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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

News and Notes

TUG: Cooking and Technology July 8

The monthly Technology User Group (TUG) meeting will be held on Saturday, July 8 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM.  The topic for July will be Cooking and Technology.  The presentation will be conducted by Lou Smith and Jane Abbott.  The art of cooking is not restricted by loss of sight.  See how technology has made its imprint into the culinary world.  Sure to be pleasing to all of the senses, this TUG will feature a dash of surprise and a pinch of savory insight.

The event will be held at LBPH, 415 Park Avenue, Baltimore.  You do not have to RSVP for this presentation.  If you would like to listen to previous TUG recordings, please visit http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DLDS/LBPH/tug.aspx.

For more information about the Technology User Group, please contact Jerry Price (410) 230-2446 or via e-mail jerry.price1@maryland.gov.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Saturday, July 22nd, 2017


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.


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.


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/

Camp Lighthouse June 26-30

CLB's Camp Lighthouse will take place from Monday, June 26th to Friday, June 30th at the Silver Spring YMCA.  Youth with vision loss who are six to twelve years of age are eligible to attend.  New this summer, thirteen to fifteen year olds with vision loss can now serve as counselors in training.  For more information, please contact Patti Lyman at plyman@clb.org.

Apply now for NFB BELL summer academy

The NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy prepares blind and low vision children, ages four through twelve, to grow into confident and independent blind people who will live the lives they want.  For more information about this summer program and to apply, visit the NFB web site at nfb.org/bell-academy.