Boy with a disability in a park, inclusion

Inclusion is a large part of what we’re about. It is also the subject of several articles below.
Photo: Meira Brandwein, via 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 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 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:

  • Thursday, August 10, Budd Lake. Advancing Opportunities Budd Lake office, 98 Rte. 46 W., Office 2, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 (Northwestern Morris County)
  • Wednesday, August 16, Neptune. Neptune Public Library, 25 Neptune Blvd., Neptune, NJ 07753 (Monmouth County)
  • Thursday, August 17, Shrewsbury. 1001 NJ Rte. 35, Shrewsbury, NJ  07772 (Monmouth County)
  • Wednesday, August 30, Parsippany. Family Resource Network, 322 U.S. Hwy. 46 W., Ste. 290, Parsippany, NJ (Eastern Morris County)

A man with a disability has independenceCandidates 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/

 

 

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

Here is a list of the seven best school districts in New Jersey for students with autism.

 

A superhero with Down syndrome stars in a new comic by a New Jersey professor.

 

 

For parents of a child with a disability (parenting)

The Asbury Park Press lists 20 places for autism-friendly entertainment in New Jersey.

 

What are the signs my teen might be misusing ADHD medications?

 

 

Assistive technology

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

 

 

College for students with a disability

At Advancing Opportunities, we have always believed students with learning and developmental disabilities can and should attend college. This article in the New York Times explains how.

 

 

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!)

Naoki Higashida, the author of the acclaimed of The Reason I Jump, has written a new memoir, “Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8.” As with the earlier book, Higashida (who has severe autism and is unable to express himself conventionally in words) wrote this one with the help of assisstive technology, in the form of an electronic transcriber.  Here he describes how he succeeded in his accomplishments.

 

A blogger with Asperger’s talks about her marriage to a neurotypical man for 25 years.

 

“I’m from Jersey. Anybody here from Jersey?” This North Bergen stand-up comedian uses his disability to help people laugh.

 

A civil rights advocate, especially for people with disabilities, found an even stronger role in life after she became disabled.

 

 

The Arts and People with Disabilities

An art studio in Washington, DC, provides an outlet for adults with developmental disabilities to express themselves though art.

 

A summer arts camp helps children, teens, and young adults with autism hone social skills.

 

 

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

What’s beyond Paper Mill Playhouse’s Theater for Everyone initiative, for which the acclaimed theater was recently awarded a $40,000 grant.

 

A wish for authentic disability representation on television to continue – and a look back in time

 

For adventure seekers with a disability, an indoor skydiving range is offering a chance to soar unencumbered by their challenges.

 

A summer camp gives children with disabilities the chance to learn to surf.

 

 

Disability awareness and appreciation

Many women are unaware they’re autistic.

 

In this video, we get to know the “colorful mind” of Saffron, a nine-year-old autistic girl.

 

 

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

SmartGlamour’s latest campaign stars only models with various disabilities.