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

Pony at Popcorn Zoo, a great family place, especially for children with autism autistic

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.

Voting: Your Right & Your Independence

American flags symbolize the importance of the vote voting for independence & self-advocacy among people with disabilities

“Election Night at Rockefeller Plaza” Photo by: Marco Verch, in the Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Voting. It’s the right of every American citizen. Voting: It’s your right. Participating in U.S. democracy is also a unique chance to self-advocate and express one’s independence. Both of these are core values at Advancing Opportunities as well; they are at the heart of our mission and credo. All too often, however, people with disabilities find themselves excluded from this critically important process. Fortunately, here in New Jersey, information and resources on voting are available to every individual with a disability.

Voting - Its Your Right

This brochure has information to help New Jersey voters. It was developed by the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – Boggs Center, in collaboration with Disability Rights New Jersey and the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities.

 

Although the November general elections receive the greatest press (and social media) coverage, it is the primary election when the two major parties, the Democrats and Republicans nominate their candidates for the general election in November. These individuals represent a wide variety of views on important issues not only at the national level, but also (and sometimes more important) the state, county, and municipal levels. Information on the positions of the gubernatorial (in New Jersey) and other candidates are available on this special page.

 

Disability Rights NJ VotingDisability Rights New Jersey is New Jersey’s designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities pursuant to federal statutes intended to protect the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities. The organization reminds us that people with a disability have the right to vote independently and in private. In addition, both the polling place and the machines must, by federal and state law, be fully accessible. Poll workers have been trained to offer voters with disabilities the assistance they need, but they cannot enter the voting booth or recommend a candidate. Voters with a disability may also bring a friend, family member, or agency worker to help out.

Although all voters should receive a paper sample ballot, one can also look up this information online at BallotpediaThe Alliance Center for Independence in New Jersey has many other excellent resources on its page should these be needed. General New Jersey voting information is available on the NJ Department of State website.

On Primary Election Day, June 6, 2017, Disability Rights New Jersey will have attorneys available by telephone to answer your questions concerning any disability-related voting problem you might experience. Call 800-922-7233 or e-mail Mciccone@drnj.org between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Disability Rights New Jersey is New Jersey’s designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities pursuant to federal statutes intended to protect the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities.

I Voted Sticker

Oh, yes, the November general election. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), “a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities,” has set up July 17 through 21 as National Disability Voter Registration Week, the focus of its Rev Up! campaign. More information on that and Crip the Vote will be featured in a future article in this space.

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.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending May 26, 2017

East Hannover Cultivator

This beautiful 19th-century cultivator was found abandoned in a field. The local East Hanover, NJ, Boy Scouts restored it and helped erect this lovely little homage to their town’s agricultural past.

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 is seeking a full-time Assistant Director of Intake and Behavioral Services in our Residential Services Department.

 

 

JOB SUMMARY

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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. He or she will performs other duties, as deemed necessary for the agency.

 

advoppslogosmallFor more information on this position, please visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/job/assistant-director-intake-behavioral-services-2/

 

 

Advancing Opportunities news:

Shining Stars Network PerformersOur friends at the Shining Stars Network asked us to help get the word out about Camp Shine, their performing arts camp for students with special needs. Performers ages 10 to 21 are invited to attend the camp that runs from August 21 through September 1, at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church in Fanwood. Space is limited. First come, first served.
For more information or to register, contact shiningstarsnetwork@gmail.com

 

 

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

Jewish leaders and advocates are working for full inclusion and advocacy for people with disabilities in New Jersey.

 

 

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

Having autism as a parent might seem impossibly challenging. However, a generation of parents with the condition is showing that it can be an advantage.

 

Presented are four critical choices when establishing a special needs trust.

 

The challenge parents of young adults with autism face is helping them find a role where their employer has the awareness and knowledge to help them succeed.

 

 

Assistive technology:

This new app allows users to contact highly trained interpreters for limited English proficient, deaf, or hard-of-hearing with just one touch.

 

Here are three ways artificial intelligence and other AT might humanize modern care.

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

“The Price of Disability Denial” – Opinion piece in the New York Times on the necessity of disability advocacy: “One of the little-recognized side effects of disability denial is that it inhibits the firing of the synapses that enables people to think of themselves as having rights.”

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

A girl with Down syndrome put her positivity and love for animals to work by launching her own dog treat business.

 

Found in Forbes: “Increasing Autism Employment: An Anthropologist’s Perspective”

 

Some 27 percent of adults with autism who use state disability services have no work or other activities: National Autism Indicators Report 2017

 

An increasing number of companies are recognizing how recruiting “neurodivergent” people can bring a whole range of skills and abilities to a workforce.

 

 

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

Making digital history accessible to users who are blind or visually impaired.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

Interesting blog piece: “When People Use Diversity to Defend Sameness in Autism Narratives”

 

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month, each day a celebrity offers insight into the question: “What would I tell my younger self”?

 

A young woman with cerebral palsy is candid about what she would like able-bodied people to know.
“How I learned to love my walking stick”

 

 

Medical news – research:

A recent study has demonstrated that intranasal oxytocin can influence how individuals with autism perceive emotion in others. This is an important first step for a potential pharmacological treatment of autism.

 

 

Animals and animal therapy:

A University of Missouri-Columbia study reveals recommendations for certifying emotional support animals

Appreciating Men and Women Who Died in Service and Helping Disabled Veterans in New Jersey

honoring veterans who died or were disabled

Graves at Arlington National Cemetery bear silent witness to the sacrifices of our service men and women.

Today, Memorial Day, the Advancing Opportunities team remembers and pays respect to our brave men and women lost in battle. We are ever grateful to them and their families for their sacrifice.

However, other veterans do make it home but sustain lifelong disabilities. For them, there are assistive technology solutions; our team of professionals at the Assistive Technology Center is ready to assist, whether the need is for mobility hardware or augmentative communication—and anything in between.

 

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or other needs, state government agencies right here in New Jersey are ready to help. The New Jersey  Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NJDMVA) is dedicated to “serving those who served.” The agency has produced the handy New Jersey Veterans’ Benefits Guide. The guide lists clinics throughout the state, provides information on health insurance, and lists regional Vet Centers to assist with benefits. Also critically important is information on assistance with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an increasingly common disability. Veterans will find organizations that help with employment (including job training), entrepreneurship, training and education, recreation, and transportation, along with specific disabilities. NJDMVA also offers medals and awards in recognition of distinguished service. “I owe you! Veterans, you may be able to receive benefits you’re not even aware of!”

Also worth consulting is the Disabled American Veterans Department of New Jersey. To all who served, along with their families, we thank you!

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending May 19, 2017

Lakeland Bus

This vehicle is a combination of a transit bus and a motor coach, used by multiple companies in northern New Jersey to ferry suburban commuters to New York City. Lakeland, based in Dover, NJ, still exists; the company in fact donated this bus to the museum and the CEO pays for its upkeep. This very bus was also a movie star, having appeared in Forrest Gump. 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! Advancing Opportunities is seeking a full-time Assistant Director of Intake and Behavioral Services in our Residential Services Department.

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Studio Shot of a Mixed Age, Multiethnic Group of Men and Women Standing in a Line

JOB SUMMARY: 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. He or she will performs other duties, as deemed necessary for the agency.

For more information on this position, please visit us online.

 

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

More and more schools in New Jersey see the many benefits of inclusion of students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers.

How diverse are those companies issuing reports on their diversity?

 

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

One kind woman surprised a mom during her son with autism’s meltdown.Autism-stacking-cans

The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services, announces toll-free access to the publicly funded substance-use treatment provider community for adults affected by the disease of addiction.

 

Special Education:

The idea of Universal Design is not about kindness, or about compliance with the ADA. It is about common sense. When more people participate, everyone wins because human beings learn from each other.

 

Assistive technology:

 This new touchable tablet helps guide people with vision disabilities.

Augmented Ability: “Assistive Tech Gets Smart” – From braille smartwatches to GPS-enabled shoes, intuitive, connected technology is changing the game for people with disabilities.

BackMap helps visually impaired navigate cities and indoor areas

This 3D-printed arm was designed to help a boy play the cello.

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

One small business is hiring autistic adults and finding success.

Newly published: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): New Resources.

 

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

 Here is a play list from TED Talks – Ten talks on “Designing for Disability”

Meet the dad who quit his job to run a Minecraft server for autistic children. Autcraft is a haven like few others on the Internet: free from bullying, with a strong and supportive community.

 

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

The star of a new comic book has Down syndrome.

Even with ADA, people with disabilities in a wheelchair too often find themselves relegated to de facto segregation. Other times, freedom of movement is severely impinged. These issues are particularly acute for disabled black men and women.

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

This Oscar-nominated documentary about autism celebrates the outsider.

Blog piece: “How Having a Disabled Mom Helped Shape My Identity as a Disabled Woman”

A character with autism is at the center of prime-time TV drama coming this fall.

 

Medical news – research:

A recent research study shows that treatment with the common type 2 diabetes drug metformin improves social, behavioral, and neuron deficits in mouse model of fragile X.

A survey finds that one in two autistic adults have a low sense of well-being.