Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending September 9, 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.

Turtle Back Zoo is popular among our Weekend Recreation consumers.

Elsie the Cow is a larger-than-life sculpture beckoning patrons of the Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange, to the interactive farm animals area. This zoo, ever popular with our Essex County patrons of Weekend Recreation, is unusual in that agricultural animals are an important part of the venue, in addition to the usual wild fauna.

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.



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

 Blind and visually-impaired patrons receive help using assistive technology in a New Jersey library.



Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities is looking for dependable, caring recreational support staff to provide part-time direct support to children and/or adults with disabilities during recreational events and community outings, such as the zoo depicted in the illustration. Weekend and evening availability are a must. Experience preferred but not required. Paid training is provided.



Special education (including college for students with disability):

Here are three established assistive technology accommodations for students with dyslexia:



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

A single woman looking to foster a child ended up with six!



 Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A blind advocate champions braille menus in restaurants.



Assistive technology:

Assistive technology is becoming more and more accessible to the public.

Virtual reality assistive technology helps eight paralyzed men regain some control of limbs.

A competition encourages innovation to create more user-friendly assistive technology and mobility devices for people with physical disabilities.



People with a disability in the arts:

“Born this Way” gains recognition for people with Down syndrome.



Disability awareness and appreciation:

This is a very interesting blog piece not just on autism awareness but, more important, autism self-awarenessvery interesting blog piece not just on autism awareness but, more important, autism self-awareness.  Autism and Asperger’s are something some people are born with.  A formal diagnosis may be helpful, but not having a diagnosis does not mean that one is not on the autism spectrum.



Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

The first amputee model to walk the runway without prosthetic devices will do so at New York Fashion Week.



Medical news – research:

A new study shows significant improvement in critical components of reading, including decoding and vocabulary, among children treated with atomoxetine.



People with disabilities in the arts:

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



Employment for people with disabilities:

One new report claims that employment for people with disabilities is seeing gains.  However,  US Department of Labor statistics show a slight decrease.



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.

Author Laura Numeroff will present on Facebook Live, providing the opportunity to learn about her book Raising a Hero, as well as Canine Companions for Independence.


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