Wise Webinar Series: Neurodivergent Financial Empowerment: Finding Financial Freedom for Adults with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

April 12, 2023

2022-23 Wise Webinar Series

Neurodivergent Financial Empowerment: Finding Financial Freedom for Adults with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

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This prentation is part of the WISE series of trainings titled “Learning from our best teachers, individuals with disabilities”.   Shalese Heard is a Influencer, speaker, author based in Atlanta.  Shalese will be discussing the financial freedom in the Autistic and Disability community. This presentation will discuss common obstacles that people with disabilities have in achieving financial freedom, busting common financial myths and the importance of building a career tailored to our strengths in order to achieve the financial freedom we deserve. The webinar is again moderated by Chuy Campuzano, a Consultant/Trainer/Podcaster from Chicago Illinois.
Learning Objectives:

  • The definition of financial independence/ financial freedom. Common obstacles many people with disabilities face in achieving it.
  • Busting traditional money myths. Why traditional rules on how to gain financial independence don't work for people with Disabilities.
  • The cost of being disabled, and why financial freedom is important in order for people with disabilities to thrive in their mental and physical health.


Jesus Chuy Campuzano

 Jesus Chuy Campuzano was born and raised in Chicago Illinois where he still resides. Growing up in Chicago he went through the special education system. After graduating he never received services from the Illinois Council of Developmental Disabilities as he was unaware and uninterested in long term services. Chuy was ashamed and felt isolated with his disability. Fortunately, he joined Access Living, a Disability Rights Organization in 2008 where he met Curtis Harris. He began to learn about individuals with all types of disabilities and to accept them. This led to Chuy becoming a leader in the advocacy community.

Chuy is a member of the Going Home Coalition and chairs the leadership committee. As a member of the WOW team Chuy plans and co-hosts the meetings and created the WOW Facebook Group. Chuy is a regular presenter at the Speak Up Speak Out Summit. His project “Dis Life …An historical perspective of Lives that matter” has allowed him to conduct numerous interviews with individuals in the disability community. Chuy believes that getting to know individuals and their strengths will lead to better outcomes in life. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity!


Chuck Goodwin

 Chuck Goodwin has worked for over 30 years with individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of capacities. He has worked in both the residential and vocational arenas providing direct support for individuals. For the past 13 years as a private consultant around the Northwest, he has provided trainings on such subjects as positive behavioral supports, history and values around services, job coaching, supporting individuals with challenging behaviors, precision training, natural supports, utilizing community resources, and vocational issues. He has provided technical assistance to employment agencies around teaching individuals difficult tasks using universal design, understanding and supporting individuals with challenging behaviors, creating schedules, analyzing and modifying work flow issues, working with speed and quality issues, and teaching self-management. His passion is helping individuals who are struggling to find success. He continues to work individually with people and their families to help them realize their potential.

Shalese Heard

Shalese Heard is an online influencer who teaches Autistic adults how to travel the world, build financial freedom and self advocacy. Shalese is an author, YouTuber, and speaker. She obtained a dual Master's degree in Business Administration and Environmental Public Health.

Shalese's career is a bit unconventional.  She's spent most of her career self employed with various entrepreneurial ventures. Struggling to get a job after graduation; she created her OWN job. She created her own car rental business renting out her cars on a car sharing platform. What started out as a side hustle ended up as a full time living that allowed her the freedom to travel the world.

She has worked on/off as a Geologist. Eventually she has turned her social media endeavors (YouTube, writing, consulting, speaking) into viable income streams.

Throughout her career journey, she struggled with finding her place professionally as an Autistic person. She also realized the importance of financial freedom as an Autistic person, that being financially free is imperative for our self esteem, mental and physical health.

Her own experiences made her passionate about showing other Autistic people ways to create financial freedom for themselves.

It all began with her drive and tenacity to find income streams to fund her special interest: world travel.

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