Fund disability entrepreneurship training at DC public library!
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Almost two out of three people with disabilities cannot find a job. I wasn’t an exception.
I was born with cerebral palsy. For months, I couldn’t find a job anywhere. I went on dozens of interviews that led to no job offers. Frustrated, and in desperate need of income, I started a tutoring service agency and then a hostel service, ultimately making more money than most of my non-disabled classmates.
I quickly realized that, like me, other disabled people are innate entrepreneurs. As people with disabilities living in a world that is not inherently build to support us; endurance, tenacity, creativity, grit is our nature, is our DNA.
While people with disabilities are twice as likely to pursue entrepreneurship, resources and spaces are often not accessible and inclusive of disabled entrepreneurs.
This past fall, as a response to interest from the disability community, we hosted a pilot accessible entrepreneurship training in partnership with the DC Library. The community found the training not just helpful and informative but also necessary. Yet the DC Library is refusing to have serious conversations with us about continuing to support and fund these trainings.
This petition is meant to show DC Library the urgent need to continue to support these trainings.
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