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Disability Grants For TBI Disabled Darby To Build Home Cosmetics Business

by Darby Lopp
(Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, USA)

TBI Disabled Darby Seeks Disability Grants For Home Cosmetics Business
TBI Disabled Darby Seeks Disability Grants For Home Cosmetics Business
My name is Darby Lopp. I'm a 19-year-old handicapped, young lady who suffers from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

I was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin and moved to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, with my two older brothers and my parents in 2004.

Soon after we moved here, my parents divorced. My father was granted full custody of my brothers and me.

After the divorce, my mother chose her boyfriends over us kids so we very seldom got to see her. This continued throughout our lives until we became adults.

My father raised my brothers and me and he was the only parent I had until 2008. It was then that I met Laurie. She very quickly became a 2nd mom to me. She has always been there for me to give me motherly advice and to help my dad raise me into the beautiful young lady that I am today.

Disability Issues

In 2012, I fell off the rear bumper of a speeding van and hit my head on the asphalt. That accident put me in a wheelchair and I have been diagnosed with TBI.

Not only am I unable to walk but also I have lost about 90% of function in my left arm and hand. I'm also missing a third of the right half of my brain.

Because of all the spasticity throughout my body, I have been prescribed a baclofen pump, which is implanted in the lower right side of my abdomen.

Every three months, I also see a specialist who gives me hundreds of Botox injections from the top of my neck to the tips of my toes. These are also for the spasticity in my body. Having so much spasticity really affects my motor skills.

I'm also prescribed pain medication, as needed, because I have so many days where I hurt. I also suffer from depression and have been prescribed medications for that as well.

Financial Hardship

I was awarded Supplemental Security Income, which pays $735 a month. Due to my disabilities, it is very difficult to find someone who will hire me to work for them or for me to work independently.

Fortunately, Medicaid pays for most of my doctor bills and prescriptions. However, there are certain things that I need that Medicaid will not cover.

I rent a room from my father for $200 a month. I'm not on any food stamps and my grocery bill per month is $400. Since I only receive $735 from SSI, this leaves me with only $135 a month.

The one thing that I very much need and cannot afford is a wheelchair accessible van. I have numerous doctors' appointments that I go to monthly as well as for counseling and therapy. There are also many things that I would like to do that I cannot because I don't have the transportation to get there.

It is hard to live a full life when I'm confined to my house because I'm unable to pay for wheelchair accessible transportation to take me where I want or need to go.

Income Efforts

I'm unable to afford the cost of living on my own and that is why I rent a room from my father in his house.

I have tried to obtain a job through TESH's summer work program. TESH is a not-for-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities.

Unfortunately, because of my disabilities, TESH was not able to find a job that I could perform due to my restrictions.

Because of my disabilities, it is very difficult for me to obtain a job all by myself.

My second mom, Laurie, and I have talked about selling Mary Kay products. With her help, this is something I may be able to do for work.

Specific Needs

I would like info on:

• How to get a grant for a wheelchair accessible van
• How to get a grant for college
• How to get information on starting a business

Business Idea

I would like to sell makeup and other products from my home. I would most likely go through a company like Mary Kay or Avon to do so.

However, I'm unable do this on my own. I'd need help from my 2nd momma/caregiver, Laurie, in order do this. Laurie and I have talked about this and we both agree that this would be a really good business venture for me and she is definitely willing to help me.

Even though I want to do this, I don't know how much income I can bring in without losing my benefits from SSI.

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Sep 10, 2017
Your attitude is your greatest asset
by: Holland

Hi Darby,

I have cerebral palsy and can relate to some of the difficulties that you have described in your letter. I would have to say that off all the problems that I have had in my life though, the biggest problem in the past has been my attitude. If you think about your 1st mom, you would probably agree that her attitude has created many problems in her own life as well as yours. Likewise, your attitude is perhaps the most important asset and liability that you have.

Keep a clear focus on what you want and the way to get there will manifest in sudden and unexpected ways. Apparent setbacks, offer necessary lessons to move you forward. Your triumph will be a great inspiration to others.

Keep a list of ten things you are grateful for and review it daily. It will lift your spirits.

Best wishes,


Sep 04, 2017
My appreciation towards Ability Mission
by: Darby Lopp

Thank you so much for publishing my story. I am truly grateful for all the help that Ability Mission has given me. Without your help, I would have been truly lost. Thank you again for all the knowledge that you have also given me to help me receive the grants that I qualify for. What you guys do for those of us who have disabilities, really is amazing!

Sep 04, 2017
The Workbook is key
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hello Darby,

Congrats on getting your story published! In doing so, you've acquired valuable hands-on experience in responding to precise instructions, the very kind that you will encounter when applying for help of any kind.

You've now earned the right to access the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to getting the help you need.

Don Coggan

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