Disability-Related Financial Management System (DFMS)
There is a need for financial advisors, disability benefits experts, and AI developers to develop a comprehensive Disability-Related Financial Management System. Combining artificial intelligence,(AI), a search engine, automation, and human experiences is the only way a genuinely comprehensive Disability Finance Knowledge-Base can be implemented and kept current. A public forum will enable people with disabilities, their family and friends and support group to obtain answers from the knowledge-base as well as other people in the forum. Ratings of responses by forum members will ensure the knowledge-base continues to have the most accurate information. The DFMS will include AI-driven questionnaires and bots that will assist users in building and maintaining budgets that will maximize their chances of financial stability and success. Financial advisors will also be available.
Disability benefits are complex. People have compared it to business payroll but many times more complicated. With business payroll, every state, county, and city has its own rules that may be affected by healthcare plans, retirement plans, savings plans, etc. Disability benefits to differ by state, county and city. Many agencies and corporations offer disability benefits also. Disability benefits depend on many factors including beneficiaries' age, disability, income, assets, onset age of disability, the reason for disability, military status, etc. With business payroll, there are systems built to shield the complexities from businesses. No subject matter expert would be expected to know all that is involved with business payroll without using a system. Yet with disability benefits, we do rely on subject matter expert to know and how people with disabilities can get financing for the products and services they need. To date, our efforts with artificial intelligence are to try to mimic what disability benefits subject matter expert does. We need a system that will comprehensively discover where and how people with disabilities can finance the products and services they need.
There are many good forums re disability benefits see Social Security Forum1 as an example. There are calculators that help people with disabilities understand disability benefits. As an example, see WID's DB1012. There are courses on disability benefits including a certification process. There are books written to help people with disabilities improve their financial health. Tom Foley wrote EQUITY-Asset-Building-Strategies-Disabilities-Empowerment3. All of these are great resources based on the knowledge of subject matter expert. None uses a comprehensive, systematic approach.
In the past few years, I have been receiving funding from the California Regional Center for my personal care attendants. For decades, Denise and I spent many thousands of dollars annually for personal assistant services. It wasn't until one of my attendants ask me why I wasn't receiving services from the Regional Center did I realize that people with developmental disabilities can receive personal assistant services paid for regardless of income or assets. I have always been well connected with the Disability Community. If I didn't realize this benefit was available to me, imagine how unaware the general public must be of the many products and services that are available to them.
Many surveys have been done to understand the financial health of households that have one or more people with disabilities in them. Every study confirmed that the Disability Community has many unique financial needs that are not being met. Programs that provide financial assistance to offset the high cost of living with a disability can be challenging to navigate resulting in funds and resources not being received or maximized. Many people with disabilities do not work because of the fear of losing the benefits they need. Accessing resources and financial support available while staying within guidelines to avoid interruption of benefits is confusing and time-consuming. Budget management on a “fixed income,” much less planning for the future for needed areas like estate planning is demanding, especially without tools and guidance. Many customers with disabilities and their support networks are unaware of resources that can help them with financial management and financial planning. They are unaware that there are financial products that would be effective in specific financial stages, such as educational loans for special education, home loans for modifications, or assistive technology (equipment) loans.
With an effective Disability Financial Management System, a very necessary and profitable business can be established.
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