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Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) Awareness Week April 9-15, 2017

Portland Maine March 23, 2017 Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) Awareness Week will be observed this year April 9-15, 2017 the week of Anne Sullivan’s birthday, on April 14th. Anne Sullivan was an early vision rehabilitation pioneer who worked closely with Helen Keller, to develop the skills she later used as an international advocate for those with vision and hearing loss.  Vision
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The Iris Network Rehabilitation Center on the show 207!

The Iris Network Rehabilitation Center was featured on the 207 Show on Monday, March 20, 2017. http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/207/iris-network-helps-lead-the-blind-and-visually-impaired/424037627
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Part-time Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator

POSITION :   Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator; part-time, 20 hours per week; flexible schedule; some evenings, weekends, and travel required; short-term and long-term disability benefits provided, based in Portland, Maine.       AGENCY :    The Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland, ME.  www.theiris.org The Iris Network, a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3)
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Maine Woman and her Guide Dog were Booted off a Plane

March, 2017 Here's a story written by Ed Murphy, a reporter at the Portland Press Herald, who called The Iris Network yesterday, where he was referred to Dr. Nicholas Giudice, our board member and Professor at the University of Maine. It's about Sue Martin, a Maine woman who is blind and her guide dog, along with her husband who were booted off an American Airlines flight for lack of
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SMART Glasses Technology that Support Independence for Blind Users

Dr. Nicholas Giudice, Professor at the University of Maine and Iris Network board member was interviewed on asbradio.org on his assessment of high tech AIRA system that includes glasses that take images sent via his SMART phone to trained agents who provide live descriptions to assist people who are blind in addressing real world navigation and issues. Listen at the following link:
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

04/10/2017 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

In collaboration with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network, a support group for clients with low vision in the Bangor area has formed with an initial six members and is open for new members to join. They meet at the Career Center on the second and forth Monday every month at 1-2:30pm.  Family and friends are also invited. Sessions are now led by DBVI or The Iris Network staff, addressing participants’ areas of interest where members share their experiences and needs. For more information, contact Sue Summers at ssummers@theiris.org.

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04/24/2017 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

In collaboration with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network, a support group for clients with low vision in the Bangor area has formed with an initial six members and is open for new members to join. They meet at the Career Center on the second and forth Monday every month at 1-2:30pm.  Family and friends are also invited. Sessions are now led by DBVI or The Iris Network staff, addressing participants’ areas of interest where members share their experiences and needs. For more information, contact Sue Summers at ssummers@theiris.org.

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05/ 8/2017 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

In collaboration with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network, a support group for clients with low vision in the Bangor area has formed with an initial six members and is open for new members to join. They meet at the Career Center on the second and forth Monday every month at 1-2:30pm.  Family and friends are also invited. Sessions are now led by DBVI or The Iris Network staff, addressing participants’ areas of interest where members share their experiences and needs. For more information, contact Sue Summers at ssummers@theiris.org.

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05/22/2017 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

In collaboration with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network, a support group for clients with low vision in the Bangor area has formed with an initial six members and is open for new members to join. They meet at the Career Center on the second and forth Monday every month at 1-2:30pm.  Family and friends are also invited. Sessions are now led by DBVI or The Iris Network staff, addressing participants’ areas of interest where members share their experiences and needs. For more information, contact Sue Summers at ssummers@theiris.org.

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Upcoming Community Events

04/ 1/2017
The Lewiston Auburn Support Group

The Lewiston Auburn Support Group meets from 12-1 the first Saturday of the month at George’s Pizza in Auburn. FMI please call Leon Proctor at 212-1455.

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04/ 2/2017 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Behind Our Eyes Group

April 3rd, 2011: Behind Our Eyes 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. This group meets through phone calls to discuss writings, listen to speakers and network with fellow writers. Meetings are held the first and third Sunday of each month. Contact Elisa Busch at 571-257-7355 or glbusch@comcast.net for more information.

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04/ 3/2017
VIP Group of Boothbay Harbor

Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) group has changed its meeting time in Boothbay Harbor from the first Tuesday of every month to the first Monday of every month from 1:00-2:30pm; and from St Andrews Village Retirement Community to the Saint Columbas Episcopal Church at 32 Emery Ln, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. For meeting times, contact Mollie Moore at (207) 633-3810. For more information, call Molly Moore at 663-3810 or Joan Stark at 633-2498.

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Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-6273
www.theiris.org

The Iris Network is a community-based, Maine nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation. Our vision is to build a world where no person is limited by visual impairment or blindness. The Iris Network is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blindness and Low Vision Services.

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