Preliminary research from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has found people with disabilities have a 50% higher rate of entrepreneurship.
This is why researchers from the UTS Business School will use a $235,000 Linkage Grant from the Australian Research Council to further pursue research into a program that aims to help people with disabilities start their own businesses.
The study involves three major partners from the disability sector, which are directly involved with the research. They include National Disability Services, Break Thru People Solutions, and Settlement Services Australia, which has worked with UTS in the past for a study on entrepreneurial refugees.
The research project will seek to leverage opportunities provided by the recently launched National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to provide support packages to people with disabilities who are considering starting their own businesses.
According to the chief investigator in the study, Professor Simon Darcy, the aim of the project is to get people with disabilities “engaged and employed”.