EDINBURG, Texas – A national nonprofit organization recently made its way down to the Rio Grande Valley to equip a handful of students who have visual impairments with closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) to help provide them with a brighter future. Sight Savers America, a nonprofit organization that aims to assist children with getting eye exams, glasses and other needed eye care, provided four PSJA ISD students with CCTVs that will help them each complete schoolwork and perform everyday tasks.
A CCTV is a video magnifier that can provide aid for a full range of visual needs. The device can often cost between $2,000 to $4,000, making it out of reach for many families.
“These children often have this equipment at school, but they don’t have it at home, so when they go home, they have to read print real close to their face, sometimes touching their nose,” said Jeff Haddox, CEO for Sight Savers America. “Anything they cannot see that normal sighted people can see— we want them to see it.”
“This makes them able to do whatever they want with it,” said PSJA ISD Certified Instructor for the Blind and Visually Impaired Gloria Rich. “They can play video games, read a recipe, watch what mom’s doing in the kitchen because it has a little flippable camera so they can look around the room and they don’t have to be close to what they’re doing.”