Webinars

Beginning in September 2020, we held nine free monthly webinars on a new topic related to financial empowerment for people with disabilities. Each interactive session will ran for one hour, including time at the end for questions.

Access the recordings, slides, transcripts, and additional materials below:

 


*PAST WEBINAR RECORDINGS*

StudyMoney.us and Other Financial Education Resources for People with Disabilities

Wednesday, June 23 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Join us to learn about StudyMoney.us, an exciting new financial education website for people with disabilities and families that makes learning about money management fun, effective, and engaging!

Presenters:

  • Susan Tachau, CEO, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
  • Susie Daily, Communications Director, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
  • Dr. Robert Arnhold, Professor Emeritus, Slippery Rock University & President, Growing Together Aquaponics
Webinar Recording, Slides, and Transcript

 


 

Decision-Making for Adults with Disabilities

Wednesday, April 21 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Control over your finances involves making many decisions – for example, when you buy a car, choose an apartment, or negotiate a salary. But you don’t have to make those decisions by yourself – in fact, many of us use a network of support, including family, friends, and trusted advisors. In this webinar we’ll discuss the differences among supported decision-making, representative payee, guardianship, and powers of attorney.

Presenters:

  • Kelly Darr, Legal Director at Disability Rights Pennsylvania
  • David Gates, Senior Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Nancy Murray, Senior Vice President of Achieva and President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh
Webinar Recording, Slides, and Transcript

 


 

Tax Time… Get Ready!

Wednesday, March 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Tax season is here. Everyone wants to make sure that they get their taxes right and pay their fair share, but not more. However, filing taxes can be confusing and stressful. Taxes are a fact of life when you are working and there may be an opportunity to receive a large payment through your tax refund. Join us as we break down taxes into simple concepts and discuss how to prepare to file your taxes this year.

Presenters:

  • Alena Anderson, Program Manager, United for Families, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Holly Zugay, CFP®, Senior Financial Education Officer, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
  • Samantha Vollrath, 811 Project Rental Assistance Program Lead, Self-Determination Housing of Pennsylvania
Webinar Recording, Slides, and Transcript

 


 

Credit: What It Is and Why It Matters

Wednesday, February 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Good credit is important for securing an apartment, a job, and low interest rates on things like car loans and credit cards. Join us to learn what credit is and why it matters.

Presenters:

  • Jason M. Robinson, Manager, Blue Bell Financial Center of Univest Bank & Trust Corporation
  • Bonaia Rosado, Senior Program Manager, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
Webinar Recording, Slides, and Transcript

 


Money Mapping: A More Flexible Way to Budget

Wednesday, January 20 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

A Money Map provides greater flexibility without the self-criticism that often comes with traditional budgeting. Join us to learn how to create your own money map and how to use it to manage your money and meet future goals.

Presenters:

  • Holly Zugay, CFP®, Senior Financial Education Officer, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
  • Jill Gromen, Director of Operations, NJ & Independence Network Services, JEVS Human Services
  • Susan Tachau, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
Webinar Recording, Slides, and Transcript

 


Top Five Funding Resources for Assistive Technology in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, December 16 from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. **Please note the later start time.

For people with disabilities and health conditions, as well as older adults, assistive technology (AT) can greatly improve quality of life. But AT can be expensive and accessing funding can be complicated, making it difficult to get the exact device you want, when you want it, and from the vendor of your choice. Learn how to create a funding strategy, choose a funding resource, combine multiple funding resources, advocate for your wants and needs, and appeal a denial in funding.

Presenters:

  • David Gates, Senior Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • DJ Stemmler, Administrative Specialist, HIV Prevention and Care Project, University of Pittsburgh
  • Susan Tachau, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
Webinar Recording, Slides, and Transcript

 


 

Insider Tips on PA ABLE

Wednesday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. **Please note the earlier start time.

PA ABLE provides a way to save safely for your day-to-day purchases as well as larger goals, like a home or vacation. Learn the ins and outs of how to make this savings program work for you.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Josie Badger, President of J Badger Consulting Inc. and Director of the national RSA-Parent Training and Information Center technical assistance center (RAISE)
  • Diana Fishlock, Field Representative, Pennsylvania Treasury Department
  • Susan Tachau, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
Webinar Recording, Slides, and Transcript

 


This is Not a Game: Protecting Your Benefits and Money by Protecting Your Identity

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

With scams and identity theft on the rise, learn how to protect your identity and your money.

Presenter:

  • Becky MacDicken, Outreach Specialist for Financial Services at the PA Department of Banking and Securities
Webinar Recording, Slides, and Transcript

 


 

Speak Up and Be Counted!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

With the Census and elections coming up, learn why your voice is important and how to ensure that you are heard and counted.

Presenters:

  • Kelly Darr, Legal Director at Disability Rights Pennsylvania
  • Katie Yost, Manager, Government & Chapter Relations at The Arc of Pennsylvania
Webinar Recording, Slides, and Transcript