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Track your child’s developmental milestones with app from CDC

Information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new Milestone Tracker app. You can track your child’s developmental milestones from two months to five years. From birth to age 5, children typically reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!  Milestone Tracker is free, easy to use, and includes features like:

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Are You In The Loop? How hearing loops can make churches, theaters, and other gathering places more accessible

Information courtesy of First Presbyterian Church, Loop Fort Wayne, HearCare Audiology, Fox Valley Hearing Loop, and HearingLoop.org

Fifth Freedom staff attended a hearing loop demonstration and information night at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne. The church’s seniors and other members with hearing impairments came out to experience this new feature that had been added to their sanctuary. What they found was a simple device that would transform the way they experience services.

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Fifth Freedom 2018 Candidate Survey Results

Back in August, Fifth Freedom sent out disability issues survey to election candidates running for Indiana congressional seats and the Indiana State House. We ignored races where candidates were running unopposed, and sent the survey to the Indiana Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian Party headquarters, and when contact information was available, directly to the candidates themselves. We received answers from seven candidates: running for US Congress in Indiana’s 6th district: Tom Ferkinhoff and Jeannine Lee Lake, and running for the Indiana General Assembly, Loretta Barnes (District 13), Sue Errington (District 34), Dee M. Moore (District 18), Clyde Myers (District 59) and Frank Szczepanski (District 4).

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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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Indiana Disability Rights Supported Decision-Making Website

Information courtesy of Indiana Disability Rights

Indiana Disability Rights has launched a new website dedicated to providing trusted resources about Supported Decision-Making (SDM).  SDM is a disability accommodation for people who need assistance in the decision-making process. Think about when you have to make a big decision, like buying a car. You might talk to a partner or your friends, or ask a mechanic for advice, or go online to read reviews. This process is seeking “support” to help you make a decision.

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