The Cumberland Times-News reports that a Burlington third-grader who was born with a genetic disorder is overcoming his developmental disability through the use of computer technology. Derek Hall has been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to develop along nerves; which results in motor, learning, speech, and vision difficulties. At age three, Hall was enrolled in a pre-school handicapped program, and was later enrolled in the regular kindergarten program. When Hall entered school, he could not speak, and used a picture communication system, along with some basic signs. Hall then began to use a computer...
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