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JAN Webcast: Mental Health and Self-Employment

November 11, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Participation in meaningful employment for individuals with mental health impairments is frequently cited as a cornerstone of a successful and sustainable recovery process. For some, working in traditional employment may not be the best option. Self-employment provides an alternative – one in which the individual has the opportunity to work for themselves. While self-employment or starting a small business is not for everyone, there are some distinct benefits including the opportunity to build accommodations into the design of the business; the chance to pursue an area of work of great interest; Social Security work incentive advantages; the ability to organize customized and ongoing support systems into the work process; to name a few. Over the past two decades, demonstration projects and research have shown self-employment can be a viable employment goal, particularly for individuals with chronic health issues. In this Webcast, we will discuss the process of becoming self-employed; supports and accommodations available to make the business successful; and real world examples of the types of businesses developed by JAN callers.  .
  • Speakers: Kim Cordingly, Ph.D., Lead Consultant, JAN Self-Employment Team, and Melanie Whetzel, M.A., JAN Lead Consultant, Cognitive/Neurological Team.