One East Texas man refuses to let his disability get in his way... and strives make people see him as an equal. 22 year old John Youngblood is a 9-1-1 dispatcher with the Upshur County Sheriffs department.
He was born with saycrile-agenosis, which is an incomplete spine effecting the development of the legs, he's physically challenged, but he has a can-do attitude and never sees himself as disabled.
"Just because I look different and I walk differently doesn't mean I have to do the job differently... I can do it the same way anybody else can" says Youngblood.
"He started reserving for us as a reserve dispatcher for a while , he learned the job and was excellent at it , and when we got an opportunity to hire him, John was interviewed hired and he's been with us 2 1/2 years" according to Sheriff Anthony Betterton.
He sees the need for assisting groups to help the disabled get into the workplace and lead productive lives. "I'm lucky because I can walk on crutches, I can go up and down stairs people in wheelchairs can't... People like that need assistance in some ways" says Youngblood.
He see's everything as a hurdle to be overcome... He played football at Gilmer high school, a team captain, and even had his jersey retired by the school. An avid flyer, he's working towards a pilots license... He got a job with the sheriffs department through sheer persistence.