Friday, July 16, 2010
Disabled going into business more often
It’s hard enough to get a job if you have two legs, transportation, a fast-moving brain, good eyesight, and sharp hearing.
What if you were disabled? (I am vision-impaired enough to take this personally.)
Sarah E. Needleman wrote about this in the WSJ, July 15, 2010.
Some orgs have stepped forward to help—one being Community Options, in Princeton, NJ.
Unemployment for the disabled is officially 14.3%, up from 9.3% two yrs ago.
Six business schools offer entrepreneur boot camp for disabled vets (Whitman School of Management, Syracuse Univ).
There is also a group called the Disabled Businesspersons Association.
Unfortunately, these people are competing with able-bodied business execs for scarce loans and really, in some cases, may be too disabled to run a business. (The story talked about a man in the dog treat business who needed a "helper" to make sure he didn't gobble the treats.)
But if this is the way you can get money, go for it--and ask for help if you need it.