Meet Ronnie

Ronnie shares about his experience with New Vision and how his training helped him re-gain his independence.
A checklist including: get out and walk, not run into walls, cook like I love to do, fill my own medicine, cut my own steak
Please consider making a donation to help Ronnie and others like him learn the skills they need to overcome vision loss.

Upcoming Events

Our next events are:

Flights for Sight Blind Beer TastingFlights for Sight

Experience a sampling of Mount Dora’s finest beers — without your eyes! At this event, to benefit New Vision for Independence, our local agency serving people of all ages with visual impairments, you will wear a blindfold and taste a flight of beers from Mount Dora Brewing.
WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Mount Dora Brewing
COST: $15 in advance or $20 at the door
Your ticket includes a sampling of six beers and your pick from the appetizer buffet. Additional drinks and food may be purchased separately.
Under 21 not permitted for this special event. Please drink responsibly. Event presented by Chelsea Title. Click here to purchase your ticket!


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)

Congrats to the Axy Award winners!

Axy Awards logo

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 John’s

Thank you to everyone who nominated, voted, and participated in this year’s awards. Above all else, thank you to these businesses and our other finalists for your commitment to ensuring your visually impaired customer enjoy their experiences at your businesses!