Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending May 26, 2017

East Hannover Cultivator

This beautiful 19th-century cultivator was found abandoned in a field. The local East Hanover, NJ, Boy Scouts restored it and helped erect this lovely little homage to their town’s agricultural past.

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, YouTube, 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.


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 is seeking a full-time Assistant Director of Intake and Behavioral Services in our Residential Services Department.




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Assistant Director of Intake and Behavioral Services shall be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive internal and external marketing and intake plan that fulfills Advancing Opportunities’ residential contract and expands the residential services throughout the state. The Assistant Director of Intake and Behavioral Services promotes the professional development that enhances operational activities and the specialized services provided to learners/clients of Advancing Opportunities. The Assistant Director of Intake and Behavioral Services will be proficient in Behavior Analysis in order to complete professional assessments of those consumers referred for services. He or she will performs other duties, as deemed necessary for the agency.


advoppslogosmallFor more information on this position, please visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/job/assistant-director-intake-behavioral-services-2/



Advancing Opportunities news:

Shining Stars Network PerformersOur friends at the Shining Stars Network asked us to help get the word out about Camp Shine, their performing arts camp for students with special needs. Performers ages 10 to 21 are invited to attend the camp that runs from August 21 through September 1, at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church in Fanwood. Space is limited. First come, first served.
For more information or to register, contact shiningstarsnetwork@gmail.com



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

Jewish leaders and advocates are working for full inclusion and advocacy for people with disabilities in New Jersey.



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

Having autism as a parent might seem impossibly challenging. However, a generation of parents with the condition is showing that it can be an advantage.


Presented are four critical choices when establishing a special needs trust.


The challenge parents of young adults with autism face is helping them find a role where their employer has the awareness and knowledge to help them succeed.



Assistive technology:

This new app allows users to contact highly trained interpreters for limited English proficient, deaf, or hard-of-hearing with just one touch.


Here are three ways artificial intelligence and other AT might humanize modern care.



Advocacy and self-advocacy:

“The Price of Disability Denial” – Opinion piece in the New York Times on the necessity of disability advocacy: “One of the little-recognized side effects of disability denial is that it inhibits the firing of the synapses that enables people to think of themselves as having rights.”



Employment for people with disabilities:

A girl with Down syndrome put her positivity and love for animals to work by launching her own dog treat business.


Found in Forbes: “Increasing Autism Employment: An Anthropologist’s Perspective”


Some 27 percent of adults with autism who use state disability services have no work or other activities: National Autism Indicators Report 2017


An increasing number of companies are recognizing how recruiting “neurodivergent” people can bring a whole range of skills and abilities to a workforce.



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

Making digital history accessible to users who are blind or visually impaired.



Disability awareness and appreciation:

Interesting blog piece: “When People Use Diversity to Defend Sameness in Autism Narratives”


Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month, each day a celebrity offers insight into the question: “What would I tell my younger self”?


A young woman with cerebral palsy is candid about what she would like able-bodied people to know.
“How I learned to love my walking stick”



Medical news – research:

A recent study has demonstrated that intranasal oxytocin can influence how individuals with autism perceive emotion in others. This is an important first step for a potential pharmacological treatment of autism.



Animals and animal therapy:

A University of Missouri-Columbia study reveals recommendations for certifying emotional support animals


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