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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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Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities Annual Conference – December 4 & 5 in Indianapolis

Information courtesy of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

On December 4 and 5, join fellow advocates and professionals at the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities annual conference. This year’s conference theme is “Independence: Achieving the Good Life with Choice and Support”.

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Pooled Special Needs Trust Planning – Webinar November 30

Information courtesy of the United Spinal Association

A Pooled Special Needs Trust (PSNT) is a cost effective and convenient way to set aside and preserve funds for people with special needs. Establishing a PSNT protects eligibility for Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income and can be a way to manage funds for people who may not be able to manage on their own.  On November 30, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about PSNT types, how they work, how the funds in the trust can be used, and how to set one up. Minimum funding requirements are as low as $5,000 and administration and investment fees are lower than you might think.

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Transitioning From High School to Post-Secondary Education – Webinar November 29

Information courtesy of the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University

On November 29, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about transitioning from high school to college. For any student moving from high school to college, there are new and different responsibilities. This is even more true for a student with a disability as their educational rights shift from IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) to Section 504 and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). This webinar will discuss this change and what a young adult should know about their rights and responsibilities as well as navigating the post-secondary environment.

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Service Animals and the ADA – Online Audio Conference November 21

Information courtesy of the Great Lakes ADA Center

Do you know when and where service animals are allowed? On November 21, tune in to an informative audio conference to learn the rules governing service animals in the workplace, educational settings, healthcare facilities, businesses, public spaces, and more. Learn the rights of people who use service animals, and how organizations should appropriately respond to service animal issues.

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Speak out on health care facility regulations – Comments due by December 1

Information courtesy of Indiana Disability Rights

The Indiana Health Care Facilities Task Force is requesting comments from the public on health care facility regulations. The Task Force is currently meeting and gathering information concerning health care facility issues and the survey process. The Task Force is studying and reviewing:

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