College Bound

Updated: Wed, Aug 12 2015, 07:35 AM

Vision Resources is extremely proud to share in some amazing experiences over the years that have helped Lucas on his journey. He is an incredible young man and we wish him all the best in college!

Cedar Cliff graduate prepares for college in a special way
By: Kyle Rogers

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As college freshman descend upon their new campuses come the fall, Lucas Leiby has been preparing for most of the summer for the equipment he needs to succeed.

Unlike the majority of his college classmates, Leiby’s computer will require special software and he’s nervous for the time when he’ll need to ask for help.

Leiby, 18, is visually-impaired, but it’s not how he defines himself.

“I have black hair. I’m half-Korean,” Leiby said. “It’s just part of who I am.”

Since February, Leiby has been meeting with Londa Peterson with the non-profit Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania.

“He expects to go out there and figure it out and do it,” Peterson said.

Peterson, who’s also blind, helps teach those with visual impairments on how to use a computer. She’s been working with Leiby to make sure he can use the technology required, from computers with specialized software and an embosser machine which prints Braille.

“We just want to be like everyone else without forgetting we are unique individuals,” Leiby said.

“I think the more and more we move towards computers and technology in general, the more opportunity for success for people with disabilities such as blindness will have,” Leiby said.

Leiby said he will be an undeclared major when he begins taking classes, but hopes to end up in music education. He said being blind has helped him.

“I like being in this situation because I’m able to think in a different way that I think sighted people just can’t,” said Leiby.

He’ll be heading to Rider University later this month.