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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

Used CCTVs for sale

LVC has received several more used CCTV reading machines which you can try at our center in Bethesda.  If you find one you like, you can buy it for much less than the price of a comparable new machine.  We're anxious to get these machines into the hands of people who can use them.  Follw this link to a list of what's currently available.

PG County Resource Day Oct. 25

County Resource Day for Blind and Low Vision Persons

(Persons outside of the PG County area are also invited!.)

Explore Services and Activities available in Prince Georges County!!

Do you know you can:

  • Learn to read and write Braille?
  • Take water aerobics or exercise class?
  • Count your own money?
  • Find a person who understands what you are going through?
  • Get a free white cane and learn how to use it?
  • Learn how to ride public transportation?
  • Know alternatives?
  • Hear the news on-line or listen to newspaper ads?
  • Get reduced taxes on your home?
  • Learn about housing assistance?
  • Take classes and get help with accessibility?
  • Get a refurbished computer?
  • Apply for a Federal job?
  • Get help with reading your mail and small chores?

Let us help you find out!  There will be answers to these questions and many more!

WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - - 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

WHERE: Colmar Manor Town Hall
3701 Lawrence Street
Colmar Manor, MD

Confirmed Speakers and Groups:

  • Key Note Speaker: Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson, Department of Health & Human Services
  • Maryland Park and Planning/Inclusion Services
  • Bureau of Engraving-Money Identifiers
  • WMATA/Metro Access and Accessible Bus and Rail
  • Full Circle Employment
  • Uber Cab
  • White Cane Store
  • Project Reboot (refurbished computers)
  • Maryland Southern Independent Living Center (SILC)
  • PG County Health Department; PG County Mental Health and Disability Services; and PG Community College Disability Support
  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
  • . . . . . MORE TO COME!!!!

Receive a wealth of information for local and state resources.  Come, bring a friend or relative, have a good time and learn together while we help ourselves!

Register on-line:
or RSVP: 301-583-8585

Questions? E-Mail:

Sponsored by: The National Harbor Chapter, National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Michelle Clark, President - Dana Hinnant, 2nd Vice President and Chairperson

A story about job hunting

David Goldfield, an assistive technology instructor, posted this article on his personal blog:

We found it interesting.  (To read more of David's blog posts, click on the blog title at the top of the page.)

Readers needed

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) has a need for readers to provide reading services to people with visual impairments and reading disabilities.  This service, coordinated through CLB, is on a fee basis.  If you can read print and would like to earn some extra money, please contact Amanda Painter at or by calling 240-737-5179.

CLB's Click n Go DC Metro launch Nov. 7

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, WMATA, and Click n Go will launch their new collaboration which allows passengers who are blind or visually impaired to navigate not only the Metro stations, but to surrounding landmarks as well.  This launch event will explain and demonstrate this revolutionary new technology.

Friday, November 7, 2014
4 - 7 pm

WMATA Headquarters
600 5th Street NW
Washington DC 20001

We have a site map

We've added a site map to our web site.  We hope this will make navigating our site easier for people using smaller screens, such as on a smart phone or tablet.  The site map presents the contents of as a single column of simple text.  Selecting the second link on any page of this site will take you to the site map.

Window-Eyes free with Microsoft Office

Window-Eyes screen reader software is now available free to licensed users of Microsoft Office (version 2010 or later).  Learn more in the GW Micro press release at, or download Window Eyes at

Free U.S. currency reader device

The 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

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 now.  Distribution of the currency readers and ordering for eligible non-NLS participants will begin in January.  For details, see the BEP press release at

Before you browse this web site, we suggest you review our web site policies.

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

Venus Factor Tony Dwyer in memory of Bob and Doris Downes

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Last Update: Oct. 16, 2014

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