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Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (NJ1)

People with learning disabilities have talents and skills, but rarely do they get the chance to start their own business. In Business was designed to challenge this and to make self employment a realistic option for some by setting out to support and capture the journey to business for people with a learning disability and those who support them. In Business had a particular focus on: (1) innovation and developing business opportunities; (2) enterprise development, planning, research and feasibility; and (3) service delivery change and developing support structures. Supporting realistic business and financial planning processes requires the introduction of market based approaches. Many people within support services are encouraged to produce things as part of their "experience." Such products, however, are often based on the ability to produce and rarely are they developed with a market or customer orientated approach. In all respects, In Business sought to capture the journey, identify the barriers and produce appropriate and accessible guidance. In Business worked primarily in four pilot sites, chosen to enable the project to work in both rural and urban economies and with both statutory and voluntary organisations. Appended are: (1) In Business Participants; and (2) The RED Workshop Schedule. (Contains 6 footnotes.) [Funding for this paper was provided by UK Department of Health, Baily Thomas Charitable Fund and Cornwall County Council.]

Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Self Employment, Entrepreneurship, Business, Adults, Employment, Case Studies

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. Sea Containers House 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9QB, UK. Tel: +44-20-7803-1100; Fax: +44-20-7803-1111; e-mail: customerservices[at]; Web site:

Author: Bates, Keith


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