One of our favorite, and most popular resources is our list of businesses owned by adults who have Down syndrome.  People are willing and excited to support our young entrepreneurs!

Department of Labor Statistics
From The U.S. Department of Labor

Most of us have seen the numbers. Employment is a big issues in the disability community.

It’s great to see what happens when parents who have the resources think out of the box and create job opportunities for their adult children.

We’ve been keeping a list of these businesses and it’s already had over 1600 views!

We’ve recently started two more lists: Businesses who employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

and Start Up Businesses to Watch

As the sheltered workshop debate continues, parents, guardians, caregivers, and policy makers are looking for best practices when it comes to finding competitive employment for those who want it.

This year at the 321 eConference, we have a full track of sessions designed specifically for those who are interested and/or looking for jobs.  It’s 7 sessions on Monday, March 21st from 10am – 5pm ET.

Marianne Marts and her brother Joe

Hear from Marianne Marts, sibling of Joe who is 55 and has been working at a local barbershop for 13 years and


Jeff Huffman

Jeff Huffman, Founder and Head Coach of Huffman Healthcare and Disability Consulting, LLC and SuccessAbility Solutions, LLC and Megan Stevenson, from The Erskine Green Training Institute will tell us about The Arc of Indiana Training Hotel Vision to Reality.

Dr. Jennifer Smolka

Jennifer Smolka, founder of 321 eLearning,  will talk about inclusive employment within local communities.

Dreamers Coffee

Diane Grover will tell us about her journey to becoming an entrepreneur to support individuals with disabilities.

Self-Advocate Entrepreneur Panel


I’ll be hosting a discussion on small businesses with input from four success stories within our community!




Self advocate extraordinaire, David Egan and Vanessa Quick, Director of Programs & Community Outreach for NDSS will be joining us to discuss a new initiative: Valued, Able & Ready to Work: Employing Individuals with Down Syndrome.

And the special keynote of the day is Accessibility in the Work Place with Debra Ruh, CEO of Ruh Global, and Neil Milliken, Head Of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion. at Atos.

Keynote: Accessibility in the Work Place

As you can see, it’s a full day of great sessions that’s sure to provide inspiration to everyone thinking about jobs for their loved ones!

The full track only costs $21 !  You can also try your luck and enter to win a free registration on us!


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