ERIC Number: ED450525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Getting Down to Business: A Blueprint for Creating and Supporting Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities.
President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Washington, DC.
This report from the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, a federal agency that coordinates and promotes public and private efforts to enhance the employment of people with disabilities, discusses the current status of small business and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities and offers recommendations for addressing barriers to business ownership. Recommendations include: (1) mainstream business development organizations, both public and private, must make a commitment to reach out to individuals with disabilities; (2) outreach and awareness-raising efforts are needed to educate the public, individuals with disabilities, government agencies, financial institutions, and business development professionals about the viability of business ownership for people with disabilities; (3) vocational rehabilitation counselors need adequate education, training, and clear policy guidance relative to self-employment or small business ownership as vocational outcomes; (4) people with disabilities need access to flexible capital based on the merits of their business plans; (5) business development services targeted to individuals with disabilities must include a comprehensive framework for providing training and technical assistance services; and (6) continued research is needed on the self-employment of people with disabilities being served through public service delivery systems and those who are independently pursuing self-employment. (Contains 60 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Advocacy, Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Economic Opportunities, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Entrepreneurship, Program Development, Self Employment, Small Businesses, Technical Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation
President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, 1331 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004-1107; Tel: 202-376-6200 (Voice); Tel: 202-376-6205 (TDD); Fax: 202-376-6859; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.pcepd.gov.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Washington, DC.