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News & Events

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The Iris Network is always looking for new information and events in support of the blind and visually impaired. If you have some, send information to Regal Naseef, Director of Communication at rnaseef@theiris.org.


MAINE ADAPTIVE SKI-A-THON

Ski A Thon

MAINE ADAPTIVE SKI-A-THON for blind and visually impaired skiers - March 23rd at Sunday River

 Participating in the Ski-A-Thon is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Create a team, join a team or be your own team! We encourage everyone to raise a minimum of $250 per person, with lots of great incentives and prizes to go above and beyond!

All members receive a ski pass for the day of the event; a delicious breakfast, lunch, and evening celebration; and an event t-shirt. To register for event, email: events@maineadaptive.org.

Click Here for story on News Center Maine about the event

New England Low Vision DEMO DAY

When: NEXT Thursday, February 21st (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

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 see the world. Be kind to one another!

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

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

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/

 

Running blind

CBS News January 6, 2019, 10:41 AM

Like many athletes, Simon Wheatcroft loves chasing that runner's high. "I still get a real buzz from doing it," he said. He trains on this path near his home in Doncaster, a village in north-central England. But to really stretch his legs, he takes to the open road, sharing the solitude of his run with passing traffic. Now, any jogger knows that that can be a dangerous proposition, but for Simon it's especially so.

For full story, click on link below:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/running-blind-marathon-runner-simon-wheatcroft/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab6i&linkId=62009183

MOVIE MATINEE

The Portland chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is having a MOVIE MATINEE on January 19th at 2:00pm. A descriptive version of Gone With the Wind will be projected on the screen on the 3rd floor of the Ryan Building of The Iris Network (the brick building in the back of the parking lot) located at 189 Park Avenue in Portland. People who are blind or visually impaired and their family members are encouraged to attend, and you do not have to be an NFB member to participate. It is free, but you are welcome to donate to the local NFB chapter. If you have any questions, please call Sarah Bellavance at (860) 235-5883.

BRAILLE LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH

January is BRAILLE LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH in honor of Louis Braille who originally developed the Braille code. 

TODAY is Louis Braille’s Birthday; he was born on January 4, 1809. 

Braille developed his code of raised dots while a student at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth in Paris. Louis Braille had seen a system of writing, called Night Writing developed by Charles Barbier for French soldiers that was very complicated. Braille simplified it, and created a system using raised dots within a six dot cell for each alphabetic character. These cells and raised dots are read by touch. 

Although only a few books were translated into Braille before his death in 1852, by 1860 the... Continue Reading

Radio Show about Iris Coming Up!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

On Sunday, December 30 at 11:00am on radio channel 100.5 (WLOB), The Iris Network is featured with an interview of Amber Mooney, CVRT by host, Lynda Adams of the “Living Life with Lynda” show. If you miss it, don’t worry, I’ll send around a link to the archived version after it airs. 

Their website (http://successfulbalancedliving.com/listen/) has the following show description:
December 30: The Iris Network shares programs they offer to help the blind and visually impaired members in our communities.  We will also discuss stigma’s associated with blindness and visual impairment and why some people have a hard time asking for help or hide it altogether.

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  • DOVER LOW VISION GROUP

    DOVER LOW VISION GROUP

    02/ 1/2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    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 Lewiston Auburn Support Group

    The Lewiston Auburn Support Group

    02/ 2/2019

    The Lewiston Auburn Support Group meets from 12-1 the first Saturday of the month at George’s Pizza in Auburn. FMI please call Leon Proctor at 212-1455.

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  • Behind Our Eyes Group

    Behind Our Eyes Group

    02/ 3/2019 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    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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  • The Sunshine Club

    The Sunshine Club

    02/ 5/2019

    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.

  • VIP Group of Boothbay Harbor

    VIP Group of Boothbay Harbor

    02/ 5/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    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.

  • Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    02/ 5/2019

    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 Wells Support Group

    The Wells Support Group

    02/ 7/2019

    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.

  • Bangor Disability Peer Support Group

    Bangor Disability Peer Support Group

    02/ 7/2019 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

    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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  • The Rainbow Club

    The Rainbow Club

    02/11/2019

    The Rainbow Club, Meets the 2nd Monday of each monthat the American Legion Post 205, 396 Eastern Ave. in Augusta Lunch cost is $7.00. Please contact Barbara Potter for more information and to R.S.V.P. at (207) 622-3512 Click here for more information

  • A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

    A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

    02/11/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    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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  • Behind Our Eyes Group

    Behind Our Eyes Group

    02/17/2019 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    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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  • Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    02/19/2019

    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

  • Waterville Disability Peer Support Group

    Waterville Disability Peer Support Group

    02/19/2019 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

    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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  • A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

    A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

    02/25/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    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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  • Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Education and Support Group

    Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Education and Support Group

    02/28/2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    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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