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Disability in the News (Mostly in New Jersey, the Population We Serve)
Rutgers University creates nation’s first peer helpline for people going blind.
A restaurant with an autism-friendly sensory room is opening in Tom’s River, N.J.
The crisis of global warming is in the news every day. Those who will be most affected are the vulnerable: children and the elderly, in addition to people with disabilities. Therefore, the disability community has been increasingly at the forefront of the awareness effort to alert the public about what this means. The World Institute on Disability’s groundbreaking New Earth Disability initiative aims to understand the connections between climate change and disability and address them head-on. Hannah Dines, a Paralympian, says that green activism belongs to disabled people, too. And a noteworthy article in Forbes refers to this issue as “climate Darwinism.”
Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or All Three!)
The style manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) officially endorses the singular, non-binary pronoun. Other respected manuals, such as Chicago, have already done so.
A six-year-old taught himself to play piano. The young prodigy plays and performs for hundreds. And, oh yes, he is blind. “Music Is in His Body”
For Parents of a Child with a Disability (Parenting)
Bullying and teasing are not alike. The difference between the two is explained.
Brandeis University published an important paper: “Adaptive Parenting Strategies Used by Mothers with Physical Disabilities Caring for Infants and Toddlers.”
Advocacy and Self-advocacy
Disability advocate Maysoon Zayid advises, “If Your Dreams Turn Into a Nightmare Don’t Give Up; Find Another Dream.”
This article describes how the Robbinsville School District is responding to New Jersey’s New LGBTQIA curriculum mandate.
Employment for People with Disabilities
The Monmouth County prosecutor started the first N.J. program to train people with autism and other disabilities to work in law enforcement. We believe that having meaningful work is an integral part of participating fully in society.
Notable Research on Disability
A massive research project doubles the list of genes tied to autism.
In brain imaging studies of autism, the study location may alter results.
A recent analysis found little evidence to support dietary interventions for autism.
New Jersey researchers at Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Kessler Foundation studied social communication in pediatric traumatic brain injury. The article is available for free in PDF.
“Getting at the heart of autism”: Cardiac activity could reveal autism’s physiology and confirm a hunch many clinicians share: that people with autism experience great stress.
Motor problems in autistic people may be grossly underestimated. In fact, at least one in three autistic children has significant movement difficulties, according to a study of more than 2,000 children.
People with a Disability in the Community (Disability Rights and Acceptance; Inclusion)
Michelle Reyna discusses her new book, Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice.
People with disabilities are increasing their ranks in elected office. But they’re still underrepresented. These are the findings of a Rutgers University study.