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A fundamental right is the opportunity to pursue work of
one's choice. Employment options for persons with developmental disabilities in the past have traditionally been limited to sheltered work options and segregated day programs. More recently, principles of person-centered planning have expanded, including people pursuing competitive employment, supported employment, and owning their own businesses.

Some business which have started are called "micro-enterprises" - that is, small companies built around a single interest, with typically only one or a very limited number of employees. These micro-enterprises are built around an individual's interest, passion, or strength, such as artwork, candy, or cars.

Micro-enterprises are also excellent choices for individuals who are challenged in traditional work settings and need a greater degree of flexibility and control to contribute their gifts and strengths.

This department includes information about starting such microenterprises as well as examples of such businesses. Feel free to post any micro-enterprise as an example for others intersted in starting such businesses.

This web site is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living with support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. E-mail weste050@umn.edu.
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