My name is Barbara McMaster, I was born near Greenville PA and I have Cerebral Palsy The disease was a real challenge for me and my family but they were all very supportive and helped me along in life. When I was twelve years old, my mother passed away from a heart attack at the age of Fifty one years old. I was devastated! My father took care of me until I graduated from high school. At age Twenty I decided to move out on my own. My independence was short lived with very little support for me so I ended up in a nursing home. That experience was a nightmare for six months I felt very trapped there. I was not allowed any independence at all. My Aunt Velma saw my dilemma and contacted an agency in Erie PA called Voices For Independence. Soon after which I moved to Erie to start a supportive independent life. It is wonderful! With the help of voices I have my own apartment, I have a bank account where I manage my own money, I can go where I want to when I want to. Voices also connected me with the Office Of Vocational Rehab (OVR). With their help I have been able to get assistive technology equipment. My OVR counselors, Jeff Gross and Roger Little organized and taught me how to use the equipment and to follow my dream of being a photographer. I know I still have lots of work to do.