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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

If you're shopping at Amazon

Father's Day is June 17.  If you happen to be visiting Amazon.com to look for a present for Dad, or any time you shop at Amazon, be sure to start your shopping trip at smile.amazon.com so that Amazon will donate a fraction of what you spend to the charity of your choice.  Naturally, we'd be pleased if the charity you choose is the Low Vision Center.  Visit our donors page to learn more.

touch tour at the Hirshhorn June 2

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden invites those with a visual impairment to a touch tour on Saturday, June 2.  Advance registration is required.  For more information and to register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hirshhorn-sculpture-touch-tour-multiples-tickets-45204536987.

POB-sponsored events in May

The May 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_052018-1.pdf.  This issue notes many events coming up in May.  Since May is Healthy vision Month, the newsletter also includes tips for keeping your eyes healthy.

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.

In memoriam, Soo-Z Stein

It is with great sadness that we say our farewell to our long-time Board member and dear friend, Soo-z (Mary Sue) Stein.  Soo-z, who suffered from Macular Degeneration since her 20s, was our mentor, supporter, and co-founder.  She will be greatly missed.  Even in death Soo-z continues to assist others by requesting memorial donations be made to the Low Vision Center.  We give thanks for the life and generosity of our dearly loved Soo-z!

Register now for Camp Lighthouse

Registration is open for Camp Lighthouse.  This year, camp will take place from Monday, June 25th to Friday, June 29th, 9 am to 3 pm each day.  In this week-long program, children ages 6 to 12, who are blind or visually impaired, enjoy the total summer camp experience.  At the Silver Spring YMCA, they participate in a variety of activities such as games, swimming, painting, science experiments, and playground time.

Teens ages 13 to15 who are blind or visually impaired can also participate in Camp Lighthouse as Counselors in Training (CIT).  CITs can earn Service Learning hours.

For registration, please contact Patti Lyman at plyman@clb.org.

Exhibition by visually impaired artists March 14-June 23

CLB's annual exhibition of art by artists experiencing vision loss will begin with a free opening-night reception the evening of Wednesday, March 14, and will be on display through Saturday, June 23.  Find more details on the CLB web site at http://www.clb.org/calendar/art-exhibition/

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.