Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending December 23, 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.


The Cape May County Zoo is both a place to learn about all kinds of wonderful animals and a beautiful park to walk around.  Mallard ducks and a lone swan look on as the last of the leaves fall, heralding the coming of winter.

Photo:  Daniel L. Berek


Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

It’s not too early to think about the summer!  Are you a college graduate looking for a rewarding summer working as an aide to a teen or young adult at a summer camp in South Jersey?  The Support Service Aide is responsible for providing direct services to individuals with developmental disabilities in a camp setting. This may involve one or more of the following: engaging the individual in recreation activities, assisting the individual with Daily Living Skills and personal care, working on communication skills, or any other type of activity deemed appropriate for inclusion, or any other type of activity deemed appropriate on the individual’s Service Plan.

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



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

A New Jersey Santa Claus with autism creates a special holiday experience for children with autism.

The Lagana bill to include all disabled vets under the NJ Transit discount program heads to the governor’s desk.


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

For children with #autism, 8 tips to make the holidays easier.


Special Education:

Blurring the lines between educational technology and assistive technology

What’s different about the way visually impaired children learn? 


Assistive technology:

An entrepreneur is revolutionizing the market for powered wheelchairs.

A program made in 2007 as a free download has helped many people with disabilities.

A call to scientists to develop communication tools for people with autism


College for students with a disability:

A New York State college preparation program for students with autism shows promise and results.


Employment for people with disabilities:

Universities wise up to the needs of staff with disabilities.


Civil rights and accessibility:

Website Accessiblity – An Introduction to the Problem and Best Practices for Education Agencies and Schools

Many senior citizens and disabled veterans love golf.  An advocacy group explores educating course owners and the public on the importance of ensuring the accessibility of their courses.


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

A personal tragedy inspired this woman to start a successful company, AbleThrive

A company in Rochester, MN, makes artificial limbs as art!


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

Why not celebrate the diversity of disability?

“Holiday Cheer: Students Build Hi-Tech Toys for Disabled Kids” 

“Dating while disabled”:  taboo for many teen girls.

This Zumba instructor with Down syndrome shattered stereotypes to achieve her dream.


People with a disability in the arts:

A blogger looks back on 2016 regarding disability in the arts.



Disability awareness and appreciation:

An autistic blogger discusses friends and friendship.

Here are seven reasons that sign language is awesome.

Ableism: a Dad’s perspective



Medical news – research:

A study shows that many toddlers with autism are indifferent to eye contact.

Neuroscientists at MIT and Boston University have discovered that a basic mechanism underlying sensory perception is deficient in individuals with dyslexia.

Overall, the number of premature births has increased for 2016.

For New Jersey, the rate of birth defects is 9.8 percent, earning the state a grade of C.

A CDC study examined the use of antidepressants and other medications during pregnancy.

Bipolar disorder affects both men and women, but women are more likely to experience bipolar II, and their symptoms may be different.


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