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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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Hiring & Retaining Veterans with Disabilities – Webinar December 14

Information courtesy of Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)

Veterans, including those with disabilities, offer skills that any smart employer would be eager to tap into, including the ability to adapt and learn quickly, work as part of a team, and get the job done. On December 14, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about strategies employers can use to recruit, hire, advance and retain veterans with disabilities. The webinar will cover recruitment tools and resources as well as proactive steps employers can take to make sure veterans can thrive on the job.

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Debunking Myths about Disability Benefits and Work – Webinar December 12

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Some people with disabilities may be able to work and continue receiving disability benefits. On December 12, 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 common myths relating to disability benefits and work, including:

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Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities Annual Conference – December 4 & 5 in Indianapolis

Information courtesy of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

On December 4 and 5, join fellow advocates and professionals at the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities annual conference. This year’s conference theme is “Independence: Achieving the Good Life with Choice and Support”.

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Pooled Special Needs Trust Planning – Webinar November 30

Information courtesy of the United Spinal Association

A Pooled Special Needs Trust (PSNT) is a cost effective and convenient way to set aside and preserve funds for people with special needs. Establishing a PSNT protects eligibility for Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income and can be a way to manage funds for people who may not be able to manage on their own.  On November 30, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about PSNT types, how they work, how the funds in the trust can be used, and how to set one up. Minimum funding requirements are as low as $5,000 and administration and investment fees are lower than you might think.

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Transitioning From High School to Post-Secondary Education – Webinar November 29

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

On November 29, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about transitioning from high school to college. For any student moving from high school to college, there are new and different responsibilities. This is even more true for a student with a disability as their educational rights shift from IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) to Section 504 and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). This webinar will discuss this change and what a young adult should know about their rights and responsibilities as well as navigating the post-secondary environment.

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