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INSIGHT - THE IRIS NETWORK'S NEWSLETTER FOR ALL - FALL 2018

A pdf of this newsletter is available by clicking here .    Note from the President We see it every day—renewed hope within those we serve and their incredible gratitude for their newly acquired independence. This is our chance to share that gratitude with you because you make it all possible . I know that with irreparable vision loss and blindness, much of the hope
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The Iris Network is in the Best of Portland 2018!

Congratulations to this year's honored business! Featured in the Portland Press Herald - MaineToday . Click here to view my profile >> BEST OF PORTLAND 2018 PROFILE SERIES   The Iris Network has been featured  in the "Best of Portland 2018 Profile Series" by Proactive Resources, published in this week’s issue of the   Portland Press Herald/MaineToday. The online
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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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Dorm Staff

Position :  Dorm Staff needed for our dormitory that houses vision rehabilitation and vocational training students, in Portland, part-time, no benefits. Start date:   Immediate Shift available:             Tuesdays from 5pm to 8am                              Agency :  The Iris Network - www.theiris.org - a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3)
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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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Upcoming Iris Network Events

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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11/26/2018 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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12/10/2018 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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12/24/2018 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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Upcoming Community Events

10/25/2018 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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11/ 1/2018
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) 1st Thursday of the month (except July and August), from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. FMI call Brenda Bacon 646-7079.

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11/ 1/2018 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Bangor Disability Peer Support Group

Bangor Disability Peer Support Group 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at Advanced Modifications in Hermon; the number is 848-8226 This group meets on the first Thursday of each month. FMI: contact Alpha One in Bangor at 207-941-6553, TTY 877-229-8954

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11/ 2/2018 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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189 Park Avenue
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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