University of Montana Rural Institute
Economics | Labor Economics | Social and Behavioral Sciences
RTC: Rural researchers surveyed 571 U.S. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to learn about linkages between Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and SBDCs that could enhance self-employment outcomes for people with disabilities. 346 of 527 deliverable surveys were returned for a 64% response rate. The resulting data show a positive relationship between the presence of informal and/or formal agreements and SBDCs’ experience providing self-employment services for people with disabilities. VR-SBDC coordination could expand the outcomes of both agencies, reduce fragmentation between agencies, and capitalize on the strengths of each program.
employment and vocational rehabilitation, self-employment, rural, disability
© RTC: Rural 2002
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
This research is supported by grant #H133B70017-01, National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Dept. of Education.
Arnold, Nancy Ph.D.; Ipsen, Catherine M.A.; and Rural Institute, University of Montana, "Developing Collaborative Relationships to Enhance Self-Employment Services for People with Disabilities" (2002). Employment. 10.