This month, the cover story is "Microenterprises: A New Way for Consumers to do Business". This brief article discusses the microenterprise - defined as a business with five or fewer employees that can utilize initial capital of $35,000 or less. Think of things like minor repair operations, cleaning services, pet sitting or training, gift basket creation, local tech support, etc. The point of the article is that this type of business venture creates an exciting opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to strike out "on their own". Of course, on one's own can be defined in many different ways, as different people have highly variable needs for support.
The article goes on to detail some of the necessary areas of skill acquisition and interest determination that would allow for a successful outcome in a microenterprise.
I think the thing that struck me most about this article was the closing paragraph, as it seamlessly integrates my acquired views of both personal fulfillment/responsibility and the need to provide ample opportunities for all people to realize their potential:
"People have a universal desire to experience and express their dignity, meaning, and self-worth through creatively harnessing their skills and talents in volunteer or compensated work activities. Microenterprises and self-employment is a dynamic vehicle to make that happen."