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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:

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

Low Vision Expo in Leesburg features 20+ vendors

Leesburg, Florida – May 24, 2016 – Join New Vision for Independence, Integrative Physical Medicine, and vendors from many local companies and nonprofits for the 5th annual Low Vision Expo. People with low vision, or anyone interested in resources for this population, are encouraged to attend.

Vendors include: Integrative Physical Medicine, Magnifying America, Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs, Division of Blind Services, Lake County Public Transportation, Braille & Talking Book Library, Freedom Scientific, Community Health Services, Southeastern Guide Dogs, Alzheimer’s Association, Cornerstone Hospice, United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, Lake Sumter Lions Club, SHINE, Lake Community Action Agency, Enhanced Vision, Primary Care Access Network / Lake Cares Inc., Seniors Helping Seniors, Alzheimer’s Family Organization, BrightStar Care, and Lake County Supervisor of Elections.

When: June 16, 10 to noon
Where: Gym, Lake Sumter State College, 9501 US Hwy 441, Leesburg

Vendors, it’s not too late to get a table: $5 for non-profits, $40 for business. For more information, visit www.newvisionfl.org/expo or call 352-435-5040.

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
Fax: (352) 435-6303

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