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)
Making accessible books more accessible – for the blind. The Marrakesh Treaty.
For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
A Texas family says their 16-year-old son with autism is the reason their business is successful.
When an entire family is actually autistic, with meltdowns everyone may feed off one another, but everyone also works together. It’s a family.
Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Disability rights advocate Haben Girma gives speech: The Universal Benefits of Accessible Design.
What does the first fatal accident involving a Tesla on autopilot mean for the future of driverless cars? An article in The Atlantic explores the issues.
People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
Clothing can create barriers to accessibility among people with a disability.
A new BBC TV drama focuses on a family’s dealing with autism.
Two ways at looking at different situations, from the point of view of someone who is actually autistic.
A young man gives a TEDx talk about what it is like to live with severe autism, using assistive technology, and thanks to his mom, who believed in him and his potential.
Medical news – research:
People with disabilities in the arts:
Here’s a superb inclusive concert, probably unlike any you have heard before.
Employment for people with disabilities:
Brexit may limit opportunities for employment among people with disabilities, unless the UK government acts and enacts former EU safeguards.