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Indiana Disability Rights Goals and Priorities Survey – Share your thoughts!

Information courtesy of Indiana Disability Rights

Indiana Disability Rights provides many types of advocacy services to individuals with disabilities. They are currently developing goals for the upcoming year, and they are now taking feedback on what disability issues are most important to you and your community. If you would like to share your thoughts, you can complete the survey here.

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2017 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship – Apply by June 19

Information courtesy of the American Association of People with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is now accepting applications for the NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship.  They are offering eight scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students who self-identify as people with any type of disability. Students must be interested in pursuing a career in the communications, media, or entertainment industry – all majors are welcome to apply. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their current college or university.

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VSA Emerging Young Artists Program – Young artists with disabilities could win $20,000

Information courtesy of VSA

VSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA has announced their new Emerging Young Artists Program to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists with disabilities. Fifteen winning artists will share a total of $60,000 in awards. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. Winners exhibit their selected artwork in a year-long nationally touring exhibition and attend an all-expenses-paid professional development workshop in Washington, DC.

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Controversial bill would delay accessibility fixes

Information courtesy of National Council on Independent Living, the National Disability Rights Network

Back in 2015, Fifth Freedom told you about a controversial bill introduced by the House, the ADA Education and Reform Act (HR 620). This bill was assigned to a congressional committee last month.

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Public Transportation Survey – Responses due by October 24

Information courtesy of the Indiana Department of Transportation-Transit

Public transportation is essential for everyone, especially people with disabilities, seniors, individuals and families with low incomes to access employment, education, health services, and community programs. The Indiana Department of Transportation-Transit wants to hear from you about your unmet transportation needs, gaps in transportation services, and recommendations to improve transportation options in and around LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, and Huntington Counties. Your responses will help guide updates to the Regional Public Transit–Human Services Transportation Plan.

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