Understanding the Big Picture: The Connection between Disability and Poverty and Why Financial Capability Matters – Webinar

Recorded Date: August 31, 2021
1 CRC credit available

About this Event

Despite advances in disability policies and poverty alleviation, youth receiving Supplemental Security Income continue to be marginalized on many levels, including financial deprivation, unemployment and under-employment, and lack of access to critical resources. Through examining the intersection between disability and poverty, this webinar will address myths and share strategies to promote financial capabilities and gainful employment for youth with disabilities living in or near poverty.

Training Objectives: 

  • Increased understanding of the intersection of disability and poverty including the receipt of Social Security Benefits
  • Increased knowledge of most applicable Social Security benefits for youth and associated work incentives
  • Increased understanding of the importance of ongoing Social Security Benefits planning as one part of a larger financial picture
  • Increased knowledge of resources to support financial capability for youth and their families.


D.J. Ralston, M.A.

Senior Research Associate The George Washington University Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education (CRCRE)

Kelli Thuli Crane, Ph.D

Assistant Research Professor Center for Transition and Career Innovation, University of Maryland, College of Education

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  1. Do not have questions at this time. Just want to learn more about his topic.

  2. I work with PreETS students and I want to learn as much as I can about them, their families and all accommodations available to them.

  3. Looking forward to gaining information that can help families and students in our community.

  4. I am looking forward to this webinar so that I can better serve the families with whom I work.

  5. We are looking forward to hosting y’all and sharing some myths and facts as it relates to working with youth and their families who are living at or below the poverty line. We will see y’all at the end of the month. Be well!

  6. I am looking forward to adding to my toolbox of resources to help students with disabilities and provide them with valuable knowledge to help them be successful.

  7. I am a 25 year special education teacher working closely with our VR counselors. I am now coaching several secondary special education teachers on many topics, including how to expand access for all of our students to post secondary opportunities.

  8. Is there financial data on the outcomes of students with disabilities (ASD, EBD, SLD, OHD, etc..), and if so will it be presented? If that data is not presented where can the most recent data be located? Should students and their parents begin investing money into a ROTH IRA as soon as the student begins earning a paycheck? What can families do prior to IEP graduation 18 years to 21 years old do to develop a financial plan outside of state services to provide additional supports for their student’s future use. What is the best way to get multiple agencies (VocRehab, State/county Housing, SSI) to coordinate or work together outside of an IEP meeting? If a student is receiving SSI are they still eligible to attend Job Corps (if not why not)? What post-secondary training programs have had the best outcomes for students with disabilities (state apprenticeship programs, technical college, Job Corps etc..)? What FREE resources(videos, online training, curriculum, etc..) are available for school districts, students, and parents? Are there current post-secondary, life skills, career, employments Rubrics for IEP’s that you would recommend to collect data and write IEP goals/objectives? Why do we teach SEL and employment skills separately in schools?

    What state or states are supporting students with disabilities the best? What are the gaps in support? How is healthcare addressed (MNcare for Minnesota) but I would assume there are gaps in coverage? How can we incentivize copies to hire students with disabilities? Is there a national or state-by-state registry of companies that are willing to train and hire workers with disabilities?

  9. How much time should be blocked out for this training? I see the start time is 2p EDT… will it last longer than 2 hours?

  10. Hi John –

    We can certainly tell your level of excitement around this topic by your laundry list of questions. We would recommend attending the webinar and/or at least registering for it so you can access the archived recording of the training if you are not able to cover the live event. We will not be able to cover every single thing you are asking to the depth in which you are asking but will cover a lot of general information that can answer many of your questions while also pointing folks to resources where they can continue their education and research to answer additional questions. We hope you are able to join us. Thanks!

  11. This is a topic I talk about with businesses to encourage them to be inclusive and to jump into Work-Based Learning Experiences for students. What are your favorite resources for employers?

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