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P/T Back-up Driver (Central Maine)

The Iris Network, a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of helping people who are visually impaired or blind to attain independence and community integration, seeks a part-time back-up Driver-Reader to occasionally provide transportation for itinerant staff person who is visually impaired.  There are no fixed number of hours for this position, but up to a max of 30
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Encouragement Video

Live Accessible Published on Jun 3, 2019 A You Tube video with a message of encouragement has been produced for those losing sight, are blind, legally blind, visually impaired, or low vision. It can be a struggle, but with encouragement, support, technology, and resources, you can live a great, fulfilling, happy life. To watch video, click on the following link:
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Anthem-USABA National Fitness Challenge

Anthem-USABA National Fitness Challenge!   A grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation enabled The Iris Network to become one of only 17 organizations nationwide to participate in a National Fitness Challenge for people with vision impairment to live actively.   4 participants averaged over 10,000 steps a day for the entire program 16 visually
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WGAN Broadcast for Golf Tournament

If you missed it, here is the WGAN Morning News radio interview by Matt & Ken with Bob Wakefield, board member of The Iris Network and Charlie Prinn – about the upcoming golf tournament. https://wgan.com/morning-news/iris-lions-charity-golf-tournament/   And here is the link to “enter to win” a chance to golf with Matt & Ken at the tournament. Please share today!
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GLOBAL ACCESSIBILITY AWARENESS

To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD (in mid-May), here is the most commonly needed accessibility support contact information:  http://www.lowvisiontech.com/global-accessibility-day/ on the Low Vision Tech website.
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

06/24/2019 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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07/ 8/2019 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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07/22/2019 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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08/12/2019 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

06/18/2019
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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06/18/2019 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Waterville Disability Peer Support Group

Waterville Disability Peer Support Group 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Street
United Methodist Church. This group meets each month on the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Alpha One in Bangor at (207) 941-6553 or TTY (877) 229-8954.

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06/26/2019
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) last Wednesday of the month from September until June (except July and August), from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. FMI call Brenda Bacon 207-646-7079.

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06/27/2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Education and Support Group

Education and Support group hosted by the Visual Impairment Services Team at VA Maine: 4th Thursday of the month from 10-11:30am (except Nov. and Dec. when it occurs the 3rd Thursday).  This is a closed group for veterans enrolled in the VA Maine Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) program.  Contact Amy Tague at 1-877-421-8263, ext. 5944 for more information on how to participate.

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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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