Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending February 17, 2017


There is often artistic beauty to be found in abandoned places. This was once a major tire factory in Monroe, NJ. Seen in the waning evening light, it still exudes an aura of elegance. 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:

That there is a full-time Residential Manager position in Robbinsville, NJ. This position will also oversee the Project Freedom-Hopewell program.



If you are interested in applying for the position, please visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/




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

Individuals with special needs who are cognitively capable have greater say in setting up their own Special Needs Trust.




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

ADHD in the News, compilation from CHADD

“Is it teenage moodiness or depression?” External signs can be confusing and deceiving.




College for students with a disability:

This report examines the beneficial aspects of online learning for students with disabilities.


Employment for people with disabilities:

NCSES U.S. federal government report: “2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD)”




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

Sensory-friendly movies, a rising trend, are for children with autism and many others. It’s an important development in inclusion and accommodation.




Disability awareness and appreciation:

A survey reveals adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety.

It’s not always visible: Here are six secret signs of hidden depression.

My Autism is not my disability – unaccommodating people are.




Medical news – research:

The faster the brains of children with autism grow in their first year of life, the more severe their autism features are likely to be at age 2.

A major genetic sequencing study spanning seven countries links 38 new genes to autism and developmental delay.

Distinct mutations in the sodium channel may trigger autism and epilepsy.

The largest study of its kind provides robust evidence to confirm ADHD is a brain disorder characterized by delayed development of several brain regions.

Predicting whether someone will go on to develop autism is currently impossible. A new algorithm that measures brain development may change this.




Animals and animal therapy:

For one young woman with autism, black cats are very lucky!

A pet chicken helped a mom understand her autistic son.

A South Dakota man with Tourette syndrome finds peace around the animals he loves.



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