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

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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 – Ending the Week of June 9, 2017

Allaire Wheelwright Shop (1835)

This building, the wheelwright shop (1835), is one of several at Allaire State Park, Wall Township, NJ. Innovation in New Jersey goes back to the state’s founding. 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.

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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

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

 

 

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

Support groups may play bigger role in mental health in New Jersey and elsewhere.

  

  
 

Special Education:

People with autism and learning disabilities excel in creative thinking, a study featured in the Guardian shows.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

Review: Reanimating an Autistic Artist with ‘Soot and Spit’ – “A play about a deaf and autistic artist who rejected language but found a voice”

 

Just in case you didn’t catch this amazing (deaf) singer on America’s Got Talent, here’s the New York Times review of the performance.

 

 

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

Better inclusion at work requires “human” intervention, despite technological advances.

 

 

Medical news – research:

Brain scans may forecast autism in high-risk infants.

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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 April 7, 2017

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending April 7, 2017

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Most autistic self-advocates prefer variants on the spectrum infinity symbol over the puzzle piece, especially the blue one.

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.

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 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:
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  • Tuesday, April 11. Budd Lake.
  • Advancing Opportunities, 98 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Budd Lake, NJ
  • 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:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22, 2017! It’s only a month away. Come and plan to join us for the best barn dance this side of the Mississippi! Each year, the agency holds several fundraising events. We consider them “friendraising” events as well. Join us and learn more about how you can help provide vital services and supports to children and adults with all types of disabilities.    Hoedown 2017

http://advopps.org/hoedown

 

 

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

An extension of the New Jersey Community Care Waiver will let state keep spending Medicaid dollars on technology, transportation, and other support services.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation awards its second annual High-Impact Innovative Assistive Technology Grants.

The draft European Accessibility Act seeks to bring together “fragmented” national laws, while creating new rights enabling full access to services ranging from transport to cash dispensers.

Many mental health workers struggle with the stigma about their own issues.

 

 

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

Tips for parents: Helping your child with ADHD develop social skills.

CHADD’s weekly ADHD in the News

 

 

Special Education:

“The separate, unequal education of students with special needs.”

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Here are 10 ways schools and parents can help students with ADHD.

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

Nearly all high school youth with autism spectrum disorder who participated in an intensive job skills program gained and maintained meaningful part-time employment after graduation, according to a forthcoming study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

 

Civil rights and accessibility:

Building compliance and access are basic human rights.

 

 

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

A young woman with cerebral palsy launches an effort to raise money for research to help others with her condition.

This remarkable 11-year-old girl, born with a physical disability affecting her left arm, is driven to create prostheses and other useful inventions for people with disabilities, using 3-D printing.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

A noteworthy exhibit of autistic people communicating through their art will be on display at Monmouth University through May. One of the artists, Erin, is grateful for having her art as a means to communicate more effectively.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

Autistic people are often also empathetic, contrary to stereotypes.

Studying the heterogeneity of autism features over time can help us understand why some children do better or worse than expected.

Temple Grandin offered advice to artists with autism.

In a world that wants to say disability is a negative, (re)claiming this quality can be a radical notion.

A mom speaks: We need to stop thinking of autistic people as anything other than human.

 

 

Medical news – research:

Researchers have found a set of six simple questions are a reliable way for doctors to screen for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults.

Research examines how prenatal maternal infections may affect genetic factors in autism spectrum disorder.

ADHD looks different in the cerebellums of girls and boys with the condition.

Are you up to date on ADHD research? Here are 20 questions and answers.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending March 10, 2017

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.

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These beautiful ruins of what was once a plaster mill can be seen in Stanhope, NJ (Sussex County). Photo: Daniel L. Berek

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:

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. Performs other duties as deemed necessary for the agency.

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You can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

“Why Inclusivity Is Important, from Obama’s Champion of Change”

 

 

Assistive technology:

Often, our desire to find a new kind of input — something beyond a mouse, trackpad, or game controller — is strictly for novelty’s sake or some kind of intellectual curiosity: a genuinely useful hands-free pointing device.

People with visual impairments could identify scientific images on a computer screen through this piece of STEM-designed assistive technology.

Here’s a handy piece of assistive technology for reading, especially for students with dyslexia

 

 

Civil rights and accessibility:

The denial of organ transplants to people with intellectual disabilities raises important medical ethical questions.

 

 

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

Researchers use an advanced-technology driving simulator to compare driving performance of novice drivers with autism with those of novice drivers without autism.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

When an autistic woman logs back on at Facebook, she is reminded why she left the social media site. Autism is a controversial issue, with people (many who do not fully understand autism) fighting online.

“Changing attitudes toward disabled people is an act of activism that begins with respect.”

 

 

Medical news – research:

It has been believed that people on the spectrum do not get hooked on alcohol or other drugs. New evidence says otherwise.

Although autism appears to be on the rise, there are still no reliable biomarkers. A new study looking at links with cerebrospinal fluid may change this.

Researchers have isolated 18 new genes believed to increase risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a finding that may pave the way for earlier diagnosis.

The World’s largest autism genome database shines new light on many “autisms.”

A Brief Look at the Intersection of Women’s History, Black History, and Disability

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International Women’s Day 2017: #BeBoldForChange https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

 

 

International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month: In the US and most countries around the world, women with disabilities have faced multiple hardships in the form of reduced access and sometimes outright discrimination in education, housing, and employment – both as women and as people with a disability. In addition, women of color often face a third challenge. A blog writer took a look back on 14 remarkable women of color of the past who have made powerful differences for the present and the future.

As February was Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month, we’ll examine the intersection of the two through the lens of disability. Many notable African American women made lasting contributions despite their disabilities. It is important, however, to “see the person, not the disability.” The late Australian comedienne and disability advocate coined the term inspiration porn in protest that people with disabilities should be objects of inspiration to make non-disabled people feel good.

Social worker and disability advocate Vilissa Thompson in her excellent blog “Ramp Your Voice” has compiled a list of important works and other resources of these individuals.

 

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Harriet Tubman (1822–1913)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harriet Tubman (1822–1913), abolitionist known for her work on the Underground Railroad, suffered epileptic seizures. Because of her short stature, she was seen among slave owners as disabled, a low risk of escape.

 

 

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Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977), Civil Rights Activist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977), was a civil rights activist who suffered physical disabilities from childhood polio.

 

 

Maya Angelou (1928–2014), laureate poet

Maya Angelou (1928–2014), was laureate poet and wrote a series of memoirs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maya Angelou (1928–2014), laureate poet, found a voice in her memoirs and poetry. As a child, she developed selective mutism after a sexual assault.

 

 

Wilma Rudolph (1940–1994) track Olympian with physical disability

Wilma Rudolph (1940–1994), track and field Olympian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilma Rudolph (1940–1994) overcame childhood paralysis from the polio virus to become a track and field Olympian, the fastest woman in the world.

Honorable mention goes to Johnnie Lacy (1937-2010), an African American woman who from her wheelchair tirelessly advocated for the disability community. She has been recognized by the United African-Asian Abilities Club and the Temple University Disability Studies newspaper. (No copyright free photo of Ms. Lacy is available.)

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