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    Jermaine Moore has cerebral palsy and uses a computer to speak

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    HOPE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Jermaine Moore from Hope knows very well the meaning of overcoming obstacles. He uses a wheel chair with help from his caretaker, Latonya Nelson.

    "I was born with cerebral palsy, which limits my physical movements," says Moore.

    He can't speak, at least the way the way you might expect. His words are verbalized through his computer. It takes some time, but he's able to signal keys on his computer, called an eco device given to him by Easter Seals. He points to the keys with a laser dot stuck to his forehead.

    "I received my first communication device when I was 13 years old," says Moore.

    Before then, he says he had to use his eyes to communicate. He's always had hope that technology would open doors. That hope strengthened his faith.

    "Yes many times I wished I didn't have a disability, but now I see how God is using my disability for his glory," says Moore. "On March 27, 2011, God blessed me to give my first message as a minister at my home church," says Moore.

    He's a minister and also a college graduate.

    "God blessed me to attend the University of Arkansas Community college where I received an associates in business technology in 2011 after nine years of hard work," says Moore.

    As his caretaker, Nelson helps with chores around the house, but she's also his friend.

    "Don't judge him because of his condition because he's just like me and you," says Nelson.

    For example, he has a girlfriend who he sees on Tuesdays. He met her at his workplace. That's right. He has a job. He's a greeter at the Rainbow of Challenges Bargain Center in Hope.

    This is how he greets customers, "Good morning and welcome to rainbow bargaining center. We have nice fall clothes and nice fall merchandise. Today, our shoes are just 50 cents and boots are just a dollar. If you need help please let us know and we will be happy to help you."

    He's accomplished a lot at the age of 29. He's thankful for everyone who's helped him along the way, especially those closest to him.

    "My family is very, very supportive of me without my family, my mom and stepdad, I'm scared to think of where I would be,"

    That unlimited hope not only makes him stronger every day, it makes him a beacon of hope for others with disabilities.

     

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