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Let's Talk About Disability Pride! (I Met One of the Producers from Crip Camp!)

  Today is the 31 st anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act and Disability Pride Month! In case you didn’t know t his important civil rights law works to ensure all people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else (Social Media: Tweets & Posts, n.d). What a month to show your support for the disability community! This past week I attended the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) summer conference in Austin, Texas and the opening speaker was Andréa LaVant one of the producers of Crip Camp. She told her story of growing up as a Black disabled women and how it affected her. What stood out to me the most was that while she had been taught about Black pride she had never been taught about disability pride. Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “Let’s Talk about Disability Pride” with a black colored fist that reads Support Disability Rights. As a former Special Education teacher I remember talking about f

I Got A Refund! What Should I Do With It?

 

I got a refund! When I got the email notification that I would be receiving a refund my excitement went through the roof! This is the first time that I have received a refund since undergrad! In case you’re wondering, a refund is the overage from your financial aid that you receive once everything has paid out. With this being the summer semester and funds being limited I was not expecting this at all.

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The extra money that I received came from a summer grant and CARES Act funding. Since I had already paid my tuition fees for this semester I was able to receive a total of $632 of FREE money! Free money means that I do not have to pay any of this back and it is mine to use as I please! You’re probably wondering well how did you get a grant when funds are limited during the summer? Did you apply for this? While I did apply for the CARES Act funding, I did not apply for the other summer grant that I received. I assume that it was likely overage from not as many students being enrolled during the summer or from students that did not meet a certain set of stipulations that I just so happened to meet.



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I plan to use this money to further my debt free journey by pushing it towards my student loans. When you receive any type of refund you want to make sure that it is put towards any goals that you have that will help you to reach your ultimate purpose. Right now, my purpose is to become debt free so that I can create a legacy for my future family. So don’t just blow it on a vacation or something that you don’t need! Did you get a summer refund? If so, how are you spending it? What financial goals are you currently working on? Drop down in the comments and let me know and be sure to check out my latest video on the topic!

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