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 Week Ending September 22, 2017

Oldwick - Colorful Machine

Old farm machinery makes for popular decor at private residences and farms throughout New Jersey. This mower, seen at a farm stand in Oldwick (Hunterdon County), has received a special Technicolor treatment!

 

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 seeking an individual for the position of Human Resources Generalist. He or she will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of providing Human Resources support to our growing agency. In addition, the Human Resources Generalist performs other duties from time to time, as deemed appropriate. He or she routinely deals with highly sensitive and confidential matters.

 

 

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

The Ford Foundation named Judy Heumann, a long-time disability rights advocate, as a senior fellow.

 

 

Special Education

A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urges the federal government to strengthen transition programs for students with autism.

 

 

Assistive Technology

An assistive technology thought leader offers eight reasons home-assistant devices make excellent AT.

 

Middle school students create a custom pencil grip for a fourth grade peer.

 

A brilliant student with a severe physical disability was not able to attend the defense of her PhD dissertation in person. So she invented assistive tech to be there for her… for peers with disabilities like hers.

 

 

Disability Rights, Accessibility

A disability advocate presents maps of the metros of major cities, as seen from the perspective of accessibility (or lack of).

 

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

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

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles: Week Ending September 15, 2017

Morris County 9-11 Memorial at Dawn

Morris County 9/11 Memorial at Dawn: The floodlights and mist lend an otherworldly feeling to an otherworldly place. On a clear day, the monument overlooks the new Manhattan skyline. 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 seeking an individual for the position of Human Resources Generalist. He or she will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of providing Human Resources support to the agency. In addition, the Human Resources Generalist performs other duties from time to time, as deemed appropriate. He or she routinely deals with highly sensitive and confidential matters. For more information, please visit us online.

 

 

Advancing Opportunities News

Advancing Opportunities CEO Jack Mudge presented the Champion of Inclusion Award to David Kovacs of Allegra, a printing company in Mercer County, NJ.

Allegra Champions of Inclusion

 

 

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

From The Atlantic: If parents of a son or daughter with a disability are deported, what happens to these children?

 

 

For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)

This article has links to information on how children with ADHD react to (and can sometimes cope with) a disaster or other extreme event.

 

A blogger discusses explaining autism to siblings and provides free printable conversation prompts.
 

 

Assistive Technology

Say It Again: Sure, Amazon Echo will play your favorite music, turn on the lights, announce weather forecasts, and call for an Uber ride. She can even order a pizza with your favorite toppings. Echo can fill the room with rich sound. Spotify, Pandora, Prime Music, and TuneIn. What’s more, Alexa, the friendly voice behind Echo can even tell a joke. Just ask her. Without doubt, the Amazon Echo can do many fun and useful things, making the device a highly popular addition at many homes. Less well known is that for people with a variety of disabilities, Amazon Echo can be very useful piece of assistive technology. Find out more here!

  

CTD Institute has published a new glossary of assistive technology. Our Technology Lending Center has many of these devices.

 

 

Advocacy and Self-advocacy

Honoring the passing of disability advocate Lorraine Gradwell. She was a tireless campaigner for accessibility and other disability rights issues. Gradwell also was behind the concept of the “social model” of disability. She was 64. Her legacy will live on.

 
 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or all three!)

Fine piece in the New York Times: Looking into the future for a child with autism

 

 

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

Alyssa Patrias, 20, is the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the Michigan state beauty pageant. And she did everything the other contestants did.

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

These photos of a woman’s life with muscular dystrophy are not meant to inspire.

  

“My autism hasn’t stopped me connecting with my sister.” 

 

 

Medical News—Research

A recent study found that a region of the brain that processes emotions, the amygdala, is usually smaller in children who have both autism and anxiety than in those who have autism alone.

 

New findings on brain functional connectivity may lend insights into mental disorders.

 

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.

 

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 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.