Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending September 2, 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.

Fosterfield's Hay Rake

With summer almost over, this hay rake will soon be put to use to gather hay to feed the animals for the winter. This is one of many agricultural implements on displayed – and actually used – at Fosterfield’s Farm. Fosterfield’s is a living historic farm in Morristown, NJ, accurately re-creating 19th century farming. Photo: Daniel L. Berek



Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities is hiring caring and committed residential services pros!  If you live in central New Jersey and are interested, please stop by our open house on September 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  You can also apply online.



Special education (including college for students with disability):

Learning Ally launches program for blind and visually impaired students.

Tips for children with dyslexia, from a dyslexic author.

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!):

Inspired by a desire to help her grandmother with Alzheimer’s remember important family days, a teen creates a “timeless” app.



 Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A blind 25-year-old woman is starting Harvard Law School to make a difference for others: “I had to advocate for myself every day.”

ACI, the New Jersey Alliance Center for Independence offers workshops to encourage people with disabilities to learn about the issues, self-advocate, and vote.



Assistive technology:

A talented young engineer creates affordable and versatile assistive technology device to help paralyzed people take a sip.



People with a disability in the arts:

A supremely talented artist and photographer born with severe birth defects creates masterpieces… with her feet.

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



 Disability awareness and appreciation:

“Disabled people don’t exist to make non-disabled people feel better.”

A ten-year-old autistic boy writes a poem about how he feels; his teacher and parents are astounded.



Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

 Fashion designers who create clothes for people with disabilities are profiled.

An orphan girl with Down syndrome is now a fashion model for a major store.



Medical news – research:

Researchers have charted the human cerebral cortex in unprecedented detail, adding to what is known about the brain’s bumpy outer layer.



 Employment for people with disabilities:

A new report shows continuing gains in employment among people with disabilities.


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