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Why are we hosting this online dialogue?

COVID-19 has disrupted the personal finances of many Americans. As a result, a large number of people — including those with disabilities — are making employment–related decisions based on their new financial situation. You may be one of them.

We all need clear and accurate information to secure our financial well-being. In that effort, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) developed the Secure Your Financial Future: A Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities. The Financial Toolkit provides a path forward, based on where you are in your employment journey, including Preparing for a Job, Starting a Job, Maintaining a Job, Changing or Losing a Job and Retiring from a Job.

The Financial Toolkit is designed to answer important questions, as well as provide tools and resources, to help people with disabilities meet their financial goals. By hosting this ePolicyWorks national online dialogue, DOL is hoping to gather feedback and suggestions for the Financial Toolkit, including any additional best financial literacy practices. The dialogue will help DOL ensure the Financial Toolkit provides the resources an individual with a disability needs to become economically empowered.

DOL encourages everyone to participate in this dialogue and share their ideas and suggestions on how best to enhance the Toolkit. DOL is especially interested in ideas on how it can be sure that the Financial Toolkit supports people with disabilities from underserved communities, including people of different races, ethnicities and identities.

Finally, through this online dialogue, DOL hopes to provide people with disabilities, service providers, American Job Center staff and other members of the public an opportunity to play a role in adjusting the future content in the Financial Toolkit. The input gathered in the dialogue will be used to guide future content and serve as a way enhance the efficacy of the Financial Toolkit.

What is this dialogue about?

This national dialogue will help inform DOL about additional tools and resources that need to be developed for and added to the Financial Toolkit. This dialogue will help us better understand how the Financial Toolkit can address the needs of people with disabilities of different races, ethnicities and identities. DOL will update the tools and resources that people with disabilities and their service providers need to promote economic self-sufficiency throughout the work lifecycle based on the information gathered from this dialogue.

Why should I participate?

Join this online dialogue to share your ideas and questions, contribute your thoughts for solutions and learn from others. The goal here is to gather ideas from a diverse audience. Through your responses, we hope to learn about solutions and innovations that have been created, resources that are available, barriers that people experience and practices created to overcome barriers, so that we can share information back to the field and assist in advancing the financial literacy and economic well-being of youth and adults with disabilities.

Who should participate?

This online event is open to anyone interested in joining the conversation. We strongly encourage individuals with disabilities, especially those from underserved communities and people of different races, ethnicities and identities, as well as service providers and financial institutions, to participate.

How do you participate?

To participate in the dialogue, please click Register Now or Log In. If you have any questions or require any technical assistance please contact: ePolicyWorks@dol.gov.