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New Vision is a not-for-profit agency, serving the Blind and visually impaired, originally incorporated in 1980 as Voice of the Blue Ridge. “Voice of the Blue Ridge” is now part of our legacy, and New Vision is our future. This new name reflects the many ways our organization has evolved, from its humble roots supporting a radio reading service to embracing today’s new technologies, new opportunities, and new challenges. We work to enrich the lives of visually impaired people in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia.

Through our board of directors, loyal volunteers and a small staff, New Vision has served thousands of people over the years.

We continue to provide large print calendars and our original radio reading service in partnership with WVTF Public Radio, but have embraced technology to upgrade our dial-in news, and to offer new services and training in our Assistive Technology Center.

Everything we do is provided at no charge to our clients, and many people receive services they might not have access to otherwise. New Vision receives little government funding, so is dependent upon support from the community to continue our mission of helping the visually impaired connect to the world.

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


In August we had our big annual event! “Dinner in the Dark” at Hotel Roanoke, and it was a huge success! Thank you so much to our sponsors and those of you who bought tickets.

Featured Services

Adaptive Technology Center

Our Adaptive Technology Center provides individualized instruction in various software programs that make computers accessible to people with vision impairments.

Dial In News Service

The Dial-In News Services uses a unique blend of technology, telephones and volunteerism to bring local news to those unable to read the newspaper in print.

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Recent Posts

February 2018 Newsletter With Dave’s News and Technology Updates

Updates: In 2017 we placed 62 Amazon Echo’s with seniors in the Roanoke area, in connection with our Assistive Technology for the Elderly Program. If you are interested in attending a workshop and entering the program give us a buzz or to learn more see the brochure link below. Link to Brochure Fund-raiser New Vision […]

January 2018 Newsletter With Dave’s News and Technology Updates

Updates: In 2017 we successfully conducted 11 workshops, in connection with our Amazon Echo training for seniors in the Roanoke Valley. At present, We don’t have a date scheduled for our next workshop. If you are interested in attending one and entering the program give us a buzz or to learn more see the brochure […]

Emergency Services on Google Home or Amazon Echo

Someone recently asked about calling 911 on their Amazon Echo or Google Home. Is it possible? See below for the answers and break down. Amazon Echo Can the Amazon Echo call 911? No. Can the Amazon Echo, with a $30 Amazon Connect and Landline, call 911? Yes. Are there Services to contact relatives in a […]

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