Families Creating Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Understanding the Contribution of Familial Entrepreneurship
This volume provides an in-depth, qualitative exploration of familial entrepreneurship as an innovative employment model, being established by families in response to difficulties faced by individuals with developmental disabilities in entering the labor market.
Drawing on rich qualitative data collected via research with families, this volume explores how and why familial entrepreneurs in the United States have chosen to develop businesses to employ their loved ones. Chapters offer close analysis of the challenges and opportunities associated with familial entrepreneurship and highlight the ways in which this practice supports people with developmental disabilities by providing opportunities for skill development, social interaction, and participation in meaningful activity. Recognizing familial entrepreneurship as a new and distinct hybrid employment model, the text goes on to consider how curricula, policy, and state services might better support families and underpin this form of inclusive work.
The volume provides important conclusions that contribute to the fields of Disability Studies, Entrepreneurship, Inclusive Education, Adult Education, Exceptional Student Education, Transition, and Vocational Rehabilitation. It is a key reading for scholars in these fields and across Education more widely.
Table of Contents
1. The Unemployment Experience for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities 2. National Pilot Study and Approaching the Research 3. Case Studies: The Seven Familial Entrepreneurs 4. Commonality and Differentiation: How are They Alike? How are They Different? 5. Familial Entrepreneurship: A Blended Hybrid-Type Employment Model 6. The Impact of Familial Entrepreneurship 7. How Can this Process Improve?/What is the Future of Familial Entrepreneurship? 8. Considering Familial Entrepreneurship During the Transition Process 9. Familial Entrepreneurs as Visionaries and Leaders (Conclusion)
Jennifer Percival is Assistant Director of the Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Florida, USA. She holds a Doctorate from FAU in Educational Leadership and Research Methodology with a research area of Disability Studies.