Disability Grants For Cerebral Palsy Disabled Holland To Realize Business Dreams
by Holland Green
(Stark City, Missouri, USA)
My name is Holland Green. I am a single, 42-year-old male. I live near Neosho, Missouri.
I have been courting the most awesome lady in the world for over three years. She has been a great inspiration to me. She has been standing by patiently waiting for me to marry her.
I love nature. I am a very creative person. I have a great compassion for others, which is something that I share with my girlfriend.
I have volunteered with a number of charitable organizations over the years. I was the March of Dimes poster child in 1980.Disability Issues
I was born two months early and diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth.
I believe that my mother got sick while she was carrying me and the doctor decided to force her into labor.
I should have been Cesarean delivered. I was instead pulled out with forceps. I experienced quite a bit of trauma through the process.
I stayed at the hospital for a number of weeks in an incubator. I was black and blue when I came home.
I have had three surgeries related to birthing issues. One was for a hernia. Two were for muscle spasticity and heal cord lengthening to give me better mobility. The last one was around 1981.
Early on the doctors said my cerebral palsy would affect the lower half of my body, but it seems to affect more the right side and not the lower half.
My body is constricted so my right leg is shorter than my left. My right shoulder is lower than my left. On x-rays it is noticeable that my pelvis is twisted.
I have slightly slurred speech sometimes. I have to really focus on not doing that as a lot of work I have done has involved talking on phones.
I have poor motor control. I am clumsy. I am slow at writing. I am slow walking. I limp. My right arm and leg are not very responsive.
I have some arthritis issues developing in my knee and hip that I think are related to skeleton misalignment.
Until the age of 26, I could not turn my head all the way left. My upper most vertebrae were twisted around and out of alignment with my skull.
I went to an upper cervical chiropractic specialist that fixed that in 2000. I have a much fuller range of motion in my neck.
It lengthened my leg some too and it stayed with just one adjustment until I got hit by a car while crossing the street in 2001.
While I was growing up, there was a lot of instability and financial and emotional turmoil in my family. We moved around a lot.
I am sure that my situation with cerebral palsy added to the difficulties and the difficulty with that environment I am sure compounded my difficulty with cerebral palsy. It has been difficult to break out of the instability.
I have gained a tremendous amount of insight and understanding through the trial, but the cash flow is still not there.
I've had some gleaming spurts of success… one time I worked through five years of goals in 18 months. I almost bought a house once and almost got married one time before (which I am now very glad did not happen).
For the most part, my adulthood has been hard. I have lived in my car at two different times and had a gym membership to take showers.
I squatted in a mouse-infested 1967 Airstream camper in a junkyard one time without any utilities.
I lived in the attic of a church between two large air conditioning units for two years.
I now live in a 20-foot 1972 camper. It is not roadworthy. It is not registered. I have it parked on a friend's farm where I am paying for utilities for it.
I have no hot water or stove. Only a couple of lights work. There are very limited electrical outlets. The redeeming quality of the camper is the original working rooftop A/C unit that made the price of the camper worth it.
I don't take any medications or have any special medical equipment. I do have a decent car right now that my mother gave me. It is older with high miles and it has maintenance issues coming up.Income Efforts
I have worked a lot of different jobs over the years. I have not really excelled at any of the ones that I have done but I have not done all of them yet.
I have not had an opportunity to do anything that I really had a passion for. I currently have a part-time job at a call center. I drive 45 minutes to get there.
It is not an ideal job. It involves intensive navigating of computer systems and a lot of reading small print. I am dyslexic. It is a customer service job. I am better at phone sales than customer service. I am good a debating and I do not have to read.
I had a work-at-home job once in phone sales. It paid about $15 an hour on average but that could vary because it actually paid 25 or 30 cents per minute of talk time.
I grossed about $10,000 last year when I did that job and owed $1500 in taxes at the end of the year. The job was convincing elderly people and shut-ins to buy five-year subscriptions to tabloid magazines. It was not very edifying nor do I feel as though it was a service to people.
They took me off the project because I told a lady that was confined to a wheelchair that she could cut the magazines up and use them for a paper-mache project that she could do with her daughter.
My performance on the project was 120 percent above the top ten percent in the nation.
I did this job before I moved into the camper I am in now. I am now not able to do this type of work because I do not have an office space. I moved into the camper to cut expenses.
I got assistance to go to college through vocational rehabilitation years ago. I applied for Social Security once years ago. They didn't really act like they wanted to help me out. I didn't really feel like it worth putting forth the effort to get them to.
I submitted a response to an article in a magazine recently to broaden my experience. It is the first time that I ever did something like that. The magazine is going to publish it.Specific Needs
There are the main things for which I could use assistance:
1. Housing with space and outbuildings to operate a home business
2. Grant money for business development
3. Legal assistance from a patent attorneyBusiness Idea
I want to start an Internet home-based business. There are three types of assistance that I would need.Housing
An important aspect to that would be to have a home with an office space. I want to market physical products on Amazon as well as brick and mortar locations.
I need an out building like a shop or garage to store goods and a space for product development. I should be able to find a three-bedroom house with this setup in my area in move-in condition for $100,000.Business Development
I have looked into marketing on Amazon. From what I have learned the growth potential there is very good there moving forward over the next decade.
I would have Amazon warehouse my goods and fulfill my orders. I would want to receive the goods first and inspect them before I sent them to Amazon.
I could use training on and assistance with website and email list development as well as marketing and advertising training and assistance.
I need funding to purchase product to sell and also potentially for labeling.
The above could be covered with $20,000.Legal Advice
In the process of doing product research for things to sell on Amazon, I developed a prototype for a product that I believe has very good marketing potential.
It is a very simple product that combines various aspects of products that are already on the market. It is not pioneering a brand new market. It is four products combined into one that could be marketed to a broad range of people.
I made the mistake of talking with a patent marketing company about it, but in the process I was told that it has minimal patentable characteristics. From what I read on my own, I think that is true.
I need to find out if it is worth it to patent. I need to do a patent search. I need to find out costs of production. I have done quite a bit of research already and it is looking like part of this product is going to need to be manufactured overseas.
I have some great marketing ideas for it already.