This beautiful lakefront home is on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake. Recently, members of our community-based Adults’ Night Out program enjoyed a cruise on the lake, from which this picture was taken.
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
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:
- Wednesday, August 30, Parsippany. Family Resource Network Office, 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/
Advancing Opportunities News
Meet Tameka, Direct-Support Professional: “I have always felt a special connection to people with disabilities.”
It’s back! On Monday, September 25, people who admire and support our work can enjoy some of the best golf in Mercer County, New Jersey, and surrounding areas. The Rothwell Family Classic takes place at the beautiful Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, NJ. It’s great golf for a great cause!
For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)
Here are 13 books for children with autism to help them navigate emotions, communication, and social cues.
School exclusion is “linked to long-term mental health problems,” especially in students with autism, a study strongly suggests.
Partner/Plus Offers an introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices.
“To Siri with Love”: how Apple’s electronic personal assistant fostered the communication skills of her teenage son Gus, who has autism
ALS researchers use robots, technology to improve lives, seek cure
Advocacy and Self-advocacy
When those with autism age out, what’s next? A mother of an autistic teen takes action, founding Austen’s Autistic Adventures.
Employment for People with Disabilities
The trend of employing autistic people, especially in hi-tech and creative enterprises, is a “work in progress.” Yet, finding and keeping work remains a challenge for this population. Some possible solutions are explored.
Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)
Climbing Grand Teton is challenging even for the most skilled person – even more so for someone with Down syndrome.
The Arts and People with Disabilities
A photographer uses her art to document Down syndrome beautifully.
A sci-fi magazine created entirely by writers and editors with disabilities is coming.
Disability Awareness and Appreciation
Young-adult edition of Far from the Tree is a compelling read on families with differences.
Beauty, Glamour, and Fashion: The Inclusion of People with Disabilities
Emily, a lovely 10-year-old model with cerebral palsy, wants industry to include disability. She has modeled for Target, a retailer that this month announced its Cat & Jack line of adaptive clothing.
A former Olympian, upon being diagnosed with a disability, turns to a new career, modeling.