Roses for Autism believes that small steps will make this dream for so many a reality. As part of our programs, we teach a self-employment curriculum to those interested. The picture below shows some of our interns below learning and earning money along the way.
Interns Kevin B, Gemma P, Vanessa V, Kyra A, Tychelle F, Heather M, and Shantell M sold their wares at a recent YASBIZ event and earned some money for each of their micro-businesses. Each intern prepared by researching the items needed to make their products, after which they created their products, made their own advertisements, and did a cost analysis. A great time was had by all!
In 2013, the Office of Disability Employment Policy issued a report on Self-Employment for People with Disabilities. The report summarized the results of three grants known as the START-UP Initiative that were awarded to Florida, Alaska, and New York. The report concluded that self-employment should be among the national disability employment policy priorities and encouraged an alignment of systems and resources.
To date, few of the recommendations have been pursued despite the significance and potential of self-employment.