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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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Assistive Technology and Autism – Online August 25

On August 25, the INDATA Project from Easter Seals Crossroads is offering a day of training on assistive technology (AT) and Autism. Learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder, Augmentative Communication Devices and Apps, Sensory Processing Issues, Video Modeling, and much more. People with disabilities, Educators, Parents, Students, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Professionals, and Health Care providers can all benefit from this training content.

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Charting a Course to a Good Life – Webinar August 18

Information courtesy of Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG)

On august 18, join IPMG Assistant Directors Carolyn Underwood and Heather Sorrells as they share information on Charting a Course to a Good Life, which will incorporate the Guiding Principles of the LifeCourse Framework. Objectives of the workshop include:

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Making Tech Fields Accessible to Employees with Disabilities – Webinar August 17

Information courtesy of PEATworks.org

On August 17, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will present a discussion on making tech-focused workplaces more inclusive of people with disabilities. Learn about building technology solutions and connecting students with disabilities with mentors and internships in tech.

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Using UDL for Learning to Promote Arts Instruction – Webinar August 15

Information courtesy of VSA

On August 15, VSA (Very Special Arts) will present an informative webinar on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Learn how to use UDL and the arts to improve literacy, and get tools for collaborating with colleagues to promote this inclusion. The webinar will also include tools that promote arts integrated literacy instruction for all students.

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Digital Accessibility Legal Update – Webinar August 15

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

On August 15, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about recent legal developments involving the right of people with disabilities to access digital content. The webinar will also cover news about court decisions, Structured Negotiation settlements, laws, and regulations impacting digital accessibility.  The presenter will be Lainey Feingold, a disability rights lawyer and an author who works primarily with the blind community on technology, digital, and information access issues. She is nationally recognized for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements without lawsuits and for pioneering the collaborative dispute resolution method known as Structured Negotiation.

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