LOW VISION
CENTER

Winning Solutions for Failing Sight
Serving Our Community Since 1979



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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
LowVisionCtr@aol.com



News and Notes

Teleconference on voting basics and accessibility Aug. 21

At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, august 21, LBPH will host a teleconference covering both basic information about voting and accessibility.  For more information, read the announcement on the LBPH web site at https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Maryland-Library-for-the-Blind-and-Physically-Handicapped.aspx


Preventing fraud

On July 10, the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped hosted a teleconference in which Jody Thomas of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland talked about scams and how to avoid them.  The presentation was recorded; you can listen to it on SoundCloud at

https://soundcloud.com/ashley-biggs-lbph

The recording runs approximately one hour.


ADA-compliant workstations at libraries

Since 2016 Maryland has been working to provide accessible workstations in library branches.  Each Montgomery County library branch except Noyes now has such a workstation, including a computer with a large screen and magnifier and screen reader software, and a state-of-the-art video magnifier with text-to-speech capability.  For more information, read the article in the July-September issue of Beyond the Stacks, the newsletter of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  If you want some insight into what technology can do these days, drop by your local library.


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.