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):
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.
Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
“We Fell in Love” – A beautiful photo essay documents people with a disability in loving relationships.
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!
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.
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.
Animals and animal therapy:
Here’s another beautiful story of animals and people with autism helping each other.