New Vision for Independence, Inc. (New Vision) is a
nationally accredited 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and was incorporated on
July 18, 2005. New Vision provides unique training to persons experiencing
severe bilateral vision loss that is affecting their daily functioning in daily
living, vocational, or academic activities. New Vision serves people of all ages -- babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors -- who reside in Lake and Sumter counties and The
Villages. New Vision is the only provider of these vital services for this
population in this geographic area.
Mission Statement: New Vision for Independence is committed to excellence in providing rehabilitation, community education, and support services for people with low vision or blindness, and their families to promote independence, acceptance, and self-confidence.
New Vision also has a DonorEdge portrait, reviewed by the
Central Florida Foundation.
Chantel Shafer Buck, President/CEO
Because of the unique characteristics of New Vision's clients,
and the related implications of various eye conditions, it is vital that staff
has the skills, knowledge, and credentials necessary to provide quality
instruction and services. New Vision consists of 6 full-time and 4 part-time
employees, with a total of more than 100 years of experience with visual
- Chantel Shafer Buck, MBA, President/CEO | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jenna Pruett, CVRT, Program Director | email@example.com
- Shelly Gerig, Development Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kaitlyn Fenbers, Operations Manager | email@example.com
- Bebe Chudeusz, COMS, CVRT, CTVI, Orientation and Mobility
- John Gratton, Driver
- Jayne Maravola, Client Services Coordinator
- Annely Rose, Independent Living Skills & Braille Instructor
- Doris Schott, Driver
- Robert Schott, Braille Coordinator
- Scott VanHoose, Assistive Technology & Job Readiness
We do not currently have any open positions.
Board members Carolyn & Eddy at their board orientation where they had to "blindly" prepare their lunch using tips and techniques from New Vision instructors.
Board of Directors
New Vision's current Board of Directors is composed of
community professionals, initial founders, and past participants of the program
who are aware of the unique characteristics and concerns of our service area including transportation, demographics, and community support:
- Colleen Kollmann, retired attorney and community volunteer - Chair
- Eddy Duryea, Global-5 Communications - Vice Chair
- Linda Little, community volunteer - Secretary
- Valerie Anderson, community volunteer
- Lisa Johnson, E Z Nutrition
- Carolyn Maimone, ERA Grizzard Real Estate
- Don Marx, Employer Benefits Consulting
- Mary Rhodes, The Mortgage Firm
Client Centered. New Vision believes the client should fully
participate in the planning of what services and training he/she chooses to
receive based on the individual's unique goals and needs. Instructors work with
the client in assessing current level of functioning and basing all plans for
training on the client's goals and input. All training is provided in a manner
that respects the client's personal choices, empowers the client's ability to
advocate for him or herself, strives to improve self-esteem, and ultimately
improves the client's ability to maintain independence in personal, vocational,
and academic pursuits.
Commitment to the Community. New Vision will promote
understanding and awareness of the vision-related issues through community
education. New Vision will advocate for policies and legislation that promotes
access, inclusion, social justice, equal opportunity and informed choice for
people with visual impairments. New Vision is committed to removing barriers to
those who are disabled: environmental, social, attitudinal, vocational, and
Commitment to Excellent Rehabilitation Practices. New Vision
is committed to providing the best possible qualified staff to provide services
and training to its clients. We employ certified staff, meet or exceed all
Florida Division of Blind Services contract standards, and received national
accreditation in 2011.
Values Statement: We are guided in all we do by the
following core values:
personalized, individualized services.
passionate and determined.
- Do more
smart, community-guided growth and learning.
- Build a
positive team and family spirit.
and drive change.
creative and open-minded.
- Be open,
honest, and accountable in our relationships with everyone we work with and
with each other.
for balanced and diverse representation in agency governance, staff, and
individuals and their dignity with strict confidentiality.
New Vision is always looking for volunteers! Check out our volunteer page.
All of New Vision's training and services are offered at no charge to those who are eligible. Mobility canes and many of the training aids and adaptive aids are also provided at no cost, pending the recommendation of the instructor. New Vision receives a majority of its funds from contracts with the Florida Division of Blind Services. Funding is also received from the United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, grants, charitable groups such as the Lions Clubs, and churches, as well as private donations. The Department of Veteran's Affairs also contracts with New Vision to provide computer training to veterans.
Important Financial Information:
"New Vision News" is assembled and published every other month. It is available via email, large print mail, mp3 via this website, and audio cassette. Please visit our Newsletter page
to access past issues of the newsletter, as well as to sign up to receive the newsletter via email. If you wish to receive the newsletter in a different format, please contact us.
Thank you to Troy Singer from Fast Forward Voice Over Services for his recordings of our newsletter and other print materials!
If you have difficulty accessing any of these documents, please call or email New Vision: 352-435-5040 or firstname.lastname@example.org