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Article on Macular Degeneration

Dr. Berlin, ophthalmologist at The Iris Network and founder of the Low Vision Clinic in Portland, has reviewed the following article and extracted a shorter version for you (below). If anyone has more questions, feel free to call The Iris Network at (207) 774-6273 and leave their contact information and the good doctor has offered to get back to you. Hope for new macular degeneration
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Hope for new macular degeneration treatments buoys patients

Boston Globe By Robert Weisman Globe Staff  September 09, 2018 https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/09/hope-for-new-treatments-buoys-macular-degeneration-patients/TNBU9Nib9HWN5DwusJIMAK/story.html?s_campaign=8315
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Part-time Resident Care Worker (CRMA)

Position :  Resident Care Worker, part-time 12-15 hours/week, ideally evening and weekend shifts with some flexibility, 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)
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Orioles to wear Braille jerseys to honor the blind

Please follow the link for a story about the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, and their plans to wear shirts with Braille on it to celebrate the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) being headquartered in Baltimore for 40 years.  http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24586211/baltimore-orioles-wear-braille-jerseys-honor-blind
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The Iris Network featured on The USM Update

University of Southern Maine – Office of Public Affairs 'The USM Update,' Sept. 4, 2018 Lori Tully, Nationally Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (CVRC)/Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) at The Iris Network was featured on an interview as part of the USM Update September 4, 2018. Following is a link to a brief panel discussion with the President of USM,
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

09/24/2018 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/ 8/2018 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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10/22/2018 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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11/12/2018 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

09/27/2018 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/ 2/2018
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/ 2/2018 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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10/ 2/2018
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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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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