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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

The Great American Smokeout Nov. 17

Among the many risks of smoking is an increased risk of eye disease, including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  This year's Great American Smodeout is November 17.  That day (or any other day - the sooner the better) is a great day to kick the habit.

Phone-in book club Nov. 9

The next meeting of the LBPH phone-in book club will be on Wednesday November 9, at 12:30pm.

We will be discussing All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (DB 83370).  All American Boys is the 2016 One Maryland One Book selection.  The book is available for download from BARD and on cartridge.

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 close to the session date.

DCMP October newsletter available on-line

Our thanks to AFB for this information.

The Described and Captioned Media Program's (DCMP) October newsletter highlights many free accessible resources for parents, including over 50 new accessible videos DCMP added this month.  Also, as October is national bullying prevention month, don't miss DCMP's free bullying resources.  In addition, DCMP offers to be your election resources headquarters and much more.  DCMP is funded by the U. S. Department of Education.

White Cane Day Oct. 15

Each year, October 15 is White Cane Safety Day in the United States.  To learn more about how drivers should react to a pedestrian with a white cane, read this blog post from the American Foundation for the Blind.

Blind Man Roams the Globe: Washington DC

Peter White, host of the BBC documentary series Blind Man Roams the Globe, recently featured Washington DC on his show.  To hear his impressions of our city, listen to the 27-minute episode on the BBC World Service web site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047222s.  For a short article about the program, including some short audio clips, visit the wtop Radio web site at http://wtop.com/dc/2016/10/sounds-of-dc-blind-traveler-visits-dc-for-bbc-program/slide/1/.

Prince Georges County Resource Day Nov. 5

What: 7th annual resource day featuring over 20 exhibitors and vendors.  Come out, bring a friend, bring a relative, and learn and experience services and resources for persons who are blind or have low vision in PG County.

When: Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Where: Colmar Manor Town Hall
3701 Lawrence Street
Colmar Manor MD 20722

Cost: FREE! (Donations accepted for NFB's Annual Homeless Hygiene Kit Project.  Suggested donations: hygiene and personal items, washcloths, socks and monetary contributions).

How: To assist with capacity control, all attendees must pre-register!
  • Online: Go to www.brownpapertickets.com.  Type "County Resource Day for Blind and Low Vision Persons" in the Search box.  Click on the link marked "Register".
  • By phone: Call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

For more information, please contact Michelle Clark at 301-583-8585 or nhcnfb@gmail.com.

Voter registration deadline is October 18

If you aren't already registered to voe in this fall's Presidential election, get busy!  The registration deadline for Maryland residents is October 18.  For more information, visit the Maryland Board of Elections web site at http://elections.state.md.us/voter_registration/.

In compliance with Federal law, poll workers and election officials do everything practical to be sure a visually impaired voter can vote with the same effectiveness and privacy as a voter with normal eyesight.  If voting on your own still worries you, though, keep in mind that you have the legal right to be assisted in the voting booth by any person of your choice except a representative of your employer or labor union.

Information for visually impaired parents

VisionAware, part of the AFB web site, has launched a new series of informative articles for parents and prospective parents who are blind or visually impaired.  Find out more on the AFB blog at http://www.afb.org/community/announcements/new-series-for-parents-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired/12.

Stay active, stay healthy

We all know an active lifestyle can help us stay healthy.  Don't let low vision become an excuse to avoid exercise.  Learn more in this series of brief articles at the AFB web site: http://www.visionaware.org/info/for-seniors/health-and-aging/fitness-and-fun/leading-an-active-lifestyle/1235.

Students: enter BADIE contest by Nov. 30

Students who watch educational movies with added audio description are eligible to enter the BADIE contest by writing a review of a movie they've seen in class.  The top prize is an iPad Mini.  This year's entries are due by November 30.  For more information and contest rules, visit the Listening Is Learning web site at http://listeningislearning.org/badie.html?mc_cid=a666d56f16&mc_eid=7788c5260a.

Progress in treating macular degeneration: a new video

Dr. Neil Bressler of the Wilmer Eye Institute and one of his patients, Business magnate T. Boone Pickens, discuss the progress in treatment of AMD over the past 20 years and the prospects for continued progress in the treatment of eye disease, including diabetic retinopathy.  Due to improved treatment, macular degeneration is no longer the leading cause of blindness in older Americans.  To watch this encouraging 20-minute video, visit https://youtu.be/ikWAijxTnE4.  For more news from the Wilmer Eye Institute, visit http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/news/.

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.

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.

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