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The New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project


6/15/21: Money Management: Where Does Our Money Go and How Can We Make Better Decisions?

We will explore the ways in which we spend money: What are your wants? What are your needs? Do you buy mostly things? Or do you spend money mostly on experiences? Are you happy with your answers? Once we have an idea of how we spend our money, we will learn some decision making strategies that can help us to make better financial decisions. Then we will apply those decision making skills together to practice different scenarios so we are prepared for our next financial decision!

Dr. Anne Ryan is the Online Program Director for STRIVE WorldWIDE, an online program designed to teach independent living skills to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. 

Anne’s background prior to joining STRIVE is in higher education, serving as an Academic Dean and Campus President. Anne has a master’s degree in Higher Education with a focus on online teaching and learning, and a doctorate in Academic Leadership. 

Anne’s academic research has focused on providing access to higher education in underserved populations. Anne lives in Kennebunk, ME with her husband Brian, son Oli, and dog, Stan.  Sara Brown is the Training Coordinator for PSL Services/STRIVE and Instructor for STRIVE WorldWIDE and TOPS, STRIVE’s transitional program for high school students. Sara has worked with PSL/STRIVE since 2004 in residential and community support, program management, and curriculum design (and lots of ridiculous and fun projects)An. Sara enjoys building relationships with participants and furthering inclusion through education. Sara studied sociology at the University of Southern Maine and is Ed Tech III certified in the state of Maine.