April is Financial Literacy Month, which allows agencies, private organizations, and community groups the opportunity to make a concerted push to raise consumers’ awareness about the benefits of learning more about their financial matters. As part of Financial Literacy Month, Access Living’s own Financial Literacy Program, which is facilitated by Carleda Johnson, Access Living’s Independent Living Skills Coordinator, will introduce the FDIC national financial education curriculum ‘Money Smart.’ Money Smart is a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help low and moderate income individuals enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. Johnson believes Money Smart gives different options for people with disabilities in the program who need assistance with their finances. It even includes additional materials and references for financial counseling, so consumers can continue to build positive financial relationships after Access Living’s program is over. Speaking about Money Smart and the Financial Literacy Group, Johnson said, “I am excited for this program because, as a young person and college student, I can definitely relate to being financially savvy. I like to see consumers gain power and confidence when dealing with their finances. Also, I like helping people figure out what options they have, I think that’s very empowering.” Access Living’s 11-week curriculum began on April 13 and will conclude on June 22. The group meets Friday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 p.m. All people with disabilities, who want assistance and advice on their finances, can be a part of this group.