2018 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.
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Thursday, November 29 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Financial Education to Financial Inclusion: Bridging the Gap between for Persons with Disabilities Seating Available

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People with disabilities face challenges in making ends meet and planning for the future, including an overreliance on alternative financial services. Given the diversity of the disability community, some persons may rely on public benefits as their main source of income. Financial education is an important strategy for an individual to build financial stability. It provides the knowledge and skills individuals need to manage their money and enhance their economic status. Without financial education and skills, these individuals may be prevented from achieving financial inclusion potentially jeopardizing their financial well-being. To address this challenge, National Disability Institute and Wells Fargo Foundation collaborated to integrate financial education into select public workforce centers and other community service partners that provide employment services to people with and without disabilities. This integration was achieved by providing training and technical assistance to job center and other community service partner staff to bring financial literacy education activities (Hands on Banking) to benefit youth and adults across the spectrum of disabilities as well as job seekers without disabilities. In addition to the training, financial tools, resources, and supplemental instructor guides were created to address employment and financial resources that can help to eliminate barriers to financial well-being and self-sufficiency. Steps toward integrating financial education programs into existing programs can be as simple as providing a link to financial education tools to a client. A more formal initiative would include the completion of online courses by creating a financial education program within and existing program. This session will provide the attendee with a variety of strategies on how to effectively incorporate financial education programs within their service delivery model. The session will also highlight new tools, including the Disability Supplemental toolkit and reference guides to enhance the delivery of financial education for persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

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Elizabeth Jennings

Deputy Director, National Disability Institute
Excited to share field-tested strategies for improving the financial well-being of people with disabilities.

Thursday November 29, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm PST
Douglas/Fir - Third Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201