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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

An interview with the creator of Be My eyes

The Nov. 1 edition of Eyes On Success is an interview with Hans Jorgen Wiberg, the man responsible for creating the Be My Eyes app.  To learn more about this app and its creator, go to www.eyesonsuccess.net and select show #1745.


Meet the Out of sight Dragons

The Out of sight Dragons are a Washington, D.C. competetive dragon boat team whose paddlers are all visually impaired or blind.  To listen to a series of interviews with members of the team, visit SoundCloud at

https://soundcloud.com/user-66750950


POB-sponsored events in November

The November issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter of the Aging Eye and Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB), can now be downloaded from http://youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2017/YourEyesNovember2017.pdf.  This issue notes many events coming up in November, including some discussing diabetic eye disease.  (November is National Diabetes Month.)

To subscribe to this newsletter on-line, visit http://www.youreyes.org/modify-your-subscription.

To view POB's calendar of coming events as a web page, visit http://youreyes.org/events/eventlist.


Vision Enrichment Workshops

Beginning in september 2017, the Low Vision Center will present the new Vision enrichment Workshop at Montgomery County senior Centers.  The workshop will cover lighting, contrast, magnification, household aids, and resources and will answer questions attendees may have regarding vision.  The sessions scheduled so far include Workshops at other Senior Centers wil be scheduled later.

for more information, contact your nearest senior center directly or call the Low vision Center at 301-951-4444.

These workshops are supported by a generous grant from the Montgomery county government.


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.


Tell us about your experience

We at LVC have heard of two services that allow a visually impaired individual to connect via video to a sighted person for help with a task that requires visual acuity.  We're curious how well these services work.  If you've used either of them, please send us an e-mail and tell us what you think of it.

Be My Eyes is an app, currently available only for iPhone and iPad, which can set up a video chat session between a blind or visually impaired person wanting help and the first available sighted volunteer willing to give it.

Aira is a fee-based service that allows a blind or visually impaired person wearing a head-mounted camera linked to a cell phone to contact a trained agent for assistance with tasks needing visual acuity.  Based on the service plan selected, the subscriber is allowed a certain number of minutes of service per month for a fixed monthly fee.


For students using a screen reader

Blind and visually impaired students who used a screen reader to access an on-line college-level course are invited to take part in a study of the effectiveness of the course design.  For details, please visit https://educttu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eG10U06gtayoZpz&Q_JFE=0.  If you have more questions, please e-mail mohanna.almohanna@ttu.edu.