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Title: Strategies on Offering Financial Education to Persons with Disabilities


1
Strategies on Offering Financial Education to
Persons with Disabilities
  • Michael R. Roush, M.A.
  • National Program Director
  • National Disability Institute
  • Washington, DC
  • mroush_at_ndi-inc.org

2
National Disability Institute
  • A national research and development organization
    with the mission to promote income preservation
    and asset development for persons with
    disabilities and to build a better economic
    future for Americans with disabilities.

3
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • The Nations proper goals regarding individuals
    with disabilities are to assure equality of
    opportunity, full participation, independent
    living, and economic self-sufficiency for such
    individuals
  • 42 U.S.C. 1201(a)(8) (2005)

4
Background Information
  • No group in America is more in need and more
    deserving of economic recovery
  • 58 million Americans with disabilities1 in 5
    (20 of the population)
  • 20 million families have at least one (1) member
    with a disability
  • Three times more likely than their peers without
    a disability to live at or below the poverty line
  • Dependence on public benefits for income, health
    care, food, and housing becomes a trap that
    requires staying poor to stay eligible
  • Complex public benefit system

5
Financial Education Persons with Disabilities
  • Little federal or private attention has been
    given to the study of financial education for
    persons with disabilities.
  • Financial education is understudied, un-funded
    and mainly unrecognized as a piece of the puzzle
    in reducing poverty and building economic
    independence and self-sufficiency for working
    adults with disabilities.
  • TaxFacts Campaign found that only 21 percent of
    649 working individuals earning 35,000 or less
    had participated in a class or workshop on how to
    handle their money.
  • Participants reported teaching material used for
    financial education was not understandable or
    accessible.

6
Financial Education for Persons with Disabilities
  • Need a framework for building financial
    relationships with non-traditional partners in
    the community.
  • Professionals in financial services need
    education about the specific needs of individuals
    with disabilities on public benefits who are
    working.
  • Employers of individuals with disabilities need
    information and guidance in assisting workers
    with various options for employee benefits.

7
Tips for Providing Financial Education to Persons
with Disabilities
  • Disability Etiquette Use People First Language
  • Complex roadmap in navigating public benefit
    system important to be mindful of this
  • Relevant topics to individuals ex. 401 K may not
    be as important due to resource limits
  • Be creative and make it interactive
  • Incorporate financial institutions and
    non-traditional partners in the delivery of the
    curriculum
  • Make materials accessible

8
Disability Etiquette Additional Resources
  • For Additional Information on Disability
    Etiquette please check out the following links
  • At Your Service Welcoming Customers with
    Disabilities this self-paced web course was
    designed for front-line staff in a One-Stop
    Career Center however it has many general
    guidelines on serving people with may different
    disabilities http//www.wiawebcourse.org/
  • Job Accommodation Network This website has an
    abundance of resources and information about
    serving and accommodating people with
    disabilities. http//www.jan.wvu.edu/

9
People First Language
  • Positive language empowers.
  • When writing or speaking about people with
    disabilities, it is important to put the person
    first.
  • Group designations such as "the blind," "the
    retarded" or "the disabled" are inappropriate
    because they do not reflect the individuality,
    equality or dignity of people with disabilities.
  • Further, words like "normal person" imply that
    the person with a disability isn't normal,
    whereas "person without a disability" is
    descriptive but not negative.

10
Making Materials Accessible Providing
Accommodations
  • Alternative Formats (examples)
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Accommodations (examples)
  • American Sign Language Interpreters
  • Additional time for tests
  • Reading questions aloud
  • Technology (examples)
  • Screen readers
  • Closed captioning for videos

11
Community Resources that Support Persons with
Disabilities
  • Center for Independent Living
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Easter Seals
  • One Stop Career Centers
  • American Council of the Blind
  • Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Center for Autism and Related Disorders

12
Resources and Tools
  • National Disability Institute
  • www.realeconomicimpact.org
  • VISA Financial Soccer (REI Tour version)
  • www.realeconomicimpact.org
  • FDICs Money Smart Curriculum www.fdic.org
  • Practical Money Skills for Life
    www.practicalmoneyskills.com/games
  • Doorways to Dreams ww.d2d.org
  • Job Accommodation Network www.askjan.org

13
Best Practices
  • 30-second Financial Education Trainings
  • Building Economic Strength Together (BEST)

14
30-Second Financial Education Trainings
  • The purpose of the 30-Second Trainings is that
    they are designed to be short, easy and fun, they
    are not designed to be a test but rather to
    increase knowledge of financial education, they
    should only take about 30 seconds to review and
    that they Include national, reputable  resources
    for follow up information.

15
Building Economic Strength Together (B.E.S.T.)
Program
  • To convene groups of citizens with and without
    disabilities for the purpose of increasing their
    economic self sufficiency.
  • Customized a six part financial and asset
    building curriculum for three target audiences
    Students with intellectual disabilities veterans
    with disabilities and the employment provider
    network.
  • Adopted study circle model that promotes
    interactive and participatory learning and
    invites experts in the community to deliver
    content subjects.

16
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17
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