Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending June 24, 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.


Amusements. Summertime in New Jersey – Time to dust off the old trailers for the many local fairs throughout the Garden State in New Jersey. Photo by Daniel L. Berek, 2016

Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)

The Boonton School District (Morris County, NJ) unites to raise awareness of autism.


For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):

Els was once viewed as the future of golf, but his son’s autism made him look instead to a better future for children with the condition.

Here are some effective ways to connect with your child with autism through Minecraft.

A mom expresses admiration all for her daughter with a learning disability has done.

A mom raises awareness of the many gifts of her son with Down syndrome, after he was excluded from a birthday party.



Special education (including college for students with disability):

While it’s not everyone’s choice, here is a resource that could be helpful: Online Schools Center guide to navigating an online education for students with disabilities.

These students may be nonverbal, but they have a great deal to share and celebrate, thanks to a deeply caring teacher.



Civil Rights

The White House holds a news conference on LGBT and disability issues.



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):

“We Fell in Love” – A beautiful photo essay documents people with a disability in loving relationships.

It took 14 years, but this couple with Down syndrome were finally able to get married.

Meet the talented British actor with Down syndrome who landed a major role.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Do people with disabilities in New Jersey and their families need the services of an ombudsman?



Assistive technology:

Assistive technology apps can help students with special needs maintain academic skills over the summer.

Presented are further updates on the applications of 3-D printing for assistive technology.

Google Autism Glass helps children with ASD perceive emotions.



People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):

More and more companies find hiring workers with autism is good business.

Ten things one should know about paratransit, accessible transportation for people with a disability.



Disability awareness:

The friendly blue fish with short-term memory problems goes looking for her family and takes a star turn in this sequel to Finding Nemo.



Medical news – research:

USC scientists have mapped an uncharted portion of the mouse brain to explain which circuit disruptions might occur in disorders such as Huntington’s disease and autism.



People with disabilities in the arts:

A Canadian artist may define his autism, but he doesn’t let his autism define him.


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