Technology Resources & Reviews


One of The Iris Network’s Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, Steve Kelley, has written two informative articles on the Vision Aware blog about overcoming the fear associated with losing one’s vision, “I’m Not Blind” and how to overcome an everyday challenge, “Enjoying Television with Vision Loss”. 

I’m Not Blind


Enjoying Television with Vision Loss


NFB Newsline Returns to Maine

Welcome back to NFB Newsline in Maine! Newsline is an automated newspaper and magazine reading service designed for the blind and visually impaired or anyone with a disability making access to print challenging. mp3 More

Happy Birthday Louis Braille

Louis Braille was born in a small town outside Paris, named Coupvray, on January 4, 1809. This year marks the 204th anniversary of his birthday. January is also designated as Braille Awareness Month. More

How Do I Read That?

Steve Kelley, CVRT a vision rehab therapist at the Iris Network recently presented How Do I Read That, at the Northeast Chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (NEAER) professional conference... More

ScripTalk Free Pilot Program

ScripTalk Free Pilot Program

Congratulations are in order for Wal-Mart…they are offering ScripTalk from En-vision America, an audible RX system free to consumers who use Wal-Mart mail-order RX service. More details are available at http://lflegal.com/2012/06/walmart-info/.


Holiday Gifts for Friends and Family with Visual Impairments

With Thanksgiving officially behind us, many will be focusing on Winter Holidays and gift-giving. If there is a friend or family member in your life with low vision or blindness, some of the resources below may offer a few suggestions for gifts that you hadn’t thought of, or didn’t know where to purchase. Continue reading for some great gift ideas, including gifts from the Iris Network like a copy of Bert's Eye View Coping With Macular Degeneration, or a large print calendar for 2012.


A History of White Cane Safety Day

A brief history of the use of the white cane as both a symbol and tool of travelers who are blind or visually impaired, and the establishment of White Cane Safety Day.


Amazon Kindle Accessibility

With so many great alternatives for electronic reading devices (e-readers), like the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad, it may be increasingly difficult to determine which one will best suit your needs.  It is important to note that not all e-readers are accessible to readers with a visual impairment or blindness. Although the Amazon Kindle, one of the most popular e-readers, has both Voice Guidance and text-to-speech features, it is not fully accessible. To review the accessibility features of the Amazon Kindle 3 watch the Iris Network video, Kindle Accessibility at http://youtu.be/B7wDV7yfnp0


If you’re considering an e-reader like the Kindle or a tablet  such as Apple iPad,  it is... Continue Reading

Tandem Cycling

On June 18-19 Northeast Passage (http://www.nepassage.org) was at Acadia National Park offering demonstration rides on a wide variety of adaptive cycles, including the two styles featured in the video, with David Lee, Assistant Program Director.


This participant had an opportunity to try both the standard tandem cycle and the Hase Pino (http://hasebikes.com) recumbent touring tandem. Like David said it will take some practice to get comfortable riding these bikes. On the standard, the pilot (steering and braking) rides in front, On the Hasebike, the pilot is in the rear. The Hasebike allows the stoker (the rider without steering and brakes) to be positioned in the front seat, while the... Continue Reading

Alternatives to Reading Print Presentation

Thornton Oaks Presentation

On Monday March 28, John Majkut, director of the Iris Network’s Low Vision Clinic, and Steve Kelley, Vision Rehab Therapist met up with Paul Dostie, Reference Librarian from Curtis Memorial Library, to present to the support group that meets each month at Thornton Oaks, in Brunswick. Some 40 people were in attendance for the “Support Group for Those Who Don't See Well” hosted by Pat Hart and Anne Marchesse.

The focus of this presentation was alternative means of reading for consumers with vision loss, including Paul’s presentation and comparison of electronic readers such as the Kindle, Steve’s presentation on digital talking books and the National Library Service Talking Book... Continue Reading

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