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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.

Northeast Indiana General Assembly Candidate Forum – September 19 in Fort Wayne

Information courtesy of the Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition

On September 19, the Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition (NEIDAC) is hosting a public forum for area candidates running for the Indiana General Assembly. All the questions during the forum will focus on vital disability issues. The forum will be at Holiday INN Fort Wayne – IPFW & Coliseum. Doors open at 5:00, and the forum starts promptly at 5:30. The forum will be followed by a short reception. This event is free and open to the public.

CART and ASL interpreters will be provided. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the candidates speak on the issues that matter to you!

Northeast Indiana General Assembly Candidate Forum
September 19
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
The Holiday Inn Fort Wayne – IPFW & Coliseum
4111 Paul Shaffer Drive
Fort Wayne, IN

For questions or more information, contact Sheri Caveda at Sheri@Fifthfreedom.org or 260-416-8401.

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network

Service Animals and You – Webinar October 15

Information courtesy of the United Spinal Association

On October 15, the United Spinal Association will present “Service Animals and You”. Service animals play a valuable role in the lives of people living with a disability. This webinar will explore the importance of service animals and how they impact and affect a person’s health and overall well-being.

This webinar is intended for consumers interested in service animals, particularly addressing dogs but to a lesser degree miniature horses as service animals. Service to individuals from the perspective of the service animal will also be addressed.

Service Animals and You
Webinar October 15
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Register here

Miss a webinar? Check out the archive of past webinars. For questions or more information, contact the United Spinal Association here.

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network

Q&A with the U.S. Access Board – Webinar Sept 4

Information courtesy of ADA-Indiana, 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 September 4, 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, Section 508, Medical Diagnostic Equipment, Public Rights of Way, and more.

Q&A with the U.S. Access Board
Free Webinar
September 4
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Register here 

For questions or more information, contact the Great Lakes ADA Center here.

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network

End of Life Care for Adults with I/DD – Webinar August 28

Information courtesy of The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Relias Learning

Supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through end-of-life care presents many challenges. On August 28, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about issues like:

  • Who is the identified healthcare decision maker? Is there a healthcare power of attorney? Is there a guardian? What’s the difference and what are their roles?
  • Pain Management: how do we recognize pain in people with I/DD, in particular people who do not use words to talk and who it seems may have limited communication?
  • Bereavement issues: how do we support caregivers, staff and others who knew and loved the person after the person has died, including other roommates and friends who may have I/DD?

Key Issues at End of Life and in End of Life Care
Webinar August 28
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm ET
Register here

For questions or more information, contact AAIDD here.

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network

IRS Phone Scam Warning

Information courtesy of the Hamilton Center and the Indiana Attorney General

 

Taxpayers nationwide are reporting unsolicited calls from scammers who claim to be with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). The scammers attempt to get the victim’s personal information, either by claiming they owe money and need to make immediate payments, or by claiming they are entitled to a tax refund. So far, 159 Hoosiers have reported this scam to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s Office.

The call may seem very legitimate. The caller ID information may look like the call is coming from the IRS. The scammer may even know your Social Security number. However, the IRS will never initiate contact over the phone. You will always be contacted first through official correspondence by mail. Additionally, the IRS will never ask you for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the phone.

According to the Indiana Attorney General, if you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS that you think might be a scam, you should hang up immediately. Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 yourself to ask about the call you received. If the IRS confirms the call was a scam, report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 or go to http://www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box to report the incident online.

You can also report these scams to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office by filing a consumer complaint online at http://www.indianaconsumer.com or by calling 1-888-834-9969.

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network