Thursday, July 15, 2010
Disabled starting more businesses
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 results are, at best, mixed, but if this is the only way to get money, go to it--and ask for help if you need it.