Lizzie is a freshman at Ball State. She has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. She grew up in Fishers where her mom was her main caretaker. When she graduated from high school and started college, she began receiving support through the Family Supports Waiver. Even though Lizzie's mom is still involved, because of the waiver she has been able to step back almost completely from Lizzie's daily care.
Lizzie is very involved in many activities and lives a busy life. In addition to being a full-time college student, she volunteers, belongs to organizations, and has a full social life. The waiver allows Lizzie to receive the supports her mother had been providing, as well as attending her multiple doctor appointments each month.
Lizzie's IPMG Case Manager, Erin Robinson, states, "Lizzie has been a huge 'eye opener' for me. She lives her life to the fullest and truly believes she can conquer anything she puts her mind to. I truly believe that she is going to accomplish great things with her life. I feel privileged to be part of her journey and success."
Lizzie is very interested in getting her story out and educating the world about CP. She has written articles about living with CP, and recently gave a presentation to one of her classes at Ball State about what it is like to live with CP. Her classmates then had the opportunity to ask questions about CP. She was contacted by Donna Roberts, the Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana to do an interview this month.
IPMG looks forward to the possibility of having Lizzie speak at our Spring Company Event in April!