According to the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, 12/1,000 children under the age of 18 have low vision, which can be a result of genetic influences, such as albinism; or it could be a benign birth defect, such as lazy eye or retinal degenerations. Child characters in the book exhibit a variety of these common and not-so-common conditions.
Edie Glaser, a Whittier resident and co-author of "All Children Have Different Eyes," remembers wearing glasses at age four and yet she could not see the big E on the eye chart. "It was very frustrating to be picked last for team sports or be thought of by my peers as rude or strange. It was even more frustrating to not be able to explain why I couldn't catch a ball or didn't wave back at someone 20 feet away."
"All Children Have Different Eyes" is Ms. Glaser's solution to the social frustrations. The confident characters competently answer questions of friends and foes, take responsibility for their mistakes, and become leaders at school, home, and play. Activities are also included to help parents and teachers understand how to develop healthy social development in their low-vision children every day.
"It is the book I wish my teachers and classmates had when I was in grades K-3," says Ms. Glaser. “It would have avoided a lot of unnecessary misunderstandings and helped to foster more friendships."
For many decades the Whittier Host Lions Club has supported a variety of sight services, including providing thousands of eye exams and glasses to school children. “This book provides emotional support and guidance for teachers, school children, and their families,” says Richard Dewberry, Sight Chariman. “We are very proud and pleased to help this program and to expand our Service to our community, which is our motto – We Serve.”
Copies of "All Children Have Different Eyes" will also be donated to six regional hospitals that serve children with vision problems, four local schools that teach the blind and visually impaired, as well as California Empowerment Centers and Los Angeles Resource Centers.
To learn more about the "All Children Have Different Eyes" visit http://www.lowvisionkids.com or contact Vidi Press at 800-409-7170. Also visit the Whittier Host Lions Club at http://www.whittierhostlions.org and the Lions Eye Foundation of Southern California at http://www.lefsc.org.