MICRO ENTERPRISE AND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: WEB LINKS TO USEFUL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Prospective business owners with disabilities can find a wealth of information on the internet to guide them in planning a small business...from developing a business plan, to getting business training and applying for loans to start a small business.
The following links are well-known for their area of expertise but do not imply specific endorsement of their products. Only Georgia programs are listed in the Technical Assistance and Training section. Georgia’s Adult Technical Schools include coursework as preparation for small business development.
<a href="http://www.assistivetech.net/">assistivetech.net</a> is an online information resource providing up-to-date, thorough information on assistive technologies, adaptive environments and community resources.
<a href="http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=108_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ364.108">Assistive Technology Act of 2004</a> to support programs of grants to states to address the assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities.
<a href="http://health.state.ga.us/programs/bcw">Babies Can't Wait</a>
<a href="http://www.bpaoga.com/">Benefits Navigator or Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach</a> is a program that resulted as part of the Ticket to Work Work Incentives Act (TWWIIA) signed in to law by the Clinton Administration in 1999. As part of that legislation, the Social Security Administration requested applications from the States to provide Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach to people between the ages of 14 and 65 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or both which is based on a medical condition. This service provides comprehensive Benefits Counseling in order to assist the receipent or beneficiary make informed decisions on their road to economic self sufficiency.Shepherd Center in Atlanta in a cooperative agreement with disAbility Link in Decatur and Disability Connections, Inc. in Macon applied for and received an opportunity to work cooperatively with the Social Security Administration to provide Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach to 43 Counties in Georgia.
<a href="http://www.itpolicy.gsa.gov/cita/index.htm">Center IT Information Technology Accommodation</a> (U.S. Government Resources)
<a href="http://www.nichcy.org/">ERIC HEALTH - NICHCY</a>
<a href="http://www.fodac.org/">Friends of Disabled Adults and Children</a>
<a href="http://www.gcdd.org/">Georgia's Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities</a>
<a href="http://www.gpat.org/" >Georgia's Project on Assistive Technology</a>
<a href="http://www.gachi.org/gatedp/index.htm" >Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program</a> This website provides information about a new program in Georgia to provide residents of GA who are deaf and hard of hearing with equipment...there are economic restrictions, however.
<a href="http://www.helenkeller.org/national" >Helen Keller</a>
<a href="http://www.resna.org/taproject/index.html">Home of RESNA TA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America)</a>
<a href="http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/">JAN ( Job Accommodation Network)</a>
<a href="http://www.ldag.org/ldadults/index.htm" >L.D. Adults of Georgia</a>: A resource for adult Georgians with learning disabilities
<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/southeast/">Microsoft's web site for the southeastern U.S.</a>
<a href="http://www.csun.edu/">Northridge (CSUN)</a>
<a href="http://www.parenttoparentofga.org/" >Parent to Parent of Georgia</a>
<a href="http://ga.disabilityselfadvocates.org/peoplefirst/index.php">People First of Georgia</a> - an organization made up of self advocates who are people with disabilities speaking up for ourselves.
<a href="http://cosmos.ot.buffalo.edu/t2rerc/index.html">Publications in Assistive Technology</a>
<a href="http://www.icdi.wvu.edu/Others.htm">Starting Site for Disability Access (W. Virginia Rehabilitation / Steven L. Fullmer)</a>
<a href="http://www.unlockingthewaitinglists.com/">Unlocking the waiting list</a> This campaign is a grassroots effort with currently over 300 member organizations and over 5,000 individual members throughout the state.
Listed below are links to other Internet sites which have information on various subjects from Assistive Technology to Disabilities to Access to Rehabilitation. This is only a partial listing of the thousands of links which have information on this field of study.