2. Preparing for the Workforce

Small Business Training for Students with Special Needs

I propose that school districts / colleges / community centers offer opportunities for individuals with disabilities to learn alongside their peers in small business/business development classes.


The rate of unemployment amongst young adults with disabilities may decrease, given the appropriate tools and support in developing a small business plan of their own. Too many people with disabilities remain unemployed after they graduate from high school. The option of running a small business is a viable solution for some who fall within this category, particularly those with autism (who have fixed interests/talents that can be developed into real skills). Also, with a small business, the individual has more control over their schedule, which is preferable, given various health issues to manage.


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