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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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Supporting Families Across a Lifespan – Webinar Feb 19

Information courtesy of Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG)

Ann Robertson, IPMG Co-owner and Senior Adviser will provide information on how to support families and Individuals across a lifespan. Over 65% of the individuals served on Indiana’s developmental disability waivers reside in a family setting. Approximately 20% of the individuals served are under 20 years old. More and more children under the age of 10 years are being targeted for Indiana’s Family Support Waiver. The role of the family is unique and often central in the support and care provided to Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Family members truly play key roles to support their loved ones.

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Disability Self-Identification – Webinar Feb 18

Information courtesy of AskEARN

On February 18, AskEARN (Employer Assistance Resource Network) will present an informative webinar for employers interested in fostering a disability-inclusive work culture.

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Accessible Means of Egress/Emergency Evacuation – Webinar February 11

Information courtesy of Pacific ADA Center and the ADA National Network

On February 11, tune in to an informative webinar about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for emergency evacuations. Learn about operational safety plans, fire drills, notification and communication for occupants in a building during the emergency, and physical building requirements.

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Election Assistance Commission approves proof of citizenship requirement for voter registration

Information courtesy of NPR and AmericaBlog.com

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has approved requests from Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas to require proof of citizenship to register to vote. EAC has amended the state-specific instructions for the federal voter registration form to include the proof of citizenship requirement.

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The candidates’ accomplishments and future plans for people with disabilities

Information courtesy of RespectabilityUSA

RespectabilityUSA is asking candidates on both sides of the aisle to answer questions about disability issues. So far, they have received complete responses from Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.  The following is a brief summary of the complete survey responses. (Chris Christie and Ben Carson responded, but did not complete the survey.)

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