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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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Fifth Freedom Welcomes New Office Manager Josh Zeimet

Fifth Freedom is proud to be starting the new year with a new office manager, Josh Zeimet! Josh has been with us for a while, first as an independent contractor helping us with accessibility assessments, and later working in the office as an Executive Assistant. His hard work and dedication to disability issues have earned him this well-deserved promotion.

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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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Supreme Court rejects North Carolina Voter ID law appeal – Controversial law struck down in 2016

Information courtesy of CNN, ABC News, NPR, the Washington Post, and the LA Times

The Supreme Court has refused to review a lower court decision striking down North Carolina’s voter ID law. The controversial law was struck down in 2016 in a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which found that the law unfairly targeted African-American voters.

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