Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending July 29, 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.

Lambertville Train

This may look like graffiti and vandalism, but it’s not. Several old train cars line the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath north and south of the scenic town of Lambertville. These old train cars have become multidimensional canvases for local artists; the trains are not off limits to anyone who wants to climb aboard and admire the creativity – or exercise it. Photo: Daniel L. Berek, 2015



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

 The New Jersey Institute for Disabilities (NJID) has launched its revised, easier-to-use website.  It contains much information for New Jersey families who have a child with a disability.



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

“Life, Animated” sheds light on realities facing families of adult children with autism.

The Arc of New Jersey has many archived webinars for parents of a child with a disability.

On obtaining a referral in New Jersey for services for a child or an adult with a disability; we also offer advocacy services and can help!

A mom explains how she helped her son’s dealing with dyslexia “one movie at a time.”



Special education (including college for students with disability):

 Most children who learn more than one language gain valuable skills, and researchers say this may also be true for children with autism.
may also be true for children with autism.



Civil Rights

 The US Department of Education has issued guidelines aimed at preventing schools from discriminating against the growing numbers of students with ADHD.  (Sign-in required)



Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A webinar “Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights and Take Action” now available on YouTube, via Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.



Assistive technology:

Virtual reality technology can benefit people with disabilities.

Here are 20 Facebook groups for people who use AAC.  These groups are not aligned to a particular group or device.

Understood.org has listed sources of free audiobooks for children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.



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

A mother and disability advocate speaks out on the rights of people with a disability to a job and the dignity of an independent life.



 Disability awareness and appreciation:

Celebrating disability culture in film – an interview with the judges



Medical news – research:

As cases of ADHD continue to rise among U.S. children, pediatricians at busy community practices are getting a much-needed assist from a web-based technology to improve the quality of ADHD care and patient outcomes.

Researchers have identified an inner-ear deficiency in children with autism that may affect their ability to recognize speech.

New technology being developed may help pediatric generalists identify autism in their patients.



People with disabilities in the arts:

 A concert based on the principle of Universal Design brings out the many artistic talents of people with disabilities.

Artists and designers with dyslexia challenge stereotypes and show their creative talents at an art exhibition.



Employment for people with disabilities:

Politicians from both parties call for an end to subminimum wages for working people with a disability.



Animals and animal therapy:

A beautiful story of how a service dog changed the life of a boy with autism and helped his family.

A great article on the benefits of equine-assisted therapy for people with autism.


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