An Independence Through GRACE Foundation program
Limitless Customized Employment and
Equipping. Empowering. Bridging the Gaps.
Limitless exists to equip business owners and employees with exceptional abilities by bridging the gaps between their dreams and their success.
Did you know?
Almost 80% of adults with developmental disabilities are currently not employed.
There is often a tragic misunderstanding in the general public (and even amongst families and supporters of people with disabilities) that people with developmental disabilities cannot work. Many think that there are few jobs, if any, that would suit someone with a disability.
"You can't do it."
This is the destructive message that individuals with developmental disabilities receive daily. And many believe the lies that they’re not good enough, they can’t dream big dreams, and they’ll never accomplish their goals.
We believe that everyone has the capacity to push past their perceived limits and accomplish great things. We choose to focus on the exceptional abilities of those who are often defined by their disabilities. We believe that every person is unique, and can dream big dreams and accomplish lofty goals with the right support.
In fact, many people with disabilities are the proud owners and operators of micro-enterprises that fulfill needs in their communities! (See our features below!)
We want to change the conversation around the developmentally disabled community, and normalize the idea that everyone--especially individuals with developmental disabilities--can be successful in providing quality services and products in relevant arenas. With the right tools, small business owners and employees with exceptional abilities can accomplish great things.
Our team has spent the last 10 years assisting people with developmental disabilities to move toward independence by starting and operating their own micro-enterprise businesses and succeeding with community employment. We have worked with entrepreneurs to teach them business principles, assist in developing their business ideas, walking them through the start-up process, providing ongoing assistance with daily operations, as well as assistance with product and service development, social media marketing and business expansion. We have also helped employment seekers to maintain jobs that allow them to contribute to their communities.
While our clients have accomplished many things over the past 10 years, they have been hindered by lack of resources. Traditional funding methods for employment and micro-enterprise programs assisting the developmentally disabled community do not provide the funds or resources necessary for business start up, continued operation, growth, or expansion.
This is why Limitless Micro-Enterprise Development was formed.
Limitless exists to equip business owners and employees with exceptional abilities by bridging the gaps between their dreams and their success. Whether they are designing apparel, creating home goods, or performing IT support; whether they are a business start-up, expanding business, or branching out into different products and services, we provide them with the specific resources they need to move their business to the next level or maintain a job that fits their skills and interests.
Limitless seeks to offer the assistance of a talented pool of volunteer graphic designers, photographers/videographers, social media marketing specialists, trends researchers and business financial advisors to assist with all aspects of a growing business. We will soon have available fully equipped office spaces, production areas, and packaging/shipping areas. Additionally, Limitless will assist in making micro-enterprise start-up grants, micro-enterprise expansion loans, continued business training, and much more. With the support of our generous partners, we are able to launch business owners into success.
Beginning in the summer of 2022, Limitless is becoming a program under the umbrella of the Independence Through GRACE Foundation. We are excited for the the opportunities that this merger brings as we unite with others in the community who value all people and believe that everyone deserves the chance to thrive.
Entrepreneurs in the News
What is a micro-enterprise?
Though there are some slight differences, we use the terms "micro-enterprise" and "small business" interchangeably. The key features of a micro-enterprise are that they employ few people (even only one person), require relatively little start-up capital, and usually provide services or goods to a localized area.
Why is micro-enterprise a good option for people with developmental disabilities?
Self-employment isn't for everyone. It takes hard work and dedication, no matter who you are! However, there are some constraints in traditional employment related to (lack of) accessibility, strict job descriptions, inadequate transportation, and inflexible scheduling that can make it difficult for people with disabilities to find employment that works well for them. Micro-enterprise can be an opportunity for some people to do something they enjoy, on a schedule that works for them, while contributing a valuable product or service to their community.
What is a developmental disability?
Developmental disabilities as defined by the CDC are "a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime." Examples of developmental disabilities include autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disability, hearing loss, and vision impairment, among others.
Why do you use the term "exceptional abilities"?
We believe in viewing people, first and foremost, as people. We choose to focus on the exceptional abilities of those who are often defined by their disabilities, and therefore will use this term interchangeably with "developmental disabilities". Of course, if an individual prefers to use identity-first language for themselves, we support that choice as well!
What are some of the "gaps" in the system?
At Limitless, we often talk about the gaps that need to be bridged. So, what are the gaps?
- Lack of resources for self-employed people with exceptional abilities
- Traditional funding methods for similar programs do not provide the funds or resources necessary for business start up, continued operation, growth, or expansion
- Little integration into the community
- Difficulty balancing a desire for self-sufficiency and a fear of losing SSI benefits before establishing a successful micro-enterprise