Jessica, who has albinism and severe Nystagmus is visually impaired and is currently being treated by The Feinbloom Eye Institute in Philadelphia.
Thanks to six Lions Clubs in Region 5, Zone A of District 14P, Jessica will be able to read with a the help of a "Clear View 517" video magnifier. The project to purchase the video magnifier was led by Dr. John Lapic of the Coventry Lions Club and Carl Gundrum Jr. of the Elverson/Morgantown Lions Club.
Clubs donating to the project were Coventry Lions Club, Elverson/Morgantown Lions Club, Honey Brook Lions Club, Eagle-Glenmoore Lions Club, and Spring City Lions Club.
School work and pleasure reading will be a whole lot easier for Jessica with her new magnifier. She will be able to read a newspaper, letters, or even a phone book with ease with the new machine.
The Clear View 517 is an integrated, full-color magnifier with a sleek Ergonomic design. manufactured by Optelec. It includes a custom-designed 17" bright image-tilting monitor. It also features smooth-riding table, large enough to accommodate a large book or magazine, comfortable wrist rests and two pencil holders. The controls include instant focus, one-touch zoom, position locator and photo, reading and reverse reading modes and is TV compatible. Steve Lyon of Keystone Magnification Center in West Reading is installing the Clear View at no charge to the family or Lions.
Jessica, a student at Boyertown Elementary School, is currently learning Braille. She loves writing her own books and does a lot of sketching for her books.
She is the daughter of Wes and Sharon Lott. "I like school," said Jessica. According to her mother, Sharon,"We don't use the word can't in our house." Jessica is very creative and "sometimes we just do it in another way," said Sharon.
Jessica is familiar with the video magnifier. The Boyertown School District lent her one in black and white for one year.
The presentation took place during a recent Coventry Lions Club meeting at St. Peters Inn. Jessica and her parents, Wes and Sharon Lott were guests of the club.
Representing the various clubs were Carl Gundrum Jr. and Jim Bollinger of the Elverson-Morgantown Lions, Walter Labs and Ruth Anne Shade of the Honey Brook Lions, Mary Seibart and Kathy Rice of the Glenmoore-Eagle Lions and Dr. John Lapic and Ray Bently of the Coventry Lions Club.
Karen Hornberger of the Chester County Intermediate Unit spoke about the video magnifier. She told the Lions that the one they had purchased will be helpful to Jessica especially in social studies classes, where she will be able to tell mountains from streams by color.