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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

POSSIBILITIES FAIR For Seniors Losing Vision August 18

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM)
3345 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21227

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 9 am - 3 pm (doors open at 8 am for Registration)

SELL-OUT EXPECTED--PLEASE REGISTER EARLY--Over 300 Seniors attended last year's Fair!

$20 cost includes:

  • Light Breakfast and Gourmet Luncheon
  • Demonstrations
  • Products and Services
  • Technology Vendors
  • Items for Sale
  • Wellness Booths
  • Live Entertainment by Josh Christina
  • Guest Speakers
and more!

plus Goody Bag and Berger's Cookies

Register online at or contact:

Proudly sponsored by: Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM), with funding and support from MSDE-DORS/OBVS.

LVC has an iBill to demonstrate

LVC now has an iBill Talking Banknote Identifier, the device Which the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) provides free to eligible blind or visually impaired U. S. citizens and residents, available for demonstration at our office.  This small, easily carried device can scan any piece of U. S. paper money and tell you its denomination.  Call us at 301-951-4444 to set up a time to come try it.  For more information about the iBill device and about free currency identifier apps for your iOS or Android device, visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) web site at

Welcome to our new summer intern

We are pleased to welcome Amy Isabelle to our LVC family.  Amy is a Wellesley student who is interning here at LVC this summer.  She will be seeing clients, as well as assisting in a number of tasks such as writing press releases, assisting with grant research and writing, and providing office support.  Amy, who will be with us Monday through Friday until August 17, hopes to continue her education after Wellesley to become a nurse practitioner.  If you wish to speak with Amy or make an appointment to come in, please call our office at 301-951-4444.

Tactile/verbal tour of Smithsonian Folklife Festival July 1

RSVP by June 27.

To accommodate and maximize the experience of visitors who are blind and/or visually impaired, the Smithsonian Institution is excited to announce it will be holding a tactile and verbal description tour of the annual Folklife Festival on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M.  For tour participants who would like sighted guide assistance to the Festival site, please meet at 2:45 p.m. on the Madison Dr. side of the National Gallery of Art's West Building, on the sidewalk near the stairs to the museum entrance.  For Metro Access purposes, the address is 621 Madison Dr. NW, Washington, DC.  Tour participants may also meet the group at the Folklife Festival Volunteer tent on the National Mall.  The closest Metro stations are Navy Memorial/National Archives or L'Enfant Plaza, Maryland Ave. exit. 

If you are interested in the tour, please RSVP to Katie Kelel at by Monday, June 27, 2016 to ensure we have the appropriate staff to accommodate the needs of all participants.  If you have any additional questions or accessibility concerns, please contact Katie by email or phone at 313-929-2633.

For general information about the Folklife Festival, visit the festival web site at

VFO acquires Ai Squared

VFO Group, owners of Freedom Scientific and Optilec, recently announced that they have acquired Ai Squared, makers of ZoomText.  For details, see the VFO press release at


Our thanks to Columbia Lighthouse for the following information.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind & the MG Car Club Washington DC Centre Invite You to the 54th Annual BRAILLE RALLYE!

WHO: Adults and youth who are blind or low vision are invited to participate as navigators, reading directions in braille or large print to their assigned drivers of classic automobiles.

WHERE: The Rallye course begins at a picnic shelter in the park and proceeds through about 30 miles of the surrounding countryside.

WHAT: 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.

CELEBRATE: 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 23rd, 2016

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.**

RSVP to: Patti Lyman at 240-737-5136 or

Blind Hockey with the Washington Wheelers

Our thanks to Columbia Lighthouse for the following information.

The Washington Wheelers will be hosting Blind Hockey practice sessions every Saturday this summer at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA.  These practices will take place on Saturdays from 10:40-11:40 AM, and they are open to anyone who is blind or visually impaired.  Prior skating experience is not necessary and the practice time, skating instruction, rental skates, and hockey equipment are free for participants.

For more information about the Washington Wheelers Blind Hockey Club, please visit  For more information on the Saturday practice sessions, please contact Amy at or 202-815-4096.

Phone-in book club at LBPH

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

LBPH will be resuming 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:

  • Wednesday July 13, 12:30pm
    Book: Kindred, by Octavia Butler (DB 16072)

  • Wednesday September 14, 12:30pm
    Book: (to be announced)

  • 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

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.

3rd Annual Eye Run for POB August 28

The 3rd Annual Eye Run for POB 5K and fun run to save sight is on Sunday, Aug. 28.  Join POB for a Vision Health Fair and Kids Camp activities for the whole family.  The early-bird discounted price of $30 will end on June 30.  Find more information and register at  Running guidance is available for participants with impaired vision through Achilles International.

POB-sponsored events in June

The June 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  This issue notes numerous events in June, including the low vision tech talk at Sibley on June 12.

To subscribe to this newsletter on-line, visit

To view POB's calendar of coming events as a web page, visit

Identifying credit cards

If you have trouble telling your credit cards apart at sight, clip a little bit from the corner of one of them, so the corner has angles instead of being rounded.  Then you can distinguish that card by touch.  Be careful not to clip off any code numbers, and don't damage the magnetic strip or microchip.

Deque University web accessibility courses

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

If you have a disability, you qualify for a scholarship to access to Deque University's in-depth web accessibility curriculum for a full year (normally $315) at no cost.  See details at

EyePower newsletters on-line

Did you recently get LVC's EyePower newsletter in the mail?  Would you prefer to read it on the World Wide Web?  We've been putting EyePower on our web site for many years.  We've just added the ability to notify you by e-mail whenever a new issue appears, so you don't have to remember to check our web site.  Read the details on our newsletters page.

Register for Camp Lighthouse by May 27

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind's Camp Lighthouse 2016 applications are available.  The camp is from Monday, June 27th - Friday, July 1st at the Silver Spring YMCA.  Camp Lighthouse is designed for campers who are 6 to 12 years of age.

Recruitment for volunteer camp counselors is also in progress.  Eligible volunteer camp counselor candidates must be 16 years of age by the start of camp.  Service learning hours will be earned.

The application deadline for campers and volunteer camp counselors is May 27th.  Please contact Jocelyn Hunter, to request applications.

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

Exodus International Tony in appreciation of his loving wife Virginia
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Last Update: June 28, 2016

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