Overview of Self-Employment for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

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Overview of Self-Employment for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Upcoming offerings:

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The course will cover these topics and more.

  • Customized Self Employment
  • Exploration and Discovery
  • Business Planning
  • Feasibility Study
  • Supports
  • Funding
  • Work Incentives

Learning Objectives: After taking this course, a participant will be able to:

  • Describe customized self-employment.
  • Explain why discovery is the foundation of self- employment.
  • Discuss how to develop a business plan.
  • Explain how a person with a significant disability and intense support needs can be self- employed.
  • Describe potential funding sources.


Lesson 1: Introduction to Customized Supported Self-Employment

Lesson 2: Business Concept Development and Feasibility Studies

Lesson 3: Operations, Marketing Plans and Business Financials

Lesson 4: SAA Benefits Analysis and Funding Sources

Lesson 5: Business Plan Development

Course Lectures:

  • Overview of Customized Self-Employment: Cary Griffin
  • Discovering Personal Genius: Cary Griffin
  • Marketing Research: Beth Keeton
  • Small Business Marketing, Promotion, & Sales: Cary Griffin
  • Operations Plans & Business Financials: Beth Keeton
  • The Role of Vocational Rehabilitation in Self-Employment: Grant Revell
  • Community Rehabilitation Providers and Self-Employment: Beth Durkee and Dave Hammis
  • SSDI Benefits Overview & Analysis: Beth Keeton

Course Structure: The course consists of five lessons, each lasts one week. A new lesson is made available every Monday morning by 9:00 a.m. E.T. The course web site is always available, and a participant may log into the course at any time in order to view content, listen to the lectures, and complete the assignments. Each lesson will require 5 hours of staff time to complete. Please note that our online offerings are intensive, and we do not recommend taking more than one of these courses concurrently.

Course Credit: A participant can earn 2.5 CEUs or 25 CRCs upon course completion. Also, a certificate of completion will be issued to a participant who completes all course assignments.

Technical Requirements: A participant's computer must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software), and Flash Player (free software). A participant will be able to log on to the course at any time of the day and access the audio lectures. Each person MUST have an individual e-mail account. If the individual does not already have an account, a free one can be set up through http://www.hotmail.com. We send updates on the course activities and feedback on course activities through e-mail contact. A participant must be able to receive and send messages in order to benefit from this online experience. We cannot correspond with a participant through an e-mail address that is assigned to another person.

If you have questions about the technology applications, please contact Lucian Friel at (804) 827-1434. If you have content questions, please email Katherine Inge.