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Welcome to LVC

(Formerly known as The Low Vision Information Center)
Read this to me

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

100 accessible web sites

At the July Technology User Group (TUG) meeting, Jerry Price of LBPH presented a wide-ranging list of (nearly) 100 web sites that might be useful to the blind.  While the sites on this list were selected particularly for being accessible to blind people using screen reader software, they might also be of interest to those with low vision.  The list is presented here.

Blind Rifle Association?

When I saw a T-shirt for the "Blind Rifle Association," I knew it was a joke.  But there actually are internationally organized target shooting matches for the blind and visually impaired.  Find out more on the web site of the International Blind Sports Federation at

AFB communications and video technology surveys

The American Foundation for the Blind is conducting a series of surveys to find out how blind and visually impaired consumers are faring with the use of technology.  For more information and to take one or more of the related surveys, visit

CML goes digital

Choice Magazine Listening, the quarterly audio anthology of selected magazine articles, will no longer be published on audio cassettes.  Future issues will be on digital cartridges for the NLS Digital Talking Book Machine or compatible players and will also be available for download from the BARD web site or the CML web site.

If you are a Maryland resident who can't read ordinary print because of low vision or other disability, and if you aren't yet registered for the Talking Book program or don't yet have a Digital Talking Book Player, contact the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) by e-mail at or by phone at 410-230-2424 or 1-800-964-9209.  The Talking Book program is a wonderful free service for anyone who can't enjoy reading visually.

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.

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.

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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
ACLS Certification Class
An online medical training resource for health practitioners.

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Last Update: July 9, 2016

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