Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending September 30, 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.

Our consumers love painting pumpkins at our many social and recreational activities throughout New Jersey.

Halloween started at the end of September for our adult and child consumers, along with their families, at our annual Fall Frolic in the Park. Ever popular, Halloween-themed activities will continue throughout October in our Adults’ Night Out, Parents Night Out, and Weekend Recreation Programs throughout New Jersey.



Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities, Inc., has immediate openings for Residential Support Leads in the northern New Jersey region. The Residential Support Leader will provide on-site direct behavioral health care services to people with developmental disabilities in a residential setting. This involves providing supervision and/or assistance with personal care, daily living activities, recreational pursuits, transportation, medical appointments, or any other needs the individuals served by the program require.

Candidates must possess a valid, non-provisional driver’s license; strong verbal and written communication skills; strong documentation skills; excellent judgment, problem solving, organizational, and time management skills; and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Candidates should also have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with individuals with disabilities, families, co-workers, staff, supervisors, funding sources, and other social service agency personnel.



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

Thanks to the quick action of a boy with autism, the driver of a school bus that had caught fire was able to pull over, enabling the rest of the children to evacuate to safety.



For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):

After a boy with autism expresses his sadness of not having any friends, his dad pens an emotional letter.



Special education (including college for students with disability):

A special-education teacher invites her students with Down syndrome to play important parts in her wedding.



Civil rights

The U.S. Supreme Court plans to re-examine and re-evaluate the Free & Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) mandate.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Two sisters petitioned American Girl to create a doll with a disability. Their request was rejected. That won’t stop them from keeping to try.



Assistive technology:

Here’s a guide of the many assistive technology tools for students who struggle with writing (e.g., dysgraphia).



People with a disability in the arts:

An Irish gallery is providing everyone with equal access to the arts.



Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

Meet the Guatemalan designer with Down syndrome who is shattering stereotypes in the fashion world.   Her work has appeared in numerous fashion magazines.

Young adults with Down syndrome celebrate life with fashion modeling.



Medical news – research:

A new gene links autism with kidney problems.



Employment for people with disabilities:

Employers can do a great deal for people with disabilities.  And vice versa.


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