Lions donate Reading Machine



The Plymouth Lions Club recently donated a Reading Machine to the Plymouth Public Library. Library Director Martha Rosche (center) accepted the machine from Lions Michael Dimig (left) and Steve Dimig (right). A Reading Machine is a special device consisting of a TV monitor, closed circuit camera, and a viewing platform. The user places reading material on this platform, then the camera projects the image of what the user wishes to read on the large screen. The machine has adjustments of various magnification levels allowing users with macular degeneration conditions the ability to read again. The latest technology in Reading Machines has technology which converts text to audio, allowing people with total blindness the ability to hear what is on the written page. The Plymouth Lions started the Reading Machine project back in the 1990s with a very basic, black and white machine. In 2001, the club began to add 1-2 machines per year at an average cost of $2,000 each. Today, the club owns 35 machines of various types and technologies. The Lions provide their machines at no cost to people in the community who primarily have some level of macular degeneration. The club provides delivery, training, and maintenance of the equipment. When the user is done with the equipment, the Lions take the machine back and look for its next home. Since the beginning of the project, The Plymouth Lions club has helped over 60 community members. Lion Michael Dimig and Lion Jason Coualesk are leading the Reading Machine program. If you or someone you know might benefit from a Reading Machine, please contact them at plymouthwilions@gmail.com. Also, stay current with the Reading Machine program as well as numerous other Lions community service projects at the club’s new website – www.plymouthlionsclub.org. Submitted photo The Plymouth Lions Club recently donated a Reading Machine to the Plymouth Public Library. Library Director Martha Rosche (center) accepted the machine from Lions Michael Dimig (left) and Steve Dimig (right). A Reading Machine is a special device consisting of a TV monitor, closed circuit camera, and a viewing platform. The user places reading material on this platform, then the camera projects the image of what the user wishes to read on the large screen. The machine has adjustments of various magnification levels allowing users with macular degeneration conditions the ability to read again. The latest technology in Reading Machines has technology which converts text to audio, allowing people with total blindness the ability to hear what is on the written page. The Plymouth Lions started the Reading Machine project back in the 1990s with a very basic, black and white machine. In 2001, the club began to add 1-2 machines per year at an average cost of $2,000 each. Today, the club owns 35 machines of various types and technologies. The Lions provide their machines at no cost to people in the community who primarily have some level of macular degeneration. The club provides delivery, training, and maintenance of the equipment. When the user is done with the equipment, the Lions take the machine back and look for its next home. Since the beginning of the project, The Plymouth Lions club has helped over 60 community members. Lion Michael Dimig and Lion Jason Coualesk are leading the Reading Machine program. If you or someone you know might benefit from a Reading Machine, please contact them at plymouthwilions@gmail.com. Also, stay current with the Reading Machine program as well as numerous other Lions community service projects at the club’s new website – www.plymouthlionsclub.org. Submitted photo

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