Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending December 16, 2016


Winslow Junction was once the busiest railway crossings in the state of New Jersey. Today, it is home to a virtual museum of old rail locomotives and cars, such as this vintage diesel engine. The Southern Railroad Company f New Jersey still operates local services from this point, with old but lovingly maintained equipment, also a feast for rail fans. 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 caring, compassionate Residential Support Staff for its growing network of New Jersey group residences.



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

The UN on December 13 celebrated 10 years of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The U.S. Senate passed the first major mental health legislation in nearly a decade, the 21st Century Cures Act.


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

The Mental Health Association of New Jersey’s newsletter has tips and resources (help lines) for managing holiday stress.

Here’s a moving photo essay that documents the care and dedication of parents of children with chronic illness.

Video: Choosing gifts for children with ADHD


Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Thirteen people with disabilities, disability advocates, discuss their concerns over health care over the next four years.

A national teen magazine advocates for girls with ADHD:  “This Community Is Smashing ADHD Stigma for Girls”


Assistive technology:

Virtual reality technology may improve motor skills in people with damaged limbs.

The solar-powered wheelchair market is expected to gain popularity across the globe


Special education (including college for students with disability):

The US Department of Education advises against exclusionary punishment, which has a notably greater effect on students with disabilities.

In addition, the US Department of Education released final regulations on equity in IDEA.


Civil rights and accessibility:

The US Department of Education reports a rise in disability complaints.

Equity under IDEA – US Department of Education statement


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

Andrea Lausell just launched a new series on her YouTube channel: “Disabled and Latinx.”


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

Autistic people should not have to pretend to be neurotypical.


People with a disability in the arts:

An autistic musician uses his talent to reach out to others with autism.

A New Jersey dancer tells of her experience both with and without hearing aids.


Disability awareness and appreciation:

How does the “social model” of disability help? 


Medical news – research:

A Drexel University professor derives a method for detecting anxiety in autistic children.

A recent study recommends screening for anxiety in children with autism, as the former causes significant impairment in persons who internalize their emotions.

CHADD has compiled a list of ADHD research articles for the week; some also cover autism.

A new chart showing the loops and twists of DNA in 3-D depicts the genomic region controlling gene expression in developing minds.

National Trends in the Prevalence and Treatment of Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults


Employment for people with disabilities:

New EEOC publication – employment rights of people with mental health conditions



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