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Self-Employment for Eric

Eric

Georgia Workforce Action Grant:
Jobs for All: An Olmstead Initiative

Eric is an individual labeled with Cerebral Palsy who had been told he could never hold a job. He has always dreamed of running his own business. Through "Jobs for All: An Olmstead Employment Initiative," a five-year WorkFORCE Action grant funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Eric is making that dream come true.

Through the One-Stop, a person-centered assessment helped the customized employment team become aware of Eric's interest in art. The team, working with Vocational Rehabilitation and the Small Business Development Center, helped Eric begin the process of developing a business plan and exploring his options for his own company, "Splashes by Eric."

Using Individual Assistance funds as a part of Eric's Individual Training Account, a graphic artist consultant was hired to assist with designing a logo and website as well as selecting artwork and offering printing recommendations. Eric is currently formulating a plan to market his artwork. With the support of his customized employment team, Eric continues to plan and investigate new directions for his small business.

For more information about this case study, please contact:

Rich Toscano, Project Director
(706) 340-0520 (voice)

Jenny Seagraves, Assistant Project Director
Institute on Human Development and Disability, University of Georgia
(706) 542-1284 (voice)
jseagraves@ihdd.uga.edu

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