NewView Oklahoma - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

NewView Oklahoma
501 North Douglas Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73106-3124
(405) 232-4644 (Local)
(405) 236-5438 (Fax)
(888) 522-4644 (Toll-Free)
info@newviewoklahoma.org
http://www.newviewoklahoma.org/

Brief Description

Since 1949, NewView Oklahoma has empowered blind and vision impaired individuals to achieve their maximum level of personal independence through employment, rehabilitation, and outreach.

NewView Oklahoma is a qualified 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization currently providing employment for over 100 people who are blind and generates 98 percent of its income through its own enterprise by:

  • Supplying contracted goods and services to government organizations and local businesses.
  • Manufacturing and wholesaling a diverse line of products for commercial and residential use.
  • Performing specialized services to major companies and organizations.


  • Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:15 AM-3:45 PM.
    Number of staff: 18
    Staff description: President/CEO, Controller, Accounting Supervisor, Accounts Receivable Manager, Human Resource Manager, New Product Engineer, Director of Special Programs and Services, Director of Sales, Plant Manager, 2 Developmental Coordinators, 3 production supervisors, and 3 service contract supervisors.
    Geographic area served: Oklahoma and Kansas
    Publications: News & Views (newsletter).

    Locations

    OKC Low Vision Clinic
    710 W. Wilshire, Ste 102
    Oklahoma City, OK 73116

    Tulsa Low Vision Center
    5986 S. Yale Avenue
    Tulsa, OK 74135

    Staff

    Lauren Branch, President/CEO, lbranch@newviewoklahoma.org
    Cathy Holden, Director of Rehabilitation Services, cholden@newviewoklahoma.org

    Services Offered

    Services for Adults

    • Braille and Reading Instruction
      • Our vision rehabilitation services include expert Braille instruction in reading and creating a variety of communications for education, lifestyle management, business, and entertainment. We are able to help businesses’ and communities’ public spaces more accessible for the blind and visually impaired.
    • Community Outreach Programs
      • NewView Oklahoma proudly offers an artistic outlet to blind and visually impaired individuals through Creative Visions art classes for adults. NewView sponsors a blind and visually-impaired dragon boating team that competes in several boat festivals throughout the year in Oklahoma City on the Oklahoma River.
    • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
      • Computer assisted technology is offered to help clients learn how to use and utilize computers through accessibility software. The software that we teach ranges from magnification programs to screen readers to graphic-to-text scanning software. Our lessons can be adapted for clients who are computer-saavy and simply need to learn the software to clients who aren’t familiar with computers.
    • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
      • Our occupational therapy service is designed to assist clients in maximizing their remaining vision. Our low vision occupational therapists can identify the best techniques and equipment to improve a client’s level of independence. Occupational therapy provides assessment and training specific to daily needs and activities.
    • Employment/Job Training
      • NewView offers vocational evaluation, job retraining, job placement within the agency, and training in occupational skills.
    • Low Vision Services
      • NewView’s comprehensive Low Vision Clinics offer assessments, routine care and low vision solutions and devices to people with impaired vision that cannot be corrected with glasses, surgery or medication. The NewView Oklahoma Low Vision Clinic serves the general public by providing individualized solutions for people who are experiencing vision loss.
    • Support Groups
      • As with any major life transition, support and welcoming understanding is always needed, and NewView Oklahoma proudly offers a veteran’s support group, Veterans’ Independence Through Adaptive Living (VITAL), and hosts Eyes Just Talking. These support groups for the blind and visually impaired in Oklahoma, provide a forum for sharing your experience, ideas, exchange of feelings and swapping of practical information among blind or visually-impaired members and their families or friends.
    • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
      • Orientation and mobility training works to give a client the skills to move safely and confidently around the home, neighborhood, work environment, and beyond. Our orientation and mobility specialist will assess the goals set, whether that is going out to get the mail, walking with a cane, or navigating a public space so that the client can become oriented with surroundings and move with assurance.
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