Innovative Training Program for People with Disabilities Announced

Community Futures of Peace Liard is pleased to announce that they will be sponsoring an online web-design training program called the Internet Business Development for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (IBDE) program.

The IBDE program teaches people with physical disabilities web design online over a three month period, which allows the participants to work at their own pace in the comfort of their own homes. Once the student completes the training, they find a small business that they can put their new skills to work building a website, under the guidance of their instructor. When the site is completed the IBDE grad has the option of featuring it at www.virtualmall.ca with other sites designed by IBDE grads from around the province or they can stand alone on the World Wide Web.

The intent of the program is to offer People with Disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills and to assist them in starting a web business where they have the opportunity to strive towards financial independance. It is also a huge benefit to the small business community who will be given the opportunity to have a new venue for their products.

The Central Kootenay Community Futures office piloted the IBDE program in the Kootenay region in 2002 with funding assistance from Western Diversification, Human Resources Skills Development Canada and the Vancouver Foundation. Since then the program has expanded to include other areas of BC. 62 persons with disabilities have taken the program and 15% of them have completed the training and have created websites.

The program begins in November 2004. If you are a person with a disability that wants to start your own home based business or a small business owner that would like a new inexpensive marketing outlet for your products, go to www.ibde.ca for more information or call Community Futures at 1 877 296-5888 immediately as spaces are limited.