Meet the Faces of Financial Wellness

National Disability Institute (NDI) is excited to announce a new series of video stories about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their individual journeys towards financial health and wellbeing.

Over the last three years, more than 10,000 individuals with disabilities and family members have participated in at least one hour of financial wellness training in basic money topics, housing, ABLE accounts, benefits planning, guardianship, credit and more. The Faces of Financial Wellness video series is part of the Financial Wellness for People with Disabilities investment from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Meet Tyson – A Self Advocate Teaching Others about Financial Wellness

Tyson Bedford of Geneseo, Illinoisis is a self-advocate who not only attended a training, but became a financial wellness trainer himself. Hear his story and how far he’s come in his financial wellness journey.

MEET CAROLINE – A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR MANAGING HER OWN MONEY

Caroline O’Hara is an outgoing young entrepreneur from Clarendon Hills, Illinois, who’s not afraid of anything – including making her own money. She took the financial wellness classes to learn skills for operating her micro-business and managing her own money, including how to spend it on things she really enjoys.

MEET WILLIAM, WHO WENT FROM NO CREDIT TO BUYING A CAR ON HIS OWN

William Bedford lives in Chicago, Illinois. When his mom told him about the Financial Wellness classes, and how he could start building his own credit, they worked together to do just that. Today he’s the proud owner of his own car. Purchasing a car is just the beginning of William’s Financial Wellness journey.

MEET KIMBERLY – FINANCIAL WELLNESS TRAINING IS MORE THAN PERSONAL FOR THIS PARENT ADVOCATE

Kimberly Johnson of Chicago is a parent of an adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities who’s also a passionate advocate, professional and now adds Financial Wellness trainer to her list of credentials. A near death experience made her realize she did not want her son to be reliant on others for his financial future. This story will resonate with family members and self-advocates in more ways than one.

FINANCIAL WELLNESS IS EMPOWERING PEOPLE ACROSS ILLINOIS

Mariel Hamer-Sinclair, Associate Director of Program and Policy for the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD), discusses why ICDD funded this project and the positive outcomes they’ve noted from individuals across Illinois. Michael Roush, Director for Disability-Inclusive Community Development for National Disability Institute, provides insight on why financial wellness is essential for people with disabilities.

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