As a nonprofit professional organization, AFCPE’s mission is to educate financial counselors, coaches and educators in an effort to improve the economic wellbeing of all individuals and families worldwide. One of the most requested continuing education topics among our professionals has been around disabilities and/or families that have an individual with a disability. To us, this comes as no surprise! With the disability community including more than 54 million Americans, it is imperative financial professionals are equipped with the necessary tools to effectively communicate and educate this unique and growing demographic.
Bridging the Gap
We are thrilled to partner with National Disability Institute (NDI), an organization who shares in our mission and has the tools to help us bridge this gap. It is a gap that too often occurs in a meeting between a financial professional and a client with disabilities, or their family. It’s a gap that, in some instances, may discourage members of the disability community from reaching out to a financial counselor or coach when issues arise.
With that in mind, AFCPE and NDI developed a three part webinar series to provide financial professionals with education around the Americans with Disability Act, highlight the variety of available public benefits and community resources, and connect disability service providers and their clients to financial professionals in their local community. The first webinar will take place on October 1, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00PM. (ET), registration is still open. Webinars will be comprehensive in education, while also providing the opportunity for professionals to ask questions around these very important topics.
As a supporter of the disability community, we hope you will share this educational opportunity with financial professionals in your community. The training is geared towards all financial professionals and is free and open to anyone who may benefit from this educational opportunity.
Providing You with Opportunity and Resources
AFCPE offers a number of resources that can benefit you – either as a professional working in the disability community, a person living with a disability or a caregiver of an individual with a disability.
Connecting You with the Right Professional:
If you are looking for a Financial Counselor or Coach, we can help. Our website allows you to search for a professional in your area. We also have a list of virtual counselors, many who specialize in Financial Issues Related to Disabilities and Caring for a Child or Adult with Disabilities.
Our professional counselors, coaches and educators share in our mission and are passionate about providing financial stability and independence for their clients. They are trained to work with each client as individual, which means understanding the unique situations, needs and values of each person. If you are interested in becoming an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) or learning more about other AFCPE designations, please visit our website or contact our Certification Program Coordinator.
Rebecca Wiggins is the Executive Director of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE) and holds a Masters of Family Financial Planning from Kansas State University. She is deeply committed to AFCPE’s mission to build, support and ensure the integrity of the personal finance profession and improve the economic well-being of individuals and families worldwide. Connect with AFCPE onLinkedIn,Facebook or on Twitter (@afcpe).