Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending August 5, 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.

Historic Speedwell - Factory Building and Waterwheel

Historic Speedwell, Morristown, NJ: The factory building was built in the late 1820s to support a cotton mill. The waterwheel is located in the smaller structures in the foreground. It was in this house that on January 11, 1839, Alfred Vail and Samuel F.B. Morse held the first public demonstration of the electromagnetic telegraph. Photo: Daniel L. Berek, 2016



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

 News: “NJ’s Early Intervention System Remains Robust and Ready to Help”

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!):

Many men with autism are happy and lead independent and productive lives.



 Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A Ukrainian model in a wheelchair advocates for all people with a disability in her country.   She was recently interviewed recently on AXS Chat.



Assistive technology:

An important research study, “Accessing the Value of Accessible Technologies for Organizations,” highlights the importance of accessibility in the workplace.

A new Google voice-activated app helps people with many disabilities.

Gestype is a new phone keyboard for people with visual impairment.



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

Many women with ADHD also feel lonely.

China’s Hou Bin aims to “reach new heights” at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.



Medical news – research:

Children with autism, ADHD, and OCD all show similar disruptions in their brain structure.

“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.


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