Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending August 27, 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.

Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer.  In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

Temple of Abiding Peace

This building looks small, but it was all the work of Caroline Foster, the daughter of a wealthy merchant in Morris County, NJ. Called the Temple of Abiding Peace, Caroline designed and built the entire structure between 1916 and 1919. She also designed the landscaping surrounding it. The beautiful little house is now part of Fosterfield’s Historic Farm, an important county park that replicates farming in the Garden State during the 19th century, also preserving Caroline’s and her family’s legacy. This house represents that can-do attitude we greatly admire!



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

 For our Atlantic County residents, here is the chance to recognize someone who has committed extra effort in working with people with disabilities in the Garden State.

Watch the 2016 Rio Paralympics live here:

A report examines the difficulties and challenges of selling tickets for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

This story shares the history of the accessible icon emoji, one of the new emojis added to the Apple iOS 10 update.



Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities is looking for a Speech Language Pathologist with expertise in AAC to serve in the northeastern portion of the state, including Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties. Join Advancing Opportunities’ statewide mobile assistive technology services team and work with children and adults with all types of disabilities.

The agency provides opportunities for professional development. For more information about Advancing Opportunities’ Assitive Technology Services Department, visit www.assistivetechnologycenter.org.



Special education (including college for students with disability):

Two scholarships for a student with ADHD or other learning disability, have been announced:


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



Informative, positive, noteworthy (or all three!):

An oldie and goodie:  Eight steps to accepting one’s disability




Advocacy and self-advocacy:

On AXSChat, former Congressman Tony Coelho discusses his inspiration behind his support for ADA.



Assistive technology:

Why Web accessibility benefits us all.

Parents, guardians, and care givers of someone with autism can use this app to find businesses that cater to children and adults with autism.



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

The Paralympics are exciting and worthwhile, but people with disabilities should be on TV year round.



Medical news – research:

The first large population-based analysis of the prevalence of regression in autism reveals that it occurs in 20 percent of children with autism.

Although organochlorines were banned more than 40 years ago, exposure to these harmful chemicals during pregnancy increases risk of autism in the baby by 80 percent.



Disability in the Arts:

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



Animals and animal therapy:

A beautiful story of how a service dog changed the life of a boy with autism and helped his family.
What can a few young people with autism learn from a few stallions?

A very special dog helped change the life of a very special boy with autism.


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