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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.

ADA Live – Post-Secondary Education and Students with Disabilities

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.

The next episode is “Post-Secondary Education and Students with Disabilities”. Students with disabilities don’t always know about other college students with disabilities, their opportunities in higher education, or what accommodations are available and how to request them. This episode will discuss recommended resources to get you started in learning more about higher education and students with disabilities. (more…)

Neighborhood Wayfinding – What you need to know to get involved! – Webinar Aug 6

Information courtesy of Easter Seals Project Action

How well does your community help you find your way? On August 6, Easter Seals Project Action will present an informative webinar on navigating your way through local transportation systems. Learn about wayfinding and transportation connections, and how to help your community leaders make good choices for spending local dollars on signs and strategies to help people find places in their community. The webinar will cover: (more…)

Look Who’s Hiring at JobDoozy, the Employment Website for People with Disabilities!

Fifth Freedom has added new job openings at, the employment website for people with disabilities! To register with the website and post your resume online, visit .

(Kosciusko County locations)


This position is responsible for opening new accounts, following bank procedures, completing transactions accurately, selling bank services, and handling customers quickly while maintaining a professional relationship with the customer.

  • One year cash handling experience preferred.
  • Basic PC, 10-key and general office skills preferred.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

More information and to apply:

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network

Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics – Webinar July 30

Information courtesy of the Campaign for Disability Employment and the LEAD Center

On July 30, tune in to an informative webinar about customized employment. Learn how employers can connect hard-to-serve job seekers to a range of employment opportunities using a casual approach to job development. This webinar will have a wealth of information for workforce development professionals, disability service providers, job hunters with disabilities, and other stakeholders.

Customized Employment
Moving Beyond the Basics
Webinar July 30
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Register here 

For questions or more information, contact the LEAD Center at . Learn more about the LEAD Center at .

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network

Creating Technology Solutions in Minutes – August 18 in Indianapolis and online

Information courtesy of INDATA and Easter Seals Crossroads

Did you know that 80% of assistive technology solutions used by individuals with disabilities cost less than $100? It’s a high tech world, but sometimes low tech solutions are the best option. On August 18, Easter Seals Crossroads will host an all-day training on creating your own low-tech assistive technology solutions. This workshop will help you become a creative problem solver.

Learn hundreds of five-minute solutions that can be made “on-the-fly” using everyday materials, including:

  • 20 ways to adapt an iPad for physical, sensory, or cognitive limitations
  • Accessibility solutions using Loc-line, Lok-Lift, Dual Lock, CPVC, Model Magic, Pink Board, Corner Guard, and Magnum Steel
  • How to score, snap, debur, heat and bend acrylic in 10 seconds
  • 30 solutions that can be made with corrugated plastic
  • 10 amazing specialty tapes
  • 20 incredible solutions that can be made with an industrial twist tie
  • And so much more

Creating Technology Solutions in Minutes
August 18
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Easter Seals Crossroads
4740 Kingsway Drive
5th Floor Conference Room
Indianapolis, IN 46205

This event is free, but registration is required. Register here.

Can’t make it to Indy? The training will also be streamed online. See the above link for information.

For questions, contact INDATA at .

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network