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Tuesday, 07 February, 2017

NDI Leads Financial Inclusion and Disability Awareness Training in Columbus, Ohio

National Disability Institute (NDI) led an all-day training today in Columbus, Ohio on financial and disability awareness to a group of 25 leaders from the disability and financial communities.

NDI staff Michael Roush and Alice Coday led the training to help participants understand key concepts presented in Your Money, Your Goals developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, build critical skills regarding NDI’s five key strategies to financial well-being and help people with disabilities set financial goals and make informed financial decisions. Other presentations included those from Glen Brewer, FDIC Community Affairs Specialist who provided an overview of Money Smart, FDIC’s financial education program; and Jim Bernholtz, State Outreach and Economic Development Officer for the Ohio ABLE program (STABLE).

“This training is part of an ongoing commitment by NDI to reduce poverty and build financial capability for people with disabilities by building partnerships and capacity of nonprofits at a community level nationwide,” Michael Morris, NDI Executive Director, said.

Today’s training was a follow-up to last November’s Financial Inclusion Summit in Columbus. The November Summit began the work of building a bridge between the disability and financial communities to advance new opportunities for access to affordable and accessible financial services, financial education and financial coaching services for people with disabilities. Participants included representatives from Centers for Independent Living, the state Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Agencies; the regional FDIC, SBP and IRS offices; the state protection and advocacy agency (Disability Rights Ohio), the state Treasurer’s Office (STABLE Ohio) and JPMorgan Chase. The purpose of these national trainings is to build the tools, knowledge and confidence to replicate the financial inclusion and disability awareness training with community partners in Columbus.

The Financial Inclusion Summits and post-Summit trainings are available in select cities through the generous support of JPMorgan Chase.



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