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)
The state of New Jersey settles lawsuit on graduation requirements.
The theater group at Morristown High School was honored with two awards for their advocacy of inclusion of people with disabilities.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation awards high-impact innovative assistive technology grants.
For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
Sensory processing disorder comes in multiple forms among people with autism.
Special education (including college for students with disability):
A new book offers advice to students with Asperger’s syndrome as they transition to college or work.
An empathetic special education teacher finds a way to connect with an intelligent but nonverbal student with autism.
Critical findings are revealed in civil rights data for students with exceptionalities.
Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
A doctor recommended a mom end her pregnancy because her baby would have Down syndrome. She wants him to know he was wrong.
Spanish scientists create the world’s first child-exoskeleton for infants with muscular atrophy.
Speech-recognition systems promise the world. However, for more than nine million people with voice ailments, that world is out of reach.
Medical news – research:
Research suggests that autism is a neurological condition beyond the brain.
New molecules have been identified that could help prevent cystic fibrosis.
An informative article examines the prognosis of living with multiple sclerosis.