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March 23, 2010

 

DiNapoli Enhances His Financial Education Web Site

Your Money New York Adds Content for People With Disabilities

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced he has improved his Your Money New York financial education Web site to provide helpful financial information and resources to people with disabilities. The new section of the Web site is available to help people with disabilities receive the government assistance to which they are legally entitled.

“With about one out of every five New Yorkers living with a disability, I wanted to make sure our Web site is relevant and helpful to all citizens,” DiNapoli said. “People living with disabilities are often entitled to some form of governmental assistance, but getting good information on these programs can be hard to find. Your Money New York has been upgraded to better help those that face disability-related challenges navigate the maze of available resources.”

DiNapoli launched Your Money New York (www.yourmoneynewyork.com) last year to give New Yorkers easy access to information and useful resources on money-related matters. Since then, the site has been expanded to specifically cater to students, women, and small business owners.

Disability-specific financial challenges include higher health care costs; the need for expensive adaptive equipment; learning about eligibility and filing requirements for applicable disability benefits; and, finding suitable accommodations in housing, transportation and education. Additionally, people with disabilities are twice as likely to be unemployed as the general population.

The enhanced Your Money New York Web site offers access to legal rights of the disabled population, and links to programs that can help people achieve financial security, participate actively in the community, and realize their potential. The new disabilities page of Your Money New York also provides access to information from federal, State and local government resources, including:

  • A comprehensive overview of resources for those with disabilities;
  • How to obtain financial assistance;
  • A guide to understanding legal rights;
  • Resources to help those who work with disabilities;
  • Access to educational assistance; and
  • Other resources such as assistive technology.

“The United Way values Comptroller DiNapoli’s leadership in helping New Yorkers address the money challenges that so many face in today’s economy,” said Mary A. Shaheen, Vice President of the United Way of New York State. “Your Money New York is an example of the way the Comptroller has utilized the know-how of his office, along with the expertise of other organizations such as ours, to provide information and assistance through this excellent online resource. The United Way of New York State has also been pleased to work with the Comptroller in partnership with New York Makes Work Pay to enhance Your Money New York by adding information designed to meet the particular needs of New Yorkers with disabilities.”

Your Money New York Web Site
The easy-to-use, multilingual site covers credit cards and consumer debt, home mortgages, savings and investments, insurance, and protection against identity theft and financial scams. It also provides access to interactive calculators and DiNapoli’s Open Book New York Web site, which brings detailed information on State and local government finances to taxpayers through a centralized, user-friendly platform.

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