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New Vision for Independence provides training to help individuals with low vision or blindness adapt to vision loss.
Imagine doing your daily activities -- pouring a cup of coffee, cooking breakfast, getting to work, dialing the phone, checking email -- with no vision. It would be difficult.
New Vision's free training strives to make life easier post-vision loss.
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New Vision Blog
Nov. 26, 2013 - Introducing New Vision's new blog! Our first posts are by Tammy Wilkins-Ferrell, a visually impaired mom to a visually impaired son and a fully sighted toddler. Let us know what you think!
Re-Gaining Independence (post #6)
My name is Tammy. I have been legally blind my entire life. This is my story of growing up with a visual disability and how I found independence with my white cane.
When I was growing up, I always felt like it was not ok to have a disability of any kind. Someone was judged for what they couldn't do, rather than the person's ability to perform tasks if done differently with the same outcome. People of all ages back then were not given an empowering positive message of succeeding and overcoming obstacles. They were discouraged and made to feel incompetent as if they had nothing to contribute or could not overcome the adversity of their situation.
I was introduced to a cane and mobility training in high school. I learned the basics to using a cane and a high-powered monocular to do basic street travel back then. However, I never developed a healthy attitude towards my cane; when I used it I became identified as a blind person, not a teenager. As a teenager you are so into yourself. My entire life I had been forced to hear messages from the public school system and our society that it was not ok to have a vision disability. So I didn't fully embrace my training or my cane.
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Latest newsletter available now
Nov. 14, 2013 -- View the lastest New Vision News!
Stories in this issue include:
- Annual Luncheon
- National Diabetes Awareness Month
- Human Guide
- New Android Smartphone
- And more!
Cookbooks on saleOctober 29, 2013 - Lake Eye Associates created a beautiful cookbook, "Delicious Morsels," the sales of which benefit New Vision. The cookbooks are only $10 and you can buy yours at Lake Eye's Tavares, Leesburg or Villages office, and we have some available at New Vision as well. Please consider purchasing one and spread the word about this cool fundraiser.
Dining in the Dark 2014
Sept. 17, 2013 - Announcing Dining in the Dark 2014!
Experience food, drink and conversations you may never have before - without your sight.
In this unique dining experience, you will eat dinner in total darkness. The Lake County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team, as part of a training exercise, will serve you wearing night vision goggles. During the reception, you can even get your photo taken with these highly skilled operatives! ^^
When: May 2, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Receptions, Mount Dora
Tickets: $60, or table of 8 for $440 - we sold out in 2013 so don't wait!
The fourth annual Dining in the Dark event is designed to raise awareness about blindness and raise funds for New Vision for Independence, our local non-profit serving adults and children with low vision or blindness and their families in Lake and Sumter Counties.
Menu: spinach salad, Bistro Beef with Béarnaise or pasta Primavera (must select in advance), asparagus and rice pilaf (based on availability)
Testimonial: Mr. Church
April 1, 2013 -- "Mr. Church is a very active resident in the Villages. One of his favorite games is golf. In getting to know Mr. Church we discovered he was open to trying different golf balls to see if he was able to visually locate them any easier. He was the first client to try the "low vision" golf ball which has a mirrored quality to it. I gave him one to try and told him I would check back in a few weeks.
"When I saw him next he had quite a story to tell. He said he was on the Churchill course in the Villages with his wife and he hit a hole-in-one on the third hole. When you complete a game and have gotten a hole-in-one you are asked to fill out a form as proof with witnesses signatures. When his wife began filling in the information the attendant told her she couldn't do it, that he had to if he made the hole-in-one. She said 'he can't, he's blind.' The attendant said '...but he hit a hole-in-one...' The other couple they golfed with vouched for him and the shack attendant was amazed.
"Mr. Church had to retire his golf ball (a tradition for the ball that made the hole-in-one), but plans to get more like it."
~As reported by Jenna Pruett, Vision Rehabilitation Program Coordinator