VARIETY GRANTS SPECIALIZED VISION GLASSES TO AUTISTIC BROTHERS
Variety of Florida grants $1,000 to help two teenage autistic brothers with down syndrome get specialized vision glasses.
Determined and motivated - Mrs. Gretchen Stewart, mother of Ari and Ian contacted Variety of Florida through email asking us to help her with funding for specialized glasses that were very much needed for her two teenage boys. Ari's glasses were outdated and Ian had lost his glasses. Gretchen, a single mother and part-time worker reached a massive challenge financially and couldn't afford these items on her own...
They were both overdue for eye exams and needed updated prescriptions for best vision. Ari Seay (14 years old, adopted) is diagnosed with moderate to severe intellectual disability and level-2 autism. His brother Ian Stewart (14 years old) requires 24/7 adult supervision and is diagnosed with moderate to severe intellectual disability, down syndrome and autism.
Variety of Florida was HONORED to be able to help Gretchen pay for the ophthalmologist visits directly to Optical Outlets on her behalf.
meet Ari (left) & Ian (right)
Here's Ari at Optical Outlets located in Port Richey, Florida getting fitted by store manager Julissa for his new 'NIKE' high quality, titanium framed, anti-scratch, photochromic glasses (with 1-year warranty if broken or lost).
press play to watch Ari's fitting video below. We think he likes them!
* VARIETY OF FLORIDA IS WORKING ON A PROGRAM FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN WHERE WE CAN PROVIDE SPECIALIZED GLASSES FOR CHILDREN LIKE ARI & IAN *
Ian's specialized glasses pictures
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