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The Iris Network Fall 2017 Insight Newsletter is Here!

A pdf of this newsletter is available by clicking here .  The Iris Network Fall 2017 Insight Newsletter is Here! A printed version with an accessible code is also being mailed to our constituents this week. If you want to receive one and are not on our mailing list, contact Terri Tomchak at ttomchak@theiris.org or call (207) 518-5040.   A Welcomed Letter  
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How people who are blind or visually impaired can enjoy next week’s solar eclipse

An overview of the Eclipse Soundscapes Project , a Cambridge, MA based initiative of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA's Heliophysics Education Consortium by Kelsey Perrett.  Our project uses sound to bring a multi-sensory experience of the August 21, 2017 eclipse to the blind and visually impaired community. With illustrative audio descriptions of the eclipse
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Rehabilitation Center Student Appears on the Community Television Network

Sabryna Keebler is 17 years old and lives with her family in Jeffersonville, New York. She participated in a three week assessment at The Iris Network’s Rehabilitation Center in August, 2017. As an athlete, she throws the discus for her track team and is also very musical. She is interested in a career in special education.   Click here to listen to an impressive interview on Community
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Remodeling for Seniors & Vision Impaired

Maine Properties, LLC Blog: http://mainepropertiesllc.com/home-lighting-improvements-seniors-visually-impaired/ Posted By Ron Haskell on Aug 2, 2017 http://mainepropertiesllc.com/home-lighting-improvements-seniors-visually-impaired/   Simple Home Modifications for Safety & Comfort Vision issues can seem to take center stage as we get older. As we age, we require 2 – 3 times
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SHARED VISION QUEST RIDERS TO ARRIVE IN PORTLAND

August 3, 2017 Steven Kelley, CVRT, CATIS, CRC Vision Rehab Therapist  Maine natives Mike Robertson and Hans Breaux are expected to arrive in Portland Maine Friday, August 3 in the afternoon, after completing nearly 4000 miles on their bicycles from the Pacific Coast in Washington, where they departed June 26, headed back to West Quoddy Head. Mike Robertson is legally blind from cone-rod
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

08/28/2017 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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09/11/2017 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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09/25/2017 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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10/ 9/2017 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

08/20/2017 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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09/ 1/2017 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
DOVER LOW VISION GROUP

Who are we?

We are a support group.  We provide connection to others who are blind or visually impaired as well as their spouses, partners, friends etc.

Employees of the Division of the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) also attend to provide information and access to services to anyone experiencing visual impairment or blindness.

MEETING TIME AND PLACE

We meet on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month.  We meet from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in the community center at Thayer Parkway, Dover-Foxcroft.

PLEASE JOIN US!  Any questions, contact:

Nancy, 564-0036 OR  Marlana, 564-0332.

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09/ 2/2017
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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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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