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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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Ticket to Work – Working with a Federal Contractor – Webinar August 31

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Some people with disabilities may be able to work and continue receiving disability benefits. On August 31, 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.

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Intervention Strategies for Self-injurious Behaviors – Webinar August 31

Information courtesy of AbleNet

On August 31, AbleNet University will present an informative webinar about interventions for self-injurious behaviors. Students with significant disabilities may engage in a variety of behaviors that cause injury to themselves, such as hitting, head banging, scratching, hair pulling, biting, or screaming. Learn about the function these behaviors serve, the contributing factors that trigger the behaviors and how to observe and document the behaviors. Both educators and families will learn how to change the triggers, provide supports to the student, and teach more appropriate replacement behaviors.

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Fort Wayne installs more accessible parking downtown

Information courtesy of Wane-TV

Last month, Dan Headlee had to go to small claims court in Fort Wayne. Headlee, a veteran with disabilities, found that there were no accessible parking spaces next to the building, so he contacted WANE-TV for help. WANE-TV asked Fifth Freedom to come investigate.

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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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Common ADA Errors in the Design and Construction of Accessible Lodging Facilities – August 16 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 August 16, tune in to an informative audio conference about accessible building design and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Speaker Douglas Anderson of LCM Architects will provide examples of common ADA design and construction errors made in lodging facilities including parking, exterior routes, common areas, dining areas, restrooms, guestrooms and recreation areas.

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