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Financial Literacy & Capability

An important focus of the LEAD Center’s mission is to increase the financial literacy and financial capability of people with disabilities. Participation in the workforce, which produces increased income, is a vital first step for working-age adults with disabilities to build economic self-sufficiency. Employment also serves as an important gateway for individuals to further explore tools and strategies to improve their economic stability and security. The LEAD Center works to foster pathways to economic advancement for people with disabilities to improve their present and long-term financial well-being, while supporting the workforce development, Home and Community Based Services, and other systems that share this mission.

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development)

Website

CFED empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets by advancing policies and programs that help them achieve their American Dream, including buying a home, pursuing higher education, starting a business and saving for the...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Website

Established by Congress in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the federal agency charged with protecting and educating consumers regarding financial products and services through enforcement of federal consumer financial prot

National Disability Institute

Website

National Disability Institute (NDI) is national non-profit organization dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities and the principal organization driving the LEAD Center.

Financial Education, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

Website | U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

This website section of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor, showcases economic advancement resources for people with disabilities.

Financial Wellness Among Individuals Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

September 2012 | Report/Brief

National Disability Institute and Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, September 2012 - A groundbreaking survey conducted by National Disability Institute and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) revealed three out of four...

Municipal Financial Empowerment: A Supervitamin for Public Programs

January 2012 | Report/Brief

New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, Office of Financial Empowerment, 2012 - This report documents how New York City introduced professional financial counseling into key city services to achieve better social service outcomes.

Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National...

Financial Health Assessment for Counseling and Guidance

December 7, 2017

PART THREE OF THREE:

The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes

April 27, 2017

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the ABLE National Resource Center, will be holding a webinar focused on how individuals with disabilities, and their families, can use ABLE Accounts to increase their financial stability and produce more...

Integrating Employment and Financial Capability Services: New Pathways to Economic Stability

February 26, 2014

The US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have entered into a partnership to advance positive financial behavior and greater economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disab

MyFreeTaxes – Free Tax Preparation for AJCs and Community Based Organizations

January 22, 2014

Join us for a timely conversation on MyFreeTaxes, a free, inclusive tax preparation tool in which taxpayers earning $58,000 or less can prepareand file their federal and state taxes online in all 50 states.

Promoting Economic Advancement - Using Work Incentives to Build Financial Stability

April 24, 2013

Discover opportunities for individuals with disabilities to increase income through the use of Social Security (SSDI and SSI) work incentives, including work incentives that support savings above the $2,000 SSI asset limit.

Promoting Economic Advancement – Financial Education

March 27, 2013

Explore why financial education is important and how it can benefit customers served at American Job Center. Learn about curriculum options and resources as well as strategies for local implementation.

Promoting Economic Advancement – Implementing Free Tax Prep Services

February 27, 2013

Learn about three free tax preparation models for American Job Center professionals to implement to further advance economic stability for their customers. Presenters included the IRS as well as local AJCs implementing free tax prep at their local...

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

December 21, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

June 30, 2014

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization Department and Bank on Louisville

LEAD Center Webinar Highlights Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

March 30, 2014

On February 26, the LEAD Center, in collaboration with ODEP and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Financial Empowerment, held the second webinar in the Promoting Economic Advancement Series, 

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

May 3, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National F

LEAD Center Hosts National Dialogue on Financial Literacy Education for People with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, the LEAD Center today launched a two-week national dialogue called Money Matters.

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

November 4, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

ODEP and CFPB Issue Memorandum Promoting Financial Capability of Workers with Disabilities

August 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a joint memorandum calling on state and local governments, community development organizations, employers and...

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

May 22, 2014

In collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization and Bank on Louisville, the LEAD Center hosted an Economic Advancement Assembly in Louisville, Ky. on May 13.

Louisville Metro Government Joins With National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center to Improve Financial Health for Kentuckians with Disabilities

May 12, 2014

Assembly brings disability advocates, community and thought leaders together to discuss current activities and opportunities to build the financial capability of people with disabilities throughout the Louisville Area

Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Joins LEAD Center to Facilitate Strategic Planning at CFE Forum

March 26, 2013

ODEP and National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center joined Cities for Financial Empowerment for a brainstorming session to begin designing a national integration strategy to build the financial capability of individuals and families through touch...

President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability Releases Final Report

March 12, 2013

This new report delivered through the U.S. Department of the Treasury highlights many recommendations to help improve the financial lives of individuals and families across America.

Census Bureau Report Shows 30 Percent of Adults Receiving Government Assistance have a Disability

February 26, 2013

This U.S. Census Bureau report – Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 – reveals that 30.4 percent of the more than 46 million adults who received income-based government assistance in...

Building Credit and Community: A Look Inside Louisville’s LABS Pilot Program

April 26, 2018

In LEAD Center's new blog, Kyle Durbin from the Office of Financial Empowerment at Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Resilience and Community Services in Louisville, KY,  discusses a new pilot program called LABS. 

Using an ABLE Account for Employment Support

April 27, 2017

Alex Ghenis, an ABLE account holder, shares his personal experience with ABLE, and how ABLE accounts can provide employment support for people with disabilities. 

In The Know: A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities

May 27, 2016

What are possible courses of action that policymakers can take to give workers with disabilities a fair shot at employment and economic security? Find out in this 'In The Know' blog.

Oh Captains, My Captains: An Ode to Financial Capability Role Models

April 13, 2016

The financial lessons we learn from role models, such as our parents, as a kid can have a huge impact on us.

In the Know: Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

December 3, 2015

This July 2014 report, issued by the National Disability Institute, shines light on the financial health, capability and situation of adults living with disabilities.

Show-Me State Shines During NDEAM

October 27, 2015

This month, I have been inspired by the collaboration and cooperation between businesses, service organizations and individuals who have made these events happen.

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

October 23, 2015

It can be easy to overlook a few key questions that we should all ask when we are job hunting, before accepting a job, and once hired.

In the Know: Financial Education, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

September 10, 2015

Today's "In the Know" features the website section of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor.

In the Know: 2015 Social Security Red Book

August 13, 2015

With the 80th anniversary of Social Security tomorrow, nothing is more fitting for this month's first "In the Know" blog as the 2015 Social Security Red Book.

In the Know: 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

June 18, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development)

Website

CFED empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets by advancing policies and programs that help them achieve their American Dream, including buying a home, pursuing higher education, starting a business and saving for the...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Website

Established by Congress in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the federal agency charged with protecting and educating consumers regarding financial products and services through enforcement of federal consumer financial prot

National Disability Institute

Website

National Disability Institute (NDI) is national non-profit organization dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities and the principal organization driving the LEAD Center.

Financial Education, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

Website | U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

This website section of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor, showcases economic advancement resources for people with disabilities.

Financial Wellness Among Individuals Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

September 2012 | Report/Brief

National Disability Institute and Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, September 2012 - A groundbreaking survey conducted by National Disability Institute and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) revealed three out of four...

Municipal Financial Empowerment: A Supervitamin for Public Programs

January 2012 | Report/Brief

New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, Office of Financial Empowerment, 2012 - This report documents how New York City introduced professional financial counseling into key city services to achieve better social service outcomes.

Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National...

Financial Health Assessment for Counseling and Guidance

December 7, 2017

PART THREE OF THREE:

The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes

April 27, 2017

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the ABLE National Resource Center, will be holding a webinar focused on how individuals with disabilities, and their families, can use ABLE Accounts to increase their financial stability and produce more...

Integrating Employment and Financial Capability Services: New Pathways to Economic Stability

February 26, 2014

The US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have entered into a partnership to advance positive financial behavior and greater economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disab

MyFreeTaxes – Free Tax Preparation for AJCs and Community Based Organizations

January 22, 2014

Join us for a timely conversation on MyFreeTaxes, a free, inclusive tax preparation tool in which taxpayers earning $58,000 or less can prepareand file their federal and state taxes online in all 50 states.

Promoting Economic Advancement - Using Work Incentives to Build Financial Stability

April 24, 2013

Discover opportunities for individuals with disabilities to increase income through the use of Social Security (SSDI and SSI) work incentives, including work incentives that support savings above the $2,000 SSI asset limit.

Promoting Economic Advancement – Financial Education

March 27, 2013

Explore why financial education is important and how it can benefit customers served at American Job Center. Learn about curriculum options and resources as well as strategies for local implementation.

Promoting Economic Advancement – Implementing Free Tax Prep Services

February 27, 2013

Learn about three free tax preparation models for American Job Center professionals to implement to further advance economic stability for their customers. Presenters included the IRS as well as local AJCs implementing free tax prep at their local...

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

December 21, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

June 30, 2014

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization Department and Bank on Louisville

LEAD Center Webinar Highlights Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

March 30, 2014

On February 26, the LEAD Center, in collaboration with ODEP and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Financial Empowerment, held the second webinar in the Promoting Economic Advancement Series, 

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

May 3, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National F

LEAD Center Hosts National Dialogue on Financial Literacy Education for People with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, the LEAD Center today launched a two-week national dialogue called Money Matters.

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

November 4, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

ODEP and CFPB Issue Memorandum Promoting Financial Capability of Workers with Disabilities

August 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a joint memorandum calling on state and local governments, community development organizations, employers and...

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

May 22, 2014

In collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization and Bank on Louisville, the LEAD Center hosted an Economic Advancement Assembly in Louisville, Ky. on May 13.

Louisville Metro Government Joins With National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center to Improve Financial Health for Kentuckians with Disabilities

May 12, 2014

Assembly brings disability advocates, community and thought leaders together to discuss current activities and opportunities to build the financial capability of people with disabilities throughout the Louisville Area

Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Joins LEAD Center to Facilitate Strategic Planning at CFE Forum

March 26, 2013

ODEP and National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center joined Cities for Financial Empowerment for a brainstorming session to begin designing a national integration strategy to build the financial capability of individuals and families through touch...

President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability Releases Final Report

March 12, 2013

This new report delivered through the U.S. Department of the Treasury highlights many recommendations to help improve the financial lives of individuals and families across America.

Census Bureau Report Shows 30 Percent of Adults Receiving Government Assistance have a Disability

February 26, 2013

This U.S. Census Bureau report – Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 – reveals that 30.4 percent of the more than 46 million adults who received income-based government assistance in...

Building Credit and Community: A Look Inside Louisville’s LABS Pilot Program

April 26, 2018

In LEAD Center's new blog, Kyle Durbin from the Office of Financial Empowerment at Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Resilience and Community Services in Louisville, KY,  discusses a new pilot program called LABS. 

Using an ABLE Account for Employment Support

April 27, 2017

Alex Ghenis, an ABLE account holder, shares his personal experience with ABLE, and how ABLE accounts can provide employment support for people with disabilities. 

In The Know: A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities

May 27, 2016

What are possible courses of action that policymakers can take to give workers with disabilities a fair shot at employment and economic security? Find out in this 'In The Know' blog.

Oh Captains, My Captains: An Ode to Financial Capability Role Models

April 13, 2016

The financial lessons we learn from role models, such as our parents, as a kid can have a huge impact on us.

In the Know: Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

December 3, 2015

This July 2014 report, issued by the National Disability Institute, shines light on the financial health, capability and situation of adults living with disabilities.

Show-Me State Shines During NDEAM

October 27, 2015

This month, I have been inspired by the collaboration and cooperation between businesses, service organizations and individuals who have made these events happen.

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

October 23, 2015

It can be easy to overlook a few key questions that we should all ask when we are job hunting, before accepting a job, and once hired.

In the Know: Financial Education, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

September 10, 2015

Today's "In the Know" features the website section of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor.

In the Know: 2015 Social Security Red Book

August 13, 2015

With the 80th anniversary of Social Security tomorrow, nothing is more fitting for this month's first "In the Know" blog as the 2015 Social Security Red Book.

In the Know: 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

June 18, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Steep Climb to Economic Opportunity for Vulnerable Families - Findings from the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Website
CFED

Despite the nation’s ongoing economic recovery, millions of low- and moderate-income Americans are, like the Greek mythological character Sisyphus, perpetually forced to push an outsized boulder up a steep hill with little prospect of reaching...

EQUITY the Book

October 2015 | Tool/Manual
World Institute on Disability

Asset Building Strategies for People with Disabilities, A Guide to Financial Empowerment covers all topics that are important for people with disabilities in their quest for strong finances and asset building.

A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities

January 2015 | Report/Brief
Center for American Progress

This report examines the intersection of disability and poverty and provides an insightful perspective on what our country and its leaders can do to remedy this disability-non disability pay gap.

Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Website
CFED

The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans’ financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future.

Enabling Financial Capability Along the Road to Financial Inclusion

September 2013 | Report/Brief
Center for Financial Inclusion and Accion

The Roadmap to Financial Inclusion outlines the milestones along the road to achieving full financial inclusion.

Financial Education, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

Website
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

This website section of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor, showcases economic advancement resources for people with disabilities.

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Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Steep Climb to Economic Opportunity for Vulnerable Families - Findings from the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Website
CFED

Despite the nation’s ongoing economic recovery, millions of low- and moderate-income Americans are, like the Greek mythological character Sisyphus, perpetually forced to push an outsized boulder up a steep hill with little prospect of reaching...

EQUITY the Book

October 2015 | Tool/Manual
World Institute on Disability

Asset Building Strategies for People with Disabilities, A Guide to Financial Empowerment covers all topics that are important for people with disabilities in their quest for strong finances and asset building.

A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities

January 2015 | Report/Brief
Center for American Progress

This report examines the intersection of disability and poverty and provides an insightful perspective on what our country and its leaders can do to remedy this disability-non disability pay gap.

Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Website
CFED

The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans’ financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future.

Enabling Financial Capability Along the Road to Financial Inclusion

September 2013 | Report/Brief
Center for Financial Inclusion and Accion

The Roadmap to Financial Inclusion outlines the milestones along the road to achieving full financial inclusion.

Financial Education, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

Website
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

This website section of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor, showcases economic advancement resources for people with disabilities.

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Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Steep Climb to Economic Opportunity for Vulnerable Families - Findings from the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Website
CFED

Despite the nation’s ongoing economic recovery, millions of low- and moderate-income Americans are, like the Greek mythological character Sisyphus, perpetually forced to push an outsized boulder up a steep hill with little prospect of reaching...

EQUITY the Book

October 2015 | Tool/Manual
World Institute on Disability

Asset Building Strategies for People with Disabilities, A Guide to Financial Empowerment covers all topics that are important for people with disabilities in their quest for strong finances and asset building.

A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities

January 2015 | Report/Brief
Center for American Progress

This report examines the intersection of disability and poverty and provides an insightful perspective on what our country and its leaders can do to remedy this disability-non disability pay gap.

Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Website
CFED

The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans’ financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future.

Enabling Financial Capability Along the Road to Financial Inclusion

September 2013 | Report/Brief
Center for Financial Inclusion and Accion

The Roadmap to Financial Inclusion outlines the milestones along the road to achieving full financial inclusion.

Financial Education, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

Website
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

This website section of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor, showcases economic advancement resources for people with disabilities.

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