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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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Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Practices in High Performing States – Webinar February 27

Information courtesy of the Rehabilitation Research Training Center

On February 27, tune in to an informative webinar about the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) practices in the most successful state agencies. Learn what practices produced the highest success rates for youth ages 16 to 24, both in and out of school. The webinar will also offer recommendations and implications for transition-related policy and practice, and next steps in improving transition-related practices of VR counselors.

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ADA Education and Reform Act – Webinar February 1

Information courtesy of the United Spinal Association

On February 1, the United Spinal Association will present a webinar on the ADA Education and Reform Act, HR 620. This webinar will explain why this bill has provoked controversy with the disability community. Learn about some of the issues that have sparked opposition against the bill, and how some advocates are sharing their views.

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Leveraging the ADA & Accommodations at Work – Webinar January 24

Information courtesy of JAN (Job Accommodation Network)

On January 24, students with disabilities are invited to tune in to an informative webinar about disability accommodations. Learn about disability disclosure and negotiating reasonable accommodations when transitioning from college to career. Representatives from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will explain how to use JAN as a resource, and will enable service providers to empower graduates with disabilities to self-advocate in the workplace.

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Tools to Maintain Medicaid Eligibility – Webinar January 19

Information courtesy of Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG)

Diane Buff, IPMG’s Medicaid and Intake Support Manager, will provide information that will assist attendees with a basic understanding of Medicaid as it relates to individuals on the waiver, identify and monitor annual Medicaid re-determination, reestablish Medicaid following a lapse, and to know where resources are and how to utilize them.

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Fifth Freedom Wishes a Happy Retirement to Assistant Director Betty Beck

Fifth Freedom would like to bid a fond farewell to our longtime Assistant Director, Betty Beck. Her dedication and warm, sociable nature made her a valuable advocate and much loved figure in Indiana’s disability community. After more than fifteen years with Fifth Freedom, she is enjoying a well deserved retirement.

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