Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending March 31, 2017

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending March 31, 2017

Deserted Village (Feltville) - Church and Store Building

This is one of the buildings at the Deserted Village, also known as Feltville. This tower is a later addition. The site is now under the care of the Watchung Reservation, Union County, NJ.

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, 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.

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https://www.youtube.com/user/assistivetechcenter

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Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer.  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:

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We’re hiring!

Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. In April, we will be holding job fairs on the following days, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 11. Budd Lake. Advancing Opportunities, 98 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Budd Lake, NJ
  • Thursday, April 20. Parsippany. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ
  • Tuesday, April 25. Marlboro. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ

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:

Hoedown 2017 BarnMark your calendars for Saturday, April 22, 2017! It’s only a month away. Come and plan to join us for the best barn dance this side of the Mississippi! Each year, the agency holds several fundraising events. We consider them “friendraising” events as well. Join us and learn more about how you can help provide vital services and supports to children and adults with all types of disabilities.

http://advopps.org/hoedown

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

New Jersey adds 1,500 beds to community-based programs to accommodate people with mental illness. Advancing Opportunities is a major player in this residential care, allowing for maximum independence for this population.

This mom from Hopewell, NJ, (Mercer County) has worked tirelessly to raise both awareness and appreciation for children with Down syndrome, advocating for local parents.

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Quinn, an 18-month-old boy with autism, purposefully stacks cans. Photographer: Andwhatsnext, via Wikimedia Commons.

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

A father and disability advocate creates an assistive technology app to assist his son with autism.

Quinn, an 18-month-old boy with autism, purposefully stacks cans. Photographer: Andwhatsnext, via Wikimedia Commons.

Special Education:

Slow processing speed and anxiety: here’s what you need to know.

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

This journal article examines the future of supported decision making for people with autism.

A violinist discusses using music to enact social change.

Assistive technology:

An exciting new piece of AAC assistive technology enhances accessibility for blind people.

With assistive technology, toddlers get up and go in their own set of wheels independently.

A neuroprosthesis enables a paralyzed man to feed himself independently.

This high-performance software for transcribing audio recordings can be a boon for people with dyslexia.

Employment for people with disabilities:

Programs in New Jersey offer young adults with autism independence and dignity through meaningful work.

Revisiting an autism employment success story: The Rising Tide Car Wash.

A recent report on PBS examines the need for more job opportunities for people with disabilities, who often still face discrimination. This is a matter of civil rights, as well as one of dignity and independence for the population we serve.

Informative, positive, noteworthy (or all three!):

Here are ten books that feature positive depictions of characters with a disability.

“Make it Stop.” A brand-new and powerful awareness video to foster understanding of people with autism.

The Arts and People with Disabilities

Six blind professional musicians ranging in age from 17 to 65 come together in a London recording studio to create and record a musical tribute to Louis Braille.
 

After a debilitating accident, William Heard took up painting and founded an arts center in Mississippi.

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

Tenafly, NJ, housing offers a chance at independence for people with disabilities.  A leading disability advocate wrote an editorial.

Disability awareness and appreciation:

Teens describe their experiences with depression and anxiety.

“Twin Brothers Worlds Apart.” This British documentary, telling the stories of identical twins (except that one had autism), has garnered considerable acclaim.

Medical news – research:

New insight has been gained into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some forms of autism spectrum disorder.

A drug used to treat excessive swelling seems to ease autism features in some children on the spectrum.

Two from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:

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April: Fostering an Awareness, Appreciation, and Understanding of Autism

World Autism Awareness Day

Central to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is “respect for the inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons… and full and effective participation and inclusion in society” (Article 3). This concept is reflected in this year’s theme for World Autism Awareness Day, “Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination.”

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In the U.S. and throughout the world, the rate of autism is high, affecting children and adults of all socioeconomic and ethnic groups. According to the U.N., “Appropriate support, accommodation, and acceptance of this neurological condition allow those on the spectrum to enjoy equal opportunity, and full and effective participation in society.”

On March 31, 2017, the U.N. held conference on multiple aspects of autism, Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination, which included the following:

In welcoming everyone, Cristina Gallach, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said “We come together to renew our commitment to raising awareness of the rights of persons with autism – to equal opportunity and full participation in society, on an equal basis, with other citizens. To achieve this inclusive society that we aspire to, we must… ensure that the fundamental rights enshrined in the CRPD are respected.” This is a right that has been recognized since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was declared in 1948. Continued Ms. Gallach, “When [people with autism] enjoy equal opportunity for self-determination and autonomy, persons with autism will be empowered to make an even stronger positive impact on our shared future.”

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres could not be present, but he prepared a statement: “On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences. Let us also renew our promise engraved in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind, and ensure that all people can contribute as active members to a peaceful and prosperous society.”

The keynote speaker, Simon Baron-Cohen, Director, Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge, was gave an overview of the autism spectrum.

In regard to the “commitment to leave no one behind,” Jackie Pilgrim, a noted disability advocate spoke about dignity. In her work with NAMI Durham she spoke of her organization’s new 8-hour course for police and first-responders to replace the inadequate 1.5 hour course used previously, one for which they have shown “passion” to learn.

Barry Prizant, author of the landmark book Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, summarized his philosophy:

Uniquely Human

  • De-pathologize autistic behavior (echolalia, stimming). It’s the way we deal with stress and self-regulate. They should not be repressed or otherwise “managed.”
  • Autism is not a tragedy, it can become one
  • Self-determination begins in early childhood. Children at an early age
  • Let’s look at ourselves.

Added Micheal John Carley. The best way to help is to examine ourselves and change the way we view people with autism.

An autism research and education organization, Autism Speaks, initiated the worldwide Light It Up Blue, campaign in its effort to raise autism awareness.    Among many in the autism community, both advocates and self-advocates, Autism Speaks is highly controversial, because that organization is seeking a cure, whereas many people prefer to see autism as simply another way of being, “different, not broken.”

 

National Autism Awareness Month

A ribbon made of multicolored puzzle pieces.  It has become one the most recognizable symbols of autism in the world.  The various colors reflect the many “faces” of autism, a condition often referred to as the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) because no two people with autism are alike.  (The cognitive abilities of people with ASD range from “nonverbal” to intellectually brilliant.)  The ribbon symbolizes solidarity and hope of a happy, fulfilling life for people with autism.  The puzzle pieces remind us that the condition and the people with it are still very much a mystery.

Autism Awareness Month first came to be some 25 years ago, when the Autism Society of America undertook an effort to promote autism awareness.  The primary objective was to “promote … inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with autism  is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest quality of life.”

 

Three short films that treat autism awareness and appreciation are worth noting:

  • “Make it Stop.” This is a brand-new awareness video to foster understanding of people with autism.
  •  “Talking in Pictures.”  This documentary dispels myths and stereotypes… at least as they apply to everyone with autism. “It’s not that we’re doing it wrong, it’s not that we’re autistic enough to fit in with the world’s idea of autism, it’s that the world’s idea of autism isn’t big enough to fit us all in!”
  • “Perfectly Normal,” is a film about Jordan, a man with Asperger’s, who discusses his everyday life, of which the New York Times publicized an important excerpt.

Furthermore, Sesame Street will debut Julia, a character with autism. This event will be covered in a later article.

 

And some noteworthy facts on autism:

  • In 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease for Disease Control estimated the prevalence of autism as being 1 in 68 births.
  • Autism comes from the Greek autos” meaning “self.” Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler in 1910 used the New Latin term autismus to describe schizophrenic symptoms of children; US psychiatrist Leo Kanner first used the term autism in 1943.
  • Asperger’s syndrome is named after Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger, who in 1944 first described the symptoms in children he was observing.

With a sincere effort of autism awareness, we will be able to treat this population with the dignity they deserve.

Wheelchair with built-in desk allowing for work and inclusion

This clever wheelchair, with a desk and umbrella, was advertised in an 1886 catalog by George F. Sargent. It is a notable early example of including people with disabilities in the community.

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.

 

Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer.  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:

Our northeastern office, in Little Falls, which serves individuals with disabilities and their families throughout Passaic and Essex counties, has opportunities for community support specialists to work one on one with adults at home and in the community. These part-time positions are for as many as 20 hours per week.

 

Please contact Monique Calixte, mcalixte@advopps.org or 973-237-0983. For other career opportunities, please visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/ .

 

 

Advancing Opportunities news:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22, 2017! It’s only a month away. Come and plan to join us for the best barn dance this side of the Mississippi! Very popular last year, we have brought our Hoedown back! Each year, the agency holds several fundraising events. We consider them “friendraising” events as well. Join us and learn more about how you can help provide vital services and supports to children and adults with all types of disabilities.

 

 

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

The Golden Door International Film Festival holds its 5th Annual Award Ceremony, to the benefit of Jersey City students and promoting Autism awareness.

For the 12th consecutive year, Rutgers University student athletes volunteered at Saturdays in Motion, a free program for children with autism and their families offered at the YMCA in Basking Ridge, NJ.

The month-long, statewide Stages Festival features plays written and performed by artists with disabilities in an effort to showcase new talents. Many of these people cannot speak but are delighted at having the chance to express themselves.

A new report discovers that the media normalizes the murders of people with disabilities.

 

 

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

This very thoughtful post on a blog we just discovered expresses how we, parents with a disability, need to meet the challenges and advocate not only ourselves, but now for our children as well. Most important, our most important role as a parent or teacher is that of mentor.

 

 

Special Education:

This article explores the strong positive effects of music for children with ADHD.

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A fifth-grade girl advocates for herself with a message for her teacher. She acknowledges she has dyslexia and has trouble reading and spelling. She also states she is smart. Very smart. She continues: “I want to go to college and help people with disabilities. I need your help to get there.”

Two Harvard disability advocates speak out by putting their message to song.

 

 

Assistive technology:

Three very important developments in assistive technology were presented at the IEEE Assistive Technology Conference.

This piece of assistive technology from MIT could be very valuable innovation for the autism community: a wearable device that detects emotion in conversation.

RE-vibe: Anti-distraction wristband: assistive technology for people with ADHD.

 

 

College for students with a disability:

More and more students with disabilities are going to college, especially in New Jersey.

IBM’s Watson applies its prodigious computing ability to making life easier for people on the autism spectrum.

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

Microsoft hiring programs offer opportunities for talented individuals with autism.

 

 

Civil rights and accessibility:

Accessibility standards receive a much-needed refreshing.
 
 

 

Informative, positive, noteworthy (or all three!):

When this mom gave birth to a daughter with Down syndrome, she was determined to do the best for her. She then embarked on a mission to help families of children with the condition.

 “Spectrum: A Story of the Mind” goes beyond autism awareness… to autism acceptance.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

A New Jersey artist with autism showcases his work at a special exhibition.

Music transformed this young man with autism. Now he is out to unlock talent in others.

 

 

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

Like anyone else, people with Down syndrome need love, understanding, and the dignity that comes from a decent job. Are these really special needs?

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

The actress Gillian Anderson reveals her struggle with depression.

 

 

Medical news – research:

Researchers have gained new insight into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some cases of autism.

A new method uses biochemistry to accurately predict whether a child will develop autism spectrum disorder by measuring the products of metabolic processes.

 

 

Animals and animal therapy:

Shelter dogs battle helped this woman battle bulimia. Now, she is repaying their kindness.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending March 10, 2017

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.

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These beautiful ruins of what was once a plaster mill can be seen in Stanhope, NJ (Sussex County). Photo: Daniel L. Berek

Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer.  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:

The 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. Performs other duties as deemed necessary for the agency.

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You can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

“Why Inclusivity Is Important, from Obama’s Champion of Change”

 

 

Assistive technology:

Often, our desire to find a new kind of input — something beyond a mouse, trackpad, or game controller — is strictly for novelty’s sake or some kind of intellectual curiosity: a genuinely useful hands-free pointing device.

People with visual impairments could identify scientific images on a computer screen through this piece of STEM-designed assistive technology.

Here’s a handy piece of assistive technology for reading, especially for students with dyslexia

 

 

Civil rights and accessibility:

The denial of organ transplants to people with intellectual disabilities raises important medical ethical questions.

 

 

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

Researchers use an advanced-technology driving simulator to compare driving performance of novice drivers with autism with those of novice drivers without autism.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

When an autistic woman logs back on at Facebook, she is reminded why she left the social media site. Autism is a controversial issue, with people (many who do not fully understand autism) fighting online.

“Changing attitudes toward disabled people is an act of activism that begins with respect.”

 

 

Medical news – research:

It has been believed that people on the spectrum do not get hooked on alcohol or other drugs. New evidence says otherwise.

Although autism appears to be on the rise, there are still no reliable biomarkers. A new study looking at links with cerebrospinal fluid may change this.

Researchers have isolated 18 new genes believed to increase risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a finding that may pave the way for earlier diagnosis.

The World’s largest autism genome database shines new light on many “autisms.”

A Brief Look at the Intersection of Women’s History, Black History, and Disability

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International Women’s Day 2017: #BeBoldForChange https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

 

 

International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month: In the US and most countries around the world, women with disabilities have faced multiple hardships in the form of reduced access and sometimes outright discrimination in education, housing, and employment – both as women and as people with a disability. In addition, women of color often face a third challenge. A blog writer took a look back on 14 remarkable women of color of the past who have made powerful differences for the present and the future.

As February was Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month, we’ll examine the intersection of the two through the lens of disability. Many notable African American women made lasting contributions despite their disabilities. It is important, however, to “see the person, not the disability.” The late Australian comedienne and disability advocate coined the term inspiration porn in protest that people with disabilities should be objects of inspiration to make non-disabled people feel good.

Social worker and disability advocate Vilissa Thompson in her excellent blog “Ramp Your Voice” has compiled a list of important works and other resources of these individuals.

 

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Harriet Tubman (1822–1913)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harriet Tubman (1822–1913), abolitionist known for her work on the Underground Railroad, suffered epileptic seizures. Because of her short stature, she was seen among slave owners as disabled, a low risk of escape.

 

 

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Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977), Civil Rights Activist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977), was a civil rights activist who suffered physical disabilities from childhood polio.

 

 

Maya Angelou (1928–2014), laureate poet

Maya Angelou (1928–2014), was laureate poet and wrote a series of memoirs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maya Angelou (1928–2014), laureate poet, found a voice in her memoirs and poetry. As a child, she developed selective mutism after a sexual assault.

 

 

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Wilma Rudolph (1940–1994), track and field Olympian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilma Rudolph (1940–1994) overcame childhood paralysis from the polio virus to become a track and field Olympian, the fastest woman in the world.

Honorable mention goes to Johnnie Lacy (1937-2010), an African American woman who from her wheelchair tirelessly advocated for the disability community. She has been recognized by the United African-Asian Abilities Club and the Temple University Disability Studies newspaper. (No copyright free photo of Ms. Lacy is available.)

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending February 17, 2017

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There is often artistic beauty to be found in abandoned places. This was once a major tire factory in Monroe, NJ. Seen in the waning evening light, it still exudes an aura of elegance. 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, Google+, LinkedIn, 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.

 

Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer.  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:

That there is a full-time Residential Manager position in Robbinsville, NJ. This position will also oversee the Project Freedom-Hopewell program.

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If you are interested in applying for the position, please visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

 

 

 

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

Individuals with special needs who are cognitively capable have greater say in setting up their own Special Needs Trust.

  

 

 

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

ADHD in the News, compilation from CHADD

“Is it teenage moodiness or depression?” External signs can be confusing and deceiving.

 

 

 

College for students with a disability:

This report examines the beneficial aspects of online learning for students with disabilities.
 
 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

NCSES U.S. federal government report: “2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD)”

  

 

 

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

Sensory-friendly movies, a rising trend, are for children with autism and many others. It’s an important development in inclusion and accommodation.

 

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

A survey reveals adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety.

It’s not always visible: Here are six secret signs of hidden depression.

My Autism is not my disability – unaccommodating people are.

  

 

 

Medical news – research:

The faster the brains of children with autism grow in their first year of life, the more severe their autism features are likely to be at age 2.

A major genetic sequencing study spanning seven countries links 38 new genes to autism and developmental delay.

Distinct mutations in the sodium channel may trigger autism and epilepsy.

The largest study of its kind provides robust evidence to confirm ADHD is a brain disorder characterized by delayed development of several brain regions.

Predicting whether someone will go on to develop autism is currently impossible. A new algorithm that measures brain development may change this.

 

 

 

Animals and animal therapy:

For one young woman with autism, black cats are very lucky!

A pet chicken helped a mom understand her autistic son.

A South Dakota man with Tourette syndrome finds peace around the animals he loves.

 

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending February 10, 2017

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This majestic 19th-century mansion can be seen at Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ (Sussex County). It has fallen on hard times, but remains protected until the time comes it can be restored to is former glory, a day that will come. 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, Google+, LinkedIn, 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.

Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer. 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:

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We’re hiring! Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey.

  • Wednesday, February 15: Family Support Center of NJ, 322 Rte. 46 W., Ste. 290. Parsippany, NJ 07054
  • Thursday, February 16: Phillipsburg Free Public Library, 200 Broubalow Way, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

You can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

 

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

New Jersey State Senate bill S-2489 expands the definition of disability, enabling more veterans injured in service to use public transportation at discounted rates.

Vaccine exemptions for children are on the rise in New Jersey. A newspaper examines why. This poses a public health threat and does disservice to the autism community.

 

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

Article in The Atlantic: Problems with accessibility to autism services in many small towns.

 

Special Education:

The key role of strong relationships in early intervention

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

“Virtual march” makes Women’s March more accessible to people with disabilities.

Depathologizing Asperger’s & autism: It’s a normal and healthy neurological orientation.

 

Assistive technology:

“The Future of Assistive Technology Is Hear”

 

College for students with a disability:

How colleges are supporting students with autism

Thanks to programs of accommodation and inclusion, more and more students with learning and intellectual disabilities are going to college.

 

 

Informative, positive, noteworthy (or all three!):

For a quadruple amputee, an outlook changed in a very positive way.

In honor of both Black History Month (February) and International Women’s Day (March 8), here are some remarkable African American women who made history, despite the disabilities they happened to have.

Medical news – research:

Medicaid waivers help parents of children with autism stay in the workforce.

A pediatrician outlines the science behind MMR vaccines and explains why the anti-vaccine people are winning their debate, despite the lack of connection to autism and the grave public health risks involved.

 

Animals and animal therapy:

A beloved service dog named Jason has turned life around for Teresa Brown and her family.