• Conference 2024

    Join this dynamic virtual conference to explore self-employment systems and successes throughout the country. Dive into empowering discussions and strategies aimed at fostering self-employment, business ownership, and telecommuting for individuals with disabilities.

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  • Purpose

    The Center's goal is to build the capacity of public agencies and private entities to support people with disabilities in achieving self-employment, business ownership, or telecommuting. Two specific objectives will guide the Center's activities..

    1. Increase the supply of trained personnel to agencies.
    2. Maintain and improve the skills and knowledge of rehabilitation personnel.

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Self employment Policies and Procedures

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Articles, Briefs, Guides, and Fact Sheets

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Webcasts, Q&A Sessions, and Online Course

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Joe Steffy: Learn more about Joe's self-employment journey. Joe, who has Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder, started popping corn on the weekends at grocery stores, outdoors festivals and events around Louisburg, Kansas. This led to Joe creating Poppin Joe's Gourmet Kettle Korn, owning and operating his own small business and experiencing success!
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For vocational rehabilitation agencies offering both supported and customized employment approaches to pursuing employment for people with disabilities, there...
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VR Map & Policies

US Map

This map shows the policies and procedures for self-employment services for individuals with disabilities from each state VR.
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Have you (or has your VR agency) helped a VR customer successfully explore and become self-employed? Are you a VR customer who successfully launched your...
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Understanding the Provision of Self-Employment For People with Disabilities in the United States

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