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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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Inclusive Healthy Communities and the ADA – Live Online June 6

Information courtesy of the Southeast ADA Center

“ADA Live!” is a monthly radio show broadcast free on the Internet. Ask questions and learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Leaders in the field will share their knowledge, experience and successful strategies that increase the participation of persons with disabilities in communities and businesses.

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Maximizing Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation – Webinar May 31

Information courtesy of the United Spinal Association

On May 3 1, the United Spinal Association will present a webinar on rehabilitation after spinal cord injury. Tune in to learn about care guidelines, how long a person with a new spinal cord injury should be in inpatient rehabilitation, and what minimum essential equipment should individuals have when transitioning back into communities.

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How People with Disabilities can Work for the Federal Government – Webinar May 23

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Some people with disabilities may be able to work and continue receiving disability benefits. On May 23, tune in to a free webinar from the Social Security Administration to learn about the Social Security administration’s Ticket to Work program and support services for people who are ready to work. This month’s webinar will also include information about finding work with the federal government.

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Effective Communication in a Medical Setting – Webinar May 23

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

Talking about medical issues can be difficult. On May 23, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about effective communication in the medical setting. Presenters will discuss best practices for creating a positive and clear exchange, from the perspective of both the patient with a disability and the medical provider.

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Making Higher Education Accessible with Alternative Document Formats – Webinar May 22

Information courtesy of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

Providing textbooks, exams, and other course materials in alternative text formats can make higher education more accessible for many students with disabilities. On May 22, tune in to an informative webinar for a comprehensive look at alternative formats at colleges and universities. Presenters will discuss the history of alternative formats, including developments in new technology and the changes in production of alternative format documents over the years. The webinar will also include practices and procedures to get necessary course texts converted into the high quality alternative formats that students need.

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