Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week and a Half Ending June 2, 2017

The Van Liew-Suydam House is the HQ of the Meadows Foundation, one of many historical societies preserving the history of New Jersey.

Van Liew-Suydam House (1875) 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! 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.

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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

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

Here are tips on how to assist your child if he or she has anxiety over preschool.

Special Education:

Three months after a key government special education website at the Department of Education crashed, federal officials are introducing a revamped online presence.

Assistive technology:

This motorized ride-on toy car offers very young children actual mobility beyond the play!

“Tips for making accessibility a core design principle”

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A prominent disability advocate tells “What I Learned at the United Nations on World Autism Awareness Day.”

A high school dropout with learning and attention issues becomes a youth advocate.

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

In his powerful talk, Dr. Victor Pineda (World Enabled) shares his search for what it means to be human, and what that journey has taught him about the enormous opportunity for brands to address the needs of everyone.

Interesting blog piece: “Dear World, I’m Trying.” Motivation in life and work with Asperger’s, with a dose of positive thinking.

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

A comedian finds serious humor in his Asperger’s.

Medical news – research:

“Putting on My Best Normal”: Social Camouflaging in Adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions

New research finds higher concentrations of heavy metals in the baby teeth of children with autism spectrum disorder, compared with children without. The study found that these baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and fewer essential nutrients than do teeth from children without autism.

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

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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 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 February 24, 2017

Beautiful New Jersey farm scenery with sunflowers.

New Jersey’s diversity of crops provides not only important products, but also breathtaking scenery. “Sunflower Sunset” 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, 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:

We have three full-time Residential Support Lead positions at our Hiawatha, Woodland Park, and Beverwyck residences. The Residential Support Leader will provide on-site direct behavioral health care services to people with Developmental Disabilities in a residential setting. This involves providing supervision and/or assistance with personal care, daily living activities, recreational pursuits, transportation, medical appointments or any other needs the individuals served by the program require. The Residential Support Leader will complete required daily documentation of the services provided and maintain communication with the Residential Manager. The Residential Support Leader will mentor the residential support staff, provide onsite training to support staff, and address any policy or regulation compliance issues with support staff and Residential Manager. The Residential Support Leader acts as liaison and advocates for community resources. The Residential Support Leader is also responsible for ensuring a safe, therapeutic environment and adhering to all safety standards.  You can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

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

New Jersey’s Joseph M. Amoroso: From disability self-advocate to disability advocate.

Horace Parlan, a jazz pianist who overcame a #disability, died Feb. 25.

 

 

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

From autism diagnosis to autism acceptance – what that (never mind those milestones) means.

 

Special Education:

Using improvisation helps children with autism show and read emotion

The Adulting School teaches young adults grown-up skills.

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Thirty years after she won an Oscar, Marlee Matlin continues to advocate for people with disabilities in her industry, something that has not changed.

 

 

Assistive technology:

Here are eight places to “test drive” assistive technologyAdvancing Opportunities is one of them!

Meet the first assistive technology smart watch with braille dots on the face.

Voice banking is one option that lets those who can no longer speak effectively to continue communicating using their own natural voice.

 

 

Civil rights and accessibility:

The U.S. Supreme Court last Wednesday sided with a disabled Michigan girl whose school refused to let her bring her service dog to class, making it easier for students like her to seek redress for discrimination in federal court.

 

 

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

Caren Zucker, the co-author of “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” tells of the history of autism.

Disability advocate Vilissa Thompson has assembled this noteworthy list of African American women who contributed so much, despite their disabilities.

 

 

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

The Technology Center could make or break disability inclusion.

Learn how to couple your anxiety and relationships.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

The last day of February is Rare Disease Day. Here is our article from 2016, with links.

Understanding the spectrum of bipolar disorder

 

 

Medical news – research:

Study links brain stem volume and aggression in autism.

 

 

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

In addition to sports and all the other things she does, this teenage girl has signed on as a model. And she has cerebral palsy.The fashion industry is becoming a new frontier for the inclusion of people with disabilities as models. bit.ly/2lOskrF

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending December 2, 2016

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The Wright stuff: The Paterson museum displays and teachers the New Jersey city’s rich industrial heritage. In addition to the famous silk mills, Paterson was also home to the Wright aero engine company. One of its most celebrated creations is the Wright J-5 Whirwind, the mighty little engine that took Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic on his epic flight. 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:

We’re hiring! Advancing Opportunities, a leader in providing residential care, family respite support, assistive technology services, and advocacy for people with all disabilities in New Jersey, is seeking Direct-Support Professionals to provide direct care to men and women with disabilities in residential support programs and group home settings. If you are in northern New Jersey, please stop by our job fair:

Advancing Opportunities Parsippany Office
322 U.S. 46, Ste. 290
Parsippany,  NJ 07504

You may also apply directly; information is at: http://advopps.org/interview

 

 

Special education (including college for students with disability):

The US Department of Education has released its 2016 Annual Report on the status of IDEA.

Youth with Autism: Roundtable Views of Services Needed During the Transition into Adulthood, from the US General Accountability Office.

 

 

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

Wheelchair accessory from Lammily dolls helps children create their own reality and appreciate disabilities.

 

Assistive technology:

Two charming, and very smart, young inventors have come up with some amazing assistive technology devices!

 

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

From the UK: Charter written by adults with disabilities and social workers calls for a collaboration to tackle pressure on welfare services.

 

People with a disability in the arts:

A blind woman produces beautiful comic book art.

Infinite Flow incorporates six main programs, including a professional dance troupe created to change society’s perceptions on disability.

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

With a recent diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, all of his life “suddenly made sense.”

Seeing people with disabilities as “inspirational” figures does them a disservice, critics say.  And it does not address inclusion.

Plea: “Stop calling people with disabilities superhuman – just treat them as human.”

The 2017 theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, “It Matters to Me,” has been announced.

A woman describes the truths and misconceptions of her anxiety disorder.

A university employee discusses his blindness, promoting awareness and dispelling misconceptions.

 

Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

Meet Shaholly Ayers, who represents the “beauty of inclusion.”

 

Medical news – research:

Here’s another through blog article dispelling the connection between vaccines and autism, with many informative links.

Recent brain research documents the challenges people with autism with cognition face because of difficulties connecting the two hemispheres.

A controversial new drug for autism receives a new trial.

A diagnosis of autism must account for the ability of the individual to function.

 

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.