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Self Employment For People With Disabilities

An increasing number of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are starting businesses, and are doing so at twice the rate as non-disabled persons! Why are so many people with disabilities becoming self-employed?

Self-employment offers many the freedom to work at their own pace in an environment that accommodates their special needs. As a person with a disability or a chronic health condition, you may have tried unsuccessfully to find work or you may have found that your employer is unwilling or unable to accommodate your needs. You may be looking for an option that allows you to earn a living and manage your health at the same time. Owning your own business often provides the flexibility that is necessary to those who require frequent medical attention, flexible hours, accessible work space, or other special considerations.

Self-employment presents many challenges and it certainly is not for everyone. But for many people with disabilities and chronic health conditions, self-employment offers what may be their best hope of making a living and achieving self-sufficiency.

Utah has Small Business Development Centers in all regions of the state. These Centers provide comprehensive information and support for starting and maintaining a business. To locate the one nearest you, go to the following weblink: www.slcc.edu/sbdc/

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On Line Orientation.
The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) offer an On Line Orientation to help you become acquainted with SBDC services and to point you in the right direction for business planning and information sources. Starting a business is a big undertaking and requires serious thought and planning to be successful. www.slcc.edu/sbdc/Orientation/orientation.html

NxLeveL Training
provides a practical hands-on and common sense approach to getting the skills you need to grow successful business ventures. Certified and experienced business instructors teach the course. NxLeveL is the best, most comprehensive business-training course available in the state of Utah. www.nxlevel.org

If you are eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services, you may be able to get support through the VR program to support your business plan. Contact your local VR counselor through the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.