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Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities.

Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities

By Cary Griffin and David Hammis

Cary Griffin and David Hammis' book, Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities, our third review book for the month of May, rounds out the transition discussion with compelling information on self-employment for people with disabilities. We have heard and seen a lot in the past few years on the subjects of self-employment and micro-enterprises. This book helps readers to understand how to make it happen. As the authors say it in their preface, the book "is designed for the individual and the small group who will make businesses happen one person at a time on a local level. This book's purpose is to change lives."

Griffin and Hammis walk the reader through the process of discussing and developing self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities. They write first of self-employment as a mainstream adult activity. They then discuss person-centered business planning, business feasibility and building the business plan, and developing marketing and sales tactics. They help the reader weigh business income possibilities against social security benefits and conclude by discussing business financing and accounting.

Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities contains great information. We were particularly impressed with the way the authors use charts and lists to help individual readers grasp the material. We will use this information in our future activities helping clients start new businesses. We also liked the chapter organization: the way the authors explained concepts by example and the listing of "important terms" at the start of each chapter. The Appendix is loaded with useful charts and questionnaires to help identify an individual's interests and the resources needed to successfully start and operate a business. This book has earned the EP Symbol of Excellence.

The three books reviewed here will help individuals with disabilities, their parents, and families to prepare for a life of inclusion and employment in tomorrow's world. We proudly recommend them to our readers and invite you to contact the EP Bookstore for purchase information.

Calvin and Tricia Luker collaborate on all facets of advocacy and awareness activities for people with disabilities and their families, including Calvin's law firm, The Respect ABILITY Law Center; Tricia's role as EP Editorial Director of Organizational Relationships; Our Children Left Behind; and raising their four children. Their passion is to advance civil, service and support rights and opportunities for people with disabilities and their families.
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Publication:The Exceptional Parent
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Date:May 1, 2007
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