A subject like budgeting has many nuances. For the individual who has a learning disability, it’s potentially far more complicated. We need to be careful of our assumptions. It’s important that we don’t assume that the individual with a disability isn’t capable of managing their budget and finances successfully. At the same time, we don’t want to “throw them into the deep end” and give them a task that is beyond their skill set.
The complexity of how we teach a skill like budgeting will depend, in large part, on the level of functioning the learner is capable of, as well as the age of the learner. Older individuals may require a more in-depth understanding of the topic than a younger learner.
Here are some things to consider when discussing or teaching budgeting to a person with a learning disability:
Here are some excellent resources available to help individuals with a learning disability learn about money.
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