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 seeking an individual for the position of Human Resources Generalist. He or she will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of providing Human Resources support to the agency. In addition, the Human Resources Generalist performs other duties from time to time, as deemed appropriate. He or she routinely deals with highly sensitive and confidential matters. For more information, please visit us online.
Advancing Opportunities News
Advancing Opportunities CEO Jack Mudge presented the Champion of Inclusion Award to David Kovacs of Allegra, a printing company in Mercer County, NJ.
Disability in the News (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
From The Atlantic: If parents of a son or daughter with a disability are deported, what happens to these children?
For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)
This article has links to information on how children with ADHD react to (and can sometimes cope with) a disaster or other extreme event.
A blogger discusses explaining autism to siblings and provides free printable conversation prompts.
Say It Again: Sure, Amazon Echo will play your favorite music, turn on the lights, announce weather forecasts, and call for an Uber ride. She can even order a pizza with your favorite toppings. Echo can fill the room with rich sound. Spotify, Pandora, Prime Music, and TuneIn. What’s more, Alexa, the friendly voice behind Echo can even tell a joke. Just ask her. Without doubt, the Amazon Echo can do many fun and useful things, making the device a highly popular addition at many homes. Less well known is that for people with a variety of disabilities, Amazon Echo can be very useful piece of assistive technology. Find out more here!
CTD Institute has published a new glossary of assistive technology. Our Technology Lending Center has many of these devices.
Advocacy and Self-advocacy
Honoring the passing of disability advocate Lorraine Gradwell. She was a tireless campaigner for accessibility and other disability rights issues. Gradwell also was behind the concept of the “social model” of disability. She was 64. Her legacy will live on.
Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)
Fine piece in the New York Times: Looking into the future for a child with autism
People with a Disability in the Community (Disability Rights and Acceptance; Inclusion)
Alyssa Patrias, 20, is the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the Michigan state beauty pageant. And she did everything the other contestants did.
Disability Awareness and Appreciation
These photos of a woman’s life with muscular dystrophy are not meant to inspire.
A recent study found that a region of the brain that processes emotions, the amygdala, is usually smaller in children who have both autism and anxiety than in those who have autism alone.
New findings on brain functional connectivity may lend insights into mental disorders.