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)

Congrats to the Axy Awards Finalists!

The finalists for the 4th annual Axy Awards for the most blind-friendly businesses are:

  1. Restaurant
    • Steak ‘n’ Shake
    • Cracker Barrel
  2. Grocery store
    • Publix
    • Winn Dixie
  3. Pharmacy
    • CVS
    • Publix
  4.  Hospital
    • Central Florida Health Alliance (Leesburg & The Villages Hospitals)
  5. Clothing store
    • Belk
    • Bealls
  6. Movie Theater
    • AMC Leesburg
    • EPIC Clermont
  7. Banking
    • Chase
    • Insight Credit Union
  8. Cable/Internet Provider
    •  Comcast
    • Spectrum
  9. Electricity Provider
    • Duke Energy
    • SECO
  10. Cell phone service
    • Verizon
    • Sprint

Click here to vote for the most blind-friendly business in each category.

Axy Awards 2019 logo at the end of a red carpet

Then celebrate with the winners at the 4th annual Axy Awards, sponsored by Beacon College.

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Beacon College’s Burbank Hall, 118 W. Main St., Leesburg

COST: $20 per person or $200 for a reserved, sponsored table of 8

Click here to buy your tickets for the 4th annual Axy Awards!

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