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Fellow blogger Neurodivergent Rebel, has published a list of useful sites for people with autism. Here is the link to the original article.

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Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending August 25, 2017

Beautiful Lakefront House at Lake Hopatcong

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.

 

  

Special Education

School exclusion is “linked to long-term mental health problems,” especially in students with autism, a study strongly suggests.

 

  

Assistive Technology

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.

 

Passing It On: Choking Prevention for People with Developmental Disabilities — Special Needs Resource Blog

Children and adults with developmental disabilities have a higher risk of choking compared to the general population. Risk Factors Include: Some medical conditions that increase a person’s risk of choking are: Cerebral Palsy Seizure disorders Neurological and muscular disorders Down Syndrome Brain Injury Muscular Dystrophy Inability to swallow certain food textures and liquids Medication side […]

via Choking Prevention for People with Developmental Disabilities — Special Needs Resource Blog

In Addition
For New Jersey caregivers, this leaflet is a very good resource:

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Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the two Week Ending August 18, 2017

Meadow Path at Fairview Farm

Historic Fairview Farm in Bedminster, NJ (Somerset County) is now a natural refuge, intersected by meadow and forest paths. 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, 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 residences for people with intellectual disabilities throughout New Jersey.

Advancing Opportunities runs group homes throughout the state of New Jersey, such as this one in Emerson. They provide as much independence for people with intellectual disabilities as possibles, in a community setting.

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 (DDD) announces changes to contribution in residential care settings.

 

 

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

Here are some fundamental tips to help your child with learning disabilities beat the back-to-school jitters.

 

 

Special Education

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has launched a new effort: Personalized Learning and Students with Disabilities. Also listed are 13 new publications. http://www.ncld.org/archives/blog/new-on-ncld-org-personalized-learning-and-students-with-disabilities

 

Evidence supports effectiveness of mental health programs in schools.
https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/education/mhps.php

 

 

Assistive Technology

3-D printing technology offers blind and visually impaired students access to material taught.

 

 

 Advocacy and Self-advocacy

Some 20 percent of gamers have a physical or intellectual disability, including many of the people we serve. It is clear that accessibility is of prime importance in this field and hobby.  Advocates continue to fight for gaming accessibility.

 

 

Disability Rights, Accessibility

Mobilizing global commitments to accessibility:  perspectives from governments

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

“The Grown-Ups” is a new Down syndrome documentary coming to PBS.

 

 

Medical News—Research

According to a new large study, “In the first major study of its kind, researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism.”

It’s Almost Back-to-School Time for Children and Tees with Autism, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities. Here Are Some Useful Resources

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Back to school can be stressful for most children. For children with a learning disability, ADHD, dyslexia, or autism, these worries are often more severe. Our latest blog piece offers parents tips to make this transition ritual much less stressful.

Last Friday, we posted a link to our latest blog piece for parents of anxious children (often those with a learning disability, ADHD, or autism).

We add another free resource, from Autism Parenting magazine. It was published last year, but it is still available:

 

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Here is another helpful link for parents of a child with autism. This free resource has been around since last year, but it is still available for free. It contains much helpful material. Of course, we have advocacy services for parents in New Jersey.

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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