Self-employment works for Peruvians with disabilities

Self-employment works for Peruvians with disabilities

Entrepreneurship has meant independence for many people with disabilities in the U.S. and now in Peru, thanks to LSI researchers Glen White and Wendy Parent. Partnering with Liliana Mayo, director of LSI a liate Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú, in Lima, they developed a “supportive entrepreneurial package” that can be replicated in other developing countries and even in rural areas of the U.S. where employment opportunities are scarce.

This enabled six Peruvians to translate their talents into self-employment. A few examples: Carlos Alberto Blanch, who has muscular dystrophy, created a graphics and web design company; Christina Ascue, who has a developmental disability, runs an internet café catering business with her mother, Pilar; Justin Coello, who has autism, and his mother, Betty, launched a jewelry and accessory business and Maria Luisa Huerta, who has post-polio syndrome, is making wheelchair cushions to help other wheelchair users avoid pressure sores.