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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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The Medicaid Waiver Request for Approval Process – Webinar October 21

Information courtesy of Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG)

Families, Guardians, Service Providers, and other interested individuals are welcome to attend this webinar!  Ruth Roberts, IPMG Executive Assistant and Request for Approval Specialist, will provide participants with the information needed to have a basic understanding of how to apply for waiver funding for environmental and vehicle modifications and specialized medical equipment through the Medicaid Waiver Request for Approval (RFA) process.

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Supporting Students with Disabilities with Google and iOS – Webinar October 11

Information courtesy of AbleNet

On October 11, AbleNet University will present an informative webinar about supporting diverse learners on all devices, using free and low-cost apps & assistive technology (AT) solutions. Learn about a number of built-in accessibility features, as well as a number of free and low-cost apps, extensions, add-ons and web resources to support your students in accessing textbooks, learning materials, research and study skills, and completing assignments using technology.

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Accessible Signage – Webinar October 6

Information courtesy of the Great Lakes ADA Center and the ADA National Network

What makes a sign accessible? On October 6, the Great Lakes ADA Center is holding a free webinar on the accessibility requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards for signs. The presenters will review requirements for visual access, tactile signs, required access symbols, and other pictograms.

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Tech Tools for the Special Needs Classroom – Webinar October 4

Information courtesy of AbleNet

On October 4, AbleNet University will present an informative webinar introducing a wide variety of innovative technology tools that can be easily integrated into teaching and learning in the special needs classroom. Participants will be given ideas for integrating tools into Common Core instruction in ways that engage and motivate students with moderate to severe disabilities.

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Air Travelers with Disabilities and the Air Carriers Access Act – September 27 at multiple locations and online

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

On September 27, tune in to an informative audio conference about The Air Carrier Access Act. The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel and requires air carriers to accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation will discuss ACAA requirements for air carrier web sites and kiosks, service animals, animal relief areas, mobility device storage, and more. After the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the ACAA.

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