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Network Recognizes "Fifth Freedom"
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 4, 2003

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA--On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt gave a speech in which he outlined what became popularly known as the "Four Freedoms" : Freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. The president's words became the theme of a famous series of paintings by Norman Rockwell.

Many people with disabilities would add a fifth, "Freedom from societal exclusion", according to Sheri Caveda.

Caveda is the executive director of Fifth Freedom, an Indiana grass-roots network designed to help improve the lives of people with disabilities.

According to their Web site, Fifth Freedom is an effort by various groups, including the Indiana Governor's Planning Council for People with Disabilities, to create "a consumer network capable of linking disability stakeholders throughout the state. In this vision, people with disabilities, their families, and their friends share information, support one another in advocacy activities, and work together on systems change projects."

The group even has its own painting, in the style of Norman Rockwell, emphasizing this 'fifth freedom'.

Fifth Freedom - Accessible Information To Effect Change


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