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

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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.

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Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending May 12, 2017

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This historic illustration depicts an itinerant surgeon extracting stones from a man’s head; symbolizing the expulsion of ‘folly'(insanity) .
Pencil drawing by Pieter Jansz Quast, via the Wellcome Trust

At Advancing Opportunities, we excel in providing residential and respite services to people of with all disabilities, along with advocacy and education services for parents and guardians and assistive technology support. As a leader in the field, we are pleased to share our experience, knowledge, and expertise with the disability community through our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest. In our Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week column, we will select the best of what we found and shared and present them. Please click on the titles with embedded links to find the full article.

In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

We’re hiring!

Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. In May, we will be holding job from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows: 

  • Wednesday, May 17. Parsippany Event. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46, Ste. 290, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
  • Tuesday, May 23. Marlboro Event. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ 07746

Advancing Opportunities provides supports to individuals with disabilities and their families, so they can live fully in the community.

Our team includes a diverse collection of men and women committed to treating the people and families we serve with dignity and respect and providing the highest quality services and supports.

Employees of the agency enjoy paid training and an excellent array of benefits, including health care and dental benefits for all eligible full-time staff and a 401(k) retirement plan for all eligible employees.

If you are unable to make it to one of the job fair open houses, you can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

Advancing Opportunities news:

Carly Hewitt, honored with our Andrew J. Murphy award for self-advocacy, was featured in this article how assistive technology continues to help her realize her dreams.

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

Learning Ally is offering two National Achievement Awards:  one is for a student with a visual impairment or blindness, and one is for a student with a learning disability. The student has to use Learning Ally. Find out if you are eligible for these prestigious awards. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 31.

 

New Jersey Governor Christie signed into law Bill S1825/A3432, which “establishes the New Jersey Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Mobility and Support Services Task Force to study and make recommendations concerning the mobility and support services needs of New Jersey adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).”

 

 

 

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

“To the moms who raise a loved one on the spectrum, this weekend is Mother’s Day, and I wanted you to know how important you are to your child….”

 

Parents can help children with autism become better storytellers.

 

A New Jersey father of two autistic children finds solace and meaning through golf.

 

 

 

Special Education:

“Autistic girls and school exclusion: Perspectives of students and their parents”
Open-source article in the journal Autism & Developmental Language Impairments

 

Teachers and students are working together to encourage self-regulation. This is especially important for autistic students, accepting their “autistic behaviors” in this context.

 

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A woman with an “invisible disability” shares how her condition inspired her to become a disability advocate.

 

 

 

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

A special mom of special children: “…External successes and failures will be your successes and failures. You get to have those on your own and I will rejoice and celebrate and swell with pride as if I created those monumental moments but I do not get to take credit for those.”

 

An 11-year-old boy with autism finds happiness through music: “It brought him into my world,” said his mother.

 

A mom of three boys with autism has found the time to write and illustrate a children’s book, Jasmine’s World of Autism, to inform other parents of a child with an autistic sibling.

 

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

It’s about time! Mickey Rowe, an actor with autism, is starring in “Curious Incident”

 

 

 

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

Many children dream of one day walking down a runway. But for children with disabilities, that dream may seem out of reach. One community fashion show is making those fashionista dreams come true with a show designed to help children with disabilities, and local high school students, shine.

 

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

Thanks to the hard work of one talented and caring individual—a two-year labor of love—or spreading the critically important message of autism awareness and appreciation. The message of empathy in this video will certainly extend to other children who are “different.”

 

Noteworthy blog piece: “Leaving Neverland: Autism and the Peter Pan Myth”

 

 

 

Medical news—research:

Jon Elder Robison: “Why autistic people like me need to help shape autism science.”

 

 

 

Beauty, glamour, and fashion: the inclusion of people with disabilities:

A woman with Down syndrome competes in the Miss USA state pageant.

 

 

 

Animals and animal therapy:

An autistic rider who found her soulmate in an “unmanageable and unhappy” horse has saved the mare from being sold thanks to the generosity of strangers.

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No Escape, by Judith Carlin. “A painting showing how unescapable depression can seem.” Souce: Wikimedia Commons

At Advancing Opportunities, we excel in providing residential and respite services to people of with all disabilities, along with advocacy and education services for parents and guardians and assistive technology support. As a leader in the field, we are pleased to share our experience, knowledge, and expertise with the disability community through our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest. In our Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week column, we will select the best of what we found and shared and present them. Please click on the titles with embedded links to find the full article.

 

In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

 

 

 

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

We’re hiring!

Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. In May, we will be holding job from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows:

 

  • Thursday, May 11. Phillipsburg Event. Phillipsburg Free Public Library, 200 Broubalow Way, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
  • Wednesday, May 17. Parsippany Event. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46, Ste. 290, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
  • Tuesday, May 23. Marlboro Event. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ 07746

Advancing Opportunities provides supports to individuals with disabilities and their families, so they can live fully in the community.

Our team includes a diverse collection of men and women committed to treating the people and families we serve with dignity and respect and providing the highest quality services and supports.

Employees of the agency enjoy paid training and an excellent array of benefits, including health care and dental benefits for all eligible full-time staff and a 401(k) retirement plan for all eligible employees.

 

If you are unable to make it to one of the job fair open houses, you can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

 

 

 

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

The foremost news item of the week is Thursday’s legislative action in the House of Representatives. Much has been written about this, not only in the mainstream press, but also among the many disability advocacy and self-advocacy organizations. However, the topic so broad, it would not be possible to do it justice in this space. We have, therefore, elected not to cover it here.

 

 

 

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

Boy dolls? Absolutely! One toy company has a unique mission of accept and respect – for the boys who play with the dolls and the people with disabilities who make them. Some of the dolls also depict children with Down syndrome and other disabilities, furthering disability understanding and acceptance among children.

 

 

 

Assistive technology:

 A company has developed the world’s first wearable electromyographic (EMG) assistive technology for people with spinal cord injury.

 

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

Dorothea Dix is well known for her actions on behalf of the poor. She was also an advocate for people with depression and other mental illnesses.

ASAN, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, has published an accessible guide about Medicaid.

 

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

A young woman with cerebral palsy finds her voice and passion in her blog.

 

 

 

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

When a physician intern discovered something was missing from her medical school training, she did something about it. Realizing there was no instruction on how to treat patients with disabilities, the intern created a multiyear curriculum that has evolved into a mission for her School of Medicine.

 

 

 

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

We are increasingly familiar with sensory-friendly theaters and amusement parks. Now, in Ireland, we have an autism-friendly town! This initiative will also be a community and tourism boost for the town, and other municipalities are looking to replicate this honorable effort.

A student with Down syndrome delivers a powerful speech to the UN.

 

 

 

Medical news—research:

Children with autism who have both severe repetitive behaviors and sensory sensitivities tend to have had unusually structured nerve tracts in infancy.

A greater capacity to detect sound gives autistic people an advantage.

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

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

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

At Advancing Opportunities, we excel in providing residential and respite services to people of with all disabilities, along with advocacy and education services for parents and guardians and assistive technology support. As a leader in the field, we are pleased to share our experience, knowledge, and expertise with the disability community through our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest. In our Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week column, we will select the best of what we found and shared and present them. Please click on the titles with embedded links to find the full article.

Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer. In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

 

 

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

We’re hiring!

Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. In April, we will be holding job fairs on the following days, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows:
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  • Tuesday, April 11. Budd Lake.
  • Advancing Opportunities, 98 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Budd Lake, NJ
  • Thursday, April 20. Parsippany. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ
  • Tuesday, April 25. Marlboro. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ

Advancing Opportunities provides supports to individuals with disabilities and their families, so they can live fully in the community.

Our team includes a diverse collection of men and women committed to treating the people and families we serve with dignity and respect and providing the highest quality services and supports.

Employees of the agency enjoy paid training and an excellent array of benefits, including health care and dental benefits for all eligible full-time staff and a 401(k) retirement plan for all eligible employees.

If you are unable to make it to one of the job fair open houses, you can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

 

 

Advancing Opportunities news:

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

http://advopps.org/hoedown

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

CHADD’s weekly ADHD in the News

 

 

Special Education:

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

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

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

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

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

 

 

Civil rights and accessibility:

Building compliance and access are basic human rights.

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

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

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

Autistic people are often also empathetic, contrary to stereotypes.

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

Temple Grandin offered advice to artists with autism.

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

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

 

 

Medical news – research:

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

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

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

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

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending March 31, 2017

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending March 31, 2017

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This is one of the buildings at the Deserted Village, also known as Feltville. This tower is a later addition. The site is now under the care of the Watchung Reservation, Union County, NJ.

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, 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.

https://www.facebook.com/AdvancingOpportunities/

https://plus.google.com/b/113741235817976526648/113741235817976526648/

https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/5237078/

https://twitter.com/AdvOpps

https://www.youtube.com/user/assistivetechcenter

https://www.pinterest.com/AdvOpps/

Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer.  In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

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We’re hiring!

Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. In April, we will be holding job fairs on the following days, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 11. Budd Lake. Advancing Opportunities, 98 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Budd Lake, NJ
  • Thursday, April 20. Parsippany. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ
  • Tuesday, April 25. Marlboro. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ

Advancing Opportunities provides supports to individuals with disabilities and their families, so they can live fully in the community.

Our team includes a diverse collection of men and women committed to treating the people and families we serve with dignity and respect and providing the highest quality services and supports.

Employees of the agency enjoy paid training and an excellent array of benefits, including health care and dental benefits for all eligible full-time staff and a 401(k) retirement plan for all eligible employees.

If you are unable to make it to one of the job fair open houses, you can also visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/

Advancing Opportunities news:

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

http://advopps.org/hoedown

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

New Jersey adds 1,500 beds to community-based programs to accommodate people with mental illness. Advancing Opportunities is a major player in this residential care, allowing for maximum independence for this population.

This mom from Hopewell, NJ, (Mercer County) has worked tirelessly to raise both awareness and appreciation for children with Down syndrome, advocating for local parents.

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Quinn, an 18-month-old boy with autism, purposefully stacks cans. Photographer: Andwhatsnext, via Wikimedia Commons.

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

A father and disability advocate creates an assistive technology app to assist his son with autism.

Quinn, an 18-month-old boy with autism, purposefully stacks cans. Photographer: Andwhatsnext, via Wikimedia Commons.

Special Education:

Slow processing speed and anxiety: here’s what you need to know.

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

This journal article examines the future of supported decision making for people with autism.

A violinist discusses using music to enact social change.

Assistive technology:

An exciting new piece of AAC assistive technology enhances accessibility for blind people.

With assistive technology, toddlers get up and go in their own set of wheels independently.

A neuroprosthesis enables a paralyzed man to feed himself independently.

This high-performance software for transcribing audio recordings can be a boon for people with dyslexia.

Employment for people with disabilities:

Programs in New Jersey offer young adults with autism independence and dignity through meaningful work.

Revisiting an autism employment success story: The Rising Tide Car Wash.

A recent report on PBS examines the need for more job opportunities for people with disabilities, who often still face discrimination. This is a matter of civil rights, as well as one of dignity and independence for the population we serve.

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

Here are ten books that feature positive depictions of characters with a disability.

“Make it Stop.” A brand-new and powerful awareness video to foster understanding of people with autism.

The Arts and People with Disabilities

Six blind professional musicians ranging in age from 17 to 65 come together in a London recording studio to create and record a musical tribute to Louis Braille.
 

After a debilitating accident, William Heard took up painting and founded an arts center in Mississippi.

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

Tenafly, NJ, housing offers a chance at independence for people with disabilities.  A leading disability advocate wrote an editorial.

Disability awareness and appreciation:

Teens describe their experiences with depression and anxiety.

“Twin Brothers Worlds Apart.” This British documentary, telling the stories of identical twins (except that one had autism), has garnered considerable acclaim.

Medical news – research:

New insight has been gained into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some forms of autism spectrum disorder.

A drug used to treat excessive swelling seems to ease autism features in some children on the spectrum.

Two from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:

Wheelchair with built-in desk allowing for work and inclusion

This clever wheelchair, with a desk and umbrella, was advertised in an 1886 catalog by George F. Sargent. It is a notable early example of including people with disabilities in the community.

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.

 

Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer.  In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

 

 

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Our northeastern office, in Little Falls, which serves individuals with disabilities and their families throughout Passaic and Essex counties, has opportunities for community support specialists to work one on one with adults at home and in the community. These part-time positions are for as many as 20 hours per week.

 

Please contact Monique Calixte, mcalixte@advopps.org or 973-237-0983. For other career opportunities, please visit us online, at: http://advopps.org/careers/ .

 

 

Advancing Opportunities news:

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

 

 

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

The Golden Door International Film Festival holds its 5th Annual Award Ceremony, to the benefit of Jersey City students and promoting Autism awareness.

For the 12th consecutive year, Rutgers University student athletes volunteered at Saturdays in Motion, a free program for children with autism and their families offered at the YMCA in Basking Ridge, NJ.

The month-long, statewide Stages Festival features plays written and performed by artists with disabilities in an effort to showcase new talents. Many of these people cannot speak but are delighted at having the chance to express themselves.

A new report discovers that the media normalizes the murders of people with disabilities.

 

 

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

This very thoughtful post on a blog we just discovered expresses how we, parents with a disability, need to meet the challenges and advocate not only ourselves, but now for our children as well. Most important, our most important role as a parent or teacher is that of mentor.

 

 

Special Education:

This article explores the strong positive effects of music for children with ADHD.

 

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

A fifth-grade girl advocates for herself with a message for her teacher. She acknowledges she has dyslexia and has trouble reading and spelling. She also states she is smart. Very smart. She continues: “I want to go to college and help people with disabilities. I need your help to get there.”

Two Harvard disability advocates speak out by putting their message to song.

 

 

Assistive technology:

Three very important developments in assistive technology were presented at the IEEE Assistive Technology Conference.

This piece of assistive technology from MIT could be very valuable innovation for the autism community: a wearable device that detects emotion in conversation.

RE-vibe: Anti-distraction wristband: assistive technology for people with ADHD.

 

 

College for students with a disability:

More and more students with disabilities are going to college, especially in New Jersey.

IBM’s Watson applies its prodigious computing ability to making life easier for people on the autism spectrum.

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

Microsoft hiring programs offer opportunities for talented individuals with autism.

 

 

Civil rights and accessibility:

Accessibility standards receive a much-needed refreshing.
 
 

 

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

When this mom gave birth to a daughter with Down syndrome, she was determined to do the best for her. She then embarked on a mission to help families of children with the condition.

 “Spectrum: A Story of the Mind” goes beyond autism awareness… to autism acceptance.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

A New Jersey artist with autism showcases his work at a special exhibition.

Music transformed this young man with autism. Now he is out to unlock talent in others.

 

 

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

Like anyone else, people with Down syndrome need love, understanding, and the dignity that comes from a decent job. Are these really special needs?

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

The actress Gillian Anderson reveals her struggle with depression.

 

 

Medical news – research:

Researchers have gained new insight into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some cases of autism.

A new method uses biochemistry to accurately predict whether a child will develop autism spectrum disorder by measuring the products of metabolic processes.

 

 

Animals and animal therapy:

Shelter dogs battle helped this woman battle bulimia. Now, she is repaying their kindness.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending March 3, 2017

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk on display at veterans park, Ewing, New Jersey NJ

This beautiful A-4B Skyhawk was donated to the township of Ewing in 1998 as the centerpiece of the General Betor Veterans Memorial Park, located just behind the municipal building… and just minutes from our headquarters! 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, and YouTube. In our Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week column, we will select the best of what we found and shared and present them. Please click on the titles with embedded links to find the full article.

Please stop by our website, http://advopps.org/, and find out all we have to offer.  In addition, we are specialists in the area of assistive technology and offer a huge array of services; the Assistive Technology Center is New Jersey’s premier source of information and equipment.

 

Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

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Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. In March, we will be holding job fairs on the following days, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows:

Wednesday, March 8. Marlboro, NJ. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ 07746

Thursday, March 9, Parsippany, NJ. Family Support Center of NJ, 322 Rte. 46 W., Ste. 290. Parsippany, NJ 07054

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

 

 

Assistive technology:

For the blind, here’s a new actual-reality headset.

These six talented and caring student invented and built a braille assistive technology device to help blind people be more independent.

 

 

Special Education:

News analyis: Are teacher preparation programs in New Jersey failing students with disabilities?

 

 

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

An essay in self-acceptance: Why Autism Gives Me the Strength to Fly!

A high school student with cerebral palsy challenges her peers by organizing a conference focusing on ability.

If you have ever struggled with anxiety, these 12 powerful images will seem familiar.

 

 

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

An entrepreneurial young man with autism and Down syndrome has started his own popcorn business.

This New Jersey swim team of boys with autism showed their athletic excellence.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

An actually autistic woman explains why she stims and why it’s important to her.

 

 

The arts and disability (people with talent who have a disability):

Punk prosthetics: the mesmerizing art of living sculpture by Mari Katayama.

 

 

Medical news – research:

This scientific article takes a hard look at whether the rise of autism rates throughout the U.S. comes from more awareness, better diagnosis, or something else.

This article examines the scientific research behind interests among children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have been positively selected during human evolution because they also contribute to enhanced cognition, a new Yale study suggests.

An analysis of whole genomes from more than 5,000 people has unearthed 18 new candidate genes for autism.

Excess brain fluid may forecast autism in babies.

Research on the nature and prevalence of catatonic symptoms in young people with autism is documented.