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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.

Open Dialogue with the EEOC – October 21 at locations across the state

Information courtesy of ADA-Indiana, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and the Great Lakes ADA Center

On October 21, the ADA National Network will present an informative audio conference, “Open Dialogue with the EEOC”. Sharon Rennert, a Senior Attorney Advisor for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will give an update on EEOC Enforcement and Guidance Activities, and answer questions from the audience.

Open Dialogue with the EEOC
Tuesday, October 21
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET

This audio conference will be offered at several locations: Bloomington, Indianapolis (two locations), Monticello, Terre Haute, Versailles, and West Lafayette. For location addresses, visit http://www.adaindiana.org/audio/ .

Can’t make it in person? Listen online at http://ada-audio.org/ProgramInformation/ .

For questions or more information, contact ADA-Indiana at adainfo@indiana.edu or (812) 855-6508.

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network

Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities – Apply by Oct 31

Information courtesy of the Viscardi Center

Studies have proven that volunteering or participating in an internship are the best predictors of future success in the workplace. The Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities gives college students with disabilities the opportunity to jumpstart their career path and gain a competitive edge.

To qualify to apply for the Emerging Leaders program, you must:

  • Self-identify as a person with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 college/university-level credits
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA (more…)

Ticket to Work – Support Services for People with Disabilities Who Want to Work – Webinar Oct 22

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

 

Some people with disabilities may be able to work and continue receiving disability benefits. On October 22, 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.

Support Services for People with Disabilities Who Want to Work
October 22
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Register here

Never taken part in a Ticket to Work webinar before? Check out the archive of all their past webinars here.

For questions or more information, email support@chooseworkttw.net or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network

The Workplace and People with Disabilities: Past, Present and Future – Webinar Oct 29

Information courtesy of the Cornell University Industrial Labor Relations School (ILR)

 

On October 29, Cornell University Industrial Labor Relations School (ILR) will present an informative webinar on employment and disability issues. Academic, policy and advocacy experts will share historical perspectives, discuss current initiatives and the state of employment for people with disabilities today, and examine issues that need to be addressed to support full workplace inclusion of people with disabilities in the future.

The Workplace and People with Disabilities:
Past, Present and Future
October 29
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm ET
Register here 

For questions or more information, contact the Institute at 607-255-7727 or 607-255-2891 (TTY).

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network

Think College webinar series on college options for people with intellectual disabilities

Information courtesy of Disability.gov and Think College

 

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disabilities. Starting October 28, Think College is hosting a series of webinars for education professionals interested in making their classrooms and campuses more accessible for students with intellectual disabilities.

Applying to Become a Comprehensive Transition Program
Webinar October 28
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Learn how to apply to become a Comprehensive Transition Program and be able to offer federal financial aid to students, as well as other benefits. Register here. (more…)