Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending December 2, 2016


The Wright stuff: The Paterson museum displays and teachers the New Jersey city’s rich industrial heritage. In addition to the famous silk mills, Paterson was also home to the Wright aero engine company. One of its most celebrated creations is the Wright J-5 Whirwind, the mighty little engine that took Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic on his epic flight. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

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:

We’re hiring! Advancing Opportunities, a leader in providing residential care, family respite support, assistive technology services, and advocacy for people with all disabilities in New Jersey, is seeking Direct-Support Professionals to provide direct care to men and women with disabilities in residential support programs and group home settings. If you are in northern New Jersey, please stop by our job fair:

Advancing Opportunities Parsippany Office
322 U.S. 46, Ste. 290
Parsippany,  NJ 07504

You may also apply directly; information is at: http://advopps.org/interview



Special education (including college for students with disability):

The US Department of Education has released its 2016 Annual Report on the status of IDEA.

Youth with Autism: Roundtable Views of Services Needed During the Transition into Adulthood, from the US General Accountability Office.



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

Wheelchair accessory from Lammily dolls helps children create their own reality and appreciate disabilities.


Assistive technology:

Two charming, and very smart, young inventors have come up with some amazing assistive technology devices!


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

From the UK: Charter written by adults with disabilities and social workers calls for a collaboration to tackle pressure on welfare services.


People with a disability in the arts:

A blind woman produces beautiful comic book art.

Infinite Flow incorporates six main programs, including a professional dance troupe created to change society’s perceptions on disability.


Disability awareness and appreciation:

With a recent diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, all of his life “suddenly made sense.”

Seeing people with disabilities as “inspirational” figures does them a disservice, critics say.  And it does not address inclusion.

Plea: “Stop calling people with disabilities superhuman – just treat them as human.”

The 2017 theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, “It Matters to Me,” has been announced.

A woman describes the truths and misconceptions of her anxiety disorder.

A university employee discusses his blindness, promoting awareness and dispelling misconceptions.


Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

Meet Shaholly Ayers, who represents the “beauty of inclusion.”


Medical news – research:

Here’s another through blog article dispelling the connection between vaccines and autism, with many informative links.

Recent brain research documents the challenges people with autism with cognition face because of difficulties connecting the two hemispheres.

A controversial new drug for autism receives a new trial.

A diagnosis of autism must account for the ability of the individual to function.



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