Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending January 6, 2017

Gingerbread Castle in Hamburg, New Jersey

Gingerbread Castle. Although this former family amusement park in Hamburg, NJ,is now abandoned, it still tries to project its former glory and maintain dignity. The site is well looked after by local law enforcement, keeping vandalism at bay.

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 has immediate openings for part-time Direct Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey.

Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with disabilities in residential support programs and group home settings. This entails includes supervision and/or assistance with personal care, daily living activities, recreational pursuits, transportation, medical appointments, or any other needs the individuals may have.

In January, we will be holding job fairs, each day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 10: Marlboro Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ
  • Wednesday, January 11: Phillipsburg Public Library, 200 Broubalow Way,Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Wednesday, January 18: 322 Rte. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ.

If these locations or times are not convenient, please visit: http://advopps.org/directcare_openings



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

A New Jersey high school hockey goalie uses his mask to spread a message of autism awareness.

To build a future for their son, a Dallas couple plans $12 million community for young adults with autism.


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

The Sparrow sensory cart helps make Asperger’s more manageable for a teen.


Advocacy and self-advocacy:

This is an excellent article on going beyond the need of genetic testing and counseling, giving parents the tools they will need to accept their child’s disability and meet his or her needs, along with their own.

People with disabilities help other people with a disability.


Assistive technology:

 This 10-year-old girl has invented an amazing climbing mobility device.

Assistive technology finds its way to Ohio farms.



Employment for people with disabilities:

Where is autism employment heading in 2017?


Civil rights and accessibility:

Meet the guide dog that spies on people who ignore his owner.

The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidelines today to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities.


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

A model with chronic pain offers positive insights for 2017.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro together brings a sense of community among the athletes and staff with disabilities.

Fans at a heavy metal concert make way so a man with cerebral palsy so he can have a place near the stage.



Disability awareness and appreciation:

A review of positive depictions of blindness in popular culture in 2016.

An advocacy organization enumerates the most noteworthy depictions of autism in the arts.

An autism documentary is planned for early 2017 on A&E.


Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

Adaptable, fashionable clothing worthy of a male model in a wheelchair.


Medical news – research:

Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder.


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