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.
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.
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 young photographer uses his creative photography to document and cope with his depression.
Disability awareness and appreciation:
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:
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.