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ABOUT US

The Makeup on Wheels Foundation is a beacon of empowerment within the disabled community, dedicated to challenging societal norms and creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities to thrive. Established in 2020, our foundation is driven by a commitment to inclusivity and advocacy, rooted in the belief that every person, regardless of ability, deserves the chance to flourish.

At the heart of our mission is the recognition of the immense potential within the disabled community. Through our various initiatives and programs, we strive to raise awareness, provide support, and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities. From sensory room installations in schools to providing tickets for cultural events, we aim to foster independence, inclusion, and dignity.

 

Since our inception, The Makeup on Wheels Foundation has achieved significant milestones in our pursuit of empowerment. By March 25th, 2024, we had exceeded our initial goal, assisting over 3,138 individuals in need. Our success is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our team and the support of our community.

As we continue our journey, we remain committed to amplifying the voices and talents of individuals with disabilities, striving to create a more inclusive and equitable society for all. Join us as we work towards a future where everyone, regardless of ability, can realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to their communities.

WHERE IT STARTED

The Makeup on Wheels Foundation traces its origins to a transformative moment in founder, Stephanie Debes's childhood. At just eight years old, Stephanie embarked on a journey to Poland with her father, where she participated in a rigorous physical therapy program. Despite her initial reluctance, Stephanie struck a deal with her father: if she completed her therapy diligently, she could have anything she desired. Choosing makeup, Stephanie's passion for cosmetics began to blossom.

 

In June 2015, Stephanie's dream became a reality as she officially became a certified beauty and special effects makeup artist. However, Stephanie's journey towards fulfilling her dream of becoming a makeup artist was fraught with challenges. Despite her qualifications and talent, she faced consistent rejection from potential employers due to her disability. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities and accessibility within the beauty industry, Stephanie decided to take matters into her own hands.

 

Inspired by her personal experiences and driven by a desire to empower others, Stephanie founded The Makeup on Wheels Foundation. With a mission to challenge misconceptions and create opportunities for individuals with disabilities, the Foundation advocates for inclusivity, accessibility, and equality.

Today, The Makeup on Wheels Foundation stands as a beacon of empowerment and advocacy within the disabled community. Through initiatives aimed at providing support, resources, and opportunities, the Foundation strives to amplify the voices and talents of individuals with disabilities. Stephanie's journey from negotiating for makeup as a child to founding a groundbreaking foundation underscores the transformative power of perseverance and passion.

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ABOUT STEPHANIE

 

"My name is Stephanie Debes. I am the founder of The Makeup on Wheels Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of the disabled community. I am also a NYS Licensed & NCEA certified Esthetician, a makeup artist in SFX & Beauty, Event Planner and Disability Awareness Activist.

I was born with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Quadriplegia as a result of medical malpractice. All four limbs are affected, leaving me to use a motorized wheelchair 24/7. My condition limits my ability to perform most everyday tasks and renders me dependent on others. I was born five months premature. Doctors told my parents that I wouldn’t last three days. Twenty-eight years later, I’m defying the odds every single day."

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