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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

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.


Blindy.tv

"Blindy.TV" is a web site which provides five free channels of selected TV programs (audio only) with added audio description.  Find out more in this announcement from AFB: http://www.afb.org/community/announcements/described-video-taking-the-vision-out-of-television/12


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/


100 accessible web sites

At the July Technology User Group (TUG) meeting, Jerry Price of LBPH presented a wide-ranging list of (nearly) 100 web sites that might be useful to the blind.  While the sites on this list were selected particularly for being accessible to blind people using screen reader software, they might also be of interest to those with low vision.  The list is presented here.


Blind Rifle Association?

When I saw a T-shirt for the "Blind Rifle Association," I knew it was a joke.  But there actually are internationally organized target shooting matches for the blind and visually impaired.  Find out more on the web site of the International Blind Sports Federation at http://www.ibsasport.org/sports/shooting/.


Blind Hockey with the Washington Wheelers

Our thanks to Columbia Lighthouse for the following information.

The Washington Wheelers will be hosting Blind Hockey practice sessions every Saturday this summer at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA.  These practices will take place on Saturdays from 10:40-11:40 AM, and they are open to anyone who is blind or visually impaired.  Prior skating experience is not necessary and the practice time, skating instruction, rental skates, and hockey equipment are free for participants.

For more information about the Washington Wheelers Blind Hockey Club, please visit https://www.facebook.com/dcblindhockey/.  For more information on the Saturday practice sessions, please contact Amy at amy.grossman@runbox.com or 202-815-4096.


3rd Annual Eye Run for POB August 28

The 3rd Annual Eye Run for POB 5K and fun run to save sight is on Sunday, Aug. 28.  Join POB for a Vision Health Fair and Kids Camp activities for the whole family.  The early-bird discounted price of $30 will end on June 30.  Find more information and register at https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Bethesda/EyeRunforPOB.  Running guidance is available for participants with impaired vision through Achilles International.


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Last Update: August 23, 2016

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