Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending October 21, 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 is a scene of Twin Pine Airport, Pennington, ten years ago. At that time, the airport was still used occasionally, though it was already littered with the carcasses of abandoned airplanes. Over time, the little airport fell into even greater disrepair. The grass field is now a modern outdoor recreation complex; though the aviation detritus has been cleared, the town elected to keep the old red buildings as a reminder of this piece of local history. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

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 Support services program online, along with our Adults’ Night Out and Parents’ Night Out programs.


Advancing Opportunities news:

 A huge thank you to Pennington Quality Market and the Rothwell Family for your support. This year’s Rothwell Family Classic golf event raised $39,350 for our work on behalf of people with all disabilities in New Jersey.

A heartfelt thank you to our Twitter followers, who now number more than 5,000.


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

The New Jersey State Senate unanimously approved a measure to forgive student loans of borrowers who die or become permanently disabled.   This could be an extremely important development, as the state has a history of being “unsympathetic.”  

High school graduation rates for students with disabilities see gains.


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

ADHD | Dyslexia | Reading Issues | Attention Issues | Talking to Your Child

One mother’s thought on self-acceptance: “It’s Okay to Grieve Your Special Needs Child.” 


Special education (including college for students with disability):

Accessibility: It’s not just elementary, it is also collegiate.


Civil Rights

Take a brief quiz on rights of having a service animal under ADA and the responsibilities of both businesses and individuals with these aids.
Accessibility rules for voting under ADA


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

A girl with Down syndrome has a message on how capable people with her condition can be.


Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A middle school student, herself with a disability, writes a book to raise awareness for peers with disabilities.

Good news: Autism Speaks drops the word “cure” from its mission statement.
Several bloggers weighed in what this action means – or could mean.


Assistive technology:

New research article:  Smartphones as Assistive Technology Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Preliminary Study of What Helps and What Hinders

With assistive technology, a paralyzed man is able to engage in competitive cycling.

The New Jersey State Library unveils new assistive technology for patrons who are visually impaired or blind.

This assistive technology lets us control computers with face movements.


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

Free book in PDF format:  “The Art of Inclusion: A Guide to Developing and Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Programs Within Arts and Cultural Organizations”


 People with a disability in the arts:

Kanazawa Shōko, one of Japan’s most acclaimed calligraphy artists, was born with Down syndrome. “The love and warmth with which she was raised have helped to turn the tears of her childhood into the applause and adulation of fans worldwide.”


Medical news – research:

Research reveals mothers who purchased antidepressants during pregnancy had increased risk of language disorders among their offspring compared to mothers with depression not treated with antidepressants.

Folinic acid could help with communication skills in children with autism.


Employment for people with disabilities:

What one needs to know about hiring a person with a visual impairment.


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