Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending July 8, 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.

Scarlet Ibis - Cape May County Zoo

This scarlet ibis is just one of the many colorful birds and other wonderful creatures to be found at the excellent Cape May County Zoo. Photo: Daniel L. Berek



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

Some problems with the move of people with severe disabilities from New Jersey state facilities have been noted.

Why are we OK with disability drag in Hollywood?  Disability advocate Jay Ruderman addresses non-disabled actors playing the parts of people with disability.

Why do political ads lack captioning to make them accessible to voters with disabilities?



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

The mother of a daughter with Down syndrome celebrates the wonderful person she is.

A Special Purposed Life: The Weekend my Daughter Became a Princess. 



Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):

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

Here are 16 songs that have helped people through #depression.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Ever wonder why Mister Rogers announced he was feeding his fish?  The idea came from a blind girl.  Here’s another reason we love Mister Rogers!



Assistive technology:

TAP, looking to replace keyboards, can type on any surface.



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

Microsoft adds a wheelchair avatar for its XBox game console.

Elise Roy explains how when designers respect accessibility for people with a disability, everyone benefits.

Two best friends with Down syndrome made the rocking action movie of their dreams.



Disability awareness:

Missing Frames provides glaring insights into the world of those living with hidden disabilities and has received amazing reviews for a first-time author.



Medical news – research:

Acetaminophen, long thought to be safe for mothers to take during pregnancy, may not be so safe after all, carrying risks of autism and ADHD.

Loss of astroglia-specific fragile X mental protein contributes to fragile X syndrome.




Animals and animal therapy:

Here’s another beautiful story of animals and people with autism helping each other.


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