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FDIC Updates its Money Smart Financial Education Program for Consumers/Individuals with Visual Disabilities

October 5, 2015
Media Contact:
Greg Hernandez (202) 898-6993

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced two new resources tailored to meet the financial education needs of individuals with visual disabilities. The FDIC's 11-module instructor-led Money Smart curriculum for adults is available in Braille and Large Print. Its format permits an instructor to use the printed version of the Instructor Guide, while the students can follow along with either the Large Print or Braille Student Guide. In addition, the latest version of the Money Smart Podcast Network—the audio version of Money Smart—now is available in Spanish. These products expand the FDIC's existing suite of financial education resources, which includes the Your Insured Deposit brochure that is available in a large-print edition.

"For many in the United States, especially the underserved population, financial education introduces the benefits of a bank account and provides the basic skills necessary to make sound financial decisions. To be successful, these financial education materials must be easily accessible," said FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg.

More than three million consumers have had the opportunity to learn how to better manage their finances and more effectively use mainstream banking services through the Money Smart curriculum. It can be easily reproduced and has no copyright restrictions. For more information, or to order the new products, visit:

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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's banks and savings associations, 6,348 as of June 30, 2015. It promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars — insured financial institutions fund its operations.

FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at, by subscription electronically (go to and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-79-2015