Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending November 4, 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.

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New Jersey has a reputation for new ideas, in the nineteenth century (such as Fosterfield’s Farm, pictured here) and Alexander Graham Bell, twentieth century (such as Thomas Alva Edison), and the twenty-first century. It’s all about innovation! Photo: Daniel L. Berek

 

 

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities, Inc., has immediate openings for Family 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.

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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.

 

Advancing Opportunities news:

New assistive technology helps people with disabilities in New Jersey.

The Arc of New Jersey and the Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation are collaborating on a research study about how adults with disabilities use different modes of transportation. They are seeking self-advocates to share their stories about how they get around and their hopes for future transportation systems. Participants will answer questions in a brief interview conducted by members of the New Jersey Self-Advocacy team. The answers will be used to develop a report about the positive and negative aspects of current transportation options. To learn more about the project, contact NJSAP@ArcNJ.org or call Lorraine Seid, at 732-749-8514.

 

 

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

Sled hockey is popular in Morris County, New Jersey.

The Federal Government marks meeting President Obama’s goal of hiring 100,000 people with disabilities.

 

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

Because autism can be hard on parents, too, here’s an article with links to multiple categories of resources.
 

 

Special education (including college for students with disability):

A well-established tool for diagnosing ADHD may not be as accurate in children with autism, leading to overdiagnosis of ADHD.

Here’s a blog article on preventing bullying of students with autism.

A new app holds hope for engaging students with autism in reading and other literacy skills.

 

Civil rights and accessibility

While disability self-advocacy groups are doing their utmost to promote the independence, dignity, and civil rights of their constituents with such efforts as #CripTheVote, here we have a hideous turning back, as exemplified by the use of the R-word.
The White House hosts an inclusive design, assistive technology, and prosthetics special event.

A recent summit addressed the financial knowledge and skill gaps of Americans with disabilities and barriers that prevent their full participation in the economic mainstream.

Employment programs exclusively for people with disabilities may violate ADA.

 

 

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

A young woman with autism uses her talents, with her mother, to bake cakes for needy children in the community.

A photographer presents stunning images of children with Down syndrome.

 

Assistive technology:

A soft, flexible glove restores small-motor hand movement.

Cutting-edge 3D camera technology enables people to control their wheelchairs, using facial expressions.

A new report details the growth prospects of the global text-to-speech education technology market for 2016-2020.

Accessibility Checker checks for accessiblity issues with Windows-based programs.

 

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

This teen with autism became a successful entrepreneur in short time!

The Big White 2017 Para Snowboarding Championships schedule are announced for February 2017.

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

In this new novel from Britain, teenage girls with autism tell their story from their point of view.  The book has been well received in reviews in both the New York Times and the Guardian.

 

 

Medical news – research:

A recent study found a genetic visual defect in Rett syndrome mouse models.

Children with autism spectrum disorder have a higher number of mutations in their mitochondrial DNA than do their family members, according to recent research.

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

After improving significantly, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is ticking back up as more people within this population look to join the workforce.

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