Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending July 7, 2017

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This replica represents the type of ferry that plied the Delaware during the 18 century. George Washington used boats like this for his horses and artillery pieces to make his way toward the decisive Battle of Trenton.

 

 

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: hr@advopps.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

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.

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Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending June 23, 2017

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This clockwork set of gears, wheels, and sprockets is part of the wizzardry of the Ralston cider mill, Mendham, New Jersey (Morris County). All of this is powered by a large water wheel!
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 at Advancing Opportunities 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

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. For the rest of June, we are holding the following job fair:

  • Tuesday, June 29. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ
  • Wednesday, July 12. Our Budd Lake office, 98 US Rte. 46 West, Office 2 Budd Lake, NJ

 

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Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with disabilities in residential support programs and group home settings. This includes supervision and/or assistance with personal care, daily living activities, recreational pursuits, transportation, medical appointments, or any other needs the individuals may have.

If you cannot make the job fair, please send your résumé to: hr@advopps.org

 

 

Disability in the News (Mostly in New Jersey, the Population We Serve)

The Paper Mill Playhouse received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The funding supports the Paper Mill’s “Theatre for Everyone” project, a series of programs that serves the needs of children with autism and other social and cognitive disabilities.

 

A River Edge, NJ, teen with autism gives back to children with disabilities.
Isabelle Rapin, who advanced concept of an autism spectrum, died at 89

 

 

Special Education

A growing number of schools are offering a program called ASD Nest, which aims to help students understand the school environment.

A new report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities is out: The State of LD

 

 

Assistive Technology

Children with learning disabilities need to see others modeling the assistive technology that can help them succeed.

 

IEEE issued a special report on assistive technology. This piece follows the interesting AT timeline, published mentioned in this space last week. A blog by the organization notes that most developers fail to design websites accessible to people with disabilities.

 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or All Three!)

One tiny dancer is challenging all the stereotypes about cerebral palsy.

 

Multiple sclerosis blogs are both helpful and positive for people affected by the condition. Here are ten excellent resources.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

A New Zealand man with Down syndrome and a disability advocate, Duncan finds his role in dance to be his most effective outlet.

 

People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance; inclusion)
Excellent TED Talk: “Why design should include everyone”

https://embed.ted.com/talks/sinead_burke_why_design_should_include_everyone

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

The Netflix Original series “Atypical” follows an autistic boy with autism.

 

What do you want people to know about MS?

 

 

Medical News—Research

A study answers why ketamine helps depression and offers a target for safer therapy. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/318056.php

 

 

Animals and Animal Therapy

All those pictures of cute puppies and cuddly kittens have a purpose! Learning to associate spouses with unrelated positive stimuli—such as pictures of puppies—could help improve marital satisfaction, according to a study.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending May 12, 2017

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This historic illustration depicts an itinerant surgeon extracting stones from a man’s head; symbolizing the expulsion of ‘folly'(insanity) .
Pencil drawing by Pieter Jansz Quast, via the Wellcome Trust

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:

We’re hiring!

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

  • Wednesday, May 17. Parsippany Event. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46, Ste. 290, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
  • Tuesday, May 23. Marlboro Event. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ 07746

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:

Carly Hewitt, honored with our Andrew J. Murphy award for self-advocacy, was featured in this article how assistive technology continues to help her realize her dreams.

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

Learning Ally is offering two National Achievement Awards:  one is for a student with a visual impairment or blindness, and one is for a student with a learning disability. The student has to use Learning Ally. Find out if you are eligible for these prestigious awards. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 31.

 

New Jersey Governor Christie signed into law Bill S1825/A3432, which “establishes the New Jersey Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Mobility and Support Services Task Force to study and make recommendations concerning the mobility and support services needs of New Jersey adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).”

 

 

 

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

“To the moms who raise a loved one on the spectrum, this weekend is Mother’s Day, and I wanted you to know how important you are to your child….”

 

Parents can help children with autism become better storytellers.

 

A New Jersey father of two autistic children finds solace and meaning through golf.

 

 

 

Special Education:

“Autistic girls and school exclusion: Perspectives of students and their parents”
Open-source article in the journal Autism & Developmental Language Impairments

 

Teachers and students are working together to encourage self-regulation. This is especially important for autistic students, accepting their “autistic behaviors” in this context.

 

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A woman with an “invisible disability” shares how her condition inspired her to become a disability advocate.

 

 

 

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

A special mom of special children: “…External successes and failures will be your successes and failures. You get to have those on your own and I will rejoice and celebrate and swell with pride as if I created those monumental moments but I do not get to take credit for those.”

 

An 11-year-old boy with autism finds happiness through music: “It brought him into my world,” said his mother.

 

A mom of three boys with autism has found the time to write and illustrate a children’s book, Jasmine’s World of Autism, to inform other parents of a child with an autistic sibling.

 

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

It’s about time! Mickey Rowe, an actor with autism, is starring in “Curious Incident”

 

 

 

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

Many children dream of one day walking down a runway. But for children with disabilities, that dream may seem out of reach. One community fashion show is making those fashionista dreams come true with a show designed to help children with disabilities, and local high school students, shine.

 

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

Thanks to the hard work of one talented and caring individual—a two-year labor of love—or spreading the critically important message of autism awareness and appreciation. The message of empathy in this video will certainly extend to other children who are “different.”

 

Noteworthy blog piece: “Leaving Neverland: Autism and the Peter Pan Myth”

 

 

 

Medical news—research:

Jon Elder Robison: “Why autistic people like me need to help shape autism science.”

 

 

 

Beauty, glamour, and fashion: the inclusion of people with disabilities:

A woman with Down syndrome competes in the Miss USA state pageant.

 

 

 

Animals and animal therapy:

An autistic rider who found her soulmate in an “unmanageable and unhappy” horse has saved the mare from being sold thanks to the generosity of strangers.

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No Escape, by Judith Carlin. “A painting showing how unescapable depression can seem.” Souce: Wikimedia Commons

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:

We’re hiring!

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

 

  • Thursday, May 11. Phillipsburg Event. Phillipsburg Free Public Library, 200 Broubalow Way, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
  • Wednesday, May 17. Parsippany Event. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46, Ste. 290, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
  • Tuesday, May 23. Marlboro Event. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ 07746

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/

 

 

 

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

The foremost news item of the week is Thursday’s legislative action in the House of Representatives. Much has been written about this, not only in the mainstream press, but also among the many disability advocacy and self-advocacy organizations. However, the topic so broad, it would not be possible to do it justice in this space. We have, therefore, elected not to cover it here.

 

 

 

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

Boy dolls? Absolutely! One toy company has a unique mission of accept and respect – for the boys who play with the dolls and the people with disabilities who make them. Some of the dolls also depict children with Down syndrome and other disabilities, furthering disability understanding and acceptance among children.

 

 

 

Assistive technology:

 A company has developed the world’s first wearable electromyographic (EMG) assistive technology for people with spinal cord injury.

 

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Dorothea Dix is well known for her actions on behalf of the poor. She was also an advocate for people with depression and other mental illnesses.

ASAN, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, has published an accessible guide about Medicaid.

 

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

A young woman with cerebral palsy finds her voice and passion in her blog.

 

 

 

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

When a physician intern discovered something was missing from her medical school training, she did something about it. Realizing there was no instruction on how to treat patients with disabilities, the intern created a multiyear curriculum that has evolved into a mission for her School of Medicine.

 

 

 

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

We are increasingly familiar with sensory-friendly theaters and amusement parks. Now, in Ireland, we have an autism-friendly town! This initiative will also be a community and tourism boost for the town, and other municipalities are looking to replicate this honorable effort.

A student with Down syndrome delivers a powerful speech to the UN.

 

 

 

Medical news—research:

Children with autism who have both severe repetitive behaviors and sensory sensitivities tend to have had unusually structured nerve tracts in infancy.

A greater capacity to detect sound gives autistic people an advantage.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending November 11, 2016

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.

 

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This church, in Monmouth County, NJ, was built in 1751; it played an important role in the Battle of Monmouth in 1788, during the Revolutionary War. Photo: Daniel L. Berek

 

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout the state.

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.

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 news:

Students with a disability can attend college!   College readiness and career skills are important factors for young adults with disabilities, which is the idea of the Student Success Center, an important initiative planned for 2017. Linda Soltes, Executive Assistant, will present a webinar on the forthcoming program on Tuesday, November 29, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The webinar is being hosted by the Arc of New Jersey Family Institute.  The presentation will feature information on the supports available through the Student Success Center for navigating the postsecondary education.

 

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

A research study in New Jersey investigates the accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities.

A New Jersey swimming team of teens with autism goes for the gold.  This story originally appeared in the New York Times in 2015.

Three New Jersey State Assembly members co-sponsored a bill to ensure that all teachers in New Jersey are familiar with the needs of students with autism.  The legislation was advanced by an Assembly panel.

 

For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):

Because autism can be hard on parents, too, here’s an article with links to multiple categories of resources.

A mom discovers the better self of her daughter with autism… and herself.

 

Civil rights and accessibility:

How do you teach people it should be hard to make life inaccessible?

Here’s a story that could have a happy ending, not just for this girl and her faithful companion, but for people with disabilities across the US.

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Disability advocates and families work with pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey toward the goal of developing treatments for rare diseases.

New voices in medical advocacy are often the patients.

 

Assistive technology:

Soon, with a device like this, blind readers will be able to access full-page text and tactile graphics.

A group of university students created charming, personal robots to help children with various disabilities in a variety of ways.

Could a smartphone app that tracks eye movements be used to detect autism early on?

 

Medical news – research:

A new set of guidelines aims to help clinicians recognize and treat gender dysphoria in adolescents with autism, and vice versa.

“Speech difficulties can be a warning sign, but it is only when a child also has weak language skills that they are likely to lead to significant reading problems, especially if there is a family history of dyslexia.”

A study using mouse models reveals promising new directions for the diagnosis and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

Research scientists have identified a gene mutation in some people with autism that hinders synaptic connections and slows the activity in the brain.  This discovery could lead to new medications to treat the biologic causes of autism.