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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

Blind Women's Empowerment Conference Oct. 11

Register by October 5.

The women of NFB of DC proudly present the 3rd Annual Blind Women's Empowerment Conference with another awesome all blind panel and keynote speaker ready to inspire other women so they can rise to any occasion, reach their goals and live the life they want.  Women at this conference will be invigorated, uplifted, and empowered while enjoying a delectable lunch prepared by the Shiloh Baptist church catering staff.  And, if you are looking for some bling bling or something to accessorize that new outfit, you can stop by one of the vendor tables that will be available after the conference.  All women are welcome.

Keynote Speaker: Evelyn Valdez
Thursday, October 11, 2018
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

The Shiloh Baptist Church
1510 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Cost: $25

To register or for more information, please call Libra Robinson at (202) 427-3600 or email at leelibra342@gmail.com no later than Friday, October 5, and bring your cash payment to the door on the day of the event.

The Future of Eye Research Oct. 30

Join the Low Vision Center on Tuesday, October 30 from 10:00 am to noon as we learn about vision research progress that could preserve or restore your sight.  The National Eye Institute's internationally-recognized retina researcher, Wai Wong, MD, PhD,will discuss the impact of regenerative medicine, and how he is using it to research sight-saving treatments, and reduce blindness!  Suleiman Alibhai, OD, will talk about new technologies that complement medical research and improve quality of life for all.  This event is hosted by the Leisure World Lions Club in Clubhouse Two, located at 3300 North Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring, MD.  For more information call LVC at 301-951-4444.

Verbal tours at LOC

Visitors with visual impairments are invited to experience a walking tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  The Touch History tour is led by a specially trained docent, who uses vivid language to describe the building.   Tours are the second Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. and can be scheduled at other times by advance arrangement.  Tours of the Baseball Americana Exhibition are also available by advance arrangement.  To sign up or for more information contact Visitor Services at VSO@loc.gov or 202-707-9779.

Free glaucoma screenings and other POB-sponsored events in September

The September issue of Your Eyes Today, the newsletter of the Aging Eye and Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB), can now be downloaded from http://www.youreyes.org/images/stories/newsletters/2018/YourEyes_092018_web.pdf?utm_source=YourEyes.org&utm_campaign=0320256d6d-youreyes_october2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0574169d77-0320256d6d-52367301.  This issue notes many events coming up in September, including free glaucoma screenings for adults and vision screenings for children September 16-18.. 

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.

Hey, social media users!

Early in her interview on the august 22 episode of the Eyes on success podcast, Rachel Melton encouraged all of us to do our bit to make the Internet more accessible.  For example, when you create or forward one of those ubiquitous Facebook memes, if it's just a picture of some text, also add some actual text so a visually impaired recipient can get the point.  Don't be like the guy mentioned on the podcast who forwarded to his blind friend a "great quote from Helen Keller" as only a picture of the text!

To hear the podcast episode, visit http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%201834.htm

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 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/seeing-ai/.

If you've used this app, we'd like to know what you think of it.  Send us an e-mail and tell us your impressions.  Or, if you prefer, leave a review on the Apple 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 know.