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Albany ARC holds summer transition program

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Having a disability, doesn't mean sitting on the sidelines and letting life pass you by.

The Albany Advocacy Resource Center held a summer transition program this week for high school juniors and seniors who are blind or visually impaired.

They are learning the differences between technical, two year and four year colleges, and about tools that can help them in school.

We all know college has its challenges, but for some, there are more than others.

For these high school students, adjusting to campus life will take a lot of work. Finding your way around campus has extra challenges, when you can't see where you're going.

"There are resources that will help students to be successful," said ATC Special Needs Coordinator Regina Watts.

Resources like Regina Watts at Albany Technical College. She's the special needs coordinator here, and what these students need, she'll provide. "They have goals of being more than they are now and college is that step that's going to help."

"You can do pretty much anything else, you just gotta work a little harder for it," said Sinead Casey, who is from Cairo.

It's difficult for her to see more than six feet in front of her, but don't think for a second she doesn't have vision. "I decided to take part in this program because, well, I'm going to go to college and major in photography and I kind of need it so I can run my own business someday."

Lafayon Lester has a future working with kids. "I want to work with children with autism such as myself. I'm going to teach them how to stand strong and accept who you are," he said.

Even if they have some differences.  "With these tools, they can be just as accomplished," Collie Robinson said.

Students took a look at visual aid tools that can help them with school work and later, their careers.

Albany State hosted the program, but the students visited all three higher education institutions in Albany.

This was the first transition program, which will become an annual program as part of the Lions Center for the Blind.

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