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.

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!

Getting to Know the Miracle of Living with Deaf-Blindness

Helen Keller, deaf-blind graduate from college

Helen Keller is the most well-known deaf-blind person. With the advocacy of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and her own determination, Helen proved one could undertake higher education and graduate.

 

 

We all know about Helen Keller, notably through the astonishing performance by Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker. Helen Keller is the most famous deaf-blind person; her name is a household word – and rightfully so. Yet, many people do not fully understand what it is to be deaf blind. With that, President Ronald Reagan in 1984 proclaimed the last week of June as Helen Keller Deaf Blind Awareness Week. To keep the awareness fresh, every year the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Adults Youths and Adults (HKNC), publicizes this important declaration with a national campaign. HKNC is part of the National Family Association for the Deaf-Blind (NFADB).

 

 

What Is Deaf-Blindness?

What is deaf-blindness? According to the NFADB, “The term ‘deaf-blind’ seems to indicate the sum of deafness + blindness. However, the combination of these two sensory losses is much more like deafness multiplied by blindness = Deaf-blindness.” The combined loss of both senses poses unique challenges, with independence, access to  information, interpersonal communication, and special navigation is indeed profound. However, contrary to what most people believe, deaf-blindness is not a total loss of seeing and hearing. This is rarely the case. The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) provides an excellent overview of the condition covering children, assessment in school, educational services, environment, communication, social-emotional concerns, and motor-movement issues.

 

Assistive technology in the form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices are an important pathway to accessibility to full inclusion in society and independent living. http://www.assistivetechnologycenter.org/at/augmentative-communication  For New Jersey residents, the Advancing Opportunities Assistive Technology Center can be an excellent resource, offering both one-on-one assistance and the chance to try out costly equipment before committing to a purchase.

 

 

A Famous Deaf-Blind Person (Aside from Helen Keller)

Haben Girma is an Eritrean-American woman who was the first deaf-blind person to graduate Harvard Law School. As an attorney, she has been an outspoken disability advocate for inclusion, accessibility, and Universal Design. Haben recently with current Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, all of whom have praised her important work as a disability advocate and self-advocate.

 

 

Usher Syndrome

The most common form of deaf-blindness is a condition called Usher syndrome. Usher syndrome is characterized by hearing loss, combined with a loss of vision over time and deficiencies in balance, as the condition starts in the inner ear. There are three types of Usher syndrome, which are characterized by the severity of the symptoms. Usher syndrome is genetically inherited.

 

 

Did You Know?

  • Nearly 10,000 children and young adults are deaf-blind.
  • Some 2.4 million people in the U.S. have combined vision and hearing loss.

 

 

Further Resources

Project Sparkle Family’s Guide

Deaf-Blind Education

Eye on the Cure Blog 

Deaf-Blind International

National Coalition on Deaf-Blindness

European Deaf-Blind Network

 

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending June 16, 2017

Pony at Popcorn Zoo, a great family place, especially for children with autism autistic

Now that summer is here, Popcorn Park Zoo is a wonderful New Jersey place to visit. It is also good for autistic children, not only for their affinity for animals (especially those that have been rescued), but also because this zoo is smaller and quieter than its larger brethren. Photo by 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

We’re hiring! Summer is almost here, and Advancing Opportunities is seeking Support Service Aides to assist teens and young adults with disabilities at summer camps in northern, central, and southern New Jersey.

 

JOB SUMMARY

camp aide helps campers with disabilities enjoy the summer

Our children, teens, and young adults with disabilities enjoy the full summer camp experience, thanks to the hard work of our camp aides.

The Support Service Aide is responsible for providing direct services to individuals with developmental disabilities in a camp setting. This may involve one or more of the following:

  • Engaging the individual in recreation activities
  • Assisting the individual with daily-living skills and personal care
  • Working on communication skills, or any other type of activity deemed appropriate for inclusion
  • Performing or any other type of activity deemed appropriate on the Individual Service Plan.
  • Completing the required weekly documentation of the services provided.

Please send your résumé to: hr@advopps.org

 

  

Advancing Opportunities News

Gretchen DiMarco recently joined Advancing Opportunities as Community Relations Associate

Gretchen DiMarco recently joined Advancing Opportunities as Community Relations Associate

Gretchen DiMarco, our new Community Relations Associate, made the press in this fine article.

 

  

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

A River Edge teen with autism gives back to children with disabilities.

  

Isabelle Rapin, who advanced concept of an autism spectrum, died at age 89.

 

  

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

“The only better thing than being proud of your child is….”

 

A mom writes a letter to her severely disabled daughter, expressing her profound love.

 

ADHD and mood swings: here are some things you need to know.

 

 

Special Education

Three articles discuss how the arts reach out to children with disabilities:

Art therapy helps children on the autism spectrum express themselves more effectively.

Music to their ears: Song- and instrument-based therapy helps children with autism and other special needs develop, participate.

Music: Five reasons it is so beneficial for children with special needs

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning

 

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

 

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

 

 

Assistive Technology

 The Evolution of Assistive Technology: An interactive timeline from IEEE.

 

Assistive technology helps as memory support for consumers with dementia.

 

 

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

An excellent article from Forbes: “10 Tips For Unlocking the Talent and Potential of Employees with Disabilities”  

 

A young man was in an accident that left him paralyzed. Nevertheless, he went on to found a gardening business, Grow Your Garden Ideas.

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

When a UK mom received the diagnosis that her daughter, Saffron, has autism, she did not think what the doctors described sounded like a disability.

 

 

Medical News & Research

A drug may hold hope for Friedrich’s ataxia and related conditions.

 

 

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

Design for Disability helps everyone enjoy fashionable clothing.

Blind dressmakers create lovely designer gowns.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending May 26, 2017

East Hannover Cultivator

This beautiful 19th-century cultivator was found abandoned in a field. The local East Hanover, NJ, Boy Scouts restored it and helped erect this lovely little homage to their town’s agricultural past.

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 is seeking a full-time Assistant Director of Intake and Behavioral Services in our Residential Services Department.

 

 

JOB SUMMARY

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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. He or she will performs other duties, as deemed necessary for the agency.

 

advoppslogosmallFor more information on this position, please visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/job/assistant-director-intake-behavioral-services-2/

 

 

Advancing Opportunities news:

Shining Stars Network PerformersOur friends at the Shining Stars Network asked us to help get the word out about Camp Shine, their performing arts camp for students with special needs. Performers ages 10 to 21 are invited to attend the camp that runs from August 21 through September 1, at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church in Fanwood. Space is limited. First come, first served.
For more information or to register, contact shiningstarsnetwork@gmail.com

 

 

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

Jewish leaders and advocates are working for full inclusion and advocacy for people with disabilities in New Jersey.

 

 

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

Having autism as a parent might seem impossibly challenging. However, a generation of parents with the condition is showing that it can be an advantage.

 

Presented are four critical choices when establishing a special needs trust.

 

The challenge parents of young adults with autism face is helping them find a role where their employer has the awareness and knowledge to help them succeed.

 

 

Assistive technology:

This new app allows users to contact highly trained interpreters for limited English proficient, deaf, or hard-of-hearing with just one touch.

 

Here are three ways artificial intelligence and other AT might humanize modern care.

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

“The Price of Disability Denial” – Opinion piece in the New York Times on the necessity of disability advocacy: “One of the little-recognized side effects of disability denial is that it inhibits the firing of the synapses that enables people to think of themselves as having rights.”

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

A girl with Down syndrome put her positivity and love for animals to work by launching her own dog treat business.

 

Found in Forbes: “Increasing Autism Employment: An Anthropologist’s Perspective”

 

Some 27 percent of adults with autism who use state disability services have no work or other activities: National Autism Indicators Report 2017

 

An increasing number of companies are recognizing how recruiting “neurodivergent” people can bring a whole range of skills and abilities to a workforce.

 

 

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

Making digital history accessible to users who are blind or visually impaired.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

Interesting blog piece: “When People Use Diversity to Defend Sameness in Autism Narratives”

 

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month, each day a celebrity offers insight into the question: “What would I tell my younger self”?

 

A young woman with cerebral palsy is candid about what she would like able-bodied people to know.
“How I learned to love my walking stick”

 

 

Medical news – research:

A recent study has demonstrated that intranasal oxytocin can influence how individuals with autism perceive emotion in others. This is an important first step for a potential pharmacological treatment of autism.

 

 

Animals and animal therapy:

A University of Missouri-Columbia study reveals recommendations for certifying emotional support animals

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending May 19, 2017

Lakeland Bus

This vehicle is a combination of a transit bus and a motor coach, used by multiple companies in northern New Jersey to ferry suburban commuters to New York City. Lakeland, based in Dover, NJ, still exists; the company in fact donated this bus to the museum and the CEO pays for its upkeep. This very bus was also a movie star, having appeared in Forrest Gump. 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:

We’re hiring! Advancing Opportunities is seeking a full-time Assistant Director of Intake and Behavioral Services in our Residential Services Department.

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Studio Shot of a Mixed Age, Multiethnic Group of Men and Women Standing in a Line

JOB SUMMARY: 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. He or she will performs other duties, as deemed necessary for the agency.

For more information on this position, please visit us online.

 

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

More and more schools in New Jersey see the many benefits of inclusion of students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers.

How diverse are those companies issuing reports on their diversity?

 

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

One kind woman surprised a mom during her son with autism’s meltdown.Autism-stacking-cans

The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services, announces toll-free access to the publicly funded substance-use treatment provider community for adults affected by the disease of addiction.

 

Special Education:

The idea of Universal Design is not about kindness, or about compliance with the ADA. It is about common sense. When more people participate, everyone wins because human beings learn from each other.

 

Assistive technology:

 This new touchable tablet helps guide people with vision disabilities.

Augmented Ability: “Assistive Tech Gets Smart” – From braille smartwatches to GPS-enabled shoes, intuitive, connected technology is changing the game for people with disabilities.

BackMap helps visually impaired navigate cities and indoor areas

This 3D-printed arm was designed to help a boy play the cello.

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

One small business is hiring autistic adults and finding success.

Newly published: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): New Resources.

 

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

 Here is a play list from TED Talks – Ten talks on “Designing for Disability”

Meet the dad who quit his job to run a Minecraft server for autistic children. Autcraft is a haven like few others on the Internet: free from bullying, with a strong and supportive community.

 

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

The star of a new comic book has Down syndrome.

Even with ADA, people with disabilities in a wheelchair too often find themselves relegated to de facto segregation. Other times, freedom of movement is severely impinged. These issues are particularly acute for disabled black men and women.

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

This Oscar-nominated documentary about autism celebrates the outsider.

Blog piece: “How Having a Disabled Mom Helped Shape My Identity as a Disabled Woman”

A character with autism is at the center of prime-time TV drama coming this fall.

 

Medical news – research:

A recent research study shows that treatment with the common type 2 diabetes drug metformin improves social, behavioral, and neuron deficits in mouse model of fragile X.

A survey finds that one in two autistic adults have a low sense of well-being.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending April 14, 2017

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending April 14, 2017

Blind students at the American Museum of Natural History in 1918 - disability inclusion.

These blind students in 1918 were able to use their talents, an opportunity not afforded elsewhere at the time.

These blind students in 1918 were able to use their talents, an opportunity not afforded elsewhere.

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, YouTubeGoogle+, 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:

We’re hiring!We're Hiring! Studio Shot of a Mixed Age, Multiethnic Group of Men and Women Standing in a Line

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:

  • 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:

In our quest to become New Jersey’s best-known and most trusted organization for people with disabilities, we at Advancing Opportunities held an important professional seminar. The Assistive Technology Services team on Wednesday, March 22, hosted its first Implementation Workshop on Supporting Adults with Neurogenic Communication Disorders. Eight Assistive Technology professionals learned about the role and purpose of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for adults with these disabilities. The professional workshop took place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Presenting the workshop were Holly Schneider of the Tobii Dynavox Clinical Training and Carroll Stone, Education Team and Regional Consultant. Tobii Dynavox is a well-established manufacturer of assistive technology devices that enable people who cannot communicate verbally to express themselves, a critically important part of independence. The Assistive Technology Center has several models that consumers can borrow to evaluate.

“The Implementation Workshop was very informative,” said Karen Gliniecki, Augmentative Communication Specialist, the Advancing Opportunities team member present at the workshop. “We had good representation of speech and language pathologists from a variety of employment settings: school districts, home health, and hospitals.”

 

 

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

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities has made an important announcement regarding Fee for Service and the Comprehensive Assessment Tool.

 

 

Special Education:

Article by autism expert and advocate Barry Prizant: “Speech & Language Pathologists and Autism”

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

These Women are Bringing Disabilities Education to YouTube: People with invisible disabilities must make their disabilities visible to gain the respect that is rightfully theirs.

 

 

Assistive technology:

Players with disabilities are employing innovative hardware and software hacks to get in the game.

Assistive technology is for gardeners, too!

An amazing assistive technology device enables an artist to create her art and express herself.

 

 

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

“Disability isn’t a bad thing, but keeping silent is.” A courageous teen accepts life, so people accept him.

A father’s love for his unborn daughter has inspired a 26.2-mile run through the streets of Boston and raised tens of thousands of dollars for people with Down syndrome.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

An autistic blogger reflects on her autism. “I am autistic, and that is not a good thing. It’s not a bad thing either. It’s an absolutely neutral thing. It’s a thing.”“I am autistic, and that is not a good thing. It’s not a bad thing either. It’s an absolutely neutral thing. It’s a thing.”

New York Times piece: “Seeing Outside the Disability Box”

 

 

Medical news – research:

Parent-mediated therapy may help babies at risk of developing autism .

A possible new treatment for cystic fibrosis has been uncovered.

 

 

Animals and animal therapy:

Cesar and Andre visit a school to see the positive impact that dogs have on children with autism.