The widely shared story about 27-year-old Tim Harris, Young entrepreneur’s life defined by dreams, not disabilities, is an uplifting reminder about the power of focusing on the abilities of individuals. Although Harris was born with Down syndrome, he owns “Tim’s Place,” a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
While the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and various other laws help promote employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, entrepreneurship is another option. While starting any business is challenging for persons with or without disabilities, many disabled individuals like Tim Harris establish and run successful businesses which allow them to leverage their abilities and talents.
The Small Business Administration page here is just one of many sources of information and resources to help individuals with disabilities to explore entrepreneurship options including articles on Hiring People with Disabilities, resources for starting a business such as its articles on Entrepreneur Resources for People with Disabilities, Important Considerations for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities, an Online Seminar: Self-Employment for Individuals with Disabilities that discusses some critical factors in considering business feasibility, developing financial resources, basic business plan development and the identification and access to community small business resources for disabled persons, START-UP USA information on self-employment information and resources for individuals with disabilities, resources available from State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and the Social Security Disability Insurance Ticket to Work Program.
Other resources include resources on loans, grants and other resources for financing businesses, disability related and other tax provisions, trade and professional resources and more.
Entrepreneurship is one of many options that may allow individuals with disabilities to leverage their talents. If you know of helpful resources for individuals with disabilities looking to be entrepreneurs, we encourage you to share this information and join the discussion in our Project COPE: Coalition for Patient Empowerment here.
About Project COPE: The Coalition On Patient Empowerment & Its Coalition on Responsible Health Policy
Sharing and promoting the use of practical practices, tools, information and ideas that patients and their families, health care providers, employers, health plans, communities and policymakers can share and offer to help patients, their families and others in their care communities to understand and work together to better help the patients, their family and their professional and private care community plan for and manage these needs is the purpose of Project COPE, The Coalition on Patient Empowerment & It’s Affiliate, the Coalition on Responsible Health Policy.
The best opportunity to improve access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans is for every American, and every employer, insurer, and community organization to seize the opportunity to be good Samaritans. The government, health care providers, insurers and community organizations can help by providing education and resources to make understanding and dealing with the realities of illness, disability or aging easier for a patient and their family, the affected employers and others. At the end of the day, however, caring for people requires the human touch. Americans can best improve health care by not waiting for someone else to step up: Step up and help bridge the gap when you or your organization can. Speak up to help communicate and facilitate when you can. Building health care neighborhoods filled with good neighbors throughout the community is the key.
The outcome of this latest health care reform push is only a small part of a continuing process. Whether or not the Affordable Care Act makes financing care better or worse, the same challenges exist. The real meaning of the enacted reforms will be determined largely by the shaping and implementation of regulations and enforcement actions which generally are conducted outside the public eye. Americans individually and collectively clearly should monitor and continue to provide input through this critical time to help shape constructive rather than obstructive policy. Regardless of how the policy ultimately evolves, however, Americans, American businesses, and American communities still will need to roll up their sleeves and work to deal with the realities of dealing with ill, aging and disabled people and their families. While the reimbursement and coverage map will change and new government mandates will confine providers, payers and patients, the practical needs and challenges of patients and families will be the same and confusion about the new configuration will create new challenges as patients, providers and payers work through the changes.
We also encourage you and others to help develop real meaningful improvements by joining Project COPE: Coalition for Patient Empowerment here by sharing ideas, tools and other solutions and other resources. The Coalition For Responsible Health Care Policy provides a resource that concerned Americans can use to share, monitor and discuss the Health Care Reform law and other health care, insurance and related laws, regulations, policies and practices and options for promoting access to quality, affordable healthcare through the design, administration and enforcement of these regulations.
Other Helpful Resources & Other Information
We hope that this information is useful to you. If you found these updates of interest, you also be interested in one or more of the following other recent articles published on the Coalition for Responsible Health Care Reform electronic publication available here, our electronic Solutions Law Press Health Care Update publication available here, or our HR & Benefits Update electronic publication available here . You also can get access to information about how you can arrange for training on “Building Your Family’s Health Care Toolkit,” using the “PlayForLife” resources to organize low-cost wellness programs in your workplace, school, church or other communities, and other process improvement, compliance and other training and other resources for health care providers, employers, health plans, community leaders and others here. If you or someone else you know would like to receive future updates about developments on these and other concerns, please be sure that we have your current contact information – including your preferred e-mail by creating or updating your profile here. You can reach other recent updates and other informative publications and resources.
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