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Featured Advancing Opportunities Job
Advancing Opportunities has immediate full- and part-time positions open for Assistive Technology Specialists to provide computer training to people who are blind or visually impaired in the Monmouth County area. Duties include traveling to schools, workplaces and homes to provide on-site assessments and delivering technical assistance and training to people with visual impairments.
Disability in the News (Mostly in New Jersey, the Population We Serve)
Boggs Center Facing the Future 27th Annual Conference: Playbook for Employment Gold
Friday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
An employment training program in Atlantic City helps young adults with disabilities prepare for independence.
The New Jersey state government has announced plans to pay February’s SNAP benefits early amid the government shutdown. A flyer explains the updates.
A 25-year-old Kenyan has invented gloves that convert sign language into audio speech.
Hi-tech batons allow blind musicians to follow conductor for first time.
ATOB Volume 12 Issue 1 – Assistive Technology Industry Association:
“Implementing AT in Practice: New Technologies and Techniques”
Advocacy and Self-advocacy
Working with a disability eats up hours and effort to attend medical appointments, fill prescriptions, follow up on referrals, and be one’s own advocate. Yet, not all is lost: workers have important rights, as well as access to a number of services.
Employment for People with Disabilities
From Entrepreneur magazine: “Employing individuals with disabilities may solve your talent crisis.”
Informative, Positive, Noteworthy (or All Three!)
Sure, assistive technology played a part. However, this is a story of positivity in so many ways! A girl uses braille to practice chanting from the Torah for her Bat Mitzvah.
Notable Research on Disability
Spectrum News has compiled these four studies of autism and gender:
- Autism characteristics differ by gender, studies find.
- Some autism traits may show up later in girls than in boys.
- To get an autism diagnosis, girls need worse social skills than boys.
- Sharp observation skills may guard girls against severe autism.
People with a Disability in the Community (Disability Rights and Acceptance; Inclusion)