Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending October 7, 2016

hackettstown-farmhouse

This abandoned farm house, near Hackettstown (Warren County) is accessible to explorers. In addition, its scenic character makes it a favorite among local photographers. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

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, Inc., has immediate openings for Recreational Support staff.  Dependable, caring individuals are needed to provide part-time direct support to children and/or adults with disabilities during recreational events and community outings. Weekend and evening availability are a must.   You can find out more about our Family Services program online, along with our Adults’ Night Out and Parents’ Night Out programs.

 

 

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

 A New Jersey couple works hard to promote the Special Olympics mission of inclusion in sports.

Here are some nice photos of the New Jersey Disability Pride day parade:

 

 

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

A woman with autism remembers both the pain and the joy of her teen years.

This is an excellent New York Times essay:  “A Disabled Life Is a Life Worth Living”

 

 

Assistive technology:

The New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center provides valuable services to enable blind and visually impaired persons to gain access to the printed word. It has also been reaching out to public libraries statewide.

Wayfindr is an award-winning assistive technology app that helps blind people navigate.

 

 

 

Medical news – research:

Physicians and researchers worldwide work together to create clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis and early intervention of cerebral palsy.
Neuroplasticity is changing the way the brain “thinks” and operates.   It can be a powerful tool for teaching and physical therapy.    In addition, the process whereby the brain forms new synapses when a person learns something new could play an important part in autism.

Two decades ago, a group of well-connected, politically savvy families launched a world-leading research center—and fueled a debate over whether autism can and should be cured.

The UC Davis Children’s Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP) study, the largest of its kind, seeks public participation.

 

 

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.

Caretakers at the Dallas Zoo, along with an African porcupine, offer their friendship to the New Jersey boy with autism who said he had no friends.

A dog stops an autistic boy’s nightmares.

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