The CEED project will bridge entrepreneurship with disability by developing and providing a comprehensive entrepreneurship education and training program for people with disabilities and service providers working in Disability Community Agencies and Small Business Development Centers in Illinois. This will be accomplished through a dual focused, person-centered approach that combines disability and business knowledge/practices, and targets the needs and barriers specifically experienced by people with disabilities looking to start or grow a business. Additionally, the project will establish the first business planning competition for entrepreneurs with disabilities. The project will build upon and complement existing programs for entrepreneurship in both disability and business fields. A key gap in this area is the lack of awareness of what resources, supports, and information exist, where to find it, and how to use it. The project meets a need in the community expressed by people with disabilities, their families, and service providers, but it also helps SBDCs increase their capacity to provide accessible business development services for people with disabilities. Further, this project will develop the skills of service providers across both disability and business fields to enhance collaboration in order to more effectively assess an individual’s preparedness, needs and progress in entrepreneurship.
I am so very excited for our new project to start. You can read the press release for the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) project at the link, but I'll paste the summary below.
I had the opportunity to do a webinar for AAIDD sponsored by the Research Division with Tamar Heller and John Kramer on "Illustrating Inclusive Interview Methodology in Research." The audio and powerpoint are archived online so check it out at the link below! I'm really looking forward to AAIDD's Research Division's future webinars.
After such a wonderful Society for Disability Studies (SDS) conference this year, we were thinking it would be a good idea to start a special interest group in SDS on "Work, Employment & Society." The purpose of which would be to cultivate a community of disability studies scholars who have an interest in and/or are doing work this area of research and policy; generating a forum for discussing contemporary issues in the field as well as organizing a panel on work, employment and society at the SDS Annual Meeting.
In order to start this special interest group we needed fifteen signatures and received a total of forty-three (35 from SDS members). If you are interested in signing up to support this initiative and hear updates about its status, please feel free to click on the link below! The next step, pending SDS approval, will be to formalize the WES membership and begin a listserv.
Earlier this month I wrote a blog post for the AUCD Early Career Professionals' blog called
"How to Write for Publication (As a Grad Student)."Check it out at the link below:
I graduated! Here I am in a photo with my family, taken by Terry Thomas Primer (c) 2014. Pictured above from left to right: Sarah Caldwell, myself in full regalia, Janet Caldwell & John Caldwell.
A Philadelphian living in Chicago and doing the Disability Studies thing. I'm still figuring out what to do with this space.