provide trained staff and services required by persons labeled as
intellectual disability to assist them with self-employment goals that
an income and becoming valued contributing members of the community;
To provide business
training and mentoring in the placement of persons with intellectual
disabilities in gainful self-employment;
To develop and deliver
that increases knowledge, awareness, relevancy, and application of
entrepreneurial skills among people with intellectual disabilities;
To advance public
the benefits of self-employment and entrepreneurship for persons
having an intellectual disability;
To establish and operate
library pertaining to entrepreneurship, persons with intellectual
and organizational effectiveness;
To provide information
upon request, to other parents, parent groups, schools, and similar
nonprofit/charitable organizations regarding our programs and services;
Additionally, CAPRE will:
individuals and their unique support network to determine the
entrepreneurship as a preferred occupation;
individuals and their support network through an opportunity
exercise designed to select the specific venture that most contributes
abilities, personal goals and objectives of the individual;
in identifying and gathering the necessary resources needed to develop
and operate a self-sufficient unit. These resources include:
1. Business development and advisory expertise;
2. Physical and emotional support;
3. Business infrastructure (administration, facilities, human
While CAPRE may directly provide some of the above resources in
developmental stages, the aim is to identify and make available the
possible resources throughout the greater community. It is expected
venture will be developed and empowered to identify and include the
resources necessary for them to achieve the highest level of
CAPRE does not
provide financial support to participants or their businesses nor
contribute towards payment of expenses other than the cost of
delivering its own programs and services.
nature of the relationships within each business entity is such that a
degree of dependence and interdependence exists. CAPRE has the
to make provisions for accommodating back- up support as it relates to
and emotional support. CAPRE may, in emergency or extenuating
circumstances, provide such support.
The primary consideration for business development is self-
is expected, however, that the business venture will have sufficient
viability to contribute to its own maintenance and growth, including
network and structure that has been created to support it.
1. Individual expresses interest in becoming a CAPRE
2. CAPRE facilitates decision-making process to explore self-
3. CAPRE facilitates opportunity identification and selection.
4. CAPRE facilitates business- planning process.
5. Business entity is formed with appropriate resources and support.
6. Business entity becomes operational with appropriate contingency
permanent and long-term business viability.
While it is a primary function of CAPRE to facilitate the
and growth of the individual business entities, it also provides an
community development function. Outcomes of this community development
• Ensuring that the individuals and the business entities CAPRE
become legitimate participants in the business and social community.
• Ensuring that sufficient resources are available from community
the community at large to support the individual businesses in
CAPRE also recognizes the responsibility for the
appropriate paid support for each business. It is a function of CAPRE
develop and deliver professional development programs directed toward
training of supportive coworkers that provide both personal care and
development services to individuals with intellectual disabilities.