Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending October 28, 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.


Halloween activities at Advancing Opportunities started in late September with our “Fall Frolic in the Park” at beautiful Lake Ilif, Andover, NJ.  Throughout the month of October, children and adults have enjoyed numerous Halloween parties, crafts, and other themed events at our Adults’ Night Out (for adults) and Parents’ Night (for children and teens) site- and community-based programs, making it a favorite holiday second only to Christmas among consumers and staff alike.



Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities has openings for Residential Support Specialists to provide respite care around the state. The Residential Support Specialist is responsible for providing direct services to individuals with developmental disabilities. The mission of Advancing Opportunities is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities through education, advocacy, and direct services so they can live fully in the community.  We will be holding an open house next Wednesday, November 9.



Advancing Opportunities news:

With assistive technology, people with disabilities in New Jersey gain dignity and independence.


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

A New Jersey teen creates a nightclub for adults with disabilities.

JCC MetroWest and ReelAbilities partner to sponsor a festival of films that challenge conceptions and misconceptions of disability.

Monmouth University announces calls for submission for its forthcoming Art + Autism exhibition for artists on the autism spectrum.


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

A new therapy assists parents in helping their children with autism.

In addition, a new at-home intensive communication therapy may reduce severe symptoms of autism.   A new study published in The Lancet was featured on CNN.

A nonverbal boy finds communication through the musical “Hamilton.”

Ten tips for parents to help their child with anxiety


Special education (including college for students with disability):

Excellent free resource:
“Self-Management Strategies for Students with ASD”

Advancements in assistive technology help teachers accommodate learning differences.

Disability and employment

The efforts of a recycling company in Minnesota to hire workers with disabilities and pay them fairly pays off.


Civil rights and accessibility

Voters with disabilities self-advocate for better accessibility at polling places.

The European Commission position on Web accessibility, also in context of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


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

Two strangers, a little girl and an elderly man, at least two generations apart, open their hearts and find companionship.

An autistic teen creates and markets a new cookbook.


Assistive technology:

ESPA Accessibility tool helps venues and destinations evaluate their own accessibility and will make event planners search for resources easier.

Building Reading Skils Through Assistive Technology

 New Apple accessibility videos showcase real people using life-changing assistive technology.   As we have stated many times in this blog, assistive technology can be low-tech.  Their impact, however, is just as great.  Take, for example, Greeper Laces, special shoelaces that do not require tying.

People with a disability in the arts:

A British art exhibition showcases the genius and creativity of individuals on the autism spectrum.


Disability awareness and appreciation:

Creating a visualization for the diagnosis of autism or Apsergers as an adult


Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

 The campaign of a mom from Georgia to show off her son with Down syndrome so he can appear in commercials gains national attention.


Medical news – research:

Parents who participated in an early intervention that focused on how to communicate with their children with autism showed reduced symptoms six years later.

Two scientists have undertaken scanning the brains of each autistic mouse model.



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