Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending July 22, 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.

Morris Museum Model Train Layout

This model train layout at the Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, has been around for quite a while. Lights dim, creating a night-time scene. The blue and white train is the famed Blue Comet, a train that used to take New Jerseyans to the Jersey Shore. For this summer, visitors can see not only this layout, but also an even larger one. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

 

 

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

 A New Jersey businessman works to develop technology to help individuals with autism.

The U.S. Dept. of Labor announces funding for states for training and education programs to enable more people with disabilities to participate in the labor force.

 

 

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

Here are 20 engaging sensory-friendly summertime activities for children on the autism spectrum.

Recent studies point to the importance of exercise for children with ADHD. 

An honest column on the many complexities of parenting an adults with Asperger’s syndrome: “A Different World”  

 

 

 Special education (including college for students with disability):

 Rion Holcombe, a man with Down syndrome, was overjoyed when he was accepted to Clemson University in 2014.  This summer, he graduated and has two jobs.

 

 

Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):

A man with Tourette syndrome tells why he is proud of who he is.

“Am I bad?”  A young autistic girl gives a very insightful answer.
A man with autism finds hope in his artA man with autism finds hope in his art, decorating bottles, and uses it to inspire others.

 

 

 Advocacy and self-advocacy:

When, after an accident, Colleen had to use her husband’s old powered wheelchair, she realized what life was like for people with disabilities and became an advocate.

ADA is 26. While there is much to celebrate, the rights of parents with a disability are still sometimes not fully protected.

New Ruderman white paper: “Disability and TV”:  Characters with disabilities (too few) are too often portrayed by actors without a disability.

Journal article: “Understanding political development through an intersectionality framework: Life stories of disability activists

 

 

Assistive technology:

Special sonar glasses help blind people detect obstacles.

 

 

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

Tuesday, July 26: “Born this Way” returns to TV

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

A photographer uses the power of her art to document the lives of children with rare diseases and give them a voice.
With empathy and insight, a young girl tells how to see beyond the autism label.

 

 

Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

 Creating award-winning fashion that accommodates the needs of people with disabilities.

 

 

Medical news – research:

Researchers have found a way of obtaining MRIs without sedation for children with ASD.

A recent study provides a new understanding of brain alterations in children with autism spectrum disorder that may help researchers and clinicians better define the disorder.

 

 

People with disabilities in the arts:

Original paintings by Alys Caviness-Gober illustrate the issues of life with hidden disabilities.

 

 

Animals and animal therapy:

A beautiful story of how a service dog changed the life of a boy with autism and helped his family.
Therapy dogs have received much attention, and they are awesome. However, therapy cats do an excellent job as well!

St. Louis Children’s Hospital started a program that reunites children with their pets as part of their healing.

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