MIG Brief: Improving Self-Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

New York

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Medicaid & Employment

“StartUP NY was one of three 3-year demonstration projects funded by the US Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to test and demonstrate improved self-employment practices for people with disabilities. The NY project was led by Onondaga County and developed and managed by the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and its partners the SU Whitman School of Management/Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises, the Onondaga Small Business Development Center and other partners…To date, the project has trained over 188 people with diverse disabilities, over 60 businesses have been registered and 45 businesses are being operated. In 2009, funding was received through the US Small Business Administration grant and through a Center for Medicaid Services Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) to continue to utilize the StartUP model to assist both entrepreneurs with disabilities but also other prospective entrepreneurs with low incomes that may not have a disability.”

  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Burton Blatt Institute, Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute
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