Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the two Week Ending August 11, 2017

Old Lambertville Station

Neither this rail station nor the Delaware & Raritan Canal it replaced are in use as transportation hubs any more. However, the old Lambertville (Hunterdon County, New Jersey) rail station has found a new lease on life as a restaurant. Even the old cars and caboose serve the dining guests.

 

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 is looking for a Residential Support Leader to deliver health services to provide on-site direct behavioral health care services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a residential setting in northern New Jersey.

Advancing Opportunities provides supports to individuals with disabilities and their families so they can live fully in the community. Our team includes a diverse collection of men and women committed to treating the people and families we serve with dignity and respect and providing the highest quality services and supports.

Employees of the agency enjoy paid training and an excellent array of benefits, including health care and dental benefits for all eligible full-time staff and a 401(k) retirement plan for all eligible employees.

 

 

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

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities announces changes to contribution in residential care settings, effective August 2017.

 

New Jersey is one of the first states to win federal approval of its latest accountability and monitoring plans.

 

 

For parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

Transition and change are hard for most children but even more so for those with ADHD. These children often face challenges with executive function, cognition for everyday coping and performing fundamental tasks. A psychologist offers parents handy tips.

 

Sometimes, parents of an autistic child could use a little assistance. A study highlights the positive effects of cognitive behavior therapy.

 

 

Special Education

An expert blogger has compiled 40 resources to help students with autism.

 

While it’s not a cure, music therapy can have benefits to children with autism.

 

The benefits of music and music therapy: “Music Is Good for the Soul, and Your Health” – article in Psychology Today

 

 

Assistive Technology

A New Jersey resident with traumatic brain injury performs daily tasks for her family with assistive technology.

 

Apps are linking visually impaired people to sighted volunteers as assistive technology enters a new era of connectivity.

 

Tobii eye-tracking AAC hardware: “a game changer.” We know: one of our consumers has used it with great success.

 

 A young woman reflects on how her power wheelchair was at first somewhat frightening but ended up giving her a high degree of independence. http://www.shonalouise.com/2017/08/my-relationship-with-my-powerchair.html

 

 

Advocacy and Self-Advocacy

Miss Teen USA’s powerful message about disability rights: Tolerance isn’t enough.

 

 

College for Students with a Disability

What one student learned from Brian M., a person we helped: Overcoming Dyslexia: Lessons Learned from an Ivy Leaguer

 

Through self-confidence and much hard work, a young woman with a disability is accepted to a fine university. These are sentiments shared at Advancing Opportunities, especially at our Student Success Center.

 

 

Employment for People with Disabilities

We love news stories about people with disabilities in the workplace.  A New Jersey company hiring people with autism gets a new home, thanks to a caring business community.

 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)

This is a poignant and beautiful essay. It’s a testament to disability acceptance and, more important, self-acceptance.

 

 

People with a Disability in the Community (Disability Rights and Acceptance; Inclusion)

We are always happy to read an article in which people with disabilities are included in interesting events most of us enjoy. With advances in braille, blind people can experience and awe in natural wonders such as the coming eclipse. A link to the original NASA report is included.

 

Many people with disabilities are being paid way below the minimum wage, and it’s perfectly legal http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/08/many-people-with-disabilities-are-being-paid-way-below-the-minimum-wage-and-its-perfectly-legal/

 

Learn how smart cities work for people with disabilities.

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

In this video, we get to know the “colorful mind” of Saffron, a nine-year-old autistic girl.

 

 

Medical News – Research

Here are some new thoughts on an old idea prompt a rethinking regression in autism.

 

 

Beauty, Glamour, and Fashion: The Inclusion of People with Disabilities

Cerebral palsy can’t stop this New Jersey girl from being confident and stylish. This fashion is about inclusion as much as feeling good about oneself.

 

SmartGlamour’s latest campaign stars only models with various disabilities.

40 Autism Teaching Resources You Should Know About

An expert blogger has compiles 40 resources to help students with autism. The list is from 2016, but it’s still valid.

Special Needs Resource Blog

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The latest estimate shows that 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder. This means that more than ever, special education teachers in order to be effective, will require additional resources and support. the following links showcase a number of blogs and information on working with children with autism.

Autism Teacher Blogs

Savvy teachers are creating and developing blogs on teaching children with autism. Many of the blogs give first -person accounts while others share classroom activities, lesson plans and classroom management.

Adventures in Flapping

Adventures in Special Education

Autism Classroom Resources

Breezy Special Ed

Special Ed Spot

Teach.Love.Autism

Teaching Special Thinkers

The Autism Adventures of Room 83

The Autism Teaching Blog

You Aut-A Know

Classroom Management

The following links discuss strategies on engaging learners and managing students in a classroom setting.

Autism and Classroom Management: Interventions that Work

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Forced Intimacy: An Ableist Norm

“Forced intimacy is a cornerstone of how ableism functions …. This often takes the form of being expected to share (very) personal information with able bodied people to get basic access.”

Leaving Evidence

Photo of my wheelchair in a dark room, silhouetted against a doorway, with a large shirt outlined in lights hanging against a dark wall.

“Forced Intimacy” is a term I have been using for years to refer to the common, daily experience of disabled people being expected to share personal parts of ourselves to survive in an ableist world. This often takes the form of being expected to share (very) personal information with able bodied people to get basic access, but it also includes forced physical intimacy, especially for those of us who need physical help that often requires touching of our bodies. Forced intimacy can also include the ways that disabled people have to build and sustain emotional intimacy and relationships with someone in order to get access—to get safe, appropriate and good access.

I have experienced forced intimacy my entire life as a disabled child, youth and adult…

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Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the two Week Ending August 11, 2017

seeing eye assistance dog for the blind Morristown New Jersey

This statue commemorates the founding at the Seeing Eye, Morristown, NJ. This program has been a model for assistance dogs for the blind for years! 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, LinkedIn, Google+, 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

As a growing agency serving people with all disabilities, we’re hiring! Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for full- and part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. Come meet us at one of our August open houses between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in various regions of New Jersey:

  • Thursday, August 10, Budd Lake. Advancing Opportunities Budd Lake office, 98 Rte. 46 W., Office 2, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 (Northwestern Morris County)
  • Wednesday, August 16, Neptune. Neptune Public Library, 25 Neptune Blvd., Neptune, NJ 07753 (Monmouth County)
  • Thursday, August 17, Shrewsbury. 1001 NJ Rte. 35, Shrewsbury, NJ  07772 (Monmouth County)
  • Wednesday, August 30, Parsippany. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ (Eastern Morris County)

Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with developmental 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.

Advancing Opportunities provides supports to individuals with disabilities and their families so they can live fully in the community. Our team includes a diverse collection of men and women committed to treating the people and families we serve with dignity and respect and providing the highest quality services and supports.

Employees of the agency enjoy paid training and an excellent array of benefits, including health care and dental benefits for all eligible full-time staff and a 401(k) retirement plan for all eligible employees.

If you are unable to make it to one of the job fair open houses, you can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

Assistive Technology

Apps are linking visually impaired people to sighted volunteers as assistive technology enters a new era of connectivity.

Advocacy and Self-Advocacy

Miss Teen USA’s has long been a disability advocate. Here powerful message about disability rights is: Tolerance isn’t enough. 

Employment for People with Disabilities

We love news stories about people with disabilities in the workplace. A New Jersey company hiring people with autism gets a new home, thanks to a caring business community.

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)

“I’m from Jersey. Anybody here from Jersey”? This North Bergen stand-up comedian uses his disability to help people laugh.

A long-time civil rights advocate, especially for people with disabilities, found an even stronger role in life after she became disabled.

People with a Disability in the Community (Disability Rights and Acceptance; Inclusion)

For adventure seekers with a disability, an indoor skydiving range is offering a chance to soar unencumbered by their challenges.

A camp gives children with disabilities the chance to learn to surf.

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

In this video, we get to know the “colorful mind” of Saffron, a nine-year-old autistic girl.

https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/global/video/2017/jun/14/when-saffron-opens-her-world-its-amazing-video

Beauty, Glamour, and Fashion: The Inclusion of People with Disabilities

SmartGlamour’s latest campaign stars only models with various disabilities. https://mic.com/articles/183169/smartglamours-latest-campaign-stars-only-models-with-various-disabilities#.mgVLNQzWH

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending July 21, 2017

Land of Make Believe Silo

This silo has found a new purpose at The Land of Make-Believe, Hope, NJ. This park is a popular summer destination in Warren County, northwestern New Jersey.

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

Come to our next open house, this Wednesday!

A growing social service agency, we have openings for full- and part-time Direct Support Professionals in residential care programs all around the state. Candidates will be providing excellent direct care to men and women with disabilities in residential support programs in group homes.

We will be holding the following open house on Wednesday, July 26, from 10 to 3: Wed., July 26: Family Resource Network, 322 US Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ If you are unable to make any of these events, please submit your résumé to: hr@advopps.org.

 

 

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

A superhero with Down syndrome stars in a new comic by a New Jersey professor.

 

 

For parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

The Asbury Park Press lists 20 places for autism-friendly family entertainment.

 

 

Informative, positive, noteworthy (or all three!)

A blogger with Asperger’s talks about her marriage to a neurotypical man for 25 years.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

An art studio in Washington, DC, provides an outlet for adults with developmental disabilities to express themselves though art.

 

A summer arts camp helps children, teens, and young adults with autism hone social skills.

 

 

People with a Disability in the Community (Disability Rights and Acceptance; Inclusion)

What’s beyond Paper Mill Playhouse’s Theater for Everyone initiative, for which the acclaimed theater was recently awarded a $40,000 grant.

 

A cheerleading team comprising members with special needs breaks boundaries—and wins

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

Many women are unaware they’re autistic.

 

Enter “neurodiversity,” an umbrella under which autism, Tourette’s, and mental illnesses…

Ablenet’s New Blue2 Bluetooth Switch Offers Access to Many Apps and Programs

Ablenet Blue2 Bluetooth Switch

The Ablenet Blue2 Bluetooth switch offers easy wireless access to iOS, IOX, Windows, and Android apps and programs.

The Blue2 offers either single- or dual-switch access to Apple devices running iOS 7, as well as the company’s desktop or laptop computers running OS X Mavericks. Blue2 also provides access to apps and programs running on the Windows and Android operating systems. Connection to one’s favorite device via Bluetooth is easy and quick to set up.

Find out about the Ablenet Blue2 Bluetooth switch. It’s this week’s #AssistiveTechTuesday feature, described on our website blog. Not sure if you want to make the investment? New Jersey residents can try it out free at our Technology Lending Center!