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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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Home and Community-Based Waiver Services – Webinar Oct 20

Information courtesy of Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG)

October 2017 IPMG Professional Development Workshop:
DIVISION OF AGING HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED WAIVER SERVICES

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Scholarships For students with learning disabilities – Apply by November 6

Information courtesy of the National Center for Learning Disabilities

The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors with learning disabilities (LD) who are interested in post-secondary education. Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation, a high school transcript, a financial statement form, and current documentation of an identified learning disability. The applications for these scholarships are due by November 6.

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ADA Self-evaluation and Transition Plans – Audio conference October 17

Information courtesy of ADA-Indiana, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and the Great Lakes ADA Center

On October 17, tune in to an informative audio conference on accessibility self-evaluations. This session will be full of practical guidance on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) self-evaluations and transition plans, whether you are trying to put together compliance documents for the first time, wondering if your current documents cover all the bases, or thinking it might be time to revisit those 25-year-old binders that are now collecting dust on the shelf.

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Transition and the Arts – Webinar October 10

Information courtesy of VSA

On October 10, VSA (Very Special Arts) will present an informative webinar on transition and the arts. This presentation will define transition for novice and veteran educators, clarify legal requirements, as well as address the social-emotional needs of students throughout transition course work. The webinar will also provide a model for planning, organizing, and evaluating transition education.  Art educators will be able to create transition curriculum that refine students’ artistic talents relevant to future career prospects and helps to lead students’ career exploration in the arts.

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Contribute to Service Animal Research by Completing the Southwest ADA Center Assistance Animal Survey

Information courtesy of the Southwest ADA Center

The Southwest ADA Center is researching the use of service animals and other assistance animals by people with disabilities in public settings. As part of this research, they are asking people age 18+ who use these animals to complete a brief survey. Your response will help them to understand what access issues people are having with their animal, and to develop and improve the information, support, and guidance needed for the community to improve access for users of assistance animals.

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