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Grant to fund financial literacy training video

Kevin Callahan, director UNT Autism CenterThe Student Money Management Center and Kristin Farmer Autism Center are creating a video to train others how to teach basic budgeting and financial literacy to young adults with autism spectrum disorders.

The two UNT centers earned a grant from the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education to create the training video, which is expected to be complete in June.

“To my knowledge UNT is one of the first universities in the country to specifically address the financial literacy of students with special learning needs using video technology,” said Kevin Callahan, executive director of the Kristin Farmer Autism Center.

The $2,500 Mary O’Neill Mini-Grant from the association will be used to cover script development, filming and post-production costs of a video that will be available for free on the websites of both the award-winning student center and the autism center.

Paul Goebel, Student Money Management Center“Money management is a common denominator in everyone’s lives,” said Paul Goebel, lower right, senior director of the management center. “With this video, financial literacy professionals from around the country can gain better insight in how to take the topic of financial literacy – as well as the core skills of budgeting – and present it to individuals with autism.”

The train-the-trainer video model will help reach people beyond UNT – including family members, teachers and other service providers for people with autism.

“Current research indicates that many young men and women on the autism spectrum experience significant challenges with self-management, including navigating their finances successfully,” Callahan said. “This collaboration fits nicely within the center’s life-span mission and our partnership with the Office of Disability Accommodation to provide positive supports for UNT’s students with autism. Our shared goal is that all students with special needs will attain a higher level of independent functioning as a result of this program.”

The student-driven video will be created with the help of management center student employee Eric Izuora and  student talent.

Posted on: Tue 11 December 2012

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