Nominate the most blind-friendly businesses

Nominations are open for the inaugural 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 20 categories: Restaurant Grocery store Clothing store Pharmacy Customer service Movie theatre Food delivery Online retailer Transportation Bowling alley Bank Exercise center…

Meet Ronnie

 Ronnie shares about his experience with New Vision and how his training helped him re-gain his independence. Please consider making a donation to help Ronnie and others like him learn the skills they need to overcome vision loss.

Blind Beer Tasting

Join us for our next Blind Beer Tasting, presented by Chelsea Title! Experience a sampling of Tavares’s finest beers — without your eyes! At this event benefiting New Vision for Independence, our local blind-services agency, you’ll wear a blindfold and taste a flight of beers from Bru Tap House.   WHEN: Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 to…

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…

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…

The Facts About Vision Loss

In 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…

Congrats to the Axy Award winners!

Annually, New Vision holds the Axy Awards to celebrate the most blind-friendly businesses in Lake, Sumter, and The Villages. Congrats to our 2017 winners! Grocery Store: Publix Pharmacy: Walgreens Fitness Center: Planet Fitness Book Resource: Lake County Public Libraries Utility Provider: SECO Energy Bank: Insight Credit Union Movie Theatre: AMC at Lake Square Mall Cell Phone Service: Sprint Hospital: Florida Hospital Waterman Food Delivery: Papa…