In honor of National Blind Sports Day, try your hand at bowling without your vision! In this unique event, you will bowl your frames while wearing a blindfold.
New Vision for Independence joins agencies across the country in celebrating National Blind Sports Day. Coordinating organization United States Association of Blind Athletes believes that “sports opportunities allow people who are blind and visually impaired to develop independence through competition, without unnecessary restrictions. Like sighted people, the blind can share in the thrill of victory and the reality of defeat.”
COST: $15 per person OR $50 per team of 4 – visually impaired individuals can register/play for free!
Close Your Eyes
In honor of White Cane Day, join us for the annual Close Your Eyes event. 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.
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!
Dining in the Dark
New Vision for Independence and presenting sponsor Lake Eye Associates will host the ninth annual Dining in the Dark on April 12, 2019!
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 wearing night vision goggles. This fundraiser meets fun night-out is a great way to learn more about both the challenges faced by those with visual impairment but also how those challenges can be overcome so blindness does not have to mean “the end.”
When: April 12, 2018 | Cocktails & silent auction 6:00 | Dining experience 7:00
Where: Lake Receptions, 4425 N. HWY 19A, Mount Dora
Tickets: $75 per person, $650 for a sponsored table of 8
Eye Opener Tour
Join us for an experiential tour of New Vision to help those without vision loss better understand the need for rehabilitation services in our community.
WHEN: monthly on the second Tuesday at 11 a.m.
WHERE: New Vision’s office at Lake Sumter State College, 9501 US Hwy 441, Leesburg – Lake Hall 140
In addition, New Vision hosts several unique special events throughout the year, such as:
Axy Awards & Annual Luncheon
Next: December 2018 (to be announced)
Celebrate the winners of the annual Axy Awards for the most blind-friendly businesses in Lake, Sumter, and The Villages.
Photos of many of New Vision’s events are posted on the New Vision Facebook page.