The government’s office for Disability estimates that there are 10.1 million disabled adults – covering people with longstanding illness, disability or infirmity – who have significant difficulties with day-to-day issues, about half of whom are of working age. More and more people with disabilities are finding that becoming an entrepreneur is a liberating experience that circumvents the restrictions of the 9 to 5 daily grind.
Although it is never an easy undertaking, people are often unaware of the support and resources available for disabled people looking to embark on their own entrepreneurial journey. The Disabled Entrepreneurs Network (DEN) state on their website “The aim of DEN is to provide the information disabled people and people with long term health conditions need to start up and maintain their own business”, and that is what they have been doing since 2001.
Run by the Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP), they have written and produced a plain English Resource Guide, Directory of Support and Quick Reference Guide to support disabled people who want to set-up a business. These guides contain vital business issues and relevnat knowledge, covering issues such as tax, funding, mentoring, and different types of opportunity, along with stoires and case studies by successful disabled entrepreneurs. The guide was launched by Minister for Enterprise, Industry and the Regions, Margaret Hodge MP. You can find more information and order a copy of the guide from the ADP’s website.