Alma, Ark. - April 5, 2016 - What do you do when your life goal is to work but you need technical assistance to overcome a physical limitation? If you're Jermaine Moore, you turn to Be Extraordinary. The Alma- and Ft. Smith based nonprofit teamed with Jermaine and UAMS' Project SEARCH to provide custom engineering services to help him complete his internship. Jermaine is now an administrative specialist in Quality Management at UAMS.
Since 2011, Be Extraordinary has worked with over 50 clients in six states and internationally, In recognition of their efforts, State Representative Charlotte Douglas (District 75-Alma) recognized Be Extraordinary's results with a legislative citation, presented at a ceremony at UAMS. The citation spotlights Be Extraordinary's 85% success rate with helping clients accomplish goals as diverse as basic communication with their medical providers to starting their own business.
"We are honored to receive this recognition and we appreciate Representative Douglas' support of Be Extraordinary through the years," said Tom Jakobs, Be Extraordinary founder. "Clients like Jermaine are part of the fabric that make Arkansas such as great place to live and work and we are pleased to help them on their journey to their life goal."
Be Extraordinary is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps people with severe disabilities who want to accomplish a life goal. The goal can be wide ranging -- improved participation in their health care, access to books, better communication with family or friends, the ability to advocate on their own behalf, or accomplish an educational or vocational goal. For more information or to support a client, go to www.be-x.org.
Representative Charlotte Douglas represents the 75th District. First elected in 2013, she serves on the Joint Budget Committee, the Joint Energy Committee, and numerous education-related committees. Representative Douglas is a retired educator.
UAMS Project SEARCH partners with nonprofit ACCESS, which provides advisors who meet the interns daily for vocational instruction, job coaching and lessons in independent living skills.