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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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Community Living for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Webinar April 16

Information courtesy of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

On April 16, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) will present a webinar on community living and participation for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Learn about a model of community living for adults with IDD that includes both the place and the feeling of community.

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Employment First Town Hall – March 20 in Terre Haute

Information courtesy of the Employment First Self-Advocates Coalition and Jared Price

On March 20, join the Employment First Self-Advocates Coalition for an Employment First Town Hall. People with disabilities, their families, and community members are invited to come and share your ideas for how to improve employment for people with disabilities.  The employment first movement is designed to bring real jobs with a really wage to individuals with disabilities. This is just another way that those with disabilities can be included into society. When everybody has a fair chance in society we all win and the community benefits.

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Back Home in Indiana Alliance Winter Newsletter

Information courtesy of Back Home in Indiana Alliance

The Back Home in Indiana Alliance works to train teams of people with disabilities and other advocates to increase Indiana’s supply of affordable, accessible and integrated housing. If you are interested in housing issues, their latest newsletter is not to be missed!

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I Have A Voice Gala for Gigi’s Playhouse Indianapolis

Information courtesy of Gigi’s Playhouse Indianapolis

GiGi’s Playhouse Indianapolis is hosting the annual “I Have A Voice Gala” on February 23 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Festivities will include a sit-down dinner, silent auction, live entertainment, and more! Most importantly, the gala is an opportunity to celebrate achievements and continue to change the way people view Down Syndrome!

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The ADA, Businesses and Barrier Removal – Audio conference February 19

Information courtesy of the Great Lakes ADA Center and the ADA National Network

On February 19, tune in to an informative audio conference to learn about the obligations businesses have to remove barriers when operating from existing buildings. The audio conference will also cover the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for “readily achievable barrier removal” and how it applies to a place of public accommodation. The session will be captioned via the web based webinar platform.

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