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Supporting Entrepreneurs & Workers with Disabilities

Release Date: 
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Release Number: 
20-08-02KY
Contact: 
michael.ashcraft@sba.gov

By SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza

NOTE: this is part of a release authored by the SBA Administrator. To read the full release, click here.

Thirty years ago, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, enshrining the rights of more than 57 million Americans to have equal access and inclusion in society. While this advancement of equality has been monumental, entrepreneurs with disabilities still face unique barriers, including lack of funding and challenges establishing credit, as well as a significantly higher likelihood of going into business without support from family members and mentors.

As head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), it is my mission to ensure the federal government’s resources are helping underserved entrepreneurs succeed – this includes women, veterans, minorities, and small business owners with disabilities. 

As we celebrate the progress we’ve made toward equitable opportunity for individuals with disabilities, we know much work remains. Thankfully, our nation’s small businesses are helping lead the charge by hiring individuals with disabilities.

There are many benefits to hiring disabled individuals, including an expanded pool of talent, ability to meet workforce needs, a diversified and inclusive workforce, and creative business solutions and goodwill among customers. To help keep that momentum going, the SBA has put together a toolkit to assist small businesses in hiring more people with disabilities.

For individuals with disabilities, entrepreneurship can be a powerful mechanism for success. SBA is working to ensure every individual, especially those in underrepresented communities, can access non-traditional pathways to success. Resource partners like the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy are helping launch the next generation of entrepreneurs with disabilities and working to combat the many barriers which lead to widespread unemployment and underemployment within the disability community.