White Cane Coffee

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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.

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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.

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!

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

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)