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'A voice for disability' - Young man with Cerebral Palsy plans to start his own business

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey
Foster's business plan for Ventura Tech.
Ventura Tech logo.
Foster works on a design in what he deems his home office.
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MANDEVILLE, Manchester:

Some may remember Roshane Foster from a previous Gleaner article as the young man who, though born with cerebral palsy, was setting trends and making strides: becoming the first Rotaract member with special needs, successfully completing a level II course in business administration at Heart Trust/NTA and later enrolling at the Northern Caribbean University while working there through the National Youth Service Programme.

Today, 24-year-old Foster is a successful graduate of Northern Caribbean University who wants to start a business, having completed a two-year certificate course in information technology.

"Now I want to start my own business. I want a computer shop that will offer computers and computer accessories for sale, printing services and repairs, and it will be called 'Ventura Tech'... I did my internship at Smartbox and this has given me a lot more experience to move ahead," Foster told Rural Xpress.

He has already prepared a detailed business plan and has started offering design services to select clients.

"I've always told my teachers that I don't want to work for anybody, I want to run my business. I didn't know I would end up in this field, but I did, and my friends now say this is the right field for me," Foster told Rural Xpress.

As a result of his condition, Foster was unable to hold a pencil while attending his special needs school and was introduced to a typewriter. He said he later got around to using the computer and has not left it since.

"Technology is evolving every day and you have to move with it .... If one day passes and I'm not on it, my day doesn't feel right. It is even easier with a new mouse I received from someone who saw my first article," Foster said.

This young man has his hopes set on opening a shop in Mandeville, then later branching out to other parishes.

"To have one shop would be a start, but eventually, when I branch out to other parishes, then I would have completed my purpose," he noted.

Foster has already sought to find his niche, offering special services to his clients.

 

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"Right now I do design, especially calendars, and one takes me around 30 minutes. I don't offer printing, but hopefully by next year I can start to do my own printing, but I need some help with starting up officially. I need equipment and all of that," he said.

Foster has been a source of inspiration to many he has made presentations to, studied with and simply been around.

"I live by three words: motivation, determination and drive. These are what help me to be where I am today and will teach me for where I want to go ... from being on my knees and not being able to do anything, to walking and being independent. I tell people that if I were to tell them my story it would take two days or more," Foster told Rural Xpress.

That's why Foster says in addition to his business idea, he he will be completing an autobiography as soon as possible and launching a foundation.

"I have a strong support and I know when I start the business I will continue to get the support. My mother, Gennie Facey, has never left me and I always tell people she is more than mother to me. Hadn't it been for her, I don't know how I could enter university or start my book and be looking to start my foundation: 'A voice for disability'."

Foster says above all, he wants persons who are challenged to know they can do anything they put their minds to.

He can be contacted via email at roshane40@gmail.com or call (876) 276-2910, facebook page: 'A voice for disability'.

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