Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending October 14, 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.


Did Snoopy just come in after a duel with the Red Baron? Will Linus spot the Great Pumpkin this Halloween? Actually, this beautiful plane is a faithful replica of a Sopwith Pup (close cousin to the Sopwith Camel) at the Golden Age Air Museum, Bethel, PA. It’s within driving distance of most of New Jersey. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities, Inc., has immediate openings for Residential Support Leads in the Central 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.


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

October is Blindness Awareness Month. We are very pleased to be mentioned in an article in a national magazine regarding the professional training we provide in the State Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) effort.


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

One blogger offers very good, practical tips for parents of children with autism.   Another writer speaks on the importance of allowing children with autism pick out their Halloween costume.


Special education (including college for students with disability):

A recent study documents that children with autism who use a signature approach pairing the recitation of Shakespeare’s rhythmic language with physical gesture have much improved social and communication skills.

A respected neuropsychologist offers 17 tips for parents on schools accommodating their child with ADHD.

An article on how to teach idioms to students with hyperlexia and autism.


Assistive Technology:

The Advancing Opportunities Assistive Technology Center helped a mom of three with traumatic brain injury regain control of her life gain independence.


Civil Rights

Despite the Americans with Disabilities Act having been law for 26 years, millions of Americans are denied the right to vote because of some barrier to access to casting a ballot, according to a Ruderman Family Foundation white paper.


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

We love this heartwarming photo essay depicting children on they day they were adopted.

A young girl sings a beautiful song to give people with OCD and other learning disabilities hope.


Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A disability advocate presents awareness tips on the stigma of mental illness for journalists and other writers.


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

A well-known and respected disability advocate and mother of a daughter with Down syndrome speaks on the potentials and contributions of people with disabilities in employment and all walks of life.


People with a disability in the arts:

“Disability in Front of and Behind the Camera”

Here are four visually impaired photographers whose work is remarkable.


Disability awareness and appreciation:

An actually autistic person explores energy and the ability – or inability – to fit in social situations.


Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

 Megan Bomgaars, star of Born this Way, gives a rousing speech with the message that she “has no limits.”


Medical news – research:

Children on the autism spectrum are more likely to make decisions based on knowledge than on emotions, according to a study.

Here are five highly recommended articles to read during ADHD and dyslexia awareness month.

Adverse childhood experiences are probably linked to increased ADHD.

Genomics is failing on diversity.


Animals and animal therapy:

A beautiful story of how a service dog changed the life of a boy with autism and helped his family.

Hippotherapy makes great strides in New Jersey, helping children with sensory processing disorders, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities.


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