Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending February 3, 2017


Movie buffs must visit this landmark. This structure, called the Black Maria, was where Thomas Edison made the very first motion pictures. It is located at the Thomas Alva Edison National Historic Site, West Orange, NJ. 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:

We’re hiring! Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey.

The next job fair is on Tuesday, February 7: Monmouth County Library, 125 Symmes Dr., Manalapan, NJ. If you cannot make the event, please check us out, at http://advopps.org/jobs


Special Education:

Autism: The importance of collaboration across therapeutic organizations.

New resource – CEC position statement: Resources within Reason: The Evidence for Inclusion


Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A young woman, an athlete with a disability, advocates for fellow people with disabilities.

ASAN launches an Affordable Care Act (ACA) toolkit for self-advocates.

“I saw being autistic as an employment opportunity, not a weakness.”


Assistive technology:

 Here are 27 apps and other assistive technology tools for veteran students.

These adaptive glasses allow people with no hands or limited mobility to successfully use technology in a simple and efficient way.


Employment for people with disabilities:

These are some common misconceptions many employers have about people with disabilities.

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

Here are some good travel tips for people with disabilities.



People with a disability in the arts:

Blind since she was only three months old, this musician has perfect pitch.


Disability awareness and appreciation:

A woman confronts and seeks to understand her selective mutism.


Medical news – research:

A new study led by scientists is giving researchers a first look at the early stages of brain development in patients with Fragile X syndrome.

Researchers suggest that an antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of tuberculosis might help to reduce the social deficits seen in people with autism.


Beauty, glamour, and fashion: the inclusion of people with disabilities:

Sinead Burke wants disability to be recognized on the catwalk.

A woman from Ukraine seeks to become a model and grace the runway … in her wheelchair.


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