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Disabled Entrepreneurs

Self-employment pushed as option for the disabled

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The nonemployment rate of adults with severe disabilities is around 70 percent, according to the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities. Now there is a growing movement to prepare these Americans for self-employment. Several new resources available include:

Alice Weiss Doyel's book, No More Job Interviews! Self-Employment Strategies for People With Disabilities (Training Resource Network Inc.), gives potential entrepreneurs a one-stop resource. In addition to case studies of business owners with disabilities, the book provides resources, debunks the myths about the business capabilities of the disabled, and offers information on available consulting services.

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