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Detroit Summit to Focus on Helping People with Disabilities Achieve Financial Stability

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April 13, 2018
Media Contact: Mia Harnos, Chief Development & Communications Officer
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Detroit, Mich. –Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency will host the 2018 Financial Inclusion and Disability Awareness Summit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Wednesday, April 18th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  JPMorgan Chase is a sponsoring partner for the event.

Public agencies, practitioners, leaders from the financial services sector, and the disability community will come together to address barriers that Americans with disabilities face in achieving financial stability.  During the event, national and local experts will discuss strategies that will help create better economic futures for all individuals with disabilities, as well as identify pathways that will bridge the financial inclusion gap.  There are break out sessions for providers as well as sessions targeted directly to individuals with disabilities.

In the 27 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, individuals across the spectrum of disabilities still face challenges to achieve financial inclusion. The Summit will focus on opportunities and strategies for designing programs and products to build financially inclusive communities. “As a community we must be deliberate in our efforts to ensure that all people have access to services and opportunities to achieve economic self-sufficiency,” said Mia Harnos, Chief Development and Communications Officer for Wayne Metro.  “By bringing community and financial industry leaders together with front-line practitioners we can advance our local financial inclusion strategies and break down the barriers that are hindering financial progress for our disability community.”

Event topics for the Financial Inclusion and Disability Awareness Summit will include:

-Challenges and Opportunities for people with disabilities
-Your Money, Your Goals for Providers
-Tools and opportunities to achieve financial empowerment
-A panel discussion on financial inclusion and independence

Guest speakers will include:
Scott de Varona
MiABLE Division Director
Michigan Department of Treasury

Mary Griffin
Senior Advisor, Office of Financial Empowerment
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Mia Harnos
Chief Development and Communications Officer
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Angelisa Harris
Regional Manager
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Chicago Regional Community Affairs Program

Nicole (Nikki) Holsopple
Head of Community Reinvestment and Community Partnerships
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Rodney E. Hood
Vice President, Community Relations Manager
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jaime Junior
MI Financial Opportunity Corps Member
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Paul Landry
Benefits Counselor/CWIC and Project Manager
United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Detroit

Chelsea Neblett
Volunteer Coordinator
Department of Neighborhoods, City of Detroit

Michael Roush, M.A. AFC®
Director of the Real Economic Impact Network
National Disability Institute (NDI)

Denise D. Steele
Community Reinvestment Officer and Community Partnership Officer
Chase Bank

To receive additional information on the Financial Inclusion and Disability Awareness Summit, visit

About Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
Wayne Metro is the Community Action Agency serving all of Wayne County, including the City of Detroit. Our mission is to empower low-income people and strengthen communities. The agency has been serving needs of low-income individuals since 1971, delivering more than 30 integrated programs, including educational, housing, financial empowerment and basic needs services to individuals, families, and children. We maintain a low administrative rate (8%) so that $.92 of every dollar can be utilized for direct client services. With corporate headquarters in the City of Detroit, Wayne Metro maintains over 20 service hubs and sites throughout the City of Detroit and suburban Wayne County including Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Grosse Pointe, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Taylor, Westland and Wyandotte.

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