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INSIGHT - THE IRIS NETWORK'S NEWSLETTER FOR ALL - FALL 2019

Click Here for the complete newsletter in PDF Format Iris Network Vision with no limits Insight Newsletter Fall 2019 Thanks to you, my vision loss doesn’t limit me! Sara Nichols proudly holding a certificate for completing rehabilitation! I am a mother, a wife, and a student at UMASS Boston. I also lost most of my vision 5 years ago to a hereditary disease.
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Blind Man Develops Smart Cane That Uses Google Maps and Sensors to Identify One’s Surroundings

Photo by WeWalk This electronic walking stick is revolutionizing the way that blind people can navigate the world. As a means of protecting people from low-hanging objects and obstacles above chest level, the WeWalk smart cane uses ultrasonic sensors to warn the user of nearby hindrances through vibrations in the handle. The cane can be paired with a smartphone’s Bluetooth system
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Resident Care Worker (CRMA) – part-time

Position :  Resident Care Worker (CRMA), part-time 15-20 hours/week (morning and weekend shifts available), no benefits, based in Portland, ME.  Opportunity for more hours depending on need, as well as covering for other shifts as needed Agency :  The Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland, ME.  www.theiris.org The Iris Network, a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
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Accounting Manager

Position :  Accounting Manager, in Portland, full-time, benefits. Start date:   immediate Agency :  The Iris Network ( www.theiris.org ), a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of helping people who are visually impaired or blind attain independence and community integration, seeks a finance professional who thrives working at a fast pace to join our team
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Maine Seniors audible magazine article

Maine Seniors November, 2018   Making a difference for Mainers with vision issues by Shelagh Talbot   Upon request, the following is a link to an accessible, audible, recorded reading of an article featuring The Iris Network in the November, 2018 issue of Maine Seniors magazine for your listening pleasure or to share with others: http://maineairs.theiris.org:82/MSM-Aug19.mp3 .
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

09/23/2019 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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10/12/2019
2019 White Cane Walk for Independence


The White Cane Walk for Independence is an event organized to promote a better understanding of Maine’s White Cane Law and to increase public awareness of safe independent travel for people who use white canes or guide dogs. By participating in the Walk, you help raise money for The Iris Network's programs. Every bit counts!

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10/14/2019 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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10/28/2019 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

09/25/2019
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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09/26/2019 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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10/ 1/2019
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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10/ 1/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
VIP Group of Boothbay Harbor

Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) group in Boothbay Harbor meets the first Tuesday of every month from 1:00-2:30pm at the Community Center located in the Meadow Mall, 185 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. There is no meeting in July. For more information, contact Mollie Moore at 207-633-3810 or Joan Stark at 207-633-2498.

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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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