Disability Grants For Andrew With Broken Spine To Build Business Helping Disabled Like Himself
by Andrew Dennis
(Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)
I'm a 52-year-old male from Tasmania Australia. I have three step kids (boys) all in their twenties who have all left home.
I'm currently living with my now ex-wife and two cats.Disability Issues
On the morning of March 12, 1998 I crashed my car going to work. My disability is a spinal injury.
I broke my neck at the c6-c7 vertebrae which means I'm totally wheelchair bound with little hand function.Financial Hardship
I am currently a taxi driver but with Uber breathing down our necks and fewer people using taxis I have to work longer hours.
I already do 80+ hours a week, which is starting to take its toll on my body, and ultimately on my wallet.
Because I own the taxi, I must always make sure there is enough money in the bank to keep it running, hence the long hours
My efforts to try and save some money never seem to work, as fuel and maintenance costs increase.
I also need to buy another taxi, but my yearly income is so low I don't think the bank manager is going to say yes to a loan.Specific Needs
I need a rather large grant or an investor who will hopefully let me run my business with their approval. I'm willing to work with them to make sure the idea is soundBusiness Idea
I would like to start a business to help disabled people get back into the work force based on my own experience of being pushed towards a job I didn't like.
Just because we are disabled doesn't mean we should be told what we can and cannot do.
I want the people to tell us what sort of work they want to do so we can put in place the correct tools and people to help them achieve their goals.