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About Fifth Freedom

Fifth Freedom – 4606-C E. State Blvd. – Suite 102 – Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Phone: (260) 426-8789 – Fax: (260) 426-8790

About Fifth Freedom

The Fifth Freedom Network is a statewide, grassroots disability advocacy organization dedicated to removing the barriers that stand in the way of people with disabilities fully participating in their communities. Our members across the state include people with disabilities, their friends and family members, professionals in the disability field, and other disability advocates.

We bring about change through non-partisan political action, community events and projects, and public issues forums. Issues we target for change include increasing voter participation among people with disabilities, barriers to disability employment, and home and community-based services.

About Our Name, Fifth Freedom

On the eve of World War II, President Roosevelt outlined the four American freedoms we would be fighting for: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. The name Fifth Freedom reflects the desire by people with disabilities to also be free, free to pursue the average activities of community life. The Fifth Freedom is ultimately this: Freedom from Exclusion.

Fifth Freedom’s Programs:

Disability News Alerts – According to the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, Fifth Freedom’s disability information network is the largest in the state. Fifth Freedom sends over 1.2 million information alerts a year about disability programs, trainings opportunities, special events, voter registration and election information, and time sensitive calls to action.

IndianaPop.org – IndianaPop is the largest and most comprehensive disability resource directory in the entire state. It covers over 300 different categories of resources, including vocational rehabilitation, support groups, assistive technology, advocacy and civil rights, education, employment, financial support services, and much more. It also includes information and resources for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities, seniors, and veterans.

JobDoozy.org – JobDoozy.org is an employment website that connects inclusive employers with jobseekers with disabilities. Employers like Lowes, Customer Care Insurance, and Lake City Bank have all come to JobDoozy.org for help recruiting employees with disabilities.

• Candidate Forums – Fifth Freedom organizes and runs candidate forums for federal, state, and local elections. These forums are one of the only opportunities people with disabilities have to hear candidates talk about the issues that matter to them, such as Special Education, Medicaid Waivers, and health insurance coverage for Autism.

• Accessibility Surveys – Fifth Freedom conducts accessibility surveys of private businesses, government buildings, nonprofit offices, public transit, and anywhere else they are needed. Past surveys have included the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau, the Miami County court house, Grace Presbyterian Church, and Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations. The accessibility surveys are followed by detailed reports with suggestions for improvements.

• Workshops – Fifth Freedom staff provides educational workshops on disability advocacy, Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements, accessible web design, promoting disability issues with social media, and much more. Fifth Freedom presented for the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, the American Council of the Blind of Indiana, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and many other groups.

• Voting and Civic Involvement – One of Fifth Freedom’s favorite workshop topics is voting and civic involvement. These workshops cover the basics of why we vote, how to register to vote, and how to learn about the candidates and issues. Over 2,000 people have registered to vote through our disability alerts and voter registration drives.

Contact Fifth Freedom

• To ask a question about Fifth Freedom’s websites, social networking program, or disability news alerts, or to submit your disability news to be shared in an alert, email Doug using this form. You can also reach Doug at Facebook or Twitter.

To join Fifth Freedom and sign up for email news alerts, use the form here.

• To contact the Fifth Freedom office, email Josh using this form.

Fifth Freedom Partners

Fifth Freedom receives funding from contributions, fundraising activities and grant writing. The Network was founded with a grant from The Indiana Governor’s Planning Council for People with Disabilities. The Network works in cooperation with other groups such as Partners in Policymaking, The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the ARC of Indiana, and Centers for Independent Living.