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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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Addressing the needs of the twice-exceptional student – Webinar October 24

Information courtesy of AbleNet

On October 24, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about “twice-exceptional” students, academically gifted students with disabilities. The webinar will include a brief overview of twice-exceptionality, as well as strategies and tools that can be used to meet these students’ unique blend of brilliance and challenge in learning, communicating, and being in the world. The presentation will also cover tools and strategies to help students learn to use strengths to buffer challenges.

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Supporting People with Emotional or Behavior Disorders in Community-based Programs – Webinar October 16

Information courtesy of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center and TransCen

On October 16, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about emotional and behavioral disorders. The webinar will explain definitions, terminology, and signs and characteristics associated with these disorders. The presentation will also go over what individuals may experience and tips for supporting challenging behaviors within your inclusive settings.

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Social Security 2018 Red Book

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

The 2018 Social Security Red Book is now available! This informative guide explains Social Security work incentives, how working can affect your benefits, where to find local services, and more. The Red Book is a valuable resource for anyone who receives Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, as well as educators, rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals.

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Accessible Polling Places – Webinar October 3

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

On October 3, tune in to an informative webinar on accessible polling places. The webinar will cover requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), including design requirements for accessible routes, parking, entrances, and voting equipment. Technologies used by accessible voting machines will also be addressed.

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Apps, Extensions, and Tech Tools for ADHD – Webinar October 3

Information courtesy of ADDitude

On October 3, tune in to a free webinar on technology tools for students with ADHD. Educators, parents, and clinical professionals are invited to come learn how to increase student achievement with apps and tools for Chromebooks, iPads, Windows, and Macs. The webinar will also cover lesson plans and strategies for incorporating technology into Universal Design for Learning (UDL) classrooms, and why educators are shifting the focus from accommodating students with ADHD to creating a more accessible, engaging curriculum.

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