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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, and Eschenbach 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

POB summer newsletter now available

The summer issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter of the Aging Eye and Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB), can now be downloaded from http://www.youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2017/YourEyesSummer2017web.pdf.  Among other things, this issue includes a survey of some recreational opportunities for people with low vision and notes a new service to allow those without smart phones to access ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

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.


Verbally described tours at the Hirshhorn August 8

The staff at Hirshhorn museum of modern art will provide new verbal description tours to explore their permanent collection.  There was a tour on Thursday, July 13; it will be repeated on Tuesday, August 8.  To RSVP please follow the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visual-description-tour-of-hirshhorn-masterworks-tickets-35798491251

If you have any questions, feel free to email Ashley Meadows (MeadowsA@si.edu). 


First three Holman Prize winners announced

The 2017 winners of the new Holman Prize grants for "blind ambition" have been announced.  these $25,000 grants will allow individuals from Uganda, the US, and the UK to pursue their bold dreams.  Read more about these inspiring prize winners on the AFB web site at http://www.afb.org/community/announcements/blind-ambition-international-award-for-visually-impaired-adventurers-announces-first-three-winners/12.


Welcome LVC's summer intern

Nicole Anderson, a student from Wellesley College, will be helping out at LVC from now until August 2.  Nicole is originally from the Seattle area.  At LVC, she will be meeting with clients, compiling statistics, and working on material for a course which LVC is developing on a grant from Montgomery County.  If you'd like a chance to meet with Nicole, call us at 301-951-4444 to make an appointment.


55th Annual Braille Rallye July 22

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The MG Car Club Washington, DC Centre's 55th Annual Braille Rallye with CLB

Who:

Adults and youth who are blind or low vision are invited to participate as navigators, reading directions in braille or large print to their assigned drivers of classic automobiles.

Where:

Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.  The Rallye course begins at a picnic shelter in the park and proceeds through about 30 miles of the surrounding countryside.

What:

At the starting line, each navigator is provided with a set of instructions pointing out keys to the route.  The driver must rely upon the navigator to read and communicate the directions correctly and the navigator is dependent upon the driver to locate each of the landmarks while driving the course.

Celebrate:

Following the Rallye, drivers, navigators and their families participate in a picnic during which awards for several different classifications are presented to the winning drivers and navigators.

Date:

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Time:

Rallye begins at 10:00 AM (please arrive promptly at 9:30 AM).  Picnic and awards will follow the Rallye.  Event concludes at approximately 1:30 PM.

Transportation:

If using Metro Access, please schedule pick-up for 1:00 PM.  If traveling to the park independently (with family/friend or via cab), please notify attendant at the park gate that you are attending the Braille Rallye and no entrance fee will be charged.  Transportation will be provided by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind - however you MUST request transportation when you RSVP to insure a seat on the van.

RSVP:

Please RSVP to Patti Lyman at 240-737-5136 or plyman@clb.org by Friday, July 15th!**


Eye Run for POB Sept. 17

The annual Eye Run, a 5K race, 2 mile fun run/walk, and other activities in support of the Prevention of Blindness society of Metropolitan Washington, will be held Sunday, September 17.  Find out more on the POB web site at https://eyerunforpob.org/