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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

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.

Emergency alert test Sept. 28

Over the past 5 years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has implemented new technical requirements intended to make the emergency alert system accessible to the deaf and the visually impaired.  On September 28 at 2:20 pm Eastern time, the FCC and FEMA will conduct a nationwide test on radio and TV to assess the effectiveness of the changes.  The FCC is interested in your feedback on the effectiveness of the emergency alert system.  For a few days after the nationwide test, you can provide feedback at the Public Safety Support Center web site.

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/.

Participants Needed for Technology Study

Our thanks to Columbia Lighthouse for this information

Researchers in the Inclusive Design Lab at the University of Maryland are studying how to make the next generation of mobile computing technology more accessible for people with disabilities.  To this end, they're looking for people 18 years or older who own a smartphone to take an on-line survey.  They need participants who are blind or visually impaired as well as participants with normal or corrected-to-normal vision.

You will be asked to complete an on-line survey relating to your daily technology use.  The survey does not contain questions of a personally sensitive nature and should take at most 20 to 25 minutes to complete.  At the end, you may enter a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

To learn more or to participate, please visit the study's website: www.surveymonkey.com/r/inclusivedesignumd

If you have any questions, please contact the team by e-mail at uranoh@cs.umd.edu or phone 202-527-9212.  (Please note that they cannot guarantee the confidentiality of e-mail.)  The group's web site is http://inclusivedesign.umd.edu.

POB-sponsored events in September

The September issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter of the Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB), can now be downloaded from youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2016/YourEyesSept2016.pdf.  This issue notes numerous events in September, including several about preventing falls.  This issue also includes a profile of our own Low Vision Center.  Thank you, POB!

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.

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.

Just for fun

Spoonbill Software has released the latest in their series of computer games specifically designed to be accessible to the blind.  BG Word Maze isn't too hard (at least for the first few levels) if you can see the game board (which is large and clear), but if you can't, it will challenge your concentration and memory skills.  Find out more and download this free game at http://www.spoonbillsoftware.com.au/bgwordmaze.htm

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.

2016 adult rehabilitation and employment survey

Our thanks to the American Foundation for the Blind for this information.

Researchers at the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB) at Louisiana Tech University are taking a survey to gain a better understanding of your experiences in education, employment, training, and vocational rehabilitation as a blind or visually impaired adult.  If you live in the United States, are of employment age (at least 18), and are blind or significantly visually impaired, you are eligible to take the survey.  Read details at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016ares

NFB Accessibility Boutiques, August 11 and Sept. 26

The National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore sponsors a series of free accessibility training "boutiques" to help developers keep their products accessible.  The next two are:

  • August 11: Testing Accessibility with NVDA
  • Sept. 26: Accessible Websites, Made Accessibly

For details, see the NFB web site at https://nfb.org/free-accessibility-training-boutiques

Light The Way to support CLB October 9

The annual Light The Way event in support of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind will be held Sunday, October 9 on the National Mall.  Learn more and register on the CLB web site at http://www.clb.org/light-the-way-walk-for-independence/

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Last Update: September 20, 2016

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