Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending November 11, 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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This church, in Monmouth County, NJ, was built in 1751; it played an important role in the Battle of Monmouth in 1788, during the Revolutionary War. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

 

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout the state.

Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with disabilities in residential support programs and group home settings. This entails includes supervision and/or assistance with personal care, daily living activities, recreational pursuits, transportation, medical appointments, or any other needs the individuals may have.

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 news:

Students with a disability can attend college!   College readiness and career skills are important factors for young adults with disabilities, which is the idea of the Student Success Center, an important initiative planned for 2017. Linda Soltes, Executive Assistant, will present a webinar on the forthcoming program on Tuesday, November 29, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The webinar is being hosted by the Arc of New Jersey Family Institute.  The presentation will feature information on the supports available through the Student Success Center for navigating the postsecondary education.

 

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

A research study in New Jersey investigates the accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities.

A New Jersey swimming team of teens with autism goes for the gold.  This story originally appeared in the New York Times in 2015.

Three New Jersey State Assembly members co-sponsored a bill to ensure that all teachers in New Jersey are familiar with the needs of students with autism.  The legislation was advanced by an Assembly panel.

 

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.

A mom discovers the better self of her daughter with autism… and herself.

 

Civil rights and accessibility:

How do you teach people it should be hard to make life inaccessible?

Here’s a story that could have a happy ending, not just for this girl and her faithful companion, but for people with disabilities across the US.

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Disability advocates and families work with pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey toward the goal of developing treatments for rare diseases.

New voices in medical advocacy are often the patients.

 

Assistive technology:

Soon, with a device like this, blind readers will be able to access full-page text and tactile graphics.

A group of university students created charming, personal robots to help children with various disabilities in a variety of ways.

Could a smartphone app that tracks eye movements be used to detect autism early on?

 

Medical news – research:

A new set of guidelines aims to help clinicians recognize and treat gender dysphoria in adolescents with autism, and vice versa.

“Speech difficulties can be a warning sign, but it is only when a child also has weak language skills that they are likely to lead to significant reading problems, especially if there is a family history of dyslexia.”

A study using mouse models reveals promising new directions for the diagnosis and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

Research scientists have identified a gene mutation in some people with autism that hinders synaptic connections and slows the activity in the brain.  This discovery could lead to new medications to treat the biologic causes of autism.

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