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Welcome to New Vision

Blindness shouldn't be a barrier to independence

New Vision is your local 501(c)(3), nationally accredited community organization, providing rehabilitationcommunity education, and support services for people with low vision or blindness, and their families, in Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages. We need your support. Make a donation today. Volunteer. Get involved. Help us remove blindness as a barrier to independence.

Did You Know...?

  • 490,120 Floridians are visually impaired or blind  (Source: Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind, 2013)
  • Florida is 2nd in the U.S. for visual impairment, macular degeneration, glaucoma, & cataracts; 3rd in the U.S. for diabetic retinopathy  (Source: Prevent Blindness, 2012)
  • More than 13,000 Lake & Sumter residents are visually impaired or blind  (Source: Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind, 2013)
  • Americans believe that severe vision loss would negatively impact their lives more than HIV/AIDS, cancer, stroke, heart attack/disease, diabetes, and deafness  (Source: American Foundation for the Blind, 2007)
  • Fewer than 3% of Americans say blindness/severe vision loss is the most important health concern for seniors. When asked to name the health conditions most important to seniors, Americans perceived heart attacks/heart disease (34%), cancer (15%), stroke (15%) and diabetes (12%) as the most important. (Source: American Foundation for the Blind, 2007)
  • Maintaining robust instrumental activities of daily living reduces mortality risk in those with uncorrectable vision loss. (Source: JAMA Network Journals, 2014)

New Vision Resources:

Introducing the New Vision Emporium

Boy in a wheel chair feels a Braille book, man wearing a backpack holding a white cane, teenage girl stirring food in a potKoltin, Scott, and Melinda

How You Can Help

Help a visually impaired child learn to read
    $25  purchases two Braille storybooks
    $50  sponsors group story time
  $100  provides a week of instruction to the  child and family

Help a legally blind man learn to take the bus to college
    $10  covers bus fare during training
    $25  purchases a white cane
  $100  sponsors one lesson of mobility  training to start learning bus travel

Help a teenager with low vision learn to make dinner
    $25  purchases food & other supplies
  $100  provides instruction in kitchen safety
  $250  sponsors an overnight training activity

Help a great-grandfather with macular degeneration re-learn to pour a cup of coffee
      $5  purchases a tray to minimize spills
    $20  purchases a liquid level indicator, a small device designed to replace putting your finger in a hot cup of coffee to know how full the cup is
  $100  provides instruction in pouring and kitchen safety

Getting Started

New Vision's services are available to individuals who meet the following guidelines:

  1. The individual has a severe bilateral visual impairment (affecting both eyes).
  2. The impairment affects the individual's daily living, educational, and/or vocational goals.
  3. The individual can benefit from services.

To get started, visit our Services page for an application.

What's New at New Vision

We are updating our records and we need your help. Contact us by March 31 to update your information, and we'll enter you in a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card!

How to Contact Us
Call: 352-435-5040 (ask for Laurie or Shelly)
Email: (subject: update my info)

Contest Rules
To be entered into the drawing, you must provide your first and last name, mailing address or email address, phone number, AND birthday (month and day). Contest open the month of March - contact us by 11:59 p.m. on March 31 to be entered. Drawing will be held April 4 at New Vision's office. The winner will receive the $50 Visa gift card prize in the mail the week of April 4. Employees of New Vision and their families not eligible to win. Only one entry per person.

We look forward to hearing from you!
— New Vision for Independence

Now hiring a Youth Services Instructor!

We are looking for someone to join our team who

  • Has the necessary education and experience to work with visually impaired children (see job description at
  • Is very detail-oriented but can think globally and identify long-term needs and goals.
  • Can juggle commitments, effectively manage time, and stay organized.
  • Can work independently with minimal supervision but function well within a close-knit team.
  • Adapts easily to change, understanding the role of change in advancing our cause.
  • Cares about the work as passionately as the rest of the team.
  • Can pass a Level 2 criminal history background check.
  • Can pass a Florida DMV driving record test (if driving personal vehicle to appointments).
  • Can pass a drug test (New Vision for Independence is a drug-free workplace and pre-employment drug-testing is required - visit our website for the complete policy).

About the Position:

Position: part-time, temporary, non-exempt (temporary through August; may continue pending funding state funding)

Salary: $20-25 per hour based on credentials/experience

Schedule: group activities with children ages 5 to 13 on select Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays, and Lake County Schools’ summer break

Next steps:

Sound like your cup of tea? Go to our About Page for the employment application and full job description. Submit a completed application, resume, and short answer to the following question to Chantel Buck,

What do you like so much that you would you eat every day for the rest of your life? And what would you do if you were told that food was forbidden in our office?

Help Us Change Lives

Please make a tax-deductible donation today to help babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors learn to adapt to and overcome vision loss!

and/or volunteer with New Vision!

Connect With Us

9501 US Hwy 441,
Leesburg, FL 34788

Lake-Sumter State College,
Lake Hall, Room 140

(352) 435-5040

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