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):
The A. Harry Moore School, a Jersey City, N.J., school that serves students between the ages of 3 and 21, is at the forefront of what experts say is a broader move to supplement special education with technology.
Special education (including college for students with disability):
Here are some ways in which to help a child with a learning disability cope with anxiety about going back to school.
Most children who learn more than one language gain valuable skills, and researchers say this may also be true for children with autism
Inspirational and Informative (or Both!):
Advocacy and self-advocacy:
An important research study, “Accessing the Value of Accessible Technologies for Organizations,” highlights the importance of accessibility in the workplace.
People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
Medical news – research:
“Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that for the first time analyzes the entire human genome to predict which genes may cause autism spectrum disorder, raising the number of genes that could be linked to the disorder from 65 to 2,500.”
Employment for people with disabilities:
One entrepreneur shares what he has learned by hiring more employees with disabilities.
Animals and animal therapy:
Here’s a beautiful story of how a service dog changed the life of a boy with autism and helped his family.
Beloved children’s writer Laura Numeroff introduces her new book, Raising a Hero, about training a service dog.