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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

iPhone workshop in Baltimore March 9

BISM iPhone Workshop for iPHONE USERS
(Pre-registration required - NO Walk-ins)
PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING THEIR iPhone to the WORKSHOP

WHERE: LBPH - Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
415 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

FOR: Legally Blind Senior Citizens, Age 55 & Over

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

WHEN: ARRIVAL TIME: 9:30 am
WORKSHOP: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

WHAT: Hands-on Instruction on iPhone:
  • Gestures & Useful Apps for:
    • transportation
    • shopping
    • money
    • and more

ALSO INCLUDES: Luncheon and Presentation
"The BARD App" by Jerry Price
LBPH, Adaptive Technology Education Program Coordinator
Plus, iPhone Resource Guide & BISM Resource Guide

COST: NO CHARGE

TO APPLY or for info, please contact:
Sabrina Richardson (BISM), 410-737-2646, srichardson@bism.org
Page Trammell (BISM), 410-737-2674, ptrammell@bism.org

Proudly Sponsored by: Blind Industries and Services of Maryland With funding and support from MSDE-DORS/OBVS.


Apply for ACB scholarship by March 1

The American Council of the Blind provides scholarships to legally blind individuals for post-secondary education.  For more information visit the ACB web site at www.acb.org/scholarship.  Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year must be completed by March 1, 2016.


Try Blind Ice Hockey for free February 20

Have you ever played "blind hockey"?  A free session available for all skill levels will be held on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex by Washington, DC Blind Hockey.  All athletes with any vision impairment are encouraged to participate.  Coaching, skate rental, ice time, lunch, and refreshments are included free of charge.  Find out more on the CLB web site at http://www.clb.org/calendar/try-blind-hockey-for-free/.


February is AMD awareness month

The February 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 www.youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2016/YourEyesFeb2016.pdf.  This issue highlights "Dry" Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).  AMD is a serious cause of vision loss among older people, especially Caucasians and those who smoke.  This newsletter also announces a presentation by AMD expert Emily Chew, M. D. on current research.

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.


Apply for AFB scholarships before April 1

The American Foundation for the Blind administers several scholarships for legally blind U. S. citizens in various specific undergraduate and graduate fields of study.  For more information and to apply, visit the AFB web site at www.afb.org/info/afb-2015-scholarship-application/5.  Applications, including all supporting documentation, must be received by April 1, 2016.


VA scholarships for careers helping the visually impaired

The Veterns administration (VA) offers scholarships to U.S. citizens studying for a career in vision rehabilitation, provided the recipient agrees to work for the VA for three years after graduation.  for more information, see the description of the VIOMPSP program on the VA web site at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/education-support.asp.


Achilles International Washington, DC Chapter

The Achilles International Track Club is an international organization that enables people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.  The Washington, DC chapter of Achilles International is seeking athletes with visual impairments to join their weekly workouts beginning in the spring.

Achilles membership is free; participants with visual impairments or blindness are encouraged to participate.  Volunteers who enjoy running or walking are needed to accompany athletes with disabilities at regular workouts and races.  All workouts are open to all athletes with disabilities and volunteer guides.

Workouts are Every Sunday at 10 am starting April 19th at the Robert A. Taft Memorial at the corner of 1st St & Louisiana Ave NW Washington, DC 20001.

Email or call Anna Kiefer at achillesinternationaldc@gmail.com or 202-796-8480 for more information or just show up at one of the workouts!


Apply for NIB fellowship by Feb. 12

National Industries for the Blind is accepting applications for Fellowship for Leadership Development until February 12, 2016.  If you are legally blind and have an undergraduate degree or higher, work experience, and passion for business, you are invited to apply for this salaried program.  Find out more on the NIB web site at http://nib.org/careers-training/business-leaders-program.


Filmmakers: submit to Superfest by March 15

The Superfest International Disability Film Festival 2016 is accepting submissions of films until March 15, 2016 (early bird deadline Feb. 15).  Find more information at the Superfest web site at http://www.superfestfilm.com/.


Accessible Identification Systems

AFB has recently added to their web site a guide to Accessible Identification Systems for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.  It describes some tools you can use to identify something if you can't see it well enough to tell what it is.  (Follow the links in the sidebar of the web page to read the sections of the guide.)


New Meeting Location for National Harbor Chapter/NFBMD

It's a new year and a new meeting location for the National Harbor Chapter/NFBMD.  Come for a visit.  Get to know us.  Be our guest, and join us in Prince Georges County.

TIME: 1 P.M. TO 3 P.M.
***** Braille Class 11:30 A to 12:45 P

ADDRESS: Imani Temple, 2420 Brooks Dr, Suitland, MD 20746
Note: Near public transportation and Metro Access accessible!

Meetings include Chapter Business, training, advocacy, and networking with blind and low vision persons, parents of blind children, and other interested parties.

2016 MEETING DATE Schedule:

January 23
February 27
March 26
April 23
May 28
June 25
July 23
August 27
September 24
October 22
November 19
December 17

Regular Scheduled Chapter Meetings are fourth Saturdays. Third Saturdays in November and December.

We continue to share the message with others as we ask that this information be forwarded to anyone you feel may be interested or can benefit from our organization.

Volunteers are solicited and welcomed.

For any questions, contact Michelle Clark by e-mail at nhcnfb@gmail.com or by telephone at 301 583-8585.


Interesting thoughts

Our attention was caught by the mixture of interesting information and familiar emotions in the latest post on Jennifer Webster's blog, "Going Blind With Insight." Find it here:

https://goingblindwithinsight.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/down-to-earth/


Learn about the new Unified English Braille code April 9

Come Learn about Writing in America's New Braille Code: Unified English Braille (UEB)

At the Friends of the MDLBPH

Writing in UEB Workshop for Adult Braille Readers

With Presenter: Debbie Brown, Quality Assurance Specialist at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress

Place:Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
415 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
Date:Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time:12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please RSVP to Robyn Hughes at: robynhughes04@verizon.net by April 5, 2016.  Attendees are requested to bring a Braille writing utensil/device of any type to use at the Workshop.  UEB handouts will be provided to attendees.  Refreshments will also be provided by the Friends of the MDLBPH.


Apply for NIB fellowship by Feb. 12

Are you looking for a career in business management?  Are you a legally blind college graduate with work experience?  the National Institutes for the Blind are accepting applications for the Fellowship for Leadership Development program until February 12, 2016.  Find out more at http://nib.org/careers-training/business-leaders-program.


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Last Update: February 6, 2016

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