Understanding Disability & Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


This session will give an introduction to disability and entrepreneurship by giving an overview of the work that the presenters have done through the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) Project. In particular, participants will learn about the main barriers facing entrepreneurs with disabilities and service providers, and some of initiatives in policy and practice that can help address these barriers. Finally, the presenters will discuss what entrepreneurship means within the context of Employment First policy and legislation.

Intended Audience: People with disabilities who have an interest in entrepreneurship, service providers from disability community agencies that provide employment services, business service providers from Small Business Development Centers, policymakers and legislators that have an interest in disability-entrepreneurship, and business leaders that have an interest in learning more about this area and the potential of networking with disabled-owned businesses.

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Kate Caldwell, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago

Sarah Parker Harris, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, Department of Disability and Human Development at UIC

Maija Renko, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Illinois at Chicago