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Vocational Rehabilitation Public Hearings on Order of Selection – April 24 in Evansville, South Bend, and Indianapolis

Information courtesy of the Arc of Indiana

Under a new proposal, Indiana’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services would implement “Order of Selection” rules to determine who gets vocational rehabilitation (VR) services first. Individuals with the most significant disabilities would be selected to receive VR services first.

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American Health Care Act Pulled Without a Vote

Information courtesy of the Autism Society, ANCOR, NBC News, and the Kaiser Family Foundation

Last week, Fifth Freedom sent out an alert saying the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). However, lacking needed support for the bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from the floor without a vote.  The AHCA would have repealed and replace the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare, and made serious cuts to Medicaid spending, reducing the amount of Medicaid funding states receive for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, children, and all other adults.

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Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Fair Housing Podcast – The IRS & Avoiding Tax Scams

Information courtesy of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is a non-profit that offers pro bono legal advice to low income and immigrant families. The Clinic produces a podcast about legal issues called “Courting Justice”. The most recent episode is on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and avoiding tax scams. Learn about common misconceptions about the IRS, tips you need to know to avoid tax scams, and what to do if you become the victim of a tax scam or identity theft.

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American Health Care Act Vote Rescheduled for Today, March 24

Information courtesy of the Autism Society, ANCOR, NBC News, and the Kaiser Family Foundation

The House of Representatives has rescheduled yesterday’s vote on the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) for today, March 24. The vote is expected between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

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Making PDFs accessible to People with Disabilities – Webinar March 23

Information courtesy of Disability.gov and PEATworks.org

On March 23, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will present an informative webinar about accessible PDFs. PDF (Portable Document Format) is one of the most common document formats in use today, so it is vital to know how to create and manage PDFs in a way that is accessible to people with disabilities. Presenters will discuss best practices for using PDF documents, accessibility challenges related to PDFs, and how to handle issues such as an existing archive of untagged PDFs on a website.

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