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New RRTC Fact Sheet on PAS

PAS FactsheetPersonal Assistance Services: Emerging from Community Support to Employment Support

To fully understand PAS as a workplace support it is important to understand its evolution from an institutional based service to a community based service and how it has emerged as a valuable workplace support. Factors contributing to this evolution were the Civil Rights Movement, Disability Rights Legislation, and Public Policy Initiatives.

Most important was the 1976 Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act Amendment giving birth to the Independent Living Movement which established CIL’s and trained participants how to choose and direct their own services.

Read the PAS Factsheet

This factsheet is funded by a grant (#H133B040011) with the US DOE - NIDRR .

Start-UP-USA Fact Sheet

Self-Employment Q and A: Successful Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Speak Out!

Not until the rise of the corporation at the turn of the twentieth century, did wage employment take precedence over personal enterprise in the United States. Today, a new economic shift is bringing more and more people back into business ownership. Currently, 20 million business owners operate one-person companies.

Annually, almost 700,000 new businesses are started in the United States. In 2004, the Small Business Administration reported that 12.2 percent of the general population chose self-employment. In contrast, a slightly higher number or 14.3 percent of people with disabilities started businesses (SBA, 2004). Read the Fact Sheet

Start-Up-USA is funded by a cooperative agreement (# E-9-4-6-0111) from the U.S. DOL-ODEP.

Start-UP-USA Webcast

Self-Employment for Disabled Veterans

Urbane MiyaresDate: Sept 19, 2007, Time: 2:00 - 2:45 pm ET
Presenter: Urban Miyares

For veterans, and especially today's disabled veterans, self-employment is a workplace option that many want to explore, but few know exactly where and how to begin. Urban Miyares, a disabled veteran, has been there. He has forty years of entrepreneurial experience since returning from Vietnam as a disabled veteran.

Urban has facilitated the challenges many disabled veterans have in re-entering the workplace through self-employment. He will share the unique options, opportunities and benefits that self-employment can offer disabled veterans in today's highly competitive and ever-changing world of business.

Learn More and Register Online for this Webcast

Self-employment CDNew CD - Self Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

This CD provides the viewer with information on self-employment for individuals with disabilities. The CD contains audio and video presentations, fact sheets, related web links, and important contact information. Topics include:

  • Self-Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Using Work Incentives to Fund Micro Enterprises
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Self-Employment as a Customized Employment Outcome

This product was developed by T-TAP, funded by a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (# E 9-4-2-01217).

Price: $24.95. Order this CD