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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

News and Notes

BARD outage Aug 28-31

Library of Congress data systems and websites will be offline for maintenance this weekend beginning at 5:00 P.M. on Friday August 28.  NLS services affected include the BARD web site, BARD mobile (downloading and browsing of books and magazines only), and the NLS web site.  You will still be able to read books that have already been downloaded using BARD Mobile.  The library expects all services to be back online by Monday August 31 at 8:00 A.M. Eastern.

September POB newsletter available

The September issue of Your Eyes Today, a monthly newsletter sponsored by the Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB), is now available at  This issue has news of many interesting events coming up.

NLS at National Book Festival Sept. 5

The 15th anniversary Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held Sept. 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  Representatives from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, will be in the Library of Congress Pavilion between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  At 1 p.m., Richard Smith, chief NLS network librarian, will give a presentation on how digital content from NLS can enrich the lives of adults and youth with low vision.  For more information about the National Book Festival, visit

Recalling a visually impaired childhood

Here's a blog post that gives interesting and enlightening insight into the world of a visually impaired child:

Smithsonian commemorates ADA

Through December 17, the Smithsonian American History Museum is hosting an exhibit commemorating the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Find more information at

Accessible cell phones from Lifeline

We received the following information from Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Lifeline is a federal program designed to help low income individuals with free or discounted phone service.  For more information about this program, follow this link to the Maryland Public Service Commission web site.  Until recently, the blind community has been unable to benefit fully from the Lifeline program because the cell phones have not been accessible. This has changed! Two companies, Odin Mobile and Cintex Wireless, are working together to offer blind residents of Maryland free Lifeline service with accessible cell phones!

If you qualify to participate in this program, you can choose between two options:

  1. A FREE Emporia Essence cell phone (regularly $49), plus FREE 500 minutes or text messages each month

  2. A DISCOUNTED ODIN VI cell phone for $1 10 (regularly $150), plus FREE 500 minutes or text messages each month

The ODIN VI is a basic mobile phone with buttons that is entirely accessible. It will allow you to enter contacts, text message, check missed calls and more.  The Emporia Essence is a large button phone with a talking keypad that will speak the time, battery level and the numbers that you press. Also, the font size is large and adjustable. To learn more about these phones, visit

If you qualify for Lifeline and are interested in taking advantage of this government program, call Cintex Wireless at 1-800-826-0942. Enrollment can be done entirely over the phone.

Snapshots in sound

Does your eyesight make it hard to appreciate vacation photos?  Well, then, what about audio snapshots?  Check this post from Jennifer Webster.

"Light the Way" 5K September 12

Registration is now open for the 5th annual Light The Way 5K fun run/walk in support of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, to be held Saturday, September 12 in and around Nationals Park.  For details and to register, please visit

Free lifetime National Parks pass

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent disability, you are qualified for a pass which allows free access to all national parks.  See

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

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Last Update: August 26, 2015

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