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What we do

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. We serve Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages. More>

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We sold out in 2013 - buy your tickets now!

Dining in the Dark 2014

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Experience food, drink and conversations as 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, London broil or pasta Primavera, asparagus and rice pilaf

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The grant from CVS/Caremark will help our Blind Babies Program - children like Andres, above.

Latest newsletter available now

March 31, 2014 -- View the lastest New Vision News!

Stories in this issue include:

  • Dining in the Dark
  • Accessible IRS Free File Applications
  • CVS Talking Prescription Labels
  • CVS/Caremark grant for Blind Babies
  • National Stroke Month
  • And more!
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Our 2013 annual report is now available

2013 Annual Report

March 27, 2014 - Our fiscal year 2013 annual report is now available.


Annual Report  (PDF)

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Tammy Wilkins-Ferrell with husband Johnny, son David, and daughter Alexis

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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Mrs. Deblasio's braille and mobility instruction helped her identify an error in a braille sign at her local library.

Testimonial: Mrs. Deblasio

December 11, 2013 -- "Have you ever noticed braille in your community during your everyday life? Maybe you see braille on public restroom signs, a building room number, or even on the lid of your fast food drink. Have you ever tried to read it and wondered what it says? You might be surprised by what you read!

"Judith Deblasio is an active wife and mother. She loves spending time with her friends and going on cruises with her family. This year she decided she wanted to increase her independence so she started learning braille and receiving orientation and mobility training from New Vision for independence. Mrs. Deblasio quickly mastered the use of her long cane and eagerly participated in community-based lessons. She loved using her newly acquired abilities to take walks in her neighborhood, shop independently, and select books for her daughter from her local library.

"On her final mobility lesson she was in the process of mastering elevator use when she said "Hmmm... this is strange. I know this building only has two floors but this braille sign states that we are at the 3rd floor". We joked about this secret "Twilight Zone" floor where we might have arrived. She read the signs again and realized that the floor was mismarked. This was particularly exciting because Mrs. Deblasio had just completed her lessons in uncontracted braille the week before and this was her first time actually reading braille signs in public. With her instructor's urging Mrs. Deblasio dutifully and politely reported the error to the information desk. The employee was astonished that no one - not even compliance inspectors - had ever noticed the incorrectly labeled sign that must have been there several years. She sincerely thanked Mrs. Deblasio and promised to get the sign corrected.

"Mrs. Deblasio is an excellent student who quickly applied all that she has learned. We didn't actually arrive at the Twilight Zone that day, but when she stepped off that elevator Mrs. Deblasio knew she had the skills and confidence to go wherever she wants to go!"

- Reported by Bebe Chudeusz, COMS, CVRT, CTVI

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Cookbook to benefit New Vision

Cookbooks on sale

October 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.

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Mr. Church is legally blind and got a hole in one at a golf course in The Villages.

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

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Braille alphabet baseball jersey for $20.99

New Vision store

Check out the new New Vision store at CafePress.com. There are several shirts, a mouse pad, some bags, and more, all with New Vision's logo and other fun surprises. New Vision makes a portion of the sales of each item which will go to fund services for adults and babies with low vision or blindness.

Do you have an idea for a new item to sell? Contact us!

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