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Fall is a beautiful time: cooler weather, colorful leaves, family gatherings and holiday preparations. Sometimes this also means that money flows out without a plan and January arrives with debt & financial stress. Make sure this doesn’t happen in your family–take a financial education class this week to make your plan for this wonderful time and walk into January feeling confident in your financial health!


Personal Finance Webinars

December 2nd 8am — Autism Resource Clinic
December 2nd 1pm — Credit and Credit Reporting
December 3rd 1:30pm — Money and Hip Hop-Lessons from Lyrics
December 6th 6:30pm — Introduction to Home Ownership
CASH’s list of Resources specific to the COVID-19 crisis is on the CASH Academy’s main page. The resources are also in Spanish. You can also work one on one with a Financial Coach for free during this time. The webinars listed below are coming up next week. Participate in as many as you can! If you’ve missed a webinar, check the Webinar Recordings Page on CASH Academy to watch one when it’s convenient for you! Included are videos in American Sign Language and 2 webinar written transcripts to digest at your own pace.


Financial Inclusion, Disability and Race:
A National Convening

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Location: Virtual

The most financially vulnerable population in America is the group of individuals that live at the intersection of disability, race and ethnicity. One in four people with disabilities live in poverty. People with disabilities who are Black, Indigenous or Latinx have higher poverty rates (36%, 34%, and 28%, respectively) than persons with disabilities who are White (23%) and face systemic barriers that hinder their access to employment, education, skills development, financial services and full participation in their communities.

Join National Disability Institute (NDI) for a national conversation on the intersection of race, ethnicity and disability. During the virtual National Convening, NDI will share new data on the banking status and financial behaviors of people with disabilities, dissected by race/ethnicity and gender, and highlight its portfolio of work with disability partners and organizations. Financial institutions, government agencies, foundations and corporations will also share their initiatives in the economic and racial equity space.


Ahead of the National Convening, we recommend reading the NDI research brief, Race, Ethnicity and Disability: The Financial Impact of Systemic Inequality and Intersectionality. The brief shares a historical context for understanding intersectionality, the financial impacts on Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) with disabilities and presents a set of conclusions and recommendations.

During the National Convening, we look forward to discussing ways to reduce the lack of access to economic opportunity and how we can support the most financially vulnerable in our society – BIPOC individuals with disabilities.

Please join us for this important and timely event! Register for Financial Inclusion, Disability and Race: A National Convening.

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Learn to make and share graphs, maps, charts, icons, and more using a range of accessible tactile formats in the next boutique from the National Federation of the Blind. Tactile graphics are a critical component of information literacy for blind and low-vision people from early education to the workplace and everyday life. Join the National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility on Tuesday, November 30, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., Eastern, to learn the basics of tactile graphics creation and why it matters. Topics to be covered include:

  • High and low-tech approaches: What are accessible drawing tools, embossers, swellform and thermoform machines? How does 3D printing fit in? What expense, benefits, and limitations come with each format?
  • What makes a tactile graphic meaningful, legible, and effective?
  • Which approaches to graphics creation are most accessible to blind people?

The NFB looks forward to bringing together blind professionals interested in creating tactile graphics, teachers of blind students, and colleagues, family members, and other allies of blind people for a lively exploration of tactile graphics, why they matter, and how to widen their adoption and availability.

This boutique is presented by the National Federation of the Blind’s Center for Excellence in Nonvisual Access in collaboration with Chancey Fleet. Chancey is president of the NFB’s Assistive Technology Trainers’ Division and directs the New York Public Library’s Dimensions Lab, a free and open community space where blind and sighted people can come to access skill-building workshops, equipment, and mentorship for creating tactile graphics and 3D models.

Register Now for Creating and Using Tactile Graphics!

Keys to Financial InclusionIf you missed Season 2 of the Center for Inclusive-Community Development (CDICD) podcast series, Keys to Financial Inclusion, you can still listen to all six episodes! Listen to the series by visiting KeysToFinancialInclusion.org or through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. 

The podcast series showcases thought leaders from federal regulators, financial institutions, universities and national organizations who offer their perspective on the inclusion of people with disabilities in community development and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activities.

Featured guests include:

  • Rodney Hood, Board Member and Former Chairman, National Credit Union Administration
  • Rebecca Cokley, Disability Rights Program Officer, Office of the President, Ford Foundation
  • Lael Brainard, Governor, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Marjorie Baldwin, Author and Professor, Arizona State University
  • Karen Tamley, President and CEO, Access Living – Chicago
  • Aimee Wehmeier, President, Paraquad – St. Louis; Jeff Mazur, Executive Director, LaunchCode; and Kathy Lovell, Manager of Disability Services and Outreach, Regions Bank
Listen to Season 2 Here!

We Need Your Input!

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) invites caregivers of children/young adults with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities to complete a Voice of the Caregiver (VoC) survey.
Help us learn about things that influence the health, well-being, and independence of your child and/or young adult.
The purpose of this needs assessment is to better understand the needs of people in our community from the perspective of those who care for children and youth with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities.
Scan the QR code to access the survey or
click the button below labeled “Click to take the survey.”
Thank you for your time and effort in completing the survey. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact the MCDD Training Program at 443-923-9555 or email Training.MCDD@kennedykrieger.org

The Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) at the Georgia Institute of Technology is developing tools to help people with disabilities and their support networks decide what assistive technology might help them reach their goals. These decision tools will be digital and accessed through web-based interfaces. The goal is to provide resources that could be used to help decide what assistive technology to use and they would like your help in designing and developing the web-based interfaces for the tools. 

If you use assistive technology, they invite you to participate in small group interviews. These interviews will be no more than 90 minutes in length and held over Zoom’s virtual platforms. They want to know how you go about finding information on assistive technology, which web based interfaces you commonly use, what type of information is helpful to you, what features of these interfaces are beneficial and which ones aren’t so beneficial, and how you might use specific types of information to make decisions about assistive technology use. You will be paid $40 for your participation.


If you are interested in participating, please contact Maureen Linden at Maureen.linden@design.gatech.edu or 404.894.0561

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