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)
New Jersey leaders are honored for their work on behalf of people with disabilities.
A baby born in a New Jersey hospital has microcephaly, caused by the Zika virus.
A New Jersey woman has an unusual and a noteworthy way of raising funds and awareness of mental illness.
For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
How to Optimize Your ADHD Treatment – article in Psychology Today
Time to revisit an informative blog post with many useful linksan informative blog post with many useful links: The power of assistive technology for students with a learning disability
The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has published its report, Delivering Justice, and it’s available online.
Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A “high-functioning” college student tells of her depression and anxiety.
Advocacy and self-advocacy:
A Rutgers Law School graduate advocates for people with disabilities in New Jersey.
An Israeli group collaborates with organizations in the US to encourage tech companies to develop assistive technology to benefit people with a disability.
More useful assistive technology: A 17-year-old develops an app that can send messages of hand gestures and ASL.
A leading disability advocacy organization expresses several deep concerns over a recent popular movie, Me Before You.
What the neurodiversity movement did not get right: “I think it’s great that people want to normalize autism. But sometimes they gloss over how disabling it can actually be.”
Medical news – research:
A novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder.
Employment for people with disabilities:
Unemployment in the US among people with disabilities is down sharply.
Animals and animal therapy:
A study confirms the benefits of equine therapy in autism.