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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, 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.

Terry Eason
Executive Director

News and Notes

Check for the Checkered Eye

A person wearing the Checkered Eye symbol is on the "blindness spectrum."

 Checkered Eye symbol

Wearing this symbol helps you let people know you have low vision, even if you don't need or want a white cane or dog guide.  The Checkered Eye began in Canada; many people in the United States don't yet know what it means.  Help spread the word.  For more information, visit www.checkeredEye.com.

Discount at Audio Book Contractors

Audio Book Contractors (ABC)), which publishes and sells unabridged classic books in audio, is offering a 20% discount to clients and supporters of the Low Vision Center.  This offer applies only to audio books purchased directly from ABC on physical media (cassettes or CDs), is intended only for clients and supporters of LVC and their families, and might be withdrawn in the future.  Although many of ABC's titles are also available for download through Audible.com, ABC cannot offer a discount on these downloads.  ABC's cassette and CD books can be ordered on-line at www.audiobookcontractors.com.  Use the promo code "LVC" at checkout to get your discount.

POB gala April 13

The annual Night of Vision gala to benefit the Prevention of Blindness Society will be Saturday, April 13, 2019.  For more information, see https://pbsmw.ejoinme.org/EyesHockeySeeingAllCaps/tabid/1003192/

Refreshing Journey

Jennifer Webster's latest blog post recounts a wonderful story of travel on public transportation.  Read it at goingblindwithinsight.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/refreshing-journey-cane-lines-and-le-man-aid/.

Foundations of Adjustment to Blindness

Once a month, Columbia Lighthouse offers a two-week course called "Foundations of Adjustment to Blindness," which includes training in orientation and mobility, assistive technology, and independent living skills.  For more detail, see www.clb.org/programs-services/foundations-adjustment-to-blindness.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this course, contact CLB at 240-737-5100.

My Tech News

With the advent of 2019, LBPH in Baltimore has launched a new e-mail newsletter called My Tech News, intended for people who are new to technology for the blind and low vision or who want to gain confidence in certain aspects of technology.  The first issue of this newsletter has been sent to everyone on the LBPH e-mail list.  Future issues will be sent only to those who ask.  If you would like to get future issues of My Tech News, send your request to Jerry Price at jerry.price1@maryland.gov.

Apply for NASA internships by April 1

NASA provides internship opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.  The application deadline for the summer session is April 1, 2019.  While the internships are not specifically for the visually impaired, NASA embraces diversity in the workplace and encourages students of varying abilities to apply.  For more information, see intern.nasa.gov.

Apply for AFB scholarships by April 1

The American foundation for the Blind administers scholarships with specific blindness-related requirements.  Find out more at https://www.afb.org/info/afb-2018-scholarship-application/5