Lions Foundation Magnification Program

This video magnifier program was put into place as a joint effort of the North Dakota Lions, NDAB, North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and NDVS/SB. The committee consists of two members from each group.

The committee spent much time on research and found the initial need in North Dakota to be approximately 120 video magnifiers.

The Video Magnifier Program is a simple process. After you have completed the application, it goes to the selection committee for review. If approved the applicant goes onto a waiting list for placement. Placement then occurs when a video magnifier becomes available.

At the time of placement, you will be required to fill out the terms and conditions of the lease. The lease is $20 per month plus a one-time delivery and set up fee of $50, which is non-refundable. The lease will stay in place for as long as the applicant wishes.

Anyone with vision loss who would benefit from the use of a Video Magnifier may apply if they meet the following eligibility criteria of being a resident of ND for at least 8 months out of the year and agree on a monthly payment option. Also, students under 18 may apply for “at home use only” as schools should provide for student needs in the school setting.

Helen Keller asked the Lions to help her bring light to others. They have answered that call as no other organization could, and the light of service is more relevant today than ever before.

To obtain an application contact the Executive Director Dennis Friesz 701-751-2266, or

VMP 3801 Memorial Highway, Suite A

PMB 106

Mandan, ND 58554


“Many tasks that would be frustrating or impossible to do, I can do independently with the help of my video magnifier. That independence is worth so much to me.”

Stutsman County Resident

“I couldn’t live without it. Without it, half of my life would be gone. It is one of the most important things I have. If you can’t read anything, you can’t do anything for yourself. Hand magnifiers don’t work for me anymore. There is no other way to do things on my own at all. It is a very important part of my life.”

Morton County Resident