Papers and Info Briefs

Understanding the Provision of Self-Employment For People with Disabilities in the United States

For the policy study, researchers gathered and summarized self-employment policies from 73 state VR agencies representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report found that broad differences in policies and implementation strategies among VR agencies have led to unequal barriers to access to critical services needed to create economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.

Snapshot of Vocational Rehabilitation Participants with Self-Employment Outcomes: PYs 2018 and 2019

This information brief provides a snapshot of the Vocational Rehabilitation recipients who exited services in PY 2018 and PY 2019. Specifically, the brief provides information on the characteristics of recipients who are receiving services and their employment outcomes (earnings, hours worked, etc.). Follow-up briefs will present information on state outcomes for recipients exiting in self-employment.

Spotlight on Selected State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies' Self-Employment Outcomes: PYs 2018 and 2019

This information brief provides a snapshot of VR recipients from selected states who successfully exited in self-employment in PY 2018 and PY 2019. The brief is intended to provide a baseline that can be used in subsequent years to compare progress in self-employment as well as to design future research activities.

Essential Self-Employment Training Topics As Reported By Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals

Vocational Rehabilitation professionals from 29 states responded to a request to complete an online needs assessment on their training needs in self-employment. This information brief reports on what they identified as the essential training topics. Although caution should be taken when generalizing the results to all VR professionals due to the small sample size, the information provides a snapshot as to what VR professionals report as important self-employment training topics.

Results from a National Needs Assessment on Self-employment: The Self-reported Training Needs and Opinions of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals

This brief focuses on the self-reported training needs of VR professionals for assisting clients whose employment goal is self-employment. Participants were also asked their opinions on various statements about self-employment for individuals with disabilities. Overall, the respondents had positive perceptions of individuals with disabilities being able to pursue self-employment as a vocational goal..

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Talk About The Barriers To Self-Employment For Individuals With Disabilities

In order to begin to understand what may be limiting the number of individuals exiting services in self-employment, the National Center on Self-employment, Business Ownership, and Telecommuting conducted focus groups with VR counselors. The goal was to learn what VR counselors believe are the barriers and facilitators to self-employment as well as the training needs of VR counselors. This brief presents information on barriers to self-employment as reported by the participants of these focus groups.

Disability Employment TA Center Self-Employment Brief

Self-employment is a critical component of any successful approach to employment supports for people with disabilities. In fact, we have already seen tremendous pockets of success while, on average, most systems treat entrepreneurship as a distant, unlikely possibility. From the Center On Self-Employment we know that in 2018 and 2019 only 1.7% of successful Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) closures for all VR agencies were among individuals exiting in self-employment. This brief explores the benefits of self-employment, the resources available for people with significant disabilities, and examples of self-employment success.

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.

ABLE Accounts and Self-Employment: What Service Providers Need to Know

Self-Employment is an option that can help people who have a disability meet professional and financial goals by overcoming challenges that they may face with traditional employment. Self-employment offers people the choice to customize their work and to design a work environment that optimizes flexibility, offers accommodations and builds upon strengths and interests.