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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 Deaf or Hard of Hearing – Indianapolis and Online August 19

Information courtesy of Easter Seals Crossroads INDATA

On August 19, the INDATA Project from Easter Seals Crossroads is offering a day of training on assistive technology (AT) for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. 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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Making Accommodation Decisions on the College Campus – Webinar August 10

Information courtesy of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

On August 10, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center will present an informative webinar on the legal obligations colleges have when making disability accommodation decisions for students. Learn about making accommodation decisions in and out of the classroom using best practices and real-life scenarios.

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Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – Webinar August 9

Information courtesy of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Falls occur at a younger age for adults with intellectual disability than the general population and are a major cause of serious injury and hospitalization. On August 9, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) will present an informative webinar about this important issue. Learn about the prevalence of falls in people with intellectual disabilities, a comparison with the general population, and the risk factors for falls in adults with intellectual disabilities. Policy implications and recommendations will be discussed.

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Supporting Children with IDD Who Have Experienced Trauma – Webinar July 29

Information courtesy of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities

On July 29, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) will present an informative webinar about supporting children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who have experienced trauma.

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What Can States Do? Online Dialog about Helping Workers Keep Their Jobs after an Injury, Illness, or Disability

Information courtesy of U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy

The Office of Disability Employment Policy is looking for your ideas about how to help workers keep their jobs after an injury, illness, or disability. If you would like to share your thoughts, join an online dialog at ePolicyWorks.  The online dialog features suggestions from the Office of things states can take to prevent needless exits from the workforce. Participants can vote on policy recommendations and share their comments.

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