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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 August 21

For Seniors Losing Vision

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
(Doors open at 8 am for registration.)

COST: $20



  • Demonstrations & Wellness Booths
  • Products and Services
  • Technology Vendors
  • Luncheon - Sasha's Silver Sacs
  • Elvis Tribute Artist Bob Lougheed
  • Guest Speakers
  • Items for Sale
  • Goody Bag for Every Participant!

For more info, contact:

Andy McIver,, 410-737-2648

Stephen Polacek,, 410-737-2653

Shirley Riffle,, 410-737-2645

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

Youth summer reading program

Join MD LBPH this summer for a six-week Summer Reading program: Fizz Boom Read!

All you have to do is read for at least 15 minutes every day. You can read to yourself, a dog, friend, family member, even a stuffed animal!  Listening to someone else read counts, too.  Your book can be in any format: audio, Braille, or large print.

Keep track of the number of days read from June 23-August 9.  Once you've read for 30 days, contact Lori Guenthner, Youth Services Coordinator, by phone, 410-230-2457, or email,

Once you have read for 30 days, you earn your FREE t-shirt and a chance to win 4 tickets to the Maryland Science Center.  Keep reading!  Every 5 days you read beyond 30 gets you another chance to win the tickets.

To enroll, send an email to with your child's name, address, and age.  A packet containing a reading log, as well as activities and games, will be mailed to the child's address.

Oops! Shipping and handling charge

LVC has a standard shipping fee of $5.  This is missing from the order form included in our recent Spring 2014 EyePower newsletter.  Please make sure to include the $5 for shipping in your mail orders.  Thank you!

Financial Independence Senior workshop Aug. 13

(Pre-registration required)

WHERE: LBPH-Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
415 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

FOR: Legally Blind Senior Citizens
Age 55 & Over

WHEN: August 13, 2014 - Wednesday
WORKSHOP: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

WHAT: Demonstrations and Hands-on Instruction:
  • SARA Reading Machine
  • Pen Friend Labeling Device
  • Talking Money Readers & Calculators
  • Digital Recorders
  • Talking Checkbook Program

Techniques for:

  • Organizing Money
  • Reading Mail
  • Writing Checks
  • Banking

Lite Lunch & Resource Packet for Every Participant!

TO APPLY or for information, please contact:

Andy McIver (BISM), 410-737-2648

Proudly Sponsored by:

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) with funding and support from MSDE-DORS/OBVS

Free monthly telephone discussions on vision diseases

Bright Focus Chats
Free monthly telephone discussions on vision diseases

Hear from medical experts and patient speakers on a variety of topics and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Upcoming Chats:

How to Remain Independent Despite Low Vision
Date: Wednesday, May 28
Time: 1-2 p.m. Eastern/10-11 a.m. Pacific

Detecting the Early Signs of Macular Degeneration
Date: Wednesday, June 25
Time: 1-2 p.m. Eastern/10-11 a.m. Pacific

The Latest Aids and Technology for Low Vision
Date: Wednesday, July 30
Time: 1-2 p.m. Eastern/10-11 a.m. Pacific

How to Participate:

  1. Register in advance to automatically be phoned in:1-800-437-2423 or

  2. Dial in directly: 1-877-229-8493 - ID code 112435

Listen to Past Chats: 1-773-572-3164 or

BISM summer youth programs

BISM Youth Services is gearing up for another fun and educational summer for blind and low vision high school and middle school students!  Work to Independence 2014 is a seven week residential program for high school students and recent graduates.  Independence 101 is a three week residential program for middle school students, grades 5-8.  These programs are designed to help students prepare for an independent life style with skill and confidence.  for information about these programs, please visit

Bowling by the visually impaired

If you think poor eyesight must keep you from enjoying the sport of bowling, you might be surprised.  For more information, read the article at

Before you browse this web site, we suggest you review our web site policies.

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

Audio Book Contractors Audio Book Contractors, LLC
unabridged audio book classics on CD and cassette
Venus Factor Tony Dwyer in memory of Bob and Doris Downes

Please note that by accepting a donation LVC is not necessarily endorsing the donor.
Learn how you can support LVC by sponsoring this web page.

Last Update: June 25, 2014

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