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THE EYD CURRICULUM – Course Description

The course consists of 13 Units that teach entrepreneurial concepts and skills through direct instruction and hands-on learning activities. Throughout the course, the Plan Ahead Graphic Organizer takes students through step-by-step planning of their business and completion of a business plan and pitch.

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  • The EYD Curriculum

    It is a customizable, in person or online-ready course for youth and young adults with and without disabilities. Developed at UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development, the EYD curriculum takes students through the process of writing a business plan and pitching their idea to possible investors. The purpose of this course is to offer a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship education that provides foundational knowledge and skills for self-employment. EYD was funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (grant number: 90DPEM0002).

  • Family Entrepreneurship Guide

    This guide assists families in supporting their loved ones who are interested in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career choice. It includes practical matters like taxes, disability benefits, and vocational rehabilitation offerings. The guide also provides insights into what comes next for the entrepreneur, highlighting community resources and how families can tap into them for support.

  • Curriculum Extension Guide

    It expands the original 13-unit curriculum by providing additional learning opportunities such as pre-teaching and extending in-unit activities. It includes a shortened version of the original curriculum and is designed to accelerate the course content due to time constraints.


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