Self-employment is a viable option to increase the quality of life and well-being of people with disabilities. People with disabilities are also twice as likely to be self-employed than those in the general population. While self-employment interest and activity among people with disabilities has remained constant over the past three decades, vocational rehabilitation counselors rarely use self-employment as a closure option. The purpose of the present study was to examine counselors’ perceptions regarding self-employment and identify client characteristics deemed necessary for self-employment success. The national sample consisted of 205 Certified Rehabilitation Counselors. Significant statistical differences were found among counselors in variables including: age, education, disability status, time worked, employment status, self-employment experience, and work sector. Opportunities for future research and implications for the field of rehabilitation are discussed.
Ashley, D., & Graf, N. M. (2021). Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors’ Self-Employment Perceptions and Related Client Characteristics. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 52(3), 194–212. https://doi.org/10.1891/JARC-D-19-00019