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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

Tip: voice dictation on Apple devices for VoiceOver users

On his blog, david Goldfield reminded us that users of VoiceOver on Mac and IOS devices can use voice dictation to fill in any text field.  If you use VoiceOver and aren't familiar with this feature, read David's short article at

November is diabetic eye disease month

Diabetes poses a risk to your eyesight.  If you have diabetes, you should have a dilated eye examination at least once a year, to catch emerging problems before they cause irreversible loss of vision.  For more information, see this page at the National Eye Institute web site.

Scholarship for a visually impaired high school senior

The Foundation for Sight & Sound is offering a $500 scholarship to one visually impaired high school senior in the United States this school year.  For details and application information, please visit

Audio Description Services at Arena Stage

In an effort to broaden theater access to potential patrons who are blind or visually impaired, the American Council of the Blind, through its Audio Description Project has partnered with Arena Stage to make live audio description available at every performance of Fiddler on the Roof, which runs November 6, 2014 - January 4, 2015, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which runs April 3 - May 3, 2015 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Please visit: for more information on audio description and how to order tickets.

Support LVC when you shop at

Whenever you start shopping by visiting instead of, Amazon will donate a fraction of the cost of your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice, at no additional cost to you.  Please select the Low Vision Center as your chosen charity (actually, Amazon still knows us by our old name, the Low Vision Information Center), and remember to start every shopping session by going to  More information is available at

Used CCTVs for sale

LVC has received several more used CCTV reading machines which you can try at our center in Bethesda.  If you find one you like, you can buy it for much less than the price of a comparable new machine.  We're anxious to get these machines into the hands of people who can use them.  Follow this link to a list of what's currently available.

A story about job hunting

David Goldfield, an assistive technology instructor, posted this article on his personal blog:

We found it interesting.  (To read more of David's blog posts, click on the blog title at the top of the page.)

Readers needed

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) has a need for readers to provide reading services to people with visual impairments and reading disabilities.  This service, coordinated through CLB, is on a fee basis.  If you can read print and would like to earn some extra money, please contact Amanda Painter at or by calling 240-737-5179.

Free U.S. currency reader device

The U. S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) plans to add tactile features to our paper money in the next round of redesign.  Meanwhile, if you have an Apple iPhone or other IOS device, or an Android smart phone or device, you can get a free app to identify the denomination of a U. S. bill by using the device's camera.  For Apple devices the app is iNote, and for Android devices the app is IDEAL.  More information is on the BEP web site at

For those without smart phones or who want another option, in January 2015 the BEP will begin providing iBill talking banknote identifier devices free of charge to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals.  As a test of the ordering procedure, participants in the NLS Talking Book program can pre-order a device now.  Distribution of the currency readers and ordering for eligible non-NLS participants will begin in January.  For details, see the BEP press release at

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Last Update: Nov. 20, 2014

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