Indy’s film: Youngster’s video shows how he sees the world

By Karen Michael
A-J Media

A Frenship seven-year-old’s award-winning video shows him doing all of the normal kid things, like doing chores, taking care of pets,playing soccer and baseball and navigating through a playground.

His point in making the video, though, was to show people that they should never underestimate him or anyone else.

Nikolus “Indy” Linnenkugel won an Overall Award of Excellence at the state PTA Reflections contest, and his video has advanced to the national PTA competition. Results from that competition will not be available until June.

Indy, a first-grader at Oak Ridge Elementary School, narrates the video, talking about his life. But midway through, he edited the video to show half of the screen covered up.

That’s how he sees the world.

His mom, Jordan Linnenkugel, said he was 4 when the family realized he was blind in his left eye.

“I’ve noticed little quirks he’s had since he was born,” Linnenkugel said. “He would turn his head to the side when he was writing.”

Indy has a neurological disorder causing the blindness, she said, and as he has gotten older, it has gotten better.

“For some reason, my brain decided to turn that eye off. It may get better. It may not,” Indy said in his award-winning video.

Seeing the video put into perspective how he sees, his mom said.

“He can’t explain to me what he sees, because he’s never seen what I see,” she said. “I just cried the first time I watched the video, because it really just made me understand how he sees the world every day.”

“It’s about how you and I look at things and his view of things,” his grandfather, Monte Eicher, said. “For a four-minute video, it really is a nice film.”

For his part, Indy says he is normal.

“I can only see half the world that you do,” he said in his video. “But that’s OK. This is my normal. This is my story. I’ve never let my challenge hold me back.”

He is still an athlete, artist, explorer and scientist, he said.

His goal in creating the video, he told his mother, was to show that people should not underestimate each other.

“I’ve learned to never underestimate other people, because no one should underestimate me,” he said. “Challenges should make us better, not hold us back.”

See Indy’s video on Youtube at

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