Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending December 9, 2016


Eek! Actually, not to worry. Nobody was hurt. This diorama appears to have been set up for some kind of movie or photo shoot. Otherwise, how the fuselage from a scrapped airliner found its way to a rural South Jersey campground will remain one of those “Weird NJ” things. 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:

Advancing Opportunities is seeking a Residential Manager for one of its homes in the Trenton, New Jersey, area.

The Residential Manager will provide on-site direct behavioral health care services to people with Developmental Disabilities in a residential setting.  Will oversee home operations and performs duties in the areas of staff supervision, operational administration, home management, therapeutic intervention, teaching skills, documentation, and developing individual plan.

For more information, please visit: http://advopps.org/jobs


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

New Jersey Governor Christie signed a bill requiring the state to stop collecting student loans from families of deceased students.

The Pushcart Players, a New Jersey theater troupe, promotes disability awareness.



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

Here are three things a parent can do when raising a child with dyslexia.

Here are nine apps children with ADHD will love.


Special education (including college for students with disability):

The College Board finally makes it easier for students with a disability receive accommodations for the SAT.

Inclusion means the world for this boy with special needs.


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

This blind man can!  And can he!  Watch this very positive TED Talk.

NPR has an excellent new series, “Unlocking Dyslexia.”  It uncovers the mysteries around the disability and offers solutions for parents and teachers.

A Utah mom sees much hope and a bright future for her son with Down syndrome.


Advocacy and self-advocacy:

John Glenn was, by all counts, a hero. Meanwhile, on the ground, his wife – as a disability advocate – was a different kind of hero.


Assistive technology:

Thanks to the ingenuity and compassion of a young scientist, a graphic designer with Parkinson’s can do what she loves to do.

Incorporating universal design: assistive technology on a universal scale


Disability awareness and appreciation:

Dyslexia: “The learning disability that must not be named”


Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

A boy with Down syndrome and a big smile, turned down from another job, finds happiness in modeling for national clothing company.


Medical news – research:

A landmark study will offer better understanding on ADHD and brain development.  This is an opportunity for scientists and other professionals to contribute.

A recent study just published shows that children with Sotos syndrome, a rare disease, have many physical features in common with those with autism.

A new form of autism has been identified.


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