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Vocational Rehabilitation Library Toolkit

Curated resources to respond to Vocational Rehabilitation community needs


A selection of resources to help learn more about self-employment opportunities and how to get started.

Description: "Tanna Skarniak ... owns Grand Island, NE based TS Preservation Specialists where she specializes in lawn mowing, winterizations, debris removal, and minor repairs to properties. For decades, she attempted work in traditional jobs but often quit due to concerns about losing the Social Security benefits that provided access to disability related prescriptions. When a small business idea presented an opportunity for customized employment that would accommodate her disability, Easter Seals Nebraska Self Employment Specialist Jenny Gibbs provided benefits analysis services to help her make informed choices about work while supporting a successful transition to self-sufficiency. Nebraska VR Service Specialist Felipe Cruz coordinated the feasibility study and business plan that was a critical support to Tanna's talents, abilities, and self-determination. The self-employment services she received to start her own business and reach her goals to work full-time and own her own home provided a foundation for her success."

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