Forge Your Own Path – Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship

Did you know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be self-employed than their peers without disabilities? Self-employment and entrepreneurship offer people with disabilities a viable path to economic independence, one that gets around some of the barriers to traditional employment such as access to transportation, inflexible work schedules, and lack of local opportunities, particularly in rural communities. Launching your own business can be a daunting prospect, but there are tools and services available to help you along the way.

Check out these resources from the NIDILRR grantee community:

Vocational rehabilitation counselors can play an important role in the self-employment success of their clients with disabilities. Tools and training resources are available to help them support their clients’ dreams of entrepreneurship:

Outside of the NIDILRR community, there are many resources for both those exploring self-employment and the professionals who can support them along the way:

Want to dig deeper into the research? Our REHABDATA database indexes more than 200,000 articles from the US and internationally.

For assistance in accessing materials indexed in REHABDATA, or to find resources in your community to start your self-employment journey, contact an information specialist today!

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