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Serving people who are blind or visually impaired since 1905


New England Low Vision DEMO DAY

When: NEXT Thursday, February 21 st (2/21 Where: The Iris Network Who: Anyone who hasn’t found just the right device for low vision.  See Video magnifiers desktop and handheld and more!  Call Amber ASAP to reserve your space now!  207-518-5029
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Two Blind Brothers

February, 2019 ‪Did you know that February is Low Vision Awareness month? People think you are either blind or sighted, and that there is no in-between. But for the 11 million visually impaired folks in the US, we know that’s not true. Blindness is a spectrum and we encourage you all to learn about the various forms of visual impairments that affect the way some people might be able to
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Braille Awareness Month -- The Starbucks Example of Relevance

Braille Awareness Month -- The Starbucks Example of Relevance  Steven Kelley, CVRT January 29, 2019 VisionAware For years, Starbucks has offered their customers who are Braille readers, a gift card with Braille embossed on it. They get it, if some customers read Braille, use Braille to market and for customer service!  Click Here for the full Article
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Interview with Sight Impaired Surfing Champion

Eyes on Success Podcast January 23, 2019 Joshua Loya talks about surfing as a blind athlete, the training needed, and his expertise in the martial arts. http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/show%20notes/show%20notes%201904.htm
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Mitsy Kit Mitsy’s Kits has adaptive Valentine’s Day Sewing Kits available for $4 and up!

Mitsy’s Kits has adaptive Valentine’s Day Sewing Kits available for $4 and up!  https://www.mitsykit.org/product-category/simple/  
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

02/25/2019 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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03/11/2019 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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03/25/2019 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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04/ 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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Upcoming Community Events

02/19/2019
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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02/19/2019 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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02/28/2019 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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03/ 1/2019 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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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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