The NorthEast Community Action Corporation (NECAC) is making it easier for disabled people to get information about financial and homeownership goals.

The NorthEast Community Action Corporation (NECAC) is making it easier for disabled people to get information about financial and homeownership goals.

The NECAC Homeownership Center in Hannibal is hosting Training Tuesday classes from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19.

2017 marks the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was designed to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Many people with disabilities face exceptional challenges. Often, the unemployment rate for the disabled adult is double the national average.

Lack of work and limited employment, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, (a government agency designed to protect the public from financial harm), can have a negative effect on people’s mental and physical health. It can also limit housing options and participation in the community. Poverty rates for the disabled are 27 percent compared to 12 percent for adults of the same age.

The “Your Money Your Goals” class uses the curriculum from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Issues addressed include ABLE Savings Accounts, IDAs and PASS accounts. Ways the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act strengthens employment opportunities and what to do if you feel you have been discriminated against will be discussed. Additional topics include spending, budgeting and debt reduction.

The class is free of charge and open to the public. The NECAC Homeownership Center is located at 3518 Palmyra Road in Hannibal. The Center is ADA compliant.