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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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Assistive Technology for people who are Blind – Indianapolis and Online February 24

Information courtesy of Easter Seals Crossroads INDATA

On February 24, the INDATA Project from Easter Seals Crossroads is offering a day of training on assistive technology (AT) for people who are blind or who have visual impairments. Individuals with disabilities, Educators, Parents, Students, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Professionals, and Health Care providers can all benefit from this free training content.

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Preparing Teachers for Creative Classrooms of Students with Disabilities – Webinar series beginning February 7

Information courtesy of VSA

Starting February 7, VSA (Very Special Arts) will present a series of short webinars on the challenges and imperatives in preparing new teachers to enter the classroom. A panel representing both arts education and Special Education teacher preparation programs will discuss the essential competencies educators must possess in classrooms of students with disabilities, and how universities can best support their development.  The series begins February 7, and will continue every Tuesday in February, 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm EST.

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Ticket to Work -Ticket to Financial Freedom – Webinar Jan 25

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Some people with disabilities may be able to work and continue receiving disability benefits. On January 25, 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 a discussion about:

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Your Pathway to Employment–The Job Interview Webinar – January 25

Information courtesy of the United Spinal Association

Job interviews can be very intimidating when you’re living with a spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D). What do you do if the interviewer offers a hand to shake your hand and you have limited arm movement? How do you convey your skills and qualifications to an interviewer who is not accustomed to working with people with disabilities? How do you answer questions the interviewer is not supposed to ask? This webinar provides strategies for answering these and other questions that emerge from job interviews for people with SCI/D.

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Understanding the Essentials of Medicaid Eligibility – Webinar January 20

Information courtesy of Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG)

Families, Guardians, Service Providers, and other interested individuals are welcome to attend this webinar!  Diane Buff, IPMG Medicaid and Intake Support Manager, will provide information to assist with understanding the essential concepts of Medicaid Eligibility.

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