Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending July 7, 2017

Revolutionary War ferry boat George Washington Trenton New Jersey

This replica represents the type of ferry that plied the Delaware during the 18 century. George Washington used boats like this for his horses and artillery pieces to make his way toward the decisive Battle of Trenton.

 

 

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 has immediate openings for full-time Direct Support Professionals in residential care programs all around the state. We also have openings for part-time staff. 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.

For the rest of June and the month of July, we are holding job fairs on the following days, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 12. Advancing Opportunities Budd Lake office, 98 US Hwy. 46 W., Office 2, Budd Lake, NJ (Morris County)
  • Thursday, July 20. Shrewsbury Public Library, 1001 NJ Rte. 35, Shrewsbury, NJ (Monmouth County)
  • Wednesday, July 26. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ (Morris County)

If you are unable to make any of these events, please submit your résumé to: hr@advopps.org or fax it to 609-882-4022.

 

 

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

Here is an online article with timely advice for parents to help their autistic children with social skills and their emotional health.

 

ZOOM Magazine for parents of children with autism: Latest issue, No. 12, is out. This magazine is “for and by the autism community.”

 

 

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology for the blind is a large part of what we do. Two articles featured this subject:
Assistive technology is creative! A blind artist teams up with engineering students to create a cane like no other.

 

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

 

Like many children, nine-year-old Fernanda dreamed of owning a bike. However, her muscular dystrophy posed challenges. So engineering students from a community college designed and built a “chariot” for her. After a test drive, the young girl was the proud owner of her new pink assistive technology mobility device.

 

 A new app will serve as “Trip Advisor” for people with disabilities regarding accessibility.

 

 

Advocacy and Self-Advocacy

The film Breathe offers a look at the life of one of the U.K.’s first disability advocates, Robin Cavendish, who had polio.

 

 

Employment for People with Disabilities

Autism and the workplace: Adults with autism are the fastest-growing group among the neurodiverse workforces.

 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or All Three!)

When this Australian girl with Down syndrome was born, doctors said she’d never speak. Now, she aspires to be an actress.

 

A love for music is a gift this blind and autistic teen wants to share with the world.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

After losing most of her sight more than a decade ago, an Ohio woman took up painting as an outlet. Through years of trial and error, she has devised unique methods that work best for her.

 

A painter with autism opens an exhibit. Unable to express himself verbally, he does so through his art.

 

When he was born, his doctors said he’d never walk. That did not stop him… from becoming the “Break Dance King of Zimbabwe.”

 

 

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

Many children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities gained access to the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. That trend continues, with a British publisher releasing an edition for dyslexic readers (children and adults).

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

What I wish I could tell my boss: “My autism is not a problem.” 

 

 

Medical News – Research:

An early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder may be possible, according to a recent study.

 

Researchers scour datasets (Big Data) for clues to autism: “needles in a genetic haystack of 20,000 people”

 

People with autism may be more rational than others in their economic choices.

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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.

Camp - Giorgia at Camp Hope East Hanover

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.