Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending February 10, 2017


This majestic 19th-century mansion can be seen at Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ (Sussex County). It has fallen on hard times, but remains protected until the time comes it can be restored to is former glory, a day that will come. 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.

  • Wednesday, February 15: Family Support Center of NJ, 322 Rte. 46 W., Ste. 290. Parsippany, NJ 07054
  • Thursday, February 16: Phillipsburg Free Public Library, 200 Broubalow Way, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

You can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/


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

New Jersey State Senate bill S-2489 expands the definition of disability, enabling more veterans injured in service to use public transportation at discounted rates.

Vaccine exemptions for children are on the rise in New Jersey. A newspaper examines why. This poses a public health threat and does disservice to the autism community.


For parents of a child with a disability (parenting):

Article in The Atlantic: Problems with accessibility to autism services in many small towns.


Special Education:

The key role of strong relationships in early intervention


Advocacy and self-advocacy:

“Virtual march” makes Women’s March more accessible to people with disabilities.

Depathologizing Asperger’s & autism: It’s a normal and healthy neurological orientation.


Assistive technology:

“The Future of Assistive Technology Is Hear”


College for students with a disability:

How colleges are supporting students with autism

Thanks to programs of accommodation and inclusion, more and more students with learning and intellectual disabilities are going to college.



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

For a quadruple amputee, an outlook changed in a very positive way.

In honor of both Black History Month (February) and International Women’s Day (March 8), here are some remarkable African American women who made history, despite the disabilities they happened to have.

Medical news – research:

Medicaid waivers help parents of children with autism stay in the workforce.

A pediatrician outlines the science behind MMR vaccines and explains why the anti-vaccine people are winning their debate, despite the lack of connection to autism and the grave public health risks involved.


Animals and animal therapy:

A beloved service dog named Jason has turned life around for Teresa Brown and her family.


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