New Vision

Interested in receiving a 2019 Large Print Calendar? Click Here.

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Logo for New Vision at Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. New Vision is a program that serves people who are blind and visually impaired.

New Vision at Goodwill seeks to promote independence and equality for people who are blind and visually impaired. We educate, inform, and provide resources, so people with visual impairments can live their fullest lives.

Services for People Who are Blind and Visually Impaired

Assistive Technology Center

Personal electronic devices can enhance the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired. The center offers free instruction on how to use the latest technology and devices to connect to the world and increase independence. Individual instruction by the Center’s certified instructor includes the use of:

  • Click Here to print information on New VisionTablets
  • Computers
  • Smart Phones
  • Amazon Echo
  • Google Home

You must pre-register to attend classes and receive assistance. Click here to apply.

Assistive Technology for the Elderly 2.0 (ATE 2.0)

Assistive technology allows the elderly to perform tasks and activities they may not be able to do otherwise.

ATE 2.0 provides free equipment and training to qualified individuals. Instruction includes the use of voice-activated virtual assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Click Here to print information on Assistive Technology for the Elderly

We match virtual assistants with individuals to provide access to:

  • Weather
  • Audiobooks
  • Music
  • Caregiver communication
  • And more

Also, we place virtual assistants at assisted living centers and other facilities that serve seniors.

ATE 2.0 is funded in part by a grant from the Mary Louise Home Fund of the Foundation for Roanoke Valley.

Click here for the Quick Start Guide for Senior Activity Directors.

Amazon Echo Tips Podcast

Our 5 minute Echo Podcasts feature the latest tips for the Echo and updates on various features.

To listen to the Podcast on your Amazon Echo:

  • say, “Alexa, play Echo Tips Podcast.”
  • Or you can say, “Alexa, play next episode.”
  • or “Alexa, skip.”

Additionally, the Podcast website is screen-reader friendly using the following tips:

  • Navigate the episodes via the title using heading number 2.
  • Press the space bar or otherwise activate the link to start the episode.

Click here to listen to the Amazon Echo Tips Podcast.

Dial-In News

New Vision offers a dial-in news service for people who are blind and visually impaired or have a print disability. Available 24/7, it provides local, national, and world news from over 400 publications.

Dial-In News is a collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind and Roanoke Times.

Radio Reading Service

New Vision, partners with WVTF, to provide special radios for people who are blind and visually impaired, or have a print disability. Listeners tune to a sub-frequency to hear a program mix of readings from local and national newspapers and magazines.

Click here to apply for a Radio for the RRS Service.

Large Print Calendars

Each year New Vision provides thousands of large print calendars to Virginians who are blind and visually impaired. The calendars measure 22 inches by 17 inches and feature a large font and numbers.

Calendars for 2019 will be available in mid-December. A limited supply will be available and sell out quickly. Like Goodwill Valleys on Facebook to be the first to know when they are available. You may also request a 2019 calendar in September 2018 by calling (540) 985.8900.

The calendars are made possible in-part by a grant from the Friendship Foundation.

History

New Vision was incorporated in 1980 as Voice of the Blue Ridge and in 2015 changed its name to New Vision. The name change reflects the many ways the organization has evolved from its roots as a radio reading service. New Vision embraces new technology and seeks opportunities for people who are blind and visually impaired to be more independent.

In July 2018, New Vision’s Board of Directors made the decision to join Goodwill. As part of the Goodwill organization, New Vision continues its mission to serve people who are blind and visually impaired.

Services are free, and help many people who might not otherwise have access to our resources. New Vision at Goodwill receives little government funding. The program depends on community support to help people in our area who are visually impaired.

Anyone who might benefit from our services is welcome, so please contact us and make an appointment to come in for a visit.

Advisory Board and Funding

A New Vision Advisory Board will continue to counsel Goodwill on the operation of the program. New Vision will continue to be funded by grants and private donations as well as by revenues from the organization before the move to Goodwill. For more information on donating to support New Vision at Goodwill, click here and designate your gift to support New Vision.

Resources for Individuals Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

National Resources

National Federation of the Blind. New Vision partners with the National Federation of the Blind to offer a dial-in news service for the blind and print-disabled. The NFB provides resources, services, and materials that are known world-wide.

American Foundation for the Blind. Provides adults experiencing vision loss with resources that help them remain independent.

American Printing House for the Blind.  Textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats.

Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Provides rehabilitation services for Virginians who are blind or visually impaired.

National Braille Press. Transcribes books into Braille. Children’s books with interleaf Braille pages enable parents who are blind to read to their children.

For information about assistive technology software or audio book resources please contact us. A variety of these tools can be demonstrated or tested at our Tech Center. 

Local Resources

RAVE. The Roanoke Alliance for the Visually Enabled (RAVE) is a support group for blind and visually impaired men and women in the Roanoke Valley.

Roanoke Blind Bowling League. Contact Opal Ferris for more information.

WVTF Public Radio. New Vision and WVTF partner to offer a Radio Reading Service. Specialized radios available free of charge for those who are visually impaired.

For More Information

For more information on New Vision, e-mail info@goodwillvalleys.com or call (540) 985.8900.

Service Hours for New Vision
Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Goodwill Roanoke Jobs Campus, 2502 Melrose Avenue, Suite B, NW

The New Vision program is open to anyone who is blind or visually impaired.