Edit House Productions and the Rio Rancho Community Foundation are partnering to provide funds for EnChroma glasses that will allow eight color blind students in Rio Rancho to see in color.
Students will receive the glasses, made for each of their specific vision needs, at 6 p.m. July 5 at Edit House Productions, 640 Quantum Road NE in Rio Rancho.
It’s estimated that one in 12 boys and one in 200 girls are affected by color blindness, typically when the person can’t see or distinguish between greens and reds. With nearly 17,000 students in the Rio Rancho Public School district, potentially 700 students are affected in the city.
In April, a Rio Rancho resident and military veteran, Ron Neldon, donated funds to purchase glasses that help overcome color blindness for 10 middle and high school students in the district.
“I’m actually ecstatic; watching the kids smile has made every penny worthwhile,” Neldon said. “This is huge to be able to change their lives and enhance their lives.”
But there were more identified students that needed the EnChroma glasses than there were funds to purchase them.
“We know how important color is to how we perceive the world,” said Ed Smith, owner and founder of Edit House. “Our company produces visual media, and perceiving color correctly is vital. We’re excited to be able to help overcome the dull and indistinct vision that color blindness causes and add much more vibrant color to these students’ educational and life experiences.”
Edit House Productions, LLC, contributed to the Rio Rancho Community Foundation, which matched the funds. EnChroma, a California-based company that developed the specialized glasses in 2012, donates a pair of its glasses for each pair an organization purchases via its Color Accessibility Program, as well. Students, working with Neldon, were able to choose the style of frame and lenses they preferred.
“When we saw the original news story and what Ron Neldon was working to do, we wanted to help fill the gap for the remaining students,” Smith said. “The Rio Rancho Community Foundation allowed us to designate the distribution and make this possible.”