Many people who have disabilities choose to become self-employed, to
start and run their own businesses. In general, the needs of
these people are similar to the needs of people with disabilities in
conventional employment. However, there are specific aspects of
self-employment where disability can have substantial impact. It
can also be more difficult in self-employment situations to strike the
correct balance between business and disability needs.
By looking closely at the whole business, as well as the disability and
its associated needs, it is possible to make recommendations that will
minimize the impact of disability in operation of the business, without
giving the disabled person an unfair business advantage. This is
achieved through a realistic approach to support of the client, rather
than support of the business.
All aspects of support needs may impact on the business, so the
self-employment assessment explores the business and the disability in
parallel. This can often result in advice to the client which
will reduce the need for support, whilst at the same time increasing
the effectiveness of the client and his or her business. The
consequent greater independence of the client adds to their business
confidence, so that the long term viability and sustainability of their
business is generally improved.
A self-employment assessment draws on all other assessment types so as
to recommend the most appropriate package of support to meet the
disability needs of the client. It can be tailored to match the
circumstances and disabilities of individual clients and their
perceived requirements for support. As with most of the other
assessment types, the self-employment assessment is based on personal
profiling, though this aspect is much more significant in the case of
clients running their own businesses, since there is an overlap of
identity between the client and his or her business.
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