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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

Eclipse Soundscapes project

We thank LBPH for this information.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.  In the Washington area, more than 3/4 of the sun will appear covered.  Keep in mind that looking directly at the sun without special filters designed specifically for solar observations will severly damage your eyes.

The Eclipse Soundscapes project from NASA's Heliophysics Education Consortium will provide ways to experience the eclipse through sound and touch.  Learn more at the project web site at http://eclipsesoundscapes.org/.

Light the Way for CLB October 14

The 7th annual Light The Way fundraiser in support of Columbia Lighthouse will be held the morning of October 14, 2017.  For details, see the CLB web site at http://www.clb.org/calendar/7th-annual-light-the-way/

Tactile Design Study with Virginia Commonwealth University

We thank Columbia Lighthouse for this information.

A team at Virginia Commonwealth University is performing a study which involves the design and development of new technology to provide tactile diagrams for those who are blind or vision impaired.  This study will take approximately 4.5 hours to complete, with several breaks included.  The team is looking for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, and who are sixteen years of age or older who have used tactile graphics in middle/high school.  Participants will be compensated for their time and travel.  Participants under the age of eighteen will need a signed Parental Consent form.

For more information, please contact Tyler Ferro at (804) 828-7839 or Prof. Dianne Pawluk at (804) 828-9491.  If you would like to schedule a session, please contact Patti Lyman at 240-737-5136 or plyman@clb.org.  The sessions will be held on Monday, August 14th, Tuesday, August 15th, and Wednesday, August 16th.  The time slots to choose from are: 9 AM to 1:30 PM or 2 PM to 6:30 PM.

Any contact information available in the study will be discarded.  It will not be identified with your study session and will not be used for any solicitation.

App Survey for the National Museum of Natural History

We thank Columbia Lighthouse for this information.

The Fossil Halls at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History are undergoing the largest and most complex renovation in the museum's history.  Along with all of the other changes, this will include re-evaluating how the museum uses technology within the exhibits and developing an app to make the space as accessible as possible for visitors who are visually impaired.

The museum is currently at the very beginning stages of the process and they put together a quick survey to gather information from potential visitors who are visually impaired to determine the most beneficial features for such an app.

If you are blind or low vision, please consider taking the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TK2NM7.

For any questions, please contact Samantha Barry at barry@si.edu.

"Touch History" at the Library of Congress

The Visitor Services Office of the Library of Congress would like to invite you to a special "Touch History" tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building.  Touch History is a new tour for visitors who are visually impaired.  The first tour will be on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 8:45am.  To RSVP and for information on other dates please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/touch-history-a-verbal-description-of-the-thomas-jefferson-building-tickets-36492848091.

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.

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.

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/