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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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The ADA, Businesses and Barrier Removal – Audio conference February 19

Information courtesy of the Great Lakes ADA Center and the ADA National Network

On February 19, tune in to an informative audio conference to learn about the obligations businesses have to remove barriers when operating from existing buildings. The audio conference will also cover the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for “readily achievable barrier removal” and how it applies to a place of public accommodation. The session will be captioned via the web based webinar platform.

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ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Trusts – Webinar January 31

Information courtesy of the ABLE National Resource Center

On January 31, ABLE National Resource Center will present an informative webinar on two ways to protect financial resources: ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Trusts. Both types of account allow resources to be accumulated for the benefit of people with disabilities, without jeopardizing their access to benefits.

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Lung Infection & Cognition in Down Syndrome – Webinar January 29

Information courtesy of Global Down Syndrome Foundation

On January 29, Global Down Syndrome Foundation will present a webinar on the connection between lung infection and cognition in Down syndrome. Tune in for an overview of new research that can benefit your loved ones with Down syndrome. The webinar will cover:

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Setting Goals with Ticket to Work – Webinar January 23

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Some people with disabilities may be able to work and continue receiving disability benefits. On January 23, 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. This month’s webinar will also include information about setting goals:

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program – Statewide

Information courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service

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.  VITA is for people with income under $54,000, people with disabilities, seniors, and others who need special help. To find the VITA location nearest you, call 1-800-906-9887 or visit https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ . Be sure to check dates and hours of operation.

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