Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities / Edition 1

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Self-employment is a realistic employment option for all people, regardless of disability. With an emphasis on the involvement of community programs and school transition staff, this book focuses on how to identify and utilize the critical business supports necessary for the development of self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Specific topics covered include the role of community rehabilitation personnel and vocational rehabilitation counselors and methods for using programs such as Plans for Achieving Self Support and Ticket to Work. While this book provides practical advice for helping people with developmental disabilities become successfully self-employed, other books on disability and work tend to examine theoretical issues and stop short of providing useful strategies.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael J. Callahan

"Kindles the excitement associated with self-employment via numerous examples while paying attention to hard-nosed business detail."
Mental Retardation
"This book can be expected to be very useful to a number of audiences. People with disabilities, along with their families and allies, will find it useful to create new dreams. Support personnel will find that the practical tools and methods in the book will assist them in supporting people with disabilities. Further, government personnel who shape disability policy, implementation, and funding will see templates that work for people with disabilities and show ways to combine resources from various sources, both public and private, I strongly urge anyone concerned about the employment of people with disabilities to read, and use, this book."
From the Publisher
Been selected for the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education database and abstract journal Resources in Education and Exceptional Child Education Resources database.
President, Marc Gold Associates - Michael J. Callahan
"Kindles the excitement associated with self-employment via numerous examples while paying attention to hard-nosed business detail."
Rick Rader

"The dignity of risk" is one of the hallmarks of the disability movement. Self-employment of people with disabilities is among the highest risk domains but potentially the most rewarding and self fulfilling. Meaningful, authentic employment has health benefits equal to diet, exercise and other positive lifestyles; for that reason alone self employment for those interested in demonstrating their "personal genius" should be encouraged, explored and promoted. This is the definitive volume that will help guide, develop and navigate the incubation of a small enterprise by a person with a disability. It's invaluable and should be part of the disability toolbox."
Peter Gerhardt

“User-friendly, research-based, and cognizant of the myriad challenges associated with any start-up business . . . essential reading for anyone interested in supporting adults with disabilities to be included, involved, and contributing members of their community.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557666529
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mr. Griffin is Senior Partner at Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC, a full-service consultancy specializing in building communities of economic cooperation, creating highperformance organizations, and focusing on disability and employment. He is also Codirector of the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Resources, and Training project with Virginia Commonwealth University and former Director of Special Projects at the Rural Institute at The University of Montana. He is also past director of an adult vocational program in southern Colorado, former Assistant Director of the Rocky Mountain Resource and Training Institute, and former Founder and Executive Director of CTAT in Colorado.

Mr. Hammis is Senior Partner at Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC, a full-service consultancy specializing in building communities of economic cooperation, creating highperformance organizations, and focusing on disability and employment. He maintains an ongoing relationship with the Rural Institute at The University of Montana, where he served as Project Director for multiple self-employment, employment, and Social Security outreach training and technical assistance projects, including the Rural Institute’s Rural Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Expansion Design Project. He works with organizations nationally and internationally on self-employment, benefits analysis, supported employment, and employment engineering. Mr. Hammis has worked in supported and self-employment since 1988 and is personally responsible for the implementation of thousands of Plans to Achieve Self-Support leading to employment, self-employment, and enhanced personal resources for people with disabilities. In July 1996, Mr. Hammis received the International Association for Persons in Supported Employment Professional of the Year Award for his “outstanding support and commitment to people with disabilities, especially in the areas of career development and the use of Social Security work incentives.”

Beth Keeton is Senior Consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates. Beth has worked closely with the state vocational rehabilitation agencies in both Florida and Texas to coordinate the development and implementation of a statewide self-employment certification curriculum. Beth has worked on several other national self-employment projects, including the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, the Iowa Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, the Minnesota Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the New York Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, all of which are geared toward increasing the quantity and quality of self-employment outcomes.

During her time on the various self-employment projects, she has developed expertise in business plan development and has discovered a particular affinity for financial planning and Social Security benefits analysis. In 2007, Beth completed the Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) coursework through Cornell University. Under subcontract with Virginia Commonwealth University, she subsequently developed the national CWIC self-employment training curriculum along with additional materials on the incorporation of government funding sources into business financials. In addition, Beth co-wrote Navigating Government Benefits & Employment: A Guidebook for Veterans with Disabilities (Vicks Lithography and Printing, 2013) and was a contributing author in the development of the online course Creating Community Careers and Customized Self-Employment. Beth is also the current Executive Director and Vice Chair on the Board for the Center for Social Capital.

Beth earned a B.S. degree in psychology from Clemson University and an M.S. degree in special education from the University of Oregon in 1996.

Molly Sullivan has been helping people with disabilities pursue wage and self-employment since the 1990s

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Ch. 1 Self-Employment as a Mainstream Approach to Adult Life 1
Ch. 2 Person-Centered Business Planning 21
Ch. 3 Business Feasibility 33
Ch. 4 Building the Business Plan 45
Ch. 5 Marketing and Sales Tactics 69
Ch. 6 Small Business and Social Security Income Benefits Analysis 93
Ch. 7 Small Business Finance and Small Business Owners with Disabilities 149
Afterword 187
References 191
App. A: Blank Forms 195
App. B: Internet Resources 231
Index 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    Outstanding effort!!!

    As a benefits analyst, this book is an invaluable aide for me in developing business plans and corresponding Plans for Achieving Self Support. Dave and Cary take a very complex subject and reduce it to its most simple components. Chapter 6 in particular clearly identifies the complex relationship between PASS plans and business plans. The section in Chapter six on 'two sets of books', alone is more than worth the price of the book. Thank you David and Cary - outstanding effort-someone had to do it - you did!!!!

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