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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.LowVisionCtr@aol.com
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:
Light the Way 5k Sept. 20The 4th annual Columbia Lighthouse Light the Way 5k fun run/walk will be Saturday, Sept. 20 at Nationals Park. For information, please see www.lighttheway5k.org.
Upcoming events support POBThe following events support the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington.
August 24: American Girl brunch. Buy tickets by August 21 for a 2-for-1 discount.
August 28: The Original Pancake House supports POB
Sept. 7: 5K Eye Run for POB. Register by August 20 for a discount.
For details, see the announcement at http://youreyes.org/index.php?option=com_acymailing&ctrl=archive&task=view&mailid=70
JHU needs blind research participantsThe Neuroplasticity and Development Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University is seeking participants for psychology research studies. The goal of this research is to better understand how visual and non-visual experiences contribute to changes in the brain .
Participating in this research study involves having an MRI, listening to stories and sounds, and answering questions. Each study lasts approximately 3 hours. Participants are compensated $30 per hour for their time and are reimbursed for transportation expenses to the testing site at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
We are seeking individuals who are totally blind or with light perception. To qualify for the study participants must be healthy blind adults between 18 and 75 years of age with no cognitive or neurological disabilities. To complete a screening interview please call (410) 870-9895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The interview takes between 15 and 30 minutes and those who take part in the interview are compensated with a $15 Amazon gift card.
To learn more, please contact the lab either by calling (410) 870-9895 or emailing email@example.com.
Apply for disabilities commission by August 22Montgomery County is seeking volunteers to fill eleven vacancies on the Commission on People with Disabilities, which advises the County government. The deadline for applications is August 22. For more information, see the section titled "Spotlight" on the commission's web page at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/ADS/CPWD/CPWDIndex.html.
Meeting: end-of-life decisions Sept. 13When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Long Branch Library
The National Federation of the Blind Sligo Creek Chapter will have a program on medical and financial decisions that must be made at the end of our lives. This discussion will be led by Rosalind Kipping of Compassion and Choices during the regular chapter meeting on September 13. We will learn how to get the forms and brochures that are handed out in profusion at medical appointments. We will discuss how to help our family and friends help us receive the care we are often too weak to fight for. We will be able to set up individual appointments to fill out the paperwork necessary to select the people to act on our behalf when we are unable to do so.
If you have questions about this event or about the National Federation of the Blind, please call Sligo Creek chapter president Debbie Brown at 301-881-1892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ZoomText webinars begin August 19AiSquared, the maker of ZoomText, has announced a new "ZoomText Top 20" webinar which will showcase the top things you should know about ZoomText. The webinar is free, but you must register in advance. For more information, see the announcement on the AiSquared web site at http://www.aisquared.com/email/static/top20_webinars.html
Free U.S. currency reader deviceThe U. S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) plans to add tactile features to our paper money in the next round of redesign. Meanwhile, if you have an Apple iPhone or other IOS device, or an Android smart phone or device, you can get a free app to identify the denomination of a U. S. bill by using the device's camera. For Apple devices the app is iNote, and for Android devices the app is IDEAL. More information is on the BEP web site at http://www.bep.gov/currencyidmobileapps.html
For those without smart phones or who want another option, in January 2015 the BEP will begin providing iBill talking banknote identifier devices free of charge to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals. As a test of the ordering procedure, participants in the NLS Talking Book program can pre-order a device starting September 2. Distribution of the currency readers and ordering for eligible non-NLS participants will begin in January. For details, see the BEP press release at http://www.bep.gov/uscurrencyreaderpgm.html
Just for funThe Super Egg Hunt computer game is fully accessible to the visually impaired, since you play it entirely by ear. Find as many eggs as you can within the time limit, but watch out for the chicken! She's dangerous!
To find more accessible games, try the web sites audiogames.net and pcsgames.net, or listen to the "Accessible Games" presentation at the LBPH Technology User Group archive. Warning: some of the games demonstrated on this recording could be considered "PG" rated. You may want to wear headphones if listening to it in the vicinity of children.
Watch out for phone scams!Some of us here at LVC have recently been targeted by a "tech support phone scam." If you don't know what this is, read this article from Microsoft and find out:
Being able to recognize these crooks when they call can save you time, money, and aggravation.
Tip for Microsoft Windows usersIn Microsoft Windows, holding down the left "Alt" key and the left "Shift" key while you push the Print Screen (PrtScr) key will switch between normal and high contrast display modes. Of course, if your normal mode is already high contrast, switching won't make much difference.
"Smart glasses" project wins Google Impact ChallengeOn July 31 it was announced that a project at Oxford University to develop "smart" glasses, which will use image enhancement to help people with severe visual impairment to see better, is the top winner in the Google Impact Challenge. For details, see http://www.rnib.org.uk/smart-glasses.
Technology users' group via telephoneDavid Goldfield, an assistive technology specialist, runs a computer and assistive technology users' group by phone, which meets on a conferencing system on the last Friday of each month from 8:00-10:00 PM (US Eastern time). He tries, when possible, to have guest presenters dealing with various aspects of assistive technology, such as discussing Linux, the iPhone, the Mac and, most recently, representatives from Bookshare. While it was initially set up for users in or around Philadelphia, others are welcome to participate. For more information, see the FAQ page at http://davidgoldfield.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/updated-faqphiladelphia-computer-users-group-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired/ or contact Mr. Goldfield by e-mail at email@example.com.
White cane study at UMCBResearchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) are testing a research prototype that will provide navigation instructions and information. Adults (18 years or older) with vision impairments who use a mobility aid (white cane) are needed as test subjects. Testing will occur in August in the Gallery mall at the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Participants will be paid a small stipend. For details, please contact Caroline Galbraith by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Possibilities fair for seniors August 21
For Seniors Losing Vision
Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM)
Thursday, August 21, 2014
SELL-OUT EXPECTED - PLEASE REGISTER EARLY
For more info, contact:
Andy McIver, email@example.com, 410-737-2648
Stephen Polacek, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-737-2653
Shirley Riffle, email@example.com, 410-737-2645
Bowling by the visually impairedIf you think poor eyesight must keep you from enjoying the sport of bowling, you might be surprised. For more information, read the article at http://www.bowling.com/service/article_bowling_for_the_blind.aspx.
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