About NewView Oklahoma

It’s Not What You Can See, It’s What You Can Be

About Us

Since 1949, NewView Oklahoma has been providing a life-changing source of hope and empowerment for those in Oklahoma living with blindness and low vision. We strive to give everyone who walks through our doors the opportunity to live with the independence so many fear they have lost.


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1949

Oklahoma League for the Blind (OLB) is founded.

OLB started a partnership with Tinker Air Force Base.

1956

1957

OLB’s operations expand to a space at 406 N.E. 2nd Street.

OLB was awarded the federal contract to start the aircraft wheel chock manufacturing department.

1970s

1973

OLB moved their headquarters to 501 N. Douglas Ave in the building which previously belonged to Lone Star Brewing Company.

CEO and President, Lauren Branch, founded Oklahomans Without Limits (OWL) Camp for youth who are blind or have low vision.

1998

2007

Merrick Foundation awards a $15,000 grant to begin a Vision Rehabilitation Services Program.

OLB receives ONE Award in the category of Self- Sufficiency.

2008

2009

On OLB’s 60th anniversary, the organization’s name was changed to NewView Oklahoma to reflect the changes and progress that had been made to the organization and the mission since 1949.

A $100,000 Impact Oklahoma grant allows NewView to open Low Vision Center at 710 W. Wilshire Blvd in Oklahoma City.

2012

2013

NewView partnered with the Lesley L. Walls Vision Center at Northeastern State University to open the Tulsa Low Vision Center.

NewView received the national American Optometric Association’s Apollo Award and expanded OWL Camp to two weeks.

2015

2019

NewView moved into the newly renovated Low Vision Center facilities on North Classen in Oklahoma City and Legacy Plaza in Tulsa.

NewView is named the Talent and Workforce Innovator of the Year by 405 Business Magazine.

2022