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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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New Healthy Indiana Plan may affect your eligibility for premium tax credits or cost sharing discounts

Information courtesy of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

If you have health coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace, you may need to take immediate actions to avoid a potential tax penalty. Due to changes in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), your health insurance coverage options are changing. You may now be eligible for health insurance through Indiana’s HIP Plus program.

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Sign Up Now to Take Part in an Online Dialog About Disabilities and Post-Secondary Education

Information courtesy of Disability.gov, Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration, and ePolicyWorks

The Department of Labor’s ePolicyWorks is hosting an online dialog about disability issues in post-secondary education. If you or a family member has a disability and is enrolled in a post-secondary education program, ePolicyWorks wants to hear from you!

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Congress introduces IDEA Full Funding Act

Information courtesy of Disability Scoop, Congress.gov, and the National School Boards Association

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that states each student with a disability is entitled to a free appropriate public education that meets their own unique needs. When the bill was written, the federal government made a commitment to covering 40% of the cost of the average student spending for Special Education. However, this funding level has never been met. The federal government currently only covers 16.1% of the cost, leaving the rest to state and local governments.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Information courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service

Haven’t completed your taxes yet? You may be eligible for free assistance with filing your taxes and applying for the Earned Income Tax Credit with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). VITA volunteers are certified and trained by the Internal Revenue Service and can help you prepare a basic return.

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Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 Approved

Information courtesy of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

 

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