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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.


AUCTION & YARD SALE

Lions Club
The Falmouth Lions are having an

AUCTION & YARD SALE
June 2

101 Woods Rd
Falmouth, ME

Yard sale begins at 8am/Auction begins at 9am with GREAT DEALS!

Prior to that date, they are looking for donated items (anything from tools to boats) that they will pick up.

Email: jpwcraftsman@maine.rr.com or text 207-671-5050 preferred (from 3-6pm Monday-Saturday)

 

Pat Monahan’s Retirement

 Pat Monahan and Husband Gene
Pat Monahan and her Husband Gene

Pat Monahan has been employed as a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) with the Iris Network, Bangor Office, since 2003 serving adults and transition students in one of the largest territories in northern Maine. Pat is a quiet, reserved person, but when it comes to advocating for her clients she is the first one to speak up. 

As an intern in 2002, Pat was very familiar with the service delivery system, resources, tools and techniques available to individuals in Maine as a person who is also visually impaired. Prior to commencing her profession as a VRT, Pat assisted her husband Gene in a vending machine business. In addition she worked as a volunteer... Continue Reading

Seeing the World

Seeing the World, Sometimes in Ways We Never Imagined. George Wurtzel Talks about His Star Role in the Subaru Commercial on Blind Abilities 

http://blindabilities.com/bapresents/seeing-the-world-sometimes-in-ways-we-never-imagined-george-wurtzel-talks-about-his-star-role-in-the-subaru-commercial/

 

Low Vision Solutions Demo Day

Hosted by the Low Vision Clinic at The Iris Network

Tuesday March 27, 2018
10:00-2:30pm
at The Iris Network Board Room – 189 Park Ave – Portland, Maine 

Stu Flom from AdaptiVision will demonstrate the latest technology, including:  Optelec Clearview C with Speech, Clear Reader, Traveller, Compact 6 with speech, Stella lighting, Orcam, and Iris Vision!  

About Iris Vision:  This assistive technology device is worn over your glasses and uses a virtual reality headset to bring sharp clear color and up to 12X zoom magnification for almost any situation! The wide 70° field of view display inside of the headset with strong magnification lenses makes the scene look like a large screen... Continue Reading

L.L. Bean Lecture Series

Join us to hear about exciting experiences and worldwide adventures 

REACHING OUR PEAK POTENTIAL
presented by Randy Pierce

FRIDAY, March 9 at 7pm
L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine – Camping Department Atrium

At the age of 22, Randy Pierce lost his vision unexpectedly due to a devastating neurological disease. Still as passionate about sports and the outdoors as ever, he and his guide dog went on to climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000+ foot peaks. Randy will share inspiring anecdotes of his life and hiking experiences and talk about how we can all work to reach our peak potential. Randy hopes to “help you evoke the powerful emotions which are so much a part of my journeys... Continue Reading

The Iris Network names Dr. David Barnwell as President/Executive Director

Dr. David Barnwell, DBA
Dr. David Barnwell, DBA

In January, 2018, The Iris Network selected David Barnwell, DBA to be its new President/Executive Director. The Iris Network’s Chairman of the Board, David Joyce, said, “After a wide ranging search, we chose Dr. David Barnwell to lead our agency. His experience in the blindness industry, credentials, leadership and advocacy style are a great match for what our community-benefit organization needs to expand and be the premier provider of training and services to those we serve.” 

Before joining The Iris Network, Dr. Barnwell was the President of A Brighter Path Foundation (and Vice-President of Business Affairs) at Industries for the Blind (IFB) based in... Continue Reading

BANGOR SAVINGS BANK 2018 Community Matters More: VOTE by end of February

PLEASE VOTE FOR The Iris Network by writing it in, for Cumberland County, as our administrative office is located there even though we serve the entire state of Maine and beyond. 

Here is the link: http://www.bangor.com/Community-Support/Community-Matters-More.aspx

January is Braille Awareness Month

January is Braille Literacy Awareness Month, in honor of Louis Braille who originally developed the Braille code. Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809 and this year marks the 209thanniversary of his birthday!

 

 

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Support our cause this holiday season

YOU CAN SUPPORT people who are blind or visually impaired in a few ways this holiday season! 

  • Do your HOLIDAY SHOPPING anytime

Proceeds of all online shopping at over 100 stores will go towards The Iris Network at no additional cost to you! Simply start at: https://www.theiris.org/ or www.theiris.org and click the SHOP TO SUPPORT on the right or at bottom SUPPORT US then SHOP TO SUPPORT; then click on STORE of your choice; and then START SHOPPING. 

Note: To shop on Amazon through Amazon Smile, you can choose The Iris Network as your cause to support in your Amazon account profile. For all other merchants, the contribution from your purchases will go directly to The Iris Network as... Continue Reading

Jim Phipps Awarded VisionServe Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017

Jim Phipps (left), Bernadette Kappen, VisionServe Vice Chair, and Mark Ackermann, VisionServe Board Chair (right) Photo by VisionServe Alliance
Jim Phipps (left), Bernadette Kappen, VisionServe Vice Chair,
and Mark Ackermann, VisionServe Board Chair (right)
Photo by VisionServe Alliance


(NEW ORLEANS—November 7, 2017) In 2013, VisionServe Alliance’s board of directors created a new award for Lifetime Achievement. The expectation was that there would not be specific rules created or that this award would be presented annually. Instead, board members would make recommendations based on their knowledge of VisionServe Alliance member leaders who have achieved professionally or personally throughout their lives and/or careers. On November 7, 2017, VisionServe Alliance was pleased to honor two such members: Jim Phipps and Gidget Hopf.... Continue Reading

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  • Behind Our Eyes Group

    Behind Our Eyes Group

    04/ 1/2018 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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  • VIP Group of Boothbay Harbor

    VIP Group of Boothbay Harbor

    04/ 2/2018

    Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) group has changed its meeting time in Boothbay Harbor from the first Tuesday of every month to the first Monday of every month from 1:00-2:30pm; and from St Andrews Village Retirement Community to the Saint Columbas Episcopal Church at 32 Emery Ln, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. For meeting times, contact Mollie Moore at (207) 633-3810. For more information, call Molly Moore at 663-3810 or Joan Stark at 633-2498.

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  • The Sunshine Club

    The Sunshine Club

    04/ 3/2018

    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.

  • Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    04/ 3/2018

    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

    04/ 5/2018

    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

    04/ 5/2018 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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  • DOVER LOW VISION GROUP

    DOVER LOW VISION GROUP

    04/ 6/2018 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

    04/ 7/2018

    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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  • The Rainbow Club

    The Rainbow Club

    04/ 9/2018

    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

    04/ 9/2018 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

    04/15/2018 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

    04/17/2018

    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

    04/17/2018 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

    04/23/2018 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

    04/26/2018 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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