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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

New video: using the iPhone magnifier

If you have low vision, if you own an iPhone, and if you aren't already familiar with its "magnifier" feature, you might find this new video from Jennifer Webster enlightening:



We thank Columbia Lighthouse for this information.

The MG Car Club of Washington DC and Columbia Lighthouse invite adults and youth who are blind or low vision to participate as navigators, reading directions in braille or large print to their assigned drivers of classic automobiles.  The rallye course begins at a picnic shelter in the park and proceeds through about 30 miles of the surrounding countryside.  At the starting line, each navigator is provided with a set of instructions pointing out keys to the route.  The driver must rely upon the navigator to read and communicate the directions correctly and the navigator is dependent upon the driver to locate each of the landmarks while driving the course.

Following the rallye, drivers, navigators and their families participate in a picnic during which awards for several different classifications are presented to the winning drivers and navigators.

  • Date: Saturday July 21st, 2018

  • Time: Rallye begins at 10:00 a.m.  (Please arrive promptly at 9:30 a.m.)  Picnic and awards will follow the Rallye.  Event concludes at approximately 1:30 p.m.

    **If using Metro Access, please schedule pick-up for 1:00 p.m.**

  • Location: Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

    ** If traveling to the park independently (with family/friend or via cab), please notify attendant at the park gate that you are attending the Braille Rallye and no entrance fee will be charged.

Transportation pick up locations from certain Metro Stations will be provided.

**You MUST request transportation when you RSVP to insure a seat on the van.**

2018 NFB Southeast Regional Student Seminar; register by July 15

We thank Columbia Lighthouse for this information.

An opportunity to sharpen self-advocacy, confidence, and social networking skills for blind students.

Eligibility: Blind High School and college students in the southeast states.  Other interested students are welcome to attend.

Activities include: Engaging workshops with Federation mentors, interactive confidence-building opportunities, and chances to apply NFB philosophy to real world situations.

  • When: August 10-12, 2018

  • Where: National Federation of the Blind
    The Jernigan institute
    200 East Wells St.
    Baltimore, MD 21230

To register, please contact Naim abu El-Hawa, Vice President, Virginia Association of Blind Students at 202.848.8932.

Registration opens on May 15, 2018 and closes on July 15, 2018.  For any questions about this event, please contact Robert Parsons at 804.801.7674.  Students that attend school in Virginia or Washington D.C. are eligible to receive a $25 subsidy to assist with travel expenses to the event.

POB-sponsored events in May

The May 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/2018/YourEyes_052018-1.pdf.  This issue notes many events coming up in May.  Since May is Healthy vision Month, the newsletter also includes tips for keeping your eyes healthy.

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.

Register now for Camp Lighthouse

Registration is open for Camp Lighthouse.  This year, camp will take place from Monday, June 25th to Friday, June 29th, 9 am to 3 pm each day.  In this week-long program, children ages 6 to 12, who are blind or visually impaired, enjoy the total summer camp experience.  At the Silver Spring YMCA, they participate in a variety of activities such as games, swimming, painting, science experiments, and playground time.

Teens ages 13 to15 who are blind or visually impaired can also participate in Camp Lighthouse as Counselors in Training (CIT).  CITs can earn Service Learning hours.

For registration, please contact Patti Lyman at plyman@clb.org.

Exhibition by visually impaired artists March 14-June 23

CLB's annual exhibition of art by artists experiencing vision loss will begin with a free opening-night reception the evening of Wednesday, March 14, and will be on display through Saturday, June 23.  Find more details on the CLB web site at http://www.clb.org/calendar/art-exhibition/

Have you tried the SeeingAI app?

"Seeing AI" is a free iPhone/iPad app produced by an ongoing research project at Microsoft.  Its features reportedly include OCr and text-to-speech, face recognition, and product barcode reading.  An introductory video and a link to download the app are on the Microsoft web site at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/seeing-ai/.

If you've used this app, we'd like to know what you think of it.  Send us an e-mail and tell us your impressions.  Or, if you prefer, leave a review on the Apple iTunes web site.

We're tweaking our web site

LVC is gradually making some behind-the-scenes changes to our web site.  We're introducing the use of cascading style sheets (CSS) to bring our site into conformance with HTML version 5, and we're adding a few ARIA tags for the benefit of screen reader software.  Most visitors to this site shouldn't notice any difference, but if we accidentally break something, please let us know.