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Making Money Decisions Real webinar

Making decisions about money and growing financial independence is an important part of life.

Our Making Money Decision Real webinar on Wednesday June 12, 11am – 12.30pm (AEST) is for families supporting people with an intellectual disability. It will be a facilitated conversation between Inclusion Australia’s Specialist Advisor, Dariane McLean and Dr Rhonda Faragher AO, Professor in Inclusive Education at the University of Queensland.

You can register to attend the webinar via Zoom.

Dariane and Rhonda will explore money independence and practical strategies to build money understanding and skills for people with an intellectual disability in a safe way.

We know building financial independence for a person with an intellectual disability can sometimes be difficult and there are some very real duty-of-care safeguarding considerations. However, making decisions about your money and growing financial independence is an important part of life.

Based on the principles of supported decision making this webinar is an opportunity to further empower and educate you to support safe and independent money skills for people with an intellectual disability.

Tools and resources for families and supporters will be discussed, as well as the opportunities and risks that come with money decisions. We encourage you to interact with the panelists via the chat. There will be time to ask questions in the last 20 minutes.

This webinar will be recorded and publicly shared so families can continue to access the discussion and learnings.

You can register to attend the Making Money Decisions Real webinar via Zoom.

Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

About the speakers:

Dr Rhonda Faragher AO is a Professor in Inclusive Education. She has internationally recognised expertise in the mathematics education of learners with Down syndrome. In her research and teaching, she works to improve the educational outcomes of students who have difficulties learning mathematics. She has expertise in inclusive education in a range of contexts, including secondary classrooms.

Dr Faragher is the Director of the Down Syndrome Research Program within the School of Education. She is Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. In 2023, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

You can learn more about Dr Faragher here: Professor Rhonda Faragher – School of Education – University of Queensland (

Dariane McLean has been involved in disability advocacy for many years. She is the mother of a 45-year-old autistic man with an intellectual disability who has high support needs.

In her role as a Specialist Advisor at Inclusion Australia Dariane works on family networking and policy development. She has been invited to participate on many advisory groups including on issues such as autism and intellectually disability, positive behaviour support, NDIA Independent Expert Review model, and was a special witness at the Disability Royal Commission. She also facilitates a services for one national community of practice of families who are committed to the same model.

Dariane has also held a role on the VALID advocacy team for 16 years where she has provided individual and systemic advocacy for people with an intellectual disability with high level complex support needs. She facilitates a VALID peer action group of families who support someone who has a history of behaviours of concern to provide a safe environment for them to receive support, peer connection and information.