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Fifth Freedom – Empowering people with disabilities to make positive change

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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Help a disability advocate relocate to an accessible apartment!

Alan Spaulding is a pillar and pioneer of Indiana’s disability community. As a man who is blind, Alan knows what a blessing a service dog can be. He worked with legislators to pass a bill creating new protections for service animals. Currently, Alan works with local businesses to ensure they are up to code with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.

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Have an iPhone? Volunteers needed to test new voter education app!

Information courtesy of the California Foundation For Independent Living Centers

The California Foundation For Independent Living Centers needs volunteers to test a new voter education smart phone app called “VOTER.” This first round of testing is for iPhone users only.

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Q&A with the U.S. Access Board – Webinar March 5

Information courtesy of the ADA National Network and the US Access Board

The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards. On March 5, the Access Board will hold an online question and answer session webinar. Presenters will be answering questions on topics like the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard, the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard, Medical Diagnostic Equipment, and more.

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Switch Assessment, Part 2: Switch type and location for clients with increased muscle tone – Webinar March 10

Information courtesy of AbleNet

 

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AXSmap.com helps people with disabilities find accessible places

Information courtesy of Huffington Post and AXSmap.com

For people with disabilities, finding accessible restaurants and stores can be frustrating. Despite review sites like Yelp, there is no way to know if a business is accessible until you go and check it out yourself. A new website, AXSmap.com, aims to change that.

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