Disability Grants For Stoke Disabled Mark To Start Brewery Business
by Mark Johnston
(Belleville, Ontario, Canada)
I would like to start my story in my childhood as it is relevant to what happened later in my life. You see, my mother was a religious zealot and my father was an alcoholic.
Mark Johnston scarfing down the KFC
They went together like oil and water. There was never a peaceful day in our house.
This took a terrible toil on a young boy's mind, so when I got a little older I tried to be the guy that was cool and always in control.
This was very hard on me, I remember my thoughts racing all night long. I remember being right on top of things for a while and then feeling like a complete bag of sh*t for a while.
Of course, I had no idea what was going on I thought it was normal, but soon I discovered alcohol and it helped me cope.
By 19, I was a full-fledged alcoholic and somehow I managed to get an education and serve an apprenticeship. I became a millwright but I really don't know how.Disability Issues
I suffered a massive stroke in 1994 at the age of 39. The doctors couldn't find any physical reason for my stroke that left me a quadriplegic.
I am sure it was caused by my tumultuous childhood and my alcoholism.
About four years after my stroke I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was prescribed several medications. Man what a difference! If only they had discovered this when I was healthy.
I gave my ex-wife Power of Attorney and things were fine for a while, but then she took off with all my money and put me in a long-term care facility.
She somehow sold the house and took the money from that too, so I ended up with no money except for $953.86 from CPP and $143 from ODSP per month.
At Hastings Manor I pay $956 a month for rent, laundry, and general care.
I pay approximately $100 a month for my cable; it varies from $143 to $71 a month. Don't ask me why.
I purchase clothing and bathroom supplies with what's remaining.Income Efforts
To put it simply, there is nothing I can do to make my income any better.
I cannot move my body at all except for limited movement in one hand. I had to type this very slowly, so physical work is out.
Also, I cannot speak clearly so telemarketing or something of that sort is out.
The only thing I see is to start my own business. I could oversee the day-to-day operation and send out memos when there was a problem.Specific Needs
I need help going to the bathroom. I have bowel and bladder control but it is not nearly as good as it was before the stroke.
I need assistance to get up in the morning and dressed. I need to lie down for an hour or so around noon as my buttocks start to hurt very bad by then.
I also need assistance to be repositioned in bed at night.Business Idea
I would like to open a small brewery. I have always been fascinated with brewing beer so it seems like a natural extension to open a brewery.
I have a business plan all ready for anyone that wants it.
I consider it to be my karmic duty to give back to the disabled community. I could supply eight jobs for the disabled if the brewery is allowed to become a reality.