The need for this curriculum was identified by the vocational rehabilitation
counselors who participated in RTC:Rural's initial research projects
on self-employment. Subsequent discussions of self-employment as a VR
outcome with consumers, Client Assistance Programs, state VR agencies,
and RRCEPs contributed significantly to this work. I am hopeful this
curriculum meets the needs identified by those who shared their experiences
The development of this curriculum involved many people. I would like
to thank Tom Seekins for his support, encouragement, collegial discussions,
and suggestions throughout its development. In addition to the other
authors: Capital Women's Fund, Roger Shelley, Carleen Anderson, and
Randy Brown, I wish to thank Kay Schriner and Bob Jahner for their suggestions
at the beginning of the development process, Cary Griffin and Steve
Shivers for reviewing early versions of the manuscript, Timothy McEvoy
of the Social Security Administration for his thorough review and suggestions
for improving the Social Security Work Incentives chapter, Diana Spas
for her careful review and editing to make it friendly and easier to
read, Kathy Dwyer for her skill in preparing the curriculum for publication,
and to Chuck Sperry for his assistance with revision, vignettes, and
examples. I also wish to acknowledge the help of Nancy Clouse, Instructional
Design Consultant, and Greg Weber, Web Designer, for their help in making
this curriculum available via the Internet.Please contact Nancy
Arnold, Ph.D. at the Rural Institute on Disabilities for any questions
or comments regarding this curriculum.
This work was supported by a grant from the National Institute on disability
and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR: # H133B70017-98 and H133B70017-99).
This curriculum is part of a larger effort supported by NIDRR to develop
effective strategies for providing rehabilitation services in rural
areas. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not reflect
the position of the agency.
© July 1998, 1st
Revision June 1999, 2nd Revision February 2001
Arnold, N., Seekins, T., Montana Women's Capital Fund, Shelley, R.,
Hammis, D., Anderson, C., & Brown, R. (Web Based Edition). (2003).
Self-employment steps for vocational rehabilitation counselors: Helping
a consumer start a business. Missoula: The University of Montana Rural
Institute on Disabilities.