Creating a small business – How to balance work, parenting and disability

This post is by guest columnist Patrick Young, an educator and activist.
He believes people with disabilities must live within a unique set of circumstances – the outside world often either underestimates them or ignores their needs altogether.
Patrick created AbleUSA to offer helpful resources to people with disabilities and to provide advice on navigating various aspects of life as a person with disabilities. I believe many of the points he makes are also relevant in many countries besides the US.


Despite having a disability, you keep beating the odds again and again. You’ve created financial stability for yourself and your family. Now you’re ready to broaden horizons and add an additional stream of income. Like everyone else, you’ve heard talk about how the gig-based economy is revolutionising the way people do business and live their lives and you’re ready to get in.

When starting your own small business, the sky is truly the limit. There is a wide array of possible small jobs you can take up on your own, anywhere from commercializing your hobbies online to selling real estate in your local neighborhood.

Whatever you choose to do, you need to know the ins and outs of starting your own business, and the best ways to balance a small business with your other priorities in life. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Know what resources you have at your disposal

It would be foolish to overlook the many different public and private resources you have at your disposal. Living with disabilities isn’t easy, but there are a number of ways you can qualify for grants and other forms of funding to help get your small business up and running.

Look into what you have available and see which opportunities are the best for your individual needs. When it comes to starting a business, it’s good to have additional capital at your disposal.

Aside from funding, you should also look for any kind of pre-existing platform to help get your small business up and running. For instance, if you are looking to sell something, it might be easier to go through an online site that caters to your particular market.

How to get started in the gig economy

When just getting started, it’s important to keep your expectations modest. It’s impractical to think that you’ll create a Fortune 500 company overnight. Instead, set small attainable goals for yourself, and create just enough work for yourself so that you can get a taste for the life of a small business owner without immediately overburdening yourself.

You still have a family to watch over, and trying something for the first time is bound to throw a few curveballs your way, so limit your output and see where the business goes from there.

The key to working in a busy household

When balancing work with family, it’s easy for lines to get blurred.

When you decide to start your small business from home, you probably do so for the sake of convenience. However, sometimes, things can quickly digress into confusion.

The key to managing a small business from home is keeping your business separate, neat and diligently organised. Find an area of your home that is spacious, easily accessible and quiet. Then, convert it into your own personalizsd workspace to maximize organisation and efficiency.

These are just a few tips to get your small business up and running. Just remember that when trying something for the first time, it can take a while to get the hang of things. No matter what challenges you face along the way, you are a strong independent and capable individual who can overcome anything.

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Russian Physician’s Guide to HSCT in Moscow


There’s good news for anyone with multiple sclerosis who is considering undergoing HSCT, especially if that involves being treated in Russia.

And that’s because Denis Fedorenko, MD, who is in charge of the stem cell transplant program for MS patients, has put together a comprehensive guide to the whole procedure at the A.A. Maximov Department of Hematology and Cellular Therapy of the Pirogov National Medical Surgical Center, in Moscow.

Dr. Denis Fedorenko.

Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (AHSCT) for Autoimmune Diseases (AID) includes explanation of the general procedure, as well as detailed explanations of individual parts of the process. It also has a section devoted to the experienRussian Physician’s Guide to HSCT in Moscowce of the Russian team.

Other sections detail such topics as the Inclusion Criteria, Exclusion Criteria, Pre-Transplant Examination, and steps of the AHSCT treatment.

Here is one excerpt – the Inclusion Criteria:

Systemic autoimmune diseases

o Diagnosed multiple sclerosis (all variants) with EDSS score between 1.5 and 6.5, documented progression/relapses over the previous year, with or without gadolinium-enhancing lesions.

o Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) with or without paraprotein

o Severe systemic vasculitis

o Systemic lupus erythematosus

o Systemic sclerosis

o Crohn’s disease

o Other severe systemic autoimmune conditions, including  connective tissue diseases

Age 16 – 70

Adequate organ function 

o Cardiac LV Ejection Fraction >45% o Total Lung capacity > 60%

o Pulmonary artery pressure < 45 mmHg

o DLCO/VA>50%

• Absence of severe chronic infections

• Negative serology HBV, HCV, HIV

• Absence of mental and cognitive deficits and ability to provide informed consent

• Absence of gross cognitive disturbances 

• Absence of severe concomitant diseases

Three months ago, I visited the Maximov HSCT clinic to undergo tests to see if I could have the treatment. I saw the facilities and met and talked with Dr. Fedorenko, administrator Anastnasia Panchenko, other members of the team as well as patients.

My tests turned out to mean that HSCT was not suitable for me because of another health condition, But I have no hesitation in saying that, had it been possible, it is the treatment I would have chosen.

This article, written by me, was first published by Multiple Sclerosis News Today.

strap-new is the personal website of Ian Franks, who is Managing Editor (columns division) of BioNews Services. BioNews is owner of 50 disease/disorder-specific news and information websites – including MS News Today. Ian has enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor, in the print media. During that career he gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. He was diagnosed with MS in 2002 but continued working until mobility problems forced him to retire early in late 2006. He now lives in the south of Spain. Besides MS, Ian is also able to write about both epilepsy and cardiovascular matters from a patient’s perspective and is a keen advocate on mobility and accessibility issues.