Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending August 12, 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.

Space Farms Eagle

Seen at Space Farms Zoo & Museum, Sussex, NJ, this cast iron statue was one of ten that were atop Grand Central Station, New York City. The 10-foot-high statue has a wingspan of 13 feet and weighs 3.5 tons. Photo: Daniel L. Berek



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

 A New Jersey teenager with Autism is getting the help he needs thanks to a successful GoFundMe campaign and now his family is hoping they may be able to pay it forward.

From India, the second most populous nation, the importance of people with disabilities participating in the labor force is gaining recognition.



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

Ensuring people with disabilities will be properly cared for as their parent or guardian caregivers age.



Special education (including college for students with disability):

An article in The Atlantic takes a hard look at Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

NCLD is accepting applications for scholarships for students with ADHD.

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



Important to Know:

Local police heroes – certainly for one little boy with autism!



 Assistive technology:

VocaliD introduces digital voice technology with breakthrough voice blending.

Reveal is a new high-tech autism device that helps track real-time anxiety.



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

What happens if your airline breaks your wheelchair?

Let’s take time to celebrate the anniversary of the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, predating ADA by 22 years.



Disability awareness and appreciation:

The basics on interacting with people with a disability

What you should know about the Rio Paralympics

Two noteworthy television shows and a movie are coming this fall:

  • The A Word, an acclaimed TV program about a boy with autism and his family will be airing on cable this fall.
  • Speechless takes on the challenge of accurately portraying a child who is nonverbal.
  • Po, a film on a 12-year-old on the #autism spectrum deals with challenges, love and acceptance life can offer.
  • Life, Animated sheds light on realities facing families of adult children with autism.

In addition, Megan Bomgaars, star of Born this Way, has gained international recognition.  The young woman has Down syndrome, noteworthy at the time the TV and film industry has come under criticism for hiring non-disabled actors to play the parts of people with actual disabilities.



Medical news – research:

A recent study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD.
Tests useful for preclinical and clinical research on a genetic mutation for fragile-X and other intellectual disabilities may become more available.



 People with disabilities in the arts:

A young photographer uses his creative photography to document and cope with his depression.

A boy with Asperger’s sings soulfully in his renowned school chorus.


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