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LOW VISION
CENTER

Winning Solutions for Failing Sight
Serving Our Community Since 1979




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Welcome to LVC

(Formerly known as The Low Vision Information Center)
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The Low Vision Center is a nonprofit organization that helps people with low vision maintain their independence. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, we offer information services as well as a demonstration area full of a variety of low vision aids and ideas.

The Low Vision Center offers its resources without charge, relying entirely upon personal contributions to fund its varied services.

I invite you to browse our web site for more information about our services, as well as helpful hints for improving your vision. Some examples include:

I also invite you to make an appointment to visit our demonstration area so you can examine our low vision aids, including magnifiers, CCTV's, Zoom Text, and non-optical adaptive aids (such as talking clocks and writing guides). We also sell a select group of low vision aids and Bausch & Lomb, Coil, Eschenbach, and Schweitzer magnifiers. Please don't hesitate to call us for additional information or to make an appointment for a visit.  Appointments are usually scheduled between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Terry Eason
Executive Director
LowVisionCtr@aol.com



News and Notes

DoMore24 June 2

Thursday, June 2, is "DoMore24" day, on which you are particularly encouraged to support your favorite local charities.  June 2 (or any other day) would be a fine time to show your support of LVC with a monetary contribution.  See our donors page for more information.


Identifying credit cards

If you have trouble telling your credit cards apart at sight, clip a little bit from the corner of one of them, so the corner has angles instead of being rounded.  Then you can distinguish that card by touch.  Be careful not to clip off any code numbers, and don't damage the magnetic strip or microchip.


Deque University web accessibility courses

Our thanks to the American Foundation for the Blind for providing this information.

If you have a disability, you qualify for a scholarship to access to Deque University's in-depth web accessibility curriculum for a full year (normally $315) at no cost.  See details at https://dequeuniversity.com/scholarships


EyePower newsletters on-line

Did you recently get LVC's EyePower newsletter in the mail?  Would you prefer to read it on the World Wide Web?  We've been putting EyePower on our web site for many years.  We've just added the ability to notify you by e-mail whenever a new issue appears, so you don't have to remember to check our web site.  Read the details on our newsletters page.


Your cell phone as audio note-taker

If you have a cell phone, you may be able to use it to record notes that you can listen to later.  Even phones that aren't "smart" often have sound recording capability.  Sometimes this can be found in the "Tools" or "My Sounds" area of your phone's menu system.


POB-sponsored events in May

The May issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter of the Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB), can now be downloaded from youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2016/YourEyesMay2016.pdf.  This issue notes numerous events in May, including the Technology Trends presentation at Leisure World on May 11 and the "Vision Matters 2016" community eye health day on May 22.

To subscribe to this newsletter on-line, visit http://www.youreyes.org/modify-your-subscription.

To view POB's calendar of coming events as a web page, visit http://youreyes.org/events/eventlist.


Tech Tuesday: a big success

LVC's open house on May 3, Tech Tuesday, was another success.  Throughout the event our office was filled with people stopping by to find out what LVC has to offer.  If you couldn't attend Tech Tuesday, or if the crowds prevented you from learning as much as you wanted, please call us at 301-951-4444 and make a free appointment to spend some one-on-one time with Terry or Dottie.  We'd love to see you here at the Low Vision Center.


Ingenuity

Jennifer Webster describes her creative use of technology to solve her laundry problem in this brief blog post:

https://goingblindwithinsight.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/wash-the-matter/


Register for Camp Lighthouse by May 27

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind's Camp Lighthouse 2016 applications are available.  The camp is from Monday, June 27th - Friday, July 1st at the Silver Spring YMCA.  Camp Lighthouse is designed for campers who are 6 to 12 years of age.

Recruitment for volunteer camp counselors is also in progress.  Eligible volunteer camp counselor candidates must be 16 years of age by the start of camp.  Service learning hours will be earned.

The application deadline for campers and volunteer camp counselors is May 27th.  Please contact Jocelyn Hunter, jhunter@clb.org to request applications.


BISM SILVER RETREAT June 7-10

BISM SILVER RETREAT

for qualified blind and low vision seniors 55 and over

June 7 to 10, 2016

Featuring...

  • SKILLS TRAINING: Independent Living, Braille/Communication, Cane Travel, Computer/Adapted Technology, Adjustment to Blindness
  • PLUS: Social Activities, Product Demos, Peer Support Hotel accommodations, meals, and activities INCLUDED ! ! !

... all at no cost.

Contact your local BISM Senior Services staff for details:

Ruth Sager
410-737-2649
rsager@bism.org
3345 Washington Boulevard 
Baltimore, MD 21227 

Amy Crouse
410-845-2333
acrouse@bism.org

Danielle Earl 
410-845-2348
dearl@bism.org 
2240 Northwood Drive 
Salisbury, MD 21801 
410-749-1366

Proudly Sponsored by:
Blind Industries & Services of Maryland
3345 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21227
with funding and support from MSDE -- DORS/OBVS


Before you browse this web site, we suggest you review our web site policies.

We thank the following sponsors and all our other supporters for their generosity.

Exodus International Tony in appreciation of his loving wife Virginia
ACLS Certification Class
An online medical training resource for health practitioners.

Please note that by accepting a donation LVC is not necessarily endorsing the donor.
Learn how you can support LVC by sponsoring this web page.


Last Update: May 23, 2016

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301-951-4444
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