Disability and Self-directed Employment
Business Development Models

Aldred Neufeldt, Alison L. Albright   (Eds.)

Captus University Publications / IDRC, ISBN 978-1-896691-21-3 (1998)
366 pages, 500 g, 6 X 9, $17.50 (US$17.50)

The idea of wage employment as the only real goal for disabled people is starting to be challenged by another idea -- self-directed employment. In low-income countries there has never been many options due to low wage scales. With relatively little access to salaried employment, and the only real safety net being one's family, other means of income generation have been important for the survival of significantly disabled people. In high- income countries, however, the situation has been different. For a variety of reasons, policies related to the employment of disabled people have focused almost exclusively on issues relevant to accessing wage employment; as has the attention of organizations concerned with disabled persons. Only within the past few years are we beginning to see increasing interest in self-employment, and other entrepreneurial options where disabled people may be in the lead role. This book is organized into three sections. The first section summarizes the current state of knowledge on the experience of disabled people in accessing employment, and the particular role of self-employment. The second has chapters by researchers from different world regions, with examples of the kinds of initiatives discovered. The third analyzes the information that was gathered and concludes the study.

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  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Foreword by Henry Enns
  • Foreword by Joshua Malinga
  • Preface: The Motive for the Study and Plan of the Book

PART I: Self-directed Employment: Introduction and Context

CHAPTER 1: Economic Integration: The Challenge by Aldred H. Neufeldt

CHAPTER 2: Socio-economic and Policy Contexts by Aldred H. Neufeldt

PART II: Experiences in Development of Self-directed Employment: Low- and Middle-Income Countries

CHAPTER 3: The Philippines and Thailand by Danilo Delfin

CHAPTER 4: South Asia by Salma Maqbool and Maqbool Ahmad

CHAPTER 5: Singapore by Ron Chandran-Dudley

CHAPTER 6: Kenya by John T. Kiwara

CHAPTER 7: The Caribbean by Peta Anne Baker

CHAPTER 8: Central America by Leonor Kaufman

CHAPTER 9: South America by Alejandro Rojo Vivot and Irene Estay

PART III: Experiences in Development of Self-directed Employment: High-Income Countries

CHAPTER 10: Australia by Michelle Watters and Trevor R. Parmenter

CHAPTER 11: Canada by Aldred H. Neufeldt, Alison L. Albright and Patricia Donovan

CHAPTER 12: The United Kingdom by Michael Floyd, Stephen Fleming, Doria Pilling and Margery Povall

CHAPTER 13: Germany by Erwin Seyfried

CHAPTER 14: Japan by Yukiko Oka Nakanishi

CHAPTER 15: The United States by Robert L. Metts and Nansea Metts

Part IV: Comparative Assessment of What Has Been Learned

CHAPTER 16: Characteristics of Self-directed Employment Initiatives by Aldred H. Neufeldt and Alison L. Albright

CHAPTER 17: Foundations of Self-directed Employment by Aldred H. Neufeldt and Alison L. Albright

Part V: Appendices

APPENDIX 1: List of Commonly Used Abbreviations

APPENDIX 2: Bibliography

APPENDIX 3: Researchers

Subject Index

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Aldred Neufeldt, Ph.D., former Director of the Allan Roeher Institute, Toronto, he is currently Associate Professor and Director of Behavioural Support Programme, Rehabilitation Studies, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has led a number of international projects particularly concerned with training and employment for adults with disabilities.