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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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Accessible Transportation and Employment for People with Disabilities – Webinar March 16

Information courtesy of Disability.gov and PEATworks.org

On March 16, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will present an informative webinar about accessible transportation. Accessible, reliable transportation is one of the most critical factors affecting employment for people with disabilities. Presenter Malcom Glenn of Uber will discuss the steps his company has taken to make their products more accessible for both their employees and users.

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Assistive Technology for people who are Blind – Indianapolis and Online February 24

Information courtesy of Easter Seals Crossroads INDATA

On February 24, the INDATA Project from Easter Seals Crossroads is offering a day of training on assistive technology (AT) for people who are blind or who have visual impairments. Individuals with disabilities, Educators, Parents, Students, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Professionals, and Health Care providers can all benefit from this free training content.

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Choosing a Service Provider That’s Right for You – Webinar February 22

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Some people with disabilities may be able to work and continue receiving disability benefits. On February 22, 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 a discussion about choosing service providers.

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Learn about the Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) Project – Webinar February 17

Information courtesy of Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG)

Families, Guardians, Service Providers, and other interested individuals are welcome to attend this webinar!

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Disability Awareness Month is less than two weeks away!

Information courtesy of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

March is Disability Awareness Month. This year’s Disability Awareness Month theme is “I’m Not Your Inspiration” – emphasizing that people with disabilities are people first. Often, people with disabilities who are successful, athletic, employed or simply good neighbors are put in the spotlight as an inspiration to others. While it can be difficult to navigate life with a disability, many people in the disability community would prefer to be acknowledged for the many real contributions they make and for a life well lived.

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