Our Bimonthly Collection of the Most Notable and Our Favorite Disability Articles – Ending October 15, 2017

FDR's presidential aircraft, fitted out with a custom elevator, represents the idea of accessiblity now exemplified by National Disabilities Employment Month NDEAM.

Even among former presidential aircraft, this machine is special. Named Sacred Cow, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had the airplane modified with a special elevator to lift the president in his wheelchair up into the cabin. It’s an ingenious example of accessibility, one to bear in mind during the National Month of Disability Employment.

 

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 bimonthly 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 of the Fortnight

We have openings for full- and part-time Direct Support Professionals in residential care programs all around the state. Candidates will be providing excellent direct care to men and women with disabilities in residential support programs in group homes. We will be holding an open house:

Thursday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Family Resource Network, 322 US Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ 07054

 

 

Advancing Opportunities News

Advancing Opportunities is pleased to announce the opening of the Jackson group home and the opportunity to serve more people with disabilities in New Jersey and advance their independence.

 

 

Disability in the News (Mostly in New Jersey, the Population We Serve)

With nowhere else to go, increasing numbers of autistic children, teens, and young adults end up staying in hospitals. This story has appeared in several newspapers.

 

On Friday, October 6, New Jersey Gov. Christie mandated twice-yearly group home checks after the death of a resident.

 

 

Special Education

Video games… helping (not hindering) children with ADHD? Here is a very notable exception.

 

 

Assistive Technology

Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which we profiled earlier, earns NDIS approval.

 

Virtual-reality apps help people with anxiety, PTSD, and other emotional and mental health conditions overcome their fear and ill feelings.

 

 

Advocacy and Self-advocacy

A young woman has created a pageant to help girls with disabilities shine.

 

 

College for Students with a Disability

The Autistic Self Advcoacy Network announces 2018 scholarships for students with autism.

 

 

Disability Rights, Accessibility
Opinion: “Protecting the rights of people with disabilities is not optional.”

 

Article from the New York Times: For the Disabled, New York’s Sidewalks Are an Obstacle Course

 

Assistive technology and accessibility: Google sets out to commit its resources and the people who contribute data to mapping the accessibility of public areas.

 

 

Employment for People with Disabilities

Haben Girma, a deaf-blind attorney and advocate for people with disabilities often “drive innovation.”

 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or All Three!)

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has updated its informative guide on living with paralysis.

 

When his flight was delayed, a passenger with autism had a panic attack. Fortunately, a kind stranger was able to offer him the comfort and understanding he sought and desperately needed.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

An exhibition about blindness engages all the senses.

 

 

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

“We need to have more honest conversations about dating and disability. Here’s my truth.

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation
A high-quality British news outlet, The Guardian, reaches out, offering a hands-on means of fostering autism awareness and appreciation in a virtual-reality production, “The Party: A Virtual Experience of Autism.”

 

If you missed the recent POV broadcast of Swim Team, there’s still very good news! This highly acclaimed documentary about autistic New Jersey teens who find excellence in competitive swimming is available on the PBS website, for free.

 

“Autism in Reel Life”: Exploring the progress in portraying autistic people on television and the challenges remaining.

 

 

Medical News—Research

Anxiety can assume unusual forms in people with autism—turning uncertainty, or even a striped couch, into a constant worry. New tools may help identify these hidden fears.

 

 

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

Award-winning stars call on this fashion designer with Down syndrome.

 

A unique nonprofit organization incubated in a famous school is dedicated to developing clothing for people of all abilities.

 

“Defying the odds,” an autistic teen in Ghana becomes a celebrated model.

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Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Period Ending September 4, 2017

New Jersey culture and services

This wagon is one of the displays at Alstede Farms, Chester, NJ (Morris County), This farm has become a major tourist destination for people to enjoy a taste of rural life now largely a thing of the past. 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

As a growing agency, we have openings for part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. Come meet us at one of our August open houses between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in various regions of New Jersey:

  • Wednesday, September 6, Parsippany. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ (Eastern Morris County)
  • Wednesday, September 30, Neptune. Neptune Public Library, 25 Neptune Blvd, Neptune City, NJ 07753 (Monmouth County)

Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with developmental disabilities in residential support programs and group home settings. 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/job/direct-support-professional-part-time/

 

 

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

Employment for people with disabilities in New Jersey and the rest of the nation are cautiously optimistic.
http://bit.ly/2iYFhPO

 

 

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

“As autism parents, it’s so important to take care of ourselves and here’s why.”

 

 

Special Education

An actually autistic man and highly respected author speaks out how much of education in the U.S. fails students with autism.

 

 

Employment for People with Disabilities

A writer discusses why more tech companies should hire people with disabilities.

 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)

Positive articles like this one are always welcome! A 27-year-old filmmaker is helping people with disabilities own their narratives.

Here’s a blog piece on ten highly recommended bipolar disorder blogs, written either by people with this disability themselves or mental-health professionals.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

A 17-year-old autistic artist inspires children with autism and other special needs to paint.

 

 

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

A New Jersey teen with autism offers autistic men haircuts.

Opinion: “My son has autism. Discrimination almost cost him his life.”

 

 

Medical News—Research

Researchers found that altered mitochondria may be associated with increased autism risk.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending August 25, 2017

Beautiful Lakefront House at Lake Hopatcong

This beautiful lakefront home is on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake. Recently, members of our community-based Adults’ Night Out program enjoyed a cruise on the lake, from which this picture was taken.

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

As a growing agency serving people with all disabilities, we’re hiring! Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for full- and part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. Come meet us at one of our August open houses between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in various regions of New Jersey:

  • Wednesday, August 30, Parsippany. Family Resource Network Office, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ (Eastern Morris County)

Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with developmental 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.

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

Meet Tameka, Direct-Support Professional: “I have always felt a special connection to people with disabilities.”

  

It’s back! On Monday, September 25, people who admire and support our work can enjoy some of the best golf in Mercer County, New Jersey, and surrounding areas. The Rothwell Family Classic takes place at the beautiful Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, NJ. It’s great golf for a great cause!

 

  

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

Here are 13 books for children with autism to help them navigate emotions, communication, and social cues.

 

  

Special Education

School exclusion is “linked to long-term mental health problems,” especially in students with autism, a study strongly suggests.

 

  

Assistive Technology

Partner/Plus Offers an introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices.

  

“To Siri with Love”: how Apple’s electronic personal assistant fostered the communication skills of her teenage son Gus, who has autism

 

ALS researchers use robots, technology to improve lives, seek cure

 

 

Advocacy and Self-advocacy

When those with autism age out, what’s next? A mother of an autistic teen takes action, founding Austen’s Autistic Adventures.

 

 

Employment for People with Disabilities

The trend of employing autistic people, especially in hi-tech and creative enterprises, is a “work in progress.” Yet, finding and keeping work remains a challenge for this population. Some possible solutions are explored.

 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)

Climbing Grand Teton is challenging even for the most skilled person – even more so for someone with Down syndrome.

 

  

The Arts and People with Disabilities

A photographer uses her art to document Down syndrome beautifully.

 

A sci-fi magazine created entirely by writers and editors with disabilities is coming.

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

Young-adult edition of Far from the Tree is a compelling read on families with differences.

 

  

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

Emily, a lovely 10-year-old model with cerebral palsy, wants industry to include disability.  She has modeled for Target, a retailer that this month announced its Cat & Jack line of adaptive clothing.

  

A former Olympian, upon being diagnosed with a disability, turns to a new career, modeling.

 

Passing It On: Choking Prevention for People with Developmental Disabilities — Special Needs Resource Blog

Children and adults with developmental disabilities have a higher risk of choking compared to the general population. Risk Factors Include: Some medical conditions that increase a person’s risk of choking are: Cerebral Palsy Seizure disorders Neurological and muscular disorders Down Syndrome Brain Injury Muscular Dystrophy Inability to swallow certain food textures and liquids Medication side […]

via Choking Prevention for People with Developmental Disabilities — Special Needs Resource Blog

In Addition
For New Jersey caregivers, this leaflet is a very good resource:

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Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the two Week Ending August 18, 2017

Meadow Path at Fairview Farm

Historic Fairview Farm in Bedminster, NJ (Somerset County) is now a natural refuge, intersected by meadow and forest paths. 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

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 residences for people with intellectual disabilities throughout New Jersey.

Advancing Opportunities runs group homes throughout the state of New Jersey, such as this one in Emerson. They provide as much independence for people with intellectual disabilities as possibles, in a community setting.

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 (DDD) announces changes to contribution in residential care settings.

 

 

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

Here are some fundamental tips to help your child with learning disabilities beat the back-to-school jitters.

 

 

Special Education

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has launched a new effort: Personalized Learning and Students with Disabilities. Also listed are 13 new publications. http://www.ncld.org/archives/blog/new-on-ncld-org-personalized-learning-and-students-with-disabilities

 

Evidence supports effectiveness of mental health programs in schools.
https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/education/mhps.php

 

 

Assistive Technology

3-D printing technology offers blind and visually impaired students access to material taught.

 

 

 Advocacy and Self-advocacy

Some 20 percent of gamers have a physical or intellectual disability, including many of the people we serve. It is clear that accessibility is of prime importance in this field and hobby.  Advocates continue to fight for gaming accessibility.

 

 

Disability Rights, Accessibility

Mobilizing global commitments to accessibility:  perspectives from governments

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

“The Grown-Ups” is a new Down syndrome documentary coming to PBS.

 

 

Medical News—Research

According to a new large study, “In the first major study of its kind, researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism.”

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.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the two Week Ending August 11, 2017

seeing eye assistance dog for the blind Morristown New Jersey

This statue commemorates the founding at the Seeing Eye, Morristown, NJ. This program has been a model for assistance dogs for the blind for years! 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, LinkedIn, Google+, 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

As a growing agency serving people with all disabilities, we’re hiring! Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for full- and part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. Come meet us at one of our August open houses between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in various regions of New Jersey:

  • Thursday, August 10, Budd Lake. Advancing Opportunities Budd Lake office, 98 Rte. 46 W., Office 2, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 (Northwestern Morris County)
  • Wednesday, August 16, Neptune. Neptune Public Library, 25 Neptune Blvd., Neptune, NJ 07753 (Monmouth County)
  • Thursday, August 17, Shrewsbury. 1001 NJ Rte. 35, Shrewsbury, NJ  07772 (Monmouth County)
  • Wednesday, August 30, Parsippany. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ (Eastern Morris County)

Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with developmental 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.

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/

Assistive Technology

Apps are linking visually impaired people to sighted volunteers as assistive technology enters a new era of connectivity.

Advocacy and Self-Advocacy

Miss Teen USA’s has long been a disability advocate. Here powerful message about disability rights is: Tolerance isn’t enough. 

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!)

“I’m from Jersey. Anybody here from Jersey”? This North Bergen stand-up comedian uses his disability to help people laugh.

A long-time civil rights advocate, especially for people with disabilities, found an even stronger role in life after she became disabled.

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

For adventure seekers with a disability, an indoor skydiving range is offering a chance to soar unencumbered by their challenges.

A camp gives children with disabilities the chance to learn to surf.

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

In this video, we get to know the “colorful mind” of Saffron, a nine-year-old autistic girl.

https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/global/video/2017/jun/14/when-saffron-opens-her-world-its-amazing-video

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

SmartGlamour’s latest campaign stars only models with various disabilities. https://mic.com/articles/183169/smartglamours-latest-campaign-stars-only-models-with-various-disabilities#.mgVLNQzWH