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Building Economic & Social Inclusion with the Disability Community
October 5, 2017

UEDA's 2017 Community Development Summit worked to increase awareness around the connection between people with disabilities and poverty. Just over 100 attendees learned about and shared ways they can improve accessibility and foster an inclusive culture in their workplace, activities, programs and events. 

Below are links to presentations and resources discussed throughout the Summit program. Key takeaways included:

  • Research shows that there are significant disparities for people with disabilities when it comes to participation in mainstream financial services, regardless of the type of disability.

  • However, there is great opportunity in terms of increasing the economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities. The business case for employing people with disabilities is very strong.

  • How can the financial services sector and disability community more strongly align their efforts in ways that increase access to financial services and products?

  • Employers can lead in this space, address talent needs, open doors to opportunity and demonstrate their commitment to an inclusive workplace.

  • The public sector plays an important role in providing resources and services to assist employers and people with disabilities so outcomes are successful.

  •  Partnerships and collaboration across sectors are critical in this space, in order to tap into innovative strategies and maximize resources.  

We share these with the hope that they will help you identify ways to improve economic outcomes for people with disabilities living in the communities you serve. 

2017 UEDA Summit Program Book

Keynote speaker Michael Morris, National Disability Institute - Presentation
Video: "Financial inclusion: Voices from the Disability Community"
NDI Research: “Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities: Findings from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation National Financial Capability Study”

UEDA 2018 Summit Resource Table Packet
Includes information on Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement (ABLE), IndependenceFirst, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, City of Milwaukee Department of Administration & Equal Rights Commission, Disability Rights Wisconsin, National Disability Institute, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), Division of Vocational Rehab (DVR) at Workforce Development Center, Waukesha, Employment Resources, Inc., Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin, First Stage, Life Navigators, My Choice Family Care, TMG Wisconsin  
UEDA 2018 Summit Networking Contact List (for the above organizations)  

A special THANK YOU to our Sponsors and Supporters, who provided important support for a successful event. Learn about past UEDA Summits here, which includes links to summary reports, videos and articles.


Join the Disable Poverty Campaign and access the Toolkit

ABLE National Resource Center (tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families)

City of Milwaukee Accessibility Policies & Compliance

City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Financial Empowerment Tools for People with Disabilities

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Your Money Your Goals financial education curriculum - check out the Toolkit and the Companion Guides

Holding An Inclusive Event

IndependenceFirst WisLoan + Telework program

LEAD Center (a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations dedicated to improving employment and economic advancement outcomes for all people with disabilities)

Milwaukee County Disability Resource Center

Money Smart – a financial education curriculum from the FDIC

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is every October – consider participating!

The NDI Webinar Archive has resources on asset building and financial wellness best practices 

Using People First Language and Handout

Pew Research Center – Seven Facts About People with Disabilities

State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Vocational Rehabilitation

Wisconsin Employment First – check out their Resources and Annual Conference information

Wisconsin Promise Project – their Resource Page has great links for youth and families

Work Incentive Benefit Specialist Association - a network of professionals that offer quality services to people with disabilities      

If you are looking for a specific contact, please feel free to give us a call at (414) 562-9904 or email us and we would be glad to assist.  Stay tuned as we move forward with next steps in 2014.

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