Self-Employment Steps for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors: Helping a Consumer Start a Business

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This curriculum was developed as an integral part of a self-employment training program for vocational rehabilitation counselors, counselors working in Section 121 programs, and students pursuing a degree in vocational rehabilitation. It describes how you can help your consumer develop a business plan and contains chapters on assessment, a recommended self-employment process, information about self-employment resources, the use of PASS plans for self-employment, and strategies for supported self-employment. The last quarter of the curriculum contains an explanation of the business plan and a list of the roles and responsibilities that you can give to a consumer, an actual business plan (for both you and the consumer to refer to), helpful forms, and answers to study guide questions. Throughout the curriculum you will find examples, vignettes, discussion, and study guide questions.

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