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Life of a man confined to a wheelchair in Athens, Ohio

For the Soul of Athens multimedia project, students from Ohio University look at how the American Dream is evolving in the small towns of southeast Ohio. 

Anita Vizireanu photographed Noah Trembly, a 33-year-old man with cerebral palsy, who is struggling to live independently while confined to a wheelchair, and is able to speak only through a communication board. See the full story here.

Anita Vizireanu

Noah Trembly, 33, was born with cerebral palsy. He moves with the help of an automatic wheelchair and is able to speak only through his communication board using a laser guided silver dot on his forehead to type words.

Anita Vizireanu

Noah decided to dress in drag for Halloween with the help of his aides and friends. He borrowed the dress and wig from a close friend, who used to work as a stripper.

Anita Vizireanu

Noah Trembly and Thea Erwin, 19, a student at Ohio University, talked for a few hours before the girl was picked up from the bar by her boyfriend. Noah goes out drinking an average of four nights a week.

Anita Vizireanu

Todd Vanhorn helps Noah drink a beer in Noah's home. Todd has been Noah's night aide for more than two years and said that he thinks of Noah as his brother. Todd has suffered from insomnia since he was a child. Noah also suffers from insomnia, because he can not burn out his energy during the day. Drinking helps him sleep.

Anita Vizireanu

Mike and Ann Trembly welcome Noah and his sister, Chandra, home for Easter. Even though the whole family is atheist, Noah and Chandra go home for every family and religious holiday. "It's our mom's excuse to have us all at home," Chandra said.