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Blind E. Texas man lobbies Congress for jobs for the disabled

John Geter (Source: KLTV Staff) John Geter (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man, inspired by his experience with Goodwill Industries, took his story to Washington D.C. to lobby for more jobs for disabled East Texans.

John Geter is an author, poet, singer, and entrepreneur. He’s also almost completely blind, but he says that doesn’t stop him from pursuing his numerous goals.

“One thing that I’ve done right out of high school is I ran my own vending company for six years,” he said.

John also has a job at Walmart and has two published books. He says his participation in the job training program at Goodwill of East Texas inspired him to treat everything he does as a challenge.

“I know that there's always a way to get around all these little barriers that my disability may have brought me to,” said John.

Two weeks ago, John traveled to Washington D.C. to share his experience with Congress.

John said, “We got to tell our success stories which helps them see that the money that they’re funding towards these programs for Goodwill is going to good use.”

He says he hopes to help open more jobs for disabled people in East Texas.

“Never use your disability to enable you from not doing things. Use your disability as a challenge and you will get further in life,” he said.

John says he’s working on getting his third book published and recording a new gospel CD.

He’ll also start mentoring other people with disabilities through Goodwill’s program this year.

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