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 part-time Registered Nurse, licensed in New Jersey, to deliver health services to clients who are experiencing mental and physical conditions associated with mental illness and developmental disabilities in northern New Jersey. Interested candidates should forward résumé and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax them to 609-882-4022.
Disability in the News (mostly in New Jersey, the population we serve)
Here is a list of the seven best school districts in New Jersey for students with autism.
Governor Christie signed an executive order to transfer key mental health services of the Department of Human Services to the Department of Health. Several state legislators say they need time to evaluate this move and how it will affect New Jersey residents with an intellectual disability.
For parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)
Perspective: Lessons from my son with autism, as he nears the end of high school
NPR this week featured a study: Holding Kids Back a Grade Doesn’t Necessarily Hold Them Back
Opinion: Why model autism programs are rare in public schools: The United States is failing most of its half million school-age children with autism by not giving them a good education.
Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)
Naoki Higashida, the author of the acclaimed of The Reason I Jump, has written a new memoir, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8. As with the earlier book, Higashida (who has severe autism and is unable to express himself conventionally in words) wrote this one with the help of assisstive technology, in the form of an electronic transcriber.
People with a Disability in the Community (Disability Rights and Acceptance; Inclusion)
Federal officials find fewer states meeting special-education obligations.
“A Wish for Authentic Disability Representation on Television to Continue,“ along with a look back in time.
Disability Awareness and Appreciation
A beautiful piece in the New York Times: The Importance of Finding a Community Family—Especially when both mother and daughter have Ehlers syndrome.
Depression is part of many learning disabilities and autism. One writer compiled a list of what she believes to be best 10 blogs on depression.
The social ties between autism and schizophrenia: the two conditions share a long history. Comparing the social features of the two conditions could lead to better treatments and a deeper understanding of each. Links to earlier related articles are included.