They say, give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime. That’s the idea behind Fifth Freedom. Fifth Freedom gives people with disabilities the tools to organize themselves and tackle common problems. Maybe some buildings aren’t physically accessible. Or local public transportation needs to be improved. Or perhaps, legislators need to hear what 20% of their constituents think about how they spend their tax money. Whatever the case, we are here to empower people with disabilities to remove the barriers that thwart their potential. So if you’re the self-reliant type, contact us. We’re assembling a cast of thousands statewide who are willing to invest a little time to make a big difference.
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Information courtesy of the AWS Foundation
Get ready for the disAbilities Expo! With over one hundred exhibitors, the Expo is a great opportunity for individuals of all ages, families, and caregivers to learn about disability services, resources, and supports.
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Information courtesy of Easterseals Crossroads
On May 10, the INDATA Project from Easter Seals Crossroads is offering a day of training on web accessibility for developers. If you are involved in web design or development, don’t miss this wealth of practical knowledge!
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Information courtesy of ADA-Indiana, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and the Great Lakes ADA Center
On April 19, tune in to an informative audio conference for a look at community participation and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court held in Olmstead v. L.C. that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of title II of the ADA. The Court held that public entities must provide community-based services to persons with disabilities when such services are appropriate; and the affected persons do not oppose community-based treatment; and community-based services can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the public entity and the needs of others who are receiving disability services from the entity. Learn about what has happened 18 years after that decision.
» Read more about: Looking at the ADA and Institutional and Community Living Through Data – Audio Conference April 19 »
Information courtesy of The Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
The U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy is hosting an online dialog to develop strategies and practices to help workers return to their jobs after being injured or developing a disability. This dialogue is focused on supporting the transition back to work and is looking for your ideas on ways that states can develop initiatives or programs, or institute policy changes, that support workers in the transition back to work. Your input will play a vital role in supporting individuals who need Stay At Work/Return To Work services and supports to remain in the labor force.
» Read more about: How can states help people with disabilities return to work? Online dialog ends April 24 »