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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

Opportunities to help with research

We thank the American Foundation for the Blind for this information.

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are conducting a research survey of people who use assistive technology at work.  They expect their research to help improve employment opportunities and productivity of individuals with disabilities through the implementation of assistive technology.  To learn more, please visit https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6heFdkmSWwDKq7b

Ibrahim Omara of the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is studying the use of braille displays among people who are visually impaired.  The study will investigate how braille displays affect the daily life of blind users, what challenges they face when using the device, and explore what manufacturers can do to improve the quality of this device.  Each interview will take about 30 minutes and can be done over the telephone.  If you are interested in participating or for more information, please contact Ibrahim Omara at (919) 928-7755 or by e-mail at doctor.omara@gmail.com.

More Vision Enrichment Workshops scheduled

In September 2017, the Low Vision Center began presenting the new Vision Enrichment Workshop at Montgomery County Senior Centers.  The workshop covers lighting, contrast, magnification, household aids, and resources and answers questions attendees may have regarding vision.  The remaining sessions include 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.

If you are interested in the Low Vision center making a presentation to your group, please call us at 301-951-4444 to discuss possibilities.

Google Seeks Volunteers for Accessibility Research Studies

We thank the American Foundation for the Blind for this information.

Google's User Research team is recruiting blind and vision-impaired people to participate in accessibility research studies.  If you sign up and are asked to join a study, you might try out a new product or tell Google what you think about the technology products you use now.  Studies can take place in a Google office, your home, or online via a computer, smartphone, or tablet.  And once your study participation is complete, you'll get a reward like a gift card for shopping or a donation to a charity.

To learn more or to sign up to participate, visit the Google web site at goo.gl/forms/xj4NcjBlTaOGQcao1.

Research Study about Experiences with Healthcare Professionals

We thank the American Foundation for the Blind for this information.

The Judgment and Decision Making Lab at the University of Texas, El Paso, will soon be conducting a study in the form of a questionnaire.  The Principal Investigator is a blind doctoral candidate conducting her dissertation research.  We will be looking at blind and low vision adults and their experiences with healthcare professionals (i.e. doctors, pharmacy technicians, health insurance agents).  All participants will be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon gift card.  If you qualify for this study and are interested please contact the Judgment and Decision Making Lab by e-mail at utep.psyc.hcd@gmail.com or by phone at 915-747-8659.  If you would like assistance filling out the questionnaire, please let us know and one of the research assistants will help.  If you know of anyone who qualifies and would be interested please share this message with them.

Apply for AFB scholarships by April 15, 2018

The American foundation for the blind administers several academic scholarships in specific fields of study.  Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year must be received by April 15, 2018.  Find details on the AFB web site at https://www.afb.org/info/afb-2018-scholarship-application/5.

Annual CLB golf and dinner classic May 14

The 6th Annual Shot in the Dark Golf and Dinner Classic in support of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind will take place on Monday, May 14th, 2018.  To learn more about this event or to get involved, please contact Cathy Miller at cmiller@clb.org.

POB-sponsored events in December and January

The December/January 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://www.youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2017/YourEyes_Dec2017.pdf.  This issue notes many events coming up in December and January (and some in February), announces the opening of a new Low Vision Learning Center at POB's D. C. headquarters, and includes some tips for travelers this winter.

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.

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.