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
Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for full-time Direct Support Professionals in residential care programs all around the state. We also have openings for part-time staff. Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with disabilities in residential support programs and group home settings. This entails includes supervision and/or assistance with personal care, daily-living activities, recreational pursuits, transportation, medical appointments, or any other needs the individuals may have.
For the rest of June and the month of July, we are holding job fairs on the following days, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows:
- Wednesday, July 12. Advancing Opportunities Budd Lake office, 98 US Hwy. 46 W., Office 2, Budd Lake, NJ (Morris County)
- Thursday, July 20. Shrewsbury Public Library, 1001 NJ Rte. 35, Shrewsbury, NJ (Monmouth County)
- Wednesday, July 26. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ (Morris County)
If you are unable to make any of these events, please submit your résumé to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 609-882-4022.
For parents of a child with a disability (parenting):
Here is an online article with timely advice for parents to help their autistic children with social skills and their emotional health.
ZOOM Magazine for parents of children with autism: Latest issue, No. 12, is out. This magazine is “for and by the autism community.”
Assistive technology for the blind is a large part of what we do. Two articles featured this subject:
Assistive technology is creative! A blind artist teams up with engineering students to create a cane like no other.
Apps are linking visually impaired people to sighted volunteers, as assistive technology enters a new era of connectivity.
Like many children, nine-year-old Fernanda dreamed of owning a bike. However, her muscular dystrophy posed challenges. So engineering students from a community college designed and built a “chariot” for her. After a test drive, the young girl was the proud owner of her new pink assistive technology mobility device.
A new app will serve as “Trip Advisor” for people with disabilities regarding accessibility.
Advocacy and Self-Advocacy
The film Breathe offers a look at the life of one of the U.K.’s first disability advocates, Robin Cavendish, who had polio.
Employment for People with Disabilities
Autism and the workplace: Adults with autism are the fastest-growing group among the neurodiverse workforces.
Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or All Three!)
When this Australian girl with Down syndrome was born, doctors said she’d never speak. Now, she aspires to be an actress.
A love for music is a gift this blind and autistic teen wants to share with the world.
The Arts and People with Disabilities
After losing most of her sight more than a decade ago, an Ohio woman took up painting as an outlet. Through years of trial and error, she has devised unique methods that work best for her.
A painter with autism opens an exhibit. Unable to express himself verbally, he does so through his art.
When he was born, his doctors said he’d never walk. That did not stop him… from becoming the “Break Dance King of Zimbabwe.”
People with a Disability in the Community (Disability Rights and Acceptance; Inclusion)
Many children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities gained access to the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. That trend continues, with a British publisher releasing an edition for dyslexic readers (children and adults).
Disability Awareness and Appreciation
What I wish I could tell my boss: “My autism is not a problem.”
Medical News – Research:
An early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder may be possible, according to a recent study.
Researchers scour datasets (Big Data) for clues to autism: “needles in a genetic haystack of 20,000 people”
People with autism may be more rational than others in their economic choices.