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Self-Employment for Young People with Disabilities

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of an interview of Alice Weiss Doyel.

Mary Van Pelt Alice Weiss Doyel

Mary is an advocate for social justice issues faced by people diagnosed with mental illness, especially in the arena of sustainable and meaningful employment. Hear her interview Alice Doyel.

Alice is the founder of BOLD Consulting Group which specializes in operations management for small businesses. Alice wrote the book, No More Job Interviews! Self-Employment Strategies for People with Disabilities. She headed the Colorado Small Business Initiative, a coalition of organizations whose focus was to enhance small business ownership for people with disabilities; and she was a member of the Small Business Administration Roundtable on Self-Employment for People with Disabilities.

Other Experts You will Learn from Later this Section

Cary Griffin David Hammis

Cary provides training and consultation to professionals in the rehabilitation field regarding the employment of individuals with significant disabilities.He has been instrumental in designing self-employment protocols and training.

David serves as a Consultant for the Rural Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Expansion Design Project. Dave works with organizations on benefits analysis, supported employment, supported entrepreneurial employment, and employment engineering.

Starting Your Own Business

The type of business that a person with a disability can operate is limited only by imagination.

Thousands of people with disabilities have been successful as small business owners. People with disabilities have a higher rate of self-employment and small business experience (12%) than people without disabilities (8%). The Disabled Businessman’s Association estimates that 40% of home-based businesses are operated by people with disabilities.

The University of Montana Research and Training Center on Rural Issues for People with Disabilities has documented that entrepreneurs with disabilities have successfully operated a wide variety of businesses: Accounting Services, Air Conditioner Repair Service, Auction Service, Auto Body Repair Shop, Bakery, Bicycle Shop, Boat Making Shop, Child Care Service, Chiropractic Practice, Contract Services, Counseling Service, Farming, Janitorial/Maintenance Service, Piano Refinishing Service, Real Estate Office, Restaurant, Free-lance Writing, Used Clothing Store, Weed Abatement Service and Welding Shop.

Source: http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/ek00/small.htm

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