Research Progress Report
University of Montana Rural Institute
Self-employment provides a variety of advantages including flexible hours, ability to work from home, an outlet for creativity, and a job that capitalizes on one’s interests and talents (Clark & Kays, 1999). According to the 1990 United States Census, people with disabilities choose self-employment at a higher rate than people without disabilities (12.2% vs. 7.8%). The 1998 Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act contains language that strengthens self-employment as a viable and expected Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) outcome. Likewise, Small Business Administration (SBA) initiatives which impact Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) contain similar goals of enhancing self-employment service delivery for people with disabilities (SBA, 2000). While SBDC and VR agencies are both charged with providing self-employment services to people with disabilities, the two agencies have different areas of expertise. SBDCs are versed in the intricacies of starting a business, including marketing, operations, and financial planning. VR counselors are experienced in serving individuals with disabilities and have discretionary resources that can be used for vocational training or business start-up costs.
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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
This research is supported by grant #H133B70017-01 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education.
Arnold, Nancy; Ipsen, Catherine; and Rural Institute, University of Montana, "Vocational Rehabilitation and Small Business Development Center Linkages" (2002). Employment. 16.