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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.

photographic simulations of macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and homonymous hemianopsiaCredit: Jennifer Slater

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)

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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

Ask Your Genie - new blog from visually impaired nutritionist, Regina
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Press Release: New Vision for Independence Awarded 5-Year Re-Accreditation

Leesburg, Fla.—Jan. 21, 2015—New Vision for Independence, the local provider of free services that help people adapt to and overcome vision loss in Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages, announces it has been re-accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) for five years, the longest period awarded. Accreditation is a significant milestone in New Vision’s ongoing process of seeking to employ best practices and deliver services that focus on positive outcomes for individuals receiving blind and low vision services.

The National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) is the only accrediting body that focuses solely on organizations serving blind and low vision consumers. What is accreditation? Accreditation involves a recognized process of assessing organizational structure, process and outcome. Structure encompasses the setting in which services are delivered. Process encompasses the delivery of services. Outcome denotes changes in the consumer’s behavior, knowledge and function. NAC accreditation embraces structure, process and outcome by engaging the subject organization in a detailed self-assessment using NAC developed evidence-informed standards as well as an on-site peer review.

New Vision has maintained its NAC accreditation since 2011, and serves nearly 200 individuals who are blind or visually impaired annually.

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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9501 US Highway 441, Leesburg, FL 34788
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