Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending September 16, 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.


This structure, one of several in Andover (Sussex County), NJ, looks like a tunnel but is actually a bridge. This huge earth work, along with the “tunnel,” was constructed in 1909 to provide a level foundation for railways transporting iron ore and other early industrial raw materials in northwestern New Jersey. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

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 looking for family support specialists throughout the state to work with our adult and child consumers with all disabilities, for both direct hands-on direct support in the community and in-home respite care.

In addition, we are expanding in Bergen and Essex counties and are seeking caring individuals in those communities.  Bergen and Essex residents should contact Monique Calixte, Family Support Coordinator at our Little Falls office, at mjoseph@advopps.org



Civil Rights:

Inclusive education for students with disabilities is central to a quality education for all, according to a report from the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Here is a resource for information for people with disabilities to ensure they self-advocate via the right to vote.



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

This is very sad story, but one with a hopeful ending:  Parents donated their son’s brain for autism research, to help autistic other children and their parents.

An author with autism explains how cognitive processes can impede the fluidity in thinking critical to many daily tasks, especially those with multiple steps.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:

The Council for Exceptional Children has compiled and assembled nine special-education advocacy briefs.



Assistive technology:

Obama’s chief scientist, DJ Patil, celebrates disabilities and design, following the “Creating a Vision: Art and Disability” exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art  and tells how the federal government uses big data for socially constructive purposes.



People with a disability in the arts:

New Jersey artists with disabilities display their artwork at a local library.



Disability awareness and appreciation:

The late comedian Stella Young coined the phrase “inspiration porn” to describe the act of calling people inspirational solely because of their disability.  The US Paralympic team, with 22 gold medals to its credit so far, is doing quite well without the disability labels.



Medical news – research:

John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye and other works, presents his research on the pivotal role George Frankl played in connecting the research of Hans Asperger with Leo Kanner.

Cells in the immune system of patients with multiple sclerosis behave differently from those of healthy individuals.



Employment for people with disabilities:

Self-employment for people on the autism spectrum


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