Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles – For the Week Ending June 23, 2017

Ralston Mill Mechanical Wizzardry

This clockwork set of gears, wheels, and sprockets is part of the wizzardry of the Ralston cider mill, Mendham, New Jersey (Morris County). All of this is powered by a large water wheel!
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 at Advancing Opportunities 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 full- and part-time Direct-Support and Family-Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey. For the rest of June, we are holding the following job fair:

  • Tuesday, June 29. Marlboro Free Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ
  • Wednesday, July 12. Our Budd Lake office, 98 US Rte. 46 West, Office 2 Budd Lake, NJ

 

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Candidates will be providing direct care to men and women with disabilities in residential support programs and group home settings. This includes supervision and/or assistance with personal care, daily living activities, recreational pursuits, transportation, medical appointments, or any other needs the individuals may have.

If you cannot make the job fair, please send your résumé to: hr@advopps.org

 

 

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

The Paper Mill Playhouse received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The funding supports the Paper Mill’s “Theatre for Everyone” project, a series of programs that serves the needs of children with autism and other social and cognitive disabilities.

 

A River Edge, NJ, teen with autism gives back to children with disabilities.
Isabelle Rapin, who advanced concept of an autism spectrum, died at 89

 

 

Special Education

A growing number of schools are offering a program called ASD Nest, which aims to help students understand the school environment.

A new report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities is out: The State of LD

 

 

Assistive Technology

Children with learning disabilities need to see others modeling the assistive technology that can help them succeed.

 

IEEE issued a special report on assistive technology. This piece follows the interesting AT timeline, published mentioned in this space last week. A blog by the organization notes that most developers fail to design websites accessible to people with disabilities.

 

 

Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or All Three!)

One tiny dancer is challenging all the stereotypes about cerebral palsy.

 

Multiple sclerosis blogs are both helpful and positive for people affected by the condition. Here are ten excellent resources.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

A New Zealand man with Down syndrome and a disability advocate, Duncan finds his role in dance to be his most effective outlet.

 

People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance; inclusion)
Excellent TED Talk: “Why design should include everyone”

https://embed.ted.com/talks/sinead_burke_why_design_should_include_everyone

 

 

Disability Awareness and Appreciation

The Netflix Original series “Atypical” follows an autistic boy with autism.

 

What do you want people to know about MS?

 

 

Medical News—Research

A study answers why ketamine helps depression and offers a target for safer therapy. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/318056.php

 

 

Animals and Animal Therapy

All those pictures of cute puppies and cuddly kittens have a purpose! Learning to associate spouses with unrelated positive stimuli—such as pictures of puppies—could help improve marital satisfaction, according to a study.

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It Is Important to Reflect on Our Work to Continue Serving Our Individuals with Disabilities.

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Important to Ask Ourselves…

For those of us who are direct-support professionals, in residential and respite care, at the end of the day, it is important to reflect on our work by asking ourselves the following:

  • How did I help this individual?
  • What did I do to enrich his life?
  • How did I acknowledge her accomplishments?
  • How did I ensure his voice was heard and that he had the opportunity to make his own decisions?

In addition to asking these questions of ourselves to serve others, it is important to document the answers on reports on the progress toward their ISP goals! This last consideration can be critical for an agency to continue to receive funds… to keep on serving their consumers with disabilities.

Our Most Notable and Favorite Disability Articles for the Week Ending January 6, 2017

Gingerbread Castle in Hamburg, New Jersey

Gingerbread Castle. Although this former family amusement park in Hamburg, NJ,is now abandoned, it still tries to project its former glory and maintain dignity. The site is well looked after by local law enforcement, keeping vandalism at bay.

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, 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.

 

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.

 

 

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Advancing Opportunities job announcement of the week:

Advancing Opportunities has immediate openings for part-time Direct Support Professionals in residential care programs throughout New Jersey.

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.

In January, we will be holding job fairs, each day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 10: Marlboro Public Library, 1 Library Ct., Marlboro, NJ
  • Wednesday, January 11: Phillipsburg Public Library, 200 Broubalow Way,Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Wednesday, January 18: 322 Rte. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ.

If these locations or times are not convenient, please visit: http://advopps.org/directcare_openings

 

 

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

A New Jersey high school hockey goalie uses his mask to spread a message of autism awareness.

To build a future for their son, a Dallas couple plans $12 million community for young adults with autism.

 

For parents of a child with a disability (parenting, special needs):

The Sparrow sensory cart helps make Asperger’s more manageable for a teen.

 

Advocacy and self-advocacy:

This is an excellent article on going beyond the need of genetic testing and counseling, giving parents the tools they will need to accept their child’s disability and meet his or her needs, along with their own.

People with disabilities help other people with a disability.

 

Assistive technology:

 This 10-year-old girl has invented an amazing climbing mobility device.

Assistive technology finds its way to Ohio farms.

 

 

Employment for people with disabilities:

Where is autism employment heading in 2017?

 

Civil rights and accessibility:

Meet the guide dog that spies on people who ignore his owner.

The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidelines today to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities.

 

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

A model with chronic pain offers positive insights for 2017.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro together brings a sense of community among the athletes and staff with disabilities.

Fans at a heavy metal concert make way so a man with cerebral palsy so he can have a place near the stage.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation:

A review of positive depictions of blindness in popular culture in 2016.

An advocacy organization enumerates the most noteworthy depictions of autism in the arts.

An autism documentary is planned for early 2017 on A&E.

 

Beauty, fashion, glamour people with a disability:

Adaptable, fashionable clothing worthy of a male model in a wheelchair.

 

Medical news – research:

Genes affecting our communication skills relate to genes for psychiatric disorder.

Looking for a Rewarding Career in Social Services? Advancing Opportunities Is Hiring!

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Advancing Opportunities, a progressive and highly respected social service agency serving adults and children with all disabilities throughout New Jersey, is experiencing tremendous growth!  If you are seeking a highly rewarding career in social services, please attend one of our open houses to find out what we’re about!

Northern NJ (Morris County)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

322 Rte. 46, W., Ste. 2
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Central NJ (Monmouth County)
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
72 Larkin Pl., Rear
Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Northern NJ (Morris County)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

98 Rte. 46, W., Office 2
Budd Lake, NJ 07828

If you cannot attend an open house, please fax your resume to 609-882-4022, or visit us at our website to download an application or find out more about us.

Contact person: Tiffany Carter-Conway,
Human Resources Director
609-882-4182, Ext. 521