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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

Ingenuity

Jennifer Webster describes her creative use of technology to solve her laundry problem in this brief blog post:

https://goingblindwithinsight.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/wash-the-matter/


Tech Tuesday May 3

On Tuesday, May 3, we'll repeat our popular Tech Tuesday event.  Come to the Low Vision Center to learn about various high and low tech solutions for impaired eyesight.  No appointment is needed - just drop in any time between 10 am and 2 pm.  Also drop in downstairs at suite 320 for more information and demonstrations from Envision Technology and Vision Support.  And yes, there will be refreshments.  View or print this flyer for more information.  RSVPs are appreciated: (301) 654-3568 or moira@envisiontechnology.org


Out of Sight Dragons

The Out of Sight Dragons is one of only two dragon boat racing teams in the country primarily comprised of blind and visually impaired paddlers.  OSD currently has more than 20 paddlers of all ages, and anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to join.  Currently the team is busy preparing for the Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival, May 21-22 at Thompson's Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Ave, NW Washington, DC.

Please visit www.dcdragonboat.org or contact Mark Reumann at mreumann@comcast.net for more information.


Register for Camp Lighthouse by May 27

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind's Camp Lighthouse 2016 applications are available.  The camp is from Monday, June 27th - Friday, July 1st at the Silver Spring YMCA.  Camp Lighthouse is designed for campers who are 6 to 12 years of age.

Recruitment for volunteer camp counselors is also in progress.  Eligible volunteer camp counselor candidates must be 16 years of age by the start of camp.  Service learning hours will be earned.

The application deadline for campers and volunteer camp counselors is May 27th.  Please contact Jocelyn Hunter, jhunter@clb.org to request applications.


POB-sponsored events in April

The April 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/YourEyesApril2016.pdf.  This issue notes numerous events in April, including The America InSight tours at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on April 10 and 21.

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.


Estelle B. Williamson Braille Literacy Awards

The Estelle B. Williamson Braille Literacy Awards are and annual stipend and a scholarship awarded by the Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind.  Applications for the awards can be submitted at any time.  For more information, see the Friends web site at www.friendsmdlbph.org/scholarships.


We accept donated CCTVs

The Low Vision Center accepts donations of used CCTV reading machines.  We sell donated equipment at discounted prices to our clients to help defray our operating expenses.  If you have a video magnification system you no longer need and want to support LVC by donating it, please call us at 301-951-4444 or e-mail us at lowvisionctr@aol.com.  LVC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.


Survey of visually impaired sports fans

Blind and visually impaired sports fans are being surveyed on their experience accessing the official web sites of their favorite teams.  Find out more from the announcement on the AFB web site at http://www.afb.org/community/announcements/calling-all-blind-and-vision-impaired-sport-fans-to-fill-out-survey-on-accessibility-of-sport-teams%e2%80%99-websites/12, or e-mail the researcher, Alex Cohen, at ahc43@drexel.edu.


Shot in the Dark golf event May 13

The annual Shot in the Dark golf tournament to benefit Columbia Lighthouse will be May 13, 2016.  (Yes, that's Friday the Thirteenth. All bogies explained!)  For more information and to register, visit donate.clb.org/campaigns/1842-4th-annual-shot-in-the-dark-classic-casino-night.


BISM SILVER RETREAT June 7-10

BISM SILVER RETREAT

for qualified blind and low vision seniors 55 and over

June 7 to 10, 2016

Featuring...

  • SKILLS TRAINING: Independent Living, Braille/Communication, Cane Travel, Computer/Adapted Technology, Adjustment to Blindness
  • PLUS: Social Activities, Product Demos, Peer Support Hotel accommodations, meals, and activities INCLUDED ! ! !

... all at no cost.

Contact your local BISM Senior Services staff for details:

Ruth Sager
410-737-2649
rsager@bism.org
3345 Washington Boulevard 
Baltimore, MD 21227 

Amy Crouse
410-845-2333
acrouse@bism.org

Danielle Earl 
410-845-2348
dearl@bism.org 
2240 Northwood Drive 
Salisbury, MD 21801 
410-749-1366

Proudly Sponsored by:
Blind Industries & Services of Maryland
3345 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21227
with funding and support from MSDE -- DORS/OBVS


Achilles International Washington, DC Chapter

The Achilles International Track Club is an international organization that enables people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.  The Washington, DC chapter of Achilles International is seeking athletes with visual impairments to join their weekly workouts beginning in the spring.

Achilles membership is free; participants with visual impairments or blindness are encouraged to participate.  Volunteers who enjoy running or walking are needed to accompany athletes with disabilities at regular workouts and races.  All workouts are open to all athletes with disabilities and volunteer guides.

Workouts are Every Sunday at 10 am starting April 19th at the Robert A. Taft Memorial at the corner of 1st St & Louisiana Ave NW Washington, DC 20001.

Email or call Anna Kiefer at achillesinternationaldc@gmail.com or 202-796-8480 for more information or just show up at one of the workouts!


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.

Exodus International Tony in appreciation of his loving wife Virginia
ACLS Certification Class
An online medical training resource for health practitioners.

Please note that by accepting a donation LVC is not necessarily endorsing the donor.
Learn how you can support LVC by sponsoring this web page.


Last Update: April 28, 2016

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