Derek is 21-years old, lives in Albany, Georgia and attends Lee County High School. He is a self-advocate and artist who enjoys food, graphic design, painting, drawing, and playing video games. Derek believes that a picture can say a lot. He has used his love of art to help spread the message of equality around the rights of people with disabilities. He is a passionate disability voting advocate. Derek is a board member of Uniting for Change, a network of self-advocates, and REV Up Georgia. He aspires to become a professional character design artist.