• Purpose

    The purpose of this Center is to build the capacity of Federal and State public agencies and private entities to support people with disabilities in achieving self-employment, business ownership, or telecommuting as employment outcomes. Two specific objectives will guide the Center's activities.
    1) Increase the supply of trained personnel available to public and private agencies.
    2) Maintain and improve the skill, knowledge, and quality of rehabilitation personnel.

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Policy

Self employment Policies and Procedures

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Resources

Articles, Briefs, Guides, and Fact Sheets

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Training

Webcasts, Q&A Sessions, and Online Course

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Spotlight
Edgy Meg's Success Story - Learn more about Meg's journey to supported self-employment and her experience as a business owner and how Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services supported Meg and her family in the process. The video can also be viewed with audio descriptions.
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Understanding the Provision of Self-Employment For People with Disabilities in the United States

Self-Employment Policy Paper

The Center on Self-Employment researched and summarized self-employment policies for the 50 States plus the District of Columbia. In total, 73 State VR Agencies were included in this research: 29 Combined VR Agencies, 22 General VR Agencies, and 22 Blind VR Agencies. This paper represents the background and impetus behind the policy review, summarizes the findings, and offers initial considerations and recommendations for state VR policymakers. The report identified four key opportunities that VR agencies can pursue to increase equitable access to self-employment services.

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A Practical Approach To Telework As A Reasonable Accommodation During The Pandemic

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), telework has long been considered a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the EEOC provides useful guidance about telework as an accommodation, the pandemic has created a multitude of new telework issues for employers to consider. For employers who are looking for guidance on how to address these issues, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers the following practical suggestions.