a major role in hiring people with autism.  It’s good for them and it’s good for business.



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.

Therapy dogs? How about therapy cats?  An autistic girl and her cat share special times together!

An autistic boy finds an understanding audience and ready acceptance among homeless dogs.


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