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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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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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Indiana State Museum App for People with Visual Impairments

Information courtesy of the Indiana State Museum

The Indiana State Museum has launched a new app designed for people who are blind or have visual impairments. The Indiana State Museum Guide includes an audio tour guide to artifacts and interactive exhibits, with descriptions of each stop on the tour. Audio instructions and floor guides create guideposts which make it easier for visitors to navigate the museum. The app even calls out any potential obstacles, obstructions or changes in flooring.

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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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