Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending February 24, 2017

Beautiful New Jersey farm scenery with sunflowers.

New Jersey’s diversity of crops provides not only important products, but also breathtaking scenery. “Sunflower Sunset” by 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 have three full-time Residential Support Lead positions at our Hiawatha, Woodland Park, and Beverwyck residences. The Residential Support Leader will provide on-site direct behavioral health care services to people with Developmental Disabilities in a residential setting. This involves providing supervision and/or assistance with personal care, daily living activities, recreational pursuits, transportation, medical appointments or any other needs the individuals served by the program require. The Residential Support Leader will complete required daily documentation of the services provided and maintain communication with the Residential Manager. The Residential Support Leader will mentor the residential support staff, provide onsite training to support staff, and address any policy or regulation compliance issues with support staff and Residential Manager. The Residential Support Leader acts as liaison and advocates for community resources. The Residential Support Leader is also responsible for ensuring a safe, therapeutic environment and adhering to all safety standards.  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’s Joseph M. Amoroso: From disability self-advocate to disability advocate.

Horace Parlan, a jazz pianist who overcame a #disability, died Feb. 25.



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

From autism diagnosis to autism acceptance – what that (never mind those milestones) means.


Special Education:

Using improvisation helps children with autism show and read emotion

The Adulting School teaches young adults grown-up skills.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Thirty years after she won an Oscar, Marlee Matlin continues to advocate for people with disabilities in her industry, something that has not changed.



Assistive technology:

Here are eight places to “test drive” assistive technologyAdvancing Opportunities is one of them!

Meet the first assistive technology smart watch with braille dots on the face.

Voice banking is one option that lets those who can no longer speak effectively to continue communicating using their own natural voice.



Civil rights and accessibility:

The U.S. Supreme Court last Wednesday sided with a disabled Michigan girl whose school refused to let her bring her service dog to class, making it easier for students like her to seek redress for discrimination in federal court.



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

Caren Zucker, the co-author of “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” tells of the history of autism.

Disability advocate Vilissa Thompson has assembled this noteworthy list of African American women who contributed so much, despite their disabilities.



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

The Technology Center could make or break disability inclusion.

Learn how to couple your anxiety and relationships.



Disability awareness and appreciation:

The last day of February is Rare Disease Day. Here is our article from 2016, with links.

Understanding the spectrum of bipolar disorder



Medical news – research:

Study links brain stem volume and aggression in autism.



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

In addition to sports and all the other things she does, this teenage girl has signed on as a model. And she has cerebral palsy.The fashion industry is becoming a new frontier for the inclusion of people with disabilities as models. bit.ly/2lOskrF


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