The Facts About Vision Loss

the vision loss statistics visually presented atop silhouettes of Florida and Lake/Sumter CountiesIn Florida:

  • 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)

In Lake and Sumter Counties:

  • More than 13,000 Lake & Sumter residents are visually impaired or blind (Source: Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind, 2013)

Effect of Vision Loss:

  • 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)

Effect of Vision Rehabilitation:

  • Maintaining robust instrumental activities of daily living reduces mortality risk in those with uncorrectable vision loss. (Source: JAMA Network Journals, 2014)

Join us for “The Greatest Spectacle on Earth”!

Osprey Lodge presents "The Greatest Spectacle on Earth"
Image of Osprey Lodge with carnival tents in front

Osprey Lodge Senior Living presents “The Greatest Spectacle on Earth” to benefit New Vision for Independence”.

When: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 – doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Carnival games and prizes, costumed performers and entertainment, food and drink – all in Grand Victorian Circus Side-Show Style

Carnival games will be played with various simulated sight impairment goggles for heightened awareness of vision issues, provided by New Vision for Independence

Steampunk, Victorian, or evening attire is encouraged. Complementary photo boots with our costumed cast of performers.

Tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drink at the bar. Cash bar available.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit New Vision for Independence of Leesburg, “Helping people in Lake, Sumter, and The Villages overcome vision loss since 2005.”

Click here to purchase your tickets, or email Ruth Cantillon at rcantillon@ospreylodgetavares.com.

Close Your Eyes for White Cane Safety Day

Close Your Eyes for White Cane Safety Day October 17 Beacon College

You’re invited!

New Vision for Independence, serving people with visual impairment in Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages retirement community, invites you to our annual Close Your Eyes event in celebration of national White Cane Safety Day.

During this eye-opening hour, you will briefly don a blindfold and acquire first-hand knowledge of the abilities of our neighbors who are blind or visually impaired.

WHEN:October 17, 2019 | 10 to 11:15 a.m.

WHERE:  Beacon College, Burbank Hall, 118 E. Main St., Leesburg

RSVP by October 10 to Shelly at sgerig@newvisionfl.org. Pre-registration is required – space is limited!

Attendees will be taught how to be a safe human guide and then you will be paired up (so bring a friend or co-worker along!). One person on each team will be blindfolded and assignments will be given to complete a task with no vision, then you switch places. Teams will be expected to walk to various locations nearby within 4-5 blocks. Shoes for safe, comfortable walking a must!

We hope to see you there!

White Cane Coffee

Coffee being poured from a source outside of "view" into a cup, with coffee splashed over the sides
Support New Vision with a cup o’ joe!

New Vision is partnering with White Cane Coffee to bring delicious, fair trade, organic coffee to Lake County.

Their small batch roasted, organic, single origin coffee ensures is “the best you can get in both taste and quality.”

White Cane Coffee was started by a 22-year-old woman named Erin who is blind and on the autism spectrum, as are her brothers. They started this company not only to deliver excellent coffee but to provide jobs to people with disabilities at a living wage.

White Cane Coffee logo

In Stock Now

3oz. Bags $4.50 –Makes 20 cups

  • Donut Shop   
  • Dark Roast

K-Cups $10 – 12 pods per box 

  • Colombian Supremo Decaf
  • French Roast

Nominate the Most Blind-Friendly Businesses

Nominations are open for the 3rd Annual Axy Awards for the most blind-friendly businesses in Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages. We want to hear your nominations for the most “blind-friendly” of these 15 categories:

  1. Restaurant
  2. Grocery store
  3. Clothing store
  4. Pharmacy
  5. Hospital
  6. Clothing store
  7. Movie theatre
  8. Customer service
  9. Food delivery
  10. Online retailer
  11. Banking
  12. Fitness center
  13. Utility
  14. Cell phone service
  15. Higher education

Did a restaurant have readily-available large print or Braille menus? Did a clerk at that clothing store go above and beyond to help you? Which local company has award-winning accessibility?

Nominate your most blind-friendly businesses online. If you would like a paper ballot or to complete the survey by phone, call New Vision’s office at 352-435-5040. In September, we will hold a final vote. The most blind-friendly in each category will receive awards at our annual luncheon in December.