Local children receive life changing vision technology

By Josh Marcisz | jmarcisz@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/17 2014 04:50PM

Updated 07/17 2014 06:23PM

The Louisiana Association for the Blind has teamed up with Sight Savers America to give 17 local children life changing technology.

The organizations provided each family with an Electronic Video Magnifier (EVM) and other sight assisting technology free of charge. The children all have chronic disabling visual impairments that can't be corrected.

An EVM magnifies objects such as books and magazines and is an important tool in helping them achieve success in the classroom. The EVM can even reveal details in faces that children have never seen before.

"To see that moment when children can see the details in a room, or a leaf or see details on their parents face that they've never known before, it's an exciting day and it's very fulfilling," says Sight Savers America C.O.O., Chad Nichols.

This is the 2nd year the Sight Savers 'I Can See Now' program has been in Shreveport. The families were referred to the Louisiana Association for the Blind by local schools. The EVM's which cost nearly $3,000 and are not covered by insurance. Sight Savers will continue to give free visual care until the children reach 19 years of age.

Money was raised with grants from The Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation, The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and the Grayson Foundation.

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