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.
Information courtesy of Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute
On April 1, Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute presents “Disability Status Report”. This informative webinar will explore US Census Bureau data from the American Community Survey (ACS) related to disability and employment, education, poverty, household income and labor earnings.
The webinar will also address the large discrepancies between the population with disabilities and without, including employment and poverty, and the relevance of these statistics to developing disability policy. (more…)
Music! Fire dancing! Magic! Acrobatics! Food! A silent auction! And much more!
Would you like to have some fun while supporting a great cause? On March 23, come see the excitement of The Beautiful Freak Show! This provocative performance includes dancing, magic, and fancy footwork with fire!
This evening of exciting entertainment will be at Calhoun Street Soup, Salad, & Spirits, (CS3) one of the city’s hot culinary destinations. The show also features the comedy magic of Doug Schmidt, who will predict the future and read the minds of the audience! The show starts at 6:00, and the live auction goes until 8:00!
While you watch the show, enjoy some food and drinks from CS3.
Tickets are just $15 at the door, or $10 in advance if you order by March 21. Kids 12 and under are only $5! To order “will call” tickets to pick up at the door, click the “Donate” button:
Your ticket helps Fifth Freedom continue making local communities more accessible and accepting. Questions? Comments? Contact Fifth Freedom by email here or by calling 260-426-8789.
Information courtesy of ADA-Indiana, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and the Great Lakes ADA Center
On March 18, ADA-Indiana and the ADA National Network will present the third in their three-part series on barrier removal plans. After gathering and analyzing information and identifying problems, the next step is to create an action plan for changes to policies, practices, and procedures; a barrier removal plan; and/or a transition plan for making physical changes to facilities.
Learn what the Department of Justice has to say about transition plans and barrier removal plans, and other factors to consider. Learn how to create actions steps for each program, identify responsibilities, and establish priorities and time lines. Also, hear from an architect who has assisted with numerous transition plans and barrier removal plans. (more…)
Information courtesy of the Autism Society of Indiana, Indiana State Department of Health, and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities
The Autism Society of Indiana is working with the Indiana State Department of Health to better understand the relationship between families affected by Autism and their providers. You can help by completing a brief, anonymous survey. As a thank you, you will get a chance at one of five $25 gift cards.
The survey is here. For questions or more information, contact email@example.com .
Thanks for your help, advocates!
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network
Information courtesy of Microsoft
Microsoft is offering a $5,000 scholarship for students with disabilities. The mission of DisAbility Scholarship at Microsoft is to empower and enable high schools students with disabilities to go to college and target a career in the technology industry. Applications are due March 15.
To be eligible, candidates must be high school students living with a disability who plan to attend a 2 to 4 year University or College program, maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or equivalent, and declare a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, legal or in business.
To apply, submit two letters of recommendation, and three essays: (more…)