In his fully motorized wheelchair, Rusty Crump, a 24-year-old aspiring journalist parks himself right in front of his computer in his bedroom. While his legs have never worked, his fingers and arms tap away as he types what he hears from his voice recorder. It is the latest interview Mr. Crump has gathered for his next piece for Morning Pointe Senior Living. He wants to be full-time writer.
“When I write I get to create but I also get to tell about people’s lives and share aspects of the world that others might not be exposed to. I get to be the one that brings it to them,” said Mr. Crump.
Mr. Crump was born with Cerebral Palsy, but he hasn’t let his disability get in the way of his desire to become a working journalist. After qualifying for a scholarship through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, a state agency, he graduated with a degree in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in four years. He is now participating in a job readiness program through Siskin Hospital and the Vocational Services Department. That’s how he met his job coach, Joe Neale “He is willing to do anything to further his writing opportunities,” said Mr. Neale.
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