Thank you to Brenda Pierce, Low Vision Therapist - Utah State Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSBVI) Low Vision Center for contributing to this blog post and for coordinating the CCTV donation.
December 4th, 2013 - For over 10 years, Mr. Wendall Hansen has not been able to see pictures and recognize the faces of many of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mr. Hansen was first referred to the Utah State Low Vision Services in 2001, due to Macular Degeneration with the visual acuity of legal blindness. At that time, a low vision clinic was performed and the best Mr. Hansen was able to use for magnification was a hand held magnifier with a strength of 8X power. This strong of magnification only allowed for spot checking of letters at very most. It was recommended that he contact three local distributors for purchase of a Video Magnifier, also known as a closed circuit TV (CCTV). He was unable to afford this expense at that time. Today at the age of 101 years old, he was provided with a donation CCTV from EnableMart. The joy on his face being able to see pictures and read letters from his grandchildren and great grandchildren was indescribable. This device will add to the quality of life for Mr. Hansen to be able to read and enjoy many of the family pictures and history he has missed out on for the past 10 years.