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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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Q&A with the U.S. Access Board – Webinar April 2

Information courtesy of the ADA National Network and the US Access Board

The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards. On April 2, the Access Board will hold an online question and answer session webinar. Presenters will be answering questions on topics like the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard, the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard, Medical Diagnostic Equipment, and more.

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Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work – Webinar April 22

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Some people with disabilities may be able to work and continue receiving disability benefits. On April 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.  This month’s webinar will also include information about factors to consider when you are thinking about self-employment, and special Social Security programs and rules can help you on your path to self-employment.

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2015 AAPD Media Scholarships – Apply by April 24

Information courtesy of the American Association of People with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is now accepting applications for the 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship. They are offering four scholarships, which can be used for the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2015.

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How to Advocate for Mobility Equipment and Supplies – Webinar April 2

Information courtesy of the United Spinal Association

On April 2, United Spinal Association will present an informative webinar about disability advocacy and access to mobility equipment and supplies. Learn what rules under Medicare may stop you from getting medical supplies that you rely on, and what you can do to help improve your access to the medical equipment, prescription drugs, medical supplies, services and therapies you need.

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Guardianship for Individuals with Intellectual Disability – Webinar April 29

Information courtesy of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

On April 29, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) will present an informative webinar on guardianship guardianship policies for people with intellectual disabilities. Learn how guardianship policies are changing and what professionals need to consider when discussing and exploring options for guardianship to better align with principles of self-determination and the vision of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

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