UK Charity Sightsavers on their International Work

There are a number of things able-bodied people may take for granted on a day-to-day basis. When it comes to our sight, individuals with healthy eyes do not have to think twice about how they will complete daily chores. Those who are visually impaired, however, need access to resources that help them manage these seemingly effortless tasks. In a lot of instances, these individuals may not be afforded the time, energy, or finances that it may take to obtain the things that are necessary for an adequate quality of life, but Sightsavers is looking to change that.

The variety of conditions that can affect our vision may appear later on in life or affect us in the earliest stages of childhood development. Providing visually impaired children with the necessary tools can be a challenge for their families, for reasons we previously mentioned. With the help of Sightsavers, six local Atlanta families were able to obtain the machines needed for them to complete things like homework and reading. The machine itself is the Onyx electronic video magnifier. This machine can magnify text and images up to 131 times and can adjust the contrast of objects, making them easier to see. These machines not only provide a visual aid, they have the capability to give these children independence.

Sightsavers has committed to donating these machines annually in thirteen different states, something that has the potential to change the lives of a number of visually impaired children. In addition to the initiatives Sightsavers has taken here in the States, they have offered their aid to a number of people in India by assisting with things like cataract surgery, and training to help secure employment for adults who deal with blindness.

The people who were afforded these resources have no doubt had their lives changed forever. None of us can truly appreciate the difficulty of navigating important milestones in our lives when receiving less than reasonable accommodation at work, school, or in home environments. The road to equal opportunity can be more muddled for some of us than others. With the help of resources like this, we can enrich the lives of millions of people. With the aid of companies like Sightsavers, ensuring success for the differently abled is not such a far-off dream.