Work Matters: Supporting Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship
As states strive to promote workforce inclusion, people with disabilities—including veterans with service connected disabilities—are a key part of the solution. Recognizing this, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) launched the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) in July of 2015. SEED is a collaboration with leading state intermediary organizations dedicated to ensuring that state policymakers have the tools and resources needed to develop and implement state-level policy that advances employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
The goal of this online dialogue is to provide the disability and advocacy community the opportunity to assist in expanding on the state policy options in the Work Matters report. Specifically, participants are encouraged to share ideas for policies that states can develop or implement to ensure that state workforce development systems support entrepreneurship and self-employment as viable employment options for people with disabilities.
Please keep in mind that we are looking for responses that consider state policies that support people with disabilities as entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals. This is not a platform to provide suggestions around improving existing and individual state agencies. We want participants to consider the policies, not programs, that can enhance opportunities for people with disabilities at the state level. There may be certain concepts participants view as essential to supporting entrepreneurship and self-employment as viable employment options for people with disabilities. We are seeking to better understand what those elements are, so that we can more effectively communicate with our partners and state policymakers.
As you submit your ideas on self-employment and entrepreneurship career options or comment and vote on ideas submitted by others below, please keep the following guiding questions in mind:
- How can states ensure that state workforce development systems support entrepreneurship and self-employment as viable employment options for people with disabilities?
- How states can successfully include disability-owned businesses in targeted state procurement, certification and financial incentive policies?
To join the conversation about the Work Matters report, specifically policies that states can develop or implement to support self-employment and entrepreneurship career options. please take a moment to Register or to Log In (if you have already registered), and share your ideas. You can also VOTE on any of the ideas, COMMENT, sharing your experience or asking questions about that idea, or ADD AN IDEA, by clicking on the SUBMIT NEW IDEA button or clicking the Got It, Let's Get Started link at the bottom of the page.
We look forward to your contributions and thank you in advance for joining us in this important effort.
For further instructions on how to participate in this online dialogue, visit How to Get Started.
To learn more about the Work Matters online dialogue series, visit our Learn More page.