My name is Ben and I have been differently-abled from birth (Cerebral Palsy) and It was only until I started going out in public with my family that I realized how different I was being viewed in the eyes of the public. My parents (especially my father) found it a bit difficult to accept me at first but after being educated via medical specialist, therapist etc. they realized I will be able to accomplish lots of great things with their help.
My parents raised funds to send me to therapy specialist in Miami for the much needed therapy after a successful operation which was done in Trinidad... The therapy was so successful that I was able to walk unaided until I returned home (Trinidad & Tobago), which still has no facilities available for physical conditions such as this... Although I still feel that more could be done to rehabilitate me, I am still grateful because I was given a good chance of living a normal life...
Back then, the views of the public was that persons with disabilities should be locked away at home but my mom helped answer my questions/concerns and always encouraged me to be positive, focus and trust in GOD... I went everywhere we were going as a family and they wasn't ashamed of me. The strength I got from GOD via my family gave me the confidence to stay focus and complete my schooling (from primary to secondary)... I was also able to achieve my independence around my mid 20's such as; travel on my own without assistance, hold on to a job for over 15 years, get married and obtain & manage my own home. I encountered many challenges in achieving each of these goals but transportation continues to be one of biggest problems in achieving other goals in my life from then to present.
The Government of our country (Trinidad & Tobago) is dragging their feet in putting all of the necessary laws & systems in place to integrate persons with disabilities of which an accessible/customer friendly transportation system/service is at head of this list.
I am aspiring to be a Businessman therefore, I have decided to venture into the business of providing transport and empowering persons with disabilities like myself to learn to drive if they desire plus more... My first task in this venture is to raise enough funds start up a Non-profit Organization (run & managed by mostly differently-abled persons) to gather a database/membership of differently-abled (ambulatory & non-ambulatory) persons who require transportation. The second task is to raise enough funds to start purchasing the vehicles to begin offering the service firstly to our membership.
WE NEED YOUR HELP IN MAKING THIS DREAM A REALITY AND FOR INTEGRATION AMONGST OUR PEOPLE TO PREVAIL.
GIVE A LITTLE HELP A LOT !