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Financial Literacy Education at W. Ross Macdonald School for Students who are Visually Impaired, Blind and Deafblind

In Ontario, beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, schools and school boards throughout the province are enhancing financial literacy education within existing Ontario curriculum from grades 4-12. The goal of this Financial Literacy Education Initiative is to make financial literacy education a part of every child’s learning by enhancing and highlighting opportunities for students to build financial literacy skills using the existing curriculum in grades 4-12. Curriculum-linked resources including video clips, viewer guides and lesson plans which show the implementation of financial literacy across a wide range of subjects, settings and grades have been developed to support implementation. These and other financial literacy resources can be found by visiting Financial Literacy EduGAINS at

Two schools from the Provincial Schools Branch are featured as part of the provincial financial literacy video clips series. The following video clips show financial literacy education in action in a Grade 12 Guidance and Career Education class at
W. Ross Macdonald School.

To see a video filmed at E.C. Drury School for the Deaf showing students developing financial literacy skills in a Grade 7 and 8 class with a focus on Mathematics and Health and Physical Education, click here.

Access elementary videos clips and secondary video clips hosted on Financial Literacy EduGAINS.

Financial Literacy in Guidance and Career Education – Navigating the Workplace (GLN4O)

Students are developing and using planning skills, preparing for the transition from secondary school to postsecondary education, apprenticeship and/or the world of work. In this lesson, students have the opportunity to learn by hearing from a former student from their school who has low vision. He has recently started college after working for a few years after graduation from secondary school. Students use web resources and a structured planning process to investigate resources available for blind and low vision students in different scenarios. The scenarios challenge the students to consider a variety of factors including budget, living expenses, social/emotional support, access to resources, access to supports in the community, the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), and job search skills. Students then start to apply this learning to their own situation, making personal connections. While they examine the challenges they may face and help each other brainstorm possible solutions including access to a range of resources, the students also reflect on their opportunities and assets.

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Minds On

Educators discuss the importance of intentionally teaching skills related to financial literacy for all students, but especially for students who are blind or have low vision. Preparing for transition from secondary school, grade 12 students pose questions to a former student and listen to his responses via a recorded web interview. They reflect on what they hear as they think about the costs associated with living independently and different ways of approaching life after secondary school.

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Students independently examine different scenarios with challenges students may face after secondary school. The teacher supports individuals, offering probing questions to help students think about where to find resources to address the different challenges.

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Students use the same process to examine their own choices after secondary school, challenges they may face and resources they could access to support them. Peers provide feedback to build on ideas presented. Reflecting on their learning, students make powerful statements related to financial literacy, their future aspirations and opportunities.

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