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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, 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
LowVisionCtr@aol.com



News and Notes

Smithsonian commemorates ADA

Through December 17, the Smithsonian American History Museum is hosting an exhibit commemorating the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Find more information at http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/artifact-walls-americans-disabilities-act-1990-2015


Accessible cell phones from Lifeline

We received the following information from Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Lifeline is a federal program designed to help low income individuals with free or discounted phone service.  For more information about this program, follow this link to the Maryland Public Service Commission web site.  Until recently, the blind community has been unable to benefit fully from the Lifeline program because the cell phones have not been accessible. This has changed! Two companies, Odin Mobile and Cintex Wireless, are working together to offer blind residents of Maryland free Lifeline service with accessible cell phones!

If you qualify to participate in this program, you can choose between two options:

  1. A FREE Emporia Essence cell phone (regularly $49), plus FREE 500 minutes or text messages each month

  2. A DISCOUNTED ODIN VI cell phone for $1 10 (regularly $150), plus FREE 500 minutes or text messages each month

The ODIN VI is a basic mobile phone with buttons that is entirely accessible. It will allow you to enter contacts, text message, check missed calls and more.  The Emporia Essence is a large button phone with a talking keypad that will speak the time, battery level and the numbers that you press. Also, the font size is large and adjustable. To learn more about these phones, visit odinmobile.com.

If you qualify for Lifeline and are interested in taking advantage of this government program, call Cintex Wireless at 1-800-826-0942. Enrollment can be done entirely over the phone.


Snapshots in sound

Does your eyesight make it hard to appreciate vacation photos?  Well, then, what about audio snapshots?  Check this post from Jennifer Webster.


"Light the Way" 5K September 12

Registration is now open for the 5th annual Light The Way 5K fun run/walk in support of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, to be held Saturday, September 12 in and around Nationals Park.  For details and to register, please visit http://www.LightTheWay5k.org.


Upcoming BISM events

  • Weekly training in SAIL program (Seniors Achieving Independent Living) available at No Charge.

  • POSSIBILITIES FAIR for Seniors Losing Vision, Thursday, August 20, 2015.  For more information and to register, visit http://www.bism.org/possibilities.

For more information, visit http://www.bism.org/events


Tours at Smithsonian American Art Museum

The National Gallery of Art is not the only Washington museum to offer guided tours specifically designed for the visually impaired.  Follow this link for information about tours at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Free lifetime National Parks pass

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent disability, you are qualified for a pass which allows free access to all national parks.  See http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html.


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.

Global MDP 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 31, 2015

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