“Financial literacy plays a vital role as students with disabilities make the transition from school to work or college. Financial literacy is defined as the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial wellbeing.” (NDI) Educators have many responsibilities related to academia, life skills and core standards in the classroom, however, financial literacy doesn’t always seem achievable.
National Disability Institute (NDI) recommends six steps for educators in creating a financial literacy program in your classroom or transition program:
Create an understanding of why it is important for students with disabilities to understand financial literacy.
Determine your budget.
Choose the right curriculum for your classroom.
Identify community partners to assist.
Create peer to peer learning opportunities.
Have fun and be creative!
For more information, related to this article: Six Steps to Creating a Financial Literacy Program in Your Classroom or Transition Program. For more information on Financial Literacy for people with disabilities, professionals and families visit National Disability Institute (NDI).