Kathy Newman

Kathy Newman

Numerous reasons exist for the unacceptably high unemployment rate for people with disabilities, ranging from the lack of accommodations to stereotypical assumptions by employers, but one potential solution may be right under our noses.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, self-employment is twice as likely in the disabled population. Owning your own business can have significant advantages, including creating flexible schedules and having a reduced need for transportation. Many entrepreneurs with disabilities have found that creating their own employment situations offers unique
opportunities and independence.

Stevie Hopkins didn’t know it at the time, but in 2004, when his sister Annie designed a T-shirt with a wheelchair heart logo in her University of Illinois dorm, she was launching a movement — but it nearly didn’t