Community-based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Winner, 2004: Skills and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities – IBDE Program (2004)

The Internet Business Development for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (IBDE) program of the Community Futures office of Central Kootenay, British Columbia, provides adults with physical disabilities the opportunity to enhance their employability skills in a self-paced and supported work and learning environment.

The IBDE program consists of a three-month, online web design course, followed by a three-month practicum in which participants use their newly acquired skills to create a web store under the guidance of online instructors.

Once their web stores are completed, participants are partnered with clients, who are artisans from their local region. The web design entrepreneurs then sell the artisans’ products, for a commission, in their web stores.

The program helps participants develop the skills they need to create their own web store or other independent websites, and become self-employed. Throughout the program, they receive ongoing business management support and training from Community Futures and its delivery partners.

Participants can also use their new skills to look for employment as in-house website designers for other businesses.

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Alison Campbell. Community-based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Winner, 2004: Skills and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities – IBDE Program 2004. Web. 2 Dec. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_disabilities_winner_2004/cblo_disabilities_winner_2004.pdf>
Alison Campbell (2004). Community-based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Winner, 2004: Skills and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities – IBDE Program. Retrieved December 2, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_disabilities_winner_2004/cblo_disabilities_winner_2004.pdf
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