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Empowering All Students with Financial Literacy:

Why We Chose Bankability

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Written by Jeanne McCarthy, Ed.D, the parent of a child with Autism and the Chief Academic Officer of A Step Up Academy- a private, non-profit, co-educational, and non-sectarian school for children with autism serving children in Preschool through 12th grade. The mission of A Step Up Academy is to prepare students to become engaged participants in society by developing innovative academic, social, emotional, and behavioral programming as well as impactful community partnerships.

Allow me to introduce you to Bankability, a powerful tool we’ve been utilizing at A Step Up Academy that fosters positive behaviors, supports students' social and emotional growth, and imparts essential financial literacy skills.

A Step Up Academy is a private, non-profit, co-educational school for children with autism which has always been dedicated to preparing our students to become engaged participants in society. To achieve this, we needed a comprehensive approach that goes beyond traditional education. Bankability has proven to be just that!

Evolving in the Classroom

Through our time using Bankability, we’ve seen our classrooms evolve in the way student behavior is approached. Bankability is a versatile program that grows alongside our students.

One of the things we love most about Bankability is its focus on positive behavior support. This isn't just about financial literacy; it's about creating a positive and inclusive school environment. The positive reinforcement system in Bankability motivates students to exhibit successful behaviors and make responsible choices. It's not punitive; it's empowering.

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Beyond Theory to Practical Skills

Bankability doesn't just stop at teaching financial concepts; it puts them into practice. In a world where students are often bombarded with theoretical knowledge, Bankability takes a refreshing, concrete approach. It allows students to develop practical skills, and there's no better way to learn about money than by managing it. Bankability equips our students with real-world financial skills, whether it's understanding the value of money, budgeting, saving, or making informed financial decisions.

A Skill Set for Life

Financial literacy is a skill set that every student, regardless of their educational needs, should possess. It empowers them to make informed financial decisions, plan for the future, and become responsible and contributing members of society.

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There is nothing quite like Bankability. The skills it imparts are invaluable, not just for students with special education needs, but for all students. As the chief academic officer of A Step Up Academy, I wholeheartedly recommend that schools consider integrating Bankability into their curriculum.

About Digitability

Digitability is an award-winning comprehensive life skills and transition curriculum that continues to be recognized as an innovative solution to the unemployment crisis facing a large — and growing — population of those with disabilities, such as autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome and more. Students graduate with a work-ready portfolio and the skills to showcase their experiences, as well as a self-advocacy plan for any workplace. Teachers access an easy to use system that reduces planning and progress monitoring time.

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