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close this bookSelf-Employment for Disabled People - Experiences from Africa and Asia (ILO, 1989, 100 p.)
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View the documentIntroduction: What is this book about?
Open this folder and view contents1. The purpose of this book
Open this folder and view contents2. Self-employment - An option for disabled people
Open this folder and view contents3. Disabled entrepreneurs: Case studies
Open this folder and view contents4. What do disabled entrepreneurs need?
Open this folder and view contents5. What is being done for disabled entrepreneurs?
Open this folder and view contents6. Lessons to be learned
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View the documentAnnex I. Guide-lines for assistance to self-employment
View the documentAnnex II. Institutions surveyed
View the documentAnnex III. Further reading
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The authors of this book - one a small enterprise development specialist and the other a rehabilitation professional - have come together for an unusual task: to see what disabled people can achieve as entrepreneurs and to examine the potential of self-employment as an option for those who want to and are able to earn their own living.

Written in simple language, the book is the outcome of a survey of 53 businesses run by disabled people in several African and Asian countries. At its core are 16 case studies, showing in fascinating detail how the disabled entrepreneurs succeeded in self-employment, and highlighting the problems they faced. At the same time, a survey of 32 rehabilitation institutions is used to examine how far they served the needs of their disabled clients who chose self-employment.

The book calls into question much of the conventional wisdom about disability, provides encouragement to disabled entrepreneurs and to institutions serving them, and suggests a fresh approach to rehabilitation. It contains invaluable advice for planners and rehabilitation professionals in developing countries and presents a spectrum of new possibilities for practical and appropriate services designed to promote self-help and economic self-reliance for disabled people. Includes black and white photographs.