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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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Delivering Effective Paraeducator Support to Students with Disabilities, A Delicate Dance – Webinar June 16

Information courtesy of AbleNet

On June 16, AbleNet will present the first in a three-part series of webinars for paraeducators. The series is designed to help paraeducators to support students with disabilities while facilitating their independence.

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Assistive Technology 101- Indianapolis and Online June 3

Information courtesy of INDATA

On June 3, the INDATA Project from Easter Seals Crossroads is offering a day of training on assistive technology (AT). Parents, educators, students, and professionals are invited to come learn how AT can benefit people with hearing loss, vision impairments, mobility and communication needs, learning difficulties, and more.

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Ticket to Work for People with Mental Health Issues – Webinar May 25

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Some people with disabilities may be able to work and continue receiving disability benefits. On May 25, 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 reasonable accommodations for people with a mental illness and how to ask for them.

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The Disability Integration Act and Why it Matters to You – Webinar May 24

Information courtesy of the United Spinal Association

On May 24, the United Spinal Association will present an informative webinar about the Disability Integration Act. This new bill, if passed, would help people with disabilities live in the community instead of being forced into institutional settings, such as nursing homes. Participants will learn the specifics of the bill, and how this law would benefit people with spinal cord injuries/disorders by ensuring services and supports needed are provided in a person’s home.

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2016 disAbilities Expo – May 21 in Fort Wayne

Information courtesy of the AWS Foundation

Get ready for the 2016 disAbilities Expo! With dozens and dozens of vendors, the Expo is a great opportunity for individuals of all ages, families, and caregivers to learn about disability services, resources, and supports.

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