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:
We at Advancing Opportunities are seeking a full-time office manager for our Budd Lake, NJ, office. The office manager uses leadership, organization, and communication skills to obtain an efficient flow of the daily office operation. The office manager is responsible for office purchasing, petty cash, purchase orders, telephones and clerical support to the director, managers and support staff. As a member of the administrative team, the office manager promotes clear and effective office communication. Please consult the attached flyer; our employment page is: http://advopps.org/jobs
Disability in the news (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve):
The Kessler Foundation grants $2.5 million in support of employment opportunities for people with disabilities nationwide
For parents of a child with a disability (parenting):
An observation on school-refusal behavior among children with Asperger’s and others on the autism spectrum.
Having well thought-out house rules adds necessary structure for children with ADHD.
Advocacy and self-advocacy:
A new assistive technology exoskeleton might help people with disabilities walk again.
Roberta Cordano is the first Deaf woman to lead Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Meet ten new disability advocates, women working hard for disability rights.
NoiseTag BCI (Brain Control Interface) is an assistive technology device for persons with ALS.
The Quark D2000 interface board: assistive technology for blind people.
An assistive technology advocacy group called Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) meets to develop technological solutions for people with various disabilities. (Tikkun Olam is Hebrew for “to heal or repair the world,” an important tenet of Judaism.)
Informative, positive, noteworthy (or all three!):
A New Jersey girl raised money enabling a teen with cerebral palsy to use an adapted cycle and raise awareness of what he could do.
Night to Shine: Basketball star, Tim Trebow, is sponsoring 375 Valentine’s Day proms for people with various disabilities.
A pediatric dentist stresses early dental care for children with autism.
Disability awareness and appreciation:
Setting inspiration aside, a father tells the truth about his daughter with Down syndrome.
Life Animated is an excellent documentary on autism.
Medical news – research:
A recent trial involving gut microbiota holds promise in helping children with autism.
An Australian survey questions whether young children are being overdiagnosed with ADHD
Animals and animal therapy:
A little girl with autism battled with anxiety until she befriended a therapy cat.