Personal Low Vision Kits Receive Funding

Adaptive products in a Personalized Low Vision Kits include magnifiers, large print crossword puzzle book, bump dots and large print playing cards.Personalized Low Vision Kits include adaptive products that help people live their lives independently.

They’re being described as life changing tools for people who are adjusting to vision loss, often due to an eye disease. The Council will be able to provide Personal Low Vision Kits to at least 15 people in 2021 thanks to grants from the Madison South Rotary Foundation and The Evjue Foundation, with funding from an anonymous foundation.

“Most of these kits will be prepared for seniors who are experiencing a loss of vision,” Council Fund Development Director Lori Werbeckes says. “Without financial assistance, many of these people could not afford to purchase the variety of items they need to continue with their daily living tasks. Adaptive products for blindness are not covered by Medicare or supplemental insurance.”

Each personal kit will be individualized based on the needs of the client, and could include items like reading magnifiers, lighting, cooking utensils, talking watches or clocks, large print calendars, or health-related tools like a talking thermometer or pedometer. All kits are meant to support safely continuing to live independently. The Council will also provide low vision evaluations and in-home service for learning to use the tools provided in each kit.

Thank you to the Madison South Rotary Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times, and our anonymous foundation donor for the generous grants to support the goal of making a significant positive impact.

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