Thu, Sep 14, 2017
The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) has released a new resource to assist teachers in Pennsylvania and beyond to better provide financial education for students with disabilities.
The Cents and Sensibility Educator Companion Manual was developed by a team of educators to accompany PATF’s award-winning Cents and Sensibility: a guide to money management with accommodations for classroom use, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association.
“While we strongly believe all students should receive a high-quality financial education, we know students with disabilities have unique financial education needs,” said Susan Tachau, PATF Chief Executive Officer. “We want to make sure that educators are prepared to meet the needs of their students and this educator manual helps do just that.”
The Cents and Sensibility Educator Companion Manual helps teachers develop relevant lessons and activities for their students on topics such as earning income, saving, and using financial services.
Teachers of both traditional high school personal finance classes along with special education teachers were involved in the development of the educator manual. Feedback from educators who use the materials this school year will be used to measure its impact and make program improvements, according to the PCUA.
“PATF’s commitment to financial education for individuals with disabilities is both admirable and necessary,” said Michael Wishnow, Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing at the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. “Without at least a basic understanding of budgeting and managing one’s money, it can be very challenging for individuals with disabilities to gain the independence they so often desire. Our Foundation was pleased to offer support of the original Cents and Sensibility guide and is very excited to see the expansion of its use with this new educator manual.”
The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation is a statewide, non-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians acquire the assistive technology devices and services they want. PATF is a state and federally-certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and is the Commonwealth’s designated Alternative Financing Program (AFP) under the federal Assistive Technology Act.