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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 rehabilitation, community 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)

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

Cast Your Ballot for the 2017 Axy Awards! 

August 28, 2017 | Chantel Buck

Over the past few months, folks from all over Lake and Sumter counties have nominated their most “blind-friendly” businesses. The nominations have been tabulated and the top two in each category are now awaiting your vote. The winners will be announced at our annual luncheon in December. Cast your vote using the embedded ballot below or at this link.

Resources

Bierley Vision Club

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!


You can also help out by applying to volunteer with New Vision!

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9501 US Hwy 441,
Leesburg, FL 34788

Lake-Sumter State College,
Lake Hall, Room 140

(352) 435-5040
Fax: (352) 435-6303

Shop Your Support!

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Shop our selection of New Vision-themed shirts, hats, cups, and so much more. Click to visit our Cafe Press store!

(We are working on adding descriptions to each product - thank you for your patience. If you need assistance, please call our office at 352-435-5040.)

Thanks to Our Supporters


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Visionaries ($5,000)
  • Lake Eye Associates
Partners ($1,000)
  • Henn House Printing
  • Alan Hays Leadership Fund
  • Insight Community Foundation
  • Lake Sumter Lions Foundation
  • Women's Club of Lakes of Mount Dora
  • Comcast Business
  • Colleen Kollmann
  • Advocating for Kids
  • Amazing Race for Charity
  • The Marx Family
  • Harper Family Charitable Foundation
  • Irma & Orvilla Parker Charitable Trust
  • J. Milton & Nellie E. Hoffa Memorial Foundation
  • Carlisle Rogers Family Foundation
  • Matthew & Mildred Hunter Charitable Trust
  • Dorothy B. Crooker Steves Charitable Trust



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