Self-employment is an important employment option for people with disabilities. This is especially true in AIVRS (American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services) Projects. Many tribal communities are located in extremely rural areas where self-employment is one of the only employment outcomes for tribal vocational rehabilitation consumers. This presentation will highlight the differences between a common IPE (individualized plan for employment) and a self-employment IPE and identify the elements that need to be addressed, included, and identified when working on the plan. In addition, self-employment resources and comparable benefits will be discussed in order to increase the availability of resources that can assist Native American/Alaska Native consumers in achieving a successful self-employment outcome.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Attendees will identify barriers to self-employment within their tribal communities.
- Attendees will identify self-employment successes within their AIVRS projects.
- Attendees will become acquainted with how a common IPE (individualized plan for employment) differs from a self-employment IPE.
- Attendees will learn how to develop a self-employment IPE that can be used as an example when working with consumers.