Dr. Jackie Booth has more than 25 years of education experience teaching teenagers and adults at middle school through graduate school levels. Her focus has been on developing creative curriculum combined with unique instructional strategies to achieve effective learning. With an emphasis on financial education and entrepreneurship, she has worked with universities, schools, government agencies, and private organizations to provide a wide variety of educational programs. In particular, she has targeted her efforts to include and accommodate students and adults with disabilities to help them realize independence and financial success.
Dear Disability Advisor, My 59 year-old husband has been experiencing severe hearing loss for the past couple of years to the point where it is impossible to carry on a normal conversation with him. But that’s not the worst. He cannot understand people on the telephone, has to watch television with the maximum volume and still cannot hear, and even has problems identifying traffic sounds while driving, such as horns, motorcycles, or even sirens. He wears hearing aids but they don’t seem to work very well. In addition to the frustration at home, he works in an office where he...Read more
Hardly anyone would turn down an opportunity to increase personal income. That is especially true if you have a set income based on social security disability benefits. But many disability recipients believe they will lose their financial and healthcare benefits if they work, or wonder how on earth they can get a job given their disability. This article discusses some issues for you to consider to help evaluate your readiness to take on additional work. Determining if you might return to your previous type of work, exploring possibilities for a new type of work that interests you, thinking about how...Read more
Around the holidays each year, the activity of professional scammers ramps up ranging from emotional pleas to donate to needy causes to great-sounding offers to double your money to help pay for seasonal expenses. However once the new year begins the fraudulent activity continues with additional people falling victim to swindles. While being scammed is distressing to everyone, it can be especially financially, physically, and emotionally devastating to persons with disabilities. With nearly 50 million people currently identified as disabled, a large percentage of American families are affected by crimes committed in the area of fraud against the disabled. The...Read more
Dear Disability Advisor, My 56 year old brother in law has not worked since he has been 22 years old. When he was 18 his parents had him committed with schizophrenia briefly for a week or so, he begged them to come home and they let him. He never went for treatment, went off his meds and the rest of the children left the home, got married and got on with life, He continued to live at his parents house and they never forced him to get help, a job or see a doctor...fast forward 34 years and his parents...Read more