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 job announcement of the week:
The Director of Business Development shall be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive internal and external marketing and intake plan that fulfills Advancing Opportunities’ residential contract and expands the residential services throughout the state. The Director of Business Development promotes the professional development that enhances operational activities and the specialized services provided to service recipients of Advancing Opportunities. He or she performs other duties as deemed necessary for the agency.
Required Skills and Abilities:
- A valid non-provisional Driver’s license
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent judgment, problem solving, organizational, and time management skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with individuals with disabilities, families, co-workers, staff, supervisors, funding sources, and other social service agency personnel
- The ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Excellent understanding of the legislative process
- Ability to analyze, and report on, laws and/or government regulations
- Ability to travel statewide
- Demonstrated knowledge of, or ability to learn, general HR policies, practices and procedures.
Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve):
A musical and theater program in Morristown, NJ, has been created for autistic children.
For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):
CHADD offers parents tips on preparing for the holidays with ADHD.
Special education (including college for students with disability):
CHADD has compiled a list of important articles on various aspects of ADHD in the news, including research and special education.
Civil rights and accessibility:
People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
Bringing undiagnosed people with autism spectrum disorder “out of the shadows”
Disability awareness and appreciation:
A man paralyzed by spinal cord injury reflects and talks about his condition and his life.
Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:
Paralympians join top label in a bid to break fashion barrier. Yet, why aren’t more big brands designing clothes for people with disabilities?
Medical news – research:
Eye-tracking measures in a recent study show that young children with autism do not avoid eye contact on purpose; instead, “they miss the significance of social information in others’ eyes.”
Brain studies show that autism and ADHD co-occur more often than most people believe.