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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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Accommodations for Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities – Webinar September 26

Information courtesy of the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University

Most discussions of disability accommodations in the healthcare environment are about patients and visitors. But what about healthcare employees? On September 26, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about disability accommodations for health care professionals. Learn about the rights of health care employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy – Webinar September 21

Information courtesy of Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG)

September 2018 IPMG Professional Development Workshop: Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

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Online Video Accessibility Webinar September 20

Information courtesy of the ADA National Network, the Great Lakes ADA Center, and the US Access Board

On September 20, tune in to an informative webinar on making online videos accessible. Learn about captioning, audio description, and transcripts, and how to choose a video player that is fully accessible to people using assistive technology. The webinar will also cover tools, services, and strategies for addressing video accessibility needs throughout large organizations, with a particularly focus on video accessibility in higher education.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Survey for Caregivers of Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Information courtesy of Arc of Indiana and Brandeis University

Brandeis University is researching sexual and reproductive health care for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). If you are a family caregiver of a woman with IDD between 18 and 45, you can help by completing a survey. The survey asks questions about the sexual and reproductive health care your family member receives as well as your perspectives and experiences. Your responses will help the university understand the perspectives and experiences of family caregivers about sexual and reproductive health care for women with IDD.

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Indiana Disability Rights Supported Decision-Making Website

Information courtesy of Indiana Disability Rights

Indiana Disability Rights has launched a new website dedicated to providing trusted resources about Supported Decision-Making (SDM).  SDM is a disability accommodation for people who need assistance in the decision-making process. Think about when you have to make a big decision, like buying a car. You might talk to a partner or your friends, or ask a mechanic for advice, or go online to read reviews. This process is seeking “support” to help you make a decision.

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