Research examining people with disabilities in self-employment

November 2 2011, 04:02pm


November 2011

DIT, in conjunction with, is undertaking research examining people with disabilities in self-employment.

The objective of this survey is to gather information on the self-employment experience of persons with disabilities, including the motivations, benefits and barriers to self-employment. This is a critical study because research of this nature has never previously been conducted in the Irish employment context. In surveying established and aspiring entrepreneurs this research will gain greater insight to the nature of self-employment for people with disabilities, which not only has wider policy implications but can also assist in the development of business training programmes designed specifically for persons with disabilities.

The survey is available here:

The report detailing the findings of this research is to be concluded in January 2012.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr Thomas Cooney ( or Mahbub Kabir ( with any of your queries or questions about this research.

For more information visit or phone: 01 4447260