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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
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,
, 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.
News and Notes
Simple Phones Accessibility Boutique Oct. 20
We thank NFB for the following information
Free event: Simple Phones Accessibility Boutique
When: Friday, October 20, 10:00 a.m -12:00 noon
Where: Jernigan Institute at 200 E. Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
The Access Technology Team at NFB shared their invitation to this free Accessibility Boutique:
We have received a large number of requests from National Federation of the Blind members to cover a particular topic, and we have taken them to heart. By popular demand we have changed the October Accessibility Boutique to an examination of simple phones accessibility! We have also pushed back the date to Friday October 20th from 10 am until noon to allow some time for travel arrangements to be made.
As shocking as it may seem in today's smartphone-centric world, not everyone wants or needs a cellphone with the latest multi-touch gestures, app stores, dozens of programs constantly draining battery life or a constant stream of social media feeds. Phones still exist for people who just want to make and receive calls or text messages. But how accessible are they really? Large buttons and easy to access speed dial functions are only half the equation. Are they Intuitive to use? Does text to speech work well? Can you voice dial? And do they have features like large fonts or high contrast modes? How affordable are they for those with no interest in a $700 iPhone 8?
All these questions and more will be covered in our Simple Phones Boutique on October 20th at the National Federation of the Blind, Jernigan Institute at 200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.
To book a place please call Ryan Pugh on 410 659-9314 (extension 2409) or email
RPugh at NFB dot Org.
We would like to thank everyone who requested this topic and invite you to continue letting us know what topics matter most to you and what you want examined at these sessions. Based on your feedback, we are also examining options for remote participation and are looking for alternate venues that will not require us to charge for participation.
Driverless Cars presentation Oct. 22
Free event, Sunday, October 22, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
What will they do to you?
Social Hall, Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, Md. 20852
Meet and hear from Gene Gurevich of Mobileye, an
Israeli company recently acquired by Intel,
which makes a crucial
technology for driverless cars.
He will be interviewed on stage by
Beacon publisher Stuart Rosenthal.
Come learn about this groundbreaking technology, and the ways
it can enhance your quality of life and economic opportunities
through greater mobility and independence.
This free event also includes vision screenings, exhibits and
refreshments. Co-sponsored by the Bender JCC, Israeli American
Council, the Beacon Newspapers, and Lions International.
Reservations are requested.
Call Debbie Sokobin
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
POB-sponsored events in October
The October issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter
of the Aging Eye and Macular Degeneration Network of the
of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
(POB), can now be downloaded from
This issue notes many
events coming up in October, including a
teleconference and a Facebook event in which
you can participate without even leaving home.
To subscribe to this newsletter on-line,
To view POB's calendar of coming events as a
web page, visit
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
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
If you've used this app, we'd like to know what
you think of it.
us an e-mail and tell us your impressions.
Or, if you prefer, leave a review on the
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
Teleseminar on Medicare and low vision Oct. 4
A national teleseminar will be held Wednesday, October 4 at 3pm Eastern
on the issue of Medicare coverage for low vision
aids. For more information, see the
announcement on the AFB web site at
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
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.
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
We thank the
Veterans Association for this information.
The effects of Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf coast
should remind all of us to review how prepared we
are for future emergencies.
The visually impaired may have things to consider
in addition to those that affect everyone.
Here are some
web sites to help remind you of what you can
do now to be prepared in the future.
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
If you have more questions, please e-mail
Light the Way for CLB October 14
The 7th annual Light The Way fundraiser in
support of Columbia Lighthouse will be held
the morning of October 14, 2017. For
details, see the CLB web site at
App Survey for the National Museum of Natural History
We thank Columbia Lighthouse for this information.
The Fossil Halls at the
Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History are undergoing the largest and most complex renovation in the museum's history.
Along with all of the other changes, this will include re-evaluating how the museum uses technology within the exhibits and developing an app to make the space as accessible as possible for visitors who are visually impaired.
The museum is currently at the very beginning stages of the process and they put together a quick survey to gather information from potential visitors who are visually impaired to determine the most beneficial features for such an app.
If you are blind or low vision, please consider taking the following survey:
For any questions, please contact Samantha Barry at
"Touch History" at the Library of Congress
The Visitor Services Office of the Library of
Congress would like to invite you to a special
"Touch History" tour of the Thomas Jefferson
Building. Touch History is a new tour
for visitors who are visually impaired.
The first tour will be on Tuesday, August 1,
2017 at 8:45am. To RSVP and for
information on other dates please visit