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Jerome Lawrence - Artist


Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter asked him to design the cover of Jimmy and Rosalynn's coveted Christmas Cards sent to supporters around the globe. He is an outspoken and fearless advocate for people with mental disabilities. Listening to Jerome Lawrence talk about his own life or taking the time to really look at his gorgeous, soulful paintings is like being in the presence of a guru. With his soft-spoken and insightful manner, Jerome is spellbinding and motivational, purposeful and wise.

His interview on WebMD with Mrs. Carter is mesmerizing:

Student Turns Passion for Art Into a Vocation

Ian Millican's voice may be softened by autism, but his art speaks volumes. The work is intensely colorful and full of whimsy.

"It is the path he uses to articulate feelings that are hard to express," his mother, Terry Millican, explains.

Ian is crafting his artistic flair into a thriving business, and learning to use his talents for more than just an emotional outlet. With the help of caring parents and partners such as Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), he's been in training to turn his love of art into his own small business, Ian's ArTs.

As an entrepreneur in the Start-Up-Florida project, Millican received assistance in discovering his professional strengths and completing his business plan. He puts his designs on T-shirts and other display items. His artwork is on shirts in Florida schools and church organizations. An Ian's ArTs Web site is in the making and due out soon. Read more about Ian

Fact Sheet

Accessing VR Services
This Q and A fact sheet is the first in a series on accessing resources to support self-employment outcomes.

Self-employment is recognized as an "employment outcome" under the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, which are contained in Title IV of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). There are two sections of the Act where self-employment, telecommuting, and establishing a small business are mentioned as employment outcomes. Read this fact sheet

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