Extraordinary disabled student graduates from Belmont University - WKRN News 2

Extraordinary disabled student graduates from Belmont University

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Among the many Belmont University students that graduated Friday evening was a young man with a degree in History and a minor in Creative Writing.

But Matt Craft isn't just your ordinary graduate.

He suffers from cerebral palsy, and wants everyone to know, especially others with the disease, that you can still earn a college degree.

"My parents always called me a pioneer and I wanted to continue that," Craft told News 2.

Unable to speak, he uses a Lightwriter, a text-to-speech device, to communicate with the people around him.

Craft uses his left and right index fingers to type what he'd like to say, then a few seconds later, computerized device speaks for him.

"I don't see myself as disabled. Yes, I have disabilities, but they don't define me. My words and actions do," he said.

He spent his time at Belmont earning a degree in History.

"As a child, I not only liked to imagine myself in the future, but also in the past," Craft explained.

He hopes his graduation and career pursuit will be a powerful message for others, inspiring those who cannot speak for themselves.

Craft has already written a published article and also blogs about history.

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