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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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Planning & Producing Accessible Videos – Webinar July 20

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

Creating accessible videos all comes down to planning. On July 20, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about best practices for captioning and audio description, accessibility issues with video players, and what to consider as you plan your project.

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Emergency Planning for Institutional Facilities – Webinar July 13

Information courtesy of the Pacific ADA Center and the ADA National Network

Buildings like assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and jails may not be able to use standard evacuation systems. On July 13, tune in to an informative webinar to learn about the unique emergency criteria for these facilities in the International Building Code and International Fire Code, and how to take into account both the abilities and safety of the residents. This webinar will cover options for planning, training of staff, practice drills, notification, and evacuation.

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Accessible Digital Materials and Handouts – Webinar July 11

Information courtesy of VSA

Whether you’re teaching a class, giving a speech, or sharing a presentation, it’s important to make handouts accessible to people with disabilities.  On July 11, VSA (Very Special Arts) will present an informative webinar on accessible digital materials and handouts. Learn best practices and practical tips for Word, PowerPoint, and PDF files.

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Making Courthouses Accessible for People with Disabilities – Webinar July 6

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

On July 6, tune in to an informative webinar from the Great Lakes ADA Center for a refresher on requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards for courthouses and courtrooms. Presenters will review requirements for secured entrances, judges’ benches, jury boxes, witness stands, clerk and bailiff stations, spectator seating, holding cells, and other courthouse spaces and elements. This webinar will be full of valuable information for people with disabilities, architects, contractors, and state and local government.

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Managing the Anxious Behaviors of Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Webinar June 28

Information courtesy of The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

On June 28, tune in to an informative webinar from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to learn how to help children and adolescents with Autism manage anxiety. This webinar will present an overview of a cognitive behavioral treatment (Facing Your Fears) to reduce anxiety in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It will also cover the child and parent components of the treatment, specific strategies to reduce anxiety symptoms, and how the treatment is currently being adapted for adolescents with Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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