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!

Wish List

New Vision can regularly use the following office products – can you assist?

  • Postage stamps
  • AA batteries
  • 6″x9″ manila envelopes
  • 9″x12″ manila envelopes
  • Tissues
  • Black 12″ grip liner
  • White 12″ grip liner
  • Paper towels

We are also always in need of cash assistance. Please consider signing up to make a monthly contribution of $5 or $10. Thank you!

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

Dining in the Dark 2020

New Vision for Independence and Lake Eye Associates invite you to “dine for a night without sight” at our annual Dining in the Dark event. Experience food, drink and conversation as you may never have before – without your sight. In this unique dining experience, you will eat dinner in total darkness. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, as part of a training exercise, will serve you while wearing night vision goggles. The 10th annual Dining in the Dark event is designed to raise awareness about blindness and raise funds for New Vision, our local non-profit serving people with low vision or blindness and their families in Lake and Sumter Counties and The Villages.

When: April 17, 2020 | Cocktails & silent auction 6:00 | Dining experience 7:15

Where: Lake Receptions, 4425 N. HWY 19A, Mount Dora

Tickets: tbd

Menu: coming soon!

We will post more info as we have it. We look forward to seeing you!


In addition, New Vision hosts several unique special events throughout the year. Check out our Events page for more!

Vision loss is not the end

Kessler is three years old — and is totally blind. With the help of New Vision for Independence, Kessler is learning to interact with his world a little differently. He can continue to learn and thrive on his journey toward independence.

New Vision’s services are available to individuals of all ages 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 more information!