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After 40 Years – Where Are We Today?
Paul Hippolitus' personal reflections and observations about the effectiveness of education’s employment preparation policies and practices and what remains to be accomplished. Business Plan FAQs
Free Business Plan Software Starting a Business
Small Business Administration Start-up Basics
Electronic Commerce Resource Center - ECRC
National Association for the Self-Employed
National Black Business Council, Inc.
Small Office DIRECT
Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (Canada)
U.S. Small Business Administration- Office of Entrepreneurial Development
Fair Taxes for All!
Recent Changes in Tax Law (IRS)
FAST TRAC- Veteran's Entrepreneurial Training Program
Veteran's Business Network
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization- Department of Veteran Affairs
Veterans Business Development Officers
Veterans' Business Outreach Center- Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico
Veterans' Business Outreach Center- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
Veterans' Business Outreach Center- New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Veterans' Business Outreach Center- Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia (Robert Morris University)
Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative- VetFran
Nick Ensley
Nick Ensley, in the middle, surrounded by the Rolling Stones
Living with Disability - and Opening Doors for Others
Being Self-Employed as a Disabled Person: The Association of Disabled Professionals Employment Series (PDF)
Disabled Entrepreneurs: Self-employment pushed as an option for the disabled
Microenterprising and People with Disabilities: Strategies for Success and Failure
Why do people with disabilities start their own businesses?
State VR Agencies Expand Self-Employment Opportunities
Asian, Inc.
Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
Business Week Online: The Upstart Small Business Legal Guide, Second Edition
Center for Women's Business Research
The IndUS Entrepreneurs - TiE
International Association of Home Business Entrepreneurs
International Entrepreneurs Association
Service Corps of Retired Executives Small Business Information
The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network
2011 Center on Economic Growth Policy Summit Session I
Session I focused on recommendations from a summit convened in April 2011 regarding needed changes to disability benefits programs to expand employment possibilities for people with disabilities.
Employment and Economic Equity
NCIL Request to Congress: Reform SSI for Career Building Youth! 2014 Update
The California Working Disabled Program: Lessons Learned, Looking Ahead
The California Working Disabled Medi-Cal Buy-In Program (CWD) was implemented in April 2000 to enable disabled individuals to participate in the workforce without the threat of losing their Medi-Cal coverage. Although a relatively new program, policymakers and advocates have already begun considering programmatic and policy changes that would build on the existing program, expand eligibility, and broaden access to certain services.
California’s Comprehensive Workforce Development System: A Disability Access Policy Framework Coming of Age
Whether one grows up with a disability, becomes newly diagnosed while employed, experiences a sudden onset of disability from an accident or is entering the workforce with a disability, the level of support must be based upon assessment of the person to the program(s), not the reverse. By expanding collaboration between the human resource departments of employers, providers of public and private health care services, and generic employment programs such as One-Stop Career Centers, the policies and grants described in this brief will have a greater likelihood for success.
Latinos with Disabilities in the United States: Understanding & Addressing Barriers to Employment
Proyecto Visión released this in-depth analysis of the challenges Latinos with disabilities face in the U.S. job market. The report includes promising employment practices and individual success stories form across the country. The paper identifies factors contributing to disabled Latinos’ difficulties utilizing services and becoming employed, highlights exemplary research and vocational projects, and makes recommendations on how to improve employment outcomes for Latinos with disabilities.
Ticket Eligibility and Use Employment Networks Work Group Report
The Workgroup met numerous times from September 2000 through January 2001 to address key issues in the Ticket program and in the provisions in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency Program. Their review and discussion/deliberation of issues related directly to beneficiary use and operation of the Ticket program and to the work and qualifications of employment networks as service providers under the new law. What follows is a discussion of eight (8) key issues identified by the Workgroup, along with a brief discussion, summary of public comments, and their recommendations to the full Panel consideration.
The Ticket to Work Question and Answer Sheet
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act (TWWIIA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 17, 1999. The Ticket to Work portion of the Act creates a choice for SSI and/or SSDI beneficiaries of where to receive employment training services. The Ticket to Work is an entitlement for SSI and/or SSDI beneficiaries and is not mandatory. In the past, persons on SSI and/or SSDI benefits went through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) for employment training. And though persons can still use VR services for vocational training, the Ticket to Work allows SSI/SSDI beneficiaries to choose from many more sources, known as Employment Networks, to get these employment services.
Linking Women with Disabilities to Employment Opportunities and Resources
Fully indexed and comprises the following in-depth chapters: women's employment, disability & employment, general employment, aging & older workers, self-employment & small business, accommodation & technology, benefits & transition to work, training & career development for Native Americans, independent living centers, research & policy, internships and educational opportunities, youth initiatives, health & safety, health resources for Native Americans, newsletters, book, reports & publications, videos and cyber resources.
Welfare Information Network
Employment Supports
California Department of Rehabilitation
Assessment, information and referral, training, job search help and placement, counseling and guidance, assistive technology and independent living services. 866-449-2730 Voice, 866-359-7705 TTY.
California Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
California state government advisory body to increase employment of youth and adults with disabilities to rates as close as possible to that of the general population.
Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Projects from Social Security
Awards made late September 2006.
Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (Pacific DBTAC)
Pacific DBTAC is a project of the Public Health Institute. This site provides resources on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible information technology.
Social Security Administration Office of Employment Support Programs, OESP
Office of Employment Support Programs, OESP Social Security’s web site focused on employment: or
Youth with Disabilities, Social Security Administration Office of Employment Support Programs, OESP
This section of the Social Security Work Site is dedicated to youth with disabilities. Information in this section is helpful to youth with disabilities, parents, families, teachers, and counselors.
Social Security Administration on the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 Fact Sheet
A fact sheet from the Social Security Administration on the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.
Social Security Rules and Program Operations Manual System
Public version of the SSA Program Operations Manual System (POMS), a primary source of information for Social Security employees, a technical resource for others.
The Red Book (A Guide to SSI and SSDI Employment Support for Persons with Disabilities)
Information for providers and advocates about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Advisory Panel
Information on Panel Members, meetings, calendar of events, news, progress reports, policy briefs and panel recommendations.
Virginia Commonwealth University on Employment Support
Information, research and resources on employment for people with disabilities. Topics range from work accommodations to workforce training. Includes links to a variety of business partners.
National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability for Youth
The site is a national collaboration on youth, workforce development and disability. The site provides resources, publications, links and features promising practices.
National Center on Workforce and Disabilities/Adult
The official web site for the National Center on Workforce and Disabilities, for adults. Includes information on One-Stop Career Centers.
Ticket to Work program Information Services
Ticket to Work Program facts, dates, training and resources. This site is managed by a contractor.
SSA Work (the Social Security Administration’s Work Incentives Program)
Produced by the Institute for Child Health Policy. Resources include videos on the Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) and Ticket to Work program.
Work Incentives Transition Network
The Work Incentives Transition Network focuses on work for school-aged youth with disabilities. The site provides downloadable documents and links to collaborating agencies.
Fair Employment and Housing Act
Law which provides protection from harassment or discrimination in employment based on personal characteristics such as a disability.
ADA Document Center
ADA Statute, Regulations, ADAAG (ADA Accessibility Guidelines), Federally Reviewed Tech Sheets, and other Assurance Documents.
Sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University, RRTC on Workplace Supports.
Federal disability resource site
Informational portal on civil rights, education, employment, housing, health care, and transportation.
Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration
This web site is designed to direct adults, youth, dislocated workers, and workforce development professionals to information about programs and available services.
Department of Labor/HIPAA Nondiscrimination
Frequently Asked Questions about the HIPAA Nondiscrimination Requirements, rich source of information on health coverage and discrimination, for example: "I understand that I cannot be denied eligibility for benefits or charged a higher premium based on a health factor. What are the health factors?"
Family Medical Leave Act-FMLA
The U.S. Department of Labor’s official site for FMLA. Provides compliance assistance materials for employers and employees in Spanish and English.
Being American: The Way Out of Poverty
In 2004, the U.S. employment rate of working-age people with disabilities was 37.5 percent, compared to 77.8 percent for working-age people without disabilities. Government programs in place now have two ways of addressing this issue. One is to support employment through work and tax incentives. This aspect of current policy is ineffective for the portion of that population who are ready and able to work, but are not currently in the workforce. For those who show that they are unable to work, current policy is more successful. Government programs provide crucial wage replacement income for this population. We propose new solutions that will protect and improve wage replacement for those who show they cannot work, while providing employment supports to those who can.
Proyecto Visión website
The bilingual (English/Spanish) PV website (, helps disabled Latinos secure employment and connect with Latino organizations and employers, government agencies, and other service providers from around the country. For prospective employees as well as for employers and service providers, the site offers up-to-date information on job leads, internships and scholarships; professional training and continuing education opportunities; resources for low-cost accommodations and assistive technology; effective recruitment/retention/promotion strategies; and laws about disability rights and benefits.
A bimonthly bilingual newsletter with articles on a variety of issues relevant to Latinos with disabilities and employment is sent to subscribers via e-mail. Many regional news stories are written by disabled Latino writers from around the country. The newsletter is also available in alternative formats (Braille, large print, and on disk), and past issues are archived on the website.
Upcoming Events/Announcements
The upcoming events/announcements section of the Proyecto Visión website is updated at least once a month with fresh information about goings-on around the country, including Proyecto Visión’s regional technical assistance trainings. PV’s regional trainings are held for diversity managers/human resource professionals at companies; staff at Latino community-based organizations; vocational rehabilitation job developers and emerging disabled leaders. Training topics include general disability awareness, information about reasonable accommodations, cultural competency when providing services to Latinos, and how to hire, train and retain employees with disabilities.
On the Opportunities section of the PV website, visitors have access to internship and job openings in the public and private sectors around the country, as well as scholarship, fellowship and grant information.
Success Stories
The Success Stories page profiles real people, many of whom became employed with the assistance of the Proyecto Visión employment specialist and project subcontractors. The individuals featured on the site represent a variety of races, countries of origin, disability types, genders, age groups, geographic locations, types of success and life circumstances.
The Resources section of the PV website has evolved into an online directory for PV’s target groups. Listings are divided into five categories: Job Search Links; Government Resources and Information; Professional Development, Continuing Education and Trainings; Latino Community Information and Resources; and Disability Information and Resources. Users can browse hundreds of educational videos, training manuals, white papers, community-based initiatives, assistive technology programs, support groups, topic-specific electronic libraries and databases, crisis hotlines, financial literacy materials, health care seminars, and other resources. The directory provides detailed information allowing users to identify and contact the resource of their choice.
Download "2007 Bridges to Employment Conference: June 13-15 in Miami, FL"
Proyecto Visión Hosts National Forum on Employment Issues & Latinos with Disabilities
More than 150 human resource professionals, recruiters, occupational experts, entrepreneurs, diversity managers, disability service providers, and disabled Latino jobseekers and their family members from around the country came together June 13-15 in Miami, Florida, for the Bridges to Employment conference. An annual event focused on increasing employment opportunities for Latinos with disabilities in the United States, the 2007 conference offered three days of workshops and plenary sessions to allow these experts and job seekers to share best practices, exchange information, and showcase employment opportunities.
EQUITY E-Newsletter: Summer 2012
A product of the World Institute on Disability's Center on Economic Growth
Successfully saving for start-up costs
Proposed Section 511 of Rehabilitation Act - arguments for and against
Section 511 is an amendment currently being considered by Congress during the 2013 reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act.
EQUITY e-newsletter: May 2004
Entrepreneurs with Disabilities: Opportunities for Independence
EQUITY e-newsletter: November 2004
Entrepreneurial Women with Disabilities: Creating Their Own Paths
EQUITY e-newsletter: June 2005
Microenterprise: Developing Disabled Entrepreneurs
EQUITY e-newsletter: March 2006
Self-Directed Services & Asset Building: Choosing Your Own Path to Economic Self-Sufficiency
EQUITY Feature Article
Disability Policy: Uniting Forces for the Social and Economic Inclusion of All People- Megan O’Neil, World Institute on Disability, illustrates how not all government policy is created the same. There are new and exciting policy opportunities for people with disabilities and by collaborating with asset building organizations, we can create a more equitable society.
EQUITY Profile of the Month
Innovative Transitions: Nick Ensley- A typical 26 year old, except that two years ago a car crash left him paralyzed from the neck down and lives in a "skilled nursing facility". Yet, with the help of caring people, innovative asset building strategies, and Starbuck's- Nick is earning his way towards independence.
EQUITY E-Newsletter: Winter 2012
A product of the World Institute on Disability's Center on Economic Growth
Introducing the Center on Economic Growth Advisory Panel
Toward Economic Growth: An abstract of convening outcomes
Employment Policy Group, University of Iowa
Disability Benefits Circle Syndrome
Disability Benefits 101 Information Services has met some of the needs for consumers, benefits planners, and county services staff. We provide a single place to navigate the complex nature of the interaction between public and private disability benefits, health care choices, employment situations and asset planning using plain language explanations and innovative benefits planning calculators.
To download the EQUITY E-Newsletter: Winter 2012
Click here to download a printable version of this edition of the EQUITY E-Newsletter.
Self-employment and micro-enterprise development for people with disabilities: building your financial future through entrepreneurial effort!
Developing the business plan
Benefit considerations for the entrepreneur
Job Accommodation Network
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
The Missing Piece? Undoing Capability Deprivations
Victor Pineda speaks on the ‘Agency-Habilitation’ framework and suggests an approach that can drive policy research towards new fundamental solutions, redefine localized supports as being agency enhancing and provide a framework for decoupling Medi-Cal from Social Security. Victor argues that using agency-habilitation framework can change the scope and function of vocational training programs to shift their focus towards habilitation.
Commentary: Time to Enlist the Disabled in the Entrepreneurial Revolution
State Self-Employment Policies: A Decade of Change, Final Report Sample Business Plans
BRS- Center for Business Planning
Business Plan Archive Business & Marketing Plans
Start Up Kit for Small Businesses
A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities
Gov. Markell’s Initiative, A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities focuses on the employment challenges that affect individuals with intellectual and other significant disabilities. “My initiative was designed to raise awareness about how the untapped talents of people with disabilities can contribute to a business’s bottom line,” Gov. Markell noted.
Add Us In Logo
Add Us In Logo
Disability Benefits, Employment Inclusion and Employment Outcomes
A philosophical statement from the chair of WID’s Center on Economic Growth (CEG) Advisory Panel, Neil Jacobson, WID Board of Directors and Founder of Abilicorp, Inc.
The Abilities Fund
Academy of Management Online
American Business Women's Association
American Management Association (AMA)
America's Small Business Development Center Network
Business Women's Network Interactive
Community Development Venture Capital Alliance - CDVCA
U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Small Business Utilization
Women's Business Enterprise National Council
Young Entrepreneurs' Organization
Center for Veterans Enterprise
Veteran's Business Development Offices (SBA)
The Veteran's Corporation
Veterans' Business Outreach Program
Veterans' Business Outreach Center- California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam
The Entrepreneur's Center
Entrepreneur's Mind
National Association of Women Business Owners
NOLO- Law for All: Small Business
Online Women's Business Center
Small Business Administration
Social Security Online Fact Sheet for Self-Employment
SCORE-Veteran Entrepreneurs
New Tools and New Rules 2007
Seamless access to health care is a complicated but upfront quality of life issue for people with disabilities. While gaining independence is at the core of the struggle for affordable, accessible health care, many people find health care programs available to people with disabilities hard to work with. Read this article to learn more about policy for the 250% Working Disabled Program and new calculator tools.
New Tools and New Rules 2007
A text document of the New Tools and New Rules 2007 article on
A bimonthly bilingual newsletter with articles on a variety of issues relevant to Latinos with disabilities and employment is sent to subscribers via e-mail. Many regional news stories are written by disabled Latino writers from around the country. The newsletter is also available in alternative formats (Braille, large print, and on disk), and past issues are archived on the website.
On the Opportunities section of the PV website, visitors have access to internship and job openings in the public and private sectors around the country, as well as scholarship, fellowship and grant information.
Success Stories
The Success Stories page profiles real people, many of whom became employed with the assistance of the Proyecto Visión employment specialist and project subcontractors. The individuals featured on the site represent a variety of races, countries of origin, disability types, genders, age groups, geographic locations, types of success and life circumstances.
Working Without Losing Healthcare or Other Needed Benefits: Training and Technical Assistance for Organizations
Finding ways to combine public and employer-sponsored health care is still a specialty of only a handful of benefits planners nationwide. Modest investments of time in training staff can yield valuable results in new employment outcomes for people with disabilities. WID’s California Work Incentives Initiative (CWII) provides information to help navigate those points where health coverage rules and benefits laws are most problematic and complex: when a consumer considers new employment or a job change, or when several programs interact with one another to support employment.
Add Us In: Disability-Inclusive Diversity smALL Business Initiative
Add Us In is a new initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The initiative is designed to identify and develop strategies to increase employment opportunities within the small business community for individuals with disabilities, especially from historically-excluded communities. Included within the small business community are targeted businesses that are owned and operated by people of color; economically disadvantaged; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals; women, veterans and people with disabilities.
Labor Day is no time to celebrate for people with disabilities
As a society we need to embrace the view that people with disabilities can be full partners in our nation’s economic growth.
Welcome to the new 2012 EQUITY, taking disability asset building to the next level!
2007 Bridges to Employment Conference to Take Place June 13-15 in Miami, Florida
Proyecto Visión's annual Bridges to Employment Conference will take place June 13-15 in Miami, Florida at the Radisson Miami hotel. It is the premiere event on employment and Latinos with disabilities in the United States. Each year recruiters, vocational experts and jobseekers from around the country convene to participate in trainings and exchanges on occupational issues, and collaborate to increase job opportunities for Latinos with disabilities.
2007 Bridges to Employment Conference to Take Place June 13-15 in Miami, Florida
National Forum on Employment Issues & Latinos with Disabilities Miami to Host Sixth Annual Bridges to Employment Conference June 13-15
Making Diversity Work for You: Hiring and Retaining People with Disabilities
The key to a successful business is finding and keeping good talent. People with disabilities are an untapped talent pool, and are often an excellent resource for creativity and problem solving skills. According to the Employers’ Forum on Disability, employees with disabilities are as productive and reliable as any other employees, and generally tend to have better attendance records, stay with employers longer and have fewer accidents at work.
Self-Employment & Entrepeneurship
Differently-Abled Business Association of Portland
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon the newly launched Differently-Abled Business Association (DBA), is the only educational and supportive trade organization for entrepreneurs with disabilities starting or expanding their business.
Benefits Planning Sessions
Disability Benefits tools provide service providers and consumers with accurate planning and explanation of programs through public trainings and online benefits calculators. Learning power is provided in both Spanish and English to increase cultural competency of all materials on the DB 101 website.
"Our Path to Common Sense": An interview on health, benefits, work and disability with Alana Theriault
"Our Path to Common Sense" is an interview on health, benefits, work and disability with businesswoman Alana Theriault
Toward Economic Growth: An abstract of convening outcomes
Highlights from the Center on Economic Growth’s Inaugural Meeting on October 28, 2011
Introducing the Center on Economic Growth Advisory Panel
2012 Policy Summit
This year’s Policy Summit focused on pairing research and policy development in order to work collaboratively on: a reformed benefits system; improved education and employment outcomes for people with disabilities; technology solutions for accessibility issues; and a youth focus on how to get started on a job track. Below are highlights from the Summit presenters.