Collaborating to Promote Self-Employment for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in Maryland


Self-employment has emerged as a viable option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). To meet increased self-employment demands, Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), in collaboration with the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), adapted services offered through the Reach Independence through Self Employment (RISE) program. The RISE program, funded by DORS, provides technical assistance and financial support to people starting their own businesses. DDA's role in this self-employment initiative has helped people with IDD start a wide variety of businesses and achieve meaningful employment.

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