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LOW VISION
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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

Tecnology User Group September 10

On the second Saturday of each month, The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) in Baltimore hosts a Technology User Group (TUG) for visually impaired individuals interested in whats happening in the world of technology.  LBPH provided the following information about the September meeting.

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
TIME: 10 AM TO 11:30 AM
WHERE: LBPH
415 PARK AVENUE
BALTIMORE
TOPIC: "Why your Next Smart Phone might be an Android"

Autumn marks the time when cell phone companies announce new phone and updated software.  Before you plop down hundreds of dollars for the latest offering, come and witness the significant improvements in the accessibility of Android phones.  Phones running Android, produced by Google, are by far the most common phones on the market.  The Samsung Galaxy S7 , which runs Android, has been named the best smart phone by Consumer Report Magazine for 2016.

This presentation will be conducted by Karl Belanger, Accessibility Technology Specialist for the National Federation of the Blind.


POB-sponsored events in September

The September 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 youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2016/YourEyesSept2016.pdf.  This issue notes numerous events in September, including several about preventing falls.  This issue also includes a profile of our own Low Vision Center.  Thank you, POB!

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.


Tips for a safe home

Protect America, a home security company, has published a list of suggestions for making a home safer for the visually impaired. While some of these are clearly to get you thinking about their products, many of them are simple suggestions which will help stimulate your common sense. Read the list at www.protectamerica.com/visually-impaired.


Phone-in book club date change

Our thanks to Amanda Gonzalez at LBPH for the following information.

LBPH resumed its phone-in Book Club in July.  All sessions will take place over the phone.  The schedule for the remainder of 2016 is as follows:

  • Friday September 16, 12:30pm (changed from 9/14)
    Book: After, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (DB 59132)

  • Wednesday November 9, 12:30pm
    Book: All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (DB 83370; In Process)

To RSVP for the next Book Club session and request a copy of the book, call 410-230-2424 and press 5 for programs, or email amanda.gonzalez@maryland.gov.

Instructions for joining the Book Club sessions will be provided closer to the session dates.  All Book Club selections will be available on cartridge as well as for download on BARD.


Blindy.tv

"Blindy.TV" is a web site which provides five free channels of selected TV programs (audio only) with added audio description.  Find out more in this announcement from AFB: http://www.afb.org/community/announcements/described-video-taking-the-vision-out-of-television/12


Just for fun

Spoonbill Software has released the latest in their series of computer games specifically designed to be accessible to the blind.  BG Word Maze isn't too hard (at least for the first few levels) if you can see the game board (which is large and clear), but if you can't, it will challenge your concentration and memory skills.  Find out more and download this free game at http://www.spoonbillsoftware.com.au/bgwordmaze.htm


Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating: SailFree Sundays

Our thanks to Columbia Lighthouse for the following information

Would you be interested in going sailing on a Sunday this summer?  Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) is dedicated to making the thrill of sailing a reality for individuals who are physically or developmentally disabled.  Once a month, April through October, they offer a SailFree Sunday where people with disabilities can sail for 45 minutes.  While the sailing part is free, there may be a nominal cost for park or marina entrance.  The program runs from 9:30 AM through 2:30 PM.  Each boat comes with a captain and first mate, so you don't have to do anything other than enjoy yourself!  Each boat holds about four passengers.  The remaining dates for 2016 are:

  • August 21st at Annapolis Yacht Club
  • September 18th at Sandy Point State Park
  • October 16th at Sandy Point State Park

Please visit CRAB's website at http://crabsailing.org for more details.  Reservations by the Friday before the sail are strongly recommended.


Don't forget Amazon Smile

If you shop at Amazon.com, please designate The Low vision Center as your charity of choice, and begin each shopping session by going to smile.amazon.com so Amazon will donate a fraction of whatever you spend to us, at no extra cost to you.  Visit our donors page for more information.


2016 adult rehabilitation and employment survey

Our thanks to the American Foundation for the Blind for this information.

Researchers at the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB) at Louisiana Tech University are taking a survey to gain a better understanding of your experiences in education, employment, training, and vocational rehabilitation as a blind or visually impaired adult.  If you live in the United States, are of employment age (at least 18), and are blind or significantly visually impaired, you are eligible to take the survey.  Read details at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016ares


NFB Accessibility Boutiques, August 11 and Sept. 26

The National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore sponsors a series of free accessibility training "boutiques" to help developers keep their products accessible.  The next two are:

  • August 11: Testing Accessibility with NVDA
  • Sept. 26: Accessible Websites, Made Accessibly

For details, see the NFB web site at https://nfb.org/free-accessibility-training-boutiques


Light The Way to support CLB October 9

The annual Light The Way event in support of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind will be held Sunday, October 9 on the National Mall.  Learn more and register on the CLB web site at http://www.clb.org/light-the-way-walk-for-independence/


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Last Update: August 30, 2016

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