Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending November 18, 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.


An F-84 peeks through the memorial gate at the New Jersey National Guard Museum, dedicated to all service personnel who have served in the NJNG at home and overseas. Photo: Daniel L. Berek



Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities, Inc., has an immediate opening for a Human Resources Assistant.  The Human Resources Assistant will primarily be responsibilities for maintaining the HRIS database by entering all new hires, terminations, and changes, ensuring that all I-9 Forms and Driver’s abstracts are up-to-date and archiving personnel files for terminated employees. Performs other duties as from time to time are deemed appropriate.  Routinely deals with highly sensitive and confidential matters.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel are required.
  • Self-starter with integrity and confidence who strives to achieve.
  • Team player with well-developed interpersonal skills who is comfortable in a cross-functional environment.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to effectively learn and master new software systems
  • Excellent organizational skills to include prioritizing and managing tasks efficiently to meet established deadlines
  • Ability to maintain and ensure strict confidentiality and produce a high volume of work with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Strong customer service commitment. Must be able to relate well and cooperate with others to effectively coordinate activities and accomplish goals.
  • Solid problem solver that can identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Strong numerical ability and data entry skills and knowledge of HRIS
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well in a multi-task environment while maintaining a high level of attention to detail
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, or ability to learn, general HR policies, practices and procedures.



Advancing Opportunities News

Advancing Opportunities is planning a series of workshops for high school students with disabilities who are planning to earn a college degree or postsecondary certification. The college/carreer workshops will be held in 2017.

We believe feedback from parents like you will help us design and put into place a College/Career Institute that is most beneficial for students. The survey is available online. Thank you!



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

The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse has a new Web page, a valuable source for people with disabilities in the state.

Autism grants help New Jersey families coordinate care.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants focus on youth farm safety and agricultural careers for people with disabilities



Special education (including college for students with disability):

When are the lines between assistive technology and educational technology blurred?

A forward-thinking support program helps autistic students stay in college and succeed.



Civil rights and accessibility

Transportation options for people with developmental disabilities looking for community access remain limited.


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

The kindness of a child, toward her brother with autism:  At 6, she’s already an excellent disability advocate!

An interesting journal article:  Are There Alternative Adaptive Strategies to Human Pro-sociality?  The role of collaborative morality in the emergence of personality variation and autistic traits


Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A disability advocate tells the story of how, after he became quadriplegic, of accepting and asking for help proved a difficult challenge.

“Courage, not weakness”  On accepting support.


People with a disability in the arts:

A New Jersey photographer with Asperger’s has a sharp eye.


Disability awareness and appreciation:

“I am real, I am human, and I feel!”  Because people with autism often have difficulty in expressing emotions doesn’t mean they lack empathy.


Medical news – research:

Sensory abnormalities could be among the first signs of autism risk — and a target for early treatment.

Sodium channel gene takes diverging paths in autism and epilepsy.



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