Financial Wellness for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Category: Formal/Informal Community Supports

  • Investment Partner: National Disability Institiute
  • Investment Location: Washington, DC

NDI will bring resources to Illinois that have been shown to be effective in addressing the unique needs of the developmental disability community in achieving financial wellness. 90 Financial Wellness Trainers will be equipped to provide extensive training statewide to 2000 people with I/DD and 500 family members. NDI will update the “Upward to Financial Stability Train the Trainer Curriculum” to be specific for Illinois and retitle the curriculum to “Financial Wellness for Persons with Disabilities Trainer Curriculum.”. Partners in Policymaking members, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, Med-waiver providers, disability organizations and self-advocates will be trained to offer the curriculum within their organizations. A three-part webinar series will be offered to the community at large during each year of the project. A Trainer Support Network (TSN) will be established after the initial trainings are completed.

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Below is a list of webinars:

  • July 23, 2020 – Credit Matters
  • June 24, 2020 – Getting ABLE Ready
  • May 28, 2020 – Managing Financial Wellness during COVID-19
  • November 14, 2019– The ABCs of Social Security Benefits, Employment Options and Work Supports + Where to Find the Experts
  • October 10, 2019– Five Key Strategies to Achieving Financial Wellness
  • September 12, 2019 – Financial Inclusion 101

Below are blogs on Financial Wellness for Persons with Developmental Disabilities:


Michael Roush

Mariel R. Hamer