About Us

OUR MISSION STATEMENT: New Vision enriches the lives of people with visual impairments, and promotes independence and equality by facilitating opportunities for education and information access.

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New Vision was founded 37 years ago to provide audio access to printed materials such as newspapers and magazines for people who are unable to read them due to vision loss or other physical impairment. Over the years, the organization has increased and expanded its services and now also provides individualized instruction in various adaptive technologies as well as other services and activities designed to enrich the lives of those with vision impairments.

In keeping with its mission of promoting independence and equality for people with visual impairments, New Vision continues to explore new and innovative ways of providing relevant and needed services to its target population. In 2016, over a thousand hours were spent instructing vision-impaired students, creating Braille materials, and producing a monthly electronic newsletter. As of June 2017 over a dozen low-vision and blind elderly Roanoke Valley residents have received an Amazon Echo along with over 50 hours of training as part of our ATE Program.


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Courtney Bass
Operations Manager
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David Ward
Assistive Technology Instructor
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Guy Byrd
Executive Director

Board of Directors

Mr. Anthony Russell , President
Dr. John Wood, Vice-President
Mr. Bob Stevenson, Treasurer
Mr. Shannon Miller, Secretary

Dr. Suzanne Ament
Ms. Lila Dickerson
Mr. Harry Hatter
Ms. Debra Helms
Ms. Wendy Munderville
Dr. David Trinkle
Ms. Denise White

Organizing Documents

Formal Name: New Vision of the Blue Ridge, Inc. d/b/a New Vision

Federal ID Number: 54-1210770