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Accessibility app Be My Eyes connects people with visual impairments with sighted volunteers

Be My Eyes is a free app for Android and iOS that helps people with visual impairments lead more independent lives. Whenever a user needs help with a visual task, they can press a button to connect with one of over a million sighted volunteers. Help is available at any time of day, from anywhere, and for free.

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Find Accessible Stores and Restaurants with AccessNow

Information courtesy of TheLily.com and AccessNow.com

For people with disabilities, finding accessible restaurants and stores can be frustrating. There is often no way to know if a business is accessible until you go and check it out yourself. The free app AccessNow aims to change that.  With AccessNow, you can search an interactive map to find locations with the accessibility features you need. You can also join the AccessNow community to rate new locations on the map and add tags and descriptions.

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Accessibility App iHEARu Lets You Pick a Restaurant Based on Noise Level

Information courtesy of Hear Indiana, APlus.com, and Lend An Ear

For people with hearing loss, dining out can be difficult. Many restaurants are so noisy that it can be difficult to have conversations or even to order food. A unique accessibility app seeks to address the problem. Free smart phone app iHEARu is designed to help users find quieter restaurants. Users can see how loud local restaurants are and pick the best place to have a conversation with friends, to hold a meeting, or to just read a book.

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“My Body Is Not A Metaphor” – Ashley Caveda’s powerful essay on life with paralysis

Information courtesy of Ashley Caveda, Superstition Review

As a young child, Ashley Caveda was paralyzed in an automobile accident. She turned to writing as a way to let her mind travel to places her body could not. As an adult, her writing has appeared in Ruminate Magazine and literary journals including Monkeybicycle and The Southeast Review.

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Indiana Launches Statewide ABLE Program – Tax-advantaged savings accounts available for qualified people with disabilities

Information courtesy of the Office of the Indiana Treasurer of State

This month, Indiana launched its statewide ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience Act) Account program. ABLE Accounts allow people with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their access to public benefits.  You can open the account for yourself, or an authorized individual can open one on your behalf, if you were diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26, and are either receiving or currently eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.

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