Vancouver deaf and blind help disabled entrepreneurs get ahead

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Clark County — DeafVibe, a Vancouver nonprofit and advocacy organization, helped provide interpretive services for the deaf and hard of hearing, and the Washington State for the Blind's own student coffee-roasting business kept things percolating, during a "Startup Weekend Access" June 20-22 in Portland.

The event was aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship among people with disabilities — who can have a hard time finding employment and an even harder time starting their own businesses.

The sponsor was Google for Entrepreneurs and the event was held at the Portland Development Commission's headquarters.

Startup Weekend Access was billed as an "intense" weekend of developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts all coming together to share ideas, form teams and even launch new startup endeavors.