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Kentuckians with Disabilities

Kentuckians with Disabilities is one of six cultivation communities targeted by Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball through her Financial Empowerment Coalition and Database. The following resources have been gathered from non-profit, business, and government entities focused on improving the financial livelihood of Kentuckians with Disabilities. 

Community Resources

ABLE Accounts: Answers to Your Questions
WADA Episode 51 answers questions about ABLE Accounts. ABLE Accounts are a way for individuals with disabilities and their families to build wealth without jeopardizing their benefits. You can listen to the audio broadcast (with captions) or read the transcript. 

ABLE National Resource Center
The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is a collaborative whose supporters share the goal of accelerating the design and availability of ABLE accounts for the benefit of individuals with disabilities and their families. 

Developing Financial Capability Among Youth
This webinar from The National Resources for Advocacy, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center covers the basics of financial capability for youth, what families can do to assist youth in developing financial capability, and financial literacy resources that youth and families can use. 

Financial LADDER
The LADDER group, based in Louisville, works to build financial inclusiveness and greater accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Financial Resource Center
The Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Financial Resource Center provides resources including articles, videos, recordings, interactive quizzes, and more that will engage and encourage all walks of life to improve their financial wellness. 

Getting Ready for Managing Finance at the Age of Majority
This resources from the Center for Parent Information and Resources is part of the series "Getting Ready for When your Teen Reaches the Age of Majority: A Parent's Guide."

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky 
Goodwill provides jobs, job training, and employment counseling for people with disabilities or other disadvantages, including recipients of public assistance and people with limited education or work history.

Goodwill Work Incentives Planning and Assistance
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky-Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)  provides individualized benefits counseling to promote employment and financial independence for beneficiaries of the  Social Security disability programs.  WIPA gives detailed information on the impact of employment on benefits so beneficiaries can make educated, empowered decisions.

Hands on Banking
Hands on Banking is an online learning center that offers resources for anyone who wants to learn more about money management. This free educational tool was developed with input from the disability community and is designed to be fully accessible and inclusive. 

KentuckyWorks
KentuckyWorks aims to enhance employment opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Kentucky. 

LEAD Center Financial Literacy Resources
An important focus of the LEAD Center's mission is to increase the financial literacy and financial capability of people with disabilities. Materials are developed for various audiences including families, youth, service providers, employees, and employers. 

Medicare Plan Finder for Health, Prescription Drug, and Medigap Plans
The official U.S. Government site for Medicare provides information about Health, Prescription Drug, and Medigap plans and has search tools to assist individuals in locating plans. 

My Medicare Matters
The National Council on Aging's My Medicare Matters helps individuals make the most of their Medicare benefits and find the best plan for them. 

Money Smart for Adults 
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) Money Smart For Adults is instructor-led curriculum consisting of eleven training modules that cover basic financial topics. Topics include a description of deposit and credit services offered by financial institutions, choosing and maintaining a checking account, spending plans, the importance of saving, how to obtain and use credit effectively, and the basics of building or repairing credit. 

The Ticket to Work Program
The Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while keeping Medicare or Medicaid benefits. 

Real Economic Impact (REI) Network
The National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact (REI) Network is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a common mission: the economic advancement of people with disabilities. 

STABLE Kentucky
STABLE Kentucky Accounts are savings and investment accounts for Kentuckians with disabilities. Launched by Treasurer Ball in 2016, these accounts allow Kentuckians with disabilities to save and invest up to $15,000 annually without jeopardizing government benefits they receive.


Financial Empowerment Coalition Contacts 

Traci Brewer, Executive Director
Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky
traci.dsack@gmail.com


Barry Whaley, Project Director
Burton Blatt Institute
Syracuse University
bawhaley@law.syr.edu


Carolyn B. Wheeler, M.S., Project Director
Human Development Institute
University of Kentucky
carolynb.wheeler@uky.edu