Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending September 23, 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.


This sturdy equine exemplifies the term “work horse.” His is seen here, however, during a moment of respite at Fosterfields Historic Farm, Morristown, NJ, where he lives and works.



Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities, Inc., is actively recruiting Residential Support Specialists.  You must be 21, with non-provisional driver license and a high school diploma or the equivalent. Multiple shifts are available, including overnights.

Interested?  Please join us at our open house, Wednesday, September 28:

Monmouth County Library
Easter Branch
10101 Route 35
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please bring a driver’s license, Social Security card, resume, and a list of references. You can download and complete an application.



Special education (including college for students with disability):

“Am I Cheating?” Why I Felt Ashamed to Use Dyslexia Accommodations

“Why I am Celebrating Getting the Word ‘Dyslexia’ into My Daughter’s IEP”



Civil Rights

Parents and nonprofit organizations step in to ensure playgrounds are fully accessible.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, made a public effort to include people with disabilities.  Carol Glaser, of the National Institute on Disability, praised the development, as did Dr. Catherine Kudlick, of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, an important academic advocacy organization.  We covered this news in a previous post on Celebrating Individual Abilities.



Assistive technology:

Donna suffered traumatic brain injury in an accident. With assistive technology, she can now do what she needs to raise her three children.



Positive, noteworthy news:

A little super-hero receives an assistive technology bionic arm from one of his super-heroes.



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

These interviews, while describing their highly noteworthy accomplishments, depict the extraordinary challenges people with dyslexia face, highlighting the importance of quality services and advocacy.

Speechless, the new TV comedy show with a character and actor with cerebral palsy, shows disability at the center of family life.  Article in The Atlantic.



Disability awareness and appreciation:

What is “public disability” and what is its social history?
Also noteworthy is a conference and workshop on history, memory, disability rights, and inclusion, to be held Saturday, November 19, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Rutgers University, Camden.

An authority on Aspergers, on the spectrum herself, offers her insights on how the obsessions and compulsions (OCD) in people with autism affects the way they relate to the social media.

Video: A Harvard Graduate on Why It’s Hard to Say “I Have Dyslexia” – Battling the stigma of dyslexia, a hidden disability.



Medical news – research:

A study and survey reveals that some 60 percent of children with ADHD have the condition into adulthood.



Employment for people with disabilities:

The life and work of a legally blind furniture maker are profiled in this interview.

The U.S. Department of Labor has earmarked more than $24 million to assist with employment for people with disabilities.


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