Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending January 20, 2017

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.


Though the sun is setting on this old caboose, with bright colors this wonderful artifact bears witness to the technology of an earlier age. It’s owner, Southern Railroad Company of New Jersey still provides local service from Winslow Junction (Gloucester County), where this car was spotted. Photo: Daniel L Berek

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.

dv1954021Candidates 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.

  • Job fair: Wednesday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Elizabeth YWCA, 1131 E Jersey St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

If this location or time is not convenient, please visit: http://advopps.org/directcare_openings



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

This article explains why employers in NJ should consider hiring workers with disabilities.



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

Here are six tips to help your child with Asperger’s syndrome with social skills.

We thought some parents might be interested in the adaptive and sensory-friendly jeans this small business creates.

Worried about your child’s stimming? Here’s what you can do.


Special education & medical news:

The meaning and importance of executive function are well described in this blog piece.


Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Advocating for your child with ADHD or other learning disabilities at school.


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

The Special Olympics has a program, The Unified States of America, to promote inclusion among abilities and ethnicities.



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

Reliable self-driving cars are critical to the independence and overall well-being to people with disabilities, according to a new Ruderman Family Foundation white paper.



Disability awareness and appreciation:

Here’s a nice article about why Speechless is the antidote to inspiration porn.

Autism is big. But I am bigger.

Opinion piece: Disability is fundamentally a human concern, transcending politics.


Animals and animal therapy:

Therapy dogs and other pets help people manage their schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.


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