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 and progressed from using pictures to communicate to using a “Go Talk” communication device. Now, in his third-grade classroom, he has made remarkable progress and participates with non-handicapped peers in all academic subjects with the aid of computer technology. Teachers add that Hall has improved to the point where he can now mark answers to exercises independently on reading tests, and can use a laptop to take spelling tests…