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

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk on display at veterans park, Ewing, New Jersey NJ

This beautiful A-4B Skyhawk was donated to the township of Ewing in 1998 as the centerpiece of the General Betor Veterans Memorial Park, located just behind the municipal building… and just minutes from our headquarters! 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, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube. 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:

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Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. In March, we will be holding job fairs on the following days, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows:

Wednesday, March 8. Marlboro, NJ. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ 07746

Thursday, March 9, Parsippany, NJ. Family Support Center of NJ, 322 Rte. 46 W., Ste. 290. Parsippany, NJ 07054

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

 

 

Assistive technology:

For the blind, here’s a new actual-reality headset.

These six talented and caring student invented and built a braille assistive technology device to help blind people be more independent.

 

 

Special Education:

News analyis: Are teacher preparation programs in New Jersey failing students with disabilities?

 

 

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

An essay in self-acceptance: Why Autism Gives Me the Strength to Fly!

A high school student with cerebral palsy challenges her peers by organizing a conference focusing on ability.

If you have ever struggled with anxiety, these 12 powerful images will seem familiar.

 

 

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

An entrepreneurial young man with autism and Down syndrome has started his own popcorn business.

This New Jersey swim team of boys with autism showed their athletic excellence.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

An actually autistic woman explains why she stims and why it’s important to her.

 

 

The arts and disability (people with talent who have a disability):

Punk prosthetics: the mesmerizing art of living sculpture by Mari Katayama.

 

 

Medical news – research:

This scientific article takes a hard look at whether the rise of autism rates throughout the U.S. comes from more awareness, better diagnosis, or something else.

This article examines the scientific research behind interests among children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have been positively selected during human evolution because they also contribute to enhanced cognition, a new Yale study suggests.

An analysis of whole genomes from more than 5,000 people has unearthed 18 new candidate genes for autism.

Excess brain fluid may forecast autism in babies.

Research on the nature and prevalence of catatonic symptoms in young people with autism is documented.

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