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Local Child With Visual Impairment Seeks Help From Public

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A local child suffering from a visual impairment is seeking the public's help to win a learning tool that could change her life forever, both in and out of the classroom.

Olivia Ault suffers from Cortical Visual Impairment, which occurs when the brain has a problem with processing what the eyes see. But with the help of the Lily Lightaide Backpacking Program, processing that information could become a lot easier.

"We are in a competition between five other families that were chosen across the country to trial this product and we are hoping for some votes to keep it," said Anna Ault, Olivia's mother.

If Olivia gets the most votes, she will get to keep it for free.

Lily Lightaide uses hundreds of LED lights that are used to stimulate her to see. It teaches basic concepts such as cause and effect, taking turns and identifying/ building patterns, visual tracking from left to right,and mathematical concepts such as basic counting skills, identifying numbers and building patterns with blocks.

"She did so great with it we were amazed at how well she was attentive to it and wanted to work with it. It would be a great asset to the classroom and at home of course," said Debbie Cosgrove, Olivia's aide.

At home, Olivia has never looked at books or watched television. Winning this would help her be able to do the same things children her age do every day.

To vote for Olivia, click here.

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