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Serving people who are blind or visually impaired since 1905


News Alert: DBVI Conditional Contract Awarded

Portland, Maine – July 17, 2017:  Last Thursday, The Iris Network was notified that it is the successful bidder for Maine’s 5-year contract for community-based blindness rehabilitation services.  While The Iris Network has held this contract for over 35 years, the new contract award comes after an expensive, 16 month government procurement process.   Stephen J. Trabold, Acting
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Spotlight on Computers for the Blind: No One Should Go Without Access to Technology

https://coolblindtech.com/spotlight-on-computers-for-the-blind-nobody-should-go-without-access-to-technology/
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New app from Microsoft called Seeing Ai

From their website- “A free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects”  It has different channels or options including: Short Text - Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera Documents - Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and
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Low Vision Therapist

Position :  Low Vision Therapist needed for The Iris Network’s Rehab Center to work in our Low Vision Clinic with students who have low vision issues; in Portland, part-time (up to 16 hours/week), no benefits. Agency :  The Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland, ME.  www.theiris.org The Iris Network, a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of helping
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Compare Vision Insurance Reviews

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that more than 14 million Americans are visually impaired, and almost 80 percent of that group require eyeglasses or contacts. People with vision insurance are much more likely than those without vision insurance to have regular eye exams and corrective eyewear when necessary, but it’s also important to understand that “vision insurance”
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

07/24/2017 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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08/14/2017 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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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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Upcoming Community Events

08/ 1/2017
The Sunshine Club

The Sunshine Club, Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Lobster Trap on 25 Bay St. Winslow.  Contact Betty Soule for more information about the Sunshine Club or to participate at (207) 872-2967 or (207) 557-5181. Click here for more information.

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08/ 1/2017
Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

Originated in the Augusta area, allowing people with a vision impairment to meet in an informal environment to talk about our challenges and how we overcome those challenges.  We mentor and support one another by listening to one another, offering encouragement, and praising one another for overcoming and achieving.  No achievement is ever too small!  We meet on the First and Third Tuesdays of each month.  The time is 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST.  We welcome you!  for more information, please call or write: Leona McKenna 207-333-7087

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08/ 3/2017
The Wells Support Group

The Wells Support Group, For people with vision impairments and their significant others, Wells Congregational Church, Post Road (US Route 1) 1st Thursday of the month (except July and August), from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. FMI call Brenda Bacon 646-7079.

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189 Park Avenue
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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