A 'Primer’ on The StartUP New York 4-Phase Model

New York

“START-UP/New York convened a multidisciplinary collaboration of highly skilled partners to provide a customized, intensive, and well-rounded training, technical assistance, counseling, and support program for people with disabilities interested in self-employment. Over the first three years, the project developed an improved model for developing community infrastructure and capacity through public and private investment and collaboration to support and provide technical assistance to individuals with disabilities who seek self-employment in Onondaga County. It was successful in documenting the strengths and weaknesses of the consortium model to assist in the start-up, sustainability, and replicable of successful micro-enterprise and small business ventures launched by individuals with disabilities. The project also succeeded in recruiting participants, including those receiving SSI/SSDI benefits, Veterans, youth and others in Onondaga County, representing a range of disabilities from diverse ethnic and racial groups who have aspirations for self-employment. The START-UP/New York model included developing customized training curricula, informed by Customized, Discovery-based results, personal preferences, and peer advisors.”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Training/Capacity Building
Systems: 
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics: 
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
Other: 
  • Burton Blatt Institute, Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute
Date Enacted: 
09/28/2009
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