Providing an array of client services

Serving people who are blind or visually impaired since 1905


Old time Radio Reading Services have gone high tech!

Many of the Radio Reading Services for the blind and visually impaired are now streaming their services on the internet. Services like the Talking Information Center or TIC Network   https://ticnetwork.org/  These services have readers reading local newspapers, magazines, and books at scheduled times during the day. It used to be that you needed a special receiver or had to find the
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Low-vision Adaptive Devices on SALE!

at THE IRIS NETWORK – LOW VISION CENTER 189 Park Ave – Portland, Maine (207) 774-6273  Low-vision adaptive devices   Devices available Include: Hand-held & desktop video magnifiers (also known as CCTVs) Glare shields Other adaptive devices  MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Call Diane at (207) 774-6273 to make an appointment on Thursdays with Amber
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Mitsy Kit Adaptive Crafting Catalog Just In Time For Holiday Gift Making

Here’s some excellent holiday gift ideas – adaptive sewing kits designed for people who are blind or visually impaired. Mitsy, whom the kit is named after, worked for the Maine Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired (now The Iris Network) many years ago, and her daughter came to teach adaptive sewing in partnership with the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center (AOEC) to residents at Iris
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Iris Network Services into its Second Century

The Iris Network (formerly the Maine Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired) continues to provide services in its second century of operation. We have been serving Mainers who are blind or visually impaired since 1905, and we provide a full range of programs including vision rehabilitation, a Low Vision Center for consumers to choose from adaptive devices and assistive technology, a
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NFB Celebrations at Iris

The Portland chapter of the  National Federation of the Blind (NFB)  is having a  HOLIDAY PARTY  with live music and food  TODAY  on  Tuesday, December 4 th  at 6pm .   Another  MOVIE NIGHT  is scheduled for  Saturday, December   15 at  1pm . People who are blind or visually impaired and their family members are encouraged to attend, since the movie will be accompanied by
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

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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01/14/2019 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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01/28/2019 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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02/11/2019 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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Upcoming Community Events

12/16/2018 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Behind Our Eyes Group

April 3rd, 2011: Behind Our Eyes 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. This group meets through phone calls to discuss writings, listen to speakers and network with fellow writers. Meetings are held the first and third Sunday of each month. Contact Elisa Busch at 571-257-7355 or glbusch@comcast.net for more information.

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12/18/2018
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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12/18/2018 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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12/27/2018 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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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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