Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending December 30, 2016


Even in the wintertime, this rare section of the Morris Canal at Waterloo Village (Morris County, NJ) is a place of beauty, a reflection on the site’s historic significance. 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:

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):

What the fee-for-service model in New Jersey could mean.


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

CHADD offers great tips for setting goals and getting – and staying – organized in the New Year.

“Parenting and Autisming”


Special Education:

Common accommodations on standardized tests are of little help to students with ADHD.


Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Carrie Fisher’s writing about her struggles with depression and addiction was refreshingly honest. And the best way to honor her is not by watching her movies, but reading her books.

Employment for people with disabilities:

What are the employment prospects and trends among people with autism for 2017?


Civil rights and accessibility:

Art is becoming more accessible to blind people in five important ways.

Review of the recent labor overtime rule and what it means for people with disabilities.

Why people with disabilities are advocating for the right to community-based services.


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

Spectrum News 2016 Year in Review


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

Young people with a learning disability often face bullying and isolation at nightclubs.


The Ruderman Family Foundation offers tips on being more inclusive for the New Year.


People with a disability in the arts:

In case you missed it last time:  A blogger looks back on 2016 regarding disability in the arts.

Notable depictions of autism in the arts for 2016, in a variety of media.



Disability awareness and appreciation:

More and more mothers with undiagnosed autism emerge.

A young woman with autism asks whether she is really that different.



Medical news – research:

The year in autism research

A review of notable research in autism

Spectrum News picks the top ten papers of the year that highlight leaps in our understanding of autism, as well as lingering gaps.

Girls with autism: “The signs can be subtle.”

A study examines the connection between ADHD and depression.

Why trials of autism treatments have a placebo problem.


In autism, the brain’s emotion hub begins with too many cells.

A consortium of organizations seeks volunteer donations of brain tissue for autism research.

Youth who misuse stimulants often have a cognitive disability (sign-in required).

“We need more balance and less volume about the use of psychiatric medication.”


Animals and animal therapy:

A beautiful story of how a service dog changed the life of a boy with autism and helped his family.

Normally skittish and stubborn, donkeys seem to understand children with autism – and vice versa.




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