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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.
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.

Financial Hardship

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.

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Aug 24, 2016
Hi Mark!
by: Rebecca

Hi Mark,

I am very sorry of what happened to you. I very well understand it is painful for one to become disabled when grown. But I agree with you to start a business of your own. Secondly thank Ability-Mission.org for publishing your story for others to learn and understand how people over there are suffering.

May God bless you to get sponsored.

Aug 14, 2016
Direct Home Care
by: John Renaud

Hi, I feel for you and I understand you well, having problems of my own. Have you tried to get help through your province? Each one have programs for people with disabilities.

Aug 12, 2016
Next step is the Workbook!
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hi Mark,

Good job on your story. Now you have access to the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to get the help you need.

Don Coggan

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