Some say that entrepreneurs think about the world differently from other people. Well that’s certainly true of those of us who have disabilities!
People who don’t have disabilities often take life’s simple activities for granted – getting dressed, walking down the street, understanding an email – until they no longer have access to it. When you have a disability, you rely on outside-the-box thinking in order to facilitate access to just about everything. And guess what? It makes people with disabilities natural entrepreneurial thinkers and leaders who can – and should – change the world.
There is a cool program for people with disabilities that can help you put your entrepreneurial skills into action. It’s called the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities and it’s happening at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Anybody with an idea and the motivation to turn that idea into a business can go and leverage the resources available through their Small Business Development Center. Staff will offer feedback on your initial idea, then give you actionable steps and goals to work toward. And, they will meet with you regularly to help you achieve those goals.
Once you have a marketable idea or product, their team and JJsList.com will help you promote and market your idea. We’ll provide you with ways to tell your own story from a position of achievement and empowerment.
We have disabilities. We have a voice that is as entrepreneurial as anybody else’s out there. So, communicate your idea, get help to put it into action, and always remember, It takes two people to have a conversation – someone to tell an idea and someone to critique the idea until it’s ready to generate revenue.
It’s a complicated entrepreneurial world out there and it takes a very unique type of person to make it as an entrepreneur. You can be that person!
UPDATE: The CEED website is now live and you can reach them at @CEED_UIC!